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Angel Monroe-Rashé
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First Supporter
Aug 03, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
A 165-page report said that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, and his aides cultivated a toxic work environment that was rife with fear and intimidation. (Photo courtesy of Richard Drew/Associated Press) Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including current and former government workers, and retaliated against at least one of the women for making her complaints public, according to a much anticipated report from the New York State attorney general released on Tuesday. The 165-page report said that Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, and his aides cultivated a toxic work environment in his office that was rife with fear and intimidation, and helped enable “harassment to occur and created a hostile work environment.” The findings of the report could fuel support for impeachment proceedings against Mr. Cuomo in the State Legislature, which Democrats overwhelmingly control, lead to additional calls for his resignation and influence public opinion as he considers running for a fourth term. Outside lawyers hired by the Assembly’s judiciary committee are currently looking at not only the sexual harassment claims, but a series of scandals with a common theme: whether or not Mr. Cuomo abused his power while in office. #Cuomo #NYGovernor #SexualHarrassment
Report finds Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and retaliated against one for going public. content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Aug 03, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
“I have never called anyone ‘f****t’ in my personal life and this conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening,” the Oscar winner said in a statement. (Photo courtesy of Theo Wargo) Matt Damon is apparently walking back comments he made in a recent interview about ceasing his use of the “f-slur for a homosexual” months ago. Following widespread controversy, he denied his personal use of the term in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “During a recent interview, I recalled a discussion I had with my daughter where I attempted to contextualize for her the progress that has been made – though by no means completed – since I was growing up in Boston and, as a child, heard the word ‘f*g’ used on the street before I knew what it even referred to. I explained that that word was used constantly and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a movie of mine as recently as 2003; she in turn expressed incredulity that there could ever have been a time where that word was used unthinkingly. To my admiration and pride, she was extremely articulate about the extent to which that word would have been painful to someone in the LGBTQ+ community regardless of how culturally normalized it was. I not only agreed with her but thrilled at her passion, values and desire for social justice,” Damon said in a statement provided to the outlet. He continued, “I have never called anyone ‘f****t’ in my personal life and this conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening. I do not use slurs of any kind. I have learned that eradicating prejudice requires active movement toward justice rather than finding passive comfort in imagining myself ‘one of the good guys.’ And given that open hostility against the LGBTQ+ community is still not uncommon, I understand why my statement led many to assume the worst. To be as clear as I can be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ community.” #MattDamon #LGBTQ #Homophobia #Slurs
Matt Damon Denies Using the “F-Slur” for Gay People Following Controversy content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Aug 03, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
“One wondered if they might be grouped in with other people’s views by association,” the Fantastic Beasts star explained. (Photo courtesy of Jim Spellman) Last summer, J.K. Rowling made headlines with her transphobic rhetoric—prompting some of the author’s fans and creative collaborators to address the author’s comments. One such person to speak out was Katherine Waterston, who stars in the Harry Potter prequel franchise, Fantastic Beasts. Rowling returned her lauded Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award last August, following public criticism from Kerry Kennedy, president of the RFKHR group. A day later, Waterston spoke up about the controversy. The actor shared a Guardian article to her Instagram Story with the headline: “Trans women pose no threat to cis women, but we pose a threat to them if we make them outcasts.” Waterston reportedly circled quotes throughout the piece, including “...sorry, you can’t be a feminist if you’re not for everyone’s human rights, notably other women’s rights.” In a new interview with the Independent, Waterston explained her decision to share the post. “Because I was associated with Fantastic Beasts, it felt important to communicate my position,” she said, adding, “One wondered if they might be grouped in with other people’s views by association.” #Rowling #Transphobia
