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Anti-LGBTQ hate group will defend megachurch pastor arrested for defying coronavirus measures
The anti-LGBTQ hate group Liberty Counsel has announced they will represent Florida pastor Rodney Howard-Browne after he was arrested for refusing to abide by a government order limiting public gatherings. The group serves as the legal arm of the religious right movement.
The organization also represented disgraced Kentucky former county clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to follow a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses after same-sex marriage was legalized. They are also arguing cases before the Supreme Court to allow discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Liberty Counsel claims that Howard-Browne’s church observed social distancing guidelines and kept congregants apart by six feet, but video from the services clearly shows dozens of people crowded together for hours.
Another Pastor Charged With Defying Coronavirus Orders Against Large Gatherings
French Montana sued for sexual battery, allegedly drugged victim
A woman is suing French Montana for sexual battery, alleging she was drugged and raped in his home.
The victim, referring to herself by the pseudonym Jane Doe, is also suing Montana’s employee, Mansour Bennouna, and Coke Boy Records for assault and battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, supervision and retention and negligence.
In legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Doe claims the 35-year-old rapper “had a longstanding practice of inviting women to their recording sessions, or choosing women at bars, and inviting them back to the Hidden Hills house.”
Doe goes on to allege that the defendants would supply women with drinks and drugs, “with the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with them, without any regard to whether or not they consented, or were able to consent.”
Michael Rapaport Drops 24 F-Bombs In Angry Rant Against Coronavirus Revelers
Public health officials are urging people to remain inside as much as possible to prevent the spread of coronavirus, yet news footage shows crowded parks and beaches in some places.
And actor Michael Rapaport is pretty angry about the whole thing.
Readers be warned: Rapaport’s language is salty.
“Get your little, dirty, fucking grubby, selfish, YOLO fucking dumb tattooed faces in the fucking house,” he said, addressing younger people.
And parents? You’re not off the hook, either.
“Parents, get your fucking kids,” Rapaport said. “This nice guy shit? It’s done. Get your fucking kids in the fucking house.”
N.J. Man Faces Charges for Allegedly Coughing on Grocery Worker, Saying He Had Coronavirus
Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Christian University Welcoming Students Back to Campus Amid COVID-19
Liberty University, a private evangelical Christian university in Virginia, is welcoming students back to campus this week despite a little something known as COVID-19.
"I was on a conference call with other college presidents and representatives from private colleges, and we listened to what other schools were doing," president Jerry Falwell Jr. said in a statement shared to the school's site this week. "Many were throwing their hands up and saying they would just close and others were going to extend their breaks. At that time, we were on Spring Break, so we had time to work on it."
This process of choosing to "work on it" ultimately resulted in the decision to "get [students] back as soon as we can, the ones who want to come back."
A report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted that between a few hundred to more than 5,000 students were projected to be living in Liberty dorms as classes resumed this week. The majority of those classes have moved to online formats. Staff and faculty, however, are said to be coming to work in their usual capacity.
Survey reveals how many LGBT+ people will still date and hook-up during coronavirus
“I’ll do what I want”: Why the people ignoring social distancing orders just won’t listen
‘Corona, OK!’ Yelled College Student Before Coughing Into Cop’s Face, Police Say
Eight men arrested after hosting cocaine-fuelled orgy during coronavirus lockdown
Pastor again defies state order not to hold large gatherings. He says 1,000 people came to his church Sunday
The UK is in lockdown, but this church is suing Edinburgh because the city refused to host a homophobic preacher
When faith threatens public health
Andrew Gillum is embroiled in supposed drug overdose of alleged gay escort
Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee and Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida, is named at the center of a police report circulating online. The report names him as an involved party to a crystal meth overdose in a Miami Beach hotel on early Friday morning – and the man who had the overdose is allegedly a gay escort.
While rumors have circulated about Gillum’s sexuality before, speculation is ramping up after the alleged escort could not explain how Gillum was present.
