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Lesbian couple left 'overwhelmed with anger' as South Africa venue declines their wedding
A South African wedding venue is facing criticism after the Christian owners declined to host a lesbian couple's wedding.
Megan Watling, 25, and Sasha-Lee Heekes, 24, said they contacted the owners of Beloftebos, a popular event place in Cape Town, inquiring about potential dates for their wedding.
However, they received an email response that the venue does not accommodate weddings between couples of the same gender, Watling and Heekes wrote on Facebook.
Watling said she cried and became overwhelmed with anger after reading the response last Friday.
The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret
The memories come to her in fragments. The bed creaking late at night after one of her brothers snuck into her room and pulled her to the edge of her mattress. Her underwear shoved to the side as his body hovered over hers, one of his feet still on the floor.
Her ripped dresses, the clothespins that bent apart on her apron as another brother grabbed her at dusk by the hogpen after they finished feeding the pigs. Sometimes she’d pry herself free and sprint toward the house, but “they were bigger and stronger,” she says. They usually got what they wanted.
As a child, Sadie* was carefully shielded from outside influences, never allowed to watch TV or listen to pop music or get her learner’s permit. Instead, she attended a one-room Amish schoolhouse and rode a horse and buggy to church—a life designed to be humble and disciplined and godly.
2 Mass. Priests Suspended Amid Decades Old Abuse Complaints
French trial exposes how church covered for predator priest
Senators demand review of Army Reserve sexual assaults
Black students say a teacher compared them to monkeys in front of their classmates. Now their parents are suing.
A lawyer for the students, who attend Longwood High School on Long Island, filed a notice of claim, the first step to filing a lawsuit, on Tuesday. He later announced in a news conference that the group would sue their school district for $12 million.
The notice, which has been reviewed by Insider, said that a teacher took a photo of four black students, aged 16 to 18, standing behind one another during a field trip to the Bronx Zoo in November 2019
The notice alleges that the teacher later included the photo in a slideshow shown in class with the caption "monkey do," alongside a photo of a gorilla.
Oregon man charged with hate crimes for allegedly beating 70-year-old woman from India
Indiana Republicans have introduced two bills targeting transgender & non-binary people
Indiana Republicans are introducing two bills targeting the transgender and non-binary communities.
Senate Bill 74, authored by Sen. Jim Tomes, would eliminate the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ proposal to create gender-neutral driver’s licenses, and House Bill 1088 (The Fair Play for Female Athletes Act), authored by Rep. Christy Stutzman, would prevent anyone assigned male at birth from competing in female sporting events.
Gay conservative arrested for sending fake anthrax to New York gay bar
Second LGBT student joins suit against Fuller Theological Seminary after getting expelled for entering into same-sex marriages
Last November, a student at Fuller Theological Seminary — the nation's largest interdenominational seminary — sued the school for discrimination after she was expelled for marrying another woman. Now, another former student is joining the lawsuit.
In the amended complaint filed Tuesday, Nathan Brittsan, an American Baptist Churches USA pastor, joined Joanna Maxon in requesting the school award them more than $1 million each to compensate for damages, Christianity Today reported.
Paul Southwick, the attorney representing Maxon and Brittsan, is arguing that Fuller is required to comply with Title IX, which bars federally funded educational programs from discriminating based on sex. However, religiously affiliated schools are often granted exceptions from Title IX regulations in order to accommodate for religious freedom.
"It's a very important case at this time in our nation's history," Southwick said, according to Christianity Today. "This case could set an important legal precedent that if an educational institution receives federal funding, even if it's religiously-affiliated, even if it's a seminary, that it's required to comply with Title IX prohibitions on sex discrimination as applied to LGBT individuals."
'Death to Gays' Pastor: Fires Ravaging Australia Because It Banned Me
Televangelist Jim Bakker tells followers they aren’t saved unless they worship Donald Trump
LGBTQ Methodists were stuck loving a church that didn’t love them back. Sound familiar?
LGBTQ inclusion in the policy and practices of UMC has been a long contentious and exhausting battle – both nationally and globally. The proposed schism to be voted on in May at General Conference in Minneapolis will divide the nation’s third-largest denomination worldwide.
While the current UMC will allow LGBTQ marriages and clergy, the impending split will create a new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, allowing outright discrimination and denunciation of LGBTQ people in the name of God.
Ex-teacher harassed, ousted from Upper East Side middle school for being gay: suit
A former social studies teacher at an Upper East Side public middle school was relentlessly hectored by students and colleagues — and eventually let go — because he is gay and stood up for a bullied student, a new lawsuit alleges.
During his two-year tenure as a full-time teacher at Robert F. Wagner Middle School, Robert Halkitis suffered a campaign of harassment that included vandals scrawling a slur on his bulletin board and a student calling him a “f—ing f—-t” in his classroom, alleges a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday.
The torment also included a school clerk suggesting that he was having a sexual relationship with a male colleague on school grounds, court papers say.
Two Chinese men claim they were racially profiled by Alaska Airlines employee at who asked 'how much are they paying you?' before sparking panic by screaming for evacuation at Newark Airport
The two Chinese men who were accused of acting suspiciously and triggered a panicked evacuation at Newark Liberty Airport last week are speaking out for the first time saying they were racially profiled by an Alaska Airlines employee.
