Friday, June 30, 2023

A Really, Really Bad Week!

The Supreme Court handed down some really bad cases this week starting with…
Prosecutors must show that a person responsible for threats understood the threatening nature of that speech, justices say
Washington Post
By Ann E. Marimow and Robert Barnes
June 27, 2023

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the conviction of a man who made extensive online threats to a stranger, saying free speech protections require prosecutors to prove the stalker was aware of the threatening nature of his communications.

In a 7-2 ruling with Justice Elena Kagan writing for the majority, the court emphasized that true threats of violence are not protected by the First Amendment. But to guard against a chilling effect on non-threatening speech, the majority said, states must prove that a criminal defendant has acted recklessly, meaning that he “disregarded a substantial risk that his communications would be viewed as threatening violence.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined in part by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, agreed with the outcome but expressed concern about the risk of cracking down on speech that is unintentionally threatening. She worried that the ruling could lead, for instance, to a high school student going to prison for sending another student violent music lyrics.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett dissented from the majority, with Barrett writing that the standard set by the court on Thursday gives “preferential treatment” to a broad range of threatening speech and makes it more difficult for law enforcement to address actual threats.
I’m surprise that I am on the side of the conservative judges, I’ll tell what I worry about someone not taking the threat seriously and it turns out to be real.

By Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Sydney Kashiwagi, Matt Meyer and Tori B. Powell
June 29, 2023

Here's what you should know about the Supreme Court's landmark decision on affirmative action
From CNN's Ariane de Vogue, Devan Cole and Tierney Sneed

The Supreme Court says colleges and universities can no longer take race into consideration as a specific basis for granting admission, a landmark decision overturning long-standing precedent that has benefited Black and Latino students in higher education.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the conservative majority, saying the Harvard and University of North Carolina admissions programs violated the Equal Protection Clause because they failed to offer “measurable” objectives to justify the use of race.

He said the programs involve racial stereotyping and had no specific endpoint.

The opinion claims the court was not expressly overturning prior cases authorizing race-based affirmative action, and suggested that how race has affected an applicant’s life can still be part of how their application is considered.

I saved the worst for last!
By Steve Inskeep & Nina Totenberg
June 30, 2023

The court ruled 6-3 along ideological lines that the First Amendment bars Colorado from "forcing a website designer to create expressive designs speaking messages with which the designer disagrees."
These three rulings made for a really great week for bigotry and discrimination!

When The Truth Doesn't Work… Lie.

How many times have we seen the conservatives twist the truth or ignore it all together?
Lorie Smith has never made wedding websites, but she claims she was asked to by a gay couple. New reporting suggests the request was bogus.
By Susan Rinkunas
June 28, 2023

The Supreme Court is set to deliver a ruling Friday—the final day of the term—about whether state anti-discrimination laws violate the First Amendment right to free speech. The decision could be a civil rights nightmare by allowing businesses open to the public to refuse to serve people based on their race, religion, or sexual orientation. The case at issue was already shady, but new reporting suggests it’s even more questionable than we knew.

Lorie Smith is a Colorado website designer who, importantly, has never made wedding websites. However, she filed a lawsuit claiming that she wants to, but, because she opposes marriage equality, she disagrees with a state law that would make her accept gay clients. To be clear: This means Smith had not gotten in trouble with the state, she merely feared potential consequences down the line. She should not have standing to sue, but here we are. The court isn’t hearing the case on religious grounds, rather on free speech grounds, specifically whether state laws “compel an artist to speak or stay silent.” (Smith’s business name is 303 Creative; the case is 303 Creative v. Elenis.)
However a minor detail that was left out… it never happened!
In legal filings, Smith claimed that a man named Stewart contacted her on September 21, 2016, to do some wedding design work for him and his fiancé, Mike. On Thursday, the New Republic reported that the request was bogus—they contacted Stewart and he said he is straight, married to a woman (and was even in 2016), and never contacted Smith. And the timing is also suspect: Stewart’s purported request came in less than 24 hours after Smith first filed her lawsuit in state court.


In fact, her lawyers did not mention “Stewart’s” request until months later. It first came up in February 2017, when her lawyers wrote in response to defense motions, “Notably, any claim that Lorie will never receive a request to create a custom website celebrating a same-sex ceremony is no longer legitimate because Lorie has received such a request.” Smith said in a sworn statement that “Stewart” made a request through the contact form on her site.


There’s a bigger problem here. Since Smith has never designed a wedding website, and has thereby never actually turned away an LGBTQ couple, that means the court and the public only heard her views, not those of the people she wants to discriminate against. In previous cases like 2018's Masterpiece Cakeshop, there were two parties: the business owner (Jack Phillips, also represented by ADF) and the people denied service (Charlie Craig and David Mullin). Craig and Mullin spoke to reporters who shared their story with the country. For Smith, it’s certainly convenient to file a preemptive lawsuit so people really only get to hear one side.
Um… Um… Isn’t that called perjury?

Today should be interesting to see what the court will do
THE COURT HAS RULED! And it is not good, see this morning post.

Mom’s For Liberty used a quote from the Nazis that showed their true colors,
Five presidential candidates will appear at the group’s national convention in Philadelphia this week, after a local group provoked outrage for quoting Hitler.
New York Times
By Jonathan Weisman
June 29, 2023

Before the Hamilton County, Ind., chapter of Moms for Liberty achieved national notoriety this month for quoting Adolf Hitler in its newsletter, it was already at war over education in the schools of Indianapolis’s suburbs.

School board meetings blew up over “critical race theory” and “social emotional learning.” A slate of conservative school board candidates endorsed by Moms for Liberty faced off last year against a slate opposed to the group’s efforts to commandeer the school system. The diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator of Carmel Clay Schools was under attack. Transgender students, or the theoretical threat such students could pose, were suddenly front and center.


After initially defending the quote, the chapter was forced to apologize.

“We condemn Adolf Hitler’s actions and his dark place in human history,” Paige Miller, the chapter’s chairwoman, said in a statement. “We should not have quoted him in our newsletter and express our deepest apology.”
I got this from a tip from a friend who pointed this from The Mary Sue,
By Julia Glassman
June 28, 2023

Last week, Matt Walsh posted a particularly disgusting Twitter thread, claiming that “the trans agenda” was invented by “pedophilic psychologists, degenerate quacks, lunatic sexologists, literal Nazi scientists, and other assorted deviants.” He lists five researchers from the 20th century, some of them good people with problematic traits, and some of them thoroughly bad. He then props them up as the five men supposedly responsible for the creation of trans people. The thread is an extremely dishonest rhetorical tactic, similar to attempts to “prove” that Jews secretly run the world by naming five random Jewish leaders. This kind of rhetoric is designed to delegitimize trans people, erase their ancient global history, and whip up hate against them.

