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A surrogate blackmailed a gay couple for parental rights of their newborn twin daughters
Steven and Marc Winchester-Horscraft — a married gay couple from Shropshire, England — have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the $34,100 in legal costs after the surrogate mother of their newly born twin girls refused to sign over parental rights unless they paid her an additional $4,000 on top of the $22,300 they’d already paid to cover her other fees.
In their GoFundMe page, Steven wrote that their “long, excruciating nightmare” began when their twin girls were born prematurely at 28 weeks instead of the usual 37 weeks. As a result, the newborns had lots of health difficulties.
After their surrogate announced that she had gone into labor, the couple took a 3.5-hour drive to the hospital to find out upon arrival that their second daughter was a “breech birth” (coming out feet- or butt-first rather than head-first). The dangerous delivery condition that left the infant “covered from head to toe in bruises.”
Court tosses out case against social workers accused of ignoring torture of 8-year-old “gay” boy
Indiana School Board Member Says 'Cry Me a River' Over Trans Suicides
Activists in Evansville, Ind., caught a school board member on video appearing to dismiss their concerns about safety for LGBTQ kids.
This week, ten members of the Tri-State Alliance — a social service and educational organization serving LGBTQ communities in southeastern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky — attended a board meeting of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation to ask for greater protections for queer students.
After the meeting, the activists confronted school board members, according to posts on the group’s Facebook page.
The Tri-State Alliance says board member Ann Ennis claimed there was no support on the board for addressing suicide concerns among trans students.
On a video posted to the group’s Facebook page, Tri-State Alliance President Wally Paynter can be heard calling Ennis transphobic.
Trans Woman Sues Pharmacy for Revealing Her HIV Status
Utah school fires substitute teacher who told 5th-graders 'homosexuality is wrong'
Police: 3-year-old boy starved to death; brother survived
An Alabama couple who police said didn't believe in doctors could face life in prison if convicted of aggravated child abuse in the starvation death of their 3-year-old boy.
News outlets report Ashley Elizabeth Catron and Frederick Anthony Frink were denied bond Thursday. Huntsville officers testified that the couple's boys were severely malnourished. Prosecutor Tim Douthit said Hendrix Frink died of starvation weighing just 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms). He told the court his 4-year-old brother survived, barely, weighing 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms).
Authorities Search For Pa. Teen Who Allegedly Sexually Abused, Tried to Smother 5-Year-Old Girl
Police in Pennsylvania believe a 16-year-old boy who is wanted for the sexual assault and attempted murder of a 5-year-old girl may be in Maryland.
The search for Octavian Perez continued Thursday — days after police first obtained a warrant for the boy’s arrest.
According to that warrant, provided to PEOPLE, Perez allegedly sexually assaulted the child at a residence inside a Gettsyburg home, demanding the little girl manipulate his penis.
Yet Another USC Doctor Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault
Parishioners Shocked After Abuse Allegations Against Father George Clements
Lawsuit: Police Shot 12-Year-Old Black Child in His Own Bed During Pre-Dawn Raid
A suburban Chicago family filed suit against the local police Thursday alleging that a SWAT team shot and maimed a 12-year-old in his bed during an early morning raid. The incident took place in May at the in Markham, Ill. home of Crystal Worship and her three young sons, all of whom are black and were in bed at the time. According to the civil suit, it was around 5 a.m. when nearly two dozen police officers barged into the house with automatic rifles, throwing flash-bang grenades, and shouting “police, police, police,” while executing a warrant against Worship’s boyfriend Mitchell Thurman, who was also at the house at the time. Thurman was arrested and charged with drug possession and possessing a gun with an expired Illinois state Firearm Owner’s Identification card, but the criminal case against him was dismissed weeks later.
Miriam Rivera, reality TV's first trans star, found dead at 38
The Mexican model died in February, but the news has only just emerged. She was 38, according to the Daily Mail.
Rivera's husband Daniel Cuervo posted an online tribute to her in February.
Her Sky One series caused controversy at the time, with the male contestants winning compensation after saying the programme had "a devastating effect".
Olivia Newton-John doesn't want to know how long she has to live
As she battles cancer for the third time, Olivia Newton-John is not focusing on how much time she may have left.
The 70-year-old singer and actress sat down with "60 Minutes Australia" to talk about living with stage 4 breast cancer.
"When you're given a cancer diagnosis or a scary honest diagnosis, you're suddenly given a possibility of a time limit," she said.
"If somebody tells you, you have six months to live, very possibly you will because you believe that," Newton-John continued. "So for me, psychologically, it's better not to have any idea of what they expect or what the last person that has what you have lived, so I don't, I don't tune in."
