Jehovah’s Witnesses are using this creepy anti-gay cartoon to indoctrinate kids
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have poured money into funding a cartoon that teaches kids to oppose gay parenting and try to “change” homosexuals.
The religious group, which is known for its door-to-door evangelising, has a series of highly-polished videos on its website teaching ‘lessons’ to kids.
One video in the series is aimed at young children – and encourages them to “Become Jehovah’s Friend” by opposing same-sex parenting.
The ‘lesson’ features a girl speaking to her mother after her friend reveals she has same-sex female parents.
The mother explains: “People have their own ideas about what is right and wrong – but what matters is how Jehovas feels. He wants us to be happy and he knows how we can be happiest. That’s why he invented marriage the way he did.”
Explaining that marriage is between “one man and one woman”, Creepy Cartoon Mother explains: “Jehovah created Adam and Eve, male and female. Then he said a man will stick to his wife… Jesus said the same thing.
“Jehovah’s standards haven’t changed. It’s kind of like bringing something on an plane – what happens if someone tries to bring something on that isn’t allowed?
“It’s the same with Jehovah! He wants us to be his friend, and live in paradise forever, but we have to follow his standards to get there.
"To get there we have to leave some things behind – that means anything Jehovah doesn’t approve of.”
Creepy Cartoon Mother explains: “People can change, that’s why we share his message.”
The little girl concludes that she should tell her friend that Jehovah doesn’t approve of her parents’ lifestyle, which Creepy Cartoon Mother concludes is “awesome”.
A transgender prisoner has been discovered dead in her cell at an all-male prison, the BBC has learned.
Joanne Latham, 38, was found hanging by a prison officer at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes in the early hours of Friday.
A Prison Service report seen by the BBC said the prisoner, who was serving life for three attempted murders, had barricaded the door of her cell.
It is the second recent death of a transgender woman in a men's prison.
Last month inmate Vikki Thompson, 21, was found dead at HMP Leeds. She had said she would kill herself if she was sent to a male prison.
Updates on this story and others from Buckinghamshire here
The Prison Service report said as well as the cell door at HMP Woodhill being barricaded, the "observation panel" had been obscured.
"After receiving no response from her, staff requested permission to enter the cell," it said.
The report said the cell occupied by the "transgender prisoner" was checked at 04:02 GMT on Friday.
Paramedics were called and arrived at about 05:40. Attempts to resuscitate her were halted at 06:00.
A doctor pronounced the inmate dead at at 06:20.
Latham was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 for an attempted murder.
She was later handed further life sentences for the attempted murders of a prisoner at HMP Frankland, in Durham, in 2007 and of a fellow patient at Rampton secure hospital, in Nottinghamshire, in 2011.
The BBC understands she was in the early stages of changing her gender.
A Prison Service spokesman said: "HMP Woodhill prisoner Joanne Latham was found unresponsive on the morning of Friday.
"As with all deaths in custody, there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."
A Thames Valley Police spokesman confirmed the force was aware of the death of an inmate at Woodhill prison.
A spokesman for the coroner's service said a post-mortem examination had yet to be carried out.
Following the death of Ms Thompson, the government announced it was re-examining its policy on transgender prisoners.
Her death prompted the prisons minister Andrew Selous to respond to an urgent question in the House of Commons.
He told a debate the government was "reviewing prison service instruction".
HMP Woodhill, a Category A prison, opened in 1992 and can hold 819 inmates, according to the Ministry of Justice website.
So another Christmas fast approaching. I always get reflective at this time of the year as when Christmas has passed then a New Year is upon us. I always look back and think. What have I actually achieved this year? Am I happy with the way my life is progressing? Do I truly think that my life is moving in the right direction?
I have so much to be grateful for and I always worry that if I can't be satisfied with what I have I must be selfish. You hear people say "Don't settle for second best." Things like that make me wonder. How do you know you are getting second best? We live in a crazy and terrifying world. The world is hurting and it is then I know I am so lucky to have what so many others don't. I have a home, family, food, warmth, health and love.
So, is my life moving in the right direction? Far from it to be truthful, but I do have people who love me by my side to put me back on track.
