Gay teenage politicians says he was targeted with smear campaign after nude pictures leaked

Gay teenage politicians says he was targeted with smear campaign after nude pictures leaked

(6KDFM) A 19-year-old Texas politician has claimed that he was targeted with a smear campaign when his nude pictures were leaked because of his sexuality.

Cross Coburn was elected as a councilman for Ward 1 in November.

Since taking his position, in which he ran unopposed, Cosburn has faced backlash after naked pictures which he exchanged on Grindr were released last month.

The pictures were sent to officials alongside a note which read: “Is this in any way proper behaviour of a councilman to represent himself online or a “dating” app? I felt the City Council should be made aware.”

Speaking to CBS , the teenager claimed that the pictures were released because he is a “young gay man”.

“I felt like I was being harassed, discriminated against, ’cause I’m a young gay man on Groves City Council,” he said. (Leon Neal/Getty Images) Related: Girl who used Grindr to catfish her teacher for nudes found not guilty Mayor Brad Bailey has criticised Coburn for not protecting himself more. He explained that as a public figure, he has to be held accountable and that means he cannot carry on living his life as he wishes.However, Bailey insisted that there was nothing “illegal” done when Coburn’s […]

Opinion: Katy Perry’s predatory behaviour on American Idol proves why the #MeToo movement must go on

Opinion: Katy Perry’s predatory behaviour on American Idol proves why the #MeToo movement must go on

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images) Social justice movements come and go like trains through a station. A shiny campaign is launched, people get motivated but sooner or later it drops out of the social media stratosphere and people go back to an occasional outraged tweet.

The #MeToo movement is one of the latest campaigns to join the long list of things that we’re angry about and so far, the fight has been strong.

More and more women in Hollywood and other big industries are coming out to talk about the abuse and harassment they have suffered and naming the names of their abusers.

From the likes of Weinstein, who has had over 80 women accuse him of sexual misconduct to Kevin Spacey, who came out as gay in a misguided attempt to excuse his alleged abuse of young male actors such as Anthony Rapp , the movement is uncovering the worst of the abusers and no longer giving them a veil to hide behind.

That is why it’s so shocking that Katy Perry, a singer who champions herself as a feminist and LGBTQ+ ally, has been acting like nothing short of a predator on the revival season of American Idol.

The ‘I Kissed a […]

Two foster agencies shut down after investigation revealed they do not accept LGBT+ carers

Two foster agencies shut down after investigation revealed they do not accept LGBT+ carers

A Philadelphia council has shut down two foster agencies after they were found to be discriminating against LGBT carers.

The two agencies, named Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services have received about $3 million in funding from the city council to arrange the care of foster children.

The funded state-based agencies have been found to discriminate against LGBT+ couples wishing to adopt, have not taken on LGBT carers on their client books, an investigation by The Inquirer has revealed.

A same-sex couple who approached Bethany Christian Services about becoming foster parents were turned away in October. Catholic Social Services told the Inquirer and Daily News it also does not work with LGBTQ people interested in being foster parents, though it knew of no inquiries from same-sex couples.

However, the 233 children placed with families through the organizations will remain in their homes.

“Our goal is to minimize placement disruptions (moving children between foster homes), and to ensure that a child’s ability to reunify with their family of origin or to continue an adoption process is not delayed because of a placement disruption,” said Department of Human Services Heather Keather.The department is also reviewing policies of all 26 foster care agencies on their books.Here […]

The Republican who called Emma Gonzalez a ‘skinhead lesbian’ could now lose his seat

The Republican who called Emma Gonzalez a ‘skinhead lesbian’ could now lose his seat

(Twitter/gibson_house and Getty) A Democrat has risen up to challenge the Republican who called school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez “a skinhead lesbian”.

Leslie Gibson was the only person in the District 57 race for a place in Maine’s House of Representatives when he lashed out at the bisexual head of Stoneman Douglas High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

Together with fellow students like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky , the 18-year-old activist has prompted a tidal wave of public sentiment in favour of better gun regulations following the shooting in Florida, which killed 17. (Getty) Gibson, reportedly in his 60s, targeted the teenager as all brave people do: through his Twitter account with 74 followers.

