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Supreme Court overturns state ruling, allows same-sex spouses to be listed on birth certificates as parents
The justices ruled in favor of lesbian couples by throwing out a December ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has overturned a state court ruling that allowed Arkansas to refuse to list two same-sex spouses as the parents on a baby’s birth certificate.

The Arkansas Supreme Court had upheld the discriminatory law in December. 

The justices ruled in favor of lesbian couples by throwing out a December ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court that upheld state officials’ refusal to name the wives of the birth mothers as parents on birth certificates.

The Arkansas court said state officials do not have to list both same-sex spouses as named parents on birth certificates, even though state law allows a birth mother’s opposite-sex husband to be listed when the baby is not biologically related to him. Both couples received the birth certificates they wanted when they won in trial court.

Conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented, saying the lower court decision should not have been reversed.

Good good good. (Also, welcome to SCOTUS, Neil Gorsuch, thanks for already giving LGBTQ people a big ol’ slap in the face.)

so I got this anon for my terrible sideblog and I was at first confused because the video was only released like eight hours ago so I went to check it. The first thing I noticed was the insane difference between the like and dislike bar on the Youtube Pride video. 59,000 Likes, 98,000 Dislikes. The video wasn’t even bad it was just two minutes of people saying “I want to be myself” and that is a wonderful message.

The comments were all talking about stupid shit like straight pride and white pride (as if there were ever systematic and societal discrimination for being white and straight) and how the lgbtq+ community should be wiped out, how disgusting we are. And that no one actually cares that people are gay now (more ignorance because let me tell you all, people care a lot for the wrong reasons). All these comments had hundreds of approval by several others.

But you have to realize that the people spreading hate are all pathetic. Every single one of them. I’m not saying that to soften their bigotry, but to maybe have anyone reading this understand that these people have opinionated mouths with absolutely no credibility or understanding behind their words.

LGBTQ+ people deserve to be happy. I know that there’s still problems that still need to be worked on within the community, but everyone a part of this community deserves the support pride month gives us.

Youtube comments are also a cesspool full of right winged assholes who grew up not even experiencing on topics they so love to voice their thoughts about. It’s a huge circle jerk from those who feel entitled to complain about and hate things that aren’t about them.

I know a lot of the responses are hateful, but if you go to the newer comment sections you can see there are also those who support the community and allies are important! I’ll be honest, I think the world is pretty shitty but there are definitely some good people that exist. Those are the important ones who would help us have a firmer place in western society. 

Try your best not to feel shitty about this, I know it’s hard because I definitely felt bad after going through the comment sections. Confide to those who support you and if you can’t I think it’s best to avoid such toxicity and have faith that things are getting better for the lgbt community even with a bunch of bumps along the road.

Honestly, not that I figure any of my followers approve of that bullshit, but in case it needs saying:

AERF, as a term, is inherently violently transmisogynistic

And after a cursory twenty minute sifting through tumblr, I recognize a lot of the people I saw supporting it as folks who are routinely transphobic/transmisogynistic, and/or contest that transmisogyny exists or is meaningful, and often have some pretty ahistorical views on the LGBT+ communities at large (like believing calling the q word a slur is ‘terf rhetoric’ and originated with terfs, rather than it being a decades old intracommunity issue stemming from experiences of trauma and navigating slur reclamation and community identity development), so it’s pretty evident that there’s a problem there

So yeah. AERF is violently transmisogynistic. I shouldn’t have to explain why, it’s patently obvious to anyone who cares about trans women. 

Additionally, as a refresher since we’re on the topic of violent transmisogyny in online spaces, using the term ‘gatekeeper’ within an LGBT+ context to describe anything but the medical/institutional oppression-fueled genocide against trans people? Violently transphobic.

Equating TERFs/TWERFs to cis het exclusionists, and using ‘TERF rhetoric’ as a catch all for any ‘exclusive’ commentary? Violently transmisogynistic.

This shouldn’t have to be said. Whatever folks’ views are on a spec folks in the community, they can talk about this without throwing trans folks, primarily trans women, under the bus and appropriating our history of oppression, and purposely undermining the clarity we require to name and discuss our oppressors and enemies

There are ways to go about this that don’t involve harming trans people to try and get a step up on those who hold views counter to your own.

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) continues to oppose the administration’s discriminatory travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries and is discouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow a limited version of the travel ban to be implemented starting as early as Thursday, June 29th until hearing an appeal by the White House in October.

The ruling prevents people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with the United States. Examples that the justices provide to explain who may enter the U.S. from the aforementioned countries include close relatives of a U.S. citizen, students who have been accepted to a U.S. university, and those who are employed by a U.S. business.

We are disappointed that any piece of this racist and xenophobic executive order was upheld by the Supreme Court, particularly since this decision was made prior to hearing the case. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and 4th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift the hold on the administration’s travel ban was the correct decision to protect against the religious and racial discrimination this ban seeks to uphold.

JACL will continue to oppose any legislation based on race or religious discrimination and supports the rights of immigrants and those fleeing areas of oppression to make a better life for themselves. We must remain vigilant in our fight against fear and hate based policies.