Nigel Farage was subjected to an unusual line of questioning today – when he was asked whether he had kissed a man.
The UK Independence Party leader, who is gearing up for the upcoming EU referendum, appeared on the Daily Politics show this morning.
However, as part of a ‘quick fire’ round of questions, presenters Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn asked him a number of surreal questions – including whether he’s killed an animal, flirted with fellow MEPs, or kissed a man.
The UKIP leader provided a raft of answers – revealing he never parked in a disabled parking space, has ‘borrowed’ things but not stolen, and has allegedly never lied in a TV interview.
When Andrew Neil asked if he had ever locked lips with a man, Mr Farage responded: “Not in that way, no.”
However, he remained enigmated when asked about flirtation with other MEPs.
The leader said: “Well… I liked to think I am doing my bit in Europe to promote good relations between all different countries.”
Flirtations aside, Mr Farage’s style doesn’t always go down too well in the European Parliament.
Earlier this year he was mercilessly mocked on his return to the European Parliament over his ‘un-resignation’ as UKIP leader.
One MEP joked: “He is a man of his word. Nigel Farage has sent a letter to Nigel Farage, saying ‘I resign’ and Nigel Farage has responded to Nigel Farage saying ‘I refuse’. That’s the way how it works there.”
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A Parliamentary committee is to look at provisions for transgender children in the UK, it has been confirmed.
A number of leading transgender campaigners have been invited to give evidence to the newly-formed Women and Equalities Select Committee, as it moves to review provisions for trans people in the UK across a number of areas.
As Parliament is set to reconvene next month, the committee announced the topics for September’s evidence sessions – with issues affecting trans youth confirmed to be the topic for a session on September 15.
It will be the first time that the committee has scrutinised provisions for trans youth, with campaigners from trans groups Mermaids and Gendered Intelligence among those invited to give evidence.
One of the UK’s leading clinical psychologists in the field of gender identity, Dr Ashley Miller, will also give evidence to the session.
UK law contains no provisions for trans people under the age of 16 to gain legal recognition, and options for gender treatment are vastly limited until people are of age. Both issues are likely to be addressed in the trans youth session.
Separate sessions will also cover healthcare and trans people, hate crime and transphobia, and issues affecting trans people in the criminal justice system.
The healthcare session is expected to address the mammoth backlogs for NHS gender surgery – which experts warn are spiralling out of control – as well as the need to amend current gender legislation.
The UK’s Gender Recognition Act was passed in 2004 – and some campaigners have called for it to be updated, given more progressive laws passed elsewhere. The Republic of Ireland recently passed a new gender recognition law that allows trans people to legally change their gender through a statutory process, without medical involvement.
The new committee was formed in May after years of pressure from MPs – and has oversight of equalities and women’s issues across all government departments.
Former equalities minister Maria Miller was elected to chair the Committee – and confirmed the committee’s first actions will be a review of legislation and provisions for transgender people.
Healthcare professionals and trans activists will give evidence at the following sessions, all of which are open to the public:
September 8, 10:30 AM – Healthcare and trans people
Jess Bradley, Committee member, Action for Trans Health
Terry Reed OBE, Co-founder, Gender Identity Research and Education Society
Steve Shrubb, Chief Executive, West London Mental Health NHS Trust
Dr John Dean, Chair of the NHS national Clinical Reference Group for Gender Identity Services
September 8, 11:30 AM – Hate crime and transphobia
Helen Belcher, Director, Trans Media Watch
Prof Neil Chakraborti, Director, Leicester Centre for Hate Studies
Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on Transgender
September 15, 10:30 AM – Issues affecting trans youth
Susie Green, Chair, Mermaids
Dr Jay Stewart, Director, Gendered Intelligence
Anna Lee, Vice President: Welfare and Community, Lancaster University Students’ Union
Dr Ashley Miller, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Gender Identity Development Service, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
September 15, 11:30 AM – Issues affecting trans people in the criminal justice system
Prof Michael Brookes OBE, HMP Grendon/Birmingham City University
Megan Key, Equalities Manager for the Midlands Division of the National Probation Service
Michael Quinn, Executive Director, Out-Side-In
I have not posted in what seems like forever. It is amazing how a three year and four year old can completely drain you. In a good way of course, I would not change a thing. Maybe some extra hours sleep would be good though. The four year old starts full time school in September, I think I am more nervous than him.
