Predators must have knowledge about their prey if they are going to be successful hunters. It is clear that we have been studied and our weaknesses have been exploited in an effort to exhaust us economically, physically and spiritually. Renowned researcher, Alan Watt goes so far as to state that the perpetrators responsible for this ultimately want to destroy any sense of individuality in us whatsoever.
By Dave Zirin - April 12, 2013
"Today marks a historic step for [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered] equality in sports. The NHL and the NHLPA [NHL Players' Association] are stepping up to ensure that the hockey community is welcoming — not begrudging, not tolerant — welcoming to LGBT players, coaches, management or fans...The NHL has long had a slogan — "Hockey Is For Everyone." We will work alongside our partners in the NHL and the NHLPA to continue to make that true."
- You Can Play Project founder Patrick Burke
By NATHAN GOODMAN - Counterpunch
Human rights organizations shouldn’t be in the business of handing out awards, accolades and executive positions to human rights abusers...Resistance to war, occupation and mass incarceration includes opposing organizations that falsely claim to fight for human rights.
"I Don’t Want a Dyke in this School:" Teachers and Students Called 16-Year-Old Girl "Freak," "Alien" and "He-She"
By Alyssa Figueroa - March 22, 2013
Within the first three days of enrolling in Magnolia Junior High School in Mississippi, Destin Holmes, a 16-year-old lesbian, said that teachers called her a “he” instead of “she” which Holmes requested...But that was just the beginning.
Feb 10, 2013 - CBC News
An evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin" is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for its work in Uganda, where gays and lesbians face severe threats...[T]he federal government is providing $544,813 in funding for Crossroads Christian Communications — an Ontario-based evangelical group that produces television programming — to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.
By Dave Zirin - February 1, 2013
We’ve seen the truth about whether there is [a] [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender]-friendly culture in the NFL and the truth is that we have a ways to go. The truth is also that, whether the league or some of its players like it or not, it is in fact getting better. But if an active player is ever going to feel confident enough to come out of the closet, it's going to have to get one whole hell of a lot better than it is now.
By Dave Zirin - November 11, 2012
Few...girls are described as a “young — very young — Walter Payton.” But that’s what people are calling Sam Gordon...Gordon has become an Internet sensation after the spread of viral videos showing her shredding Pee Wee football defenses with a series of dynamic touchdown runs...At 9 years old, she has her own reason for playing football. “Most of the times it’s just really fun to be the one scoring the touchdowns...Rather than the boys.”
This is, for me, what it is like to have been the son of a mother who took her own life when I was very young...While I can remember everything that happened, I have spent a lifetime trying to understand why it happened. And I am no longer sure that that is the point.
"Sadly, every person you ask from the Northern Inuit regions knows someone who has killed themselves...People you know your whole life. You grow and laugh with them and then they are not there anymore because they decide to take their own lives. The numbers are an epidemic, if these numbers existed in southern Canada, it would be a national emergency and there would be measures to address it."
- Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization in Canada
A bill opposing the shackling of pregnant prisoners, AB 2530, has been passed unanimously by the California State Legislature and is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, with thirty days to either approve or veto it. Last year, a previous version of this bill was also passed unanimously by the Legislature, but it was ultimately vetoed by Brown. With Brown’s decision expected anytime, local activists are urgently mobilizing to stop him from vetoing this important bill once again. AB 2530 supporters have created a webpage for the public (not just California residents) to contact the Governor.
By Lauren Kelley - AlterNet
Although the majority of Americans now believe that gay and lesbian citizens should have the legal right to marry, homophobia obviously runs deep among many in this country. One of those raging homophobes is Pastor Charles Worley of the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, who recently told his congregation that "the queers and the homosexuals" should be "detained in camps" and left to die.
Challenging Convictions: Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Writing in Solidarity with Prison Abolition
Like much prison abolition work, the call for this anthology comes from frustration and hope: frustration with organizers against sexual assault and domestic violence who treat the police as a universally available and good solution [and] frustration with prison abolitionists who only use “domestic violence” and “rape” as provocative examples...But, this project also shares the hope and worth of working toward building communities without prisons and without sexual violence. Most importantly, it is anchored in the belief that resisting prisons, domestic violence, and sexual assault are inseparable.
May 6, 2012 - CBC News
Hundreds of people gathered in Halifax Sunday to pay tribute to Raymond Taavel, who was murdered in Halifax April 17..."It's important to get closure...It's been a really emotional reaction, everybody recognizes the tragedy of it. Everybody recognizes...the wonderful things that Raymond contributed to the community."
"Compassionate, Caring, Outgoing, Welcoming:" Vigil Held Following Murder of Halifax LGBT Activist Raymond Taavel
By Steve Caines - April 17, 2012
At least 300 people gathered on Gottingen Street in Halifax today at 7pm to mourn the passing of Raymond Taavel, local community activist. Taavel was killed this morning at approx. 3a.m., outside Menz and Mollyz Bar, defending a friend during a physical attack...Taavel was a prominent and respected Haligonian activist for [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered] rights. He was a long time editor of Wayves newspaper, and was co-chair of Halifax Pride events.
By Mercedes Allen - April 10, 2012
The idea behind human rights is that they're universal. Every person deserves to be judged according to their merits and faults, and not by the myths and prejudices that are associated with a particular characteristic. Although we don't name every characteristic in human rights laws, every so often we discover that one exists for whom the myths and prejudices are so distorted that discrimination is not only likely, but inevitable.
Call for Submissions: Challenging Convictions - Survivors of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Writing on Solidarity with Prison Abolition
The call for this anthology comes from frustration and hope: frustration with organizers against sexual assault and domestic violence who treat the police as a universally available and as a good solution and frustration with prison abolitionists who only use “domestic violence” and “rape” as provocative examples. But, this project also shares the hope and worth of working toward building communities without prisons and without sexual violence. Most importantly, it is anchored in the belief that resisting prisons, domestic violence, and sexual assault are inseparable.