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Antigay former Congressman Aaron Schock busted trying to pick up a guy in West Hollywood
Totally-not-gay-at-all former Republican Congressman Aaron Schock was snapped poolside at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood by a gay tourist visiting from New York.
The loathed closet case was accompanied by an attractive speedo-clad young gay man who was on Scruff while they lounged by the pool. Later he was spotted chatting up and ogling another young man.
Schock, who made a splash in the nation’s capital with his clothing choices, Instagram photos, and interior decorating choices, resigned after being accused of illegally using campaign funds to finance his over-the-top lifestyle.
Schock was a reliably anti-gay vote for Republicans, despite the parade of young men who visited his DC apartment, and his outing by journalist Itay Hod in 2014. Hod claimed he had walked in on his male roommate and Schock showering together.
Federal prison guard sexually assaulted 4 inmates in New York City, prosecutors say
A federal correctional officer was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly abusing his position to sexually assault female inmates over the course of six years, according to newly filed charges.
Colin Akparanta was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a ward, four counts of abusive sexual contact and one count of deprivation of civil rights in connection to four women who were housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City between 2012 and 2018.
"Akparanta was a predator in uniform, exploiting his position to sexually abuse multiple inmates over a several-year period. No inmate in a Bureau of Prisons facility should fear sexual abuse at the hands of a correctional officer," said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in a statement.
Penn State professor with side job as Uber driver accused of kidnapping multiple women: Court records
Ex-police officer gets prison for paying teen girls for sex
Portuguese officers convicted of kidnapping black youths
A Portuguese court has found eight police officers guilty of kidnapping and beating up six youths from a predominantly black neighborhood in the outskirts of Lisbon.
Only one of the eight officers was sentenced to jail, while the others were given suspended sentences for various crimes, including kidnapping, assault and falsification of documents. Nine other police officers were acquitted.
Anthony Joshua on combating racism: 'Our parents' generation has been sleeping'
Racist 'promposal' sign will lead to 'severe consequences' for Southern California students
FORMER PRIEST SAYS TO SAVE THE CHURCH IT MUST ‘ABOLISH THE PRIESTHOOD’
James Carroll, a former priest, has written a powerful piece in a well-known magazine where he prescribes solutions to get the Roman Catholic church free of its failings-he to want to do away with church priests. In his article appropriately named Abolish the Priesthood, the American identifies the concentration of power in a celibate and an all-male clergy as one of the significant sources of the problem.
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Chick-fil-A Says Its Anti-LGBTQ+ Donations Are a “Higher Calling”
We all feel a higher calling sometimes. Maybe it’s to be a teacher. Maybe it’s to leave your six-figure job and be a full-time drag queen. Or maybe, if you’re the CEO of Chick-fil-A, it’s a calling to donate to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations.
In an interview with Business Insider, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of corporate social responsibility and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation Rodney Bullard said that the company felt a “higher calling” to donate its money to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations.
Colorado police officer who pulled gun on black man picking up trash quits force
A white Colorado police officer caught on video pulling a gun on a black man who was picking up trash outside his home has resigned, officials said Thursday.
Boulder Police Officer John Smyly quit the police force after an investigation found he violated department policy when he drew his gun and attempted to detain 26-year-old Zayd Atkinson in March, according to officials and a police department internal affairs report.
"While the finding likely would have resulted in suspension or possibly termination, Officer Smyly resigned prior to the conclusion of the disciplinary process," a statement released by the City of Boulder on Thursday reads.
A police internal affairs report obtained by ABC News shows Smyly's decision to attempt to detain Atkinson "was not supported by reasonable suspicion that Mr. Atkinson was committing, had committed, or was about to commit a crime."
Nigerian police arrested 65 women in a raid. Some of the women say officers raped them
Suspect arrested in racist attack aboard New Jersey bus
‘LET'S GO... MONKEY MAN!' VIRAL VIDEO SHOWS WOMAN DELIVER 'JUSTICE' IN RESPONSE TO RACIST TIRADE AT LA SUSHI RESTAURANT
Took my mom out to Sushi for Mother’s Day in LA. It was going great until a crazy racist white man started trouble and ended calling a black man “Monkey Man”...
