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Older LGBTQ workers face special jeopardy from widespread workplace ageism
Last June’s surprising Supreme Court decision granting LGBTQ employees protection under federal law would seem to put an end to workplace discrimination. But if you’re 50 or older, you may still experience an equally invidious form of discrimination: ageism.
According to a 2018 AARP survey, about three in five workers have experienced age discrimination in their jobs. A whopping 76 percent worried that ageism would hurt their job hunting. That fear is well-grounded. An analysis of employment data by the Urban Institute and ProPublica found that half of older workers were pushed out of jobs and 90 percent of them ended up taking a pay cut when they were finally rehired.
Being an older LGBTQ worker can make things even worse. Out LGBTQ workers have already had to deal with much higher levels of job discrimination and wage disparities. Now, despite the promise of job protections for being LGBTQ, they are finding that the pervasive problem of ageism serves as yet another threat to their careers and financial security.
Worsening the problem is the internalized ageism that many older LGBTQ people carry. A 2015 study of 312 gay men with an average age of 61 found that many felt aging was harder due to the perception that gay men primarily value younger men. No doubt, some of that carries over into the workplace as well.
Older LGBTQ workers face special jeopardy from widespread workplace ageism
YouTuber Landon Clifford, 19, was 'addicted to prescription drugs after falling into depression and hanged himself in the garage after telling wife Camryn he was going for a bath'
Camryn went out with a friend and when she got home they had dinner and went through their typical night time routine, but she could tell something was wrong with Landon.
'He said that he was sorry for everything he put me through. It was really hard on me when I was pregnant and he was heavy in his addiction and he really just wasn’t himself at that time. He was just apologizing to me for everything. I could tell he was putting a lot of blame on himself,' Camryn said.
'I told him that I loved him and that I forgave him and things are different now and we’re on a new path. I gave him a hug and a kiss and told him that I love him and that it’s okay,' she added.
Landon said he was going to take a bath, which he does every night before bed.
About 30 minutes later she started to hear her first daughter Collette start to wake up and fuss.
Concerned Camryn went to the bathroom to check on Landon and found it empty, the bathtub apparently unused.
YouTuber Landon Clifford, 19,
Fort Hood soldier, 23, found hanged was 'humiliated' after reporting he was sexually assaulted by male superior, which led him to be bullied, harassed, and hazed when news spread around the base, his family's lawyer says
One of the highest ranking US spies shot himself dead while his new wife tried to get away from him - and haul of bondage and S&M gear along with 24 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at his home
The Straight Men Who Have Sex with Trans Women
Matt's first sexual experience with a trans woman was in 1987, with a girl he picked up on the West Side Highway. This stretch of New York road runs parallel to the Hudson River, from the southern harbors of Manhattan to the Upper West Side. It used to be an infamous pickup spot for trans sex workers. Though Matt loved the sex itself, it wasn't long after orgasm that he felt a throat-clenching sense of anxiety. "I was driving her back and I was so nervous, 'Is someone going to see me?' Absolute fear—HIV, Did I give myself HIV? I was so afraid [thinking of] how I'd tell anybody."
"The women that work in the sex trade have a wall," he explained. "I guess it's because of men. I don't know if it's all of them, but the ones that use the girls. Most men aren't willing to give the same that they give to a cisgender woman." Even guys who aren't hung up on their sexuality seem hesitant to take trans women seriously. While researching this story, I trolled Craigslist for other trans amorous men. Only one man, Alex, answered my request for an interview. He was very clear: "I was not worried it made me gay at all," he wrote. "[Having sex with trans women] has had no bearing on my identity as a straight male." Like Matt, Alex also discovered his attraction to trans women through pornography. He was 22 at the time, and he's now in his late thirties. While he claims never to have grappled with shame, he did affirm the taboo of his attraction. "I certainly wouldn't have told my friends," he said.
Transgender murders are 'rampant' in 2020: Human Rights Campaign counts 21 so far, nearly matching total of a year ago
80% of LGBT+ people have been abused online
A massive eight in 10 LGBT+ have experienced abuse online in the last five years.
And trolls have threatened 63% of LGBT+ people with physical violence online.
And the abuse is so bad it’s sending some LGBT+ people back into the closet on social media sites.
One said: ‘It angers and annoys me that there is so much hate from within the LGBT community towards each other.’
And another revealed: ‘After receiving threats online I was threatened in person with injury and death and have been assaulted several times.’
One victim said: ‘The sheer amount of comments has made me hate my sexuality. I used to be very proud of it but now I just hate how and who I love.’
Student arrested after racist & homophobic rant was caught on video
“I f**king hate n****rs,” Kingery said.
“You should probably chill, buddy,” said one student in the video as Kingery continued to use the racial slur. Another student tells him to shut up.
“I fucking hate fa***ts, too. How about that?” Kingery said.
LGBTQ people suffer when religion & government mix
A pair of recent decisions from two of the southern federal Circuit Courts of Appeals should be alarming us all. Instead, they’re only alarming a handful of us – because, overall, our community still clings to the inexplicable belief that religion can be our friend or, at least, a friend that we will be able to use to defend ourselves from certain others who also claim religion to be their friend.
Of the two recent decisions, only one has a direct LGBTQ component. Even so, it is truly difficult to say which one is the more disturbing, though the non-LGBTQ one, United States v. Brown, probably deserves the nod.
The Brown in question is Corrine, a former member of Congress from Florida, convicted on a slew of counts, the specifics of which are strangely irrelevant for purposes of what makes one of the opinions in her case problematic.
What does matter is that she was convicted by a jury. On appeal she took issue with the trial court’s decision to not allow “Juror 13” to contribute to rendering a verdict.