It’s also, infuriatingly, the latest example of bigots using the Holocaust to mean whatever they want it to mean.

A quick history lesson: 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, along with up to 15,000 gay men, up to 500,000 Roma people, and hundreds of thousands of others. The inclusion of gay men in the Holocaust is a detail that modern-day homophobes and transphobes like to gloss over—especially because queer communities were one of Nazism’s main targets.


This is precisely how people like Walsh can claim that trans people are some new, completely unheard-of phenomenon, instead of a population that’s been part of human culture throughout recorded history. It’s also how right-wing bigots can use the Holocaust as an empty signifier. When your audience has no conception of Holocaust history, they won’t notice how absurd it is when you imply that Magnus Herschfeld aided the Nazis. Then there’s Walsh’s use of Nazi terms like “degenerates” and “deviants” in an ostensibly anti-Nazi thread. None of it makes sense; none of it is coherent; it’s just a giant hate-filled word salad.
Most people know what the Nazis did to the Jews but they don’t know about the Roma people, the disabled, those with Down Syndrome and other generic defects, and also us. Trans people gays and lesbians.

Breaking News: We Now Have Two Sets Of Laws

 At one time we had what was called the Lemon Test in 1971 the Supreme Court had a ruling on when a law violates the First Amendment in the case of Lemon v. Kurtzmann
The Lemon Test has three prongs, each a requirement for state action to be deemed constitutional under the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution: (1) the law must have a secular purpose, (2) the primary effect of the law must not infringe on or promote religion, and (3) the law should not unduly entangle government with religion.
But that all went out the window today.
AP News
By Jessica Gresko
June 30, 2023

In a defeat for gay rights, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled Friday that a Christian graphic artist who wants to design wedding websites can refuse to work with same-sex couples.

The court ruled 6-3 for designer Lorie Smith despite a Colorado law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and other characteristics. Smith had argued that the law violates her free speech rights.

Smith’s opponents warned that a win for her would allow a range of businesses to discriminate, refusing to serve Black, Jewish or Muslim customers, interracial or interfaith couples or immigrants. But Smith and her supporters had said that a ruling against her would force artists — from painters and photographers to writers and musicians — to do work that is against their beliefs.
Every non-discrimination law in the United States was just overturned!
Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court’s six conservative justices that the First Amendment “envisions the United States as a rich and complex place where all persons are free to think and speak as they wish, not as the government demands.”
This will go down in history as the new Dred Scott decision.
In this ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that enslaved people were not citizens of the United States and, therefore, could not expect any protection from the federal government or the courts. The opinion also stated that Congress had no authority to ban slavery from a Federal territory.
In the current ruling they just overturned the Civil Rights Act of 1964! All they have to say are the magic words… “It is against my religious beliefs” and voilà you don’t have to obey the law!
Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissent that was joined by the court’s other liberals. “Today, the Court, for the first time in its history, grants a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class,” Sotomayor wrote.

Minor Victories will be published at a latter date (July 14th @ 11:00AM)!

It Happened Right Here In River City!

A church is a place of worship and peace but that was disrupted last Sunday.
By: Olivia Jackson
June 28, 2023

Two men were charged with trespassing after allegedly interrupting an Enfield church service with hate speech, town officials said.

The service was held in honor of pride month on Sunday at Enfield Congregational, United Church of Christ.

The Enfield town manager said police are investigating it as a potential hate crime.

The church and neighbors gathered for a “love louder” vigil on Monday night. They heard from the mayor and other town leaders, all denouncing the interruption to the special service.
According to the article there were also disruptions at the Juneteenth celebration.

By Dylan Fearon
June 26, 2023

Police are looking into a potential hate crime after two people disrupted a church service that was celebrating Pride Month.

It happened Sunday at a church in Enfield.  Police found the two men.

Police are investigating, but the pastor wants it to be clear.

The two men didn’t bring weapons into the church and didn’t threaten anyone with violence, but they are banned from the church.

“I’m thankful they’re sending people our way,” said Pastor Greg Gray of the Enfield Congregational United Church of Christ.

After his service was disrupted Sunday, Gray knows security at houses of worship is important.

“Those feel like they should be our safe spaces and when things like this happen it feels like a violation of our safe space, our home,” Gray said.
To all those who are mad because they haven’t been charged with a bias crime, I say slow down. They were charged with trespass because they don’t need to investigate that while a bias crime they have to investigate as to motive.

In another possible bias crime a Muslim woman was attacked attended a service marking Eid al-Adha.
A 30-year-old man was arrested, Hartford police said.
NBC News
By Chantal Da Silva
June 29, 2023

A Connecticut state representative was assaulted after she attended a service marking Eid al-Adha in downtown Hartford on Wednesday, police and officials said.

"My heart is with Rep. Maryam Khan who was attacked today after attending Eid al-Adha services with her family," Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement on Twitter.

"It's disturbing to me that this happened on a holy day meant to be marked with peaceful prayer," he said.

Khan’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A 30-year-old man identified as Andrey Desmond, of New Britain, was arrested, Hartford police said in a news release.

Officers were initially called to the downtown Hartford area just after 11 a.m. ET after they received a report that a man had assaulted a woman, police said. They arrived to find the man had been detained by civilian bystanders, and they later arrested him.
Once again a bias crime wasn’t made because they have to investigate the motive for the attack.
Police said Desmond faces charges including third-degree assault, unlawful restraint, breach of peace and interfering with police.

Any potential motive was not immediately clear.

Farhan Memon, the chair of the Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations, urged local, state and federal authorities to "investigate a possible bias motive for this attack and to ensure the safety of the Connecticut Muslim community during the ongoing Eid al-Adha celebrations."
Bias crimes go to motive. It has to be shown that the reason why they attacked was because of bias against a protective class. Just like murder is broken down by cause so are bias crimes. For a murder it could be accidental, or was carried out with intent but with no premeditation, or premeditated. It is all about motive just like with a bias crime.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

I Am Lucky.

In a way I won a lottery last weekend I went to a family gathering, I haven’t seen my cousin’s wife’s family in 26 years when they were married. The occasion was the graduation of their daughter.

