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Beloved gay weatherman unceremoniously fired after standing up to Trump-supporting, far-right, anti-lockdown protesters
Sven Sundgaard, 39, is a gay vlogger and until last week was a weatherman for TV station KARE 11, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to Queerty, he is one of the most high profile LGBT+ people in the Twin Cities.
Sundgaard had worked for KARE 11 for 14 years, but was let go last week after he shared a Facebook post that referred to anti-lockdown protestors in Minnesota as “white nationalist Nazi sympathizer gun fetishist miscreants”.
Proud neighbourhood homophobe targets gay couple with ‘horrible’ yard signs – and police say there’s nothing they can do
Gay couple’s cat cruelly dumped in wheelie bin in suspected homophobic attack
Las Vegas woman allegedly stalked neighbors, called them ‘Jewish pigs
'Rona Rave' Guest Chris Weaver Speaks Out Against Gay Cancel Culture
Kelli Ward Urged Anti-Lockdown Protesters to Dress as Health-Care Workers
Dr. Kelli Ward, the far-right chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, further emboldened conservative protesters who are demanding that governors reopen states by telling them to dress as health-care workers to trick the media. “Planning protest to #ReOpenAmerica? EVERYONE wear scrubs & masks - the media doesn’t care if you are really in healthcare or not - it’s the “message” that matters!” she wrote on Twitter on Friday. Ward, who was previously a state senator, has repeatedly spread conspiracy theories and last week accused health-care workers attending rallies to resist protesters as “actors playing parts.”
The Daily Beast
Younger blacks and Latinos are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates in California
Black and Latino Californians ages 18 to 64 are dying more frequently of COVID-19 than their white and Asian counterparts relative to their share of the population, a Times analysis of state health department data shows.
Newly released figures on the grim toll of the novel coronavirus show once again profound disparities in people’s odds of survival that fall along racial and ethnic lines. In this case, the data also belie the conventional wisdom that old age is the primary risk factor for death.
When accounting for each group’s percentage of the population, blacks and Latinos under the age of 65 had a higher share of fatalities than even older blacks and Latinos. The trend is particularly noticeable among those age 18 to 49, The Times analysis found.
Parents Hospitalized With COVID, Son Dies Alone on Sofa
A Detroit Medical Worker Died After Her Own Hospital Denied Her a Coronavirus Test 4 Times
Coronavirus: Thousands flock to beaches in California despite stay-at-home orders
Christian Privilege Is Spreading Like a Virus
At the end of March, President Trump attempted to reassure Americans who are feeling the stress of the coronavirus pandemic by inviting Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, to speak at his daily press briefing.
Calling America a “nation [that] had turned his back on God,” Mr. Lindell encouraged people to “use this time at home to get back in the Word, read our Bibles, and spend time with our families.”
“Christian privilege” is the term atheists and nonreligious people frequently use to describe how Christian viewpoints, particularly conservative evangelical ones like those expressed by Lindell and Graham, are favored over nonreligious viewpoints in our law and culture. If you ask most Americans, they believe that the separation of church and state enshrined in the U.S. Constitution should apply to everyone and prevent the government from giving taxpayer dollars or special favoritism to churches. Sadly, this is less and less true.
Only about 20% in my gay senior pit have taken precautions to fight coronavirus. Is it mental health ignorance with suicidal tendencies or the grandeur delusions of being a villain that takes over the world? I don't care, but the next time they interrupt how I cook and eat my meals, how to say who what cares, how to undress and especially when I see you crying because I dared to remove a bush... (it saves the environment!).. I wont give a damn. 15-Apr-2020
Council scraps relationship education programme after attacks from anti-LGBT campaigners for ‘promoting experimental transgender ideas’
Anti-LGBT+ campaigners have claimed victory after a Conservative-controlled council agreed to drop relationship education programme which taught kids that LGBT+ people exist.
Schools across the UK have seen a wave of protests against LGBT-inclusive education following demonstrations last year in Birmingham.
Warwickshire County Council is among those to have come under pressure over LGBT+ resources in its ‘All About Me’ relationship education programme.
The campaign against the curriculum appears to have been led by hardline anti-LGBT+ groups including The Christian Institute, which has lobbied against same-sex marriage, discrimination protections for LGBT+ people, transgender rights and inclusive education.
