Tasha Fierce | Bitch Magazine | AlterNet | February 27, 2015
On June 9, 1963, Fannie Lou Hamer was arrested in Montgomery County, Mississippi, along with June Johnson, Euvester Simpson, Rosemary Freeman, and Annelle Ponder. The five women were on their way back from a voter registration workshop in South Carolina. Upon their arrival at the Montgomery County jail, Hamer, Johnson, and Ponder were subjected to vicious brutality at the direction of notorious racist Sheriff Earl Wayne Patridge.
In the booking room, Johnson was stripped naked and slapped until her face was bloody and unrecognizable, then thrown into a cell. Deputies dragged Ponder into the booking room and beat her about the face as they yelled “Can you say ‘yes, sir,’ nigger? Can you say ‘yes, sir’?” When Ponder fell to the floor, they pulled her up and demanded that she address them as “sir” again. When she refused, the beating resumed.
When they were through with Ponder, the deputies came for Hamer. She was taken from her cell to another that held two Black male inmates. Deputies handed the inmates weapons and ordered them to beat Hamer or suffer the consequences. The first inmate, wielding a blackjack, beat her on the back until he tired. The second inmate was told to take over and resume the beating. When he was handed the blackjack, Hamer began to struggle and move her feet. Deputies instructed the inmate who had performed the first beating to sit on her feet so she couldn’t move them. When Hamer began to scream, one of the deputies hit her in the head, demanding she remain quiet. Hamer’s dress had worked up high above her shoulders, and she attempted to pull it down. In a display of racist sexual domination, a deputy walked over and yanked it back up.
Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | February 27, 2015.
A new 27 page report has been published indicating grave violations and human rights abuses in Uganda by Ugandan Police towards people arrested under suspicion of being LGBTI.
The report categorically notes that the Ugandan police harass and physically abuse gay (LGBTI) people in custody. Chapter Four Uganda documented several cases of men suspected of being homosexual having intrusive physical examinations.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda under old British Penal Codes. After the Anti-homosexuality Act which was enacted to ensure harsher punishment for homosexuality and so called promotion thereof was invalidated by the Courts, plans to introduce new harsher legislation have been resumed.
The report entitled Where Do We Go for Justice? Noted that officers routinely refused to look into cases reported by gay men and lesbians.
On Top Magazine | February 27, 2015
A week after a federal judge heard arguments in a challenge to Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage, about 50 clergy have pledged to marry gay couples if the ban is overturned.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon promised last week to issue a ruling “expeditiously.”
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Heartland Clergy for Inclusion is asking clergy to sign an online pledge – promoted with the hashtag #ReadyToMarry – agreeing to marry gay couples if the ban is lifted.
Darren Wee | Gay Star News | February 24, 2015
A Swiss legislative panel has voted overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage.
The legal affairs committee last week recommended that the National Council adopt a parliamentary initiative called Marriage for All.
The vote was 12 in favor, two opposed, with one abstention.
The initiative, which was submitted by the Green Liberal Party, calls on the legislature to open up marriage to gay couples, and registered partnerships to straight couples.
BEN NEARY | Associated Press | LGBT Nation | February 24, 2015
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives has voted down a bill that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The House voted 33-to-26 against the bill, which already had cleared the Wyoming Senate.
Supporters have included Wyoming business groups, which have said enacting an anti-discrimination law would help the state recruit new corporations and help existing businesses attract good employees.
Opponents included several church groups, including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne. They maintained that the bill would crimp the right of people to make decisions about hiring and also infringe on freedom of speech
AMY ANTHONY | Associated Press | LGBT Nation | February 18, 2015
BOSTON — A federal agency says Walmart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered “a just resolution” for violating her civil rights.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Massachusetts, who hopes the determination will help her pay off $100,000 in medical bills.
In a Jan. 29 EEOC ruling, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the agency said Cote “was treated differently and denied benefits because of her sex.”
Cote tried to enroll her partner in Walmart’s health plan repeatedly starting in 2008, but coverage was denied and the company didn’t provide it until 2014. In 2012, Cote’s wife, Diana Smithson, was diagnosed with cancer.