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Indiana Republicans removed race & LGBTQ people from a ‘hate crimes’ bill
The Indiana Senate voted to remove all categories from the state’s proposed hate crimes legislation despite numerous hate crimes in the state over the past few years.
Indiana is one of five states without any hate crimes legislation at all. Democrats have tried to pass a hate crimes bill for years, but are always stymied by Republicans supported by the religious right.
Senate Republicans offered an amendment to the bill yesterday that removed all the mentioned categories, like race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The bait-and-switch maneuver was promoted by local anti-LGBTQ hate groups who said the original law privileged “politically favored victim categories.”
Instead, judges will be allowed to use “bias,” generally, as an aggravating circumstance when it comes to sentencing in criminal cases.
All Democrats and seven Republicans voted against the amendment, but it still passed.
‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out
Gregory Greiten was 17 years old when the priests organized the game. It was 1982 and he was on a retreat with his classmates from St. Lawrence, a Roman Catholic seminary for teenage boys training to become priests. Leaders asked each boy to rank which he would rather be: burned over 90 percent of his body, paraplegic, or gay.
Each chose to be scorched or paralyzed. Not one uttered the word “gay.” They called the game the Game of Life.
The lesson stuck. Seven years later, he climbed up into his seminary dorm window and dangled one leg over the edge. “I really am gay,” Father Greiten, now a priest near Milwaukee, remembered telling himself for the first time. “It was like a death sentence.”
The closet of the Roman Catholic Church hinges on an impossible contradiction. For years, church leaders have driven gay congregants away in shame and insisted that “homosexual tendencies” are “disordered.” And yet, thousands of the church’s priests are gay.
Vatican secret out: There are rules for priests who father children
Southern Baptist president says database of sexual abusers possible
McKinney Firefighter Arrested, Accused of Child Sex Abuse
A McKinney firefighter accused of child sex abuse was arrested Sunday, police records show.
Chad Watson, 38, was charged with continuous sex abuse of a child under 14-years-old, according to Collin County Jail records.
A probable cause affidavit obtained by NBC 5 said Watson was accused of groping and touching the genitalia of a minor on three different occasions.
Former Philadelphia Homicide Detective Raped and Intimidated Witnesses and Suspects, DA Says
A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.
At first, officials at the U.S. Indian Health Service overlooked the peculiarities of their unmarried new doctor, including the children’s toys he hoarded in his basement on the reservation. They desperately needed a pediatrician at their hospital in Browning, Mont.
By 1995, after three years, they became convinced Stanley Patrick Weber was a pedophile and pushed for his removal from the government-run hospital.
“You’re going to have to leave,” Randy Rottenbiller, its clinical director at the time, recalled telling the doctor after learning a child patient had stayed the night in his house.
But the Indian Health Service didn’t fire Mr. Weber. Instead, it transferred him to another hospital in Pine Ridge, S.D. He continued treating Native American children there for another 21 years, leaving behind a trail of sexual-assault allegations.
Vacaville Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Sexual Assault
After allegations of sexual abuse, Afghanistan women’s soccer team fights for justice
Theodore McCarrick expelled from priesthood after sexual abuse scandal
Teacher awarded over $500K after principal sexually harassed her
CRUISE SHIP SEXUAL ASSAULT: EX-CHEERLEADING COACH ATTACKED DRUNK COLLEAGUE
Woman who alleged rape by Fairfax, Maggette spotlights issue of revictimization
Public Help Sought to Find Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman in Riverside
Illinois Prosecutors Reportedly Preparing to Indict R. Kelly Over Another Tape
Chicago prosecutors are investigating a VHS tape of what appears to be, according to lawyer Michael Avenatti, singer R. Kelly raping a girl.
“My client knows the identity of the girl and R. Kelly,” Avenatti, who previously represented Stormy Daniels, told CNN. “He identified the two of them on the videotape. He worked for and has known R. Kelly for decades and he met the girl on a number of occasions. Avenatti turned the tape over to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago last weekend, CNN reports.
MAN WANTED FOR 865 COUNTS RELATING TO CHILD RAPE ARRESTED IN FLORIDA AFTER ALMOST A MONTH ON THE RUN
After about a month on the run from the law, Garrick Bloom, who was wanted on 865 charges related to child rape, was apprehended in Florida.
Bloom, 47, was wanted in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The dates of his alleged offenses ranged from 2007 to 2012, and the charges, as outlined in court documents included:
216 counts of rape of a child
216 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child
216 counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child
120 counts of statutory sexual assault of a child 11 years or older
96 counts of statutory sexual assault
One count of endangering the welfare of children
Sex offender center guard accused of having sex with patient
Pedophile Doctor Preyed on Native Children for Years While the Feds Turned a Blind Eye
Extra's A.J. Calloway Suspended Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation
West Hollywood Mayor John Duran Accused of Sexual Harassment
Police sergeant resigns amid gay bashing and underage gay sex allegations
A gay police sergeant from Chicago has resigned in disgrace after finding himself at the center of a criminal investigation.
45-year-old Eric Elkins, who has been with the department nearly 20 years, officially stepped down from his post last week, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department says.
Elkins made headlines last September when he and a gang of three other men allegedly beat Thomas Stacha and his boyfriend John Sherwood outside of the popular Chicago gay bar @mosphere.
According to The Chicago Tribune, a fight between the men started inside the club and continued outside. The beating left Stacha with broken cheekbones and a perforated trachea and Sherwood with a compound leg fracture.
