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Driver Who Ploughed His Car into Crowd, Killing 4 and Wounding over 20 “Wanted To Kill All Gays and Lesbians.”

The man stabbed his own brother for being gay and pushed his pregnant girlfriend out of his car, before ploughing his vehicle into a crowd.

Reuters

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA —  Four people, including a young child, have died after a car deliberately hit pedestrians in central Melbourne, police say.

At least 29 people were injured, among them a baby who is in a critical condition after the car hit a pram.

Police say they rammed the car, shot the driver in the arm and arrested him.

They say the incident was not terror-related, but is believed to be linked to a stabbing in the south east of Melbourne early on Friday.

The car ploughed into pedestrians in the Bourke St Mall, a busy shopping area, just before 14:00 (03:00 GMT).

Footage broadcast on local media captured moments before showed a maroon car driving in circles, with the driver leaning out of the window, in front of Flinders Street railway station.

Crime scene: A pram was found flipped where a two-year old and their mother were hurt

Police say the same man was involved in an an attack on his brother in the early hours of the morning in a Melbourne suburb.

It is believed he then went and took his own pregnant girlfriend hostage in his car. She was released before the driver proceeded to the city centre and started to hit pedestrians.

The police say the man is known to them, and has a long history of family violence, drug issues and mental health problems.

He was also charged at the weekend in relation to an assault.

The four people who died have not been named, but police say that among them were a man and woman in their 30s, and a young child, none of whom were related to each other.

The injured baby was three months old. Also among the injured was a two-year-old who is in a serious condition, and children aged nine and 12.

The attacker had posted on Facebook last week that he was leading a war against gays and lesbians.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said the emergency services had “done us proud” in their response to what he described as an evil criminal act”.

“Our hearts are breaking this afternoon,” he said.

RT (Russia Today) Banned from Facebook Until After Trump’s Inaguration

The Russian Corporate Media Giant, RT News, reported that Facebook banned them from posting anything but plain text on their page until after Trump’s inaguration

Russia Today

The ban, according to Facebook, will last until Saturday 10:55pm Moscow time and will extend across US president-elect Trump’s inauguration.

The timing of the ban means that RT won’t be able to broadcast President-elect Trump’s inauguration live on their Facebook page.

RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said she wasn’t surprised that RT had been blocked from posting on Facebook following a complaint from Current Time TV (a part of Radio Liberty, financed by the US Department of State.)

“I’m not surprised. If the Department of State could block oxygen to us, they would do it”, she told RIA Novosti.

“While Facebook is a powerful distributor of live-streams it is struggling with the rights ramifications. RT will continue text-only posts to Facebook until the issue is resolved.”

There is no reason from our side as to why RT should have not been able to freely transmit our signal via their own FB page. In fact, I do not believe that AP would even be able to physically restrict client’s [sic] transmissions on their own Facebook pages. In addition, the footage was our own and the restrictions did not mention anything out of the ordinary […] In short, it must have been an issue on [Facebook’s] end,” AP Editorial Liaison representative Phoebe Paulus said in an email.

Whose Line Star Defends Transgender Daughter from Haters on Twitter

And his comeback was fabulous..

Comedian Colin Mochrie revealed that he and his wife, Deb McGrath, have a transgender daughter when he went on twitter to defend LGBTQ rights.

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The “Whose Line Is It Anyway” star revealed that he’s the father of a transgender girl when  he questioned people who can’t accept transgender people.

“My 90-yr-old mother-in-law and 87-yr-old mother love and acceptance of our trans daughter warms me. Wonder why some who are younger can’t,” Mochrie tweeted.

“The negative is that my mom refers to the community as BLT. It’s a learning curve.”

Mochrie hasn’t spoken publicly about his daughter, but he and McGrath performed in May at an event to fund the Welcome Friend Association’s Rainbow Camp, a one-week camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth that “honors creativity, individual choice, and social justice while having fun.”

L’ORÉAL PARIS ANNOUNCE FIRST TRANSGENDER SPOKESPERSON

L’Oréal Paris announced their first transgender spokesperson.

The French-based cosmetics giant has chosen a transgender woman as a spokesperson.

American transgender model, Hari Nef, has been chosen as the new spokeswoman for the brand.

Viewers of Transparent will recognise Nef as the actress who plays Gittel. She also made waves as the first transgender woman to front a major commercial magazine in the UK when she graced the cover of ELLE.

Props to L’Oréal!

 

Times are changing <3

Pakistan: Transgender Population To be Counted In Population Census For The First Time

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the population census will recognise and count Pakistani transgender people

The Lahore High Court on Monday instructed the federal government, National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and the interior ministry to include the transgender community in the census while hearing a petition filed by a transgender individual Waqar Ali in November 2016.

Ali in his petition had called for the enforcement of the community’s fundamental rights, including enrolment in the upcoming census and issuance of national identity cards specifying their gender.

A deputy attorney general from the federal government was present in court during the hearing and assured the court that the transgender community will indeed be part of the upcoming census.

RELATED: Pakistan Passed law Allowing Transgender People to Legally Marry under Islamic Law

Ali’s petition, filed through Advocate Sheraz Zaka, had pleaded that the transgender community in Pakistan has been marginalised, citing an event witnessed in Sialkot where a transgender was tortured.

