A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate

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Frank Meeink, author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, will share his personal story at Eckerd College on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Frank Meeink was a skinhead at age 13. By age 17, he had his own cable-access TV show, “The Reich” and he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. At age 18, he was finally arrested and convicted of kidnapping and beating a member of a rival skinhead gang.

While in prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. After being released from prison, Meeink tried to rejoin his old skinhead pals but couldn’t bring himself to hate those whom he now knew to be his friends.

Now a noted speaker, author, and founder of Harmony Through Hockey, Frank’s life stands for tolerance, diversity, and mutual understanding in racial, political, and all aspects of society.

A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Eckerd College, Fox Hall. Please RSVP by calling The Florida Holocaust Museum at 727.820.0100, extension 301.

 

Presented by Eckerd College. Sponsored by The Florida Holocaust Museum.

HIV rates rank higher among gay men in the South

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New York (AP) –  Three out of every 10 gay or bisexual men in several cities in the U.S. South have been diagnosed with the AIDS virus, three times the national rate, according to a study about how common HIV infections are in metro areas.

The study echoes other research that reported higher rates of HIV diagnoses in the South, in urban areas, and in gay and bisexual men, but it is the first to look at how common HIV diagnoses are in these men by city.

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Filipino boxer and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao says gays “worse than animals”

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Manila, Philippines (AP) – World boxing star Manny Pacquiao has drawn an outcry in the Philippines after publicly denouncing people in same-sex relationships as “worse than animals.”

Pacquiao, a high school dropout from a poverty-stricken rural family who went on to become a boxing legend, made the remark when he and other Philippine senatorial candidates were asked by the local TV5 network about their views on same-sex marriage.

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Ladyfingers: You’re a creep

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Flattery: We’ve all experienced it in some form or another, either with the receipt or delivery of it. Initially, I wanted to say that a wise person once said flattery is the biggest compliment, but a quick Google search showed that I might have mixed that up with some other saying by a person who was cool enough to have someone put their thoughts between quotation marks. I digress. You see, the thing about flattery is that it can be used as a disguise. This is when an individual may say they are trying to flatter you, but really the words they use do nothing of the sort. And they know it.

Now, first let me start by saying I am not referring to the occasional compliment by a stranger; those are lovely, and I think everyone deserves to hear nice things about themselves once in awhile. I’m talking about lines that could be found on page 27 of The Creepy Man’s Guide to Scaring the Shit Out of Women (working title). There is no charm, there is no grace; there is only the reassurance of my sexuality by the shutting of the steel trap that is my vagina. I wish there was room for commendation on creativity, but there is none of that either. These moments I’ve experienced have left me baffled. I am almost always left with my jaw dropped, followed by a borderline-hysterical laugh that distracts Sir Creeps-A-Lot, while my eyes feverishly look for my closest savior. This response is not working; this cannot be my only solution. Let me take you on this small journey, and maybe we can all figure one out together. If not that, then at least we can laugh and cringe in unison, like synchronized swimmers in a pool of unsolicited sexual brickbats. Heads underwater, legs in the air.

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CDC: New HIV infections declining in gay black men

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NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say they see signs that new HIV infections in gay black men may finally be leveling off.

New figures released Dec. 6 show that the number of newly diagnosed cases in gay and bisexual black men hasn’t moved up much since 2010 – less than 1 percent.

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ISIS executes 10 people accused of being gay in Syria

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The Islamic State jihadist group executed nine men and a boy it accused of being gay in central and northern Syria Sept. 21, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadists shot dead seven men in Rastan, a town in Homs province of central Syria, “after accusing them of being homosexual.”

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Andy Warhol collection up for auction at Christie’s for Pride month

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Christie’s auction house is celebrating Pride month with collection of Andy Warhol’s more gay-oriented items for sale.

The collection, entitled “Andy’s Randy Summer,” includes more than 100 photos, prints and drawings obtained directly from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Some of the pieces have never been shown to the public until now.

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Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men

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LONDON (AP) – Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct “gross indecency” law.

Their letter published Jan. 31 in the Guardian praises the government for the 2013 pardon of World War II code breaker Alan Turing, whom Cumberbatch portrays in the movie “The Imitation Game.”

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Egypt acquits 26 men arrested in gay bathhouse raid

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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Jan. 12 acquitted 26 men arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse, a ruling that set off deafening cheers and jubilation inside the courtroom as some of the defendants uncovered their faces and wept openly in relief.

Others, however, kept their faces hidden behind jacket hoods and scarves, still traumatized by the humiliation they and their families had endured during the highly publicized case, which caught the public’s attention after a pro-government TV network aired scenes of half-naked men being pulled from the bathhouse by police during the Dec. 7 raid.

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Chinese gay dating app grows to 15 million users

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BEIJING (AP) – By day, Ma Baoli was a high-ranking officer in a seaside city police force. By night, he ran a website for gay people to share experiences and on which he spoke under a pseudonym about the pressure he faced as being gay.

After several years, the police force found out and told him he could not run a private website that was earning money from advertisements while serving as a police officer.

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Transient man charged for double murder at gay bar in Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) – King County prosecutors have filed aggravated murder charges against a transient accused of the June 1 execution-style shooting deaths of two young Seattle men shortly after they left a gay nightclub.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole says police are working with law enforcement in New Jersey, where 29-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown has been linked to a robbery and carjacking last weekend in Point Pleasant Beach.

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Study shows gay ‘hook-up apps’ connected to higher STD rate

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Gay men who use “hook-up apps,” such as Grindr or Scruff, are more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases than if they met their partner in a bar or club.

Matthew Beymer from the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Los Angeles conducted the study, where he included about 7,200 local gay and “bi-curious” men. They tested them for STDs and included how they found their sexual partners.

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