The Breakfast Club

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgOne, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three. 

It's amazing to me (though perhaps it shouldn't be) how many dances have signatures of three.

Ok, enough with the doggerel, it was making my head ache anyway.

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EEOC files first ever lawsuits against companies for discriminating against transgender employees.

EEOC files first ever lawsuits against companies for discriminating against transgender employees.

R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes of Garden City, Michigan and Lakeland Eye Clinic of Lakeland, Florida have been found to have much in common by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 photo Amiee-Stephens-x400_zps650425d2.jpgIn 2013 Aimee Stephens, an embalmer and Funeral Director told her boss at Harris that she was transitioning from male to female. Two weeks after that the owner of the funeral home chain fired here...telling her that what she proposed to do was "unacceptable."

In 2011 Brandi Branson was fired from her job as director of hearing services at Lakeland Eye Clinic after informing her employer that she was transitioning to female and beginning to wear makeup and women's tailored clothing.

Branson observed that co-workers snickered, rolled their eyes and withdrew from social interactions with her.

EEOC says the companies violated federal law by discriminating based on gender stereotypes. and has filed suit against them.

Federal law “prohibits employers from firing employees because they do not behave according to the employer’s stereotypes of how men and women should act.

--Laurie Young, EEOC attorney.

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The Breakfast Club (Deja Vu All Over Again)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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The HeForShe Campaign and the Social Good Summit

Emma Watson Spoke at the UN for gender equaliy at the Social G00d Summit yesterday
https://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1722935254001/?bctid=37...

If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled

--Emma Watson

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The Breakfast Club (Autumn in the North)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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TBC: Morning Musing 9.22.14

So, in honor of the worldwide marches yesterday, I give you a few of my weekend reading on Climate Change.

"FOR MORE than a century, scientists have understood the basic physics of the greenhouse effect. For decades, they've realized humans can affect the climate by burning coal, oil and gas. But the country's leaders remain divided on the need to curb greenhouse emissions, let alone how to do it.

Among mainstream scientists, this paralysis is mind-boggling."

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Do we get a turn? (A bit of a rant)

A few days ago one of the Daily Kos membership wrote a diary proclaiming the need for "a new gay rights platform," presumably because the fight for marriage equality was over and done.

I have to say that the diary disappointed me at first...and the comments made by the author in response to comments made by myself and MargaretPOA proceeded to really piss me off.

First off I was sure that those LGBT people who live in states where marriage equality is still not a legal fact would be very concerned about am attitude that suggests ceasing to work for their rights, too...an attitude that suggests that if they want to get married, all they have to do is move to somewhere it is legal. We all know that the wounded evil monster that is the denial of our rights will not die if we just walk away and tun our attention elsewhere. When you have the monster on the ropes, it is time to make a concerted effort to drive a stake through its crusty hide into its black heart.

And even after that it will be necessary to hang around for a bit to make sure it doesn't rise from the dead.

But secondly what really frustrated me was the exclusion from the discussion of any concern for the rights of transgender people...the T in LGBT was treated as if it was silent.

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