Republicans across the country have been proposing so-called “bathroom bills” to prevent transgender individuals from using public restrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. Republicans are introducing, and sometimes passing, bills in state legislatures to that effect. The Republican National Committee even passed a resolution condemning such bathroom accommodation in public […]Read more "GOP Decries Transgender Bathroom Accommodation But Got Millions from a Transgender Donor"
Target came out in support of allowing customers to use its bathrooms based on gender identity. The Internet reacted as expected: some applauded the chain for inclusiveness, and others pledged to boycott. But is Target a paragon of tolerance and inclusiveness? Well, not historically. Only a few years ago, Target’s PAC was caught on multiple […]Read more "Remember Target’s History Before Judging It"
In searching for reasons to discredit opposition to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, conservatives found a nugget of information ripe for fodder: Charlotte’s invalidated anti-discrimination bill was supported by convicted sex offender Chad Sevearance, a former music minister who in 1998 molested church youth. To make more hay, conservatives embellished by falsely claiming Sevearance was […]Read more "Conservatives: Think About Your Own Before Condemning What Policies a Sex Offender Supports"
Over one hundred corporations signed a letter denouncing North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2), the so-called “Bathroom Bill” that prohibits localities from creating certain additional protections against discrimination, overturning Charlotte’s new law expanding LGBT anti-discrimination protections to include public accommodations. The media has been infatuated with the scenario that transgendered people would have to use the public bathroom of their biological sex. (It also invalidated any locality’s raising the minimum wage beyond the $7.25/hour set by the state.) The legislature even convened a special session just to pass the bill, in order to keep Charlotte’s law from ever coming into effect.Read more "Companies Denounce North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law While Operating in Countries Where Gays Are Executed"
Antonin Scalia has died. He was perhaps the nuttiest supreme court justice of my lifetime, with some ultra reactionary views. Things like his insistence in Lawrence v. Texas that consensual homosexual sex could be outlawed; or his defense of displaying the Ten Commandments in courthouses with logic such as most Americans’ religions believe in it; […]Read more "The One Thing I Wish I Could Have Asked Antonin Scalia"