1065 posts categorized "Public Safety"

August 31, 2016

Chris Brown was arrested after an hourslong standoff at his Los Angeles home

This violent sexist and homophobe may have a prison sentence in his near future.

August 30, 2016

Heartbreaking 911 calls from the Orlando massacre released

Reggie Bullock's comments about his murdered trans sister show the importance of coming out

August 26, 2016

Pastor who praised Pulse nightclub killings arrested for child molestation

Surprise, surprise.

August 25, 2016

Orlando hospitals announce they won't charge Pulse nightclub massacre victims

Man who burned gay couple with boiling water gets 40 years in prison

Justice is dealt in a horrific anti-gay attack.

August 24, 2016

The Past and Present of #NateParker

My latest opinion piece has the tagline: "Rape, racial justice, and rehabilitation are on Hollywood's doorstep."

August 18, 2016

Congresswoman Norton battles interference in D.C. gun law

Thank you, Congresswoman. You are right.

Flood destroys home of hate preacher who claims God sends floods to punish gay people

I do not believe in divine punishment, since I don't believe in a divinity. But Tony Perkins does believe in it, or so one conclude from what he says.

Clinton meets with top police officers as Trump casts himself as "law and order" candidate

August 17, 2016

DOJ criticizes Baltimore police treatment of trans people

August 16, 2016

D.C. Police chief Cathy Lanier stepping down for NFL security post

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier's departure comes after nearly ten years in the job. We have had our ups and downs, but a variety of LGBT community groups, including GLAA, have engaged with her and other MPD brass to address police-related concerns. Already today I and several other local advocates were contacted by the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs for input on the occasion of Chief Lanier's departure.

That outreach by Mayor Muriel Bowser's office is a welcome contrast with the lack of outreach by former Mayor Adrian Fenty ten years ago. Fenty had explicitly stated, in response to GLAA's 2006 candidate questionnaire, "I will include members of the GLBT community in the search process when I appoint a new Police Chief and new Fire/EMS Chief." But in the event, his entire process evidently consisted of inviting Cathy Lanier to breakfast and offering her the job. Mayor Bowser has already done better than that on the day Chief Lanier's departure was announced.

We hope that the new police chief will continue working with the LGBT activists and groups that have worked with Lanier. A key document in this regard, which deserves close study by the new chief, is the March 2015 "Report Card: Status of Metropolitan Police Department Implementation of Recommendations from the Hate Crimes Assessment Task Force and Community Response," which was issued by a coalition of groups including GLAA as well as Casa Ruby, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, DC Trans Coalition (DCTC), Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (now the DC Anti-Violence Project), HIPS, and Rainbow Response Coalition (RRC).

In May 2015, I discussed LGBT-related police issues at a press conference launching Communities Against Law Enforcement Misconduct (CALM).

If Mayor Bowser and her staff continue their consultations in the manner they began today, the selection process for a new police chief promises to be a productive one. In the meantime, we thank Chief Lanier for her service and wish her well in her new post.

August 12, 2016

Nancy Pelosi visits Pulse nightclub

August 09, 2016

Trump suggests "2nd Amendment" solution to Hillary picking judges

Please explain to to me what this means other than encouragement of an assassination. He has sunk to a level we have never seen before in a major-party candidate.

August 04, 2016

Anti-LGBT violence, impeachment of Rousseff threaten to overshadow Olympics

July 29, 2016

Cleveland cancels Pride amid safety concerns

July 28, 2016

Students at schools with Gay Straight Alliances far less likely to be bullied

July 20, 2016

Trump vets advisor: Hillary "should be put in the firing line"

Our friend John Becker writes on Facebook (reprinted here with permission):

SHAME -- The chants of "lock her up!" from the delegates and speakers at this week's Republican National Convention are disgraceful and baseless and chilling enough, but now we have a surrogate for and adviser to Donald Trump going even further: he's calling for Hillary Clinton's execution.

That's right, they're calling for the execution of their political opponents now. That's something that happens in dictatorships, not democracies.

Republican friends, let me be perfectly clear: if you do not immediately, explicitly, unequivocally, and loudly condemn and repudiate this hateful ugliness, you are tacitly condoning your party's dangerous slide into the evils of authoritarian fascism. Period.

There can be no hedging on this, no sitting on fences. How you choose to respond will reveal whose side you are on. I'll be watching.

Trump supporter: Armed club-goer could have stopped Fla. massacre

Anyone who buys this crap should get their head examined.

July 14, 2016

"Survey Shows How the Trans 'Bathroom Predator' Myth Hurts Real People"

Gay black man found hanging from a tree in Alabama

May this young man rest in peace, and may his killers have none.

