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November 2016

Hate Crime: Transgender Man Followed and Shot in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA, United States — Police are looking for two suspects in connection with the shooting of a transgender man who was followed after leaving a bar and shot in Philadelphia.

The shooting occurred late Sunday night on Malvern Avenue.

Police say the 21-year-old man had left a bar on 66th Street and Lansdown Avenue when he was approached by a man who fired five times with a handgun.

Initial reports said that the victim was a transgender woman, but Philadelphia police has just confirmed us that the victim identifies as transgender male and prefers the pronouns he/him/his

The victim is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the hip.

Hundreds of Argentinian LGBT People Step Down From Buenos Aires Pride 2016 Amid Concerns Over Differences Of Vision Within The Community

Hundreds of people within the Argentinian LGBTQ community are stepping down from participating in the Buenos Aires Pride 2016 event in light of the organisers using the event “to push their anti-government agenda.”

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BA City displaying the LGBT Flag in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando Massacre, earlier this year

While the whole purpose of pride parades around the globe is to raise awareness on LGBT issues, this may not be the case for Argentina’s biggest LGBT event.

Buenos Aires Pride organisers are advocating for the legalisation of marihuana, legalisation of abortion, and the immediate release of Tupac Amaru’s Leader, Milagro Sala, who has been arrested earlier this year in connection with an ongoing investigation on extortion of government officials, corruption, and misuse of public funds.

Conversely, some pride goers are stepping down –and encouraging others to follow suit, because, in their own words, they are feeling “used” by political organisations opposing the Macri administration. They also want to discuss topics that, however important, they have nothing to do with LGBT, and they think it will only cause unnecessary friction with people outside the community.

Magui, 23, from Buenos Aires, told us on Friday: “The reason why, at least up until today I decided not to go to Pride this year is because I don’t feel represented. While It’s true that in many events, in the past, many of the topics have had little to do with LGBT issues, at least they weren’t strictly political. They were causes I could relate to. This year, however, the topics are mostly about a political party in specific.”

“It is essential [for the integrity of the Argentinian LGBT community] that we have the support of the people outside the community.”

“Don’t get me wrong. I am pro-choice, I also think marihuana should be legalised, but these topics should be left for another rally. Let’s keep LGBT issues apolitical and free of these [unrelated] issues.” She added.

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Official Flyer for Pride Buenos Aires 2016 / marchadelorgullo.org.ar

 

The Argentinian LGBT community seems to be split between those who insist on having a strictly kirchnerista political stance and those who would rather work alongside politicians, independently of their ideology.

“I would like the LGBT community to bury the hatchet and work alongside all government officials, independently of their party and political ideology.” Magui said.

Argentina legalised same-sex marriage in the year 2010, thus becoming the first country in Latin America, the second in the Americas, and the second in the Southern Hemisphere to allow same-sex marriage nationwide.

In the year 2012, Argentina passed a legislation known as the Identity Act, which allows transgender people to change their birth records and gender marker without reassignment surgeries or hormone treatments.

Despite being protected under law, LGBT people in argentina –most specifically transgender people, still struggle with the stigma, bullying, and there are many reports of transgender people struggling to find housing, jobs and quality healthcare.

According to the TDoR records, ten transgender women were murdered in Argentina in the year 2016.

Missing California Mum Has Been Found Alive, Sheriff Confirms

Shasta Sheriff confirmed that Redding mother Sherri Papini found safe and is now recovering from non-life-threatening injuries in hospital.

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Sherri and Husband Keith / NBC News

United States — A California woman who went missing in the beginning of November has been found safe after being released by her captor or captors this morning, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Sherri Papini, 34, was reported missing on Nov. 2, 2016, after she went for a run in the afternoon and never came home. Papini was last seen jogging alone on Sunrise Drive in Redding, California, according to a poster that was distributed in the search effort. The mother of two young children has been described by her family as a “super mom.”

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“We are very ecstatic to report that Sherri Papini has been located and has been reunited with husband and family on this day of Thanksgiving,” Sheriff Tom Bosenko said at a news conference today. “I am happy to say that Sherri is now safe and that she has been treated at an area hospital outside of Shasta County for non-life-threatening injuries.”

The sheriff said that this is still an active investigation and that authorities are “looking for a dark-colored SUV with two Hispanic females armed with a handgun.”

 

The Pearl Of Africa: A Story About The Struggles Of A Transgender Woman Living Full Time As Trans In Uganda

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Cleopatra Kambugu, 27, The First Ugandan Transgender Woman To dare to tell her story.

The film, set in Uganda, a small land-locked country in the East African Sub region, tells us the story of Cleopatra, a 27-year-old student who came out as transgender and lives full time, in a country that  struggles to recognise, appreciate, reconcile, protect and celebrate this diversity, and has instead condemned and abused this diversity and left it for dead.

In the film we get to learn about her through her multiple identities, as a transgender woman, a daughter, a sibling, an activist, a Ugandan, and an African. A woman who seeks to shine light on the underlying current of her gender identity.

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As one of the very few openly trans women in Uganda, and in all of Africa, Cleo faces any number of challenges to freedom, but she’s luckier than most. She was able to travel to Thailand for her gender reassignment surgery, though her native Uganda does not recognize her as female. That comes with its own set of problems, particularly when traveling, or trying to secure healthcare.

