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Gay adult studio Noir Male responds to allegations of “not catering” to the black community
Last week gay adult performer Jace Zhu stated that he had stopped working for the studio Noir Male (tagline: “Showcases Black Men As They Deserve To Be Seen) because he felt he was “being used to sell a product that doesn’t cater to our community.” A popular gay adult gossip blog followed up on Zhu’s comment by alleging that the studio has a 37-to-30 black-to-white performer ratio, a count that the studio says is inaccurate.
We reached out to Noir Male for comment and they’ve refuted several of the Zhu’s and the gossip blog’s assertions.
In an official statement give to Queerty, Noir Male wrote:
“We were slightly shocked by Jacen’s comments, but respect his personal and professional choices, and wish him the best. We have loved working with him and even tried to get him involved in the creative process when he voiced concerns in the past as to representation; however there was no continued follow through on his end. We always ask performers to come to us with any ideas or concerns; we want this to be a studio that performers are proud of and represent MOC (men of color) in a positive light.”
Julia Roberts stands strong with LGBTI youth by being totally silent
Ahead of the Day of Silence tomorrow, Julia Roberts posted a video yesterday (10 April) in which she stood strong with LGBTI youth.
The Pretty Woman superstar posted the silent video to encourage her followers to join the #DayOfSilence.
Moreover, the student-led national event sees folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTI youth in school.
US schools have held the day in April since 1996.
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Is Gentrification Reason Behind Attack of Two Interpreters in Gay Bashing
Washington DC - 12:30 AM officers responded to the 2000 block of 10th St., N.W. on April 15, 2018. This was in response to an aggravated assault. There are two adult males that were attacked by three suspects. "during the assault, the suspects yelled homophobic slurs" the police statement says. U St NW is predominantly black neighborhood where Howard University is based in and this neighborhood has always been a predominately black neighborhood.
Small Dot is DuPont Circle. Circle is U St. NW area where the attack occured.
Washington D.C. has been going through gentrification and because the area (DuPont Circle and Logan Circle) where the gay community has always been located has gone through gentrification, their bars have been pushed to the U street area. Since U St. NW is being gentrified as well, many black people are angry about being pushed out of their neighborhood so it does not shock Ricky Taylor that gay bashings happened because they felt threatened by gentrification. DuPont Circle used to have rougly 15 gay bars but currently only have four while U St. NW had none and now have about four or five. This occured when DuPont gentrification increased cost of lease and rentals in the area which caused those bars to shut down or relocate.
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Colorado Trans Man Assaulted on Front Porch for 'Acting Gay'
Britney Is Proof We Haven't Broken The Stigma Around Mental Health - Yet
I vividly remember the day the story broke that Britney Spears had shaved her head before attacking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella – pictures of which were splashed across the front pages of every newspaper. It was 2007. Most of the headlines over Britney’s ‘meltdown’ sought to ridicule her.
It started a chain of events in which the singer was in and out of rehab before a 5150 order was placed and she was put under psychiatric care after losing custody of her two sons and divorcing Kevin Federline. As a result, her father was appointed co-conservator of her estate as she was deemed unfit to look after her own affairs. And yet, social commentators and comedians responded by making jokes about ‘pulling a Britney’ – a by-phrase for ‘losing your sh*t’. No wonder, then, that the incident has been referred to as ‘a defining cultural moment’ in celebrity history.
This influencer says he feels “disrespected” when followers comment on his “perfect body”
It’s not easy being beautiful. Just ask Instagram/Only Fans star Jasson Jerez.
The Los Angeles-based influencer regularly posts naked and half-naked photos of himself for his 160K followers.
But being beautiful is not without its burdens.
Recently, Jasson took to his Instagram story to express his dissatisfaction with followers who say his body is “too perfect” and that he’s “not relatable” because of it.
Imagine Dragon's Dan Reynolds on living with 'frustrating' ankylosing spondylitis
Dan Reynolds is much more than the face of 'Imagine Dragons' and a dad of (almost!) four. The 31-year-old frontman of the Grammy-winning band is also campaigning to bring awareness to the painful and hidden disease that is ankylosing spondylitis (AS), which he was diagnosed with in his early 20s.
"I didn't know what the problem was," Reynolds says of his diagnosis process. "I wasn't diagnosed for so long...and the pain just continued and continued and that was super frustrating." The Vegas native was one of the millions living with the disease without realizing it. By that point, he was willing to try anything to alleviate the pain.
Farmworker Women Facing Sexual Harassment are Offered Few Protections
We come in contact with the labor of farmworkers every time we eat, which means every day thousands of women across the country put their bodies on the line to nourish ours.
There are approximately two to three million people employed as farmworkers across the United States, the majority of whom were born in Mexico, according to the 2015–2016 National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS). According to NAWS, women make up approximately 32% of that workforce.
They plant, harvest, and package the food we eat. Their long hours, strenuous working conditions, and agricultural expertise provide the sustenance that fuels our country’s diet.
All farmworkers are susceptible to pesticide exposure, lack of protections through labor laws, and what some activists refer to as modern slavery conditions, but the added threat of sexual violence puts women in the agriculture industry at added risk. Specific laws are lacking, women farmworkers are often excluded from established conversations about harassment in the workplace, and the violence continues.
