College won't give lesbian a job interview




A college in Texas is being sued for refusing to interview a candidate for a teaching position because administrators discovered she is gay. 

Jacqueline Gill is a Ph.D. student and a former high school teacher who was hired as a temporary instructor in 2009 at Tarrant County College. She was told at the time that temporary teachers generally transition to permanent positions. 

Though Gill was generally considered a talented and dedicated teacher, she was falsely accused of “flirting with girls in class,” a rumor spread by a student in retaliation after Gill punished the student for academic dishonesty.

The department chair told her that the school “does not like homosexuals.” Towards the end of her contract, she was not allowed to interview for a permanent teaching position. Now she’s suing the school, being co-represented by Lambda Legal and another attorney.

“I’m a good teacher and I work hard,” Gill said in a statement Thursday. “But none of that mattered once Eric Devlin suspected that I’m a lesbian. While I have never hidden my sexual orientation, neither have I ever told anyone on campus that I am gay. My partner and I have been together for over 12 years and we’re both Texas natives. Finding a job these days is hard enough — no one should have to go through something like this.”

I can’t believe this. 

Tarrant County is generally conservative as hell so this doesn’t surprise me. This incident also happened in Tarrant County a little over 2 years ago.

What bullshit. It’s funny though (not like haha but you know) how the asshole could have kept his mouth shut and not said anything and got away with the discrimination much easier. People have to get real robust with their hate and legally put themselves in a jam when they forget their positions. I hope she gets what she deserves!

again, i am not nearly as pressed about queer ppl being able to legally marry when shit like THIS is still the widely-accepted norm. fuck. 

3 years ago  #lgbtq #news #texas #education #rights #equality #really  139 notes

Rick Perry's Unanswered Prayers


A few months ago, with Texas aflame from more than 8,000 wildfires brought on by extreme drought, a man who hopes to be the next president took pen in hand and went to work:

“Now, therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.”

Then the governor prayed, publicly and often. Alas, a rainless spring was followed by a rainless summer. July was the hottest month in recorded Texas history. Day after pitiless day, from Amarillo to Laredo, from Toadsuck to Twitty, folks were greeted by a hot, white bowl overhead, triple-digit temperatures, and a slow death on the land.

In the four months since Perry’s request for divine intervention, his state has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Nearly all of Texas is now in “extreme or exceptional” drought, as classified by federal meteorologists, the worst in Texas history.

Lakes have disappeared. Creeks are phantoms, the caked bottoms littered with rotting, dead fish. Farmers cannot coax a kernel of grain from ground that looks like the skin of an aging elephant.

Is this Rick Perry’s fault, a slap to a man who doesn’t believe that humans can alter the earth’s climate — God messin’ with Texas? No, of course not. God is too busy with the upcoming Cowboys football season and solving the problems that Tony Romo has reading a blitz.

But Perry’s tendency to use prayer as public policy demonstrates, in the midst of a truly painful, wide-ranging and potentially catastrophic crisis in the nation’s second most-populous state, how he would govern if he became president.


as a person of faith, i am saying this with all i’ve got: PRAYER IS NOT PUBLIC POLICY.

(Source: azspot, via kadalkavithaigal)

3 years ago  #Rick Perry #Texas #UK politics #US politics  88 notes