I thought I would check in but life has been quiet recently, well apart from badly hurting my leg. I would like to say it was through wearing a fabulous set of heels, but alas, I tripped over a stair gate.
Organisers of Pride in London originally approved plans for UKIP LGBT+ to take part in the parade on Saturday 27 June, claiming it would not “discriminate” against them.
However, following a backlash from campaigners including Peter Tatchell, the board reversed its decision, citing “safety” concerns if the group were allowed to march.
In a comment to PinkNews, Suzanne Evans – who was originally set to take over as interim UKIP leader from Nigel Farage before he un-resigned – lashed out at the organisers over the decision.
She said: “It is disgraceful an organisation that is recognised for inclusion and equality is behaving in a way that suggests it holds attitudes that actually are quite the opposite.
“What is London Pride trying to say? That yes, you can be out and proud, but only if you do it in a way proscribed by others?
“That if you’re ‘the wrong kind of gay’ we don’t want you?
“Not only is it discriminatory, it’s foolhardy – why would any organisation want to ostracise the UK’s third largest political party and 4 million voters?
“UKIP believe wholeheartedly in individual choice and liberty. And is the political home to a growing and vocal number of LGTB* members.
“We all want a fair and free society. And by blocking UKIP’s LGBT group, London Pride 2015 has sadly put up a small barrier to that.”
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Brian Paddick also weighed in today, calling on organisers to allow UKIP to march.
Teen actor becomes unlikely spokesperson for gender variance
Jaden Smith became an unlikely spokesperson for gender variance last week after he defended his choice to wear skirts dresses on social media.
While the actor and rapper received some anti-gay remarks, the response to his gender-neutral fashion sense was overwhelmingly positive with thousands of liking and sharing his posts.
The 16-year-old son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on 8 April uploaded a photo of of him trying on a black-and-white striped dress on Instagram.
'Went to TopShop to Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean "Clothes,"' he wrote.
The next day, he tweeted, 'That Moment When Your Wearing a Dress With No Pants and You Swerve Way Too Hard.'
PopSugar noted that while the young actor had been spotted in tunics and dress-like styles before, his commentary was a 'refreshing new twist.'
'It's inspiring to see the young style setting challenging gender norms and wearing exaclty what makes him comfortable.'
YouTube sensation Chris Crocker thanked Smith 'for being an inspiration to youth by not abiding by society's expectations.'
'PS love the dress!' he tweeted.
'Isn't it crazy that women wear pants every day, but when a guy wears a dress it's breaking news!' tweeted another fan.
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The leader of #UKIP’s youth wing has hit out at “tokenism” – after the head of his party’s #LGBT group quit.
The chair of LGBTQ* in UKIP, Tom Booker, quit this week and renounced his party membership – citing “dissatisfaction at the failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone”.
Today, the leader of the party’s ‘Young Independence’ wing said he was “proud” of the way UKIP has dealt with a string of anti-gay candidates.
Jack Duffin, who heads the group, told IBTimes: “When we see these problems we deal with them. These stories happen to all parties.
“I’m proud of UKIP because we deal with these issues and don’t hide them in our membership and wait for the media to get hold of them.
“We promote issues across the board, we don’t target any small group or anything but we work with them.
“We don’t target any small minority because that’s not the way we operate as a party.
“You’ll never seen an all-woman shortlist in UKIP because we value everyone on what they bring to the table. We’re not a party of tokens.
“Young people in other parties are just a token – they’re just used to go leafleting.”
Mr Duffin is the party’s current PPC in Uxbridge & South Ruislip – where Boris Johnson is standing for the Conservatives.
Flo Lewis, the new head of UKIP’s LGBT group, said: “I hope to not only educate the members of UKIP about LGBT* issues and concerns but also challenge the perceptions the LGBT* community have regarding UKIP.”
An image of former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey will reportedly be removed from a building at King’s College London, after objections from LGBT campaigners.
King’s alumnus Lord Carey had been featured on the side of a building at the Strand campus entrance for several years, alongside other notable alumni including Desmond Tutu.
