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Trans Netflix staffers file complaints with National Labor Relations Board

The women are alleging that Netflix is engaging in unfair & discriminatory labour practises after the fallout from the protests

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SAN FRANCISCO – The two employees at the center of the conflict with streaming giant Netflix over its support of comedian Dave Chappell, who expressed transphobic commentary in his comedy special ‘The Closer’ released earlier this month, have filed grievances with the National Labor Relations Board.

Terra Field and B. Pagels-Minor through their legal representation, the Burgess Law Offices in San Francisco, filed a set of complaints with the NLRB’s regional office in San Francisco last Wednesday. The two women are alleging that the company is engaging in unfair and discriminatory labour practises.

After the special aired, Terra Field, an Out Trans Netflix senior software engineer based in San Francisco, posted a series of tweets that expressed anger over Chappelle’s blatant transphobia.

Field in her Twitter thread countered the position laid out by Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos in a memorandum to the company’s staff members obtained by entertainment trade news magazine Variety, in which he defended Chappelle.

“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him. His last special “Sticks & Stones,” also controversial, is our most-watched, stickiest and most award-winning stand-up special to date,” Sarandos wrote.

Field pointed out that Chappelle’s promoting the kind of ideology and speech can result in real-world consequences especially death for Trans people. 

Field went on to say of Chappelle, “our existence is ‘funny’ to him – and when we object to his harm, we’re ‘offended.’” She then listed numerous names of Trans people, specifically highlighting Trans women of color, killed in hate crimes.

Within days of Field’s tweet-rant, she was suspended although Netflix alleged the reason was she and a couple of other company staffers were suspended for trying to attend a meeting to which she hadn’t been invited. In a statement released to the media, a company spokesperson said, “It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.” Field was later reinstated.

Pagels-Minor, a Black trans program manager and currently pregnant, was fired by Netflix two weeks ago after the company alleged she disclosed an internal Netflix document regarding metrics on Chappelle’s special including about how much the streaming company paid for and how many people it reached in the various market penetrations.

We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” Netflix said. “We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company.”

Pagels-Minor disputes this saying that her actively organizing the October 20 walkout in solidarity of all of the company’s Trans employees was why Netflix took retaliatory action and terminated her.

In the NLRB filing, Field and Pagels-Minor say Netflix retaliated against them “to quell employees from speaking up about working conditions including, but not limited to, seeking to create a safe and affirming work environment for Netflix employees, speaking up about Netflix’s products and the impact of its product choices on the LGBTQ+ community, and providing support for employees whom Netflix has treated in an unlawful and disparate manner.” The NLRB filing names Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos as the employer representativefor Netflix.

Laurie Burgess, one of the firm’s attorneys representing the women told The Verge, “This charge is not just about B. and Terra, and it’s not about Dave. It’s about trying to change the culture and having an impact for others. The charge is all about collective action. It’s about supporting your coworkers and speaking up for things you care about.”

Netflix responded in a statement sent to The Verge and The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “We recognize the hurt and pain caused to our trans colleagues over the last few weeks. But we want to make clear that Netflix has not taken any action against employees for either speaking up or walking out.”

B., who is 35 weeks pregnant, is now about to lose their health insurance. “Amidst all the stress, I am trying to take one day at a time and focus on my health,” they said in an interview with The Verge. “As a high-risk pregnancy, I have to be careful. We don’t even know what our health insurance situation is, and we are scheduled to be in a hospital having a baby in less than 30 days.”

This past week Chappelle said in a video posted Monday to Instagram he’d be willing to meet with transgender employees of Netflix who have called for the streaming platform to remove his comedy special, “The Closer,” but the comedian offered caveats and restrictions.

“First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end,” he said in the video. “You must come to a place of my choosing, at a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

Gadsby, a comedian whose work has also been streamed on Netflix, said on Instagram that Chappelle’s special would unleash “hate and anger” for the LGBTQ community as Chappelle makes millions of dollars “to process his emotionally stunted partial world view.”

The comedian also garnered the support of prominent right-wing conservative celebrity Caitlyn Jenner who defended Chappelle tweeting, “Standing up for Dave Chappelle shouldn’t be big news, but it’s the right thing to do. Cancel culture is killing our society. These wokesters are outraged at every single thing. Maybe it’s because they have miserable lives that they have to drag everyone else down.”

Earlier last week Jenner also tweeted, “Dave Chappelle is 100% right. This isn’t about the LGBTQ movement. It’s about woke cancel culture run amok, trying to silence free speech. We must never yield or bow to those who wish to stop us from speaking our minds.”


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Tom Daley: Bad Dad Jokes!

Terrible jokes, but I love them! Not sure if Lance does…

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LONDON – British Olympian and gold medalist diver Tom Daley along with his husband D. Lance Black pass along some really terrible ‘Dad’ jokes.

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SPLC listed hate group launches homophobic attack on Hilton Hotels Ad

Hilton Worldwide has been noted and recognized for its ongoing commitment to being an LGBTQ+ affirming corporation for the LGBTQ+ community

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TUPELO, Ms. – In a petition and donation solicitation mass emailing this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center listed anti-LGBTQ+ hate and extremist group, One Million Moms railed against the McLean, Virginia- based Hilton Worldwide for an LGBTQ+ affirming advert.

