Showing posts with label Anti LGBT Laws. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anti LGBT Laws. Show all posts

March 24, 2019

San Antonio City Council Votes to Keep Anti Gay Chick-fil-A Out From Opening at The Airport

"They are not giving as much to anti gay groups but they are still giving/supporting them"


The San Antonio City Council narrowly voted to prevent Chick-fil-a from opening a restaurant at the city's airport on Thursday due to the company's alleged bias against LGBT rights.

The council voted, 6-4, for excluding Chick-fil-a from the overall restaurant and concession space operated by Atlanta-based airport concessionaire Paradies Lagardre. Chick-fil-a has been accused of anti-LGBT behavior for years. CEO Dan Cathy first drew condemnation from LGBT groups in 2012 when he said he supported "the biblical definition of the family unit" -- marriage only between a man and woman.

The agreement with Paradies Lagardre was for 10,000 square feet in food and concession space, including not only the Chick-fil-a, but also a Smoke Shack, San Antonio Spurs retail store and coffee shop and bar. The Chick-fil-a would have replaced Raising Cane's, also a chicken restaurant chain.

The Chick-fil-a was set to fill just 658 square feet of the deal, according to the agreement.

Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the vote on Twitter Saturday, saying, "San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to...the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & the Salvation Army?!? That's ridiculous. And not Texas."

The Chick-fil-a would've paid $366,507 annually in rent to the city as part of a guarantee of $2.165 million in annual rent from the company, according to the concessionaire agreement. Chick-fil-a also would've paid 10 percent of annual gross receipts to the city.

The lease would've begun Jan. 1, 2020.

"With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion," District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino, who voted against Chick-fil-a, said in a statement Friday. "San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.

"Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport," he continued. "I look forward to the announcement of a suitable replacement by Paradies."

Chick-fil-a said in a statement to San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT that they were disappointed by the vote.

"This is the first we've heard of this. It's disappointing," the statement said. "We would have liked to have had a dialogue with the city council before this decision was made. We agree with Councilmember Trevi簽o that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We plan to reach out to the city council to gain a better understanding of this decision."

Just this week it was reported by ThinkProgress that Chick-fil-a had donated $1.8 million to conservative groups that advocated against homosexuality, mostly the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in newly released 2017 tax filings.

Chick-fil-a, founded in 1946 by Cathy's father, S. Truett Cathy, operates more than 2,000 restaurants around the country

July 15, 2018

Georgia's Lawmakers Anti LGBT Antics Is Cost Them Much in $ Business $

By Jeff Graham   –  Executive Director, Georgia Equality 

The anti-LGBT antics of some Georgia lawmakers have made national headlines for several years, and their relentless pursuit of archaic and discriminatory policies is yielding another, and not unexpected, economic consequence. CNBC announced July 10 that Georgia dropped from number two to number seven on its 12th annual scorecard of "America's Top States for Business.” A drop by in position by five points should be of concern to us all.

This is an incredible time to live in Georgia - and we can stop this backward slide before it’s too late. One of the most immediate ways we can course-correct is by telling our lawmakers that, rather than spend yet another year gridlocking over discriminatory measures that would harm our state, they could finally advance a comprehensive civil rights law that protects Georgians from all walks of life.

At a moment when states are struggling to maintain a competitive edge, Georgia lawmakers should be doing everything in their power to entice businesses to invest in the state. The future success of Georgia’s economy relies on its ability to attract businesses to relocate to the state and to attract the best and brightest talent. A statewide civil rights law would send the message that Georgia is truly open for business to all.

Georgia ranked particularly low in CNBC’s Quality of Life category, scoring a ‘D’ in a category that includes the health of the population, environmental quality, and inclusion - namely, a state’s anti-discrimination law and the ability of cities to set its own standards. Georgia is one of only a handful of states that lacks any statewide civil rights law. And for the past several legislative session, lawmakers have clashed over anti-LGBTQ bills, including 2016 legislation that Governor Nathan Deal vetoed which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers. Despite the business community rallying in opposition to that License to Discriminate and rightly praising Governor Deal, some lawmakers continue to target LGBT people, recklessly ignoring the economic consequences.

