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November 2016

Transgender Woman’s Car Vandalised, Spray-Painted “Trump” and Swastika Signs On It

Horror: Colorado woman had her car vandalised and swastika signs spray-painted on it.

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Denver, Colorado —  A transgender woman woke up to find her car vandalised with hate speech, a swastika as well as pro-Donald Trump message on Wednesday morning.

Amber Timmons posted photos of the hate speech spray-painted on her car Wednesday morning to Facebook, but has since been removed by Facebook without reason.

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Amber Timmons / Facebook

Her car has been brutally vandalised and spray painted all over with homophobic and transphobic slurs and pro-Donald Trump messages

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The Denver Channel reports that there have been a slew of instances of vandalism involving hate speech across the country over the past week since the presidential elections. Swastikas and other forms of hate speech have been spray painted at schools and businesses across the country as thousands of others protest the election of Donald Trump.

By 11 a.m., Timmons posted that a police report had been taken and that her friends had come over and were cleaning the paint off – apparently with quite successfully, according to pictures she posted.

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Source: Facebook

Timmons said police came out and took pictures, along with the report.

She said that Police interviewed the neighbours but nobody saw or heard anything.

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Amber Timmons / Facebook

 

Timmons also shared that she went back inside her home, and walked back out to find encouraging sticky notes reading, “You are loved,” and “I am deeply sorry…love and peace wins always!”

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Amber Timmons / Facebook

In an interview with Denver7, she said she assumes it was someone who knew her or at least about her. She added that she thinks the perpetrator might be someone emboldened by Trump’s election.

“Considering that it had ‘Trump’ all over my front hood, I think it’s directly related,” she said.

“Am I scared? Definitely,” Timmons added. “But if I have to change my lifestyle, it means hate wins, and hate doesn’t win. Love wins.”

RELATED: Colorado Governor Vows To Continue Protecting Transgender Coloradans

Source: The Denver Channel / Facebook 

Colorado Governor Vows To Continue Protecting Transgender Coloradans

John Hickenlooper, governor of the state of Colorado, sent a heartwarming message to the LGBTQ community

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John Hickenlooper / One Colorado (Screen Capture)

Colorado, United States — John Hickenlooper sent a heartwarming message to coincide with the transgender awareness week, renewing his commitment to protecting transgender people and making sure transgender coloradans are treated as equals.

In his message, he said: “This week is transgender awareness week in the United States. A time to reflect on the struggles, experiences, and accomplishments of the transgender and gender non-conforming community.”

“It’s also a time to reflect on how far we’ve come and how much work is left to be done.”

“Here in Colorado, in 2008, we passed a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Hickenlooper said that in 2013, health insurance companies were told that they could no longer exclude transgender coloradans from receiving the healthcare they needed.

He added: “For years our state legislation has consistently voted down bills that would roll back protections for hte lgbtq including one in 2014 which would have banned transgender people from using locker rooms.

Today, I stand with transgender coloradans in advocating for a bill to make it easier to have a birth certificate that maches who they are, and I propose november 20th to be transgender day of rememberance, in honour of Rita hester, who was killed in 1998.”

“We can do a lot with legsilations, but too often, in too many places, transgender people are still discriminated against and stigmatized, feeling abused and violence.

I encourage all coloradans to consider how we treat our friends, our neighbours, and our family members who represent a vital piece of the fabric of our communities.

I’ve met coloradans and their families, and i have listened to their stories, of struggle, perseverance, and of heartbreaking loss. and I’ve promised them, and I’ve promised you, that I will continue fighting for a state where everyone is equal. Thank you.”

Watch the full video

 

Source: One Colorado

Breaking: Trump Backs Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Gender Marriage

In an interview, American president-elect, Donald Trump, said he was “fine” with marriage equality “because it was already settled.”

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During his first broadcast interview as president-elect, with CBS’s 60 Minutes, which aired on Sunday evening, Trump also suggested he might deport as many as 3 million immigrants, and said that he intends to retain some of Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.

In response to the host’s question about whether he was going to overturn the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, he said: “It’s irrelevant, because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the supreme court. I mean it’s done.”

Trump’s vice-presidential pick, Mike Pence, has opposed same-sex marriage throughout his career, and supported so-called “conversion therapy” programs that purport to change people’s sexual orientation.

