Obama Campaign Office Shooting: Shot Fired Into Denver Building, None Hurt

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/12/obama-office-shooting-denver_n_1963004.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

10/12/12

DENVER — Denver police say someone has fired a shot through the window of President Barack Obama’s Denver campaign office.

Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says people were inside the office when the shooting happened Friday afternoon, but no one was injured. A large panel of glass was left shattered at the office on West Ninth Avenue near Acoma Street.

Lopez says investigators are looking at surveillance video but have not yet confirmed a description of a vehicle that might be linked to the shooting. Police didn’t immediately release other details while detectives pursue leads.

Lopez says she isn’t aware of any previous threats against the campaign office.

The Secret Service referred questions about the incident to Denver police.

An Obama campaign spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Friday Night Fun and Culture: Rolling Stones

It has come to my attention that this month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Rolling Stones, “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” playing together. 

How perfect since this month also marks the fiftieth anniversary of my coming out to my parents as a transsexual, even though it took them another eight years to realize I was serious.

I was at the LA show in 1975 and wound up with a scarf Mick was wearing and tossed to a friend of mine.

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Rights group: Trans people could be ‘collateral damage’ in voter ID battle

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/11/rights-group-trans-people-could-be-collateral-damage-in-voter-id-battle/

By David Ferguson
Thursday, October 11, 2012

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) warns transgender Americans that stringent new voter ID laws could exclude them from casting a ballot this November.  Advocates urge transgender people to check and make certain that they are registered and that they have the proper ID needed in their state to vote.

“The right to vote is the right that all the others come from,” NCTE Director Mara Keisling told Raw Story.  ”Voting is really, really  important for marginalized people, because that’s how we affect change.”

And while Keisling does not believe that the network of stringent new voter ID laws that Republicans have imposed in states across the country is intended to disenfranchise trans people specifically, “I actually think we’re collateral damage.  I think there is a party that doesn’t want students to vote, that doesn’t want poor people to vote and doesn’t want people of color to vote,” which they’re trying to accomplish by various means including purging of voter rolls and, in Keisling’s words, “creating an atmosphere of confusion and intimidation” about who is allowed to vote, and when, and where.

She said these suppression efforts include everything “from the confusion of having new laws at the last minute to this organization called True the Vote, whose sole purpose is apparently to intimidate voters. There clearly are efforts this year to keep voting down and trans people are likely to get caught up in that.”

Vincent Villano, also of NCTE, said, “Voter ID laws and laws that require sex reassignment surgery in order to update IDs are barring trans people from voting.  Right now, there are nine states with strict photo ID requirements.  In nearly all of those states, trans people are being told that they have to undergo medical procedures, procedures that cost 20, 30, 40 thousand dollars, procedures that sometimes trans people don’t want to get, or are medically advised not to get so that they can update the ID that they need to vote.”

The 9 states are Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Tennessee. NCTE has put up an information page with links to each state’s voting requirements and more so that trans people can find out what they need to vote.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/11/rights-group-trans-people-could-be-collateral-damage-in-voter-id-battle/

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Sociology Dept. Chair Calls for Retraction of Anti-Gay Regnerus Study

From The New Civil Rights Movement:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/sociology-dept-chair-calls-for-retraction-of-anti-gay-regnerus-study/bigotry-watch/2012/10/11/50936

by Scott Rose
on October 11, 2012

Reposted with permission

Two professors of sociology call for  retraction of the Regnerus article and actions against the editor of the Social Science Research Journal 

A hoax study on gay parenting funded by the NOM-linked Witherspoon Institute and marked by deliberate deception and fraud is currently being used as a weapon in the courts and in the 2012 elections.

I asked Dr. Michael Schwartz, Chair of the Sociology Department of Stony Brook University, if he would call for retraction of the Regnerus study, which was published in Elsevier’s journal Social Science Research on June 10, 2012.

In an e-mail response, Dr. Schwartz told me:

“I believe that the journal should retract its acceptance of the article and will sign a collective appeal to Elsevier.  For me, the retraction is needed primarily because the review process was compromised in several critical ways, and that therefore publication as a peer-reviewed publication was and is inappropriate.”

I addition, I have now read and analyzed the article myself, and also read some of the critical (and supportive) commentaries on it.  It seems clear to me that if the article had been properly reviewed, that a whole menu of flaws in the research, in the analysis, and in the interpretation of evidence would make the article unpublishable.

In addition to the many flaws you point to in your commentary, one that I think is among the most salient is failing to report the evidence for children whose biological parents who did not live together until the child was 18, but who did not have gay affairs (that their children knew about).

