A Pride Worth Fighting For: Reflections from our co-executive director

Hi, my name's Tobi Hill-Meyer. I'm one of the co-executive directors of Gender Justice League, and I'm a commissioner for the Washington State LGBTQ Commission representing Thurston County. This has been a difficult year to celebrate Pride. Isolation has always been a challenge for trans people, and many of us have struggled to connect with community during the stay-at-home order.

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Trans Panic Nikki Kuhnhausen

Earlier this month, the remains of transgender teenager Nikki Kuhnhausen were found, and this week a suspect has been arrested with her murder.

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Seattle Public Library Event Response

We recently found out that an anti-trans organization has booked an event at the Seattle Public Library with the express purpose of arguing to take away legal rights for trans people.

 

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New HHS Ruling Against LGBTQ People

This morning, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a notice which stated that, effective immediately, they will no longer be enforcing nondiscrimination requirements among federal grant recipients, while also proposing a new rule that will strengthen religious freedom.

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LGBTQ+ Government Contractors and Employment

Disconcerting news out of the White House last Wednesday, August 14, 2019, with President Trump’s Administration permitting government contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees. According to Truthout.org, this new order will include “for-profit corporations, schools and societies — may make employment decisions that align with their religious beliefs, which would including firing gay people, trans people and unmarried women who become pregnant”. 

 

Despite rumor that this change was to take effect Friday, August 16, 2019, the governmental process requires a 30 day public response period, however private companies may be able to opt out sooner using the Hobby Lobby and Masterpiece Cakeshop cases as leverage.

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Trump Administration Brief Concerning Title VII and the Definition of Sex

On Friday, August 16th the Trump Administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court to argue that transgender workers are not protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

We at Gender Justice League remain committed in the fight for the rights of the Transgender community and stand against the Trump Administration and this brief.

This latest attack was submitted in the case of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman who was fired from her funeral home job after announcing that she was transgender and was beginning her transition. The funeral home states that Aimee Stephens was fired due to non-compliance with their sex-specific dress code and that the dress code burdens men and women equally.

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Trans Pride Seattle 2019


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