Posts tagged "discrimination"

Doctor Refuses To Treat Child Of Lesbian Couple

This past September, at the suggestion of their midwife, expectant parents Krista and Jami Contreras met with Dr. Vesna Roi in the hopes that she would be their pediatrician. The meeting went well, so they were pretty surprised a few months later when they brought their new daughter Bay in to see her. The…
By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 19, 2015

Willie Robertson From “Duck Dynasty” Is “Trying To Figure Out” Whether Being Gay Is A Choice

Remember last year when Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" compared homosexuality to bestiality and terrorism and the world was rightfully outraged? Now, his son Willie Robertson has spoken out about the fiasco to Larry King. Willie told King that he doesn't…
By: Claire Hannum / December 19, 2014

FDA Considers Lifting Antiquated Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

In 1983, the FDA put a policy in place that forbids any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The policy, which still stands today, was implemented at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The LGBT community was devastated by the virus, and gay men were at a higher…
By: Claire Hannum / December 1, 2014

Jillian Michaels Wishes She’d Been Born Straight

"I've been approached about having mutual approval over everything to do a reality show. It's interesting because we can talk about parenting, relationships, health—all the things that are important to me. But then I think, What if I open up and people attack us just because we're a gay family? It scares the hell out of me....I…
By: Claire Hannum / October 20, 2014

Lesbian Couple Asked To Leave A Store For Kissing On National Coming Out Day

On Saturday (which was National Coming Out Day, making this story even more bleak), a lesbian couple was kicked out of a UK grocery store for sharing a "light kiss." Ugh. Annabelle Paige, a Sussex University student, stopped by a Sainsbury's store in Brighton with her girlfriend. A security guard approached the…
By: Claire Hannum / October 15, 2014

New Jersey Middle School Refuses To Let Trans Girl Come Back To Classes

Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, told a 13-year-old trans girl named Rachel Pepe that she is not allowed back in school unless she goes by her previous identity of "Brian." [Asbury Park Press] Here are seven Black women to follow for updates on the aftermath of Michael Brown's murder in Ferguson,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014

Nebraska Won’t Recognize Driver’s License From Lesbian With Wife’s Last Name

Nebraska won't recognize a driver's license — or more specifically, the name on a license — because the woman it belongs to, Sue Stroesser, is married to another woman and the state does not recognize same-sex marriage. Stroesser has been with her partner for 30 years. Seriously, Nebraska, do you realize how stupid you look…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2014

Pennsylvania Police Accused Of Discriminating Against Women In Physical Fitness Test

The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by the Justice Department over the allegation that its physical fitness test discriminates against women. . [ [Huffington Post; CBS Local] One Chinese city is paying families about $161 to give their daughters the mother's last name in order to encourage the idea that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2014

Did Size Discrimination Get This Woman Kicked Off Instagram? (Hint: Probably)

Samm Newman, a 19-year-old college student, was shocked when she found out her Instagram account had been removed for "violating community guidelines." A photo she posted of herself in her bra and underwear (which adheres to Instagram's rules against nudity) was flagged by users as inappropriate. Newman told NBC4i, "I've seen [lingerie] picture…
By: Claire Hannum / July 17, 2014

Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Organizations Now Demanding Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order

Well, surprise, surprise. Not. Just days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby -- which gives business owners with "religious objections" the right to deny coverage of contraception in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act -- a group of religious leaders are now demanding that they be…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 3, 2014

Fatphobia: A Guide For The Disbeliever

This piece was crossposted with permission from KittyStryker.com. First, a little bit about me. I’m an American who has lived on one coast or the other, who has spent extended time in Poland and in London. I’ve been familiar with fatphobia my whole life, as my mother is fat, my grandmother is fat, and…
By: Kitty Stryker / May 6, 2014

Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school. According to one Lumberton father: "If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don't…
By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014

Abercrombie & Fitch’s Jerk Of A CEO Has Lost His Chairman Title

Mike Jeffries, CEO and chairman of Abercrombie & Fitch, lost his chairman title this week. The guy is a super-douche who made it known that he only wants cool kids to shop at his store. It seems that shareholders are fed up with that attitude, because it's no longer selling. The new chairma…
By: Claire Hannum / January 28, 2014

Lesbian Allegedly Banned From Visiting Her Partner In The Hospital

A lesbian in Indianapolis, Indiana, said she has been banned by her partner's homophobic mother from visiting her partner at St. Francis Hospital. The mother is technically the next-of-kin for Jennifer Clemmer, who was hospitalized from a prescription drug overdose. But her girlfriend, Sarah Bray, with whom she lives and raises a child, is being…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2013

5 Things To Know About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

Yesterday, the Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill to ban employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. being transgender). This is the first time ever that ENDA, which has struggled in Congress for almost 20 years, includes protections for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013

Mississippi Lesbian Tries To Open Gay Bar, Gets Blocked By City Council

Pat Newton, a lesbian who is trying to open a gay bar in Shannon, Mississippi, said there is a discriminatory "conspiracy" in town to prevent her from getting the appropriate permits. It's the same bar which was featured in the 2006 documentary "Small Town Gay Bar," which Newton is trying to reopen. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 2, 2013

UK Supermarket Apologizes For Selling “Inflatable Gay Best Friend” Doll, But You Can Still Buy It On Amazon

UK supermarket chain Tesco recently came under fire for selling a few offensive products on its website, including a Psycho Ward Halloween costume and an Inflatable Gay Best Friend doll. They promptly removed the psycho costume, but the blowup gay man remained on their site, advertised as an "amusing gift" with the…
By: Ami Angelowicz / September 30, 2013

On Muslim Woman’s Veil Lawsuit, Judge Rules That Abercrombie Is Still Pretty Much A Giant Bully

In case people aren’t yet convinced that Abercrombie & Fitch is the Douchiest Company Ever, they’ve set out to prove it once again. In 2010, they fired Hani Khan, a Muslim employee who insisted on wearing a hijab at work. The store claimed that the head scarf would hinder…
By: Claire Hannum / September 10, 2013

Teen Girl Kicked Out Of Oregon Store On Her Birthday For Being “Too Big To Shop Here”

Shelby Buster was celebrating her birthday the way many 14-year-olds do -- by taking a trip to the local mall in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. She and a friend popped into a store called Rue 21 where Buster was planning to buy some perfume with her birthday money when she was approached by a…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 4, 2013

Merrill Lynch Advises Female Employees To “Seduce” The Boys’ Club

I'm continually shocked by the amount of totally egregious sexist/racist/classist bullshit that people and companies are trying to pull. I understand that this is a tale as old as time, but it's like come the fuck on already. Case in point, the baby geniuses at Merrill Lynch who felt it necessary to…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 27, 2013
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