U.S. Department of Justice @CivilRights & Title VII (USA)

Gender Identity Watch

In a long-overdue move, U.S. Attorney General issued a memorandum stating that the U.S. Department of Justice Department will no longer assert that Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination). Title VII is the federal law that bans employment discrimination. Title VII applies to transgender and gender nonconforming people because of the ruling in Price Waterhouse.

Many gay activists have said for years that Title VII applies to transgender people. We hope that GLBT Organizations will stop trying to advance “transgender inclusive” legislation in Congress to ban discrimination based on gender identity, because it is not, in fact, needed and because GLBT Organizations do a terrible job of describing the legislation. What is needed, however, is legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Attorney General Holder Directs Department to Include Gender Identity Under Sex Discrimination Employment…

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Telephone

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Lately, I’ve become convinced that politics on the internet is a giant game of telephone.

[A] game played around the world, in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. Errors typically accumulate in the retellings, so the statement announced by the last player differs significantly, and often amusingly, from the one uttered by the first.

A great example is the ever-popular “genderbread person”.

1. The above image (circa 2005) is prototypical. Sex, gender roles, orientation and identity are listed in a lunch menu format and assigned to regions of a body. The implication is that sex is what you are physically, orientation is how you feel and identity is how you think about yourself. Gender roles are off to the side somewhere, presumably in the garage or the kitchen. “Sexual…

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Why I Stopped Teaching Yoga – My journey into spiritual, political accountability

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Over the past few months people have been asking me, “why did you stop writing?”. “Are you teaching anymore?” I got an email from a stranger who asked, “Where did you go?” It’s taken me months to untangle the threads that wove this transformation together.  Like most transformations, it runs deep.

After much soul searching, traveling and reflection I can not-so-cautiously say, I don’t teach yoga anymore – and to be honest, there’s not many people who I think should. At least not in the way most of us do now.

314750_10150318345863544_1387160463_n I took this photo at my teacher training.

I did my teacher training in 2011. Since becoming an “accredited yoga teacher”, I’ve taught classes in several studios; co-created a social justice based yoga collective that offered yoga on a sliding scale to folks who otherwise might not access it; taught anti-oppression workshops in yoga studios across north America; met…

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white women’s tears

Abagond

White women’s tears is one of the main ways White American women have of derailing any talk of racism, particularly their own racism. It is part of a more general pattern of white people making their feelings matter more than the truth – something you see too in the tone argument, for example.

White women’s tears can come about in different ways, but here is the classic scene:

  1. A white woman says something racist.
  2. A black woman points it out. (It could be any person of colour but it works best against black women for reasons given below.)
  3. The white woman says she is not racist and starts crying.
  4. For added effect the white woman can run out of the room.
  5. Other whites, particularly white men, come to the aid and comfort not of the wronged black woman but of the racist white woman!
  6. The black woman, the wronged…

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Transgender activists unable to refute right-wing Minnesota Ads

This would be the end of Title IX

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GLBT and liberal media pundits scrambled today to refute an ad sponsored by the right-wing Child Protection League group, but found themselves unable to produce a single point of contention. The paid ads were published in multiple Minnesota newspapers (Star Tribune, St. Cloud Times, Duluth News Tribune, among others) yesterday and claimed that the proposed transgender policy for student athletes will:

  1. Allow boys and young men to compete against girls and young women for limited slots on female sports team rosters.

  1. Allow boys and young men to compete “as females” on girls and young women’s sports teams based on nothing but declared “gender feelings”.

  1. Allow boys and young men to access girls and young women’s school showers and locker rooms previously sex-segregated to protect the privacy of girls and young women from vulnerability in areas of public nudity.

Unfortunately for transgender advocates, all of the claims in the ads are…

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