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« on: July 21, 2018, 07:03:14 PM »
Test cake

Legalizing same-sex marriage improved health for gay men: Study finds huge increase in the rate of doctor checkups thanks to more getting insurance coverage

By Mary Kekatos For Published: 07:39 AEST, 13 July 2018
Gay men had an easier time gaining access to health care in states where same-sex marriage is legal

They were six percent more likely to have a regular healthcare provider and 12 percent more likely to report receiving a check-up in the past year
However, mental health did not improve nor did certain health behaviors, such as heavy drinking and cigarette smoking
Researchers say there may not be enough time to see improvements in mental health due to same-sex being legalized nationwide in 2015

Legalizing same-sex marriage improved the health of gay men, a new study has found.

Researchers say that in states where same-sex marriage was legal, both prior to and following the landmark Supreme Court decision in 2015, gay men had an easier time gaining access to health care, which has been linked to better health outcomes.

Past research has shown that heterosexual marriages result in lower rates of depression, longer life-spans and better health care access, and a handful of studies conducted in individual states have shown an improvement in health care quality for gay couples.

But this study, conducted by Vanderbilt University, is the first to show marriage equality in all 50 states improved health care access for men in same-sex relationships.

Legalizing same-sex marriage has improved healthcare access for gay men, a new study from Vanderbilt University has shown

For the study, the team looked at data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a health survey that collects data on risk behaviors of US residents.

The researchers chose a period between 2000 and 2016, although same-sex marriage was not legal in any US state until Massachusetts legalized it in 2004.

Because the CDC survey did not ask participants about their sexual orientation, the team had to conclude from the responses how many households with two same-sex adults were in relationships.

They calculated that about 28 percent of men and 11 percent of women were living in same-sex households as a couple.

Next, they studied health insurance rates and how often medical care was received among this subset.

The researchers estimated that when living in a state where same-sex marriage was legal, gay men were six percent more likely to report having a regular health care provider and 12 percent more likely to report receiving a check-up in the past year.

What surprised the team was that, although health insurance coverage and health care access improved for gay men, there were no improvements seen in health effects.

For example, mental health did not improve nor did behaviors such as heavy drinking or cigarette smoking.

'What was most surprising to me, I would have expected health behaviors to improve as access to healthcare for men of same sex households improved,' lead author Dr Christopher Carpenter, a professor of economics at Vanderbilt University, told Daily Mail Online.

'It could be that there's not enough time to see these improvements in mental health since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in 2015.

'It could also be that right after same sex-marriage was legalized, there was a lot of backlash which had bad effects on health.'

Additionally, there was not a significant impact seen for healthcare access to women when it came to marriage equality. Dr Carpenter said this could be due to shortcomings in the data.

'It's a bit more challenging to identify women in same-sex marriages,' he said.

'Women live together with other women for lots and lots of reason, not necessarily romantic, but so much in terms of men.'

He also added that women in same-sex partnerships were more likely to have children, often from a previous relationship, which might give them a motivation to seek legal marriage in another state.

'It's not just for social legitimacy but also  adoption rights, healthcare visitation,' said Dr Carpenter. 

He added that the women who might move to another state wouldn't be counted as having first lived elsewhere, making it harder to follow their health outcomes.

'If you live in Connecticut when same-sex marriage wasn't legal, but then you go to Massachusetts where it is, and then back to Connecticut, you're not accurately being measures in health outcomes for same-sex couples in Connecticut,' Dr Carpenter explained. 

Editor's Note.
To all the people who told me I was stupid and should shut up and go away when I said this outcome would during the election: "I TOLD YOU SO"

Op-Ed: 10 Worst Offenses of AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Michael Weinstein
June 24 2015 12:28 PM EDT
Five HIV activists — Peter Staley, Mark S. King, Eric Paul Leue, Mathew Rodriguez, and Tyler Curry — put AHF to task what they see as the group's failures.
By Contributor

You would think that the largest global HIV and AIDS service organization with the biggest budget a non-profit could ask for would be interested in removing the stigma of HIV and working in unison with people living with the virus. But even a passing glance at AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s record of offenses against the community it claims to serve says otherwise. It is unfair to color the efforts of the people of AHF as categorically corrupt. The massive organization is staffed with thousands of wonderful, passionate, and well-meaning people who are unfairly criticized and whose work is slighted. There are fantastic doctors and wonderful programs that do a great deal of good under the AHF brand, but this does little to remove the stains created by the poor leadership and direction of one man: Michael Weinstein.

In the past 15 years, Weinstein has racked up quite the record of wrongdoings against the collective effort to reduce HIV transmission and stigma. Well known HIV activists Peter Staley, Mark S. King, Eric Paul Leue, Mathew Rodriguez, and Tyler Curry assembled a list of the top 10 worst offenses of AHF by way of Weinstein.

1. Anti-Union Practices

In 2013, when AHF medical doctors were overworked in understaffed clinics, they felt that the quality of patient care was being ignored and wanted to unionize under the National Union of Healthcare Workers. Medical staff told the Los Angeles Times that decisions were driven by concerns for profit, not patient care, but AHF said that they considered doctors "management," and Weinstein said any efforts to unionize that included doctors were "tainted.

 If AHF or Weinstein did deny its doctors the right to unionize, AHF squarely falls not only against its own medical staff, but implies that it does not want its clients to have the highest standard of care – deliberately shunting the health of HIV-positive people onto the backburner. — Mathew Rodriguez, HIV activist and community editor of

2. Paid Editorials Campaigning Against PrEP

I guess its good to be king, because no matter how skewed your opinion may be, your dollar will always get your words published. On June 16, 2015, Weinstein paid to distribute his most recent editorial ad campaign, “The War on Prevention.” Although AHF's stance has changed significantly since the days where the organization called the pill a “party drug,” Weinstein still trumpets the use of condoms over PrEP as the only effective large-scale measure of preventing HIV transmission.

“AIDS Healthcare Foundation is not against PrEP,” Weinstein writes. “Truvada can absolutely be the right decision for specific patients who, in consultation with their doctors, decide this is the best choice. However, the entire body of scientific data demonstrates that Truvada will not be successful as a mass public health intervention. Yet, this is exactly what PrEP advocates, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommend.”

 To clarify, the CDC is not in the business of PrEP advocacy, but rather scientific research. There are no specific scientific claims that Weinstien tries to disprove in the “advertorial.” But he does give plenty of unsubstantiated statements himself, such as, “Mass PrEP administration is a dangerous experiment that is not supported by medical science and is currently resisted by doctors and patients alike.”

Sounds scary, huh? It is also bullshit. Yet, this advertisement ran in LGBT newspapers and magazines in eight markets nationwide (Chicago, South Florida, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Seattle, Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles). — Tyler Curry, HIV activist and senior editor of HIV Equal Online

3. Anti-Science AIDS Activism

AIDS treatment activism has a beautiful legacy, built by groups like Project Inform, ACT UP New York, Treatment Action Group (TAG), and South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Collectively, we’ve helped change the course of AIDS, and saved millions of lives. One of our central tenants is that science should drive our advocacy. Science has been our compass, and our source of credibility and power to do the most good for the most people. Science has kept us from letting the personal dogma of any single activist steer the movement in a harmful direction.

Michael Weinstein has been spitting on this legacy for almost 15 years, long before he launched his PrEP denialism campaign. He has been spitting on the graves of lost heroes, like Martin Delaney, Project Inform’s founder, who warned me years ago that Weinstein was “dangerous” and “self-serving.” He has been spitting on the graves of Spencer Cox, and Carlton Hogan, who were instrumental in pushing us towards a science-driven path. Some of us should be forgiven for feeling protective of the legacy of AIDS activism built by these fallen comrades, and for our anger at those who arrogantly rebuke it. — Peter Staley, HIV activist and founder of Treatment Action Group (TAG)

4. Stigma-Fueled, Anti-PrEP Messaging

In April 2014, Weinstein called Truvada for PrEP a "party drug," that would give gay and bisexual men a license to have unprotected sex, which would lead to a "public health disaster." Weinstein's "party drug" comment is disrespectful to anyone who has ever had sex — or plans to. Firstly, calling any HIV medication a "party drug" is disrespectful to HIV-positive people who take the drug in order to suppress the virus and live fully realized lives.

The sex-negative comment, borne of internalized homophobia, shames people of all sexualities who derive meaning from sexual activities — whether natural or with a condom — and is an ultra-conservative attack on (generally gay) people's identities as sexual beings. His comment is also completely gender-blind and ignores women, straight and queer, who enjoy condomless sex on PrEP or use PrEP in order to have a child — you know, a real party. — Mathew Rodriguez, community editor of

5. Overbilling of Federal Funds in Los Angeles County

A California Judge ruled in April 2015 that, "AIDS Healthcare Foundation must face claims by Los Angeles County officials that it overbilled the county $5.2 million for patient treatment."  It is alleged that, similar to the overbilling claims in Florida, AHF has been defrauding federal-funding sources for people affected by HIV in L.A. County for about eight years. In addition to the $5.2 million, which was discovered in audits, the county has had to spend over $1.8 million to defend itself against lawsuits involving AHF. Considering the scarcity of public health funds, a loss of $7 million is a serious threat to much needed services for people affected by HIV in the county.