Well first off… “I know the way and I don’t need the GPS!” well after a half hour of driving around on back country roads I gave up and entered it the GPS.

I transitioned in 2007 and they were married three years earlier. So I met the in-laws for the first time since the wedding and the most intrusive question was “Are you _____ cousin?” Then we all got down to “Are you retired now?” it turned out that the cousin’s mother is the same age as me and we talked about how to say active in retirement. We also discussed how my cousins are showing their age.

There were also classmates of my cousin’s daughter there, they just looked up and went back to their conversation.

So I guess what I am saying is that it was just your typical family gathering.

I have heard so many horor stories that I realize that I am blessed with a supportive extended family.


Last thoughts… children learn many values as they grow up, a lot of those values are learned from their parents and other family members. A loving affirming family passes those values on to their children. While children of white supremacists pass those values on. Which family values do you want to leave to your children?

"South Pacific" soundtrack

You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!

Oh Hum! It Is Just Another Day!

On this day at 11 AM back in 2007 I transitioned. (Ironically I have a medical appointment with the same healthcare provider that I started with back then.)

I went back and looked at what I wrote on this day.


Ten years ago at work they were closing down the factory where I worked for 28 years. I got my pink slip at eleven o'clock in the morning, I went home and threw out all my male clothes, and legally changed my name, changed all my documentation.

I wrote this before I transitioned

Trans- prefix on or to the other side of, beyond, over, across || from one state to another.
I look in the mirror and I see a woman.
But, I am I.
I don’t feel any different.
Will my past have to be destroyed, in order to live?
Will I still be me?

*  *  *  *  *

I can declare with certainly that I am me!

I am the same person.

I have all my memories, they are integrated within me. When I think of before I transition it is just of me and not of a gender.

I can’t remember what it felt like before I transitioned, it is lost in a fog time.

Except for family everyone only knows me as Diana. I have grandnieces that only know Diana and all of my old high school friends I haven’t seen in about five years.

I wish that I can say profound words of wisdom but I can’t, it is just another day.

Now the years are rolling by me.
They are rockin' evenly
I am older than I once was
And younger than I'll be
But that's not unusual
No it isn't strange
After changes upon changes
We are more or less the same
After changes
We are more or less the same

“We are more or less the same” and that is about all I can say. It hasn’t been smooth the last ten years; there have been many bumps along the road often not taken and as Kermit says “it’s not easy being green” and it is not easy being trans. But overall life has been go to me since I transitioned the positives have vastly outweighed the bad.

I don’t think I ever could go back it would seem so strange.


Friday, June 29, 2007

A Very Emotional Day!
It's just another day
Slipping into stockings, stepping into shoes
Dipping in the pocket of her raincoat
It's just another day

"Another Day" Paul McCartney

Monday, June 30, 2014

My Seven Year Anniversary…


An End And A Beginning Monday, June 29, 2015


Thursday June 29, 2023

The only thing that changed is my age, and I am starting to feel it.

Apology Not Accepted!

Sorry there are no mulligans in bigotry.
CT News Junkie
By Elwood Watson, Ph.D
June 28, 2023

Last week, an Indiana chapter of Moms for Liberty, a nonprofit organization that advocates for “parental rights” in education, ended up apologizing and condemning Adolf Hitler after previously using a quote from the racist and anti-Semitic Nazi leader in its newsletter.

“We condemn Adolf Hitler’s actions and his dark place in human history,” read a statement from chapter chair Paige Miller on the cover of the revised newsletter. “We should not have quoted him in our newsletter and express our deepest apology.”
When you get called out over bigotry there are no do overs, when you get called out you can try to weasel out of it. For whatever reason you thought the quote was appropriate you can’t go back.
The group was recently labeled as an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in its annual 2022 Year in Hate and Extremism report. The initial version of the newsletter included the quote, “He alone, who OWNS the youth, GAINS the future,” and cited Hitler. While the quote’s origin is not entirely known, it has been attributed in numerous historical texts to a 1935 rally speech by the Nazi leader.

Perversely going on the defensive, the national chapter of Moms for Liberty denounced the Indianapolis Star – the local paper that first reported the story – as engaging in “intentional dishonesty,” even while issuing a statement themselves that condemned the chapter’s decision to quote Hitler.
Nope. You said it you own it.
Over the past several decades, the conservative right has been successful in amassing a cottage industry of right-wing pundits, radio and network hosts, think tanks, magazines, journalists, clergy, and other political tools. These forces have been very astute at playing on the fears, resentments, hatreds, fragilities, and insecurities that have rankled the psyches of their audience.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Go For It!

I think she has a good chance of winning!
By Barbara Sprunt
June 26, 2023

Delaware State Sen. Sarah McBride has announced a congressional run to succeed fellow Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester as the state's at-large member, launching a historic bid that could place her as the first openly transgender person to serve in the U.S. House.

"My commitment is to people in Delaware who aren't seen, who don't shout the loudest or fund political campaigns," McBride said in a video announcing her candidacy Monday. "Everyone deserves a member of Congress who sees them and respects them."

In her video, McBride references her track record in Delaware politics, including the passage of Healthy Delaware Families Act, which provided paid family and medical leave.

"This campaign isn't just about making history – it's about moving forward. To strengthen our democracy, we need effective leaders who believe in taking bold action and building bridges for lasting progress," McBride said in a statement, noting her agenda includes addressing gun violence, protecting access to abortion rights and tackling climate change.
I think she has a very good chance of winning because she has a good track record in the state legislature. She has passed a number of popular bills that are people focused like improving local roads, healthcare reforms, gun control, and paid family leave.
She won her state Senate seat in 2020 with over 70 percent of the general election vote.


McBride's announcement comes as Republican-led state legislatures have been putting forth a slate of bills targeting transgender people.
Boy if she wins I can just see the Republican “House Freedom Caucus” going into a tizzy over her.

NBC reported
“It’s clear that diversity in government is necessary for us to not just ensure we have a healthy democracy but also to truly deliver for people,” the Democrat told The News Journal on Monday.


McBride, who bills herself a progressive who likes to "get things done," said a number of key issues — including criminal justice reform, abortion rights, and gun violence — drove her decision to run, according to her campaign site.

As a state senator, McBride led a successful effort to codify universal paid family and medical leave across the state. She also maintains close ties to the Biden family: McBride worked on Beau Biden's 2010 campaign for Delaware attorney general, and later, Joe Biden wrote the forward to her 2018 memoir.
Meanwhile The Hill writes that,
Although McBride, 32, is not the first openly transgender person to run for Congress — more than a dozen others have tried — she could be the first with a fighting chance. She’s been widely viewed as the front-runner in the race for Delaware’s at-large congressional district, which Rochester won last year with more than 55 percent of the vote.

