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Opinion: Supreme Court Cases Matter For LGBTQ+ in Blue States Too

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by Rick Zbur and Rebecca Rolfe

CALIFORNIA –Imagine going to work, just like you have every day for the past 10 years. You get dressed, pop in your headphones, grab a coffee and take the bus to your office. When you arrive, your boss tells you they’ve discovered a social media post of you and your partner at a recent LGBTQ+ pride event.

You weren’t out to your colleagues. You hadn’t done anything wrong. But now you are being fired — simply for being because of your identity. You leave the office defeated: How will you pay the bills? How will you support your family? How is this legal?

For millions of LGBTQ+ workers in 28 states across the country, this horror story is a looming reality.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases that decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ workers from being discriminated against or fired for being who they are. The impact cannot be underscored enough.

They are possibly the most consequential cases for our community since the Obergefell marriage equality decision.

If the Supreme Court rules against LGBTQ+ employees, the gender-nonconforming bank teller in Florida, the transgender construction worker in Montana, the newly out basketball coach in Pennsylvania, and all the LGBTQ+ people in between are at risk of being fired.

But even for folks in “blue states” like California, where residents enjoy the nation’s strongest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights protections, the court’s decision could have a significant impact. […]

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This opinion article by Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur and SF LGBT Center Executive Director Rebecca Rolfe was originally published by OUT Magazine on October 8, 2019.

Rebecca Rolfe is the Executive Director of the San Francisco LGBT Center. Rick Zbur is the Executive Director of Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization.

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SF Pride Will ‘Proceed as Scheduled’ – for Now

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San Francisco Pride Will 'Proceed as Scheduled' — For Now
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SAN FRANCISCO (Bay Area Reporters) — Following the postponement of several California Pride festivities in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco Pride will “expect to know more about our event and what it will look like in the next few weeks, by about mid-April,” according to Executive Director Fred Lopez.

The 50th annual San Francisco Pride parade and celebration is scheduled for June 27-28.

“At this time, SF Pride’s Parade and Celebration will proceed as scheduled,” SF Pride spokesman Peter Lawrence Kane wrote in an email to the Bay Area Reporter March 13.

In an email to the B.A.R. the afternoon of March 16, Lopez wrote that “we will follow whatever directives the city […]

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Bars & Clubs

The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo without a Queer Nightlife Scene
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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — It was an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare set to the new Justin Timberlake/SZA collab from Trolls World Tour.

L.A. was hours away from shutting down all bars due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you wouldn’t have known it from the typical Sunday chaos on Santa Monica Boulevard, as throngs of people (some shirtless) crammed into West Hollywood gay bars like Mother Lode, Mickey’s, and Rocco’s for one last ungloved hurrah.

At Rocco’s, a drag queen in a black latex leotard bravely swooped her hand down to grab a dollar bill from a customer.

Another performer did the splits, touching the floor ever-so-quickly as she pulled herself up. Go-go dancers valiantly kneeled on bar tops, accepting cash in their […]

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Keeping the LGBTQ Community Financially Strong During COVID-19

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LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Blade) — The LGBT community has been through joy and heartache many times in recent years, and we have always emerged stronger than ever because of our commitment to taking care of one another.

We know this new coronavirus (COVID-19) is top of mind for every entrepreneur, corporate partners, and supporters our community has these days. As NGLCC we regularly quote the late Senator Paul Wellstone who said, “We all do better when we all do better.”

Now, as our businesses and nonprofits push through the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery still to come, we must ensure we are all looking out for one another.

Many of us will be looking closely at price tags as we plan for brighter economic days […]

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