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Authorities Are Looking for a Man Who is Urging People to "Bash a Gay Today"

Last week residents from a neighborhood in Sydney were receiving homophobic letters from Jesus blaming LGBTQIA people for the drought and recent hail storm. Now this week another suburb of Sydney is seeing some more hate with the recent appearance of homophobic graffiti. According to news.com.au two witnesses, Laura Hunter and April Long, encountered an older man spray painting a wall with the words “BASH A GAY TODAY”.

When they approached the man and confronted him for heinous act, he shared with them that he had been robbed by a gay man once. The man covered his face with a hat and simply walked away, but not before being photographed by the witnesses.

Others are also claiming that this phrase is being seen in other areas of Alexandria in Sydney

 

 

Authorities are investigating the homophobic graffiti and searching for the man responsible for the hate speech.

h/t: news.com.au

 

Florida Church Uses LGBTQ Messages To Fight Homophobic Graffiti

A church in Florida responded to homophobic vandalism with its own message of love.

Over the weekend, the Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, found the words “gay pastor” spray-painted across the church’s sign.

But, instead of immediately removing the graffiti, Rev. Andy Oliver decided to leave the spray paint surrounded by a rainbow of hearts (in a nod to the LGBTQ community) and the phrase, “LOVE ALWAYS WINS!”

"This is just one example of the type of hate crime and hate message the LGBT community goes through regularly," Oliver told The Tampa Bay Times. "It certainly isn’t great our sign got vandalized, but we want to surround that message of hate with a message of love, and that’s what we’ve received since."

Additionally, Oliver posted on the opposite side of the church sign the statement, “Vandalism is a felony that shouldn’t take away your vote for life! Vote yes on Amendment 4.”

Folks in the Sunshine state will soon vote on Amendment 4 which would restore voting rights to most felons after serving their time in prison.

The church has a history of using its sign to share progressive messages.

In July, a brick was thrown through the sign after a quote by civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis had been posted. That damage was significant enough that funds had to be raised to purchase a new sign set to be installed next month.

According to a St. Petersburg Police Department spokesperson, the authorities are investigating the vandalism.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman chimed in via his Facebook account writing, “Amen, Allendale UMC - St. Petersburg. And this shows that we still have work to do, and why we fight every single day to create a climate of inclusion.”

Watch the report from local station WTSP below.

(h/t Tampa Bay Times)

(images via Allendale UMC Facebook)

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate In Hot Water After Transphobic Caitlyn Jenner Meme Is Shared With Reporter

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and his camp are in hot water after a political consultant handling Wagner’s campaign shared a lewd, transphobic meme via text.

As reported by Evening Sun, on Thursday morning Ray Zaborney sent the message to Wagner’s campaign manager Jason High; finance director Jenise Harris, policy director Shauna Boscaccy — and a reporter for Billy Penn, who was not an intended recipient. 

Zaborney is a connected political media specialist who regularly provides information to journalists, both on-record and off-the-record. He had been in touch with the reporter from Billy Penn for unrelated reasons on Wednesday.

The meme of Jenner shared via group text mocks Nike’s recent headline-grabbing campaign that featured Colin Kaepernick. The black and white image features Nike’s trademark swoosh and “Just Do It” logo beneath a portrait of Jenner. Written across are the words, “Believe in something, even if it means cutting your d*ck off.” 

Zaborney backtracked, attempting to bribe the reporter who intercepted the meme with “on background” information about something in hopes he would "forget" the meme. Too late. Billy Penn informed Zaborney that the meme would make the news.

So Zaborney tried to apologize in a press release, saying:

“Anyone questioning my commitment to diversity or the LGBT community obviously doesn’t know me very well. I am a passionate believer in equality for all and have long been an advocate for marriage equality and ending discrimination in all forms against the LGBTQ community. I’m proud of my advocacy and proud of my efforts and will continue to stand for equality.”

It should be noted, none of the recipients of the transphobic message responded on the group chat. They also didn’t respond to Evening Sun’s requests for response.

 

Wagner is already on rocky terrain with the HRC and other LGBTQ+ rights activists, following a remark he made about transgender bathroom choice and “bathroom bills” on the campaign trail last month. 

“It’s real simple,” Wagner said at an August campaign event in Zelienople, Pa. “If you’re born with male plumbing, you use the men’s room. If you’re born with female plumbing, you use the ladies’ room. Period.”

His camp followed up by saying Wagner supports bathroom choice, so long as the individual in question has changed their gender on their ID card.

