Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he's worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.

Texas School Falsely Tells Students Pledge is Legally Mandatory

Midland High School in trouble again over compelling students to say the Pledge of Allegiance

Midland High School in Midland, Texas is under fire for a presentation to students that instructed them standing for the Pledge of Allegiance is legally mandatory. Following outcry from parents after the presentation, school officials claimed it was merely a “misunderstanding.” CBS 7 in Texas reported on the incident: “It’s basically a law,” Seth Ortega said. “We need to stand to […]

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Trump Administration Continues Attack on ESPN’s Jemele Hill

Sarah Huckabee Sanders discusses Jemele Hill and ESPN

Earlier this week, after ESPN media personality Jemele Hill offered criticism of Donald Trump on her personal Twitter account, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Hill be fired for making the comments since she is connected with the media giant. In the White House press briefing today, Sanders doubled down on those comments following unsubtle jabs on Twitter from Donald Trump […]

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The Trump Administration’s Jemele Hill Attack Threatens Free Speech

Jemele Hill

When White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders argued that ESPN’s Jemele Hill should be fired for labeling Donald Trump a while supremacist, the Trump administration crossed a constitutional line. Though most people misunderstand or abuse the free speech section of the First Amendment, that hallmark constitutional right does offer one pertinent protection for all individuals: the right to speak […]

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DOJ Files SCOTUS Brief Defending LGBTQ Discrimination

Masterpiece Cakeshop

In the latest attack on the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration’s Justice Department just filed an amicus brief defending discrimination against LGBTQ people in places of business. The brief argues that business owners have a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBTQ people so long as they couch that discrimination in protected speech and expression founded in religious belief. The Justice […]

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Florida Sheriff To Require ID For Hurricane Irma Shelter Seekers

Florida Sheriff Grady Judd To Require ID For Hurricane Irma Shelter Seekers

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd issued a barrage of tweets today declaring his department would be checking everyone’s identification at local Hurricane Irma shelters and that anyone with an open warrant – regardless of offense (from parking tickets to violent crime) would be taken to jail to ride out the storm. When confronted about the risk of causing substantial injuries […]

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Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Filed By WV Lesbian Couple Over Harassment

Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich

After repeated harassment and verbal abuse in attempting to obtain a marriage license, a West Virginia lesbian couple sued Gilmer County officials over being impeded in exercising their constitutional rights in addition to being harassed in the process. The county reached a settlement with the couple this week that includes a public apology as well as a $10,000 judgment. Trouble […]

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Labels, Subtext & Dog Whistles: The Rise of Right Wing Hate

Rise of Right Wing Hate

Anyone who’s been online – on social media in particular – over the last couple of years can attest to the fact that hate speech is evolving to the point that it’s often hard to keep up with what constitutes “trolling” and what is honest-to-goodness harassment and hatred. In fact, this blurring of lines has become so complicated, experts have […]

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Former Coach Joe Kennedy Loses Bremerton School District Lawsuit

Joe Kennedy Bremerton High School lawsuit
Photo: Michaela Roman / Kitsap Sun

Former Bremerton High School assistant football Coach Joe Kennedy lost his lawsuit today as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined his request for an injunction allowing him to return to the school and resume proselytizing his Christian beliefs to football players. The lawsuit arose from a conflict that began when the embattled Washington state high school decided not to renew […]

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Two-Faced: Trump’s Unhinged Phoenix Rally

Trump in Phoenix

During his Phoenix campaign rally last night, Donald Trump went off script and spent an hour essentially destroying any credibility and peace his Monday night Afghanistan speech attempted to build. More importantly, the two speeches demonstrate something most people across America have already figured out over the course of the last few months. Trump has two distinct faces he shows […]

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Former Trump Surrogate Katrina Pierson: Slavery Is “Good” History

Former Trump Surrogate Katrina Pierson: Slavery Is "Good" History

During a Fox discussion about the removal of Confederate monuments, former Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson argued slavery is a “good” part of U.S. history. The answer – one Fox and Friends host Ainsley Earhardt offered multiple chances to clarify or recant – came as a response to another guest clarifying the intent behind the original construction of the embattled monuments. “Do you […]

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