Trump’s Justice Department blocks monitoring of crimes against LGBT teens

Trump’s Justice Department blocks monitoring of crimes against LGBT teens

U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images) The Trump administration has abandoned plans to monitor crimes against LGBT teenagers.

In a notice on Wednesday, the Department of Justice, headed by anti-LGBT Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced a revision to the National Crime Victimization Survey, one of the key sources of data on victims of crime.

Since July 2016, the NCVS had asked all respondents aged 16 and older about their sexual orientation and gender identity alongside other personal characteristics such as race and ethnicity.

But under the change, the survey will no longer collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity for people who are under 18. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Getty) A filing from the DoJ says: “The requested revision impacts the minimum age at which respondents will be administered questions on their sexual orientation and gender identity, raising the minimum age from 16 to 18.

“This revision, which will be implemented within 6 months of OMB approval, will not impact the burden hours associated with the previous 30-day request.”

The official filing claims the change was due to “concerns about the potential sensitivity of these questions for adolescents” – but the Justice Department has […]

Gay character ‘erased’ from short story taught in Kenyan schools

Gay character ‘erased’ from short story taught in Kenyan schools

(Stock photo) A writer who penned a story about a gay migrant has spoken out after a censored copy of the work landed on a Kenyan school syllabus.

Irish author Barry McKinley penned 2016 short story ‘Almost Home,’ which tells the story of Ali Mahfouz, a 17-year-old gay illegal immigrant facing deportation to Morocco, where homosexuality is illegal.

The story recalls the teen’s fear of being sent back to a place where “they caught me in bed with another boy” who was “beaten with steel rods,” and his despair at being removed from Dublin, where he frequented the city’s George’s Street gay district.

A while after first releasing the story, McKinley was baffled to see it getting a lot of interest from young people in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

The author decided to investigate the surge in readers – discovering that the story had been reprinted without his permission in an anthology of short stories used by secondary schools across Kenya Writing in the Irish Times , McKinley explained that the story had been altered by Kenyan education publisher Moran to omit the references to the character’s sexuality.

He wrote: “In Kenya, same-sex relationships can lead to 14 years’ imprisonment… so I wasn’t surprised […]

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James Graham on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire cough scandal

James Graham on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire cough scandal

Quiz has transferred to the West End after a run in Chichester last year James Graham’s latest play, Quiz, tells the story of what the playwright describes as the "most British crime of all time" – the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal of 2001.

Charles Ingram, a former British Army major, was accused of cheating his way to the jackpot on the ITV show by conspiring with his wife, Diana, and another contestant, who would apparently cough when the correct answer was mentioned.

Ingram maintained his innocence throughout his court trial. Now, West End audiences are (literally) being asked to decide for themselves whether or not he was guilty – by voting via a keypad at the end of both the first and second half.

"I think quizzes and game shows are fascinating, they’re a very British obsession and I love that," Graham tells BBC News.

"But I think the story about whether or not a few middle class people tried to steal a million pounds with questions and coughing, feels like the most British crime of all time. And almost ludicrous in its simplicity.

"It just felt really delicious to me, and I thought if we could just try and […]

Four men surrender to police following Miami Pride attack

Four men surrender to police following Miami Pride attack

The four suspects | Photo: YouTube/CBS Miami A day of celebration for Miami’s LGBTI community turned ugly when four men attacked a gay couple during pride this weekend.

While walking home, four anonymous men attacked Rene Chalarca and his boyfriend, Dmitry Logunov, without provocation. They were holding hands when the men confronted them.

Chalarca and Logunov suffered numerous cuts and bruises. Another man, Helmut Muller, become unconscious when he struck his head after intervening.

According to the Miami Beach Police’s Twitter account, the four men surrendered through an attorney. UPDATE: The 4 subjects have just surrendered @ MBPD through an attorney. We anticipate felony charges for each of them. https://t.co/OUUKUPd3gl — Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) April 10, 2018 Jail records identify the men as: Adonis David Diaz, 21, Juan Carlos Lopez, 21, Luis M. Alonso Piovet, 20 and Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa, 21.

They are charged with three counts of aggravated battery and held on bonds of $7,500.

As of Wednesday (11 April) morning, their bonds allowed them to get out of jail.Though the police have not labeled the incident as a hate crime, Officer Ernesto Rodriguez confirmed that anti-gay slurs in Spanish were used. This violence needs to end 2017 was the deadliest […]

Timmy Matley, singer from The Overtones has died aged just 36

Timmy Matley, singer from The Overtones has died aged just 36

Timmy Matley from The Overtone has died aged 36. | Photo: Twitter Timmy Matley, one of the five members of doo-wop singing group, The Overtones, had died at the age of 36. He was one of the the three members of the group that identified as gay.

Matley had been battling skin cancer but the cause of his death is still unclear.

The remaining Overtones, Mike Crawshaw, Mark Franks, Darren Everest and Lachie Champman, announced his death on Twitter.

