“A documentary film about a transgender woman in Hawaii that has received awards and won wide praise is being cited by a Republican congressman as a waste of government money and a reason to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting.”
“President Donald Trump has made clear he’s winnowed down his list of potential Supreme Court nominees — and may be days away from making the announcement.
Trump himself said on the campaign trail that he would look at judges William Pryor and Diane Sykes as top contenders, and has touted his list of 20 possible choices from conservative legal circles. Sources close to the search say as things stand now, Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged on top of the list as well as Judge Thomas Hardiman.
The President will discuss the Supreme Court vacancy Tuesday afternoon with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the leaders of the Judiciary Committee, McConnell announced.”
“Donald Trump’s opinions on some LGBT issues have flip-flopped all over the place – but currently and for the foreseeable future he’s absolutely against civil rights for LGBT people. Worse, however, he has surrounded himself with a cabinet and advisors who are virulently opposed to equality, period.
Matt Baume explains how, under President Donald Trump, LGBT people could lose their rights, even those you thought were set in stone, within days.
Baume makes several excellent arguments, and as usual, sees further into the morass that is American politics and the battle for LGBT equality than most.”
“Update 1/4 – 3 PM – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has promised to veto a proposed bill that would allow people to sue the state if they found a transgender person in the restroom.”
I disagree with Mr. Maher on this matter. Now is the time to keep the pressure on the candidates, not just for president but for congress and every other position up for vote in November.
It is the hope of GOP bigots any and all of their anti LGBQ legislation will slip under the radar of main stream media and the general public until there is too little desire to change these draconian laws.
Lets make sure no one forgets.
“WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a woman’s claim that existing civil rights law protects against sexual orientation discrimination — ruling that only the Supreme Court or Congress can make that the law.
‘Kimberly Hively has failed to state a claim under Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for sex discrimination,’ the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held in its decision in Hively’s appeals. ‘[H]er claim is solely for sexual orientation discrimination which is beyond the scope of the statute.’
In ruling against Hively’s claim — that sexual orientation discrimination should be barred under Title VII as a type of sex discrimination — the court, primarily, pointed to a series of rulings from the appeals court beginning in 1984 and continuing through 2000 in which the court found that anti-LGBT discrimination was not covered by Title VII.”
“The Supreme Court, freed from the chauvinistic conservatism of Justice Scalia, has issued a string of incredibly important rulings that protect the rights and well-being of American women while dealing a resounding blow to the pernicious agendas of two of America’s most destructive lobbies. Following on the heels of this morning’s striking down of a draconian anti-abortion law is a ruling which upheld a law that would deny convicted ‘reckless’ domestic abusers their right to bear arms.”
(Via. Occupy Democrats)