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Grindr is not a cure for coronavirus anxiety
In moments of great anxiety, it is not uncommon for me to embark on late-night Grindr sessions. My fraught relationship with the ubiquitous gay dating app goes back several years, and doesn’t include a whole lot of actual dates, frankly. The endless grid of headless torsos and explicit usernames usually don’t want dates; they want “pics.” The whole exhausting experience often concludes with me staying up way too late on a weeknight, and uninstalling the app in shame.
But I keep coming back, addicted to the slot machine-like feel of the app, which LGBT researcher Jack Turban defines as the psychological concept of variable ratio enforcement. In his 2018 piece for Vox examining Grindr’s impact on the mental health of gay men, Turban says Grindr awards its users for clicking at unpredictable levels, and that’s one of the most effective ways to reinforce human behavior. In other words, Grindr works like a slot machine: once in a while you score, but more often, you fail — sending endless inquiries into the digital abyss.
Like many people, I have struggled with my mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. In a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of Americans said the crisis has negatively impacted their mental health. Early on, I attempted to cure my quarantine despair with Grindr, despite the obvious futility of the endeavor. While I had no intentions of actually meeting up with strangers in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, I still logged onto the app religiously, looking for an escape from my loneliness. Of course, being unable to actually meet up with anybody only increased my feeling of isolation, worsening the vicious cycle.
Naked murder suspect fights with police after allegedly mutilating his gay victim’s testicles and cutting open his stomach
Murder suspect Aljo Mrkulic fought police officers while naked after attempting to set fire to his gay victim’s apartment, according to a police report.
Mrkulic is facing first-degree murder, assault, and arson charges over the killing of Christopher Rodriguez in East Harlem, New York City, on Saturday.
Aljo Mrkulic allegedly mutilated his victim before attacking police while naked.
Leaked Zoom call exposes Azerbaijani politicians’ open homophobia as they regret ‘that Hitler did not exterminate the gays’
A 66-year-old Nebraska woman sued all “homosexuals”
Gay and bi men are very horny but abstaining from hook-ups during lockdown 19 MAY 2020
Employers seek gender, sexuality details
This News Anchor Was Attacked for Being Gay, Police Say
Ellen is at “the end of her rope” after multiple accusations of being the “Queen of Mean”
TEXAS GROCERY CUSTOMER, UPSET OVER CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS, THROWS STEAK AND LETTUCE AT CASHIER ON MOTHER'S DAY
Texas police say they have identified a man who allegedly threw lettuce and steak at grocery store staff on Mother's Day after becoming enraged about meat purchasing limits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police release bodycam video of customers who 'barricaded' Waffle Shop, officer handcuffing 73-year-old Vietnam vet
'Here's your firing': Supermarket worker sacked during lockdown goes on store rampage
Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance as homicides continue
Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky.
Marvin L. Cheatham Sr., for one, knows he could be watched as he goes to a doctor’s appointment or visits friends. He’ll be spied upon in his back yard, and as he steps into his car, and when he drives around the city, his entire trip will be recorded, too.
All his movements will be captured, and he’s OK with this — even though police will have no search warrant, and the overwhelming majority of Baltimore’s citizens will have committed no crimes — because the city is so besieged by violence.
“I am so upset and angry about all these people that have died, I’m willing to give up some of my rights, as bad as that sounds, and I’m a staunch civil rights person,” said Cheatham, who led his local NAACP chapter in the 1990s. “I had 19 homicides two years ago in my neighborhood.”
Georgia family demands justice for black jogger who was shot dead in broad daylight after being chased down by two white men who thought he was a burglar before one pulled the trigger
3 men sue Montana Council of Boy Scouts, claim sexual abuse
Aberdeen man admits sexually abusing young girl more than 16 years ago
Sexual harassment including indecent exposure has got worse since lockdown, say women
Teen with lesbian moms forced to listen to anti-LGBTQ “sermons” before school basketball practice
In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, two mothers in Tennessee allege that their son’s middle school basketball coach forced kids to attend his sermons in order to stay on the team.
The lawsuit, filed by the mothers who identified themselves only as “K.K.” and “K.K.,” says that their son signed up for the school’s basketball team, but no one told him that he would have to participate in any religious instruction to be on the team.
But Coach Chuck Comer then allegedly told the students that participating in a “Teens for Christ” program was a requirement for the team. Specifically, students had to show up 30 minutes before practice in the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays to listen to Comer “read from and interpret the Bible for approximately 30 minutes.”
Even worse, the son went to one of the sermons, which was allegedly about LGBTQ people and “sin.” The teen was forced to endure “harassment on the basis of his parents’ sexual orientation” to be on the team, the lawsuit states.
Backlash against LGBT+ rights sees hate and neo-Nazis rise across Europe
Anti-LGBT+ hate speech and physical attacks are rising across Europe – including in Spain, Finland and the UK.
That’s according to international LGBT+ rights organisation ILGA-Europe as they publish their annual report today.
In particular they highlight a rise in the number of neo-Nazis on the fringe of Pride events. And they point to Chechnya where LGBT+ people were again detained without trial in concentration camps. They also say hate attacks against LGBT+ people have risen in Britain since Brexit.
