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Billard v. Charlotte Catholic High School

GLAD joined the National Women’s Law Center and nearly 50 organizations in an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the 4th Circuit case, Billard v. Charlotte Catholic High School.

Lonnie Billard taught at Charlotte Catholic High School for nearly fifteen years. Despite his exceptional record as a well-regarded English and Drama instructor, the school fired him after he posted on his personal Facebook account about plans to marry his same-sex partner.

By firing him because of his sexual orientation, the school violated Mr. Billard’s rights under Title VII, which prohibits LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace, including by religious employers.

The district court agreed. Our brief urges the 4th Circuit to uphold that ruling.

Carcaño v. McCrory

GLAD joined with the Transgender Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the firms of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Sigmon Law on an amicus brief on behalf of school administrators from 20 states – including most of New England – filed in the federal court challenge to North Carolina’s HB2.

Each signatory works in a school or system that has adopted inclusive policies and practices for transgender students. Together, these individuals are responsible for more than 1.3 million students across the country.

The brief addresses the signatories’ rationales for adopting, and experience in implementing, policies and practices that respect transgender students’ gender identity.

These educators state that the accommodations are part of providing an optimal, welcoming learning environment all students. Respecting students’ gender identity eliminates the disruption that results from discrimination by teachers and peers, and enhances the learning experience. When students are treated with respect by the administration, it communicates to them that they and other students deserve respect.

In the administrators’ experiences, very few students have expressed discomfort about sharing a restroom or locker room with a transgender person. In any event, the administrators can accommodate those concerns by, for example, providing curtains in a locker room, or access to private facilities that can be used by persons of any gender.

Having trans-inclusive facilities at schools prepare students for a world where they will share bathrooms and other facilities with transgender people, and allows transgender students to focus on school instead of worrying about which bathroom they will use.

Carcaño v. McCrory is brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU.