Police investigate 18th killing of a trans person in the US this year

Body of 23-year-old African American woman Bee Love Slater was found in a burned-out car in Florida Florida police are searching for a motive in the death of a 23-year-old transgender African American woman whose body was found in a burned-out car last week. The body of Bee Love Slater was found on 4 September in Clewiston, 50 miles west of West Palm Beach. Her remains were so badly burned it took investigators several days to identify her by dental records. Investigators from the Hendry county sheriffs office told a local TV station it was one of the most brutal killings the county had ever seen. No suspect or suspects had immediately been identified, they said. Slater is believed to …

How Stonewall felt to someone who was there | Edmund White

Fifty years ago, Edmund White witnessed the Stonewall riots. Here, he pays homage to the LGBT people of color, drag queens and tough kids of Harlem who paved the way to freedom I was at the Stonewall Riots 50 years ago, the beginning of the current gay rights movement. Not because I was a radical. Quite the contrary. As a middle-class white 29-year-old whod been in therapy for years trying to go straight, I was initially disturbed by seeing all these black and brown people resisting the police, of all things! I had at one time been a regular patron of this Greenwich Village bar, but in recent months the crowd had changed to kids mainly from Harlem, many in …

Why cultures queerbaiting leaves me cold

From Taylor Swifts new video to M&S sandwiches everyone is capitalising on Pride. Is it cause for concern? When Taylor Swift released her video for news site the Onion that delivered the funniest and most poignant response: Taylor Swift Inspires Teen To Come Out As Straight Woman Needing To Be At Center Of Gay Rights Narrative. The video, directed by Drew Kirsch and Swift herself, was designed to make a statement: it sees the musician parade around a campsite with a bunch of celebrity LGBTQ+ friends. Theres a same-sex wedding, a drag pageant and a food fight a parade of out and proud behaviour provoking the videos redneck protesters who hold placards with slogans such as Adam and Eve not …

You saw me covered in blood on a bus. But do you get outraged about all homophobia? | Chris

The photo of me and my date went viral after our attack but only as were white, feminine and cisgender. Sympathy and action must be for all On 7 June, characters from distant chapters of my life decided that my sudden trajectory into the headlines was an opportune time to reintroduce themselves, sending a torrent of misguided good vibes alongside the picture, asking had I seen it. Had I seen it? Had I seen it? Of course I had, as soon as it was taken. I was weeping bitterly, head ringing in pain as I sat next to my lovely date, Dr Melania Geymonat, who was calmer than I but Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Transgender Legal Defense and Education …

Why Bella Hadid and Lil Miquelas kiss is a terrifying glimpse of the future | Arwa Mahdawi

An advert featuring the human and virtual models is late-capitalist hell, queerbait and digisexuality all at once Bella Hadid, a human supermodel, has been accused of queerbaiting after making out with Lil Miquela, a computer-generated influencer, in order to sell designer underwear. I know, I know, theres a lot going on in that sentence. Please take a deep breath: we will unpack this late-capitalist hell together. Miquela Sousa, also known as Lil Miquela, is a fictional character created by a Los Angeles startup called Brud. Miquela has 1.5m followers on Instagram, where she shares pictures of her imaginary life and proclaims her support for LGBT rights and Black Lives Matter. In the past few years, the virtual model has become …

Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU

Kingdoms mission to bloc calls for tolerance and understanding over penal code Brunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing new penal code, which also provides for the amputation of thieves and whipping of people wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex, was brought in on 3 April, despite international condemnation. But in the letter, the kingdom claimed the outcry is due to a misconception that it wanted to clarify. The criminalisation of adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage to individual Muslims, particularly women, it said. The penal sentences of hadd stoning to death and amputation imposed for offences of theft, robbery, adultery and sodomy, have extremely high …

Sultan of Brunei, who passed anti-LGBT laws, owns slew of luxury UK properties

Hassanal Bolkiah, who believes gay people should be stoned to death, is assisted by leading City auditing firms The architect of new laws mandating the stoning to death of gay people in Brunei has billions of pounds of property wealth in the UK, shares in a leading tech fund and gets assistance from City auditing firms, a Guardian analysis has found. Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, owns a slew of properties in the super-rich enclaves of Kensington and Ascot, including luxury hotels and polo parks. One property alone could be worth an estimated 500m in rent each year. He has also invested millions of pounds in Draper Esprit, a tech-focused venture capital fund with holdings in Trustpilot and the …

RAF and Royal Navy urged to cut ties to sultan of Brunei over anti-gay law

Protests outside Dorchester hotel in London after Brunei regime passes death by stoning law for gay sex The RAF and Royal Navy are under pressure to cut links with the sultan of Brunei amid a global backlash against his countrys decision to introduce death by stoning as punishment for homosexuality. The calls came after crowds protesting against the countrys new draconian penal code surged through barriers outside the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel yesterday afternoon, forcing the police to stand in front of its doors. More than 100 people, many bearing a mixture of rainbow flags, banners and placards, chanted shame on you outside the luxury hotel in Park Lane. The protest was led by gay-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who said: The …

Brunei brings in stoning to death for gay sex, despite outcry

Shock among LGBT community in tiny southeast Asian kingdom as nation moves towards strict sharia law Bruneis small underground LGBT community has expressed shock and dismay over Bruneis plan to bring in the punishment of @dfat Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Celebrities boycott Brunei-owned hotels over country’s new anti-LGBT laws

Under new criminal laws those found guilty of gay sex or adultery can be stoned to death Bruneis new Islamic criminal laws punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny south-east Asian nations shores. The penalties were provided for under new sections of Bruneis sharia penal code and took effect Wednesday. Celebrities including George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres have voiced opposition to the new laws, and have rallied a boycott of nine hotels in the US and Europe with ties to Bruneis Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Lets be clear, every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any …