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Aired Aug 10, 2023

303 Creative’s Harmful and Expanding Impact

On June 30, 2023 the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion on 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, ruling in favor of a website designer who claimed that Colorado’s nondiscrimination laws were a violation of her right to free speech. In the six weeks since then, stories about other businesses denying service to LGBTQ+ people, about LGBTQ+ people being fired for who they are, and about other forms of discrimination have popped up across the country.

Join us live Thursday, August 10 at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT for our monthly episode of Something to Talk About Live where we will be discussing “Homophobic Business Owners Are Having a Field Day Since Last Month’s Supreme Court Decision,” by Hila Keren which appeared in Slate. We’re excited to invite C.P. Hoffman, Senior Policy Council, at NCTE to join the conversation!

Article: Homophobic Business Owners Are Having a Field Day Since Last Month’s Supreme Court Decision

Source: Slate

Author: Hila Keren

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Are you surprised to learn that the 303 Creative decision is already being used to inspire anti-LGBTQ+ attacks regarding private employment and non-wedding related industries in the courts? Why or why not?
  2. Have you heard about any businesses in your community that have used the 303 Creative decision as a license to discriminate against people who are LGBTQ+? If so, how has your community responded?
  3. What can LGBTQ+ people and their families, friends, and allies do to support and elevate businesses that do not discriminate and that show up in meaningful ways for the LGBTQ+ community?

Bonus Resources: Check out “The predictable discrimination after the 303 Creative ruling is just getting started” from MSNBC by Jordan Rubin, and these resources from the SCOTUSblog.

About Our Guests:

C.P. Hoffman, Senior Policy Council, NCTE

C.P. Hoffman (they/she) serves as Senior Policy Counsel at the National Center for Transgender Equality. Prior to joining NCTE, they served as Policy Director of FreeState Justice, Maryland’s statewide LGBTQ+ advocacy organization; worked in-house advising the nation’s leading digital accessibility service’s firm on trends in accessibility litigation; practiced antitrust law in New York City; and published broadly on law and social justice, gender, and popular culture, as well as intersections of the three. C.P. holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, as well as an LL.M. from the McGill University Institute of Comparative Law.

Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.