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This Community Is Tearing Itself Apart Over Non-Christians Owning
For over a century the “Chautauqua on Lake Michigan,” perched on a hillside overlooking a particularly scenic expanse of coastline, has served as a local cultural center and sacred retreat for families like Sheaffer’s, who mostly have been visiting for generations. But for the past decade idyllic, serene Bay View has been embroiled in a bitter internal conflict that’s sharply divided the tight-knit community and—because of its echoes of the ugly housing discrimination fights of past decades—resonated far beyond, tapping a nerve in the country’s culture wars and the broader debate about the role of religion in American life. The core of this dispute is that while anyone is welcome to visit Bay View or participate in its events—and many outsiders do—for decades only Christians have been allowed to actually own cottages and act as voting community members. In early August, after years of escalating tension, members voted to finally amend the bylaws to allow non-Christians to own property, but the dispute remains ongoing. A group of plaintiffs, arguing the new provisions still amount to religious discrimination, are forging ahead with a federal lawsuit against the Bay View Association.
White supremacist, anti-immigrant posters pop up in Queens
As New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer headed out for a jog in Queens last Sunday, something out of the ordinary quickly caught his eye: an anti-immigrant poster geared toward anyone who might be sympathetic to white nationalist messaging.
The text wasn’t subtle. Addressed to “all citizens of the United States of America,” it read: “It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They have broken the law.” There, underneath the text, was a phone number for ICE. “Have a nice day,” the poster closed.
White New York City Teacher Who Stepped On Black Students' Backs During Slavery Lessons Wants To Sue Over Reverse Racism
In peak Caucasity, a white Bronx social studies teacher who is facing being fired after stepping on Black students’ backs during a lesson on slavery, is now claiming that she is the real victim of racism (literally, reverse racism) and intends to file a lawsuit, which her lawyer says could be worth up to $1 billion.
According to the New York Daily News, the issue started back in February at Middle School 118, when Patricia Cummings picked out black students, told them to lie on the floor and stepped on their backs to show them what it felt like during a lesson on U.S. slavery, per the reports of multiple students and one staffer.
Now, Cummings has filed a notice of claim, filed in anticipation of a lawsuit, claiming that she is the real victim here of reverse discrimination, defamation, negligence and a litany of other claims.
TEXAS FATHER, SON CAUGHT ON VIDEO SHOOTING THEIR NEIGHBOR TO DEATH FOLLOWING DISPUTE OVER TRASH
video released Wednesday appears to show the graphic shooting death of a Texas man by his two neighbors. The video shows the three men arguing over trash before a man and his son fire their guns.
Johnnie Dee Allen Miller, 67, and his son, 31-year-old Michael Theodore Miller, were charged with first-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Aaron Howard. A Sept. 1 argument over garbage between the three men ended with the Millers opening fire on Howard.
Police: Temporary employee shoots 7, kills 4, including self, at Maryland Rite Aid warehouse
Cop to 11-year-old girl he Tased: “This is why there’s no grocery stores in the black community”
A Cincinnati police officer has been placed on desk duty after Tasing an 11-year-old girl for alleged shoplifting and telling her “this is why there’s no grocery stores in the black community.”
Officer Kevin Brown, who is black, was investigating “several juvenile females allegedly stealing items” from a Kroger grocery store in early August when he approached the girl in the store. She reportedly ignored him and “continued to walk away, ignoring several commands to stop.”
That’s when the officer Tased the girl in the back and told her: “You know, sweetheart, this is why there’s no grocery stores in the black community.”
A man put up an electric fence near a school bus stop to keep kids off his lawn
A Virginia man took "you kids get off of my lawn" to new levels by putting up an electric fence near a spot where students wait for the school bus.
Bryan Tucker said he erected the fence Tuesday because he had trouble last year with kids trespassing and littering on his property.
"They don't respect other peoples' land," Tucker told CNN affiliate WTVR. "I pick up trash every day."
He said the "No Trespassing" signs he has posted on his property for years haven't helped.
Catholic Church urges Cuba to reject same-sex marriage legalization
Cuba’s Catholic Church has urged the country’s citizens to reject the legalizing same-sex marriage.
The church said the notion of same-sex marriage in Cuba was due to ‘ideological colonialism’ being imposed by richer countries.
Santiago de Cuba archbishop Dionisio Garcia called on Cubans not to ‘ignore what nature has given us’ for fear of ‘regrettable consequences,’ AFP reports.
The church’s message is addressing Cuba’s upcoming referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
In July, the country’s National Assembly paved the way for a number of changes to be made to the constitution, including allowing marriage equality.
The current definition of marriage in Cuba is the ‘voluntary union between a man and woman;’ the proposed changes would make this ‘the consensual union of two people, regardless of gender.’
Gay Star News
Pride Posters Defaced at Amazon Headquarters
Around 10 employee-designed posters in the elevators at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle were defaced over the past two months, leaving employees uncomfortable with both the incident and the company's reaction.
