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In Reflection of Pride Month – LGBTQIA Legal Developments in 2020 & 2021


Laws surrounding the LGBTQIA community have changed considerably in recent years. From the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. in 2015 and beyond, we're utilizing today's blog to look at how LGBTQIA laws have changed in recent years in recent years across the world - and what you may be able to expect going forward.

At Gille Kaye Law Group, P.C., we'll work with you to ensure you find the best path forward in your case. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (626) 340-0955.

Looking Back on COVID-19 & LGBTQIA Rights

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted everyone this last year, and the LGBTQIA community was no exception.

In countries that still openly discriminate against LGBTQIA individuals or have made homosexuality illegal, such as Uganda, we saw members of the community being arrested and even tortured on the basis of breaking COVID-19 protocols - often, with little or no evidence behind those claims.

Similarly, members of the community who were forced to attend hospitals after contracting COVID-19 or for other reasons in locations such as Egypt, unfortunately, experienced unwanted - and unneeded - probes into their medical history and health.

Transgender Soldiers Faced Uncertain Times

In July of 2017, then-president Donald J. Trump issued orders to institute a ban on transgender troops. In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court officiated those orders via a proposition set forth by a Defense Department panel, effectively barring trans troops from serving.

However, shortly after entering office in 2021, President Joe Biden reversed that decision, once again welcoming trans troops into the military.

The Pope Expressed Tentative Support

In October 2020, Pope Francis released a statement of support in civil unions between members of the LGBTQIA community. While the support may not be as extensive as many want, it's nonetheless a break in behavior from previous popes and caused quite a bit of friction within the Catholic church.

The U.S. Supreme Court Ruled Against Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Preferences

In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that - under the Civil Rights Act, which also institutes women's rights - employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their sexual preferences.

Many advocates are hopeful that this precludes a reintroduction and passing of the 2019 Equality Act, which would further reinforce the rights of LGBTQIA workers facing discrimination.

At Gille Kaye Law Group, P.C., we're proud to represent LGBTQIA individuals during family law cases. Contact us online or via phone at (626) 340-0955 to schedule a consultation with our team.

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