Transgender woman fatally shot in Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Antash’a English, a 38-year-old transgender woman, was fatally shot in Jacksonville, Fla. June 1 making her the 12th trans murder victim in the U.S. this year.

English was found between two abandoned homes just before 4:00 a.m., a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police report states. English was alive at the scene but later died at the hospital due to her injuries.

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Georgia Tech student with knife killed by campus police

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ATLANTA (AP) – Campus police shot and killed a Georgia Tech student who they say was advancing on officers with a knife.

Scout Schultz, 21, refused to put down a knife and kept moving toward the officers early Sunday outside a dormitory, according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, using the given name, Scott. The fourth-year computer engineering student used the name Scout and preferred the pronouns “they” and “them” rather than “him” or “her.”

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Man who shot gun in air after being ogled by gay men gets life sentence reduced

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Tallahassee (AP) – A man who was essentially given a life sentence for firing a gun in the air when four gay men ogled him from the house next door will have his sentence reduced after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s 10-20-life wasn’t properly applied.

Ronald Williams pointed a gun at the men who were whistling and making comments at him as he walked into his Riviera Beach home and then he fired the weapon several times in the air. The men ran into the house, but nobody was injured. Williams was convicted of four counts of aggravated assault, which requires a mandatory minimum 20-year sentence when a gun is fired. The judge who sentenced Williams in 2010 believed that the law required the sentences run consecutively and gave him 80 years in prison. An appeals court upheld the sentence.

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Ally Agenda: An open letter to the mainstream media

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottDear Mainstream Media,

Jan. 6, 2015 sure was a big day, wasn’t it?

LGBT couples across Florida finally won the right to marriage equality. Many of them chose to be a part of history, by participating in various mass, public weddings located throughout the state. Not only were these ceremonies moving, beautiful expressions of enduring, committed love, but they sure were great photo and video opportunities for Florida’s newspapers and television stations.

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Teen retaliates to possible outing by breaking into uncle’s home

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Tampa – A 50-year-old man shot and wounded an intruder Aug. 24, and that home invader happened to be his nephew.

According to police reports, the 15-year-old boy broke into the Tampa home shortly after 1:30 a.m. The resident, Maya Williams, heard a crash and someone walking around the home and he grabbed a gun.

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Six AIDS researchers aboard shot down Malaysian plane honored at conference

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on July 20 with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine.

Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment of silence for the six AIDS researchers and activists killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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Archie to die taking bullet for gay best friend in comic books

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics’ first openly gay character. Andrews’ death, which was first announced in April, will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.

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