Ensuing the overbilling charges against AHF in L.A. County, now retired Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said of Weinstein: "He's used his nonprofit organization in a crass and bullying political way to get his way, which is to avoid being held accountable."

Afterwards, an internal email authored by Weinstein was discovered that read, “We need to go after Zev [Yaroslavsky] directly and hard. He is the real power behind our problems with the county on porn, the audit and fee-for service. Plus, he is a lame duck and an arrogant jerk. His Berman-Waxman power base is dead and he and others need to be taught a lesson." —  Eric Paul Leue, HIV activist and director of sexual health and education at

6. Fear-Based Safe-Sex Campaigns That Further HIV Stigma

A recent series of AHF advertisements depicted two people or various races and gender in bed, presumably post-coitus, with the caption “Trust him?”

This stigmatic view of sex and trust is both reductive in personal responsibility and stigmatizing towards HIV-positive people. It suggests that people living with the disease are akin to criminals who lie in order to have sex, or even intentionally spread the virus. Sure, the people behind the AHF campaign may argue differently. However, it is hard to ignore the criminal theme of the advertisements that, by default, further marginalize people living with HIV and keeps fear in the forefront of safer sex messaging. As one Facebook user stated, "This does not say 'fear HIV.' It says, 'fear people living with HIV.'” — Tyler Curry, HIV activist and senior editor of HIV Equal Online

7. Intimidating Other Organiztions, People, and Practices Who Get In Their Way

The famously litigious agency has sued (or threatened to sue) many individuals and organizations in their path over the years, including counties, cities, departments of health, and even smaller agencies with whom AHF had territorial disputes. AHF even withdrew funding from a Louisiana advocacy event when they learned a plaintiff in their whistleblower lawsuit was involved in its planning. After this was revealed, they reinstated the funding without apology — and promptly counter-sued the whistleblowers. AHF’s latest strategy is to simply gobble up the competition, as in the recent announcement they have acquired the largest community-based agency in the south, AID Atlanta. — Mark S. King, HIV activist and writer at

8. Financial Leveraging Against Smaller Organizations

In a 2014 lawsuit against L.A. County, AHF’s attorney, Samantha Azulay, argued for the invalidation of county funding contracts with smaller HIV and AIDS organizations with the words: “…You know, there might be some impact on these contracts, but maybe you've got to cut up a couple trees to save the forest.”

Reach LA, a youth organization with specific focus on HIV-affected African-American, Latino, and transgender youth, was among the "couple of trees" and it lost $100,000 funding.

In a 2013 dispute, AHF refused to pay rent for a space it had occupied since 2003 from Maitri, an AIDS hospice in San Francisco. The dispute arose when AHF refused to pay fair market rent for the property after opting for the renewal of the rent contract. Maitri has an operating budget of about $2 million, while Weinstein claims that AHF has a budget of $1 billion. The rent refusal caused Maitri an approximate loss of more than $300,000. AHF only had to pay $60,000. —  Eric Paul Leue, HIV activist and director of sexual health and education at

9. Forcing Condoms in Porn

In the last two years, AHF has led a costly media campaign to push forward legislation that would enforce condom use in adult film productions. But what may sounded like a good idea can actually be a dangerous limitation of access to other and possibly more adequate prevention options — and it threatens performers with serious infringements on medical and personal privacy. For the past five years, many public health officials have repeatedly argued that this was a waste of money, as the adult film industry, with zero on-set HIV infections over the past ten years, is not where the epidemic demands our attention.

In a recent hearing in front of the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board, 19 organizations, numerous performers, and unaffiliated medical professionals all opposed AHFs proposal, which Weinstein is now trying to push through in form of a state-ballot initiative. Many are appalled by AHFs proposal to ignore highly efficacious and proven prevention options such as PrEP and specific industry-developed testing protocols, all-the-while removing performer’s rights for personal choice to access and control. — Eric Paul Leue, HIV activist and director of sexual health and education at

10. An Alleged Pattern of Criminal Conspiracy

A stunning whistle-blower lawsuit made public this year against AHF charges the agency with ten counts of defrauding the government, conspiracy, and a “multi-State kickback scheme” to maintain service quotas and keep the government-funded gravy train rolling. The suit, brought by three former senior staff members of the agency, includes internal documents that outline payments to both staff members and clients in an attempt to direct people who test positive into care at an AHF clinic — without properly offering them choices to seek care elsewhere. This strategy, known as “captive care,” then allegedly allows AHF to bill freely for client services obtained illegally, according to the lawsuit. — Mark S. King, #HIV activist and writer at

Marital rows with a spouse are more damaging to men than women, with husbands being more prone to headaches and have trouble sleeping

By Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail 17 July 2018

Researchers from the universities of Nevada and Michigan did 16-year study Asked married couples if they disagreed over certain things, and their health Women seemingly suffered no effect on health from disagreeing with partner

Arguing with your spouse can be pretty bruising for both husband and wife.

But it seems that in terms of the effect on their health, it’s men who suffer more.

A 16-year study by US researchers has found that if there is conflict in a marriage, husbands struggle more with headaches, have more trouble sleeping and are in poorer health generally.

Arguments about children, money and in-laws may raise stress hormones, which could cause problems down the line.

Lead author Rosie Shrout, from the University of Nevada, said: ‘A sense of belonging, feelings of trust, and feeling like your partner understands you are so important in relationships.

‘When people disagree, and a partner is hostile, negative and withdraws from a relationship, other studies show this causes stress which can affect the immune system and be harmful for cardiovascular health.’

The researchers, from the universities of Nevada and Michigan, questioned 373 married couples in years one, three, seven and 16 of their marriage.
New worry for heart patients

Nine in ten people living with coronary heart disease are also struggling with other health conditions, say experts.

It means two million heart patients in Britain are coping with several conditions – placing a huge burden on the NHS.

The British Heart Foundation, which compiled the figures, warned that doctors too often focus on treating one health complaint at a time. The analysis found that 90 per cent of the UK’s 2.3million coronary heart disease (CHD) patients – those who have had a heart attack or suffer from angina – have at least one other long-term illness including high blood pressure, diabetes and dementia.

And 57 per cent of these patients have at least three other long-term conditions.

Men and women were asked if in the past year they had disagreed over one of six conflict areas: money, children, religion, their relationship with the in-laws, how they got on with their own families and how they spent their leisure time.

Then they were asked about their health, including if their health interfered with their work, if they were healthy enough to do the things they wanted to do, if they were having trouble sleeping, if they sometimes felt nervous and fidgety, and whether they were troubled by headaches.

Health was scored out of five, with a higher score being healthier. Low-conflict couples reported an average score of 4.07 at the start of marriage, but high-conflict couples were unhealthier from the outset, with an average score of 3.86. The difference in health between high and low-conflict couples 16 years into a marriage was not statistically significant.

However, the results were entirely driven by men, with women seemingly suffering no effect on health from disagreeing with their partner.

Husbands who disagreed about several topics reported poorer health compared with those who disagreed about fewer topics, particularly early in a marriage, according to results presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Relationship Research in Colorado.

Although disagreeing less had health benefits early in marriage, this effect eventually wore off.

Marital rows with a spouse are more damaging to men than women, with husbands being more prone to headaches and have trouble sleeping

Sex and Gender Theory Information / Fake Misgendering Claims
« on: July 18, 2018, 12:19:08 AM »
Fake Misgendering Claims

One of the strategies disseminated by Radical Feminism is an instruction manual on Fake Claims. This, described as the fastest growing industry in the US, comes in the forms of false rape claims or false Domestic Assault claims made to increase financial leverage and permanently damage men's lives.

Before I forget, in case I am not clear I am not a feminist. I do not believe that feminism is about achieving equality - I think there is a dangerous, toxic agenda with Feminists serving themselves in their constructed War Against Men and heaven help anyone who gets in the way of their proposed autocratic commie-fascist matriarchy, but that's another story.

The problem with all Cultural Marxism movements, of which #Feminism is part of, is that they generate these handbooks of hidden agendas which get circulated throughout the Activist World. The problem is that these amount to being "How to Guides for Mean Girls & Boys" made up of a selection of Machiavellian tips such as lying, cheating, stealing of ideas and other forms of violence, to successfully at impose their agenda on their constituencies.

In the LGBT Community the first rule of Commie-Fascism to be adopted by Leaders was: Brainwash the Sheep into believing that those in charge are Sacred Cows that must not be questioned, ever. If you think I am wrong on this try politely disagreeing with any of the selfish or short sighted decisions that come out of Leadership Forums and experience the mountain of confected excrement that falls on your head, for yourself.

The sad thing is that the mere proclamation of "I am a Lesbian or Gay" is enough to push any scandal under the carpet and a chorus of Don't question him Eddy is sung. See how well it worked for creeps like Kevin Spacey. This works so that no matter how useless, ineffective or corrupt a LGBT person in Power might be, they're immunit from even the lightest fact based criticism, even when they are lying, means we are stuck with putting up with "whatever fakery and flim flam" [they] decide to dish up, until they decide to shuffle off to greener pastures or to a foreign old person's home.

