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Michigan LGBT Rights Ballot Initiative Falls Short Of Signatures Needed

Supreme Court Set to Decide If The 1964 Civil Rights Act Applies to LGBT Workers

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees protections from workplace discrimination to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans Americans.

The three cases have been accepted by the court to be heard.  One of them is Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623:

The New York case was brought by a skydiving instructor, Donald Zarda, who said he was fired because he was gay. His dismissal followed a complaint from a female customer who had voiced concerns about being tightly strapped to Mr. Zarda during a tandem dive. Mr. Zarda, hoping to reassure the customer, told her that he was “100 percent gay.”

Mr. Zarda sued under Title VII and lost the initial rounds. He died in a 2014 skydiving accident, and his estate pursued his case.

Last year, a divided 13-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit allowed the lawsuit to proceed. Writing for the majority, Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann concluded that “sexual orientation discrimination is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of sex discrimination.”

The arguments in the Second Circuit had a curious feature: Lawyers for the federal government appeared on both sides. One lawyer, representing the E.E.O.C., said Title VII barred discrimination against gay people. Another, representing the Trump administration, took the contrary view.

The second case: Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., No. 17-1618. was brought by a child welfare services coordinator who said he was fired for being gay. The 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, ruled against him in a short, unsigned opinion that cited a 1979 decision that had ruled that “discharge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII.”

The third case: R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 18-107, concerns Aimee Stephens, who was fired from a Michigan funeral home after she announced in 2013 that she was a transgender woman and would start working in women’s clothing.  Ms. Stephens had worked at the funeral home for six years.  Two weeks after her announcement the funeral home’s owner, Thomas Rost, fired Ms. Stephens. Asked for the “specific reason that you terminated Stephens,” Mr. Rost said: “Well, because he was no longer going to represent himself as a man.

The cases mark a pivotal moment in the fight for gay civil rights, but the current composition of the court with its two new Trump appointees ― Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch ― has many LGBT advocates and Americans worried.

Currently, 30 states lack laws that explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of both sexual orientation or gender identity

The three cases will be heard sometime in the fall of 2019.

Smoking Hot Donald Zarda Gay Skydiving Instructor Fired For "inappropriate Behavior" With Female Student During Jump. Yeah Right.

Long Island skydiving instructor Donald Zarda. (Who is SMOKING HOT!) was just axed after a female client complained that during their tandem descent from many thousands of feet in the air accused of “inappropriate behavior

But Zarda who had told with the client (identified only as Rosanna) that he’s gay before the jump has filed a discrimination suit, claiming he was cut loose from his job because of being gay.”So, you’re accusing me — the gay guy — of touching the girl inappropriately? “The situation is so bizarre.”

Zarda, 40, says he has applied for jobs elsewhere, but, because of the incident, was told to take a flying leap. “It’s been very difficult,” he said. “It has had a very big impact, emotionally.”

Maynard who owns the company has refused to let him watch videos of the jump, which he insists would clear him. Maynard declined to comment but his lawyer, Saul Zabell, said his client knew Zarda was gay and that was not the reason for the firing. “He was terminated for inappropriate behavior in the workplace,” said Zabell, who refused to elaborate.

Personally I would have NO problem being strappe to his back, or him stapped to mine as a matter of fact.

But one thing is for sure.  This is homophobia running rampant.