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Pete Buttigieg would turn US into a ‘homocracy’ says right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson

Pete Buttigieg would turn US into a ‘homocracy’ says right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson

Right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson, a frequent opponent of LGBT+ rights, has targeted US presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in his latest bizarre rant. Jackson, a former Republican candidate for the US senate in Virginia, said Buttigieg as president would turn the US into a “homocracy” and shout down conservative Christian media, like his own radio show, The Awakening. On Tuesday’s (April 16) episode of the programme, Jackson said: “If someone like Buttigieg were to get elected … we would be on the defence, there is no question about it. “Somebody like that would go to the FCC and say, ‘You’ve got to crackdown on these networks and radio stations.’ “As much as these LGBT activists say that I want a theocracy, which I don’t, because I don’t want to see them punished or put them in jail for what they’re doing, I want to see them converted … But I guarantee they’d love to see you or me punished or put in jail. We don’t want a theocracy, but I guarantee you they want a homocracy.” E.W. Jackson: Normal man disgusted by gay kiss E.W. Jackson also took issue with Buttigieg kissing his husband, Chasten, onstage as he announced his presidential bid last week. Right Wing Watch reports that Jackson said, “A normal man is disgusted by the idea of two men kissing each other on the mouth. A normal man is disgusted by that. People can try to be politically correct all they want, but a normal man is disgusted by it because it is not what God made us for, it is not the way we are wired, it is not what we are made for.” “They do this publicly because they want to wear down the sense of disgust that people feel, they want to erode it,” Jackson further…

Muhlaysia Booker: Trans woman brutally beaten in Dallas thankful to be alive

Muhlaysia Booker: Trans woman brutally beaten in Dallas thankful to be alive

Muhlaysia Booker, a transgender woman who was brutally beaten in Dallas, Texas, last week has spoken publicly for the first time since the incident, thanking people for supporting her. Booker’s attack on April 12, outside the Royal Crest apartment building, quickly went viral after footage was shared on social media. On Saturday (April 20), Booker made a public statement, drawing attention to the disproportionate violence against trans women of colour, saying: “This time I can stand before you; whereas in other scenarios, we are at a memorial.” Muhlaysia Booker thankful for support after brutal attack Booker, 23, thanked the public for their support on Saturday, a week after she was beaten up. “This has been a rough week for myself, the transgender community and also the City of Dallas,” said Booker in a public statement, as reported by CBS 11. “I want to sincerely thank all of you guys for coming out, for support and fairness. And just as I am overwhelmed by your presence, your donation to support of my transgender family and allies who want to see justice served in this case. I will remain strong with your support. Due to the impending criminal investigation, I will not make any further comments today, except for gratitude.” Edward Thomas was arrested over assault on Muhlaysia Booker. (Dallas County Jail) Muhlaysia Booker attacker arrested CBS 11 reports that suspect Edward Thomas, who was arrested for aggravated assault last week, claimed he was offered $200 to beat up Booker, according to an affidavit. In the disturbing video, a large crowd can be seen gathering as Booker is repeatedly punched and kicked by several men. At one point Booker attempts to stumble away, but is again set upon by the men, before being dragged along the ground away from the incident. Booker,…

Nintendo angers gamers after it deletes custom Smash Bros stage featuring trans flag

Nintendo angers gamers after it deletes custom Smash Bros stage featuring trans flag

Nintendo has come under scrutiny for deleting a gamer’s custom-made stage on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that featured a transgender pride flag. The player – known as Warm Safflina on social media – who seemingly made the stage took to Twitter to share her confusion over it being erased. Tagging the Japanese company directly, she asked: “In what way is the trans flag and the title “trans rights now” inappropriate and/or harmful,” before going on to explain that she’d reached out to customer support for answers. Nintendo’s Code of Conduct Shortly after those initial tweets, Warm Safflina continued: “The exact reason it was taken down was because it is considered a “political statement”. She also noted that her account was also suspended for nine hours. Gamer Warm Safflina took to social media to ask Nintendo directly what was ‘so harmful’ about her stage (Twitter) “The supervisor told me they personally don’t agree with the ruling, and recommended I and others contact corporate, or visit the Smash support forums and leave messages that the trans flag and messages of support for trans rights shouldn’t be prohibited.” Many replied to Warm Safflina’s thread with messages or support, saying things like, “it’s important to stand against the h*** menace wherever it appears. Thank you for your service” and “this is a bad look for Nintendo in 2019.” “I got no time for that s*** in 2019” One user vehemently disagreed with Nintendo’s attempts at controlling what gamers can openly support online, writing: “I’ll “preach” about ‘rights’ til I’m dead in the cold hard ground. Being ‘apolitical’ is a privilege and a choice, and I got no time for that s**t in 2019.” Another said: “If it was a flag that promoted the power of men or straightness, no one would bat an eye.…

