Why pop stars won’t play for Trump

Reports from the US suggest Donald Trump is struggling to find renowned stars to perform at his inauguration.

American President-Elect Donald Trump / Wikipedia

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, many artists played at his inauguration, such as Beyonce and Aretha Franklin.

During his stay in the White House, he’s had audiences with the likes of Rihanna, James Taylor and Kendrick Lamar.

Donald Trump might not be so lucky.

The Wrap reports that Trump’s inaugural committee is struggling to find stars who are willing to play at his swearing in ceremony on 20 January 2017.

An artist who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I couldn’t do it,” “Not even for a billion dollars.”

British Singer & Songwriter Sir Elton John won’t play at Trump’s inauguration. / Wikipedia

“They’re calling managers, agents, everyone in town to see who they can get and it’s been problematic,” an unnamed source told the site.

Grammy-winner John Legend, who has been a guest of the Obamas several times, says he is “not surprised at all”.

“Creative people tend to reject bigotry and hate,” he told the BBC News

“We tend to be more liberal-minded. When we see somebody that’s preaching division and hate and bigotry, it’s unlikely he’ll get a lot of creative people that want to be associated with him.”

“I would never do it,” agrees Swedish star Zara Larsson, speaking at the BBC Music Awards.

“A lot of artists out there have been very pro-Hillary and anti-Donald. So I would never do it and most other smart people wouldn’t do it.”

Sources within Trump’s circle said that Elton John would play, but John denied the claims. His publicist sated:”Incorrect. He will NOT be performing, there is no truth in this at all.”

Low Profile Stars

Since then, the names bandied around have been much lower-profile – from rap-rock rascal Kid Rock to Achy Breaky country star Billy Ray Cyrus.

“I don’t think I would take the money on that one,” says US pop star Adam Lambert, the part-time frontman of Queen, who is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights.

“I don’t think I’d be endorsing that. They might struggle.”


Source: The Wrap / BBC News / Wikipedia 

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

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.

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.

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



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.


Transgender Girl Wins Right To Wear Female Clothes To School.

A Transgender pupil wins the right to wear female clothes to school, after hiring a solicitor to challenge teachers who sent her home for turning up in a skirt.

Lily’s Uniform / Dailymail

Kent, UK — A transgender pupil from Chatham was left devastated when school teachers threatened to suspend her from St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone for wearing the ‘wrong uniform.’

Lily, who is just one of the 1,000 pupils at her school, hired a solicitor to fight for her right to study without being discriminated against because of her gender identity.

Her solicitor sent the school details of the 2010 Equality Act, which states that a person ‘must not be discriminated against because of their gender reassignment as a transsexual’.

After a lengthy battle with her school, Lily  has now been told she can wear a school uniform for girls as well as using the girls’ toilets and changing rooms. She has also been sent a letter of apology.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Lily said: ‘I decided to come in dressed in the girls’ dress code, which basically meant I was wearing a top instead of a shirt. It made me feel so happy, until I was sent home.’

Talking about the school’s reversal of their policy, she said: ‘I am very happy about the changes but I felt it was something I shouldn’t have had to fight so hard for, if at all.

RELATED: Scotland: The most LGBT-Friendly Country in The World.

A spokesman for the school said that staff are now receiving training relating to the issue of transgender students and gender identity.

In a statement, they said: ‘We value highly the views of all our students, and take all points of view into account as we develop.’

Lilly is happy with the ruling but she says shouldn’t have had to fight so hard for her right to study as transgender, if at all.

‘[Gender Identity] is an important issue for us, as for schools up and down the country.”

‘As an inclusive, Catholic academy, we are confident that the attention we have given to transgender [issues / gender identity issues], including carefully listening to students, has been invaluable in us going even further to make sure all students are happy and comfortable, so that they can be as successful as possible.’

LGBTI-Friendly country ranking / ILGA Europe

In the United Kingdom, under the Equality Act (2010) any transgender person can study, change their name and use the  bathroom of their choice. Despite being protected under law, many LGBT students believe that more can be done in terms of raising awareness and protecting us from discrimination in schools and workplaces.

While Scotland remains best country in the world for LGBTI equality, achieving 90.4% in the ILGA index, the UK as a whole has fallen behind Malta and Belgium.

Why is it So Important to Observe The International Day Of The Girl?

The main goal of the International Day Of The Girl is to increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender, as well as to promoting more opportunities for girls, worldwide.

Refugee Girl at UN Camp dressed up as a Policewoman (Her Dream Job) / Meredith Hutchinson / IRC

Being a girl is far from glamorous. In fact, if you are reading this, you are already very lucky. Statistically speaking, more female babies are aborted than male babies, and young girls have less chances of being educated than boys. In many countries, girls are not allowed to learn how to read and write at a young age.

Millions of girls are at risk of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) which the United Nations condemned as a violation of human rights.

Even in some developing countries, transgender girls are banned from using public restrooms. And, while the legislations are meant to be a ban on transgender people as a whole –which is still terrible, by the way– they are often only enforced on transgender girls, and not transgender boys.

