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Twenty-Five Year Vanderbilt University Employee Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A 25-year, dedicated and honored Vanderbilt University employee represented by Rubenfeld Law has filed a Federal discrimination and retaliation lawsuit (link here) against her employer, after a two year pattern of harassment and hostile behavior toward her following her medically-necessary transition from male to female. The suit notes the “stunning hypocrisy” by Vanderbilt which presents itself as a leader in support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and students.

Olivia Hill, a US Navy combat veteran, was an exemplary employee of the Vanderbilt Power Plant for a quarter of a century, never receiving disciplinary action or negative reviews, and during that time held nearly every job in the Plant; created all of the control graphics for it; helped write the  Procedures for each piece of equipment; and received numerous awards including the ‘Vanderbilt Chancellor Heart and Soul Award,’ for “going far beyond her job expectations while carrying out the spirit and mission of Vanderbilt in all they do.”

Miss Hill is the first and only employee of Vanderbilt to transition while working there.

Following Ms. Hill’s acknowledgement to her supervisors in 2018 of the medical need to transition, Ms. Hill was subjected to numerous instances of hateful, vulgar and egregious harassment.  Although she properly followed all ‘University channels,’ ultimately her plea for help was ignored – and SHE was put on involuntary leave, while none of the harassers were punished and she was subjected to continued retaliation.  

“Although it is clear Ms. Hill continues to love Vanderbilt, she was left with no option but to seek legal protection and restitution for all she has suffered and lost,” explained Abby Rubenfeld, Ms. Hill’s attorney. “The way Olivia was treated violates federal and state law – and is consistent with Vanderbilt’s own policies and public presentation as allegedly being a model of LGBTQI tolerance and inclusion — and is simply the height of hypocrisy as well as illegal under numerous laws and statutes cited in the lawsuit.”

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NLLG Attorney Helps Win Landmark Appellate Decision on Employment Rights

Ruling protects the rights of transgender employees against discrimination in the workplace

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A federal court of appeals recently directed that a professor who was denied tenure and lost her job at a state university in Oklahoma due to her transgender status must be reinstated, with tenure, at the university. Brittany M. Novotny, an attorney at National Litigation Law Group (NLLG) in Oklahoma City, played a key role in the successful trial and appeal.

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Novotny was a member of the trial team that helped win a jury verdict in 2017 for the professor, Dr. Rachel Tudor, and she also was instrumental in drafting the briefs to the Court of Appeals, along with attorneys Ezra Young from New York, and Marie Galindo from Texas. At the 2017 trial, a federal court jury in Oklahoma City found that Southeastern Oklahoma State University had discriminated against Dr. Tudor on the basis of her transgender status when they denied her tenure, which then resulted in Dr. Tudor losing her job at the University. Although the jury had found in Dr. Tudor’s favor and had awarded money damages, the trial judge denied her request to be reinstated with tenure at the University. The damages award was appealed by the University, and Dr. Tudor appealed the trial judge’s refusal to reinstate her with tenure.

The appellate decision in Dr. Tudor’s case was delayed while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a separate case, Bostock v. Clayton County , and whether discrimination against a transgender employee constituted discrimination on the basis of sex, which is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Last year the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the transgender employee on that question, setting the stage for a decision on Dr. Tudor’s appeal. On September 13, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit found in favor of Dr. Tudor, and further directed the trial judge to reinstate Dr. Tudor to her former position, with tenure, as Dr. Tudor had requested.

“It was a true team effort to help Dr. Tudor find justice in our federal court system,” Novotny stated. “I am honored to have played a role in affirming the rights of transgender Americans to have employment decisions made free from discrimination. Dr. Tudor won a tremendous victory at trial, but it was not complete with her being denied reinstatement. Even after the Supreme Court’s later decision in Bostock, Dr. Tudor’s reinstatement was not assured, so I was thrilled with the Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision in her favor.”

In ruling for Dr. Tudor, the Court of Appeals stated emphatically that, “it is established—and we cannot now question—that Dr. Tudor would have been granted tenure in 2009-10 absent the discrimination.”  In directing that Dr. Tudor should be reinstated with tenure, the Court of Appeals said they were “restoring Dr. Tudor to the position she would have been in had Southeastern not engaged in prohibited discrimination against her.”

National Litigation Law Group, the firm that employs Novotny, was founded in 2014, and has focused on representing consumer debtors against credit card companies and other unsecured creditors.  NLLG also represents clients in other types of litigation matters.  For more information about the recent appeal decision in favor of Dr. Tudor, you can contact Brittany Novotny at [email protected], or Mark Grossman, the chief executive officer of NLLG, at [email protected].

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Gay Games in Hong Kong face attacks as China’s proxies target LGBT groups

When Hong Kong was announced in 2017 as host of the 11th Gay Games next year, the first time the event would be held in Asia, it was a nod to the city’s status as a cosmopolitan place and a relatively bright spot in the region for progressive causes. Now, attacks on the Gay Games from local lawmakers aligned with Beijing are revealing bigotry in the financial hub, where space for promoting ideas such as equality and diversity has shrunk under China’s tightening control. Amid a crackdown enabled by a national security law introduced last year, the Hong Kong activists who would typically push back against such attacks are either behind bars or in exile. Leading the crusade is Junius Ho, a pro-Beijing lawmaker who has called the Gay Games “disgraceful” and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” that could violate the security law. Another lawmaker, Priscilla Leung, said activists could use sports and cultural events to promote political causes. Peter Shiu, a member of a center-right party, said Hong Kong can “tolerate” but not promote homosexuality.