“There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat,” he wrote. Emma Gonzalez hugs her father (Getty) In another tweet, he said that Gonzalez should not be called a survivor because she “was in a completely different part of the school” when her fellow students were shot dead.

The tweets prompted outrage and a call from local organisers – as well as Hogg, who Gibson called a “bald-faced liar” – for […]

Man launches petition to put an end to gay ‘cure’ therapy: ‘praying the gay away nearly killed me’

Man launches petition to put an end to gay ‘cure’ therapy: ‘praying the gay away nearly killed me’

(Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images) A man in Australia has launched a petition to put an end to gay “cure” therapy.

The man, known only as Chris, has gained over 12,000 signatures at the time of writing on a petition that calls for the Australian Minister for Health (Ken Wyatt) and Prime Minister (Malcolm Turnbull) to “condemn conversion therapy and outlaw the practice for minors”.

Chris was subjected to the ex-gay course Living Waters, which boasts that it can “cure” homosexuality.

“Trying to “Pray the Gay Away” nearly killed me.

“I’m not the only one. So-called conversion therapy can cause depression, self-loathing and even suicide.

“I prayed to God asking him to either heal me, or kill me. I was so depressed, I wanted to die,” he explained.At the sessions Chris attended from the age of 17, members of the groups were told to speak about their “sins”. Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull The shame this involved in him meant that he stayed celibate until 24 because he didn’t want to embrace his sexuality.Although he only started the gay “cure” programme at 17, he explained that he felt shame around his sexuality since the age of 10.He said: “I believed that something was innately wrong […]

The nominations are now open for the PinkNews Awards 2018

The nominations are now open for the PinkNews Awards 2018

(Chris Jepson) PinkNews has opened nominations in the first four categories for the upcoming PinkNews Awards for 2018.

Find below nomination forms in the Business Equality. Public Sector, Third Sector and Corporate Role Model awards, which will be given at the PinkNews Awards on October 17.

The PinkNews Awards celebrates the contributions of politicians, businesses and community groups towards what has been another historic year for LGBT+ equality around the world. The Corporate Role Model Award is a new award for 2018 that seeks to highlight the individuals working to improve LGBT+ equality in their workplace.

This can include work in internal LGBT+ networks, as well as work with LGBT+ organisations and initiatives outside the workplace that are making a difference in their industry or community. Individuals may nominate themselves, or be nominated by others. The Business Equality Award is open to all businesses, small or large. The Public Sector Equality Award is also open to all public sector bodies.

The Third Sector Award celebrates the contribution of third sector organisations towards achieving equality, and was launched in 2017.

Please get in touch for more details about these awards if they apply to your organisation.Anyone can nominate their organisation using one of the forms […]

Twitter’s finest are sharing stunning glo-ups that will blow your socks off

Twitter’s finest are sharing stunning glo-ups that will blow your socks off

(Getty) Oh, the growing pains of youth.

We all remember the backne, the bad spectacles, the awkwardly positioned teeth, and the blistering romantic rejection that haunted our adolescent days.

But then, we emerged, like butterflies from the chrysalis, ready to take on whatever terrible problems the world threw at us with a significantly more attractive face.

This, my friends, is what the friends in the bizz call a ‘glo-up’ – and the beautiful masses are sharing their physical rejuvenation on Twitter to celebrate this miraculous process.

Compiled in one artful Twitter moment , these glo-ups deserve one mighty round of applause.

