Yelena Grigoryeva was a well-known LGBT activist. (Dinar idrisovis/Facebook) LGBT+ campaigners in Russia have said that a woman found murdered in St Petersburg was well-known activist Yelena Grigoryeva.
Authorities said a 41-year-old woman was found dead with multiple stab wounds in the city on Sunday, but did not name her.
Now campaigners and local media have named the victim, saying she had received numerous death threats for vocalising her support for LGBT+ rights in Russia and for demanding the release of political prisoners in Ukraine.
“An activist of democratic, anti-war and LGBT movements Yelena Grigoryeva was brutally murdered near her house,” opposition campaigner Dinar Idrisov wrote on Facebook.
According to Idrisov and the Russian LGBT Network , Grigoryeva had received multiple death threats both on and offline but authorities displayed “no noticeable reaction” to her reports.
St Petersburg news site Fontanka said a suspect was arrested after Grigoryeva was found with stab wounds to her back and face. The report also said she appeared to have been strangled.
The Guardian reports that acquaintances of Grigoryeva said her name was on a list of LGBT+ activists published by a Russian website that called on people to take vigilante action against them. The Russian website encouraged users to hunt and torture gay people in a “game” based on the Saw movies.
Russia’s internet watchdog banned the website last week .
The site was designed to help users to hunt and torture Russian gay people and was taken down by authorities after more than a year online.
The “game” was based on the Saw horror movie franchise , and encouraged users to upload the details of LGBT+ people, including photos and addresses, for others to find and attack.
The name of the operation was “Chechnya’s comeback,” a reference to the gay “purge” in Chechnya which saw at least 200 gay people held in secret prisons throughout the region in the summer of 2017 and at least 26 killed.
The website charged fees for users to get access to the information to “play the game,” and extorted those whose details were online, charging them fees to have their information removed.
According to the Russian LGBT Network : “A homophobic group began to operate in Russia, organising the hunt for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people, in the spring of 2018.”
Although the website has now been taken down, its creators have not been identified.
Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin | Photos: Wiki Oliver Stone has asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to be his daughter’s godfather and expressed support for Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law in a newly-released interview.
The Hollywood heavyweight made the comment in a sit-down interview with Putin in Moscow conducted last month.
A transcript of the conversation was released on the Kremlin website this week. It took place on 19 June.
Stone, who is also known for directing the movie Alexander, told Putin: ‘[So] much of the argument, so much of the thinking, so much of the newspaper, television commentaries about gender, people identify themselves, and social media, this and that, I’m male, I’m female, I’m transgender, I’m cisgender…’ ‘It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law’
The pair then go on to discuss the Russian law in question.
Oliver Stone: ‘ Years ago when we were talking about homosexuality, you said that in Russia we don’t propagate it.’
Vladimir Putin: ‘ Not exactly. We have a law banning propaganda among minors.’
Oliver Stone: ‘ Yes, that’s the one I’m talking about. It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law.’
Vladimir Putin: ‘ It is aimed at allowing people to reach maturity and then decide who they are and how they want to live. There are no restrictions at all after this.’
Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, which criminalizes ‘propaganda of non-traditional relationships to minors’, was put into place in 2013. ‘How many children are you godfather to?’
Conversation then turned to Stone’s daughter.
Oliver Stone: Well, how many children are you godfather to?
Vladimir Putin: I will not give a number but several people.
Oliver Stone: Wow. Is it like a hundred or three hundred?
Vladimir Putin: No, no, are you serious? Certainly not. Just a few.
Oliver Stone: Otherwise I would ask you to be the godfather for my daughter.
Vladimir Putin: Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?
Oliver Stone: Ok, we’ll make her that.
Stone’s other movies include Platoon, JFK, Wall Street and Blue Steel. He co-wrote the screenplay for the hit musical Evita, from 1996, which starred Madonna.
GSN has reached out to representatives to Oliver Stone for comment. See also
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Study-heavy floor also available
A public university in Las Vegas provides eight specialized housing halls, specifically tailoring them to fit the needs of students with numerous backgrounds or lifestyles, including nutritious students, study-intensive students and LGBT students. One floor is intended for black students.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s various specialized residence centers have been around for a number of years. The housing options are reportedly popular among students.
Howell Town is the residence floor intended for black students. The hall is named for John Howell, who was the first African-American in Clark County to own land.
