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Chick-fil-A is about to get thrown off another college campus for being antigay
California Polytechnic State University’s faculty voted overwhelmingly to boot Chick-fil-A from campus.
The Academic Senate is the faculty’s governing body and represents 1300 faculty members at Cal Poly. Last Tuesday, the Academic Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution calling on the school to cut ties with Chick-fil-A, citing the corporation’s donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations.
The university’s “values statement includes language that identifies LGBTQ as a classification of individuals that we want to embrace in our diversity and inclusion model,” said Thomas Gutierrez, the vice chair of the Academic Senate who introduced the resolution.
Most Jamaicans want to keep same-sex activity illegal
New research has showed most Jamaicans want to still keep the ban on gay sex.
LGBTI organisation, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), commissioned the research.
It found between seven and 30% of the population identified as LGBTI. The research also found that 97% of people had very little understanding of trans people and trans issues.
‘Over the last couple of years, we have seen some improvement in the situation where LGBT people are concerned. I think there is respect and tolerance for the community, but we are still a very far way from where we need to go,’ J-Flag’s executive director, Jaevion Nelson told a Gleaner forum.
Nelson said bullying and discrimination was still a huge issue for LGBTI people. But he felt heartened by findings that 68% of employers and 88% of politicians would report violence against LGBTIs. But only 34% of the general public would do so.
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Bipartisan Bill Seeks LGBTQ Housing Protections
New legislation could extend housing protections to LGBTQ individuals nationwide.
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, an Illinois Democrat, Tuesday introduced legislation to extend consistent nondiscrimination rules. The Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019 would cover sexual orientation and gender identity the same as race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability.
“No American should face discrimination finding a home because of who they are or who they love,” Schneider said in a press release.
“Yet the majority of states still have no laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I am proud to lead this long overdue bipartisan bill to extend federal protections to ensure all LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples can access housing without prejudice. I am also pleased that these important housing protections were incorporated into the Equality Act, and I look forward to voting on this anti-discrimination package soon.”
United Methodist Church Affirms Anti-LGBTQ Policies
The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council has upheld the anti-LGBTQ policies adopted by delegates to the denomination’s General Conference in February.
The so-called Traditional Plan maintains the church’s ban on the ordination of what it calls “self-avowed homosexuals,” even though there are many gay United Methodist clergy members, largely closeted. It also retains the denomination’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Clergy members who perform same-sex weddings can be suspended without pay the first time they do so and can be expelled the second; this is the first time penalties have been spelled out.
The plan adds an exit mechanism for congregations disagreeing with these positions. They can leave the denomination if two-thirds of members vote to take such action and if the congregation meets certain financial obligations.
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RICKY ADAMS: OHIO MAN WHO STOPPED CHILD ABUSER MOLESTING 5-YEAR-OLD BOY DIES
An Ohio man who made national news after he was arrested for attacking a 17-year-old male who was allegedly molesting a 5-year-old boy has died.
Ricky Adams, 20, was charged with felony assault after he walked in and allegedly found the teenager with the child’s penis in his mouth in March. Following Adams' arrest, a GoFundMe page was set up by his uncle Jeff Cook to raise money for his legal fees as a sign of support, which went on to attract more than $40,000 in donations.
The Eastlake Police Department said the cause of death is still unconfirmed but signs point to a suspected drug overdose, reports WOIO.
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.
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My child is friends with a trans kid, has a gay teacher and he doesn’t bat an eyelid. What’s wrong with the Parkfield parents?
I recently used these precious column inches to support Parkfield Community School, whose “No Outsiders” programme teaching understanding of LGBT+ people and relationships had been met with protests from religious parents. Mystifyingly, my 800-word decree did not undo centuries of heteronormative prejudice and preconceptions, so here I am again, unwilling to let this go.
If anything, the protests have intensified, with 80 per cent of Parkfield’s pupils having been taken out of school by parents who are mostly from Pakistani Muslim backgrounds. Quite understandably, many people have been concerned about an “open season” being declared on a group who, even in mainstream outlets, are so often subjected to liberal doses of Islamophobic vilification and dehumanisation. I hope it will be clear that I would be every bit as robust in sticking up for Muslim folk whose way of life was being prejudged or invalidated as I am about to be for LGBT+ people.
