Out Law by Angela Giampolo

Angela D. Giampolo, principal of Giampolo Law Group, maintains offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and specializes in LGBT law, family law, business law, real estate law and civil rights. Her website is www.giampololaw.com and she maintains a blog at www.phillygaylawyer.com. Reach out to Angela with your legal questions at 215-645-2415 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On July 17, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled in a 3-2 decision that sexual-orientation discrimination is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it’s a form of “sex” discrimination, which is explicitly forbidden. The EEOC is relying on its previous decision finding that Title VII bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity, protecting transgender employees, but this groundbreaking decision effectively declares that employment discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual workers is unlawful in all 50 states.

The historic June 26 U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality has given the LGBT community and our country a new civil right, placing the ruling firmly alongside Brown v. Board of Education and Loving v. Virginia in history. Unfortunately, equality does not mean acceptance and the reality is that the SCOTUS ruling will likely produce new conflicts and intensify old ones.

After coming off a couple years of strong LGBT-equality wins, the LGBT community is dazed and confused with loss after loss at the polls and in state legislatures. In the last two months, we’ve witnessed a wave of anti-LGBT bills filed by state legislators across the country aimed at enshrining LGBT discrimination under the guise of religious liberty.
As of this week, more than 100 anti-LGBT bills have been filed in 29 state legislatures, effectively rolling back so much of the progress we’ve made in the last several years — and all in the name of religion.

You almost expect states like Indiana, Oklahoma and Alabama to rage against the progress made in the fight for LGBT equality, but California? The anti-LGBT-rights movement reached a new extreme last week when a ballot measure was proposed, titled the Sodomite Suppression Act, which authorizes the public to shoot “practicing” gays and lesbians in the head. Yes, in the very state of California, we are dealing with a proposed law making being gay punishable by death.

Rainbow flags. Gay cruises. Logo. Domain names?

The LGBT community has carved out plenty of homes for itself, but it has yet to officially claim a stake in the virtual one. While the Internet has played a central role in

The LGBT communities had a lot to celebrate in 2014, with amazing legislative, judicial and cultural victories. While there are truly countless victories I could mention, here are some of the highlights:

We recently saw some of the quickest and most efficient action I’ve seen in a while when Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously voted (17-0) to pass an ordinance that imposes punishments for violent attacks based on gender identity, sexual orientation or disability status. Mayor Michael Nutter summarily signed it

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