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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.’
There Is No Such Thing as 'Equal but Different' Gender Roles
Religious groups are often at the forefront of upholding gender as predetermined and loaded with a set of immutable obligations. Seemingly in response to pressure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Utah, the Church of Latter-Day Saints this month produced a statement regarding Mormons and feminism that echoes Schlafly’s concerns about upholding gender roles:
“Gender is an important part of who we are?—both before, during, and after this life. Men and women are equal?—one is not superior to the other. They are also different, with different roles within a family.”
What the statement doesn’t say is that these “different roles” in a religious context are generally that of executive and manager, with men as head of the family, overseeing all executive decisions, and women as coordinators, taking on the work of implementing those plans on a day-to-day basis. Anyone who has ever worked in an office understands that those roles are not equal and recognize this language as the same a CEO uses when insisting that every employee is valuable. What the boss isn’t saying is that some employees are absolutely more valuable than others and the entire corporate system is built around a hierarchy in which respect very often only flows upward. Erasing gender lines differentiating those in charge from those taking orders overthrows the entire system, and even criticism insisting that women are already equal and don’t really need these protections reads as fearful of what happens to the hierarchy if we remove dividers we’ve created between the roles of women and the roles of men.
Proponents of the #MeToo movement can't have it both ways
When a 2017 report surfaced about a statement Vice President Mike Pence made about choosing not to dine alone with women who aren't his wife, Karen, the progressive left scorned him for it.
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The left said this rule Pence abides by creates a disadvantage for women, especially in politics, and they were baffled by it.
The left accused him of assigning "ulterior motives to women," who they said just wanted to be heard.
The left then conjured hypothetical scenarios in op-eds in which the roles were reversed, and women were the ones in positions of power refusing to dine with men who aren't their husbands – all to lambast his "moral rigidity."
But is Pence's decision to not dine with a woman who isn't his wife really that bad, considering all the complexities men and women face in their interpersonal affairs today, and not just regarding work but dating in general?
MAN ARRESTED FOR WALKING WIFE AROUND ON DOG LEASH AT PENNYSLVANIA FAIR
A man walking his wife around on a dog leash at an annual Pennsylvania fair was arrested and charged with simple assault.
'Big Brother' Contestant Draws Criticism After Dropping N-Word During Show's Live Feed
Big Brother season 20 is under fire yet again after a contestant used the N-word during the show's 24/7 live feed.
During the feed, Kaitlyn Herman, a 26-year-old "life-coach," said "I did go zero to 100 n—real quick," when quoting the song "0 to 100" by Drake.
Blame the musician who thinks the word makes him a better man. 06-Jul-2018
Ohio Lawmaker Says LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill Now Has Corporate Support
A Democratic state lawmaker says if Ohio wants to become more appealing as a place to move a business or to move a family, it must create protections for LGBTQ people. There could be new momentum for a bill that has stalled several times in the last decade.
State Rep. Nickie Antonio says this month will mark the first time the proposal to protect LGBTQ people from employment and housing discrimination, HB 160 which also know as the Ohio Fairness Act, has received more than one hearing.
According to Ohio law, it’s illegal for businesses to fire employees based on things like race, religion, sex, or disability status "without just cause,” but it is technically legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender.
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Hook-ups were fun at the time but always left me feeling empty afterwards
I’m not going to romanticize it. For me, there are fewer situations that are more degrading than the post-sex silence. There’s a used condom splattered across the floor, staring at you like a rubbery, judgmental slug.
Your body feels slimy as it’s covered in sticky fluids and lube and all you want to do is shower; not because the person you slept with is dirty, but because you feel disgusting.
Every time I’ve hooked up with someone I’m left with a fuzzy feeling of discontent. Thoughts run wildly through my mind: ‘I’ve let my body be used’ being the most common.
You just lie there, surveying the wreckage, trying to navigate your emotions and steer them in the direction of stability. Suddenly your life feels like a drama-documentary on gay life and here you are living up to that floozy stereotype.
Gay Star News
One-Quarter Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Teens Attempt Suicide, & Here's How Parents Can Help
MAN WHO HOPES TO PROVE THE EARTH IS FLAT IN HIS HOMEMADE ROCKET POSTPONES HIS PLANS
In an effort to prove the Earth is flat, 61-year-old “Mad” Mike Hughes plans to launch himself thousands of feet in the air in a homemade rocket. But his launch—which was originally set for Saturday—has been postponed, The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon.
Hughes was originally planning to conduct his experiment over Amboy, a ghost town situated along Route 66 in California, that has a population of 4. However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reportedly informed him that he cannot launch his scrap metal rocket on public land.
According to Hughes, the federal agency told him his experiment was a no-go, but Samantha Storms, BLM spokeswoman, said she was unaware of any communication between the self-taught rocket scientist and the agency.