Georgia lawmakers’ anti-LGBT bills have taken a toll on our state’s brand, imperiling not just our ability to attract job-creating giants like Amazon, but also threatening our state’s tourism industry – which brings in about $50 billion annually and is responsible for about 400,000 jobs. And the lack of comprehensive nondiscrimination protections takes a toll on those already living and working here. A 2017 report from the Williams Institute found that the stresses and stigmas of vulnerable legal standing impacts the productivity and well-being of LGBT Georgians in the workplace. According to that study, reducing those stresses by even just a quarter among Georgia’s LGBT workforce would gain the state’s economy upwards of $147 million in revenue. 

We all know that North Carolina paid dearly for its deeply discriminatory HB2, which cost the state approximately $630 million in lost revenue in just the first year after it passed. Major corporations, including PayPal, Deutsche Bank and CoStar withdrew expansion plans, which included millions of dollars in investments and hundreds of jobs, from North Carolina. Indiana’s economy and world-famous “Hoosier hospitality” was damaged after its religious exemptions act was signed into law. Since the law’s passage, the state lost more than $60 million in economic opportunities, including the loss of at least seven conventions. 
But what’s become increasingly clear is that it’s not enough to merely avoid greenlighting discrimination. The CNBC report is one early indicator that our state’s progress isn’t set in stone, and the failure of lawmakers to update our laws could cost us dearly in the years to come.

Last year, we made progress toward advancing a bill that would protect all Georgians from discrimination – including both LGBT people and people of faith. The idea that treating people fairly and equally under the law somehow erodes religious freedom is, frankly, false. We believe in open and welcoming dialogue with all Georgians – dialogue that focuses on what we have in common. We can all agree that discrimination is wrong, and that common-sense policies that protect Georgians from harm can lift all of us up, strengthen our communities, and ensure Georgia can continue growing into one of the most competitive states in our 21st century economy.

Supporting equal opportunity is the right thing to do, and the impact it has on our economy’s bottom line is impossible to ignore. Strong businesses lead to strong communities. When everyone can live their lives free from discrimination, our communities are stronger and our state is a healthier, more vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family

July 3, 2018

The Ignorant Fools in Indonesia's Gov Do Not Know Their LGBT Crack Down Has Resulted in An HIV Epidemic

 Stupidity goes well with ignorance and bigotry. How would you like people to treat you?

"There is very little homophobia left for those who educated themselves now what is left is stupidity and ignorance."

You will figure than in this day and age a leader of a country would know that cracking down on the LGBTQ Community spreads HIV which becomes AIDS. WHY? Because if you are afraid of the government and the institutions you are not going to get tested and this will make the virus to spread. Not knowing is Death. It happened in the US, UK  in Millions and lastly in Russia and China and Now in Indonesia. In the Phillipines the governemnt change the way they were going in treatment of HIV.  But heir previous behaviour towards LGBT and drug users is cost them to have at least half of the population be HIV. They have been lucky to have had the Clinton Foundation, Bill Gates and others. Still the costs associated with that should have taught them what a stupid thing is to follow that bigotted close minded policy. Now be prepared to pay for medicines and hospitalizartion and loosing a big part of your poppulation (both straight and gay).


new report by Human Rights Watch has found that persecution against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in the world’s largest Muslim democracy is fueling a public health crisis and contributing to the spread of HIV.
Since 2016, police raids and arrests at private spaces such as clubs, saunas and salons have increased, alongside anti-LGBT rhetoric from government officials and state spokespersons. The report notes that these raids and state-led hostility poses a fundamental challenge to HIV outreach workers, who use these venues as safe spaces to carry out their work with LGBT communities through education programs on prevention and transmission, counseling support services and distribution of condoms and HIV testing kits.
“What’s shifted in the last two years is that the government and police have made it abundantly clear that it’s perfectly okay to hate LGBT people and to act on it,” Kyle Knight, LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report, tells TIME. “Unless certain steps are taken to dial back on these raids, to create safe spaces for those to gather to gain information, to get safety, sense of dignity, community and privacy, this will spin out of control not just from a human rights perspective, but also from a public health perspective.”

