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Saudi Man Sentenced To Three Years And 450 Lashes For 'The Practice Of Homosexuality'

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for “the practise of homosexuality,” after attempting to arrange to meet another man using Twitter, reports LGBTQ Nation.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transexual Rights UAEArabic newspaper Al-Watan said that “the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice...tracked down the owner of the account” of the man who was trying to arrange sex with another man.

The man’s phone, which contained pornographic images, was also confiscated.

Abdulla, the chair of the United Arab Emirates LGBT group said:

“It is infuriating and disheartening when a country that was elected not too long ago to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council arrogantly and nonchalantly violates its core principles and harms its own citizens. Not only is the fundamental human right for privacy breached but the entrapment and sentence also breaches several human rights charters."

Abdulla continued that “if the man survives this ordeal he will find himself an outcast and will be in danger for life after he completes this harsh sentence.”

Saudi Arabia is known for its harsh anti-hay laws. In 2011, Ali Ahmed Asseri, a gay former Saudi diplomat living in Los Angeles in fear for his life, was denied asylum. Asseri's appeal earlier this year was successful.


YouTube Complaints 2014 - VIDEO

YouTube Complaints 2014

YouTube Complaints 2014 is here.

Watch Barely Political bring the complaints of regular YouTube users to life.

"I've seen all the ads for YouTube on tv, billboards, even the one they wrapped around the subway. So basically you've got me. I'm in!  I'll take one YouTube."

"Um...there's only one YouTube."

"Okay. How much?"

"Um...I don't know. Several billion dollars?"

"Don't you think you should put that in the ads? Good try but no thank you.  I'll buy a book instead...a Facebook."

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Threatening Letters Sent To San Diego Gay Bars - VIDEO

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Threatening letters have been sent to two gay bars in San Diego.

Baja Betty's and Flicks, both in the Hillcrest area of the city, received the letters that threaten “car accidents, even death,” according to ABC 10 News.

The letters, each with fake return addresses, come amid a series of decisions favouring same-sex marriage in California.

The 15-page letter sent to Baja Betty’s, written by “Eddie 777, servant and messenger of God Yahweh,” says that the bar is full of pedophiles and sex addicts and that “god will punish you, Mr owner and staff, with bad luck, bad karma, injuries, accidents, car accidents, and worse, death.”

Speaking to ABC 10 News, Baja Betty’s marketing manager Eddie Reynoso said:

"In my opinion, it's a definite reflection of the current progress toward equality. It's not going to distract us from our momentum. In fact, it's going to make us celebrate even more.”

Although a report has been filed, police have yet to make a statement.

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South Carolina Police Chief Crystal Moore, Fired For Being Lesbian, Reinstated By Town Vote

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Residents of Latta, South Carolina, yesterday voted to reinstate police chief Crystal Moore, who was fired by Latta mayor Earl Bullard in April for reasons that many residents claim had to do with her sexuality.

Today however, Bullard installed a new police chief in defiance of the voters' decision. 

Bullard caused controversy last month when after seven reprimands he fired Moore, alleging that she failed to maintain order. The mayor also questioned Moore’s authority. Moore maintained that she had not failed in her duties and that the reprimands were the first she had received in her 23 year career.

Bullard's decision to remove Moore from her position came as a council member released a recorded phone call in which the mayor said that he would prefer to leave his children with an alcoholic over someone whose "lifestyle is questionable."

According to Ryan Wilson, the director of South Carolina Equality, it’s clear from the recording “that the mayor has some very anti-LGBT or anti-gay feelings. I think the mayor owes an apology to the thousands of South Carolinians who are gay and transgender, particularly the ones who live in the town of Latta.”

A town grievance committee reviewed the evidence last week but found no conclusion could be reached regarding Bullard’s decision.

Crystal moore facebook pageHowever, hundreds of the town’s 1,400 residents vocally supported Moore and a website was set up to help her with living expenses and potential legal costs.

On Monday, Moore wrote on Facebook: “Remember to VOTE, June 24th in Latta, across from Town Hall 7am-7pm. Please vote “Yes”. I am so ready to go back to work to serve and protect our town. This "Yes" vote means I will be back."

Despite today's actions by Bullard, the vote will be certified this Friday, changing the town’s government structure from “mayor-strong” to “council-strong”, at which point the council will assume all hiring and firing capacity. 

The Council has already indicated that it intends to rehire Moore.



Handsome Felon's Mugshot Goes Viral, Now Up to 95,000 Facebook 'Likes'

Jeremy meeks convicted felon photo goes viral on stockton police department facebook pageA mugshot of Jeremy Meeks, a Northern California native arrested on felony weapons charges, has garnered more than 95,000 likes on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page.

According to the department’s spokesperson Officer Joseph Silva, no previous mugshot has received as much attention since the Facebook page started in March 2012.

Meeks was arrested along with three other men on June 18th on five weapons charges during an operation that aimed to curtail an increase in shootings and robberies in Stockton.

One commenter on Facebook said of Meeks: “Wow! Soo handsome! Model material!”

However, Officer Silva pointed out that Meeks is “one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area.”

Meeks' wife is reportedly "upset and furious" that he is getting so much attention.


New Facebook Feature Reveals Exact Moment Your Life Started Going Downhill: VIDEO

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Facebook's new LifePoint function distills each user's mistakes into one easy-to-find moment when their lives irrevocably took a turn for the worse.

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