In a landmark ruling issued Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that firing an employee simply because they are gay or transgender goes against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a momentous victory for gay and transgender rights activists.
Those who have been following the case as it made its way to the nation’s highest court are understandably shocked that the increasingly conservative Court handed down such a decision especially given that two of the nine justices are President Trump’s appointees. However, one of those very appointees, Neil Gorsuch, wrote the majority opinion himself. “An employer who fired an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of different sex,” he wrote.
The Supreme Court’s ruling comes as a major victory to the relatives of Donald Zarda, Aimee Stephens, and to Gerald Bostock. Zarda and Bostock were fired from their respective jobs when their employers were made aware of their sexual orientation, Stephens was fired from her job for “dress code violations” two weeks after she told her company she was transitioning.
Proponents of gay rights have long argued that a manager who wouldn’t fire a man for having sex with a woman should also refuse to fire a man for having sex with another man and any failure to do so would be discrimination based on one’s sex. The Court agreed in that respect. However, Aimee Stephens’ case was different.
In 2013, Stephens informed her employer that she would soon begin to wear women’s business attire at work. Two weeks later, the company told her she was being terminated for dress code violations. Her platform in court was simple: because she was assigned “male” at birth, she was fired for not wanting to wear stereotypical men’s clothing. Likewise, had she been assigned “female” at birth, she would not have been fired for wanting to wear stereotypical women’s clothing.
Now, remember, last week we reported that the Trump administration announced it was preparing to officially recognize “sex” as “male or female as determined by biology” and that the new definition would allow transgender workers to be fired because they are transgender.
Today’s ruling used the administration’s definition to not only protect the very transgender Americans it meant to unprotect less than a week ago, but it also protected millions of gay Americans across the country.
A victory hard won in the courts & on the streets. Grateful to the lawyers, organizers & activists but most grateful to those who had to live stealth or closeted, who lost jobs for living their truth, who left parts of themselves at their employers door. https://t.co/4aaSZBOlbz
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) June 15, 2020
This is an historic day. Congratulations to the LGBTQ+ community on this monumental victory for equality. We must never stop fighting to end all forms of discrimination and build a nation based on justice for all. https://t.co/dnbdig2hUT
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 15, 2020
Good news: Based in part on a Georgia case, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act covers the #LGBTQ community.
Identity matters. Politics matter. Voting matters. A law made real by protest in 1964 protects folks in 2020. https://t.co/9jI9R5I4dX
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) June 15, 2020
Great win for the LGBT community in the Supreme Court. Be aware that Susan Collins fave Brett Kavanaugh voted agains.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 15, 2020
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to help treat the burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as hot prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session from inside a hospital room, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers he burnt his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything.”
In a more recent Live, Rolling Ray explained what happened that led to his whole wig catching on fire. Apparently, it was just an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled”and “karma’s a b***h” had social media split about his accident. His social media sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father). However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Mob of Trump Supporters Storm U.S. Capitol, Sending Congress Into Lockdown
On Wednesday afternoon an angry mob of Trump supporters, white supremacists, and what this website is calling “terrorists” stormed the United States Capitol as members of Congress were in session.
Earlier in the day, President Trump spoke to a crowd of several thousand at an event in Washington, D.C. called the “Save America March.” Of course, as you know, since he lost the November election to Joe Biden, he has vigorously promoted various unfounded conspiracy theories that the election was rigged and somehow stolen from him. Without a single shred of evidence to back up his claim, he rambled on in front of his supporters for over an hour, charging that he lost due to widespread voter fraud. At one point, he told the crowd:
“Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy… I think right here we’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and our congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
Shortly after the event concluded, videos flooded the internet of the mob not only attacking police, but also walking past multiple police barricades – sometimes at the invitation of police. They eventually scaled walls, smashed windows, and broke down doors as they raided the Capitol Complex. Meanwhile, Congress recessed and went into an immediate lockdown, interrupting their largely procedural vote to certify the electoral results of the 2020 presidential election.
Many Twitter users were quick to point out the glaring disparity in law enforcement’s treatment of these terrorists with their treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters last summer. As you’ll recall, Trump ordered police use tear gas and rubber bullets when clearing a crowd outside the White House all for a photo op with a Bible.
Throughout the afternoon, many around the world watched as the Capitol grounds became unrecognizable in a sea of Trump flags and other white supremacist colors. For over 4 hours, the terrorists were allowed to roam freely throughout government halls. Many proudly posed for pictures inside congressional offices, on the floors of Congress, and throughout the halls. In one video, a police officer inside a building gave a thumbs up as he posed for a selfie with a terrorist. The scenes that came out of this insurrection were jarring for many.
For over two hours following the terrorists’ rushing of the Capitol, President Trump was completely silent on the matter. As more time passed, it became apparent that he would not make any serious attempts to quell the violence unfolding in his own backyard. All Americans got was a now-deleted video posted to social media in which Trump told the mob, “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us… It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it – especially the other side. But you have to go home now… We love you. You’re very special.”
Of course the President of the United States calling armed insurrectionists “very special” lit people up. Today’s events were the last straw for many; even with only two weeks left in office, he still managed to make more enemies than he already had.
By the time police finally decided to respond, the mayor had already put a 6pm curfew in place. Despite multiple law enforcement agencies clearing the Capitol and blocking the area around it, terrorists still hung around the complex well into the evening. It wasn’t until 8pm – over 8 hours after the siege began – that Congress was able to return to counting the electoral votes (they didn’t finish the count until nearly 4am).
When all was said and done, law enforcement made 52 arrests, safely detonated at least 2 pipe bombs found at the RNC and DNC headquarters, arrested a suspect connected to a vehicle found with firearms, ammunition, and explosives, and confirmed 4 terrorists died.
Photo Credit: Julio Cortez/AP
Asian Doll Gets Into It with JT and Megan Thee Stallion
Twitter was lit Sunday when Texas rapper Asian Doll got into it with JT and Megan Thee Stallion over her assertions she was left off Meg’s track “Do It on the Tip,” which features City Girls – JT’s rap group.
Asian Doll told the world she was originally supposed to be on the song – recorded a verse and everything – but was kicked off at the last minute, replaced by City Girls. In an Instagram Live this past Friday (December 18), the rapper played her unreleased verse on “Do It on the Tip” as she told viewers she didn’t know why it didn’t come out or “what the f*** Megan was thinking.”
Later, Asian Doll insisted her and Megan were good, tweeting that they’re still friends. That didn’t stop City Girls fans from getting involved and JT herself from commenting, “a real friend is something you b****** really don’t know nothing about!” She went on to suggest the TX rapper was lying about her verse originally being on the song.
Apparently, Asian Doll didn’t take these subliminals as shots fired because she appeared to attempt to calm the flames. “If Jt ain’t say my name then she wasn’t talking to me stop being messy cause what I said was between me & Megan !” she said on Twitter. But it didn’t take long for her to pick up on the beef and fire back. For much of Sunday, the two went back and forth online, trading shot after shot.
Finally, Megan Thee Stallion chimed in tweeting, “I hate that all of this is getting so blown out of proportion. It was never as deep as the comments made it seem.” Her and Asian Doll briefly exchanged.
Now that the dust has settled it looks like all the smoke was for show, yet still it made for entertaining Sunday tea.