The leaked documents show that police were called at 1 AM to handle a distress call at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. Aldo Mejias, 56, is listed as the complainant. He was the cardholder that rented the hotel room that Travis Dyson, 30, and Gillum were in.
The report alleges that when Mejias arrived at 11 PM, Dyson and Gillum were already ‘intoxicated’ in the room, and Dyson had trouble breathing – he collapsed soon after. Mejias tried to awake Dyson, at which time he began to vomit and collapsed again.
Gillum withdraws from politics after link to suspected drug overdose
Teen busted for attacking Asian man in alleged coronavirus-linked hate crime
Cops arrested a teenager for a coronavirus-inspired hate crime on the Upper East Side, police said Saturday.
The 13-year-old boy turned himself in at the 23 Precinct with his mother Friday evening, and was charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime, cops said.
He was wanted for running up to and kicking a 59-year-old Asian man in the back, knocking him to the ground, police said.
Victim of possible coronavirus hate crime in Queens speaks out
Cops bust suspect accused of coronavirus-related hate crime on Asian man
21-year-old jailed after he “flipped” and attacked gay veteran lover with a knife
The pair were in a consensual relationship before the attack.
Dylan Upton, a 21-year-old, has been jailed for eleven years and eight months after he “flipped” and attacked his male army veteran lover, whose name has not been revealed, with a knife before ransacking his house.
A restraining order has also been placed on Dylan, preventing him from contacting his victim ever again.
Dylan, who also had a long-term girlfriend, met the man on Grindr and embarked on a “drug-fuelled” six-month relationship with him. However, the relationship changed after he went to the man’s flat following a Parklife event.
Okla. Police Chief Accused of Harassing Gay Shop Owners, Sticking Finger in Officers’ Butt Cracks: WATCH
A police chief in Oklahoma is accused of harassing the gay owners of a local businesses, and sticking his finger down the butt cracks of officers.
David Hanson, the police chief in Seminole, Okla., admitted using gay slurs in text messages with Todd Holliday, who runs a local office supply businesses with his husband, Justin.
But Hanson insisted he is not homophobic, saying the Hollidays are family friends and calling the slurs “cordial, off-color texts.” In one text, Hanson referred to himself as the Hollidays’ “daddy,” while other messages were “too vulgar” to be included in a story by KFOR-TV.
Woman says 'rushed' gender reassignment treatment left her suicidal
Keira Bell is taking the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust to court over the treatment she received for gender dysphoria, a condition where a person experiences distress due to a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity.
The 23-year-old, who used to identify as a boy, said the puberty-delaying drugs and testosterone prescribed to her have irreversibly damaged her physical and mental health.
Ms Bell started receiving treatment, including hormone blockers, after "roughly three sessions" at the Tavistock Centre. She says at the time she had "no doubt" she wanted to become a boy.
Ms Bell described her decision to transition as a teenager as a "coping mechanism" and says there was "no real investigation" into the other mental health issues she was going through at the time.
AIRBNB RAP VIDEO SHOOT WITH UP TO 200 PEOPLE RESULTS IN MULTIPLE ARRESTS, MORE THAN 20 GUNS SEIZED
Four men were arrested in Chicago yesterday after allegedly resisting arrest as police tried to disperse an over-capacity video shoot for a rap song, authorities said.
The suspects were detained shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday. Officers from the Chicago Police Department responded to the 1200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue after receiving reports about a party that was taking place inside an Airbnb rental, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Airbnb to Ban All 'Open-Invite Parties' as Part of New GuidelinesREAD MORE
Police received a tip that over 150 people were gathered there and that dozens of them had been seen brandishing guns live on social media.
"Officers formulated a plan and made entry into the building where individuals streamed out of the building, pushing and fighting police, discarding weapons as they fled," police said in a release shared online.
"A systematic search of the building yielded a total of 24 handguns and one semi-automatic, short barrel rifle."
Kanye West’s new religious fanatic friend joins anti-LGBTQ “freedom march”
Rapper Kanye West announced he will appear at Awaken2020, a stadium-sized prayer rally hosted by some of the nation’s most anti-LGBTQ religious conservatives.
Now one of the organizers of the event has announced he will join an upcoming anti-LGBTQ “freedom march.”
Related: If you’re boycotting Chick-fil-A, why aren’t you protesting Adidas & Kanye West?
Pastor Lou Engle will join “former homosexuals” in Boston to help lead a “rainbow revival.” Engle has said America has become like Nazi Germany because of gay rights. He helped fan the flames of hate in Uganda at a time when this nation was debating whether to enact the infamous “Kill the Gays” bill.
Kanye West’s Dark Turn to the Anti-Gay Christian Right
Black students say a teacher compared them to monkeys in front of their classmates. Now their parents are suing.
A lawyer for the students, who attend Longwood High School on Long Island, filed a notice of claim, the first step to filing a lawsuit, on Tuesday. He later announced in a news conference that the group would sue their school district for $12 million.
The notice, which has been reviewed by Insider, said that a teacher took a photo of four black students, aged 16 to 18, standing behind one another during a field trip to the Bronx Zoo in November 2019
The notice alleges that the teacher later included the photo in a slideshow shown in class with the caption "monkey do," alongside a photo of a gorilla.
Oregon man charged with hate crimes for allegedly beating 70-year-old woman from India
The Supreme Court will hear 2 major cases about when religious schools can ignore civil rights laws
The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it would hear a pair of cases concerning the “ministerial exemption” to employment discrimination laws. Broadly speaking, the “ministerial exemption” provides that religious “ministers” are not protected by civil rights laws in their workplace — so a church could, for example, fire its preacher because the preacher is black.
Two Chinese men claim they were racially profiled by Alaska Airlines employee at who asked 'how much are they paying you?' before sparking panic by screaming for evacuation at Newark Airport
The two Chinese men who were accused of acting suspiciously and triggered a panicked evacuation at Newark Liberty Airport last week are speaking out for the first time saying they were racially profiled by an Alaska Airlines employee.
The chaos unfolded at the New Jersey airport on September 3 around 8.30pm at Gate 30 of Terminal A when an Alaska Airlines approached Han Han Xue, 29, and Chunyi Luo, 20, and asked them pointed questions about their Asian heritage.
She asked assumed they knew each other and asked 'Why are you acting suspiciously' and 'What are they paying you?' before screaming 'Evacuate!', sending 200 panicked people running out of the gate amid fears of an active shooter.
'It was a very shocking experience...I couldn't believe this was happening,' Xue said on the incident to BuzzFeed News.
8 warning signs that a man is having a midlife crisis
Sports cars and hairpieces. Robbing the cradle and running away. Sure they're cliche, but if these images leap to mind when you hear the words "midlife crisis," you're not alone.
The thing about cliches, though, is most are based on fact. In this case, the facts are staggering. More than half of respondents to a poll on Notmuch.com, a website produced by Wisconsin Public Radio, said that the midlife crisis is a "very real, gut-wrenchingly depressing experience that we all go through at one time or another."
Does this mean that the man in your life is suffering through a crisis of his own? Not necessarily, but here are eight symptoms of the male midlife crisis and what you can do about them:
4. He makes a dramatic change in his personal style or appearance and is suddenly spending lots of time in front of a mirror
If your man has kicked up the vanity a notch (for example, wants hair plugs or starts getting facials even though he used to take pleasure in shower-free weekends), then you may have a problem. If the guy who always prided himself on his Roman nose is now talking about rhinoplasty, then your problem is a little bigger. The first step in boosting your man's bruised (and aging) ego is to compliment him. Sometimes, however, this isn't enough. That's when you just have to be patient.
Unfortunately, an increased sense of vanity is sometimes a sign that a man is having an affair. Obviously this is a bigger problem that usually requires couples counseling to repair the relationship, if it's possible at all.
Midlife Crisis Signs & Guide