Many advocates have understandably focused on the Supreme Court in recent weeks. But what gets lost in that focus are the stories that show the right to basic bodily autonomy is at stake for sex workers, trans people of color, and those who are disproportionately incarcerated.
Despite being surrounded by the largest collection of freshwater lakes in the world, thousands of Detroit residents—most of them low-income people of color—are finding themselves without access to fresh water because of actions by the city’s water department that advocates say are in violation of Detroiters’ human rights.
According to a letter sent on behalf of the two women by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, one of the women was called “it” by a DMV staffer, and they were forced to get licenses that do not reflect their legal names and/or their everyday appearance.
The report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the highest it’s ever been.
Among other things, the new law requires that inmates have access to mental health assessments and treatment during pregnancy and postpartum, and mandates that correctional facilities offer pregnancy and STD tests to inmates.
Tyler Brandt being forced to wear a nametag with a homophobic, ableist slur is but one example of the problems that face LGBT people every day in the workforce, despite President Obama’s attempts to address workplace discrimination of LGBT people on a federal level.
On Tuesday, the plaza in front of the Legislative Assembly in El Salvador blazed with sun and the energy of 200 women and men gathered to demand from the state an accounting of progress made on petitions to pardon 17 women unjustly imprisoned for up to 40 years for what amount to miscarriages, stillbirths, and other obstetric complications.
Amid the anguish over the Hobby Lobby ruling Monday was a note of optimism among some liberals, suggesting that the ruling was constructed with a narrowness that specifically prohibits use of its legal reasoning to protect religiously inspired discrimination against LGBT people. If only that was in fact the case.
The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?
President Obama has asked his staff to prepare an executive order banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for employers who contract with the government, a White House official confirmed Monday.