“THE GLO UP WAS REAL! 2012 vs 2018 ” tweeted @sorryimangiiee when she shared this snap. “At 18 I looked 15 and now at 23 I look 18,” joked @cheyeperedo. “Y’all, I got hot,” said @petcatslonghair. And @codyxhighroller wrote nothing but the date next to their marvellous transformation. “2012 vs 2018 HAHAHHAHAHAHAH,” wrote @humanstrawberry. “2012 2018 Lmaoooooooooo,” tweeted @XLukaKillianX. “2012: DOG, 2018: ANOTHER DOG,” shared @sarryxpotter. And of course, the best thing about this whole process isn’t necessarily the aesthetic enhancement – it’s just how good everyone is feeling in their own skin.But hell, here’s a before and after from yours truly: PinkNews […]

RuPaul wells up as he receives message from his hero Judge Judy

RuPaul wells up as he receives message from his hero Judge Judy

RuPaul (Getty) RuPaul welled up as he received a personal message from his idol Judge Judy.

The Drag Race star admitted that he was blown over by the message from a woman he considers a role model.

He likened the message to being told he had done well at life by his own mother.

The interview was for CBS Sunday Morning program interview in which he spoke about his career, his family and the impact of Drag Race on young people. RuPaul (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) In the recorded message Judge Judy said: “When I think about RuPaul, I think about three words, ‘talented’, ‘brave’ and ‘always honest’,” the Judge said in the message.

“He knows who he is, he understands life, so I’m glad you’re celebrating him this morning.”

Overcome with emotion watching the video, RuPaul appeared to struggle to stay composed. RuPaul (Photo by JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images) “To hear someone I respect like this, say that to me is like hearing my mom say ‘you done good kid, you done real good’,” RuPaul said after he watched the message. The message will be a welcome positive after a tumultuous few weeks for the drag icon.He apologised for saying that he […]

Adam Rippon has responded to the drag queen Elsa who rescued a snowed-in police van

Adam Rippon has responded to the drag queen Elsa who rescued a snowed-in police van

(Entertainment Tonight) Olympic hero Adam Rippon has heard drag queen Elsa’s call, and responded.

Earlier this week, a drag queen dressed as the ice queen from Disney’s Frozen helped rescue a stuck police van during a blizzard.

The performer – 37-year-old attorney Jason Triplett – then proceeded to walk in the snow, looking like a badass and singing Let It Go.

An extraordinary clip of the incident – which happened in the middle of a snowstorm in Boston – went viral.

This led to Triplett talking to BuzzFeed about his newfound fame, joking that he “wouldn’t go on The Ellen DeGeneres Show unless Adam Rippon was there.” And now, thanks to the magic of the internet, Rippon has been asked by Entertainment Tonight whether he has a response for the ice queen.

Looking directly at the camera, the bronze medal-winning ice skater said: “They say not all heroes wear capes. (Entertainment Tonight) “But sometimes, they do.”According to reports, the Olympian is set to spearhead a new reality TV show with Ellen DeGeneres. (YouTube/theellenshow) When Rippon appeared on DeGeneres’ show, he revealed his celebrity crush and told her that being with her on TV was a dream come true. “I’ve been wanting to be […]

Mariam Moustafa death: Teenager and sister in ‘previous attack’

Mariam Moustafa death: Teenager and sister in 'previous attack'

Enable it in your browser or download Flash Player here .Sorry, you need Flash to play this. Watch: Attack on Egyptian teenager

Media captionFootage has emerged of the attack The sister of an Egyptian student who died after an attack said the pair were assaulted by the same people before.

Mariam Moustafa, 18, died on Wednesday after being attacked in Nottingham by a group of women three weeks earlier .

Her family says an incident in August involving the same attackers, which left Mariam hurt and her teenage sister with a broken leg, was not sufficiently acted upon by police.

Egypt’s embassy said those responsible should be "brought to justice swiftly".

Live updates and more from the East Midlands Mariam Moustafa, 18, was an engineering student at Nottingham College Talking about the alleged attack in August, Miss Moustafa’s sister Mallak, 16, told The Times: "No-one did anything. Something could’ve been done, and if the police did then she would still be here."I do think vital warnings were missed. The police should’ve done something after the first attack, but they did nothing. A complaint was filed and that was it."Ms Moustafa’s father, Muhammad, 49, told The Times: "I don’t know why they attacked […]