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Enough is Enough: Stop Trying to Legalize Discrimination

Over two decades after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (also known as RFRA) was signed into law in order to “ensure that interests in religious freedom are protected,” the legislature in West Virginia has introduced House Bill 4012. This “License to Discriminate Bill” not only rejects our state motto, but it also further creates a second class citizenship in our state and jeopardizes our state economically. The United States Supreme Court held RFRA unconstitutional as not a proper exercise of Congress’s enforcement power, but in response twenty-one states have passed their own RFRAs.

In 2014, the Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. recognized a for-profit corporation’s claim of religious belief. Following this ruling many states have since proposed expanding state RFRA laws to include for-profit corporations. This bill in West Virginia is similar to a bill passed in Arizona and vetoed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer in 2014, and another bill passed in Indiana and signed into law by Republican Governor Mike Pence in 2015. Ultimately these bills are nothing more than an attempt by conservatives to further oppose same-sex marriage. These bills have historically been used to allow discrimination of LGBTQ people but extend to also affect individuals based on race, religion, color, etc.

West Virginia can’t afford to follow Indiana’s lead. Last year, this bill signed into law by Governor Pence was greatly condemned by businesses and citizens alike and resulted in a loss of an estimated $ 60 million in tourism money. We can’t afford this type of loss in West Virginia. More importantly we cannot continue to send the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against people in this state as a result of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This is just another reason why West Virginia consistently sees more people moving out of the state rather than moving into the state.

My friends who have left West Virginia for more progressive places constantly ask me questions. They want to know “when are you going to give in and move,” or “When are you going to stop fighting this losing battle, and live your life somewhere where you don’t have to fight these battles daily,” or “why do you want to live there at this point?” I am at a point where I don’t even know how to answer their questions. It is astounding to me how we continue to attempt to create second class citizenship for LGBTQ people in West Virginia. If this bill passes, any West Virginia citizen or visitor to our state can be refused service by restaurants, bakeries, movie theaters, hotels, ski resorts, white water rafting companies, but they can also be refused service by doctors, nurses, EMT’s, pharmacists, funeral directors, etc. Furthermore, an employee could also sue their employer if the business/business owner forces them to serve these individuals against their will.

Our state motto as adopted in 1863 states “Montani Semper Liberi” (or Mountaineers Always Free.” This bill abridges our own motto and jeopardizes basic human rights. Many state and local nondiscrimination laws go above and beyond the federal Human Rights Act and this bill gives a “License to Discriminate.” The First Amendment to the Constitution already guarantees Religious Freedom protections but this bill if passed will allow overt discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Many of the aforementioned groups already experience covert discrimination based on the same demographics and I can only imagine how this bill will manifest itself in reality if passed.

Thankfully I teach at a university that is ahead of the curve in West Virginia. However, I know that many of my students will be looking for jobs in places outside of Morgantown upon graduation. It is imperative that we stop sending the message that discrimination is an accepted norm in West Virginia. We still live in a state where an individual can be refused a job or can be fired from a job based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. We still live in a state where an individual can be refused housing or can lose housing based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill is merely political subterfuge by conservatives who want to further legalize discrimination in West Virginia. It is our responsibility to oppose this bill and fight to ensure that “Montani Semper Liberi.”

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John Oliver Says It’s Time To End Discrimination Against Gays

John Oliver says it’s time for the federal government to finish the job when it comes to gay rights

Speaking on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, Oliver pointed out that while gay couples now have the right to get married, they don’t have many other rights in much of the nation.

In some cases, they have no rights at all. 

Now Oliver is calling on the feds to extend basic civil rights protections to the gay community. 

“States have a checkered history when it comes to civil rights,” Oliver said. “Just look at Arkansas right now. Not only do they not have any anti-discrimination ordinances, earlier this year they actually passed an anti-anti-discrimination ordinance that prevents any city or county from extending civil rights protections to gay people.”

As Oliver pointed out, that’s the opposite of progress.

“It would be like if Apple suddenly introduced the iPhone 7 and it was a flip phone,” he said. “That’s still not as dumb as the Apple Watch… but it’s dumb.” 

Check it out in the clip above.  

 

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15 Harrowing Photos Show The Weight Of Discrimination

Facing discrimination every day is a tiring, never-ending battle that all too often goes unnoticed. 

Two photographers are shedding light on these prejudices in a new project.  

Created by Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans, the “I’m Tired” project highlights the negative impacts that result from different stereotypes. The photos feature people of all ethnicities and genders with a phrase written on their backs. Each phrase reflects an assumption or stereotype that they’re “tired” of hearing. 

 

I’m tired of being the angry black woman.”

I’m tired of being told I’m too skinny for a guy.” 

I’m tired of men thinking they have the right to catcall me.” 

The series deals with stereotypes of different identities including race, gender, sexuality and body image.

Growing up, in a mostly Caucasian area, I had not [realized] until I was much older that the image of a black boy or man is often one of anger or aggression.”  

“When we are able to relate to a picture on a deeply personal level, it brings about almost a feeling of camaraderie because there is someone out there who understands exactly how you feel and has been able to articulate in a way that hopefully informs many others,” co-creator of the project Paula Akpan told The Huffington Post.   

After photographing each participant, Akpan and Evans asked them to explain their feelings in more detail in a written paragraph below their image.  

Evans told HuffPost that they chose to write each “I’m tired” sentiment on the participants’ backs because it “means that it could be anyone saying it. Your postman, your best friend, or a complete stranger.”

 

“What is important to both Paula and myself is that someone is able to look at at least one of the pictures and either say ‘someone else is going through this too, it’s not just me, I am not alone,'” Evans said. “Or for them to have their minds opened to the discrimination that they may not normally bear witness to, or may not have considered in the past.”

 

Scroll below to see the Akpan’s and Evans’ riveting images. 

If you’re interested in getting involved with or being featured in the “I’m Tired” project email the creators at theimtiredproject@gmail.com or check out the project’s FacebookTwitter and Tumblr pages.  

 

H/T Mic

 

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Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Barred By Existing Law, Federal Commission Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that existing civil rights law bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination — a groundbreaking decision to advance legal protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers. 

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