A crowd at the convention of the College Republican National Committee erupted in laughter and applause when featured speaker Caitlyn Jenner joked Friday about the attack on a group of GOP lawmakers, saying: “Liberals can’t even shoot straight.”
The comment was captured on videotape posted by a College Republican group in Virginia on its Facebook page. Jenner made the disturbing joke when she was asked by a moderator at the Washington dinner about the shooting Wednesday in Virginia at a baseball practice that critically wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and injured several others.
Scalise’s condition has since been upgraded to serious. Suspect James Hodgkinson was fatally shot by police. Hodgkinson had a violent history, railed about Republicans and was a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
“First of all, nobody deserves what happened out there,” Jenner, a supporter of President Donald Trump, said when asked about the shooting. “There’s no justification’’ for such an attack,’’ she added. There are crazy people in the world. … We have to minimize that type of stuff.”
Pride celebrations have begun around the world, and Facebook is proud to support a diverse community, including those that have identified themselves on Facebook as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or gender non-conforming.
In fact, this year, over 12 million people across the globe are part of one of the 76,000 Facebook Groups in support of the LGBTQ community, and more than 1.5 million people plan to participate in one of the more than 7,500 Pride events on Facebook.This year, the social network will unveil more ways than ever before for people to show their pride and support for the LGBTQ community on Facebook
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On Bill Nye Saves the World, everyone’s favourite science guy uses “flavour” to describe a diverse array of sexualities, and the tyrannical attempt to dictate another’s.
In the adorably animated video, “Vanilla” holds a meeting to demand all the other ice creams change their flavour to vanilla too. “As Vanilla, I feel that I am the most natural of the ice creams. And therefore the rest of you should just go ahead and also be vanilla. It’s the one true flavor.” He says.
The animal abuser registry, passed last week by commissioners in Hillsborough County, is aimed at preventing people who have harmed animals from doing so again. Retailers and shelters will be required to have prospective pet adopters or purchasers sign an affidavit saying they’re not on the registry. Regular people seeking pet-sitters or new homes for their animals will be able to vet candidates. Law enforcement officials will, at least in theory, be able to keep tabs on offenders’ whereabouts.
The registries are part of widening efforts in the United States to punish and track animal abusers, who, research has shown, commit violence against people at higher rates than normal. All 50 states now have felony provisions for the gravest crimes against animals, although many offenses are still considered misdemeanors. The FBI has added animal cruelty to its list of Class A felonies, and this year began collecting data for such crimes the way it does for other serious offenses, including homicide.
“Most owners consider their pets to be family members,” Kevin Beckner, the Hillsborough County commissioner who pushed for the registry, said in a statement. “This Registry not only protects animals, but it can identify — and maybe even prevent — violence against humans, too.”
“There are different degrees of abuse. There are offenders who intentionally kill or torture animals, or who are engaged in dogfighting. On the other end of the spectrum, there are pet owners who have an inadequate doghouse,” Shatkin said. “We wouldn’t want to paint both types of offenders with the same brush.”
Among the skeptics is the Humane Society of the United States, whose president and chief executive, Wayne Pacelle, wrote in 2010 that the “overwhelming proportion of animal abuse is perpetrated by people who neglect their own animals” and are unlikely to commit violence against other people and pets.
“Such individuals would pose a lesser threat to animals in the future if they received comprehensive mental health counseling,” Pacelle wrote at the time. “Shaming them with a public Internet profile is unlikely to affect their future behavior — except perhaps to isolate them further from society and promote increased distrust of authority figures trying to help them.”
A Chechen gay has been admitted to France on an “emergency humanitarian visa” and will apply for asylum. French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday pressed Russia’s Vladimir Putin over reports of persecution of gays in Chechnya when the two met on Monday.
Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported in March that the authorities in the Muslim-majority Caucasus region were imprisoning and torturing gay men.
More than 100 gays had been arrested in the region, where homosexuality is taboo, two people had been killed by relatives and a third died after torture, it reported.
