Apparently Paul Fiarkoski Is Not Cut Out For Diversity

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  One would think that in the world of customer service, the fundamental principle of diversity would be a given. Monica Jones found out the hard way that apparently one o f Phoenix's local Lyft drivers didn't have diversity in mind when he picked her up and took her to a local bar. What happened next with shock at community and be an indictment of one Paul Fiarkoski. At some point after Paul dropped off his fare, the author of the post which can be seen on to the right in which he identifies the rider by name, and location the rider was traveling to. With a blatant disregard for her safety, he also identified Monica as having transitioned.

  This brings to light an unfortunate and sometimes tragic reality that those who have transitioned, or are currently transitioning, must face on a daily basis. Along with the changes they must endure in order to live authentically, they must also find themselves having to deal with a segment of the population who do not want them to transition. There are many Pauls out there who attempt to increase their own value by debasing and devaluing lives that are already fraught with challenge. With no forethought as to the consequence of what they say or write, they are quite willing to place the lives of those living authentically in danger simply for their own muse. Even as Pastor Steven Anderson seems to be more vitreolic in his hate, He and Paul are one and the same. They hate the idea that the transgender community exists, and they want the transgender community to stop existing. There is one thing that is worse about Paul, he only spews his hate when he is hiding in a corner and thinks nobody is watching. at least Steven Anderson is public about it and you can expect it out of him. Paul sneaks his hate up on an unsuspecting victim, and spews it when he can catch his prey off guard.

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  No one will ever know what it was the Paul was thinking at the time that he wrote The Post. One thing Paul made very clear as it is not a fan of transgender women. Paul approached the issue with an attitude that he was entitled to post a public comment intended to marginalize Monica Jones. Paul was apparently blissfully unaware that the woman that he attempted to marginalize has spent quite a bit of time defending others. who Paul and people like him have attempted to marginalize for years. Apparently Paul was also blissfully unaware that are quite a few people who are ready to stand up and defend Monica.

  I guess that's one thing I have always been curious about it's always fascinated me that somebody would be so willing to step up and marginalize others who for some reason that person feels qualified to dictate what mold they should fit in. Paul's case in specific has yet another unique attribute to it in that driving for LYFT is not his only profession. When Paul is not driving his car for LYFT, he is employed by are large finance and investment firm. One would think that with the position that Paul holds he would have gotten some kind of diversity training. If TIAA does offer diversity training, apparently Paul felt it didn't apply when he was driving his LYFT fares.

LYFT did respond within a few hours. Shortly after Monica filed her complaint, she was greeted with an auto-generated reply that offered her a $15 credit. and assurance if she would no longer be paired with his driver. Within 24 hours LYFT did send a reply with the assurance that the driver's access to the LYFT app was blocked; permanently.

  Perhaps the day may come where Paul learned one very valuable lesson. Perhaps in the future Paul will consider very carefully the context of the messages that he posts. Perhaps it is easy for Paul to forget that anything you put on the internet stays on the internet.

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  If there is one positive thing to come out of this incident it was the reaction of others from the group that Paul posted in. The reaction was swift and precise. At some point on February 27th, Paul was removed from the group. The very next day on February 28th a vague apology appeared on his twitter account. Paul did not even reference the incident. In spite of the fact that Paul was so willing to name Monica in the original post, He was quite a bit less willing to mention her name in the apology. As it turns out, the lack of sincerity in his apology appears to be fueled by his transphobia A post appeared on Paul's Twitter account with hashtag #sayhername. Paul immediately closed his Twitter account. The post with the hashtag #sayhername was tweeted by me.

  Perhaps the day may come where Paul learned one very valuable lesson. Perhaps in the future Paul will consider very carefully the context of the messages that he posts. Perhaps it is easy for Paul to forget that anything you put on the internet stays on the internet.

  I have reached out to Monica personally, and Monica has replied. As such, I have offered her the services and resources of TCP Publications in her further pursuit of the matter. Many of us who have read the original post and the replies have also made absolutely sure that LYFT and TIAA were made acutely aware of the incident.

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  Perhaps Paul might have been under the assumption that Monica had no friends. Perhaps Paul was blissfully unaware that the person that got into his car was the very same person who spent countless hours in this community standing in defense of those who cannot defend themselves.

Paul's actions on February 27th are not just an embarrassment to this country, but they are indictment of this country. While we as a nation have indeed made great strides towards equality. With this incident we become acutely aware that there is some of those who do not like the idea that all American should be equal

  This is a developing article. I'll be adding to it as it progresses. The latest update that I received is that Daily Dot picked up the story and reported that the Lyft driver in question had his access to the app removed. Shortly after TCP published the story, it was picked up by Everything Transgender In New York City.