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LGBT+ helpline sees calls double as queer people fear being left with abusive families during coronavirus lockdown
An LGBT+ charity has said it has seen a huge increase in the number of calls to its helpline since the coronavirus pandemic started.
The UK-based LGBT Foundation said the number of calls received over the last week was more than double the number received in the same period last year.
Worryingly, the charity said countless LGBT+ people are seeking support as they are stuck self-isolating with abusive family and partners.
They also warned that self-isolation means many queer people have been forced back into the closet, while many more have faced severe financial issues due to the pandemic’s economic fallout.
Coronavirus: American children are dying because of quarantine, doctors warn
Children kept at home due to the coronavirus pandemic may be putting them at greater risks of harm from both accidents and - tragically - abusive parents, according to a doctor.
In Fort Worth, Texas, a sudden surge of child abuse cases has raised red flags for doctors at the facility.
Speaking to Newsweek, Dr Jamye Coffman, the medical director of the Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation team at the Cook Children's Hospital, said a rise in child-abuse related injuries could be the result of children spending greater time at home with parents amid increased stress levels caused by coronavirus fears.
"I can't say for sure that this is related to [COVID-19]" she said. "I can't say for sure that this isn't just a fluke, but we know that when there's increased stress ... within families there's an increased risk of abuse to children."
Why we must never exalt parents to the point where they become hostile gods in their children's lives. (No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. We celebrate an unknown.) 24-Mar-2020
Teen busted for attacking Asian man in alleged coronavirus-linked hate crime
Cops arrested a teenager for a coronavirus-inspired hate crime on the Upper East Side, police said Saturday.
The 13-year-old boy turned himself in at the 23 Precinct with his mother Friday evening, and was charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime, cops said.
He was wanted for running up to and kicking a 59-year-old Asian man in the back, knocking him to the ground, police said.
Victim of possible coronavirus hate crime in Queens speaks out
Cops bust suspect accused of coronavirus-related hate crime on Asian man
Brooklyn Girl Left Unconscious After She Was Attacked by Teen Mob
The NYPD is searching for the group of teens who viciously attacked and robbed a 15-year-old Brooklyn girl in broad daylight.
Authorities say the incident occurred around 4 p.m. Thursday on the corner of Utica Avenue and Sterling Place in Crown Heights. Surveillance video shows the young girl falling to the ground as more than a dozen individuals—most of whom appeared to be male—began kicking and stomping her while she curled up on the sidewalk. As the mob dissipated, one of the attackers is seen stealing the girl's sneakers off her feet.
Mom on son nabbed over Brooklyn girl’s assault: ‘I wanted to kill him with my bare hands’
A gay couple stood up to a man who was harassing women. The next day he got revenge.
A gay couple in southwestern France was beaten up during Carnival in what they say was a bias-motivated crime after they stood up to a man who was harassing women.
The couple, who has only been identified as Lucas and Noël in the media, said that they were participating in Carnival on Saturday, February 22, in the city of Pau when they came across a 19-year-old man.
The couple had to kick the 19-year-old out of a community event the previous night because of his “inappropriate behavior” towards women at the event.
The next day, they ran into the same man.
“He recognized us,” Noël told Sud Ouest. “He wanted revenge.”
Asian Student Victim of Racist Attack in London: ‘I Don’t Want Your Coronavirus in My Country’
Coronavirus has led to even more rampant xenophobia and racism, especially toward Asians.
The Daily Dot reports that a 23-year-old Asian student was the victim of a racially charged attack on a London street due to the virus. Jonathan Mok took to Facebook to share the story. He was walking in late February when a group of four young men saw him and one man made a remark about coronavirus. Mok was shocked and confronted the man, which is when Mok was attacked. Mok has been living in London for two years as a student.
Woman says 'rushed' gender reassignment treatment left her suicidal
Keira Bell is taking the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust to court over the treatment she received for gender dysphoria, a condition where a person experiences distress due to a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity.
The 23-year-old, who used to identify as a boy, said the puberty-delaying drugs and testosterone prescribed to her have irreversibly damaged her physical and mental health.
Ms Bell started receiving treatment, including hormone blockers, after "roughly three sessions" at the Tavistock Centre. She says at the time she had "no doubt" she wanted to become a boy.
Ms Bell described her decision to transition as a teenager as a "coping mechanism" and says there was "no real investigation" into the other mental health issues she was going through at the time.
Montana Boy, 12, Is Found Dead in Home, and Police Say Grandparents and Uncle 'Tortured' Him
A Montana boy is dead and his grandparents and teen uncle face charges after they were allegedly caught on camera torturing him.
On Wednesday, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Sasser Jr., Patricia Batts and a juvenile male following the death of 12-year-old James Alex Hurley, according to a sheriff’s news release obtained by PEOPLE. The juvenile male was identified as James’s uncle.
All three have been charged with deliberate homicide after James was found dead on Feb. 3 of blunt force trauma to the back of his head.