Woman who peed on potatoes in Walmart turns herself in after her story goes viral
The female suspect who reportedly urinated on a bin of potatoes at a Pennsylvania Walmart has turned herself in.
What are the details?
Grace Brown, a 20-year-old Pennsylvania woman, turned herself into authorities after surveillance video showed her urinating on potatoes at a West Mifflin Walmart.
Cameron Boyce's death shines a light on fatal stigma
The death of Cameron Boyce, the talented Disney actor who according to his family died in his sleep following a seizure at the age of 20, resonates deeply with the experiences of so many other families who have lost their loved ones to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). Boyce's family has said his fatal seizure was the result of epilepsy, and while Boyce's final cause of death has yet to be determined, his tragic loss is a reminder that every year, about 1 in 1,000 people with epilepsy suddenly die. Among those whose seizures are not controlled by medicine, the rate rockets to a stunning 1 in 150.
Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce dies at 20
Actor Cameron Boyce, known for his roles in the Disney Channel franchise "Descendants" and the TV show "Jessie," has died. He was just 20 years old.
Boyce's death was confirmed to ABC News by his family Saturday night.
The cause of death was announced as due to "an ongoing medical condition."
Gay porn performer Jay Dymel dies at just 27 years old
A gay porn star Jay Dymel has reportedly died at just 27 years old.
Julian Pereza, his real name, has appeared to have suddenly died today (13 June).
Falcon Studios, the company he primarily worked with, posted the news on Twitter.
‘It is with great sadness to inform the passing of Jay Dymel today,’ they said.
‘Our thoughts go out to Jay’s family, friends and partner Ryan Stone.’
Earlier today, fellow porn performer Stone said his ‘lovely Jay’ was on life support in Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.
Gay Star News
Does Federal Law Protect LGBTQ People? This Poll Reveals A Serious Misconception
According to a new survey, almost half of all Americans wrongly believe that federal law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination. In a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday, 45% of respondents incorrectly claimed that federal anti-discrimination protections apply to LGBTQ Americans, when in fact, no such protections exist due to longstanding opposition from conservatives.
“When you talk to people across the country, regardless of where they stand on LGBTQ equality, so many don’t know that in 30 states LGBTQ people are still at are risk of being fired solely because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” Charlotte Clymer, the Human Rights Campaign's press secretary for rapid response, told Reuters. “These things are flying under the radar for most Americans.”
BEING GAY IS LINKED TO THESE BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS, SCIENTISTS SAY
Years and Years star Dino Fetscher on the “vital importance” of LGBTQ representation
This Dad Gave Out Hundreds of Hugs at the Pittsburgh Pride Parade, and the Photos Are So Emotional
Africa is doing better on LGBTQ rights than you think
Christian hate-preachers plan anti-LGBTI conference during Orlando Pride
HIV criminalization is happening in 72 countries
HIV criminalization continues: a global review has found that HIV-related arrests, investigations, prosecutions and convictions have ever occurred in at least 72 countries, with recent cases occurring in 49 countries, including 14 in which the law appeared to be applied for the first time.
The HIV Justice Network’s review concerns cases in which either the criminal or similar law is applied to people living with HIV based on HIV-positive status. Either via HIV-specific criminal statutes (29 countries), general criminal or similar laws (37 countries), or both (6 countries). Such laws typically criminalize non-disclosure of HIV status to a sexual partner, potential or perceived exposure to HIV, or transmission of HIV.
HIV criminalization ‘is a pervasive illustration of how state-sponsored stigma and discrimination works against a marginalized group of people with immutable characteristics,’ says HIV Justice Network.
Gay Star News
'I Effectively Have Become an Instrument of State Abuse of Power': Abortion in Missouri Now
In Missouri, where the state’s last remaining abortion clinic is in a legal battle to keep its doors open, Republicans have imposed another invasive and unnecessary requirement for anyone obtaining an abortion: now, patients must undergo a pelvic exam at least 72 hours prior to the procedure.
A pelvic exam “includes putting your fingers and other instruments in the vagina, when really that gives no medical information,” Dr. Colleen McNicholas of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services, Missouri’s last abortion clinic, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “It doesn’t do anything to help the patient, or myself, choose what is the best approach for their abortion care.”
Strict US Anti-Abortion Laws Forced a Woman to Give Birth to a Baby Without a Skull
Lauv Opens Up About Mental Health on New Single "Sad Forever"
Lauv wants to drop the stigma surrounding mental health, and encourage fans to get the help they need in with his new song, "Sad Forever."
Brian Wilson Postpones Tour In Order To Focus On Mental Health
Stressed out? Your dog may feel it too, study suggests