US Holocaust Memorial Museum condemns reported persecution of gay men in Chechnya

(JTA) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said it was “deeply concerned” about recent reports that the Chechnyan government is persecuting gay men.

“The reports about the targeting of LGBT persons in Chechnya combined with statements from Chechen officials seemingly endorsing violence are cause for great concern,” Sara Bloomfield, director of the Holocaust Memorial Museum, said Thursday in a statement. “Both the Chechen and Russian governments need to investigate these allegations and ensure the safety of LGBT populations within the Russian Federation.”

The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported earlier this month that at least 100 gay men had been arrested and three were killed in Chechnya. Although the Chechnyan government denied the allegations, with one government spokesman telling The New York Times that gay men did not exist in the country, the report drew wide media attention. Human Rights Watch confirmed the report, saying “a brutal campaign against LGBT people” had been taking place in the country for several weeks.

“The Holocaust teaches us what can happen when state-sponsored, group-targeted violence is allowed to go unchecked,” Bloomfield said in the  statement, which noted that homosexuals were also persecuted by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., also condemned the reported persecution.

“I am disgusted by the reports that Chechen authorities are unlawfully detaining, torturing, and possibly killing large numbers of gay men. There have also been reports of LGBT persons fleeing Chechnya in search of sanctuary from persecution,” the Jewish lawmaker said last week in a statement.

April 23-30 serve as the U.S. Days of Holocaust Remembrance.

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One Law For Them, Another One For Us: Both Mixed-Race and Gay Marriages are Illegal in Israel

The leading Israeli newspaper Haartez has finally completely admitted that the Zionist state forbids Jews from marrying non-Jews, and also outlaws same-sex marriage—policies which these same Jewish Supremacists would call “racist” in any other country. 

The admission by Haaretz comes after years of denial by Jewish Supremacists that Israeli marriage laws are based on race, and serve as a final vindication to Dr. Duke who was one of the first public figures to point out this fact—an act for which the Jewish Supremacist controlled media widely claimed was untrue.

The article in Haaretz, dated June 3, 2014, is titled

 

Who would you be allowed to marry in Israel today?” and starts off with a highly informative flow-chart graphic which spells out in detail exactly how Israel’s marriage laws work.

According to Haaretz, marriage in the Jewish state is entirely under the purview of religious authorities.

“There is no civil marriage. Jews can only be married in a religious ceremony, by an Orthodox rabbi under the authority of the Chief Rabbinate, the top religious authority for Jews in Israel,” Haaretz says.

“This means there is also no interfaith marriage between Jews and non-Jews, since Orthodox Judaism does not allow mixed unions.

“Israelis who belong to other streams of Judaism, such as Reform or Conservative, must still tie the knot in front of an Orthodox rabbi in a traditional ceremony if they want their marriage to be recognized by the state.”

Haaretz goes on to reveal exactly how exclusivist the Jewish Supremacist racial marriage laws are, by pointing out that Jews in Israel who “only” have one Jewish parent or grandparent, are also not allowed to marry “full” Jews:

“This religious monopoly, which has no equal among other Western democracies, puts people whose religious status is registered as ‘other’ in a particularly precarious position. This mainly affects immigrants from the former Soviet Union who received Israeli citizenship because they had at least one Jewish parent or grandparent, but are not considered Jews under religious law, which require a person’s mother to be Jewish.”

The Haaretz article then goes on to reveal how the Zionist state attempted to resolve this issue, by bringing in a law which effectively forced these “not completely pure” Jews to marry from within their own community rather than mix with the “real” Jews:

“In 2010, in an attempt to solve this issue, the Knesset passed a law that recognizes civil unions, but only if both partners are registered as not belonging to any religion. Civil rights groups criticized the law for being too restrictive and stigmatizing because, in practice, it forces these immigrants to marry only amongst themselves.”