Katherine Waterston on Why It’s “Important” to Denounce J.K. Rowling’s Transphobic Comments content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 27, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Josh Hawley’s legislation isn’t even about patriotism. It’s about pandering and whitewashing American history. (Photo courtesy of Vogue) Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) — perhaps best known as the U.S. senator who raised his fist in solidarity before a mob of white supremacists and Donald Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to try to stop Joe Biden from being certified as president — introduced a bill on Monday that he says is about promoting people’s love of America. The Love America Act would “promote patriotism in education” by not allowing federal money to go to any public schools that teach students about how white supremacy or racism played a role in the founding the United States. It would also require schools that receive federal dollars to ensure that students can read and recite portions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance at certain grade levels. “We cannot afford for our children to lose faith in the noble ideals this country was founded on,” Hawley said in a statement. “We have to make sure that our children understand what makes this country great, the ideals of hope and promise our Founding Fathers fought for, and the love of country that unites us all.” #JoshHawley #Whitewashing #LoveAmericaAct #Racism #WhiteSupremacy
GOP Senator Who Egged On Insurrectionists Introduces Bill About Loving America content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 27, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
(Photo courtesy of Ludovic Marin / Getty Images) A Colorado Black woman is seeking answers after being racially profiled by Frontier Airlines. According to the victim LakeyJanay Bailey, the airlines falsely accused her of body trafficking when a passenger questioned why she was traveling with her younger adoptive sister Olivia, who is White. “There were two police officers, and they came up to me and said, ‘Is it okay if we talk to you?’” recalled Bailey of the harrowing experience. The 20-year-old said people began to stare uncomfortably as police interrogated her about the relationship between her and her sister Olivia. Police followed Bailey and her 4-year-old sister to baggage claim before eventually calling their mother to verify if the two were in fact related. “If the roles were changed, and it was a white person walking off the plane with a Black person– like a Black child, I feel like things would be different,” Bailey added. Frontier issued a statement to Denver 7 News that confirmed they did in fact believe that Oliva could have been a victim of human trafficking. “A concern was raised during the flight by another passenger who was sitting near the woman and child and suspected human trafficking,” the statement read. “That passenger approached the flight crew with those concerns and subsequently completed a written report during the flight to document her observations.” “The captain was notified and felt an obligation to report the matter. Air travel is one of the most common means for human trafficking. Race played no part in the actions of the flight crew who were following established protocols,” the company added. #RacialProfiling #Trafficking #FrontierAirlines
Frontier Airlines Accused Black Woman Of Human Trafficking While Traveling With 4-Year-Old White Sister content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 26, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
(CNN)Tommy Dorfman has reintroduced herself as a trans woman, taking to social media to say "my pronouns are she/her." "I'm especially grateful to every single trans person who walked this path, broke down barriers, and risked their lives to live authentically and radically as themselves before me. thank you to all the trans woman that showed me who i am, how to live, celebrate myself, and take up space in this world," she wrote. Dorfman, who played Ryan Shaver on "13 Reasons Why," spoke to Time, telling the publication, "For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman -- a trans woman." "It's funny to think about coming out, because I haven't gone anywhere," she continued. "I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically. Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy." #LGBTQ #Transgender #ComingOut #TommyDorfman #QueerRepresentation
Tommy Dorfman, '13 Reasons Why' star, is celebrating herself as a trans woman content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 26, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Using a trans senior's birth name allows nursing home staff “to express an ideological disagreement" with a person's gender identity, one judge wrote. (Photo courtesy of ca.gov) LGBTQ rights advocates said Monday that they will seek to challenge an appeals court decision tossing out part of a California law designed to protect older transgender residents in nursing homes. The 2017 law is intended to protect against discrimination or mistreatment based on residents’ sexual orientation or gender identity. The Third District Court of Appeal overturned the part of the law barring employees of long-term care facilities from willfully and repeatedly