Trans woman shot dead in Florida is 20th trans person to be killed this year in US

Trans woman shot dead in Florida is 20th trans person to be killed this year in US

Londonn Moore was found shot to death in the early hours of Saturday morning. (Londonn Moore/Facebook) A transgender woman of colour has been found shot dead in Charlotte County, Florida.

Londonn Moore is believed to be the 20th trans person to be killed so far this year in the US.

Moore, 20, was shot multiple times near Sawyer Circle in North Port early on Saturday morning (September 8).

Local media have reported on Moore’s death , with some outlets referring to the woman by the name she was given at birth (commonly known as ‘deadnaming’).

Police are reportedly treating Moore’s death as murder. However, it is not yet clear if they are investigating it as a hate crime.

The overwhelming majority of known trans murder victims in the US this year have been trans women of colour. Police are reportedly treating Moore’s death as murder. (Londonn Moore/Facebook) “When it comes to murder, murder is murder,” North Port Police Department officer Joshua Taylor told NBC . “Whether it’s a hate crime or not, you’re going to pay that price.”

Just a week before her death, Moore had posted on Facebook: “Ima give this whole love thing one more chance. Wish me luck.”

On Facebook, a woman called Pamela Kinard, who claimed to be Moore’s mother, appeared to misgender her daughter and deny that she was transgender. Moore’s death comes just over a week after another trans woman of colour, Shantee Tucker, was found shot dead in Philadelphia.

Tucker, who had celebrated her 30th birthday on September 2, was found with a gunshot wound by police at about 1am on a highway in the Hunting Park area of the city, according to local media reports.

She was taken to Temple University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police are reportedly looking for a suspect in connection with the murder.

At the time of Tucker’s death, the Human Rights Campaign reported that 16 of the 19 known killings of trans people in the US in 2018 have been women of colour. Shantee Tucker was found dead on September 5. (Shantee Tucker/Facebook) Dejanay L. Stanton, a 24-year-old woman, was found on a street in Chicago on Thursday morning with a gunshot wound to the head, the Chicago Sun-Times reported .

The other woman, 18-year-old Vontashia Bell, was found in a street in Shreveport, Louisiana, with gunshot wounds to the chest and wrist.

Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, recently told PinkNews: “There is a growing epidemic of violence targeting transgender people, particularly Black transgender women.

“This is an urgent crisis that is a by-product of the toxic and violent combination of transphobia, misogyny, and racism. As a society, our policymakers and lawmakers must do more to combat this violence.”

Call Me By Your Name 2 will happen, says Armie Hammer

Call Me By Your Name 2 will happen, says Armie Hammer

Actor Armie Hammer arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images) Armie Hammer has said a sequel to Call Me By Your Name is definitely in the works—despite the original film’s screenwriter speaking out against the idea.

There’s been a lot of buzz about a rumoured follow-up to the hit gay romance, which starred Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.

Screenwriter James Ivory, who adapted André Aciman’s novel for the first film, has criticised the idea and described discussion of it as “nonsense,” but director Luca Guadagnino and the cast have continued to talk up the prospect of another film being made. If Armie Hammer has anything to do with it, it sounds like a second film is still in the works.

In an interview with Variety , he insisted: “It will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen.”

Hammer teased: “How much do I know and how much could I tell you are two very different things. I know a lot, but I can’t tell you anything.”

He added: “More than anything I trust the artistic direction to Luca and [novelist] André Aciman and to those guys who did such a good job handling it the first time around.

“The only thing I want to see is I want to see it happen. I want to do it again. “I miss the whole crew. It was such a special time. It was such a collaborative, unique, and totally immersive filming experience that I never really had, nor since. If we get to do another one, I’ll feel really lucky.”

He conspicuously did not name-check Ivory while referencing Guadagnino and Aciman’s involvement in a sequel.

Ivory told IndieWire he has no interest in returning to the material, and firmly poured cold water on the idea in an interview with the Independent. Call Me By Your Name The screenwriter told the newspaper: “Luca would say that [he wants a sequel], having had a great success with it. But one wonders how you would cast such a film. You can’t make up Timothee Chalamet to look, say, 40. That would be terrible!”

Ivory also specified that fundamental to the original story was that Elio “might have had a disappointment with Oliver but you knew within a very short time he was going to have all kinds of a successful love life.”

He added: “I asked that the other day. I saw Andre Aciman three or four weeks ago, at my house. I said ‘What’s all this about a sequel?’ He said ‘Nonsense! There’s not going to be any sequel.’” Call Me By Your Name tells the love story between 17-year old Elio and 24-year old graduate student Oliver. (Sony Pictures Classics) A plot outline for the second film was previously teased by actor Michael Stuhlbarg, who played Elio’s dad.

He told Far Out Magazine: “[Guadagnino] seems to think that we might be able to pick up the action a few years later, to see what’s happened to these characters and the choices they’ve made, and life after this particularly momentous summer for them all.

“But it sounds like something he’s serious about, and André Aciman is thrilled I think at the idea.”

Tel Aviv will host Eurovision 2019 in Israel

Tel Aviv will host Eurovision 2019 in Israel

Revellers take part in the annual Gay Pride parade on June 8, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tens of thousand of participants from Israel and abroad packed the streets of Tel Aviv for the annual LGBT pride march (Amir Levy/Getty) The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Israel’s ‘gay capital’ of Tel Aviv.

Israel is set to host the camp pan-European music contest in 2019 following the victory of Netta with anthem “Toy.”

Senior Israeli politicians had called for the contest to be held in Jerusalem, the country’s disputed capital and the epicentre of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

However, Eurovision bosses announced on Thursday that the contest would instead be held in the nearby city of Tel Aviv. Israel’s singer Netta performs the song “Toy” during the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, on May 8, 2018. (FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty) The European Broadcasting Union’s decision came after organisers publicly raised fears that the 24/7 rehearsals and preparations required for the contest may not be possible in Jerusalem due to the strict adherence to Shabbat (day of prayer) among the city’s religious community.

Often referred to as the gay capital of the Middle East, Tel Aviv is home to a thriving LGBT+ community. The city’s annual Pride festival is the largest Pride celebration in the region, and attracts thousands of visitors from across the world.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai emphasised the city’s gay-friendly credentials to Eurovision organisers, writing: “The city of Tel Aviv will be honored to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

“Our beloved city has gained international esteem as an open city, a welcoming home to the LGBT community and many other minorities. Tel Aviv-Yafo is a global city that respects all people—residents and visitors.” Revellers take part in the annual Gay Pride parade on June 8, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Amir Levy/Getty) The event will be held at the Tel Aviv Convention Center. The semi-finals will take place on May 14 and 16, 2019, and the Grand Final will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s executive supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, said: “We’d like to thank all the Israeli cities who bid to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, and KAN who conducted an expert and thorough assessment to help us make the final decision. “All the bids were exemplary but in the end we decided that Tel Aviv provides the best overall setup for the world’s largest live music event.

“We are excited to bring the Contest to a brand new city and are looking forward to working together with KAN to make 2019’s Eurovision Song Contest the most spectacular one yet.” Tel Aviv Pride in 2017 (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty) Frank-Dieter Freiling, chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, said: “We look forward to working with KAN to bring the Contest to Tel Aviv for the first time.

“We are expecting to receive guarantees from the Prime Minister this week in regards to the security and freedom of movement of anyone coming to the event.

“These guarantees are imperative in order for us to move forward with the planning of the event to ensure the safety of visitors and upholding the Eurovision Song Contest values of diversity and inclusivity.”

There have already been calls to boycott the contest due to its presence in Israel, which may have been heightened if a Jerusalem venue was selected as host.

Irish political party Sinn Féin urged the country to boycott the contest, saying that “the Eurovision Song Contest should not be used as a tool for Israel to whitewash its daily human rights abuse.”

The contest earned an unlikely defender in Arlene Foster of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, who is hardly a natural fan of the campy musical contest given her party’s evangelical views.

Foster tweeted: “Not content with boycotting Westminster, the [Northern Ireland] Assembly and the Executive – Sinn Féin now want to boycott the Eurovision!! You couldn’t make it up!!!”

I’m trans masculine but I refuse to stop wearing make-up

I’m trans masculine but I refuse to stop wearing make-up

Ev Callahan identifies as non-binary and trans masculine but refuses to stop wearing make-up.

Callahan is a non-binary make-up artist challenging the standards of masculinity that heteronormative society often holds trans masculine people to. And they’re the subject of a new short film by queer filmmaker Florence Strickland.

“If I want cis men to feel comfortable and confident in themselves, to be able to wear make-up, or wear long hair, or traditionally feminine presentations, then why shouldn’t I be able to?” they explained.

“I shouldn’t feel held to a higher standard of masculinity because I’m trans.

“I think everyone should be able to wear make-up. So why not me? No compatible source was found for this media.

“I really love character make-up, theatrical make-up, and drag make-up—being able to transform in this very simple way.”

Callahan was always “very masculine as a child” and struggled with the pressure to be “hyper feminine,” and later realised they are non-binary .