This culture combined with the lack of any credible "Community Protective" LGBT Media, is so widespread that some NGO and Community Groups are able to act out full on scandals right in the full view of guests and or the "Hats, Handbags & Gloves" fashmags, and based on "What goes on in Rome stays in Rome" never a whiff of scandal gets reported to the public or funders! As a result substandard anti-community events get run and locals going to memorial services have to hear the names of every Brazilian drug dealing trans person killed over a drug deal gone wrong get read out, while local suicides are erased from the public record: as if they never existed.

In the Gender Diverse Community the most obvious form of abuse from the Commie-Fascist How to Manifesto is the Fake Claims of Misgendering. The Identity Politics "Scale of Victimhood" conflates nicely with the Rule of the Sacred Cow and the #MeToo exercise in control, to mean that ALL claims of misgendering, even fake ones, must be believed and someone MUST be punished, even if the conscripted bullies know the claims are untrue, the lie must stand, without question.

In toxic communities, fake misgendering claims are made to deflect attention away from dastardly deeds. For example, when someone is caught red handed running around events with a clipboard committing serious breaches of confidentiality, a fake misgendering claim may be pulled like a rabbit out of a hat, to deflect all responsibility for said dastardly deed.

In business, a fake misgendering claim is often made by individuals with an interest in not paying a bill. In small communities, peer pressure to settle debts has often been a way for small businesses to ensure monies owed are paid on time. In modernity, thanks to declining moral values, serial non-payers are a dime a dozen, thanks in part to the ability for them to say "well they misgendered me and hurt my feelings so I don't have to pay the bill".

Sadly, Volunteering to Work for Free to promote transgender issues does not equate to generating respect from LGBT Leaders, especially if one does not toe a party line or fail to agree to onerous or humiliating work conditions. For example, one of the reasons why this writer chose to "retire" from taking free photographs at LGBT events stemmed from an incident relating to an event where the "organisers" used a range of bullying tactics starting with passive aggressive emotional blackmail, (i.e. if you give us you camera card at the end of the event then we'll be your friends!) extending to "shouting", "yelling" and "screaming" when I refused to allow my integrity as an artist to be censored. (i.e. prevented from being shown) 

As a matter of course, the easiest way to prevent any discussion of the real and present prevalence of bullying in the transgender social media groups and to appear to win the "argument" was to race around telling people He called me a Man! Bingo, like Legs Eleven Lips were sealed and the cloak of martyrdom was taken by the perpetrators and the real victim of the horror show, excluded and unsupported.

The fact that leaders and members of groups failed to even question the false narrative shows the extent to which bullying and "Thou shalt not question the Sacred Cows" permeates the LGBT Community.

The "Sacred Cow Derangement Syndrome" means that most often in the Gender Diverse and LGBT Community these lies are never questioned, thus normalising the punishment of victims. This culture is so entrenched that what we see in Domestic Violence Statistics are that in up to One Third of cases the Victim is arrested and jailed and perpetrators can be celebrated as the ultimate anti-heroes.

Fake Misgendering is an over used tool used in social and turf "wars" that functions remarkably like a dog pissing on a tree. The lack of an ability or capacity to conduct civil discourse with intelligence and respect can be the catalyst for a false claim. The motivation for verbal violence may be as simple as someone wanting to win a tacky bitch fight on social media.

The problem is that #WeKnow from the #MeToo guide, that you don't need evidence to convict in the court of social opinion, and with no perjury laws, well connected and/or moneyed parasites are easily able to recruit and direct petty minded sheep to lie in what functionally are community wide bullying campaigns.

In my experience, you just need some low hanging fruit loop with a business card, showing employment in the Gender Industry's Gravy Train, even someone you have never had a consultation with, to whisper loudly "X is not really trans" and Cest Voila, you'll never hear the Community using anything but misgendered pronouns and incorrect name. Such is the level and nature of the current "State Sanctioned" abuse that is able to be meted out but NGO and Community Groups.

In small town [toxic] settings like Perth, I can attest that once a self appointed expert [aka a drip under pressure] has pontificated a la the Pope, even sending a formal "My Name Is and my preferred pronouns are" memo to everyone will not result in stopping concerted misgendering campaigns.

Thus Fake and Deliberate Misgenderings are a real thing. As someone who doesn't care about sucking up to strangers, I think, It is clear that unSocial media data collection sites like Facebook etc have only succeeded in dumbing down and brainwashing the LGBT Community into uncivil in-coherency.

The only things that are achieved by cover ups and allowing lies and fake misgendering claims to stand as truth, are the undermining of ALL campaigns for equality of gender diverse people. Worse the trolls might as well go and volunteer to load the cannons and machine guns of the real enemies. Is it any wonder that anxiety, suicide and depression remain huge problems for LGBT people?

Mary-Jane Singleton
Operations Director
Tranz4mations AU

Twenty hallmarks of fake trans personae

Part of my series on Transgender web safety and fake internet transsexuals.

After you've read my overview on trans hoaxes, here are twenty key elements of online trans hoaxes, usually perpetrated by wannabes.

1. Transwomen
Fakes are almost never trans guys. The fake character created is almost always a trans woman.

2. “Transkids”
Fakes almost always claim to be college age or younger, typically between 14 and 19. In some cases, they claim they are older now but transitioned at that age. See the section on the hoax for details.

3. Passable
Fakes almost always claim to be 100% passable.

4. Intersex
Fakes often claim to have intersex traits.

5. “Post-op”
Fakes frequently claim surgical intervention as minors.

6. Not known in person
Our community is pretty tight-knit, so at some point, we are all connected through someone with an established identity who uses their real name. The key goal of a hoaxer is to gain the confidence of a credible and well-known person. For this reason, anyone who is out and who uses their real name needs to be extra careful about vouching for or giving a platform to anonymous or pseudonymous people. They look for the weakest link, the easiest target. Fakers seek to establish their credibility at the expense of your credibility.

7. Disability
Fakes frequently claim to be disabled: either a developmental disability (like autism), a psychiatric disability (like post-traumatic stress disorder) or a physical disability (like legal blindness). They might also claim to be disabled in order to receive welfare. These alleged disabilities are frequently self-diagnosed and often not visible/verifiable. They often claim they are unable to work but are nonetheless able to spend most of their waking lives online. See my essay on disability for more.

8. Online constantly
Fakes frequently live much of their lives online, spending extraordinary time on transgender forums or in other role-playing situations like Second Life, World of Warcraft, etc.

9. LiveJournal and other online interests
For reasons that are not clear, LiveJournal is the service of choice for attention-craving fakes, followed closely by DeviantArt. Other key hallmarks include an interest in Japanese animation, involvement in the furry community, posting on the chans, and posting on transgender fiction websites.

10. Posting on sites primarily for older transitioners
Older transitioners and crossdressers are especially vulnerable to being taken in by fakes, because the fake often represents something they idealize/fantasize about, too. They end up living vicariously through each other in a feedback cycle of codependent validation.

11. Seeking out vulnerable people
Fakes often seek out vulnerable people and try to draw them into their confidence. They want to hear details about the vulnerable person’s life. Sometimes these details are then incorporated into their own hoax to lend credibility. They are especially interested in communicating with people who are in crisis, because it makes the hoaxer feel loved and valued. It also mitigates the response when they are caught. The people who were betrayed have invested their trust and emotion in the hoax, so they want to believe the story even as it unravels. After it unravels, they often blame themselves instead of the hoaxer.

12. Family
Fakes often claim a remarkable family history. This can be extreme tragedy (runaway, homelessness, abuse, etc.), or extreme good fortune (wealth, prestige, influence, etc.).

13. Remarkable accomplishments
Fakes frequently claim they are very talented at something (won a competition, attend an exclusive school, work as a model, hold a state/national record).

14. Sexual/erotic elements
There is often an erotic/sexualized component: obvious ones like stories of sexual abuse from a relative or sexual assault, and less obvious ones like a wedding, loss of virginity, or new/first boyfriend. Sometimes it doesn't seem erotic to most people, like cheerleading or a slumber party, but has an erotic element in how it is reported. Some hoaxers claim to be sex workers or porn stars, or they exaggerate their involvement in these occupations. Overfocus on a specific aspect, like clothes, anatomical development, or detailed accounts of a sexual experience are common.

15. Photos
Fakes take one of two paths with photos. The first path is to steal or manipulate photos. Some steal from either non-trans models or real trans porn stars, preferring glamorous or sexualized images. In some cases they add their own faces to a model's body. These stealers are the easiest ones to catch. Others steal images (trans and non-trans) that look plain or girl-next-door in order to be more believable and harder to catch. The other path is to avoid photos altogether, because there’s a high risk of getting caught when using photos.

16. Escalating drama
In order to maintain the level of attention they crave, fakes frequently escalate the tragedy or problems in their lives past the point of credulity. This tends to happen over time, with the story starting off fairly plausible and getting less and less credible. However, those who make an emotional investment in the hoaxer early on are willing to believe the story as it gets more and more elaborate, even if it goes far beyond what most people would consider believable. A classic example is the “” hoax which escalated far past the point of believability, but is still repeated as true by a few lazy/gullible academics.

17. Inconsistencies
As the hoax gets more elaborate, inconsistencies will appear: age, location, year in school, medical history, names of friends and relatives, details in stories, stolen photos which show a different person. When confronted, they often resort to the two options below.

