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Uber driver convicted of raping intoxicated passenger
An Uber driver has been found guilty of raping an intoxicated woman he picked up at a casino near Philadelphia.
Ahmed Elgaafary was found guilty Thursday of rape of an unconscious person, sexual assault and indecent assault.
Report Alleges Levi's, Lee, & Wrangler Workers In Lesotho Face Sexual Violence & Harassment
Women In India Are Being Forced Into Taking Dangerous Actions To Prevent Periods So They Don’t Miss Work
Reagan called President Nixon to slur Africans as ‘monkeys.’ Of course there are tapes.
It was October 1971, and the United Nations had just voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China.
Then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan was infuriated that delegations from Africa did not align themselves with the U.S. position — that the U.N. should recognize Taiwan as an independent state — and wanted to get President Richard Nixon on the phone. He was apparently disgusted after watching delegates from Tanzania celebrate the U.N. decision to support Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.
“To see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Reagan said.
Nixon replied with a big laugh.
Baseball Team's LGBTQ Pride Night Featured Chick-fil-A, Sean Spicer
The minor league Pawtucket Red Sox delivered a double header in bad taste Friday night, giving out free Chick-fil-A and having a former Trump administration official throw out the first pitch on Pride Night.
Sean Spicer, President Trump’s first press secretary, tossed the first pitch, according to The Boston Globe. Spicer appeared as a representative of the Independence Fund, a nonprofit that serves wounded veterans.
The former press secretary made no reference to Friday also being Pride Night at the stadium, but critics noticed.
“The PawSox are having Sean Spicer throw out the first pitch on Pride Night. What an insult to all their queer fans,” wrote Longreads sports columnist Britni de la Cretaz on Twitter.
Gay teen writes emotional letter to parents who won't accept him
A gay teen from Nanuet, New York, has written a heart-breaking letter to his parents who wouldn’t accept him for being who he is.
Kent Mendez, 19, tweeted a photo of the letter, in both English and Spanish, on 8 July in an act that has the entire social media website collectively crying.
In the devastating letter, Mendez explained that, with LGBTI youth rejected by their parents being more likely to consider taking their own live, he refused to ‘become another statistic.’
Mendez left it all behind on Sunday morning. The bedroom he had lived in for years. His dog, Valentino.
But in the letter he left behind for his mother and father, he explained that while the decision was difficult, the life he had led was even more so.
‘There hasn’t been a day where I haven’t cried or struggled to find the energy to get out of bed,’ he wrote.
‘I feel trapped and manipulated every time I walk out of my room.’
Gay Star News
19-year-old Indian dies by suicide after homophobic abuse
NIVEA SKINCARE ACCUSED OF HOMOPHOBIA: 'WE DON'T DO GAY'
FCB, one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, has parted ways with Nivea, amid allegations the skincare brand rejected an image of two men touching hands.
According to Ad Age, an openly gay FCB creative on the call said a rep from the client told the team, "we don't do gay at Nivea."
A Pregnant Woman in Alabama Was Shot in the Stomach. Police Charged Her for Her Fetus’ Death.
An Alabama woman has been arrested and charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of her unborn child — but she didn’t fire the gun that ended her pregnancy.
Now, reproductive health advocates worry what those charges mean for women in a state where abortion has been severely restricted and fetuses have been given legal standing.
The mother, Marshae Jones, 27, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday, according to AL.com. The manslaughter charge against her stems from an altercation outside of a Dollar General in 2018, when Jones was five months pregnant. She and a 23-year-old woman allegedly fought about the unborn baby’s father. It’s unclear who started the altercation, but police ultimately blamed Jones, who was shot in the stomach.
Restaurant Defends Server Who Described Customer as ‘Fat’ and ‘Gay’ on Receipt: WATCH
Plush Daiquiri Bar and Grill, a restaurant in Houston. is defending a server who described a customer as a “fat” and “gay” on the customer’s receipt. The customer who received the receipt says he felt offended, telling KTRK: “I don’t even know her, she don’t know me. That’s like stereotyping, for her to not even know and say fat, gay and this and that.”
These guys found the best way to scare off a Christian Pride protestor. They kissed.
Google warns that employees will be punished if they protest at Pride
LGBTQ prom canceled for safety reasons after Christians bombard event space with threatening calls
Bullied librarian posts heartbreaking note before dying by suicide
The Right-Wing Is Weaponizing Gender Panic
The Trump Administration’s leaked gender memo, the recent transgender military ban, and the expansion of the global gag rule aren’t coincidences. They are part of a well-coordinated, funded global movement designed to control our communities by restricting the rights and bodily autonomy of women, LGBTQI communities, and people of color — eerily reminiscent of Reagan era oppressive tactics.
For LGBTQI communities, this kind of backlash is not new. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, the Reagan administration demonized our communities, as did right-wing forces around the world, spreading the false notion of the "gay plague" and blaming men who have sex with men for the transmission of the HIV virus. LGBT people were denied equal access to healthcare, faced intense violence, were stigmatized, stripped of basic rights, and often forced into the shadows. But we fought back.
