Thursday, January 21, 2021

One Last Departing Attack On Us.

On Sunday the Justice Department acting head of the civil rights division, John Daukas sent out a memo to cancel the Supreme Court ruling on Title VII.
Former president Donald Trump made a final desperate and futile attempt to undermine LGBT+ rights, shortly before Joe Biden took office.
By Nick Duff
January 19, 2021

Just days before Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, the Trump administration launched an eleventh-hour push to entrench anti-LGBT+ discrimination in law.

A new memo issued by the Department of Justice on Sunday, just days before Trump’s exit from power, seeks to significantly warp the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v Clayton County, which established that employers cannot discriminate against on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity under sex-based Civil Rights Act protections.

The 23-page memo [Since removed from the DoJ website], issued by the head of the justice department’s so-called civil rights division chief, John Daukas, seeks to carve out exceptions from the ruling, arguing that religious people should still be free to discriminate against LGBT+ employees.

It asserts: “Unlike racial discrimination, the Supreme Court has never held that a religious employer’s decision not to hire homosexual or transgender persons violates deeply and widely accepted views of elementary justice.”

The memo also insists that no changes will be made within the Department of Justice, arguing that it is permitted to “maintain sex-specific facilities and policies, including bathrooms, locker rooms, dress codes, and physical fitness standards” based on “biological sex”
But the Supreme Court has never ruled that it didn’t violate the non-discrimination laws. The often cited Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case, the court DID NOT rule that the shop had a religious right to discriminate, it ruled that Colorado Civil Rights Commission used religion in their deliberations.

It appears that president Biden already started taking down Trump’s anti-LGBT government websites.

No first steps… but a jog.

President Biden is not taking his first steps but he is starting out running!
The new contact form also allows people to choose the non-binary prefix "Mx."
LGBTQ Nation
By Alex Bollinger 
January 20, 2021

The White House’s website has already been completely changed to reflect the new Biden administration, and one feature has caught people’s attention: the contact form now asks users for their pronouns.

In a dropdown menu, people trying to contact the White House can choose whether their pronouns are she/her, he/him, they/them, other, or “Prefer not to share.”
As I mentioned above, they also took down Justice Department acting head of the civil rights division, John Daukas’ memo.

Update 11:24 AM

President Biden Executive Order says in part...

Discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation manifests differently for different individuals, and it often overlaps with other forms of prohibited discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race or disability.  For example, transgender Black Americans face unconscionably high levels of workplace discrimination, homelessness, and violence, including fatal violence.
What is amazing is that this order deals with intersectionality, I think that this is the first time intersectionality was addressed by the federal gvernment.

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