According to the university’s news center, Howell Town developed as the university hosted two retreats for black students in Nov. 2017 and March 2018.
“It became clear that there was both a desire and a need for dedicated spaces to explore identity in meaningful ways,” Orlando White, the campus’s assistant director of residential life, told the university news center.
“Howell Town offers strength through celebrating and exploring diversity rather than just having diversity or the presence of difference. These resources and the connection between them are critical components to student success.”
The university said that in its first semester, “Howell Town attracted 30 residents, mostly upper class and transfer students.”
Stonewall Suites is the university residence hall that houses LGBT students.
“Stonewall gets its name from the 1969 Stonewall riots following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, one of the few bars in New York that welcomed the gay community. The riots were a flashpoint in the fight for LGBTQ rights,” according to the university.
Unlike other dorms, Stonewall permits both men and women to live together on the floor. In a traditional residence hall at the school, students would need to sign a formal agreement for “gender-inclusive” living.
The hall developed after resident assistant Sawyer Spackman heard other universities had LGBT floors and pitched the idea to the residential life coordinator. The proposal was met with enthusiasm from the university and approved in six weeks.
The 35 housing slots for Stonewall filled up quickly, with students needing to be added to a waiting list.
“It means the university cares about [LGBTQ students]. We claim rightfully we’re the second-most diverse school in the nation, but what are we doing about that? We’re not just daring, diverse, and different because we want to be,” Andrew Lignelli, the residential life coordinator.
“We’re reaching out to students who are underrepresented, giving them opportunities to feel included in the on-campus environment.”
The College Fix reached out to the university’s residential housing department and to Tom Sedgwick, assistant director of residential life, to ask about plans for future specialized housing, special residential activities for students, and if students can live on specialized floors without identifying with the theme of those floors. The Fix also asked if the school offers male-only options, given that it offers a female-only floor to students.
Both the residential housing department and Sedgwick forwarded The Fix’s inquiries to media relations. That department did not respond to The Fix’s questions.
The school also provides female-only housing “available to any student who chooses to live in a women-only living environment.”
The female-only housing is located in the Tonopah housing community , whose amenities include premium cable television, wireless internet and a game area.
It is unclear if those living quarters permit “transgender women” to live on the floor. The school says with regard to transgender students that it will “make room assignments based on how the student identifies his/her gender at the time of application.”
Though the school was unwilling to discuss its specialized housing, the university’s website offers some information about the additional housing options.
The Healthy Living floor “is a community of students from freshmen to seniors who share a common interest in nutrition and overall health and wellness.”
Healthy Living Hall partners with Campus Recreational Services to provide students on this floor with different wellness activities to support a healthy lifestyle. Social groups, events and leadership programs are also hosted for students in this hall.
Study Intensive Hall is for students who are truly at college to learn.
“Although study-intensive floors remain lively and fun places to live, residents who select these floors generally place a greater focus on their academics,” according to the university website .
Students living in this hall have more quiet hours than the average dorm. These facilities also observe a 24-hour “courtesy hour” rule; during “courtesy hours,” dorm residents are “expected to maintain a level of quiet such that they are not disrupting others,” according to university policy.”
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The inspiring billboard in Detroit | Photo: Instagram @jonahwelch Detroit recently erected a nonbinary transgender artist’s work on a billboard and it sends a good message: ‘ Trans people are sacred .’
Save Art Space tapped Jonah Welch for the piece. The organization locates and reclaims public spaces for art. This isn’t the first time Save Art Space has highlighted trans artists and messages.
The billboard features Welch’s art — watercolor pieces, one of which features Welch’s name. Above the drawing in black font, the billboard simply reads: ‘Trans people are sacred.’
‘For somebody out there, this could be a rescue flare,’ Welch wrote about the piece on Instagram. A photo of Bill, my firstborn Billboard – curated by @ellenrutt @playdetroit & @saveartspace // For somebody out there, this could be a rescue flare. All gratitude to my trans/two-spirit/and non-binary indigenous peers esp @infinitedakota for carrying this knowledge through colonization, and for sharing with me this phrase. When I first heard it, it lit my heart on fire. TRANS PEOPLE ARE SACRED: E. 7 MILE & KEMPA ST. / DETROIT ‘All gratitude to my trans/two-spirit/and non-binary indigenous peers esp @infinitedakota for carrying this knowledge through colonization, and for sharing with me this phrase,’ they continued. ‘When I first heard it, it lit my heart on fire.’ A ‘spark of liberation’
‘I just hope people feel free and joyful when they see it, especially trans folks,’ Welch told BuzzFeed .
