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Federal Judge Rules That Gay Discrimination Violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Federal Judge Rules That LGB Discrimination Violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

 

A federal judge has ruled that discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of illegal gender stereotyping, rejecting a Pennsylvania medical clinic’s bid to dismiss one of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s first lawsuits on behalf of a gay worker.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon in Pittsburgh on Friday said shifting social norms, including the legalization of gay marriage nationwide, had made it increasingly difficult to justify depriving gay employees of the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The employer, Scott Medical Health Center, argued that Dale Baxley’s case, taken up by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, should be thrown out because sexual orientation isn’t protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

However, Bissoon wrote in her ­opinion that discrimination based on one’s ­sexual orientation and sexual stereotyping quintessentially implicates sex, and is ­therefore protected by civil rights law.

“There is no more obvious form of sex stereotyping than making a determination that a person should conform to heterosexuality,” Bissoon said. “As the EEOC states, ‘[d]iscriminating against a person because of the sex of that person’s romantic partner necessarily involves stereotypes about ‘proper’ roles in sexual relationships—that men are and should only be sexually ­attracted to women, not men.'”

Bissoon called such discrimination “evil” and added, “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is, at its very core, sex stereotyping plain and simple; there is no line separating the two.”

Baxley claimed he was subject to homophobic slurs from his boss several times a week. Baxley’s boss allegedly called him a “‘fucking faggot,'” “‘queer,'” and upon learning that Baxley had a partner, told him that he didn’t understand how homosexual intercourse worked.

In March, the EEOC took up the case on Baxley’s behalf after investigating discrimination claims from five of Baxley’s female co-workers.

Bissoon pointed to the Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling to illustrate the broadening definition of discrimination.

“That someone can be subjected to a barrage of insults, humiliation, hostility and/or changes to the terms and conditions of their employment, based upon nothing more than the aggressor’s view of what it means to be a man or a woman, is exactly the evil Title VII was designed to eradicate,” she added.

Scott Medical’s attorney, Charles Saul of Margolis Edelstein, said he was ­”exploring the possibility of special appeal.”

B2S.com EXCLUSIVE! – WIN A Copy of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset!

Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset

 

Yeah, you read that right. 

Back2Stonewall.com in conjecture with Quirk Books, is giving away TWO copies of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset Book! 

Whatever form your pre-election anxiety takes, ease it by using the book to set up a scene of Hillary Clinton and various other political figures!

The book opens into three separate rooms and includes 10 perforated dolls. Explore the White House with Hillary, mow the lawn with Bill, have a drink with Notorious RBG, and draft executive orders with staff and senior advisors.  Smack down Republican adversaries and get tough with Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Scott Walker, and other contrary characters.

The book also contains outfits, accessories, and expressions: Pick the perfect pantsuit and expression of your choice (from Scholarly to Dignified Disapproval) to match every occasion.  The book even includes White House ghosts so you and Hil can hang out with past Presidents and First ladies of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! (Including Jackie Kennedy!)

Just send an email to Will@Back2Stonewall.com for your chance to win! 2 winners will be picked at random on Sunday night at 11:59 pm.

Open to citizens of the United States only. (Sorry.)

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset is also available at Amazon.com and makes a great present for political junkies and children alike!

 

Jury Fines KY Gay Couple One Cent For Trespassing In County Clerks Office During Marriage Protest

Judge Fines KY Gay Couple One Cent For Trespassing In County Clerks Office During Marriage Protest

KY couple

 

A Louisville, Kentucky gay couple who were found guilt of trespassing of refusing to leave the county clerk’s office after being they asked for and was denied a marriage license in protest has been fined the astronomical sum of $0.01 by the sympathetic jury who heard the case.

After three hours of testimony in which their lawyers hailed them for their civil disobedience, while the prosecution urged jurors to stick to the facts, Blanchard and James were convicted Tuesday of trespassing — but fined only a penny. Blanchard called the penalty a vindication of their protest in support of same-sex marriage. “It shows they understood what we were doing,” he said after jurors returned their verdict following 90 minutes of deliberations.

