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California Cleaner Labels Man 'Buggerer', 'SODOMITE' After Losing Compensation Case: VIDEO

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A California man locked in a battle for compensation with a local dry cleaner following damage to throw pillows says he has been on the receiving end of homophobic slurs and abusive language, reports Huffington Post.

Bugger_2When Byron Batista returned to North Hollywood's Rosali Cleaners last January to collect the pillows, he noticed one of them had been badly torn.

The owner - who identified herself as Rosali - refused to give Batista a refund and allegedly began screaming obscenities and slurs at him.

According to Batista, the woman “started saying, 'Fuck you, fuck you, fag’. That's when she took her middle finger and mimicked putting it up her butt."

He says he took the cleaners to court not for the $75 dollars refund but because he didn't want a homophobe to win.

CleanersHowever, he was shocked to discover that the compensation check was made out to Byron "the buggerer" Batista. When he complained to the judge, the cleaners wrote “SODOMITE” next to his name on a follow-up payment.

Batista said that he must now approach the judge again for help.  In the meantime, he wants to ensure that nobody else has to deal with the bigoted cleaners.  

"I don’t mind being targeted. I want the community to know that if they want leather cleaned, this is not the place to go."

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U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu Introduces Federal Bill That Would Ban Ex-Gay Reparative Therapy

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LGBT conversion therapy would be considered fraud and outlawed in all 50 states through the Federal Trade Commission under a proposal introduced by a California Democrat on Tuesday. 

As a member of the California Legislature, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu authored the Golden State's ban on conversion therapy to change people's sexual orientation. However, his federal "Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act" would go further than the California law, applying to people of all ages and not just those under 18. The proposal would also explicitly prohibit therapy to change people's gender identity, an idea that has gained momentum in the wake of the death of Leelah Alcorn.  

BuzzFeed News reports: 

“The public views conversion therapy as quackery, as something that harms people,” Lieu told BuzzFeed News on Monday afternoon, just after landing back in D.C. from California. “Eventually, I believe Congress will catch up to that, but you do need to start somewhere, so that’s why we’re introducing this legislation.”

He faces an uphill battle: The legislation, which would label conversion therapy an “unfair or deceptive act or practice” that would be illegal under the Federal Trade Commission Act, is being introduced with less than three dozen co-sponsors — all of whom are Democrats.

Lieu does, however, have a powerful ally in his effort. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has signed on as an original co-sponsor of the bill.

California, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington, D.C. are the only jurisdictions that have passed laws banning conversion therapy, but only for minors. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama came out in support of banning the discredited practice. 

David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign, said the following of Lieu's bill: 

“This vitally important legislation has the potential to save countless lives across this country by helping to end a practice that uses fear and shame to tell LGBT people the only way to find love or acceptance is to change the very nature of who they are. We’re proud to work alongside Congressman Lieu and our partners to send a different message - a message of hope, acceptance, and love where such a demeaning and destructive practice isn’t promoted as useful therapy. Ending this harmful profit-making practice is something that all of Congress should be able to rally behind.”


Gay Couple Behind Viral Dodger Stadium 'Kiss Cam' Reveal Their Identity: VIDEO

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The gay couple who shared a kiss on Dodger Stadium's Kiss Cam that garnered vocal support from the crowd and later quickly spread throughout the Internet have finally revealed their identity. Couple Steven and Rick Simone-Friedland, who committed to each other in 1999 and later legally wed in a Van Nuys courthouse in 2013, were asked by a camerawoman at the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Saturday if they wanted to appear on the Kiss Cam; Rick agreed, but Steven expressed some trepidation about the crowd's possible reaction:

Dodger"I turned to my husband, I turned to Rick, and I said 'You know, this could go badly. This could not go well,' but then we did it, because we thought it would be just so fun to do, and then we heard the crowd — and that was really unexpected, and beautiful, and affirming.

"All we did was kiss. What made everyone's day was the crowd reaction … I don't think anybody was expecting that reaction … I kiss my husband every single day. That's not the big deal. The big deal is what happened immediately after. That's just the most amazing thing."

Video of the lovely couple's smooch went viral, with the two receiving national recognition including a special mention on Conan and appearing in an interview last night on Lawrence O'Donnell's program The Last Word. 

