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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.
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Youth Suicide Statistics
Homelessness among LGBT youth in the United States
Child Sexual Abuse Statistics
Trends in teen homicide, suicide, and firearm deaths
Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health
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Camila Cabello Shuts Down Body Shamers on Social Media: 'Cellulite Is Normal, Fat Is Normal
Camila Cabello got on social media to celebrate the two-year anniversary of her hit single "Havana" on Saturday (Aug. 3) but found herself sidetracked by messages that were criticizing her body.
The singer responded by penning an empowering letter to all the "young girls growing up in an airbrushed world," reminding them that many of the photos posted online are edited.
"I haven't gone on social media AT ALL with the conscious intention of avoiding things that hurt my feelings, but for a second I forgot while trying to find a pic to post about it being Havana's 2 year anniversary and my eyes accidentally ran over a headline of people body shaming me," she wrote in a note posted to her Instagram stories.
Second Suspect Arrested in Attack on NYC Trans Filmmakers
A second suspect has been arrested in connection with an attack on two transgender filmmakers in New York City.
David Gonzalez, 34, turned himself in to police Tuesday night, the New York Post reports. He was charged with two counts each of felony assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment as a hate crime, and aggravated harassment. He has a long record of arrests going back to 2002, the paper reports.
A woman accused of participating in the attack, Paola Custodio, 24, was arrested at the crime scene June 29, and she is charged with felony assault and aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes, as well, according to the New York Daily News.
Florida Candidate Says LGBTQ Equality Hurts Other Minorities
A city council candidate in St. Petersburg, Fla., says LGBTQ Pride hurts the city’s black population, and vows to stop “their agenda” should he win.
Chico Cromartie, who made these comments, is running for the municipal office on the platform that being gay is a choice, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Reports of racism rise by nearly 50 per cent as discriminatory abuse increases for seventh year running
Deli owner gives 'free side' to customers who say 'send her back.' Now human rights group wants to rally after 'hateful message.'
Russian Activist Murdered After Being Named on 'Gay-Hunting' Site
'Very rude': Couple are outraged after being told to go to a 'gay bar' when they dared to ask for a cocktail while on a date at their local pub
Black pastors group calls on Nike to dissolve relationship with Colin Kaepernick: ‘Kaepernick’s views on America and the flag are fringe opinions’
Tours canceled of Catholic priest who linked autism to homosexuality
A Catholic priest who linked autism to homosexuality has canceled his upcoming Australian tour. Church authorities canceled his tours in Ireland and Canada also canceled his tours.
Father Dominic Valanmanal from India was scheduled to appear at a five-day retreat in the southern city of Melbourne.
Syro Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle in Melbourne had planned to host the retreat. It announced the cancellation but did not give a reason for it.
Gay Star News
Pastor said he was 'sucking demons' out of men he sexually assaulted
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Christian dressmaker refuses service to lesbian couple, but offers to convert them instead
A man viciously beat a lesbian couple while calling one of women ‘a dude’
First they burn the books. Then they kill people. History has shown us this repeatedly.
Magazine to give out 'LGBT-free zone' stickers to readers
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.”
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Christian hate-preachers plan anti-LGBTI conference during Orlando Pride
Vatican Rejects Notion That Gender Identity Can Be Fluid
The Vatican on Monday flatly rejected what it cast as the notion that individuals can choose their gender, releasing its first extensive document on the issue as Western countries are increasingly wrestling with the social and legal implications of more fluid definitions of identity.
The document, issued by the Vatican department overseeing Catholic education, echoed past statements by Pope Francis. It argued that acceptance of flexible ideas of gender posed a threat to traditional families and ignored the natural differences between men and women.
It lamented “calls for public recognition of the right to choose one’s gender, and of a plurality of new types of unions, in direct contradiction of the model of marriage as being between one man and one woman, which is portrayed as a vestige of patriarchal societies.”
