Windy City Times: NATIONAL Consent decree, Lyft, AOC, priest, Univ. of Michigan

August 12, 2019

NATIONAL Consent decree, Lyft, AOC, priest, Univ. of Michigan | August 6, 2019: After more than three years of litigating, a North Carolina federal judge approved a consent decree that would protect the rights of transgender citizens in the state to access public accommodations like restrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identities, Out.com reported. In March 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly ( under former Gov. Pat McCrory ), passed the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which came to be known as HB2. The law, which was aimed at reversing and discouraging local ordinances that would protect the LGBTQ+ community, was mostly wielded against the state's trans citizens seeking to use public facilities that correspond with their gender identities.

Kevin Seaman—an interdisciplinary artist, cultural worker and drag queen whose drag persona is LOL McFiercen—and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence reached a collaborative agreement with Lyft to ensure individuals in the queer and drag communities are not discriminated against by drivers using Lyft's platform, a press release stated. Under the Agreement, Lyft reaffirms its commitment to creating a safe environment for drivers and riders and agrees to develop new content to educate drivers about issues affecting the LGBTQ community, including in the context of gender identity and gender expression. Lyft has also agreed to maintain a readily available method for riders to report discrimination via the Lyft App, among other changes.

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ( D-Queens, Bronx ) recently visited Queens Community House's Queens Center for Gay Seniors ( QCGS ), QChron.com noted. Center members welcomed the congresswoman, more widely known as "AOC," with a standing ovation as she was greeted by Queens Community House Executive Director Ben Thomases and QCGS Director Chynna Pitlock. The politician spent nearly two hours in conversation with the seniors; topics of conversation included Census 2020, healthcare and LGBTQ issues as well as solutions for other parts of the country.

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