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Let’s start this dreadful article with a song written many years ago and sung by Phil Ochs. Here’s to the state of Mississippi. Don’t get us wrong and take a listen. Our title from Phil’s song says it all. You know Mary not much has changed in all of these years, not much at all.

and here is the dreadful article.

Appeals Court Allows Worst Anti-LGBTQ Law Ever To Go Into Effect In Mississippi

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week lifted a lower court injunction that had stopped the implementation of what many legal observers and LGBTQ activists view as the worst, most dangerous legislative attack on LGBTQ people yet.

Mississippi’s HB 1523, the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant in April of 2016 but put on hold by a federal judge, allows for the most far-reaching religious exemptions of any bill we’ve seen in the states. And it could eventually be the first big test of the Supreme Court’s newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, who has been a staunch defender of “religious liberty” and, by his own description, is in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, yet who has gay friends who claim he’s been misunderstood.

The law allows for businesses and government employees to decline service to LGBT people, and that includes bakers, florists, county clerks and even someone working at the department of motor vehicles, based on religious beliefs. It allows for discrimination in housing and employment against same-sex couples or any individual within a same-sex couple. Businesses and government, under the law, can regulate where transgender people go to the bathroom. The law allows mental health professionals and doctors, nurses and clinics to turn away LGBT individuals. It also allows state-funded adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples.

The law could have a wide impact beyond LGBTQ people as well, allowing for broad discrimination against many people.

This bullshit law gets even better as the article goes on to say:

According to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, under the law:

  • a government clerk could refuse to issue a marriage license to a couple because one person had been previously divorced;
    • a taxpayer-funded adoption agency could refuse to place a child with a happy and loving family because the parents lived together before they were married;
    • a taxpayer-funded organization that provides shelter to kids who have suffered child abuse could turn away a pregnant teenager;
    • a counseling group practice could refuse to see a mother and her teen who is experiencing severe depression because the woman is unmarried;
    • a counselor could refuse to help an LGBT person who called a suicide hotline;
    • a fertility clinic could refuse to treat a veteran and his partner because they are not married;
    • a car rental agency could refuse to rent a car to a same-sex couple on their honeymoon; and
    • a corporation could fire a woman for wearing pants.

    U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves had ruled the law unconstitutional ― a violation of the Establishment Clause ― in July of 2016 in a consolidated case, the plaintiffs in which included the Campaign for Southern Equality and LGBTQ-affirming churches and ministers. He issued a preliminary injunction. The 5th Circuit this week lifted that order, in a unanimous decision of the three-judge panel. Judge Jerry Smith, writing for the court, basically argued that the plaintiffs do not have standing because they have not yet experienced discrimination ― which, of course, wouldn’t happen until after the law is in effect, which makes it a bizarre ruling:

    he Establishment Clause is no exception to the requirement of standing. It is not enough simply to argue that there has been some violation of the Establishment Clause; The plaintiffs claim they have suffered a stigmatic injury from the statute’s endorsement of the Section 2 beliefs. That stigma can be a cognizable Establishment Clause injury, but even such stigmatic injury must be concrete and particularized.

    The court allowed that “a future plaintiff may be able to show clear injury-in-fact” but until then it did not see discrimination. That’s appalling, since the law on its face is all about discrimination and exclusion.

    Roberta Kaplan, lead counsel in the Campaign for Southern Equality’s case and the attorney who successfully argued against the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court, issued a statement saying she would seek to have the entire circuit court hear the case, an “en banc” review.

    No matter the outcome, the case will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court (which, of course, may or may not take it up).

    In its 2014 Hobby Lobby decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the arts and crafts chain, and thus any closely-held corporation, could refuse to offer certain forms of contraception in its employer health care plan based on the religious beliefs of the owners, Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his concurrence, appeared to limit “religious liberty” claims in a way that some LBGT legal experts believed would protect LGBT people and other groups from discrimination.

    The high court had in that case affirmed a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. But Justice Neil Gorsuch, who then was on the 10th Circuit and wrote the Hobby Lobby decision, unlike Justice Kennedy later on, was very broad in his decision favoring “religious liberty,” offering no caveats, prompting Lamda Legal to deem him “unacceptable” and “hostile” to LGBT rights. For that reason he’s been viewed as a threat to LGBT rights on the Supreme Court, even though some of his former clerks and friends are gay and have implied he would protect LGBT rights.

    Thus, it could be a test for the Supreme Court and the issue of religious exemptions to LGBT rights, as well as the first indication of the reach of Gorsuch’s view of religious liberty.