According to internal emails seen by CNBC, the posters were designed to encourage inclusivity. An unknown culprit crossed out the "T" in "LGBT," or simply wrote "Why?" over the Pride message.
In response, Amazon replaced the posters and included the message, "Posters are company property. Defacing posters is a violation of Amazon's policy."
That was not good enough for a number of employees, as depicted by over 100 responses in an internal email thread last week. Many felt that that Amazon did not effectively stand up for LGBTQ employees.
"The proper response to widespread pride poster defacement is not only a policy that prohibits defacement, but also a massive and overwhelming show of support for pride in many forms," one email read.
Lesbians Harassed by Antigay Neighbors Paint House Rainbow
Meet the lesbian couple changing the Palm Springs gay landscape
Adults threatened to mutilate this 12-year-old trans girl. Now she’s speaking out.
Gay men are turning to Grindr chats for mental health support
As funding for mental health care is declining, many are finding new ways to get the support they need. One such avenue is Grindr, the gay hookup app.
Funding has not kept pace with health care needs: while LGBTQ people face a higher incidence of mental health issues, including attempted suicide, health care options remain limited. Attacks of the Affordable Care Act will likely only weaken opens in the United States.
On top of that, many in the LGBTQ community may not feel comfortable coming out, even to a health care professional, for fear of ill-treatment or due to unresolved feelings of shame or guilt.
Mom Investigated by Cops, Children's Services for Letting 8-Year-Old Walk Dog Alone
It was a walk to remember — or forget.
Earlier this month, 8-year-old Dorothy Widen took her family dog Marshmallow for a walk around the block near her family’s suburban Chicago home. When she returned, there was a knock on the door — but instead of her expected playmate, it was the local cops, according to the Chicago Tribune.
As it turns out, a neighbor had called authorities after seeing Dorothy alone with the dog, stating the child was less than 5 years old and had been outside and unattended for 90 minutes, NBC 5 reports.
“For something like this to happen to me, there’s something really wrong,” Widen, 48, who home-schools her daughter, told the Tribune. “She was gone for five minutes. I was in the backyard and I could see her through the yard.”
These two gay Kenyan runners hope to bring ‘gay games’ back with them
Kevin Mwachiro was overcome with emotion hours before the Gay Games Opening Ceremony. Walking into the registration hall, he and his fellow Kenyan runner, Kelvin Washiko, came upon a wall created by Paris 2018 organizers that listed the names of every single Gay Games athlete competing in Paris this week.
Mwachiro had overcome much to reach the Gay Games. A battle with cancer. Unwelcoming attitudes from the Nairobi government. A sports world in Kenya he never felt he could be a part of.
When he found his name on that wall, along with the other 10,000 Gay Games 2018 competitors, tears welled in his eyes.
“I had now became part of a sporting community,” he said.
Why Is It Still OK To 'Trash' Poor White People?
You can get away with calling something "white trash" in polite company, on cable television and in the headline of a magazine article. An article in The New Republic once posed the question of whether President Trump might be "a white trash icon." For some reason, the term manages to come across as less offensive than most other racial slurs.
Yet "white trash" could be called the Swiss army knife of insults. It's deft in its ability to demean multiple groups at once: white people and people of color, poor people and people who "act" like poor people, rural folks and religious folks, and anyone without a college degree.
So why does "white trash" still get thrown around without much pushback?
Republicans want to ban rainbow flags flying at US embassies
Republicans introduced a bill banning any flag or emblem from flying at United States embassies other than the American flag. This includes flags like the rainbow one for pride.
Rep. Jeff Duncan of the House Republicans led the introduction of the bill.
He introduced the Old Glory Only Act on Thursday (19 July) and by Friday, 26 other Republicans signed on to it.
While the bill bans all flags and emblems, not just the rainbow flag, it does come after various embassies raising the rainbow as a sign of LGBTI solidarity.
Gay Star News
Outrage after 200 leading rabbis in Israel call gays ‘perverts’
These Cities Are Beginning to Treat Violent Crime as a Public Health Issue
Humans engage in a wide array of risky behaviors that can lead to serious health problems: smoking, overeating, sex without protection. It has long been the accepted wisdom that doctors should encourage patients to change their behavior—give up smoking, go on a diet, use a condom—rather than wait to treat the emphysema, obesity-related heart attacks, or HIV that could be the result. Yet when it comes to violence, the discussion is often underpinned by an assumption that this is an innate and immutable behavior and that people engaging in it are beyond redemption. More often than not, solutions have been sought in the criminal justice system—through tougher sentencing, or increasing stop-and-search (despite substantial evidence that it is ineffective in reducing crime). Is enforcement the wrong tactic altogether?
The first video showed an officer restraining a child. The second one told a more complicated story.
13-Year-Old Boy Charged with Assault for Blowing McDonald's French Fry Out of Straw
NYPD files formal departmental charges against officers in Eric Garner case
Florida Gunman Who Killed Father of Three in Parking Space Dispute Won’t Be Arrested
Obama: ‘Men Have Been Getting On My Nerves Lately’
At a town hall meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama called on women to take more positions of power.