James’ lawyer, Annie O’Connell, said the fine may have been the smallest ever imposed in a criminal trial in Kentucky. Blanchard’s counsel, Ted Shouse, said in court that he had never tried a case in which the maximum penalty — $250 — “was so low and the stakes were so high.” Jessie Halladay, a spokeswoman for the county attorney’s office, said after the verdict that prosecutors had no choice but to take the case to trial. “We respect the right of the defendants to protest, but we also respect the law, and the law doesn’t distinguish what causes are worth breaking the law for,” she said.

To top it off the judge waived the payment of the penny fine.

 

SWAG Saturday – WIN A Copy of CLOUD ATLAS (Blu-Ray Combo Pack DVD)

Cloud Atlas

Courtesy of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, Back2Stonewall.com is giving away 2 DVD copies of the “Cloud Atlas” Blu-ray,  DVD and Digital Download Combo Pack.

Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”), Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) and Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) lead a stellar international cast in an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Based on the celebrated best-selling novel by David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” is directed by acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski and produced by two-time Oscar® nominee Grant Hill (“The Thin Red Line,” “The Tree of Life”)

Just send me an email at will@back2stonewall.com and two winner will be drawn at random to receive a copy of this epic science fiction movie.

GOOD LUCK!


Cloud Atlas” will be available for purchase on Blu-ray Combo Pack  on single disc DVD beginning May 14th.

br>The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray and in standard definition on DVD.  Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

WIN! – The “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” 50th Anniversary Edition Remastered Hi-Def DVD!

Just in time for Halloween!

Back2Stonewall.com along with Warner Borthers Home video are giving away 2 copies of the digitally remastered, hi-def re-issue of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – The 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-Ray or DVD copy your choice!)

In one of the most sensational, and over the top films ever., Bette Davis and Joan Crawford pulled out all the stops for their only collaboration ever creating an iconic horror classic birthing the psycho-biddy subgenre.

The restoration of the film is so masterfully done its a MUST HAVE for any movie fan but the big attractions are the plethora of bonus features on this two-DVD set.

The first of these is a documentary titled Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition (2005). In this 30-minute piece, a number of Hollywood experts comment on the lasting impact of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? There are also two separate programs about the lives of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Jodie Foster hosts a 1994 TNT documentary titled “All About Bette” (48 minutes), which details the fascinating life of Bette Davis. “Film Profile: Joan Crawford” is a 28-minute BBC program from 1967 where she is interviewed by Philip Jenkinson.

In addition to those features, there is also a two-minute excerpt from “The Andy Williams Show” (12/20/1962), with Bette Davis singing “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (sans makeup). There is also a “Behind the Scenes” (6:30) piece about the filming of the movie, which probably ran along with the trailers to promote it.

We have TWO COPIES of WJTBJ – 50th Anniverasry Edition to give away.

HOW TO WIN – Just send an email to me at Will@Back2Stonewall.com with Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? in the Subject line by Sunday October 21st @ Midnight and 2 Winners will be picked at random to recive this terrifing cult classic.

(ala’ Bette Davis) So send an email to Daddy today!


*Warner Brothers will be shipping the DVD to the lucky winner and are not able to send to PO Box address and winners must be within the United States.

WIN 2 Free Tickets To See Lea DeLaria In Her New Off Broadway Show “Out Of Iceland” From Back2Stonewall.com!

Back2Stonewall.com  is giving away 2 pair of tickets to see actress, jazz musician. and America’s first the first openly lesbian comic the “famously controversial” Lea DeLaria in the new Off-Broadway show “Out of Iceland” on Tuesday, April 3rd

From Playbill

Caroline Miller (Crane), an established writer from New York, is at a loss for words when she falls off an Icelandic volcano and awakes on the couch of a complete stranger,” according to production notes. “Hal Tanker (Bakkensen) is the misplaced cowboy in charge of the grounds who nurses her back to health. Then there’s Thor (De Laria), Iceland’s flamboyant mythical creature who crawled out of the television one night to warn her about something — or did she imagine that? When their truck mysteriously disappears in the middle of ‘The Middle,’ Hal and Caroline must face their biggest fears in a long night in one of the most mystical places on earth. Out of Iceland is a modern day fairy tale set at the end of the earth.”