Chanel Scurlock Is the Fifth Black Trans Woman Killed in the Last Month
The body of 23-year-old Chanel Scurlock was found in a field in Lumberton, North Carolina, just after midnight on Wednesday. She is at least the ninth Black trans woman killed in the U.S. in 2019, and the fifth killed in the past month, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Police found Scurlock, who lived in Lumber Bridge, N.C., with fatal gunshot wounds after responding to reports of gunfire in the area. They have yet to identify a suspect, though Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins told The Robesonian, a local paper, that police have "great leads.
Lesbian couple viciously beaten in homophobic attack on London bus
Court convicts 3 Germans of beating gay man to death
Detroit man charged with killing 3 people in LGBTQ community
Manager of Dallas Gay Bar Fired for Refusing to Serve Transgender Woman
GOOGLE’S LGBTQ EMPLOYEES ARE FURIOUS ABOUT YOUTUBE’S POLICY DISASTERS
Homophobes Attack Congressional Black Caucus Over Equality Act
A right-wing group aims to spark outrage among black voters over an impending vote on the Equality Act.
Organizers for the Gone 2 Far Movement released an open letter through Christian Newswire attacking leadership from the Congressional Black Caucus.
The bizarre rant, signed by failed Congressional candidate Stephen Broden and right-wing radio host Randy Short, suggests the “Gay Equality Act” will set back minority rights.
The letter singles out Rep. Karen Bass, CBC chair, and other caucus members for refusing to “defend the real purpose of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as a scam to make 'Gay the New Black' wherein pedophiles, sodomites of all stripes, and persons of debased fetish needs are accorded protected class status akin to Blacks and women.”
The letter compares a vote for the Equality Act to the biblical story of disciple Judas Iscariot betraying Jesus Christ, though its unclear how many pieces of silver were exchanged or who will be crucified should the legislation pass.
Pat Robertson: Equality Act Will Cause 'Atomic War'
Violent mob attacks Indian priest because they think he is gay
Malaysian politician calls LGBT population 'dirty and smelly'
A Malaysian politician in parliament on Monday (18 March) described LGBT ‘phenomenon’ as ‘unnatural lust’ that ‘should never be accepted’.
Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali demanded to know what the government was doing to ‘curb LGBT practices’ after the Women’s March earlier this month included demands for LGBTI rights.
He also blamed LGBTI for rising HIV infections in the country.
‘This is unnatural lust and should never be accepted’ he said of the LGBTI community.
‘We want to know the actions taken by the government to curb LGBT practices’.
‘I liken it to building a house’ the politician said.
‘We make a door at the front, we make sure the door is beautiful, we paint it, carve it and spray it with air freshener.’
‘Why would we then want to go through the back door? The back door is dirty, it is not appropriate and smelly’.
Gay Star News
The Color Purple star: 'I do not believe homosexuality is right'
California Man Allegedly Attempted To Burn Neighbor's House Down After Seeing Ghost
A man in Stockton, California was arrested after he was caught on video allegedly pouring gallons of diesel on his neighbor's front door and attempting to set the building on fire — reportedly because he claimed he had seen a ghost in the residence.
Russian Lawmaker Says Gays Are 'Sick,' Must Be 'Cured'
A Russian lawmaker who heads a parliamentary committee on family and children affairs has called gays "sick" people who "must be cured."
In a televised interview aired on March 5, Tamara Pletnyova also said that the 19th-century prominent Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky also was gay, "but he always hid it and was ashamed of it."
Radio Free Europe
White customer at Mexican restaurant swears at Spanish-speaking manager
A video showing a white woman swearing at the general manager of a Mexican restaurant in West Virginia for speaking Spanish went viral over the weekend.
“English is our first language, so you need to speak English,” the woman, identified in the video as Jill, screamed at Sergio Budar, the manager. “Get the fuck out of my country.”
One of two videos capturing the incident shows how customers at Tampico Mexican Restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, were astonished at the woman’s remarks.