Landlord Goes on Racist Tirade Against Black Tenant
Florida man calls police on comic Ahmed Ahmed after Middle East joke makes him 'uncomfortable'
‘Let’s go, keg stand!’: Fraternity under investigation after forcing puppy to drink beer
The small caramel-colored dog with floppy ears stands on a table and wags its tail. Then, a voice commands, “Go.”
In one swift movement, the man gripping the dog by its midsection lifts it up and turns it upside down over a silver keg.
“Let’s go, keg stand!” someone bellows as another man holds a black tap near the dog’s mouth. The now-squirming canine kicks its paws in the air. Suddenly, a stream of foamy liquid squirts from the tap, hitting the dog in its face.
A grinning bystander doubles over and covers his mouth. Someone else lets out a loud peal of laughter.
But the incident, which was captured on video and shared to social media over the weekend, wasn’t funny to the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or to Hofstra University administrators.
Teen Boy, 14, Shockingly Killed In Apparent Attack By Dogs In MA — Police Investigating
Another Puppy Found Inside a Plastic Bag in Coachella Valley Dumpster with Bad Burns Over Her Body
Man Killed Pet Dog Because 'Jesus Thought He Had Too Many'
How to curb unwanted behaviors in your dog
Thug, 21, bashed his border collie puppy Asha so badly she had to be put down just because she wet the bed -and waited two days for his Centrelink money before taking her to a vet
Teen Mom's Jenelle Evans' Sons Removed from Home After Husband Allegedly Shot Her Dog
Patients Insured By Marketplace Health Plan Less Likely To Receive A Medical Appointment
Among adults with mental health needs, those covered by Medicare or employer-sponsored health insurance have greater access to medical treatment, less out-of-pocket cost and are more likely to receive care than those seeking an appointment through an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace-sponsored plan, according to findings from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Their study, published in the May 2019 issue of Health Affairs, provides preliminary results on disparities among those experiencing psychological stress since the ACA became law in 2010.
The researchers used National Health Interview Survey data on adults experiencing mental illness. They looked at a dataset that included 4,500 Medicaid enrollees, 8,600 with employer-sponsored insurance and nearly 900 on a Marketplace plan, and measured access to treatment, specifically whether individuals received care in the previous 12 months and whether those patients could afford treatment.
Among those seeking mental health care during the previous 12 months, success was highest for those with employer coverage. Although 5 percent of those with employer-sponsored insurance and 9 percent of Medicaid patients reported trouble getting a mental health doctor appointment in the previous year, 12 percent of Marketplace-enrollees experienced this same trouble.
AirPods Are a Tragedy
Future Relics is a column about the objects that our society is currently making, and how they may explain our lives to future generations. In each article, we'll focus on one item that could conceivably be discovered by someone 1,000 years from now, and try to explain where this item came from, where it's going, and what its existence explains about our current moment.
AirPods are a product of the past.
They're plastic, made of some combination of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, chlorine, and sulfur. They’re tungsten, tin, tantalum, lithium, and cobalt.
The particles that make up these elements were created 13.8 billion years ago, during the Big Bang. Humans extract these elements from the earth, heat them, refine them. As they work, humans breathe in airborne particles, which deposit in their lungs. The materials are shipped from places like Vietnam, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, and India, to factories in China. A literal city of workers creates four tiny computing chips and assembles them into a logic board. Sensors, microphones, grilles, and an antenna are glued together and packaged into a white, strange-looking plastic exoskeleton.
These are AirPods. They’re a collection of atoms born at the dawn of the universe, churned beneath the surface of the earth, and condensed in an anthropogenic parallel to the Big Crunch—a proposed version of the death of the universe where all matter shrinks and condenses together. Workers are paid unlivable wages in more than a dozen countries to make this product possible. Then it’s sold by Apple, the world’s first trillion-dollar company, for $159 USD.
U.S. Military Sees Dramatic Rise in Sexual Assaults
There were 20,500 reported sexual assaults in the military in 2018, according to a new Pentagon report, a 38% increase in the number of assaults since 2016. The results, as ABC News reports, represent “a setback for the U.S. military’s efforts to reduce sexual assault in the military.”
These numbers come from an anonymous survey the Pentagon conducts every two years. Respondents include Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel. The survey defines assault as “rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those offenses,” according to ABC News.
Over 85% of the victims reported knowing the perpetrators.