“My mum bleached my moustache in my sleep once and I was very upset as I was really trying to grow that moustache,” they explained.

“Stuff like that, or you have to shave your legs. The amount of times I’ve been physically wrestled into a dress.

“So the message that I was getting steadily throughout these years was you have to be a girl, there’s no other option, and there’s one way to be a girl.

“And make-up initially was part of that—I was using make-up to try and perform appropriate femininity. “Then I kind of went the other way once I felt comfortable enough in myself to tell people I was trans and come out as non-binary, where I was so masculine because I was so worried about being misgendered.

“At the end of the day, I don’t see anything inherently feminine about make-up.

“I do like to play with that. But at the end of the day, I don’t really believe there’s any relationship between make-up and femininity, or make-up and womanhood.”

Filmmaker Florence Strickland produced this short film as part of a series called Gendercraft , exploring trans and queer identities. Florence told PinkNews: “Beginning to make these films has really resolved the internal struggle of how I identify. I thought I couldn’t wear make-up if I didn’t see myself as femme. I thought I couldn’t be non-binary because I don’t experience body dysphoria.

“It’s freeing to realise I don’t need to try and change how people see me. Coming to understand my transness through queer art, performance and being part of a community has made me love myself in a way that wasn’t possible before.

“Queer and trans people are everywhere and always have been but cis/het society tends to spin the narrative that we’re only just appearing. Filmmaker Florence Strickland “I often feel some people need a new pair of glasses to see everyone as they want to be seen – rather than in a narrow, binary view. And I guess I want to try and help to facilitate that.

“I don’t feel represented or often watch stories on TV that I personally identify with.

“At the same time, it feels like queer culture gets more and more appropriated by mainstream society. The first time I ever got shouted at in a toilet, and told to leave, was at this year’s London pride. At a queer event. In Dalston. I felt really violated.

“We can’t rainbow-wash everything and say it’s a safe space. So, preserving and nurturing our queer & trans communities is even more important than ever.

“I’ve always called the project Gendercraft because I want to try and demonstrate how many different ways there are to be queer, non-binary, trans or gender non-conforming. That it’s not a question of aesthetics, but everyone’s personal choice—and that should be respected.”

Ev, is part of a series titled Gendercraft, produced by Florence Strickland and Mountainway Pictures, and edited by Alice Trueman.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?’s Colin Mochrie had the best response to trolls attacking his trans daughter

Whose Line Is It Anyway?’s Colin Mochrie had the best response to trolls attacking his trans daughter

Mochrie has criticised online trolls for posting transphobic comments about his daughter. (Colin Mochrie/Facebook) Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie has fired back at online trolls for attacking his transgender daughter on her birthday.

The 60-year comic posted on Facebook on September 3 to celebrate his daughter’s 28 birthday, writing: “Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter! 28 years old and everything we’ve ever hoped for in a chill.”

He also uploaded a photo of him, his wife—Debra McGrath—and his daughter Kinley.

After a number of transphobic responses were left in the comments section, Mochrie posted another status on September 4.

“Thanks to the fans of this page for being supportive and human. To the trolls, my thoughts and prayers to your body for losing it’s [sic] mind and soul so tragically,” he wrote. Fans praised Mochrie for standing up for his trans daughter. (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images) Fans were quick to praise the comedian, who is best known for his appearances on both the US and UK versions of classic improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, for sticking up for his daughter.

“Thank you for supporting trans folks,” one person responded.

“We’re just trying to live our lives. We need love and acceptance like anyone else. So proud of your daughter and happy for your wonderful family.”

Another Facebook user said: “Fellow parent of a trans child here…your family is BEAUTIFUL and you set the bar for parents everywhere to love their kids unconditionally!”

The comic quietly revealed that his daughter is trans in January 2017.

He wrote on Facebook at the time: “My 90-yr-old mother-in-law and 87-yr-old mother love and acceptance of our trans daughter warms me. Wonder why some who are younger can’t.”

The comedian added: “The negative is that my mom refers to the community as BLT. It’s a learning curve.” Mochrie is best known for his work on Whose Line is it Anyway? (Marko Ditkun/Getty Images for Pandora Jewelry) Thanking fans for their positive reaction, Mochrie posted on Facebook: “Thank you for the positive feedback on Kinley. For those less supportive, I hope somehow you can find empathy for those different than you and find a way to be more comfortable with those you don’t understand. Or you can remove your head from your ass.”

Although it is the first time the news has made a splash, Mochrie and McGrath previously spoke about their daughter’s transition at a fundraiser for Canadian LGBT+ group the Welcome Friend Association.

