DOJ Rescinds Transgender Employment Protections

Reuters reports:

The U.S. Department of Justice has reversed course on whether federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace provides protections for transgender employees, saying in a memo that it does not. The memo sent to U.S. Attorneys’ offices on Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only prohibits discrimination on the basis of a worker’s biological sex, and not their gender identity.

Sessions rescinded an Obama administration memo from 2014 that said Title VII does protect transgender people, a position also taken by several federal appeals courts in recent years. Department spokesman Devin O‘Malley said in a statement the government cannot expand the law beyond what Congress had intended. “Unfortunately, the last administration abandoned that fundamental principle, which necessitated today’s action,” he said.

The DNC reacts via press release:

“This week, Jeff Sessions escalated the Trump administration’s war on LGBTQ people. By reinterpreting our employment laws to try to stop protecting transgender people from discrimination, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions have revealed their real goal – turn the clock back to a time when life was even more difficult for LGBTQ people, transgender individuals in particular.

“Fortunately, the courts have rebuked this bigotry and made clear that LGBTQ Americans have the right to be free from discrimination in the workplace. It’s time for Congress to do the same, because Attorney General Sessions can’t be trusted to protect us or our civil rights. Democrats support the right of LGBTQ people to live and work without fear and demand Sessions stop using the Department of Justice to further this administration’s divisive agenda.”

  • Do Something Nice

    Make America Anti-LGBT Again.

  • Silver Badger

    Well bless his shriveled heart. He is a nasty little bastard isn’t he.

  • bkmn

    This should serve as a good reminder to our Democratic allies that this needs to be codified into law so it can not be undone by one small minded elf.

  • fuzzybits

    Every goddamn day!!!

  • Tatonka

    Burn in hell, assholes.

    • vorpal 😼

      I wish it existed for people like this.

      Instead, they think WE’RE the ones going to hell, and they’re determined to give us an introduction to it here on Earth by making our lives as difficult as they possibly can.

      • Raising_Rlyeh

        I’m the same way. I don’t believe in hell, but there are plenty of people for whom I wish it was true. Right at the top of the list is Reagan. Unfortunately, I’m not creative enough to come up with a fitting punishment.

    • wmforr

      As the old spiritual says, “Everybody talkin’ about heaven ain’t goin’ there…”

  • Ninja0980

    So Maggie Haberman, GOProud etc.
    Still want to say Trump is the best Republican ally we’ve had?

    • Those d-bags tend to be transphobic, so I’m sure they’re pleased as punch. Second, they’ll find a way to say this was all Sessions doing and that Trump has zero culpability.

  • KnownDonorDad
    • Helen Damnation™

      I completely disagree; the Democrats are far from perfect but they are FAR from being the “same” as Repuklikkans.

      • Guess?

        It’s easy to miss sarcasm on the interwebs.

        • Silver Badger

          Especially when they forget the sarcasm indicator.

          • KnownDonorDad

            I’m so weary I forgot the /s.

        • vorpal 😼

          At this point, the level of stupidity has become so high that sarcasm needs an indicator.

      • coram nobis

        Nobody expects the Silly Party.

    • Nowhereman

      Uh, no. They are not. Where the hell have you been?

  • Ninja0980

    Meanwhile, in the next week or so, five more anti-LGBT bigots will be taking their place on the Circuit and district courts.
    Long after Trump is gone, the bigots he put on the courts will continue to harm us.

    • Halou

      This is why the GOP played obstruction for six whole years after taking congress in the 2010 midterms. Dozens, even hundreds of unfilled judicial vacancies across the nation. Now, finally, being filled, but with the most radical and politically motivated bigots out there.

      • Ninja0980

        Sad to say but the only way to counter that will be to expand some of the courts so liberals can be added.
        Damn shame it has to be that way.

  • Halou

    “the government cannot expand the law beyond what Congress had intended”

    Okay then. Define ‘ethics’.

  • Tawreos

    I guess they felt the need to distract from the fact that the president can’t talk to hurricane survivors or shooting survivors like a damn human being so they need to dump on the LGBT community. Hopefully someday they will get a new go to group to be evil to.

    • Silver Badger

      “They” always start with us and move on to other targets.

    • wmforr

      He didn’t throw me paper towels! I want my paper towels. And I promise I won’t use them as napkins, which is against the natural order.

