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Suicide hotline calls quadrupled after Trump’s latest attack on transgender people
Trans Lifeline, an organization that runs a crisis hotline for transgender people and staffed by transgender people, said that calls to their suicide hotline have quadrupled since the story broke that the Trump administration is trying to legally erase transgender identity.
In an Instagram post, Trans Lifeline reported that calls increased by four times last week, and first-time callers doubled.
Trump Fan Convicted In Anti-Muslim Terror Plot Asks Judge To Consider Trump’s Rhetoric
Admit it. Republicans have broken politics.
Will Any Music Awards Show Get Representation For Women Right? None Have Yet.
On last night’s American Music Awards (AMAs), Taylor Swift doubled down on her voter registration message, Ciara and Missy Elliott leveled up, and Aretha Franklin finally got the tribute she deserved. Women were at the forefront of the show, which was a vast step forward from their massive under representation at the Grammys or the MTV VMAs and the number of awards they won was a step up from their Billboard Music Awards treatment. The AMAS did the best job representing women as performers and winners of any music awards show this year. They also showed us how far music has to go to fix its #MeToo and representation issues.
But digging a little deeper, the AMAs also highlight some serious areas that need work. First and foremost, let’s talk about the late XXXTentacion being nominated for two awards, and winning one that was broadcast in the show. Imagine the Golden Globes nominating Roman Polanski (or Woody Allen, or Kevin Spacey, or any number of high profile men accused of sexual misconduct) for an award this year, of all years. Imagine them giving it to him on television. And imagine that later on, when a woman nominated against him lauds his work, saying she’s a fan and it’s an honor to be in the same category as him. That’s essentially what happened with XXX’s win, and Camila Cabello’s subsequent lauding of him in her Best New Artist acceptance speech. XXX, who passed away earlier this year, may have been a talented artist and undoubtedly has legions of fans. But he is also accused of violent, disturbing abuse against a woman. We don’t have to celebrate abusers at our awards show, and to do so only tells women that their pain is not important. It was an especially bitter pill to swallow after weeks of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle. Music seems to think it can continue to exist in a bubble where #MeToo and support for the survivors of abuse are negligible.
GERVONTA DAVIS ACCUSED OF PUNCHING WOMAN ... In Strip Club Attack
Neil Patrick Harris, What Was That?
Scathing Report Accuses the Pentagon of Developing an Agricultural Bioweapon
A new technology in which insects are used to genetically modify crops could be converted into a dangerous, and possibly illegal, bioweapon, alleges a Science Policy Forum report released today. Naturally, the organization leading the research says it’s doing nothing of the sort.
The report is a response to a ongoing research program funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dubbed “Insect Allies,” the idea is to create more resilient crops to help farmers deal with climate change, drought, frost, floods, salinity, and disease. But instead of modifying seeds in a lab, farmers would send fleets of insects into their crops, where the genetically modified bugs would do their work, “infecting” the plants with a special virus that passes along the new resilience genes.
Among those throwing shade on West’s comments was Bakari Sellers, an African-American lawyer and politician from South Carolina.
“Idiocy is the willingness to sell out your culture for trinkets,” Sellers wrote. “@kanyewest doesn’t understand reality. The same hat he is wearing is responsible for Jeff Sessions and taking us back a decade in Criminal Justice reform. @kanyewest is a clown who wants to sell albums. I’m good.” 30-Sep-2018
...and nobody cared. Sorry, Janet. 30-Sep-2018
Many women line up in support of Kavanaugh
As the Senate is divided on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, so too are women across the country.
Female voices have echoed throughout the U.S. Senate this week demanding male senators justify their support for Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination despite an allegation of high school sexual assault.
But other women have spent hours calling Senate offices in support of Kavanaugh, condemning what they saw as an anti-Republican ploy that's damaged not only Kavanaugh's reputation and livelihood but also his accuser's.
WE ASKED OUR READERS WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT KAVANAUGH’S CONFIRMATION PROCESS
Kavanaugh Saga Uncomfortable for Catholics Amid Crisis Over Sexual Abuse
Shonda Rhimes Urges Teen Girls to Vote Following Kavanaugh Hearing
Woman pleads guilty to letting boyfriend molest daughter
A northeastern Indiana woman has admitted to charges that she allowed her boyfriend to molest her daughter, leaving the child pregnant at age 10.
The 33-year-old Marion woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of neglect, aiding child molesting and assisting a criminal. She agreed to accept a sentence of 20 years in prison and five years of probation.
The woman admitted during Tuesday's hearing that her daughter told her that the boyfriend, 34-year-old Nicholas Deon Thrash, was molesting her, yet continued to let him live with them, the Chronicle Tribune reported. The woman did not report the molestation or her daughter's pregnancy to authorities.
Busy Philipps reveals she was raped at 14 amid Dr. Ford hearing
All high school boys are sexual predators, according to Republican women
LINDSEY GRAHAM TO WOMAN REPORTING RAPE: ‘I’M SO SORRY. YOU NEEDED TO GO TO THE COPS’
How to help survivors of sexual assault
Fox News' Chris Wallace Says Kavanaugh Accuser's Story Elicited Revelations from His Daughters
Jane Fonda on Unearned #MeToo Comebacks: “Sweep the Floor at Starbucks Until You Learn!”
