What Has Changed In The Year Since Eric Garner’s Death?


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled on Wednesday that sexual orientation discrimination at work is necessarily already banned under current civil rights law. They concluded that “allegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex,” taking a huge step forward for legal protections for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. [Buzzfeed]



Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, who died while being held in a chokehold by a New York police officer for selling cigarettes on the street. Garner’s friends and family, along with police reform advocates, are still asking whether the police are more accountable today than they were a year ago. [New York Times]



Various members of the media are wondering why the hell Gawker published a story yesterday outing a private citizen, who has a wife and kids, as gay. Glenn Greenwald, Anil Dash, and even Gawker’s own Adam Weinstein have admonished the site for publishing what is generally being seen as a sleazy grab for pageviews that goes against the site’s positioning as progressive but quite with the site’s history of outing. [The Advocate]



Artnet has responded to painter Georg Baselitz’s comment that “Women don’t paint very well” and that you can tell because women artists’ paintings don’t sell for much by compiling a list of higher-selling women artists than Georg Baselitz from the Artnet Price Database. MIC DROP. [Artnet]
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