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Legalise sex toys and pornography to cut rape, says Thai MP
A Thai MP has proposed legalising sex toys and pornography as a way to cut rape offences and other sexual assaults.
Treerat Sirichantaropas, a spokesman for a committee tasked with combating rape, said in a Facebook post on Monday he believed legalising pornography and sex toys would help to cut the number of sexual assault cases reported in the country.
Treerat, who is also secretary of the Pheu Thai Plus think tank, said about 30,000 rape cases were reported every year, the majority of them filed by victims aged between 15 and 19 years.
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Lesbian couple left 'overwhelmed with anger' as South Africa venue declines their wedding
A South African wedding venue is facing criticism after the Christian owners declined to host a lesbian couple's wedding.
Megan Watling, 25, and Sasha-Lee Heekes, 24, said they contacted the owners of Beloftebos, a popular event place in Cape Town, inquiring about potential dates for their wedding.
However, they received an email response that the venue does not accommodate weddings between couples of the same gender, Watling and Heekes wrote on Facebook.
Watling said she cried and became overwhelmed with anger after reading the response last Friday.
Socialism Will Not Cure LGBTQ Oppression
...a lot of LGBTQ people lately have taken to the media to say that socialism is the answer to LGBTQ oppression and all I can say to that is, “Bullshit.” Every last bit of history proves otherwise. Now, I’m not arguing that socialism/communism is anti-LGBTQ, but it hasn’t been the best system for LGBTQ people in all cases. Yet, neither has capitalism. In fact, the social progress of LGBTQ rights in different countries under different systems has been so haphazard that it’s impossible to argue who has been better for LGBTQ rights. The only logical conclusion, and I know this may sound crazy to a lot of folks, is that somehow, and this is crazy, systems of economics and government don’t actually have a lot to do with social values. In fact, and I may be going out on a limb here but I’m feeling crazy, it seems that governments and economic systems reflect what society values. Woah, mindblowing ain’t it?
Minnesota Senate Leader: Sexual Assault, Bad Parenting Make People Gay
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka defended conversion therapy and claimed that sexual assault can cause homosexuality, all in a wide-ranging interview with televangelist Andrew Wommack.
The senator, a Republican, recalled hearing the story of “a lady that was lesbian, and [a counselor] said before you judge her, let me just tell you her backstory. … He said she was chained to a toilet as a like 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-year-old girl and raped by her dad, for years and years. How do you think she’s gonna feel? In other words, he’s trying to get you to realize that there’s a deeper backstory, and if you understand that, you can love them while you’re … bringing truth and trying to help them.”
He also contended that lack of closeness to a parent of the same sex can cause a person to be gay. In a conversation with a gay man, Gazelka said he asked if the man was raised by a mother and father or just by his mother; it turned out the man was brought up by his mother and grandmother. “We actually had a conversation that we could talk about the issues around the why and the what,” the senator said.
“I think the best place to land is let the church have the total freedom to do as they please, and then for professional counselors, if an adolescent comes into their office, says I have unwanted same-sex attraction, I’m hoping that counselor can say ‘How can I help you?’” Gazelka told Wommack.
Bali villas targeted by authorities for “catering” to the LGBTQ community
Republicans declare war on transgender people in state legislatures all over the US
American women are more prejudiced than men against lesbians
A landmark study has revealed some startling information about people’s perceptions of homosexuality.
The team of researchers tested people from 23 countries on their attitudes about gays and lesbians. In America, men and women “did not significantly differ in their attitudes toward gay men,” but women were significantly more likely to be prejudiced against lesbians.
Mother Files $5.5 Million Lawsuit After Son Is Bullied Over 50 Cent Friendship
The mother of a Brooklyn teen is blaming 50 Cent for the merciless bullying of her son, and is now suing the Department of Education for $5.5 million.
Myasia Dickerson believes her 14-year-old son Davian Fraser’s friendship with 50 Cent has made him a target, the New York Daily News reports. Now, Dickerson has filed a claim against the city, accusing Williamsburg Charter School of not protecting her son after he was regularly attacked by fellow students.
After the students learned about Fraser’s relationship with the rapper at the beginning of the school year, some of them started to harass him. “It caused a big uproar in the school,” Dickerson told the outlet. “The kids started to follow my son around, tried to put him on Snapchat, tried to take videos of him. They were following him to the train station.”
During Fraser’s lunch break on Dec. 16, four classmates came up to him near a stairwell and started punching him. “He was attacked from behind as he tried to walk away," Dickerson said. “He was punched in the head and then the student proceeded to fight him and then he slammed my son’s head onto the ground.”
Gymnastics Coach Allegedly Sexually Abused Teen Student In Front Of His Own Child
A San Antonio gymnastics and cheerleading coach has been accused of sexually abusing his teen student — once while his own child was playing in the same room where the alleged assault took place.
Robert Thomas Kotara, 33, is facing a charge of sexual assault of a child after one of his longtime students, now 18, reported the coach had been regularly having sex with her since she was 16 years old, police said, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The sexual abuse allegedly began when Kotara asked the 16-year-old to help supervise a sleepover at the cheer gym for other students, according to court documents obtained by KENS. But after the teen arrived at the gym, she told authorities Kotara asked her to accompany him on an errand and drove her to a hotel instead, where he allegedly plied her with alcohol and sexually assaulted her.