In a speech the pair addressed their daughter’s transition and learning to switch her name and pronouns.

Mochrie has appeared in more than 300 episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? , which ran for 10 seasons in the UK and 12-and-counting seasons in the US.

Teen arrested over ‘plot to bomb a gay club’

Teen arrested over ‘plot to bomb a gay club’

A police car (File photo) A teenager in Germany has been arrested after allegedly plotting a bomb attack on a gay nightclub.

The 17-year-old, who has not been publicly named, was arrested in Frankfurt this month in connection with an alleged terrorist plot.

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors have confirmed that the teen has been arrested on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence.

AP reports that the arrest comes after intelligence was provided by the United States that indicated the teen was planning attacks on a gay venue and a Catholic church in the city. A policeman in Frankfurt, Germany. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty) The specific target has not been identified.

Frankfurt has a large gay community, and thousands attend the city’s annual LGBT+ Pride celebrations.

Gay venues have been targeted by terrorists on a number of occasions.

A neo-Nazi nail bomb attack killed three people at London’s Admiral Duncan pub in 1999 , while 49 people died at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016.

Security services are believed to have foiled several other attacks on LGBT+ venues over the past few years.

In 2017, the French Interior Minister announced that officers had averted a terrorist “plan of violent action” targeting “Parisian nightclubs and in particular gay clubs.” The Pulse nightclub (Getty) Two men were arrested in Paris in June 2018 over another terror plot believed to be “targeting homosexuals.”

Meanwhile an ISIS-inspired teacher in east London was convicted in March 2018 of plotting attacks on gay bars and public landmarks in London.

Security has also been upped at many Pride celebrations in recent years over fears that events could be targeted by extremists, following a spate of terror attacks across Europe.

The annual Pride in London parade saw heightened security in the wake of the Orlando bombing, while the Pride parade route in Paris was altered to allow for extra police and security measures.

Dua Lipa ‘horrified’ as LGBT fans removed from China concert for rainbow flags

Dua Lipa ‘horrified’ as LGBT fans removed from China concert for rainbow flags

Dua Lipa performing live. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for 103.5 KTU) Popstar Dua Lipa has thanked fans for feeling “safe enough to show your pride” at her concert in Shanghai, China, after some gig-goers were reportedly removed by staff for waving rainbow flags.

Following Lipa’s performance on Wednesday night (September 12), attendees posted videos on social media, which appeared to show security guards forcibly removing a number of fans.

Although some social media users have said that fans were ejected because of “safety concerns”—as some venues in the country do not allow fans to stand up during performances—others have accused security of removing guests because they were waving Pride flags. Lipa posted a statement on Instagram after the controversy at her Shanghai show. (dualipa/Instagram) “What happened in Dua Lipa concert in Shanghai is so wrong,” one social media user wrote.

“She had to wear a long glove to cover her tatoo [sic], and her fans were violently beaten up and dragging out from the concert for standing up or displaying a rainbow flag.”

In one video, Lipa looks visibly upset by the incident as she sings on stage.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Lipa said she was “horrified by what happened,” adding: “I send love to all my fans involved.”

She added: “I would love to come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows.” Several fans were violently put down & carried out tonight on Dua Lipa concert in Shanghai China, because they weren’t allowed to stand up due to “safety concerns”, which is a common concert rule in China, but this time its gone too far The 23-year old star is currently touring through Asia, with further dates in the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The “New Rules” singer also said in her post: “I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show. What you did takes a lot of bravery.

“I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity.”

The musician recently collaborated with Silk City—Mark Ronson and Diplo’s latest musical project—on new track “Electricity.”

And, in April, she released song “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris.

Chile approves new gender identity law in ‘great victory for trans people’

Chile approves new gender identity law in ‘great victory for trans people’

Chilean deputies for the Frente Amplio party, celebrate as they hold a giant fake Chilean Identity card reading "My identity, my right", after voting a gender identity law, during a session at the Deputies Charmber, of the National Congress in Valparaiso, Chile, on September 12, 2018. (Francesco Degasperi/AFP/Getty) Chile has passed a new gender identity law that will allow transgender people aged 14 years and above to change their name and gender in official documents.

The process will take place at a civil registry and will not require surgical or medical intervention, although minors will have to obtain permission from a parent or guardian and from a family court.

The law was first approved by a large majority of 26 in favour and 14 against in the Senate last week and landed in the country’s Congress on Wednesday (September 11), where it passed a 95-46 vote marking the end of a five-year-long fight by transgender rights activists.

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera now has 30 days to sign the law.

