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‘We hire only Non-Muslim candidates’

-Indian Muslim job applicant allegedly rejected over his religion.

Within 15 minutes of sending an application for a position at Mumbai-based Hare Krishna Exports, recent MBA graduate Zeshan Ali Khan reportedly received a rejection based on religious grounds. According to Khan, he was denied employment in a brief e-mail that said the company only hires “non-Muslim candidates”. Although the company expressed regret and blamed the message on a human resources trainee, Mumbai authorities are investigating a complaint filed by Khan to determine whether Krishna Exports broke the law by offending “religious sentiments”.

Khan’s experience initiated a flood of responses across social media, with many sympathising with him.

Others, however, appeared less shocked, arguing discrimination is a common practice in the country.

http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201505211340-0024778

If you were a man you would:

And I’m sure I missed some.

So next time you think to spew out that men face no problems in society, never experience sexism and aren’t subjected to discrimination perhaps rethink your standpoint, have some common sense and do some research.

Today (05/09/15) was a really fun day except for an outrageous case of discrimination at Philly Wizard World. I hope to resolve it without a ton of fuss, but if they don’t do the right thing tomorrow you may be seeing this on the news.

They literally kicked me out of the convention center for not providing proof of my disability, because I was using a mobility scooter.  I have been attending comic cons for many years. I am permanently disabled. I use an electric mobility scooter because I have severe pain and damage all over my body which makes it difficult to walk and stand for long periods of time. This damage is not visible to a casual onlooker, which is why I feel that I was targeted by the security team at the convention center today. The Wizard World staff was apologetic but in the end it was the Pennsylvania Convention Center security (NOT Wizard World staff) who hounded me and said that if I returned to the con on Sunday that I would be removed.

In case you were unaware, it is a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act to demand proof of disability from a disabled person in a situation like this. To refuse them entry to an event of this nature on the basis of their disability is also illegal. I have written proof of my disability but it was at home, because no one is allowed to demand that I produce it. I have only ever needed to use it as proof of income when renting a new apartment.

I tried to explain why I needed the scooter but they would not listen. Because my disability is invisible, and I don’t ‘look’ the way they expect a disabled person to look, they refused to believe me. They followed me to the door and made sure I had left. I looked for a supervisor to speak with and was again told the same story, that I could not enter the con without proof of disability, unless I wished to use a manual wheelchair, or PAY TO RENT ONE OF THEIR ELECTRIC SCOOTERS. Why would I want to do that when I already have one???

At this point I gave up and went in a different door, where I managed to find 2 very helpful Wizard World staff members, who agreed that what was happening was very wrong. They escorted me back into the convention hall and said that if I had any further problems that I should find them and let them handle it. I didn’t run into any more issues until I was already leaving and was yelled at again by the same security guards who said that I shouldn’t be in there and that I would be removed if I returned.

I don’t want to be scared to go to a con because I’ll be yelled at for not proving I’m ‘disabled enough’ to use my mobility aid. I don’t want to stay home and miss seeing friends who flew thousands of miles to be here. I don’t want to have to justify my existence to these people, but I also don’t want to give up. I really don’t understand why they are doing this, or what they hope to accomplish by discriminating against disabled people. The law is supposed to protect us from situations like this. I will return to the con tomorrow with a print out of the Americans with Disabilities Act and hopefully some friends to stand with me.

After Arkansas passed a law that could allow anti-LGBTQ discrimination, he posted a hilarious sign.

Mike Carron’s restaurant, The Cork & Keg, had only been open about seven weeks when Arkansas passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Some feel that that law, similar to the law that recently caused a major uproar in Indiana, would make it easier for businesses to turn away LGBTQ customers in the name of “religious freedom.”

Even though they were a new restaurant just getting on their feet, Carron, his wife Virginia, and son Jaron were among those who felt that this bill could lead to discrimination in their home state. And they couldn’t let that stand.

“Many who discriminate against the LGBT community, including some of the legislators that voted for this bill, say that being gay is a choice, which I personally do not believe,” said Mike Carron. “I do know that discrimination in any form is a choice.”

So he posted this sign on their window.

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So, it seems that Alice Eve has shown her transphobic side. I, for one, am gutted as I was in love with her, and this is just unacceptable. Yes, fight for equal rights, and yes, fight for equal pay. I am a feminist, and I fight for equality. However, to belittle a person when they eventually come out all because you have this war against the male gender…that’s not right. Feminism isn’t about us hating men, it’s about equality.

So how dare she publicly attack a person when they have suffered so much grief at the hands of the press in regards to their gender. It takes a lot to admit to yourself, never mind others what is going on in your body, so to attack Jenner like this is just despicable. I don’t care whether you like Jenner or not, to make these comments is to attack any trans* woman. 

A vagina does not make you a woman. Being paid less than men does not make you woman. 

Also, the comment about ‘playing at being a woman’? Is there no limit to her discrimination?

What a disgusting human being. And going from the comments on her Instagram, she’s lost a lot of fans.

Earlier this week, Louisiana lawmakers came close to passing a harmful “religious freedom” bill that would have given virtually anyone the right to discriminate against LGBT people. 

When they were not successful in passing it, Gov. Bobby Jindal took it upon himself to issue an executive order ensuring that anti-LGBT discrimination is alive, well and legal in his state. 

