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Oral arguments will be held in Pittsburgh early next year in the case of three transgender women who are challenging a provision in the state’s name-change law that prevents Pennsylvanians convicted of serious felonies from changing their names.

 

Delaware state prosecutors are dropping all charges against a man who drove his truck into an LGBT Pride Parade in Dover in June, injuring one of the organizers. According to an agreement signed by the state Attorney General’s Office on Dec. 10, Reuben Salters paid $1,080 in restitution to the victim, whose name is being withheld.

 

On Dec. 16, the New Jersey State Senate unanimously passed legislation to ban the use of an LGBT-panic defense to get a reduced penalty for committing a homicide in the state. The vote was with 39-0 with one abstention.  The Garden State is now poised to become the ninth state in the nation to pass such legislation.

 

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro and 22 other attorneys general filed an amicus brief in support of a former Gloucester High School student in the case of Gavin Grimm vs. Gloucester County School Board.

 

Officials at the University of Scranton have asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit of a former student who claims the school failed to implement reasonable safeguards that would have prevented him from experiencing anti-LGBT harassment from another student.

 

On Nov. 25, the New Jersey General Assembly unanimously passed legislation to ban the use of an LGBT-panic defense to get a reduced penalty for committing a homicide in the state. The vote was 72-0, with eight legislators absent. The Garden State is now poised to become the ninth state in the nation to pass such legislation.

 

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal last week announced an LGBTQ-equality directive that applies to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies. Every law enforcement officer in New Jersey must be trained on the new guidelines — stemming from a report by the Transgender Equality Task Force — by June 1. All 21 county prosecutors must educate the public about the guidelines, and by Dec. 31, 2020, they must report to the attorney general’s office on their public education efforts.

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