1034 posts categorized "Public Safety"

March 29, 2016

Trans Woman Sexually Assaulted At Stonewall Inn

If those pushing bathroom panic bills truly cared about solving actual problems, they would be doing something to combat anti-trans violence.

March 24, 2016

NYC mayor and police commissioner slam Cruz over anti-Muslim demagoguery

Bravo to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for their comments excoriating Ted Cruz over his hateful and utterly counterproductive demagoguery.

March 19, 2016

Mother's homophobic boyfriend in jail after throwing boiling water over gay couple as they slept

A horrific story. Hateful rhetoric has consequences.

March 17, 2016

Cardinal who said gay marriage would cause incest accused of covering up pedophilia

Another hypocritical anti-gay prelate. Sigh.

March 13, 2016

Police Use Pepper Spray Against Trump Protesters In Kansas City

Maddow: escalating aggression marks Trump's rally rhetoric

Donald Trump's incitements are scary and dangerous. Rachel Maddow shows what he is up to.

John Lewis to Trump: 'Have you no sense of decency, sir?'

Thank you, Congressman.

Clinton slams Trump's divisive rhetoric and encouragement of violence

March 08, 2016

LGBT police unit ‘greatly diminished’

Deja vu all over again.

We write about MPD's LGBT Liaison Unit here.

February 24, 2016

Ugandan LGBT activists fear post-election crackdown

February 21, 2016

On disparate treatment of culprits in mass shootings

This is very dark, I realize. But @Sweetest_Taboo retweeted it.

February 20, 2016

Gay man killed outside Chilean capital

February 19, 2016

Manny Pacquiao doubles down on anti-gay comments, Magic Johnson responds

Uganda elections: Police raid main opposition headquarters


Ugandan dictator Museveni's open criminality continues as police raid main opposition's headquarter a day after the election. BBC reports. Our friend Pepe Julian Onziema tweets:

February 17, 2016

Tim Cook calls court order to unlock iPhone an “unprecedented step” by U.S. government

I am entirely with Tim Cook on this.

February 16, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Delivers Politically Charged Performance at Grammys

A highlight of the 2016 Grammy Awards broadcast.

On Jeb's gun pic

My concerned, loving response:

February 15, 2016

Peru police break up peaceful gay kiss protest with water cannons

A suspiciously phallic response by police.

February 12, 2016

Catholic Bishops Not Obliged to Report Clerical Child Abuse, Vatican Says

February 03, 2016

Shawington Times: Criminalizing sexwork wastes MPD & Court resources

@Shawington echoes GLAA's advocacy criticizing District treatment of sex workers.

January 30, 2016

Since Mormon church enacted anti-gay policy, 32 young LGBTI people have killed themselves

January 29, 2016

Michigan gave purified water to state workers in Flint long before it acknowledged a problem with the city's water

If there is a hell....

January 27, 2016

FBI, State Police Initiate 'Containment' Of Occupied Federal Refuge, Release Bundy Booking Photos

Five years later, Uganda's LGBT groups on David Kato’s murder

January 26 was the fifth anniversary of the brutal murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato. His colleagues have carried on with great courage and remarkable grace. Below is video from Kato's funeral in 2011, where his friends carried his coffin themselves.

January 25, 2016

Gay D.C. teacher acquitted of sexual assault

January 23, 2016

UN lodges protest over Malawi political party spokesman's 'kill the gays' remarks

January 21, 2016

Holtzclaw Sentenced To 263 Years

For once, the blue wall of silence does not protect a criminal officer from justice.

January 17, 2016

15-year-old girl arrested in Metro attack on gay couple

A disturbing story.

January 15, 2016

What Pope Benedict Knew About Abuse in the Catholic Church

Photo by Vincenzo Pinto / AFP / Getty)

As The New Yorker reports, the Church sexual abuse scandal got as close as to Benedict XVI's brother Georg Ratzinger, who was director of the Regensburg Choir when more than two hundred children were victimized there. But possibly the most damning case was that of Father Maciel:

Most cases of abuse were handled (or not handled) by local bishops and archbishops, but some were adjudicated by Cardinal Ratzinger’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The most prominent of these cases was that of Father Marcial Maciel, a favorite of Pope John Paul II and the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, a powerful Mexican religious order that, at its pinnacle, included eight hundred priests, fifteen universities, and a hundred and fifty prep schools, as well as a lay movement with a reported seventy thousand followers.

In the seventies and eighties, former members of the Legionaries reported that, as young boys, they had been sexually abused by Maciel. As the Church later acknowledged, the complainants were highly credible and had no ulterior motives: they were not seeking monetary compensation or notoriety. They followed Church procedures by filing formal charges through ecclesiastical courts in Rome, but nothing was done. In fact, Pope John Paul II called on Maciel to accompany him on papal visits to Mexico in 1979, 1990, and 1993.