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Trump Administration Attacks LGBT Community On Three Fronts Over Last 24 Hours

 by Dan Savage Mar 29, 2017

There are, unbelievably, some “Gays for Trump” out there. I would ask one of them to comment on what the Trump administration has been up to over the last 24 hours… but homosexuals for homophobes didn’t have anything coherent to say the day before yesterday and I can’t imagine they have anything coherent to say this morning. Anyway, in the last 24 hours…

Expectations that the 2020 census might start including LGBTQ subjects were raised and then quickly dashed on Tuesday after the U.S. Census admitted that it had “inadvertently” included “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” in a long-awaited report outlining new categories for the survey. In response, GLAAD’s CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, branded the move as a “systematic effort on behalf of the Trump administration to erase LGBT people.” Last year, various federal agencies urged the Census Bureau to include sexual orientation and gender in their data as it was crucial to their role in enforcing the law. The survey, which has been conducted every ten years since 1790, includes a wide range of questions designed to gather data on everything from languages spoken to household plumbing facilities.

An executive order President Trump signed Monday has gutted the LGBT protections President Obama implemented for employees of federal contractors — as well as many other protections those workers enjoyed. Trump rescinded the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, also known as Executive Order 13673, that President Obama issued in 2014. That order required companies wishing to contract with the federal government to show that they’ve complied with various federal laws and other executive orders. Notably, Obama issued that order in tandem with Executive Order 13672, which prohibited contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This means that there is no way to enforce the LGBT protections granted in 13672..

President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed cutting $1.23 billion this fiscal year from research funded by the National Institutes of Health, according to a White House document sent to congressional appropriators…. A worldwide initiative to help people with HIV and AIDS, known as PEPFAR and heavily focused on patient treatment in Africa, would be slashed by almost $300 million under the plan. The savings would be found by slowing the rate of new patients put on treatment and reducing support to “low-performing countries.” States also would face a $50 million cut that would target “less effective HIV research and prevention activities.”

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The issue is one of marginalizing, ignoring, denying, omitting, erasing, and then their version of a final solution. Anyone ready for a fight? Put nothing past the Christian Taliban.

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New Haven AntiFascists   POSTED TODAY 3/28 WITH THIS UPDATE.

*******************POSTED TODAY 3/20/17: Be at the green (Church St and Chapel St) 4:30 to 5:30 on Friday.******************

Looks like they’ve got their new route planned. Get ready to shut down the hate speech bus this Friday! Please share widely!
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The bigots are on a tour with this bus. All we can say is bullshit. To read more about this bus see: This bus is on a road trip to convince you Transgender People are not real.

A bigoted group called Citizen Go is coming to New Haven on Saturday and possibly into Sunday, in a bus covered in transphobic messages. Let’s shut this garbage down.
Time and location TBA, we will update any information ASAP.
We can not allow transphobic propaganda and representation in our city.
Looking for LGBTQ orgs to sign on or speak.
Glitter and “dancing” shoes encouraged.

March 24 – March 26
Mar 24 at 9 PM to Mar 26 at 9 AM
Yale University, New Haven
As more info becomes available as to day and time we will update.

Update:

This bus originated in Spain, funded by a small group of ultra-catholic transphobic and homophobic rich people. Hazte Oir, the Spanish version of the organization, are widely seen as a joke in that country.

A court in Madrid banned the HazteOir bus from the city until it changes its transphobic message, basically calling it a hate crime: “The Office of the Prosecutor argued in its brief that the campaign of the group was ‘an incitement to hatred and discrimination against people who exercise their sexual identity in a different way than those of who identify as heterosexual,’ according to what is stated in article 510.6 of the Penal Code.”

The Navarra Parliament passed a resolution saying they will do anything they can to stop the bus from coming to their territory: “The approved declaration, submitted by UPN, Geroa Bai, EH Bildu, Podemos, PSN and I-EE, also asks the provincial government to take appropriate measures to ‘try to prevent its arrival and the realization of this campaign in our territory, given that it goes against respect for diversity, and in particular sexual diversity and respect for the transgender community.’”

Fuck yeah Spain. Let’s shut this down, New Haven style. Bring your glitter, bring your music, bring your drums and trumpets, bring your dancing shoes. We’re gonna laugh and dance these transphobic bigots out of town.

Update: Bus with anti-transgender message is vandalized in NYC. GOOD!!! Go to HERE.

It may push the arrival of the bus forward a day to Sunday. Keep checking on the New Haven Anti=Fascist page for updates.

Here is a good article HERE.