Haartez goes on to state that the effectiveness of this law is further revealed by the fact that, according to the Israeli Interior Ministry, only an average of 18 couples a year have taken advantage of the new law.

Finally, the article reveals, “Same-sex couples are also excluded from marrying.”

The important issue to remember in all of this is that the organized Jewish lobby in America—and other countries around the world—all fanatically support Israel.

Yet at the same time, these Jewish lobbies all support policies in America and all their other host nations which are the exact opposite to those policies they support in Israel.

It is the old story: one standard for the Jewish Supremacists, another for the Goyim.

The Haaretz article is also deceptive in the sense that it tries to portray Israel’s marriage laws as something which only concerns religion. Of course, they are nothing of the sort, and are specifically racial in their application.

The reality that Israel’s marriage laws are racial, not religious, was proven in 2002, when, in an article published by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) revealed that even “converts” to Judaism were not allowed to marry Jews.

According to that article, titled “Court Accepts Reform, Conservative Conversions in Israel; Orthodox Vow to Fight On”, a decision by the Israeli  government to recognize non-orthodox conversions was dismissed by the Orthodox rabbinate–who control marriage laws in Israel.

“The decision will very much confuse these ‘converts’ whose conversions, in my view, do not hold,” Israel’s chief Ashkenazic rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau, told Army Radio.

“Their identity cards will be worthless. Tomorrow if they want to register to get married, the day after if they go to the Immigration Ministry to ask for their basket of benefits or citizenship, they’ll be told, ‘No, you’re only thought of as a Jew on the population rolls, while as far as everything else goes, you remain in your goyishness.’ “

(David Duke)

‘They Starve You. They Shock You’: Inside the Anti-Gay Pogrom in Chechnya

GROZNY, Russia — It was supposed to be a night out. But for the young man who calls himself Maksim, as for scores of other gay men arrested in a pogrom this month in Russia’s Chechnya region, it pivoted into nearly two weeks of beatings and torture.

Maksim said it had started with a chat room conversation with “a very good old friend who is also gay,” and who suggested that they meet at an apartment. When Maksim arrived, however, he was greeted not by his friend but by agents who beat him. Later, they strapped him to a chair, attached electrical wires to his hands with alligator clips and began an interrogation.

“They yelled, ‘Who else do you know?’” Maksim said, and zapped him with current from time to time. “It was unbearably painful; I was hanging on with my last strength,” he added. “But I didn’t tell them anything.”

Gay men have never had an easy life in Chechnya. But the targeted, collective punishment of gays that began last month under its pro-Kremlin leader, Ramzan A. Kadyrov, is a new turn in the region’s long history of rights abuses.

Novaya Gazeta, an opposition newspaper, first reported the pogrom, saying that at least 100 gay men had been arrested and three killed in the roundup. Human Rights Watch corroborated those findings.

The sweep has been widely condemned by Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups. Activists in Russia have set up an underground network to spirit the victims out of Chechnya and to protect them from potentially violent reprisals from their families and others. The victims use assumed names in their everyday dealings.

The following account is based on interviews with Maksim, who is in his 20s, and two other gay men who were detained by Chechen security agents.

Homosexuality is taboo in Chechnya and the mostly Muslim surrounding areas of the Caucasus region in southern Russia. “This society is highly homophobic,” said Ekaterina L. Sokiryanskaya, Russia project director for the International Crisis Group and an authority on Chechnya. “Homosexuality is condemned. It is believed Islam considers it a great sin.”

Nevertheless, before the crackdown, gay men in Chechnya could at least lead social lives, if heavily closeted ones, Maksim said. They met largely in private chat rooms on social networking sites with names like the Village or What the Mountains Are Silent About.

“When two gay men meet, they don’t tell one another their true names,” Maksim said. Men met at cafes or at apartments rented for a night, he said. “Nobody suspected my sexual orientation, not even my best friends.”