HIV rates among gay men in Indonesia have increased five-fold from 5% in 2007 to 25% in 2015, according to government and UNAIDS data. Outreach workers and human rights observers worry that without access to education and other services — exacerbated by spiraling anti-LGBT rhetoric — the HIV epidemic among gay Indonesian men will become increasingly worse, particularly in major urban centers such as Denpasar and Jakarta. 
Dede Oetomo is an activist and founder of gay rights group Gaya Nusantara who has spearheaded Indonesia’s gay rights movement for over 30 years. Speaking to TIME after delivering a training session with local outreach workers, he says the changes in Indonesia’s environment for LGBT people have affected the way he carries out his work. “Starting with democratization in 1998, that gave us hope that we could do our activities in the democratic way, and that we could demand change and legislation. Just this morning I saw an old newspaper article that was from 10 years ago, when we were able to do a national training for activists in the open. There were no secrets about it,” he says. “Now, starting around 2015, the situation has changed. It’s difficult to publicize our training and programs, so we have to do things on a smaller scale.” He says his organization can’t even post pictures on social media: “If we are too open, we might be stopped by Islamist groups, ironically with the help of the police.” Oetomo says that in recent years, Gaya Nusantara has had some of its campaigns and events canceled and reported to the police.  

A nationwide anti-LGBT “moral panic” is making outreach to these vulnerable populations much harder, HRW found, making the spread of the disease more likely. According to the report, only 50% of gay men have ever tested for HIV and out of those infected and in need of antiretroviral drugs, only 9% are currently taking the medication.
Off the back of recent provincial elections, and ahead of presidential elections next year, observers say the issue is being used to score political points. A proposed revision to the country’s criminal code that would outlaw same sex relations and sex outside marriage has been under debate since January, and was condemned by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights as “inherently discriminatory.” Currently, the ultra-conservative Aceh province is the only part of Indonesia where consensual same-sex relationships are illegal.

“Criminalization and prosecution of the LGBT community is still persistent and has become more widespread in the last three years, as they have been political years in Indonesia,” says Ignatius Praptoraharjo, a researcher at the Center for HIV and AIDS research, Atma Jaya University of Jakarta. “Politicians are trying to use moral issues to get votes from the general public for the governor, president and mayoral elections.”
Combined with the crackdown and heightened discrimination against LGBT people, the impending health crisis threatens to force the community into total retreat. “The LGBT community in Indonesia has undergone a complete character assassination, and at a pragmatic level, outreach workers simply don’t know where to go,” Knight says, referring to the fear of raids from both vigilante groups and state security forces. “Those two fundamental shifts have left people concerned and completely anxious."

May 16, 2018

Britains Colonial Legacy Still Affects Negatively LGBT Laws Around The World

Uganda has some of the most severe anti-gay laws in the world. EPA/Ronald Kabuubi 
At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 
in London, the British prime minister, Theresa May, urged 
Commonwealth nations to reform existing anti-gay legislation 
held over from British colonial rule. And while stopping short 
of a formal apology, she used her speech to explicitly acknowledge
 Britian’s responsibility: “As the United Kingdom’s prime minister, 
I deeply regret both the fact that such laws were introduced and the
 legacy of discrimination, violence and death that persists today.”
Her speech came in the aftermath of a recent court decision by Trinidad and Tobago to decriminalise homosexuality. On April 12 2018, Justice Devindra Rampersand of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago ruledthat sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act are “unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and of no effect to the extent that these laws criminalise any acts constituting consensual sexual conduct between adults”. 
The drama came later during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, when Trinidadian Anglican Bishop Victor Gill called comments made by May a form of “neo-colonialism” when he denounced the ruling – without noticing the irony that it was British colonial administrators who introduced the anti-gay law in the first place. 
As we show in our newly published book, British Colonialism and the Criminalisation of Homosexuality, many laws that make homosexuality a crime today were imposed during rule by the British Empire. 

