A Mobile, Alabama woman is recovering after being beaten in what family members are calling a bias-motivated assault by her girlfriend's brother, WKRG reports:
A family is seeking justice after they say a girl named Mallory Owens was badly beaten on Thanksgiving day for being gay. They want charges upgraded on her alleged attacker, 18-year-old Travis Hawkins Jr. Hawkins turned himself in Sunday for second degree assault charges, but bonded out the same day.
Owens' supporters believe those charges should be upgraded to attempted murder...
...Her mother told News 5 her daughter was beaten by Hawkins because she is in a relationship with his sister and he does not approve. The family is calling this a hate crime and cannot believe her alleged attacker is walking free.
The assault on Owens was also reported in a widely-distributed Facebook post, with photos of her injuries:
Wrote Facebook user Sonia Mason:
FB FAM; pls contact WEAR & WKRG to immediately give media coverage to the vicious attack on this beautiful 23yr old girl, Mallory Owens in Mobile County, AL! Mallory was an invited guest Thanksgiving Day to her gf fam dinner & brother, Travis Hawkins Jr, has been arrested, charged, and released on bail for ONLY 2nd degree assault! Mallory had experienced a brain bleed, reconstructive facial surgeries, (metal plates due to crushed cheek bones), and skull fractures! This at best was an attempted murder! Mallory deserves justice for the horrific attack & by the Grace of God her long road to recover! It is reported that the accused attackers family stood by, did not intervene, and have threatened the victim family! Pls call the Mobile County prosecutor and demand that this case be addressed!
To Tony Perkins "leading [a] nation in repentance" is passing legislation that would execute people based on who they love.
A wasteful new internet trend has followed 'planking', 'Batmanning', and 'owling' in the UK, the Guardian reports:
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Among the creme de la creme of British youth, an udderly bizarre trend has emerged: milking. Undergraduates stand in public spaces, open a four-pint bottle of milk and pour its contents over their fully clothed bodies.
The trend started in Newcastle, where students have been filmed milking themselves in stations, shopping centres, hotels and roundabouts, and there are reports of the craze in Edinburgh, Oxford, Nottingham and Cirencester. Whey to go, students!
Delegates in New York approved a resolution that condemned killings based on sexual orientation and, for the first time, gender identity. An amendment by the United Arab Emirates to strip sexual orientation and gender identity from the list was defeated 86-44.
Gay rights advocates said the Vatican, a non-U.N. member with "observer" status, sought to remove all references to protected categories, but its proposal was never brought up for a vote.
The United States voted to retain the language based on sexual orientation and gender identity but abstained from the final vote as is its policy on votes related to the death penalty.
U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice applauded the vote:
"The proposed change would have effectively sent a message to the world that people targeted on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity do not enjoy the same right to life as others. The United States will fight to ensure that the remarkable progress the U.N. has made on LGBT issues in the last four years is not rolled back."
(h/t think progress)
A preview of Neil's Puppet Dreams, which premieres tomorrow on the Nerdist channel.
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Earlier this month there was a viral video warning to straight men from a group of gays: support marriage equality or we will marry your girlfriends.
Now a group of straight men is saying "please do!" And a group of lesbians is presenting a response to the response.
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