Court lifts ban on LGBT Pride events in Turkey’s capital city

Court lifts ban on LGBT Pride events in Turkey’s capital city

LGBT+ Pride events can now be held in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, as a court has lifted a ban that previously prohibited such celebrations. The news was announced on Thursday 19 April, explaining that it was Turkish LGBT+ rights group Kaos GL that managed to get it appealed. The organisation had previously attempted to do the same in November of last year but proved unsuccessful. “We can say that the court has accepted our arguments that we have advocated since the day when the ban has declared,” Kaos GL’s lawyer Hayriye Kara voiced in a statement. In July 2018, activists in Instanbul took part in an LGBT+ event despite the city placing a ban on the celebration (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) “Instead of banning fundamental rights and freedoms to protect social peace, they said that the group that is vulnerable to any attack should be protected. “It can be said that the court ruled that the state must protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of LGBTI+s.” “Love has won once again” The ban was first implemented by the Governorship of Ankara in November 2017, citing “public morality” and “social sensitivity and sensibilities.” According to Euronews, instead of placing an absolute ban over such demonstations taking place, an increased level of security “must be ensured.” Reacting to the triumphant result, Fotis Filippou, Campaigns Director for Europe at Amnesty International, said: “This is a momentous day for LGBTI people in Turkey and a huge victory for the LGBTI rights activists. Love has won once again. “LGBTI people and their allies were scandalously and unlawfully banned from holding any LGBTI related events since November 2017. With pride season approaching next month we celebrate this significant court ruling.” Instanbul Pride 2018 Despite homosexuality not being illegal in Turkey, there have been a number…

London court gives gay man parental rights over surrogate child after split in landmark verdict

London court gives gay man parental rights over surrogate child after split in landmark verdict

A gay man from London has won parental rights over the child he had with his former partner via a surrogate following their split. The High Court’s verdict is groundbreaking, as it marks the first time a non-biological father has been given rights in this type of case.According to The Times, the decision was made by Mrs. Justice Theis in February but has only now been made public. While no names have been released, the same publication reports that the former couple are to be referred to as K and L. The former is their daughter’s biological father, having used his sperm to create an embryo at a US clinic back in 2017. The child, known only as N, was born in Canada in October that same year. Canadian surrogacy laws L’s lawyers explained to the court that he and K had been in a relationship for quite some time and had been living together in London when they decided to start a family. The pair temporarily moved to Canada as the laws tend to be similar to the UK’s regarding the surrogacy process, but there are certain benefits such as both parents’ names being cited on the original birth certificate. The news should reassure other unmarried couples, whether they are straight and gay, who have a child through surrogacy (Pexels) In the UK, the biological mother’s name appears on the document unless the parents apply to have it removed. K and L had applied for parental responsibility orders shortly after they returned to the UK but they had difficulties seeing the process through after their relationship began to break down and on one occasion, the police were called after they disagreed on how their daughter should be cared for. THE VERDICT Nevertheless, Theis stated in court that since N…

Meet the Buddhist monk leading a double life as a makeup artist

Meet the Buddhist monk leading a double life as a makeup artist

Being a Buddhist monk and a make-up artist may seem like two mutually exclusive careers, but not for Kodo Nishimura. Nishimura splits his time between doing make-up for celebrities in New York and being a monk in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Growing up in Japan, Nishimura felt as though he couldn’t be open about his gender identity or sexuality. “I didn’t want people to find out that I was attracted to men,” he told PinkNews. “I didn’t want to admit I liked Sailor Moon or Disney Princesses, but the fact I couldn’t share this with people, meant I couldn’t connect with anyone or make any friends, which isolated me.” Watch the video below to see Nishimura transform from religious wear into make-up: Nishimura fell into the make-up artist world whilst studying abroad in Boston in 2007. He found he was unbound by the traditional constraints of gender and began experimenting with makeup—something that had not been possible whilst living in his father’s temple. “Being different can make differences in the world, so don’t be afraid to be who you are.” —Kodo Nishimura He began giving his friends makeovers and after seeing the positive impact it had on their self-esteem, he was encouraged to start a career within the industry. He now identifies as “gender gifted” and has become an established celebrity make-up artist, working behind the scenes at Miss Universe. Becoming a Buddhist Monk Despite finding his passion in make-up, after 8 years in the US, he felt as though something was missing. “I wanted to be disciplined again as a Japanese person and I wanted to challenge, question and understand Buddhism better,” he explained. Whilst Nishimura never thought it would be impossible to pursue both careers, he did experience a period of doubt, even encountering homophobia within the…

Converse releases new Pride collection that features both rainbow and trans flag designs

Converse releases new Pride collection that features both rainbow and trans flag designs

Converse has unveiled its Pride collection for 2019 and we couldn’t be happier to finally see the flag that represents the transgender community be included in the designs for the first time. The collection features eight different styles, with boasting just the colours of the rainbow flag while the others are decorated in the pastel pink, pastel blue and white of the trans flag too. In each set, there are two sets of high top Chuck Taylors – one black with multi-coloured lightning bolts and striped outsoles, one white with a rainbow pattern circling the ankle, one that has pale blue on the outside and another that has pale pink as the predominant colour – and two low tops. There are four high top designs and two low top designs within the collection (Converse) The darker version of latter features brightly coloured laces and a striped outsole, whereas the white ones opt for a more subtle look. One set of low tops in the trans-themed lineup is already sold out and it’s hardly a surprise given how cute the design is, with its ‘Yes to love’ written on the side of the shoe. All designs have rainbow-flags on the bottom of the soles. Where can I get Converse x Pride trainers? The collection is available now in the US, with adult shoes starting at $80 while children’s sizes are $60 before optional customisation. You can find them on the official Converse website and while they may be a little on the pricey side, at least the shipping is free for members. The popular athletic brand have acknowledged the transgender community for the first time in their latest LGBT designs (Converse) The latest line doesn’t seem to be accessible in the UK yet but we’re sure it’s just a matter of…

