Sephora to shut US stores for diversity training after SZA racial profiling claim | World news | The Guardian

The Sephora beauty chain will close all its US stores, distribution centers and corporate offices on Wednesday to conduct diversity training for employees, after a racial incident involving a Grammy-nominated singer.

R&B singer SZA, who is black, said in April she was racially profiled at a Sephora store in Calabasas, California.

“We have been informed of an incident at our Calabasas store and in addition to reaching out to SZA directly, we are gathering more information about the incident in order to take the proper next steps,” Emily Shapiro, a spokeswoman for Sephora, told Reuters in an email. “We take complaints like this very seriously, profiling on the basis of race is not tolerated at Sephora.“

via Sephora to shut US stores for diversity training after SZA racial profiling claim | World news | The Guardian

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YouTube Just Can’t Stop Mumbling Nonsense About Its Harassment and Hate Speech Policy

YouTube has not had an easy go of it over the last 24 hours. Right in the middle of LGBT Pride Month, the platform responded to Vox Media host Carlos Maza’s claims that right-wing YouTube host Steven Crowder had repeatedly taunted him with racist, homophobic language including “lispy queer,” “token Vox gay atheist sprite,” “gay Mexican,” and “anchor baby” by… ruling that Crowder was not, in fact, in completely obvious violation of its anti-hate speech rules.

via YouTube Just Can’t Stop Mumbling Nonsense About Its Harassment and Hate Speech Policy

Britain risks heading to US levels of inequality, warns top economist | Inequality | The Guardian

Rising inequality in Britain risks putting the country on the same path as the US to become one of the most unequal nations on earth, according to a Nobel-prize winning economist.

Sir Angus Deaton is leading a landmark review of inequality in the UK amid fears that the country is at a tipping point due to a decade of stagnant pay growth for British workers. The Institute for Fiscal Studies thinktank, which is working with Deaton on the study, said the British-born economist would “point to the risk of the UK following the US” which has extreme inequality levels in pay, wealth and health.

via Britain risks heading to US levels of inequality, warns top economist | Inequality | The Guardian

It’s High Time Congress Pass the Equality Act | American Civil Liberties Union

On Wednesday, the Equality Act — legislation that would provide LGBTQ people with explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections — was iintroduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives with the support of nearly 300 members of Congress. If passed, it would transform the civil rights landscape in the United States.

The harsh reality — despite increasing support among the public and representation in popular culture — is that discrimination remains a persistent problem for LGBTQ people across the country. From discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ youth in our nation’s schools to older same-sex couples who are denied housing in retirement communities because of their sexual orientation, this is something that LGBTQ people confront throughout our lives and in every corner of the country.

via It’s High Time Congress Pass the Equality Act | American Civil Liberties Union

A feminist’s guide to raising boys | Life and style | The Guardian

t’s always the things you think will be a doddle that end up causing most heartache. When I was asked to write about being a feminist and a mother to three boys, I imagined dashing off something witty, yet touching and wise, and never thought for a moment I’d end up losing my temper (several times) or in tears, or storming away from meals, and feeling like a failure. Did not see that coming.

How do you raise boys? My extremely authoritative sources for this article were: my friends; my children (I interviewed two of them, but the middle one refused and now says, “Is it a gender thing?” every time it seems funny); my husband; some brilliant books; and a huge number of conversations, including one in the pub with a friend who is, genuinely, a professor of feminism. In no particular order, this is what I learned.

via A feminist’s guide to raising boys | Life and style | The Guardian

Many States Don’t See Link Between Domestic and Gun Violence

We tend to talk about young people and gun violence almost exclusively in the context of school shootings, but the reality is that home can be a very dangerous place for children. More than 130 children were shot and killed in domestic violence incidents in the last year, according to the Miami Herald, McClatchy, and gun-violence outlet The Trace, which have worked with hundreds of teenagers to document the number of children killed in shootings of any kind since the Parkland shooting last February.

Most of the domestic incidents were murder-suicides committed by a family member, and the perpetuator in many cases was also a romantic partner with “clear signs” of a history of domestic violence. In one case, a Texas woman’s ex-husband shot and killed their three children, her new boyfriend, and himself after she told him she was ready to move on. “I’m not going to kill you,” the shooter told Amanda Simpson. “I’m going to leave you to live with it.”

via Many States Don’t See Link Between Domestic and Gun Violence

World Cup 2018: Smuggling the Pride flag into Russia – BBC News

Six LGBT activists have found a way to fly the Pride flag in Russia – by wearing football shirts in the rainbow colours.
The country has had a law banning the spreading of “gay propaganda” among under-18s since 2013.
The Pride flag is a symbol celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, but displaying it in Russia can get you arrested.

via World Cup 2018: Smuggling the Pride flag into Russia – BBC News

Misogyny hate crime in Nottinghamshire gives ‘shocking’ results – BBC News

The Misogyny Hate Crime Evaluation report was put together jointly by the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.
It recommends rolling the policy out nationally to increase publicity and the reporting of incidents.
This view is shared by Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s police and crime commissioner, who said: “A handful of other forces have come forward and later on this week all the chief constables in the country are going to discuss the issue.
“We all need to be pushing together to say we are not going to tolerate this kind of behaviour.
“The report has come out at a really good time, a couple of days before all the chief constables have this discussion, and I think there’s a lot of support for it.”

via Misogyny hate crime in Nottinghamshire gives ‘shocking’ results – BBC News

US child migrants: First ladies speak out on Trump separation policy – BBC News

The former US First Lady Laura Bush has condemned a controversial policy that splits up families who illegally enter the country at the Mexican border.
Writing in the Washington Post newspaper, she describes the separation of children from their parents as cruel, immoral and heart-breaking.
Her comments follow growing controversy over President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.
Earlier Melania Trump made a rare statement expressing concern.
Mrs Trump “hates to see children separated from their families”, her spokeswoman said.

via US child migrants: First ladies speak out on Trump separation policy – BBC News