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Lesbian Couple Beaten Unconscious In Homophobic Attack in Ireland

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A lesbian couple in Limerick, Ireland were left bleeding and unconscious following a homophobic attack last Sunday, reports the Independent.

Map-limerickRoisin Prendergast (above, left) and Ciara Murphy (above, right) were walking in the direction of a food outlet at around 2am when two men began "firing homophobic slurs" at them.

Prendergast said:

"We had literally left our apartment only minutes before when these two grown men started shouting abuse at us about being lesbians. Initially we shouted back as we are used to this kind of abuse - but then they walked back towards us and started shoving us roughly."

Following a ten-minute attack, one of the men returned and “threw Ciara against a shop window.”

When the men finally left the scene, Murphy lay unconscious following a knock to her head, while Prendergast had been beaten and was in a state of shock.

The day after the attack, Prendergast wrote on Facebook:

“I know our bruises will heal, I know we will be okay but this is not something I am going to let go. Watching someone you love getting hurt while you yourself are getting hurt is not something anyone should ever have to endure straight or gay. This to me was a hate crime. I am finished crying, today starts the first of many actions which will be taken to get justice.”

Police have launched an investigation but say that the CCTV footage is of too poor quality to be used for identification purposes.

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Duke Athletes Tackle Homophobia And Other Slurs With 'You Don't Say' Campaign

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An ad campaign started by a group of college students to bring awareness and combat words that marginalize and belittle people based on their sexual orientation, gender, race or disability has now blossomed to include 41 student-athletes from Duke University reports OutsportsThe athletes pose in uniforms and training outfits next to words they don't say and why they don't say them. The campaign was founded by senior Daniel Kort and juniors Anuj Chhabra, Christie Lawrence and Jay Sullivan and on Jan. 7 issued its second online push featuring the student athletes.

Said Kort:

"Sports are really integral to our campus culture, and with that comes a pretty big microphone around our athletic culture. It's easier to dismiss a message if it's coming from a social justice-oriented group on campus...by getting people who aren’t traditionally seen as the social justice kids on campus to stand up for this message, it carries a lot more weight. It’s also that these student-athletes care a lot about the issues."

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 5.18.10 PMKort and his collaborators work received national recognition from the Huffington Post and CNN. Although a sizable portion of the campaign deals with homophobic terms, other ads tackle racist terms such as "oreo," and "illegal alien," sexist comments including "man up," and "they asked for it," and mental illness pejoratives such as "psycho," and "retarded."

Of course, the worthwhile campaign is already receiving detractors attempting to tear down the campaign's message. Those who oppose "You Don't Say" claim the campaign is based on censorship and the project is a "hypersensitive" attempt to limit free speech. Kort said that last time most of the negativity came from Facebook, although after the relaunch, detractors have taken more to Twitter to combat the project. Kort and Sullivan have been adamant throughout their two campaigns that the project is not meant to censor speech, but rather to bring a new light to the way students use it. With the student-athletes support, it seems the message is clearly heard on Duke’s campus.

You can follow the "You Don't Say" campaign on Twitter.


Singer Alexander O'Neal Apologizes For Calling Perez Hilton 'Silly-Ass Faggot' On Celebrity Big Brother: VIDEO

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Singer Alexander O'Neal (above) has apologized for calling Perez Hilton a "faggot" on English reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother, reports The Mirror.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c73908b6970b-250wiO'Neal's outburst came after Hilton (right) had been antagonizing the singer by blowing him kisses.

“I know what you want but you’re not going to get it ... you’re going to sit there with that silly ass faggot look on your face,” said O'Neal.

O’Neal later told housemates that although he regretted his choice of words, he didn’t regret using that phrase against the celeb blogger.  Suggesting a threat of violence had the incident occurred off camera, he added:

"He knows well that he couldn't do that out there, but he did that in here 'cos it's safe in the Big Brother house. He taunted me...no man taunts me ever, you don't play with me.

"I apologise to the gay community. I have gay cousins, gay friends, I have people in my family that I love with a passion, if anybody hit them or messed with them the wrong way it's on. God don't make no mistakes.

"For that I apologise, but I never apologise for what I said about him to him ever.”

Although some housemates were supportive of Hilton, others were shocked by his antagonistic behavior towards O’Neal.

Following his apology, O’Neal disappeared into the diary room and didn’t return.  Housemates were later informed that the singer had made the decision to leave the show.

Watch a clip of the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last year, former heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield was reprimanded by Celebrity Big Brother for saying being gay is akin to being "handicapped" and "is a choice." Holyfield later apologized. 