Pakistan’s sixth population census will begin on March 15, 2017.

Paving The Way for Transgender Rights: Remembering Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot occurred in August 1966 in San Francisco. This incident was one of the first recorded transgender riots in US history, preceding the more famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.

Compton’s Cafeteria was one of a chain of cafeterias in San Francisco from the 1940s to the 1970s. The Tenderloin location of Compton’s at 101, open from 1954 to 1972, was one of the few places where transgender people could congregate publicly in the city, because they were unwelcome in gay bars.


In addition, the cafeteria was open all hours until the riots occurred. Most of the fights occurred from 2-3 am so they were forced to close at midnight. Because cross-dressing was illegal at the time, police could use the presence of transgender people in a bar as a pretext for making a raid and closing the bar.

Many of the militant hustlers and street queens involved in the riot were members of Vanguard, the first known gay youth organization in the United States, which had been organized earlier that year with the help of radical ministers working with Glide Memorial Church, a center for progressive social activism in the Tenderloin for many years. A lesbian group of street people was also formed called the Street Orphans.

 

In the 1960s the Compton’s Cafeteria staff began to call the police to crack down on transgender and transsexual individuals, who would frequent the restaurant. In response to police arrests, the transgender and transsexual community launched a picket of Compton’s Cafeteria. Although the picket was unsuccessful, it was one of the first demonstrations against transgender and transsexual violence in San Francisco. On the first night of the riot, the management of Compton’s called the police when some transgender customers became raucous.

In the 50’s and 60’s police officers were known to mistreat transgender people. When one of these known officers attempted to arrest one of the trans women, she threw her coffee in his face. At that point the riot began, dishes and furniture were thrown, and the restaurant’s plate-glass windows were smashed. Police called for reinforcements as the fighting spilled into the street, where a police car had all its windows broken out and a sidewalk newsstand was burned down. The exact date of the riot is unknown because 1960 police records no longer exist and the riot was not covered by newspapers.

Watch Meryl Streep Golden Globe Award Speech that has Everyone Talking

Actress Meryl Streep strongly criticised US President-elect Donald Trump as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

While Streep did not name Mr Trump, the three-time Oscar-winning actress used almost the entire speech to say his actions legitimised bullying.

The president-elect, who is due to be inaugurated in less than two weeks, dismissed the actress as “a Hillary lover” in a telephone interview with the New York Times.

Watch the video here, courtesy of BBC News

US President-Elect, Donald Trump, replied, via twitter, to the comments in her speech.

On the other hand, Ellen DeGeneres praised the speech given by Streep

India Opens First School for Transgender Students Who Dropped Out Of School

Teachers are also transgender

Reuters

A residential school for transgender people has been opened in the Indian city of Kochi, to help adults who dropped out of school finish their education.

Transgender people can face judgement and hostility in India, and around half of them fail to complete their schooling as a result.

Sahaj International is the first school of its kind in India.

It will welcome 10 pupils, aged 25-50.

The students will be prepared for India’s Class 10 and 12 board exams, normally sat when students are aged 15-16 or 17-18 respectively. The curriculum will also include some vocational skills.

Transgender activist Vijayraja Mallika, who heads the school, told the BBC: “The school aims at making transgenders eligible for taking decent jobs and living a dignified life.”

“We have admitted six candidates so far, all male-to-female persons, from 14 applicants. Of the 10 seats, we have reserved one for female-to-male and one for the disabled.”

Teachers are also transgender

The school is in Kerala, which is the first Indian state to adopt a transgender policy against discrimination. It promotes inclusive education, and offers free gender reassignment surgery at government hospitals.

The centre’s organisers said they had arranged sponsors for all the students, to pay for their food, accommodation and studies.

The teachers also belong to the transgender community – a measure designed to protect and encourage the pupils.

The decision comes after India’s first transgender college principal, Manabi Bandopadhyay, resigned from her post claiming that some of her students and fellow teachers had agitated against her because of her sexual identity.

India has an estimated two million transgender people, and in 2014 the country’s Supreme Court ruled that they have equal rights under the law.

As well as the right to marry and inherit property, they are also eligible for quotas in jobs and educational institutions.

But abuse and exploitation are still common. Many transgender people are thrown out of home by their families, denied jobs, and forced into sex work, begging, or dancing at weddings to make ends meet.

‘700 people turned us away’

Even finding a venue for the school was a challenge, as nobody was willing to rent the founders their premises.

“We approached some 700 people and 51 households, and all of them turned us away. They seemed to think that we were looking for space for prostitution,” Ms Mallika said.

Finally, a suitable site was found.

All of the school’s first students come from Kerala, but Ms Mallika hopes to gather more from beyond the state.

“This is a model centre. Once proved successful, we will expand the facilities and admit more people, from across India,” she said.

“Kerala has some 25,000 transgenders, and 57% of them were forced to drop out of school due to stigma. They all should get a decent accommodation the policy initiatives envisaged.”

The school was opened by activist Kalki Subramaniam, who is a transgender woman herself.

“This day is historic for me,” she said.

Reporting by Ashraf Padanna in Trivandrum, Kerala

BBC News