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Teen with lesbian moms forced to listen to anti-LGBTQ “sermons” before school basketball practice
In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, two mothers in Tennessee allege that their son’s middle school basketball coach forced kids to attend his sermons in order to stay on the team.
The lawsuit, filed by the mothers who identified themselves only as “K.K.” and “K.K.,” says that their son signed up for the school’s basketball team, but no one told him that he would have to participate in any religious instruction to be on the team.
But Coach Chuck Comer then allegedly told the students that participating in a “Teens for Christ” program was a requirement for the team. Specifically, students had to show up 30 minutes before practice in the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays to listen to Comer “read from and interpret the Bible for approximately 30 minutes.”
Even worse, the son went to one of the sermons, which was allegedly about LGBTQ people and “sin.” The teen was forced to endure “harassment on the basis of his parents’ sexual orientation” to be on the team, the lawsuit states.
Backlash against LGBT+ rights sees hate and neo-Nazis rise across Europe
Anti-LGBT+ hate speech and physical attacks are rising across Europe – including in Spain, Finland and the UK.
That’s according to international LGBT+ rights organisation ILGA-Europe as they publish their annual report today.
In particular they highlight a rise in the number of neo-Nazis on the fringe of Pride events. And they point to Chechnya where LGBT+ people were again detained without trial in concentration camps. They also say hate attacks against LGBT+ people have risen in Britain since Brexit.
Evelyne Paradis, executive director of ILGA-Europe, said the report dispelled the myth that the community was only making progress.
She said: ‘It is not all bad news. The issue of bodily integrity for intersex people continues to gain more prominence on the political agenda of governments and institutions.
‘2019 was a year of positive developments for rainbow families in the region, with an expansion of family rights in a few countries. And important advancements continue to be made on reforming or establishing legal gender recognition procedures, even if in many countries progress is slowing down.
‘However, the lived reality of LGBTI people in many parts of Europe and Central Asia is increasingly difficult and for a large part remains invisible, even to organisations like ILGA-Europe. Action is needed.’
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George Michael’s Ex Arrested for Allegedly Smashing Up the Late Singer’s Mansion
“Police were called to the North London mansion after neighbours reportedly saw Fawaz, 46, standing topless on the roof. According to The Sun loud smashing noises could be heard inside the building and water was seen gushing out of the front door.”
According to police a man had been seen on the roof of the mansion but was not there when police arrived. Fawaz was later arrested on suspicion of aggravated criminal damage.
Trans woman attacked 3 strangers with an axe after being shamed by her date
CONNECTICUT WOMAN ATTACKS PREGNANT MCDONALD'S WORKER OVER 'MESSED UP' ORDER, TRIES TO MAKE HER OWN MCCHICKEN SANDWICH
A Connecticut woman is accused of attacking a pregnant McDonald's worker and yelling that she hopes she loses her baby after becoming irate at staff for getting her order of McChicken wrong.
Day care worker caught on video abusing toddlers
Sephora to shut U.S. stores for day of diversity training after racial incident
LVMH’s Sephora beauty chain said it will close all its U.S. stores, distribution centers and corporate offices on Wednesday to conduct diversity training for employees, a move that follows a racial incident involving a Grammy-nominated singer.
Americans who suffer abuse because of their skin colour 'show higher levels of inflammation which could lead to cancer, heart disease or dementia'
Restaurant Uses N-Word On Customer’s Receipt, Says He Spelled Name Out That Way
Georgia Dad Outraged After He Says School Bus Driver Left His 5-Year-Old Daughter Behind 3 Times
Officials at a Georgia elementary school are apologizing to a concerned father after he said that his 5-year-old daughter had been left behind by school bus drivers three times.
Video footage showed Tristan King confronting staff at Norton Elementary school in Snellville after learning that the school bus driver had driven off without his young daughter yet again. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitutionthis link opens in a new tab that his fourth-grade son called him in a panic with the news.
“He called us screaming that his sister wasn’t on the bus and they wouldn’t wait for her or let him off to find her,” King told the publication.
Angry dad brings loaded AK-47 to Florida school because son called crying, police say
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.
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?"
A teacher told the school that a boy is gay & that his girlfriend is ‘cover’
A father in San Antonio is exploring his legal options after a teacher allegedly said that his son is gay and that his girlfriend is “a cover.”
The father, whose wished to remain anonymous to protect his privacy, said that that led to bullying.
#MeToo firestorm consumes Bollywood and Indian media
India's #MeToo movement arrived in a cascade of allegations as women took to Twitter to call out comedians, journalists, authors, actors and filmmakers - in the process, they have sparked a debate about consent and complicity.
Unlike its American counterpart, it has not been spurred by investigative journalism. Rather, it has been a spontaneous outpouring in the last few days, amplified by journalists themselves. And it has hit Indian media the hardest.
Veteran actor Alok Nath is the latest to be named for an alleged sexual assault nearly 20 years ago. His accuser, the director of a television show starring Nath, recounted the alleged incident in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
MICHAEL BUBLE: "SOCIAL MEDIA IS FOR NARCISSISTS"
I May Even Quit Show Biz
Michael Buble has just revealed how devastating his son's cancer diagnosis was ... it has fundamentally altered his life to the point he may quit showbiz.
Michael told the Daily Mail his upcoming album, "Love", may be the last one he ever records. According to the article, he says, "I'm retiring from the business. I've made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top."
This Has All Been an Infuriating Sham
To seasoned political watchers and people who have spent the last two years gradually becoming more depressed and hopeless—the Venn diagram of those two things really ought be a circle—this news may come as no surprise, but it is galling nonetheless. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and old, old man, confirmed this morning that he does not think the pathetic farce of an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh revealed anything new and thus will be voting to confirm him.
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Jane Fonda: ‘We should shut down the country’ if Trump fires Mueller
AT age 80, Jane Fonda is more fired up than ever — and was agitating on the Upper East Side this week.
“[If Donald Trump] fires Mueller?” she asked at a 92Y panel talk.
“We have to get in the streets — nobody should work. We should shut down the country. Shut it down!”
Culture, Not PrEP, Linked with Nationwide Rise of STIs in Gay/Bi Men
A new study from UCLA's Williams Institute may have found a new reason why STI's are on the rise among gay and bisexual men in the United States.
While some hypothesized that the STI rise could be linked to the use of PrEP, the drug for preventive HIV treatment, the report shows that's not the case.
"Our data don’t support the idea that we can attribute the rise in STIs to PrEP use, at least not in a direct manner. I personally don’t think that’s what’s happening," Professor Phillip Hammack, the study’s lead author, told Los Angeles Blade. Hammack believes there is a “culture shift about sex.”
These Are the Trans People Killed in 2018
Transgender Americans are facing an epidemic of violence. Twenty-seven trans people, mostly women of color, were murdered in the U.S. in 2017, tying it with 2016 as the deadliest year on record. Of course, the number of victims in any given year is likely much higher, given that some are misgendered by police or media, and some homicides not reported at all.
As of mid-September 2018, 21 homicides of trans Americans have been reported.