Outrage as Florida six-year-old taken to mental health facility because she was ‘out of control’ at school
12-year-old boy suffers fractured skull after school employee 'body slammed' him
The Toxic, Hidden History of a Black Man Castrated in a Small Texas Town
The 69-year-old white man with the goatee appeared agitated. “We don’t want you around here stirring up trouble with the Blacks,” he said, his voice getting louder.
When I told the goateed man that I simply wanted to understand what happened to McNeeley and how white and Black residents get along nearly eight decades later, he slammed his hand on the table.
“That doesn’t have anything to do with what’s happening with Blacks today,” he said. “They think because their great-great-great granddaddy was a slave that we owe them something.”
He looked across the table at a man wearing a shirt that read, “Trump 45, find your safe space snowflake.” Behind the man, a wall-mounted television was turned to Fox News.
“These Blacks don’t want to work, [they] live off handouts, and walk around with their pants hanging down to their knees,” the goateed man said. “It makes me sick.”
Gay couple targeted in drive-by shooting after they kissed in their car
Two queer men in Florida say that they came under gunfire after kissing in their car. Three people were injured by the spray of bullets, including a woman in a lesbian couple.
At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Clive Khouri said that he and his friend were driving in the car when they were ambushed by several men in ATVs southwest Miami-Dade. The unidentified men opened fire on them, possibly after the two men kissed.
Even as Khouri tried to drive away, the men followed them and continued shooting.
Six teenage boys broke a gay author’s nose & cheekbone during his walk in the park
Chicago Sees String of Grindr Stun Gun Robberies
Chicago police are investigating a string of robberies in which suspects used Grindr to lure men to hotel rooms, then robbed them using stun guns.
At least five similar robberies involving the gay dating app were reported in the downtown area between Dec. 22 and Jan. 28.
Man confesses to viciously stabbing gay men in alleged hate crimes
Chicago Man Arrested for Robbing Grindr Dates With Taser
Bartender knocked unconscious & others injured as 2 men attacked a gay bar
An LGBTQ bar in Dallas was attacked by two men earlier this week, and police are looking for the two suspects.
The attack took place this past Sunday night after midnight at Liquid Zoo. Witnesses said that two young men entered the bar and shouted anti-gay slurs.
Bartenders tried to get them to leave, and that’s when they started punching the staff.
“It was kind of nightmarish because you never know what’s going to happen in that situation,” Ronnie Mikyles, who works at the bar, told CBS DFW. He added that he was worried that the attackers may have had a gun.
Why is rape still so prevalent in 2020?
The #metoo movement has made talking about rape far less taboo, so why isn’t sexual violence being reduced? In honour of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2020, Lizzy Dening, founder of Survivor Stories, reports on the reasons why we're still shockingly at risk
It’s 2020 and we’re slowly getting better at talking about rape, thanks in part to initiatives like #metoo and the Million Women Rise march. But for every forward step, the statistics around sexual violence remain bleak – and things are actually getting worse.
It’s estimated that one in five women and 4% of men have experienced some type of sexual assault since the age of 16, with roughly 3.1% of women experiencing a sexual assault each year. Meanwhile, rape cases referred by police to the Crown Prosecution Service have fallen by 32%, and convictions have dropped by 21%, in the year leading up to September 2019. So what exactly is going on?
Tanzanian Official Banned From U.S. for Antigay Witch Hunt
A Tanzanian official has been barred from entry into the United States due to his attacks on the LGBTQ community.
Paul Christian Makonda, the regional commissioner of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's economic capital, launched a state-sanctioned witch hunt of gay people in 2018. In this campaign, Makonda urged all citizens to report "homosexual behavior" and created a surveillance team to track down gay people and arrest them.
Under a law dating from when Tanzania was a British colony, sexual acts between men carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Even though antigay rhetoric has been abundant in Tanzania for some time, it has ramped up since the 2015 election of noted homophobe John Magufuli as president; he once said that even cows condemn gay sex.
Man Convicted of Hate Crime in Beating of Oregon Trans Woman
Three men brutally stabbed & kicked a gay couple while filming it
Florida legislators putting their LGBTQ bigotry into law. Don’t let them do it / Editorial
WHY SO MANY TRANS GUYS CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, TOO
Kai, a 21-year-old student in D.C., used to identify as a lesbian — until they started testosterone. Ever since, Kai has retired their previously held lesbian identity, both because they no longer identify as a woman and because they’re experiencing attraction to men for the first time. “I think maybe before I wasn’t giving myself the option to be attracted to queer men, but now because I’m more comfortable in myself, [my] gender and gender presentation, I’m allowing myself that possibility,” they write via Twitter DM.
Kai is far from the first trans person to experience a difference in their sexual orientation after transitioning. Last year, them rounded up a number of studies tracking the changing realm of attraction many trans people experience: In one study, 40 percent of trans men reported a change in their sexual orientation; in another, 49 percent of transmascs recorded the same.
Texas mother trying to transition her seven-year-old son into a girl loses in court as judge orders her to share custody with ex-husband who says boy is just 'confused'
South Dakota just passed a bill that could jail doctors for treating transgender youth
A man beat a transgender woman for using the correct bathroom -- the women's. Now he's guilty of a hate crime