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  1. Reuters | May. 18, 2017, 11:12 PM | By Daniel Trotta "The lawsuit, which also cites protections in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against sex discrimination in employment, had asked the judge to rule that the ADA clause violates the U.S. Constitution because it denies equal protection for all under the law." -- businessinsider.com U.S. judge allows first transgender person to sue under disability law (CAB)
  2. Krystin Arneson | April 26, 2016 12:00 pm "Of course it's not just a human-rights issue they're taking a stand on: Businesses can suffer if discriminatory laws pass. In Nashville, for example, leaders in tourism and entertainment are worried about boycotts that could lead to lost hotel rooms and shows pulling the productions from the city. They might be right: Viacom—Country Music Television's parent company—has also been publicly condemning discriminatory bills. And Lionsgate, which films Nashville, in, well, Nashville, moved 100 jobs from North Carolina after the state passed a similar bill." --glamour.com These 70 Companies You Use Every Day Are Among Those Taking a Stand for Transgender Rights
  3. Mitch Kellaway | May 08 2015 1:56 PM ET ""I loved my job at Barnes & Noble," Ramirez told the Law Center. "I put myself through college working there. I thought this company shared my values of hard work, integrity, and respect for all people. But when I came out as transgender, they didn't live up to those values — instead they responded by mocking me and forcing me to hide who I really am."" --advocate.com Denied Female Identity at Barnes & Noble, California Trans Employee Files Suit
  4. Michelangelo Signorile | April 07 2015 4:00 AM ET "Such stories of people turned away from businesses seem to be reported at least every week, and those are only the ones we know about, the ones in which the individuals come forward or the stories are reported in the media. Each time I have reported them on my radio program, not only do calls come in from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender listeners, or their friends and family, telling similar stories, but I also hear from straight, gay-supportive people who express shock that such discrimination is happening and cannot believe that it is often legal and that there are no federal protections against it." -- advocate.com Book Excerpt: The 'Inappropriate Behavior' Double Standard _______________________________________________ While shop owners and businesses should have the right to refuse service, that refusal should be based on anything but bigotry and religion-fueled bigotry. Note Signorile's comment, "some callers have been honest enough to say, alarmingly, that they believe even laws banning racial discrimination are unconstitutional and that they should be able to turn away anyone they want. Comments like these underscore the vital need for this legislation."* That he has callers who actually believe it's unconstitutional that they cannot discriminate when it comes to race, is unfortunately why we must label some groups as "protected classes," and all the more reason why sexual orientation and gender identity need to be added to that list of protected classes. It's easy to say, "I'll just take my business elsewhere," but if everyone who was treated badly or was refused service because of what they are, eventually there would be people once again being forced to live without things they need, and forced into a less than favourable existence. And as far as that goes, there are TGLB (and especially the T) people living less than favourable lives right now. Some of these laws that have been enacted, those that are being created, and the lack of protections, do not affect just us - such discriminatory laws can eventually unravel the previous advancements of various groups, and affect a large variety of people. Man has not evolved to the point where all people actually are equal and treated thusly without grudge - the proof is that there are still human beings who must be protected by law, and others for whom laws must remain in place. -Michael *I underlined the word "anyone" to emphasis that the denial of service by those who feel they should be able to do so, could extend, literally, to anyone. Where's the incentive for someone who feels they should have the right to discriminate against any group, to stop with just one group of people?
