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Anti-LGBTQ hate group will defend megachurch pastor arrested for defying coronavirus measures
The anti-LGBTQ hate group Liberty Counsel has announced they will represent Florida pastor Rodney Howard-Browne after he was arrested for refusing to abide by a government order limiting public gatherings. The group serves as the legal arm of the religious right movement.
The organization also represented disgraced Kentucky former county clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to follow a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses after same-sex marriage was legalized. They are also arguing cases before the Supreme Court to allow discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Liberty Counsel claims that Howard-Browne’s church observed social distancing guidelines and kept congregants apart by six feet, but video from the services clearly shows dozens of people crowded together for hours.
Another Pastor Charged With Defying Coronavirus Orders Against Large Gatherings
Anti-LGBTQ hate groups on the rise in U.S., report warns
The number of anti-LGBTQ hate groups soared 43 percent last year, rising from 49 groups in 2018 to 70 in 2019, according to a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Groups that vilify the LGBTQ community, in fact, represented the fastest-growing sector among hate groups in 2019,” the report states. The SPLC found the surge in anti-LGBTQ groups occurred amid an overall decrease in hate groups last year, which dropped to 940 from an all-time high of 1,020 in 2018.
The report said the surge was “possibly fueled by continued anti-LGBTQ sentiment and policy emanating from government officials,” largely attributing it to the Trump administration.
Man with 75 convictions is released once again after threatening to stab two gay men with a syringe
Horrific propaganda campaign claims coronavirus is spread by talking to transgender people
Iraqis accuse religious leader of ‘weaponising’ coronavirus by blaming the pandemic on same-sex marriage
Teen with lesbian moms forced to listen to anti-LGBTQ “sermons” before school basketball practice
In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, two mothers in Tennessee allege that their son’s middle school basketball coach forced kids to attend his sermons in order to stay on the team.
The lawsuit, filed by the mothers who identified themselves only as “K.K.” and “K.K.,” says that their son signed up for the school’s basketball team, but no one told him that he would have to participate in any religious instruction to be on the team.
But Coach Chuck Comer then allegedly told the students that participating in a “Teens for Christ” program was a requirement for the team. Specifically, students had to show up 30 minutes before practice in the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays to listen to Comer “read from and interpret the Bible for approximately 30 minutes.”
Even worse, the son went to one of the sermons, which was allegedly about LGBTQ people and “sin.” The teen was forced to endure “harassment on the basis of his parents’ sexual orientation” to be on the team, the lawsuit states.
Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Christian University Welcoming Students Back to Campus Amid COVID-19
Liberty University, a private evangelical Christian university in Virginia, is welcoming students back to campus this week despite a little something known as COVID-19.
"I was on a conference call with other college presidents and representatives from private colleges, and we listened to what other schools were doing," president Jerry Falwell Jr. said in a statement shared to the school's site this week. "Many were throwing their hands up and saying they would just close and others were going to extend their breaks. At that time, we were on Spring Break, so we had time to work on it."
This process of choosing to "work on it" ultimately resulted in the decision to "get [students] back as soon as we can, the ones who want to come back."
A report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted that between a few hundred to more than 5,000 students were projected to be living in Liberty dorms as classes resumed this week. The majority of those classes have moved to online formats. Staff and faculty, however, are said to be coming to work in their usual capacity.
Survey reveals how many LGBT+ people will still date and hook-up during coronavirus
“I’ll do what I want”: Why the people ignoring social distancing orders just won’t listen
‘Corona, OK!’ Yelled College Student Before Coughing Into Cop’s Face, Police Say
Eight men arrested after hosting cocaine-fuelled orgy during coronavirus lockdown
Pastor again defies state order not to hold large gatherings. He says 1,000 people came to his church Sunday
The UK is in lockdown, but this church is suing Edinburgh because the city refused to host a homophobic preacher
When faith threatens public health
Lesbian teen murdered after being viciously stabbed 13 times on Human Rights Day
A South African lesbian teen was stabbed 13 times to death and her friend gravely injured by three men Saturday in an attack that has stunned the country, occurring on Human Rights Day.
As swathes of South Africa celebrated the establishment of the Human Rights Commission, Liyabona Mabishi, 16, was fighting for her life, Daily Voice reported.
Murderer who stabbed his teen Grindr hook-up more than 100 times had ‘sinister’ chats with four other men
Teenager found guilty of killing two gay men and a trans woman
19-year-old Devon Kareem Robinson has been found guilty by a jury of first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm, and will be sentenced on 13 April.
He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison with possibility of no parole.
The victims, 20-year-olds Paris Cameron and Timothy Blanchard, and 21-year-old Alunte Davis, were shot to death by Robinson on 25 May 2019 at a house party in Detroit, which was attended by approximately 15 people in total.
Prosecutors said their deaths were motivated by their identity and sexual orientation.
The teen killer of three LGBTQ people is convicted & now faces life in prison
Detroit Catholic Archdiocese Kicks Out LGBTQ Group
The Detroit chapter of DignityUSA, an LGBTQ-affirming Roman Catholic ministry, has been forbidden to hold Mass in Catholic spaces in the region, and priests within the Detroit archdiocese barred from serving the group.
