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
WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!?
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
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
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
Facebook sent a series of vision and memory tests to someone who has vision and memory issues due to brain cancer. It’s not intentional discrimination. But the result is discriminatory, just the same.
A blog post from my pal Charles Apple • Who reports a frustrating situation involving a friend of his, a brain cancer survivor named Scott who found himself locked out of his Facebook account when he was unable to complete a number of automated tests designed to help him to prove his actual identity. Among the features? The face-recognition tool, which (as you may know) is incredibly erratic and regularly spits out false positives. (In this case, one of the results included spammy fake United Airlines ads.) While Scott, who has started a blog about the lessons his ailment has taught him, took it all in stride, Apple was understandably upset for his friend. “Again, I was just stunned at the sheer stupidity of this test,” Apple writes. “This is a mighty crappy selection of pictures from which to force us to identify a Facebook friend. At this point, I found myself growing angry at Facebook.”
EDIT: This story has a happy ending; Apple tells me that they’ve reinstated Scott’s account.
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.