Marianne Møllmann: How Governments and Individuals — Meaning Each of Us — Deny the Persistence of Racism and Abuse

By: Monday July 16, 2012 8:00 am

This amazing piece by Marianne Møllmann (@cluelesscamper), senior policy advisor with Amnesty International, first ran at RH Reality Check, and is re-posted with her permission. It fits right in here at the Blend; she embodies the approach I have taken on the blog for years in terms of addressing our collective fear about discussing third-rail topics such as [...]

Race and uncomfortable, (literally) buried truths: not much has changed in Jasper, Texas

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 9:38 am

“It’s our custom, here in the South, here in Jasper. We have the same cemetery, but we don’t mix the white and the black graves. They’re separate. Put a black up here? No, no, we wouldn’t do that. That would be against our custom, against our way of doing things.” – Albert K. Snell, 80, [...]

N.J.: gay HIV-positive man denied meds by hospital because ‘he went against God’s will’

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 12:19 pm

WWJD? Apparently if he was a doctor at Trinitas Regional Medical Center,  a Catholic community teaching hospital in Elizabeth, NJ, he’d deny life-saving medications to patients with HIV — and deny visitation rights to relatives as punishment — if they are gay. Joao Simoes is suing the hospital in Union County Superior Court because of allegedly [...]

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules gender-identity discrimination is covered by Title VII

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 3:11 am

MetroWeekly’s Chris Geidner has the scoop, which is a breakthrough for the transgender community’s prospects for employment protections: An employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to [...]

Is it 2011? Applebee’s server: I Only Got Black Tables. Plus a Q of the day

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 9:58 am

And a Q of the day: waitstaff out there — how many of you have received a bible or bible tract as a tip, and what was your worst customer experience? It wasn’t that long ago (1994) that the restaurant chain Denny’s got into hot water for refusing to seat and serve black customers. Around [...]

Mortgage application discrimination by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in an anti-discrimination state

By: Sunday September 18, 2011 10:40 am

Moving across country and buying a new home are stressful events. Those stresses were partially ameliorated for my wife and me because we were moving to Massachusetts, a state that recognizes our same-sex marriage and protects residents against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Imagine how our stress levels soared when we were blatantly discriminated against [...]

Joseph Backholm answers the straw man’s question

By: Friday November 27, 2009 11:00 am

The anti-gay Family Policy Institute of Washington has posted a video called “BY PROHIBITING GAY MARRIAGE, AREN’T WE VIOLATING THE SEPERATION (sic) OF CHURCH AND STATE?”.  It features FPIW’s Executive Director Joseph Backholm and appears to be one of a series (in progress) of video responses to each of the FAQs posted on the FPIW [...]

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