 

UPDATE:

Based on the information we received, they will in fact be in Rhode Island sat. Sunday they will be in new haven. If this is misinformation the likelihood of them arriving at a reasonable time Saturday is slim, due to some unexpected delays. We will plan for Sunday, and if they do show up Saturday we encourage autonomous disruptions to greet them.

Check back to the New Haven Anti-fascists group for more details.

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Kansas’ Anti-Gay Segregation Bill Is an Abomination

On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an Oklahoma-style gay marriage ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to legalize segregation of gay and straight people in virtually every arena of life.

If that sounds overblown, consider the bill itself. When passed, the new law will allow any individual, group, or private business to refuse to serve gay couples if “it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.” Private employers can continue to fire gay employees on account of their sexuality. Stores may deny gay couples goods and services because they are gay. Hotels can eject gay couples or deny them entry in the first place. Businesses that provide public accommodations—movie theaters, restaurants—can turn away gay couples at the door. And if a gay couple sues for discrimination, they won’t just lose; they’ll be forced to pay their opponent’s attorney’s fees. As I’ve noted before, anti-gay businesses might as well put out signs alerting gay people that their business isn’t welcome.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to barring all anti-discrimination lawsuits against private employers, the new law permits government employees to deny service to gays in the name of “religious liberty.” This is nothing new, but the sweep of Kansas’ statute is breathtaking. Any government employee is given explicit permission to discriminate against gay couples—not just county clerks and DMV employees, but literally anyone who works for the state of Kansas. If a gay couple calls the police, an officer may refuse to help them if interacting with a gay couple violates his religious principles. State hospitals can turn away gay couples at the door and deny them treatment with impunity. Gay couples can be banned from public parks, public pools, anything that operates under the aegis of the Kansas state government.

Supporting the bill on the House floor, Republican state Rep. Charles Macheers proclaimed that “discrimination is horrible. It’s hurtful. … It has no place in civilized society, and that’s precisely why we’re moving this bill.” The latter claim is absurd, of course—this bill is an explicit effort to make gay people’s lives miserable—but the former is absolutely true. Discrimination is hurtful and horrible, and it will also soon be codified into Kansas law, as other red states look on (and follow suit). Homophobes are nothing if not savvy, and while the judiciary dukes out the gay marriage issue, the shrewdest bigots have already moved on to the next battle. There might still be time to prevent such discrimination in bluer states. But in dark-red places like Kansas, anti-gay segregation is the new reality.

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers the law and LGBTQ issues

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I boycott Papa Johns and have ever since I discovered how homophobic and racist John Schnatter is. He is a 1%er who has earned his living off of the backs of poor workers barely earning minimum wage. He is a republican scumbag! Now where did we put that guillotine? I am sure there are millions that will untie the rope.

Here she is folks. In From Huffington Post

You have to listen and read this to believe it.

Meet your new principal, America: Betsy DeVos, Donald’s new Secretary of Education. She’s now in charge of the nation’s schools — or at least, in charge what’s going to be left, once she’s finished dismantling them. Betsy’s built her career on undermining public schools; and wouldn’t you know it, among the things she’s likely to take apart are some potentially life-saving protections for LGBT students.

So who is Betsy DeVos? She’s a billionaire fundraiser for Republicans, and a lobbyist for private schools. Back in 1997, she wrote, “My family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party … we are buying influence. … We do expect something in return.” Have you ever heard the term quid pro quo? Don’t worry if you haven’t — your kids won’t either, because there’ll be no one left to teach them.

Anyway, her money seems to have been well spent, because she’s influenced her way into an administration with a plan to move $20 billion out of public schools, where LGBT kids are guaranteed equal access to education, and into private schools, where they are guaranteed nothing whatsoever. But the taxpayers still have to pay for it!

There’s no mistaking Betsy’s ideological slant: Her family’s given upwards of $200 million to groups like the National Organization for Marriage and Focus on the Family — groups that explicitly oppose equality for queer people, and even promote ex-gay junk science. Some of that money went through a foundation that listed Betsy as the Vice President, but when asked about it, she said that was a misunderstanding — she had nothing to do with that family organization, and was simply identified as its Vice President by mistake. For thirteen years. That’s exactly the kind of rigorous attention to detail that qualifies a person to run the nation’s school.

Betsy’s also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups opposed to LGBT equality, and to ballot amendments to block marriage. In 2004, she gave a speech at the Michigan Republican Convention where she said “we support marriage between one man and one woman because that is the way God set it up.”

