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Students thought their Mormon university was OK with gay people for a second. Oops.
Students kissed people of the same-sex in celebration of Brigham Young University’s (BYU) new honor code, which no longer prohibits “homosexual behavior.”
But the school is saying there was “some miscommunication” about what it means, leaving LGBTQ students confused about their rights on campus.
BYU is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church), which teaches that homosexuality is a “serious transgression” and whose members donated around $20 million to ban marriage equality in California in 2008.
According to Deseret News, BYU’s honor code used to say: “Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the honor code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”
The new honor code continues to assert that only a married man and woman should engage in sexual relations, but it no longer includes the section that mentioned “homosexual behavior.”
Teacher forbids student with lesbian moms from speaking in favor of same-sex marriage
Middle school teacher is suspended without pay after she 'squirted hand sanitizer into the mouth of a student who would not stop talking'
Did U.K.’s Most Prolific Serial Rapist Ignite a LGBTQ “Witch Hunt?"
“The case of Reynhard Sinaga has already provoked a backlash against LGBTIQ people in Indonesia,” says Paul Jansen, senior advisor for global advocacy at OutRight Action International. “Indonesian media sensationalized the case, presenting it not as the actions of one criminal, but rather as representative of the nature of all LGBTIQ people. In response, the city of Depok, south of Jakarta, has announced a witch hunt to chase LGBTIQ people out of the city, as ‘perverts and criminals have no place in the city.’ Other officials and other cities may follow suit. Rising hate speech is likely to increase hate-motivated discrimination, harassment, and violence against LGBTIQ people.”
In one example, Mohammad Idris, the mayor of Depok, recently directed police to weed out “LGBT behavior” and called on local agencies to stop the “spread of LGBT,” according to The Guardian. Using Sinaga’s crime as justification, Idris also vowed to launch a center in Depok to rehabilitate LGBTQ “victims.”
Gay teacher left “broken” after student’s homophobic dad threatened him with a knife
Pizza worker busted calling a customer a “fa***t” in viral video
Gay man beaten after another man thought he was flirting with him
California high school basketball game ends in ‘racist’ chant: ‘Where’s your passport?’
A California high school basketball game ended with students from one school erupting into a chant of “Where’s your passport?” as the opposing team’s principal angrily confronts them.
The chant erupted at the conclusion of the contest between St. Joseph High School, a private school, and Righetti High, a public school located across the street in Santa Maria, according to the Santa Maria Times.
Supporters from Righetti High, the visiting team who lost 74-57, started the taunt in the final seconds of the game, according to video captured by the paper’s sports editor and posted to Twitter.
Three players on St. Joseph’s are from Puerto Rico — a US territory — and one is from France, the report said.
Four students were suspended after racist Snapchats. They're suing the district for violating free speech.
CHICAGO STUDENTS PROTEST AFTER TEACHER ALLEGEDLY TELLS HISPANIC GIRL TO 'GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY'
A school called police after a kindergartner with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher.
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
Kanye West joins stadium “prayer rally” with some of America’s most anti-LGBTQ activists
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. After West’s announcement so many people rushed online to get free tickets to the event, the group’s website crashed.
West, who’s erratic behavior has seen him suddenly becoming a rightwing Christian and devout worshipper of Donald Trump, has been pushing his new gospel album recently. One of the songs is an ode to Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain most frequently identified with religious controversy over LGBTQ rights.
Florida Republicans submit 4 anti-gay bills on last day to file
Tennessee Will Allow Adoption Agencies to Ban LGBTQ+ Parents
Indonesian mayor plans LGBT raids after infamous rape spree, outraging activists
What Kids Who Bully Often Have In Common
When parents, educators and mental health professionals talk about bullying, there is understandably a lot of emphasis on the victims. But in focusing solely on victims in anti-bullying efforts, an important part of the equation gets forgotten: the kids who do the bullying.
“Bullying is not a one-time event or a random act of mean behavior but rather a pervasive, ongoing pattern of aggression targeted toward another child who in some way has less power in the relationship,” explained school psychologist Rebecca Branstetter, noting that it’s important to distinguish it from other forms of aggressive behavior or typical childhood conflicts.
Obviously every child who bullies comes from different circumstances and has different reasons for this behavior. There is no one profile of a bully, as each child who engages in this conduct has a unique set of challenges. But there are many common traits and experiences among bullies, and examining them can be beneficial.
Antigay, 14-Year-Old Vlogger Soph Threatens to Shoot Up YouTube
A racist, Islamaphobic, homophobic teen threatened to shoot up YouTube headquarters after the company terminated her account for posting a hateful, anti-LGBTQ screed in late July, according to Business Insider.
Responding to YouTube’s removal of her account last week for violating its three strikes in 90 days rule, 14-year-old Soph tweeted a picture of an assault rifle with the caption, “youtube headquarters here I come.” She later deleted the tweet saying that it was a joke.
The video that finally led to her removal from the site was entitled “Pride and Prejudice.” In it, she wore a short-haired wig and a t-shirt intended to be ironic.
