Trans Woman Sues State of Georgia for Human Rights Abuses

Ashley Diamond

A prisoner in the Georgia prison system, Ashley Diamond is suing the Georgia for refusing her hormonal therapy during the last three years.

From NY Daily News:

Three years without hormone therapy is reversing everything that Ashley Diamond, an incarcerated transgender woman, has fought for.

Her booking photo illustrates the stark transformation Diamond has undergone since 2012, when she started cycling through Georgia’s Department of Corrections and the state began forbidding the hormone therapy she’d been receiving for nearly two decades.

The picture bears no resemblance to the woman she was before she landed behind bars.

“Ashley sees photos like that as proof of her lack of medical care, but it’s a painful reminder,” Chinyere Ezie, an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, told the Daily News.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit Friday on Diamond’s behalf seeking sweeping changes that would restore her medical treatment, improve living conditions and staff training for Diamond and other transgender inmates.

Read more at NY Daily News

Photo: Ashley Diamond

Pro-Palestinian Organization’s Petition Calls on Alicia Keys to Cancel Israel Concert

Pro-Palestinian organization called the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has created an online petition, calling on Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Israel scheduled for July 4th.

They’re urging Keys to reconsider her decision, citing apartheid-like conditions endured by the Palestinian people.

So far, the petition has garnered over 15,000 signatures.

Kansas Considering Bill Allowing for People Living with HIV/AIDS to be Quarantined

The state of Kansas is currently considering a bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to possibly be quarantined and separated from the rest of society:

Lawmakers are close to passing a new law discriminating against those who have HIV or AIDS, forcing them to be isolated or have their movements restricted.

Kansas House Bill 2183, which has passed in the Kansas Senate, will update the state’s public health statute by allowing quarantine of Kansans with ‘infectious diseases.’

Pastor Withdraws From Inaugural Ceremony Over Anti-Gay Remarks

A pastor set to deliver the inaugural benediction at the Obama Inauguration this month has withdrawn over anti-gay remarks he made in the mid-90s.

Atlanta’s Pastor Louis Giglio once advocated for ex-gay therapy and spoken out against the “homosexual lifestyle.”

From MSNBC:

He also invoked a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people to be executed and argued that homosexuals choose to be gay.

Home Ownership and Community Ties

Growing up in East Cleveland, everyone on my block lived in a house that was owned by the family. It was comforting to have a home to grow up in and to have stable neighbors who acted as extended family. I realize now that home ownership contributed to personal investment in the community, which allowed for some quality in my neighborhood that has since become a nostalgic memory. As I’ve grown twenty-one short years I see less and less home ownership in my community and urban communities at large, which parallels with less community and more distrust.

Take Back Boystown: White vs Right?

 

Boystown was built and created by gay whites with hard earned money years back…Its sad that Boystown has been taken advantage by these f***ing savage monkeys.
“They also happen to be very noticeably out of place!! So why are they not questioned and asked to leave by the police is amazing! Check their ID and if they don’t live there ask them to enter an establishment or leave!!! …They travel from all over the city to infest ‘Boystown’ with their ghetto mentality and violet [sic] attitude! Watching that video really has sickened me!!! It is what it is, and they were all Black!”
Quotes found on the TAKE BACK BOYSTOWN Facebook page, courtesy of Huffington Post.