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'Christian' Foundation Is Huge Funder of Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups
The National Christian Foundation, the eighth-largest public charity in the U.S., has been funneling millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ hate groups, including the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council.
The donations, disclosed in the foundation’s tax filings, were reported today by Sludge, an investigative journalism site.
The foundation is a donor-advised fund. “Such funds offer individual accounts to their clients, allowing clients to get immediate tax breaks on donations to these accounts and to direct NCF to disperse the money to the nonprofits of their choice, mostly churches and other Christian nonprofits, at their own pace,” Sludge reports. “Clients donate through donor-advised funds anonymously, so even the Internal Revenue Service won’t know their identities.”
Its three most recent IRS filings — for 2015 through 2017 — show it dispersed $56.1 million in client funds to organizations designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to Sludge.
Disgusting church flyers claim Chicago candidate for mayor will give all the jobs to gay people
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.
Gay Star News
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'
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.
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.
This high school prom bans same-sex guests, even after a lawsuit about it
A high school is coming under fire for banning same-sex guests at their prom.
Students at Tremont Attendance Center, a public school in Tremont, Mississippi, were told to sign paperwork that bans same-sex guests to prom.
“Guests must be 10th grade-21 years old and of the opposite sex,” a liability release form says.
“This is a night set aside to honor and celebrate our Juniors and Seniors and will be treated as such,” the form says in the same paragraph, possibly as an explanation for the ban on same-sex guests.
Erdogan accuses women's march of disrespecting Islam
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused a women’s march in central Istanbul on Friday of disrespecting Islam by booing the Islamic call to prayer.
Several thousand women had gathered in central Istanbul on Friday evening for a march to celebrate International Women’s Day but police fired tear gas to disperse them.
In an election rally broadcast on television on Sunday, Erdogan showed a video taken during the protest, showing women chanting while a nearby mosque was reciting the call to prayer.
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
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
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.”
Arrests and unrest in Sacramento as Becerra also declines to file charges in Stephon Clark shooting
Sacramento police arrested 84 people Monday night, including journalists, during a protest over the district attorney’s decision not to charge two officers who in March 2018 shot Stephon Clark, a black man holding a cellphone.
Among those arrested for refusal to disperse were local clergy members who had worked with the city for nearly a year to prevent tense protests like those that overtook the city following the shooting. Those protests ended up closing a freeway and blocking access to an NBA game.
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.
Gay man who claims he was kicked out of an Uber for kissing his friend on the forehead is hit with a barrage of vile abuse online
A gay man who claims he was abruptly kicked out of an Uber due to his sexuality has revealed the 'disgusting and disgraceful' abuse he received after sharing his story.
The driver of the ride-share told Ryan Ottey to get out of his car mid-fare through Sydney on Sunday when he saw him kiss his friend on the forehead in the backseat.
Mr Ottey shared footage of the confrontation with the driver, who repeatedly said: 'Not in my car, I don't want to take you anymore.'
Now, he has revealed the extent of the abuse he has received from trolls online, many of which sided with the driver.
'Slate of Hate': Advocates decry 'anti-LGBTQ' bills introduced in Tennessee
A series of bills introduced in the Tennessee Legislature have LGBTQ activists outraged over what they have deemed a “slate of hate.”
Twelve separate bills — six companion bills each in the House and the Senate — have been introduced in the legislative session that began this year. Several of the bills were reintroduced after dying without being passed during the last legislative session, which ended in December.
One of the bills is familiar: the Tennessee Natural Marriage Act, which attempts to turn back the clock by banning gay marriage in the state. A fiscal impact assessment published Feb. 22 found that this bill could cost the state more than $9 billion in federal funding. An almost identical fiscal impact assessment was published two years ago when the bill was first introduced.
'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.