Creating a beacon of hope for her fellow transgender counterparts, we follow her as she writes the story of her life as a transgender woman; not as a disability, not as a psychopathology, not as an inadequacy, or a phase, but as a legitimate identity in our humanity that has for long been shrouded in darkness and misunderstood.

Unlike many films that explore themes related to human rights, The Pearl of Africa focuses on telling a universal love story in an extreme circumstance.

Read more on thepearlofafrica.tv

California Transgender Officer Banned From Event She Helped Organise

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Officer Christine Garcia / LA Times

SAN DIEGO, United States — A transgender police officer who helped organise San Diego’s Transgender Day Of Remembrance, was turned away from the event when she tried to attend in her police uniform.

San Diego’s LGBT Community Center later apologised to Officer Christine Garcia and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

Officer Christine Garcia, who transitioned last year, helped plan the event and was part of the Police Department security detail that watched over a commemorative march down University Avenue.

Later, she attempted to attend the event herself but was asked to leave. She says she was told her uniform could upset others.

The centre’s CEO, Delores Jacobs, called the incident a regrettable misunderstanding.

Jacobs added that the LGBT center supports San Diego’s police officers.

“We do not wish to ever make any community member feel unwelcome … these officers are valued members of our community,” Delores Jacobs, chief executive officer of the LGBT center, said in a statement.

Jacobs said the occurrence was a misunderstanding of the center’s existing policy of inclusion, which seeks to acknowledge the concerns that members of the community may have without excluding others. Leaders have reviewed the policy with its staff since the event.

“While we need to support those that are uncomfortable and honor their reactions to valid and understandable difficult previous experiences, we also need to explain that… our LGBTQ San Diego police liaisons are a valued part of our community,” Jacobs wrote.

Longtime LGBTQ activist, City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, said the incident was an outrage.

“Any officer, be they gay or straight, should be welcomed into our community center in uniform,” he said. “They protect our community and neighborhoods and make San Diego a better place.”

Source: LA Times / AP 

New York Lawmaker Proposes ‘PENCE’ Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

Patrick Burke, a legislator in New York’s Erie County, proposed a bill this week that would ban conversion therapy for minors. The proposed law would only affect Burke’s county, which includes the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, but the bill has garnered national attention because of its name: Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment—or PENCE, for short.

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David Burke / Erie County Legislature

 

Burke named the bill after Vice President-elect Mike Pence in order to draw attention to Pence’s stated support of programs that would attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people.

“Conversion therapy is an abomination. It is clearly abuse. It’s brainwashing. It does real damage. Even calling it conversion therapy takes the edge off of what it really is,” Burke told NBC OUT.

“The Vice President-elect has been a supporter of this, and he’s earned the name. People need to remember this. Mike Pence’s views are extreme. I don’t want them to become normalized. This isn’t normal—none of this is OK. We have work to do,” he added.
Read the full article on NBC Out

Source: NBC News 

Far-Right Extremist, Thomas Mair, Found Guilty of Murdering MP Jo Cox in June.

Murder of MP Jo Cox falls under Terrorism Act 2000 where a firearm is used for an ideological or political cause

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Jo Cox was an advocate for human rights / BBC News

England, United Kingdom — Far-Right extremist, Thomas Mair, was found guilty of murdering MP Jo Cox

The 53-year-old shot and stabbed to death the mother-of-two in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June, a week before the EU referendum vote.

Mair shouted “Britain First” in the attack, but the judge said the true “patriot” was Mrs Cox, not Mair.

Prosecutors said Mair was motivated by hate and his crimes were “nothing less than acts of terrorism”.

Mair was also found guilty of having a firearm with intent, causing grievous bodily harm with intent to 78-year-old Bernard Kenny, who tried to help the MP, and having an offensive weapon, namely a dagger.

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Memorials were held all over the world / Facebook

The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement: “Mair has offered no explanation for his actions but the prosecution was able to demonstrate that, motivated by hate, his pre-meditated crimes were nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology.”

The CPS said it worked closely with police to build a strong case, and commended a number of “brave” eye witnesses who gave evidence.

After learning of her death, hundreds attended events in Washington DC, Dublin, Brussels, Oslo, Buenos Aires, Auckland and Beirut.

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Remembering Jo / Trafalgar Square / BBC News

Woman Victim Of Rape by Male Church Member Told Not To Talk To Police or She Won’t Go To Heaven

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Barcelona, SPAIN — Spanish Police (Known as Guardia Civil) have started an investigation after two women reported that they had been victims of rape by male church members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses church.

Victims Noelia, 29, and Israel, 43, have reported that the church, with over 100,000 members in Spain alone, and over eight million members worldwide, has since tried to keep the two rape accusations in absolute secrecy, and that no one in the institution tried to comfort the victims or tried to prosecute the men responsible for the abuse.

The aggressor, who attacked Noelia when she was only eight years old, in his defence said that he only “touched her [sic] maybe once or twice.”

Moreover, the church told Noelia and her mother that had they spoken about it, “Jehovah would stop loving them and they would not go to heaven.”

Despite the fact that the child was terrorised, and began losing her hair, and attempted suicide at the age of 19, the church prohibited them to see a psychologist or a therapist.