The billboard is located at 7 Mile and Kempa Street in the Michigan city.
They continued: ‘I know when I first heard that message it really moved me beyond the oppression I was feeling in the day-to-day. There’s more to defining and valuing myself than the material struggles we have in the world here.’
In continued statements, Welch added they hope when trans people see the billboard, it creates ‘a spark of liberation, a separation for a minute from what’s a happening in the real world’.
2019 has seen at least 12 known transgender people killed in the US. All of the victims so far have been black women.
The life expectancy of transgender people in the US is just 35-years-old and it’s worse for trans women of color worldwide . See also
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Baltimore man charged with the murder of trans woman in Washington DC
Denali Berries Stuckey | Photo: Twitter @AshleeMPreston Denali Berries Stuckey, a black transgender woman , was shot and killed in the early morning hours in South Carolina on Saturday (20 July). She is now the 12th known transgender victim of fatal violence in the US this year.
Police found Stuckey’s body around 4 am EST in North Charleston, according to local news reports . The investigation is ongoing and authorities currently have no suspects.
No more details of Stuckey’s death have been revealed, except for that she was shot and died of her wounds. Police are asking for the public to contact them if they have any information.
More than 140 transgender people have been killed in the US since 2013. Of those, two-thirds were the victims of gun violence. People remember Stuckey
‘I am heartbroken and outraged by the news of yet another murder of one of our transgender community members,’ said Chase Glenn, Executive Director of Alliance for Full Acceptance, an LGBTI organization in South Carolina.
‘Denali is the third known black trans woman to have been murdered in South Carolina since 2018.’
Pose actor Indya Moore posted about her on Twitter. Denali Berries Stuckey.
29. Shot to death early this morning pic.twitter.com/geNyK0h9iA — IAM (@IndyaMoore) July 22, 2019 Activist Ashlee Marie Preston also did, writing: ‘We don’t deserve death. We deserve, jobs, housing, healthcare, and social support. More importantly—we deserve love.’ 29 year old Denali Berries Stuckey was found shot to death early this morning; making her the 12th Black trans woman (that we know of) murdered this year. We don’t deserve death. We deserve, jobs, housing, healthcare, and social support. More importantly—we deserve love. #RIP pic.twitter.com/7AO5HuWtmb — Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) July 21, 2019 Victims are largely young
Stuckey was only 29 when she was killed. The life expectancy of transgender people in the US is just 35-years-old and it’s worse for trans women of color worldwide .
Recently, over 300 supporters turned out at a vigil in June to mourn the loss of transgender woman Zoe Spears and another trans Maryland woman, Ashanti Carmon.
At the first Democratic debate in June, one candidate — Cory Booker — brought up the violence against the transgender community.
‘We do not talk enough about Trans Americans, especially African-American trans Americans. And the incredibly high rate of murder right now,’ he said. See also
Baltimore man charged with the murder of trans woman in Washington DC
‘Too close to home’: Pose addresses violence against trans women of color in heartbreaking episode
Denali Berries Stuckey, 29, is one of at least 12 trans women to have been killed in the US this year alone. (Denali Berries Stuckey/Twitter) A transgender woman shot and killed in North Charleston, South Carolina has been identified after initially being misgendered by police, according to reports .
Denali Berries Stuckey, 29, is one of at least 12 trans women to have been killed in the US this year alone.
Officers were said to have responded to the scene in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 20) following reports of a body lying on the side of the road at 2721 Carner Avenue.
They arrived at the scene to find Stuckey dead. . @HRC mourns the loss of Denali Berries Stuckey, a victim of deadly gun violence in North Charleston, South Carolina.
She is one of at least 12 transgender women to have died by violent means this year alone. This violence must cease. #SayHerName https://t.co/r0xPOiy72C
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 21, 2019 According to ABC 4 News , officers said they found the victim with a gunshot wound, confirming she was dead at the scene.
Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton had identified the victim by their dead name, but the Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA) and the Human Rights Campaign identified her as Denali Berries Stuckey.