Donald Trump invited a pastor who said gays “want to recruit your kids” to deliver Easter blessing
I asked 25 ‘Hot Guy’ Instagram pages why there were no men of colour. Here’s what happened…
Why are so many of these ‘Hot Guy’ Instagram feeds that are not only all white but all cisgender and all buff? What does it say about standards of beauty in the gay community?
As so often happens, a friend forwarded me a picture of your typical hot, white, cisgender, muscled, light-eyed Instagram hunk featured on a ‘Hot Guys’ page. As I scrolled down, I was reminded of #HoscosGate: a sea of beautiful, stunning white men, clearly targeted towards gay men. There were no BAME men that I could see, and I scrolled as far back as 2017. I reached out to the page, with a polite, “Hi There [name of page] great page, I have a question, I hope you don’t mind. Why do you not post pictures featuring men of colour?” I was blocked. I sent variations of that message to 25 Instagram pages, and all either replied or blocked me. There were two consistent replies: the first being that guys pay to be featured; the second that men of colour ‘do not like to be featured’. When pressed on that I was told that ‘they don’t want to be on gay pages’.
Black Americans 'epicenter' of coronavirus crisis made worse by lack of insurance
New data has revealed that the novel coronavirus kills black Americans at a disproportionately high rate. At a White House briefing Tuesday, President Donald Trump called the disparity "terrible" and a "tremendous challenge."
The insight comes as some states have released mortality data based on race and ethnicity. On average, black Americans are less likely than other groups to have health insurance, and because of other historic barriers accessing health care, may be more likely to have an underlying chronic health conditions that could put them at a higher risk for COVID-19.
"It has been disproportional. They are getting hit very, very hard," President Trump said at Tuesday’s briefing, referring specifically to the disproportionate sickness and deaths from coronavirus in black communities across the country.
Career thief released from jail over coronavirus fears breaks into shuttered subway newsstand: sources
A career subway thief who was released from jail over coronavirus concerns is back in cuffs, accused of breaking into a shuttered subway newsstand a few days later.
Darryl Naser, 25, got out of jail on Rikers Island on March 27 after he was ordered held on $25,000 bail for skipping a court date in a grand larceny case.
On April 1, police allege Naser and a buddy broke into a closed newsstand in the 34th St.-Herald Square subway station. He was arrested on a subway on Canal St. Monday night, police said.
Naser, who’s racked up two felony convictions and nine misdemeanor convictions, typically targets subway riders for theft, police sources said.
NY Daily News
R. Kelly requests bail because of Covid-19, but a federal judge turns him down
Cops bust Texas teen who boasted about spreading coronavirus
Actress who fronted coronavirus PSAs busted for throwing wild house party
Coronavirus: Former police officer handcuffed in front of six-year-old daughter due to social distancing measures
White Supremacist Groups are Recruiting With Help From Coronavirus – and a Popular Messaging App
The thugs who doused a trans woman with petrol and burned her alive will not face murder charges
The 42-year-old woman, named locally as Mira, was set upon by a gang of thugs for allegedly stealing a truck driver’s phone and wallet.
When the mob was unable to find any of the possessions she was accused of stealing, they beat her, poured two litres of gasoline on her, and burned her alive. She died in hospital a day later on Sunday.
As international human rights groups called for justice, Indonesian police declared they would not be bringing murder charges because they believe the suspects who set the fire had not burned the trans woman intentionally.
Six suspects have been identified, three of whom had been arrested. North Jakarta police chief Budhi Herdi Susianto acknowledged that one of them lit a match but said they did not mean to burn her.
Texas Boy, 5, Was Playing with Dad on Balcony When Stray Bullet Struck and Killed Him
A Houston family was sitting on their second-floor balcony just after 9 p.m. on March 31 when tragedy struck.
Jordan Allen Jr., 5, and his dad had been making TikTok videos when the boy asked for some juice. As his dad stepped into the house to get him a drink, he heard five to six gunshots — followed by his son’s pleas for help. Jordan had been struck in the head by a stray bullet.
“Everybody ran in the house and the kids’ room in the house,” Jordan’s father, Jordan Allen Sr., told ABC13.com. “So I ran to the porch, and then I see my son on the ground holding his head asking for my help.”
