GLAAD is upset that the hit Fox series, Glee, featured the word “tra**y” in its “Rocky Horror”-themed show. In the episode, the character of Mike Chang offers to play campy cross-dresser Dr. Frank-N-Furter but then backs out, explaining that his parents don’t want him “dressing up like a tranny.” GLAAD issues a statement noting that “the larger problem is that the word ‘tranny’ has become an easy punch line in popular culture.” The statement also said that many people still don’t realize that using the term is hurtful, dehumanizing, and associated with violence and derision against transgender people, which is a community that is nearly invisible in present day media. Read More
The attorneys at Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C. work to protect the civil rights of those which have been violated under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Currently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) currently does not enforce protections against discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. However, it is against the law to commit hate crimes under the Hate Crimes Act of 2000. Under this law, “NY has declared that hate crimes are a violent felony offense, which are specified offenses committed by either intentionally selecting the person against whom the offense is committed, or intentionally committing the act because of a belief based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person.” Read More
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