New reports of LGBTQ Chechens detained; HRC calls on Dept. of Ed. & DOJ to protect ALL students
NEW WAVE OF PERSECUTION AGAINST LGBTQ CHECHENS: Russian LGBT groups report that about 40 people have been detained, and two killed since last month. "Nearly two years after reports first surfaced of anti-LGBTQ violence and killings in Chechnya, we are once again hearing disturbing accounts of state-sanctioned detentions and abuse," said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@TyWesleyCobb). "We have repeatedly called on the Trump-Pence White House to speak out and help bring an end to this persecution, but instead the White House has largely ignored the actions of the Russian-backed regime in Chechnya. Human rights violators in Chechnya must be held accountable and be brought to justice. Lives are hanging in the balance." More from Gay Times, The New York Times and The Associated Press.
2/ @HRC has repeatedly called on the Trump-Pence White House to speak out and help bring an end to this persecution, but instead the White House has largely ignored the actions of the Russian-backed regime in Chechnya. https://t.co/QYmpHdXpHJ pic.twitter.com/d2D2839W3Q— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 11, 2019
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HRC JOINS 74 NATIONAL ORGS CALLING ON DEPT. OF ED. AND DOJ TO PROTECT ALL STUDENTS: The letter calls on Trump-Pence administration officials to immediately recommit to vigorous enforcement of our civil rights laws and a meaningful response to racial discrimination in school discipline. More from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
TEXAS LEGISLATURE’S FIRST LGBTQ CAUCUS FORMED: It will be chaired by State Rep. Mary González. More from Dallas Morning News.
HRC LAMENTA LA MUERTE DE KEVIN FRET, ACTIVISTA LGBTQ Y ARTISTA DE TRAP ABIERTAMENTE GAY, ASESINADO EN PUERTO RICO: Fret, de 24 años, fue asesinado el jueves por la mañana en San Juan. Más de TheObjective y The New York Times.
TRANS WOMAN DESCRIBES FRIGHTENING ASSAULT IN NORTH CAROLINA BATHROOM: Police have charged two women with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery for the crime. More from WRAL.
UNITED METHODIST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CALL ON CHURCH TO BECOME MORE LGBTQ INCLUSIVE: Their statement comes just weeks before the United Methodist Church’s denominational meeting where LGBTQ issues will be discussed. More from the Nashville Tennessean.
HORRIBLE -- TWO DALLAS MEN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIMES FOR ALLEGEDLY TARGETING GAY MEN TO BEAT AND ROB: More from Star-Telegram.
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NEW STUDY ESTIMATES THAT NINE PERCENT OF JAPAN’S POPULATION IS LGBTQ: More from Gay Star News.
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