A Chicago cabbie tried to force Steven White and his boyfriend Matt McCrea from his cab on the side of the Kennedy Expressway on the way from O'Hare Airport after they kissed briefly in the back seat, CBS Chicago reports:
During the ride, McCrea “leaned over to look at something on the phone and then he leaned in to kiss me,” White recalls.
McCrea says it was a closed-mouth kiss that lasted all of a second. It did not go over well with their cab driver, the two men say. “He indicated that it was a public mode of transportation and we shouldn’t kiss in his cab,” White says. “He pulled the cab over and stopped and wanted us to get out — on the Kennedy.”
“He could have asked us to please don’t do that and handle the situation a lot differently than it was handled,” McCrea says.
After asking them to get out on the shoulder of the busy roadway at 11:30 pm, the cabbie, from the Sun Taxi Association, eventually pulled in to a grocery store nearby. The cabbie claimed they were "making sex" according to CBS Chicago.
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Marcel Neergard, an 11-year-old gay student from Oak Ridge, Tennessee is speaking out in a powerful video against his state's 'Don't Say Gay' bill, and one of its proponents, Oak Ridge Representative John Ragan.
In the video, accompanied by his parents, Neergard talks about realizing when he was gay and the dangers of the bill, and the dangers kids face when other kids aren't educated:
"You have parents who don't want to talk about gays and dont want to teach their children about gays, then they don't know anything about it and they don't get the education about what being gay is."
Neergard has set up a petition asking StudentsFirst to rescind their honor of educational "Reformer of the Year" bestowed upon John Ragan.
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Neergard has also published an accompanying op-ed in the Huff Post.
During my first year in middle school, I experienced severe bullying. I was called terrible names that were quite hurtful. At that time, I had just realized that I'm gay, and the bullies used the word "gay" as an insult. This made me feel like being gay was horrible, but my parents told me otherwise. Their support was tremendous. But as powerful as their love was, it couldn't fight off all the bullying. I don't want anyone else to feel the way I did. No one deserves that much pain, no matter who they are. This was my reason for writing the petition.
The Boston Police have sent out an alert to the LGBT community, Bay Windows reports:
According to police, the male suspect(s) are connecting with male individuals, either in person at area bars or online via hookup sites. After meeting in person and being invited to the victim’s home, the suspect allegedly drugs the victim and robs the home. No assaults have been reported.
There may be more than one suspect involved in the robberies.
Police would like other victims to come forward, are urging the LGBT community to use caution, and would like to hear about any tips at 1 800 494 TIPS or text CRIME (27463).