When asked if authorities were investigating the incident as a possible hate crime by ABC 4 News they responded that it was being investigated as a homicide.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Bob Fousert A FORMER police officer ousted as chairman of the Cheshire force’s watchdog could now be removed from the panel altogether over his comments about rainbow lanyards.
Bob Fousert could soon also be removed as an independent person on Cheshire East Council – a role which means he currently sits on a panel that hears complaints about councillors.
It comes after he sparked anger at June’s police and crime panel meeting by suggesting officers wearing rainbow lanyards to support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people were ‘crossing the boundary’ from impartiality into making an ‘overtly political statement’.
He was later removed as chairman of the panel, and now CEC members have asked the authority’s monitoring officer to prepare a report considering his future in the two roles.
Cllr Suzanne Brookfield, Labour member for Crewe East, said: “Ignorance may be accidental, but hatred is not, and ignorance can often be the breeding ground for hate.
“We all make mistakes, I think we would all accept that, and as such it is right and proper that when one makes a mistake that offends an entire community we recognise and apologise for that mistake.
“What is deeply concerning is that Mr Fousert did not do that, and he has shown today even that he has lacked the self-awareness of the offence he has caused – so I would question his judgement and competency.”
Mr Fousert originally made the comments when asking David Keane, Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner, whether it was appropriate that Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke wore a rainbow lanyard with the phrase ‘LGBT+ Ally’ in a meeting he had attended.
He said: “Do you consider such an overt political statement to be appropriate for a senior officer to wear, given that the police should be seen to be impartial in all it does?
“This is taking part in politics. I feel that she has crossed the boundary with regards to the very overt statement she is making in wearing that lanyard.”
Mr Keane said he was ‘deeply shocked’ and ‘deeply saddened’ by the remarks, while Cllr Ant Critchley, Labour CEC member for Crewe Central, claimed he had ‘made being gay political’.
Mr Fousert then rejected calls to resign as panel chairman from Mr Keane and some Labour panel members, before he was voted out from the role at a special meeting on July 5.
Before councillors debated the issue, Mr Fousert insisted that it was not up to them to remove him from the panel and that he had not attacked anyone with his original comments.
He said: “Why should I be stopped from carrying out a function that I have done with impartiality, integrity, fairness, honesty and openness for over eight years – as a number of councillors present here will know?
“Why have these councillors proposed this notice of motion when they do not know me or any of the work that I have done on the panels?
“This motion is political opportunism that is intolerant, vindictive and smacks of a witch-hunt designed to move me and to negate the work I do.
“It is an unfortunate fact of public life today that when someone makes an observation or comment with regards to LGBT issues they are often treated like heretics and either vilified, pilloried or castigated – why is this so?”
But Mr Fousert’s comments were condemned by councillors across the chamber at Thursday’s full council meeting.
And Cllr Stewart Gardiner, Conservative member for Knutsford, was applauded by councillors from across the political divide after speaking openly and passionately about what the rainbow lanyard means to him as a gay man.
He said: “As a gay man, I know from my own life experiences how lonely it can be in the workplace, and how careful you are in what you say and do in case you give yourself away and let your secret out.
“In September 2000 I started work in London, a short walk from Soho, and not long after I started I was asked by one of director’s secretaries if I was gay.
“I told her that I was. Before long I was out with my immediate colleagues. This was a positive experience and I felt I was being accepted.
“About a year later that secretary left, and I wrote in her card ‘thank you for giving me the courage to be out in the office’. At her leaving presentation, one of the directors gave the card to her and said ‘it is interesting what you discover when you read these cards’. “Some of the directors started making my life more difficult, and in the end I left as I felt I didn’t fit in.
“If you are gay, you want to feel safe, and you want to know that those around you are supportive of you.”
While condemning Mr Fousert’s comments as ‘prehistoric’, Cllr Allen Gage, Conservative member for Willaston and Rope, proposed an amendment which would have seen Mr Fousert remain in his roles.
But after a speech from Cllr Sam Corcoran, CEC’s Labour leader, condemning Mr Fousert’s words and actions in the aftermath, the amendment ultimately failed to attract a supporter to secure a vote.
Forty-one councillors voted for a report to be prepared considering Mr Fousert’s removal from the two roles, with none voting against, but 14 councillors abstained from the vote.
Mr Fousert will not be able to hear cases involving councillor conduct while the report is prepared by CEC’s monitoring officer.