‘It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away,’ the group wrote.

‘We know this news will be as heartbreaking for you all as it is for us. We appreciate your love and support at this difficult time. Mike, Darren, Mark and Lachie.’ It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away. We know this news will be as heartbreaking for you all as it is for us. We appreciate your love and support at this difficult time. Mike, Darren, Mark & Lachie x — The Overtones (@the_overtones) April 11, 2018 In 2016, Matley was diagnosed with stage three malignant […]

Alleged gay serial killer, Bruce McArthur, charged with seventh murder

Alleged gay serial killer, Bruce McArthur, charged with seventh murder

Det Sgt Hank Idsinga of Toronto Police announces the seventh murder charge against Bruce McArhthur. | Photo: Toronto Police Police have charged the man accused of allegedly murdering gay men in Canada, Bruce McArthur, with a seventh murder.

McArthur, a 66-year-old garden landscaper from Toronto, was first arrested in January this year.

Canadian police decided to review homicide cold cases dating as far back as 1975. They’re reviewing at least 15 cold cases between 1975 and 1997.

The latest charge came after police allegedly linked McArthur with the 2010 disappearance of Abdulbasir Faizi. Abdulbasir Faizi (L) and Bruce McArthur. | Photo: Toronto Police and Facebook Along with Faizi, police also charged McArthur with the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman and Skandaraj Navaratnam.

Toronto police said McArthur would using gay dating and hookup apps to target the men and then meet them in the city’s Gay Village.

Police found dismembered remains of at least six bodies in pot plants at a property where McArthur had worked. Police has yet to identify one of the bodies.So far, all the victims were from South Asia or Middle Eastern descent. Never seen anything like this At the time of McArthur’s […]

Uganda’s politicians push to reintroduce anti-homosexuality laws

Uganda's politicians push to reintroduce anti-homosexuality laws

Rebecca Kadaga at the IPU. | Photo: YouTube Policitians in Uganda’s Federal Parliament have pushed for the country to reintroduce anti-homosexuality laws.

Scores of MPs lined up to condemn homosexuality, labelling it ‘un-African’ and ‘uncouth’.

The collective outburst came after the parliament passed a motion to commend Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. Parliament wanted to celebrate her for ‘standing firm’ against homosexuality at a recent Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Summit in March.

Kadaga accused IPU president Gabriella Barroza of sneaking in a homosexuality motion at the Geneva Summit. She said it was done without consent from Asian and African representatives.

She threatened that Uganda and other countries would withdraw form the IPU if European countries kept trying to legalize homosexuality.

Kadaga has a long history of homophobia. In 2014 she pioneered Uganda’s controversial ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ and last year called for homosexuality to be punishable with jail time. Celebrating Kadaga Ugandan MPs used the motion commending Kadaga as an opportunity to speak out against homosexuality.Nsaba Buturo, who introduced the motion, spoke in high praise of Kadaga’s performance at the IPU.‘The external interests have threatened and used all kinds of means to force nations such as Uganda to accept the same sex practices,’ he said.‘I urge […]

San Diego Padres host LGBT Pride night April 27

San Diego Padres host LGBT Pride night April 27

The San Diego Padres will kick off Major League Baseball’s LGBT Pride night calendar with Out at the Park , Friday April 27 at Petco Park against the New York Mets .

The game starts at 7 p.m. but the festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a pregame tailgate party that includes cocktails. The national anthem will be sung jointly by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, San Diego Women’s Chorus and San Diego Pride and Padres staff.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here . Admission will get Pride ticket buyers a commemorative hat that looks pretty cool. The Padres have made it possible for members of 14 San Diego LGBT sports leagues to buy ticket guaranteeing them seating with their group.

More than half of MLB’s 30 teams will have a Pride night, with the majority taking place in June, which is LGBT Pride month. We will have a complete list when it is finalized.

The Anti-LGBT Pols Who Could Replace Paul Ryan as GOP Leader

The Anti-LGBT Pols Who Could Replace Paul Ryan as GOP Leader

Speaker of the House Ryan says he won’t seek reelection, leading to speculation about who’ll be the next House Republican leader. With Paul Ryan announcing he won’t seek reelection to Congress this fall, political observers are all abuzz about who’ll replace him as the Republican leader of the U.S. House. If the Republicans retain control of the House in November, the top Republican will be speaker, the position Ryan currently holds; if a blue wave gives Democrats the majority, the highest-ranking Republican will be minority leader. Here’s a look at some of the names being floated. They’re uniformly anti-LGBT.

Steve Scalise: The congressman from Louisiana, who was seriously wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice last year, is currently House majority whip, meaning he’s responsible for whipping up votes. Since joining Congress in 2009, he’s racked up a solid string of zeroes on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard, which measures lawmakers’ support for LGBT rights or lack thereof.

As a Louisiana state legislator before joining Congress, he was lead author of that state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. When a federal judge upheld the amendment in 2014, Scalise went on Tony Perkins’s radio show and called the […]