Britain cracks down

From 1860 onwards, the empire spread a specific set of legal codes and common law throughout its colonies, among them laws proscribing male-to-male sexual relations. The British Empire drafted these penal codes with a moral, religious mission in mind. The intention was to protect local Christians from “corruption” and correct and Christianise “native” custom. Two particularly prominent examples are the colonial criminal codes of India and Queensland, both of which specifically criminalised male-to-male sexual relations – though they both set a penalty of long-term imprisonment rather than death.
In contrast with the British experience, the other major colonial powers did not leave such an institutional legacy on criminalisation of homosexual conduct. This is why former British colonies are far more likely to still have these laws in place than the former colonies of other European states or other states in general. Of the 72 countries with such a law still on the books in 2018, at least 38 of them were once subject to some sort of British colonial rule.
Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth and Baroness Patricia Scotland at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.EPA-EFE
Although these laws are superficially similar, they were drafted very differently and specified penalties of varying severity. Compare for instance Ghana and other African countries with a British colonial legacy. Ghana’s criminal code currently classes “unnatural carnal knowledge” as a misdemeanour, with a potential prison sentence of up to three years. By contrast, KenyaNigeria, and Gambia treat gay sex as a felony, with a penalty of up to 14 years’ imprisonment. And in Uganda and Zambia, the maximum penalty is life. 
So why the difference? 
The spread of criminalisation during the British colonial period was not centrally co-ordinated. Instead, a number of variables – including in several cases the fact that a colonial administrator happened to have dealt with the introduction of a criminal code in their previous posting – seem to have been relevant to why a particular criminal code was introduced into a territory, or why one was introduced at all. This is why colonial Ghana, then called the Gold Coast, received a completely different colonial-era criminal code from British administrators from the other colonies. 

An uneven landscape

There’s plenty else to unpick in this strange, complicated history. For example, we also investigated whether former British colonies are less likely or slower to decriminalise on average than the former colonies of other European imperialists. 
We compared several former British colonies such as Singapore, Uganda and India, that still criminalise homosexual sex with another group of former colonies that have made significant strides toward greater social inclusion of their sexual minorities – among them South Africa, Belize, and Fiji. To test the still quite prevalent idea that British imperialism “poisoned” societies against homosexuality, we looked in some detail not just at the historical origins of these countries’ anti-homosexuality laws, but of the contemporary political processes that have so far prevented some of them from scrapping the laws.
Based on our research, we argue that the evidence in favour of the claim that is inconclusive at best. Among former colonies with laws like these, former British colonies do not seem to have decriminalised homosexual conduct any more slowly than colonies of other European states. This suggests that the “stickiness” of repressive institutions is relatively consistent across different countries and histories, and not specific to a particular type of colonialism.
It’s important to remember that where these sorts of laws are still in place, the degree to which they’re enforced varies greatly. Where Uganda actively and frequently persecutes LGBT people, for example, Singapore penalises them much less regularly. But what’s undeniable is that these sorts of laws have prolonged the stigmatisation of LGBT people around the world, and understanding why so many of them persist today is hugely important.

May 12, 2018

New NRA Tail } "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," If Obama Succeeds Where Hitler Failed He Would "Demolish The Finest Force In The History Of Mankind"

As You Know the Military was Destroyed- Yes the military he belonged that went against congress and The President in selling Arms for drugs to the Contras.