The chaos unfolded at the New Jersey airport on September 3 around 8.30pm at Gate 30 of Terminal A when an Alaska Airlines approached Han Han Xue, 29, and Chunyi Luo, 20, and asked them pointed questions about their Asian heritage.
She asked assumed they knew each other and asked 'Why are you acting suspiciously' and 'What are they paying you?' before screaming 'Evacuate!', sending 200 panicked people running out of the gate amid fears of an active shooter.
'It was a very shocking experience...I couldn't believe this was happening,' Xue said on the incident to BuzzFeed News.
Catholic group settled sex abuse cases with 2 black men for far less than what other survivors have received
A famed Catholic religious order settled sex abuse cases in recent months by secretly paying two black Mississippi men $15,000 each and requiring them to keep silent about their claims, The Associated Press has found.
The cash payments are far less than what other Catholic sex abuse survivors have typically received since the church's abuse scandal erupted in the United States in 2002. An official with the Franciscan Friars order denies the two men's race or poverty had anything to do with the size of the settlements.
In one case, the Rev. James G. Gannon, leader of a group of Wisconsin-based Franciscan Friars, settled an abuse claim made by La Jarvis D. Love against another friar for $15,000, during a meeting at an IHOP restaurant where Gannon met with La Jarvis, his wife and their three small children.
A patchwork of anti-discrimination laws don't protect LGBTQ workers
While working at a Billings, Montana, auto dealership in 2016, Kathleen O’Donnell said mechanics would frequently sling insults behind her back, calling her “faggot” and referring to her as “Bob” or “Joe” because of her closely cropped hair. A few days before her six-month probationary period at the dealership ended, O’Donnell recalled, her manager, with tears in his eyes, told her he had to fire her because she was gay. It was the first time O’Donnell had been fired from a job.
U.S. SUPREME COURT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ASKS SUPREME COURT TO LEGALIZE WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GAY EMPLOYEES
Indiana Teen Attacked In Locker Room for Being Gay
An Indiana high school student has faced ridicule after being attacked in a locker room for being gay. After other students started circulating video of the incident around school, the teenage boy’s mother shared the story with Indianapolis TV station WTHR.
“I’m not OK, but I will be,” the student told the news outlet.
And he’s telling anyone else who ever finds themselves the victim of a hate crime to stay strong in spirit.
"Stay true to yourself,” he said, “and if you get hit, do the best you can to make sure it never happens again."
Rockies Apologize After Employee Tells Lesbians Not To Kiss
Watch this gay man handle a drunk woman screaming slurs like the true queen he is
Black housekeeper denied work because priest’s German shepherd Ceaser is ‘kinda racist’
The home of a Catholic priest was the last place LaShundra Allen ever would have expected to be denied work because of her skin colour, she said.
Allen, who is black, arrived with her white colleague the morning of May 3 for what was supposed to be her first day cleaning Reverend Jacek Kowal’s rectory at the Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, Tennessee.
The colleague from the cleaning company who accompanied her, Emily Weaver, was quitting and came along to introduce Allen as her replacement.
But the women wouldn’t get far. The secretary stopped them, Allen recounted, and said she would have to go ask Kowal if the new arrangement was OK.
The secretary soon informed them it was actually not OK – because of the priest’s “racist” dog.
South China Morning Post
The owner of the Pirates owns a newspaper that called marriage equality, trans rights ‘dubious achievements’
A small newspaper owned and controlled by Pittsburgh Pirates owner Robert Nutting recently published an editorial that called into question its view of the LGBTQ community. If not for criticism by a progressive news site, few people outside Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley might have seen the editors’ choice of words. Those words also prompted words between Nutting and the publisher.
The Winchester Star is a daily publication with a circulation of less than 20,000, and is operated by Nutting’s Ogden Newspapers, which is publisher of more than 40 newspapers and media outlets across the U.S. It was started by his great-grandfather in 1890. On August 7th, the staff published an editorial critical of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for the Democrat’s refusal to share a stage with President Donald Trump at the 400th anniversary celebration of the Jamestown settlement.
Indianapolis Catholic School threatened to expel a gay student for supporting LGBTQ rights
Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson, who ordered the mass firing of any teachers at the diocese’s schools, also had no problem allowing school administrators to threaten a gay student with expulsion if he didn’t stop speaking out for social justice.
The archdiocese has admitted it instructed all schools under its umbrella to immediately enforce all employment contracts – effectively a blanket order to fire any LGBTQ staff members. Over 70 schools in central Indiana are under the archdiocese’s administration.
“To effectively bear witness to Christ, whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching,” the archdiocese said in a statement sent last week.
Trump’s Latest Proposal Would Let Businesses Discriminate Based On LGBTQ Status, Race, Religion, And More
After Ferguson, black men still face the highest risk of being killed by police
Five years after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, launched a national conversation about race and police brutality, black men are still more likely to die by police violence than white men.
According to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, over the course of a lifetime, black men face a one in 1,000 risk of being killed during an encounter with police, a rate much higher than that of white men.
Interracial Family’s Home Destroyed By Explosion In Apparent Racist Attack