October 22, 2014
by Megan Miller
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and ...[read more]
October 21, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi on Monday challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The Campaign for Southern Equality, which filed the suit on behalf of the couples in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, works to promote ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
JURIST Guest Columnist D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association discusses reasons why the "gay panic" defense should be outlawed...Just over a year ago, barely a dozen states recognized lesbian and gay marriages. Today, following a sea of change spurred on by rapidly ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill, prohibiting the so-called "gay panic" defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were "panicked" into committing a crime due to a ...[read more]
September 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a video statement for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Core Group Ministerial Event on Thursday calling for an end to transphobia and homophobia. The UN has led by example in this arena, introducing measures to ensure fairer treatment of ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Francesca Acocella, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses the recent decision by the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas to recognize transgender identity in determining the validity of marriage ...Think about all the times you need to show ID: seeing ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that a transgender man, who was legally married to a woman, may pursue a divorc from his wife within the Arizona court system. Thomas Beatie was born female but underwent medical procedures to change his sex and amend his birth certificate to recognize him as ...[read more]
July 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include a ...[read more]
June 13, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Italy's Constitutional court ruled Wednesday that an Italian law that annuls a marriage once a partner undergoes a sex change operation is against the national interest because the couple may desire to stay together. Wednesday's ruling overturns a judgment from a lower court in Bologna in the case ...[read more]

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