18. Sockpuppets
Fakes often have defenders appear out of nowhere for the first time when inconsistencies come out. The defenders are often friends or family who vouch for the faker, claim to know the faker in person, and provide additional details. Sometimes the fake will get in a conversation or even an argument with the sockpuppet to make it seem like a different person.

19. Persecution/need for secrecy and privacy
If they continue to be challenged about inconsistencies, fakes often move past sockpuppets. They will claim they can’t confirm details of their story because they are being stalked, are under police protection, are not out at work/school, work for the government, or are in fear for their lives. A key to perpetuating the hoax is avoiding any details that can be independently confirmed, so they will prey on your respect for their privacy.

20. Death
The final stage in the hoax is usually the murder or suicide of the fake persona. Sometimes the person dies of a disease, usually suddenly. Sometimes this is preceded by the death of a friend or relative, to test the waters. The "death" can be triggered by being on the verge of being caught or by a need for the highest amount of attention possible. The death of the hoax persona is the ultimate fantasy for many fakers, because the outpouring of attention and the eulogies are the most distilled form of the validation they seek.

How to avoid trans hoaxes

Part of my series on Transgender web safety and fake internet transsexuals.

Once you've read the overview on trans hoaxes and the 20 hallmarks of fake trans personae, here's how you can avoid falling victim to this kind of fraud.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

Violent crimes and deaths require independent confirmation from the press or police, or from someone well-established in the community who has personal and direct knowledge of the matter. Do not rely on web postings. Do not rely on friends or relatives unless they are known to you personally, as in you have met them in person face-to-face.

Trust, but verify

Hoaxers seek your attention and your emotional response. It’s very easy to get caught up in the immediate emotions of a situation and not be able to step back and look at things objectively. They are counting on that emotional response from you. Don’t let that cloud your judgment.
An ounce of prevention is always best

If you run a forum or blog which has contributors or moderators, you have a responsibility to your readers and members to confirm the identities of all staffers and contributors. If people wish to contribute anonymously or pseudonymously, they should not be placed in a position of authority or trust unless it has been definitively proven that they are who they say they are, including their medical history. This is especially true when they are dealing with minors.

I recommend that you get copies of government-issued IDs from all contributors and try to meet them all in person. If that is not possible, have someone you know personally and trust completely meet them in person in their area. If you are doing work like suicide prevention or giving contributors or moderators access to personal information about your readers and members, those people should be even more carefully vetted.

These simple steps will protect you, your audience, and our community from those who would exploit and betray our trust and love. We need to have a zero tolerance policy on this kind of fraud, because someone who does this once will almost always do it again unless they are made to answer for their actions.

Trans community hoaxes: 20 clues and how to avoid getting scammed
Part of my series on Transgender web safety and fake internet transsexuals.

In June 2009, a “transkid” murder hoax perpetrated by “KuryousKyooty” aka "Rachel" aka “Roo” aka “Raychel Edeyn Wilson” was greatly exacerbated after being spread by a number of normally credible people who didn’t bother to confirm any basic facts independently:

    Laura Amato at Laura’s Playground
    Zoe Brain at A.E. Brain
    James/JayTee on YouTube
    Cindi Knox at Pam's House Blend
    Tobi Hill-Meyer at Bilerico
    Anonymous poster at SoCal Voice
    Vanessa Edwards Foster at Trans Political

Repeating these rumors without any independent verification is the height of irresponsibility for citizen journalists. These kinds of hoaxes do incredible damage to the community at large and to the credibility of the people who post them without any independent verification. These hoaxes and unconfirmed reports cheapen the real violence our community faces, and they make people less likely to take us seriously in the future.

I have been exposing fake “transkids” for about ten years, and this latest hoax had all the hallmarks of fakery. It is a classic case of something that has been happening on the internet for decades and has had an official name since 2000: Münchausen by Internet.

Some people seek attention by feigning illness or injury, happening either to themselves or to others. Unfortunately, what psychologists call “factitious disorders” and “malingering” are not uncommon among trans people. A lot of trans people take the sick role as a form of identity. Identifying as disordered or diseased is much more common among people who embrace professional and populist disease models like “gender identity disorder” or “Harry Benjamin Syndrome.” It’s part of a culture of victimhood that unfortunately lends itself to fakery and hoaxes.

If you have a forum or blog, you have a responsibility to the community to avoid spreading misinformation and lies. To help avoid these problems in the future, I have compiled twenty key hallmarks of fake trans narratives/personae.

The key points in the section:

    Hoaxers seek to establish their credibility at the expense of your credibility.

    Hoaxers avoid any details that can be independently confirmed.

    Hoaxers will prey on your respect for their privacy.

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

    Trust, but verify.

    An ounce of prevention is always best.

Domestic Violence [New] / FAKE RAPE HELL
« on: July 17, 2018, 05:32:54 PM »
FAKE RAPE HELL Transgender waiter avoids jail for fake rape claims against gay co-worker after becoming ‘infatuated’ with him
By Carl Stroud 27th March 2018, 12:26 pm

Lottie Harris, 23, who made life 'hell' for Ali Malik, now identifies as a man called Lucien

A TRANSGENDER waiter has been given a suspended sentence for falsely accusing a gay co-worker of rape.

Lottie Harris, 23, was living as a woman at the time, but has gender dysphoria and now identifies as a man called Lucien.

Waiter Harris made life 'hell' for victim Ali Malik after becoming 'infatuated' with him

Waiter Harris made life 'hell' for victim Ali Malik after becoming 'infatuated' with him

A court heard Harris made life "hell" for victim Ali Malik after becoming "infatuated" with him when they worked together at a restaurant.

Between September 18, 2016 and July 23 last year Harris made 23 fake allegations of rape and assaults against Malik who was arrested on two occasions.

Harris even claimed Malik shoved his penis inside the letterbox of his front door and threatened to slit his throat.

The former university student, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, admitted six counts of perverting the course of justice at Worcester Crown Court on Monday.
A court heard Harris was living as a woman at the time, but has gender dysphoria and now identifies as a man called Lucien
A court heard Harris was living as a woman at the time, but has gender dysphoria and now identifies as a man called Lucien

He was handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and pay Malik £2,500 compensation.

A judge also slapped him with a restraining order preventing him from contacting Malik.

Although the false rape allegation was not listed on the indictment, it was considered to be an "aggravating factor".

Judge James Tindal said: "It's perfectly obvious that Mr Malik has done nothing that can explain why you have gone on this campaign against him.
Harris admitted six counts of perverting the course of justice
Harris admitted six counts of perverting the course of justice

"Rape is a shameful crime, but a false allegation can have nightmarish consequences for the accused.”

Reading out his victim impact statement in court, Mr Malik said: "I was a very sociable person, but because of these allegations I have lost many friends and become isolated.

"People have looked at me differently and treated me differently.

"I have found myself scared to go out, as I'm looking over my shoulder constantly to see if Lottie is there. I have not been able to live my life as I would like to.

"I feel scarred for life.

Mark Savage, defending, said: "It's clear that Mr Harris is not a young person actuated by malice, but one who is struggling with identity."
Harris was slapped with a restraining order and given a two-year suspended sentence
Harris was slapped with a restraining order and given a two-year suspended sentence

The Brain Food Library / Cultural Marxism & Social Justice Explained
« on: July 17, 2018, 05:07:13 PM »
Cultural Marxism & Social Justice Explained

Amy Adams on Youtube
Published on 8 Jul 2016
Cultural Marxism, a primary tool of Globalism, briefly explained. For a more thorough history and examination, please see: (below)

Why are we in Decline - Cultural Marxism

Bellicose Nation
Published on 25 Nov 2013

This answers the question - Why we are in decline in so many areas.

Transphobia and homophobia are inextricably linked

Divisions within the #LGBT community will only harm both sides, argues Nick Duffy, of #PinkNews

Jul 13th 2018 by NICK DUFFY

This is part of a two-week discussion on trans issues. Click here to read the other essays in the series.

Transgender issues have never been discussed more than they are at present. Over the past year, barely a week has gone by without a British newspaper publishing a front-page splash on transgender issues. A rotating cast of columnists appear to be always on hand to discuss the current transgender talking-point. Factions that formed on social media have become real-world groups who hold public stunts, protests and counter-protests.

And yet there was little public controversy in Britain in 2004 when the Gender Recognition Act was introduced, codifying in law for the first time a process for transgender people to change their legal gender. Few paid serious attention to the provisions in the 2010 Equality Act, which cemented the rights of trans people to be treated as their chosen gender, with exemptions for single-sex services.

So when did things change? Why did this become the issue it is now?

There’s one very specific moment where the switch flipped: on November 3rd 2015, in Houston, Texas. The city was voting on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a law protecting gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender people in employment, housing and services.

The conservative evangelical movement had been on a losing streak across America, their tired hymn sheet on the perils of homosexuality failing hard against the “love is love” mantra that was busy cementing equal marriage rights, anti-discrimination protections and rights for gay families across many states.

