On April 30, 2018, two Wisconsin residents who identify as “transgender” sued the state for not covering “sex reassignment surgery” in their Medicaid program.
In April, 2018, the state of California sued El Cajon gym and one of its owners for refusing (for a time) access to the women’s locker room to a “transgender” member. The gym eventually allowed access, but the lawsuit is moving forward.
On May 2, 2018, New Hampshire passed HB 1319, that specifies that a “transgender” person may not be discriminated against in employment, housing, or public spaces. New Hampshire becomes the 19th state with this explicit protection for gender identity. Governor Sununu is expected to sign the bill into law very soon.
As noted above, both states passed laws that protect faith-based adoption and foster care agencies who place children in homes with both a mother and a father.
On May 16, 2018 in a lawsuit called
Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
, foster parents and Catholic Social Services asked a Pennsylvania federal court to end a new city policy by the City of Philadelphia that excludes certain foster care agencies with religious beliefs about the placement of children. The City suspended the contracts of Catholic Social Services (as well as Bethany Christian Services) to place children in foster homes, a decision the City is threatening to make permanent on June 30, 2018. Notably, i In March 2018, the City of Philadelphia issued an urgent call for 300 new foster parents to provide homes for some of the over 6,000 kids in Philadelphia foster care.