Thursday, July 26, 2012

Workplace Discrimination is Alive and Well

Courageous Danielle Morantez came out as bisexual while working for the Salvation Army. She was then fired. Read her story on Bilerico.

I want to start by saying the following: We should not have to live in a world where we must weigh the financial well-being of our family against being our authentic selves in all our daily actions. When our culture forces us to make this choice or face the consequences of discrimination, that is the definition of oppression.

Sometimes people say bisexuals have "straight privilege." The thing about that supposed straight privilege is that it didn't keep Danielle from getting fired. Not even being partnered to a man and already having a child made Danielle straight enough in the eyes of the Salvation Army.

What happened is probably illegal according to VT's laws. But the Salvation Army may have an exemption from discrimination laws because they are a faith-based organization. Isn't that some bullshit? Why should religious institutions get a free pass on discrimination because of their beliefs? Instead, shouldn't religious institutions be some of the organizations pushing the hardest to pass and enforce anti-discrimination laws? What would Christ say about taking away the only income a family has?

I saw a poll (I wish I had the source) saying 87% of Americans polled thought one couldn't be fired from their job for being gay. The thing is, in the majority of American states, it's still totally okay to fire someone for their sexual orientation. There is a ruling from the EEOC that anti-transgender discrimination is illegal but it's pretty new. It's thought it will apply to all federal laws, but how it will be enforced remains to be seen.

The Salvation Army has long been a hater. There is a growing movement to boycott their bell-ringers at Christmas. It's incredibly disappointing to find a charity being so uncharitable. It's especially a letdown in the case of the Salvation Army because they have helped so many people. The thing about the Salvation Army is that some of their members have and will actually refuse to give aid to poor people who are queer because of the Salvation Army's homophobic beliefs. And, of course, stuff like what happened to Danielle also happens. As long as people turn a blind eye to the Salvation Army's bad behavior, the Salvation Army will continue to perpetrate injustice (in the name of Christ, no less!).

You can't be neutral on a moving train.

Here is a sentence from the Salvation Army's mission on their home page: "Its [the Salvation Army's] mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination." Emphasis is obviously mine and not theirs, lolz.