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US: Trans woman burned to death in Florida

Pink News | June 23, 2014

A trans woman has been found burned to death behind a dumpster in Fort Myers, Florida.

The woman has been identified as Yazmin Shancez, 31, though initial police report misgendered her and referred to her by her birth name.

Her burnt remains were discovered behind a bin at a rental facility on Thursday morning.

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Tony Kushner on Suffering Actors, the Wayward Left and the ‘Dream’ of Revolution

Emily Wilson | Truthdig | June 18, 2014

  Tony Kushner poses at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in 2009. AP/Craig Lassig


For someone who finds writing tortuous, Tony Kushner does a lot of it. Probably best known for his two-part epic, “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” Kushner’s other plays include “Slavs!,” “Homebody/Kabul,” “A Bright Room Called Day” and “Caroline, or Change.” He also wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film version of “Angels in America” and Steven Spielberg’s films “Munich” and “Lincoln.” Kushner, who has won three Obies, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, recently came back to Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where seven of his plays have been produced, for the West Coast premiere of his latest, “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures” (his husband nicknamed it “iHo”).

The play, directed by Kushner’s longtime collaborator Tony Taccone, the artistic director of Berkeley Rep who co-directed “Angels in America,” tells the story of a family in Brooklyn whose Communist longshoreman father has decided to commit suicide. It runs in Berkeley through June 29.

Out in Berkeley for rehearsals, Kushner talked about how with plays we watch actors suffer so we don’t have to; Taccone’s fearlessness when collaborating on “Brundibar,” a children’s opera originally performed in a concentration camp; the toll “Death of a Salesman” took on the late Philip Seymour Hoffman; the ability of democracy and elections to bring about radical change; and his frustration with leftists dismissing government rather than trying to transform it. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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Ugandan LGBT Community Loses Workshop Lawsuit Against Minister of Justice

Melanie Nathan  Oblogdeeoblogda | June 23, 2014.

Today the LGBT Community in Uganda suffered a blow when the case they had brought in the Ugandan courts against the Attorney General and the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo, was dismissed with legal costs awarded against them. The case was brought after the Minister closed down a LGBT workshop at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe. This occurred before the new Anti-Homosexuality Act and before the so called “promotion” of homosexuality was made illegal under Uganda law. From the summary below, one can note that the old penal code’s ‘conspiring’ clause was used to endorse the minister’s assertion that the workshop was, at that time, illegal.

Here is a summary of the ruling as recorded by Fridah Mutesi, one of the lawyers for the applicants.


Today, 23rd June 2014, the High Court delivered the long awaited ruling in the case of Jacqueline Kasha Nabagesera, Frank Mugisha, Julian Pepe Onziema, and Geoffrey Ogwaro v. The Attorney General and Hon. Rev. Fr Simon Lokodo, High Court Miscellaneous Cause No. 33 of 2012. The applicants lost on all four grounds framed by the court and the case was dismissed with costs.

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Court releases memo justifying drone killings of Americans

Study links autism and pesticide exposure

Breaking: Whistle-blower says Phoenix VA falsifying records, hiding veterans deaths

Tom Boggioni | Raw Story | June 23, 2014

In an exclusive interview with a Veterans Administration scheduler, CNN is reporting that staffers at the troubled Phoenix VA hospital have been altering records, deleting ‘deceased’ designations from the files of patients who died while waiting for care.

‘Deceased’ notes on files were removed to make statistics look better, so veterans would not be counted as having died while waiting for care, VA employee Pauline DeWenter told CNN.

DeWenter, a scheduling clerk at the Phoenix VA said she was ordered by supervisors to manage and handle the so-called “secret waiting list,” where the names of veterans seeking medical care were often placed, and sometimes left for months with no care at all.

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San Francisco hotel launches champagne delivering drone

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