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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

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

Gay marriage is still illegal, though.

Pakistan might have become the first muslim nation to give legal status to transgender people, and perhaps the first country in the world where the T comes first as regards equal rights.

Last monday, Pakistan declared that marrying transgender individuals is permissible under Islamic law, Reuters reports

The religious leaders also announced that transgender people have full rights when it comes to Muslim burial ceremonies and Islamic inheritance law.

 

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The fatwa — a ruling on Islamic law — said that only a “female-born transgender person having ‘visible signs of being a male’ may marry a woman or a male-born transgender with ‘visible signs of being a female,’ and vice versa.”

This leaves homosexual transgender women and men unable to marry, just like cisgender homosexual couples.

The controversial document, which refers to cisgender people as “normal”, concludes:

“Normal men and women can also marry such transgender people as have clear indications on their body,” it states.

The end of a myth: Ellie is Gay! Creator confirms.

There has been much speculation about whether or not Riley and Ellie in The Last Of Us are lesbians.

The Last Of Us is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. While there has been much speculation about whether or not Ellie, the lead character, was a lesbian, in the sequel, Left Behind, suspicions are confirmed when her romance with Riley, an old friend, is revealed.

During an interview, Neil Druckmann, Creative director for the saga, said: “Now when I was writing it, I was writing it with the idea that Ellie is gay, and when the actresses were working they were definitely working with the idea that they’re both attracted to each other.”

Ashley Johnson, the actress responsible for Ellie’s voice.

“That was the subtext and intention that they were playing with from the opening cinematic when they’re holding each other’s hands for too long, or when Riley bites her on the neck; there’s that chemistry there from the get go that was important for us so that we earned that moment when they kissed each other.”

The kiss shared by Ellie and Riley was described by Kotaku’s Hamilton as “video gaming’s latest breakthrough moment”, declaring it “a big deal”

“So that it wasn’t just out of the blue but also wasn’t so overt that you’re like “Oh of course. Just get on with it.” Druckman added.

The Last of Us: Left Behind was released to critical acclaim. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating in the 0–100 range, calculated an average score of 88 out of 100, indicating “generally favorable reviews”, based on 69 reviews. GameRankings assigned it an average review score of 90% based on 40 reviews. Reviewers praised the character development, story and subtext, gameplay and combat, and depiction of female and LGBT characters.

Tom Mc Shea of GameSpot found the story insightful, and IGN’s Colin Moriarty named it one of the game’s standout features.

 

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Mariah Carey Doesn’t give a Care about What People Think About Her Performance

Her comeback is hillarous..

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Mariah Carey truly doesn’t care if you thought her New Year’s Eve performance was a disaster. After technical difficulties plagued the pop icon’s performance on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, Twitter unleashed its wrath on the singer, but she had the BEST response to the hate.

“Shit happens 😩 Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!🎉 Here’s to making more headlines in 2017 😂,” she captioned a GIF of herself shrugging.

We love you anyway, Mariah <3

Queen Elizabeth to Honour Victoria Beckham for her HIV AIDS Charity work

The fashion designer is to be appointed an OBE for her entrepreneurial work and charity work on the issues of HIV AIDS.

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The campaigner has caused outrage however – seeming to reveal the news days before the official embargo.

Mrs Beckham is a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s anti-AIDS programme.

“Many of us live incredibly lucky, blessed lives and we have a responsibility to help others less fortunate in whichever way we can,” she previously told The Metro, discussing her HIV AIDS campaigning.

“[Defeating the virus] would be a huge contribution to the world for future generations.”

The 42-year-old added: “The main thing I learnt is prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is possible with affordable, readily available medications.”
Source: PinkNews

Thousands of American Students Considering to Study in Canada after Trump’s Win

For some college-bound students distressed by the election of Donald Trump, Canada is calling.

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ONTARIO, Canada — Universities from Quebec to British Columbia say applications and website traffic from the United States have been surging since Trump’s victory Nov. 8. Although many Canadian schools had also ramped up recruiting in the U.S. recently, some say dismay over the presidential election has fueled a spike in interest beyond their expectations.

Lara Godoff, a 17-year-old from Napa, California, said she scrapped any notion of staying in the U.S. the day after the election. Among other concerns, Godoff, a Democrat, said she fears Trump’s administration will ease enforcement of federal rules against sexual assault, making campuses less safe for women.

Godoff had applied to one college in Canada but added three more as safety schools after the election.

“If we live in a country where so many people could elect Donald Trump, then that’s not a country I want to live in,” she said.

Applications to the University of Toronto from American students have jumped 70 percent compared with this time last year, while several other Canadian schools have seen increases of 20 percent or more. U.S. applications to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, are up 34 percent so far.

“We can’t ignore the election results, but I think there are other strengths that are attracting students to the university, as well,” said Jennifer Peterman, senior manager of global undergraduate recruitment at McGill University in Montreal. Students are also drawn by the school’s diversity and Canada’s affordable cost of living, she said.

In the U.S., officials at some colleges say it’s clear Trump’s election is tilting enrollment patterns. Some recruiters say foreign students are avoiding the U.S. amid worries about safety and deportation, opting for Canada or Australia instead. And Canadian schools have noticed growing interest from China, India and Pakistan.

 

Source: AP / CBC.CA

LGBTQ Films: Freeheld (Available on Netflix)

Freeheld is a 2015 American drama film, starred by Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Luke Grimes, and Michael Shannon. It is based on the 2007 documentary short film of the same name about police officer Laurel Hester’s fight against the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to allow her pension benefits to be transferred to her domestic partner after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The film is based on the true story of Laurel Hester (Moore), a police officer in Ocean County, New Jersey.

The story narrates the difficulties faced by a lesbian police detective and her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Page). Following her diagnosis with terminal lung cancer in 2005, Hester repeatedly appealed to the county’s board of chosen freeholders in an attempt to ensure her pension benefits could be passed on to her domestic partner.

 

Source: Wikipedia / Netflix