9th Circuit Revives Equal Protection Claims against San Diego Police in Pride Festival Public Nudity Arrest

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has revived a constitutional case against the San Diego Police Department by Will X. Walters, who was arrested for “public nudity” at the 2011 San Diego Pride Event while wearing what the trial court described as “a gladiator-type black leather loincloth.”  U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo had dismissed his Equal Protection claim on March 11, 2014.  His appeal took exactly two … <Read More>

Jury Scrutiny of Chest Hair Patterns?

Will a Manhattan jury have to figure out whether a gay man can be identified by the pattern of his chest hair? Maybe, if the lawsuit brought by Doug Hill and James Moritz against plastic surgeon Douglas Steinbrech actually goes to trial in New York County Supreme Court.  Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern granted summary judgment to Dr. Steinbrech on some of the gay couple’s claims on September 28 in Hill v. Steinbrech, 2015 N.Y. … <Read More>