  • danolgb
    • Tawreos

      A real gay person wouldn’t have written bullshit on it upside down

      • danolgb

        I know gay people who voted for the ass. But I also just noticed, he used a cheap flag that you can see through. Kind of as transparent as the stunt.

      • watchthewingnuts

        A real gay person wouldn’t have used “LGBTs” as a noun either.

      • JCF

        A real gay person wouldn’t have taken an effing Sharpie to Our Flag!!! >:-(

    • Belthazar

      Yep, the willfully ignorant 🙁

    • bambinoitaliano

      The LCR?

  • ElenorRigby

    Remember 11 or no months ago after the election when al the white people were telling us “Oh… take a deep breath… relax… it’s going to be fine… nothing’s going to change… Trump doesn’t hate gays… don’t worry… we’ve got your back…..” and all that other bullshit?

    Yeah, fuck you, we were right.

    • Bubba in TX

      I have a couple of older Republican friends who, upon seeing how distraught I was after the election, told me that everything was going to be OK.

      Now? They want to see him get impeached.

    • Yup. That “LGBTs for Trump” flag photo with Trump holding a rainbow flag seems rather quaint now. He’s already thrown the “T” under the bus multiple times.

      Of course, it was obvious that this would happen to anyone who recognized that “LGBTs for Trump” ≠ “Trump for LGBTs”.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • I think she should hold her head up high.
      be proud of the bigot you are.

      • KarenAtFOH


        • vorpal 😼

          That made me snarf-LOL! Thank you!

        • William

          Oops, that was a cinder block.

          • wmforr

            Fruit pie. It’s traditional.

          • Paula

            Damn, I’m forever getting those two mixed up!

          • William

            Don’t invite me over for spaghetti.

      • bambinoitaliano

        She will be buried in Amway trash. We don’t like woman who approved of rapists.

    • vorpal 😼

      Is she doing anything? All she seems to have accomplished so far is to repeatedly run away from people who hate her, which is everyone but Trump and Betsy DeVos?

      Yet another “tired of winning” moment, and proud of my fellow Canadians.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        College females can be raped freely.

        • vorpal 😼

          Ah, yes: and then interrogated by their rapists.

          Next up: rape and 50 shekels of silver (roughly $250 – $450 USD, as indicated by Wolfram Alpha) for the female of your choice as bride.

      • clay

        She’s cutting oversight of for-profit colleges and college-lenders.
        She’s STILL making money from her private school “lunch” program.

        • vorpal 😼

          The US lunch programs always confused me.

          In Canada, we had cafeterias in our high schools (never saw one in an elementary school, but that might have changed), but you had to pay for the food. Most of us brought lunches in from home, and if someone needed assistance for food costs, it came from the government for that family rather than schools providing lunch for all students.

          My husband is amazed that schools didn’t provide lunch for us.
          I am amazed that lunch was always provided for him.

          • clay

            I think your husband just wasn’t being told how his parents were getting lunch for him. The system you describe is pretty much the same as the US. Elementary Schools don’t give much choice (to avoid bad ones), but the school tracks who to bill– individual household, or the gov.

            Betsy DeVos is an investor, profiteer, of a school lunch program for private schools, falsely advertised as a nutritious (it’s not) cure (it’s not) for attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, AND autism spectrum, AND allergies, AND . . .

    • Gustav2

      Yes, this is what DeVos illegal contribution to her PAC gave Ohio.

      For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In

      Schools touted by Betsy DeVos aggressively recruit at-risk students, offer barebones courses, and boost revenue by inflating enrollment.

      And this doesn’t even talk about ECOT or the other for profit schools’ scandals in Ohio.

    • Ninja0980

      What a weak snowflake!

    • Nowhereman

      She needs to be hounded wherever she goes. This woman’s stated goal is to bring public school children to “Jesus”, not to mention bring taxpayer money to her buddies in the private for profit christian charter school business.

    • Jefe5084

      HA! Fuck you, you miserable KKKunt.

    • ted-

      My friend works for her and her comment was, “…she’s a rich stupid bitch!”

      • wmforr

        The Trump administration is giving rich people a bad name. Not all rich people are stupid and heartless.
        I don’t think…

    • Dagoril

      Good. Everyone involved with this horrible administration should be forced to skulk around, shunned by decent people everywhere.

