A lot of news today.
Survivor Contestant Places Rainbow-Painted Outhouse Atop North Carolina’s Tallest Mountain:
“Yes, at least for a little while, North Carolina’s highest point is an outhouse; a fitting symbol for a state that has sullied itself with shitty, repressive legislation,” Neal Gottlieb pens in a letter to the Governor of North Carolina.
…Protesting North Carolina’s anti-trans “bathroom bill”, HB2, Neil Gottlieb placed a rainbow outhouse on the summit of Mount Mitchell, the state’s tallest mountain. Gottlieb, a contestant on this season’s Survivor: Kaoh Rong, shared the photos and a letter penned to NC Governor Pat McCrory.
On Facebook Gottlieb wrote, “I proudly placed a rainbow-painted outhouse displaying a trans pride flag at the summit of North Carolina’s tallest mountain this morning in protest of the state’s repressive HB2 legislation. It was a brilliant site. The follow letter was nailed to the front of the outhouse and calls out the governor for the crap has become known as the ‘bathroom bill.'”
Gottlieb then posted his letter:
Target Defies North Carolina Bathroom Law:
Target is taking a stand against North Carolina’s transphobic bathroom bill, saying its customers and employees can use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
The company announced the policy on its corporate website today, saying, “Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate.”
The department store chain even proclaimed its support for the Equality Act that is proposed in Congress.
“We believe that everyone — every team member, every guest, and every community —deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally,” the company said in its statement. “Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.”
Democrats Tout Business in Campaign Against Governor McCrory’s Law:
The business community’s loud statement against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law is making Republican lawmakers squirm. Now the state’s Democratic Party is making an economic argument in a new campaign to get House Bill 2 repealed.
Its new website — BusinessesAgainstHB2.com — decries the law as “bad for business, bad for North Carolina.” A constantly scrolling list of more than 400 companies that oppose the law sweeps up the page.
If a recent federal court ruling overrides North Carolina’s recently passed anti-LGBT bill, Gov. Pat McCrory claims he won’t stand in the way.
On Tuesday, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District ruled—in a 2-1 decision—in favor of Gavin Grant, a trans student who sued his Virginia high school after administrators blocked him from using the men’s restroom. The decision will also affect Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina, the other states in the Fourth District.
McCrory, however, saved criticism for the federal government’s policy on Title IX. In 2014, the Obama administration issued a memo clarifying its policy on the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, and national origin in public education, arguing that the provision extended to trans students. On Tuesday, the federal court ruled that the administration’s stance on Title IX overrides discriminatory policies set by local schools, as was the case in Virginia.
“I think that’s bad precedent and I don’t think it’s the traditional way we do things,” McCrory claimed. “The way I think we should have done them is to allow the high schools to make the appropriate arrangements for those students who have unique circumstances. But this is the federal government… forcing something, brand new standards that we’ve never seen before.”
ESPN announced Wednesday night it has fired outspoken baseball analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling after his reposting of a meme widely interpreted as anti-transgender on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
“Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated,” the network said in a statement.