It’s Not About Cakes: Supreme Court Signals Approval for Discrimination Against Marginalized Communities

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case does not codify discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people, but it

Source: It’s Not About Cakes: Supreme Court Signals Approval for Discrimination Against Marginalized Communities | National Organization for Women

Wins For Women: States Stepping Up for Equal Pay, Affordable and High Quality Child Care, Students’ Fair Access to School, and Transgender Rights

While the White House is doing everything they can to roll back our rights, states and localities have really been stepping up this spring to ensure that transgender, gender nonconforming, and cisgender girls and women have strong legal protections to be able to achieve their potential throughout their lives.

Source: Wins For Women: States Stepping Up for Equal Pay, Affordable and High Quality Child Care, Students’ Fair Access to School, and Transgender Rights – NWLC

Joy Reid Says She Did Not Write ‘Hateful Things’ but Cannot Prove Hacking

The MSNBC host, whose recently resurfaced former blog posts include homophobic sentiments, discussed the controversy on her show on Saturday.

Source: New York Times Joy Reid Says She Did Not Write ‘Hateful Things’ but Cannot Prove Hacking – The New York Times

Watch Panel Discussion here:

Joy Reid Hosts Panel of LGBT Activists to Talk About Blog Posts: ‘Feel Free to Grill Me’

 

Let’s all go to the movies! Love, Simon THIS WEEKEND!

Let’s all go to the movies! Love, Simon THIS WEEKEND!

The local PFLAG chapter is sponsoring the movie admission this Saturday in Newport and this Sunday in Lincoln City for any student who can show their LCSD ID and wants to see this AMAZING movie, Love, Simon. And we want everyone there: allies and LGBPTQ folks of all ages! Let’s make this a community event! 

Please help get the word out and send this message especially to all Lincoln County middle and HS LGBPTQ students.

Please tell students (AND EVERYONE!) … This is a first-come, first-snagged ticket opp.

Saturday, March 24th: (after the March)
Newport: Newport Cinema: Up to 30 tickets will begin to be distributed at 3pm for 3:40pm showing.
Must show LCSD student ID
Concessions on your own.

Sunday, March 25th: 
Lincoln City, Bijou Theater: Up to 15 tickets will begin to be distributed at 1:30pm for the 2:00pm showing.

Must show LCSD student ID

Concessions on your own.

If you’d like to help underwrite the costs of movie tickets for LGBTQ students for these specific showtimes, tax-deductible donations can be made to the Central Coast PFLAG. Link to donate via PayPal is here

Please spread the word. This movie is powerful. I cannot recommend it enough!

Links: 
Love Simon trailer
Love Simon local press

Love, Simon educational resources 

Thank you!
~CM

Ineka Estabrook will be honored by organization

Ineka Estabrook, chair of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be honored as a PFLAG Hero at the group’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at St. Stephen’s Church, 414 SW 9th St., Newport.

Estabrook, who will be moving to Europe at the end of June, has been very active in the LGBTQ community in Lincoln County and across the state since her teen came out to their family and at school five years ago. She was recently honored as a Queer Hero of the Northwest in recognition of the work she has done with the schools and in educating the entire community.

Estabrook has had a large influence on the Lincoln County School District with the many LGBTQ-101 and Trans-101 trainings she and high school students have presented for school a d m i n i s t r a t o r s , teachers and classrooms. The school
district implemented plans for transgender restrooms in each school following the students’ first Trans-101 presentation.

Under Estabrook’s leadership LGBTQ-101 and Trans-101 workshops have also been presented to the community’s health professionals, to Senior & Disability Services,
the Department of Human Services and other human service agencies.

PFLAG is a national organization established to support gays, their families and friends through its mission of education, support and advocacy.  PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in gender orientation
or identity. For more information about the local group, call 541-265-7194.

Newport News Times, June 9, 2017, B8

 

Trans Women Are Women. This Isn’t a Debate

Nigerian writer and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been a favorite of mine since I first saw her “We Should All Be Feminists” speech. It was just a few months shy of Beyoncé’s release of her iconic anthem “***Flawless,” which heavily sampled Adichie’s stripped-down thesis on what feminism means.

Source: Trans Women Are Women. This Isn’t a Debate

“The Rise In Transgender Homicides Is A National Crisis”

Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill

March 9, 2017

Washington, DC – The numbers are horrifying, but they don’t tell the whole story.

In one week alone, four transgender black women were murdered in the United States. So far this year, there have been seven murders of transgender people, well above last year’s figure. And 2016 saw the murder of 23 transgender and gender nonconforming people, the highest ever recorded by groups that monitor this violence.

Beyond these shocking statistics are real people, parts of vibrant communities, people who are loved and treasured and who are targeted because of their gender identity. Now, those hate-fueled perpetrators see a national climate of rising intolerance against transgender people, with a disregard for their safety and human rights that starts at the very top.

Donald Trump’s decision to rescind President Barack Obama’s guidance on protections for transgender school children, along with the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear what would have been the Court’s first case involving transgender rights, compels us to redouble our efforts to end the culture of violence and the culture of sexism that’s seen such an alarming rise in recent months.

The rise in transgender homicides is a national emergency, but so is the federal government’s abandonment of its constitutional obligation to protect and defend the rights of all citizens, regardless of gender identity. NOW stands with the transgender community and will work tirelessly to support their freedom in the current climate of discrimination, prejudice and violence.

For Press Inquiries Contact

M.E. Ficarra, press@now.org, (951) 547-1241

View this statement online by clicking here.