The Damaging Health Effects of Being Racially Discriminated Against


“Driving while black” is a real thing, and Sergeant First-Class Rossano V. Gerald knows all about it. Despite being a veteran of two campaigns overseas, Gerald, at the time 37-years-old, was repeatedly harassed by Highway Patrol while driving through the state of Oklahoma. Not only did the multiple traffic stops eat up over three hours of this man’s time, but […]

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Federal Court Says Existing Law Covers LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

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Striking down a lower court ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that discrimination based on sexual orientation is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 69-page ruling from the 13 judge en banc panel (ruling 10-3) argued that Donald Zarda – a now-deceased skydiver formerly employed by Altitude Express who was allegedly […]

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Double Standard: Trump’s Racism & Misogyny

Over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, Ed Brayton muses about the stark differences between Donald Trump’s response to accusations of wrongdoing against those he likes–rich or powerful white male cronies–and his attitude toward minorities who have actually been vindicated by the evidence. As Brayton points out, when Trump finally commented about Rob Porter, a close aide who was forced to resign […]

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Selective Amnesia: Mike Pence’s Anti-LGBTQ Record

Adam Rippon criticizes Mike Pence over his Anti-LGBTQ Record

Mike Pence targeted the first openly gay US Winter Olympics team this week denying his record of anti-LGBTQ activism while serving as governor of Indiana. Criticizing Vice President Mike Pence’s lengthy anti-LGBTQ record, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon refused to meet with the former Indiana governor. Thereafter, Pence fired off two tweets denying his anti-LGBTQ record (calling it “fake news” and “misinformed”). Commenting […]

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Rose McGowan Launches Anti-Transgender Verbal Attack

Rose McGowan has an Anti-Transgender "Breakdown"

Rose McGowan, who has a history of transmisogyny, homophobia, and racism, went on an anti-transgender tirade at a Barnes & Noble book reading on Thursday after Transgender Advocates for Revolution founder Andi Dier asked what she was doing to support transgender survivors of sexual abuse. Dier referenced McGowan’s transmisogynistic conversation with RuPaul in which McGowan claimed that transgender women didn’t truly live […]

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Missouri: Legislation Would Restrict Marriage to Churches

GOP Rep TJ Berry proposed HB 1424 to redefine marriage.

Newly proposed legislation in Missouri would restrict the institution of marriage to those who attend church by changing the legal definition of marriage. House Bill 1424, sponsored by State Representative T.J. Berry (R), would change all mentions of marriage in Missouri law to “domestic union,” effectively reserving the term ‘marriage’ for religious institutions. Background This is the third time Berry […]

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Christian Nationalism: Our “Seamless Garment” Problem

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When I was a very new academic, I loved attending conferences and listening to scholars from various institutions deliver papers that illuminated issues with which I’d struggled. One of those issues was my puzzlement about why some religious folks seemed unable to “live and let live”–to understand the Bill of Rights as a list of things that government wasn’t supposed […]

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Is This Really What Jesus Would Do?

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The administration presided over by our thrice-married, p***y-grabbing, porn-star-fornicating President has announced its latest effort to protect religiosity. The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom…. The creation of the new division will provide HHS with the focus it needs […]

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New “Religious Freedom” HHS Division Puts Women’s & LGBTQ Health at Risk

The Trump administration announced the creation of a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) division devoted to "conscience and religious freedom" (CRFD for short).

The Trump administration announced the creation of a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) division devoted to “conscience and religious freedom” (CRFD for short). Building on a steady pattern over the past year in placing the concept of religious liberty over other aspects of rule of law, the new division will be “responsible for OCR’s national conscience […]

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