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Hate Endures in America, and With It Our Effort to Document the Damage
Since the start of 2019, in places across the United States, there have been no fewer than five killings in which victims’ race, ethnicity or national origin appears to have been a factor.
Arthur Martunovich allegedly walked into a Chinese restaurant in New York City in January and killed three men with a hammer. Police said he later explained his motive: “Chinese men are awful.”
On Feb. 23, José Muñoz, 25, was shot and killed in the lobby of an Olive Garden in Louisville, Kentucky. The suspect in the killing allegedly used racial slurs when a child in Muñoz’s party at the restaurant bumped into him twice. Muñoz’s family insists he was targeted because of his ethnicity as a Mexican immigrant.
On March 6, scores of mourners gathered on the campus of Indiana University to protest the killing of Mustafa Ayoubi, a 32-year-old graduate of the school.
He’d been shot and killed in February in Indianapolis, following a road rage incident. Witnesses told police the suspect yelled slurs about Islam and told Ayoubi to “go back to your country.”
Why far-right attackers aren’t charged as domestic terrorists
Fewer Americans Think LGBT People Face Discrimination
Over the past decade, the gay rights movement has had a lot to celebrate. Within a single generation, a politically divided country appeared to reach a consensus in support of same-sex marriage and acceptance of gay and lesbian people. Today, two-thirds of Americans support allowing gay and lesbian people to marry, nearly the mirror opposite of where things stood in 1996, the first year Gallup polled on the question.
But the rapid rise in support and the corresponding changes in American culture have led to a growing disconnect between public perceptions and the actual experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the U.S.
Perceptions of discrimination against gay and lesbian people have plummeted over the past few years, particularly among young people. Only 55 percent of Americans believe that gay and lesbian people face a lot of discrimination in the U.S., down from 68 percent in 2013. Among young adults, historically some of the strongest supporters of gay rights, perceptions of discrimination against gay and lesbian people dropped by 16 points. What’s more, a Pew Research Center study suggests that Americans surveyed by phone may be overstating the extent to which they believe gay and lesbian people face discrimination. A 2014 report found that Americans were 14 points less likely to say gays and lesbians experience a lot of discrimination when responding to an online survey than when a pollster called them.
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“Stand up for equality”: Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds calls on religious leaders to condemn conversion therapy
Google resists pressure to pull LGBT
Christian mother under fire for saying being gay is a 'choice' on live TV
Boxer Adrien Broner threatens to 'shoot gay people in the face' on Instagram
Top Tennessee Dem Sorry for Telling LGBTQ People Not to Run for Office
West Va. Pol: Drown Gay Kids? No, I Was Quoting Mel Gibson Movie
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.
Straight dudes confess the gayest things they’ve done in private
A new Reddit thread asks hetero guys the question many of us are dying to know: “As a straight guy, what’s the gayest thing you’ve done?”
The thread was posted just yesterday and has already garnered over 7,000 responses.
“I’m a professional body piercer,” one guy writes. “I touch other dudes’ dicks all the time.”
LGBTQ adults are younger, poorer than general U.S. population, study finds
An estimated 4.5 percent of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and they tend to be younger and poorer than the population at large, according to an analysis of polling data released on Tuesday.
The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law examined previously released results from the Gallup Daily Tracking survey and went deeper into the data, enabling a more detailed demographic picture of the adult U.S. LGBTQ population of roughly 11.3 million people.
The institute found Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of LGBTQ people at 9.8 percent and North Dakota had the lowest at 2.7 percent.
More than a third of millennials share Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's worry about having kids while the threat of climate change looms
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last week when she suggested that some young Americans are concerned about having children because of the threat that climate change could pose to future generations.
"Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don't turn this ship around ... there's scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult," Ocasio-Cortez said on Instagram Live. "And even if you don't have kids, there are still children here in the world, and we have a moral obligation to leave a better world for them."
The 29-year-old New York progressive went on to say young people are grappling with the question: "Is it OK to still have children?"
Salacious new book says homosexuality is rampant at the Vatican
Early in his salacious new book about homosexuality in the Vatican, the French journalist Frederic Martel asks a source to estimate the number of Vatican clergy who are "part of this community, all tendencies included."
"I think the percentage is very high," says the source, identified as an Italian journalist who left the Vatican and the priesthood after he was discovered viewing gay sex websites on his Vatican computer. "I'd put it around 80%."
That estimate from Martel's book, which is scheduled to be published on February 21 in eight languages and 20 countries, has already made international headlines.
West Virginia lawmaker compares LGBTQ community to the KKK
In 20 years we'll look back on the rush to change our children's sex as one of the darkest chapters in medicine, says psychotherapist BOB WITHERS
Let me be absolutely clear: I am in no doubt there are people who feel they are one gender while having the body of the other.
Living with such constant, internal conflict is horrifying for many of those affected, and it should never be ignored.
No one should seek to suppress another person’s genuinely held sexual orientation or gender identity.
