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CHINA HAS CREATED A RACIST A.I. TO TRACK MUSLIMS
The Chinese government is using facial-recognition software to “track and control” a predominantly Muslim minority group, according to a disturbing new report from The New York Times. The Chinese government has reportedly integrated artificial intelligence into its security cameras to identify the Uighurs and appears to be using the information to monitor the persecuted group. The report, based on the accounts of whistleblowers familiar with the systems and a review of databases used by the government and law enforcement, suggests the authoritarian country has opened up a new frontier in the use of A.I. for racist social control—and raises the discomfiting possibility that other governments could adopt similar practices.
Two people familiar with the matter told the Times that police in the Chinese city of Sanmenxia screened whether residents were Uighurs 500,000 times in a single month. Documents provided to the paper reportedly show demand for the technology is ballooning: more than 20 departments in 16 provinces sought access to the camera system, in one case writing that it “should support facial recognition to identify Uighur/non-Uighur attributes.” This, experts say, is more than enough to raise red flags. “I don’t think it’s overblown to treat this as an existential threat to democracy,” Jonathan Frankle, an A.I. researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the Times. “Once a country adopts a model in this heavy authoritarian mode, it’s using data to enforce thought and rules in a much more deep-seated fashion than might have been achievable 70 years ago in the Soviet Union. To that extent, this is an urgent crisis we are slowly sleepwalking our way into.”
Stars Help L.A. LGBT Center Open Campus for Youth and Seniors
The Los Angeles LGBT Center Sunday opened the first phase of its Anita May Rosenstein Campus, a two-acre complex in Hollywood designed to serve LGBTQ youth and seniors, making it the world’s first intergenerational LGBTQ facility.
The opening was celebrated with a six-hour block party featuring celebrities including Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with guided tours and musical performances by Betty Who, VINCINT, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and Alexandra Billings.
The campus includes 100 beds for homeless youth, a new Senior Community Center, a Youth Drop-In Center, and the Ariadne Getty Foundation Youth Academy. It will also house the organization’s headquarters, being relocated from the McDonald/Wright Building, which will be transformed entirely into a health center. The second phase of the campus, scheduled to open in mid-2020, will have 99 units of affordable housing for seniors and 25 supportive housing apartments for youth.
Taylor Swift made a major donation to an LGBTQ group to fight Tennessee’s ‘slate of hate’ laws
Attorney General will investigate hostile work environment & issues LGBTQ nondiscrimination order
Hate Crimes Spiked 226% in Counties Where Trump Held Rallies
Counties where Donald Trump held rallies leading up to the 2016 presidential election saw a huge increase in hate crimes, according to a new analysis.
“We found that counties that had hosted a 2016 Trump campaign rally saw a 226 percent increase in reported hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally,” researchers Ayal Feinberg, Regina Branton, and Valerie Martinez-Ebers wrote in The Washington Post. Feinberg is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at University of North Texas, and Branton and Martinez-Ebers are professors there.
Wisconsin gay couple may be evicted from home for flying rainbow flag
A Liberal Jewish Seminary Says It Will No Longer Ordain Gay Student
A Trump supporter allegedly used gay slurs before attacking a man with a sword outside a roller rink
Tennessee Republicans pass bill to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples
The Texas senate just approved a bill that would allow doctors to refuse LGBTQ patients
Homosexuality and Adultery Are Now Punishable With Death by Stoning in Brunei. Here's What to Know
Utah just upgraded their ‘worthless’ hate crimes law, while Indiana passed a worthless one
A second counselor at this Indiana Catholic school will lose her job over same-sex marriage
A second guidance counselor at an Indiana Catholic school has been told she will lose her job because she is in a same-sex marriage.
A lawyer for Lynn Starkey, co-director of guidance at Roncalli High School, says school officials told her that her contract will not be renewed for the 2019-2020 school year.
"Starkey’s 39 years of exemplary employment, including teacher of the year recognition in 2009, will end because she is in a same-sex marriage and because she filed discrimination complaints," attorney Kathleen DeLaney said Monday in an emailed statement.
Delaney said she will amend a discrimination charge Starkey filed in November with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to include the fact that Starkey is losing her job.
Transgender man claims Catholic hospital refused to perform a hysterectomy on him. Now, he’s suing.
A transgender man has filed a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital for refusing to perform a hysterectomy on him for religious reasons, Newsweek reported.
The lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union claims that St. Joseph Hospital in California discriminated against Oliver Knight because he is transgender.
"The refusal of St. Joseph to allow a doctor to perform a medically necessary procedure because the patient is transgender is discriminatory," Jessica Riggin, a lawyer who is representing Knight, said in a statement. "This is a hospital that is open to the general public so even though it's religiously affiliated, it's illegal for them to turn away someone based on gender identity. Everyone should be able to get the care they need."
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.
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.
'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.
CBP facing lawsuit after border agent detains women for speaking Spanish
Two women who were detained by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent for speaking Spanish at a grocery store in Montana are suing the agency.
Mimi Hernandez and Ana Suda filed the lawsuit on Thursday with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after May’s incident, which was recorded and went viral.
In the footage, CBP agent Paul O’Neal can be heard telling the women — both American citizens — “I saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here.”
O’Neal also says the women are being detained because of “speaking Spanish in the store, in a state where it’s predominantly English-speaking.”
Transgender woman sues N.J. restaurant claiming unlawful termination
A transgender woman filed a lawsuit last week against a New Jersey restaurant claiming she was unlawfully fired due to her gender identity.
Crystal Aiello worked at Sicilian Sun in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., for just one day in September before the owner of the Italian restaurant, Jim Boggio, informed her she was being terminated.
"Boggio called plaintiff and left a message stating, 'Other servers did not feel like you were a good fit,' and that she did not need to return to the restaurant," the lawsuit states. "Boggio fired the plaintiff solely because at least one member of staff was uncomfortable working with a transgender woman."
Trans man kicked out of London gay sauna for not having a penis
A London gay sauna kicked out a trans man for not having a penis.
26-year-old Jason Smith (not his real name) identifies as bisexual and says he’s a ‘very passable trans man’.
He decided to go to the Sailors Sauna in Limehouse in London’s East on Monday night (29 October) with a friend.
The transgender man was a little unsure about going to the sex-on-premises venue so he checked their website beforehand for any trans-specific policies.
Gay Star News
UK man jailed for homophobic bus attack on gay teenager
Wendy's customer left outraged after he received a receipt with 'Chubby' written on it instead of his name as the entire restaurant erupted with laughter when it was called out
A North Carolina man was shocked when he went to his local Wendy’s to order a sandwich for his fiancée and himself and found his receipt said 'Chubby' in place of his name.
Arizona Shelter Shut in Latest Case of Migrant Child Abuse
Staff members at a Phoenix-area shelter for unaccompanied migrant children physically abused three children, leading to the closure of the shelter, federal officials said. It was the latest in a series of incidents of alleged abuse involving staff members at shelters and children.
Southwest Key’s Hacienda del Sol shelter was shut down last Friday, but federal officials did not reveal the reason behind the closure until Tuesday.
The Texas-based federal contractor has fired the staffers involved in the Sept. 18 incident, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
British paedophile who set up advice line for child molesters is sued for damages by five Filipinos who say he abused them in first legal case of its kind
Weeks-Old Baby Dies After Being Stolen by Abusive Dad, Who Took Him After Mom Fled Relationship
Horrific Video of ‘Gay’ Teen Boy Murdered in the Street Sends Shock Waves, Grief Over Social Media
A horrific video of a teen boy dying in the streets of Baghdad has gone viral after being posted to social media by his attackers, who killed him for looking gay.
The brutal slaughter caused the boy’s name, #Shermeen Sarbast, to trend on Twitter.
CNN COMMENTATOR SLAMS TRUMP'S RECORD ON GAY RIGHTS: 'TO CREDIBLY BE CALLED LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY STAND UP FOR FREEDOM'
CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon has slammed President Donald Trump for his record on LGBTQ rights, saying, “To credibly be called leader of the free world, you have to actually stand up for freedom.”
Avlon was speaking on Wednesday morning's “Reality Check” segment on the CNN show New Day. He was reacting to the news that the Trump administration will no longer grant visas to the same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and U.N. officials. The policy went into effect on October 1, reversing a policy that has been in place since 2009.
“As in so many other cases, the Trump administration's stated purpose seems innocuous,” Avlon said. “Gay marriage is allowed in the United States, so why allow same-sex partners when unmarried heterosexual partners are not allowed in the country? But that ignores what it would do to diplomats from the many countries that do not recognize gay marriage or, much worse, still criminalize being gay.”
Facebook apologizes after filtering system repeatedly blocks LGBTQ ads as ‘political’