A prosecutor in Blount County, Tennessee has threatened Pride organizers with an anti-drag law found unconstitutional. In a court filing, leaders at Maryville College were threatened with arrest.
This is why I’m glad to donate to the ACLU every month. This is so ridiculous and as simple as this should be to resolve, it depends more on how corrupt those involved are rather than what’s actually legal
Blount knows he will lose legally. He is simply playing the bully and trying to intimidate the organizers and college officials into canceling the event. This is why we must stand up and push back on our oppressors, wherever and whenever they appear.
I’ve lived in Knoxville. And proudly subscribe to Erin. Fixing popcorn and hoping the outcome is sensible.
For anyone who thought we had moved past stonewall, this is a reminder. The police have always been a tool used to keep the disenfranchised “where they belong” in the governing class’s perspective.
The country I was born in has shrunk by almost half. I'm glad I travelled around years ago so at least I could see the place. Anyone know of a country I can move to that's free and fair?
Hopefully this cruel effort gets stopped by the previous court ruling, but it should be a further example of the virulence of the culture wars and the intensity of right-wing anti-trans activity (as if any such further evidence were needed). Thinking back to a decade or two decades ago, it would’ve seemed preposterous back then that such a small group of people could eventually become such an intense political lightning rod.
Oh boy, let's just call it a "stretch" that this federal ruling only applies to one U.S. district, good luck with that argument. It's a God damn first amendment issue, FFS. I don't want to be a hater, but they're pushing their luck on that.
Trying to process this juxtaposition of emails in my inbox today: Erin’s news about Tennessee, plus EJI.org reminding me that on this very day in 1966, the Alabama senate passed a law making it ILLEGAL to desegregate schools - in direct defiance of Brown v BoE , Civil Rights Act etc. I guess there’s nothing new about a state/locality brazenly defying federal law so they can keep being bigots!