Pence also signed a religious freedom law that sought to allow people to refuse service to same-sex couples because of religious convictions.

Trump, however, said he considered the matter resolved. “These cases have gone to the supreme court,” he said. “They’ve been settled. I’m fine with that.”

 

Kurdish women fighters inspire fear in ISIS militants due to ‘shame’ of being killed by a woman

“Perhaps the best part of being women soldier is that ISIS militants “feel shame at the idea of being killed by a woman, something which they regard as ‘haram’ (forbidden).”

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Kurdish Women Soldiers / Women in The World / Getty Images

“Our taking part in the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) is revenge for the women who were kidnapped in Sinjar (in Iraq) and sold (as sex slaves) in markets,” Kaziwar, a kurdish woman fighter, says.

Roughly 3,200 Yazidi women, members of the minority group native to the Sinjar area, are believed to remain enslaved by ISIS.

Kaziwar says that she’s been fighting for five years, and has engaged in several battles against ISIS before. In the rear-view mirror of her four-wheel-drive, she keeps a picture of a “sister-in-arms” who died in the fighting.

“When they hear our voices, they get very scared, whereas we at the front, we break out into ‘youyous’ (ululate) every time we advance,” said Kaziwar.

Rojda Felat, 38, a local commander in the YPJ, says that she and the other women are proud to contradict male stereotypes about what women are capable of. “Often, in military matters, people look down on women with condescension, claiming we’re too delicate, that we wouldn’t dare carry a knife or a gun,” said Felat. “But you can see for yourself that in the YPJ we can operate a dushka, we know how to use mortars and we can conduct demining operations,” she added, smiling.

For Shireen, a 25-year-old fighter who wears a scarf patterned with colorful flowers, one of the chief pleasures of the job is getting to see women celebrate after being freed from ISIS rule. “It drives me crazy when I see women wearing the niqab (Islamic face veil),” said Shireen. “I get so happy when I see them taking it off.”

Read the whole article in Yahoo!

 

Source: Women in the world / Yahoo! 

First Openly LGBT Governor Is Elected in America

Kate Brown, Governor of the state of Oregon, is openly bisexual.

Kate Brown and Democrats gather at the Oregon Convention Center for an election night party in Portland on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. / Beth Nakamura - The Oregonian
Kate Brown and Democrats gather at the Oregon Convention Center for an election night party in Portland on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. / Beth Nakamura – The Oregonian

Brown, buoyed by a wave of new voters and a solid edge in Democratic voter registration, jumped to a nearly double-digit lead over Pierce, a Salem cancer doctor making his first bid for elective office.

She thanked supporters during an election-night rally at the Oregon Convention Center, saying, “”No matter how you voted, thank you for making your voices heard, thank you for caring about the future of your state and thank you for your support.”

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Kate Brown / Wikipedia (Public Domain)

In a speech interrupted by frequent applause, she touched on topics including gun control, mass transit, jobs, the economy, climate change, women’s rights, conservation, the economy and education.

Brown added, “I am so honored to be serving as your governor for the next two years.”

In closing, she said, “”I believe that the times call upon us to take action, and I believe that if we work together we can shape both the place and the times in which we live. Let’s work together to make Oregon, our home, a place where everyone can thrive.”

Brown said before the election she was planning to run again in 2018 if she won.

Pierce, after seeing the first returns, took the stage at the Oregon Republicans election night party at the Salem Convention Center to congratulate Brown “on a hard-fought campaign.”
The state of Oregon is one of the most progressive states in the United States, where LGBT people have the same rights as cisgender heterosexual individuals.
On June 10, 2016, an Oregon circuit court ruled that a resident could legally change their gender to non-binary, which is believed to be  the first ruling of its kind in the United States.

 

Source: The Oregonian

Transgender Woman’s Truck Vandalised, “Trump” spray-painted on it, and Lit On Fire

Cookeville, Tennessee — A transgender woman’s pick-up truck was spray painted with the words “Trump” and lit on fire in her driveway while she and her 3-year-old son were inside their home last Saturday.

Her vehicle has been destroyed / The Tennessan
Her vehicle has been destroyed / The Tennessan

The victim of this horrendous hate crime said she heard a noise outside her home at about 3:30 a.m. She went out and saw the door to her pickup truck open.

“I thought I’d forgotten to lock or close the door.” She said, as she went back inside.

