What if they hadn’t fought back that night?
It scares me wondering what society would be like today, in regards to the LGBT community, had that night not have happened…
This just goes to show that no change will be made unless someone takes a stand, puts their foot down and says,
“I’ve had enough.”
mural of some of the Oakland folks killed by police @rca
(work in progress)
Peter Staley, hanging an Act Up banner at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Rockville, Md., in 1988.
Silence = Death
that awkward moment when your reputation is so bad that the KKK has to release a statement saying they want nothing to do with you.
Four members of a church in North Carolina have been charged with false imprisonment over allegations that they held a young gay man against his will.
According to WLOS News 13, 21-year-old Michael Lowry is pursuing charges against Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spindale, North Carolina.
Since his birth, Lowry and his parents have been members of the church.
Faith in America, a group which campaigns against religious extremism, is calling on the FBI to investigate the case.
They believe it is a clear example of an “extreme” hate crime under federal hate crime laws.
Lowry claims he was confined against his will in a building on church property and subjected to repeated assaults in an attempt to “cure” him of his sexuality.
He also was subjected to “supervised” bathroom visits because church leaders feared he might be masturbating.
In a statement, Faith in America Executive Director Brent Childers said:
“In my six years of working to educate people about the harm caused to gay and lesbian people by religion-based bigotry, this is the most disturbing story I have encountered. This young man has had to flee his family and his community with little more than a few personal belongings. He feels he has been exiled, shunned, humiliated and denied the pursuit of happiness that most young people would be enjoying at his age”.
Mr Childers added: “No church should be allowed to subject its members to physical, emotional, and psychological abuse because of a church’s views on sexual orientation.”
A former pastor of the church is denying the allegations.
International lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are crying foul after a top court ruled to uphold a ban on Pride marches in Moscow for the next 100 years.
As the BBC reports, the ruling came after Russia’s best-known LGBT rights activist, Nikolai Alexeyev, had sought to overturn the city council’s ban on Pride festivities. According to the ruling, the earliest that a Pride march, rally or celebration can take place in May 2112, Pink News notes.
Still, Alexeyev vowed to continue the fight. “We will appeal against the actions taken by the Russian authorities, which have banned gay pride parades in Moscow for the next 100 years, in the European Court of Human Rights in the nearest future,” he was quoted by Interfax as saying. “Thus, we will get the invalidation of the bans not only on past, but also future gay pride parades in the Russian capital.”
Disgusted by this fucking country. Wait till the presidential elections. You’ll see. Be a raging, blatant bigot, and a good 40 some percent (if not more) of the nation will rally around you.
I know a lot of amazing people in the US. But this nation is home to some of the most ignorant, vile people I have ever had the misfortune of walking past on the street.
Yeah. I am sure they are investigating real hard….
Boston Police Investigating Officer’s For Choking A Gay Protester
Boston Police is investigating its officers’ response to rowdy duel protests at the Boston Common on Sunday, Tax Day, after a photo surfaced showing “a city officer with his hand around a protester’s neck.” As Daily Kos’ Scott Wooledge reports, the Tea Party-organized event was co-sponsored by the vehemently anti-gay MassResistance and featured Scott Lively, “professional worldwide hunter of homosexuals and top proponent of ‘gay cure’” and a proponent of Uganda’s infamous ‘kill gays’ legislation.
As counter-protesters — including Occupy Boston Queer and Trans Direct Action Working Group — expressed their opposition to Lively’s participation, one of the speakers said from the podium, broadcast across the loud speakers at the Commons, “We will not be silenced by faggots.” Read a first-hand account from the protester roughed up in the picture at Back2Stonewall.
A California transgender woman seen in a recent video being Tasered by police wants potential charges against her dropped.
Brooke Fantelli, owner of Fantelli Racing Products, claims that police Tased her in the stomach and genitalia after discovering that she is transgender.
The incident occurred Oct. 22, according to Fantelli’s attorney, Dana Douglas.
Douglas said that Fantelli went with friends into the desert for a photo shoot that involved Fantelli’s truck. During the shoot, Douglas said, a Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ranger approached the group and asked for identification.
Fantelli’s identification had not been updated since she transitioned to female, due to a physician’s request that she live for two years in her chosen gender before changing identification.
Douglas said that after the ranger saw Fantelli’s ID, he began to use male pronouns and act hostilely.
“Up until he saw her driver’s license, everything was fine,” Douglas said. Once he saw Fantelli’s identification, however, “his first response was ‘oh you’re a man,’ and his demeanor completely changed,” said Douglas.
Douglas alleges that the ranger watched the photo shoot for two hours until Fantelli told him he was making the models uncomfortable and asked him to leave. That is when the ranger told Fantelli he was arresting her for public drunkenness, Douglas said.
A cell-phone video, taken by one of the models and spread widely over the Internet, shows what happened next.
Fantelli is seen with her hands above her head when the officer uses the Taser, it appears on her stomach. She falls to the ground screaming, where authorities use a Taser again, allegedly in her genitals.
According to Douglas, Fantelli was arrested and booked on charges of public drunkenness, resisting arrest and making a terrorist threat. However, Douglas said, no official charges have yet been filed.
Douglas insists her client was sober during the incident and that another male in Fantelli’s group was extremely drunk during the incident but was not arrested.
“Brooke had committed no crime whatsoever,” Douglas said. “Her only crime was being transgender.”
For now, Fantelli is simply asking that the case be dropped.
“She had actually hoped it would just go away,” Douglas said. “If they want to make an issue of it, we will put the BLM on trial.”
Douglas said that she and her client released the video publicly after waiting weeks for confirmation that the Imperial County State’s Attorney would not press charges against her.
The Imperial County state’s attorney’s office has a minimum 48-hour turnaround on media requests and could not comment on potential charges in time for publication.
BLM responded to a Windy City Times inquiry and confirmed the incident. According to that statement, the bureau is investigating if the officer’s actions were warranted.
“We take allegations of misuse of the use of force seriously, and evaluate the circumstances in any case when members of the public express concerns or make a complaint,” the statement said.
However, the statement goes on to say that “it appears the ranger targeted appropriately in this case.”
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