Tx. Baby Clinging to Life After Mom's Boyfriend Allegedly Shot Him, Plus His Mother, Sister
'I'm disgusted': Father of choirboy who accused George Pell of sexual abuse says he has lost faith in the justice system after cardinal was released on appeal
Coronavirus hits poor, minority communities harder
The coronavirus doesn't discriminate, but minorities and low-income families are bearing the brunt.
Why it matters: The impact of the coronavirus is reflecting the racial and socioeconomic disparities of the cities where it’s spreading and the health care system that’s struggling to contain it.
The big picture: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week called the virus “the great equalizer,” because anyone can get it. And while it’s true everyone’s at risk, New York itself is a stark illustration of just how unequal the virus’ toll really is.
The highest concentration of cases in New York City are in neighborhoods in Queens with large immigrant populations and low average incomes, according to city data analyzed by the Wall Street Journal.
And New York is not alone.
By the numbers: Nationwide demographic data aren’t available, and the quality of state and local recordkeeping varies widely. But the clear trend in preliminary data from multiple metro areas is hard to ignore.
The county that contains Charlotte, N.C. is about 33% black, but black residents make up roughly 44% of its coronavirus cases, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Doctors say India must prepare for an 'onslaught' as one of Asia's biggest slums reports first coronavirus death
Bodies are being left in the streets in an overwhelmed Ecuadorian city
Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate
‘Children in a dog cage’: how coronavirus puts Asia’s most vulnerable at greater risk of homelessness, human trafficking
‘We could get wiped out’: American Indians have the highest rates of diseases that make covid-19 more lethal
5-Year-Old Ga. Girl Found Slain in Bed Suffered 'a Horrible Death,' and Caretaker Is Charged
A 5-year-old Georgia girl described as “gentle” and “loving” by those who knew her was found dead, and the man entrusted to care for her is behind bars.
On March 29, Savannah Adams was found dead in her southwest Atlanta home, WJCL and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. Her cause of death has not yet been determined, but Capt. D’Andrea Price of the Atlanta police said she had “substantial bruising.”
“It was a horrible death. I actually didn’t sleep that well that night from seeing her,” Price, who responded to the 911 call, told WSB-TV. “You could basically see the visible bruising to her body and her face.”
Children Lead Authorities To Their Mother's Dead Body After Dad Turns Himself In, Sheriff Says
Gannon Stauch’s Step-Mom Lied to Investigators About Being Raped at Gunpoint by His Kidnapper: Affidavit
An Italian nurse allegedly killed his doctor girlfriend and told police she gave him coronavirus. Neither of them was infected.
COVID-19 concerns play role in couple's sentencing for failing to provide for kids
Pastor who thinks God can change someone’s sexuality also think God will save him from coronavirus
Andrew Wommack, who refused to condemn Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, supports traumatising conversion therapy and claims he witnessed his son rise from the dead, referenced a section from Exodus and said it proved that God would stop the faithful from becoming sick with COVID-19.
I’ve been studying just in the last couple of days, based on all of this, was Exodus 23:25, and that verse says that you shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall take away all sickness – take all sickness away from the midst of thee,” Wommack said in the YouTube stream.
Anti-LGBT+ televangelist Andrew Wommack thinks God will ‘turn off’ cells and stop him from contracting coronavirus.
He then looked up the words “take away” in Hebrew and said they literally translate to “turn off”.
Wommack then suggested that God will turn off “whatever receptors you have in your body that make you receptive to sickness” for Christians, which will apparently prevent them from being affected by coronavirus.
Roy Moore, who wants to ban gay sex, to represent homophobic pastor arrested for holding church services during lockdown
We Asked A Criminal Lawyer About Your Rights If You’re Pinged For The Crime Of “Being Outside”
DUP politician makes terrible non-apology after saying coronavirus is God’s punishment for same-sex marriage
Gay dancer trapped at home with homophobic Christian parents who think he has an ‘evil disease’
Sam, 23, told the BBC that the coronavirus pandemic meant the tour he was performing on was suddenly cancelled and he was forced to return to his family home.
The gay dancer from Birmingham said: “I saw the career I love disappear overnight, and now I’m stuck in isolation with homophobes.”
He continued: “My mum says that homosexuality is an evil disease and that the devil is making me gay. She loudly prays every day that I’ll be delivered from sin and find a wife.
“I genuinely have nowhere else to go during this mad time, so I’m just putting up with the abuse.”