About 30 minutes later, she said she heard a horn honk and looked outside to see her truck engulfed in flames.

The victim is a disabled US-Army veteran. She served for over eight years, until she was medically retired in 2007. She suffered a severe brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder while on tour in Iraq in 2004.

While she said she hasn’t experienced any discrimination in Cookeville since she came out two years ago, traveling outside of the city has proven dangerous.

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Vandals wrote “trump” on the truck before they lit it on fire / The Tennessan

“I’ve been in altercations out of town because I’m transgender.” She said.

While she has no Hillary Clinton signs on her front garden or in her windows, she said she is active on social media against Donald Trump. She said a Trump presidency would harm the LGBTQ community.

She added: “My kid is still frightened. I’m just trying to live my life, I wouldn’t hurt anyone.”

 

Source: The Tennessan.

Missing South Carolina Girl Found Alive and “Chained Up Like a Dog” Boyfriend Still Missing

Police have also found a body while searching a property in South Carolina where a missing woman was discovered “chained up like a dog.”

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Police searching the crime scene / WYFF (Screen Capture)

South Carolina, United States — Police raided the property of registered sex offender, Todd Kohlhepp, 45, and arrested him on Thursday, in connection with the kidnapping of Kala Brown and Charlie Carver.

Local police sheriff says they are still searching the property “to make sure that we don’t have a serial killer on our hands.”

Kala Brown and her boyfriend, Charlie Carver, were reported missing on Aug. 31. While Kala has been found alive, and is now recovering in hospital, her boyfriend is still missing.

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Kala Brown and Charlie Carver. Carver is still missing / WYFF News 4

Kala’s Friend, Cassandra Ellen, told WYFF: “My birthday was on Tuesday, and I had a surprise birthday dinner that my mum put together for me. As I blew out the candles, my wish was that we would find Kala and we would get answers, and here we are! Two days later and she’s alive!”

Boyfriend Still Missing

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Registered sex offender, Todd Kohlhepp, has been arrested in connection to the kidnappings. / Sparanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Cadaver dogs signaled Friday morning that there were possible human remains on the property where Kala Brown, 30, was found in a storage container, according to Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the body was found Friday afternoon. He has not identified the victim.

Investigators believe that there may be more bodies buried on his property.

Anderson police tracked Brown’s phone to Kohlhepp’s property. The last activity from her cellphone came on Aug. 31, Barnett said. He said the last contact Brown had on social media was with Kohlhepp.

Kohlhepp identifies himself as a realtor for TK & A Real Estate (Todd Kohlhepp & Associates LLC). According to records, He had been convicted in the past for kidnapping at gunpoint and raping a girl with whom he was friends. Kohlhepp threatened to kill the victim’s 3- and 6-year-old siblings if she told anyone about the rape. He told investigators that he raped the girl because he was angry at his father.

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Brown and Carver / Facebook

Investigators believe that Kohlhepp and Brown were acquainted, and Brown was hired by Kohlhepp to clean and tidy some of the houses he had for sale. It was during the time when Brown and her boyfriend went to clean his barn when the abduction took place.

After being rescued, Brown told investigators that she saw Kohlhepp shoot her boyfriend, and that there might be more bodies buried on his property.

Source: WYFF / BBC News 

Georgia Mum Humiliated And Harassed By Cop For Breastfeeding In Public

“For him to see my areola, he would’ve had to have been staring VERY hard.” the mum shared.

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Columbus, Georgia — A mother was threatened to be arrested by a police officer for indecency because she was breastfeeding in public.

She remembers that the officer said to her: “You just THINK you know what the law says and if your nipple becomes exposed I really don’t want to have to arrest you or you be arrested for being offensive.”

Savvy Shukla, the mum in question, wrote on a Facebook post on Sunday that she was in the Piggly Wiggly shop, on 13th Street, when the deputy told her that she needed to cover up because someone might find her breastfeeding offensive.

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Ridiculous: The Officer explaning her that breastfeeding may be found offensive to some / Facebook

Shukla told the officer that that Georgia law protects public breastfeeding, but the officer got irritated.

Meanwhile, County Sheriff John T. Darr addressed the incident, and confirmed what Savvy Shukla said. Breastfeeding in public is legal in the state of Georgia.

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@sheriffdarr on Facebook