  5. Mitch Kellaway | April 14 2015 2:55 PM ET "When Broussard then refused to sign the document stating that his "preference to act and dress as male" was not "in compliance with Tower Loan's personnel policies," he was fired. His suit claims that he faced sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In December, the Department of Justice clarified that employer discrimination against gender identity is, indeed, a form of "sex discrimination" prohibited by Title VII." --advocate.com Fired for Refusing to Wear 'Women's Clothes,' Louisiana Trans Man Files Suit (with video) __________________________________________________ I wonder if they intended to also make him shave. I mean, surely someone thought of this - that it might look strange to have this bearded guy walking around in a dress. Would they consider trying to make him grow his hair out? Perhaps pluck and shape his eyebrows? Maybe wear make-up and nail polish? After all... those are all normally recognized as female trappings. I know it might have been EXTREMELY uncomfortable, but he should have gone to work the next day in a dress. Picture it (as Sophia on "The Golden Girls" always said): a guy with an obviously male-styled haircut, beard, sideburns, moustache, 'pit hair, wooly legs, flat chest, and packing... stuffed in a sleeveless business-like dress. -Michael
  6. BY Matt Baume | March 28 2015 11:05 AM ET "Many of the bills are advancing swiftly, with little organized opposition beyond public outcry and press releases. Although the bill failed in Georgia last week, for example, another passed the Arkansas Senate. And after Arizona faced huge backlash last year, Mississippi went ahead with passing its own bill anyway." -- advocate.com After Indiana, 23 More States Could Pass Discrimination Bills _____________________________________________________________________ What's worse than the fact that Indiana's governor signed a bill into law that could potentially allow businesses and individuals to exorcise their bigotted beliefs in numerous ways? The fact that no matter how many recall petitions exist, and no matter how many people sign those petitions, those petitions are worthless, as "Indiana has no statutes allowing for the recall of elected officials." I guess that means once a person in IN is elected to any office, they can just about do anything they want, short of murder. -Mike
  7. WarrenG

    Chaos has Swallowed me whole

    Ah, it's me again, you're good ol' pal Warren I apologize for not having blogged lately, but I had no inspiration to want to nor the time and ambition. I miss blogging, to be honest. But I didnt feel like I had anything to talk about. Tonight I figured I'd share what I'd been up to. Well, first of all, my court date for my name change is this Monday the 16th. YAY! So excited I bought myself a nice shirt, pants, and A TIE!!! I've never worn one but I'm super excited! I'll post a picture of myself in my court gear on Monday or Tuesday, and let you know how the name change thing went. Hopefully good, wish me luck! On a side note, I've decided to go to higher HIGHER management about some problems at work. Even coworkers have told me that it isnt just my managers being d***s, but theyve turned it into discrimination against me for being transgendered. NONE of this started until I came out. I took the liberty of writting down what's been going on, so I can explain it to the company H.R. Here's what I got so far: [[[[[[[started only two days after announcing a name change and being transgendered. 1 week later, I were accused of "consistantly disappearing" during my shift, which I never did. I simply were not at my station as I were getting things ready for the next day. I were refused the opportunity to speak during the meeting with T___ and Chef H___ while they confronted me about it. While in the office looking for a paper, T__ came to me aggressively and said "I dont like your attitude. You have a serious attitude problem and it's really starting to wear on me and I'm sick of it. Any time you get an answer you dont like, you cope an attitude." Both T__ and H__ refuse to call me by my chosen name of Warren, and make a point to tell me that they do not have to unless it is legalized, which I am in the process of doing, and they are aware of that fact. T__ goes around the kitchen saying that I'm being a b**** or that I'm alway a b****, even though I had not even spoken or seen him yet, as I had not even clocked in for my shift yet. He consistantly tells everyone that I have a serious attitude problem. I were told personally by H__ that I need to tell T__, not my shift supervisor, when I go on break. Or it will be like "consistantly disappearing, and we wouldnt want to have to talk to you about that again" T__ came to me towards cleaning time and got very close to me in an aggressive manner and shouted "I'm so sick of this bull**** with you! Everyone can do their f***ing jobs except for you, and I'm tired of it! Take the f***ing soup and take care of it instead of leaving it for others to do!" I might note, by the way, that it were normal routine for me to take the soups to the other chefs to dispose of, as was what I were taught and such had not changed with my knowledge. My boyfriend were confronted by H__ and told "you can only say a quick goodbye to Kristy then leave, because you're taking up too much of her time and she needs to