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith

      O CANADA!!
      We might not have the biggest army, but our other strengths can work wonders, too.

  • david fairfield

    And nobody will ever know that this happened. The news is divided in equal parts Vegas shooting…speculating everything from why to how, and Tillerson vs. Trump…did he or didn’t he call the moron a moron? It’s the PERFECT time for them to remove rights from the lgbt community, it’s exactly what they do. And I’m going to ask the question that I ask every single time….WHO IS FIGHTING FOR US? (besides the aclu).

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Similar to Mississippi’s Religious “Freedom” law taking effect with little general media coverage.

      Trump’s general tantrums are enough to be the shiny object while our freedoms are being dismantled. And tragedies are a gift to the organized crime ring we call the Republican Party.

  • Lazycrockett

    The Grim Reaper needs to visit Sessions very very soon.

    • kareemachan

      Not to mention Cheney the Dick, shrub, drumpster, and lots of others….

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Sessions, maybe a Post-it note on the Constitution that we are 3/5ths of a person as well? That’s pretty much your administration’s goal for anyone who isn’t white, male & Christian.

    My hope is that just as the viciousness and hatred that was exposed during the Prop 8 battle helped sway reasonable people to support marriage equality, perhaps the tsunami of hate spilling out of the WH and the administration will lead to a backlash that will eventually further equality in our nation.

    We can’t MAGA if we are behind every other major country in terms of equality for our people.

  • Dayglo


  • PickyPecker
  • KarenAtFOH

    Such utter bullshit.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Sessie needs to attend an outdoor concert.

    • KarenAtFOH

      And stand tall.

      • Adam King

        Impossible, unfortunately.

    • JAX

      I love that nickname for him.

  • Friday

    Isn’t the same Sessions DOJ taking the hostile side in something still being contested in court on this very issue?

    • clay

      both school accommodation cases AND employment cases.

  • William

    Evil little troll.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]
  • Dagoril

    That fucking Keebler Elf.

  • CB

    Who’s profiting from this? That’s the only rationale for this kind of institutionalized hatred and discrimination.

    • Tor

      It produces praise from Tony PerKKKins and his cronies, which, in turn becomes fundamentalist votes.

      • Hue-Man

        And more $$$$ for anti-LGBT Republican candidates.

  • HZ81

    Fucking hate these people—and in this instance, hate isn’t nearly strong enough to cover it.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Fuck you You goddammed no good little elf !!

  • joe ho

    Thanks again, Bernie or Busters and Green Partiers.

    Well played, you dickweeds! Well played!

    • Daveed_WOW

      Yeah, you said that already. About a thousand times. You need a new mantra.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Why? Clearly they haven’t learned given they continue to be as strident as ever.

        • Beagle

          Can we at least wait and respond, instead of speaking first?

  • Rex

    The GOP platform was the most anti-LGBTQ ever. This should surprise no one. It should anger everyone.

    • joe ho

      And the DNC platform was the most progressive in history.

      Not good enough for the Bernie or Busters and Green Partiers who did their best to sabotage the election.

      • Daveed_WOW

        Give it a rest. Trump and the RNC are to blame here.

        • Ninja0980

          They are, along with some folks on the left who continue to undermine and attack any Democrat who doesn’t worship St. Bernie.

        • joe ho

          Nah. Anyone too lazy or too righteous to vote for Clinton is to blame.

          Not time to let those fucktards off the hook. 2000. 2016.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          One does not let traitors, cowards or insipid kapos forget what they did, one rubs their noses in the shit they produced so as to remind them of just how low they are.

          • Daveed_WOW

            whatever, dude

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Ah yes, the apathetic response of the vapid.

          • Daveed_WOW

            Thank you!

      • Ken M

        More likely he’s dealing with it now before his replacement gets to town and totally fucks up any legislation he tries to get passed.

  • Jay George

    That little fucker keeps it up, I’m gonna have to boycott his cookies.

  • Nowhereman

    By the time Sessions is done ripping up the constitution, the only protected class will be straight white christian male gunnuts. Amazing, 50 years of slow and steady progress gone in 60 seconds.

  • Jefe5084

    They need to change the name of the Department. it has nothing to do with Justice.

    • wmforr

      1984: Ministryies of Truth, Peace, etc.

