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Sexual Orientation Discrimination

A Guide to Selected Government Information Available at WIU's Government Publications Library


Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.


Federal Government Information

Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1994

Federal law now rightly prohibits job discrimination because of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, and disability. This bill prohibits the use of individual sexual orientation as the basis of hiring, firing, promotion, or compensation.
Y4. L 11/4: S.hrg. 103-703

Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1997

Hearing on S. 869 to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, October 23, 1997.
Y4. L 11/4: S.HRG. 105-279

Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Hearing on S. 1284 to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, February 23, 2002
Y4. L 11/4: S.HRG. 107-307

Employment Discrimination Against Gay Men and Lesbians

The purpose of this hearing is to explore the nature and impact of the discrimination experienced by gay and lesbian Americans in the workplace and to identity and appropriate federal response.
Y4. ED 8/1: 103-102

Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Employment Legislation and Issues in the 104th Congress

This report discusses the pros and cons of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1995, which would make discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal. 1995.
CRS MS & 1B 94-592 (1996-1: 0192) Microfilm.

Homosexual Rights: Bibliography-In-Brief, 1993-94

This bibliography provides a list of articles and CRS reports which concern the rights of gay men and lesbians. 1994.
CRS MS & 1B 94-742 (1994-13: 0743) Microfilm.

Legal Information

"Geographically Sexual?: Advancing Lesbian and Gay Interests Through Proportional Representation"

This article explores lesbian and gay interests, highlights the inadequacies of a single-member districting system, and describes proportional representation systems. The article also acknowledges the political and legal obstacles for this system.
Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review Vol. 31, pp. 119-154. Winter 1996.

"Queers, Sissies, Dykes, and Tomboys: Deconstructing the Conflation of "Sex", "Gender", and "Sexual Orientation" in Euro-American Law and Society"

Provides an overview of the conflation of constituent constructs, and discusses a general consideration of the conflations significance to legal doctrine, culture, and theory.
California Law Review Vol. 83, pp. 1-377. January 1995.

"Sexual Orientation Law in the 1990's"

Gives examples of cases of discrimination against lesbians and gay men in various contexts. the cases involve access to the political process, employment discrimination, military service, marriage, domestic partner benefits, adoption, and child custody.
Trial Vol. 31, pp. 27-31. August 1995.

"Piety and Prejudice: Free Exercise Exemptions from Laws Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination"

Surveys current laws banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, analyzes a number of free exercise decisions, and suggests the range of activities potentially subject to regulation by civil rights laws.
New York Law Review Vol. 69, pp. 1176-1231. December 1994.

"Conflict of Laws, Rules, and the Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages"

Explores the impact on other states of Hawaii's decision to legalize same-sex marriages. Reviews the (Baehr) case, and discusses the conflict of laws and rules governing recognition of out-of-state marriages.
University of Illinois Law Review Vol. 1995, No. 4, pp. 911-943. 1995.

"Disaggregating Gender from Sex and Sexual Orientation: The Effeminate Man in the Law and the Feminist Jurisprudence"

Seeks to demonstrate that a wide variety of cases and fact patterns not generally seen to have much to do with one another can be better understood if organized for purposes of analysis. Includes cases involving clothing regulations, stereotypical feminine behaviors, harassment, and employment.
Yale Law Journal Vol. 105, pp. 1-105. October 1995.

Sexual Orientation and the Law

This book deals with the problems of being lesbian or gay in a culture, and under a legal establishment, which often stigmatizes that status. Meeting the legal needs and overcoming the legal problems faced by lesbian and gay clients, this book will help to suggest to the practitioner some of those solutions.
Legal Reference KF 4754.5.S49. 1985.


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