However, campaigners raised concerns about the message it sends due to the Archbishop’s long record of opposing gay rights, tabling an amendment to ‘wreck’ the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords.
He was roundly criticised in 2012, after an apparent comparison between opponents of equal marriage and Jews during the Holocaust.
According to student newspaper Roar News, KCL Principal Ed Byrne has agreed to ‘refresh’ the area’s design and remove the image of Lord Carey.
Campaigner Ben Hunt said: “Currently provisional discussions are under way for a change in the Strand windows.
“The Principal has stated that this process will involve the formation of a committee to decide the new alumni for the front of Strand.
“The scheme is an attempt to be more inclusive of different identities around King’s.
“This scheme will also mean the removal of Lord Carey and the inclusion of minorities in the discussions for new alumni.”
The former Archbishop of Canterbury graduated from the college in 1962 with a 2:1 Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree and was subsequently ordained.
Campaigners have been pressing for the change for a number of years, with Peter Tatchell backing the campaign in 2012.
Lord Carey previously said: “Same sex relationships are not the same as heterosexual relationships and should not be put on the same level.”
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If a firm doesn't accommodate a customer's race, religion, disability or sexual orientation they could be ignoring their rights under the Equality Act
Disabled people and those who have specific needs due to their religion or sexual orientation, for example, often fall victim to inflexible bank rules, the Financial Ombudsman Service has warned today.
The dispute resolution body said that in many cases customers do not know they have the right to ask their bank or financial provider to provide them with a personalised service if they need it.
Under the Equality Act, people have the right to ask a business to make "reasonable adjustments" so they can use the same service as everybody else, for example by helping a blind person access their bank account.
Caroline Wayman, the chief ombudsman, criticised banks for being overly concerned with "compliance" and failing to properly handle sensitive situations.
"All too often, the practical steps we suggest could have been put in place much sooner – avoiding unnecessary delays, frustration and inconvenience for the consumer," she said.
In one case, a bank confused a female customer's gender reassignment with fraud, and blocked her credit card. A few days before the account was suspended, Ms B had given her bank a ring. After the call, the staff member she had spoken to raised concerns about the pitch of the customer's voice.
They thought that a man had been trying to use the credit card – registered in a woman's name – and blocked any subsequent transactions as fraudulent.
But the bank had been informed that the customer used to be a man. She had already given the bank medical records from her gender reassignment operation, carried out three years previously. After Ms B explained the situation, the bank unblocked the account. The ombudsman told the bank to pay £500 for the frustration and embarrassment caused.
Deaf customer denied online banking
Disabled customers also have the right to ask for reasonable adjustments to the service they receive.
A deaf customer, Ms S, was told that in order to access her online banking, she would need to telephone a customer helpline. Even though she could not hear, the bank staff member said she could only authorise her account via telephone due to "security procedures".
The same week, her debit card was swallowed by a faulty cash machine. Left without her card for three weeks and locked out of online banking, Ms S had to rely on spare cash. Unable to access her account, several of her direct debits were refused and she incurred charges. The bank agreed to refund the charges, but still would not budge on the telephone issue.
The bank eventually told Ms S that she could activate her online banking via post. The ombudsman said: "If they had told Ms S about this, the problem probably wouldn't have arisen in the first place." It awarded recompense of £500.
In another case, an 80-year-old woman complained that her insurer had rejected her claim after refusing to communicate with her in Polish. Following rain damage to her ceiling, the insurer had sent a loss adjuster to Mrs H's home – but they could not understand each other and the claim was not properly settled.
Mrs H said that as she was getting older, she had trouble remembering her English. The Ombudsman said that the insurer should have sent a translator, as it had previously written to Mrs H in Polish, and the firm agreed to pay the claim.
The equality act explained
Firms are legally required to make "reasonable adjustments" for certain people, for example by helping a disabled person receive the same service as an abled-bodied person.
The legislation protects individuals with "protected characteristics", including a person's age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The Equality Act says that firms cannot discriminate against anyone "requiring the service by not providing the person with the service."
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Google has issued an apology – after a translation tool suggested a number of offensive translations for the word “gay”.