The crackdown began after GayRussia, a rights group based in Moscow, applied for permits for gay pride parades in the Caucasus region, prompting counterprotests by religious groups, the men said. In Chechnya, it became something even worse — a mass “prophylactic” cleansing of homosexuals, the security service agents told the gay men as they rounded them up.

Olga Baranova, director of the Moscow Community Center, a support group for gays that is part of the volunteer network helping gay men flee Chechnya. CreditJames Hill for The New York Times

The men were held for as little as a day or as long as several weeks, according to Human Rights Watch and to interviews with gay men who later escaped the region. Some “returned to their families barely alive from beatings,” said Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director for Human Rights Watch.

Among the fatalities documented by the organization were one man who succumbed during torture and two others who died in “honor killings” by relatives after the police released them.

“Human Rights Watch has been getting numerous reports about attacks by security services under Ramzan Kadyrov’s control, and those reports are extremely disturbing,” Ms. Lokshina said. “This is another opportunity to reinforce the culture of fear.”

The Chechen authorities’ response to the global outrage over the pogrom has provoked new incredulity. In a telephone interview, Mr. Kadyrov’s spokesman, Alvi Karimov, said the reports of an anti-gay pogrom had to be false because such men did not exist in Chechnya.

“In Grozny, have you ever noticed people who, by their appearance or manners, resemble people who are oriented in the wrong way?” Mr. Karimov asked.

“A policy is developed for a problem,” he said, referring to a report that said the arrests were official policy. “I can officially say there is no policy because there is no problem. If there were a problem, there would be a policy.”

In a televised meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Wednesday, Mr. Kadyrov characterized as “libelous” news reports that the security services in Chechnya had been persecuting gay men.

And on Thursday, Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, told journalists that the Russian authorities had found no evidence that the Chechen police had arrested gay men.

But it quickly became clear to Maksim and the other men that the Chechen authorities were applying the same tactics used by Russia and by Mr. Kadyrov to suppress an Islamist insurgency in the region over the past decade.

Security service agents took to posing as gay men looking for dates on the Village and in other chat rooms, or persuaded those they had already captured to lure acquaintances, those arrested said in interviews.

Fear spread among gay Chechens. “If they caught him, they will get to me,” said a 20-year-old student who identified himself as Ilya and who was interviewed at a safe location outside Chechnya. Ilya fled days before the police showed up at his home, he learned later.

In a televised meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, left, on Wednesday, Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan A. Kadyrov, characterized as “libelous” news reports that the security services in the region had been persecuting gay men. CreditPool photo by Alexei Druzhinin

The authorities briefly detained another young man, who identified himself as Nohcho, after a friend informed on him during an interrogation. “I don’t blame him,” Nohcho said of the friend. “We are not heroes. We’re just gay guys. They starve you. They shock you.”

That, it seems, is essentially what happened to Maksim, who had been corresponding with his gay acquaintance for some time. “One day, he suggested we meet for a drink,” Maksim said. “And because we knew each other a long time, I did not suspect he would be capable of something like this.”

When Maksim entered the apartment where they had agreed to meet, security officers roughed him up. Five other men were already in the apartment, lured by the same ruse, he said. His account of the deception used to detain him was consistent with others documented by Human Rights Watch and with the accounts of the two other gay men interviewed separately for this article.

All six of the men in the apartment were transferred to a makeshift cell in an abandoned building, where they were tortured with electricity one by one, Maksim said.

After 11 days, he was released to a male relative, who was told that Maksim was gay. The security officers told the captives’ male relatives that, if they had any honor, they would kill the young men, Maksim and Ilya said.

Maksim’s father threatened to beat him but refrained when his son showed him the bruises he already had. Instead his father said, “I should kill you.”

Fearing for his life, Maksim turned to a gay rights group, the Russian LGBT Network, based in St. Petersburg, which has established an emergency, round-the-clock volunteer group to help gay men escape the region.

To reassure the victims they are trying to help, the activists have taken extraordinary precautions, operating virtually as a partisan cell behind enemy lines, though they have done nothing illegal under Russian law.

