Friday, April 18, 2014

Iconic Hotel Faces Backlash From LGBT Community

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Conference cancels bookings at Brunei owned LA hotel over plans to stone gays to death

A conference of high worth donors to LGBTI causes has taken its business away from The Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to protest its owner’s, the Sultanate of Brunei, new policy of stoning homosexuals to death
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Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott Aimed At Alleged ‘State-Sponsored Homophobia’Gay rights activists on Wednesday called for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, citing the hotel owner’s ties to alleged “state-sponsored homophobia.”The group Dump The Beverly Hills Hotel released a video urging supporters to stop patronizing the landmark resort due to its ownership by the Sultan of Brunei, a country in Southeast Asia where homosexuality is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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Boycott the Beverly Hills Hotel

We demand that the Beverly Hills Hotel and its ownership take a stand against homophobia. The hotel is owned by the Nation of Brunei, where it is illegal to be gay. Furthermore, Brunei has used its influential position within ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to impede the recognition of equal rights in the ASEAN member nations. We will not eat, sleep or meet at the Beverly Hills Hotel until Brunei ends its homophobic policies.(MOVEON petition at the headline link)

Activist Cleve Jones posted to his Facebook a message alerting his friends and followers to the connection between the Dorchester Collection hotels and the Sultan of Brunei. Among those who chimed in, former Stephen F. Kolzak award-winner Bruce Vilanch posted:
The Dorchester, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Plaza Athénée, Hotel Meurice, Principe di Savoia, Hotel Bel-Air, Coworth Park, 45 Park Lane, Le Richemond and Hotel Eden. -- all owned and opeated by the Dorchester collection, an arm of the government of brunei. lots of nice places to boycott starting now!”
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Activist Cleve Jones posted to his Facebook a message alerting his friends and followers to the connection between the Dorchester Collection hotels and the Sultan of Brunei. Among those who chimed in, former Stephen F. Kolzak award-winner Bruce Vilanch posted:
The Dorchester, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Plaza Athénée, Hotel Meurice, Principe di Savoia, Hotel Bel-Air, Coworth Park, 45 Park Lane, Le Richemond and Hotel Eden. -- all owned and opeated by the Dorchester collection, an arm of the government of brunei. lots of nice places to boycott starting now!”
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South Carolina Mayor Under Fire For Firing Lesbian Police Chief

South Carolina town mayor fires lesbian police chief for being gay

The newly elected mayor of Latta, South Carolina, has fired his town’s well-liked lesbian chief of police for investigating one of his political appointees and for being gay

Newly elected Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard sacked his town’s openly lesbian police chief on Tuesday after she investigated a new Parks and Recreation director he had appointed.
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‘I would much rather have, and I will say this to anybody's face, somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children,’ Bullard said in the tape recording obtained by WBTW News 13.
‘Because that ain't the damn way it's supposed to be. You know, you got people out there - I'm telling you buddy - I don't agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don't say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around.
‘I'm not going to let two women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I'm not going to see them do it with two men neither. I'm not going to do it. Because that ain't the way the world works.
‘Now, all these people showering down and saying “Oh it's a different lifestyle they can have it.” Ok, fine and dandy, but I don't have to look at it and I don't want my child around it.’
One of the criticisms of Seller’s appointment was that it was a position that involved contact with children at times.
Councilwoman Lutherine Williams said that Bullard had told her he intended to sack Moore, a 23 year veteran with the town’s police force and its first female chief of police, before he had even been sworn into office.
‘Before he was sworn in office he said … Crystal would not have a job,’ Williams said.
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Dozens protest Latta Police Chief's firing at town council meeting

 Former Police Chief Crystal Moore said she has been with the Latta Police since 1989. She said she has never been written up, and that she was shocked to see seven write-ups in one day. She says she did not want to sign off on the write-ups until she spoke with an attorney. That's when Mayor Bullard fired her, and she said she feels that it has something to do with her sexual orientation. 

 Moore says, she does believe the mayor had a vendetta against her and fired her because she is gay.

