An unnamed woman known as thewwwayward designed a motivational Trump poster – with the words “There’s no good and evil, there’s only power and those too weak to seek it” attributed to him. She sold the posters to followers of the presumptive Republican nominee at a rally. What they didn’t know, unless they are big Harry Potter fans, is that the words actually comes from Hogwarts’ most villainous student, Voldemort.
In a video, the masked woman explains that she also gave buyers a clue that they were being trolled. “I also included a hidden image of Voldemort’s face that will only appear once they’ve hung up the poster and turned off the lights,” she said about the glow-in-the-dark bonus.
While this already makes her a shero in our eyes, she’s taking it one step further and doing some good with the money she raised. All of her profits will be donated to Familia Trans Queer – an organization that advocates for all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. “Believe me, I have zero qualms about trolling Trump supporters, taking their money, and giving it to communities of color,” she concludes
LGBT people in Cleveland are rightfully hurt and confused after the city’s Pride organization inexplicably canceled annual Pride festivities, just two weeks before they were scheduled to occur. Here’s the statement organizers released:
“We have been entrusted by our community to create a secure parade and festival environment for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends and allies. Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment. Therefore, we regretfully cancelled our 28th annual parade, rally and festival this year.”
This hardly provides any information, and also doesn’t make sense considering Cleveland’s current capacity for hosting lots of people; the city just held the Republican National Convention, but made sure to pass an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance before the GOP came to town.
The cancelation of Cleveland Pride is inconceivable given that we just hosted the flipping Republican National Convention last week. Protestors and protestors with many, many guns converged on Cleveland from all over the world with focused intensity and angst. Trust me, Cleveland Pride did not present a more challenging “social climate” than the RNC.
The cancelation of Cleveland Pride is inconceivable given that Cleveland just hosted the Gay Games only two years ago. Have we suddenly forgotten how to organize gay people?
The cancelation of Cleveland Pride is inconceivable given that Cleveland took less than 48 hours to plan a parade last month to honor our beloved Cavaliers. Over a million people showed up. Over. A. Million. Lest you think that Cleveland has become a gay mecca, let me assure you: the Cleveland Pride parade was not about to draw over a million people. Move that decimal point to the left quite a few spots.
The cancelation of Cleveland Pride is inconceivable given that cities all over the country have been celebrating Pride post-Orlando for months now. What on earth is different about the “social climate” in Cleveland?
When activists marching with Black Lives Matter temporarily disrupted Toronto’s Pride parade earlier this summer, some of the people in Natasha Adsit’s life were furious.
Acquaintances in Vancouver’s LGBTQ2 community told her they were outraged that the protesters had the gall to stop “our” parade.
“I said, ‘But who’s our?’ Human rights means all humans, or else you’re actually becoming a bigot,” she said.
Adsit is 43 years old, aboriginal and transgender. When Black Lives Matter, often called BLM, asked Toronto’s Pride organizers to do more to include people of colour and block police from marching in future parades, she knew exactly where they were coming from. Like them, she has often felt excluded from mainstream gay and transgender activism, and encounters with the police have left her feeling uncomfortable about marching alongside officers.
She supports BLM’s Vancouver chapter, which wrote an open letter earlier this month asking the Vancouver police to agree to a reduced presence in the parade, and for the Vancouver Pride Society to take “concrete action” to be more inclusive of black people, First Nations people and other people of colour.
Just like the BLM activists and other people of colour who’ve spoken out in recent weeks, Adsit believes the LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit) movement can’t afford to become complacent after making so much progress. That means working vigilantly to make sure every queer and trans person is afforded the same respect, safety and opportunities, even if they don’t look like Caitlyn Jenner or Neil Patrick Harris.
This week, an appeals court ruled that sexual orientation is not a protected class under existing civil rights laws related to sex discrimination, particularly the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Only Congress or the Supreme Court can make a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
In ruling against Hively’s claim — that sexual orientation discrimination should be barred under Title VII as a type of sex discrimination — the court, primarily, pointed to a series of rulings from the appeals court beginning in 1984 and continuing through 2000 in which the court found that anti-LGBT discrimination was not covered by Title VII.
A clearly conflicted Judge Ilana Rovner, joined by Judge William Bauer, went on for more than 40 pages, however, detailing what Rovner described as “a paradoxical legal landscape in which a person can be married on Saturday and then fired on Monday for just that act.”
Addressing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2015 decision — backing up Hively’s position — that sexual orientation discrimination is a type of sex discrimination barred under Title VII, Rovner wrote, “The idea that the line between gender non‐conformity and sexual orientation claims is arbitrary and unhelpful has been smoldering for some time, but the EEOC’s decision … threw fuel on the flames.”
Another reason why This Election Really Matters: We need the Supreme Court and/or Congress to get moving to make it illegal for LGBT people to get “fired on Monday for getting married on Saturday.”