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Dear @Keir_Starmer in order for you to ensure any changes to law are positive, you will appreciate the need to understand the current law, reasons why it is as it is, and effect of change (a variant of the Chestertons fence principle).Thread 1. #EqualityAct
I am a specialist equality law solicitor who has litigated about all the protected characteristics 2.
So here are my brief thoughts on sex/ gender, GRA, Equality Act and hate crime law; and the changes you announced this week to bring in self ID (whilst protecting single sex spaces) and criminalise “misgendering” 3.
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My access questions:

What is the entrance to your building?
Is there completely step free entry? (No small steps etc)
Is wheelchair access at the same entry as others will use?
Is there clear signage if wheelchair access is elsewhere?
What size are your main entrance doorways? Or are they double width?
What effective door width are any internal doors/corridors I may need to use?
Do you have a fully accessible toilet with step free access, widened door, grab rails, space for a large powerchair in addition to transfer space?
Is this clearly signed and easily accessible from area we will be using?
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“Political end by litigious means”

In the 49-page ruling, the three-person tribunal comprehensively considered the 10 points of the detailed complaint, brought on behalf of Fraser by high-profile pro-Israel lawyer Anthony Julius.

After dismissing each one of them in detail (“without substance … devoid of any merit … palpably groundless … untenable … obviously hopeless”), the document appears to foreclose the possibility of another such “lawfare” attack ever being brought to court again
“Lessons should be learned from this sorry saga.
We greatly regret that the case was ever brought.
At heart, it represents an impermissible attempt to achieve a political end by litigious means.
It would be very unfortunate if an exercise of this sort were ever repeated”
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A new cache of leaked Labour documents shows how Israel lobby operatives worked against former leader Jeremy Corbyn from within the UK’s main opposition party…
Israel lobbyist Luke Akehurst intervened to help save suspended right-wing Labour activist Luke Stanger from expulsion – despite a series of complaints of harassment & intimidation.
The leaked files also detail how Palestine solidarity activists & left-wingers were investigated
leaked files also detail how Palestine solidarity activists/left-wingers were investigated/suspended /expelled frm the party, while right-wing pro-Israel members were protected by senior party figures.
The documents were revealed on Thursday in the 1st episode of #TheLabourFiles
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I did a tour of the small business units on my estate this pm, & held a TRA

10 of 27 are closing next month as their bills have all increased by 400% to 700%

50 jobs lost

11 have contracts to next April, & the other 6 for 18 months

corner shop cafe closing too, 11 staff going
#EnoughlsEnough #energy #EnergyCrisis

is anyone else in my circle able to check with mixed use housing estates in their area, on how their small business units are doing please?

I *honestly* do feel as though I'm the only account here highlighting these issues

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#EnoughIsEnough #TrickleDown
don't be fooled by #TuftonSt "think tanks" - it's all an effort to concentrate power & wealth in the hands of the 1% and there's real world evidence:
Tax cuts for the rich…
#EnoughIsEnough #TaxTheRich JRM's father is the root of all evil in the pursuit of where we are today with tory policies: this is the place to start to understand!…
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Get to work plebs, fuck your health, you must keep working regardless
NHS Federation states: #HumanitarianCrisis #HumanCatastrophe to describe the coming winter through the #ToryCostOfLivingCrisis #NationalHealthCrisis #EnoughIsEnough #EnoughIsEnough

this is a damning indictment if ever there was one!
the NHS Federation has written to govt to highlight an "impending humanitarian crisis" over winter in health of UK citizens #EnoughlsEnough #SocialistSunday
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Today, Americans commemorate a landmark victory for equal justice under the law. By unequivocally recognizing the Constitutional right to marriage equality, the Obergefell v. Hodges decision continues to bring joy, dignity and justice to families in every corner of the country.
Yet this fundamental right has come under grave threat as right-wing extremists seek to undermine legal precedent, unwind hard-fought progress and strip away basic freedoms.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s outrageous and heart-wrenching decision overturning Roe v. Wade, radical Republicans have made clear that they are setting their sights on other rulings rooted in the Constitutional right to privacy — including Obergefell.
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LIVE: I'm on the Senate floor to speak out against the recent wave of hateful attacks on transgender youth happening across the country.

We all have a responsibility to stand up and make clear that this isn’t right.…
Republicans are targeting trans & gay students, & taking incredibly important & personal decisions away from parents & families.

Right now, it feels like far-right lawmakers are racing to pass the most extreme, most hateful bills they can think up at the expense of trans kids.
Trans kids deserve to just be kids. To play sports, to go to school, to see a doctor, to get health care.

They should be able to get the same opportunities as any other kids to learn, grow, play, and thrive—free from fear and discrimination.
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hey, everyone. mom of a trans kid here in TX. thanks so much for reaching out, but i have a huge, important ask (thread coming):
PLEASE stop tweeting that families like mine need to flee the state. OPINIONS are not laws. @KenPaxtonTX can't invent new laws. legislatures do that, and #txlege failed in 2021 to make loving trans kids a punishable offense.

instead, tell voters to get their asses to the polls. it's primary season here in texas and this is nothing more than a political stunt by @KenPaxtonTX and @GregAbbott_TX to win votes. don't let them get away with it.
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Today, the House took a bold step forward in protecting the fundamental rights of the global LGBTQ community. The bipartisan #GlobalRespectAct will ensure America offers no safe haven to those who violate the human rights of our LGBTQ family, friends & neighbors around the world.
Tragically, thousands of LGBTQ individuals are subjected to attack, harassment, arrest and murder every year, suffering under state-sanctioned discrimination and a surge of violence. Those responsible all too often act with impunity, never facing consequences for their crimes.
The #GlobalRespectAct will help counter that injustice, barring offenders from entering the United States, gathering new data on anti-LGBTQ human rights violations and holding perpetrators accountable, including through additional sanctions.
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In one year, the Biden-Harris Administration has made significant progress in advancing equality and equity for #LGBTQI+ people. Below are some ways @POTUS and @VP have re-prioritized LGBTQI+ issues within government and brought LGBTQI+ people back to the table. (thread)
On day one, @POTUS signed an EO preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. This historic EO directed federal agencies to fully implement all federal laws to protect #LGBTQI+ people.…
In June 2021, the #BidenHarrisAdministration announced that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, reversing the prior administration’s stance. #LGBTQI+…
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🧵#Thread: As an out gay person, I was really excited to announce my campaign for Congress during #pride and knew what I was getting into. Less than a week later, I got this anonymous voicemail full of hate and homophobia. [Trigger warning.] While I’m not surprised, it’s not ok.
I struggled over whether we should release the voicemail. I don't want to give literal voice to hate. But, after a lot of thought, my team and I decided to release it.⬇️
I am doing this so that people can learn about what queer people still face today and to expose our politics to ourselves. Listen to it. Hearing hate hits differently than reading it in a comment section.⬇️
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Republicans cite “science” as why they oppose the #EqualityAct - a bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to all #LGBTQ Americans.

As a physician and researcher, I can tell you science firmly disagrees with their position. #medtwitter…
Rigorous research has shown that #trans antidiscrimination laws result in a decrease in suicidality. States that implemented these laws saw a 39% drop in suicidality among #trans people.
Adolescent suicidality dropped in states that passed marriage equality, likely due to broad societal impact that improved social climates and subsequently mental health
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Women don’t realize how much of what we take for granted relies on the law recognizing our sex. Opportunities, privacy, even our safety, all reliant upon the law recognizing that our biology must be accommodated.

Ds now trying to blow all that up with #EqualityAct & #ERA.
Don’t want to be imprisoned in a cell with a man? Don’t want to use locker room showers with men? Don’t want to run track and box with men? Too bad! Those are all legal recognitions of the reality of sex and going the way of the Dodo.
These consequences are unpopular in every poll, including among Millennials. Even Gen Z is split basically 50-50. You wouldn’t know it from the way our “team” tucks tail and runs away because they don’t want to be pegged as “anti-Equality.” It is clever branding, that’s it.
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1/23 THREAD. I observed a family having to use a wheelchair in the middle of the road on this rat-run route. I describe the disgrace of this. And offer a potential solution.

Llanover Rd, Wembley
@ShamaTatler @kkrupas @MAsgharButt2 @Brent_Council
2. The pavements are narrow. And occupied by parked cars
3. And other obstacles
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Today is a great & historic day for America. With the #EqualityAct passing in the House, we're closer to living up to our professed values as a nation.

