Case Analysis: Smith v. City of Salem

Smith v. City of Salem, 378 F.3d 566 (6th Cir. 2004) The plaintiff, Jimmie Smith, sued his employer, the city of Salem, Ohio, where he worked as a firefighter. By the time of the events that gave rise to the litigation, Smith had worked for the Salem Fire Department for about seven years without a …

Sunday Reading: Maria Catt

Maria Catt on women and gender transition. Excerpt: I’d rather you find us [detransitioners] disturbing, not because we represent failure or fucking up or making a mistake or transition gone wrong, some fate you’re desperate to avoid but because we indicate how repressive this society is, how much this culture controls how we think and …

Ethics and Honesty Matter, Even if You’re Huffington Post

The Huffington Post recently ran a piece about the plight of a federal prisoner. Written by Christopher Zoukis, the piece recounts the plight of Christopher James Swicegood, who wants to undergo gender transition (to “female presentation”), including a legal name change to Aileta Jane IIata. According to Zoukis, Swicegood is being denied due process at …

Title: Zack Ford is a Misogynist

Introductory Paragraph: Zack Ford is a misogynist. Body: Zack Ford is a misogynist. Zack Ford is a misogynist. Zack Ford is a misogynist. Conclusion: Zack Ford is a misogynist.

New Document: Labor Dept. Training and Employment Guidance Letter

The U.S. Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration Advisory System issued a guidance letter on May 29, 2015 with the stated purpose of advising on discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and sex-stereotyping in the Department’s Workforce Development System. The letter’s signatories are Portia Wu and Naomi Barry-Perez. DoL Guidance Ltr 37-14 May 29 …

New Document: Holder Memo on Sex Discrimination

In December 2014, then Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memorandum endorsing the view that sex discrimination encompasses discrimination against transgender persons. The memorandum gave the Department of Justice the authority to appear in court cases for the benefit of transgendered persons alleging discrimination under the main federal anti-discrimination statutes, Title VII and Title IX. …