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, from so-called “religious liberty” exemptions to discrimination in places of public accommodation, from dangerous “conversion therapy” fraud cases to the fight for accurate documents for transgender people. 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 first-hand 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.
Provide real-time updates and first-hand documents: Through our social media platforms and website, EQCF maintains the most timely and comprehensive library of documents from court cases and legislative fights concerning LGBTQ people. We are always uploading new documents, tracking new cases, and keeping supporters nformed on the latest news.
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. Equality Case Files documents have been cited, linked to, or included in articles from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, and Slate.
Consolidate updates each month with the Equality Case Files Round-Up:
Every 2-3 weeks we reflect on the latest updates on LGBTQ-related litigation and legislation through an email newsletter, the Equality Case Files Round-Up. We provide in-depth analysis and high-level coverage of key topic areas, a look at what’s ahead, and short updates on other LGBTQ-related developments. This newsletter is presented in partnership with Freedom for All Americans Education Fund. Click here
Attend trials and hearings in significant cases: 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. In the past year, Kathleen has attended:
• Oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission at the U.S. Supreme Court.
• Oral argument before the full Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Zarda v. Altitude Express, a case that advanced the cause of federal employment protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
• A historic trial in Florida – the first centered on a transgender student’s dignity in school, Adams v. School Board of St. John’s County, and reported regularly from the proceedings.
• A landmark trial in Oklahoma, Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in which a jury considered a case of anti-transgender employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and ruled in favor of the transgender plaintiff.
• We’ll be in attendance when the Southern Poverty Law Center heads back to court to ask a New Jersey judge to enforce a permanent injunction against JONAH,
an organization that was supposed to shut down after a jury determined that their Conversion Therapy program constituted consumer fraud.
• We’ll be in a Denver courtroom when Dana Zzyym, an intersex person represented by attorneys from Lambda Legal, once again argues for their right to have a U.S. Passport that doesn’t require a male-female binary-only gender marker.
• We’ll be in Detroit for a hearing in Dumont v. Lyon
, a case challenging Michigan’s practice of allowing state-funded agencies to use religion to turn away foster and adoptive parents based on sexual orientation.
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 provides information through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, our Equality Case Files Round-Up newsletter, and a website that serves as a file repository. Your contribution will help us further our offerings and help 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.