In the past, Wagner has expressed support for The Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would provide much-needed civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ residents of the state. This has been a source of contention with conservative voters, as well as rival GOP gubernatorial candidates.

Jenner is an outspoken Republican, and supported Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.

h/t: Evening Sun

Dixon, California Vice Mayor Ted Hickman Wrote a Bizarre Column Demanding "Straight Pride" Recognition

It’s hard to say if this is more offensive or just freakishly bizarre. Maybe it’s an equal amount of both.

A column written by Dixon, CA Vice Mayor Ted Hickman calling for July to be recognized as “Straight Pride American Month” (SPAM) has caused an understandable amount of outrage.

In the column, Hickman shows at least a hint of self-awareness by saying he’s not sure if he can get away with making the proclamation, “but what the heck.”

“Now hundreds of millions of the rest of us can celebrate our month, peaking on July 4th as healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous, keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans,” Hickman wrote. “We do it with our parades in every state and county in this country with families celebrating together.

“We honor our country and our veterans who have made all of this possible (including for the tinker bells) and we can do it with actual real pride, not some put on show just to help our inferior complex ‘show we are different’ type of (crap).”

Presumably, “tinker bell” is used here to describe anyone who isn’t straight.

It gets worse:

“We ARE different from them … We work, have families (and babies we make) enjoy and love the company (and marriage) of the opposite sex and don’t flaunt our differences dressing up like faries (sic) and prancing by the thousands in a parade in nearby San Francisco to be televised all over the world…”

Perhaps the zenith of absurdity is when he references J.M. Barrie:

“So, right now, if you don’t want any faries [sic] to expire, you can clap your hands. See, I do have a heart, I just can’t type and clap at the same time… so I had to make a hard choice didn’t I?”

A “Recall Ted Hickman” Facebook page was created Saturday afternoon.

“We believe bigotry has no place in public office in the State of California. We will see you soon, and many times, Hickman. We look forward to filing the petition for your recall,” reads a post on the page.

Needless to say, many of Dixon’s California constituents are furious.

“Ted’s opinion is absolutely allowed for in this free country, but his use of his title of vice mayor in such an obvious homophobic tirade is nothing short of disgusting,” wrote Allison Hietbrink, according to the Mercury News.

“Knowing that this kind of offensive, blatantly hateful rhetoric is willingly and openly shared among city officials makes me quite weary of our decision,” says Hietbrink, who just moved to Dixon from Vacaville with her family. “We are all entitled to our opinions, but when those opinions are publicly shared and peppered with such offensive, uneducated stereotypes of a certain community of people, our opinions become more than just thoughts and words: they become hurtful and dangerous. Ted’s opinion piece in a local paper was not meant to promote pride in straight people; it was meant to demean and ostracize LGBTQ people.”

“He does not need to pretend to change his opinions: he needs to apologize for writing a piece with such shameful, hurtful examples of a misrepresented group of people,” she wrote.

You can read Hickman’s entire column (or not) at tedhickman.com

Recall Ted Hickman Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Recall-Ted-Hickman-Vice-Mayor-of-Dixon-CA-353277151869181/

h/t: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/02/northern-california-vice-mayors-call-for-straight-pride-american-month-sparks-recall-efforts/

"Star Wars" Actress Bullied Off Instagram By Racist, Sexist Facebook Group

Discrimination is discrimination. Hate speech is hate speech. So, in a way, it’s a swipe at all of us when anyone is targeted by bigoted bullying.

Last week, 29-year-old Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico, deleted her all of her Instagram posts after months of hateful, racist and sexist bullying from Star Wars “fans.” Rose is the first non-white female lead in the history of the franchise.

Taking credit for the bulk of the attacks against the actress is a Facebook group called “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and Its Fanboys,” which has since made itself private [seriously, why hasn’t Facebook removed the hate group entirely?]. Check it out, and try not to gag:

Here’s more from the post you can’t see in the screen cap:

“Now go out there and fight for Legends restoration, go out there and reverse this forced diversity, go out there and show them what real Star Wars fans look like. Bring back the Straight White Male Hero that isn’t manufactured by a corrupt corporation like Disney.”