Also, I think that actions of the editor, James Wright–including the review process, the publication of the article with invited commentaries from collaborators, the subsequent failure to give space to legitimate criticisms of the article, and other editorial misconduct–should be professionally sanctioned.  In addressing Elsevier, I think it would be appropriate to demand that they replace Wright with a new editor who will not violate the norms and values of scholarly publication. ”

Dr. Kenneth Sherrill is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Hunter College, also weighed in on the controversial article.  He told me:

The Publisher and the Editorial Board should be called upon to remove the editor of the journal. He has acted with what seems to me to be extraordinary irresponsibility and dereliction of duty. They should make a public statement of their action and they should publish that statement along with their rationale.” Dr. Sherrill also says: “Most importantly, the journal should publish a special issue on the theory and method of the Regnerus study. The journal has a professional responsibility to make the critiques public.

 

New York City-based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT-interest by-line has appeared on Advocate.com, PoliticusUSA.com, The New York Blade, Queerty.com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.

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“Black Madam” in court for allegedly killing British tourist with butt injection

From Philly.com:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20121011__quot_Black_Madam_quot__in_courtfor_allegedly_killing_British_tourist_with_butt_injection.html

BY STEPHANIE FARR
Philadelphia Daily News
Thu, Oct. 11, 2012

“THE BLACK Madam” offered two types of illegal booty enhancements – bubble butts and teardrops – but what the transgender gothic hip-hop artist gave to one British tourist was death, according to court testimony.

The Black Madam, whose real name is Padge Victoria Windslowe, was held for court Wednesday following her preliminary hearing for murder and related offenses in the February 2011 death of Claudia Aderotimi, 20.

Theresa Gymfi, 22, of London, England, testified about two trips she and Aderotimi made to Philadelphia to get silicone injections in their buttocks from Windslowe, 42, whom they knew only as “Lillian.”

They were introduced to Windslowe by New Jersey resident Scheffe “Sasha” Wilson, whom they met online, Gymfi said. Wilson arranged the enhancement sessions at the Hampton Inn near the airport and charged the girls a $300 referral fee each time.

Wilson allegedly told the girls that Windslowe was a nurse practitioner, even though she has no medical license or training.

Aderotimi and Gymfi first came to Philadelphia for the injections in November 2010.

“Lillian asked us if we’d like a bubble butt or a teardrop,” Gymfi said.

She said they chose bubble butts and Windslowe injected the girls several times in the buttocks and covered up the wounds with cotton balls and Krazy Glue.

Each paid around $2,500, she said. Neither experienced ill effects from the first session, so when they returned for a friend’s birthday trip in February 2012, they scheduled a touch-up with Windslowe through Wilson.

Continue reading at:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20121011__quot_Black_Madam_quot__in_courtfor_allegedly_killing_British_tourist_with_butt_injection.html

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Half Of Reparative Therapy Clients Are Youth

Canada gay ‘cure’ doctor arrested for sexually assaulting men

From Gay Star Newshttp://www.gaystarnews.com/article/canada-gay-cure-doctor-arrested-sexually-assaulting-men101012

A Canadian psychiatrist is to stand on trial for sexually abusing gay patients, he also used discredited aversion therapy on hundreds of South African lesbians and gays army conscripts to ‘cure’ them of their sexuality

By Dan Littauer
10 October 2012

Canadian psychiatrist, Aubrey Levin is to stand on trial next Wednesday, in Calgary, Canada for sexually assaulting 10 male patients.

The prosecution represents gay patients, who were mostly prisoners that were assigned by the Canadian justice system for treatment.

Aubrey Levin, infamously known as ‘Dr Shock’, has subjected hundreds of gay and lesbian soldiers and conscientious objectors in apartheid era South Africa to electric shocks ‘therapy’ in an attempt to ‘cure’ them of their sexuality and ‘devian’t ideas.

The Guardian, a British daily, reported that on Tuesday (9 October), a jury ruled that 73 year-old Levin was fit to stand trial after the defence claimed he was suffering from the early stages of dementia.

In March 2010 the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta suspended Levin’s license over accusations of abuse after a male patient secretly filmed the psychiatrist allegedly making sexual advances.

Levin was consequently arrested; however, earlier complaints by others were ignored by the Canadian authorities.

After his arrest, about 30 other male patients came forward accusing Levin of sexual abuse.

Continue reading at:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/canada-gay-cure-doctor-arrested-sexually-assaulting-men101012

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