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Converse ‘Pride’ High Tops Promoted by ‘Drag Kid’

Converse has enlisted 11-year-old “drag kid” Desmond Napoles to be one of six LGBT spokesmen for its latest rainbow-arrayed high-top sneakers for June’s “Pride Month.”

Desmond, who goes by the moniker “Desmond Is Amazing,” was featured in several news stories last December that argued he was being exploited by getting paid to dance in a gay nightclub in New York City.

Yet on its promotional website for the new shoe collection, Converse showcases a photo of all six LGBT representatives sporting sneakers, and down in front is young Desmond, posing suggestively in a shoulder-baring outfit and wearing heavy makeup.

Even some LGBT supporters were outraged with this new campaign. Said one person on Twitter, “It’s really painful trying to advocate for LGBT positivity when you see ACTUAL child sexualization lumped into it like a tumor. Whatever clueless executive signed off on this should be ashamed.”

On its website, Converse, which is owned by Nike, said, “Converse is committed to supporting movements for positive social change and amplifying youth voices as they spark progress to build the future they believe in.”

“Social change” or “progress” should not be made by exploiting children in order to celebrate and advance forms of sexual expression that deny and degrade the beauty of the sexual complementariness that exists by God having created us male and female.

Converse began its “Pride” sneaker collection in 2014. Proceeds from this merchandise go to support LGBT charities It Gets Better Project and Out MetroWest as well as a Boston-based medical organization called Fenway Health that specializes in helping those with same-sex attractions and HIV/AIDS research.

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Microsoft Unveils New Push Toward ‘Gender-Inclusive’ Language

Through the use of its artificial intelligence-driven “Ideas” feature, Microsoft unveiled an upcoming fall version of its cloud-based Microsoft Word Online program that will make suggestions for users to revise any language not deemed “inclusive” or “gender-neutral.”

In a recent company blog post, under the heading “Better Word Documents,” Microsoft dedicates a small paragraph to highlight this new change: “Other intelligent suggestions include . . . advice on more concise and inclusive language such as ‘police officer’ instead of ‘policeman.’”

On the surface, this change might seem innocent, but Christians need to appreciate that the desire of many is to obliterate all distinctions between the two biological sexes.

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Civil Rights Act Covers LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. But what does “sex” mean in Title VII?

LGBT activists and those in the LGBT community want the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine the word to include sexual orientation and gender identity, thus providing homosexuals and “transgenders” a new legal cause of action against their employer based on an allegation of some kind of discrimination without that change being made and approved by Congress.

And the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to take up three cases on this subject: Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, and one concerning a “transgender,” R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. All three will be argued in the fall with a decision likely by June 2020.

John Bursch, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, said of the cases, “Neither government agencies nor the courts have authority to rewrite federal law by replacing ‘sex’ with ‘gender identity.’”

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Amazon Pulled into ‘No Gay? No Way!’ Campaign Targeting Tennessee Legislature

Many Tennesseans have been excited that Amazon will have a major hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 new jobs in our state, but is there a downside to having this well-known company in our state? Unfortunately, yes.

Because Amazon has been vocal about its pro-LGBT stance, it has been pressured by national “No Gay? No Way!” campaign to fight back against legislation that the campaign thinks discriminates against the LGBT community in Nashville. In a letter to the Glamazons, the LGBT employee advocacy group at Amazon, the campaign states, “The time is now to demand Amazon publicly condemn these anti-LGBT bills and fight to repeal existing state laws that discriminate against you and your families. Amazon has done this in Texas, and the threat [of anti-LGBT laws] in Tennessee is just as real.” Then on April 2, the campaign flew a plane with a banner saying, “Amazon HQ2: No Gays? No way!”

The “No Gay? No Way!” campaign focuses on preventing pro-family bills (what they call the “slate of hate”) such as Family Action of Tennessee’s Business Protection Act (SB 364 / HB 563) and School Protection Act (SB 1499 / HB 1274), and bills that look out for the religious beliefs of adoption and foster care agencies.

Amazon responded to the campaign’s pressure tactics by saying, “Amazon has a long history of supporting equality and we’re opposed to laws that discriminate or encourage discrimination.”

This campaign should remind us to pray that our state legislators will not be swayed by the perceived economic influence of businesses like Amazon.

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Christians at Yale Law School Get ‘OutLaw’-ed

Thanks to Yale Law School’s LGBT group, the OutLaws, students who work for any public interest organizations that have hiring policies that “discriminate” against the LGBT community—namely, faith-based law firms that follow the Bible’s views on sexuality—will be ineligible for Yale’s public interest fellowships and the loan forgiveness program.

That means that if students choose to work for a Christian nonprofit legal organization, they won’t get any financial assistance from Yale. Yale Law School announced this new policy in March.

Writing for The Federalist, current Christian Yale Law student Aaron Haviland says, “Yale has found a roundabout way to blacklist legal and nonprofit organizations that don’t adhere to Yale’s understanding of gender identity.”

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