What We Do
Equality Case Files is the most comprehensive destination available for information on litigation and legislation that impacts the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We provide free public access to documents filed in court cases and provide ongoing up-to-the-minute news, analysis and context for a wide range of audiences – from practicing lawyers to legal enthusiasts to general audiences interested in following these important cases.
Why We Do It
Every day there are updates in critical litigation and legislation that can have far-reaching, life-changing impacts on members of the LGBT community. But too often these updates seem inaccessible to everyday Americans. Hundreds of court cases are pending right now on a wide range of LGBT issues – from employment and housing discrimination to basic dignity for transgender young people and adults to so-called “religious liberty” exemptions to public accomodation and other non-discrimination laws. At Equality Case Files, we know how important these cases are, and we want to help our users fully understand what's going on and have firsthand sources at their disposal. That's why we upload dozens of legal documents each day, attend crucial hearings and trials, and have a deep encyclopedic knowledge of what's happening in the courts.
In addition to providing news on key court cases from around the country, EQCF's President and Editor-in-Chief -- legal expert Kathleen Perrin -- attends trials and hearings in significant cases in order to provide a firsthand account from inside the courtroom. Here's just some of what we've been up to:
• Kathleen attended oral argument before the full Seventh Circuit in Hively v. Ivey Tech
, a case that has advanced the cause of federal employment protections for LGB employees. And for those who couldn't be there in Chicago, we produced a listening guide to accompany the archived audio recording.
• In Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital,
another LGB employment discrimination case heard before a federal appeals court, the court didn't make audio of the argument available on its website, so we obtained and published a copy.
• Kathleen also attended and reported on hearings in cases seeking protections for transgender students in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
ª Over the years, we have uploaded and made publicly available more than ten thousand documents and helped users understand their impact on the LGBT community. Just in the past year, Equality Case Files documents have been cited, linked to, or included in articles from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, and Slate.
• We continue to update and expand our online “Recent Cases” page to make it easier to keep track of some of the more active cases of particular public interest.
• In just the next few weeks, Kathleen will be providing updates in several important proceedings,
including a hearing next month in a discrimination suit brought by two former members of the Pepperdine University women's basketball team and another in a suit against the University of Minnesota by former women's basketball coaches.
• Also in Minnesota, a district court will hear a video production company's motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to exempt it from the state's public accommodation nondiscrimination law. This is one of several cases across the county we're watching brought by the anti-LGBT legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom.
• In the federal appeals courts, the 4th Circuit will again be taking up Gavin Grimm's case on the right of transgender students to be treated with dignity by their schools. Other transgender students' rights cases from Wisconsin and Ohio are currently being considered by the 7th and 6th Circuits.
• The 4th Circuit is scheduled to hear arguments next month on two North Carolina cases: SB2, the magistrate recusal law, and HB2.
• The 7th Circuit will hear arguments in Indiana's appeal of a ruling that requires the state to list both mothers on the birth certificate of married same-sex couples' children.
Why We Need Your Support
Your donation not only helps us continue our current work but will help us expand our coverage. Equality Case Files currently provides information through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as a website that is primarily a file repository. We are currently developing, and have made significant progress on, a comprehensive website that will serve as a one-stop, searchable, contextualized source for information about past and pending LGBT-related litigation and legislation. Your contribution will help us complete this project, helping us to continue educating and informing the public about LGBT-related legal proceedings and the way they shape our society.
Equality Case Files, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.