The Equality Act

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On March 13, Nancy Pelosi introduced The Equality Act to the House of Representatives.

As someone who has often stated that the Civil Rights Act, Title VII, should also include language about fashion orientation, this is something I am following because the fashion revolution will need to follow and learn from the GLBTCQ revolution to be successful.

Honestly, I thought something like the Equality Act had already passed because employers I knew had already clarified that they are against discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, it is important to clarify that the Equality Act also includes sex and gender identity. But it is more for the transgendered community than for the female community.

This is a controversial act depending on which side of the aisle one is on. Putting names and politics aside for the sake of critical thinking, there is much to consider without glossing over whoever is villianized or made the hero.

Those who argue that men will use public restrooms to molest wimmin are the same people who argue that people most likely to perpetrate sexual abuse are strangers or that most accidents occur far from home. The opposite is statistically true in all instances. The intention here are not always said to be “mean,” and feel free to ignore the amygdala here that whispers hate-fueled nothings in your ear.

On one hand, some argue, this is a giant leap forward for transgendered people, many of whom are close friends. On the other hand, others argue, this is a giant leap backward for feminism, and I am a womyn. (I am closer to third wave feminism for those who are wondering.) I think it’s a real shame that transgender rights and wimmin’s rights so often clash. And I fully anticipate, hope, and expect for a leader of the trans community to have a sound discussion with a leader of the female community to hash these issues out, perhaps in a political arena where laws are passed.

There’s also mention of the fact that transgender rights could potentially step on the toes of religious rights, with everyone focusing on who has more of the right rather than how we can make this win-win.

For those who wish to read it, you can find the full text (primary source) here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5/text

There are no easy answers, as the road to heaven has not always been paved with good intentions. All I can say is, “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same […] you’ll be a [Wo]Man, my son!

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Fashion Freedom is the Final Frontier 2

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Fashion freedom is the final frontier for anti-discrimination laws. We all agree that you can’t change your skin color, age, or gender (unless you try really, really hard and are determined). Many agree that you can’t change sexual orientation today. However, not everyone agrees that you can’t change your fashion style. I argue that clothing and body modifications reflect personality and culture, which are both ingrained and are both aspects of one’s identity, as are the intricately connected values and priorities that come with them. The suppression of freedom of expression in a country that values freedom of expression, and the denial thereof, points to an entire society’s complete hypocrisy. A suppression of personality, culture, and identity, as well as the belief that certain people must conform and alter who they are not only to be liked, but to survive, destroys not just a country, but an entire world.

Lavoce’s new, simpler logo is representative of Lavoce’s changes.

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Lavoce’s New Business Logo

Lavoce has gone through many concept changes since 2010. The original idea of Lavoce was that it should be a bookstore, then the concept changed to relationship coaching, and now the concept of Lavoce is as the producer of the world’s largest alternative lifestyles print directory plus the potential to evolve into the cross between a temp agency and consulting agency.

But even though the concept of Lavoce changes, the mission and focus has always remained the same. No matter how much Lavoce (and its logo) changes, it will always have the same soul—a soul filled with compassion for the downtrodden and oppressed.

The attack on who we are as human beings is more destructive than an attack on our race, age, or gender for it goes to the very root of us and what makes our life worth living. It is the ego’s final push to make us all pliable, willing subjects to an authority’s rule. The suppression of our style is different from any other type of discrimination that was brought to light before for it does not seek to contain us in a box, but to move us from our natural state of being into a way of being that seems natural for others who are not ourselves. We must not kowtow. We must not give in.

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Fashion Freedom is the Final Frontier