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How the Supreme Court Case on LGBT Rights Could Set Us Back Decades
It’s been almost four years since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage for everyone, and yet, anti-LGBT discrimination remains a real problem in much of this country. In a majority of states, LGBT folks can be fired or otherwise discriminated against for no reason other than their sexual orientation or gender identity. That may change though, as yesterday the Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases that could fix this problem — or possibly set anti-discrimination law back decades.
How is it that anti-LGBT job discrimination is still allowed? Well, we can blame Congressional Republicans for that. Every time Democrats have attempted to change Title VII — the federal law that protects against discrimination in employment — to include sexual orientation and gender identity, they have been met with fierce opposition from Republicans.
Trans woman targeted and shot to death at family gathering in Mexico
A trans woman who owned a LGBTI bar in Mexico is one of 14 dead. Armed assailants stormed a family gathering, believed 52nd birthday celebrations of a woman.
Known as ‘La Becky’, she owned the La Esquina del Chacal bar in Minatitlán, in the southeastern state of Veracruz.
Masked assailants stormed the family gathering on Friday night (19 April), killing 13 adults and a one-year-old child. They wounded a further four people.
The Veracruz Public Security forces (SSP) said the assailants raided the party allegedly looking for ‘La Becky’.
Gay Star News
Dallas transgender woman brutally attacked by mob in broad daylight
A 15-year-old gay bullying victim died by suicide. Now the community is rallying.
Nigel Shelby was a 15-year-old a high school student in Huntsville, Alabama. A freshman at Huntsville High School, Shelby had faced homophobic bullying from classmates – bullying that let to Shelby taking his own life.
“We were saddened to learn this morning of the death of Nigel Shelby, one of our 9th grade students,” read a statement from Aaron King, the principal of Huntsville High School. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
The school has provided teachers and grief counselors for students and has asked parents to also assist their children deal with the loss.
Shelby was not alone. According to the Center for Social Equity, 74% of LGBTQ youth report not feeling safe in their schools.
In The Future, Will Your Kids Be Able To Sue You For Oversharing Online?
Last month, Gwyneth Paltrow got herself into a bit of parenting pickle with her daughter Apple on Instagram when she shared a ski selfie of her and the teen with her 5.4 million followers. Apparently, she did not receive permission to post the photo, which irked the 14-year-old.
“Mom we have discussed this,” Apple, whose own profile is private, shared in the comments section of Paltrow’s post. “You may not post anything without my consent.”
The media jumped on the story of the “nonconsensual selfie” ? a tale that dovetailed nicely with another news story centered on a celeb oversharer that developed a few days later, when the singer Pink drew the ire of some on the internet after sharing an image of her 2-year-old son, sans diaper. In a second revised post, a strategic black scribble covered the toddler’s private parts.
20 Popular Destinations That Are Unapologetically Anti-Gay
In many of the places on this list, LGBT rights improve every year. But, recognition rarely equals acceptance. In some countries, same-sex marriages are recognized and celebrated. But, toleration and acceptance of the LGBT community is far from universal. Being queer is illegal in nearly 80 countries and punishable by death, including some very popular travel destinations.
Although some of these countries welcome tourists, that doesn’t mean travelers are safe to be themselves. It’s crucial that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer travelers use extreme caution while traveling abroad.
I'm Changing the Largely Male, Straight Tattoo Industry with a Simple List
got my first tattoo when I was 12. I knew nothing about tattooing—I just pierced myself with the needle and ink. There’s something about the aesthetic that I love. I’m 31 now and I have no idea how many I have. Maybe more than a hundred? They’ve all just become one. I’m running out of space.
I’m a queer gay guy and old-school tattoo studios are quite a daunting place. I’ve always had a weird relationship with any street tattoo or piercing places. They feel very commercial, very straight. When I started managing studios almost ten years ago in my first job, I worked for a female piercer—just us two—and it was great because the studio felt safe. When I worked in other places I didn’t feel as secure, so I decided to distance myself for a few years. I came back to it when an amazing team of artists asked me to work for them.
CHINA HAS CREATED A RACIST A.I. TO TRACK MUSLIMS
The Chinese government is using facial-recognition software to “track and control” a predominantly Muslim minority group, according to a disturbing new report from The New York Times. The Chinese government has reportedly integrated artificial intelligence into its security cameras to identify the Uighurs and appears to be using the information to monitor the persecuted group. The report, based on the accounts of whistleblowers familiar with the systems and a review of databases used by the government and law enforcement, suggests the authoritarian country has opened up a new frontier in the use of A.I. for racist social control—and raises the discomfiting possibility that other governments could adopt similar practices.
Two people familiar with the matter told the Times that police in the Chinese city of Sanmenxia screened whether residents were Uighurs 500,000 times in a single month. Documents provided to the paper reportedly show demand for the technology is ballooning: more than 20 departments in 16 provinces sought access to the camera system, in one case writing that it “should support facial recognition to identify Uighur/non-Uighur attributes.” This, experts say, is more than enough to raise red flags. “I don’t think it’s overblown to treat this as an existential threat to democracy,” Jonathan Frankle, an A.I. researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the Times. “Once a country adopts a model in this heavy authoritarian mode, it’s using data to enforce thought and rules in a much more deep-seated fashion than might have been achievable 70 years ago in the Soviet Union. To that extent, this is an urgent crisis we are slowly sleepwalking our way into.”
Pride organizers cancel parade citing ‘current political & social environment.’ They mean racism.
Pride organizers in a city in Canada have canceled this year’s parade, citing “the current political and social environment.”