Macron said Putin, who agreed to back an investigation into the claims after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this month, promised “the whole truth” about the reported persecution when they met and the French presient insisted France would be “vigilant” on the issue.
But Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday insisted there were “no facts” to back up the reports.
Azmad, the first person to be allowed to come to France on the basis of the reports, arrived on the same day as Macron met Putin.
The 26-year-old was granted an “emergency humanitarian visa” last week, according to Joël Deumier of French gay rights campaign SOS homophobie.
When couple Heather and Lauren tied the knot in Blackwater Castle, Cork last month, bride Heather – who is a professional singer – took the chance to show her wife how much she loved her with her rendition of Elvis’ “Can’t help falling in love with you”.
Of course Lauren couldn’t hold back the tears.
And just when everyone is about to go, the bride hands the microphone to the band and the entire room picks up the chorus.
Justin Rabon and Brad Neumann, both members of the University of Minnesota’s track team, have also been boyfriends for more than two years.
Both Division I sprinters at one point on Minnesota’s track team, the fierce competitors hardly embody femininity or flamboyancy. Instead, they said their teammates have rationalized the duo’s normality with the general reaction of, “oh, I guess anyone can be gay.”
Neumann and Rabon’s love story is not society’s fairy tale. But it’s their fairy tale. And one that they both hope can shatter stereotypes and save other closeted and misunderstood LGBT people struggling to come to terms with their sexual orientation or be accepted by their peers and loved ones. That’s why they both decided to pen essays at the start of Pride Month in Outsports, a destination for coming-out stories and in some cases, a lifeline url for those deeply struggling beneath the surface.
Neumann and Rabon’s love story started in late 2014. It was Thanksgiving time, and both athletes were down in the dumps emotionally. Rabon, who hails from Milwaukee and was running at the University of Wisconsin at the time, texted Neumann, a friend who he had run against in high school and beat in the 200-meter state title due to a false start. Never fully confronting his sexuality before, Rabon eventually told Neumann he was gay. The response from his seemingly straight friend? “Oh, that’s cool.” Shortly thereafter, Neumann told Rabon he was gay, too. Likewise, he had never told anybody his secret before, mostly due to growing up in the small rural farm town of Peshtigo, Wis., where being gay would’ve potentially cast him out as a leper.
After coming out to each other together, the decision to come out to their friends and families came easier. As did telling their teammates at Minnesota, eventually.
“After we came out to each other, we finally had someone to relate to,” Rabon said. “That changed everything.”
Neumann, who took a bit longer to come out to others, said that being his true self “allowed me to have an open conversation with my teammates, who I knew were conservative or didn’t necessarily believe in gay rights.”
“I think having them personally know me has changed their views,” Neumann said. “And now, when they go around to the next person who doesn’t believe someone who is LGBT should have the same rights, they’ll say, ‘actually, I know Justin and Brad.’ It’s about changing minds like that.”
EX-COUPLES are now taking divorce selfies to mark the end of their marriage.
Canadian duo Shannon and Chris Neuman sent social media into a frenzy when they posted a picture of themselves outside a Calgary courthouse, just minutes after finalising their break up.
“We have respectfully, thoughtfully and honourably ended our marriage in a way that will allow us to go forward as parenting partners for our children,” she included in the anecdote.
Though some people aren’t really sure how to feel about it, others are lauding the divorce selfie as a positive and mature take on an otherwise difficult and sombre event. What do you think of the #divorceselfie? Let us know in the comments below!
LGBTQ rights are human rights. Every person deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and equality regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Unfortunately, members of the LGBTQ community still face discrimination and violence both here in the United States and around the world. That’s why it’s so important to protect LGBTQ rights. By fighting for equality, we can make sure that all people are able to live their lives free from discrimination and violence. We can also send a message to future generations that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. So let’s continue to fight for LGBTQ rights until everyone is able to enjoy the same freedoms and protections.