"I can't believe that we still have no equal rights. That's the biggest issue. I've been harassed, intimidated. This is the first time it's been this public. I'd tried living a quiet decent life and do what I'm supposed to," Moore said.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More on the Bryan Singer Lawsuit

BUZZFEED: At least three other lawsuits will be filed next week, Herman said.
“Obviously, theres other alleged perpetrators,” he said. “They will be named. The ones who committed abuses in Hawaii will be named next week in lawsuits.”
According to the lawsuit, Egan was forced to consume alcohol and drugs and engage in sexual acts, which he “never freely, voluntarily, and knowingly consented to” at the parties, including one incident when Collins-Rector, a registered sex offender in Florida, allegedly put a gun up to Egan’s head when he refused to participate in sexual activity and threatened to pull the trigger. Egan was then locked in a gun safe in a bedroom, the suit states.
 Herman said the timing of the lawsuit had nothing to do with the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be released May 23, but was due to the statute of limitations in Hawaii. The suit had to be filed by April 24, he said.
 The suit alleges the parties were “well-known and notorious among many men in the Hollywood entertainment industry” and involved drugs, alcohol, and sexual activity between teenage boys and adult men. Egan was told the adult males who attended these parties “controlled Hollywood and would destroy his hopes and dreams of an acting career if he did not keep them happy,” and if he ever disclosed what happened at the parties, he would be “destroyed,” the suit states. said he told his mother when he was 17, who went to authorities, after two other teenage boys who were at the house had taken him “under their wings.” He said his mother contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, and an FBI agent eventually got involved, but nothing was done.

The director’s representative has called the lawsuit “absurd and defamatory.”

ABC To Remove Bryan Singer’s Name From Ads For His New Show Amid Lawsuit

BuzzFeed has confirmed that ABC will re-cut currently airing commercials for its new drama, Black Box.

LA TIMES:Bryan Singer lawsuit: Attorney for plaintiff also handled 'Elmo' case

 In 2012, Herman was the lawyer behind a similar lawsuit filed against former “Elmo” puppeteer Kevin Clash. In that case, Herman’s clients claimed Clash sexually abused them when they were minors.

In the case of Clash, a federal judge in Manhattan dismissed three sexual abuse lawsuits brought against him. The judge said that the men had exceeded a six-year statute of limitations in filing their complaints.
Herman is hoping this won't be an issue in Hawaii, where he said "a window was created about two years ago which allowed cases that would otherwise be too late to file because of statute of limitations."

Equality NC to File Amicus Brief in Marriage Equality Lawsuit Championing Military Families

Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization will file an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Bostic v. Schaefer. Bostic is a case which could decide the issue of marriage equality in several Southern states, including North Carolina.

The full brief will be available on Friday, April 18.
“Our gay and lesbian service members put their lives on the line everyday for North Carolina, and it’s shameful that they and their families are treated as second-class by our present state of inequality,” said Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC. "As these brave men and women courageously perform their duties with dignity and honor, at Equality NC we think its our duty to stand up for the freedom to marry for those who fight for the freedom for all."

Karma Slaps Prop 8 Defense Lawyer

Lawyer who defended Proposition 8 at Supreme Court says his views on gay marriage evolving

WASHINGTON - The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.
Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.
The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court last year. It is also offers a glimpse, through the eyes of one family, of the country's rapidly shifting opinions of gay marriage, with most public polls now showing majorities in favor of allowing the unions.
Cooper learned that his stepdaughter Ashley was gay as the Proposition 8 case wound its way through appellate court, according to a forthcoming book about the lengthy legal battle. And with the Supreme Court ruling now behind him, Cooper cast his personal opinion on gay marriage as an evolving process.
"My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people's do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it ten years ago," Cooper said in journalist Jo Becker's book "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality."


James Franco Calls Gay Critic Of NYT a "Little Bitch"
“Though he sports a Yosemite Sam accent, Mr. Franco is often understated to the point of near invisibility. It's a tight, internal performance begging for a camera's close-up.”