But the question we must ask ourselves today is this – how do we decide whose needs are genuine? And how, then, should we treat them?
7 shot at California nightclub during Halloween event dubbed 'The Purge'
Seven people were shot late Sunday evening at nightclub in Southern California, officials said.
The Riverside Police Department received a call around 12:04 a.m. and responded to reports of a shooting inside and outside of Sevilla Nightclub.
Online flyers show the Sevilla Nightclub had advertised a Halloween event called, “The Purge," seemingly in reference to the name of the horror film.
Doctors release new recommendations to reduce gun violence
A North Carolina High School Did Not Dismiss Class After a Student Was Fatally Shot on Campus. Here's Why
Teen's Personal Essay Leads to Man's Conviction for Raping 3 Sisters
A high school senior applying for an award was asked to write an essay about a problem she had to overcome. She wrote about being raped as a pre-teen — triggering an investigation that led to an Ohio man’s conviction for raping her and her two sisters.
On Friday, Anthony Knight, 43, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of rape, Sandusky County Prosecutor Timothy Braun confirms to PEOPLE.
Teacher Accused of Drunken Sex with Her Students Allegedly Told Police, ‘I Can’t Remember Anything’
Banning spanking and other corporal punishment tied to less youth violence
Youth around the world are less violent where corporal punishment is banned, according to an analysis of data from 88 countries, territories and protectorate states published Monday in the health journal BMJ.
"Societies that have these bans in place appear to be safer places for kids to grow up in," said lead study author Frank Elgar, an associate professor in the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal.
Pediatrician Dr. Robert Sege, who was not involved in the new research, said the "results are actually quite validating." Sege is a professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine that has served on the child abuse, injury and violence committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Here are all the things straight dudes shouldn’t do if they don’t want to appear gay
Damon Young over at The Root has created a handy list of all the things straight men should not do if they don’t want to be mistaken for a homosexual, including eating lollipops, riding bikes, keeping a regular skincare regimen, and getting prostate exams.
Now before you get all worked up, you should know he’s been totally ironic.
The video was inspired by comments rapper Wiz Khalifa made earlier this year about why straight men shouldn’t eat bananas in public because people might get the wrong idea about your sexuality.
Adolf Hitler was bisexual, according to a declassified 1942 intelligence profile
A declassified profile of Adolf Hitler said that he was “both homosexual and hetero-sexual.”
The document, compiled by the Office of Strategic Services in 1942, is a long profile of the personal life of the Nazi dictator. The 70-page document was declassified in 2000, but the British tabloid Daily Star just reported on the references to Hitler’s sexuality in it.
Calling Adolf Hitler ‘bisexual’ as slander against LGBTQ people
Political correctness is widely unpopular with Americans of all ages and races, a study finds
Most Americans dislike the culture of political correctness despite pervasive stereotypes based on age and race and the general understanding of deeply decided society, a new study has found.
A report published Wednesday by More in Common, an organization looking to reduce polarization and social division in communities, found that 80% of the US public believe that political correctness is a problem.
It found that even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74% of people aged 24-29 and 79% percent of those under 24 — meaning those who don't see it as a problem are in the minority across all ages.
And it found that a majority of people of all races dislike political correctness.
The Forgotten Struggle Over Gender and Bigotry in Christianity
On a warm, June Sunday in St. Louis I wandered with an old friend through the church where, earlier that morning, my children had been baptized. We came to the baptismal font, around which our family had gathered for the ceremony during the regular Sunday service. It was about four feet high, just low enough for my daughter to reach up and fiddle her fingers in the water and watch the droplets dribble back into its shallow pool. My friend, who had grown up in a secular upper-class home in Tito’s Yugoslavia, had little knowledge of fonts and baptism and the goings-on that morning. So he asked, what does it mean, baptism?
The question gave me pause. When you baptize a baby, it is a kind of naming ceremony, like those found in many societies. When you are baptized, like I was, on the eve of puberty, it is a coming-of-age ceremony, a rite de passage—again, a common practice across cultures. Sometimes, though rarely, an adult is baptized. Then it signals a religious conversion, the culmination of a profound personal transformation. I rambled. “But what do you think it means?” he asked. It was a fair question. I had just seen my own children baptized.
“It means,” I said, “you’re a child of God.”
“So you’re saved?” No. That’s not what I meant. That is what most people assume it means. That is what most people think the Christian religion is all about: salvation. But that is not really it. Earlier that morning the minister had used words from an ancient, nearly forgotten credo once associated with baptism. “You are children of God,” she said. “There is no Jew or Greek, no slave or free, no male and female.” The words were from a letter of Paul the Apostle, who had taken them, in turn, from an ancient baptismal creed he had come to know through the Jesus movement. That is what it’s about—being a child of God. Ethnicity (no Jew or Greek), class (no slave or free), and gender (no male and female) count neither for you nor against you. We are all children of God. He was skeptical. An early Christian creed about race, class, and gender? Unbelievable.