using anything other than residents’ preferred names and pronouns. In doing so, the law banned employees from using the incorrect pronouns for trans residents, also known as misgendering them, or using their legal name, also known as deadnaming them. That ban violates employees’ rights to free speech, the court ruled Friday. “The law compels long-term care facility staff to alter the message they would prefer to convey,” the court reasoned, adding that the ban “burdens speech more than is required” to reach the state’s objective of eliminating discrimination including harassment on the basis of sex. Referring to residents other than by their preferred gender “may be disrespectful, discourteous, and insulting,” Associate Justice Elena Duarte wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel. But it can also be a way “to express an ideological disagreement with another person’s expressed gender identity.” “The pronoun provision at issue here tests the limits of the government’s authority to restrict pure speech that, while potentially offensive or harassing to the listener, does not necessarily create a hostile environment,” she wrote, adding italics to “potentially” and “necessarily.” #LGBTQ #Transgender #SeniorCitizens #California
Nursing homes can deadname transgender seniors, court rules content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 26, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
The ruling "sends a clear message to states across the country that gender-affirming care is lifesaving care," Holly Dickson of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas said. (Photo courtesy of ACLU) A federal judge temporarily blocked an Arkansas law Wednesday that would have banned physicians in the state from providing transition-related health care — such as hormones and puberty blockers — to transgender minors. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the law in May on behalf of four trans youths and their parents, as well as two physicians who provide gender-affirming health care, arguing that it violates the U.S. Constitution. Supporters of the law argue that transition-related health care is "experimental" and that transgender minors are too young to receive the care. #LGBTQ #Arkansas #TransYouth
Judge blocks Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 26, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
The movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the complicated story of a father who wanted to memorialize his son while also spreading a message of acceptance. (Photo courtesy of Quantrell D. Colbert / Roadside Attractions) In April 2013, Joe Bell left his home in La Grande, a small town in the northeast corner of Oregon, to walk across the country in honor of his 15-year-old son, Jadin, who had died in February a few weeks after attempting suicide. Bell and his wife, Lola Lathrop, told local and national news outlets at the time that Jadin was bullied for being gay, both online and at school. After his son’s death in a hospital in Portland, Oregon, Bell and family friends started Faces for Change, an anti-bullying organization. He planned to walk across the country to New York City — where Jadin had talked about living — and speak to students, school administrators and others about the effects of bullying. Six months into his planned two-year journey by foot, however, Bell was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 40, a two-lane highway in eastern Colorado. The family’s tragic story inspired “Joe Bell,” a movie debuting Friday starring Mark Wahlberg as Bell, Connie Britton as Lathrop and Reid Miller as Jadin. #LGBTQ
The heartbreaking true story of the gay teen and his dad behind ‘Joe Bell’ content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 26, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
The song is the latest from Nas’ forthcoming full-length album “Montero." (Photo courtesy of billboard.com) Lil Nas X definitely is not backing down from stirring up controversy. After a series of sexually provocative videos and TV appearances that found him lap-dancing Satan, soul-kissing a man on national TV, and splitting the crotch of his pants on “Saturday Night Live” (okay, that last one was an accident), he’s actually stripped down — intentionally this time — in the jail-themed video for his new song “Industry Baby.” While the clip is intentionally playful and comically sexually themed, Nas knows that jail is no joke and announced, along with the video’s release, that he is teaming up with the Bail Project to help end cash bail in the U.S. #LilNasX #QueerMusic #BailProject
Lil Nas X's provocative ‘Industry Baby’ video is also a nod to the Bail Project content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 20, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Dozens were arrested as police fired less-lethal rounds at activists after the far right turned the Wi Spa in Koreatown into a lightning rod for anti-trans extremism. (Photo courtesy of Nick Stern) The Wi Spa in Koreatown, Los Angeles has, in the last month, turned into a lightning rod for political violence, anti-transgender extremism, and, now, police brutality. Over the weekend, the unassuming spa in downtown LA was the backdrop to yet another round of clashes between far-right activists, bolstered by a group of suspected Proud Boy associates, and counterprotesters, including many black-clad antifascists. Video showed opposing sides brawling, and police firing less-lethal rounds at close-range into left-wing activists. #LGBTQ #ProudBoys #LAPD
