Trans woman decapitated in Mexico

Every week a new horror story of yet another transsexual or transgender person being murdered.  Because so many of these victims are sex workers these brutal crimes are often treated as less serious than if they involved some one straight and middle class.

From Bilrico

http://www.bilerico.com/2010/04/trans_woman_decapitated_in_mexico.php

Filed by: Joe Mirabella

April 8, 2010 12:00 PM

The body of a trans woman was found decapitated in Chihuahua, Mexico. Her body was found a kilometer away from her head. Authorities believe she was still alive during the decapitation because fear was frozen on her face.

According to Carlaantonelli.com

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Letter shows future Pope Benedict XVI resisted defrocking molester priest

From Raw Story

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0410/letter-shows-future-pope-benedict-xvi-resisted-defrocking-molester-priest/

By The Associated Press
Saturday, April 10th, 2010 — 3:10 am

AP EXCLUSIVE: Letter shows future Pope Benedict XVI resisted defrocking molester priest

The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including “the good of the universal church,” according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature.

The correspondence, obtained by The Associated Press, is the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican’s insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the Catholic Church’s doctrinal watchdog office.

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CLPP 2010: Feminism and the rights of people involved in sex work and street economies

From Feministing:

http://www.feministing.com/archives/020708.html

This panel was an incredible conversation about the issues surrounding sex work and street economies. What was so great about it was that it featured and centered the experiences of folks who are sex workers themselves or work directly with sex workers.

So often conversations and debates about sex work simply leave the workers themselves out completely.

These notes are not a comprehensive view of the discussion, but some notes after the jump. Check out the organizations that were present for some really great work that is trying to address the needs of folks in the sex work industry directly.

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Cyndi Lauper to open homeless shelter for LGBT youth

From 365 Gay

http://www.365gay.com/news/cyndi-lauper-to-open-homeless-shelter-for-lgbt-youth/

By Ruth Schneider, 365gay.com
04.09.2010 12:44pm EDT

Cyndi Lauper is proving girls do more than just “wanna have fun.” They also fight for causes close to their heart.

Lauper, according to DNAinfo, plans to open a homeless shelter in Harlem in New York City  for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual youth.

“Kids are coming out in greater numbers as they see themselves accepted and represented on TV and in movies, but they’re still being kicked out of their homes or running away and living on the streets,” Lauper said in a statement.

Lauper – who is working on the project with her publicist, Lisa Barbaris, and Colleen Jackson, West End Inter generational Residence executive directors – plans to raise money for the project through her True Colors Fund.

There are roughly 3,000 to 8,000 homeless LGBT kids in New York City according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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