 New Tail Head of NRA

The NRA's president-elect, Oliver North, once compared combatting same-sex marriage to fighting against slavery. 
North made the comparison during the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference. A video of his comments was posted by The Independent on Thursday, in which North drew connections between Republicans' championing of abolition and "deeply moral and spiritual issues" such as same-sex marriage. 
"The framers who crafted our constitution were counting on we the people to hold government accountable. Some say that we must ignore social issues, like the definition of marriage and the sanctity of life, religious freedoms. I say those are not social issues. They are deeply moral and spiritual issues and they should be part of America's elections. 
In the 1850s, a political party was born on the idea of a great moral issue: Human bondage, the abolition of slavery in America. If we, as conservatives, cease to be a place where people of faith and those who believe in strong moral values can come, we will cease to be a political force in America. That's not the only time North has said comments the LGBT community has taken issue with. In 1993, North said that he would need to talk with a lisp to get through to the Clinton White House—an apparent joke about gay people—and when a gay rights group demanded an apology he responded, "If it angered some subset, that's their problem."
North was a controversial choice to head the NRA. He was famously behind the Iran-Contra scandal, in which money from arms sales to Iran was funneled to anti-socialist rebels in Nicaragua. He also recently called gun reform activists, such as the teenage survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, "civil terrorists."

April 20, 2018

Mike Pence is a Danger to All LGBT, He is Dangerous Because He Believes It and With Power Will Act On It


Vice President Mike Pence has come under fire from an LGBT rights group that has described him as “one of the greatest threats to equality” in a new campaign slamming the politician.

The Republican has a dim record on LGBT rights. He opposes equal marriage and signed a religious freedom bill during his tenure as governor of Indiana which was viewed by many as effectively permitting discrimination against LGBT people.

The Human Rights Campaign is focusing on "The Real Mike Pence," releasing a report on the vice president that includes his positions on LGBT issues, according to Politico, which saw a copy of the report ahead of its release on Thursday.

“Mike Pence has made a career out of attacking the rights and equal dignity of LGBTQ people, women and other marginalized communities,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. 
“Now as vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement. With the world distracted by Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House, Mike Pence’s nefarious agenda has been allowed to fly under the radar for too long," Griffin continued. "He has become not only the most powerful vice president in American history, but also the least scrutinized.”

Pence, who is known for his conservative views on LGBT and abortion, among other things, is also suspected of being in favor of controversial “gay conversion therapy.” 

On his campaign website in 2000, Pence discussed the Ryan White CARE Act that provides funding for HIV patients, stating resources should be “directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior” in a comment that has been widely interpreted as his supporting conversion therapy.

The vice president has recently denied this is the case, Pink News reported, stating he was suggesting funds be directed to groups promoting safe sex. But some LGBT groups remain skeptical.

The HRC's focus on Pence’s attitudes toward LGBT people comes in the wake of several scandals surrounding President Donald Trump, including the possibility that he will not run in 2020 or will be forced from the White House before that point, Politico reported.

“This is just another politically-motivated attack on the VP by a left-wing organization closely aligned with the Democratic Party,” Pence's Press Secretary Alyssa Farah told Politico of the campaign by HRC.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday there has been some speculation about the possibility that Pence could run 2020 on a ticket with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, although Haley has denied such an alliance.

February 20, 2018

Indonesia Increasingly Anti LGBT {Cultivated by Religion}

The atmosphere for LGBT people in Indonesia has been growing increasingly hostile, as this protest held earlier this month in Aceh's provincial capital, Banda Aceh, shows    
The Indonesian city of Depok has announced it will set up a “taskforce” to curb the activities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, raising fears of a fresh crackdown on sexual minorities in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Muhammad Idris, deputy mayor of Depok, a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta, announced the plan on Monday, specifying that the 200-strong force, including police officers, social service workers and religious leaders, would “anticipate the spread of LGBT” among young people.
The move comes amid a nationwide crackdown on sexual minorities and increasing reports of the harassment of members of the LGBT community, including a high profile raid last October on a “gay spa” in Jakarta, during which 51 men were arrested. 
Earlier this month, United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, criticised proposals in Indonesia’s parliament to criminalise gay sex and extramarital sex.
Legislators are currently debating revisions to a Dutch colonial-era criminal code, including proposals to outlaw sex outside marriage, same-sex relations, and co-habitation, all of which were previously unregulated by law. 