Legion of Christ accused abuser removed from priesthood
Academic had gruelling sex swap surgery and then changed his mind at the last minute - and is now accusing the 'transition' industry of pushing vulnerable people like him into irreversible operations they'll regret
I have come to believe that for many of the growing numbers of men, women and, most alarmingly, children wishing to change sex, gender reassignment is nothing more than escapism.
It certainly was in my case. The least we can do is start to tell the truth.
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
Queer Women Have a Lot to Worry About When They Travel for Work
Patricia King travels a lot for her job. She says where she stays, how she flies, and what cars she drives when she’s on the road matter to her. And as often as she makes sure the airlines, car companies, and hotels she uses have LGBTQ-friendly policies for their employees, she also makes sure she knows the local LGBTQ-related laws of the places she travels to.
“I will not stay at a hotel with a track record of discrimination,” said King, a speaker and consultant, and “I do make myself aware of the laws [of the states] where I am traveling to.”
King’s experience as a trans woman who regularly travels for business aligns with research revealing that a majority of LGBTQ businesswomen encounter compound forms of harassment and discrimination while traveling on the job, and often find themselves doing research their straight and cisgender counterparts don’t have to do.
Bouncer at “LGBTQ-friendly” bar allegedly kills gay newlywed after “unruly behavior”
A 35-year-old gay newlywed named Christopher McKinney died in University Hospital early Sunday morning after getting into a fight with a bouncer at Nowhere, an LGBTQ-friendly bar in Louisville, Kentucky. Some bar patrons say that Nowhere has a troubling history of callously handling patrons.
The bouncer was escorting McKinney out of the bar for “unruly behavior.” On the way out, the two got into a fight and the bouncer knocked McKinney out. Police investigators say there’s no evidence of a hate crime and have withheld the bouncer’s identity for the time being. No charges have been filed.
Second LGBT student joins suit against Fuller Theological Seminary after getting expelled for entering into same-sex marriages
Last November, a student at Fuller Theological Seminary — the nation's largest interdenominational seminary — sued the school for discrimination after she was expelled for marrying another woman. Now, another former student is joining the lawsuit.
In the amended complaint filed Tuesday, Nathan Brittsan, an American Baptist Churches USA pastor, joined Joanna Maxon in requesting the school award them more than $1 million each to compensate for damages, Christianity Today reported.
Paul Southwick, the attorney representing Maxon and Brittsan, is arguing that Fuller is required to comply with Title IX, which bars federally funded educational programs from discriminating based on sex. However, religiously affiliated schools are often granted exceptions from Title IX regulations in order to accommodate for religious freedom.
"It's a very important case at this time in our nation's history," Southwick said, according to Christianity Today. "This case could set an important legal precedent that if an educational institution receives federal funding, even if it's religiously-affiliated, even if it's a seminary, that it's required to comply with Title IX prohibitions on sex discrimination as applied to LGBT individuals."
'Death to Gays' Pastor: Fires Ravaging Australia Because It Banned Me
Televangelist Jim Bakker tells followers they aren’t saved unless they worship Donald Trump
A surrogate blackmailed a gay couple for parental rights of their newborn twin daughters
Steven and Marc Winchester-Horscraft — a married gay couple from Shropshire, England — have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the $34,100 in legal costs after the surrogate mother of their newly born twin girls refused to sign over parental rights unless they paid her an additional $4,000 on top of the $22,300 they’d already paid to cover her other fees.
In their GoFundMe page, Steven wrote that their “long, excruciating nightmare” began when their twin girls were born prematurely at 28 weeks instead of the usual 37 weeks. As a result, the newborns had lots of health difficulties.
After their surrogate announced that she had gone into labor, the couple took a 3.5-hour drive to the hospital to find out upon arrival that their second daughter was a “breech birth” (coming out feet- or butt-first rather than head-first). The dangerous delivery condition that left the infant “covered from head to toe in bruises.”
Court tosses out case against social workers accused of ignoring torture of 8-year-old “gay” boy
LGBTQ Methodists were stuck loving a church that didn’t love them back. Sound familiar?
LGBTQ inclusion in the policy and practices of UMC has been a long contentious and exhausting battle – both nationally and globally. The proposed schism to be voted on in May at General Conference in Minneapolis will divide the nation’s third-largest denomination worldwide.
While the current UMC will allow LGBTQ marriages and clergy, the impending split will create a new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, allowing outright discrimination and denunciation of LGBTQ people in the name of God.
The Ostensibly Straight Men I’m Dating Sound Gay
Is it homophobic for me to find that unattractive?
Dear How to Do It,
I recently started dating again and have just recently been confronted by a situation that’s left me scratching my head. I have met two men who would like to date me, and they both are great! And, they both sound completely gay—like, out-of-the-closet, effeminate-speech gay. This is kind of a libido killer for me, and it makes my brain spin. I am not proud of my response, which is to not want to go out with them again. I can’t even tell if I sound homophobic here, but is it homophobic to be a straight woman and not want to date a gay man? See? My brain is a mess. Here are my specific fears—that one or both of these men are in denial about their gender preferences OR that I’m passing up on some fantastic men because they are indeed straight. I know it’s up to me to decide if I find them attractive and move ahead, but I guess I want someone to tell me that it’s possible that I’m a nincompoop here and that straight men can “sound gay.”
Having a preference doesn't mean you hate, it means you are an individual. Let's stop torturing people for being themselves lest we are obliged to apply the same empathy to killers and rapists.
A good question to ask would have been, "why are you attracting so many effeminate men?" 23-Dec-2019