Parents have accused the school of “promoting homosexuality”. This presents a rather skewed understanding of what the Department for Education’s relationships and sex education programmes entail, as though primary school teachers are going to act out erotic encounters between Action Man figures, rather than simply open up a conversation to allow the children to see that there is nothing to fear from people who are different.
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North Carolina legislators introduce slew of pro-LGBTQ bills
Lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a trio of bills designed to protect LGBTQ North Carolinians, including legislation to halt the use of conversion therapy throughout the state.
The Mental Health Prevention Act, HB 516 and SB 426, would protect LGBTQ youth and disabled adults from attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity using psychological or spiritual means. In many cases, the practice of conversion therapy can be extreme, causing profound harm to those who are treated by such – including dramatic increases in suicide attempts.
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Journalist intervenes after man harasses teen girl on flight
A female plane passenger has revealed how she intervened when she overheard an adult man asking a teenage girl for a “dirty” photo on a flight.
Canadian reporter Joanna Chiu heard the man, in his 30s, talking suggestively to the teen on a trip from Toronto to Vancouver.
While trying to get to sleep, Chiu overheard the male passenger telling the young girl he wanted to “take her out to eat.”
The journalist was forced to “rage whisper” her disgust at the man when he asked to the teenager for a “dirty” photograph.
These students have developed technology to protect their high schools during a shooting
In the era of mass shootings, some high school teens are taking their safety into their own hands.
Two groups of high school students have been recognized in a nationwide contest for developing contraptions that would increase safety during a school shooting.
A team from Owensville High School in Owensville, Missouri, designed a simple auxiliary steel lock that would add an extra layer of protection to classroom doors.
And students from Richland Two Institute of Innovation in Columbia, South Carolina, devised an electromagnetic system that remotely locks doors and covers windows to seal off classrooms from threats.
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Teacher allegedly threatened student against resisting her sexual advances
A Spanish teacher at a high school in Colorado has been arrested for sexually assaulting a student who she allegedly threatened if he resisted, authorities said.
Sarah Elise Porter, 24, was arrested Friday on charges of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust and sexual exploitation of a child after the 16-year-old student reported the allegations via an anonymous reporting system called Safe2Tell, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Porter, who also worked as an assistant track coach at the school in Centennial, allegedly assaulted a teen on the team, according to an arrest report obtained by the Denver Post.
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Actress Dropped From The Color Purple After Anti-LGBTQ Post Surfaces
The actress set to take the lead in a production of The Color Purple has been dropped after old comments in which she took an anti-LGBTQ stance resurfaced.
Hamilton actor Aaron Lee Lambert blasted Seyi Omooba on Twitter last week, sharing a Facebook post she wrote in 2014.
“I do not believe you can be born gay, and i do not believe homosexuality is right, though the law of this land has made it legal doesn’t mean its right,” she wrote.
San Antonio Says Cluck You to Anti-LGBTQ Chick-fil-A
This man has been harassing his gay & lesbian neighbors for years. Now he’s being held accountable.
A San Francisco man accused of violently harassing at least three gay and lesbian people is facing several charges – including hate crimes charges – in court.
Benjamin Waters, 58, has been accused multiple times of shouting anti-gay slurs at neighbors and even attacking them.
He is now facing charges of battery, vandalism under $400, multiple counts of violating a restraining order, illegally possessing a firearm, and hate crimes enhancements.
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Family Says Dog Died Saving Them From Teen Gunman
A Houston, Texas family claims that, just over a week ago, their dog saved their lives after a gunman busted into their home while food was being prepped for their 13-year-old's birthday party. He allegedly opened fire after a confrontation took place where he was asked to leave. There were reportedly more than a dozen kids in attendance at the time.
Laura Martinez says the event happened on March 9 at her home, when a teen boy that the family was familiar with entered the home with a gun. The armed teen fired eight shots, three of which struck Martinez and members of her family. According to a GoFundMe, one bullet hit Martinez in her leg, another hit her son, Taylor Hollier, in his foot, and two struck her stepdaughter, Valerie Pace, with one going into her thigh and the other hitting next to her spine.