“These people don’t trust anybody,” said Olga Baranova, director of the Moscow Community Center, a support group for gays that is part of the volunteer network helping gay men flee Chechnya.

After arriving at the safe location outside Chechnya, several young men said they had suspected that the volunteer group was also a trap but had no other option but to accept the help, Ms. Baranova said. “They say, ‘We didn’t believe you were real,’” she said. “‘We thought this was the last effort to round up whoever was left.’”

The network bought airplane tickets for Chechen gay men, found safe houses and arranged for doctors to treat those who had been badly beaten.

“Gays in Chechnya and the North Caucasus are in lethal danger,” Igor Kochetkov, director of the Russian LGBT Network, said in a telephone interview. “People whose partners are detained have every reason to believe they will be arrested. It is very hard not to name the names under torture.”

How Prince Concealed His Addiction: Aspirin Bottles of Opiates

At the time of Prince’s death, his Paisley Park home and recording compound in Minnesota were strewn with “a sizable amount” of narcotic painkillers for which he did not have prescriptions, including some hidden in over-the-counter vitamin and aspirin bottles and others issued in the name of a close aide, according to newly released court documents related to the investigation into the accidental opioid overdose that killed Prince last year.

Search warrants and affidavits from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the continuing homicide investigation in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, were unsealed on Monday.

The documents do not solve the mystery of where Prince got the powerful opioid fentanyl that killed him. But they sketch a picture of how this musician, a strict proponent of clean living who suffered from chronic hip pain, concealed his opioid addiction using a variety of methods, including mixing various prescription pills in bottles for everyday products like Bayer and Aleve. In at least one instance, Prince procured an opiate prescription in the name of Kirk Johnson, a personal friend and employee since the 1980s, according to investigators.

Prince was found dead in the elevator of his home in Chanhassen, Minn., on April 21, 2016, by Mr. Johnson and others after he ingested the fatal amount of fentanyl, which is often used to manufacture counterfeit pills that are sold on the black market as oxycodone and other pain relievers. Investigators have said they are most concerned with who obtained the fentanyl, and have yet to charge anyone in Prince’s death. They noted in court records that those who were present at the home that morning “provided inconsistent and, at times, contradictory statements.”

The warrants, dating from April to September of last year, show investigators tracking to what extent Mr. Johnson had helped Prince conceal his drug habit, at one point applying for a search warrant for Mr. Johnson’s cellphone records. Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg, who treated Prince for the hip pain in the weeks before his death and arrived at Paisley Park with test results that morning, told investigators that he had prescribed the singer oxycodone on April 14, a week before the fatal overdose, “but put the prescription in Kirk Johnson’s name for Prince’s privacy,” according to a search warrant.

That prescription was filled on the same day that Prince’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois after the singer overdosed during a flight home after a concert in Atlanta. Mr. Johnson told hospital staff at the time that Prince “may have taken Percocet,” an opioid containing oxycodone, on the plane, according to one application for a search warrant.

In a statement, Dr. Schulenberg’s lawyer, Amy S. Conners, took issue with the assertion that her client had acknowledged prescribing oxycodone for Mr. Johnson that was actually intended for Prince. “Dr. Schulenberg never directly prescribed opioids to Prince, nor did he ever prescribe opioids to any other person with the intent that they would be given to Prince,” the statement said.

Ms. Conners has said that the physician has not been interviewed by investigators since the day Prince died. Dr. Schulenberg has not been the subject of any disciplinary action, according to the records of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.

Ruth Martinez, the board’s executive director, said that Minnesota state law “says you have to write a prescription for the person for whom it is intended. That’s reinforced by federal statutes.” She said that the board does not comment on whether a doctor’s conduct is being reviewed.