Gay Director Producer Bryan Singer Sued By Aspiring Actor For Rape When A Minor

Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii Federal Court alleges that Singer raped the boy, used other force and forced him to inhale cocaine. Singer's lawyer calls the suit "absurd and defamatory."  The plaintiff is Michael F. Egan III, a Nevada resident who grew up in the Midwest and moved to Los Angeles with his family as a teen to further his acting career. Egan, who is 31 today and describes himself as heterosexual, filed the suit without a pseudonym and his name appears in a press release issued by his counsel. He alleges that Singer and others threatened to make or break his Hollywood aspirations depending on whether he kept them happy.

"Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children,” said Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, who handles sexual abuse cases across the country. “This is the first of many cases I will be filing to give these victims a voice and to expose the issue.”

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer accused of sexually abusing 15-year-old boy at California mansion

Bryan Singer, whose first hit as a director was 1995’s 'The Usual Suspects,' allegedly met accuser Michael Egan III, then 15, in 1998 at a mansion in Encino, Calif., that was the site of regular drug-fueled underage sex romps.Herman identified the accuser as Michael Egan III. Egan, who is now in his 30s and will appear at a Thursday news conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in L.A., was forcibly sodomized by the director when he was 15 in the late-1990s, according to the suit. Singer had promised Egan a role in one of his movies and had numerous sexual encounters with the boy when he was 15 and 16, Herman told The News. Singer also allegedly brought Egan to Hawaii for multiple extended trips when he was 17.

Bryan Singer denies the allegations (Photo: Twitter) Herman, who represented five young men who claimed they were sexually abused by Kevin Clash, the puppeteer for beloved Sesame Street muppet Elmo, said the Singer suit shows that Hollywood has a problem of sexual exploitation of minors.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Russia Wants To Fingerprint HIV+ People

New Russian Law Would Require Mandatory Fingerprinting For People With HIV

Citizens and visitors alike would be fingerprinted and anyone refusing could be deported and banned from visiting for 15 years.
A new bill going through Russia's version of Congress will require mandatory fingerprinting for all people with HIV, according to reports on, and would create a national database of anyone with the virus.
State Duma deputy Roman Khudyakov of the Liberal Democratic party told reporters that the database would include people with "dangerous contagious diseases" and the rule would apply to both Russian citizens and foreigners visitors. According to RT, "several federal ministries and agencies, including the Federal Migration Service, Interior Ministry, Emergencies Ministry and Prosecutor General’s Office have already approved the draft."
Khudyakov told reporters that the new law is needed because some HIV-positive people "change their names and disappear from the state system… [but] fingerprinting would make it impossible." He insisted that the universal fingerprinting would some how make it easier to fight crime.
According to RT, the bill is part of a larger universal fingerprinting bill that would require every Russian resident to register and undergo fingerprinting or face fines of about $1,400 (for citizens) or deportation and a 15-year travel ban (for those who are not citizens).

The pink triangle was one of the Nazi concentration camp badges, used to identify male prisoners who were sent there because of their homosexuality. Every prisoner had to wear a downward-pointing triangle on his or her jacket, the color of which was to categorize him or her by "kind". Other colors identified Jews (two triangles superimposed as a yellow star), political prisoners, Jehovah's Witnesses, "anti-social" prisoners, and others the Nazis deemed undesirable. Pink and yellow triangles could be combined if a prisoner was deemed to be gay and Jewish

Santorum Has Competition - Glenn Beck To Produce Movies

Glenn Beck's New Job: Movie Producer

Glenn Beck is putting his faith in Hollywood – literally. The conservative radio host has been refurbishing the Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as the setting for at least one "faith-based" movie, as part of his new venture into film producing. 
An obvious acquisition for Beck was purchasing back the rights to his own book The Christmas Sweater from Sony. The 300-page Christmas parable, which came out in 2010, tells the story of a 12-year-old named Eddie who gets a sweater for Christmas instead of the bicycle he wanted.
The book, a Number One bestseller, is based on the true story of Beck's last Christmas with his mother and how it led to his drug addiction that lasted into the early Nineties.
"I hate politics. I hate politicians and I feel like I'm wasting my life...Hollywood is missing this moment to reconnect with the American people because they don't speak the language," he said. "Some of it is out of spite – they might not like people of faith."

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