(LifeSiteNews) – I saw a tweet last week that summed up June perfectly: “Pride Month taught me it was okay to be a corporation.” For the next couple of weeks, companies desperate to tap into the social capital and popularity of the LGBT movement will be slapping the rainbow on everything, as well as rolling out as many new LGBT-friendly polices as possible (regardless of how symbolic they are).
Exhibit A is a story in the Daily Mail about ANZ, a major Australian bank. ANZ has formally announced that it will be providing six weeks of “paid gender affirmation leave for transgender and gender-diverse employees” as they pursue “’any aspect’ of gender affirmation, whether it’s social, medical or legal.” These six weeks of paid leave will “encompass twelve weeks of unpaid leave and will be added on to the normal leave entitlements granted to workers.”
“Gender affirmation” is the term trans activists now use to describe “sex change” surgeries and drugs once they realized that “sex change” indicates that there is a sex to change, which contradicts their central premise. So “gender affirmation” it became, with the very phrase—now used by all media and politicians who know what’s good for them—supporting the central premise that people simply need nip and tuck and surgeries and pills so that they look on the outside what they feel on the inside.
ANZ is one of several companies—and the second of four major banks—to announce this policy (Westpac is giving four weeks of paid leave, meaning it is several weeks less pro-trans than ANZ). Staff can now take paid time off to get legal documents changed, or to get actual surgeries to remove breasts, genitals, or other inconvenient indicators of one’s sex. ANZ’s “Diversity and Inclusion Lead” Fiona MacDonald announced:
This is another example of ANZ’s ongoing commitment to the LGBTIQ+ community and creating an inclusive culture where our people feel a sense of belonging and comfortable to be their authentic selves. The six weeks of paid leave means people who are affirming their gender do not need to exhaust their annual or sick leave entitlements, while also easing some of the financial pressures. This is especially important as research shows that trans and gender diverse people are more likely to experience lower incomes and employment rates.
MacDonald also affirmed the various ways ANZ affirms the “gender affirmations” of LGBT employees, from cross-dressing to pronouns to hormone therapy. Equality Australia, an LGBT lobby group, lauded the move. Stassja Frei of the Coalition for Biological Reality, however, noted that the move is “incredibly irresponsible” and “not equality.” The Daily Mail noted that both Allianz and Coles have made similar moves in the last year, with Coles providing ten days of “paid gender affirmation leave” in conjunction with the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia, citing 900 team members “who identify as transgender or gender diverse.”
Five Tampa Bay Rays pitchers are now subject to a media witch-hunt after refusing to wear LGBT symbols on their hats and shirts because of their faith in God.
One ESPN commentator called the men "bigoted" for supposedly using "religious exemption BS" to say "no" to the Pride Month clothing.
It's time to stand with these men against the intolerance of the radical left.
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The careers and lives of the five pitchers — Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson — will be greatly harmed if we abandon them to the cancel culture of their critics, like ESPN's Sarah Spain.
“That religious exemption BS is used in sports and otherwise also allows for people to be denied health care, jobs, apartments, children, prescriptions, all sorts of rights,” Spain claimed.
“We have to stop tiptoeing around it because we’re trying to protect people who are trying to be bigoted...” she continued.
Now they're trying to cancel people for not wearing a gay pride patch. This is always the trajectory for the Left. First they demand tolerance, then acceptance, then celebration, then participation. Learn to say no to these people or it will never end. https://t.co/02zAKDJx77— Best selling LGBT children's author Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 8, 2022
These men should be celebrated for their bravery, but instead are being derided for sticking up for their Christian beliefs.
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People are being bullied into conformity by an LGBT movement that claims to be about tolerance and diversity, unless you're a devout Christian.
“Now they’re trying to cancel people for not wearing a gay pride patch,” the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh remarked.
“This is always the trajectory for the Left. First they demand tolerance, then acceptance, then celebration, then participation. Learn to say no to these people or it will never end.”
It's hard to imagine sports columnists like Nancy Armour of USA Today attacking Muslims for their rejection of Pride propaganda, but she sees no problem in attacking these devout Christians.
Oh for God’s sake. These folks who bastardize religion to suit their bigotry would do well to actually READ the New Testament. I’d recommend starting with Matthew. https://t.co/qAK875xDhZ— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) June 5, 2022
We hope Nancy Armour's reading of the New Testament extends to Romans 1:25-27.
Most commentators simply don't understand that loving everyone as a Christian means telling people certain actions are extremely harmful to the soul.
SIGN: These men were right to reject the LGBT Pride insignias on their hats and jerseys.
Indeed, by peeling off the rainbow logo from their jerseys and wearing the standard team hat, the five pitchers have taken a stand against an ideology that's antithetical to Christianity.
Major League Baseball (MLB) and every other professional sports league have promoted LGBTQ causes in recent years, including showcasing a “marriage” proposal between two homosexuals in front of a stadium packed with families.
Sports are no longer safe from the tenticles of the LGBT movement, with players being strong-armed into virtue signaling for causes they disagree with.
It's time for people to stand up and say "Enough".
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It’s only mid-June, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more of this. It is all part of the major corporate shift into the progressive camp, which has been ongoing for years. There are very few major companies who are not on the “Pride” bandwagon, a feedback loop in which corporations borrow the mantle of “social progress” while LGBT organizations increase both the appearance and reality of social dominance. When major corporations sponsor “Pride” events, they are both helping the LGBT movement and helping themselves. This mutually-affirming relationship is one that social conservatives should be aware of. Many large corporations are assisting those who are destroying our values and social fabric—and that should have an impact on our politics.