Elkins was placed on paid leave after the incident. That is, until now. A spokesperson for the department says that since he has “resigned under investigation,” he will be ineligible for retired police credentials.
"Informing law enforcement of a crime for any other reason is just someone performing their civic duty."
Why do prison rules apply to us? 05-Feb-2019
Ohio Girl Abducted, Killed on Way to School — and Parents Sue School for Not Reporting Her Absent
The parents of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze allege that hours were wasted in search for her because the school didn't tell them she was missing
The parents of a 14-year-old Cleveland girl abducted on her way to school, then raped, tortured and murdered, allege the school is at fault for not alerting them about her absence, wasting hours that might have been used to search for her.
In a wrongful death lawsuit filed Friday and obtained by PEOPLE, the parents of Alianna DeFreeze say her school knew about the seventh grader’s unexcused absence on January 26, 2017, but failed to properly use an automated messaging system in place to alert parents with news about their children.
The school system “utterly and without question breached a critical duty owed to each and every parent to provide notice of a missing child—no text messages, phone calls, emails or any other form of communication,” the lawsuit alleges.
A Teen Was Allegedly Sexually Assaulted With A Broomstick At A Prestigious All-Boys Catholic School In Toronto
Police in Toronto are seeking information on multiple incidents of alleged sexual and physical assaults at a private all-boys Catholic school after videos of two of the alleged assaults surfaced on social media earlier this week.
St. Michael’s College School in Toronto has expelled eight students and suspended one after videos of two separate incidents — one which involved allegations of sexual assault — were circulated online.
Toronto police said Friday that its investigation into one of the incidents — in which a student was allegedly sexually assaulted with a broomstick by a group of boys in a locker room — has opened a “number of occurrences involving incidents of alleged assaultive and sexually assaultive behavior” at the school.
Six Americans file class action lawsuit against Vatican claiming U.S. Catholic clergy sexually abused them
Trans youth are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted or raped in the US
Lyft driver pulls out a gun & tells passenger ‘I want to kill’ gay people
A gay man in Florida said that he feared for his life when a Lyft driver pulled a gun on him.
“What happened if it was another person? Or what would happen if right now I would be dead?” Andres Berreondo said after what he said was a violent attack by a Lyft driver.
Berreondo said that he called a Lyft yesterday afternoon to visit a family friend. He put two large packages in the back and rode in the front passenger seat.
Education Dept. Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment that she says will fix a "failed" and "shameful" system that has been unfair to accused students. In what the administration is calling a "historic process," the proposed rules aim to significantly enhance legal protections for the accused and reflect a sentiment expressed by President Trump that men are unfairly being presumed guilty. More than a year in the making, the rules replace Obama-era policies on how to implement Title IX, the law barring gender discrimination in schools that get federal funding.
The new rules are drawing both applause and anger.
Among the most significant changes is that schools can make it harder to prove allegations by raising the level of proof needed. Instead of requiring only a "preponderance of the evidence," as the Obama administration had directed, schools could demand "clear and convincing evidence." And many schools may well be forced to raise the bar, since the regulations also require that the standard for students be the same as that used for faculty and staff.
Man Says Bar Owner Threw Him Out for Hugging Boyfriend: ‘Said It Was Disgusting and I Embarrassed the Establishment’
WBSM reports: ‘Jacob Froias, 25, says he was preparing to dine with his mother on Sunday at Al’s Cafe on Belleville Avenue when he was approached by the owner and longtime family friend, Alsuino Cordeiro. “He looked at me and said, ‘You guys can’t come here anymore,” recalled Froias. “He was like, ‘Oh, last time you were here, you and your little Filipino boyfriend were outside hugging and it made everyone uncomfortable. You essentially embarrassed the establishment.”‘
Gay Classmate: MN GOP Candidate Doug Wardlow Said I Was a ‘F*gg*t’ Who ‘Should Be Shot’
This Is What Happens to Your Body if You Eat Almost No Carbs
In many ways, refined carbohydrates—bread, pasta, white rice—are like fossil fuels. They contain a lot of energy, they’re cheap to produce, and just when it seems as though supply can't keep up with demand, some technological innovation enables us to extract and produce more of them. And like fossil fuels, the scientific consensus is that an over reliance on refined carbohydrates is going to end badly.
Most people who are interested in cutting carbs out are doing so to lose weight. Anecdotal and scientific research suggests that it’s a pretty good strategy to take to drop some pounds. But carbs aren’t just in the types of food I mentioned above. They’re also hiding out in fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, milk, legumes, and plenty else. With that being the case, you can imagine that cutting your carb intake to virtually nothing would be very difficult indeed and—as you'll read in a moment—there’s research suggesting that it’s potentially dangerous. Here are some of the things that would happen if you ditched refined carbs, limited the “good” (or complex) carbs named above and opted to consume butter, bacon, and bourbon to your heart’s content.
Bisexual man on the run: 'My father is trying to have me murdered'
A bisexual man is on the run because he believes his father is trying to have him murdered.
Will, a 32-year-old from Uganda, flew over 7,000 miles to escape his father. His father allegedly believes he is a ‘cursed thing’ that must be wiped off the planet.
His mother has told him his father has said he ‘must never have peace’ as long as he’s alive.
Gay sex is illegal in Uganda.
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'It's more than religion': Christian father reveals the shocking reason why he thinks his daughter is gay on Bride and Prejudice... and says he'll NEVER support same-sex marriage