University of Maryland investigates anti-LGBT ‘hate bias’ incident

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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COLLEGE PARK, M.D. (AP) | Campus police at the University of Maryland in College Park are investigating two “hate bias” incidents in which anti-LGBT comments were found written on whiteboards in one dormitory this past weekend and a swastika was found scrawled on a whiteboard in another dorm.

A student found the anti-LGBT comments about 3:40 p.m. on whiteboards at Queen Anne’s Hall dormitory on Sept. 2, according to campus police. At about 8:07 p.m. that same day students discovered a swastika had been drawn onto a whiteboard at La Plata Hall dorm, police said.

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Barbados police criticized for response to attack on trans activist

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender rights activist in Barbados who says her ex-roommate attacked her claims the police mistreated her because of her gender identity.

Alexa Hoffmann told the Washington Blade last week during a WhatsApp interview that her ex-roommate attacked her with a meat cleaver near her home in the parish of Christ Church on Feb. 18 at around 12:15 a.m.

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Tanzania arrests 1 of 2 women seen kissing in online video

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DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian police are holding one of two women accused of kissing in a video widely circulated on social media.

Ahmed Msangi, police chief in Tanzania’s Mwanza region, said authorities arrested the woman in the northwestern region of Geita and are looking for the other woman and some others seen in the video.

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Watch: police officer’s girlfriend proposes at London Pride Parade

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One police officer got a heartwarming surprise while working the 45th annual London Pride parade.

The British Transport Police (BTP) posted a short video of one of their officers getting engaged to her girlfriend. In the video, the officer approaches her girlfriend, who then drops to one knee and pulls out a ring.

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Anti-gay protester arrested near Pulse during one-year remembrance

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – An anti-gay protester faces misdemeanor charges after his arrest next-door to Pulse nightclub as hundreds of people remembered the massacre of 49 club patrons.

Daniel Maguire was arrested June 12 near Pulse nightclub. He’s charged with breach of peace and resisting an officer without violence.

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Indonesia police arrest dozens in raid on Jakarta gay sauna

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesian police detained dozens of men including several foreigners in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, another sign of growing hostility to homosexuality in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 141 men were detained for questioning in the raid Sunday evening on the gym and sauna in north Jakarta. Police say the sauna was the venue for a sex party promoted as “The Wild One.”

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Report: Iranian police arrest more than 30 men for ‘sodomy’

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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More than 30 men in the Iranian province of Isfahan have reportedly been arrested because of their sexual orientation.

The Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees, a Toronto-based organization that helps Iranians who have fled their homeland because of anti-LGBT persecution seek asylum in Canada and other countries, in an email to supporters said police raided a private party in Bahadoran at around 8:30 p.m. local time on April 13.

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Busy year for protests could cost Washington millions

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The major protests in Washington that have greeted President Donald Trump’s first year in office are set to return in force, continuing an already expensive year for city officials who work to keep people safe during mass gatherings.

With polls showing Trump facing unusually strong disapproval of his agenda in the first 100 days of a presidency, organizers are promising spring rallies for a variety of mostly liberal causes including science, climate change, immigrants’ rights, gay rights and arts funding. Last weekend, demonstrators called on Trump to release his tax returns.

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Transgender death in Saudi Arabia prompts call for inquiry

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)- Human Rights Watch is calling on Saudi Arabia to investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman who had been detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, following a raid on a private gathering.

The rights organization says a family member claims the transgender woman was tortured in custody.

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All Hampton Roads cities now have police LGBT liaisons

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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All seven cities in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region now have LGBT liaisons in their respective police departments.

Hampton Roads Pride on March 15 announced the Newport News Police Department appointed Sgt. Jessica Pennington as its LGBT liaison.

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Gay D.C. police union head survives recall vote

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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Gay D.C. Police Sgt. Matthew Mahl, who has served as head of the city’s police union since April 1, 2016, narrowly survived an effort by dissident union members to remove him from office in a recall election last week.

Just 982 of the more than 3,600 officers, detectives, and sergeants that the union represents turned out to vote in the recall election, according to a report on the vote that Mahl posted on the union’s Facebook page.

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Delaware cop accused of anti-gay abuse

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A 65-year-old gay man has filed a complaint with the Lewes, Del., police department accusing an officer of causing him to suffer a serious head injury and severe pain in his arm and back by throwing him onto the floor in the emergency department at Beebe Healthcare, a hospital that serves Lewes and nearby Rehoboth Beach.

Lewes is considered a close second to Rehoboth Beach as a popular seaside destination for LGBT people in the mid-Atlantic region, including D.C. and Baltimore.

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