March 19, 2018Louise Slaughter, Democrat and oldest member of Congress, dies at 88Louise Slaughter, a Democratic Representative from New York and the oldest sitting member of Congress, died on Friday (16 March) at 88. She served in Congress for more than three decades.Slaughter used her voice and power to fight for both LGBTQ and women’s rights.As listed on her website, she was a staunch supporter for these rights since the start. In 1996, she was one of only 67 members of Congress who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act. She supported marriage equality up to the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision and beyond. She also voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The longtime politician was also one of the original co-sponsors of the Equality Act.The Act would add sexuality and gender identity as protective classes to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Even as Republicans block it with their own discrimination act, Democrats continue to fight to pass it. Furthermore, she supported full adoption rights for LGBTQ people. Slaughter co-sponsored the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.Full article: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/louise-slaughter-democrat-dies/#gs.xKZbuK0US school principal let go after coming out as transA school principal who came out as transgender to staff and parents at her school won’t have her contract renewed.Principal Shannon Daniel, who identifies as gender fluid, worked at Stanley elementary school in Swampsott, 15 miles north of Boston, in February.She came out in an open letter addressed to staff and parents of pupils, to which the school’s superintendent, Pamela Angelakis, praised her for her ‘courage, honesty and transparency’.But, following a meeting between faculty and parents on 1 March Stanley Elementary parents and board members took a vote of no confidence, reported The Boston Globe.Full article: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/school-principal-trans-let-go/#gs.ORqnfUE“Why Didn’t You Fight Back?” And Other Questions That Keep Male Sexual Harassment Victims SilentThere were at least 63 federal lawsuits filed around the country in 2017 by men who said employers mishandled their cases of sexual harassment, according to a BuzzFeed News review of court records. Those cases are only a tiny sample of the problem, since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission averages around 2,000 complaints from men of sex-based harassment annually, and it costs money to elevate a complaint to a lawsuit. Men are typically the perpetrators in these complaints, just as they are when women bring complaints of sexual harassment. And women and LGBT individuals face far more harassment in the workplace than straight men. Yet, even in a climate that has prompted female workers in a variety of fields to take a stand against sexual harassment, male victims largely remain in the shadows, held back by a mix of societal myths, legal challenges, and workplaces that take complaints from men less seriously.There have been few studies looking at sexual harassment suffered by men, and because few men want to publicly admit they’ve been victimized, there is little insight into what happens when they do come forward. But advocates point to evidence that it’s not uncommon. An activist organization, Stop Street Harassment, said in February that its survey indicated 43% of men said they’d been sexually harassed, and one out of every six sex harassment complaints filed to the EEOC comes from men.Full article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tylerkingkade/why-didnt-you-fight-back-and-other-questions-that-keep-male?utm_term=.os9y6E9dZ#.dsxyBXGNwIt’s time for Queer Eye for the gay womanNetflix’s latest hit shows gay men supporting their straight counterparts, and is a joy to watch. But there should be a place for queer women in reality TV, too.Which brings me to last month, when Netflix released a reboot of mid-2000s reality show Queer Eye (formerly Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) to widespread acclaim. Despite initial reservations (it’s just about men, it risks exacerbating stereotypes), it’s hard to deny that it’s a brilliant, beautiful show. It gracefully unpicks ideas about masculinity, challenges conservative views about Black Lives Matter, eloquently confronts loneliness and celebrates the queer experience. It’s such a good show, in fact, that I couldn’t shake one thought: why isn’t there something like this featuring queer women?Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/mar/12/queer-eye-equivalent-gay-women-lesbian-makeoverThe GOP is gunning for the only out lesbian SenatorWhen Tammy Baldwin was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, she made history as the first out lesbian to win that office. Now she’s up for re-election, and, despite a year that looks increasingly good for Democrats, Baldwin is facing a tough fight as the Republican party singles her out as one of its main targets.But Wisconsin is far from a Republican state. All of the statewide election victories the party have had have been with narrow margins. (Trump carried the state by fewer than 23,000 votes.) So the party and its backers is throwing the full force of its weight into making sure that Baldwin is defeated.Full article: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/03/gop-gunning-lesbian-senator/The Supreme Court could issue a major ruling in favor of LGBTQ rights soonEarlier this month, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the religion can’t be used to justify workplace discrimination. The court ruled that a transgender funeral home employee who was terminated after coming out to her boss was unjustly fired.This isn’t the first time the courts have ruled against religious exemptions from nondiscrimination laws. We’ve been here before.Most recently, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a fine against a bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And of course, in the most well known case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, now before the Supreme Court, the bakery was ordered not only to provide cakes but to change company policy.It's not about cakes though..Full article: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/03/supreme-court-issue-major-ruling-favor-lgbtq-rights-soon/
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