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Lesbians are also being killed in Chechnya and 'no-one seems to care'
A lesbian who escaped the ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya has bravely shared her story, even though it could get her killed.
The woman – who remains anonymous for her safety – shared the horrors of growing up LGBTI in Chechnya and how she wasn’t even safe from her own family.
In early 2017 the world started learning how Chechnya – a region in the north Caucasus of Russia – had started rounding up, detaining, torturing and executing men because of their real or perceived sexual identity.
But in 2018 Chechen authorities turned their sights onto lesbians and trans people.
‘In two years, we were approached by 37 girls who position themselves as lesbians, and two transgender women from the republics of the North Caucasus,’ said Igor Kochetkov, head of the Russian LGBTI Network.
‘Also in 2018, we began to receive reports of girls being detained by the police on suspicion of homosexuality. According to reports from Chechnya, there are girls among those detained in December to January.’
Chechen authorities denied the claims, saying gay people don’t exist in Chechnya.
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How the politics of racial resentment is killing white people
Why do many working-class white Americans support politicians whose policies are literally killing them?
This is the question sociologist and psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl tries to answer in his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. The book is a serious look at how cultural attitudes associated with “whiteness” encourage white people to adopt political views — like opposition to gun laws or the Affordable Care Act — that undercut their own health.
The book is not about racism at the individual level, though you can certainly read that into it. For Metzl, the key question is how did a politics of racial resentment become so powerful that it overwhelmed even the basic instinct for self-preservation? To get answers, he spent years talking to voters in Southern and Midwestern states, asking them to explain their political choices. The answers aren’t terribly satisfying, but they are instructive.
I spoke to Metzl about what he learned and what he thinks we can do to solve this problem. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.
Florida woman ends up violently arrested after calling 911 for help
An officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department has been relieved of his duties after he was seen in a video posted on social media throwing a black woman to the ground and then forcibly arresting her after she called 911 to report her neighbor had allegedly pulled a gun on her.
Man claims he was racially profiled at movie theater showing ‘Captain Marvel’
Teen Who Bludgeoned 10-Year-Old To Death With Metal Pipe And Left Her In A Ditch Sentenced For ‘Heinous’ Crime
According to an affidavit, Zellmer hit Campbell in the head five times with the pipe, then dragged her into a ditch, where she was later found dead. She was found naked from the waist down and police said there was evidence to suggest she'd been sexually assaulted. Zellmer initially had been charged with sexual assault in addition to murder, but those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Oklahoma Teen, 17, Pleads Guilty in Teacher's Death, Rape of an 81-Year-Old Woman
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 50 charged in college admissions scam for unworthy kids, prosecutors say
Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been charged in a nationwide college-entrance cheating scam, according to federal court records unsealed on Tuesday.
Huffman, Loughlin, and 48 other individuals — including a slew of wealthy executives and attorneys — engaged in “large-scale, elaborate fraud” to create a “rigged system” at elite American universities like Yale, Stanford, USC, and UCLA, according to prosecutors. In some cases, they allegedly used imposters to stand in for the children at exams or bribed athletic recruiters to recruit their children, even if they didn’t end up playing that sport in college.
Federal prosecutors cited one example where parents paid a $400,000 bribe to Yale’s women’s soccer coach so that their daughter could attend the school. She didn't play soccer.
The investigation is ongoing, and more parents and coaches are believed to be involved.
FLORIDA TEEN LIT CAGED CAT ON FIRE, FED REMAINS TO HIS DOGS, PROSECUTORS SAY
A Florida 19-year-old is accused of setting a caged cat on fire and feeding its remains to his dogs. The alleged act of animal abuse, which was caught on video, occurred in July 2016 but details have only been released now.
In the video, Roberto Hernandez can be seen standing over a cat in a small cage and dousing it with some sort of flammable liquid. Prosecutors said Hernandez then lights some matches and sets the animal ablaze.
Dog Choked, Slammed On Ground By Man Who Was To Train It
Toddler mauled to death by 2 family dogs
'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett hit with 16 count felony indictment by grand jury
An Illinois grand jury has indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, according to the Cook County State Attorney's Office.
The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, Robert Foley, a senior advisor in the state attorney's office told ABC News.
The first set is related to what Smollett told officers about the alleged attack, including that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.
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
Why Are So Many LGBTQ Groups Staying Silent About This #MeToo Scandal?
On Monday night, residents of West Hollywood called for John Duran to leave his position on the West Hollywood City Council after weeks of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
It was a deeply sobering moment. The native Angeleno boasts decades of advocacy work for the city’s gay and HIV-positive communities. Duran ceded his position as mayor of West Hollywood on Monday morning, citing health concerns, but this was less momentous than it would appear. The post of mayor is largely ceremonial, rotating each year among members of the council, and Duran has remarked that West Hollywood perceives him to be mayor no matter who holds the seat. He remains on the council, and he has no plans to resign from that post.