Why Evangelical Christians Stand Behind Accused Sexual Predators
No one should be surprised if, after everything, Roy Moore still becomes the next US senator from Alabama.
In a Thursday Washington Post article, Moore, the Republican senatorial candidate in a December special election, was accused by a woman of initiating sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was 32. This puts the Southern evangelical Christians who have supported Moore—who is so far to the right on social issues that he said in 2005 that “homosexual conduct” should be illegal—in a position to make a choice. This is a chance to draw the line and begin declaring, again, that their faith, their principles, matter more than blind partisanship.
#FakeNews: No, 71% of gay men do not hate feminine guys despite ‘study’ results
Attitude, a gay British magazine, did a reader survey and found that 71% of the respondents were “actively turned off by a prospective partner because they have shown signs of femininity.”
It also found that 41% of respondents believed that “effeminate gay men give the gay community a bad image or reputation.”
While Attitude has not released its survey methodology (the link in their article leads to a “page not found” error), it sounds like it’s probably a web poll.
So, at best, it’s a survey of Attitude readers. Unless there’s a reason to believe that gay men who read Attitude represent gay men generally – a dubious assumption – then this is just market research for Attitude‘s advertisers.
What’s the One Thing Gay Men Hate Being Called? – WATCH
A Brief History of Little Richard Grappling With His Sexuality & Religion
For more than six decades, Little Richard has kept people bopping to his signature style of danceworthy rock 'n' roll. Besides his music, Little Richard has been known for something else throughout his expansive career: his complicated relationship with his sexual orientation, and his faith's effect on it.
In a recent rare interview on the Christian-oriented Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Richard reiterated his belief that homosexuality is "unnatural" while simultaneously reaffirming his strong Christian faith that has followed him for most of his life. "Anybody that comes in show business, they gon' say you gay or straight," he said. "God made men, men and women, women... You've got to live the way God wants you to live... He can save you."
These comments are the latest in a decades-long public struggle with compromising his religious beliefs and his sexual orientation.
Religious right leader caught with gay erotic art hanging in his home
When journalist John Aravosis stopped by an estate sale in Washington DC, he was shocked to find an explicit gay erotic painting hanging in the living room. But when he found out who the now-deceased owner was, he was blown away.
The “Matisse-like” painting features three men having anal sex. Hanging in the home of Lee LaHaye, the former Chief Financial Officer for the virulently anti-LGBT organization Concerned Women for America, the painting was for sale along with other belongings from LaHaye’s estate.
‘I’M SPIRALLING INTO MARRIAGE EQUALITY DEPRESSION’
I HAVE been on the verge of tears for days now.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that pushed me over the edge, but I’m spiralling into a marriage equality depression and that really scares me.
Frankly, I’m exhausted from the onslaught of homophobic rhetoric spewing into my life.
I cannot tell you how badly I wish some Australians would take a step back and think about the damage they are doing.
I thought coming out as a teenager in regional Queensland 27 years ago was distressing, but the attacks of the past few weeks are the worst displays of homophobia I’ve endured.
It’s almost broken me.
Elisabeth Moss, A Scientologist, Made A Show With Nicole Kidman. What Gives?
The church labeled Kidman a “suppressive person,” but the actresses collaborated on “Top of the Lake.”
Until they call Matt Lauer “glib” while denouncing psychiatry on morning television, it’s hard to accept that ostensibly sane celebrities would be Scientologists. Surely popular culture’s well-connected, beloved dignitaries know better than to join what is reportedly a brutal, oppressive organization masquerading as a religion, right?
There’s no better example of that incongruity than Elisabeth Moss, who, over the course of the past two decades, has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses. In interviews, she seems impossibly down to earth. The characters she brings to life ? on shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mad Men” and “The West Wing,” and in movies like “Get Him to the Greek,” “The One I Love” and “Queen of Earth” ? are progressive, dynamic and representative of feminist values.
Daily Mail article blamed for rising online hate against trans childrens charity
The steep rise in hate has led to a police investigation
The UK’s largest trans children’s charity Mermaids has seen a huge rise in online hate abuse over the last month.
Police in West Yorkshire are now investigating the stream of hateful comments.
Speaking to GSN just three weeks ago, CEO Susie Green said they were blocking three profiles a day. Now the Guardian reports this has risen to as many as 20 a day.
The charity attends many local pride events to hold stalls and walk in the parade, including this weekend’s Manchester Pride. They find even at these festivals people accuse them of trying to ‘convert’ young people.
Replicated online, the kind of messages they receive include suggesting their CEO of ‘chemically castrating’ her daughter.
Other tweets describe Mermaids UK as a ‘dangerous cult.’ Some say staff plan to ‘groom gay kids.’
Gay Star News
Activists Are Suing Trump Over the Transgender Military Ban
A Trans Activist Got in Caitlyn Jenner's Face. Good.