Police outside the 'gay spa' raided in Jakarta, Indonesia in October, one of a number of anti-LGBT incidents in the country in recent months  
Mr Zeid raised the fear that the proposed amendments could be used to target the LGBT community further.
“Discussions of (revisions) betray strains of intolerance seemingly alien to Indonesian culture that have made inroads here,” he said.
“The hateful rhetoric against the LGBT community that is being cultivated seemingly for cynical political purposes will only deepen their suffering and create unnecessary divisions,” he said.
The changes to the criminal code have broad support in parliament where few politicians have defended LGBT rights for fear of upsetting a largely conservative voter base ahead of legislative and presidential elections next year.
The increasingly hostile environment for the LGBT communityreflects fears of the growing Islamisation of the Muslim-majority country of 267 million, which has historically been known for its religious tolerance.
In Depok, the deputy mayor stressed that the creation of the new taskforce was for religious rather than legal reasons, because of the threat to religious morality.
“We have created an integrated team to handle LGBT, we will collaborate with police and mass organisations,” he said in comments reported by the Coconuts news website.
“Religion has agreed that LGBT acts are forbidden, so legally we will overcome this problem so that it will not spread,” he said.
Depok is not the first place to instigate an LGBT taskforce. Last May, police in Indonesia’s most populous province of West Java deployed a similar team.
Meanwhile, homosexuality is outlawed in the deeply conservative province of Aceh, where gay men have been publicly flogged after being caught in consensual relationships.

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September 28, 2017

The Trump Government with Justice Dept. Lawyers Fighting Against LGBT in Court

It felt nice to have the President of the United States Fight your case along with you! Not anymore. Its just an earrie feeling that we are being assaulted by a governemnt that 8 months ago was with us and making our case when Religious Conservatives sue asking for a give back on civil rights. It's confusing for some judges for sure.

 "Im with you"

