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India Gets First Transgender TV News Anchor: VIDEO

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In another milestone for transgender people in India, a transwoman named Padmini Prakash, 31, has been hired as a news anchor.

Working up to this career, Prakash has held jobs as a dance instructor and soap opera actress, and she's also participated in transgender beauty pageants.

Prakash has worked for Lotus News in the Indian state Tamil Nadu since last August. One of her earliest breaks moving up the ladder came with a promotion to do the channel's daily 7 p.m. special bulletin, a hire motivated largely by Prakash's popularity with viewers.

But, despite this success story, Prakash says she's faced discrimination all her life, even cutting ties with family due to "pressure."

In a quote to the Times of India (via GLAAD), Prakash describes her anxiety in becoming an on-air anchor:

I was very worried because I also had to focus on my diction and maintain a steady narrative pace to ensure that there was clarity and viewers could understand me.

Check out video of Prakash in action, AFTER THE JUMP...

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California: Gay Wedding Interrupted By Man Shouting 'Go Home Homos!' — VIDEO

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Arizonans Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had their August 17th California wedding rudely interrupted by homophobic slurs coming from the balcony of a nearby condo complex, reports ABC 10 News.

Gay slurs at california weddingDe Las Salas, Jackson and thirty guests had gathered in Centennial Park, Coronado to exchange vows. However, cellphone footage shows the officiant standing in front of the couple while someone is shouting the words "homos" and "go home homos."

Wedding musician David De Alva said that whoever was responsible “really wanted to humiliate the people there. He said, 'go home fags.’”

De Alva added that although the condo balconies appeared empty, throughout the service the slurs kept coming.

Jackson said:

“It's just sad that that is now ingrained for the rest of our lives in our wedding day. That person took a chunk of what should have been a beautiful day and turned it into something nasty and full of hate."

The couple have written to and received apologies from the city of Coronado and the condo complex's Home Owner’s Association.

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German Daredevil Breaks World Record With Perilous Slacklining Stunt: VIDEO

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Got a case of the Monday blahs? This will get your blood pumping. At just 21 years old, German daredevil Julian Mittermaier has broken a world record for the highest high-line stunt.

While Mittermaier did the stunt in August — traversing the Mauvoisin Dam in Switzerland — new photos and video are just being released. You may recognize the scenery from the 1995 James Bond film "GoldenEye."

Said Mittermaier in a quote to The Sun (via NYDN):

The moment I had solid ground beneath my feet the party started.

And how. Check the video out AFTER THE JUMP...

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Twitter Crowdsources Manhunt for Philadelphia Hate-Crime Attackers, Suspects Turn Themselves In: VIDEO

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Yesterday, we told you about a brutal hate crime that took place in Philadelphia's City Center. Last night, Philadelphia Police released a surveillance video that appeared to show a group of up to 12 people they identified as suspects in the assault. Shortly thereafter, the video spread like wildfire on social media and resulted in the suspects being identified. Philadelphia Magazine reports: 

PhillyWithin hours, former Real Housewives of New Jersey castmate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo [pictured right] that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City. 

Not long after, police were contacted by lawyers for the suspects. 6ABC reports: "Late Tuesday night, Action News has learned attorneys for some members of the group have called police. They are making arrangements to bring their clients in for questioning on Wednesday."

Twitter user @FanSince09 also played a pivotal role in identifying the suspects. He was able to identify the restaurant shown in the background of the photo tweeted by Bennett and also used Facebook check-ins to help identify the attackers. 

No arrests have been made, but Philadelphia police are crediting Twitter and social media users with helping to solve this case.

Philadelphia native and NPR social media guru Melody Kramer documented how the crowdsourced Twitter sleuthing went down using Storify. Check out her excellent timeline along with a news report that shows the surveillance video in question and includes an interview with @FanSince09, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Philadelphia Gay Couple Beaten In Possible Hate Crime - VIDEO

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Philadelphia police are investigating a possible hate crime in which two gay men were attacked, beaten and robbed last Thursday night.

According to NBC10, the 27-year-old and 28-year-old victims were walking from a restaurant at around 10:45 p.m. when they were approached by a visibly intoxicated group of two men and six women.

When one of the men replied “Yes, do you have a problem?” when asked “Is this your fucking boyfriend?”, the group allegedly attacked the men, punching and kicking them in the face, head and chest. One of the suspects also snatched a bag containing a cell phone, wallet and credit cards.

One of the men underwent surgery last Sunday morning and has since been released from hospital.

Police, who have not confirmed that the attack was a hate crime, say the two male suspects had a "husky" build, brown hair and were wearing brown shirts and shorts.

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IDAHO: Lewiston City Councilors Speak Out on Why They Oppose LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance - VIDEO

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City councilors in Lewiston, Idaho, have spoken out against a proposed non-discrimination ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate in housing, employment and public accommodation based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, reports KLEWTV.

Lewiston City Council Mayor Pro Tem R.J. Johnson said that although all seven members of the council are against discrimination based on sexual orientation, ordinance 4614 would infringe “on our basic civil liberties."

According to Jesse Maldonado, the youngest person ever elected to the Lewiston City Council, it is currently “legal to discriminate in the workforce, hiring or firing, or refusing someone service or not giving someone housing if they are gay lesbian, or transgender and there's no ramifications for doing so. So basically what this ordinance would do would make it a misdemeanor to do that which could then be punishable by jail time or a fine."

However, councilor Clinton Daniels said that 4614 could lead to retailers being “put in jail for six months” with a fine of $1,000 for refusing to serve LGBT customers. In a statement, Daniels said:

"My strong belief in liberty compels me to oppose ordinances that do not respect private property, freedom of association, and voluntary contracts; even when the stated goal of such ordinances is something I support.

When you engage in commerce, whether it be for a personal sale or a commercial one, it is a form of a contract, and in a free society all contracts should be voluntary."

Maldonado has since asked supporters to attend the next of two further readings of the ordinance on September 22nd.

 

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