A new feature of the company’s Google Translate service offers a number of suggested translations for words.
However, a number have people have noticed that the system often gives a number of homophobic terms when trying to simply translate “gay”.
Translating to languages including French, Spanish and Portuguese yielded the offensive results, including poof, queen, faggot and fag.
Meanwhile, trying to translate from ‘гей’ – the Russian word that Google translates ‘gay’ to – gives English suggestions including faggot, fag, fairy, queen, sodomite, pansy boy and homosexualist
Recordings have emerged of UKIP General Secretary Matthew Richardson using a slur to refer to transgender women.
Mr Richardson made a number of controversial comments while addressing right-wing groups in the US, which have emerged across the Sunday papers.
He appeared at one point to suggest the party was happy to support ‘bigots’, saying: “I’ve said before, people talk about UKIP being bigots.
“There are hundreds of thousands of bigots in the United Kingdom and they deserve representation.”
At a separate event he ripped into the National Health Service, which he labelled “the Reichstag bunker of socialism”, and attacked the provision of gender reassignment surgery.
He ranted: “I promise I’m not making this up – breast augmentation, hymen repair for those who want to be born-again virgins, is paid for by the National Health Service.
“Socialists think that if somebody wants to reassign their gender the state should pay, they think that’s how the world works. So if you love she-males come to the United Kingdom, if you love freedom – stay here [in the US].”
The politician told the Sunday Mirror: “I don’t recall the conversation taking place but some of the words attributed to me are actually a quote from the late [Tory MP] Eric Forth, which if they were spoken at all would have been on a discussion about him.
“None of this is reflective of my own views or those of the party and I am sure any reader would recognise the difference between a formal party position and the sort of jag lots of people have with their mates while having a drink.”
Nigel Farage told Andrew Marr: “It just shows you the depths this general election is sinking.
“The Tories, Labour, their friends in the media, any attempt to damage UKIP.
“If you’re expecting me to ban all UKIP officials from going into the pub and smiling and laughing and joking, it isn’t going to happen.”
A British Army general could be about to make history, by coming out as gay.
The officer – who has served in the armed forces for over 25 years – could be on the verge of coming out.
Speaking anonymously to the Mail on Sunday, the general – who is married to a woman and has children – said he plans to open up about his sexuality to challenge claims that discrimination no longer exists.
He told the newspaper that he is part of “a small number of senior officers in the Army, RAF and Royal Navy who have decided to keep their sexuality secret because of the potential impact it might have on their career”.
He added: “The Armed Forces cannot claim it is an equal opportunities employer when the view persists that any senior officer who announces he is gay will see his or her career go up in smoke.’
“I never considered outing myself until another very senior officer said he believed that admission of homosexuality by a senior officer would be career suicide.
“I actually felt like saying, ‘Actually I’m gay and it has never prevented me from serving Queen and country’.
“I was furious, but in the end I let the comment pass.
“But over the last few weeks, I actually started to ask myself whether the time had come for someone of my rank to speak out and to say that you can serve your country at the highest levels of the Armed Forces as a gay man or woman.”
The general says his wife is aware of his sexuality, adding: “After a great deal of soul searching’ they decided to stay together. We love each other deeply.”
He also said: “It might come as a shock to some people but there have been and there are gay members of the SAS. I have met them.”
The Army LGBT Forum said: “Army personnel of any rank, contemplating the difficult decision to come out can get support. Contact us at http://armylgbt.org.uk
Doctor Who has been nominated for a GLAAD award – for an episode which featured the show’s first lesbian kiss.
The sci-fi show has been nominated for episode Deep Breath – which aired in August, and featured its first lesbian kiss between Silurian lizard-woman Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her human wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart)
The pair have recurred on the show since 2011 and have long been portrayed as lovers.
Controversially, the moment was deemed too controversial for audiences in Asia – with the kiss censored from broadcasts on the BBC Entertainment channel in several Asian countries.
The censored version, excluding the kiss, was shown in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
A BBC spokesperson told Pink News: “In order to comply with broadcast regulations in Asia where our BBC Entertainment channel airs, BBC Worldwide made a brief edit to the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8, but did so without detracting from the storyline.”