“Unfortunately, as you know, last month was Pride, which meant we all had to endure 30-days of AIDS-carrying pedophile victims patting themselves on their backs for their lifestyles,” Soph said in the video. “I had an especially hard time considering that I live in California where there was a puddle of diseased load waiting for me whenever I dared to step out of my house.”
The Latest: Family of ex-cop convicted of rape "devastated"
The family of a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of rape says it's devastated that a court has rejected his appeal.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday upheld the convictions of 32-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw.
A statement from Holtzclaw's sister, Jenny Holtzclaw, said Holtzclaw is also devastated, but strong, and that the family will "pursue every available avenue" to prove his innocence and win his freedom.
Prosecutors accused Holtzclaw of targeting black women and girls while on duty. He was convicted in 2015 on 18 charges involving seven women and a teenage girl. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison.
Thorbjorn Olesen Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault, Being Drunk on Plane
Ashley Wagner Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by Another Skater
Five Ohio police officers face disciplinary action over Stormy Daniels strip club arrest
Teacher Fired After Reporting That Students Wore Confederate Flags to Pass Out Sick, Racist, Homophobic Flyers at Junior High School
Students wearing Confederate flags distributed racist and homophobic flyers on Wednesday in an effort to bully students in McCormick Junior High School’s Gay Straight Alliance students. The school is in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The flyers have a “NO” symbol covering a Pride flag and say “It’s great to be straight. It’s not ok to be gay.”
They also read, “Black lives only matter because if it weren’t for them who would pick our cotton” and “Join the kkk (the confederate kid club)”.
OKLAHOMA CITY DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S HEADQUARTERS VANDALIZED WITH SWASTIKAS, HATEFUL MESSAGES
2 Florida White Men Accused Of Shooting At Biracial Children While Yelling Racial Slurs
Liam Neeson Issues New Apology for Racist Revenge Fantasy Anecdote
Teen Who Bludgeoned 10-Year-Old To Death With Metal Pipe And Left Her In A Ditch Sentenced For ‘Heinous’ Crime
According to an affidavit, Zellmer hit Campbell in the head five times with the pipe, then dragged her into a ditch, where she was later found dead. She was found naked from the waist down and police said there was evidence to suggest she'd been sexually assaulted. Zellmer initially had been charged with sexual assault in addition to murder, but those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Oklahoma Teen, 17, Pleads Guilty in Teacher's Death, Rape of an 81-Year-Old Woman
Lyft driver told a gay man he’ll burn in hell & refused to let him out of the car until they prayed
A Lyft driver in Washington DC has been fired after telling a gay passenger he’ll “burn in hell” and refusing to let the man out of the car until they prayed away his sins.
This guy threatened to bomb a grocery store to kill a gay man & kept stealing a town’s pride flag
High School Students Circulated ‘Gay List’ Online, Naming 100 Classmates as ‘The Biggest F*gs’ — WATCH
Ofsted backs primary school over Muslim parents who pull kids from class in protest at gay lessons
FLORIDA TEEN LIT CAGED CAT ON FIRE, FED REMAINS TO HIS DOGS, PROSECUTORS SAY
A Florida 19-year-old is accused of setting a caged cat on fire and feeding its remains to his dogs. The alleged act of animal abuse, which was caught on video, occurred in July 2016 but details have only been released now.
In the video, Roberto Hernandez can be seen standing over a cat in a small cage and dousing it with some sort of flammable liquid. Prosecutors said Hernandez then lights some matches and sets the animal ablaze.
Dog Choked, Slammed On Ground By Man Who Was To Train It
Toddler mauled to death by 2 family dogs
11-year-old boy allegedly shot dad for taking away video games
Investigators say an 11-year-old northern Indiana boy shot and wounded his state trooper father because he was upset that his parents took away his video games.
17-year-old allegedly killed 2 teens in his grandparents' garage, set their bodies on fire in their car: Sheriff
A 17-year-old allegedly killed two Indiana teenagers in his grandparents' garage and then set their bodies on fire inside their car, officials said.
Connor Kerner was arrested on Saturday for the murders of 19-year-old Molley Lanham and 18-year-old Thomas Grill, the Porter County Sheriff's Office said on Monday in a statement.
Kerner, of Valparaiso, Indiana, was charged with two counts of murder, the sheriff's office said. Kerner is being tried as an adult, Porter County Prosecutor Gary German told ABC News on Tuesday.
Texas man allegedly slapped school bully who teased stepkid
A Texas man faces charges after he allegedly slapped his stepdaughter’s middle school bully in the face, officials said.
James Olander Peace, who is from Deer Park, is accused of hitting the 12-year-old because the boy teased his stepdaughter and threw ice cream at her, news station WTVD reported.
Peace’s wife, who didn’t want to be named, said her daughter asked to be picked up Feb. 14 because the boy was picking on her as she walked home.
She said the bully called her daughter “ugly” and told her she looked like a “transvestite."