“We celebrate! The Chamber of Deputies voted and dispatched the gender identity law, which we sponsored more than five years ago. A great victory for TRANS people!” the Chilean non-governmental organisation Fundación Iguales, which champions LGBT+ rights, tweeted following the vote .

One of the law’s most controversial elements was the inclusion of minors, with LGBT+ activists lamenting the age limit of 14 in the bill. The legislation originally included children younger than 14 years of age, but a vote on this provision failed to reach the necessary majority.

“Today is bittersweet since the discrimination against those under 14 will translate into more suicides,” Rolando Jimenez, one of the founders of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, was quoted as saying in the Associated Press (AP).

Two conservative lawmakers who voted against the law have instead vowed to challenge the inclusion of any person below 18 years of age in the bill.

Sergio Bobadilla and Juan Antonio Coloma claimed the project “undermines the right of the biological identity of minors” and have said they will present that argument in front of the country’s Constitutional Court, AP reported. Daniela Vega, delivers a press conference after a meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on March 6, 2018. (Pablo Vera/AFP/Getty) Chilean transgender actor and singer Daniela Vega, the star of the 2018 Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman , celebrated news of the vote writing a poetic post on Instagram on Thursday, in which she remembered those who have died without seeing the law becoming reality, as well as celebrating a more hopeful future.

She wrote: “The testimony and the body as a declaration of rebellion. But you cannot be rebellious without first being worthy and dignity is not a faith, it is a right. Do not fear children, there will be arms that contain your beautiful nature.

“To wall in the door is not going to darken the horizon, because it will be you, children who will govern your biography. The art, infinite key of immovable locks. The will, motor of the future that appears more hopeful today.

“There are those who did not see this day, this dawn, their bodies, dignified by the memory of rebellion, of dignity. Love, motor of experience. Love, endorsement of infinite space.

“To live, to resist, to move in the calendar. The time and objectivity of feeling it happen. To have today, the right to live in, to belong. Future body, white canvas of new struggles, new utopias, new spaces, of movement, of dignity.”

Dua Lipa in tears as security forcefully remove fans for dancing and ‘waving LGBT flags’ at China concert

Dua Lipa in tears as security forcefully remove fans for dancing and 'waving LGBT flags' at China concert

Dua Lipa was left in tears after seeing her fans dragged away by security Pop star Dua Lipa was left in tears after young women were forcefully dragged from the audience at her Shanghai show for standing up and waving gay pride flags.

The 23-year-old singer, from London, became visibly upset when security workers removed fans from the audience at the show in China on Wednesday night.

Video footage shows security officials violently pulling one young woman from her seat as the pop star performed hit single "One Kiss" to the crowd.

Witnesses claimed that bouncers removed fans because they were dancing, standing up and waving gay pride flags which was not permitted.

The singer fought back tears as she told the crowd: “I just want to create a really safe environment for all of us to have fun. I just want us all to dance.

"I want us all to sing. I want us all to have a really good time.”

The shocking video shows a security guard pulling a young woman, who was bouncing in her seat, forwards and tries to drag her from the building.

Other fans stepped in to try and stop the security officials.

Further footage from outside the venue appears to show security guards kicking one fan.

There were reports from those at the concert, that people waving the rainbow LGBT flag had also been removed.

The star was wrapping up her China tour and the previous night played Guangzhou where fans were allowed to stand up.

In recent months, LGBT content has been censored from the country’s social media.

Homosexuality is not illegal in China and in 2001 it was removed from an official list of “mental illnesses”.

However, under the rule of President Xi Jinping, there have been crackdowns on social media and even LGBT events.

Fans removed from Dua Lipa concert in China

Fans removed from Dua Lipa concert in China

Fans were forcefully removed from a Dua Lipa concert in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday.

Videos posted on social media show security workers pulling people out of their seats.

Heavy-handed crowd control isn’t that unusual in China and many are saying people were ejected for standing up for or waving pro-gay rights flags.

Visibly upset, Dua told the crowd: "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun."

She added: "I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time.

"I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves. How about that?" Report Some social media users have said people were forcibly removed because they were dancing.

Others have also said that it was because they were waving pro-gay rights flags.

Homosexuality isn’t illegal in China, although anti-LGBT attitudes do exist and some have said there’s a recent trend to sideline the LGBT community. Report This is the first time Dua Lipa has toured in China. She played in Guangzhou and Shanghai.

She hasn’t addressed the incident on social media.

A China representative for Dua Lipa’s record company Warner Music Group told the BBC that no-one was available to comment.

The singer is scheduled to perform next in Manila on Friday. Report Follow Newsbeat on Instagram , Facebook and Twitter .

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