Swastikas Found at Famously Elite, Progressive D.C. School Sidwell Friends
A student assembly at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., was cut short after students beamed racist usernames and swastikas onto a screen, HuffPost reported Wednesday.
Sidwell, one of the country’s top preparatory schools, is famously progressive and has educated generations of D.C.’s elites. But the school has not been immune to the rise of hate speech and hate crimes on campuses across the U.S., according to HuffPost: In recent months, a swastika was found drawn on a whiteboard in the school, while others were found etched into benches in a school assembly room.
Lawyer convicted of assault after racist rant on Air India flight
A lawyer who subjected aircraft crew to "prolonged" racist abuse on a November flight from Mumbai to London was convicted of assault Wednesday.
Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard that Simone Burns, who goes by Simone O'Broin, also spat at a crew member and grabbed her by the arm after staff refused to serve her more alcohol, the UK's Press Association news agency reported.
Burns, from Hove, England, began her racist rant on the Air India flight when flight attendants declined to sell her a fourth bottle of wine. Prosecutor Lauren Smith told Uxbridge Magistrates' Court that Burns, who is 50, began "swearing and shouting," calling the flight crew "f***ing Indian money-grabbing c***s."
When a cabin supervisor attempted to intervene, Burns spat in her face, swore at her, and "grabbed her by her right upper arm and squeezed it," Smith said.
Father found guilty of plotting acid attack on 3-year-old son
A father has been found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in prison for plotting an acid attack on his 3-year-old son amid a custody battle with his ex-wife.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted unanimously by a jury Wednesday at Worcester Crown Court in the UK following a six-week trial, the court confirmed to CNN.
The jury, which deliberated for nine hours, convicted the man and five co-conspirators of plotting to spray sulfuric acid in the child's face with the intention to "burn, maim or disfigure."
Jurors were told that the father, 40, a taxi driver from Wolverhampton, central England, but originally from Afghanistan, enlisted the help of his co-conspirators in order to attack his son in a bid to gain increased custody by depicting the child's mother as incapable of providing adequate care, the UK's Press Association agency reported.
Woman with 2 children in car is shot, killed by other driver
Infant Girl Found Dead in Parked Car with Mom, Who Is Taken to Hospital and Arrested
Texas Woman Arrested 2 Years After Allegedly Killing Student Thanks To Anonymous Letter
U.S. NEWS Chris Watts reveals gruesome details about the day he killed his pregnant wife, daughters
California lawmakers accepted $810,000 in gifts and overseas trips in 2018
California lawmakers were showered with more than $810,000 in gifts last year, many from powerful interest groups lobbying the state who handed out concert and professional sports tickets, spa treatments, gourmet dinners and trips to a dozen countries, new state reports show.
The annual economic disclosure reports shed light on how state legislators can augment their annual $110,459 salaries with gifts that allow them to travel the world and eat at expensive restaurants, often in the company of corporate executives seeking to influence their decisions in the Legislature.
“The truth is the vast majority of gifts and trips are given because the gift givers want something in return,” said Rey Lopez-Calderon, executive director of California Common Cause, a government watchdog organization. “It's not just a question of the gift giver wanting something in return, but that the public could infer that even if it's not true. There is potential for the public's faith in government to be undermined.”
Former Special Ed Teacher Accused of Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting Boy, Starting When He Was 11
A former Michigan special education teacher allegedly sexually assaulted a boy for about three years, beginning when the boy was 11.
PEOPLE learns from online records that the January arrest of Heather Winfield, 38, followed an investigation that began in 2016, soon after the teacher resigned from her position at Thunder Bay Junior High School in Alpena after district officials first learned of the allegations.
Winfield has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child younger than 13 and single counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct during the commission of a felony, third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child aged 13 to 15, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child younger than 13, accosting a minor for immoral purposes, and using a computer to commit a crime.
Man Sues 3 White Women Who Accused Him Of Stalking, Being A Pedophile In 'Gardening While Black' Case
A Detroit man is planning to sue three white women who repeatedly called the cops on him and fabricated stories of stalking, threatening and even being a pedophile, all because he was working on constructing a community garden at a vacant playground in his community.
Marc Peeples, who is Black, and his attorney Robert Burton-Harris are accusing the women of making up increasingly alarming stories about him throughout 2017 and early 2018 as part of their ploy to “take control” of Hunt Park and have Peeples removed from the park where he was trying to build out an urban garden, the Detroit Metro Times reports.
The three women – Deborah Nash, Martha Callahan, and Jennifer Morris – all live near the park. The first began calling the police about Peeples, accusing him of “illegal gardening,” but when police declined to respond, they escalated their behavior.
At one point, they accused Peeples of threatening Nash with a gun in the park. In another incident, they accused him of being a part of a drive-by shooting. In one of the more horrifying cases, the women waited until Peeples was with children – who were working with him in the garden – and accused him of being a pedophile.