thanks supreme court

Let’s clear the record, and debunk one of these common (false) lines about birth control access.

Here’s the truth: Nearly ALL American women have used birth control, and giving them affordable access to the health care they need isn’t just good policy; it’s common sense. 

Under the Affordable Care Act, every health insurance plan covers women’s birth control with no additional co-pay (just like other forms of preventive health care like cancer screenings and well-woman exams—what’s controversial about that?). It offers important savings, and ensures women are able to use it correctly—neither of which was a reality without this benefit.

No matter which way you spin it, this is basic health care, and a woman’s decisions about it are hers—not her boss’s.

Thanks SCOTUS

So, the Supreme Court tips its hand by lifting a stay on Alabama Marriage Equality, indicating that they’ll hand down a pro-equality ruling paving the way for the remaining few states to start wedding all citizens to their chosen partners.

Hopefully this means that all that money and effort that’s been spent over the past 10 years on gaining marriage equality for assimilationist gays can finally be directed where it should have been going all along, like addressing the fact that half of all homeless youth are LGBTQ kids who were kicked out of their homes by homophobic and transphobic parents. 

Or ensuring that gender identity becomes a protected class in ENDA. 

Or, you know, getting ENDA passed in the first damn place. 

Maybe we can do something to address the fact that the vast majority of all violent and fatal crimes against LGBTQ people targets Trans Women of Color? 

Maybe we can talk about how it’s still a valid and legal defense to claim “Trans Panic” (that is, learning that your sexual partner is trans and freaking the fuck out about it) as a cause of justifiable homicide in 49 out of 50 states?

But, you know, whatever, that’s great. Make sure you only hire the best wedding planners as you and your Big White Gay Money leave the movement in torrents.

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Highlights from the WeHo SCOTUS decision celebration: 

For those who may not know, West Hollywood (WeHo) is one of the gayest towns in the country, with about 45% of the residents identifying as lgbtqiap+. The town itself held a rally in the park, and people brought their kids and puppies all decked out in their pride gear (note my bi pride body paint and that adorable puppy rockin his rainbow swag). Best line from the speeches: “We want to thank the Supreme Court justices - well, 5 of them, at least…

Then my friends and I headed to the Abbey, which is an iconic gay bar/club in WeHo. It was full-on celebration the whole night. People were so freaking happy. My straight ally friend got wicked drunk and kept crying about how this was a momentous day in history. It was definitely an ally making things all about her, but I couldn’t be mad because it was pretty hilarious. 

I’m really glad I went out to celebrate, and that I’m lucky enough to live near such a great place to celebrate. Yes, there’s way more work to be done. Yes, I’m worried about allies abandoning us. But dammit we don’t often get reasons to celebrate, so I made the most of it.

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The US Supreme Court just ruled that employers can deny women birth control coverage in their health care plans and stated ‘the Obama administration has failed to show that the contraception mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act is the “least restrictive means of advancing its interest” in providing birth control at no cost to women.’

Wow cool. Thanks.

Today I could not be prouder of my country, more grateful for the memory of my late husband John, and more indebted to the incredible lawyers, advocates and fellow plaintiffs who made this landmark day possible. The fact that the state I have long called home will finally recognize my marriage to the man I honored and cherished for more than 20 years is a profound vindication—a victory I’m proud to share with countless more couples across the country. Thanks to the Supreme Court, a period of deep injustice in this nation is coming to a close, but it’s also clear today that there is still so much work to do.
As long as discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is tolerated—whether in the seeking of a marriage license, the pursuit of fairness on the job, or the fight for equal treatment at a restaurant or business—we haven’t truly guaranteed equal justice under the law. But today’s victory proves that anything is possible, and I could not be more hopeful about the capacity of this country to change for the better.