Watch the two discuss their experience before and after the smooch occurred with Lawrence O'Donnell, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Transgender Game Developer Commits Suicide After Enduring Persistent Cyberbullying

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A transgender game developer committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge last Thursday after enduring abuse from online trolls, Vocativ.com reports

Developer Rachel Bryk, who suffered chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, published a comment on a 4chan forum saying that she chose to withdraw from various sites after suffering persistent transphobic comments from fellow users. 

Just days before her death, Bryk wrote several suicide comments with other users mockingly responding to her with comments such as "jumping off a bridge isn’t rocket science," and, "good riddance." Bryk's work on Wii emulators earned her a supportive following online; her followers created memorial posts online in her honor with tributes to her work and prompting discussions of transphobia in online communities after Bryk's death. Bryk’s suicide follows the suicide of Fallbrook, Calif. trans teen Taylor Alesena on April 2 who posted a video to YouTube addressing the transphobia she faced at school.

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Catholics Call for Pope Francis to Oust Anti-Gay SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in Full Page Ad

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SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has a long and continuing history of demonizing gays.

In February, we reported on a new "purity test" he had instituted for Catholic schools which threatened termination for teachers who give any statement that contradicts church doctrine, including holding a position that homosexuality is anything other than "gravely evil."

Cordileone's new rules even applied to sharing photos and personal opinions on social media sites like Facebook. For instance, if a teacher posted photos on Facebook of a gay son's wedding, that would be cause for review.

Vigils have been held against the evil archbishop.

But Cordileone's crusade against gays goes back much further.

He attended the National Organization for Marriage's hate march with Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee because, he said "love is the answer". He spoke out against marriage equality when it began to pass in several states, calling it a "serious injustice" and warned Catholics against attending same-sex weddings.

And perhaps worst of all, Cordileone was also a central strategist in the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California.

Cordileone_adAnd he's been arrested for driving drunk.

Now, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members are calling for Pope Francis to replace Cordileone, the SF Chronicle reports:

In their open letter to the pope, Cordileone’s critics say his morality-clause push is mean-spirited and “sets a pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.”

The ad drew swift condemnation from the archdiocese, which said those who signed it don’t speak for San Francisco’s Catholic community.

The list of signatories includes Brian Cahill, the retired executive director of Catholic Charities, former city commissioner and Boudin Bakery executive Lou Giraudo, retired Swinerton Builders Chairman David Grubb, businessman and former political consultant Clint Reilly and his wife, Janet, San Francisco attorney Michael Kelly, and Charles Geschke, chairman of Adobe Systems and former head of the University of San Francisco Board of Trustees. Also on the list is Tom Brady Sr., father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The letter accuses Cordileone of marginalizing women in the church, disregarding advice from fellow priests in favor of outside advisers, having a "single-issue agenda" against gay marriage, going in an opposite direction from the Pope, causing discord with youth, and much more.

Still, Cordileone wants to attend this year's NOM hate march again.

With all luck, he'll be out of San Francisco before that.


Bullied Transgender California Teen Dies In Apparent Suicide: VIDEO

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A Fallbrook, California trans teen who spoke on YouTube about being the victim of bullying has taken her own life, reports ABC 10 News.

In a video posted last November, Taylor Alesena talked about her loneliness at Fallbrook High School, saying "I've lost friends - tons of friends - and it's been hell.”

Max Disposit, executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside, said that Taylor was constantly cyber-bullied and called names in school but nothing changed when she complained to counselors.

The Fallbrook Union High School District issued the following statement:

"One of Fallbrook High School's students tragically passed away during the spring break, on Thursday, April 2.

“We are attempting to honor the family's request for privacy while also helping our students and staff who have been impacted by this sad event. The district has had counselors on site to support our school community.

“Fallbrook High has a continuum of appropriate services (social, emotional, academic) to ensure every student is supported and successful at Fallbrook High School. It is never easy when something like this happens, but we are working to move forward together and stronger than before."

Last month 16-year-old North Carolina trans teen Ashlyn Haffner died close to his family’s Indian Trail home when he stepped into the path of an oncoming vehicle, the same way Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn died in December of last year.

Watch an ABC 10 report on Taylor’s death, AFTER THE JUMP...

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