Gay Puerto Rican boxer will dedicate next fight to Orlando victims

July 13, 2016

July 4 shooting leaves trans woman on life support

Commentary: Racially biased policing poisons America

Florida driver praying with her eyes closed crashes into house

Our friend Joel writes, "She was praying for a house."

President Obama Speaks at an Interfaith Memorial Service

A powerful speech by President Obama on another most painful occasion.

July 11, 2016

"Everyone kept saying, 'Why are you arresting him?'" DeRay Mckesson released from Baton Rouge jail.

July 07, 2016

Minnesota policeman kills Philando Castile during traffic stop

A 4-year-old girl comforts her distraught mother minutes after Philando Castile was murdered in front of them: "It's okay, Mommy.... It's okay, I'm here with you." Her mother, Lavish Reynolds, showed extraordinary composure, narrating the situation and disputing the officer's version of events, all while her blood-soaked boyfriend slumped beside her. The child will need lots of care and healing after what she witnessed, but she is a hero. The one ray of hope in this horror is her bravery and love. Her spirit is strong. At 8 pm this evening (July 7), there is a protest at the White House; I plan to go. This extrajudicial killing has been going on a long time. We have a long struggle ahead to put a stop to it.

July 06, 2016

Gaping injustice and grief in Baton Rouge

Have you had occasion in your life to sob uncontrollably? Do you remember the raw grief and the sense of being lost, the free fall of despair? Were you 15 years old and facing TV cameras as Cameron Sterling was in Baton Rouge? His father Alton was shot multiple times point blank while already restrained. It is too awful for words; yet the heartbreaking video of Cameron's grief may be the only way to touch the humanity of some people. 61 years ago, Emmett Till's mother was faced with the awful decision of whether to have a closed casket or to open it and allow photographers to capture the horror. "I want them to see what they did to my son," she said. It is natural to want to grieve in private. Once again, a family reeling from the devastation of brutal injustice has found the courage to allow the cameras in. We are too good at distancing; we need to be confronted by the barbarity done in our name. But oh, for a child to have to bear that burden. I hope Cameron at least gets some sense of the countless strangers who longed to hold him as he shook. But he wants his father back, and we cannot give that to him. We must do more than cry in sympathy. We must make this stop.

Below, the horrific video of this point-blank killing of Alton Sterling while he was restrained. All cops are not monsters. But we have a terrible and recurring problem, and a big part of it is a refusal by people all along the chain of justice, including juries, to hold racist, murderous officers accountable. We have got to find a way to change this. But at least we can make some noise. Joan E. Biren writes: "Let the BATON ROUGE PD (@BRPD) know what you think. I did."
PHONE: (225) 389-2000
EMAIL: brpdinfo@brgov.com

Note: After he was shot, Sterling was mortally wounded but not dead. He died subsequently.

July 05, 2016

BLM Toronto absurdly demands barring police floats and booths from future Prides

This is neither smart nor appropriate activism. I understand anger at injustice. I've been on the receiving end of "tone policing" since the moment I first spoke up decades ago. Even members of oppressed groups often dislike anyone rocking the boat, but rocking the boat is sometimes necessary. On the other hand, I've also gotten the "It's your turn to listen" aggression from people who neither know nor care that decades of listening and working in coalitions are reflected in my advocacy and writing. I will not be intimidated by or pander to ignorant and presumptuous people just because they make false assumptions and accusations about me. Reciprocity and mutual respect are key to productive alliances. Treating all white people or all police or all corporations as clueless or as irredeemable adversaries is poisonous. And it is not true. Our diversity includes diversity of opinion. You have to make your case, not just issue demands. One demand from the Toronto BLM activists was to exclude police floats or booths from future pride events. If you tried that in DC, where we are proud of our LGBT Liaison Unit, you would have a huge battle on your hands. Respect must be given to be received, and cannot be based on blackmail.

June 29, 2016

New PAC debuts amid energized LGBT gun control efforts

June 27, 2016

Boston bombing survivors to Orlando victims: "We are family now"

Activists arrested for challenging Istanbul Pride march ban

House floor sit-in on gun safety recalls early days of LGBT activism

June 22, 2016

Hastert Heads to Prison: 15 months in hush-money scheme that revealed past sex abuse

Hateful pastor who lauded Orlando shooting asked by landlord to move out

The so-called Christian pastor who celebrated and encouraged anti-gay mass murder loses his lease.

On standards of intrusiveness

Dems stage House floor sit-in to call for gun safety vote after Orlando shooting

I have been watching the Democrats' sit-in on Periscope. A fascinating moment.

Frank Ocean pens emotional letter on Orlando saying 'Many hate us'

June 15, 2016

Opinion: In hope and defiance, we dance