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There were three people suing in today's decision about LGBT employment rights. Only one is still alive to see the decision.

Donald Zarda was fired from his skydiving instructor job because he was gay. He was fired in *2010*. It took 10 years to get to this decision. He died in 2014.

Aimee Stephens was fired as a funeral director when she came out as trans. She was fired in *2013*. It took 7 years to get to this decison. She died this year, in large part because she lost her medical coverage when she was fired and thus was not able to afford proper medical care for her medical condition.

Gerald Bostock, the sole surviving plaintiff, was fired in *2013* from his county job in Georgia for "conduct unbecoming of a county employee." His conduct? Playing softball in a gay softball league.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

If you're in the UK, do its trans people a massive solid and fill this in.

(It's set up by trans rights group Gendered Intelligence, before you ask)

gra.good.do/trusstme/trusstme/

RustFest Barcelona - Katharina Fey: The human cost of development
(youtube.com/watch?v=IeDbrU6gih) an interesting talk discussing the structural issues around stress, technical work, technical debt, and how framing it all as the individuals responsibility is part of the problem.

UK petitions to support #nonbinary people, both ending 13th Sept 2020:

Add gender identity to the characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010
petition.parliament.uk/petitio

Allow for a gender neutral option on a passport, such as an "X"
petition.parliament.uk/petitio

@MoMartin "The official police are useless" has been a trope of crime fiction for as long as the detective story has existed. Poe's Auguste Dupin was an amateur, introduced in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841), and Sherlock Holmes was his spiritual descendant. Holmes took cases that the police wouldn't, looked down on their methods and even let a man go free, because it was Christmas.

"I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just possible that I am saving a soul. This fellow will not go wrong again; he is too terribly frightened. Send him to jail now, and you make him a jail-bird for life. Besides, it is the season of forgiveness."

Your typical noir PI --- think Sam Spade --- had as much trouble with the cops as he did with the crooks.

The DNA is already there in the genre to do something better, but where we go with it, I can only guess.

Really hoping we actually get a storm some time soon, everything is warm and humid and its making sleeping a nightmare

So my girlfriend today was baking cupcakes to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society, she was expecting to make a couple of batches but instead made about 90 to deliver to people's doorsteps with a few more tomorrow.

Kinda proud.

Also the kitchen smelled delicious and I got cupcakes that work for my fiddly diet.

the churchill statue in a box 

oh I love this

BBC news lying to defame BLM 

all Black Lives Matters protestors withdrew ahead of the nazi rally today, anticipating violence. the nazis are "clashing" with police.

please only vote if you are a BIPoC and have experienced persistent harassment on the fediverse

imagine your instance had a feature where your mods and mods from other instances could quickly and easily share block/bans across fedi, to more rapidly and thoroughly respond to toxic behavior, and to combat users who ban evade by switching instances

would you feel overall safer on the fediverse? would you want to use fedi more or more often?

everyone please boost :boost_ok: 🙏

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Genius Loci of Hanging Town

Mastodon is a federated microblogging network, so with an account on any instance you can communicate with people on other instances. This one is for friendly people part of, or associated with, the geeky/roleplayer social group of Hanging Town (Lancaster) in the UK.