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Woman Held Captive for 10 Years in 'Basement of Horrors' Speaks Out: 'I Thought I Was Going to Die There'
A Pennsylvania woman who was held captive for 10 years in what has reportedly been described as a “basement of horrors” is sharing her story seven years after she was rescued.
“I thought I was going to die there,” Tamara Breeden told local TV station WCAU in an interview this week of her time imprisoned in the basement of a Philadelphia home where she and several other developmentally disabled adults were kept.
The group was eventually saved in 2011 and their captor, Linda Weston, along with three co-conspirators were sent to prison.
Breeden, now 36, told WCAU that in addition to being physically abused and kept in torturous conditions — without light, a bed or a bathroom — she and the others were forced to urinate in a bucket, wear clothes pulled from the trash and denied showers.
Rose McGowan's heard more LGBTI MeToo stories 'than the media would ever cover’
Rose McGowan has talked about the impact of MeToo movement among LGBTIs, saying she’s ‘humbled’ when community members share their stories with her.
Speaking at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon in London last month, the activist said she’d heard more stories ‘than the media would ever cover’, particularly from gay men and boys.
The former Charmed actress became a figurehead for the MeToo movement, which fights against sexual abuse and assault, after becoming one of the most high profile accusers of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein last year.
Asked by GSN at the event: ‘Would you like to see the the MeToo movement reverberate deeper among the LGBTI community and specifically gay men?’ Rose gave a detailed and thoughtful response.
‘‘Society is only really as sick as its secrets’
Gay Star News
Case reveals shame, trauma of male sex trafficking victims
Being bullied as a teen robbed me of things I’ll spend my entire adult life getting back
What used to make your day worthwhile made mine miserable.
You made much of my teenage life unbearable and although the years have passed and I’ve moved forward to better places I want you to realise that some memories never do.
The worst memory; realising my vulnerable, adolescent mind was compelled to agree with your reasons for belittling my still growing nature.
This daily bombardment caused me to watch some of my future happiness and fond memories of youth, which everyone deserves, to slip somewhat through my fingers.
I knew how I would remember this and how it would affect my future.
As you know your playground torment of me was temporary but now as an adult I think I will permanently have to work on my recovery in order to accept the past, forgive you, let go of the anger and make up for lost time.
Gay Star News
Bisexual man on the run: 'My father is trying to have me murdered'
A bisexual man is on the run because he believes his father is trying to have him murdered.
Will, a 32-year-old from Uganda, flew over 7,000 miles to escape his father. His father allegedly believes he is a ‘cursed thing’ that must be wiped off the planet.
His mother has told him his father has said he ‘must never have peace’ as long as he’s alive.
Gay sex is illegal in Uganda.
Gay Star News
'It's more than religion': Christian father reveals the shocking reason why he thinks his daughter is gay on Bride and Prejudice... and says he'll NEVER support same-sex marriage
Figure skater Joe Johnson came out without a big coming-out moment
Joe Johnson has been quietly out for years.
Twins transition together from female to male: 'Whatever we went through, we went through together'
A set of twin brothers who transitioned from female to male are sharing their story in hopes of helping others who may be struggling with their own identity.
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Jack Grafe and Jace Grafe, 23, grew up in a Christian home in Maryland. They currently live in Georgia. Both were assigned female gender at birth and later revealed themselves to one another as transgender when they were teenagers.
"Having a secret like this feels like having a 100-pound backpack strapped to your back for your entire life," Jace Grafe, who was given the name Jennifer at birth, told "Good Morning America" in a statement.
DOMESTIC TERRORISM SUSPECTED BOMBER WAS EXOTIC DANCER... Threatened To Kill Other Strippers
Cesar A. Sayoc, the suspected bomber in a domestic terrorism plot targeting high-level politicians, worked as an exotic dancer for years and even threatened to kill and infect other dancers with HIV ... TMZ has learned.
Trump Wants to Be President of a One-Party State
My boyfriend hit me, so why do I have a problem calling it domestic abuse?
How can I think, even now: ‘He didn’t almost kill you, so it doesn’t really count?’
I think it’s to do with emotional abuse.
By the time he hit me, I was already in a position where I would write the physical attack off as nothing to be concerned about. I had already lost faith in my judgment, doubted my strength and cared very little about my own worth. At home, every attempt was made to bring my self confidence lower and lower.
Gay Star News
Big time wrestler Jake Atlas defied his family by jumping out of the closet and into the ring
Name: Jake Atlas, 23
Bio: Mexican-American wrestler Atlas grew up watching pro wrestling with his folks. He spent his childhood in Mexico before coming to Los Angeles as a teen. Both his mom and his dad loved Lucha Libre wrestling–yes, the style of Mexican wrestling that involves wearing the drag of flamboyant masks and uniforms–and took Jake to see numerous matches as a kid.
As he got older, Atlas found himself drawn to cheerleading and gymnastics, though wrestling remained his first love. When he turned 18, he decided to go pro. He trained a full two years before entering his first match.
I Was Outed To My Entire Family When I Was 11
Growing up in a small, culturally conservative, Christian town in middle Georgia, I felt obligated to convince myself that I was straight, even though I knew that I had an underlying conflict with my sexuality that stemmed from getting caught in a same-sex experiment with a girl in my neighborhood when I was 7.
While her family responded to the incident with outrage, mine responded with mere shock and discomfort ? passing it off as a one-time experience between two friends. I attempted avoiding my sexuality after this experiment, though I constantly found myself suffering through elementary school crushes on girls. This led to me continuously returning home holding in this secret that slowly began to unfold ? I was into girls.
‘Single Parents’ Actor Jake Choi Comes Out as Sexually Fluid
Jake Choi, a series regular on the new ABC sitcom Single Parents, has come out as sexually fluid in an interview with the website Very Good Light.
Choi said he made determinations about his sexual orientation after his first “transformative” role playing a gay man, in a film called Front Cover.
Murphy Brown Star Jokes About Being Gay and Indian on Stephen Colbert
Gus Kenworthy posts naked photo for his 27th birthday
Gus Kenworthy knows how to keep his fans happy. The Olympic-medal winning skier celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday. To commemorate, the gay athlete posted a naked selfie last night.
Gay Star News
I Lost My Virginity to a Straight Boy
There’s a way to burst through the shame gay men are made to feel about homosexuality.
I was 19 when I first had full-on sex with another man. I was at college, living in dorms, and the experience—aside from the usual horrifying awkwardness and somewhat spontaneity of the occasion—was completely and utterly unremarkable aside from one thing: the guy I slept with identified as straight.
Thomas Ravenel arrested and charged with assault and battery
Thomas Ravenel has been arrested in South Carolina.
The “Southern Charm” star was booked Tuesday at 10:11 a.m., per the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department inmate records. He was charged with assault and battery in the second degree.
TV stars protested Kavanaugh by wearing black, walking off set
GOP launches counteroffensive on Kavanaugh
Padma Lakshmi: I Was Raped at 16 and I Kept Silent
As MeToo storms the world, some techies are forming men's groups to talk about their emotions...sometimes, they cry
Andrew Horn couldn't remember the last time he released his anger.
The 32-year-old founder of Tribute.co, a video montage platform recently dubbed by the New Yorker as "Hallmark 2.0," recalled throwing things and slamming doors – but never actually expressing his anger. So, one of the attendees in his men's-only meeting group handed him a pillow while the others encouraged him to scream into it. He let out a guttural release of primal rage.
"I felt a lot better," he explained.
Horn says the key to unlocking his emotions has been discovering "modern masculinity," a movement of men exploring their emotions in small group settings.