Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mississippi Goddamn Again

Nina Simone sang it best in her 1964 song “Mississippi Goddamn” during the Civil Rights Movement but now we’re confronted once again with HB 1523 in Mississippi that blatantly discriminates against our LGBTQ community in the name of religious exemptions. Why the Supreme Court of the United States decided not to hear a challenge to Mississippi’s HB 1523 could be anyone’s guess. Either they have decided to do the right thing & rule against Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission or our LGBTQ community may enter an extremely dark time in this country that reflects something familiar to Nazi Germany attacking Jews during “Kristallnacht” the Night Of Broken Glass. Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD stated, “This latest punt on LGBTQ rights by the nation’s highest court promotes state-stationed discrimination by upholding a law that allows hotels, ER doctors, business owners & even pediatricians to legally deny services to hardworking LGBTQ families in Mississippi. While freedom of religion is a fundamental right, it should never give people the right to impose their belief on others & openly discriminate against others in the name of religious exemptions.” This bill is totally putting our LGBTQ community in harms way. GLAAD has been on the ground in Mississippi working with local organizations like the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center, the Spectrum Center & Joshua Generation MCC to help accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people in the state & protect them from discrimination since the HB 1523 debate began. Open your eyes people. For More Info: glaad.org
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