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SCOTUS decisions Thursday.


There will be more Supreme Court decisions on Thursday, May 14. As usual, we don’t know which ones or how many there will be. We’ll report back if the Court decides the Title VII cases.


  • 1. VIRick  |  May 11, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    The "Bad News" Syndrome Due to the Ever-Spreading Coronavirus Pandemic

    Of recent date, many of us have been adversely affected by the depressingly negative news due to the ever-spreading coronavirus pandemic. Positive news of any sort has been difficult to find, while positive LGBT news has been even more scarce. However, Daniel Berezowsky found three magnificent gems of very recent vintage:

    Per Daniel Berezowsky‏:

    No todo son malas noticias:
    – En Brasil, la Corte Suprema terminó con la prohibición de que hombres gay puedan donar sangre.
    – En Alemania, el gobierno prohibió las llamadas “terapias de conversión.”
    – En Costa Rica, el matrimonio igualitario será una realidad a partir del 26 de mayo.

    Not all is bad news:
    – In Brasil, the Supreme Court terminated the prohibition on gay men donating blood.
    – In Germany, the government banned so-called "conversion therapies."
    – In Costa Rica, marriage equality will be a reality from 26 May.

    To which I would add the observation that the coronavirus pandemic has also totally derailed the presidencies of any number of major political figures who obviously have very limited or no understanding of medical science and public health issues, and whose ignorance, and pig-headedness regarding their own ignorance, has been fully exposed:

    1. Vladimir Putin in Russia who suddenly announced the re-opening of the country and the re-start the economy, precisely while the number of positive COVID-19 cases and deaths skyrockets, making Russia the world's latest hot-spot.

    2. Trump who basically wants to do the same in the USA, given that as the US economy tanks, so do his re-election prospects.

    3. Jair Bolsonaro in Brasil who has dismissed the virus as imaginary, never ordered a federal lockdown, and who foolishly continued to hold his mass rallies in utter defiance of various state governors and their state orders, all while the death toll from COVID-19 exploded.

    4. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in Mexico who was exceedingly slow to respond, and who then did so rather half-heartedly while continuing to tour the country to greet and hug supporters, while simultaneously insulting Mexican doctors and medical staff fighting COVID-19.

  • 2. VIRick  |  May 12, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Panamá: LGBT Non-Discrimination Edict Issued in the Face of COVID-19

    Per Ministerio de Seguridad Pública de Panamá:

    El 11 de mayo 2020, hemos dado instrucciones a los estamentos de seguridad para evitar cualquier tipo de discriminación contra la población LGBTI en restricciones adoptadas por el COVID-19.

    Per Ministry of Public Security of Panamá:

    On 11 May 2020, we have given instructions to the security forces to avoid any type of discrimination against the LGBTI population in the restrictions adopted due to COVID-19.

    Per Cristian González Cabrera at Human Rights Watch:‏

    Felicitamos al gobierno de Panamá por esta declaración en reconocimiento de los DDHH de las personas LGBTI, y especialmente transgénero, en el contexto de las medidas COVID-19. Es importante que este tuit se convierta en políticas concretas.

    We congratulate the Government of Panamá for this declaration in recognition of the human rights of LGBTI persons, and especially transgender individuals, in the context of the COVID-19 measures. It is important that this tweet be translated into concrete policy.

    Note: This declaration by the Government of Panamá about LGBT non-discrimination during the gendered quarantine could prove to be somewhat meaningless without an explicit authorization for transgender individuals to comply with the gendered quarantine in accordance with their gender identity (as was already done in Colombia right from the very onset).

    In light of similar enforcement difficulties regarding transgender individuals, Perú has revoked the gendered portion of their quarantine measures.

  • 3. VIRick  |  May 12, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Joe Biden and the Rights of Transgender Women of Color

    No podemos callar ante la violencia contra personas transgénero de color, como las recientes tragedias en Missouri y Puerto Rico. Es nuestra obligación garantizar que todos puedan vivir abiertamente, con orgullo y sin miedo.

    We cannot remain quiet before the violence against transgender people of color, such as the recent tragedies in Missouri and Puerto Rico. It is our obligation to guarantee that everyone can live openly, with pride and without fear.

    Below is what he actually said in English before a staff member apparently translated his words into Spanish. I first saw the Spanish language version on the website of the Puerto Rican newspaper, "El Nuevo Día," and translated that directly. Then, I found the original:

    We cannot be silent in the face of rising violence against transgender people of color—like the recent tragedies in Missouri and Puerto Rico. It's our moral obligation to end this epidemic, and ensure everyone can live open and proud and free from fear.

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