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To achieve a fully comprehensive law protecting Americans from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, our movement must work on multiple tracks, creating undeniable momentum that the country requires and is ready for fully inclusive non-discrimination protections ensuring no one faces unfair treatment because of who they are or who they love.

In addition to legislative work happening in statehouses and public education work happening elsewhere, part of this work is happening in the courts – and dozens of legal cases related to LGBTQ discrimination are currently pending in courts across the country. Freedom for All Americans is tracking key litigation related to LGBTQ Americans here. Use the “Explore” filter to track cases based on the state where they’re based, what they concern, whether they’re pending or resolved, or whether they’re filed in federal or state court.


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Topic: Other Gender Identity Cases

Cross v Loudoun County School Board

A Case Concerning Employment

Key Date: June 23, 2021 • Notice of Appeal Filed
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns a Virginia teacher who was suspended after speaking against a proposed policy regarding students' pronouns.

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People v Rogers

A Case Concerning State Law

Key Date: August 5, 2021 • Decision Issued
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns the state of Michigan's ethnic intimidation law and its application to gender identity discrimination.

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Vasquez v Iowa Dept of Human Services

A Case Concerning Healthcare Discrimination

Key Date: April 22, 2021 • Complaint Filed
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns the state's Medicaid program as is applies to gender-affirming healthcare.

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Taking Offense v California

A Case Concerning State Law

Key Date: July 16, 2021 • CA Court of Appeals Ruling
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns a California law regarding discrimination against transgender people.

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Green v Miss U.S., LLC

A Case Concerning Discrimination Against a Transgender Individual

Key Date: April 8, 2021 • Case Dismissed
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns a transgender woman refused participation in the Miss USA pageant.

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Hennessy-Waller v Snyder

A Case Concerning Healthcare Discrimination

Key Date: March 30, 2021 • Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied
Legal Team: NCLR
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case challenges Arizona’s denial of Medicaid coverage of gender confirmation surgery.

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Brandt v Rutledge

A Case Concerning Healthcare Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

Key Date: July 21, 2021 • Preliminary Injunction Granted
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns a recently passed Arkansas law regarding denial of healthcare to transgender youth.

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Bongo Productions v Lawrence

A Case Concerning Public Accommodations

Key Date: July 9, 2021 • Preliminary Injunction Granted
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns a recently passed state law regarding signage indicating whether transgender people can use the restroom corresponding with their gender identity.

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Thomas v Georgia Dept of Community Health

A Case Concerning Healthcare Discrimination

Key Date: June 24, 2021 • Complaint Filed
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns transgender individuals unable to receive gender-affirming care under the state's Medicaid program.

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Hammons v University of Maryland Medical System Corp

A Case Concerning Healthcare Discrimination

Key Date: July 28, 2021 • Motion to Dismiss Refused by 3rd Circuit
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases, Religious Exemption Cases: Public Accommodations

This case concerns healthcare discrimination against a transgender man.

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Religious Sisters of Mercy v Azar

A Case Concerning Healthcare for Transgender Individuals

Key Date: April 20, 2021 • Appeal Filed to 8th Circuit
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns whether a religiously affiliated entity must provide certain types of healthcare under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

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Family Foundation v Virginia Department of Education

A Case Concerning LGBTQ Student(s)

Key Date: July 27, 2021 • Case Dismissed
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases, Other Sexual Orientation Cases

The suit challenged the adoption of guidelines for model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public and elementary and secondary schools in Virginia.

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Hobby Lobby v Somerville

A Case Concerning Public Accommodations Discrimination

Key Date: August 13, 2021 • Ruling from Intermediate Illinois Court
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

The case concerns Hobby Lobby turning away a transgender woman from using the bathroom corresponding to her gender identity.

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C.P. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Case Concerning Healthcare for Transgender Individuals

Key Date: May 4, 2021 • Motion to Dismiss Denied
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

This case concerns protections for transgender people in healthcare under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act's ban on sex discrimination.

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Fain v. Crouch

A Case Concerning Healthcare Discrimination

Key Date: April 19, 2021 • Motion to Dismiss Denied
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

The case concerns healthcare discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

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Doe v. Trump

Case Challenging Trump's Directive Banning Military Service for Transgender Americans

Key Date: April 12, 2019 • Anti-Transgender Military Ban Takes Effect
Legal Team: GLAD & NCLR
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

On August 9 Doe v. Trump was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging Trump's attempt to reinstate a ban on open service for transgender people.

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Carcaño v. Cooper

Case Challenging Anti-LGBTQ Legislation in North Carolina

Key Date: June 25, 2018 • Hearing on Pending Motions
Legal Team: ACLU, ACLU of NC, Lambda Legal
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases, Other Sexual Orientation Cases

While the lawsuit initially targeted House Bill 2, plaintiffs in the case are now targeting HB142, a similarly anti-LGBTQ law passed in April 2017, under the guise of being a "repeal" of HB2.

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Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant & Barber v. Bryant

Case Challenging Anti-LGBTQ Law HB1523 in Mississippi

Key Date: January 8, 2018 • U.S. Supreme Court Denied Certiorari
Legal Team: Campaign for Southern Equality, Lambda Legal & Mississippi Center for Justice
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases, Other Sexual Orientation Cases

The law allows Mississippi officials, state employees, and private individuals who hold certain religious beliefs to deny a wide array of services to LGBT individuals. 

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Stone v. Trump

Case Challenging Trump's Directive Banning Military Service for Transgender Americans

Key Date: April 12, 2019 • Anti-Transgender Military Ban Takes Effect
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

On August 28 Stone v. Trump was filed in the U.S. District Court for Maryland challenging Trump's attempt to reinstate a ban on open service for transgender people.

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Karnoski v. Trump

Case Challenging Trump's Directive Banning Military Service for Transgender Americans

Key Date: June 14, 2019 • Ruling from 9th Circuit Issued
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

On August 28 Karnoski v. Trump was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington challenging Trump's attempt to reinstate a ban on open service for transgender people.

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Stockman v. Trump

Case Challenging Trump's Directive Banning Military Service for Transgender Americans

Key Date: April 12, 2019 • Anti-Transgender Military Ban Takes Effect
Legal Team: Equality California, GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

On September 4 Stockman v. Trump was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California challenging Trump's attempt to reinstate a ban on open service for transgender people.

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Starkville Pride v. City of Starkville

Case Concerning Discrimination Against LGBTQ People

Key Date: March 6, 2018 • City of Starkville reverses anti-LGBTQ decision
Legal Team: Private Counsel and Campaign for Southern Equality
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases, Other Sexual Orientation Cases

Plaintiffs Mississippi State University students Bailey McDaniel and Emily Turner filed the federal lawsuit and asked a judge to overrule the city's decision to block the planned parade and immediately grant a parade permit to Starkville Pride.

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Kadel v. Folwell

Case Concerning Discrimination in Health Care

Key Date: March 11, 2019 • Initial Complaint Filed
Legal Team: Lambda Legal & TLDEF
Type: Other Gender Identity Cases

Kadel v. Folwell is a case filed by Lambda Legal and TLDEF on behalf of North Carolina public employees, some who are transgender and others who are the family members of transgender people.

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