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Christian Women’s Shelter Can Say No to ‘Transwomen’

The Downtown Hope Center, a Christian-based ministry providing shelter to battered women in Anchorage, Alaska, won a victory last week against the “trans” lobby and for the safety and privacy of the women it serves.

Specifically, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission (AERC) from enforcing a municipal anti-discrimination ordinance against Hope Center pending the outcome of the center’s lawsuit challenging the applicability of the ordinances.

In 2018, a “transwoman” identified in court papers as “Jessie Doe” was twice denied access to the overnight shelter due, according to the facts in the court order, to policy violations unrelated to his trans-identity. Days later Doe filed a complaint with the AERC, accusing Hope Center of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The AERC investigation found that the center had violated municipal ordinances prohibiting discrimination relative to “public accommodation” and rentals. Hope Center sued in federal court, contending that homeless shelters are not deemed public accommodations under the law and that it is within its First Amendment right of religious liberty to operate as it does.

In issuing the injunction, Judge Gleason ruled that the civil rights ordinance and the rental law do not apply to homeless shelters because they are not places of “public accommodation.

The AERC can appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit or pursue a trial on the merits in the District Court.

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LGBT-Sympathizing University Philosophers Stand Up for Free Speech

Feminist Laura Tanner, a graduate student at the University of California-Santa Barbara, is under investigation for being outspoken against “transgender” ideology. Now a dozen LGBT-sympathizing philosophers in academia are coming to her rescue.

This group of philosophers from Europe, Canada, America, and Australia say that academic debate is essential and that any measures that censor a colleague’s skepticism toward gender identity “violate the fundamental academic commitment to free inquiry.” They go on to say, “Moreover, the consequent narrowing of discussion would set a dangerous precedent, threatening the ability of philosophers to engage with the issues of the day. . . none of the arguments recently made by our colleagues can reasonably be regarded as incitement or hate speech. . . Academic freedom, like freedom of thought more broadly, should be restricted only with the greatest caution, if ever.”

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Billions Shaved Off of Gillette’s Profits

Proctor & Gamble’s Gillette brand of shavers for men began featuring commercials bashing men for their “toxic masculinity” as a new marketing angle in an attempt to appeal to millennials.

Even though Gillette CEO Gary Coombe acknowledged that the campaign backfired, the company then quickly jumped on the LGBT bandwagon by showcasing a “transgender boy” (a biological girl) being taught how to shave by her dad in a Father’s Day ad.

This prompted conservative groups like One Million Moms to reach out to their conservative base to boycott the company. Many attribute the boycott for the $8 billion non-cash write-down Gillette reported in the second quarter report of its parent company, Proctor & Gamble. The company’s liberal stance on the issues of marriage, life, education, and religious liberty is reflected in its score from 2ndVote of 1.7, on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the most liberal.

Instead of admitting that its political ideology might have been largely to blame for the asset devaluation, CFO Jon Moeller is blaming a cultural trend toward facial hair as the culprit: “Lower shaving frequency has reduced the size of the developed blades and razors market.”

While Gillette may still be shrugging off the loss and claiming that boycotts really don’t work, former Walmart CEO Bill Simon says it does not take much to affect a company’s bottom line. “It doesn’t take a lot of people to stop buying product or to stop going to a retailer or a restaurant . . . for [companies] to notice, because a couple of percentage points is win or lose for a company,” he says.

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Funeral Home at Center of Sex and Gender Identity Lawsuit

Tom Rost’s five-generation funeral home in Detroit will be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court when it hears oral arguments in his appeal from a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which ruled that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of “sex” as used in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 included “gender identity.”

The controversy arose when Anthony Stephens, a long-time employee of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, who now identifies as a woman, sought to dress accordingly in violation of the company’s sex-specific dress code, which he had adhered to for six years. Rost ultimately fired Stephens out of consideration of the needs of grieving families and also that of an older female employee who would have had to share a restroom with him.

Even though the policy was consistent with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission standards, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against the funeral home alleging workplace discrimination.

Alliance Defending Freedom will argue Tom’s case at the U.S. Supreme Court, which is set for October 8.

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Women’s Rights Groups Point Out Unfair Advantage of ‘Transgender’ Athletes

Women’s rights groups are urging their respective Olympic committees to stop male athletes who have “transitioned” to “female” athletes from participating in women’s sports. The demand comes after “transgender” Laurel Hubbard won two gold medals and a silver medal in three of the women’s heavyweight categories. Under standards established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015, Hubbard could be eligible to compete in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, although each country may establish its own standards.

Ani O’Brien, who represents one such women’s rights groups, the New Zealand-based lobby group “Speak Up For Women,” said, “Kiwis (New Zealanders) know that males competing in women’s sport is blatantly unfair.”

Supporting that position is a new study from the Journal of Medical Ethics that concluded, “the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”

While the IOC allows only those “transwomen” who have only a small, specified level of testosterone in their bodies to participate, the study shows that there is much more to being biologically male than one hormone. “Hormone therapy will not alter bone structure, lung volume, or heart size of the transwoman athlete . . . so natural advantages, including joint articulation, stroke volume, and maximal oxygen uptake, will be maintained,” the study noted.

Even USA Powerlifting, which does not allow “transwomen” to compete against females, agrees with the new study, stating, “Men naturally have a larger bone structure, higher bone density, stronger connective tissue, and higher muscle density than women. These traits, even with reduced levels of testosterone, do not go away.”

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