  • Adam King

    I bet he got beat up by a girl back when he was the littlest kid in the class.

    • Ken M

      She probably tugged him by his little elf ears.

  • ByronK

    So to put it in more plain language, visceral terms, this government is actively stripping away any protection of the civil and human rights of a select group of Americans citizens. It is condoning discrimination.

    Immoral, fascist pigs.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      But, but the LCR and the Hillz haters told you quite vociferously that Trump was the better candidate and would most assuredly be better for LGBT than Obama or Hillary. /s

  • Daveed_WOW


  • Ken M

    This may protect the “T” which is a very good thing, however, the “L”, “G”, and “B” are/were no more protected than they are now. In other words, not at all. Session s and his “memos” are more bumps in the road. Inevitably it is SCOTUS that makes these decisions. Just as Trump signing everything has made very little of it so, the same is true here. He’s an obstacle, like his boss. A very short obstacle at that.

    • kareemachan

      A teeny-tiny obstacle but one I still would like to smack.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Bryan

      WOW. Go Steph!

    • kareemachan

      Well, her name is really Iwanka, so….

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Yup, this administration is totes what a democratic one would have been like on LGBT issues. Oh, and LCR, you’re so right, Trump is completely the bestest president LGBT’s could ever have.

    Fuck you, fuck all of you who helped this come to pass. May you never be allowed to forget what you did.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Every time something like this happens my hatred and loathing for homocons who still defend this piss of shit grows. Fuck them all.

  • crookedstr8

    I can tell by his voice that this elf dresses up like Mrs. Claus every Christmas. He’s a real HO HO HO. REACTION FORMATION is REAL, and it harms us daily. If anyone has slept with this munchkin, come forward and expose him. My gaydar is never wrong, and he’s got to have skeletons in his closet.

    • Jon Doh

      If there’s ever a movie made about this administration, Leslie Jordan must play the part of Jeffy Sessions.

  • wmforr

    Make America grate again.

  • kareemachan

    A more realistic picture of the gnome is on Rawstory. He’s smirking like a smirkaletta.

  • TJay229

    Any news from LogCabin or that other LogCabin scum with the outdated frosted hair (can’t think of his name)…

  • Dana Stinson
    • Bluto

      Assault rifles are people too!

  • JCF
  • Matt Holbach

    It is a good thing people in Washington are fighting the trans agenda. The trans movement will allow biological men to claim they are women and then compete in women’s sports. THIS NEEDS TO BE FOUGHT!

  • Grumpy Old Man
  • Paula

    Fucking petulant, vindictive, spiteful, racist jeeby licke!

  • Daniel E. Duclo

    sooooooo repressed. You can see the little southern belle inside of him fighting to be seen.

  • Daniel E. Duclo
  • andrew

    Elections have consequences and all the folks who thought Hillary was too centrist, too militant or just not trustworthy enough to deserve your vote, deal with what you have wrought.

    • Yann

      nobody deserve this.

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Yes this is terrible. But it’s also a direct and foreseeable result of Democratic-leaning Americans repeatedly sitting out elections.


    I bet y’all asses who didn’t vote, or voted for Trump will vote BLUE next time!

  • pgarayt

    This is what a theocracy looks like. I’m Canadian, thank goodness and we have our light grade fanatics but I’ve got to say this. Part of me has great empathy for the current state of your union but another part of me thinks y’all fucking deserve it.
    You let the bastards poison your environment, destroy your education, treat women’s heath like shit, rob you blind for two hundred years and send your best son’s off to die for profit. Hell, cutting Medicaid to pay for tax cuts and you still can’t drag your selves away from your screens. Now their going to start a war because they have no idea how to fix anything.
    Then you vote for them again because it’s easier to believe the bull shit than to do something that might make you the least bit uncomfortable.
    I’m rooting for you guys but you don’t make it easy.

  • Little Jeffie Covfefe is committing to wasting federal resources oppressing trans people – and while I may be confident that many federal courts will actually do the right thing, it will cost trans Americans more to litigate against the DOJ in addition to whomever it is that is doing the unjust discriminating. Add to that the very real fear that one or two more supreme court appointments by El Jefe Covfefe (Little Jeffie’s big boss) could mean a SCOTUS primed for the next Dred Scott decision – and I, for one, will not take lightly such a future judicial violation of the social contract that underpins this Republic.