This group is also behind a campaign in February to give Black Panther a “Rotten” audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

On the positive side of things, since Tran deleted her photos last week, she’s gained over 50,000 new Insta followers. Celebrities have also shown an outpouring of support:

The best was from Stephen Colbert, who premiered a whole new Star Wars trailer dedicated to “broken hateful dweebs.” When addressing Tran’s racist cyber attackers, Colbert quipped, “It’s good to see Roseanne staying busy!” Zing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVpG1iC737c

Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill took a firm stand against the online bullies as well, posting a pic of him embracing Tran, with caption “What’s not to like? #GetALifeNerds”

Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson dropped the word “manbabies.”

And on Tuesday, Tran’s co-star John Boyega posted this to Instagram.

This whole thing is just rotten to the core. These aren’t Star Wars fans; this is cyber-terrorism of the most cowardly kind. Star Wars is supposed to be all about bringing balance. Clearly, Star Wars has a fan problem.

Jason Statham Apologizes For Allegedly Using Homophobic Slurs On Set

Though we have no concrete evidence the incident actually occurred, Jason Statham has issued a public apology for allegedly using homophobic slurs on the set of his 2015 action film Wild Card.

The Fast & the Furious star, 50, has been accused of a rant laden with homophobic language in the midst of an argument with Steve Casman while shooting at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans.

To repeat, as of yet we have no proof this conversation actually happened, but  British tabloid The Sun claims to have acquired a transcript of the conversation:

"Stop acting like a f...... f..," Statham reportedly said. "I hate that f....... f.... s.... Talking, whispering... you guys [are] acting like a bunch of f...... f....... If you want to tell me something, don't wait 'til I do 15 f....... takes before you say something. Stop being a f...... f.. and be more assertive.”

Statham apologized May 16 in a statement issued on Facebook:

"I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused. I have no recollection of making any of these offensive comments. However, let me be clear, the terms referenced are highly offensive."

"If I said these words, it was wrong and I deeply apologize. Anyone who knows me knows it doesn’t reflect how I feel about the LGBTQ community. While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future.”

It’s worth noting that releasing the alleged audio could come with consequences. Under Louisiana’s Electronic Surveillance Act, recording a conversation without someone’s permission is strictly against the law. According to The New York Post, Statham’s legal team has implied legal action would be taken if such a tape were released.

For more: https://pagesix.com/2018/05/17/jason-statham-apologizes-for-allegedly-using-homophobic-slur/

Hate Speech-Ranting Manhattan Lawyer Just Lost His Office, Maybe His Job

As members of the LGBTQ+ community, we’ve all had hate speech directed at us, and we know just how violent it is. It is dehumanizing, and it can make us feel fundamentally unsafe.

So it’s hard not to find some satisfaction in how quickly things are crashing down around attorney Aaron Schlossberg, 44, who was seen shouting deplorable, racist remarks at the employees of a Midtown Manhattan Fresh Kitchen in a video that went viral on Wednesday.

“If you are running a place in Midtown Manhattan, your staff should be speaking English, not Spanish!” he yells in the vid. And that’s pretty much the nicest thing he said.

As the store’s young, overburdened manager attempted to quietly escort Schlossberg from the establishment, the ranting just got worse. In a loud voice that certainly was overheard by anyone in the Fresh Kitchen, Schlossberg threatened to call ICE to have each of the restaurant’s employees “kicked out of my country.”

It’s no wonder the upsetting video rapidly caught fire. What is somewhat surprising is how rapidly the fallout followed behind. For starters, Schlossberg has been kicked out of his Manhattan workspace. He had a Midtown office on Madison Avenue (right across the street from the Fresh Kitchen) for his private law firm, but has been banned from the premises.

Hayim Grant, president of Corporate Suites which operates the building, told The New York Post: “We have terminated his service agreements with us. His actions are just not consistent with our community and rules and regulations … It’s totally contrary to everything we believe in as a company and personally.”

Furthermore, Schlossberg might lose his job. Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. served a formal complaint against Schlossberg to the New York State Unified Court System’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee. If the complaint is supported by the committee, Schlossberg’s law license could be revoked.

In one of the more gratifying and undeniably funny videos you’ll see this week, Schlossberg sprinted away from NBC News reporters on Thursday. Enjoy:

https://twitter.com/NBCNewYork/status/997214014378856450

Right now, it looks like this lawyer really needs to find a lawyer. The positive takeaway from this whole lamentable ordeal is that it suggests this kind of behavior is now more unacceptable than ever. It’s hard not to be curious about where Schlossberg’s saga will go from here.

For more about the Schlossberg fallout: https://nypost.com/2018/05/17/racist-lawyer-kicked-out-of-his-office-space/