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  • Transgender worshipers could get church services to celebrate their new identity after synod vote

    07/09/2017 12:03:17 PM PDT · by Salman · 25 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9 July 2017 | Olivia Rudgard
    Transgender worshippers could be given church services to celebrate their new identity, after the Church of England synod signaled their support for the move. The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu was among senior figures who implored members of the Church's governing body to vote for a motion asking bishops to consider new liturgy specially designed to welcome a transgender person under their new name. The Revd Chris Newlands, vicar of Lancaster, who proposed it, said the motion was "a wonderful opportunity to create a liturgy which speaks powerfully to the particularities of trans people, and make a significant contribution...
  • Catholic Malta embraces gay marriage

    07/04/2017 4:11:17 AM PDT · by Salman · 23 replies
    Times of Malta via BBC ^ | 3 July 2017 | Herman Grech
    Staunchly Catholic Malta only introduced divorce following a referendum in 2011, to the dismay of many in authority. Six years later, it ranks top in Europe for gay rights, it was the first country to ban gay conversion therapy - and it's about to legalise same-sex marriage. "Malta wants to keep leading on LGBT issues and civil liberties, to serve as a model for the rest of the world," Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the BBC. Fresh from a resounding electoral victory, Mr Muscat put forward the Marriage Equality Bill as the first law to be discussed in parliament. Aware...
  • Germany Raids Homes of 36 People Accused of Hateful Postings Over Social Media

    06/25/2017 9:09:43 AM PDT · by Salman · 87 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JUNE 20, 2017 | David Shimer
    BERLIN — In a coordinated campaign across 14 states, the German police on Tuesday raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful postings over social media, including threats, coercion and incitement to racism. ... The raids come as Germans are debating the draft of a new social media law aimed at cracking down on hate speech, a measure that an array of experts said was unconstitutional at a parliamentary hearing on Monday. ... According to Mr. Mihr, Germany’s current instruments for persecuting hate speech, as demonstrated by Tuesday’s raids, are working. “The raid shows that we don’t need this...
  • Third noose found by DC museum in a month: report

    06/17/2017 6:02:33 PM PDT · by Salman · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/17/17 07:50 PM EDT | Jacqueline Thomsen
    A noose was reportedly found hanging outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Saturday, the third similar incident in recent weeks. U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose told the Associated Press that her agency is investigating the incident. A noose was found last month in the lobby of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and another one outside the Hirshhorn Museum. The three museums are located on the National Mall. The NCAAP condemned the noose found in the African American history museum and called on President Trump to speak out about the incident. ...
  • Randazza: The March for Science … but was it?

    04/25/2017 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Salman · 6 replies
    Popehat (lawyer blog) ^ | April 23, 2017 | Randazza
    ... I'm certain (or at least willing to believe) that the organizers were truly motivated by a desire for evidence-based policymaking to conquer superstition and emotion. But, as I review the smug "look at how enlightened we are for marching" pictures and posts on social media, I realize that the leaders and the crowd might not have the same motivations. ... Now do a thought experiment: Imagine if you showed up to that march with science that supported an anti-abortion position (just as one example) do you think you would have been welcomed? Imagine if science told us that life...
  • Why Polish women are travelling to Germany for abortions

    04/02/2017 1:05:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 30 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 6 March 2017 | DPA/The Local
    Poland only allows abortions in a limited set of scenarios. So for many women faced with unwanted pregnancies, Germany has become a safe solution. The cell phone of doctor Janusz Rudzinski is almost constantly ringing. The native Polish medic is head of the gynaecological branch of a hospital in Prenzlau within the scenic Uckermark region of Brandenburg. And many women from his native land seek him out when they decide to have an abortion. “Every woman has the right to self-determination, and can decide for themselves about their bodies,” Rudzinski says. “But in Poland they’re denied this.” Poland has some...
  • Hello Angry Losers