So how much damage could she do at the Department of Education? A lot. That’s because the DOE has an office of civil rights that protects access to education — or at least, it does for now, until someone comes along and shuts it down. Focus on the Family, a group Betsy’s foundation has helped prop up, has already demanded that LGBT protections to be overturned. And sure enough, during her confirmation hearing, Betsy indicated that certain protections are best taken out of the DOE’s hands and instead left to the states.

That would have a huge, lasting, real-world impact on people’s lives. Currently, the Department of Education is bound to listen to people like Wendy Walsh. Her son took his life after being relentlessly bullied in a district that refused to intervene. After she filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, the district was forced to adopt an anti-bullying policy. But if that office goes away or is even just weakened under Betsy DeVos, victims could have no recourse if local districts refuse to act. You’d just have to accept the bullying or move.

During confirmation hearings, when asked if schools should have to comply with anti-bullying requirements, Betsy replied, “I would look forward to reviewing that provision.” Oh I bet you would.

What else could she review? Well, under Betsy’s leadership, the DOE could adopt a position that being gay is a choice or a mental illness. They could make it official policy to “discourage” homosexuality. They could pull funding from schools that have nondiscrimination protection. And they could adopt policies that explicitly encourage bullying.

It sounds unbelievable, but that’s not hypothetical. It actually happened in Betsy’s home state of Michigan. In 2012, the Senate passed SB 137, a bill that was supposed to prevent bullying, but was amended at the last minute to say that it’s OK to bully and harass students as long as you’re motivated by “a sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction.” The bill passed the senate exclusively on votes from Republicans — Republicans whose campaigns were supported by influence-buyer Betsy DeVos.

Taking protections away from public school students and giving giving more resources to private religious groups is completely consistent with Betsy’s approach to education. In 2001, she said, “There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education … Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s kingdom.”

Remember, this is someone who said that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is “the way God set it up,” whose family foundation propped up groups pushing ex-gay garbage, who wouldn’t commit to upholding anti-bullying regulations, and whose nomination was only approved after a tie-breaking vote by Mike “turn away the gays” Pence.

I think it’s a pretty safe bet that whatever she envisions for God’s kingdom doesn’t include a gay straight alliance.

Let me know your thoughts @mattbaume on Twitter. Subscribe on YouTube for more videos, and check out this video about some of Donald’s other awful Cabinet nominees, and this one about how to fight back against them.

If it wasn’t so scary it would be funny.

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Chick-fil-A’s Sordid Connections to LGBTQ, Muslim Animus

9 February 2017
by Frank O’Gorman

Chick-fil-A markets it’s restaurants as places to enjoy good food, where customers are greeted by employees, lemonade is freshly squeezed, and fans line up the night before a new store opening to obtain free weekly meals for a year.

But behind the slick branding one finds the company has a sordid connection to LGBTQ and Muslim animus, not to mention being involved in an industry infamous for animal cruelty.

Chick-fil-a is a privately held company founded by S. Truett Cathy and now controlled by his sons, Dan and Donald. There is a distinct Christian fundamentalist flavor to their worldview – wealth as evidence of divine approbation, and the channeling of wealth to promote an ultra-conservative theocratic agenda. Truett Cathy has stated, “the Lord has never spoken to me, but I feel Chick-fil-A has been His gift.”(1)

Muslim & LGBTQ Animus

That sentiment may not have been shared by a Muslim franchise owner named Aziz Latif who attended a company training program in 2000. At one point, there was a group prayer to Jesus Christ which Latif naturally and rightfully refused to participate in. He was fired the following day! Latif sued Chick-fil-A and eventually settled out of court. (2)

This incident with blatant Christian supremacist motif may have prompted in part the current company policy that reads “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity, and respect – regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” (3)

Regarding sexual orientation, Chick-fil-A came under fire in 2011 when it was revealed that it had donated to groups opposed to marriage equality via its WinShape Foundation. One such grantee, the Family Research Council, is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its animus towards Muslims and LGBTQ people. (4)

Anti-Muslim & Anti-LGBTQ Propaganda & Public Policy

The Family Research Council’s executive vice-president, retired Lt. William “Jerry” Boykin, has claimed that the United States is in a “spiritual battle” against Satan which it appears is what Islam represents to him. He also helped pen “Shariah: The Threat to America,”which is nothing other than a collection of anti-Islamic conspiracy theories. (5)

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Spreading false claims is also the strategy that the Family Research Council uses against LGBTQ people. FRC President Tony Perkins commenting on anti-bullying videos stated:

“They are aimed at persuading kids that although they’ll face struggles and perhaps bullying for ‘coming out’ as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. …It’s disgusting. And it’s part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle.“ (6)

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