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the House race as “solid Democrat.”

In an interview Monday with The News Journal, McBride said she’s cognizant of the uniqueness of her candidacy, “but ultimately, I’m not running to be a trans member of Congress.”
So she has a very good chance of winning!

I think she made a good choice to run for the House seat and not the Senate because a congressional district is local and they know her as opposed to running in the whole state.

The Hill goes on to report,
Before her election to the state legislature in 2020, McBride was a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights group. She also worked at the Center for American Progress and interned at the White House, the first openly transgender woman to do so.

As a teenager, McBride worked on Delaware campaigns for former Democratic Gov. Jack Markell and the late state Attorney General Beau Biden (D), President Biden’s eldest son.
My only concern is if the Republicans maintain control of the House the Republicans might try to freeze her out and deny her of committee seats. And denying the voters in her district a voice in Congress.

Say The Secret Words!

The Trump Courts are carving out special rights that is going to come back and bite them you know where!
Walgreens has come under fire for this before.
The Street
By Danni Button
June 23, 2023

Oakland, California resident Roscoe Rike has been picking up his prescriptions from the Walgreens on Telegraph Avenue for the last three years -- including his HRT medication, short for "hormone replacement therapy," usually taken by transgender men. So when a pharmacist he didn't recognize asked him what the medication was for, he said, in a now-deleted Reddit post, a red flag went up in his mind. 

“I told him I was pretty sure that it wasn’t any of his business,” Rike relayed to the local news network KRON. He says that the pharmacist responded, saying he would be unable to give Rike his prescription because of the employee's "religious beliefs."

At this point in the interaction, Rike began recording on his phone. “So right now you’re telling me that you’re going to deny me my medication because of your personal religion, you’re not my [expletive] doctor,” Rike says.
The pharmacist offered different options but were an inconvenience to the customer which were basically come back when I’m not around.
As laws affecting access to transgender healthcare continue to bounce around state legislatures, these kinds of instances, of what some consider medical discrimination, aren't the first time Walgreens has come under fire for allowing employees to refuse service. Almost one year ago, many were calling for a Walgreens boycott in response to claims that pharmacy employees were refusing customers' birth control on personal religious grounds.
What about our “religious freedoms”? Don’t we count?

This is going to the Supreme Court where Trump’s hand picked religious bigots will probably overturn all the non-discrimination laws! They are creating two separate systems of laws.

Right now everyone is focus on “LGBTQ+ rights” versus “religious rights” but the Republican white supremacists have high hopes of expanding to discriminating against religion and race. The Republicans sincerely belief that it is their god given rights to discriminate against people who are different from them.

If you don't want to follow a law you just have to say the secret words... "It is against my religion!"

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Guilt & Shame.


They say that talking about us make other students uncomfortable with LGBTQ+ issues, and that is the stated purpose of the “Don’t Say Gay” law (HB 1557/SB 1834). However, what does it make the LGBTQ+ students feel knowing that there is something about us that we can’t talk about?

What does it say about being Black that you can’t talk about your history, that somehow it is wrong?

“Parental Rights” what is it teaching the students when you ban books on race or LGBTQ+ topics? That it is okay to discriminate? That it is okay to bully others who are different?

These laws are piling on the guilt and shame on us, but that’s okay because we are different.


Yea Connecticut!

Oh what a difference between Red and Blue! One “Woke” open to all, and one exclusionary.
States that are open to all versus states that are based in white supremacy.
Connecticut Public Radio
By Sujata Srinivasan
June 16, 2023

Yale University will expand its LGBTQ+ mental health team this fall, in response to student needs.

Wait times for therapy at Yale decreased this year “due to an aggressive recruitment campaign,” said Peter Steere, chief operating officer at Yale Health. The average wait time for an initial appointment with a mental health provider is now four days. Students told Connecticut Public Radio that they’ve had to wait for months previously.

Still, activists say transgender students are falling through the gaps across Connecticut not because of a lack of resources, but because university staff often fail to connect students with resources outside their system.

On a page in a coloring book, a yellow moon hangs low over a leafy green stalk, sheltering cozily napping cats. Anyuye Ai, a 21-year-old student at Yale University, filled in the colors.
While down in Florida… New College of Florida is stripping diversity classes and Black Studies. Healthcare is being band for trans people. Schools are being band from saying anything “Gay.”
 drag queens are band from public places.
She could have got on Yale’s specialty insurance; her parents were able to afford it, she said, but they chose not to, knowing that she would then gain access to gender-affirming care.

The tragedy is that Ai’s solution was located just 17 minutes away in Hamden at Anchor Health, the state’s leading health care center for queer people by queer people, where she finally ended up in January this year.


In Hartford, Kamora Herrington is a cultural humility educator, and part of her work is to get trans students the resources they need in the community.

“Day one,” Herrington lamented. “[If] someone had just said Anchor, she could have gotten right over. And this is where everyone from soup to nuts needs to know everything. And the gatekeepers need to pull all of their gatekeeping off. Because that's the only way it works.”

Connecticut has some of the strongest laws in the country protecting trans rights. And the Connecticut Department of Social Services was one of the first Medicaid programs nationally to add a wide set of treatment and services for gender transition.

“We have wonderful rights, we've got wonderful protections, we've got wonderful things covered,” Herrington said.
CNN writes,

This year has been record shattering for anti-LGBTQ legislation, with particular scrutiny on gender-affirming health care access for transgender children and teenagers. Nineteen states have passed laws restricting it — but not all bans are the same.


I'm in love with a big blue frog state*
A big blue frog state loves me

 *"I’m In Love With A Big Blue Frog" The Muppets

More Differences…

Once again the Blue states leep forward!
By Polo Sandoval, CNN
June 24, 2023

Just days after three New Jersey public school systems simultaneously enacted policies requiring educators to notify parents of changes in their children’s gender identity, the state is pursuing legal action.

New Jersey State Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced the complaints against the Middletown Township, Marlboro Township and Manalapan-Englishtown Regional boards of education, all in Monmouth County.

In a series of complaints filed in a New Jersey Superior Court, the state alleges policies requiring staff to notify parents when students express desire to change names, pronouns or bathroom and/or locker accommodations “target transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary students by singling them out for differential treatment, requiring parental notification for those students but not their peers.”


