LGBTI News and Politics

Archive for the ‘News and Politics’ Category

Supreme Court Reasserts Voting Rights Act in Alabama Decision


Justice Stephen Breyer. (photo: AP)
Justice Stephen Breyer. (photo: AP)

Tarini Parti | Politico | March 26, 2015

The case could affect redistricting in other racially polarized states.

he Supreme Court stopped just short of ruling Alabama’s redistricting plan unconstitutional on Wednesday, but it sent a clear message to lawmakers across the country that the Voting Rights Act can’t be used to justify maps that predominately group voters together based on their race.

In a 5-4 ruling, the high court sided with black lawmakers and Democrats in Alabama in throwing out a lower court’s decision that upheld the GOP-drawn state legislative map. This was the court’s second high-stakes decision in two years dealing with the Voting Rights Act and will likely have an affect on redistricting legal battles in states like Virginia and North Carolina.

The case was brought by African-American lawmakers in Alabama who argued that the Republican-controlled Legislature packed thousands of black voters into existing majority-black state legislative districts to secure a GOP-advantage in the other districts. Republican lawmakers have maintained they were complying with the Voting Rights Act in moving the black voters to existing majority-minority districts.

Read more

RAW: Police brutalize unarmed black man in Michigan


RT News | March 26, 2015

Newly released police dashcam footage shows Michigan police officers violently pulling an unarmed African-American man from his car and then repeatedly punching him in the head while in full view of a police cruiser’s camera. At one point, 57-year-old Floyd Dent is thrust onto the hood of an officer’s car, with his bloodied and battered face visible.

READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/sg6btz

Find RT America in your area: http://rt.com/where-to-watch/
Or watch us online: http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/

New York media focuses disproportionately on blacks – report


RT News | March 26, 2015

A new report claims that media players in New York are continually over-reporting criminal incidents involving African-Americans, while the most recent numbers show that white-on-white crime is just as much of an issue. Manila Chan talks to radio and television personality Michael Lebron, popularly known as ‘Lionel,’ about the media distortion.

Find RT America in your area: http://rt.com/where-to-watch/
Or watch us online: http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/

Transgender inmate petitions Supreme Court for sex reassignment surgery


Jurist | March 17, 2015

[JURIST] A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked [cert. petition PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether “the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical reasons, such as security concerns.” According to the petition, the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) “violated the Eighth Amendment by refusing to provide petitioner … with necessary medical treatment that had been recommended by the DOC’s own doctors.” Although the trial court, as well as the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled for the inmate, Michelle Kosilek, the First Circuit granted a petition for rehearing where the decision was reversed, thus holding that there had been no Eighth Amendment violation.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights remain controversial throughout the US. Earlier this month the governor of Kansas rescinded [JURIST report] an executive order protecting LGBT state employees from the discrimination, and the Oklahoma House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [Reuters report] that would protect clergy members from involvement in lawsuits for their refusal to conduct same-sex marriages. Also this month the Florida House of Representatives [official website] introduced a bill that could prohibit [Huffington Post report] transgender people from choosing a bathroom, instead confining them to use the bathroom designated to the sex a person was at birth.

Read more

Barney Frank: Congress Has Closeted Gay Members


Barney Frank (CNN)

Eric Bradner | CNN | South Florida Gay News | March 23, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Rep. Barney Frank says he believes there are still closeted gay members of Congress — and he has no problem with them staying that way, as long as they’re not hypocrites.

The Massachusetts Democrat’s comments came as he discussed his new book, “Frank,” with CNN’s Gloria Borger on Sunday’s “State of the Union.”

He discussed telling then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill that he is gay — and said he thinks there are still closeted gay members in the House.

Read more

‘Suicide by Cop’ Cases Highlight Problematic Police Response to Mental Illness


Screenshot of the video of unarmed Anthony Hill. (photo: YouTube)
Screenshot of the video of unarmed Anthony Hill. (photo: YouTube)

Alice Speri | Vice | Reader Supported News | March 23, 2015

hen a Georgia police officer shot and killed Anthony Hill outside of Atlanta earlier this week, their interaction followed the script of countless others before it.

Someone called the police to report that Hill, a black Air Force vet with a history of bipolar disorder, was running around a residential complex — naked. Police later said that he was acting “deranged” and that he lunged at the officer who shot him. Hill was unarmed and evidently in the middle of a mental breakdown, but he ended up dead instead of in a mental healthcare facility.

This is an increasing occurrence, as mentally ill people regularly fail to receive the care they need and end up in often deadly encounters with law enforcement.

Read more

Why Are Armed Officers Patrolling America’s Schools?


Officer in school. (photo: Billings Gazette)
Officer in school. (photo: Billings Gazette)

Harold Jordan | Reader Supported News | March 22, 2015

s talk of law enforcement reform continues to swirl in the aftermath of the Department of Justice’s Ferguson report, some communities have quietly made progress in addressing how police interact with students.

Traditionally, police stepped on school grounds to respond to emergencies, such as those involving threats or major acts of violence, or to provide security, such as at arrival and dismissal times and at special events. What’s new is the growing trend of having police stationed in schools full-time. In other words, schools have become some officers’ beat. And like traditional policing, many officers walk this beat armed.

The consequence has been the rise of the school-to-prison pipeline, a disturbing trend where police officers get involved in routine student conflicts and disciplinary matters that are not particularly dangerous or violent. The result is too often an escalation of the incident resulting in students’ removal from school through arrest, citation, or fine.

Read more

Tag Cloud

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 399 other followers

%d bloggers like this: