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Supreme Court rules - Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to LGBTQ

Photos by ABC News and Free Press Journal

Everyone already knows, but we just have to celebrate here, nonetheless. On June 15, the US Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This decision confirms workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the country. In the opinion, Justice Gorsuch wrote that when an employer fires an individual for being LGBT “fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids. … the limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands. When the express terms of a statute give us one answer and extratextual considerations suggest another, it’s no contest. Only the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.”

 

 

Inside Leather History - Fireside Chats

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat conducted an amazing series of Chats in 2019. Chat producer and host Douglas OKeeffe visited London in July 2019 for a thorough interview with Roland Jaggard, the last surviving litigant to Operation Spanner. The six-part Spanner interview, and a series of ancillary interviews about the controversial British legal case, are available for viewing on the Fireside Chats YouTube channel. Then the Chats teamed with Australian not for profit KNOTbound Ltd, for an ambitious 12 Fireside Chats in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia over 14 days in fall 2019. All interviews are available for viewing on the Fireside Chats YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPjxC8KIsoDGfm21oGG8CeQ

 

 

Oedipus MC Monthly Ride - Solvang Sausagefest

By Eric Gilfand

The Oedipus MC Monthly Ride will go to Solvang for Sausagefest on Sunday, May 31 at 10 AM – 2 PM. Oedipus has a long and proud tradition of encouraging guests to join them on their rides. Oedipus MC doesn’t want to decline any rider who chooses to attend, but they have certain minimum expectations that the club insists on – basically, a fully legal rider on a road-ready bike. Meet at Starbucks with a full tank of gas around 9:30 AM and ready to go, 561 New Los Angeles Avenue, Moorpark, CA 93021.

https://www.facebook.com/events/274922623542982/

 

IML IMBB 2020 is on!

IML and IMBB will occur September 24-27, 2020 in a unique shorter format, some events will need to change and we’ll share more about that in the future but for now, we wanted to get the dates out so you can start your plans to attend. The Congress Plaza Hotel will continue as our host hotel. Reservations for the new dates opened on May 1. After that date, you can call the hotel directly at (312) 427-3800 to transfer existing reservations to our new dates or cancel if you won’t be able to attend, the hotel will refund deposits to the original credit card of purchase as soon as possible after. New reservations can also be made after May 1. Weekend events and schedule will be released in early June. IML IMBB will not reopen Weekend Package sales through our ticketing partner Box Office Tickets (BOT) until July 1. You will have options available with existing reservations. Note - The last weekend of September usually has most of us in San Francisco, CA for the Folsom Street Fair which has been canceled - their is no conflict.

https://www.imrl.com/visitors-guide/may-1-2020-announcement/