Members of the Piranhas Team spend time together after a Krav Maga class at the Fight Training Center in Rio de Janeiro. The Piranhas Team is a Krav Maga project for the self-defense of women and the LGBTQ community. (Valda Nogueira/For The Washington Post) July 22 at 6:00 AM
RIO DE JANEIRO — Miguel Doldan couldn’t get the thought out of his head: People wanted him dead. The passersby on the streets, the riders on the bus — they looked friendly, but many of them, he often reminded himself, had voted for President Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing politician who said he’d rather have a dead son than a gay one.
Brazil was no longer the country he thought it was. And Doldan — a trans man increasingly aware that he was only 5 feet 4 inches tall and 121 pounds — needed to learn how to fight.
He found what he was looking for down a darkened street in central Rio, where the only light one recent evening came from an open-air gym. There was a group of a dozen or so people — gay or transgender all — who were training to meet the violence they increasingly fear they’re likely to face in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.
In a country with one of the world’s highest rates of violence against gay and transgender people , where social media is deluged with homophobic rants, some LGBT people no longer trust the state to protect them — and are now taking personal defense into their own hands. Martial arts classes for LGBT people are being taught in some of the country’s biggest cities — in Rio, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre. Some in the community say they’ve considered arming themselves.
“The country has changed,” said Doldan, 28. “Before, there was a sense that there were institutions that could help you. Judges, police, justice officials — you could rely on them. But now people feel comfortable saying things they wouldn’t have before and more comfortable doing things they used to not.”
A chasm has opened in Brazil between how gays are treated on paper and how some are treated in reality.
Its Supreme Court just criminalized homophobia . Television shows now feature gay and transgender themes. A federal university announced this month that it will begin offering 120 admissions slots to transgender people to increase diversity.
But 167 transgender people were killed here between October 2017 and October 2018, more than double any country, according to Transgender Europe , a network of organizations that advocates for the trans community. The president regularly makes homophobic remarks: “Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world,” Bolsonaro said this spring. “We have families.” And one of the country’s most prominent gay people, the American journalist Glenn Greenwald, has been targeted with homophobic attacks and death threats since he began publishing a series of investigative articles focusing on Bolsonaro’s justice minister .
In a way, the LGBT self-defense courses are weaving together all of these disparate social threads — showcasing a community secure enough in Brazilian life to take on the backlash, despite pervasive fears, rather than relinquish hard-fought gains.
“LGBT people in Brazil didn’t feel safe in the past, and we don’t feel safe now, but now the feeling is that this could be our future,” said Felipe Brandão Daier, an attorney with the Center for Reference and Defense of Diversity, a publicly funded organization in Sao Paulo that serves the gay community. “It’s because of Bolsonaro. But Bolsonaro was elected because Brazil is a homophobic country.”
That’s what spurred Carlos Renan dos Santos Evaldt, a banker who is the president of a gay sports club in Porto Alegre, to start offering jujitsu classes earlier this year. During the divisive election campaign, he watched with concern as allegations of hate crimes ticked upward in parts of the country. Homophobic slurs and threats inundated social media. And Bolsonaro joined in .
So he wanted his club to start offering classes in fighting. But it took him four months to find a gym that would allow the classes to move forward. “They said it was a public they weren’t interested in,” he said. “When we explained it was simply an LGBT group, they simply said they didn’t want us.”
It was only after he found an instructor who’d committed herself to teaching vulnerable groups how to fight that classes began. At stake was not only personal safety, he said, but “rights achieved through hard work and at the cost of many lives and years.”
It’s a message that resonated with Doldan, who said he’s able to recognize himself as a transgender man only because of those rights.
Growing up in the small town of Eldorado in the western state of Mato Grosso do Sul, he’d always known he wasn’t like other girls, but he didn’t have the vocabulary to express it. He had no idea what was a transgender person was.
“If you don’t have a word for it, it’s like it doesn’t exist,” he said. “I feel, in a certain way, if I don’t have a word to explain what I am, than I don’t exist.”
He gained a better understanding of his identity when he found a story of an American trans man online. “When I read his story, I read mine,” he said.
When he left Eldorado for college, he introduced himself to new acquaintances as Miguel. And that’s how he’s known in Rio, too.
In the neighborhood of Botafogo, a largely progressive community in south central Rio, he felt safe. He trusted that the people here were tolerant — that he wasn’t in Eldorado anymore.