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Singer Alexander O'Neal Quits Celebrity Big Brother After Calling Perez Hilton A 'Silly-Ass Faggot' - VIDEO

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Soul singer Alexander O'Neal has walked away from Celebrity Big Brother UK after receiving a formal warning by producers on Saturday for directing an anti-gay slur at gossip blogger and fellow housemate Perez Hilton during an ongoing feud. 

The Daily Record reports:

Tension had been brewing between the pair since early in the morning, when Hilton woke O'Neal with his persistent coughing.

"What the f*** are you coming up here coughing all around me for?" O'Neal yelled.

Later he confided in housemates: "That's what he wants. He's blowing kisses at me ... He wants me to kick his ass."

As the other celebrities in the Big Brother house urged Hilton to keep his distance, he instead followed O'Neal into the lounge room and stared at him silently.

"I know what you want, but you're not going to get it. I know exactly what you want. And in America, you know what you'd get, don't you? You want that now, but you're not going to get it. You're taunting me. You're coming over here, you're following me, you're bothering me," O'Neal said.

"You're not going to say one word. You're just going to sit there with that silly-ass f***** look on your face."

Housemates reacted immediately, with one responding: "No no no no no no no!"

"He called me the F-word, which is incredibly offensive," Hilton said, recoiling.

The Daily Mail adds Hilton went into the Diary Room shortly afterwards to tell Big Brother he wanted to go home because he feared for his safety and was hungry. 

Hilton'Hello Big Brother,' he announced. 'So before I go to bed, I want to reiterate that I would really like to go home. I feel very strongly and calmly about this.

'I don't want to be in the house anymore for my own safety. Before I came into the house, I said that the two most important things to me were safety and food. I do not want to fear for my safety and I do not want to go hungry - but now I am.

O'Neal reportedly attempted to make amends with Hilton before his exit but was ignored. Later in the episode, Big Brother announced O'Neal's departure to the rest of the house by revealing a farewell message from O'Neal that read: "To all my housemates, I have had a great experience with you guys and I have mad love for almost all of you."

Watch it go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last year, former heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield was reprimanded by Celebrity Big Brother producers for saying being gay is akin to being "handicapped" and "is a choice." Holyfield later apologized. 

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Former Lowe's Employee Sues For Antigay Discrimination And Harassment

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Former Lowe's employee Adam Haimowitz claims he was the target of homophobic taunts, verbal harassment and subsequently fired for testifying in a colleague's discrimination case against the hardware giant reports The AdvocateHaimowitz, 32, worked at the Lowe's in Orangeburg, N.Y. for 11 years, and he regularly filed complaints with the company's human resources department regarding the anti-gay harassment he endured. Haimowitz's complaints yielded no results as the alleged harassment continued.

Haimowitz's lawsuit claims a female manager called him a "whore," and said to him that the promiscuity of gay men was well-documented. The lawsuit also contains details about an incident where a male supervisor asked Haimowitz for oral sex, and that a coworker "joked" that someone might contract AIDS when Haimowitz inadvertently cut his finger. "They got a kick out of it. I guess they got pleasure out of it," Haimowitz told Journal News. 

The lawsuit claims that Haimowitz was fired based on trumped-up reasons that only turned into formal complaints in the months following his 2012 testimony in support of a gay colleague who sued the company for "sex-based harassment." That lawsuit, filed by an Edward Marse, settled in April 2014 under the agreement Marse would not discuss the terms of the settlement. Prior to Marse's settlement, Haimowitz held a perfect record with the company in the four years leading up to his testimony. However, a month after the company reached a settlement with Marse, Haimowitz claims he was written up twice for a "time and attendance" infraction and for "using strong language on the floor," reports Journal News. Haimowitz's lawsuit contends he was terminated under the pretext of "making inappropriate comments on the floor."

A spokeswoman for Lowe's declined to comment to Journal News, but the company has long held a rough relationship with the LGBT community. The Human Rights Campaign's latest Corporate Equality Index gave Lowe's a score of 30 out of 100, and noted that although the company's nondiscrimination policy includes sexual orientation and gender identity, it does not offer equal spousal benefits to same-sex couples, nor does it offer trans-inclusive health care coverage, LGBT cultural competency training or LGBT employee groups.


Alabama to Recall 'N0H0M0' License Plate

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The "N0H0M0" Alabama license plate that made waves on social media earlier this week, will now be recalled by the state's Department of Revenue, the Associated Press reports:

Revenue Department spokeswoman Amanda Collier says the license plate with the saying "NOHOMO" slipped past its three-member review panel. She says the state prohibits personalized tags with profane or vulgar messages.

Collier added taht the car owner can appeal the decision. 


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