In several instances, Mr. Johnson, who had unrestricted access to Paisley Park, told the investigators that he had limited knowledge of Prince’s dependence on painkillers. On the day before the singer’s death, Mr. Johnson said he went to a local Walgreens to pick up three prescriptions issued by Dr. Schulenberg for drugs often used to treat anxiety; according to the court papers, he said it “was the first time he had ever done something like that for Prince.”

Among the evidence found at Paisley Park was a suitcase with a name tag for “Peter Bravestrong,” an alias used by Prince, containing several prescription bottles in Mr. Johnson’s name. (The suitcase also contained lyrics for the song “U Got the Look,” apparently in Prince’s handwriting, according to investigators.) In addition to Prince’s bedroom, pills were found throughout the residence, including in the laundry room, the police said.

A lawyer for Mr. Johnson, F. Clayton Tyler, said in a statement: “After reviewing the search warrants and affidavits released today, we believe that it is clear that Kirk Johnson did not secure nor supply the drugs which caused Prince’s death. There will be no further comment.”

The Associated Press has reported that Mr. Johnson has not been interviewed since hours after Prince’s death. In a recent interview with CBS, including a tour of the Paisley Park compound, Mr. Johnson was asked about Prince’s final days. “Kirk has a vault,” he said. “Right here. It’s never gonna be unlocked.”

Among the drugs seized were 20 and a half white pills labeled “Watson 853,” a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, that were found in an Aleve bottle. Investigators later found that the pills contained fentanyl, according to published reports, but they have not given any indication as to whether those pills are tied to Prince’s death. Notes from investigators say that 64 and one-quarter matching Watson 853 pills were also found in a Bayer bottle, and another 15 were discovered in a second-floor dressing room.

Some overdoses, officials say, are attributable to the fact that people take what they believe is a pain pill of a strength they are familiar with and die because they are unaware it has been produced with a much stronger drug, like fentanyl.

Others who spoke to investigators included Andrew Kornfeld, the son of Dr. Howard Kornfeld, an opioid-addiction specialist who had been called on to treat Prince. Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park after Prince had died with a small dose of the drug Suboxone, an anti-addiction agent and controlled substance. He is the person who called 911.

Andrew, who is not a doctor, told investigators that he had not planned on administering the drug until he had consulted with a physician authorized to prescribe it. His lawyer, William Mauzy, said that he believes Andrew is exempt from criminal liability as a result of Minnesota’s Good Samaritan law, which protects a 911 caller and the overdose victim from prosecution for drug possession.

Also interviewed was the singer Judith Hill, who was in a romantic relationship with Prince and was on board during the diverted flight.

In addition to an Apple laptop belonging to Prince, who stopped using a cellphone after his was hacked, friends said, investigators received warrants for numerous email addresses — including mistag3@gmail.com, peterbravestrong@gmail.com and paisleyparkafterdark@gmail.com — that Prince used to communicate with his tight inner circle.

“The investigation remains active at this point,” said Jason Kamerud, chief deputy for the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’ve gained a lot of progress over the last year, but there still is some more work to be done,” he said.

Turning Children Into Sexual Degenerates

http://www.renegadetribune.com/turning-children-sexual-degenerates/

 

I recently watched a video by Sinead about degeneracy and on the same day I saw the video below. I suppose this is a message of hope in a sense. The main reason for hope is the moral outrage and overwhelming resistance against this vile goy-targeted attempt at influencing the maturation of children into sexual beings. This isn’t a new technique and anyone who’s read prophetic books such as A Brave New World or others will understand that it has definite aims and outcomes.

The main aim for attempting to make children sexual with each other is that it will promote a society which is increasingly divorced from family, where the state is seen as the only power and the power of the family unit is neutralised. This is a (((communist))) idea which was popularised by (((Gramsci))) in his opus: The Prison Notebooks and is clearly being promoted even now by the enemy. With the same intentions.

Watch the video and let me know your thoughts. Sinead and Kyle, thank you for your outstanding work.