“In New Jersey, we will not tolerate any action by schools that threatens the health and safety of our young people. Without question, the discriminatory policies passed by these Boards of Education, if allowed to go into effect, will harm our kids and pose severe risk to their safety,” said Attorney General Platkin in a statement. “Simply put, these policies violate our laws, and we will not relent in protecting our LGBTQ+ community – especially our children – from discrimination.”
There is going to be a long state court battle over this...
In May, state officials also filed a civil rights complaint after similar changes were enacted at the Hanover Township Board of Education.

The litigation challenging that policy remains pending. A Superior Court, however, issued a temporary restraining order barring that board of education from enforcing that policy while it considers the matter.
Meanwhile down in the Red states they are forcing teachers to squeal on their students even if it does harm to the child.

In another example of the differences… In a email from my Congressional representative, 

I’m proud Connecticut has led the way to protect bodily autonomy, becoming the first state in the nation to protect a woman’s right to an abortion under state law when I served as President pro tempore of the State Senate.  

Unfortunately, millions of Americans have been denied those same protections over the last year, with 15 states outlawing abortion since the Court’s ruling. Extreme proposals that I oppose to restrict access to reproductive health care at the federal level are moving through Congress – there’s even a measure to prevent pregnant veterans from receiving life-saving care.  

These efforts to punish women and their doctors for seeking the care they need have no place in our country. That’s why I signed on to a discharge petition this week that would force a vote on the House floor to reinstate the federal right to abortion access.
And notice the phrasing “protect bodily autonomy” that includes us!

Then in the state of Colorado,
Mascots, cheerleaders, dancers and squads will march alongside thousands of people on Sunday
Denver 7 ABC
By: Óscar Contreras
June 23, 2023

For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, all major Denver pro sports team will march for LGBTQ+ rights during Denver PrideFest this weekend.

The announcement from the Center on Colfax, however, does not mean that any players from any of the teams will be marching this Sunday.

Contingents from the NBA champions Denver Nuggets, the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, the Colorado Avalanche, the Colorado Rapids and the Colorado Mammoth will join the hundreds of thousands of people that will be marching for equality during the Denver Pride parade on Sunday.

Among the contingents will be Supermascot Rocky, Denver Nuggets dancers, Skyline Drum Squad and the Mile High City Hype Squad; the Denver Broncos cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot; the Colorado Rockies mascot Dinger; the Colorado Avalanche Ice Patrol, Bernie the Mascot and The Celly Squad; the Colorado Mammoth Wild Bunch and Wooly the Mascot, and RapidMan, the Mascot from the Colorado Rapids.
And the state of Illinois,
There were appearances from fan-favorite mascots to team owners
NBC Sports
By Alex Shapiro
June 25, 2023

Many of Chicago’s teams came together to show their support at the city’s Pride Parade on Sunday. That included appearances from team owners to fan-favorite mascots.

Benny the Bull is one of the most recognizable, if not the singular most famous mascot in the world. So it’s no surprise that his appearance in a rainbow afro wig drew cheers from the crowd. Tough act to follow for the folks wearing Bulls shirts in the float behind Benny's.

Not to be outdone, White Sox mascot Southpaw opted to celebrate Pride shirtless. He also showed off some impressive dance moves.


The Bears brought their top brass to Pride, with chairman George McCaskey and president/CEO Kevin Warren joining in the festivities to show their support.
Allies will make a difference but only if they speak up!

****** Tonight On PBS… ******

In the 1950s and 60s, an underground network of transgender women and cross-dressing men found refuge at a modest house in the Catskills region of New York. Known as Casa Susanna, the house provided a safe place to express their true selves and live for a few days as they had always dreamed - dressed as women without fear of being incarcerated or institutionalized for their self-expression.

Told through the memories of those whose visits to the house would change their lives, the film provides a moving look back at a secret world where the persecuted and frightened found freedom, acceptance and, often, the courage to live their lives out of the shadows.

A co-production with ARTE, Casa Susanna is directed by critically acclaimed French filmmaker Sébastien Lifsz (Wild Side, Little Girl, Bambi). The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022 and won the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC in November 2022.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE films will stream simultaneously with broadcast and be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. All titles will also be available for streaming with closed captioning in English and Spanish.
Of course you know that I have written about Casa Susanna on my blog, here some of the post that I wrote about Casa Susanna.
That must have been something back then, the stigma was much worst back then and they needed a safe place to be themselves. 

Monday, June 26, 2023

So You Want To Buy A Tesla?

I used to, but not any more…
  • Elon Musk said terms like "cisgender" and "cis" are now considered "slurs" on Twitter. 
  • The billionaire has a history of sharing anti-transgender content on the platform. 
  • It isn't clear if Musk's statement represents an official Twitter policy.
By Sawdah Bhaimiya
June 21, 2023

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Twitter, has amped up his anti-transgender campaign and has rejected the use of specific terms on the platform that are important to transgender people. 

One Twitter user posted about receiving messages from "trans activists," saying: "Yesterday, after posting a Tweet saying that I reject the word 'cis' and don't wish to be called it, I receive a slew of messages from trans activists calling me 'cissy' and telling me that I am 'cis' 'whether or not I like it.' Just imagine if the roles were reversed."

In response, Musk tweeted: "Repeated, targeted harassment against any account will cause the harassing accounts to receive, at minimum, temporary suspensions. The words 'cis' or 'cisgender' are considered slurs on this platform."


Musk has a history of publicly attacking transgender people and even tweeted earlier this month that he will actively start "lobbying to criminalize," healthcare options for transgender children which he believes can cause "severe irreparable changes."

In April, Insider conducted a test that found Twitter was limiting the visibility of some tweets sent via direct messages when words like "trans," "transgender," or "intersex" were used.
NBC reported that…
On Thursday, Twitter was roiled by an organized pressure campaign by conservative pundits seeking to promote a 95-minute anti-transgender video called “What Is A Woman?” Musk, who has staked out views hostile to transgender advocates, initially responded in ways that seemed to satisfy no one before he eventually relented and agreed to promote the video himself. The incident resulted in two high-level departures within 24 hours.

