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Department of Justice – QNotes

The Year in Review: 2018

Transgender Issues at the Year’s Forefront

Despite an extremely right leaning political climate over the past year, 2018 saw a substantial drop in media coverage related to LGBTQ issues than in years past. That doesn’t mean noteworthy stories weren’t reported, however.

Trump DOJ files brief undermining transgender student rights

Brief signals a shift in attitude towards LGBTQ legal battles

The Department of Justice under Donald Trump has made an about-face from the Obama days of expanding transgender rights. Two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was confirmed amidst heavy protest, the DOJ filed a brief that presents the first hint as to how the new administration will treat LGBTQ rights.

HB2 defense lawyer may head DOJ’s Civil Rights division

Legal rumors abuzz about John Gore’s potential power

Amid numerous controversial cabinet picks, another has arisen that may give LGBTQ advocates pause. John Gore, known recently as the legal defense counsel for the University of North Carolina fighting claims of discrimination against transgender individuals, was named to head the DOJ’s Civil Rights division.