When one of the former Legionaries expressed his frustration, in the lawsuit, about the Church’s inaction, Berry and Renner reported in their book, the Legionaries’ own canon lawyer, Martha Wegan, who made no secret that her first loyalty was to the Church, replied, “It is better for eight innocent men to suffer than for millions to lose their faith.”

(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

January 14, 2016

LGBT police liaison unit ends midnight shift

They won't fill vacancies, they have canceled an entire shift, but hey, they've changed the name of the unit to be more inclusive! Whoopie! A store with half-empty shelves has a snazzy new display window!

Mayor Bowser, Verizon announce support for LGBT homeless youth

Nearly half of D.C.'s homeless youth are LGBT

Blade: LGBT groups cautious over decriminalizing sex work

D.C. Council member David Grosso said he was reconsidering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C. because he’s unsure it would pass. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Lou Chibbaro reports for the Blade on the push to decriminalize sex work, or at least to de-prioritize enforcement of anti-prostitution laws, an effort which many LGBT groups including GLAA have supported because so many already marginalized LGBT youth and trans women end up in the criminal justice system due to their having to rely on survival sex. Here is an excerpt that mentions GLAA and quotes me:

In D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has been calling for decriminalization of sex work since 2008. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, said at the time of the Amnesty International declaration last August that he was considering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C.

But Grosso has since said he’s uncertain about whether such a bill would have any chance of passing at this time and he was reconsidering his plans for the legislation.

At a news conference on Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a cooperative D.C.-federal government effort to crack down on human trafficking, including trafficking of sex workers. When asked by a Blade reporter what they thought about calls by some LGBT organizations to decriminalize prostitution, Bowser and Maria Odom, the head of a Department of Homeland Security project to combat trafficking stopped short of backing decriminalization.

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January 13, 2016

Who's Doing the Planting


My Blade column this week looks at the struggle to connect amid turmoil. Here's an excerpt:

Public discussions these days seem to dredge up the nastiest extrusions of our national psyche in a destructive competition. Withdrawing from the melee would only make matters worse by conceding the field to mischief-makers. So how do we gracefully stand our ground in a contentious environment?

We cannot spend all our time with the like-minded. At some point we have to leave our echo chambers and uphold our positions. There is no perfectly safe way to be true to ourselves.

Twitter is a place of fluid boundaries, so I was not surprised that one source of light on gun control is actor Jeffrey Wright (Angels in America, Boardwalk Empire, The Hunger Games). He posted a meme on January 7 quoting former Chief Justice Warren Burger: "The real purpose of the Second Amendment was to ensure that state armies - the militia - would be maintained for the defense of the state. The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires."

One of Wright's trolls replied, "Fuck you, Buckwheat, & this clueless, liberal judge legislating from the bench!" Wright calmly noted that he was quoting a Republican appointee, and added, "I associate more with Stymie," another black Little Rascals character. With wit and poise, he kept the upper hand. It might have been time-wasting had it been a private message, but he shared the exchange with his 80,000 followers. There is a point of diminishing returns, of course, for which the "block" button is handy.

Each of us strikes a different balance between comfort from comrades and abuse from adversaries. Some of us enjoy arguing more than others. The key consideration for the reality-based is persuasion. Mere insults appeal only to those already persuaded.

Read the whole thing here.

Lesbian murdered, mutilated in South Africa

Another awful reminder that the struggle for LGBT equality and dignity is not done, even where it has seen great advances.

January 11, 2016

About that "El Chapo" interview

The whole story of Sean Penn interviewing a drug cartel boss who was on the lam is a big WTF moment.

Oregon Domestic Terrorists 'Alarmed' After New Armed 'Militia' Group Shows Up

More inadvertent insurrectionist comedy from Oregon.

January 03, 2016

ISIS execute teenage boy for having sexual relations with ISIS leader

Kind of reminds me of Deuteronomy 22:28-29 where a woman who is raped is forced to marry her rapist.

Militiamen occupy an Oregon wildlife office in protest of 2 ranchers’ prison terms

These insurrectionists show no sign of having a clue about what the Constitution actually says about the regulation of militias. Cut off their water, gas, and electricity, surround them at a safe distance, block any deliveries of food and other provisions, and wait them out. If they start firing, hit them with decisive force. They are not patriots, they are thieves of public resources resorting to terrorism to preserve their baseless claim to be above the law.

How to respond to open carry activists

Interesting, practical suggestion from a philosophy professor.