Tag: LGBT Hate Crime

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (August 26, 2009 – September 2, 2009)

FL Gay Adoption Ban Goes to State Appeals Court – November 2008 a Miami-Dade County judge ruled that the Gay Adoption Ban is unconstitutional. The ruling was made in the case of Martin Gill and his partner who had adopted two young boys. State attorneys have taken the case to the court of appeals and and the ACLU is representing Mr. Gill.
Men to be Tried for Murder of Lesbian in South Africa – Last year a group of men assaulted and then stabbed to death Eudy Simelane (29 yrs) who played on national sport teams. Gay Rights activists are using this case to show that women continue to be raped in an attempt to change their Sexual Orientation. Lesbians who attended the hearing were threatened by young men and the three men accused have pleaded not guilty.
Proposal in MI to add Sexual Orientation to Anti-Discrimination Law – The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony recently on whether to add Sexual Orientation to their existing Anti-Discrimination laws.


September 6, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (August 19, 2009 – August 25, 2009)

Trial Date Set for Fed Lawsuit Against CA Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced that the trial will begin January 11, 2010. Judge Walker also ordered the depositions and the discovery process to start right away. Dates were also set for other processes related to the case. The Judge also indicated that he was surprised Governor Schwarzenegger has taken such a passive role in the case.
Lesbian Couple Embraces Then Asked to Leave Restaurant in MD – They noticed a heterosexual couple kissing in another booth of the family restaurant – so they embraced each other – but did not kiss. Aiyi’hah Ford and her partner Torian Brown were then asked to leave the restaurant in Silver Spring. They did return with some supporters hoping for an apology – but the manager would not apologize. Once they stepped outside the waitress followed them and apologized.
LGBT Tenants in New York Mistreated by Co-Op Board – A group of tenants who live at Kew Gardens – happen to be Gay and Lesbian. The problems started with a terrace which began leaking during a rain storm.


August 28, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (August 13, 2009 – August 19, 2009)

Utah Newspaper Rejects Gay Wedding Announcement – Tyler Barrick and Spencer Jones live in San Francisco and were married June 17, 2008. Mr. Jones is originally from Utah and wanted the announcement printed in his hometown paper – prior to a family party there. The clerk at The Spectrum initially accepted the announcement information along with the payment – then later the announcement was decined. The Spectrum had been on GLAAD’s list of inclusive newspapers – and GLAAD did try to help but without success. The announcement has since been published in The Salt Lake Tribune – another local paper.
Tennessee Schools Agree to Remove Anti-LGBT Filter – In April 2009 the ACLU sent a letter to the Nashville school district. The district had set up filters on school computers – blocking access to LGBT friendly websites. Students were having to out themselves to their teachers to try to gain access.


August 21, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (July 11, 2009 – July 24, 2009)

Canada Health Collective Rx Denies Transgender – A new pharmacy opened in Vancouver, Canada – operated by the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. The pharmacy however does not offer its services to Transgender or Transexual women. A group called the “Femininjas” went to the pharmacy during the hours posted on the Collective’s website and found the doors locked. A statement which appears on the Collective’s website reads: “We feel that it is essential that a woman be born a woman and have the physiology of a woman and the psychological experiences of living as a girl and a woman in order to embrace the work of the Vancouver Women’s Health collective.” The “Femininjas” are not the first group of ladies to be denied service.
Defendant in NY Murder Charged with Hate Crime – They were just attending a party – that’s all. It was last November on a Friday night. Lateisha Green was a Transgender woman – still in transition.


July 27, 2009 0

Transgender Woman Leeneshia Edwards Shot in the Face in Memphis

Another Merry Christmas to the LGBT community on Christmas Eve when Leeneshia Edwards of Memphis, TN was shot in the face, back and side. It appears from the wounds that Leeneshia was shot at close rang while getting out of a car. Police have not been able to interview the victim as she remains in critical condition.


December 26, 2008 0