A federal appeals court granted asylum to a cross-dressing Mexican gay man who, because of his sexuality, was persecuted by his family, school officials and police. The man, Geovanni Hernandez-Montiel, applied for asylum in 1995, but was denied. During his appeal, a Latin American History expert testified that Mexican police and citizens do heavily persecute gay men with female sexuality identities, and that Hernandez-Montiel would definitely face discrimination and harassment if he was deported to Mexico. The decision by the federal court to grant asylum to persecuted gay men broadened the circumstances of persecution that will be considered during asylum hearings in the future.
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .