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Individuals, not government, fixing discrimination in Philly

The city of Philadelphia is pushing new rules to fight discrimination. Eleven bars in the Gayborhood, the city’s LGBT hotbed, will be required to participate in fair business practice training and implicit bias training. The bars will also be required to post fliers made by the city’s Human Relations Commission about the city’s fair practice ordinance.

These efforts come as a response to a report released by the city in January, which found that women, minorities and transgender people have been discriminated against in the Gayborhood for decades. The city’s heavy-handed approach, while well-meaning, adds yet another expense and burden to local businesses. Mandating these implicit bias trainings will take workers away from their actual productive duties and force the bars to pay employees to attend diversity training sessions that have largely been found to be ineffective.

Meanwhile, residents of Philadelphia are doing a better job of preventing discrimination than the city’s government. Individuals and the market have already acted to scale back the level of discrimination in the Gayborhood, before the government ever could.

Continue reading at Watchdog.

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Trump’s election is no blow to gay rights

Judging by recent headlines, President-elect Trump is poised to rollback LGBT rights. “These Are the LGBT Rights that Trump Could Start Reversing,” BuzzFeed proclaims in its typical clickbait fashion. “Anti-LGBT groups are absolutely giddy about a Trump presidency,” ThinkProgress reports with the logical fallacy of guilt by association. Gays should ignore such scaremongering: A Trump administration will likely be the most welcoming to LGBT people in United States history.

First, on the question of gay marriage, Trump told “60 Minutes” on Sunday that the issue is “settled.” Some pundits have pointed out that one candidate on his Supreme Court shortlist, former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor, is fervently anti-gay.

But even in the worst-case scenario that Pryor is picked and confirmed as the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement, his one vote could not turn the tide on gay marriage. It’s unlikely the Supreme Court would accept a challenge case to Obergefell v. Hodges considering how popular gay marriage now is, with 61 percent of Americans approving of the institution.

Continue reading at The Washington Examiner.

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Putin’s invasion has sparked a revival of liberalism in Ukraine

It’s been half a year since I moved from Moscow to Kiev. I was a journalist for independent media in Russia, a member of a Moscow local council, and a civil rights activist. All those activities have become taboo — the Kremlin calls us “national traitors” on Russian TV, and many people believe it.

But as Putin’s neo-stalinism continues to infect Russian society, Ukraine is becoming more liberal. And we have Putin’s invasion partly to thank for it.

My grandparents live in Pavlograd, a small mining town in eastern Ukraine. I’ve visited them almost every year since my birth, and things there were always the same. The people spoke Russian, watched Russian TV, and sympathized with our common past. But now there is only an empty pedestal in the center of the town, where a Lenin monument used to stand. In the museum of local history, there is an exhibition devoted the Kyiv Euromaidan revolution, and the local volunteers who have defended eastern Ukraine.

Read the rest on CapX here.

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Young Voices Podcast – How Gun Control Hurts Minorities

The latest Young Voices podcast features Meg Arnold, Nathan Kelly and Daniel Pryor. Today they will be discussing Meg and Nathan Goodman’s (who wasn’t available for recording) recent article for the PanAm Post, titled ‘How Gun Control Hurts Minorities’.

Topics discussed include the racist origins of gun control legislation, minority groups in favour of gun rights and the various ways in which marginalised groups are negatively affected by gun control laws.

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The Untenability of Libertarian Transphobia

Transgender people and issues are receiving more attention in media and policy spaces, but there seems to be some uncertainty from libertarians on how to go about approaching them in both personal and political contexts. This is odd from a group that boasted acceptance of same-sex unions long before the mainstream left or right and also professes a commitment to individual autonomy. Shouldn’t we also be at the forefront of the push for equal rights and social acceptance for trans people?

The hostility some libertarians have towards trans issues may stem from a conflation of transgender identities with progressive or leftist politics and social theory. Perhaps this is understandable given the more visible political aims of many in the trans community: Non-discrimination and hate crime legislation. But it is unreasonable to invalidate all trans identities, on personal or political levels, merely because one disagrees with the policy aims of some.

Being trans does not determine one’s politics, though it may indeed inform them. Assuming we are all Marxists is a collectivist assumption that erases our individual ethical and political identities. Such assumptions are also likely to force trans people into progressive or leftist spaces by creating an expectation that libertarians will not respect trans identities, let alone appreciate how particular trans experiences of state oppression might inform political leanings.

Read the rest on the Center for a Stateless Society here.