Why Don’t Republican Homophobes Have a Problem With First Lady Melania Trump’s Bisexuality?

Here’s the nation’s first lady — and right beside her, a second lady. So why don’t Republican homophobes seem to have a problem with the first lady’s bisexuality?

The New York Post published never-before-printed nude photos of Melania Trump on Monday from a 1995 photoshoot with Alé de Basse­ville. The “lesbian-themed” photos include Scandinavian model Emma Eriksson.

The photos were shot for a now-defunct French men’s monthly named Max Magazine.

Did You Know?
In September 2014, Donald Trump offered Barack Obama free golf for life at his many courses via Twitter with one condition: he would have to resign as POTUS.
Did You Know?
Despite being so wealthy, when guest starring on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Donald Trump claimed that he has never used an ATM before.
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In January 2016, the British Parliament responded to a petition from the people of the UK and held a debate on whether or not to allow Donald Trump into Britain.
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To teach him discipline, Donald Trump’s parents sent him to the New York Military Academy when he was 13, from which he later graduated in 1964.
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In 2000, Trump briefly ran for President under the Reform Party, and actually won the California and Michigan primaries before dropping out of the race.

One photo shows Eriksson embracing a mostly-nude Melania – then Melania Knauss, before she met Donald Trump – from behind while lying in a bed. Another shows Eriksson holding a whip, posing as if she is about to strike a subdued Melania.

French fashion photographer Jarl Ale de Basseville, the French fashion photographer who snapped the pictures, offered the following commentary:

I always loved women together, because I have been with a lot of women who desired the ménage à trois.

This is beauty and not porn. I am always shocked by the porn industry because they are destroying the emotion and the essence of purity and simplicity.

I think it is important to show the beauty and freedom of the woman, and I am very proud of these pictures because they celebrate Melania’s beauty.

Three years before she met husband Donald Trump, Melania Trump was snapped in a nude frolic with another female model, bombshell photos obtained exclusively by The Post show.

The lesbian-themed pics are from a two-day photo shoot in Manhattan in 1995, when Melania Knauss, as she was called, was 25 years old and modeling under the name “Melania K.”

(Photographer Alé de Basse­ville later told The Post that he misspoke, and the photo session actually took place in 1996 in Manhattan, and appeared in a 1997 issue of the magazine.)

Several were featured in Max Magazine, a now-defunct French men’s monthly, more than 20 years ago. Others have never been in print — until now.

The raciest of the photos shows Melania lying nude in a bed as Scandinavian model Emma Eriksson, also naked, embraces her from behind, just below her breasts, which are fully exposed.

In another photo, Eriksson wears sheer stockings, a low-cut bustier, high heels and a long robe — all designed by John Galliano — and raises a whip as if preparing to spank Melania, who pretends to recoil. Melania is more conservatively dressed in a skin-tight gown and high heels.

“I always loved women together, because I have been with a lot of women who desired the ménage à trois,” said Jarl Ale de Basseville, the French fashion photographer who snapped the pictures.

Melania Trump (right) poses for the January 1997 issue of Max Magazine.Jarl Ale de Basseville

“This is beauty and not porn. I am always shocked by the porn industry because they are destroying the emotion and the essence of purity and simplicity.”

The shoot took place in a Chelsea apartment that doubled as a photo studio, said de Basseville, a Paris artist and fashion photographer who was briefly based in New York in the mid-’90s.

Part of the shoot, which de Basseville said was inspired by Renaissance art, took place on the building’s rooftop, said a fashion-industry insider who was present at one of the photo sessions.

Melania behaved “like a true professional” during one of the nighttime shoots with Eriksson, the source said.

“She was charming throughout,” said the source, adding that the pics’ lesbian theme didn’t faze her. “She was always smiling, with a very pleasant personality and was polite and very well educated.”

