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The U.S. is denying marriage benefits to this gay widower, so he’s suing the government
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has a policy that says a spouse must be married to their partner for at least nine months before they’re eligible to receive a deceased partner’s survivor benefits.
That’s not a problem for most couples, but it is for Michael Ely, a 65-year-old gay Arizona resident. He was denied SSA survivor benefits when his husband of six months died of cancer in 2015.
Ely and his partner Jim Taylor met in 1971 and they stayed together for the next 43 years. But because marriage wasn’t legal in Arizona until October 2014, they couldn’t marry until just before Taylor died.
“We got married as soon as we could, quickly gathering our loved ones together in less than three weeks,” Ely said. “But we were only able to be married for six months before I lost him to cancer.”
When Does BDSM Become Abuse?
After a recent death in the online kinkster community, many people began to question the limits of submissive relationships.
In Instagram photos, Dylan Hafertepen, a master to five adult slaves, appears cartoonishly large, like a Tom of Finland sketch come to life. In one of his most iconic shots (since deleted from the gram) Dylan gives a military salute to the camera as his pups Chuck, Angus, Daniel, Biff and Tank pose around him. Some are wearing skin-tight jockstraps that barely contain their inflated ball sacks. Tank, whose given name was Jack Chapman, sits on Dylan’s right side, wearing a red bandana, with a padlocked chain around his neck. He’s beaming.
A gay man lost an ear in a brutal beating that almost left him dead
Police say that a gay man in New York suffered extensive injuries and almost died after he was beaten this past weekend.
Albany police arrested Hubert Dabbs, 37, in connection with the beating of a gay man.
Shantee Tucker 19th trans person killed in the U.S. this year
Gay Man Files Suit Against Redmond O'Neal for Antigay Attack
17th ‘hate bias’ incident occurs at Maryland’s College Park campus in 2 years
Tyler Clementi Foundation Takes On Faith-Based Anti-LGBTQ Bullying
Kavanaugh could destroy Kennedy’s LGBTQ legacy
Funny how the Trump resistance has no problem with his anti-LGBTQ policies
Maryland Woman Killed by Pit Bull She Adopted Just 2 Weeks Earlier: 'The Dog Went After Her'
A 64-year-old Maryland woman is dead after her newly adopted pit bull mauled her to death on Monday in her backyard, police say.
Man writes heartless letter about killing gay couple before judge orders execution
He saw it as his 'duty as a white man'
Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes ordered the execution of Peter Avsenew for the murder of a gay couple in 2010.
In January, a jury found Avsenew guilty of killing Steven Adams and Kevin Powell in north Florida. They sentenced him to death. He showed no remorse at the sentencing, and flipped off the victims’ families before being led out of the court room.
‘I have no regrets in my life and I am proud of the decisions I’ve made,’ he told the jury. ‘No one really knows what happened that day.’
Avsenew, 33, killed the couple a few days before Christmas eight years ago, and then stole their car to escape.
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South Carolina trans woman & her sister brutally attacked outside nightclub
A man attacked and knocked a transgender woman unconscious in Charleston