It’s not just her death that is a tragedy; it’s that she had been waiting for justice that trans people almost never receive.
This week’s Extra! Extra! brings you sobering news out of Nova Scotia, an update on the state of immigration around the world, a look at American political institutions, perspectives on the state of the environment, and more. It’s been pretty grey in Jersey City this week, and that’s pretty much how I feel about all of this.
Today the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to trans, queer and gender nonconforming people, and their decision on it will impact us all.
“Should these nondiscrimination protections be struck down then LGBTQ people will no longer be protected by federal law against workplace discrimination.”
Today the Supreme Court announced it will be deciding on an interpretation of federal law Title VII, and specifically whether the law should be understood as supporting workplace protections for LGBT employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or trans status.
The actual scope of SCOTUS’ ruling is small, but the symbolic loss for LGBTQ people is pretty big.
Although the Trump administration is still insisting that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination in the workplace doesn’t apply to LGBT people, the Second Circuit just ruled that it should and does apply to sexual orientation.
Does baking a cake for a gay person amount to being forced by the state to artistically express your personal support for gay weddings? Bizarrely, that’s kind of what the Supreme Court is being asked to decide.
While Twitter and the media at large can’t get enough of Trump and Sessions throwing their little fits about how the other one is doing them dirty, remember they could never hate each other as much as they hate us.
The Supreme Court propped up Trump’s “travel ban” while agreeing to hear the case this fall. They’ve also got some of those good ol’ “religious freedom” challenges that endanger LGBT people in the hopper.
An appeals court found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 backs Kimberley Hivey, who says she was discriminated against at work for being a lesbian. The case may make it to the Supreme Court — and be a game changer when it comes to anti-LGBTQ discrimination in Trump’s America.