Shortly after deliberations began, “Juror 8” informed the judge that “13” had said, “A Higher Being told me Corrine Brown was Not Guilty on all charges” and that he “trusted the Holy Ghost.”
Do those sound like the words of someone who is going to make a decision based on earthly evidence?
What the LGBTQ community has never learned is that, when religion merges with government and science is reduced to having no more standing than faith, our religions and faiths and beliefs (or lack thereof) will never be recognized when they conflict with the particular religion and faith and belief of those who have seized power – legitimately or otherwise.
Once religion enters the government picture, everyone loses – at least everyone not sitting at the table of power.
Christian author, pastor renounces faith, issues lengthy apology for previous beliefs
Joshua Harris, popular Christian author and former church leader, has renounced his faith and issued an apology to the LGBTQ community for offending its sensibilities with Christian tenets.
Harris, a former leader at Maryland's Covenant Life Church, said that he was sorry for contributing to a "culture of exclusion and bigotry" that came along with his Christian faith.
Earlier in July, Harris revealed in an Instagram post his decision to leave his faith behind, admitting that he had "undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus."
He wrote, "The popular phrase for this is 'deconstruction,' the biblical phrase is 'falling away.' By all measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian. Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I'm not there now.
Pressure grows on pro-LGBTQ companies to stop funding anti-LGBTQ politicians
Woman verbally abuses Pride marcher in suspected hate crime in London: ‘You despicable people. Shame on you’
Bigots attack Pride march by throwing bricks & burning rainbow flags
Gay man 'appalled' after seeing his face used in viral homophobic meme
Thousands of people are seeking help after being forced into ‘ex-gay therapy’
In December 2014, a tractor-trailer traveling down Interstate 71 in Ohio struck and killed Leelah Alcorn.
Alcorn, who identified as transgender, had posted a suicide note on her Tumblr in which she described her isolation, desperation, and depression—feelings she blamed, in part, on the “conversion therapy” her conservative Christian parents forced her to undergo. Alcorn’s parents believed their “sick” child could be forcibly turned back into a boy and “cured” of her attraction to males.
Among those throwing shade on West’s comments was Bakari Sellers, an African-American lawyer and politician from South Carolina.
“Idiocy is the willingness to sell out your culture for trinkets,” Sellers wrote. “@kanyewest doesn’t understand reality. The same hat he is wearing is responsible for Jeff Sessions and taking us back a decade in Criminal Justice reform. @kanyewest is a clown who wants to sell albums. I’m good.” 30-Sep-2018
...and nobody cared. Sorry, Janet. 30-Sep-2018
Fox News is getting dragged hard for trying to shame a 'Cosby Show' star
Fox News's Twitter account is being rightfully dragged on Twitter for publishing and tweeting a "news" story about Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens having a job at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey.
Twitter people pointed out that the story, which was aggregated from the Daily Mail and refers to Owens as having been "spotted" working at Trader Joe's like some kind of rare Pokémon, reads like a mean-spirited attempt to shame him for working outside of the entertainment industry — as if anything an actor does after being on TV is a fall from grace. Many people stepped to Owens' defense.
School assignment asks kids to choose who to save: A gay athlete or Muslim student?
An unidentified teacher at Roberts Middle School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio gave out a controversial assignment recently. Now many people are criticizing both the teacher and school for allowing it.
The title of the assignment was: Whom to Leave Behind.
To do the assignment, students had to rank 12 different people based on who was most to least deserving to live. In the scenario, Earth is about to destruct, and a spaceship only has eight seats.
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Sex assault accusations against a former Hollywood agent
The Los Angeles Times interviewed eight young male actors and film industry professionals who alleged that they were sexually assaulted or harassed by Tyler Grasham, a veteran agent who was recently fired by the Beverly Hills-based Agency for the Performing Arts. Two of alleged victims have taken their accusations to police. The allegations have renewed attention on longstanding complaints in Hollywood about the sexual abuse of child actors. Grasham did not respond to requests for comment.
Former child actors reveal sexual abuse in Hollywood
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The Argument for Not Shaming Guys Who Are Discreet on Gay Apps
I like seeing pictures of men before I have sex with them. I don’t think that’s shallow. Neither do I think that’s asking too much on gay apps. And, yes, I absolutely am judging you based on your pictures and appearance — especially when our interaction is going to be strictly sexual, I need to know if I am attracted to you. That’s going to heavily influence whether I want to have sex with you and whether I will enjoy having sex with you. (Obviously, right?)
Of course, there are some men who don’t want to send pics of their face because they aren’t out to everyone. These men often refer to themselves as being on the “down-low” (DL) or will say they’re “discreet.” (Please note the spelling, as discrete means something different, guys.)
Westboro Baptist Church cheers on Hurricane Irma via Twitter
The Westboro Baptist Church, a homophobic poster-design company that does a sideline business in religion, is rooting for Hurricane Irma even as the Category-5 storm rips across the Caribbean on a collision course with the U.S. mainland. As Tweets reveal, in a clash between humans and weather that could threaten millions of individuals (holy and otherwise) in Florida, Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Church is decidedly pro-weather.
Attacks Against Gay Men Are the Most Common Hate Crimes in New York City
Early Sunday morning, a gay man’s jaw was broken after a fight broke out in Brooklyn, New York. Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
The 27-year-old victim was trying to break up a fight. That’s when the attacker called the victim an anti-homosexual slur and punched him in the face, cops said.This incident is a reminder that despite New York City being an enclave for the LGBT community, hate crimes still happen based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
As NewNowNext points out, hate crimes against gay men are the most common type of hate crimes against a person in New York City. A study released in August, 2016 gives us the troubling statistics...