Speaker Pelosi said it all here: "This is not about tolerance. This is about respect. This is about taking pride." #LGBTQ🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
.@RepCicilline an author of the #EqualityAct, has been fighting for #EqualityForAll for decades in recognition of his rights and the rights of others in the #LGBTQ community.

He protected our Constitution as a House Manager; it must be made clear that it protects him as well.
In debates in the House before voting, Republicans appealed to ugly, hateful attacks on the #LGBTQ community — with particular venom reserved for transgender people.

@SenSchumer didn't mince his words in denouncing their hateful GOP agenda nor in describing his personal stake.
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OK, so this gets me a little verklempt. Herewith a true story about two of the most special moments in the 116th Congress - the first Congress for me and my friend @SpanbergerVA07. Sharing because it's a nice story and we need more nice stories. Thread:
1/ So one of the weirder things about this job is that all votes "feel" the same. Lots of debate, drama, press before & after (some) votes, but the process of pressing yay or nay is the same on a post office renaming as it is on a $5T appropriation.
2/ Intuitively, of course we know some are more meaningful. But the feedback is usually delayed. My first experience of anything different was the vote on the #EqualityAct in the 116th.
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When will media outlets like @NPR stop being lazy & start doing their job?!

The #EqualityAct is a HUGE departure from the gains achieved in the SCOTUS Bostock ruling & there are meaningful objections to the Act that aren't religious!

.@NPR's #EqualityAct reporting today was a failure:

"This act would explicitly enshrine those nondiscrimination protections into law for sexual orientation and gender identity, rather [...] 'sex.' However, the Equality Act would also substantially expand those protections." /2
This glosses over an important point:

The #EqualityAct does NOT follow the Bostock ruling which enshrined protections on the basis of sex. Instead of sex, the Act is based on gender identity.

This causes a cascade of damages that affect LGB people as well as women and girls /3
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New poll results reveal overwhelming bipartisan rejection of "gender identity" policies in West Virginia, such as those that would go into effect with the passage of the #EqualityAct. @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito…
The results found wide, cross-partisan, agreement that men should not be allowed in women’s intimate spaces such as changing rooms or homeless shelters, even if they identify as women.
86 percent of WV voters agreed that male domestic abusers and sex offenders should not be allowed to serve their sentence in a women’s prison regardless of their claimed “gender identity,” including 78 percent of registered democrats.
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I am deeply thankful to @RepCicilline, @SenJeffMerkley, @SenBooker, + @SenatorBaldwin for introducing the Equality Act.

But you might be wondering: why do we need this? Isn't discrimination against LGBTQ people already illegal?

Short answer: no.


This is understandably confusing because the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015 and banned employment discrimination against LGBTQ people last year. This gives the impression to most Americans that all discrimination is now illegal. In reality: not even most of it.
In most states, LGBTQ people are still vulnerable to discrimination in housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, + jury service.

We're not just talking about the ability to buy wedding cakes, though that's bad enough. It's SO much more.
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If elected, @JoeBiden has promised to sign the #EqualityAct in his first 100 days. The Equality Act would eliminate religious liberty as we know it.

Under the Equality Act:

- Schools, churches, health care providers are redefined as “public accommodations”
- Tax-exempt status could be removed if a religious school refused to provide unisex locker rooms, showers or changing areas for transgender students

- Force biological men to be allowed to take part in women’s sports
- Punitive damages for violating the “Equality Act” range from $50,000 to $300,000

- Religious institutions and individuals abiding by their church teachings would face persecution
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Mary Jennings Hegar (MJ) is an American politician, United States Air Force veteran, and teacher. In 2017, she published the memoir “Shoot Like a Girl” which describes her service in Afghanistan.She also sued the U.S. Air Force to remove the Combat Exclusion Policy. #TXsen
“We must create a public option to make Medicare available for all those who want it. The best health care I’ve ever had was when I was on military-provided Tricare, similar to Medicare, and I believe that kind of high-quality care should be made available to all Americans.” 2/20
“I will oppose any effort to privatize, dismantle or undercut #Medicare, including raising the eligibility age.” ~ MJ Hegar, candidate for #TXsenate 3/20
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