Monica Cole, the group’s executive director which GLAAD has labeled ‘One Meddling Mom,’ called out the global hospitality giant for an advert originally run in the beginning of December that showed a couple of gay parents, checking into their hotel room with their sleeping kid using the Hilton mobile app.

Cole decried the advert saying; “Hilton’s current commercial “Make an Entrance with the Hilton App” attempts to normalize sin by featuring two men together with a young boy. The two dads are shown walking through the hotel lobby and to their room while one dad carries the sleeping toddler.”

She then continued her objection writing; “Promoting same sex relationships has nothing to do with marketing their company. Yet Hilton wants to make it clear where they stand on this controversial topic, instead of remaining neutral in the culture war. One Million Moms continues to stand up for biblical truth, which is very clear in Romans 1:26-27 about this particular type of sexual perversion.

One Million Moms must remain diligent. Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature.”

Hilton Worldwide has been noted and recognized for its ongoing commitment to being an LGBTQ+ affirming corporation for the LGBTQ+ community and has earned excellent scores on the Human Rights campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for several years as an affirming and safe working environment for LGBTQ+ employees.

Jeremy Hooper, the founder of Good As You a popular LGBTQ+ rights website known for both its strong opposition research and its irreverent tone and a veteran commentator as well as strategist focused on LGBTQ rights wrote:

In the decade that I have been aware of One Million Moms, she [ Cole ] is quite literally the only staff member I have ever heard anyone name. She is the one and only person who appears on their petitions, as well as the one and only person who speaks for them to the media. She is the mom. Her. Solo. One person, supposedly representing one million.”

OMM is pretty capable when it comes to getting ink. It’s typically dismissive, if not outright derisive, press. Most often the anti-LGBTQ campaign to which it is attached goes absolutely nowhere and the company under attack continues right along serving its entire customer base rather than cutting out the share that AFA/OMM believes to be anti-godly mistakes. Still, Monica Cole and her minuscule operation that masquerades as “millions” does get people talking.” Hooper added.

Cole finishes off her attack on Hilton writing:

“Hilton attempting to redefine the family crosses a line Hilton should have never crossed. There is concern about the way this advertisement is pushing the LGBTQ agenda, but an even greater concern is that the commercial is airing when children are likely to be watching television. To make matters worse, this advertisement has aired during family viewing time such as football games and primetime.

TAKE ACTION! If you agree that this ad is inappropriate, sign our petition urging Hilton to pull its “Two Gay Dads” commercial immediately. And please share this with your friends and family,” she urges the emailing’s recipients.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed the 45-year-old American Family Association, (AFA), as a hate and extremist group, which Cole’s One Million Moms group is a part of for its lies and harmful propaganda about LGBTQ+ people.

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Facebook group offers some LGBTQ+ people a stand-in family

Blevins says he was blessed with affirming parents said the overwhelming response his TikTok received inspired him to start the group

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EASTERN TENNESSEE – The Facebook group TikTok Stand In Families is helping LGBTQ+ people with unaccepting families by giving them love, comfort and family – even if it’s just for one day. 

USA Today reports that the group, which has nearly 30,000 queer people and allies, started with a TikTok video that showed a stranger offering to stand with same-sex couples whose parents didn’t support them. 

“There’s parents that want to be there for you on your big day, and we’ll be your biggest fans,” Daniel Blevins said in the video.

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Blevins, the group’s co-founder who says he was blessed with affirming parents, told the newspaper that the overwhelming response his TikTok received inspired him to start the group with his friend Rae Otto. 

“For me, it’s kind of a way of giving them what I had,” said Blevins, an Eastern Tennessee dad. 

According to the newspaper, it fills a void for LGBTQ+ people with unaccepting families and “sends a message: You are enough, and you are not alone.”

The two choose to keep the group private, especially for those who are not out. According to USA Today, they also moderate posts to ensure that their group is a safe place.  

Bec Mueffelmann – a Durham, North Carolina, resident who uses they/them pronouns – was scrolling through their “For You” page one day when they saw Blevins’ video. 

“This group provides a point of connection online, if they just need somebody to listen like in a private message, but it also does a good job of connecting people physically,” Mueffelmann, 32, told the paper. 

Mueffelmann is married and lives with members of their “chosen family,” but is no longer in contact with their biological family, according to the newspaper. 

“My parents, particularly, were not making much of an effort with my pronouns,” they said. “So I got to a place of realizing I needed a break to evaluate and to tell them what was up and give myself some space to heal.”

Mueffelmann and their husband joined the Facebook group in October, a few weeks shy of their birthday, after connecting with another member, Sarah Beth Craven, who would later tell the group that this Thanksgiving would be her first without her family.

Otto, the group’s other founder, told the newspaper, “I’m not an emotional person, but for me, it’s been emotional.”

“I’ve even found family through the group myself,” she added. “I went out to Atlanta this year to go visit somebody who I consider my chosen mother and spent the week with her … and Dan, he’s my chosen brother. I consider him blood.”

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