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March 26, 2014
Meet 8-year-old Virginia resident Sunnie Kahle. She digs sneakers, sports, and rocks short hair. Kahle’s grandparents recently received a letter from her school, Timberlake Christian School, informing them that if the girl didn’t follow Biblical standards (i.e. act more like a girl—whatever that means—and avoid nontraditional lifestyles), she would be kicked out of the school. Kahle’s grandparents beat them to it, and put her in public school. Oh yeah, they went to the press. Good on them.

Meet 8-year-old Virginia resident Sunnie Kahle. She digs sneakers, sports, and rocks short hair. Kahle’s grandparents recently received a letter from her school, Timberlake Christian School, informing them that if the girl didn’t follow Biblical standards (i.e. act more like a girl—whatever that means—and avoid nontraditional lifestyles), she would be kicked out of the school. Kahle’s grandparents beat them to it, and put her in public school. Oh yeah, they went to the press. Good on them.

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November 5, 2013
One senator recalled having to explain to a colleague that the legislation would not require insurance companies to pay for sex-change operations. Another spoke of phone calls from constituents who were convinced that their children could be taught in school by men wearing dresses.

—The New York Times

5 reasons Republicans oppose the new anti-gay discrimination law

(via theweekmagazine)

WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!?

(via humanrightswatch)

21:25 // 10 months ago
September 26, 2013
As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied. This is the case.
Jean-Claude Killy, IOC delegate and former gold medal skiier • In response to criticisms of Russia’s new anti-gay laws, during a press conference that followed a recent visit of the Sochi facilities by several IOC representatives. Despite widespread criticism of Russia’s new law, the International Olympic Committee says the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi will go forward as planned. source
16:46 // 11 months ago
June 25, 2013

Here’s what SCOTUS ruled on the Voting Rights Act, in lay terms

  • question The Voting Rights Act mandated that certain jurisdictions in the country with a history of voter disenfranchisement (all in the south) receive pre-clearance from the federal government before enacting any new voting laws. The case on which SCOTUS ruled today questioned whether or not this is constitutional. 
  • ruling The court did not strike down the concept of pre-clearance; rather, struck down the specific formula currently used to determine which states require pre-clearance. So, until Congress can agree on and pass a new formula for this determination, no states will require pre-clearance anymore.

It falls upon congress to decide on a new formula—essentially, to figure out which states should still require federal approval to change their voting laws. Given how congress is these days, we’re exceedingly doubtful that any agreement will be reached anytime soon. source

16:01 // 1 year ago
June 19, 2013
I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu… he’s not producing what I want in my office. If a guy has a particular predilection and keeps it to himself, that’s fine. But if he wants to use my business as a platform for his lifestyle, why should I have to subsidize that? And that’s what these anti-discrimination laws do.
Cornel Rasor, chair of the Idaho Republican Party’s resolutions committee. In the last year and a half, six Idaho cities have passed ordinances banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation; Idaho Republicans aren’t happy with this, and so party officials have passed a non-binding resolution calling on the state’s Republicans to do everything they can to invalidate said ordinances. source
18:36 // 1 year ago
June 3, 2013

Top image: A pitch from BeautifulPeople.com for their new jobs site, which allows employers to choose applicants strictly on their looks.

Second image: What happens when you click on the “See job listings here.” If you notice, my screenshot has a hard to read line of text below it. Here’s what it says: 

Businesses incorporated in the District of Columbia, BeautifulPeople is unable to accept job postings from your business as it would be in violation of District of Columbia state law as framed in the Human Rights act.

Which is a nice way of saying “this is a site that openly discriminates against job applicants.”

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April 11, 2013
I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner.
Roger Gorley • Discussing the situation he faced as he was forced away from the bedside of his partner, Allen, at a Missouri hospital earlier this week. The men, who have been in a civil union for five year, share power of attorney and make medical decisions for one another, but the nurse at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City did not recognize this. Gorley was arrested after a member of Allen’s family asked him to be removed. He was given a restraining order, which he plans to fight in court.
12:15 // 1 year ago