Her sexy photo spread appeared in the January 1996 issue of Max Magazine, whose cover featured a photo of supermodel Cindy Crawford.Melania had recently arrived in the city from modeling stints in Paris and Milan at the time. In Gotham, she was booked for mostly commercial work and was later featured in an ad for Camel cigarettes, the source told The Post.

In addition to the lesbian-themed shots, de Basseville took several nude pictures of Melania from different angles.

In one of them, Melania pouts at the camera while clad only in stilettos. In another, her back is to the camera, and her arms are raised as if up against a wall.

“I think it is important to show the beauty and freedom of the woman, and I am very proud of these pictures because they celebrate Melania’s beauty, ’’ de Basseville said.

Asked about the photos, Donald Trump said: “Melania was one of the most successful models, and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines. This was a picture taken for a European magazine prior to my knowing Melania. In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”

The Slovenian-born beauty, now 46, first met Trump at a Fashion Week party in 1998. They married in January 2005 and have one son, Baron, 10.

North Carolina Lawmakers Reach Deal to Repeal So-Called Bathroom Bill

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Republican lawmakers said late on Wednesday that they had reached a deal to repeal the state’s controversial law prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

Details of the measure were not immediately released, but it was set for a vote on Thursday morning, according to State Senator Phil Berger and Tim Moore, the General Assembly speaker, who announced the compromise in an impromptu news conference on Wednesday night.

PARENTS SUE SCHOOL AFTER TEENAGER SHAMED FOR NOT WANTING TO UNDRESS NEXT TO TRANS BOY

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Most people who are against transgender bathrooms say that they are uncomfortable with the idea of letting trans women into women’s bathrooms. They fear that it will make it easier for men to walk into women’s bathrooms and prey on young girls. However, these people have overlooked the fact that when you reverse the genders in similar scenarios, it can be equally uncomfortable; albeit for different reasons.

Take for instance what happened at a school in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Recently a lawsuit was filed against the school district over their transgender policy. Without alerting parents, the school decided to allow trans kids to change in whatever locker rooms that they preferred. A teenage boy claimed that he was uncomfortable when a biologically female student was changing next to him in the locker room, so he and several other boys voiced their concerns with the assistant principal.

The assistant principal scolded the boys, and told them that they were being intolerant. He told them that they needed to “tolerate” the situation, and make it “as natural as they possibly can.”

The parents of one of the boys is now suing the school district for sexual harassment. According to their lawyer, Randall Wenger, “We trust that our children won’t be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like this when they are in the care of our schools because it’s a school’s duty to protect and respect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students.”

As you can see, this debate isn’t one sided. It’s not just about letting biological males into female bathrooms. If you remember what it was like to be a teenager experiencing puberty and social pressures for the first time, you know how uncomfortable it would be to change in front of a girl, regardless of what she says her gender is.

GERMAN CABINET TO APPROVE BILL TO CLEAR GAYS CONVICTED UNDER NAZI-ERA LAW

 

Legislators in Berlin will move to erase the convictions of 50,000 men convicted of homosexuality during the Nazi-era in Germany on Wednesday, AFP reported.

The legislation is set to be approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet before a vote in the parliament.

 

This move is a triumph for activists after decades of struggle to clear gay men who held a criminal record under Article 175.

Around 5,000 of those men are still living.

Justice Minister Heiko Mass said, “we can never completely erase the travesty of justice, but we want to rehabilitate the victims.”

In October, Britain approved the “Turing Law” which offered to pardon thousands of men who were convicted on the charge of homosexuality until in 1967 it was decriminalized.

Alan Turing was prosecuted under the law in 1952 and following chemical castration, committed suicide two years later.

Article 175 in Germany made illegal “sexual acts contrary to nature… be it between people of the male gender or between people and animals”. Sexual relations between women was not explicitly labelled as illegal.

The law originated from 1871 but was strongly enforced under the Nazis.

The German Government in 2002 introduced legislation which overturned convictions during the war but did not include those convicted after the war while Article 175 was still upheld.