An attorney for the US Department of Justice stood before 13 federal judges in Manhattan on Tuesday to deliver the Trump administration’s hardline argument that a 1964 civil rights law doesn’t protect gay workers from discrimination — and in doing so, pitted himself against a top lawyer for another federal agency who was there to advocate on behalf of a gay worker.
“It’s a little awkward for us to have the federal government on both sides of this case,” said Judge Rosemary Pooler of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Indeed, your honor,” conceded Jeremy Horowitz, counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an independent agency that enforces civil rights law in workplaces.
The discord — and the awkwardness on display — stems from the Trump administration taking a turn away from the Obama administration’s LGBT-friendly trajectory. That has put lawyers under US Attorney General Jeff Sessions at direct odds with more autonomous corners of the federal bureaucracy.
The judges on Tuesday, in a hearing of the full 2nd Circuit, wanted to know if the two agencies had even consulted each other before filing opposing briefs.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to speak to internal deliberations and processes,” Hashim Mooppan, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Division, told the judges.
“The EEOC had the authority to file the brief they filed,” he continued. “And the DOJ has authority to file the brief it filed.”
Mooppan spoke on behalf of the United States government as a whole, arguing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex, does not cover sexual orientation.
The argument rebuffs a skydiving instructor named Donald Zarda, who claimed in 2010 he was fired for being gay in violation of Title VII. But while the lawsuit started as a low-profile workplace dispute — and Zarda has since died in a base-jumping accident — the case has snowballed to have potential national impact.
“It’s a little awkward for us to have the federal government on both sides of this case,” said Judge Rosemary Pooler. 
Neither federal agency is a party to the lawsuit, but it was unusual when the Justice Department chose to file a brief in July, since it doesn’t typically wade into private employment matters.
There is no federal law explicitly banning anti-LGBT discrimination in workplaces. In recent years, however, activists and the EEOC have convinced some courts to find a broader reading of Title VII to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. The Supreme Court has not weighed in on the question directly.
But now that Sessions is in charge of Trump’s Justice Department, he has tried to narrow the meaning of Title VII to exclude LGBT protections.
“There is a common-sense difference between sex discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination,” said Mooppan, who noted that Congress could have clarified the law in years past but didn’t.
The judges asked why the Justice Department didn’t take the same stance against gay rights in a similar case last year — before Trump’s inauguration.
“It was before my time at the department, your honor, so I honestly couldn’t tell you,” said Mooppan, who worked for the firm Jones Day and once served as a clerk for the conservative former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
Under Sessions, the Justice Department has attacked LGBT rights, reversing an Obama-era policy that protects transgender students after just a few weeks in office. This month, Sessions chose to file a brief at the Supreme Court in favor of a Christian baker who refused a wedding cake to a gay couple.
Sessions has also advanced an uncompromising stance that Title VII does not cover sexual orientation — and that it only applies if men and women are treated unequally.
That’s a shift in tack from the Obama administration, which had tried to skirt the question directly or stay neutral. In 2012, for example, the administration sought to dismiss a sexual orientation lawsuit based on Title VII by saying a plaintiff did “not provide what courts have held is required to show that sex stereotyping was the cause of his employer’s actions.” In 2016, the Obama administration arguably dialed back that opposition when it didn’t try to dismiss a similar lawsuit.
Among Zarda’s biggest boosters is the EEOC, where current commissioners were nominated by Obama. The EEOC has contended in federal court that Title VII bans anti-gay discrimination, saying it is based on sex stereotyping, and therefore discrimination on the basis of sex.
On Tuesday, EEOC lawyer Horowitz told the judges, “Sex stereotyping says that if you are a man attracted to a man, or a woman attracted to a woman, you’re not behaving the way those genders are supposed to behave.”
He argued gay people wouldn't be fired in anti-gay workplaces, but for the fact that they are attracted to — and associating with — someone of the same sex, which makes it sex discrimination.
But the Justice Department argued in its July brief that "the EEOC is not speaking for the United States."
The case on Tuesday was before the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, where a panel of three judges in April decided against Zarda. The court agreed to rehear the case this week with its full panel of judges, known as an en banc hearing.
If Zarda’s argument were to prevail, it would set a new precedent in the 2nd Circuit by overturning two cases from the 2000s. Further, it would give momentum to his Title VII argument as a general matter, given that in April the 7th Circuit ruled in favor of a lesbian who made the same claim.
Dominic Holden is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. 
Contact Dominic Holden at

September 6, 2017

LGBT Pride March in Odessa Ukraine, with Jeers and a Military Escort

This event took place at the end of August 2017. I need to post this video to show how valiantly these men and women are to come out in the mists of putting their lives on the line. In countries that feel we are a minority that can be abused, we must convert the street into a StoneWall.

I know there are some of us feeling like we owe nothing to these LGBT on this video. They are on the other side of the globe for heaven's sake. In a country that denies all the freedom and rights,
to LGBT's. The only way to move ahead is by standing by each other and declaring we don't go down quietly because that guarantees we do go down and disappear like in the last century.
The Nazi's even after losing a war and being chased out of Europe after 1945 still unify whether is Germany, Argentina, or Charlestonville, USA.

The Alt. Right which practically is the same white guys except they like to wear suits instead of a hood and white sheets. They stick together against LGBTQ world wide. Just because one feels like not being 'a trouble maker' does not mean that the trouble is not coming to you and bite you in the azz in a very inconvenient way. The closet is no salvation either. The answer is if you can't or won't be out on the streets you need to back up in any way you can those that are on the streets.