But in Houston, a city that had demonstrated its strong liberal streak by thrice electing an out lesbian Mayor, Annise Parker, they opted for a new tactic. Rather than focus on gay people, the campaign hammered one consistent message: If you vote for this law, you are voting to allow transgender women into the women's bathroom. Women are not safe; girls are not safe; your family members are not safe. It was repeated in every interview, every release, every advert. A political action committee produced a targeted video ad depicting the implied rape of a little girl in a bathroom. It was, by all accounts, a low moment. But the campaign was devastatingly effective.

Five years after first electing Annise Parker, 61% of the people of Houston agreed that she and every other LGBT person could be discriminated against in employment, housing and services, owing to a fear of transgender people.

The surprising victory did not go unnoticed, and the tactic spread like wildfire in conservative circles. It spawned North Carolina’s famous bathroom bill, which took advantage of public concerns about transgender rights to undermine anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual people too. Copycat legislation sprang up across America, and the playbook crossed oceans. When Australia held a plebiscite on same-sex marriage in 2017, the Coalition for Marriage warned people about “gender-bending”. The Australian Family Association even ran a short-lived campaign to convince lesbians to vote against “transgender marriage”, for fear of “men becoming women and getting married”. It wasn’t enough to close the gap against equality, but it was enough to motivate 38% of Australians to vote No.

In Britain, fears unleashed by the bathroom scare have also taken hold, particularly over plans to update the Gender Recognition Act (GRA). But many of the concerns have been exacerbated by media coverage that has too often misunderstood or misrepresented the proposals.

The crux of the proposed changes are this: the gender-recognition system devised in 2004 allows trans people to update the gender on their birth certificates, but requires them to see two doctors, compile a mass of supporting documents and apply to a government-appointed panel who have never met them. It’s a humiliating process that a lot of transgender people are reluctant to undergo.

Campaigners want to streamline the GRA process to make it less bureaucratic, like systems in other countries, while potentially opening legal recognition up to non-binary people and teens. As the British government has been at pains to point out, those reforms will have no impact on where trans people can and can’t go, which has been based since 2010 on an effective self-declaration system with exemptions for single-sex spaces such as women’s refuges.

Much of the current public discourse on trans issues, such as what bathrooms people should use, whether you’re obliged to respect people’s chosen gender and what defines a woman, has about as much to do with these planned legislative changes as it does with gay people getting married in Australia.

But the reality of these reforms is lost in the public controversy. The gender-critical cause has also struck a chord with parts of the lesbian community, where many express concerns about trans women with “male genitalia”. This came to a head at Pride in London this year, when gender-critical activists disrupted the parade to protest against the proposed GRA reforms. The group carried signs claiming that trans activism “erases” lesbians, while their literature accused transgender people of complicity in “rape culture”.

It was a surreal moment, hearing a bathroom attack line that went mainstream fighting against LGBT rights in Houston repeated by lesbians on the streets of London. It was also a symptom of a deep division within the LGBT community, leaving some to wonder if the umbrella of “LGBT” has outlived its usefulness.

An answer of sorts was given in Canada this week where fears over “transgender ideology” were used as leverage to roll back an LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education programme. #Homophobia and #transphobia are not the same, but they are linked as powerful tools in the arsenal of those who seek to undo equality.

The LGBT movement must wake up to these shared threats, and start understanding each other’s struggles. Divided, we are an easier target.

#NickDuffy is the Current Affairs Editor of PinkNews.

Pedophiles Believe They Should Be A Part Of The LGBT Community
10:55 PM 07/09/2018
Jessica Jenkins | Contributor

Pedophiles are rebranding themselves as “MAPs” or “Minor Attracted Persons” in an effort to gain acceptance and be included into the LGBT community, according to several reports from LGBT news sites.

According to Urban Dictionary, the blanket term MAP includes infantophiles (infants), pedophiles (pre-pubescent children), hebephiles (pubescent children), and ephebophiles (post-pubescent children). Some MAPs also refer to themselves as NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons”.

These pedophiles seek to be a part of the LGBT+ community, even going so far as to make a “Pride” flag for Gay Pride Month.

The “MAP/NOMAP community” tries to pull at people’s heartstrings by claiming that pedophiles are misunderstood marginalized people, and that as long as their attraction to children is not acted upon —  or in some cases when they get permission from the child — that they should not be villainized.

Sites such as “The Prevention Project” claim to be aimed at helping children, posting quotes like the one below, reminiscent of testimonials of struggling gay youth, under headlines like “everyone needs support”.

   “John” was suicidal. He had been bullied by trolls on social media for most of his life for being different. The bullies were primarily people who claimed, based on their  religious beliefs, that “John” was going to hell and deserved to die. They described how they would kill him on his twitter page and people supported their hate. Desperate for help, John sought treatment for his shame, depression, and suicidality. Although he was scared to share about himself with a stranger, he felt desperate for help as he had NO desire to harm anyone, ever. Once he shared about his attraction to children, his therapist told him, “I don’t treat sex offenders.”

Many blogs exist on Tumblr showing support for MAPs, claiming that they should be a part of the LGBT community and attempting to create “safe spaces” for these “minor attracted persons”. The blog “Pedophiles about Pedophilia” also presents many sob stories of “marginalized” pedophiles in pretty pastel colors, claiming that they mean no harm and just want to be loved like everyone else as shown in such headlines as “Why Pedophilia And Pedophiles Are Not A Risk To Children”, “Growing Up A Pedophile” and “How I came out as an anti-contact pedophile to the woman I love”.

This name change seems to follow in the liberal trend of rebranding things by giving them more “politically correct” names, but is the next step really normalizing pedophilia?

Pedophiles Are Now Calling Themselves ‘Minor Attracted Persons’ And Want Inclusion In LGBTQ Movement

If you see this flag flying anywhere online, you are looking at a pedophile

Pedophiles seek to be a part of the LGBT+ community, even going so far as to make a “Pride” flag for Gay Pride Month.

The “MAP/NOMAP community” tries to pull at people’s heartstrings by claiming that pedophiles are misunderstood marginalized people, and that as long as their attraction to children is not acted upon —  or in some cases when they get permission from the child — that they should not be villainized

Pedophiles are rebranding themselves as ‘MAPs’ or ‘Minor Attracted Persons’ in an effort to gain acceptance and be included into the LGBT community

For years now, we’ve been telling you that eventually the ever-growing alphabet soup that is the LGBTQ Movement would, at some point, have to add a ‘P’ to their acronym. The letter ‘P’ of course standing for pedophile. Why is this inevitable? Because of their motto, ‘all love is love‘. The word of God says otherwise.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections…” Romans 1:26 (KJV)
FROM THE DAILY CALLER: Pedophiles are rebranding themselves as ‘MAPs’ or ‘Minor Attracted Persons‘ in an effort to gain acceptance and be included into the LGBTQ community. According to Urban Dictionary, the blanket term MAP includes infantophilia (infants), pedophiles (prepubescent children), hebephiles (pubescent children), and ephebophiles (post-pubescent children). Some MAPs also refer to themselves as NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons”. These pedophiles seek to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community, even going so far as to make a “Pride” flag for Gay Pride Month. The “MAP/NOMAP community” tries to pull at people’s heartstrings by claiming that pedophiles are misunderstood marginalized people, and that as long as their attraction to children is not acted upon —  or in some cases when they get permission from the child — that they should not be villainized. Sites such as “The Prevention Project” claim to be aimed at helping children, posting quotes like the one below, reminiscent of testimonials of struggling gay youth, under headlines like “everyone needs support”. 

We live in a time where, if you read and believe your Bible, it is by turns both frightening and comforting. Frightening because prophecy related to the rising wickedness of the end times is coming true before our eyes, and comforting because the Bible is true and trustworthy.

When I was a child, men who wanted to dress up as women were treated rightfully as someone who had either an extreme fetish or mental illness. It was not presented as something that was anything remotely close to normal. The character of Klinger from the 1970’s M*A*S*H television show kept trying to be discharged from the army on a Section 8, which is a discharge related to mental illness. How did he angle that? By dressing up in women’s clothing.

Flash forward to 2018 where the United States Military is paying for transsexuals to have ‘gender switching’ surgery, courtesy of the American taxpayer. For those of you not paying attention to the world around you, that is an unprecedented paradigm shift. What was deemed a mental illness just one generation ago has somehow become a ‘protected right’. In Canada right now, with the passage of Bill C-16, jail time awaits for anyone who intentionally calls a trans person by the wrong pronoun.

It’s not an accident or coincidence that the Catholic Church is in the process of bringing the LGBTQ in

The modern-day history of the Catholic Church is one of institutionalized pedophila, and spending millions to keep it quiet. So is it any wonder that they are in the process of welcoming the LGBTQ, and soon the P, into the Catholic Church? All part of the end times plan.

Pope Francis Instructs The Vatican To Make Unprecedented Move To Pull LGBTQ Into The Catholic Church

FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Effective immediately, transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals. READ MORE

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

The Bible says that in the time of Jacob’s trouble, global wickedness will rise to a level previously unimaginable, as Antichrist implements his dark rule. The Pretribulation Rapture will remove the Church before that takes place, but in the meantime we are seeing the ever-quickening pace of the shift towards calling evil good and good evil. The term ‘minor attracted persons’ sounds so much better than what it really is, pedophile, doesn’t it? And that’s the whole point.