Dignity chapters in other cities have received similar orders over the years, but Detroit has been one of the few exceptions, holding services in a chapel at a Catholic college (Sacred Heart Chapel at Marygrove College), with some local priests participating, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
However, in a letter dated March 9, Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Gerard Battersby wrote, “I wish to communicate through this letter that a Mass for Dignity Detroit members — one which rejects Church teaching on human sexuality — is not possible in any parish church, chapel, or diocesan facility, and is indeed forbidden everywhere in the Archdiocese of Detroit.”
Pundit says coronavirus is “good” because drag queens can’t read books to kids now
A right-wing, gay columnist has accused the LGBT+ community of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to “fuel the fake victimhood narrative”.
PERV 'BRA FITTER' Woman jailed for three years after posing as bra fitter to fondle young girls
A WOMAN who posed as a bra fitter so that she could molest young girls has been jailed.
Kirsty Beattie, 29, lured five girls and two boys into her home and groomed them with cigarettes and booze before abusing them.
Jordyn Woods responds to backlash for wearing an abaya at Abu Dhabi mosque
Jordyn Woods caused a stir on social media while on vacation in Abu Dhabi.
On Thursday, the 22-year-old model posted a photo wearing a traditional abaya when visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque on her trip to the United Arab Emirates, sparking criticism.
“Haram you’re not Muslim so you can’t go to the mosque,” one person commented on her Instagram post. “Oh so if they wear it they’re praised but when muslim girls wear it their bashed and called terrorists??,” another said. A third wrote, “Post your booty one day then one of the most sacred mosques the next.”
"We already knew." The problem with the way the world is reacting to Corey Feldman's claims.
Content warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual assault, and may be distressing for some readers. If you need support, please call the sexual assault helpline on 1800 010 120.
For decades, Corey Feldman has been fighting to lift the cloak on a pedophile ring he alleges has been operating in Hollywood.
On Monday, March 9, the 48-year-old released his long-anticipated documentary, My Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys, in which he details the alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by six powerful men in Hollywood.
Feldman said Charlie Sheen raped the late actor Corey Haim on the set of Lucas. At the time of the alleged assault, Sheen was age 19 and Haim was 13-years-old. (Corey Haim passed away in March 2010 from pneumonia.)
Watch the trailer for ‘My Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys’ here. Post continues below.
Court rules people cannot define themselves as gender-neutral on passports
A court has ruled that people cannot define themselves as gender-neutral on passports.
Christie Elan-Cane, who identifies as non-gendered, brought a challenge to the Court of Appeal arguing that passports should include an “X” category for individuals who identify as gender-neutral, non-binary, intersex or other.
They believe that the UK’s current passport application process, which requires individuals to identify themselves as either male or female, is “inherently discriminatory” and infringes the right to privacy.
But the appeal was dismissed by senior judges, who said the policy is not unlawful. It’s a decision Christie has described as “devastating”.
Nearly 90 per cent of men and women hold some biases against women: UN report
A new study from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that nearly 90 per cent of both men and women still hold biases against women in some form.
“The world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030,” the report states, referring to goals the UN had adopted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2020 report sheds light on how the invisible barriers keeping women from achieving equal opportunities and treatment in society are supported by negative biases ingrained in both men and women.
Equality for women remains a distant goal: UN report
Using the Gender Social Norms Index, (GSNI), which looks at data collected by the World Values Survey from 75 countries, which accounts for 81 per cent of the global population, the report found that “91 percent of men and 86 percent of women show at least one clear bias against gender equality in areas such as politics, economic, education, intimate partner violence and women’s reproductive rights.”
It added that “almost 30 per cent of people agree it is justifiable for a man to beat his partner.”
Students say they were tricked into coming out by their anti-gay school
Students at the Mormon-affiliated Brigham Young University in Utah say that the school tricked them into coming out by erasing “homosexual behavior” from its honor code and then bringing back the policy several weeks later.
Now they’re afraid of the consequences of coming out in an unsafe environment.
“There’s pictures of me on the news, kissing a girl in front of the Brigham Young statue. People who didn’t know before know now because I thought it didn’t matter,” she said. “It’s so much more scrutiny, and I feel like I’m not safe here anymore. I have kind of blown my cover as an LGBT student.”
Teen boys gang raped lesbian to ‘correct’ her sexuality
While party-goers celebrated at Cape Town Pride Festival this weekend, three men held a lesbian captive and raped her nearby.
Police believe the suspects gang-raped her with the excuse they were ‘correcting’ her sexuality.
‘They found two of the gangsters, aged 14 and 17, while the third suspect is on the run.’
"Corrective rape" is a hate crime in which attackers rape victims because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The term originated in South Africa which has seen the most recorded cases and the most high-profile cases.
But ‘corrective rape’ has also happened in Ecuador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, the UK, the US and Zimbabwe.
Fans hold sign taunting high school hockey player to “reveal” her gender & shout slurs
Fans of a high school hockey team shouted slurs at a female hockey player while holding a sign asking her to “reveal” her gender. 17-year-old Alyssa Wruble is the only girl on the Northampton Area High School varsity hockey team.
A group of the opposing team’s fans chanted “she has a penis” and “35 you’re a dude!” at the girl. They also held up a sign that asked “Alyssa gender reveal?” and had pink or blue checkboxes.