gaywrites

gaywrites:

Police in the Orlando area have arrested a tow truck driver for apparently targeting the vehicles of LGBT people and illegally towing them during the annual Gay Days festival.

Jason Combs towed more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9, primarily from the Westwood Town Center parking lot across the street from the Gay Days host hotel. His contract with Westwood had already expired. Those whose cars were stolen had to travel by cab to a towing facility 10 miles away, which is also illegal in Florida. 

Police said Combs and “spotters” assisting him allegedly kept watch on the area and towed the vehicles within minutes of visitors parking to visit shops and other establishments.

“Visitors would park in the Westwood Town Center at 6109 Westwood Boulevard (across from the event’s headquarters) and patronize various shops and restaurants there, only to emerge and find that their cars were towed,” the Orange County Sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post announcing the arrest. “We will not tolerate those who take advantage of our citizens or visitors.”

He was charged with 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and 60 counts of violating a county towing ordinance. Good riddance. 

gaywrites

gaywrites:

TW: Transphobic violence, murder

A 26-year-old transgender woman was found dead in Baltimore this week, and police suspect her death was the result of a homicide. 

Mia Henderson died of “severe trauma” and was found Wednesday morning in an alley. Her death marks the second trans homicide in Baltimore in six weeks. She was the sister of Los Angeles Clippers player Reggie Bullock, who tweeted referring to Mia as “my brother.”

Violence against the trans community is a pervasive problem. The 2013 National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities states:

Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of homicide victims were transgender women, and more than two-thirds (67 percent) of homicide victims were transgender women of color, yet transgender survivors and victims only represent 13% of total reports to NCAVP.

We cannot keep letting this happen. All my thoughts going to Reggie and the rest of Mia’s family. 

huffingtonpost

huffingtonpost:

IKEA ADVERTISES ADOPTABLE DOGS IN STORES, BECAUSE EVERY HOME NEEDS A RESCUE PUP

The idea to display the pets inside the store started in Singapore as a collaboration between Ikea and two animal shelters, according to Business Insider. Together they formed the project Home for Hope.

Find out which state in the United States will be adopting rescue pet displays in Ikea stores here.

edwardspoonhands

YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.

In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.

"For women on the Internet, it doesn’t get better" by Samantha Allen (via femfreq)

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If there are any psychology / sociology grad students looking for research projects, I bet it would be very easy to find a bunch of internet douchebags who would gladly spew their effed up world views onto your carefully designed surveys.

I would really like to know more about these people…whether they’re “otherwise nice guys” IRL, or whether they have no friends because everyone has figured out how much they suck, or whether they have a social group where it’s acceptable to be, like, a terrible person. 

That would be simple and useful research to do, and also probably pretty easy to get published. 

I personally often find myself assuming very specific things about people who leave these kinds of comments, but up to this point I’ve never seen anyone do any actual research on what sorts of people they are. My assumptions could be entirely incorrect…and, indeed, probably are (since, in my experience, an individuals assumptions about sociological phenomena have a very low chance of matching with the complicated reality of culture.)

If anyone does this…put me in the acknowledgements! 

(via edwardspoonhands)