Tuesday, October 31, 2017

US LGBT Civil Rights Update

Our LGBTQ community continues to fight & resist the Trump administration’s attempts to push back the progress we have achieved in this country. On Monday a federal judge has rightfully blocked part of the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military service stating that the policy simply “does not appear to be supported by any facts.” Matt Thorn Executive Director, OutServe-SLDN stated, “The Trump administration’s relationship with the truth has always been troubling, but it’s lies & blatant bigotry towards trans individuals is downright dangerous. It’s unclear how the Trump administration is going to respond or what their next move will be.” Then we have the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Masterpiece case is part of an appalling homophobic trend involving businesses denying goods & services to our LGBTQ community. A broad coalition of nine civil rights organizations led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus curiae or “friend of the court” brief Monday. Kristen Clarke, President & Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law stated, “Throughout this country’s history, public accommodation laws have played a vital role in ensuring that all businesses are open to everyone on a nondiscriminatory basis & that individuals from marginalized communities are not treated like second-class citizens. The Supreme Court has repeatedly & emphatically rejected challenges to public accommodation laws similar to the challenges brought in the Masterpiece case & we expect them to do so once again.” (Richard Emmanuel Graphic Design)
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