    03/31/2017 3:36:17 PM PDT · by Salman · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 31, 2017 | Pat Condell
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdG57lgHFaA
  • DUI driver in fatal Williamsburg Bridge wreck can't contain smile (NY Daily News)

    03/21/2017 11:38:21 AM PDT · by Salman · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 21, 2017 | Shayna Jacobs
    The NYPD traffic agent whose allegedly drunken wreck on the Williamsburg Bridge horrifically killed 21-year-old Amanda Miner grinned — and even appeared to be laughing at one point — as he was photographed leaving the courthouse after a brief appearance Tuesday. Stefan Hoyte, 26, flanked by relatives who tried to cover his smiling face with clothing, could not contain his amusement even though Miner’s devastated family has had less than a week to process her tragic death.
  • LGBT community anger over Youtube restrictions which make their videos invisible

    03/20/2017 5:37:12 AM PDT · by Salman · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 19 March 2017 | Elle Hunt
    YouTube has responded to accusations of discrimination from high-profile members of its LGBT community, who have reported their videos being hidden by the platform. #YouTubeIsOverParty was trending on Twitter on Sunday after several users flagged that their videos referencing same-sex relationships or attraction had been filtered out under its restricted mode. Rowan Ellis, a British YouTuber with a “feminist and queer perspective” and nearly 22,500 subscribers, drew attention to YouTube’s apparent “anti-LGBT” bias in a video posted on Thursday. ...
  • ‘Literacy’ test for teachers may be nixed (NY State)

    03/07/2017 9:32:37 AM PST · by Salman · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | Mar 6 2017 | Danika Fears, Kirstan Conley and Selim Algar
    State education officials plan to scrap a literacy exam given to prospective teachers and allow certification for some applicants who fail a performance assessment test — moves that critics warned will weaken the pool of candidates. The state Board of Regents will likely vote early next week on whether to ax the Academic Literacy Skills Test, one of four exams that teacher wannabes have to pass for certification, officials said Monday. ... But charter advocate StudentsFirstNY executive director Jenny Sedlis blasted the move. “It’s a terrible idea to get rid of the test that tells us whether teaching candidates meet...
  • Russia May Ban Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Over Gay Character (Variety)

    03/04/2017 5:07:16 PM PST · by Salman · 16 replies
    Variety ^ | March 4, 2017 | Leo Barraclough
    The Russian government is coming under pressure to ban Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast” for allegedly contravening a 2013 law that prohibits “gay propaganda” aimed at children. In Bill Condon’s film, LeFou (Josh Gad) has a crush on Gaston (Luke Evans). Condon told Attitude magazine that LeFou’s role is groundbreaking. “It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it,” he said. “And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in...
  • Excited reports of 'habitable planets' need to come back down to Earth

    02/22/2017 3:26:41 PM PST · by Salman · 94 replies
    Space Daily ^ | Feb 22, 2017 | Joshua Tan
    In 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked, "Where are they?" as a kind of lament about the lack of observational evidence for alien intelligence in our universe. Today, the question is still asked in the context of the always-hoped-for discovery of other worlds like our own, with the thought that maybe, just maybe, we will finally find those aliens. ... The two most fruitful methods for discovering exoplanets (the "transit method" and the "radial velocity method") both give a straightforward way to determine the distance between a star and an exoplanet. That, together with our knowledge of how much heat...
  • Russia Today: Swedish veteran cop rants about immigrant crimes on Facebook, ignites nationwide row

    02/22/2017 6:05:48 AM PST · by Salman · 6 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7 Feb 2017 | Russia Today staff writer
    A Swedish police investigator triggered a media tsunami with a Facebook post linking violent crimes with immigrants. Peter Springare received an outpouring of support from fellow officers and common Swedes, as well as some accusations of racism.
  • Bioethicist: Give Self-Cutters Sterile Razors