The episode was another window into Musk’s improvisational approach to rewriting Twitter’s rules.
He has a trans daughter and sadly he doesn’t seem to be accepting of her.
The bird app owner is now openly spreading transphobic propaganda on his crumbling platform.
By Samantha Riedel
April 14, 2023

Concurrently with his new follows, Musk himself made several incendiary statements about trans people and those who provide gender-affirming care. First, in a reply to rapper Zuby — who himself has unleashed numerous anti-trans screeds and staged stunts spreading false information about trans athletes — Musk opined that “One should always be wary of the popular thing,” responding to the rapper’s claim that young people in the U.S. “pretend to have conditions they don’t” to fit in with their peers. The comments were apparently referencing the “social contagion” theory of trans identity, which has no basis in reality but is repeatedly pushed by conservatives like Musk and Joe Rogan.
According to the Mercury News,
Elon Musk doesn’t seem to believe he played any role in alienating his 18-year-old transgender daughter, who made the legal move this year to no longer be related to her controversial billionaire father “in any way, shape or form.”

Instead, the Tesla CEO told the Financial Times in an interview published Friday that his child’s decision to distance herself from him was caused by “neo-Marxists” at educational institutions, Page Six reported.

Musk didn’t specify what institutions had worked their influence on his daughter, but he said, “It’s full-on communism and a general sentiment that if you’re rich, you’re evil.”
Isn’t that typical of conservatives, blame someone else!

Me, I’m not buying a Tesla at one time I was but now...

Congress Make No Law Respecting An Establishment Of Religion Or Prohibiting Its Free Exercise.

It says government must keep out religion, but it doesn’t say about religion influencing government  and attacking the “immorals!”
Advocacy groups condemn Alliance Defending Freedom as ‘a danger to every American who values their freedoms’
The Guardian
Adam Gabbatt
June 19, 2023

With the US besieged by a rightwing culture war campaign that aims to strip away rights from LGBTQ+ people and others, blame tends to be focused on Republican politicians and conservative media figures.

But lurking behind efforts to roll back abortion rights, to demonize trans people, and to peel back the protections afforded to gay and queer Americans is a shadowy, well-funded rightwing legal organization, experts say.

Since it was formed in 1994, Alliance Defending Freedom has been at the center of a nationwide effort to limit the rights of women and LGBTQ+ people, all in the name of Christianity. The Southern Poverty Law Center has termed it an “anti-LGBTQ hate group” that has extended its tentacles into nearly every area of the culture wars.
Their goal is to make a “Christian Nation!”

They want to criminalize “immorals” and they already banned abortions!
Through “model legislation” and lawsuits filed across the country, ADF aims to overturn same-sex marriage, enact a total ban on abortion, and strip away the already minimal rights that trans people are afforded in the US.
What is next? Criminalize unmarried women?
ADF is engaged in “a very strong campaign to put a certain type of religious view at the center of American life”, said Rabia Muqaddam, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights.
This is the future that the Republican dream about.
“They enacted a law that they knew was unconstitutional, they enacted it for the purpose of generating case after case after case to push it out to the supreme court until they found a court that was sympathetic to their argument,” Muqaddam said.

She added: “I think that’s exactly what is happening in the LGBTQ context as well. Their goal is to limit individual rights as much as possible.”
One nation under God!
“They go under the guise of religious liberty, and religious freedom. What that means, though, is this religious liberty to discriminate and the religious freedom to invalidate LGBTQ individuals,” Hodges said.
And remember they packed the Supreme Court with Evangelical Christians.
An article on ADF’s website states that it is a “biblical truth” that “men and women are physically different”, and the organization has duly worked to prevent trans people taking part in women’s sports.
Do they want women in the out of the workplace and in the kitchen pregnant in some type of new “Father Know Best” world?
“[ADF’s] obsession with targeting LGBTQ people is unhinged and drastically out of touch with supermajorities of Americans who support LGBTQ people and laws to protect us from discrimination,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and chief executive of Glaad.

“Everyone should understand the truth: the ADF is simply an anti-LGBTQ group trying to abuse levers of government to push discrimination and keep their warped sense of control.
They want to make a Christian Taliban nation.

The latest Supreme Court case establishes two sets of laws!
Los Angels Times
By Xiao Wang
June 18, 2023

Looking for a federal law to be declared unconstitutional? Religion may well be your best bet — and that’s true regardless of how “real” your religious beliefs are.

That’s part of the thinking behind one case the Supreme Court heard this session and will resolve soon. In 303 Creative vs. Elenis, the court is considering the constitutionality of a Colorado statute prohibiting most businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ+ customers. Lori Smith, a Christian webpage designer, had wanted to expand into the wedding website business — but only for opposite-sex couples, a plan that would have violated the Colorado law at issue. Her lawyers made the case on free speech grounds, but given Smith’s religious beliefs, “religious freedom” represents an undeniable backdrop to the suit.

The 303 Creative case is no outlier. Religion-based claims have proliferated in recent years, and plaintiffs have often won because courts have almost invariably found their religious beliefs to be sincerely held. Meanwhile, the burden of proof for the government — that it is not unduly interfering in religious practice — has become much harder to prove.

A string of recent Supreme Court cases demonstrates how religion offers litigants a ready path to disobey laws without consequence. In the 2021-22 term alone, the Supreme Court decided several high-profile cases that affirmed religion’s supremacy.
Say the “Secret Word” and you don’t have to obey the laws!
Today, many claims for “free exercise of religion” arise under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. I conducted a systematic review of roughly 350 such cases decided by the Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts over the last 30 years. Since the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993, the Supreme Court has always found plaintiffs sincere. Lower federal appellate courts found plaintiffs sincere in 270 out of 291 (93%) cases from 1994 to June 2022.
Tell me what is going to happen when a single woman with a child is refused an apartment? What will happen a Muslim is refused service in a restaurant? What will happen when a business tells a Black man to use a “Black Only” restroom and they say the Secret Words “because it violates my firmly held religious beliefs?”
Fixing the abuse of this criterion won’t be simple, especially with a deeply divided Congress and a conservative stronghold on the Supreme Court. But change is needed, or litigants will continue to use religion as a pretense to break the law.

Be ready for a real big, biggie ruling coming down from the Supreme Court this week before the session ends on the 30th.

CNN writes...

Can businesses deny services to LGBTQ customers?
At the center of another case is a graphic designer, Lorie Smith, who seeks to expand her business and create custom websites to celebrate weddings – but does not want to work with gay couples out of religious objections to same-sex marriage.

Smith has not yet moved forward with her new business venture because of Colorado’s public accommodations law. Under the law, a business may not refuse to serve individuals because of their sexual orientation. Smith, whose company is called 303 Creative LLC, said that she is willing to work with all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, but she draws the line at creating websites that celebrate same-sex marriage because expressing such a message would be inconsistent with her beliefs.