Migrant 10-year-old sexually assaulted, given drugs in custody, lawsuit says
A Guatemalan father filed a lawsuit against two nonprofits housing migrant children, claiming his 10-year-old son was given “powerful psychotropic drugs” without parental consent and sexually assaulted by another child during his time in government custody.
The father, identified only as J. E. B., claimed in the lawsuit filed in state court in Texas last week that both Southwest Key and Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas “acted with fraud, malice, and gross neglect” in their treatment of his son.
The lawsuit also claims that the boy, identified as F.C.B. in the suit, was subjected to physical assault, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress by both facilities.
Ohio pastor who allegedly groomed teen for sex with others convicted
Man Gets Death for Rape, Murder of Girlfriend's Daughter in Front of Her; Mom Called Teen 'Nonentity'
New Jersey police officer sentenced for violent attack on man who had just attempted suicide
A New Jersey police officer was sentenced for drug dealing and a videotaped violent attack on a man who had just attempted suicide, authorities said Friday.
Ruben McAusland, a 27-year-old formerly with the Paterson Police Department, was sentenced to 66 months behind bars this week after pleading guilty to intent to distribute narcotics and deprivation of civil rights under color of law, according to federal prosecutors in Newark.
The authorities this week released cellphone video of McAusland, filmed by his then-partner Roger Then, attacking a man at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson on March 5, 2018.
The two officers had responded to an attempted suicide call and met the man at the hospital, officials said. McAusland later admitted he punched the man in the face in the waiting room, officials said.
Bisexual youth are the most likely to be bullied & consider suicide
Often overlooked in both straight and gay circles, bisexual-identified people nevertheless make up a significant part of the population. The 2015-2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 7% of youth identify as bisexual, compared to 4% being unsure or questioning, and just 2% identifying as gay or lesbian.
For Bisexual Health Awareness Month, the Trevor Project has released a new look at the YRBS data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlighting the suicide risks prevalent amongst bisexual youth.
Their findings are alarming: almost half of bisexual youth considered suicide as an option within the past 12 months, with 40% making an actual plan to take their life. 27% attempted suicide.
Transgender teenager walked in front of a train because he feared his family wouldn't accept him - but is now living as a man after miraculously surviving
A transgender teenager has revealed he walked in front of a train in an attempt to kill himself because he was petrified of accepting his true gender identity and disappointing his family.
Alexander Allen, 18, from Derbyshire, UK, always felt he was 'different' and went through turbulent years as a teenager, struggling with PTSD, an eating disorder and depression.
The food worker was left feeling hopeless, and walked out in front of a train in an effort to kill himself.
But incredibly, he survived with a fractured spine and dislocated shoulder, and after recovering has now embraced his identity as a trans man.
These students have developed technology to protect their high schools during a shooting
In the era of mass shootings, some high school teens are taking their safety into their own hands.
Two groups of high school students have been recognized in a nationwide contest for developing contraptions that would increase safety during a school shooting.
A team from Owensville High School in Owensville, Missouri, designed a simple auxiliary steel lock that would add an extra layer of protection to classroom doors.
And students from Richland Two Institute of Innovation in Columbia, South Carolina, devised an electromagnetic system that remotely locks doors and covers windows to seal off classrooms from threats.
TO PREVENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, TEXAS LEGISLATORS WANT TO FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH
NO GUNS FOR TEACHERS, AMERICAN EDUCATORS SAY, DEMAND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES INSTEAD
Woman Gives Suspect Black Eye While Fighting Him Off During Alleged Sexual Assault Attempt
A teen who allegedly tried to physically and sexually assault a woman on St. Patrick’s Day got a prominent shiner after the woman fought back.
The woman was standing outside El Reventon Sports Bar & Club in Deerfield Beach, Florida when she was approached by 18-year-old Henrry Gonzalez-Thomas, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel. He allegedly solicited her for sex.
“The victim repeatedly told the defendant that she was not a prostitute and attempted to walk around the defendant to approach the nightclub,” a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report states, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Houston drag queen story time organizers quit after death threats from Loving Christians™
The organizers of Houston’s Drag Queen Story Time project are calling it quits after intimidation and death threats by conservative Christians and nonstop harassment by a religious right leader. Earlier this year, an armed man burst into a Houston library and was arrested after he refused to leave.
Directors Trent Lira and Devin Will wrote a piece for Houstonian that describes the hell they’ve been going through since a local news report spotlighted the children’s reading initiative and why they’ve decided to “step aside.”
Lesbians are also being killed in Chechnya and 'no-one seems to care'
A lesbian who escaped the ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya has bravely shared her story, even though it could get her killed.
The woman – who remains anonymous for her safety – shared the horrors of growing up LGBTI in Chechnya and how she wasn’t even safe from her own family.
In early 2017 the world started learning how Chechnya – a region in the north Caucasus of Russia – had started rounding up, detaining, torturing and executing men because of their real or perceived sexual identity.
But in 2018 Chechen authorities turned their sights onto lesbians and trans people.
‘In two years, we were approached by 37 girls who position themselves as lesbians, and two transgender women from the republics of the North Caucasus,’ said Igor Kochetkov, head of the Russian LGBTI Network.
‘Also in 2018, we began to receive reports of girls being detained by the police on suspicion of homosexuality. According to reports from Chechnya, there are girls among those detained in December to January.’
Chechen authorities denied the claims, saying gay people don’t exist in Chechnya.
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