With her or with him? How the sexual attack of an Indian actor inspired a powerful feminist movement
‘Monster’ abducted 4-year-old girl from bed, hid her in chest: cops
Harlem teacher accused of lewd conversations with 18 students
‘Winnie the Pooh’ voice star accused of rape and animal abuse
Airline Passenger Allegedly Kissed Woman, Spat On Her Chest During Flight
THE MORMON CHURCH HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF USING A VICTIMS’ HOTLINE TO HIDE CLAIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
I had to "break up" with my therapist because finding effective mental health care isn't easy
When an acquaintance offered to pay for my therapy, I was so grateful for the opportunity to get the help I needed. But, after just three sessions, I had to call it quits.
A lot had happened before I started my search for therapy. In 2015, I failed to secure a visa that would have allowed me to work at possibly one of the most highly-reputed companies in Africa. When I first received the job offer, I thought that, finally, I had achieved some semblance of comforting stability in my life. Achieving permanent employment had been a rollercoaster ride—but my whole life has been a rollercoaster ride. Often, it has been one with more downs than ups after surviving sexual abuse, emotional abuse, a dysfunctional family, and financial challenges. It’s been overwhelming, for me and for my loved ones caught in the ride.
So you can imagine how relieved I felt when I got the job because I could finally fend for myself. You can probably also imagine how I felt when my application for a work visa was denied.
Nothing Comes Before My Mental Health: 5 Lessons I Learned After Treatment
Tidying Up: What Cleanliness Says About Your Mental Health
Arianna Huffington: It’s Time to Prioritize Our Mental Health in Our Everyday Lives
These LGBTQ Activists Don’t Want Queer and Trans People Serving in the Military
Earlier this year, The New York Times published a story headlined “Transgender Troops Caught Between a Welcoming Military and a Hostile Government.” The piece highlights the discrepancy between the way that three trans service members were welcomed into their squadrons and platoons and the hostility they’ve faced from the Trump Administration. Rather than focusing on the work that the main subject, Senior Airman Sterling Crutcher, does as part of a B-52 bomber squadron, the piece describes the community that he found in the military: “He relaxes on weekends by playing video games and has Airsoft gun battles with the other troops from his unit.”
That piece is just one in a wave of media coverage over the last two years focused on what has come to be known as the “trans military ban.” In July 2017, Donald Trump haphazardly announced his plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military. After federal judges across the country struck down his administration’s attempts to implement the policy over the following year and a half, the ban eventually went into effect, with help from the Supreme Court, in April 2019. Since Trump’s announcement, the trans military ban has remained the most prominent LGBTQ issue in the country, occupying significant space in liberal and conservative media coverage—the latter supporting the ban and the former opposing it.
This notoriously homophobic pastor has been caught running a hellish private school
A Christian school in Harlem has been feeding students rabid homophobia for years.
The Atlah World Missionary Church is run by Pastor James Manning, who is best known for some of his appearances on The Daily Show where he claimed that Barack Obama was “Hitler” and that Starbucks puts “gay semen” in its lattes.
The church is listed as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Anti-LGBTQ+ Radio Hosts Says Tops and Bottoms Both Going to Hell
A man shot this gay man to death & then bragged about it online
Gay Man Sues Farrah Fawcett’s Son for $100 Million Over Homophobic Attack with Beer Bottle
Popular Gay Bar DJ Brutally Attacked, But Can’t Remember Any of It: WATCH
White supremacist sentenced to life for murdering black trans woman
School Bus Driver Receives No Jail Time After Raping 14-Year-Old Student
There was no doubt after his guilty plea that the former school bus driver had raped a 14-year-old girl.
But because there was only one victim, and the accused had no prior arrests, the judge in the case said the man didn’t deserve to be sent to prison. Instead, Jefferson County, New York, Judge James P. McClusky sentenced the man, Shane M. Piche, to 10 years’ probation, according to the Watertown Daily Times.
The punishment did not sit well with the victim’s mother.
Teen beheaded classmate in jealous rage over girlfriend: prosecutors
Oklahoma mother charged in 5-year-old son's scooter death flees to Mexico, police say
17-year-old charged with murder in fatal stabbing of Brooklyn teen
Georgia Woman Sentenced to Death for Starving Stepdaughter, 10, and Burning Her Body in Trash Can