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LGBTQ+ Employees Are Protected from Discrimination in the Workplace, Supreme Court Says

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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. 

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Megan Thee Stallion Says That She Was Shot “I Suffered Gun Shot Wounds”

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Megan Thee Stallion has revealed that the injuries she sustained at Kylie Jenner’s pool party were much more serious than we originally had been led to believe. In a post on Instagram, Megan makes clear that she was not only shot, but shot intentionally.

More information is needed to understand exactly what happened that night. For instance, Megan says the attack was intentional. Originally, I thought that the only gun in this scenario was Torey Lanez, but Megan’s story either indicated that I was wrong about that or wrong about Torey Lanez, in general. Mind you, this wouldn’t be the first time we’d be duped by Torey. If you’ll recall, this is the same man who faked his support for dark skinned women by claiming that someone had replaced them with light skinned women and he, the knight he was, came in and switched them back. That isn’t to imply that he had any hand in Megan being shot, but it is peculiar that we’re suddenly hearing about a second shooter.

At the end of the day, we are forced to sit and wait until Megan and her lawyers feel ready to tell us more. I do know one thing for sure, though. If anything happens to Megan, I might have to intervene.

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ViacomCBS Cuts Ties With Nick Cannon for “anti-Semitic” Comments

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Nick Cannon has put his foot in his mouth, once again. This time a different crowd has noticed and the consequences are much heftier than his annually-scheduled dragging.

Unfortunately, Nick Cannon has a podcast. In a recent episode, the conversation took a turn down a very rough, ahistorical road. That’s right, everybody, Nick Cannon appears to be a Black Isrealite. If you don’t know, the Black Isrealites are a group of people who believe they are God’s chosen people, Jews, and that the White Jewish people of today are simply imposters who have taken on the identity for themselves. As you might have surmised, a general distaste for White Jewish people is a heavy thread here, as is the kind of paranoia that moves a man to bomb his own career.

The main comments that people are focused on are those made about the Rothschild family. This is a common talking point for those who believe the Jewish community is secretly controlling the world. Nick should know that if your belief system gets an “A+” rating from both Hitler and Farrakhan, maybe you should get a little more introspective. Alas, instead, he tweeted a non-apology and proceeded to retweet his supporters as they came to his defense.

Of course, there are a few aspects of this moment that complicate this story. The Black community has long been subject to White supremacist capitalism. White Jewish people have been able to build communities of sustained wealth in America, partially due to their Whiteness. Given the current moment, people have seen fit to call out how that subscription to Whiteness has negatively impacted the Black community. On top of that is the uncharacteristic swiftness with which the cord was yanked on Nick Cannon’s career. Viacom claims to have reached out to Nick, but were dissatisfied with his response. That is fine. But I’d be lying if said I didn’t wonder what this would look if the rolls were reversed and Nick Cannon was a White man. While there’s really no defending him— and I’d never want to— the response to his actions isn’t quite sitting well with me. Their statement on the matter is thus, according to Variety:

ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him. We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds

ViacomCBS, Variety

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The Inspiration Behind Viola Davis’ New Vanity Fair Cover Inspires Backlash

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Viola Davis is stunning on the new cover of Vanity Fair. So much was done correctly. The lighting is precise and clean. The shadowing sculpts her beautifully. The whole thing was shot by Black photographer Dario Calmese.

The problem is two-fold, in my opinion. This cover is the first cover Vanity Fair has ever allowed to be shot by a Black person. That’s not okay. It’s too late in the game for these firsts to still be happening. Viola Davis touches on this in her interview. Vanity Fair needs to answer for that. Usually, a celebrity like Viola could count on us backing her up, but we, the Black Delegation, were unable to focus on that because… Black people aren’t allowed to have nice things.

In an interview about the cover, it’s revealed that the cover concept was a recreation of a graphic portrait of a lashed slave, entitled “Whipped Peter”. We’ll not be posting the image here. Violence against Black people is common enough. Sufficed to say, this whole thing is unfortunate.

Calmese describes his cover concept as “a re-creation of the Louis Agassiz slave portraits taken in the 1800s—the back, the welts.

Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair

There is no shame in our lineage. Our ancestors were strong, intelligent, capable people who endured more than most of us can dream. But that’s just it. They fought so we could be free. And while I can understand the maintenance of this narrative as a reminder of how far we’ve come, we as Black people need to see more images of ourselves than that of the enslaved and the downtrodden. We also need to stop pimping out the images of our ancestors for capital gain. I can see what these two were thinking, but I can’t help but feel like there was a chance to see Viola as the confident, liberated woman that she is, rather than the shadow of a gruesome history our people should never have endured. The only solace that can be taken from this is that the other photos in the shoot were much more vibrant and less centered around brutality.

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