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Video: Remembering Birmingham

June 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

Survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph, Washington Post editor Steven Levingston, and Philadelphia Orchestra composer-in-residence Hannibal Lokumbe discuss how the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church impacted the meaning of “equality” in America and how local events can bring about constitutional change.

A rite of passage for “G.G.” — now Gavin Grimm

May 25, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Gavin Grimm, the Virginia youth who has been praised by federal judges for his maturity in pursuing his legal claims as a transgender boy, has now officially become the master of his case.

Judge finds new legal protection for transgender people

May 20, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

For the first time, a federal disability rights law has been interpreted to give legal protection to transgender people against discrimination. A Pennsylvania judge did so by giving a narrow reading to a phrase in that law that says it does not apply to individuals with “gender identity disorders.”

Is the American free speech consensus under attack?

May 3, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

A rapidly changing nation has given new voice and urgency to critiques of strong free speech protections.

A new delay in high-profile case on transgender rights

April 8, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A 17-year-old transgender youth in Virginia will go to his high school graduation in June without knowing whether he will win his high-profile lawsuit seeking legal equality at school. In the meantime, however, he has won high praise from two federal judges for his personal crusade.

Workplace rights broadened for gays and lesbians

April 5, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

For the first time, a federal appeals court has ruled that a 1964 civil rights law, as now understood, protects gay and lesbian employees from discrimination in the workplace based on their homosexuality. The Supreme Court has never ruled on the issue, but it is now likely to reach the Justices because of the split that the new decision on Tuesday created at the appeals court level.

Podcast: Privacy, equality, and transgender students

March 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

Alexandra Brodksy of the National Women's Law Center and Gary McCaleb of the Alliance Defending Freedom discuss whether Title IX or the Constitution bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Podcast: The future of federalism

March 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

In a special live event at Georgetown University, Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law in Houston and Peter Edelman of Georgetown discuss the fate of federalism in the Trump era.

Both sides seek full ruling on transgender rights

March 1, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Both sides in a major Supreme Court case urged the Justices to move ahead with full review and a prompt final decision on the meaning of a key federal anti-discrimination law.

Court gives new guidance on racial gerrymandering

March 1, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

With just three years until a new round of redistricting, the Supreme Court moved to further clarify when states may use the race of voters as a decisive factor.

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