The state and supporters of LGBTQ rights say that Smith is simply seeking a license to discriminate.

The conservatives on the court were sympathetic at oral arguments to those put forward by Smith’s lawyer. They viewed the case through the lens of free speech and suggested that an artist or someone creating a customized product could not be forced by the government to express a message that violates her religious beliefs.

Let’s Do Away With Regulations!


That is the Republican manta, but why were regulations put in place in the first place?
  • Who remembers Love Canal in Buffalo?
  • Who remembers when the Chicago River caught fire?
  • Who remembers the Naugatuck River? Watching the piles of foam blowing in the wind from the tire companies or watching the Housatonic River change colors, going from yellow to blue to red to green from all the chemical companies along the river.
  • I remember coming down the Wilbur Cross Highway in Wethersfield and seeing Hartford in a brown fog.
  • I am old enough to remember seniors with missing limbs or fingers from work related accidents.
  • I am old enough to remember construction accidents, cave-ins, and falls.
  • I was with some people who were complaining about all the records that truck drivers had to keep.
  • New regulations that hold the police accountable.
All these regulations came about for one reason… industry didn’t self-police themselves.
  • Businesses dumped their waste on the ground and the waterways where it migrated to other people properties. Their motivation… profit over the environment.
  • Safety costed profits, hand guards, safety interlocks they all cost money… profit over safety.
  • Limiting weight, driving time, and safety checks all cut into operating costs… profit over safety.
  • The Thin Blue Line… silence costs lives.
In all of these cases they didn’t regulate themselves so government had to step in and force companies and individuals to protect the environment, to protect the workers, and to protect the public.

For work I was a mandatory reporter… by government regulation I was required if I just “thought” and not knew of a defect I had to report it the code was 10CFR21. And I bet that one hundred percent of you think that is a right to have those regulations because we made parts that could go into a nuclear plant.

But somehow requiring truck drivers to record limit their drive excessive as they hurl down the highway in an 80,000 pound truck doing 80 mph's.

I was also a mandatory reporter when I was a social worker, I was required to report to the DCF if I “thought” there might be children abuse. But somehow a police officers who sees another officer planting evidence or using excessive force being forced to report it is excessive.


Sunday, June 25, 2023

Question: Why Is DeSantis Hopping On One Foot?

Answer: He shot himself in the foot.
June 15, 2023

Key takeaways
  • Views of Ron DeSantis have declined since November, with nearly half of Americans rating him unfavorably now.
  • Over the same period, Disney’s favorability has remained high and stable, with people siding with Disney against DeSantis by nearly 20 points.
  • Just one in four have heard a lot about DeSantis’ announcement for President, and a plurality of those who have heard at least a little say it did not go well.


Disney Is Seen As In the Right Against DeSantis’ Crusade
Democrats (net +67 Disney right), independents (net +28), and every racial group side with Disney over DeSantis, as do one in five Republicans (21%).


“Making America Florida” Is Declining Further in Appeal As DeSantis’ Campaign Gets Underway
Since early April, Americans across party lines have cooled to the idea, driven by large declines among independents (net -31 appealing now, compared to net -5 in April) and Republicans (net +28 now, down from net +52).
Living in an echo chamber. I have to admit that I am but I am not running for office. When you are surrounded “Yes men” and politicians who all are like minded they tend to think that the whole world are like them. But his far right politics are driving people away with him trying to out do Trump.

Roll Call writes in March…
Pollsters and strategists from both parties largely agree: Focusing on transgender issues could help Republicans in the general election if independent voters see the GOP as defending commonsense school policies from “woke” gender ideology run amok. Or it could end up hurting Republicans if voters think they’re just picking on a small, misunderstood set of individuals simply trying to live their lives.


“It’s clear that they think it’s a great idea,” said Ben Lazarus, a Democratic pollster at TargetSmart. “They feel like it can help them win.”
But Lazarus thinks it’ll ultimately bite Republicans in general elections — unless “they somehow miraculously make the debate all about parents and we really don’t push back in a smart way.”


“What we’re trying to counsel Republicans is: Do not take this resurgence of parental rights and weaponize it into something that the voters truly can’t get their head around,” he said. “If you overreach, you will do so at your own peril.”

What polls show
New polling from Data for Progress suggests that voters are starting to see the GOP’s efforts as just that. When asked about the more than 400 pieces of legislation working their way through statehouses, “aimed at limiting the rights of transgender and gay people in America,” 64 percent of respondents, including 55 percent of Republicans, sided with the statement “This is too much legislation. Politicians are playing political theater and using these bills as a wedge issue,” compared with 25 percent who agreed with the statement “This is the right amount of legislation. Politicians are dealing with a real danger that needs to be addressed.”

That figure rose to 78 percent among respondents who know a transgender person.
My take away is, we need to do just as Harvey Milk said… 
Gay brothers and sisters, what are you going to do about it? You must come out. Come out to your parents. I know that it is hard and that it will hurt them, but think of how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives. I know that it is hard and will upset them but think of how they will upset you in the voting booth. Come out to your friends. If indeed, they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors, to your co-workers, to the people who work where you eat and shop. Come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions.
For your sake.

For their sake.

For the sake of the youngsters who are being terrified by the votes coming from Dade.
We need to show that we are just like them.

Roll Call goes on to say,
Republican strategists largely view transgender topics as another front on their war on wokeism, which has animated the party’s base in recent years. But unlike most culture war topics, a large number of voters, including independents, haven’t made up their minds about transgender issues.

“There’s a good number of people who just admit that they don’t know. … It’s a good fifth of the electorate,” said Jane Rayburn, a Democratic pollster with EMC Research.

“Most individuals don’t know much about trans people or queer culture, and anti-trans activists exploit this to promote discriminatory legislation,” Thomas said. “The Democratic party can play a vital role in raising awareness about queer and trans issues by publicly condemning this legislation.”
Newsweek reported,
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has seen his favorability drop across the country as his nemesis, Disney, gets more popular.

DeSantis has been engaged in a feud with the corporate powerhouse ever since Disney spoke out against his "Don't Say Gay Bill" in 2022. The governor signed the bill, which bans the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in certain grades at Florida schools, into law.


Over the same period, Disney's favorability rating has remained high, with people siding with the corporation in its beef with DeSantis and nearly two in three Americans having a favorable view of the media giant.


Even worse news for DeSantis is that his favorability rating among Republicans has declined 19 points since November. One in five Republicans sided with Disney, believing the company is in the right. 

