Today’s Roundup of Breaking News Headlines

A Tennessee store put up a “no gays allowed” sign — and it’s totally legal  Retrieved from Vox // by  German Lopez on July 1, 2015

GOP 2016 Candidate Courting Black Voters Meets With Guy Who Says Blacks Were Better Off as Slaves – Paul Rand’s visit with Cliven Bundy  Retrieved from Mother Jones // By Russ Choma  on June 30, 2015

Six arrested during protest against detention of LGBT immigrants Retrieved from Washington Blade // by Michael K. Lavers – June 30, 2015

ANOTHER Church Burns In The South Retrieved from NYTimes // by By ALAN BLINDER and KATIE ROGERS on JULY 1, 2015

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“Heritage not hate” really means “I identify with a racist agenda”

Who’s happy that the confederate flag has been officially removed as South Carolina’s state flag? I am! While most civilized people are quite happy about this progress toward true equality, there are of course those who are extremely upset over the decision. Those in opposition to the flag’s removal claim that the confederate flag is a symbol of their ancestors + heritage.

One such man in opposition, decided to waste everyones time + placed an order for a confederate flag cake at a Louisiana Walmart. Walmart denied his request since Walmart is among numerous companies that have banned the sale of confederate flags in their stores after the tragic church massacre in Charleston South Carolina earlier this month.

Obviously this caliber of person wouldn’t let Walmart get away with denying him his precious hate-cake… and so he went back to Walmart the next day +  ordered an ISIS battle flag cake. What does an ISIS cake even look like?

Well, here is is:

Have any clue what that says? I surly don’t + neither did cake-making staff at Walmart… hence why it was even made in the first place. It was a mistake that this loser knew Walmart would fall for! Walmart was forced to apologize for making an ISIS cake even though this man obviously was just fucking with Walmart to make a point that has no factual, historical proof. Vox journalist  reported: “The Confederacy itself was founded to preserve slavery and promote white supremacy (see, for example, Mississippi’s declaration of secession: “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the world,” or the speech from the Confederacy’s vice president that declared the Confederacy’s cornerstone “rests upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition”).

The loser that ordered the cake, +  all the other losers that claim the confederate flag represents “Heritage Not Hate” are seriously diluted if they think they’re not racist ass holes.

Yeah, I know its harsh to say, but its the truth. People in support of the hate-flag claim that it has multiple meanings, one of them being heritage or a representation of their ancestors. Which may be true for some people. But the bottom-line-hard-fact-of-the-matter is that the confederate flag most definitely also represents slavery, oppression, and segregation. There is just no way around that one… #sorrynotsorry

When government uses + allows such hateful symbols like the confederate flag, they legitimize + even encourage discrimination + hate. People that support the confederate flag simply identify with a racist agenda + support racist policies, plain and simple.

For more info on this topic – peep these links:

 

Confederate Loser Buys Delicious ISIS Cake but Doesn’t Eat It  – Wonkette, 

How People Convince Themselves that the Confederate Flag Represents Freedom, Not Slavery – Washington Post, by Carlos Lozada

Why Do People Believe Myths About the Confederacy  – Washington Post, by James W. Loewen

Transgender Civil Rights

 

 

 

 

 

What an incredible week we just had– the Supreme Court ruled in favor of both affordable health care + marriage equality! As I said in a previous post, I am happy beyond belief that American’s are one step closer to experiencing true equality – however – it seems we still have a far way to go. John Oliver’s popular HBO TV show Last Week Tonight, was particularly poignant in outlining the ways in which we  still demonize + discriminate against LGBT people.

John goes into the many ways in which transgender people face discrimination + hate simply by just being themselves. One interview was with a transgender solider that literally said that serving as a solider in Afghanistan “feels like a vacation because I can truly be myself.” Never thought I’d hear Afghanistan and the words “truly be myself” in the same sentence…  + the fact that this solider feels more comfortable in Afghanistan than in his own country is nothing short of tragic.

Here is a clip of Last Week Tonight in case you missed it. If you don’t have time to watch it, the main takeaway is that we as a nation must lose the labels + educate ourselves + our children on what it means to be LGBT – and here is a simple answer for you: LGBT people are simply people, no different than any other human on this earth. We are all individuals with our unique experience + perspective – therefore differentiation + labels aren’t needed because we are all the same 🙂

 

LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

I figured I’d wait 24 hours before talking about the sad state of affairs in the majority of states in the union… I didn’t want to bring this up yesterday when Love Won! While I am ecstatic beyond belief that every American is now legally allowed to get married, the fact is 31 states do not have separate protections specifically for sexual orientation + gender identity. This means that it is completely legal for an employer to terminate employment based on a persons sexual orientation or gender identity. Check out this infograpic from Vox that shows the states that have protections for LGBTQ people and those that don’t.

Currently, 19 states ban discrimination based on sexual orientation + gender identity, while only 3 additional states ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Equal rights activist, Michelangelo Signorile, is so right: Its Not Over!

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Of course it is a monumental shift for all American’s to now have the right to marry – it seems the fight for true equality is far from over.  The lack of civil rights laws in the 31 states in the union that do not protect LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination need to be changed. Equal Protection under the law, right?

14th Amendment – Equal Protection: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Where does your state stand? Would love to know your thoughts on this – comment below!

 

LOVE WINS!

 

 

 

I am so proud to be an American on this day! The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Marriage Equality which means gay marriage is legal in all 50 states!

Needless to say, the internet is blowing up in response to the court decision. I absolutely love that #LoveWins is trending on Twitter 🙂 Its amazing to to read all the positive comments people have in response to this monumental decision!

This tweet from Bipartisan Report, an Internet News aggregator, was just too hilariously brilliant not to share:

 

Why this Supreme Court decision directly impacts equal opportunity in the U.S.

Samantha Elauf wears a head scarf for religious reasons like many Muslim women. It not surprising that Samantha wore her head scarf to apply for jobs in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma back in 2008. When Samantha filled out an application for Abercrombie & Fitch, the company said her head scarf clashed with its dress code – which calls for a “classic East Coast collegiate style” – and refused to hire her. Sounds like basic employment discrimination to me…

Luckily the Supreme Court agrees with me. On June 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samantha on the grounds that “An employer may not make an applicant’s religious practice confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions.”

Samantha said “I was born in the United States, and I thought I was the same as everyone else…  Observance of my faith should not prevent me from getting a job.”

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 Photo Credit: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Samantha’s victory in the Supreme Court is a message to the entire nation that workplace discrimination is not acceptable, and Americans will not sit idly by while corporations break the law. The laws are in place to protect everyone, and should be implemented as such.

Will Ireland be the first country to legalize same-sex marriage?

Tomorrow Irish citizens will vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal. If they vote ‘yes’ on this referendum, Ireland will become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Early polls indicated over three quarters of the country are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

 Photo Credit: Niall Sweeney (tumblr)