Evelyne Paradis, executive director of ILGA-Europe, said the report dispelled the myth that the community was only making progress.
She said: ‘It is not all bad news. The issue of bodily integrity for intersex people continues to gain more prominence on the political agenda of governments and institutions.
‘2019 was a year of positive developments for rainbow families in the region, with an expansion of family rights in a few countries. And important advancements continue to be made on reforming or establishing legal gender recognition procedures, even if in many countries progress is slowing down.
‘However, the lived reality of LGBTI people in many parts of Europe and Central Asia is increasingly difficult and for a large part remains invisible, even to organisations like ILGA-Europe. Action is needed.’
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Texas Politician Blasts Log Cabin Repubs: Gays Promote 'Unnatural' Sex
Dad who refuses to send son to school over LGBT lessons is facing jail
George Michael’s Ex Arrested for Allegedly Smashing Up the Late Singer’s Mansion
“Police were called to the North London mansion after neighbours reportedly saw Fawaz, 46, standing topless on the roof. According to The Sun loud smashing noises could be heard inside the building and water was seen gushing out of the front door.”
According to police a man had been seen on the roof of the mansion but was not there when police arrived. Fawaz was later arrested on suspicion of aggravated criminal damage.
Trans woman attacked 3 strangers with an axe after being shamed by her date
CONNECTICUT WOMAN ATTACKS PREGNANT MCDONALD'S WORKER OVER 'MESSED UP' ORDER, TRIES TO MAKE HER OWN MCCHICKEN SANDWICH
A Connecticut woman is accused of attacking a pregnant McDonald's worker and yelling that she hopes she loses her baby after becoming irate at staff for getting her order of McChicken wrong.
Day care worker caught on video abusing toddlers
Sephora to shut U.S. stores for day of diversity training after racial incident
LVMH’s Sephora beauty chain said it will close all its U.S. stores, distribution centers and corporate offices on Wednesday to conduct diversity training for employees, a move that follows a racial incident involving a Grammy-nominated singer.
Americans who suffer abuse because of their skin colour 'show higher levels of inflammation which could lead to cancer, heart disease or dementia'
Restaurant Uses N-Word On Customer’s Receipt, Says He Spelled Name Out That Way
Georgia Dad Outraged After He Says School Bus Driver Left His 5-Year-Old Daughter Behind 3 Times
Officials at a Georgia elementary school are apologizing to a concerned father after he said that his 5-year-old daughter had been left behind by school bus drivers three times.
Video footage showed Tristan King confronting staff at Norton Elementary school in Snellville after learning that the school bus driver had driven off without his young daughter yet again. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitutionthis link opens in a new tab that his fourth-grade son called him in a panic with the news.
“He called us screaming that his sister wasn’t on the bus and they wouldn’t wait for her or let him off to find her,” King told the publication.
Angry dad brings loaded AK-47 to Florida school because son called crying, police say
Gay man who claims he was kicked out of an Uber for kissing his friend on the forehead is hit with a barrage of vile abuse online
A gay man who claims he was abruptly kicked out of an Uber due to his sexuality has revealed the 'disgusting and disgraceful' abuse he received after sharing his story.
The driver of the ride-share told Ryan Ottey to get out of his car mid-fare through Sydney on Sunday when he saw him kiss his friend on the forehead in the backseat.
Mr Ottey shared footage of the confrontation with the driver, who repeatedly said: 'Not in my car, I don't want to take you anymore.'
Now, he has revealed the extent of the abuse he has received from trolls online, many of which sided with the driver.
More than a third of millennials share Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's worry about having kids while the threat of climate change looms
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last week when she suggested that some young Americans are concerned about having children because of the threat that climate change could pose to future generations.
"Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don't turn this ship around ... there's scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult," Ocasio-Cortez said on Instagram Live. "And even if you don't have kids, there are still children here in the world, and we have a moral obligation to leave a better world for them."
The 29-year-old New York progressive went on to say young people are grappling with the question: "Is it OK to still have children?"
A teacher told the school that a boy is gay & that his girlfriend is ‘cover’
A father in San Antonio is exploring his legal options after a teacher allegedly said that his son is gay and that his girlfriend is “a cover.”
The father, whose wished to remain anonymous to protect his privacy, said that that led to bullying.
#MeToo firestorm consumes Bollywood and Indian media
India's #MeToo movement arrived in a cascade of allegations as women took to Twitter to call out comedians, journalists, authors, actors and filmmakers - in the process, they have sparked a debate about consent and complicity.
Unlike its American counterpart, it has not been spurred by investigative journalism. Rather, it has been a spontaneous outpouring in the last few days, amplified by journalists themselves. And it has hit Indian media the hardest.
Veteran actor Alok Nath is the latest to be named for an alleged sexual assault nearly 20 years ago. His accuser, the director of a television show starring Nath, recounted the alleged incident in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
MICHAEL BUBLE: "SOCIAL MEDIA IS FOR NARCISSISTS"
I May Even Quit Show Biz
Michael Buble has just revealed how devastating his son's cancer diagnosis was ... it has fundamentally altered his life to the point he may quit showbiz.
Michael told the Daily Mail his upcoming album, "Love", may be the last one he ever records. According to the article, he says, "I'm retiring from the business. I've made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top."