be working, not socializing" I got lectured for having my hat on backwards, whilest two other people did the same and did not get talked to about it. T___ made a point to follow me around the facility and wait until we were alone in a storage room before telling me I needed to fix my hat. T___ followed behind me on the front line while carrying hot foods, and repeativly said "hurry up, hurry up, lets go go go go go" while clapping his hands directly behind me. I feel like I'm being ganged up on, and it's turning into discrimination and just plain obnoxious. I have told my general manager about it who insisted he would talk to T___, and I'm not sure if he has or not, but nothing has improved. Nothing else has happened in the past few days, but it's only a matter of time.]]]]]] Honestly, I'm beyond sick of it. Not only that, but my older sister has officially decided that I am a bad influence for her children and too confusing for them, and has denied me any visitation with them, including cards and phonecalls. My mother, insisting that she's supportive when she indeed is not, does nothing to defend me on the situation and simply tells me "its her choice. You're making your choices, she is making hers" I'm sorry, but what choices am I making? I was not aware this condition were voluntary. I suppose being straight is a choice as well? She didnt like that question. The good news, is all my friends are supportive 100%. My grandfather is supportive, my coworkers (for the most part lol) and others that I know. My cousin Jacky is SUPER supportive!! My boyfriend and I have come to an agreement, and we both sat down to discuss my transition and things that he's not comfortable with. We agreed that bottom surgery is probably never going to happen, which is fine. He asked that I reconsider hormones, and I told him that after my top surgery, we will discuss it further. He didnt say anything about it, but I've decided to keep shaving my legs too He's doing a lot to accept who I am, I'm not gonna make him snuggle up to a fuzzy legged gorilla! XD All in all, same s*** different day. That's my usual motto at work. How you doing? Oh you know, same s***, different day. At least its warming up outside! Heatwave of a whole whopping 48F today, yay! Now.....mudseason....ugh. Your frustrated but excited and relieved friend, Warren
  8. Parker Marie Molloy | June 04 2014 1:56 PM ET "While both the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Justice have issued statements supporting Title VII's inclusion of trans protections, citing sex discrimination grounds, the Labor Department remains elusive on the issue, refusing to take a clear stand." --advocate.com Labor Department Stalls on Trans Discrimination Review ______________________________ Umm...wouldn't the Labor Department's stand on the issue be whatever the EEOC and U.S. Department of Justice have determined? Someone needs to remind this guy he ain't bigger than those two entities! Or is he? :huh:
  9. 3.6.2014 | By Neal Broverman GetEQUAL Mississippi tells people to avoid traveling alone in the state, which they deem hostile to LGBT people. "As Mississippi weighs a bill similar to Arizona's failed legislation that would have denied services to LGBT people, an advocacy group is telling gay and trans travelers the state is too dangerous to visit." --outtraveler.com LGBT Group Launches Travel Alert for Mississippi
  10. Biden: Transgender Discrimination Is the 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Time By Billy Hallowell During an address to an Obama for America Florida field office on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden apparently told volunteers and reporters that transgender discrimination is "the civil rights issue of our time." When a woman...
  11. Burchill anti-trans rant sparks protests at the Observer and Telegraph newspapers against media hate speech 18 January 2013 | By Ray Filar " Sick of lazy media misrepresentation, vilification and outright hate speech, trans people and allies in the UK have, over the last two weeks, become visible." --gaystarnews.com Trans Brits demand to be freed from a hate-filled media See related:
  12. Filed: Saturday, October 13, 2012 OMAHA, Neb. — An outspoken opponent of LGBT rights in Omaha has launched a petition drive to overturn the city’s legal protections for LGBT residents. Patrick Bonnett, CEO of Omaha based Encore Financial Services, Inc., and head of a Tea Party group calling itself the “Omaha Liberty Project,” said he is confident that he can quickly surpass the roughly 11,400 signatures required to put the measure before voters. -lgbtqnation.com Petition drive launched to strike down law protecting LGBT people in Omaha Related stories .............See also
  13. Transgender woman told to leave women's locker room KIRO Seattle A transgender woman said she was discriminated against after using the women's locker room at Evergreen State College. Colleen Francis was using the sauna in a women's locker room inside the recreation center at the school late in September...
  14. Gay and Transgender Discrimination in the Public Sector Center For American Progress There are approximately 1 million gay or transgender individuals in America today working in state, local, or municipal government. They are firefighters, teachers, police officers, nurses, librarians, child-care providers, sanitation workers, and more...
