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New York Latest State Adopts a Gender Neutral Marker for Official Documents

New York’s Legislature passed a new law (now awaiting the Governor’s signature) that creates a gender neutral marker for state documents. The bills allow people to use a gender-neutral “X” as a gender marker on driver’s licenses and birth certificates, New Yorkers to attest to their own gender identity when petitioning a court or updating an identification document, and parents the choice to be designated as “father,” mother” or “parent” on their child’s birth certificate.

Click here to view the bill and related information.

Use U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs to Research Landmark Civil Rights Era Cases

From 1954-1968 in the United States, African Americans and their allies advanced the Civil Rights movement, which sought to end racial segregation, disenfranchisement, and institutionalized racism in the country. The events of this era are relevant to current events today.

You can research landmark decisions of this time using our database U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs, which covers Court documents from 1832 to 1978. In the database you’ll find briefs, petitions, motions, and other case documents. Case opinions are not included, but these are easy to find elsewhere.

Some of the landmark civil rights era cases included in U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs include:

  • Brown v. Board of Education (1954) prohibiting racial segregation in public schools
  • Bailey v. Patterson (1962) prohibiting racial segregation of transportation facilities
  • Loving v. Virginia (1967) invalidating laws prohibiting interracial marriages

Correcting the Gender Marker on an Ohio Birth Certificate

On December 16, 2020 a federal judge in Ray v. McCloud struck down Ohio’s policy that prohibited transgender people born in Ohio from correcting the gender markers on their Ohio birth certificates.

To comply with the Court’s order, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has established new procedures that allow transgender people to correct the gender or “sex” marker on Ohio birth certificates.

The ACLU and Lambda Legal have put together a FAQ handout on the procedure.

6/15-16/2021 National Urban League Legislative Policy Conference

National Urban League LogoThe National Urban League is holding its 18th Legislative Policy Conference June 15-16, 2021.  The virtual live Conference will bring together members of Congress, elected state leaders, and community advocates to “discuss the policy issues impacting African-Americans and other historically underrepresented communities.”  See the Conference website for session information and speaker biographies.  Registration is free.

Governmentattic.org: The Place for FOIA Docs

Governmentattic.org is a First Amendment free speech website that contains electronic copies of thousands of interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The site includes fascinating historical documents, reports on items in the news, oddities, interesting fun items, and government bloopers. Think of browsing this website as rummaging through the government’s attic, which is how the site got its name.

Governmentattic.org offers a search feature and has two file sections, FOIA Logs and Documents.

A government agency’s FOIA log is simply a listing of FOIA requests it has received. FOIA logs normally include: a description of the information being requested, the name of the person and/or organization making the request, the date on which the request was received, and the current status / final outcome of the request (granted, denied, or partially granted).