But his sense of security was shattered in October, when he went to the polls to vote. He saw all sorts of people — young, old, people he passed every day on the street without a second thought — wearing pins supporting Bolsonaro.
“Either those people didn’t understand [Bolsonaro’s] ideas, or they were okay with them,” he said. “And I started to feel like anyone could be a threat — not just a guy who looks menacing. It’s, like, everyone could hate me, and they think it would be okay if someone could attack me.”
It’s a fear he can’t dislodge. So twice a week, he comes to this gym on a darkened street, learning how to use leverage, how to shift his weight, growing to believe he might stand a chance if that attack ever did happen.
“I feel a little different,” he said. “I’m not sure if I can defend myself, but at least now I know what to do.”
The sex shop in Ontario, Canada, offers a binder exchange program. A Canadian sex shop is offering a binder exchange programme to help trans and non-binary people bind safely and affordably.
Binding is a way reduce the appearance of breasts, which can be used by transgender and non-binary people to help relieve gender dysphoria.
However, not all trans and non-binary people bind, and not all people that bind are trans or non-binary.
Spot of Delight in London, Ontario, started the exchange programme two years ago and has held five binder exchange parties.
The exchange programme works by having customers drop off new or gently used chest binders to the store during business hours, for which they receive a $10 gift voucher.
Those requiring a binder can put their name on a waiting list, and when one is donated in the right size they will be given it for free.
Jess Rueger, the community development coordinator for the store, told local news outlet CBC : “It began out of need.
“At that point, we were assisting people in need by giving discounts where necessary and then we saw an obvious need to start a program that would accommodate people who needed accommodation, but with some more support from the community in the form of donating old or used binders.”
Rueger said of the binder exchange parties: “We connect them with community professionals who can refer to resources. We also connect them with peers who have lived experience with chest binding.”
How to wear a binder: A guide by transgender and non-binary activists, a video produced by PinkNews. (PinkNews) Binders are often too expensive to be accessible to everyone that needs one
Victor Feunekes, who works as a systems navigator for the London InterCommunity Health Centre, said that binders are often too expensive to be accessible to everyone that needs one.
They said: “I remember paying around $50 to $75 for mine. It can add up, they’re pretty expensive and if people don’t have binders available, then it’s more likely they’ll resort to a lot less safe binding methods like bandages.”
The LGBT Foundation previously told PinkNews: “If not used correctly, a binder can cause back problems, restrict breathing or blood flow, and even crack ribs.”
Safety guidelines suggested by the foundation include purchasing a binder of the right size from a reputable source, not wearing the binder for more than eight to 10 hours a day and not double-binding (wearing two binders over the top of each other.)
PinkNews produced a video on using a binder safely , based on advice from the LGBT Foundation:
Kathy Zhu loses beauty pageant title | Photo: Twitter A beauty pageant winner has lost her Miss Michigan title over racist tweets.
Kathy Zhu, 20, has now said ‘coming out as conservative is harder than coming out as gay.’
The 20-year-old posted ‘offensive, insensitive and inappropriate’ content on her social media accounts.
Miss World America specifically took offense at her tweets attacking hijab wearers and ‘black on black gun violence’. Pageant winner: Coming out as a conservative is way harder than coming out as gay
The 20-year-old, despite deleting the tweets, said: ‘I stand by each and every one of my tweets on my account.’
In her opinion, she said ‘coming out as a conservative is way harder than coming out as gay in today’s society’.
‘It is honestly sad that the left refers to statistics and facts as racist and insensitive,’ Zhu said.
‘I am very glad that I now have the opportunity to speak out about the unjust treatment of conservatives.’
Zhu, in her tweets, also said black people have lower IQs and implied black men don’t ‘have a brain’.
She said, however, her views are based on statistics’.
‘People support that I’ve decided to stand my ground instead of compromise on my beliefs and values,’ Zhu also said in her statement.
‘But of course, the negative reactions are from those that either have not read the articles and just saw clickbait headlines or believe that statistics are racist.’
Zhu, in 2016, starred in a YouTube video titled ‘Why this 18-year-old is voting for Donald Trump’.
She said having a US president who is ‘not politically correct’ is a ‘good way to show the real side of what is happening in America’.
‘Scream-laughing over how Kathy Zhu got kicked out a beauty pageant for having an ugly, racist heart,’ one non-binary Twitter user said.
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