Happy Sunday! It’s brunch time — don’t be dumb. As we head out to celebrate L.A. Pride today, we leave you with some reminders of why we fight, including the U.S. Supreme Court deciding for a homophobic baker. We also need to remember to embrace our pride and use our own stories to change hearts and minds — though it might not matter to our Whack Job of the Week. Happy Pride!
1. A Supreme Set-back
If you haven’t heard by now, the United States Supreme Court sided with homophobic baker Jack Phillips in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. In the 7-2 ruling, written by LGBT rights savior, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court focused solely on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s decision and did not rule on the over-arching First Amendment issue. Still, it certainly feels like a set-back and the anti-gay forces are claiming victory.
2. Love Wins…Again in Bermuda
Just a few months ago, one of our weekly stories was how Bermuda was poised to be the first nation to permit same-sex marriage only to take it away and replace it with a domestic partner law. Well, that didn’t last long. Bermuda’s Supreme Court has ruled that law unconstitutional, and has given the government six weeks to decide whether they’ll appeal.
3. Wave Your Pride
With June being Pride month, you’ll undoubtedly see lots of people holding and waving the original rainbow pride flag designed by Gilbert Baker. However, now, a queer, non-binary, demisexual designer in Oregon, Daniel Quasar, has created the “progress Pride flag” with its brown and black stripes shaped into an arrow alongside the pink and baby blue stripes from the transgender flag, to show the need for progress among HIV-positive, trans and QPOC communities.
4. CrossFit Kerfuffle
The owners of an Indiana CrossFit canceled a workout that was scheduled in support of Indy Pride claiming that Pride “detracts from God’s plan for health.” Immediately afterwards, the official CrossFit account tweeted support for the LGBT community. But someone named Russell Berger, claiming to be CrossFit’s Chief Knowledge Officer, sent his own tweet in support of the homophobic owners. After significant backlash, Berger was placed on unpaid leave and ultimately terminated by CrossFit, who claim he was merely a “legal researcher.”
5. Whack Job of the Week: T-shirt Designer Mikey Boneroad
Pennsylvania’s Mikey Boneroad (we’re thinking of alternate pronunciations), known for his “gross-out” tee shirt designs, released a now removed photo of his newest creation — a shirt that says, “Fuck Your Pronoun, Faggot.” His Instagram picture of the new shirt included the caption “Pressing now. #FuckYourMadeUp97Genders #only2genders #cringe.” His use of this anti-gay slur (during Pride month, no less) and his clear disrespect for the Trans community is certainly an example of what’s wrong in America today.
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were one of two plaintiff couples in California’s 2013 challenge of Proposition 8, which brought marriage equality back to the state after being ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. These activists also host the weekly podcast The Husbands. Catch them there or follow them on Instagram @JeffZandPaulK.
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