You don't want to take on the mouse!

We have to do the three "E"

Education, education, and more education!


Did you every see the movie “The That Mouse Roared!

It Is Real!

The oppression of the LGBTQ+ community is a fact, it is happening now on a scale never seen before and it is worst than the 50s and 60s because it is organized, backed by a political party and well financed!
Washington Post
Analysis by Michael Arceneaux | Bloomberg
June 13, 2023

For the first time in its 40-year history, the Human Rights Campaign has declared a “state of emergency” for LGBTQ+ Americans. Some may respond to the announcement with cynicism or indifference. What does it really do anyway? Well, the answer is not “nothing.” And those who fixate on whether the organization is just being hyperbolic or seeking attention miss that the group’s announcement meets the moment we live in head-on.

The first thing that the HRC’s historic move does is give vulnerable communities — which have been targeted (at times violently) by elected officials, companies, celebrities, news networks, school districts and fellow voters — a guidebook for staying safe. It is available for download and includes health and safety information, summations of state-specific laws targeting LGBTQ+ Americans, “know your rights” information, and other resources “designed to support LGBTQ+ travelers as well as those already living in hostile states.”
We have all read about it. First they came after us, then they came after the drag queens, and now gays and lesbians!
If you’re skeptical of the need, consider exhibit A: In the background of growing acceptance of marriage equality and other LGBTQ+ rights found in polling, state legislators are proposing and passing laws designed to complicate the lives of queer and trans people. In its declaration, the HRC cited the passage of over 75 anti-LGBTQ+ bills already this year and noted that it more than doubled the amount passed last year — the worst year on record.


If you need even more convincing, consider exhibit B: noticeably fewer Pride campaigns this year, and companies known for being even mildly LGBTQ-friendly seem less willing to stand up for us. (I’m looking at you, Target, Bud Light and Los Angeles Dodgers.)
These laws are being back by religious non-profits, are being organized by “think tanks,” and are being funded by billionaires!

PLAG has an article on their website...

Disagreements over the roles and rights of LGBTQ individuals in society are not enough for us to label an organization anti-LGBTQ: It is the intersection of beliefs with actions taken based on those beliefs that help us (and others) make that determination.

Several of the organizations listed below advocate for the criminalization and penalization of LGBTQ individuals, and for the use of so-called “reparative therapy,” which seeks to “convert” individuals to heterosexuality or “gender norms” as an alternative to being LGBTQ.

The passage of time has seen society’s understanding of its LGBTQ members’ place within their communities evolve for the better, but these organizations are a forceful reminder that the struggle for LGBTQ rights remains an uphill battle.
And they go on to list the organizations.

The Pink News reports that,
Religious anti-LGBTQ+ think tank The Heritage Foundation has launched a $1 million campaign opposing the Respect for Marriage Act.
By Lily Wakefield
November 23, 2022

In ads that will air over Thanksgiving during NFL games between New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions, and New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, as well as college football games.

The Heritage Foundation dubs the bill, which would protect same-sex marriage, as an “attack on people of faith”.

According to Fox News, the total bill for the campaign is $1.3 million, including $300,000 worth of digital ads, and is therefore the most expensive campaign run by The Heritage Foundation to date.


But The Heritage Foundation claims that the “far-left” Act’s supporters are “sneaking” it through to make religious groups vulnerable to litigation and “attacks from the IRS”, and even that it would pave the way for the legalisation of polygamy.

In reality, religious liberty protections were inserted at the final hour to garner Republican support, including ensuring that religious organisations that oppose marriage equality will not lose their tax-exempt status.
NBC reported this about the Heritage Foundation,
Divide and conquer? The conservative Heritage Foundation hosted a panel of “radical feminists” fighting trans rights.
By Tim Fitzsimons
January 29, 2019


Those invited by Heritage to share their “concerns from the left” included three women from the Women’s Liberation Front, or WoLF, a self-described radical feminist organization best known for its opposition to transgender rights, and Hacsi Horvath, an adjunct lecturer at the University of California, San Francisco, who formerly identified as transgender.

Throughout their hourlong discussion, the four panelists — at least two of them LGBTQ — shared similar views on transgender people and the rights many in the trans community are currently seeking.


Heron Greenesmith, a researcher at the liberal think tank Political Research Associates, said this latest iteration of cooperation between conservatives and radical feminists (sometimes referred to as transgender-exclusionary radical feminists, or TERFs) is at least in part a reaction to the “incredible gains the trans community has made in terms of civil rights and visibility.”
Follow the money! How many times have you heard that?
Instead of becoming law, The Equality Act is falling victim to what one LGBTQ movement leader called one of “the most sophisticated dark money operations” they’ve ever seen.
The Daily Beast
By Scott Bixby
June 1, 2021 

On Tuesday, after decades allying himself with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, President Joe Biden proclaimed his first Pride Month as president, “marking a time of hope, progress, and promise for LGBTQ+ Americans across the country,” in the words of the White House. But on Capitol Hill, the president’s biggest commitment to LGBTQ Americans continues to languish, a likely casualty of the Senate filibuster, renewed conservative hostility to transgender people—and a slow-motion, under-the-radar dark money campaign to kill a bill nearly half a century in the making.

The Equality Act, which would make it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in most settings, is supported by more than two-thirds of Americans. It passed the House of Representatives in February with a bipartisan majority, and Biden has promised to sign the final bill. But instead of becoming law more than four decades after it was first introduced, it’s falling victim to what one LGBTQ movement leader called one of “the most sophisticated dark money operations” they’ve ever seen.

The source of much of that money, according to a review of tax filings by allied non-profits and some accidental public disclosures provided to The Daily Beast, is the National Christian Charitable Foundation (NCF), the nation’s sixth-largest charity and one of the biggest bankrollers of organizations currently on the front lines in the fight against the Equality Act. The NCF’s list of high-dollar donors includes some of the country’s richest and most powerful families. Among them: Betsy DeVos’ [Former Secretary of Education under Trump] eponymous family foundation, as well as the private foundations of the Anschutz oil dynasty, the late Republican megadonor Foster Friess, Hobby Lobby, and Dan Cathy, the billionaire owner of Chick-fil-A, the six-days-a-week fast-food chain, which promised to stop donating to anti-LGBT causes last year.
This is not the Anita Bryant’s “Save the Children” campaign of the 1970s. This is a well oiled, politically backed, and run campaign that uses mainstream media and social media.