Girls are more likely to marry very young, in contrast to boys. One every four girls marry before the age of 18.

In many communities, girls are still forced to marry against their wishes.


Girls can be shunned from their communities when they have their period. Many of them are forced to sleep outside since they are said to be “untouchable.”

Suicide amongst young girls (aged 15-19) continues to be the leading cause of death for young girls, world wide. The 2nd? Maternal death.

In the United States, tampons and pads are still taxed in 39 states, despite them being a necessity and not a luxury.

But if you made it through puberty, dodged getting married young, finished University and found a job, odds are that you are paid less than your male counterparts for doing the exact same thing.

In a speech, American president, Barack Obama, said: “This is the future we are forging: Where women and girls, no matter what they look like or where they are from, can live free from the fear of violence. A future where all girls know they can hold any job, run any company, and compete in any field, let us keep working to build a world that is more just and free — because nothing should stand in the way of strong girls with bold dreams.”


Source: The Guardian / Wikipedia

Blog: A Transgender Woman’s Open Letter To Our Partners And Mamma Bears


Follow Ellie On Twitter / @elliehopeauthor

Simply thank you for loving us, for not giving up on us. For inspiring others.

Laverne Cox said once that loving a transgender woman was a rebellious act.

As a transgender woman myself, it’s heartwarming to see your rebelliousness, your courage; your selfless and unconditional love.

I know that it has not been easy for you. I know that a lot of communities turn you away; I have confronted those transgender people myself. Those transgender people who fear you for being comfortable with your own sex and gender you were born with. Those who think there is nothing to gain in extending themselves to another person outside of their experiences. Those who dare call you scum without knowing anything about you, your mission or your selfless love for your trans partner, or the love you have for your transgender child.

I know it has not been easy for you to let our old selves go, and I know that it’s not easy for a straight woman to fall in love with another woman’s soul.

Yet, here you are. Loving, listening, supporting, Feeling proud.

Thank you for inspiring others, for doing more when everyone else is just talking. Thank you for the things that you taught me, the tips that you’ve given me, and for holding me in your loving arms every time you’ve heard me weeping unconsolably.

Thank you for comforting us, for confronting the bullies and the haters, those who want to inspect our chromosomes before letting us into a public bathroom. Those who think that our future is theirs to choose.

I did not choose to be trans, but you did have the choice. You had the opportunity to ignore me and walk out on me, and you didn’t.

– Ellie

French Women Attacked by Muslim Refugees for Wearing Shorts

Toulon, France — Two couples were attacked by a group of teenagers who allegedly began to insult the women because of their attire, shouting “Dirty wh***, get naked.”

“Hello. I’m a slag”. The victim was called a slag and spat on by a group of muslim girls in a bus. / Facebook

The couples were rollerskating in southern France when the group of muslim teenage refugees started to insult them.

A physical fight broke out when the women’s partners attempted to intervene, according to Toulon prosecutor Bernard Marchal. Var Matin Reports

They were passing near the Cité des Oeillets, an estate in eastern Toulon, when a group of adolescents starting insulting the women of the group because of their shorts, including jibes such as: “Dirty whore, get naked.”

When the partners of the women asked the gang to respect their wives, they got beaten up while their children stared in shock.

These attacks by muslim refugees on French nationals come a month after Maude Vallet was spat on and insulted in a bus for wearing shorts by a group of muslim girls. When she asked them what was wrong with [wearing] shorts, the girls replied: Because you are a woman.

Céline Pina, a former regional councillor for the Paris area who wrote a book called Guilty Silence, warned of growing Islamist violence against women everywhere in France.

Iranian Women Defy Government’s New Legislation that Bans Them From Cycling In Public

Tehran, Iran — A new discriminatory lesgislation prohibits women from cycling in public, because, according to sources, it distracts men and it gives them immoral thoughts.

Iranian Women Taking Selfies on their bikes defying the discriminatory legislation / Instagram
Iranian Women Taking Selfies on their bikes defying the discriminatory legislation / Instagram

Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini issued a fatwa prohibiting women from cycling in public.

“Riding a bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity, and it must be abandoned,” he said.

Without a defined penalty in Iran’s legal code, officers have previously used dress laws and other alleged offences including being in the company of unrelated men to harass female cyclists.

It is illegal for women to go out in public without wearing headscarf or “modest” clothing in the country, where thousands of undercover agents and morality police patrol the streets to check for violations.

"We won't submit to a fatwa" a woman and her husband said
“This is me and my husband. We won’t surrender to a fatwa” A woman said. / Facebook

In July, a group of women in the country’s north were stopped by law enforcement while riding bicycles and required to sign a written pledge to ensure that they will not do it again, some sources report.

Since then, Journalist Masih Alinejad, who lives in the United States, has urged Iranian women, through her facebook page, to post the images of themselves with the hashtag #IranianWomenLoveCycling in defiance to the discriminatory fatwa.

Source: Independent.co.uk