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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.
Gay Star News
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
This high school prom bans same-sex guests, even after a lawsuit about it
A high school is coming under fire for banning same-sex guests at their prom.
Students at Tremont Attendance Center, a public school in Tremont, Mississippi, were told to sign paperwork that bans same-sex guests to prom.
“Guests must be 10th grade-21 years old and of the opposite sex,” a liability release form says.
“This is a night set aside to honor and celebrate our Juniors and Seniors and will be treated as such,” the form says in the same paragraph, possibly as an explanation for the ban on same-sex guests.
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 50 charged in college admissions scam for unworthy kids, prosecutors say
Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been charged in a nationwide college-entrance cheating scam, according to federal court records unsealed on Tuesday.
Huffman, Loughlin, and 48 other individuals — including a slew of wealthy executives and attorneys — engaged in “large-scale, elaborate fraud” to create a “rigged system” at elite American universities like Yale, Stanford, USC, and UCLA, according to prosecutors. In some cases, they allegedly used imposters to stand in for the children at exams or bribed athletic recruiters to recruit their children, even if they didn’t end up playing that sport in college.
Federal prosecutors cited one example where parents paid a $400,000 bribe to Yale’s women’s soccer coach so that their daughter could attend the school. She didn't play soccer.
The investigation is ongoing, and more parents and coaches are believed to be involved.
South Carolina school rejects 4th grader’s essay supporting LGBTQ rights
Elizabeth Foster, the principal of Anderson Mill Elementary School — a public school in the town of Moore, South Carolina (population 13,739) — reportedly rejected the inclusion of a 4th grade student’s essay promoting LGBTQ-acceptance from a book of student essays “on society.”
The principal believed the 10-year-old student’s essay would “make other parents upset … due to the type of school this is, the people that work here and the students and families of the students that go here,” creating an “undesirable situation at the school,” according to a lawsuit filed in federal court by the child’s parents.
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME Muslim parents encourage kids to chant outside primary school for promoting ‘gay lessons’
Russian Lawmaker Says Gays Are 'Sick,' Must Be 'Cured'
A Russian lawmaker who heads a parliamentary committee on family and children affairs has called gays "sick" people who "must be cured."
In a televised interview aired on March 5, Tamara Pletnyova also said that the 19th-century prominent Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky also was gay, "but he always hid it and was ashamed of it."
Radio Free Europe
Why Are So Many LGBTQ Groups Staying Silent About This #MeToo Scandal?
On Monday night, residents of West Hollywood called for John Duran to leave his position on the West Hollywood City Council after weeks of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
It was a deeply sobering moment. The native Angeleno boasts decades of advocacy work for the city’s gay and HIV-positive communities. Duran ceded his position as mayor of West Hollywood on Monday morning, citing health concerns, but this was less momentous than it would appear. The post of mayor is largely ceremonial, rotating each year among members of the council, and Duran has remarked that West Hollywood perceives him to be mayor no matter who holds the seat. He remains on the council, and he has no plans to resign from that post.
Catholic Church cardinals implicated in sex abuse, cover-ups
The conviction of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to report a known pedophile priest to police deepens the crisis confronting an already discredited Catholic Church hierarchy. The verdict handed down by magistrates Thursday shows the church's once-untouchable "princes" increasingly are judged accountable for priests who abuse children and the superiors who allowed the abuse to continue.
After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Chile to Australia and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch..
Here is a look at cases implicating Catholic cardinals, members of the exclusive club of prelates that advises the pope and eventually elects his successor.
Father found guilty of plotting acid attack on 3-year-old son
A father has been found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in prison for plotting an acid attack on his 3-year-old son amid a custody battle with his ex-wife.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted unanimously by a jury Wednesday at Worcester Crown Court in the UK following a six-week trial, the court confirmed to CNN.
The jury, which deliberated for nine hours, convicted the man and five co-conspirators of plotting to spray sulfuric acid in the child's face with the intention to "burn, maim or disfigure."
Jurors were told that the father, 40, a taxi driver from Wolverhampton, central England, but originally from Afghanistan, enlisted the help of his co-conspirators in order to attack his son in a bid to gain increased custody by depicting the child's mother as incapable of providing adequate care, the UK's Press Association agency reported.
