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Posted 10 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Video by Ed Alpern  
N.J. Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Faces Lawsuit [Video]

  “The therapists told my parents, at the time, that I was at risk of being pre-homsexual,” says Mordechai Levovitz, a gay social worker in New York. “And there are things that they can do to stop me from turning gay.” He founded an organization called Jewish Queer Youth or JQY. “I was hearing pain. I was hearing frustration, I was hearing shame. The conversion therapy was actually causing them the anxiety and the trauma.”    Every day, Levovitz hears horror …

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Posted 10 months ago in Wills and Probate by Michele Bowman  
Harry Belafonte Fights MLK Heirs for King Papers

Harry Belafonte is embroiled in a legal battle with the family of Martin Luther King over ownership rights to valuable historical documents that the musician-actor says were given to him.   A Falling Out The saga includes King’s family first suing Belafonte in 2008, according to CNN, to stop him from auctioning off the papers, which include an outline of one of King’s famous speeches as well as notes King had in his pocket the day he was shot in …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Man Can Sue Iowa Police for Stun Gun Attack

An Iowa man who was immobilized with a stun gun by police in 2007 will be allowed to bring a lawsuit against the force, the state Supreme Court ruled last week. A lower court had previously disallowed the lawsuit, claiming that the officers were protected by the state’s Tort Claims Act, which gives immunity in most circumstances to state law enforcement agents who are carrying out their duties. The litigation stems from an incident that took place over six years …

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Posted 11 months ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Ironworker Wins Sex Harassment Suit Against Same-Sex Boss

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 30 reinstated a jury verdict finding that a male boss was liable for sex harassment based on his treatment of a male employee who the boss thought did not conform to gender stereotypes of a straight man.   Ironworkers Don’t Do That Kerry Woods, an ironworker on the I-10 Twin Span bridge project over Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, lodged his complaint in 2006. In his statement to the EEOC, Woods claimed …

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NYC Landlord Refuses to Add Same-Sex Spouse to Lease

Despite changes to state and city laws allowing gay marriage, some landlords in New York City are still illegally refusing to add same-sex spouses to leases.   Too Legit to Quit  The latest case involves a lawsuit filed on Oct. 2 by Lambda Legal on behalf of Dava Weinstein, 68, a licensed clinical social worker, and her partner of 37 years, Dorothy Calvani, 63, a geriatric nurse practitioner. They were married in 2011 in Iowa. When Weinstein asked her landlords …

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