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Hate Endures in America, and With It Our Effort to Document the Damage
Since the start of 2019, in places across the United States, there have been no fewer than five killings in which victims’ race, ethnicity or national origin appears to have been a factor.
Arthur Martunovich allegedly walked into a Chinese restaurant in New York City in January and killed three men with a hammer. Police said he later explained his motive: “Chinese men are awful.”
On Feb. 23, José Muñoz, 25, was shot and killed in the lobby of an Olive Garden in Louisville, Kentucky. The suspect in the killing allegedly used racial slurs when a child in Muñoz’s party at the restaurant bumped into him twice. Muñoz’s family insists he was targeted because of his ethnicity as a Mexican immigrant.
On March 6, scores of mourners gathered on the campus of Indiana University to protest the killing of Mustafa Ayoubi, a 32-year-old graduate of the school.
He’d been shot and killed in February in Indianapolis, following a road rage incident. Witnesses told police the suspect yelled slurs about Islam and told Ayoubi to “go back to your country.”
Why far-right attackers aren’t charged as domestic terrorists
Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to punish doctors for providing health care to trans people
An new bill in Illinois bill would punish doctors for providing transgender youth with any transition-related health care.
Rep. Tom Morrison’s (R) bill, the Youth Health Prevention Act, would prevent doctors from giving hormone prescriptions, providing transition-related surgeries, or even referring trans youth to another doctor for transition-related health care. If a doctor does, it’ll be considered “unprofessional conduct” subject to discipline, and they could have their license suspended or revoked.
Donald Trump Not Immune From 'Apprentice' Star's Defamation Lawsuit, NY Appeals Court Rules
According to today's opinion, Trump's contention that he doesn't have to face Summer Zervos' lawsuit while in office conflicts with the fundamental principle that the United States has a "government of laws and not of men."
In a lengthy decision of great significance, a New York appeals court has affirmed a decision that President Donald Trump must face a defamation lawsuit brought by season-five Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos.
The dispute arose after audio was published of Trump boasting to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about grabbing women's genitals. As Trump was under fire for his comments, Zervos came forward to accuse him of kissing her twice in 2007 and attacking her in a hotel room. "I never met her at a hotel," responded Trump, who would also counter allegations from his accusers as "100 percent fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton campaign."
Zervos alleged in her lawsuit that she was branded a liar.
Push for broader LGBT rights slowed by lack of GOP support
The LGBT rights movement's top legislative priority, a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill, will be introduced in Congress on Wednesday, but the excitement will be tempered by political reality: The bill could well be doomed, at least for this year, by lack of Republican support.
That dynamic mirrors the situation nationwide. Twenty mostly Democratic-run states already have comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, comparable to what the Equality Act would mandate nationally. The protections extend to employment, housing, public accommodations and public services.
The other 30 states — where Republicans hold full or partial power — have balked at taking that step, illustrating that LGBT rights is as polarized along partisan lines as abortion, climate change and other hot button issues.
Opinion: How Google is turning its back on the LGBTQ community
Google is engaging in one of the most hypocritical and damaging moves in its history. The tech giant that boasts creative and inspiring doodles celebrating historical figures and landmark moments, several of which lauding gay rights, has turned its back on the LGBTQ community.
Instead of supporting one of the most vulnerable populations in the world, Google is hosting an app that dangerously claims to change people from gay to straight.
Conservatives, especially those whose ideology is based upon religious dogma, have a long history of villainizing LGBTQ people to raise money from constituents who view gay people as sinful and a danger to the community. I would know. For more than two decades I was a leader in the so-called ex-gay movement, first as a policy analyst and spokesperson for the right-wing, Washington, D.C.-based public policy organization Family Research Council, then as Director of Women’s Ministry for the now-defunct Exodus International, the largest ex-gay organization in the world.
Push to ban LGBT conversion therapy stalls out in Utah
How To Help Sexual Assault Survivors At The Border & Raise Awareness About The Issue
The migrants who make their way towards the United States in search of a better life often have an unimaginably difficult journey — and it often doesn't get any easier once they get across the border. Sadly, some smugglers and others take advantage of the women under their control, forcing these women to reckon with the trauma of surviving sexual assault in addition to everything else. For these women, the situation is bleak — but there are ways you can help survivors of sexual abuse at the border, and it all starts with supporting the organizations who are doing work on the ground there.
The problem of sexual abuse of migrants is a widespread and complicated one, according to an in-depth report from The New York Times. One prong of it is smugglers who take advantage of the women who have paid them to get safe passage to the United States, but it doesn't stop there. In July, The Times spoke to two women who had been sexually assaulted while in ICE custody, and there are also reports of migrant children being sexually assault while they were detained at the border.