  15. UsernameOptional

    Widow Challenges DOMA

    Posted by Natalie Hope McDonald on 7/17/2012 at 12:04PM "Windsor, who worked as an IBM programmer for most of her life, married Spyer in Canada and cared for her after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1970s. They lived for more than four decades in New York’s Greenwich Village. When Spyer died in 2009, she left all of her property to Windsor. Because they were married in 2007, Spyer’s estate normally would have passed to Windsor as her spouse without any estate tax at all. ”Had Ms. Windsor been married to a man, rather than a woman, she would not have had to pay any federal estate tax at all,” says Windsor’s lawyers in a statement." -phillymag.com DOMA Challenged by 83-Year-Old Widow (w/Movie trailer) I don't normally get all sappy, but this two minute trailer put a lump in my throat. -dml
  16. Lambda Legal, 06-13-2012 "The dining room quickly devolved into a threatening scene when patrons began terrorizing Friedlander, screaming at her, and spewing homophobic and hate-filled epithets. A male diner yelled at her, called her a "he-she freak" and demanded that she leave the restaurant. Another man threw objects at Friedlander." -lambdalegal.org NYC Restaurant Pays $25K to Lambda Legal Client After Antigay Attack
  17. Workshops to address sexual orientation and identity and housing discrimination The Lane Report The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights announces three workshops to provide information for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and their families...
  18. A State-by-State Examination of Nondiscrimination Laws and Policies Center For American Progress By Jerome Hunt | June 11, 2012 Every day gay and transgender employees face alarmingly high rates of discrimination in the workplace.* For instance, 15 percent to 43 percent of gay and transgender workers have experienced some form of discrimination on... View the report: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/06/pdf/state_nondiscrimination.pdf
  19. Using the Bible to discriminate Emporia Gazette Some people who call themselves Christians cite the Bible as their reason for discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual persons...
  20. Transgender Equality And Homelessness: “Lost And Forgotten In The Larger Reality” The New Civil Rights Movement In a recent report created jointly by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality it was found that: Respondents reported various forms of direct housing discrimination with 19% having been refused a home or...
  21. St. Petersburg bar apologizes for ladies night snub of transgender woman Tampabay.com Afterward, a few in Borrego's group, which included three female-to-male transgender people, launched a Facebook campaign to boycott Bishop Tavern and Lounge, 260 First Ave. N. The group understood the bar's denial of her friend's participation in... The power of the Internet and social media! The incident shouldn't have happened in the first place but this group fought back against discrimination, and it worked. ~ Lori
  22. She was called "the accidental activist." One article was headlined, "Prom victim to Pride hero." After speaking up in 2010 against the discrimination at Itawamba Agricultural High School which refused to allow her to wear a tux and bring her girlfriend to the prom, Constance McMillen became a sudden celebrity. McMillen was awarded damages in excess of $30K; the school district was ordered to pay her legal fees, and agreed to implement policies to prevent discrimination of LGBT students; talkshow host, Ellen DeGeneres, gave McMillen as $30K scholarship; Glamour mag named her '2010 Woman of the Year;' the NY Pride Parade chose her to be Grand Marshal; and Obama invited her to the White House. McMillen had transferred to a new school and graduated in 2011. According to an October 2011 article, she is a psychology student at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Not familiar with Constance? Learn a little more about her in the threads, "," and "" here on TGG. Sources: glamour.com, salon.com, care2.com
  23. Romance Writers Association Bans Same-Sex Entries From Contest DahlELama, 02.04.2012, Culture & Arts, News "Congratulations, gays! There’s yet another organization out there who doesn’t find find your feelings, romances, and relationships legit. Or at least that’s the message the Romance Writers of Association–an organization of romance writers with over 10,000 members–sent this week when they sanctioned their Romance Writers, Ink.’s chapter’s posting of the rules for their “More Than Magic” contest, which explicitly states “MTM will no longer accept same-sex entries in any category.” Why?" ... RWA Shouldn’t Be in the Business of Discrimination Heidi Cullinan, February 3, 2012 "It’s taken me several days to be able to write this blog post, and the worst part of it is that my job isn’t done with this. As president of the Rainbow Romance Writers, RWA’s chapter for LGBT chapter, it’s my job to address the situation. I intend to, but I admit, at this point I keep reading that above line and feeling heavy and tired and depressed." ... There is also a petition for people to let the RWA know how they feel about this discrimination.
  24. Pennsylvania “Dauphin County’s Susquehanna Town­­ship is considering an ordinance barring employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. If enacted, the suburban Harrisburg township would form a volunteer board to investigate any claims that arise.” - The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law Harrisburg-area sexual orientation protection