Queer Bites for the Week of Aug. 9, 2017

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Cynthia Nixon. Photo credit: Patrick Cashin.

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Daughter of Bulleit Bourbon Founder Accuses Family of Homophobia, Being Pushed Out of Business

(EDGE) The daughter of the founder of Bulleit Bourbon took to Facebook over the weekend and put her family and their business on blast, accusing them of homophobia. 

In a lengthy post, Hollis Bulleit, the daughter of Tom Bulleit, explains her experience over the last decade of being edged out of the family and its business because she's in love with a woman. In January, Hollis claims she was completely pushed out of her family's business. 

"Since Cher and I have been together she has been excluded from 'the family business' from the start," she writes. "When my step-grandmother passed, I got a text. In 2008, I was asked to come home for Christmas; yet Cher was not invited. The only holiday that we attended was Thanksgiving in 2016, and then we were promptly uninvited via text from the following core family Christmas."

She then goes on to explain how the alleged homophobia is infused with her income.

"Because family was business and intertwined with a global corporation, I find it odd that I did not benefit from the departments and safeguards that are put into place to either intervene or provide mediation or educational diversity training as would be the expected protocol for employees in this type of situation," she writes. "In light of my experience, I do not understand how the company I worked for is on many of the top 10/ 50/ 100 'best places' for LGBTQIA employees to work."

 

Cynthia Nixon Emerges as Possible NY Gubernatorial Candidate

(AP) Cynthia Nixon's name is being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in New York.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report Friday that the "Sex & the City" actress has been approached by liberal groups encouraging her to mount a Democratic primary challenge against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon is active in liberal politics in the state. She has not weighed in on her possible candidacy. A message left with her agent was not immediately returned Friday.

The director of the Alliance for Quality Education tells the Journal that Nixon has progressive credentials and her candidacy would excite voters.

Other names mentioned as possible challengers to Cuomo in the Democratic primary include former state Sen. Terry Gipson and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.

 

Judges Send Transgender Bathroom Case Back to Lower Court

(AP) A federal lawsuit over a transgender teen's demand to use the boy's bathroom at his high school is being sent back to a lower court.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had scheduled arguments for September in Gavin Grimm's case against the Gloucester County School Board.

But the 4th Circuit said Wednesday that it will delay next month's arguments and send the case back to the district court so the judge can decide whether the case is now moot because Grimm recently graduated.

Grimm's case had come back to the appeals court after the Supreme Court declined to hear it. The Supreme Court decision came after President Donald Trump revoked guidance from the Obama administration saying transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.


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