The episode has been nominated for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character).
It faces competition from the “Down a Tree” episode of Good Luck Charlie – the first Disney Channel show to feature a same-sex couple.
Later in the same series of Doctor Who, a previously male iconic character made a shock return in the finale – as a woman.
A report released by the BBC showed that three viewers had taken up formal complaints against the series for promoting a “homosexual agenda”, while the BBC as a whole was accused of “pro-gay bias”.
#McDonalds in #Leicester suspends doorman after claims he ordered two men to stop kissing #LGBT #GAY
A @McDonalds security guard has been suspended following a claim he asked a man to stop kissing his male friend because it was “making people feel uncomfortable”
The doorman at the branch in Market Street, Leicester, apparently told Matthew Dummigan there was “no kissing” allowed at the fast food chain when his male friend “pecked” him on the lips.
Matthew, 23, told the Mercury he asked the bouncer whether it would be “acceptable” if they were male and female, and said the doorman responded “yes”.
#Saks Continues to Assert a Legal Right to #Discriminate Against #Trans Employees #Transgender #LGBT
On Tuesday, the chief executive of Saks Fifth Avenue’s parent company effectively doubled down on Saks’ claim that it has a legal right to discriminate against, harass, and fire trans employees simply for being trans. At the same time, the chief executive asserted that “it’s preposterous to think that in any way Saks Fifth Avenue is anything but a strong advocate for LGBT rights.” The company will thus continue to fight trans discrimination lawsuits by claiming that trans employees have no legal protection against workplace harassment.
A bit of background here: In December, Saks sought to dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee, Leyth O. Jamal, who claims she was harassed, then fired, for being a trans woman. Rather than fighting the allegations, Saks merely insisted that it is legally permitted to discriminate against trans workers, and so Jamal’s lawsuit should be dismissed out of hand. Adding insult to injury, Saks’ attorneys referred to Jamal as a male throughout their filings—and, when quoting Jamal’s own complaint, they added a “[sic]” after every reference to Jamal as female, as if to aver that her identification as a woman is factually wrong.
To be fair, there is some controversy over the relevant law here. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids employment discrimination based on sex, and the Supreme Court has interpreted this provision to include discrimination based on irrational sex stereotyping. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department and Justice, and several circuit courts have concluded that sex stereotyping includes anti-trans discrimination—and though the Supreme Court has yet to confirm this interpretation, the law is clearly moving in that direction. However, Saks is ignoring this trend altogether, instead proclaiming that “it is well settled that transsexuals are not protected by Title VII," and on Tuesday affirming that they will use the lack of final SCOTUS or legislative guidance on the question to advance their case.
Reasonable people can disagree about the scope of Title VII’s sex discrimination provision. But Saks’ arguments here are troubling for two reasons. First, the company could have argued that it did not discriminate against Jamal, leaving larger questions about Title VII aside. If it’s true that Saks’ employees did not mistreat Jamal, this argument would be easy to make. The fact that Saks felt compelled to assert a broad legal right to discriminate against trans employees suggests the company was nervous that it might lose the case on the merits—in other words, that its employees actually did discriminate against Jamal.
Second, and more importantly, Saks’ legal strategy here is incredibly dangerous for the LGBT community. Should the Supreme Court agree that Saks has a right to discriminate against trans employees under Title VII, the trans community would be devastated. Decades of progress in securing legal rights for trans people would be instantly reversed, and trans employees in dozens of states would suddenly lose their only legal protections against workplace discrimination and harassment. The fact that Saks is willing to risk this calamity suggests it is not quite the “strong advocate for LGBT rights” that it claims to be.
Until now, Saks could have claimed—however dubiously—that its motions against Jamal did not represent the views of the company’s leadership, and apologized for the debacle. Instead, Saks has stood its ground, refusing to rescind even its insistence that Jamal’s identification as a woman is a fiction. In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, the company said it “maintains a long history of policies and practices that are fully supportive of the LGBT community and our LGBT Associates.” Those are pretty words to put in a PR campaign. But when the chips are down, it’s painfully clear that Saks doesn’t mind demeaning the entire trans community if it saves them a little money.
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