Pretty Little Liars’ Tyler Blackburn comes out as bisexual

Pretty Little Liars’ Tyler Blackburn comes out as bisexual

Tyler Blackburn has spoken about his queer identity as he takes on a new role as a gay war veteran in Roswell, New Mexico. The actor told Advocate that he has identified as bisexual since he was a teenager. “I’m queer,” he said. “I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.” He opened up about growing up in LA as an “effeminate” boy, something which cause him “self-hatred and shame” during his formative years. “I just want to feel powerful in my own skin.” —Tyler Blackburn “I got bullied a lot by other boys, and I just felt like my soul was slowly being taken from me,” he said. “I stopped doing so many of the things that I loved doing because it felt safer. That right there is the outcome of oppression. When you literally have to mute who you are in order to feel safe. That’s soul-crushing.” Tyler Blackburn suppressed being bisexual Throughout his 20s Blackburn suppressed his attraction to men, feeling the weight of bi-erasure. “I heard so many things from within the queer community about bisexuality being a cop-out or the easy way out, and that always stuck with me because I felt the pressure from all sides to have my sexuality figured out,” he said. Tyler Blackburn attends Entertainment Weekly + Amazon Prime Video’s “Saints & Sinners” Party At SXSW on March 9, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly) After a string of relationships with women, he said that he “allowed himself” to explore the full spectrum of his sexual in his late 20s. The post Pretty Little Liars’ Tyler Blackburn comes out as bisexual appeared first on PinkNews.

Students call for Camille Paglia to be replaced with ‘queer person of colour’

Students call for Camille Paglia to be replaced with ‘queer person of colour’

Students of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts have created a petition calling for professor Camille Paglia to be replaced with a “queer person of colour” following accusations of anti-trans comments. The petition accuses Paglia of “degrading transgender individuals” in classes and interviews. “She believes that most transgender people are merely participating in a fashion trend,” student Sheridan Merrick wrote. Critics have pointed to a 2017 interview, in which Paglia told the now-defunct Weekly Standard: “Although I describe myself as transgender (I was donning flamboyant male costumes from early childhood on), I am highly skeptical about the current transgender wave, which I think has been produced by far more complicated psychological and sociological factors than current gender discourse allows.” Camille Paglia accused of mocking #MeToo The petition goes on to allege that Paglia has “blatantly mocked survivors of sexual assault and the #MeToo movement” in recent interviews. It links to a video, taken from an April 2016 interview with Spike, in which Paglia says she finds it “ridiculous” that universities “tolerate” historic accusations of rape. “These girls have been coached to imagine that the world is a dangerous place. They expect the omnipresence of authority figures in every stage of their lives,” she says. “They expect that a mistake they might make at a fraternity party, that they might regret six months or a year later, that somehow this isn’t ridiculous? “To me it’s ridiculous if even for a second that any university ever tolerated a complaint from a girl coming six months or a year after an event.” Philadelphia students demand apology from David Yager Students have demanded that university president David Yager apologise for a “wildly ignorant and hypocritical letter” which he released on April 10. In it, the university’s president spoke of how “artists over the centuries have…

Lyra McKee vigil: Journalist’s death ‘must not be in vain,’ says partner

Lyra McKee vigil: Journalist’s death ‘must not be in vain,’ says partner

Lyra McKee’s partner made an emotional plea for peace at a vigil in Derry, Northern Ireland, after the lesbian journalist was shot dead on Thursday (April 18). Thousands of people gathered in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan, where the 29-year-old was killed while observing a riot. Her partner Sara Canning told the crowds that McKee’s death had left the LGBT+ community “without a tireless advocate and activist,” and her “without the love of my life.” “Our hopes and dreams, her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act,” she said on April 19. Her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act. —Sara Canning, Lyra McKee’s partner “This cannot stand. Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life. “Her legacy will live on in the light that she’s left behind.” Lyra McKee’s partner Sara Canning (Freya McClements) McKee first rose to prominence with “A Letter To My 14-Year-Old Self“, an essay about coming out and enjoying a promising career in writing. She was the author of Angels With Blue Faces, an investigation into the murder of Ulster Unionist MP Robert Bradford at the hands of the IRA, which is shortly due for release. Recently McKee had signed a two-book publishing deal with Faber & Faber, with a new book about the disappearances of Troubles-era children due for release in 2020. Tributes paid to Lyra McKee Representatives from all of Northern Ireland’s political parties appeared at the rally, including DUP leader Arlene Foster who said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Catholic or a Protestant, or whether you identify as Irish or British, when people come out with guns to shoot people from their own community then we have to say enough is enough.” The post…

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