—  Japanese American Citizens League Press Release (June 27, 2017)

Barnes and Noble is selling books on their website/in their stores such as “A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality” and “Stop Autism Now! A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Reversing Autism Spectrum Disorders” and I am pissed. Not only are these books scientifically inaccurate, but using “parenting guides” as a way to masquerade around behind the scenes with hate and bigotry is absolutely disgusting. Children of parents who read these books and employ their methodology will be at risk for a host of mental illnesses, not to mention drug use and suicidal tendencies. I will (sadly, bc I love books a lot) be boycotting Barnes and Noble until these books are pulled from their inventories, and would appriciate it if y'all would share/do the same. This hatred needs to be stopped.

Trump to sign religious liberty executive order setting stage for LGBTQ discrimination

  • President Donald Trump is set to sign a controversial executive order on “religious liberty” on Thursday, Politico reported.
  • A leaked draft of the executive order was published by the Nation in February, and showed that the order would allow Americans to cite their religious beliefs in order to exempt themselves from adhering to policies on everything from contraception mandates to LGBTQ protections.
  • According to the draft order, “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations” can cite religious freedom in order to exempt themselves from recognizing same-sex marriage, transgender rights or contraception and abortion services.
  • The draft text is similar to other religious freedom bills passed throughout the country, which have sparked controversy and condemnation.
  • Politico reported that White House lawyers are currently reviewing the order. It’s almost assured that the order will be challenged in court, and the ACLU has wasted no time threatening legal action. Read more (5/2/17)

South Dakota transgender woman denied entrance to soup kitchen for wearing a dress

  • On Saturday morning, Isabella Red Cloud, a transgender woman, drove with a friend to Union Gospel Mission in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hoping to get some breakfast. 
  • She says was refused service because she was wearing a dress. She fired up Facebook Live and recorded her being kicked off the premises.
  • The video, viewed over 13,000 times, shows an unnamed employee escorting Red Cloud out the building’s entrance. 
  • When she asks the employee on camera if she’s being asked to leave because of her dress, he seems to answer affirmatively. 
  • The employee repeatedly tells Red Cloud she’s “trespassing.”
  • Red Cloud told KDLT, “I cried, I contemplated suicide, I felt sad, I felt weak.” However, she returned the next day to attend church service. 
  • Red Cloud was once again told she could not be on the church’s property. A friend documented the second incident on Facebook Live.
  • Union Gospel Mission director Fran Stenberg told the Argus Leader that Red Cloud’s case is not exceptional: She’s asked trans people to leave for wearing dresses on multiple occasions. Read more (4/25/17)

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U.S. women’s soccer wins higher pay, improved support with five-year labor deal
The U.S. women’s soccer players’ union and the sport’s governing body have agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement, improving standards for the national team and pro league and ensuring labor harmony through the next World Cup and Olympics.
By https://www.facebook.com/SoccerInsider

“In a joint statement, the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association and U.S. Soccer Federation said they have “ratified a new collective bargaining agreement which will continue to build the women’s program in the U.S., grow the game of soccer worldwide and improve the professional lives of players on and off the field. We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward.”

In recent years, the players have raised issues about compensation and working conditions compared to their male counterparts, casting a shadow over the efforts of the most successful women’s team in soccer history and pitting the federation against wildly popular athletes, such as Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

In March 2016, the players  filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging the USSF with wage discrimination. The case remains active.

Financial specifics were not immediately available, but people with knowledge of the pact said it includes:

  • Increase in direct compensation
  • Increase in bonus compensation
  • Enhanced benefits related to travel and hotels
  • Per diem equal to the U.S. men’s team
  • Greater financial support for players who are pregnant
  • Financial support for players adopting a child

Also, in a key gain, the players’ association will now control group likeness rights for licensing and nonexclusive rights in sponsorship categories where USSF does not have an agreement.”  

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The audiobooks for Solo: A Memoir of Hope and When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World are both available as free downloads via an Audible.com promotion! More info on the promotion, plus a huge list of available feminist books here.

A class-action lawsuit says Walmart discriminated against pregnant employees

  • Walmart is facing a class-action lawsuit from two former employees who say the retailer’s management discriminated against them during their pregnancies.
  • According to Rewire, the suit claims supervisors failed to make “on-the-job” accommodations for pregnant employees, forcing them to continue performing strenuous physical labor at the cost of their health.
  • Otisha Woolbright, who’d worked at a Florida Walmart, reported in the complaint that she’d been hospitalized after straining to lift a 35-pound tray of rotisserie chickens. 
  • Before it’d gotten to that point, though, she’d told her supervisor that her doctor had warned against heavy-lifting. The supervisor allegedly told Woolbright she’d once seen a pregnant Demi Moore do a somersault on television, so Woolbright had “no excuse.”
  • Woolbright said she was fired soon after for inquiring about pregnancy leave, an accommodation to which she was entitled, according to Walmart’s policy. Read more (5/16/17)