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The Deadly Plague Of Homophobia

Religious convictions are not allowed as an excuse for violence.

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06/22/2016 | I was raised in Utah as a Mormon, in a strict, prescribed religion and culture that dominates the state. Like Islam and most religions, there is much good in Mormonism, including teachings of peace, free will and kindness. But there also exists self-righteousness, racial superiority, discrimination and sometimes hatred by people who claim to speak and act for the will of their God.

And there is also another doctrinal belief that many Muslims and Mormons share: That homosexuality is repugnant, a sin that deteriorates the family and is worthy of excommunication and exclusion from the one true path to God.

And if you “reject” that one true path, you are damned.

Justin Utley: Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter and Human Rights Advocate. Celebrated LGBT Icon and Ex-Gay Therapy Survivor. As seen on TV.

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Furor grows over sentencing in a college rape case.

  • The California judge who meted out what many consider a light, six-month sentence with probation to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of a campus rape now faces a recall led by a law professor there. Meanwhile, the defendant’s father, seeking to support his son during sentencing, outraged many even further during sentencing by characterizing the rape as merely “20 minutes of action."
  • Prosecutors said Brock Turner never accepted responsibility for the assault. His six-month sentence could be reduced to three for good behavior. As part of his sentencing, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
  • Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence
  • Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case

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Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence

Stanford law professor leads campaign against judge who gave six months to the former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman.

Sam Levin and Joanna Walters, Guardian Stanford is subject to five sexual violence investigations by the US Department of Education, making it the university with the highest number of active Title IX inquiries in the country. Photograph: Noah Berger/Reuters

Monday 6 June 2016 | The victim of a sexual assault by a former Stanford University swimmer said on Monday she was “overwhelmed and speechless” at the deluge of support for her as the judge who gave her attacker a light sentence faced a recall campaign.

Brock Allen Turner, 20, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation – a punishment that is significantly less severe than the minimum prison time of two years prescribed by state law for his felony offenses.

Sam Levin is a reporter for Guardian US in San Francisco.

Joanna Walters is a freelance news, features and travel journalist, based in New York City.

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Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case

Two letters, one from the victim and one from the offender’s father, have pushed a California case to the forefront of a national conversation about sexual assault.

Marina Koren, Atlantic

Jun 6, 2016 | In the days after a 20-year-old former Stanford University student received his jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the school’s campus, two letters related to the case and made public have been widely read: one by the victim, and one by the offender’s father.

The victim’s letter was published in full by BuzzFeed on Friday, a day after the 23-year-old woman, who has chosen to stay anonymous, read it aloud to Brock Allen Turner during his sentencing hearing. In the 7,244 word-letter, the woman provides a harrowing, detailed account of her attempted rape in January 2015 and the struggle of trying to survive it. At times, she directly addresses Turner, telling him how that night destroyed her life.

Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at the Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.

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Special Report | The Francis I Chronicles: Pope Francis Abandons Proposal to Prosecute Bishops for Covering Up Abuse

  • The Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) expressed doubts that the clarified law would lead to any bishop’s dismissal:
  • A “process” isn’t needed. Discipline is what’s needed. A “process” doesn’t protect kids. Action protects kids.
  • A “process” is helpful only if it’s used often enough to deter wrongdoing. We doubt this one will be. …
  • Related: Pope Affirms Traditional Marriage

Emma Niles, Truthdig The Vatican (via Flickr)

Jun 4, 2016 | The Catholic Church has been struggling to remedy internal proceedings ever since it was revealed in 2002 that bishops across the nation shielded pedophile priests from consequences.

Last year, Pope Francis looked to hold bishops accountable when he announced the creation of a tribunal with authority to dismiss bishops who played a role in covering up abuse. But now the pope has apparently changed his mind.

Emma Niles, an editorial assistant at Truthdig, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in Political Science. She has worked for the National Women’s Law Center and Ms. Magazine. story … 


Pope Affirms Traditional Marriage, Bill DonohueNewsmax

The Pope rejects the role of a scold, and looks askance at those who bury their head in the letter of the law. At the same time, he wants us to appreciate the wisdom of the church's teachings on marriage, the family, and sexuality. He has not changed the bar, but he is asking us to help everyone clear it.


Scared Of Trans People In Bathrooms? Here’s One Huge Thing You’re Forgetting

Get a grip, people!

Related: Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history.

Noah Michelson, Huffington Post

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05/18/2016 | Awooga! Awooga! My fellow Americans, this is not a drill!

Transgender people occasionally need to relieve themselves and they occasionally need to do it in public restrooms!

Terrifying,  right?!?!?!?!?!!?!??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

Noah Michelson, Editorial Director, the Huffington Post Voices  Full story … 


Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history, Parker Molloy, Upworthy

It's easy to feel hopeful when the federal government, of all things, can move you to tears in the name of justice.

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