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Mon, Sep 20, 2021 Daily LIVE LGBTQ+ News Broadcast | Queer News Tonight

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– SAVE Champions Of Equality GALA Returns To South Florida
– Queer TikToker ‘I Might Get Fired For This One’ Exposing His Boss Anti-LGBTQ Bumper Sticker
– Coach Fired For Being Gay Was Told He’s A Danger To Kids
– America’s Incoming LGBTQ Rights Envoy Says Activists Are “Most Important Tool” For Change
– Would-be Politician Created Video Game Where Players Shoot Gay People At Pride Parades
– Company Forced To “Surrender Dorothy” Name Of Beer. It Didn’t Reference The Wizard Of Oz
– Hotspots Presents Scott Holland’s What’s Hot This Week
– Pope Again Says NO To Same-Sex Marriage
– Thousands March For LGBTQ Ukraine Rights
– Special interview with Dr. Steven Davidson over the need for Sexologists and Sexual Therapy in the LGBTQ+ Community

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– Cuba May Be Set to Open Door for Gay Marriage

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– What California’s Recall Exit Polls Tell Us About LGBTQ+ Voters

– DragCon L.A. Will Make a “Ru-Turn” in May 2022. Don’t [email protected]#K it Up.

– History as Colorado’s Jared Polis Has First Same-Sex Wedding of a Sitting Governor

– Gay Priest Refuses to Marry Straight Couples to Expose Inequality

– SFGN: Miami Beach to Unveil ‘Harvey Milk Way’ Friday

– Caitlyn Jenner Receives Just 1% of the Vote and Releases Statement After Crushing Defeat

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Poll: 57 percent of Americans back bipartisan deal on LGBTQ rights, religious liberty

Fifty-seven percent of Americans support a bipartisan deal to reach a compromise on religious freedom and LGBTQ rights, according to new polling shared with our partners at the Washington Blade in advance of publication. With no hope in sight for the Equality Act — legislation to expand the prohibition on anti-LGBTQ discrimination under federal law — the poll suggests a compromise alternative, such as the Fairness for All Act, might be the way to go. The poll was sponsored by Alliance for Lasting Liberty, an organization that advocates for a solution along those lines. The poll finds supermajorities of Americans expressed strong support for LGBTQ rights across the board, including in health care, homeless shelters, and employment. Around three-fourths of Americans polled affirmatively for each on whether they were against anti-LGBTQ discrimination in all areas protected by civil rights laws.

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Half of LGBTQ+ People Have Faced Discrimination at Work

Half of LGBTQ+ People Have Faced Discrimination at Work. Almost half of LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. have experienced workplace discrimination at some point in their lives, according to a new report. The study published by The Williams Institute on Tuesday additionally found that nearly 9% of LGBTQ+ workers said they had been fired or denied employment in the past year due to their LGBTQ+ identity. The number was even higher for LGBTQ+ people of color, over 11% of whom reported having faced unfair employment or hiring practices. The University of California, Los Angeles think tank also found that transgender people face shocking rates of bias on the job. Almost half of trans workers — 48.8% — said they had been fired or not hired due to their gender identity. Additionally, over 22% of trans respondents said they had been sexually harassed within the past five years, compared to the approximately 12% of queer, cisgender people who said the same.

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Students walk out of school in support of teacher put on leave for coming out.

LGBTQ Nation reports that around 100 students at Winterset High School in Iowa walked out yesterday after a teacher was placed on leave for answering truthfully when a student asked if he is bisexual. At the beginning of the school year literature teacher, Lucas Kaufman shared a PowerPoint presentation with students so they could get to know him better. In a slide entitled “things that describe me” included a rainbow flag, a student asked him why he included a rainbow flag and he said that he’s bisexual. This made some parents angry even though some straight teachers tell their students all the time about their sexual orientation like when they talk about opposite partners their children or many other details from their lives. Many parents don’t like it when LGBTQ teachers do the same. One 8th grade student who participated in the walkout said “it’s showing how homophobic our town is and it’s not a good reputation for our school it’s proving that kids cannot come out without punishment.”


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Fourth Circuit Rules NC Can Be Sued Over Anti-Trans State Employee Health Care Plan

Violating affordable care act over anti-trans state employee health care plan. Carolinas reports that the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court ruling September 1st determining that the North Carolina state health plan for teachers and employees, a state entity, could be sued under the non-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act for denying comprehensive gender-affirming health care coverage. Lambda Legal and Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed the case Cadle versus Foul in the night in 2019 against North Carolina officials for discrimination in the state employee health care plan which covers around 720,000 employees and retirees and has a categorical exclusion of treatment for gender dysphoria.

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SFGN Cover Story: Research Reveals the Double Disparities Black LGBT People Face

Being a person of color is challenging in the United States. Being part of the LGBTQ community can be difficult too. Recently released research examining the intersection of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and racial discrimination highlights the shockingly disproportionate harms inflicted on LGBTQ people of color. The National Black Coalition lead the report. The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Freedom for All Americans, in collaboration with the What We Know project a research portal at the Study of Inequality at Cornell University. It found overwhelmingly consensus that discrimination inflicts profound and significant harm on LGBTQ people of color in various areas. Race-based bias leads to great economic insecurity, poor physical and mental heath, and higher rates of suicidal thoughts.

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