If the Pretribulation Rapture doesn’t happen soon, and barring serious illness or accident, you will live to see the day where pedophiles become a protected class of people with their own special pronoun. And if you dare call them by the wrong name or dare to say what they are doing is wrong, you will be the one who will be punished. I believe with all my heart that if Hillary had won the election instead of Trump, pedophiles would already be included in the LGBTQ.

Don’t think it can happen, you say? We will never fall that far, you say? Open your eyes, we are already there. Open your King James Bible and see for yourself. You’ve been warned.

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20 (KJV)

Gay club posts public response to straight hen party ‘worried about getting HIV’
Nick Duffy 16th July 2018

A gay club has posted a public response to a bachelorette party who wanted to check the club was “safe” from HIV for their night out.

#Nectar Nightclub in Manila, the Philippines, shared a message they received from a group of women looking to attend the club for a hen party.

The women had asked: “Is it safe here? My friend will celebrate her bachelorette party… [but] I’m worried about HIV infection.

“Because a lot of gay now a days are vulnerable to HIV. I’m just worried that a lot of gays coming have HIV.”

As HIV activists have been patiently explaining now for more than thirty years, HIV cannot be transmitted by dancing in a nightclub with someone, sharing a glass, holding hands or kissing.

The club owners were fresh out of patience, however.

In a response to the hen party they wrote: “We advise you to read a little more about #HIV before you infect our club with your stupidity. That’s more contagious.

“Take your bachelorette party to a straight club. Your business is not welcome at Nectar.”

Explaining its message in a #Facebook post, the club wrote: “As you can imagine, we were horrified that someone had the nerve to offend us while asking about a celebration with their ‘straight’ friends within our #LGBTQ+ establishment.

“Their ignorance about HIV was appalling, and the audacious and casual tempo of their shrieking insult to celebrate a party of marriage in one of our clubs when we ourselves don’t have the right to marry the person we love here in the Philippines was downright straight-privilege nonsense.”

#PinkNews #LGBT #HIV #AIDS

Police Tell LGBT Couple to "Ignore" Man Yelling Homophobic Slurs at Them
by Alex Zielinski • Jul 16, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Wendy and Trudy Dragoon were crossing a street in their Southeast neighborhood of Brentwood-Darlington yesterday evening around 7:30 when they heard an engine rev nearby. They turned to see a truck speeding towards them. The couple ran onto the sidewalk to watch the truck whip by, do a U-turn, and park in front of a nearby home. Three men exited the vehicle, including a skinny 20-something who had been yelling out the window at the women as the truck drove by.

"He got out of the car and said something about 'Beating the shit out of fucking dykes,'" says Wendy. When Trudy crossed the street to where the truck was parked to confront the man, Wendy began filming using her cell phone.

In a video that's since been uploaded to Facebook, the man is seen throwing up his fists at Trudy, who stands patiently in front of him. He doesn't swing. But he does go on to call her a "gay pride-ass bitch" and a number of other homophobic and sexist slurs.

"You think you scare me? You're a fucking woman," says the man, as his friends start unloading some bags from the truck and bringing them into the house. "I'll spit in your face… I'll literally put you to fucking sleep."

The man’s friends, one of whom tells Trudy he owns the neighboring house, attempts to separate the man from Trudy by standing between them.

At the end of the 3-minute-long video, a police officer on patrol happens to drive by and asks the group what's going on.

"He's harassing me," says Trudy.

"She won't get off my property," says the first man.

Then the video cuts out. In a interview with the Mercury, Wendy Dragoon filled in the rest of the story. Wendy said that the Portland police officer told Trudy to "just ignore them."

"I was like, 'Absolutely not,'" Wendy recalls telling the officer. "I said, 'This is harassment. This has to be a hate crime.'"

But according to Dragoon, the officer allegedly told the couple that unless the man was physically violent, it wasn't a hate crime.

"He actually said, 'Being mean to you isn't against the law,'" Dragoon says.

That’s not necessarily the case. Under Oregon's hate crime law, a person can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor if they:

    Intentionally, because of the person’s perception of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin... subjects the other person to alarm by threatening:

    (A) To inflict serious physical injury upon or to commit a felony affecting the other person, or a member of the person’s family

Based on the video, yesterday's incident seems to fit this description.

According to Christopher Burley, spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), the unnamed officer said he "advised the groups to avoid one another and they separated." Because the incident "is an open investigation," Burley is unable to comment more specifically regarding the officer's response.

"I was not present at the time of the incident and a video does not necessarily convey everything that was occurring at the time of this incident," wrote Burley in an email to the Mercury. He said the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office may further investigate the video.

The evening incident continued into the early morning hours, according to the Dragoons. Wendy says that around midnight, she and Trudy were awakened by loud fireworks coming from the same property where the truck had parked. They walked outside to confirm, and discovered another neighbor already outside on the phone, reporting the late-night fireworks show to the police. The neighbor allegedly told the police dispatch that the suspects had been harassing Trudy and Wendy earlier.

Three officers showed up, including the same one from earlier. Again, Dragoon says she tried to explain to the two new officers that they had been harassed by a man on the property earlier. This time, Dragoon says, one of the other officers asked, "But how do you know its a hate crime? How is he supposed to know you're gay?"

"And that was it," Dragoon says. "They clearly weren't there to help us."

Dragoon believes the owners of the property are new to the neighborhood—she doesn't recall seeing them before yesterday. She says she often walks by the house with her two kids, since it's on the way to Dairy Queen.

"I don't feel safe in my home anymore. It wouldn't take them long to find out where we live," she says.

This isn’t the only recent incident involving Portland police officers allegedly ignoring allegations of a hate crime.

In June, a woman reported that a man had yelled homophobic slurs at her and beat up her brother while they were leaving Portland's Pride Festival. According to her, one of the reporting officers claimed it wasn't a hate crime because her brother was straight. PPB officers, however, have argued that the state law that addresses these crimes doesn't allow them to fully pursue alleged hate crimes.

While PPB's Burley can't comment on yesterday's event, he did acknowledge the underlying problem: "The Police Bureau is aware that speech, such as the speech present in this video, instills fear in members of our community."

Pride in London and the RadFem Cultural Appropriation of Lesbians

The Anti-Trans #RadFem #TERF "show" at Pride in London raises more questions about hypocrisy and stupidity, than have been answered by the LGBT Lame Stream Media (LSM) covering the debacle. Firstly, no-one seems interested in asking who it was that funded and/or really inspired these Low IQ individuals to carry out what looked like a socially shameful act of aggression, dressed up as a protest, based upon on the most vapid and intellectually compromised rationales.

Was this another one of those "George #Soros' commie-fascist "Antifia" protests" that are designed with the sole purpose of dividing every cohesive community they touch? Surely, these lame lesbians couldn't have come up with such a "dumb and dumber" rationale, and use it to embarrass Pride in London, ALL on their own?

It certainly wasn't a stroke of genius for the RadFem TERFS to use such a intellectually compromised rationale for in doing so they highlighted the complete stupidity with which the whole identity politics theorem is practiced. Any intelligent person can see that Get the L Out's and their banners with the words ‘Lesbian = Female Homosexual’ ‘Lesbian Not Queer’ and ‘Transactivism Erases Lesbians’ are fraught with cultural appropriation, misinformation and a confusing child level of intellectual awareness.

What Lesbians of all stripes, trans or cis, fail to conceptualise, is the word Lesbian itself is a cultural appropriation and isn't this something the PC Police tell us we must not do? If you consider the residents of Lesbos who took legal action to reclaim their island's identity, then it is clear that at the very least the word "Lesbian" is contested and thus cannot only equate to "a female homosexual".

It is odd to say the least, that the radfems, who are the social justice warriors, who whether we liked it or not, shoved identity politics and now cultural appropriation down our throats, with the admonition, "Obey or Else", and now when their own rule book does not suit, they seek to throw the baby out with the bath water and sail into the chaos of uncharted hostilities!

Cultural appropriation is the adoption of certain elements from another culture without the consent of people who belong to that culture. Culture is defined as the beliefs, ideas, traditions, speech, and material objects associated with a particular group of people. Appropriation is the illegal, unfair, or unjust taking of something that doesn't belong to you.

If the cultural appropriation discourse framework was worthy of being taken seriously then it would need to be capable of being applied with consistency and justice across all issues by all pushing demographics. The LGBT culture is such that censorship of this kind never works which is why the PC brigades across the World have seen steady declines in participation rates every where #FeminismIsCancer inspired programs are being implemented. 

In this case the radfems have completely forgotten that the term Lesbian is not theirs to own. Clearly, in the 1970's, when the gay women arrived on the Island of Lesbos, in their comfortable shoes, looking for a budget holiday aka cheap sex on the beach, the land they occupied was not Terra Nullius!

Thus it is a tad disingenuous for the current crop raised on the Airs of Sappho to try to enforce their totalitarian claim to the Lesbian Identity. It's not as if the Island of Lesbos were consulted, oops that other offensive C word, before the privileged holiday makers decided to steal someone else's cultural and national identity.   

I can just imagine it, 2 drunk women sitting on the beach at night, flushed with holiday romance and filled with cheap drugs, saw a beach full of women partying and cried "We're all lesbians!". Like most bright ideas that come from being drunk and stoned, it was clear that modern sensibilities weren't taken into account before "someone else's identity" was stolen!