Several men accused of sexual misconduct during the past year might be clamoring for their comebacks after mere months—but as far as Jane Fonda is concerned, they can keep on waiting. At an event in New York promoting a new HBO documentary about her life, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, the actress emphasized that while she does have compassion for men, she rejects the idea of letting anyone accused of sexual misconduct return to power before they’ve atoned.
Monogamy May Be Even More Difficult For Women Than it Is For Men
It’s a widely held belief that monogamy comes more naturally to women than it does to men. A lot of people subscribe to a narrative that says the sexes are just “wired” differently, with women having evolved to be monogamous and men to be promiscuous.
There’s just one problem with this line of thinking—it’s not true, according author Wednesday Martin’s latest book. In UNTRUE: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free , Martin offers a provocative read based on the latest research studies and interviews with experts in human sexuality that challenges us to think differently about women and sex. She sets the record straight on a number of false beliefs about female sexuality in particular, including when and why women cheat.
Lady Gaga Reveals How Her Past Sexual Assault Still Affects Her Today: 'It's Miserable'
Lady Gaga is bravely opening up about the lasting effects of rape trauma.
The singer and A Star Is Born actress, 32, revealed in the October cover story for Vogue that she still copes with the sexual assault she suffered at age 19.
“No one else knew. It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal,” said Gaga, who first disclosed her rape during an interview with Howard Stern in 2014.
The Grammy winner also detailed how she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the symptoms she continues to combat.
Game of Thrones star: Hollywood has a 'big problem' with homophobia
At the Toronto International Film Festival, currently ongoing, Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington sat down with other Hollywood figures to discuss their industry’s problem with homophobia.
Harrington is in Canada to promote Xavier Dolan’s new film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
‘There’s a big problem, I think, with the idea of masculinity and homosexuality, that they can’t somehow go hand-in-hand,’ he told Variety while discussing the film.
Gay Star News
Penn Badgley Clarifies Report That He Was 'Molested' Following Gossip Girl Fame
Penn Badgley is clarifying comments he made during an interview in which he said he was “molested” after becoming famous on Gossip Girl.
“The point of my comment was not to confess a personal trauma. I was speaking about the way emotional and physical boundaries are violated for someone in the public eye, who is seen as an object of desire,” Badgley, 31, said in a statement to PEOPLE on Monday.
Peppermint Talks Controversial 'Head Over Heels' Review & Trans Representation in Theater
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 runner-up Peppermint has broken new ground wherever she's gone. Initially becoming the first-ever competitor to enter Drag Race as an out trans woman, Peppermint continued her revolutionary career by starring as the non-binary Pythia in Head Over Heels -- making her the first-ever trans person to originate a starring role on Broadway.
Adorned in a spangled-up dress and a crown, naturally, she spoke to GQ in a searing feature that covered the historical lack of trans representation on Broadway, the ground she's breaking for other trans women, and that one review of Head Over Heels.
Texas doctor faces backlash after saying female counterparts make less because they ‘don’t work as hard’
A doctor in Plano, Tex., sparked outrage after he told a medical publication that female physicians make less than men because they “don't work as hard” and prioritize “something else … family, social, whatever."
Medical professionals have since taken Gary Tigges to task on social media for views they say are discriminatory and disproved by most research. Some have criticized the Dallas Medical Journal for highlighting the remarks; others have praised the monthly magazine for exposing them.
The quote appeared in the “Big and Bright Ideas” section of the September edition of the journal as part of a feature asking industry professionals to share their thoughts and potential solutions to the gender pay gap in medicine.
Pope Francis tells parents not to reject gay kids, but send them to therapy to ‘see how things are’
Pope Francis wants to be seen as the cool modern Pope who’s down with LGBTQ people, but he keeps tripping over his own feet every time he tries.
On the Papal plane on his way back from a contentious visit to Ireland, where he was pressed on the church’s continued cover up of the sexual abuse of children by church authorities, Francis took time to answer reporters’ questions.
Calls Grow for Cardinal Wuerl to Resign Over Handling of Sex Abuse Allegations
Hollywood cleaned house. Why can't the Catholic Church?
It’s time to level with people about climate change
More companies are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment. Earlier this year, Ceres released an excellent comprehensive view of which companies are taking what actions (and what more needs to be done). The upside is that 64 percent of the 600 largest U.S. companies have commitments in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As I’ve noted here before, many companies actually have concrete, science-based targets for reductions in waste and energy and water use — so much so that companies all sound the same when they talk about their goals. I’ve urged corporations to set the appropriate targets but to hone in on one environmental or social issue they can own — that they can be known for and solve. It’s what consumers want companies to do, and being known for leading on an issue is fully leverage-able from a brand-building standpoint.
But I think it’s time to go further.
It’s time to level with people.