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Printing House Illegally Fires A Transgender Woman, Claims Russian Court

A lawyer with the LGBT rights group Vykhod (Coming Out), Ksenia Mikhailova, said that the list of professions off-limits to women is mainly meant by the state to preserve their ability to reproduce, but that Grigoryeva's right to work was violated.

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"It's a bond of love. It's a bond of liberty also," she said. "And this is the solidarity of our souls." RFERL

In a decision hailed as the first of its kind in Russia, a St. Petersburg court has ruled that a printing house illegally fired a transgender woman who had worked there for years as a man.

On April 9, the Frunze District Court ordered the printing house to give Anna Grigoryeva her job back and pay her 10,000 rubles ($155) for moral damages as well as 1.8 million rubles ($27,800) in overdue wages.

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Mikhailova also said that the court’s decision will help other transgender people to gain recognition in society, defend their rights, and overcome discrimination in the workplace. Pixabay

Grigoryeva, who worked at the printing house for 10 years as a man, was fired in 2017 after she re-registered with the authorities as a woman.

The employer said she was dismissed because she was in a job that by law can be performed by men only.

A Russian government resolution adopted in 2000 prohibits women from working in more than 35 industries and more then 450 specific jobs deemed dangerous or “arduous.”

Critics likened it to Soviet-era regulations that sought to restrict women to what the Communist Party once called their “traditional” role of bearing children for the greater good of society.

Grigoryeva’s lawyer, Maksim Olenichev, told RFE/RL after the ruling that his client’s victory in the case — which took two years to complete — set a “very important precedent.”

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A lawyer with the LGBT rights group Vykhod (Coming Out), Ksenia Mikhailova, said that the list of professions off-limits to women is mainly meant by the state to preserve their ability to reproduce, but that Grigoryeva’s right to work was violated. Pixabay

Olenichev said that “for the first time in Russia, a transgender person has managed to defend her labor rights in court.”

A lawyer with the LGBT rights group Vykhod (Coming Out), Ksenia Mikhailova, said that the list of professions off-limits to women is mainly meant by the state to preserve their ability to reproduce, but that Grigoryeva’s right to work was violated.

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Mikhailova also said that the court’s decision will help other transgender people to gain recognition in society, defend their rights, and overcome discrimination in the workplace.

President Vladimir Putin has made reversing Russia’s post-Soviet population decline a major goal. (RFERL)

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A Group of LGBTQ YouTubers Sue the Platform for Being Bias

The creators include Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers of BriaAndChrissy

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

A group of LGBTQ YouTubers are reportedly suing the video-sharing platform and its parents firm Google over poor moderation of “hate” content and unfairly restricting the videos of LGBTQ creators.

According to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, since 2016, YouTube and Google have indulged in “unlawful content regulation, distribution, and monetisation practices that stigmatise, restrict, block, demonetise, and financially harm the LGBTQ+ Plaintiffs and the greater LGBTQ+ Community”, a report in the CNET on Wednesday.

“They flagged our pride. They did not allow us to buy ads. They restricted us. They demonetized us. And they did not stand up for us,” a YouTuber posted in a video to the site to announce the lawsuit, the report added.

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FILE – Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

The creators include Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers of BriaAndChrissy.

Chrissy Chambers of BriaAndChrissy is a channel aimed at LGBTQ viewers that claimed that YouTube unfairly marked their videos as restricted, thus, limiting who could view them and how much money they could make out of it.

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Another plaintiff named Lindsay Amer said the video-sharing major did nothing when Nazi trolls flooded her comments section with hate which discouraged parents from letting their kids watch her channel while others claimed YouTube’s mysterious moderators targeted videos that included the words “gay”, “lesbian”, or “bisexual”, according to PCMag. (IANS)