Jindal’s “Marriage and Conscience Order” prohibits the state from intervening if an individual, business, organization or nonprofit takes action to assert that marriage is between one man and one woman. The order is literally designed to target LGBT people and their supporters. 

When Indiana and Arkansas tried to pass similar “license to discriminate” laws, the huge public backlash led them to clarify that it was illegal to discriminate against LGBT people. Not so with Jindal’s order, which clearly holds the “personhood” of a corporation or church over that of an LGBT person.

The order’s definition of “person” is interpreted more broadly than some of the legal precedent it cites. Jindal’s order defines “person” as not only an individual but also “corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies,” in addition to “a church, association of churches or other religious order, [tax-exempt] body or institution.”

Defining “person” thusly, Jindal’s order prohibits the state as well as local departments, boards, and agencies from penalizing any “person” who “acts in accordance with his religious belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.”

The order goes on to detail the types of punitive actions such state agencies may not take against a business or individual for acting on a religious belief regarding marriage. The state may not deny or revoke any person’s (or group’s) tax-exempt status or license to practice law, disallow a tax deduction for charitable donations, deny or exclude anyone from receiving a state grant, loan, license, certification, accreditation, or employment, or deny or withhold benefits from a state program.

While the order spends a great deal of time defining the word “person,” it notably does not define what actions are encompassed in a person acting in accordance with their religious beliefs on marriage. Similarly, it does not explicitly clarify that the order cannot be used to circumvent state nondiscrimination laws (which don’t include protections for sexual orientation or gender identity anyway).

I am furious at this. This goes beyond anti-marriage-equality laws or anti-adoption laws. This takes every single anti-LGBT belief a person could possibly hold and conveniently shapes them into legally sound reasons to fire somebody, kick them out of their home, deny them service, refuse to recognize their family during a time of crisis, and so much else. If and when Bobby Jindal announces he’s running for president, let that be a rallying cry for Americans to show up at the polls and vote against him with all their might. I want to scream

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If you are reading this you are now apart of the movement. The day of silence is this Friday, April 17th 2015.

Please stay silent and strong on this day.

GLSENs Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.                                                                                                                        History                                                                                                                                              Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.                                                                                                                        Organizing for Day of Silence                                                                                                                                              Organizing a Day of Silence (DOS) activity or event can be a positive tool for change-both personally and community-wide. By taking a vow of silence, you’re making a powerful statement about the important issue of anti-LGBT bullying, and when you organize others to join you that message becomes stronger. Discover ways of organizing your event here.

Source: http://www.dayofsilence.org/resources/

There is, however, a somber point in the social outlook of Americans. Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Your ancestors dragged these black people from their homes by force; and in the white man’s quest for wealth and an easy life they have been ruthlessly suppressed and exploited, degraded into slavery. The modern prejudice against Negroes is the result of the desire to maintain this unworthy condition. I do not believe there is a way in which this deeply entrenched evil can be quickly healed. But until this goal is reached there is no greater satisfaction for a just and well-meaning person than the knowledge that he has devoted his best energies to the service of the good cause.
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Albert Einstein, 1946 (Source); submitted by the-ocean-in-one-drop

Einstein also said in 1947, “I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.“ (Source)

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A group of Native American actors as well as the cultural consultant walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous 6,” in protest of “jokes” they deemed offensive to women and minorities, according to the Indian Country Today Media Network. And we have to agree. In the script, Native women are named grotesque parodies like “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra” and one woman was told to squat and pee while smoking a peace pipe.

“Nothing has changed; we are still just Hollywood Indians”

Tristan Broussard, a 21-year-old man from Louisiana, is filing suit against his former employer for firing him because he’s transgender. 

Broussard started his job at First Tower Loan, LLC in March 2014. His supervisor knew that he was trans and said she and Broussard’s other colleagues would have no problem with it. 

That tone quickly changed when the vice president of the company found out about Broussard’s identity and called him in for a meeting. 

When Broussard joined him in his office, the vice president handed Broussard a list of the “female dress code” guidelines and informed him that the Mississippi-based company’s corporate headquarters had decided to “draw a line” about Broussard’s gender expression.

“If you can comply that you’re female and you choose to dress as a female, then you can continue to work for Tower Loan,” Broussard recalled the vice president telling him in the NCLR video below. “And if not, we’re going to have to ask you to give your key back and go clean up your desk.”

Broussard’s suit, filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and two other law firms, asserts that his employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He damn well better win. 

Employers should not be allowed to be exempt from medical privacy laws, the laws against genetic discrimination or the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to force their employees to provide them with private medical information about themselves and their families.  The only way to keep your medical information private is to pay a fine of up to $4000, which means these programs are not voluntary if you can’t afford it. The bill targets poor people.  Are Americans just supposed to trust our employers with sensitive medical information, when this law removes the protections we have against discrimination at work?  This bill is before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions- a committee you are all a part of. I ask that the committee not let this bill pass to the full Senate. I would ask Senator Alexander to withdraw his bill. 

This is a pretty terrifying bill that would allow for workplace wellness programs to be except from the ADA and other laws that protect people from disclosing personal medical information to their employers. Please sign / share and write your representatives.

You can use govtrack.us to find contact information for your representatives and more information about the bill.