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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
Actress Dropped From The Color Purple After Anti-LGBTQ Post Surfaces
The actress set to take the lead in a production of The Color Purple has been dropped after old comments in which she took an anti-LGBTQ stance resurfaced.
Hamilton actor Aaron Lee Lambert blasted Seyi Omooba on Twitter last week, sharing a Facebook post she wrote in 2014.
“I do not believe you can be born gay, and i do not believe homosexuality is right, though the law of this land has made it legal doesn’t mean its right,” she wrote.
San Antonio Says Cluck You to Anti-LGBTQ Chick-fil-A
'Horrible attack': Catholic priest stabbed during live-streamed church service in Canada as stunned parishioners look on
A Catholic priest was stabbed while celebrating Mass in Montreal Friday morning as stunned parishioners looked on, according to officials and video footage.
The horrifying incident, which authorities said was not terror-related, unfolded just before 9 a.m. at the historic St. Joseph's Oratory, leaving Father Claude Grou, 77, with lacerations to his upper body., according to Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to the Montreal Diocese.
This man has been harassing his gay & lesbian neighbors for years. Now he’s being held accountable.
A San Francisco man accused of violently harassing at least three gay and lesbian people is facing several charges – including hate crimes charges – in court.
Benjamin Waters, 58, has been accused multiple times of shouting anti-gay slurs at neighbors and even attacking them.
He is now facing charges of battery, vandalism under $400, multiple counts of violating a restraining order, illegally possessing a firearm, and hate crimes enhancements.
Simply 9 brilliant responses to parents complaining about LGBT lessons in schools
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
Houston drag queen story time organizers quit after death threats from Loving Christians™
The organizers of Houston’s Drag Queen Story Time project are calling it quits after intimidation and death threats by conservative Christians and nonstop harassment by a religious right leader. Earlier this year, an armed man burst into a Houston library and was arrested after he refused to leave.
Directors Trent Lira and Devin Will wrote a piece for Houstonian that describes the hell they’ve been going through since a local news report spotlighted the children’s reading initiative and why they’ve decided to “step aside.”
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'
Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to punish doctors for providing health care to trans people
An new bill in Illinois bill would punish doctors for providing transgender youth with any transition-related health care.
Rep. Tom Morrison’s (R) bill, the Youth Health Prevention Act, would prevent doctors from giving hormone prescriptions, providing transition-related surgeries, or even referring trans youth to another doctor for transition-related health care. If a doctor does, it’ll be considered “unprofessional conduct” subject to discipline, and they could have their license suspended or revoked.
My Escape From The Evangelical Cult In Which I Was Raised Began At The Library
In 1997 when I was 16, sexual purity and abstinence-only culture was all I had ever known. I was the girl in the oversized jumper dress that hid my figure and my legs. I wore a silver purity ring on my right hand and a hunter green "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelet on my wrist. I didn’t use makeup or tampons. I didn’t kiss, hold hands, or date. I definitely never looked at my naked body if I could avoid it. I stood out in all the wrong ways, but this was my normal. And all of my homeschool friends were just like me.
In my evangelical cult, a woman’s path in life was clear: Get married, have children but not a career, keep quiet, be modest, and obey your husband. A man needed to make money and be in charge, and meanwhile, his wife would provide him with sex and care for his children. When a teen rebelled against their parents or a wife left her husband, it was commonly spoken of as a form of demon possession, and we prayed that the person under satanic oppression would be released. Spanking children as young 18 months old was encouraged, and strict discipline was expected. In fact, one pastor gave a seminar about which spanking methods and everyday household items produced the best obedience in children and teens. Ritualistic beatings were coded as loving discipline.
United Methodist Church investigating voting irregularities at summit that bolstered LGBT bans
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’
Donald Trump Not Immune From 'Apprentice' Star's Defamation Lawsuit, NY Appeals Court Rules
According to today's opinion, Trump's contention that he doesn't have to face Summer Zervos' lawsuit while in office conflicts with the fundamental principle that the United States has a "government of laws and not of men."
In a lengthy decision of great significance, a New York appeals court has affirmed a decision that President Donald Trump must face a defamation lawsuit brought by season-five Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos.
The dispute arose after audio was published of Trump boasting to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about grabbing women's genitals. As Trump was under fire for his comments, Zervos came forward to accuse him of kissing her twice in 2007 and attacking her in a hotel room. "I never met her at a hotel," responded Trump, who would also counter allegations from his accusers as "100 percent fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton campaign."
Zervos alleged in her lawsuit that she was branded a liar.
Protest over racist private school video ends in student victory
A four-day sit-in by angry students at the tony Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale ended Thursday after administrators finally complied with a long list of demands, an organizer told The Post.
Without access to showers or beds, nearly 100 kids spent three nights inside a school building to protest administrative apathy towards racial issues at the famously liberal institution.
The action was launched after the emergence of a video last month that depicted several apparently intoxicated Fieldston students using the phrase “crack n—-” at an off campus gathering.
Ex-NFL Star Sexually Abused as Teen Speaks Out After Michael Jackson Documentary: 'I Felt Complicit'
Al Chesley was 13 when he says a neighborhood police officer began to sexually assault him.
Compelled by his abuser to keep the acts — and his shame — a secret, “I felt complicit,” Chesley tells PEOPLE after watching the HBO documentary Leaving Neverlandthis link opens in a new tab. After the documentary, Chesley joined other survivors for an Oprah Winfrey special, After Neverland, which explored child sexual assault allegations against pop icon Michael Jackson with accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck and the documentary’s director, Dan Reed.
The film has pushed through a barrier to propel the wider conversation into the open. “For too long the topics of male sexual assault and abuse have been considered socially taboo,” says Matthew Ennis, president of the advocacy and support nonprofit 1in6this link opens in a new tab, named for the estimated percentage of men who experience sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Rosie O'Donnell Reveals She Was Sexually Abused by Her Father as a Child: 'It Started Very Young'
Child Sexual Abuse Allegations Are About More Than Your Heroes
Samuel L. Jackson Doesn't ‘Give A Fuck’ If You Stop Watching His Movies Due To His Politics
Samuel L. Jackson does not care what you think of him. And he drove home that point in a recent interview.
“I know how many motherfuckers hate me,” he told Esquire. ‘I’m never going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.’ Fuck I care?”
“If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose anymore. I already cashed that check. Fuck you,“ he added. ”Burn my videotapes. I don’t give a fuck. ‘You’re an actor. Stick to acting.’ ‘No, mother fucker. I’m a human being that feels a certain way.’“