In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini. The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world. He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos's inhabitants.
If modern sensibilities and the prohibition on cultural appropriation were to be taken seriously then the correct road of justice would be for the gay lesbians to find another unowned term to describe themselves. Clearly, don't hold your breath as it seems the radfem commie-fascist branch of feminism is only inspiring the rest of the mob to double down and continue their man and trans hating agenda.

The funny thing is that on the one hand, we have SJW liberals demanding Pride Events implement dress codes for their events in order to provide safe spaces for snowflakes and on the other, we now have the radfem commie fascists, who not content with either civility or equality, just want to tear the place down before they leave.

A group of LGBT activists are calling for Pride events to implement a ban on ‘cultural appropriation’ and Native American headresses.

As the quote below states "The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians". Strictly speaking it seems to me that the only people with any right of ownership of the identity are the inhabitants of the Island of Lesbos. This left wing movement, of which the Radfem antifa groups are part of, seeks to assign the powers of the thought police to random, unelected limelight hogs as a step on the slippery slope towards a society based on autocracy and dictatorship.

The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians.
Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece's third biggest island - plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos?

The LGBT Community needs to take a breath and realise that the inherent destructive stupidity of the culture wars will not build or develop any form of satisfactory community. We now have 58 gender "option forms" that we must accept and use correctly ALL of the time. These RadFem Commie-Fascists are stifling academic debate and intellectual freedom and anyone who makes even the slightest mistake or error faces "a shoot first ask questions later" style of vitriol and censorship.

Before we Forget, it was the Nazi-Catholics who gave us the "Men who have sex with Men but who don't identify as Gay or Bisexual" which those of us still in touch with common sense know was a constructed device used to secure funding for slow, easy and comfortable jobs for themselves.

As far as I am concerned, the radical extremes of the LGBT Community should not be allowed to set themselves up as the sex and gender police - aka The New LGBT Inquisition. The whole point of Stonewall and the Gay Liberation Movement was to get the Police & State out of our bedrooms. What consenting adults do in the privacy of their own lives or choose to call themselves should not be a matter for the community to decide and debate. 

To my mind, if those drunk "women who like other women" had not been kleptomaniacs with low IQs then "women who like other women" might have had a name that was truly their own and the world would be without the cancer of feminism but that's another story.

Sr Mary-Jane Singleton
Senior Sister (SS) & Media Annuncio,
Order of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of the Black Swan, Perth.

Triangles and tribulations: The gay appropriation of Nazi symbols

This article originally appeared in T&S Issue 34, Winter 1996/97.

The pink triangle was originally a Nazi symbol — and it was only worn by gay men, not lesbians. Amy Elman questions whether the pink triangle can be ‘reclaimed’ as a symbol of gay pride. As well as obscuring the different histories of lesbians and gay men under the Nazi regime, the rehabilitation of the triangle risks glossing over the horror of the Holocaust.

I stood before a T-shirt shop in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York. There, hanging in the window was a white T-shirt emblazoned with a tree. Within the tree a pink triangle dangled like a leaf from a branch. Beneath the graphic, the designer inscribed: ‘The family tree stops here.’ This specific attempt to embrace comically an alternative to conventional heterosexuality struck me as tragic as the ever-homophobic Nazi Heinrich Himmler, Chief of the SS, who exclaimed, ‘We must exterminate these people root and branch… the homosexual must be eliminated’ (Richard Plant, The Pink Triangle, p 99). Apparently unaware that gay men (and lesbians) can procreate through the sexually uncomplicated procedure of inter­course, Himmler depicted the homosexual man as a ‘traitor to his own people’ who must be ‘rooted out’ for his failure to reproduce. Consciousness of the Holocaust fades. Amnesia cloaks the distasteful irony of contemporary jest.

First adopted by American gay men in the early 1970s after the Stonewall riots of 1969, the pink triangle is now promoted by many as an international symbol of gay and lesbian pride and liberation. In a political culture that Americanises history, sexualises dominance and is undeniably imperialistic, this should come as no surprise. Here I explore the history asso­ciated with this symbol and argue against its use as an affirmation of gay identity more generally and lesbian identity in particular. Because the pink, down-turned triangle served as a distinc­tive emblem of Nazi heterosexism which signified and even hastened the destruc­tion of gay men, I argue that it should be abandoned as a positive symbol for the move­ment. Like all Nazi symbols, the pink triangle is unregenerate. Moreover, the lesbian adoption of pink triangles conceals the specific struggles associated with being lesbian by conflating the experiences of lesbians with those of gay men.

As Julia Penelope notes: ‘Our invisibility, even to ourselves, is at least partially due to the fact that our identity is subsumed by two groups: women and gaymen’ (Call Me a Lesbian, p 48). Consequently, the truths of lesbian (hi)story and present being often dissipate because lesbianism itself, autono­mously, is rendered socially unthinkable. This condition is exacerbated by the gender-neutrality of queer politics. Lesbians have lost their autonomy (i.e., their ‘lesbian nation’) and, not coincidentally, their distinctive symbol of pride. The lavender two women symbol is nearly extinct.

It is unseemly that girls and women long taunted by forced pink, feminine identifiers are now, as lesbians, to believe that a pink triangle signifies gendered rebellion. Failure to critically assess this situation contributes to an ever-increasing inability to distinguish between those strategies and associations that enhance visible integrity with those that seek to destroy it.

Pink triangle: gay identity

The Third Reich used myriad colored triangles to classify the various groups of peoples they interned in concentration camps. The selection of this emblem was not insignif­icant. For Hebrews, the triangle was a symbol of truth. Within cosmic, geometric symbolism, triangles symbolise connection between heaven and earth. In the Greek sacred alphabet, triangles repre­sented the vulva of the ‘Mother Delta’. It is understandable, given the Nazi’s contempt for truth, Jews, and all that is female, that the Third Reich used the triangle, down-turned, to denigrate those whom they forced to wear it.

The colours of the triangles were as follows: red for political dissidents, green for criminals, purple for Jehovah’s Witnesses, blue for emigrants, brown for Gypsies, black for lesbians and other ‘anti-socials’, and pink for homo­sexual men. The pink triangles symbolised the femaleness of this group of detainees whose masculinity was diminished within the context of Nazi heterosexism. Jews, by contrast, were marked by six-pointed, yellow Stars of David within which the word ‘Jew’ was inscribed. Jewish gay men were forced to wear a yellow triangle beneath the pink one. From this combination, the six-pointed Jewish star of David was formed. Additionally, Jewish communists wore the yellow triangle beneath the red and so on.

Pink triangles identified the thousands of gay men who were sent to concentration camps as ‘175ers’. Researchers estimate that between 5,000 to 15,000 gay men died in these camps. This figure does not include those who were interned and later released. The number 175 refers to the paragraph within the penal code, adopted in 1871, that criminalised male homosexuality. The law was later broadened by the Nazis in 1935 to include any form of ‘lewdness’ between two men. This meant that the slightest display of affection was a crime for which the ‘criminal’ was to serve six months. After 1936, homosexual men were deported to concentration camps, and while at no time were they sent en masse, as gay men, to the extermi­nation camps of Auschwitz, few survived the concentration camps. Still, the persecution of gay men was never methodical. Unlike Jews, whose religious affiliation was routinely noted on birth certificates, or leftists, whose political sympathies were determined by party lists, gay men were not as readily identifiable. More importantly, in countries conquered by Nazis, gay men comprised the only group exempt from outright extermination. Equating gay men with weakness, Himmler believed their presence expedited the demise of conquered commu­nities. Consequently, non-German homosexuals were often not punished as their German counterparts were. Indeed, during the Olympic Games of 1936, some Berlin gay bars were permitted to reopen and police were ordered not to bother foreign gay visitors.

The regime’s reaction to male homo­sexuality was not uncomplicated. Although male homosexuality was vigorously denounced and out(ed) gay men usually paid the penalty with their lives, homoeroticism was a central component of ‘male bonding’ within the Reich’s all-male paramilitary organizations. When complaints of blatant homosexual behaviour within the SA reached Hitler, he stated that the private lives of officers ‘cannot be an object of scrutiny unless it conflicts with basic principles of National Socialist ideology’ (The Pink Triangle, p 61). It was only when the SA proved unruly that Hitler demanded the killing of his gay SA chief Ernst Röhm and the immediate expulsion of other gay men from the SA and the Nazi party. Nonetheless, homo­eroticism continued to characterise the nation­alist propaganda that fuelled the movement and valued gay male artists even lived under security extended to Nazi officials. Moreover, even the interactions that Hitler had with his immediate subordinates were tinged with an element of the homoerotic. Hermann Göring once said of Hitler, ‘Every time I face him, my heart falls into my trousers’ (Dorchen Leidholdt, ‘Where pornography meets fascism’, p 21). Throughout the reign of the Third Reich, many distinguished gay men lived undisturbed in Germany while thousands of others perished in concentration camps.