Woman with 2 children in car is shot, killed by other driver
Infant Girl Found Dead in Parked Car with Mom, Who Is Taken to Hospital and Arrested
Texas Woman Arrested 2 Years After Allegedly Killing Student Thanks To Anonymous Letter
U.S. NEWS Chris Watts reveals gruesome details about the day he killed his pregnant wife, daughters
California lawmakers accepted $810,000 in gifts and overseas trips in 2018
California lawmakers were showered with more than $810,000 in gifts last year, many from powerful interest groups lobbying the state who handed out concert and professional sports tickets, spa treatments, gourmet dinners and trips to a dozen countries, new state reports show.
The annual economic disclosure reports shed light on how state legislators can augment their annual $110,459 salaries with gifts that allow them to travel the world and eat at expensive restaurants, often in the company of corporate executives seeking to influence their decisions in the Legislature.
“The truth is the vast majority of gifts and trips are given because the gift givers want something in return,” said Rey Lopez-Calderon, executive director of California Common Cause, a government watchdog organization. “It's not just a question of the gift giver wanting something in return, but that the public could infer that even if it's not true. There is potential for the public's faith in government to be undermined.”
Man Sues 3 White Women Who Accused Him Of Stalking, Being A Pedophile In 'Gardening While Black' Case
A Detroit man is planning to sue three white women who repeatedly called the cops on him and fabricated stories of stalking, threatening and even being a pedophile, all because he was working on constructing a community garden at a vacant playground in his community.
Marc Peeples, who is Black, and his attorney Robert Burton-Harris are accusing the women of making up increasingly alarming stories about him throughout 2017 and early 2018 as part of their ploy to “take control” of Hunt Park and have Peeples removed from the park where he was trying to build out an urban garden, the Detroit Metro Times reports.
The three women – Deborah Nash, Martha Callahan, and Jennifer Morris – all live near the park. The first began calling the police about Peeples, accusing him of “illegal gardening,” but when police declined to respond, they escalated their behavior.
At one point, they accused Peeples of threatening Nash with a gun in the park. In another incident, they accused him of being a part of a drive-by shooting. In one of the more horrifying cases, the women waited until Peeples was with children – who were working with him in the garden – and accused him of being a pedophile.
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.
The backlash against Ariana Grande headlining a Pride event is ridiculous
I have yet to attend a drag show or a gay party (that is, a party heavily attended by gays) in the year 2019, where I haven’t heard a Grande song, which I always assume (probably because I am an old millennial) is a new Mariah Carey song.
Grande is a diva, one whose stature doesn’t even begin to rival those that came before her: Britney, Cher, Madonna, Donna, Whitney, and so on.
But she is a diva nonetheless.
And divas, sexual orientation be damned, belong at Gay Pride.
That’s my opinion anyway.
California AG Wants To Stop Journalists From Releasing A List Of Cops’ Crimes
After journalists obtained a list of police officers’ past criminal convictions, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office has told them to destroy it and that even possessing it is illegal.
Reporters with the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley received the list last month through a public records request from The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
In an article published Tuesday in the Mercury News, the Berkeley reporters said the list contains 10 years’ worth of convictions with nearly 12,000 names of current and former law enforcement officers, as well as people who had applied to become cops.
Some officers had been fired and others remained on the job despite a conviction, they said. It was not clear how many on the list were civilians who applied for positions in law enforcement.
Among officers on the list, some had allegedly been convicted of trafficking drugs, stealing money from departments, sexually assaulting suspects, taking bribes or filing false reports. A “large number” had driven under the influence of drugs or alcohol, some killing people on the road.
White Woman With Unleashed Pomeranian Harasses Black Family Taking Photos of Their 1-Year-Old
Franci Neely, a Houston socialite and the ex-wife of Astros owner Jim Crane, was recorded harassing a black family for taking photos on a scenic boulevard in celebration of their daughter's first birthday. Neely had her unleashed Pomeranian with her, and zero shoes.
Kelyn and Isaiah Allen hired a professional photographer to take pics of their baby daughter Anja. The couple had set up blankets and brought a few balloons to the North Boulevard in Houston, a picturesque esplanade frequented by individuals wishing to capture a special memory.
However, as the Allens were photographing their daughter, Franci Neely became angered that they were blocking the sidewalk. In a now-viral video, the barefoot Neely is seen with her leash-less dog, approaching the family and screaming at them for taking pictures on the esplanade. According to Kelyn, Neely passed several groups similarly taking photos to approach Kelyn and her family, yelling, "You are trampling the grass that we pay for."