Adam Gonzalez 

 Matthew Colligan Nazi ✋supporter with WH present occupant

July 1, 2017

Trump Administration has Been Horrible for LGBT Rights

(This is a GQ Article)
While the president may say he loves gay people, his policies and cabinet appointments have indicated otherwise.
As Pride month comes to an end, and as we pass the two-year anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, here’s one more bit of good news from the judicial branch.
Earlier this week, the court ruled that the state of Arkansas can’t refuse to name same-sex couples on their children’s birth certificates, clarifying same-sex couple’s rights in light of the Obergefell decision. While this is a victory for gay rights advocates, it was also the first LGBT-related case the court heard after the confirmation of Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who wrote the dissent. There was a lot of speculation online about Gorsuch being someone moderate enough for the left to grudgingly support (or maybe even a secret liberal!), but it looks like President Trump succeeded in putting a man on the Supreme Court who’s as sneering and contemptuous of gay rights as his predecessor, Antonin Scalia.
While Trump gave conflicting stances and opinions during and after the campaign, supporters pointed to mostly positive-sounding waffles as proof that he was a champion of LGBT causes:
  • Trump on bathrooms: “There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go. They use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble.”
  • On gay people not being murdered (as long as it means he gets to malign Muslims): “I will fight for you.”
  • On same-sex marriage: “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m—I’m fine with that.”
There’s an idea that if Trump has gay friends, or gets excited about Elton John’s wedding, then it’s not possible that he could be anti-gay. Or, even more maddening, we can never truly know what’s in his heart of hearts, and therefore it’s a lie to say he’s anti-gay.
So, for the sake of argument, let’s say Trump actually has gay people in his life that he deeply cares for and who he hopes are happy and fulfilled. That he has no animosity toward transgender people. Hell, let’s even say he likes bisexual folks more than straights. None of those hypotheticals matter: every cabinet appointment or budget decision from his administration has been antagonistic to LGBT Americans. And we’re not talking symbolically shitty gestures, like giving a speech to an anti-gay rights group while refusing to acknowledge Pride Month. We’re talking about actual policy decisions.
January 12: During his confirmation hearings, the now-head of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, said he didn’t believe in “extra rights,” when questioned about anti-LGBT housing discrimination. Carson has also compared being gay to pedophilia and bestiality, which actually is more tired than offensive at this point. (Rick Santorum said the same thing a decade earlier). February 22: In late February, despite Trump’s earlier nonchalance about “the bathroom issue,” the Departments of Education and Justice rolled back the Obama administration’s stance that transgender children had the right to use the school bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.
March 20: News came out that Tom Price, Trump’s head the Department of Health and Human Services, has shut down the department’s efforts to collect data on elderly LGBT people, seen by critics as part of a broad effort to erase LGBT needs and concerns from the government’s consideration.
March 27: In 2014, then-President Obama signed an executive order that prevented the federal government from contracting with companies that discriminate against employees because of their sexuality or gender identity. Trump took the teeth out of it, rescinding a rule that companies have to prove they treat LGBT employees fairly, sending the message that the executive order stands, but he has no intention of enforcing it.
May 4: Trump giddily shuffled a victory lap in the Rose Garden after the House passed the AHCA. The ACA increased healthcare access for people living with HIV, and the Kaiser Family Foundation predicts that the AHCA’s changes would undo many of those gains. On top of that, more than 40 percent of people living with HIV who are in treatment rely on Medicaid—--which despite Trump’s promises is on the chopping block in the Senate’s healthcare bill.
June 16: Speaking of HIV/AIDS, the day Trump took office, his administration took down the White House’s page on the Office of National AIDS Policy. That’d be a petty cosmetic detail if it hadn’t turned out to be prophetic: to date, Trump hasn’t named anyone to head the office, and on this date six members of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned in protest, saying the president just “doesn’t care.”
Donald Trump may like LGBT people. But he certainly doesn’t seem to care about gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people who aren’t rich enough to be protected from the decisions he makes and the people he empowers.


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