Proud Boy Associates, Antifascists, and Cops Violently Clashed Over an LA Spa’s Trans Policy content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 19, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
The number of cases of online sex exploitation, including of children, appeared to skyrocket last year as people spent more time on computers. Predators worldwide took advantage of pandemic restrictions last year to draw more people into forced labor and sex trafficking, including children who spent their days online under government-imposed stay-at-home orders, according to a new State Department report. In India and Nepal, young girls were sold into marriage to help families that otherwise had no income because they could not leave home to work or sell their crops. In Persian Gulf countries, migrants who had no choice but to live at their workplaces were increasingly prohibited from taking time off. In the United States, tenants who could not afford to pay rent were pressured into having sex with their landlords. #Trafficking #Coronavirus #Lockdown
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 19, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Guo Gangtang’s cross-country, decades-long search for his son inspired a movie. Now, there’s an ending fit for Hollywood. (Photo courtesy of China Daily & Reuters) For nearly 24 years, the father crossed China by motorbike. With banners displaying photos of a 2-year-old boy flying from the back of his bike, he traveled more than 300,000 miles, all in pursuit of one goal: finding his kidnapped son. This week, Guo Gangtang’s search finally ended. He and his wife were reunited with their son, now 26, after the police matched their DNA, according to China’s public security ministry. In a scene captured by Chinese state television, the trio clung to each other tearfully at a news conference on Sunday in Liaocheng, Mr. Guo’s hometown in northern Shandong Province. “My darling, my darling, my darling,” Mr. Guo’s wife, Zhang Wenge, sobbed as she embraced the young man. “We found you, my son, my son.” #Trafficking #Abduction #HappyEnding
Parents Who Never Stopped Searching Reunite With Son Abducted 24 Years Ago content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 14, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
(Photo courtesy of Cory Morse/AP) The FBI failed to properly investigate sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, the former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, according to a scathing report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General, who also determined FBI officials gave misleading or false answers when confronted about those failures. Despite “the extraordinarily serious nature of the allegations and the possibility that Nassar’s conduct could be continuing, senior officials in the FBI Indianapolis Field Office failed to respond to the Nassar allegations with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required, made numerous and fundamental errors when they did respond to them, and violated multiple FBI policies,” concludes the report issued Wednesday by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The report says that when confronted with the shortcomings in their handling of the case, such as failure to interview alleged victims, FBI officials in Indianapolis sought to blame others. #LarryNassar #FBI #USAGymnastics
FBI failed to pursue Nassar sex-abuse allegations, inspector general finds content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 14, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
The new provision, snuck into a last-minute amendment to the budget, was signed by Gov. Mike DeWine. (Photo courtesy of AP) In the latest state-level swing at LGBTQ health care access, Ohio will now allow medical providers to refuse to administer any medical treatment that violates their moral, ethical, or religious beliefs. The language was buried in a 700-page document of last-minute amendments to the state’s two-year budget bill, which Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine approved last Thursday. The provision allows anyone providing medical care — from doctors and nurses to researchers and lab techs – and anyone paying for that care (namely, insurance providers), “the freedom to decline to perform, participate in, or pay for any health care service which violates the practitioner’s, institution’s, or payer’s conscience as informed by the moral, ethical, or religious beliefs.” The bill does not allow medical professionals to deny LGBTQ people care, carte blanche; the exemption “is limited to conscience-based objections to a particular health care service.” It goes on to say that the provider is “responsible for providing all appropriate health care services, other than the particular health care service that conflicts with the medical practitioner’s beliefs or convictions, until another medical practitioner or facility is available.” #LGBTQRights #Healthcare #Ohio