    02/11/2017 8:51:44 AM PST · by Salman · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | February 11, 2017 | Wesley J. Smith
    How off the rails of decency and true compassion is bioethics discourse becoming? Try this. Rather than try to prevent disturbed self-cutters from harming themselves instead give them sterile razors. So says University of Manchester Law School professor of “Social Ethics and Policy,” Patrick J. Sullivan, because, well, harm minimilization and obeisance to the great modern god AUTONOMY. ...
  • 'You're a walking disease, mate'

    02/04/2017 9:47:01 AM PST · by Salman · 16 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 25 November 2015 | Matilda Battersby
    Dating apps rarely encourage deep and meaningful communication but they are a minefield for people living with HIV as a series of real messages sent to gay men on Grindr reveals. The hurtful texts have been read out by HIV-positive men to highlight stigma, misunderstanding and ignorance around the virus. The messages, which include 'You're a walking disease, mate' and 'Sluts like you deserve it,' were sent to Grindr users and the Gay Men's Health Charity (GMFA) asked a group of HIV-positive models to read them out and react. ...
  • Normalizing Degeneracy

    02/02/2017 5:01:38 AM PST · by Salman · 7 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | February 02, 2017 | Gavin McInnes
    Earlier this week we learned that Micah Rhodes, one of the heads of the Portland’s Resistance movement, is a pedophile. He was arrested for political action but then brought into court for sexual charges totally unrelated to anarchy. He’s now facing four counts of second-degree sexual abuse. His comrades can say it’s all a lie based on Micah’s recent political status, but they likely don’t know he’s already a registered sex offender in the area, responsible for first-degree sexual abuse and sodomy. This isn’t the first time he’s anally raped a young teenage boy and girl. ... Gay-rights activists and...
  • Why Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Might Actually Stand Up for LGBT Rights

    12/26/2016 3:41:56 PM PST · by Salman · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12.15.16 | Jay Michaelson
    ... His record has both pro-LGBT and anti-LGBT elements to it. In 2013, Tillerson successfully urged the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay scouts to participate. This was a matter of personal importance to Tillerson, an Eagle Scout and recent president of the BSA from 2010 to 2012. As reported in The Dallas Morning News, according to a close confidant, Tillerson’s opinion on the matter came as a result of personal prayer and reflection. “He agonized over this,” the confidant said. “He prayed on it, and ultimately he came to the conclusion the only thing that can guide him...
  • The woman walking to Aleppo to 'end the Syrian war'

    12/26/2016 8:23:56 AM PST · by Salman · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 December 2016 | BBC staff writer
    A woman in Germany says she has been so angered at the reports of civilian deaths in Syria that she is organising a march from Berlin to Aleppo to try to bring an end to the war. Anna Alboth said she could no longer sit and watch news reports without taking action herself. So she is organising the Civil March for Aleppo, a 3,400km (2,100-mile) walk that will retrace the footsteps of refugees who managed to escape the war in Syria and make to the safety of Germany. The journalist, who has already welcomed a Syrian refugee into her own...
  • The Post-Trump Haircut

    12/17/2016 3:22:39 PM PST · by Salman · 113 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Dec 2012 issue | Heidi Mitchell
    ... “When you see that much blonde hair on the floor, you know something is going on,” says Nicole Butler, creative director and master colorist at Daniel’s Salon in Dupont Circle. During the notoriously slow month of November, her salon received a startling number of bookings, with at least three women a day sitting in her chair and asking for a drastic change, like cutting off six inches, going black, or going platinum. “Usually stuff like this is planned for weeks and put on the books after several consultations, but this was very spontaneous,” Butler says. “It was like a...
  • Mississippi Church Torched And Vandalized With Pro-Trump Slogan

    11/02/2016 9:09:26 AM PDT · by Salman · 113 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 2, 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    The FBI is investigating the torching of a black Mississippi church that was also vandalized with the words "Vote Trump." "The FBI Jackson Division is aware of the situation in Greenville, and we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed," FBI Public Affairs Specialist Brett Carr said in a statement Wednesday. ...