Denmark has a 'pervasive rape culture,' says Amnesty International
'Sad day for democracy': Mayor vetoes Alaska city's newly passed LGBTQ protections
Just days after the city council of Fairbanks, Alaska, voted in favor of an LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance, the city’s mayor announced he plans to veto the measure.
Indiana Republicans removed race & LGBTQ people from a ‘hate crimes’ bill
The Indiana Senate voted to remove all categories from the state’s proposed hate crimes legislation despite numerous hate crimes in the state over the past few years.
Indiana is one of five states without any hate crimes legislation at all. Democrats have tried to pass a hate crimes bill for years, but are always stymied by Republicans supported by the religious right.
Senate Republicans offered an amendment to the bill yesterday that removed all the mentioned categories, like race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The bait-and-switch maneuver was promoted by local anti-LGBTQ hate groups who said the original law privileged “politically favored victim categories.”
Instead, judges will be allowed to use “bias,” generally, as an aggravating circumstance when it comes to sentencing in criminal cases.
All Democrats and seven Republicans voted against the amendment, but it still passed.
Sexual harassment endemic for female workers in garment industry, study finds
Sexual harassment, sexism and pregnancy-related discrimination are rampant in the garment industry, a damning report by Human Rights Watch has found.
The £1.9 trillion apparel industry employs millions of workers globally – most of whom are women – and spans from garment and footwear factories to cotton fields and actual shops.
While India, Pakistan and many other countries have specific laws governing sexual harassment at work, 59 countries do not have any specific legal remedies for sexual harassment in the workplace.
But the report found even where there are laws governing sexual harassment at work, they often are not properly implemented.
Workers in India and Pakistan told researchers many employees are not aware of their own rights or of the responsibilities of their employers under sexual harassment laws and have not had any training at work.
CBP facing lawsuit after border agent detains women for speaking Spanish
Two women who were detained by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent for speaking Spanish at a grocery store in Montana are suing the agency.
Mimi Hernandez and Ana Suda filed the lawsuit on Thursday with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after May’s incident, which was recorded and went viral.
In the footage, CBP agent Paul O’Neal can be heard telling the women — both American citizens — “I saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here.”
O’Neal also says the women are being detained because of “speaking Spanish in the store, in a state where it’s predominantly English-speaking.”
An 11-year-old lesbian was beaten up at school & it was caught on video
An 11-year-old girl in New Mexico has faced severe and violent bullying since she came out at school. This past Friday, she was beaten up at school and other students recorded it.
Savannah Tirre came out last October, and her parents say that they instantly accepted her.
“We said, ‘We don’t care, we just want you happy.’ It’s never been an issue in this family,” her mother, Chelsea Tirre, said.
The bigger problem was school. Savannah faced immediate bullying at her middle school near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Student’s savage killers slit his throat & used his blood to write ‘he was gay’ on the wall
Kansas GOP introduces the ‘most vile, hateful & disrespectful’ anti-LGBTQ bills in the country
OREGON POLICE SAY MAN RECORDED HIMSELF REPEATEDLY RAPING BABY GIRL
An Oregon man allegedly recorded himself raping his infant child multiple times, prosecutors claimed.
Edd S. Lahar, 30, was accused of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct and first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Covallis Police Department said in a statement that Lahar was arrested on nearly 100 sex-related crimes.
Kansas judge said minors in sex-abuse case were 'aggressor'; prosecutors weigh appeal
Ohio Girl Abducted, Killed on Way to School — and Parents Sue School for Not Reporting Her Absent
The parents of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze allege that hours were wasted in search for her because the school didn't tell them she was missing
The parents of a 14-year-old Cleveland girl abducted on her way to school, then raped, tortured and murdered, allege the school is at fault for not alerting them about her absence, wasting hours that might have been used to search for her.
In a wrongful death lawsuit filed Friday and obtained by PEOPLE, the parents of Alianna DeFreeze say her school knew about the seventh grader’s unexcused absence on January 26, 2017, but failed to properly use an automated messaging system in place to alert parents with news about their children.
The school system “utterly and without question breached a critical duty owed to each and every parent to provide notice of a missing child—no text messages, phone calls, emails or any other form of communication,” the lawsuit alleges.
Judge rules against elderly lesbians rejected from retirement home
A federal judge this week ruled against a lesbian couple who sued a Missouri retirement home for rejecting their apartment application because their marriage is not "understood in the Bible.”
Bev Nance, 68, and Mary Walsh, 72, were married a decade ago in Massachusetts and have been in a committed relationship for roughly 40 years.
The Gerrymandered Campus
Are you ever confused about where you should vote? Do you worry whether your vote counts? Reporter Kamaya Truitt looks at the strange case of North Carolina A&T State University, which state legislators divided into two congressional districts. Student activists say it’s a case of gerrymandering to split the Black vote. They’re mobilizing to make sure their voices are heard.