This week, the California State Assembly passed a bill that would prevent murder defendants from using “gay panic” or “trans panic” defenses.
Sometimes in murder cases, defendants justify their crimes by saying that they panicked when they discovered the victim was gay or trans, especially if they were sexually involved. And sometimes, it actually gets them off the hook.
Under current California law, murder charges can be reduced to manslaughter if defendants successfully claim their violent acts were triggered by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. …
The defense has been used in several high-profile cases in the state including in 2002 when 17 year-old Gwen Araujo was beaten and strangled by four men in Newark, California.
Two of the four defendants were only found guilty of manslaughter.
The state Senate has already passed the law, so it’s up to Gov. Brown to sign it into law. Please, please, please.
Nothing says “I support gay equality” like a straight couple kissing in public.
… I’m a girl
We’re both girls
nothing says “I support equality” like assuming someone is a boy because they have short hair
ok but the “Only Gets it Missionary” sign
"Our LGBT community is resilient and strong, and particularly for those of us who are young and have our entire lives in front of us, it may feel like we are invincible. I’ve learned the hard way that I’m not. Cancer has taken a lot from me physically and emotionally. But it hasn’t taken away my voice, and it hasn’t taken away my hope. I hope to find out two weeks from now that I’m cancer-free."
Andy Cray, an activist for trans equality, health care access, and LGBT youth, died yesterday after battling cancer. He was 28. This Sunday will be his one-week wedding anniversary. Though I didn’t know him personally, we have many mutual friends from college and activist circles. His passing is nothing short of heartbreaking.
He wrote a piece for the Advocate a while back about his battle with cancer and the importance of health care; read it here. If you are so moved, his family and friends have asked that donations be made in his name to the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Thank you for everything, Andy. You made lives better.
Down To Nothing - Life On The James
Occultist - Death Sigils
Brand New - The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me
Suburban Scum - Drifter
”I thought that I meant something. Now Im left with nothing. Visions pass, memories. There’s a hole where my fucking heart used to be. I burned for you. Please don’t extend your hand. I cried for you. Promises never last. Distance makes the heart grow colder. Goodbye drifter, now were over. Now your bodies vacant? You swear you cant take it? The cancer has spread through both of us, now all I have is hatred. How the fuck am I supposed to breathe when you swore you’d never leave? Drifter. Love is dead. Dead…”