The parade was scheduled for this coming June as part of the city’s ten-day Pride festivities, but the Edmonton Pride Festival Society (EPFS) board just announced in an email that the parade has been canceled.
Hate Crimes Spiked 226% in Counties Where Trump Held Rallies
Counties where Donald Trump held rallies leading up to the 2016 presidential election saw a huge increase in hate crimes, according to a new analysis.
“We found that counties that had hosted a 2016 Trump campaign rally saw a 226 percent increase in reported hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally,” researchers Ayal Feinberg, Regina Branton, and Valerie Martinez-Ebers wrote in The Washington Post. Feinberg is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at University of North Texas, and Branton and Martinez-Ebers are professors there.
Wisconsin gay couple may be evicted from home for flying rainbow flag
A Liberal Jewish Seminary Says It Will No Longer Ordain Gay Student
A Trump supporter allegedly used gay slurs before attacking a man with a sword outside a roller rink
Tennessee Republicans pass bill to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples
The Texas senate just approved a bill that would allow doctors to refuse LGBTQ patients
Homosexuality and Adultery Are Now Punishable With Death by Stoning in Brunei. Here's What to Know
Utah just upgraded their ‘worthless’ hate crimes law, while Indiana passed a worthless one
Farmworker Women Facing Sexual Harassment are Offered Few Protections
We come in contact with the labor of farmworkers every time we eat, which means every day thousands of women across the country put their bodies on the line to nourish ours.
There are approximately two to three million people employed as farmworkers across the United States, the majority of whom were born in Mexico, according to the 2015–2016 National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS). According to NAWS, women make up approximately 32% of that workforce.
They plant, harvest, and package the food we eat. Their long hours, strenuous working conditions, and agricultural expertise provide the sustenance that fuels our country’s diet.
All farmworkers are susceptible to pesticide exposure, lack of protections through labor laws, and what some activists refer to as modern slavery conditions, but the added threat of sexual violence puts women in the agriculture industry at added risk. Specific laws are lacking, women farmworkers are often excluded from established conversations about harassment in the workplace, and the violence continues.
Teacher allegedly yanked student’s hair over bathroom emergency
A Georgia teacher faces battery charges after allegedly yanking a middle school student’s hair over a bathroom emergency, according to officials.
Charges were filed last week against Tracy Parham after security footage from Henry County Middle School helped clear up conflicting accounts of the violent incident, the Altana Journal-Constitution reported.
A judge who saw footage of the altercation from January on Friday ordered the science teacher to surrender to authorities.
Virginia officer told black middle schoolers that when they turn 18, 'then you're mine'
High school students of color are protesting racism and inequality
Black attorney says deputy thought he was a suspect and detained him at court
Uber sued for $10 million by woman who was sexually assaulted by her driver
A resident of Washington, DC, is suing Uber for negligence and consumer protection violations, after she was sexually assaulted by one of the ride-hail company’s drivers. The victim, listed only as “Jane Doe” in court documents, claims Uber portrays itself as a safe mode of transportation for women, especially if they have been drinking, when in fact they are putting those women in harm’s way.
The victim was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver named Raul E. Rodriguez Vasquez on April 1st, 2018, according to court documents. She later told a social worker, who contacted the police. They collected DNA evidence linking Vasquez to the assault. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse and is currently in jail.
The civil case is the latest example of Uber’s ongoing problem with sexual assault and abuse by drivers. Last year, CNN reported that at least 103 Uber drivers in the US had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers over a period of four years. At least 31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending, CNN found. In June 2017, a Kansas City woman sued Uber after she was raped by a driver, claiming the company ignored warnings about the driver’s criminal history.
Social worker charged with rape after telling victim sexual conduct was necessary for mental health treatment
A licensed social worker with the Centers for Families and Children has been indicted on felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a client and telling her it was necessary for mental health treatment.
Gamalier Felicie, 44, has been charged with rape, sexual battery, attempted rape and attempted sexual battery.
The indictment said that on Jan. 25, 2019, Felicie told the 37-year-old victim “sexual conduct was necessary for mental health treatment purposes.”
Grindr Will Be Auctioned Off Due to National Security Concerns
A Chinese company that owns Grindr is being forced to sell the popular dating app following pressure from the U.S. government due to security risks.
Grindr, the world's largest app for queer people, will now be auctioned off, according to Reuters. Investment firm Cowen has already started shopping for buyers at Grindr executives’ request.
Sources say that the Committee on Foreign Investment grew agitated at Chinese ownership in part because the international sale skirted the committee’s review. Gaming company Beijing Kunlun bought a majority stake in Grindr, which operates out of West Hollywood, in 2016, and then acquired the entire company in 2017.
However, the federal agency immediately raised national security concerns about the financial situation. Now the committee is sounding the alarm over Chinese ownership of applications that track information on U.S. citizens through a forced sale.
Migrant 10-year-old sexually assaulted, given drugs in custody, lawsuit says
A Guatemalan father filed a lawsuit against two nonprofits housing migrant children, claiming his 10-year-old son was given “powerful psychotropic drugs” without parental consent and sexually assaulted by another child during his time in government custody.
The father, identified only as J. E. B., claimed in the lawsuit filed in state court in Texas last week that both Southwest Key and Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas “acted with fraud, malice, and gross neglect” in their treatment of his son.
The lawsuit also claims that the boy, identified as F.C.B. in the suit, was subjected to physical assault, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress by both facilities.
Ohio pastor who allegedly groomed teen for sex with others convicted
Man Gets Death for Rape, Murder of Girlfriend's Daughter in Front of Her; Mom Called Teen 'Nonentity'