As I noted in a prior post, it would be preferable if the Supreme Court ruled that existing sex discrimination laws covered sexual orientation and gender transition (perhaps unlikely, post-Kennedy) than if Congress were to pass the sweeping Equality Act, with its greatly expanded definition of public accommodations to include small creative-services providers and its crippling of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—not to mention defining “sex” as gender presentation without any pretense about physical transitioning (meaning bio-males in women’s locker rooms and sporting competitions, based on their identity “presentation”).
If the Supreme Court were to expand existing Title VII civil rights protections to gay and transgender people, Democrats and LGBT intersectional progressives would still try to pass the Equality Act—but they’d have to do so arguing in favor of its more extreme provisions instead of presenting it as a jobs discrimination bill.
And we’d see more of this:
Nice to see the university prez standing up to the social justice warriors.
“Not now, not at UArts.”
This man is literally risking his job to stand up for our shared ideals.
— Caitlin Flanagan (@CaitlinPacific) April 13, 2019
Dr. Paglia, who identifies as a lesbian and had lived with a female partner for years, should be replaced by a queer person?
Foolishness indeed. https://t.co/r4GEFoQzA1
— Steven Volynets (@StevenVolynets) April 13, 2019
Inept crew who protested Camille Paglia were not able to stop her lecture. Only a few protesters made it into hall. Must have been mystifying for them. Had to listen to her scholarly lecture on Nefertiti’s massive wig crown & 18th Dynasty Egyptian design. https://t.co/AJvU7MaMp8
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) April 13, 2019
This is why we can't have nice things: following demands and disruptions from social justice activists, organizers decide to cancel the 2019 Edmonton Pride Festival https://t.co/QyPFGBZ7tI
— Walter Olson (@walterolson) April 11, 2019
Coming soon to a Pride march near you!
>>Global News has obtained a copy of an email sent out by the Edmonton Pride Festival Society explaining why the 2019 edition of the annual event, which aims to educate people and create a spirit of unity by celebrating gender and sexual diversity, has been called off. …
The society was presented with a list of seven demands including ending the Pride Parade and providing annual funding for Shades of Color and RaricaNow. …
“So no floats, no corporate, just community groups and it would be a protest march instead, and then they asked for each group to receive $20,000 a year in funding from us.”…
The Pride Society’s decision not to act on a call to ban police and military officers from taking part in the festival boiled over during the Pride Parade last summer.
The parade was stalled for about a half-hour when demonstrators blocked the route to demand that police, RCMP and military members be banned from marching in future parades.<<
Where has the love gone?
In June 2015, Indiana then-Gov Mike Pence was asked about Pete Buttigieg coming out. Pence response: 'I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. We have a great working relationship, and I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.' https://t.co/VwNjnejPTm
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 8, 2019
— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) April 8, 2019
If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn't eat there anymore. http://t.co/QCAPBfnJzL
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) March 30, 2015
Pence said he and Buttigieg "worked very closely together when I was (Indiana's) governor, and I considered him a friend."
"And he knows I don't have a problem with him," he added. https://t.co/xVkMhPDFbp
— Dan Merica (@merica) April 12, 2019
— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) April 14, 2019
Why Democratic Party thought leaders and the media elite are embracing him, and why they moved quickly to tamp down the left-progressives that didn’t find him sufficiently intersectional.
When they murder in packs like animals, you do, and if you don't, you're a fool. https://t.co/uZ37vewRxT
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) April 6, 2019
Calling members of a gang that has beheaded people and ripped out hearts “animals” should not be controversial.
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) April 6, 2019
Now do babies in the womb, Pete. https://t.co/Yv7ERGdPSM
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) April 6, 2019
You support late term abortion. Sit the heck down. https://t.co/aF6Rb0Jqgq
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) April 7, 2019
I disagree with Mayor Pete on a number of policy issues, but it’s interesting to see the left struggle with whether his being gay is enough to make up for still being a white male, or to raise the issue of whether he is gay enough.
He’s spoken lovingly about his husband on national television, as an elected official, while running for President. All that aside, who the hell are you to judge or question anyone else’s pride or personal decisions on this front? Such a gross thread. 👎👎👎 https://t.co/GpYYoEQG2s
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 30, 2019
(The original tweet that Guy Benson and others in the thread were taking issue with has now been removed by the poster.)
The left is clearly of two minds on this, or maybe it’s liberals vs. progressives. Frank Bruni writes in the New York Times:
“The author is asserting that Buttigieg, 37, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., doesn’t come across as particularly gay, meaning . . . what? That he lacks stereotypical mannerisms? That his voice isn’t high-pitched? I’m kind of floored, because I and other gay people around my age (54) or older spent most of our lives educating people about the bigotry and inaccuracy of those very stereotypes and trumpeting the message — the truth! — that gay people can be every bit as buttoned-down and strait-laced as, well, Pete Buttigieg! Now his divergence from those stereotypes is deemed remarkable and in need of dissection? Strange days indeed.”
Some Cons saying Mayor Pete can’t be a Christian because he’s gay and some libs saying he’s not gay enough because he’s married, a capitalist, and was in the military.
Garbage takes all around. https://t.co/duxT1z5gnx
— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) April 11, 2019
Among LGBTQ folk, I have only heard white gay men excited for him. Meanwhile, not only have I not heard any support from him from a single LB or T person (or any LGBTQ person of color), many LGBTQ people I know are openly hostile to what he is offering…
— Steven W. Thrasher (@thrasherxy) April 14, 2019
Also of interest as regards culture watching: