Thomas “Badger” Hill @Steam_Badger @RothYoungGreen @YoungGreenParty ‏@TheGreenParty

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Thomas “Badger” Hill, Yorkshire and Humber Young Greens co-chair and the Equalities Office of the Rotherham Green Party, is threatening to burn down a lesbian-led church. You can read more about the church here.

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Whitaker v. Kirby (USA)

On August 3, 2018 three women who all have children who identify as transgender filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against Judge Joseph W. Kirby of Warren County, Ohio alleging Judge Kirby discriminated against their children by not granting their name change petitions.  Continue reading

Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft @pussy_church

pussy_church_7The Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft is a lesbian-led church for Women and Girls. Recently, Peter Reilly of Forbes wrote an article on the church’s filing for nonprofit status with the IRS. That led to a series of other articles or varying degrees of fairness and accuracy.

You may learn more about the church here.

IRS Grants Tax-Exempt Status to Lesbian ‘Pussy Worship’ Church – Going Concern

IRS recognizes a lesbian witches ‘church._ But is it a sneaky attack on trans rights_ _ LGBTQ Nation

IRS Awards Tax Exempt Status to Transphobic Lesbian-Run ‘Pussy Church’

Lesbians Want A Church Of Their Own And IRS Approves

This TERF Church Has Officially Been Declared a Place of Worship by the IRS – them_

IRS Recognizes ‘Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft’ for Lesbian Feminists as Church for Tax Purposes

This transphobic group of lesbians was just recognized as a church by the IRS

A church of anti-transgender witches has been recognised by the US Government · PinkNews

Ann Rostow_ Hot Times – San Francisco Bay Times _ San Francisco Bay Times

Gender Trouble_ Will The UK_s TERF Problem Invade The US_ _ Gay Richmond News, Entertainment, Nightlife & LGBT Community Guide __ GayRVA

Why Gender-Critical Radical Feminists Might Want A Church And Why IRS Approved

The Pro-Lesbian Anti-Transgender _Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft_ Recognized by IRS as Church – Volokh Conspiracy _ Reason.com

Mrs. H v. Planet Fitness (USA) @PlanetFitness

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Mr. Jordan Rich (“Ivey Gardner”)

Jordan Rich is a man who identifies as a transgender woman named Ivey Gardner. In May 2018, he followed a woman (who wishes to be identified only as Mrs. H) into the parking lot of a Planet Fitness gym after she objected to his presence in the women’s locker room, and called 9-1-1 claiming she “sexually harassed” him. According to Mrs. H’s counsel: Continue reading

Yvette Cormier v. Planet Fitness (USA) @PlanetFitness

On July 26, 2018, Michigan’s Midland Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in favor of Yvette Cormier, who sued Planet Fitness in 2015 alleging the gym canceled her membership after she objected to the presence of a man in the women’s locker room.  The appellate court agreed with Cormier’s allegation that the gym violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (“MCPA”), finding that the gym’s unwritten policy of allowing men (who identify as women) to use the women’s locker rooms was material to her decision to enter into an agreement with the gym and that the gym’s failure to disclose this policy to her before entering said agreement constituted a violation of the MCPA. The court remanded Cormier’s case to the district court for further litigation. Continue reading

Michigan’s Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act (USA) @SchuetteOnDuty

In May 2018, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (“Commission”) voted to expand its interpretation of the term “sex” in the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act (“ELCRA”) to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” The Commission announced it would begin accepting complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Michigan Legislature recently asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to clarify whether the Commission has the authority to interpret the ELCRA to prohibit such discrimination.

On July 20, 2018, Schuette issued a formal opinion in which he concludes the Commission’s interpretation of the ELCRA is invalid because it conflicts with the plain language of the statute. “ELCRA’s text prohibits discrimination based on sex but does not cover distinctions based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” See Opinion No. 7305.

Schuette bases his opinion on the fact that the term “sex” refers to “the biological differences between males and females, not . . . the concepts of sexual orientation or gender identity.” He cites several cases showing that “courts consistently understood, from the 1970s to the 2000s, that there is a difference between classifying someone based on sex and classifying based on sexual orientation.” He acknowledges that although recent federal decisions, see Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College and Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act have held that it prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, “these newer federal decisions interpreting Title VII do not follow Michigan’s principles of statutory interpretation.” Further, “Michigan courts interpreting ELCRA have not expanded the meaning of “sex” in the way that a few federal courts interpreting Title VII have.” He also cites the Supreme Court’s holding in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, in which the Court concluded that sex stereotyping was a form of sex discrimination under Title VII, but notes “the Michigan cases that have cited Price Waterhouse have not extended ELCRA to require treating discrimination based sexual orientation or gender identity as discrimination based on sex.  As a result, Michigan law on the meaning of discrimination based on sex has not evolved in the way that federal law may be evolving.”

Finally, “[t]he Legislature may, if it chooses, add the new categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to the statute.  But . . . legislation addressing this precise issue has been introduced every year for the past 15 years, and each year the Legislature has declined the invitation to add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories under ELCRA.”

“[I]t is my opinion that the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s Interpretative Statement 2018-1, which concludes that the term “sex” as used in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes sexual orientation and gender identity, is invalid because it conflicts with the original intent of the Legislature as expressed in the plain language of the Act, and as interpreted by Michigan’s courts.”

Bill Schuette is running for Governor in the 2018 election.

Schuette: Michigan law doesn’t protect LGBTQ people from discrimination — Detroit Free Press