The Nazis did not unanimously regard male homosexuals as biological degenerates. Many believed that homosexuality was a contagious, though curable, social disease. Indeed, barely two per cent of those found guilty of being gay were considered ‘incorrigible’. ‘Re-education’ provided a possible cure for the majority of others. This meant compulsory visits to brothels. There the Nazis forced lesbians, Jewish and Gypsy women into sexual slavery and watched to determine if the ‘175ers’ had been suffi­ciently cured. Castrations and injections of testosterone were also used to ‘convert’ gay men to heterosexuality.

Black triangles: Lesbianism obscured

The fact that the pink triangle is regarded as a symbol of gay and lesbian liberation is disturb­ing because pink triangles were exclu­sively worn by those men the Nazis had identified as gay. Lesbians freed from the risks of other stigmas (e.g., being Jewish) remained exempt from prosecution. This was not the result of a greater acceptance of lesbianism. Rather, love between women was so intolerable that lesbian existence had been vociferously denied. Measures to criminalise lesbians were consid­ered in 1910 but abandoned as feminist opposition proved politically effective. Conse­quently, paragraph 175 never extended to lesbians. Gay men were, and are, conceived as exclusively synonymous with ‘homosexual’ and publicly persecuted as such via criminal proceedings; contempt for lesbians, then as now, was expressed through concealment.

The most effective way to render lesbians powerless was to sever their connection(s) to other women. With the rise of Nazism, lesbian meeting places and private homes were raided and their visibility was obscured. Thereafter, actions against lesbians abated as almost all efforts focused on the extermination of Euro­pean Jewry. Prior to 1939 lesbians were among those imprisoned as ‘asocials’, a broad category applied to all people who evaded Nazi rule. These detainees were considered socially maladjusted. All asocials were identified through black down-turned triangles.

It is politically significant that the asocial category was not exclusively lesbian; it was a diverse grouping that included prostitutes, vagrants, murderers, thieves, and those who violated laws prohibiting sexual intercourse between Aryans and Jews. Precisely because the asocial group was so heterogeneous, lesbians were not as readily identifiable as were gay men whose pink marking exclusively signified their homosexuality. Universalizing the pink triangle today renders lesbians almost as invisible as the black triangles did in the past. Failure to appreciate this obscures some vital aspects of fascist history.

Even within the newly established Holo­caust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC one is unable to find any accurate information on lesbians. The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust is accessible via the museum’s computer center. Search commands involving the word ‘lesbian’ execute the release of information that focuses exclusively on male homosexuals. The pink triangle and paragraph 175 appear on screen as if one could assume that both the triangle and the law extended to lesbians. At a time when Holocaust deniers readily prey on any errors and use them to explode the credibility of scholar­ship concerning the Holocaust, one must be exceedingly careful with the facts.

In an attempt at historical accuracy, some lesbians wear black triangles. It is under­standable why a lesbian, possessing a desire for historical precision, might wish to regard herself as the descendant of black-triangled women as distinct from pink-triangled men. Yet, this is an unsatisfactory solution because the issue of historical accuracy is inextricably linked to an ethical question that is too rarely asked, and impossible to answer definitively. Still, that question, put simply, is this: Is it not unethical to suggest that a symbol whose horrific use has denoted the destruction of a group of people be claimed as a symbol of liberation? And, what might it be like for survivors to witness the sight of what to them is so brutal a symbol? While young gay men and lesbians have the luxury to put on and take off the symbol of hatred that the pink and black triangles represent to many of us, those who have survived the camps cannot erase the tattooed numbers from their skins. They are as permanent and painful as the memories that cannot be extinguished.

The yellow star and the Jewish community

The Jewish community does not wear yellow stars. That is not because anti-semitism has been exhausted. Rather, the Jewish community rightfully rejects for itself anti-semitic emblems and labels. The community is very much aware of the politics of symbolism.

In the first stages of anti-semitic policy, the Nazis insisted on undoing assimilation. The Zionists, by contrast, insisted that anti-semitism be countered by Jews asserting their identity with pride. In response to the first organised ban on Jewish businesses on Boycott Day, April 1, 1933, Zionists insisted that Jews wear yellow stars. Robert Weltsch, editor of a Jewish newspaper, urged his readers to wear the star and ‘Wear it With Pride’. This slogan was specifically directed against the assimilationists, whom the Zionists blamed for betraying the Jewish community. In turn, assimilationists blamed Zionists for their persecution. They asserted that Zionists, who insisted on their distinctiveness as Jews, were an obstacle to peaceful co-existence with gentile Germans. In bickering over whom to blame for their subordi­nation, these Jews failed to seriously consider that the anti-semite stood at the root of their dilemma. Six years after Weltsch had issued his statements on stars, the Nazis compelled all Jews to wear them.

In hindsight, Weltsch later stated that he would have never suggested that the badges be worn had he been able to anticipate the develop­ments. Ironically, the star facilitated the enforcement of residence and movement restrictions for Jews. It was an additional control measure that permitted police to detain any Jew, anywhere, at any time. More importantly, such identification paralysed the Jewish community. Constantly identifiable and scrutinised, Jews became more docile and responsive to Nazi orders than ever before. This, the Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg suggests, was the most devastating function served by the yellow star.

The politics of reclamation

It is incongruous that those pursuing liberation can reflect upon the past and insist, as Robert Weltsch could not, that any Nazi symbol can be used with pride for the purpose of liberation. With the exception of gay men, no other group that has survived the camps has proudly claimed the identifier that denoted their demise. Yet, unlike any other persecuted group, the requests of gay men to be commemorated as the victims of Nazism has gone largely ignored. This is not because historians dispute their victimization but because most seem indifferent to it. While the refusal to acknowledge Nazi tyranny against gay men is inexcusable, embracing the symbols of such persecution is likely to offer affirmation only among those ignorant of or careless with the past. Indeed, the adoption of such symbols might have the unintended consequence of concealing rather than promoting consciousness of the Holocaust. Many who wear and/or display the triangles possess little, if any, accurate information about the Holocaust. Still fewer appear to know about the particular history of the triangles. One of the greatest appeals of this symbol may be its obscurity and not the revelation of its historical significance. Stated simply, the pink triangle is a ‘discreet’ and politically safe (i.e., gender neutral) signifier for those caring little about the survivors and the (Jewish) communities that may object to its being worn.

Far from promoting an understanding of the past, the gay male movement has appropriated and utterly commercialised this Nazi symbol. The pink triangle is now used as an artsy back-drop to promote gay owned and operated businesses. Those whose aspirations are more political have similarly trivialised the past. Claiming the symbol to highlight current injustices is crass. It implies that gay men and women share a similar history of state-spon­sored genocide on the North American conti­nent. Consequently, all bigotry is reduced to a horrifying and simplistic uniformity. That the Holocaust involved a state and political move­ment dedicated to the destruction of a people is conveniently overlooked; Jewish memory is desecrated.

The feminist philosopher and Holocaust scholar, Joan Ringelheim, asks: ‘Can we so blithely reclaim and make right what has caused so much oppression without some careful scrutiny of our motives and politics?’ She considers the use of words like ‘kike’ and ‘faggot’ to suggest that attempts at ‘reclamation’ cannot be accomplished ‘without retaining some of the negativity that infests and infects the oppressor’s use of the words’ (‘Women and the Holocaust’, p 386). Similarly, I claim that the ‘transformed’ pink (or black) triangle cannot be altered through ‘reclamation’. The down-turned triangles never really belonged to those marked by them in the way that ‘reclaiming’ would suggest. Furthermore, in using them as a commercialised symbol of pride one is implic­itly promoting a denial of their horrific dimen­sion. Consequently, wearing Nazi triangles may even be interpreted as a form of Holocaust denial.

Why not, instead, adopt the symbols of life and love rather than sadism and destruction? Why has the rebellious colour become pink and not lavender? Why not two male symbols or two women’s symbols? The answer, in part, may be historical ignorance. It may also be internalised heterosexism; the willingness to embrace the very symbols of one’s destruction reflects an incredible degree of hatred and self-contempt. In an age of AIDS, historical amnesia and outright denial, it is frightening that the current identi­fiers are symbols from a period of death and totalitarianism. Despite efforts to the contrary, the triangles cannot be extricated from their use in concentration camps. Attempts to decon­textualise this past run counter to the struggle to remember. And, in the absence of a past, opportunities for liberation are lost. Only through the rigours of memory is any community afforded a will to dismantle the pernicious conditions of the present.

One cannot effectively eliminate oppression by mimicking the language, actions, and symbols of the oppressor. To best avoid what Ringelheim calls the ‘valorization of the oppressor’, we need our own spaces, language, and symbols if we are ever to claim a future that is markedly different from the past. In ‘repack­aging’ the cruel symbols of Nazism, we do not transcend the parameters established by them; rather we delude ourselves into thinking we have control — we become complacent and perhaps complicitous in our own undoing.


An earlier version of this article appeared in Journal Of Homosexuality Vol 30(3) 1996.


Dorchen Leidholdt ‘Where Pornography Meets Fascism’ WIN News (March 15, 1983).

Julia Penelope Call Me a Lesbian: Lesbian Lives, Lesbian Theory (Crossing Press, 1992).

Richard Plant The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals (Henry Holt, 1986).

Joan Ringelheim ‘Women and the Holocaust: A Reconsideration of Research’ in C. Rittner and J. Roth (eds) Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust (Paragon, 1993).

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