Posts Tagged ‘LGBTQ’

LGBTQ Legal Protections

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, [Supreme Court Justice Neil] Gorsuch wrote, which bars discrimination ‘because of sex,’ also covers claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Colorado Governor Jared Polis said, “My statement after the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ workers are protected from discrimination: This strong 6-3, Supreme Court ruling is a victory for LGBTQ workers and a significant step on the road to equality. We must continue to create a community where people feel safe, and loved, and valued, and respected. No person should be afraid to show the world who they are – and no LGBTQ person should risk losing their job by doing so. Colorado will continue to lead on anti-discrimination policies and my administration will continue to build a Colorado For All.”

Colorado Rep. Brianna Titone also commented on decision as the legislative session wrapped up.

Ilya Somin breaks down the decision. I personally wish this matter had been resolved by Congress clarifying the relevant legal language, but of course Congress is infested mostly with moral cowards and imbeciles.

Andrew Koppelman, pointing to a 1988 paper of his, says, “I’ve been arguing in print, since I was a law student, that discrimination against gay people is sex discrimination. I’m glad the Supreme Court finally saw it.”

Much Ado about Rowling

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

I don’t understand why “we” can’t reach widespread agreement that a) humans generally are a sexually dimorphous species on a biological level that reproduces by males impregnating females, and b) many individual humans fit on a gender or sexual spectrum, not in usual male-female boxes. Why either of those propositions, which seem obvious to me, are up for debate in our culture is beyond me. But they are. Or at least people viciously talking past one other about the issue is a common pastime.

It’s not clear to me that J. K. Rowling is denying either of those obvious truths; nevertheless, she has taken a great deal of heat for allegedly denigrating transgender women. And so of course she is the devil. Meanwhile, Colin Wright, in “defending” Rowling, seems to me to be denying the “spectrum” side of the issue. Here’s what Rowling has to say on the matter. Perhaps I too shall be cast into Hell for linking to her essay and thereby encouraging Thoughtcrime.

Colorado Bill against “Gay Panic” Defense Revived

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

With all the chaos, the Colorado legislature dropped a bill that would formally eliminate the “gay panic” defense. I review the bill in my column today for Complete Colorado.

Representative Brianna Titone sent me the following statement on June 6:

“I was well aware that many bills were going to be killed because of budget and time, but bills that were free, bipartisan, and in the opposite Chamber, I didn’t think would all be killed. One of those bills was HB20-1307. I wasn’t aware of what bills were destined to die and which ones were to be kept, but this one struck me hard to learn it was killed. I was especially surprised of the dissatisfaction of the Republican members of the committee who didn’t go along with PI’ing the bill. This doesn’t normal happen. The “fast, free, and covid19 related” criteria is 2/3. I feel that this bill is relevant to what’s happening outside the Capitol which adds to the bill’s importance.

“Black trans women are murdered at an alarmingly disproportionate rate compared to any other group. It was this group I was thinking about when I thought about this bill. Black trans women have very little representation in elected office. I can count on one hand the folks I’m aware of. Two represent Minneapolis, MN, VP of Council Andrea Jenkins and Councilperson Phillipe Cunningham. At the state level, there are only 4 out trans legislators, all of which are white. Black trans women need us to lift up their voices. For decades this hasn’t been happening. Now that they at least have trans representation, we can focus on the needs of the trans community.

“You may also recall during the protests in Minnesota, a black trans woman, Iyanna Dior, was violently assaulted as most people just watched. This is an example of the kind of violence this group experiences. While the law in question would protect all LGBTQ people, like as in the Matthew Shepherd case, the relevance to the BLM movement is really on black trans women.

“At this time there hasn’t been a commitment to revive the bill. House leadership is aware of the request and the sentiment among members to bring it back, but it has not been acted on.”

This morning, One Colorado issued a media release saying the bill was revived last evening as SB20-221.