Just go to Twitter  Retweet THIS POST and then go FOLLOW the show @OutofIceland

2 sets of winners will be picked randomly on Sunday evening.

Gangi þér vel! (Thats Good Luck In Icelandic)

**”Out of Iceland” is performed at Walkerspace, located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Streets.  Tickets for all seats for all other performances are $35 and may be purchased at www.outoficeland.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.

 

WIN Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burn’s Boxer Shorts And Support The Trevor Project

Last October 13th,  Fort Worth, Texas councilman Joel Burns. Joel Burns spoke at the council meeting  about an abusive experience in high school, a fraught relationship with his southern father, and then how rich his life became once he got through the difficult times. His genuine emotion and moving speech to the council quickly went viral and has become an insiprational message to LGBT teens and adults everywhere via the “It Get’s Better Project”

Now the Honorable (and wonderful) Joel Burns,, has generously donated the boxers he received as a gift from Ellen Degeneres for his recent appearance on The Ellen Show on October 20 to be put up for raffle with Aal proceeds going  to The Trevor Project to aid LGBTQ youth in crisis.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20  Drawing held November 21, 2010

You can BUY YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS HERE

Homophobic Tennesse Judge George Ellis Rebuked By Appeals Court, Lesbian Couple Reunited With Their Children

In May 2008 homophobic Gibson County Judge George Ellis, prohibited overnight stays of Angel Chandler xhildren from her previous marriage at her house while her current  partner Mary Counce was in residence giving her the choice of her children or livng with her current partner of more than 10 years of living together.

The so-called “paramour clause” was first imposed Gibson County Chancellor George Ellis, prohibiting overnight stays by Counce. The restriction was not requested by Chandler’s ex-husband and came despite a psychological evaluation finding no harm to their children, who are now ages 17 and 15.

“I just thought it was insane when the judge said I couldn’t stay in the house from 11 to 7,” said Counce, who has two college-aged children of her own. “If we could have been married, I wouldn’t have been a paramour, but how can we be married when it’s not allowed? It’s a Catch-22 and Bigots like Ellis love that kind of stuff.”

Despite Angel Chandler moving North Carolina, Ellis maintained jurisdiction over the case since Chandler’s ex-husband continued to live in Gibson County. The Tennessee appeals court struck down Ellis’ ruling last year, but he issued a new ruling in March, again imposing the paramour clause, stating, “a paramour overnight, abuse of alcohol and abuse of drugs are clearly common sense understanding that children can be adversely affected by such exposure …”

In its Tuesday ruling, the Tennesee appeals court once again over-turned Ellis’s ruling and stated that this time Ellis had abused his position and  power.

“The record is devoid of any evidence whatsoever to support the finding that a paramour provision is in the best interests of the children,” the court wrote. “In fact, the record contains evidence demonstrating that a paramour provision is contrary to the best interests of the children.”

Chandler said Ellis effectively criminalized her relationship with Counce.

“He acted like a marriage certificate hanging on the wall equaled good parenting because that’s all he really cared about,” Chandler said. “(He thought) If you’re gay, you’re not good parents and the evidence didn’t matter. There was nothing rational or logical about it. It was all just basically bias and bigotry.”

James Esseks, director of the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project.states that “Hopefully such a stern rebuke from the appeals court will send a loud and clear message to judges across the state that these kinds of restrictions are unduly burdensome on lesbian and gay parents who are just as capable of being good parents but don’t have the option of marrying.”

Hopefully yes.

Realistically as long as the bigots are out there we will always be fighting.