Posts tagged "discrimination"

Congress Votes To Allow DC Employers To Fire Women For Using IVF, Getting Pregnant

Hey! Guess what, residents of D.C.! Congress did something pretty exciting for you. You may soon be able to fire a woman for having in vitro fertilization, just like you always dreamed. You can also fire her for getting pregnant out of wedlock! Women who have IVF, or choose to have a child without being married,…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 23, 2015

Georgia Florist Won’t Do Gay Weddings, Totes Cool With Adulterers Though

CNN’s Gary Tuchman took a trip to Georgia to interview some florists about how they feel about providing flowers to same-sex weddings, and whether or not they would support something like Indiana’s unpopular Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Unsurprisingly, they all said they would support it, and explained all about how their religion prohibited…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 3, 2015

Ted Cruz: Not Letting Christians Discriminate Against Gays Is Like Force-Feeding Pork To Rabbis

Oh good! Ted Cruz is here to weigh in on the recent “controversy” over whether or not Christians should be allowed to discriminate against gay people. I put “controversy” in quotes, because let’s face it, it is 2015 and we really should not even be discussing whether or not people should be able to legally…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 2, 2015

Thousands Gather To Protest Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

Yesterday, thousands gathered outside of the Indiana state house to protest the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that has rocked the state and the country. This “religious freedom” law could (and will) lead to discrimination of the LGBTQ community. In basic terms, you can now essentially and legally discriminate against someone from the LGBTQ community because…

By: Katrin Higher / March 29, 2015

Indiana Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Businesses To Refuse Service To LGBT Citizens

This morning, in a secret ceremony which the press was not allowed to attend, Governor Mike Pence signed a controversial bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay people, if they consider it a “deeply held” religious belief.

The bill has been heavily criticized not only by LGBT groups and…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 26, 2015

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.

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 agree with some of his father’s hateful words: “We love everybody… In this business,…

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 pair and told…

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…

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 girls ca…

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] pictures like that all…

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 allowed to discriminate…

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 cause…

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 chairman will be Arthur Martinez,…

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, i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2013
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