Today, we know the far-right are sewing those same seeds of paranoia, creating gender panic with the use of an intentionally ambiguous organizing framework termed "gender ideology"by some and "anti-gender ideology" by others. Originating in the 1990s, gender ideology is a construct that depicts efforts to expand rights for women, LGBTQI people, and people of color, as radical, dangerous, and elitist, arguing that we are a threat to traditional family values.
72 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty Over Offensive Social Media Posts
The Philadelphia Police Department has pulled 72 officers off their regular duties as authorities investigate inflammatory social media posts revealed in a database that found thousands of offensive postings by current and former officers, the city's police commissioner said Wednesday.
Police officials in Philadelphia are describing the action as the largest removal of officers from the street in recent memory.
"We are equally as disgusted by many of the posts that you saw and in many cases, the rest of the nation saw," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
It is the latest fallout since the advocacy group The Plain View Project earlier this month released thousands of Facebook posts and comments by current and former police officers that range from racist memes, to posts celebrating violence and messages containing Islamophobic themes, among other offensive material.
Since the data dump, internal affairs officials in police departments including Phoenix, St. Louis and Dallas are probing whether the distasteful and sometimes violent material should warrant disciplinary action or terminations.
Cuba Gooding Jr. Accused of Groping Woman's Breasts at NYC Club
New York City authorities are investigating allegations that Cuba Gooding, Jr. forcefully touched a woman.
Police sources disclosed to Page Six that a 30-year-old woman accused the actor of grabbing her breast while they were partying at a Manhattan club on Saturday night. The woman states that Gooding was "highly intoxicated" when the incident happened and it led to an argument between herself and the actor that security had to defuse.
Cuba Gooding Jr. to turn himself in to police over groping claims
Madonna Criticizes 'New York Times' Profile: 'It Makes Me Feel Raped'
"Madonna at Sixty," a New York Times feature published Wednesday, has been met with some detailed words of disapproval from its subject, who characterized the piece in a subsequent Instagram note as "further proof that the venerable [Times] is one of the founding fathers of the patriarchy."
The Madame X creator preceded the criticism of the publication and society at large with some words of support for artist/photographer/friend JR, who based the accompanying NYT Magazine cover on a classic Steven Meisel portrait.
"The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people [don't] get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand-in or the fabric of my curtains and never-ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN!" Madonna said Thursday. "Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if they are posing as intellectual feminists."
LGBTQ patients reveal their exhausting, infuriating, and surprisingly common struggles at the doctor's office
As a group, LGBTQ people often face worse health outcomes than their straight and cisgender peers.
They also struggle to find doctors who are knowledgeable about these issues.
In some cases, they struggle to find providers who treat them with respect — or even treat them at all.
INSIDER spoke with members of the LGBTQ community to learn about their experiences in doctor's offices.
Gay and bisexual Californians are at increased risk of sexual assault
A new report has shed a light on the sexual assault incidents reported by LGBTI Californians.
Particularly, overall Californians who identify as gay or bisexual are at higher risk of sexual harassment and assault than straight people.
Results also showed that reported sexual harassment is 5% higher for women and 10% higher for men than the national average.
Gay Star News
Leaked Records Reveal Tony Robbins Berated Abuse Victims, And Former Followers Accuse Him Of Sexual Advances
When Tony Robbins leaps onstage in arenas around the world, under strobe lights and pulsing speakers, he’s greeted by thousands of screaming fans. They clap with him, jump with him, and when he puffs his chest and lets out a primal roar, they roar with him too.
The world’s most famous self-help guru whips crowds into fits of euphoria few pop stars could dream of, but many of his fans are grappling with life’s most serious problems. Victims of sexual and physical abuse, along with people who struggle with addiction and have mental illnesses, pay thousands of dollars to see him on the promise he has the power to “transform your life” and “rewire your brain.”
At the core of Robbins’ teachings is the message that his followers should not see themselves as victims, and should instead view their pain as something they have the power to “destroy.” He claims to have revolutionized millions of lives with this philosophy, while building a multibillion-dollar business and working with celebrities from Donald Trump and Bill Clinton to Oprah and the Kardashians. Access to his most exclusive membership program has cost as much as $85,000 a year.
But behind that dazzling veneer, Robbins guards his empire with intense secrecy. Employees are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, and audiences who attend his multiday coaching camps must sign contracts forbidding them from recording what goes on inside.
Tony Robbins Was Filmed Using Racial Slurs
Four More Women Have Accused Tony Robbins Of Sexual Misconduct
Colorado police officer who pulled gun on black man picking up trash quits force
A white Colorado police officer caught on video pulling a gun on a black man who was picking up trash outside his home has resigned, officials said Thursday.
Boulder Police Officer John Smyly quit the police force after an investigation found he violated department policy when he drew his gun and attempted to detain 26-year-old Zayd Atkinson in March, according to officials and a police department internal affairs report.
"While the finding likely would have resulted in suspension or possibly termination, Officer Smyly resigned prior to the conclusion of the disciplinary process," a statement released by the City of Boulder on Thursday reads.
A police internal affairs report obtained by ABC News shows Smyly's decision to attempt to detain Atkinson "was not supported by reasonable suspicion that Mr. Atkinson was committing, had committed, or was about to commit a crime."
Nigerian police arrested 65 women in a raid. Some of the women say officers raped them
Suspect arrested in racist attack aboard New Jersey bus