Ohio Allows Doctors to Deny LGBTQ Health Care on Moral Grounds content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 14, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Study examines relationship between adult entertainment businesses and sex-related offenses (Photo courtesy of Chris O'Meara/AP) In theory, adult entertainment businesses — including strip clubs and escort services — could either increase or decrease sex crimes. By teaching men to treat women as sex objects, they could foster the kinds of attitudes that lead men to commit rape and sexual assault. On the other hand, such establishments might provide substitutions for sex crimes: Men otherwise inclined to commit assaults might instead spend more time in strip clubs or hiring escorts. In a forthcoming study in the Economic Journal, we found evidence for the second theory: In New York City, over the period from Jan. 1, 2004, to June 30, 2012, the opening of an adult entertainment business in a police precinct decreased sex crimes by 13 percent in that precinct. This did not seem to be because police presence increased in those precincts when strip clubs appeared: Other crime rates — involving drugs and theft, for example — were not affected, something we’d be unlikely to see if more police were patrolling these neighborhoods. Nor was it because women (including street prostitutes, who are often the victims of sex crimes) avoided the areas around such businesses: If that were true, we’d expect to find sex crimes increase in neighboring precincts; the crimes might simply be relocated. #SexWork #SexCrimes
Is opening more strip clubs one way to reduce sex crimes? content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 14, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
A "Karen" has been filmed chasing a Black woman through a Victoria's Secret store in New Jersey. Clips of the bizarre incident, uploaded to YouTube, showed a white woman apparently running after a Black woman, who later identified herself as Ijeoma Ukenta. The video starts with the white woman seemingly coming towards her and raising her hand as if to smack Ukenta, before the camera pulls away. Seconds later, the woman, seeing she is being recorded, moves away. She holds her head in her hands and crouches down, appearing to cry. Ukenta then said: "I never thought nothing like this would ever happen to me. She just tried to run and hit me." "No, I didn't," the woman cried in response. A second video showed the white woman shaking on the floor, shrieking and pleading with Ukenta to stop recording her. Shortly afterward, the woman apparently ran towards Ukenta and chased her around the store, again shouting at her to stop recording. Law enforcement was eventually called to the scene. It was later announced that they were not going to pursue pressing charges against the woman, who was later identified as Abigail Elphick.
Victoria's Secret 'Karen' Filmed Chasing Woman Through Store content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 13, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Sadly, 2021 has already seen at least 29 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say at least because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. Of the 29 reported murders, 22 were Black and Latinx transgender women. #TransLivesMatter
2021 Deadliest Year for Transgender and Non-Binary Community content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
First Supporter
First Supporter
Jul 13, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Suspect claims he punched and stomped the victim after their sexual encounter, leaving them "bubbling and gurgling" (Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Jail) Isimemen David Etute, 18, of Virginia Beach, told police he had matched with someone named “Angie” on Tinder. On April 10, he visited the victim’s apartment in Blacksburg, Virginia, for oral sex. He returned to the apartment on May 31 to engage in sex, only to discover that “Angie” was Jerry Paul Smith, a 4o-year-old restaurant worker, whose family identified him as an out gay man. Etute told police he became angry, and punch Smith five times in the face, continuing to punch and “stomp” on his face and body, even after Smith fell to the ground. Etute claimed he heard Smith “bubbling and gurgling” as he left the apartment, but never called police. His defense lawyer, James Turk, argued in court that there were extenuating circumstances that led to the altercation between his client and Smith, claiming Smith had solicited the 18-year-old for sex and that Etute did not know Smith was a man during their first sexual encounter. “I’m not saying what happened was acceptable, but this was more than someone just showing up to an apartment and punching someone,” Turk said. “Nobody deserves to die, but I don’t mind saying, don’t pretend you are something that you are not. Don’t target or lure anyone under that perception. That’s just wrong,” Turk said after the hearing, according to the Times-Dispatch. #LGBTQ #Murder #Virginia
Virginia Tech football player accused of killing Tinder acquaintance after learning they were born male content media
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Angel Monroe-Rashé
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First Supporter
Jul 13, 2021