Governor Gavin Newsom has recently signed a new law that requires all publicly held companies headquartered in California to include board members from underrepresented communities. The new law - AB 979 - ensures representation by underrepresented communities in the corporate sector. Underrepresented communities include Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native
A recent ruling by Federal Judge Frederic Block of the U.S District Court in New York, has helped fight the Trump administration’s war on LGBT rights. At issue in Judge Block’s ruling, is a proposed regulation which would have the effect of stripping protections currently in place for transgender people facing discrimination in healthcare services.
In January 2020, the Governor of Tennessee Bill Lee signed a controversial bill that allows some adoption agencies to deny gay couples the right the adopt. While there were several opponents and criticisms of the bill, it became effective immediately. This permitted adoption agencies to begin discriminating against potential adoptive parents simply because they were
The Fairness for All Act and the Equality Act are two bills that were recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both seek to add sexual orientation and gender identity to current civil rights laws. However, the similarities between the two bills stop there. The Fairness for All Act seeks to also add several
In 2019, the Associated Press (AP) conducted an analysis of U.S. states to compare laws and regulations for LGBTQ workers. The results of the evaluation were that the majority of states lacked comprehensive legal protections. This means that in many states, workers can be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity without consequence to
This October, the Supreme Court of the United States will be tasked with deciding if discrimination against a job applicant or employee is against the law. The Court will be asked to decide if anti-LGBT discrimination violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, they’ll have to determine if anti-LGBT discrimination is a type of
Changes to federal law are putting LGBT individuals at risk. Under President Obama, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people slowly began to gain equal rights under the law. The Trump Administration has made it clear that it does not plan to continue the trend. In fact, the current administration has seemingly made it a
There is a common misconception that the LGBTQ community have equal rights under the laws of the United States. However, reality paints a different picture. While some states have passed laws extending certain protections and rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people have become more common, they are more the exception than the