Nicaragua LGBTQ activist tortured after arrest

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Ulises Rivas (Photo courtesy of Ulises Rivas)

A well-known LGBTQ activist in Nicaragua who was arrested last September says he was tortured while in custody.

Ulises Rivas said Jan. 6 members of Nicaragua’s National Police on Sept. 1, 2019, arrived at his niece’s volleyball game in Comalapa, a town in the country’s Chontales department that is roughly 75 miles east of the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, and arrested him because “they had an arrest warrant.”

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Two catholic priests arrested in Miami for performing sexual act in a car

By : Melanie Ararat
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ABOVE: Diego Berrio and Edwin Giraldo Cortez were arrested in Miami after allegedly performing sexual acts in a parked car, reports said. Photo courtesy of Miami Beach Police Department

Two Catholic priests from Chicago were arrested in Miami on Sept. 3 for allegedly performing a sexual act in a car parked on a Miami Beach Street.

“This is in broad daylight, 13th Street and Ocean Drive,”  Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez says. “There are no tints on the window.”

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Hey Starbucks: Unconscious Bias Training Doesn’t Work!

By : STEVE YACOVELLI
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Earlier this year, two African-American men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia—for reportedly doing nothing but waiting for a business colleague to arrive.

This incident—and how horribly it was handled—ignited demonstrations, shouts for boycotts and a whole heap of apologies from Kevin Johnson (Starbucks’ CEO) and other leaders within the coffee empire. In a video message, Johnson said, “What happened in the way that incident escalated, and the outcome, was nothing but reprehensible. I will fix this.”

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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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Kennedy grandson arrested in Aspen bar fight defending gay friend

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Police say a member of the Kennedy family was arrested after a bar fight in the tony resort town of Aspen.

Police say 22-year-old John Conor Kennedy was charged with disorderly conduct in the Dec. 29 scuffle. Kennedy is the oldest son of Robert Kennedy Jr., an environmental activist, and the grandson of Robert Kennedy.

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Ugandan police raid gay pride event

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police broke up a gay pride event in the capital and arrested about 20 people, a gay rights leader said Aug. 5, in the latest incident highlighting the risks homosexuals face in Africa.

A fashion show was underway at a nightclub in Kampala when police showed up and asked who the organizers were, said Frank Mugisha, who was immediately handcuffed when he identified himself to a police commander as a leader among those attending the event. About 20 others were arrested, put on a police truck and driven to a police station for questioning, he said.

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Bangladesh police arrest suspect in gay activist’s killing

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested a suspected Muslim militant for his alleged involvement in the killing last month of a gay rights activist and his friend in the capital.

Police identified the suspect as Shariful Islam Shibab, a former member of a banned Islamic group Harkatul Jihad who joined another militant group, Ansarullah Bangla Team, in mid-2015.

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Judge rules police targeted gay men, dismisses charges

By : Jamie Hyman
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Long Beach (AP) – A judge who said police improperly targeted gay men in sting operations has dismissed charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure against a man who was arrested in a public bathroom.

Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina ruled April 29 that Rory Moroney’s arrest in 2014 was based on discriminatory enforcement and prosecution, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

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Georgia man arrested after pouring boiling water on gay couple

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ATLANTA (AP) – Jail records show that a man remains in jail after he was accused of pouring boiled water on two gay men inside an apartment in suburban Atlanta.

Local news media reported March 16 that 48-year-old Martin Blackwell has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery in the incident that occurred last month. In a police report, Blackwell says he was disgusted with the men’s relationship.

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Police arrest anti-gay demonstrators in Senegal

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – The head of an anti-gay coalition says police have arrested 11 people in Senegal’s capital during a demonstration against the release of 11 people accused of homosexual acts.

Abdoulaye Barro said Jan. 22 about 100 people from a 20-group anti-gay coalition staged the demonstration. He said police dispersed demonstrators and arrested some because the protest wasn’t authorized.

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23 demonstrators arrested during protest at Idaho Senate and House chambers

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Boise (AP) – Police arrested roughly two dozen gay rights activists March 2 after protesters refused to leave the Idaho Senate and House chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections.

Idaho State Police said they arrested 23 people on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, two of whom were juveniles.

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Woman arrested as same-sex couple gets Alabama marriage license

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama woman is facing a disorderly conduct charge after offering to perform a same-sex wedding inside a courthouse.

Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger says the woman was arrested Feb. 10 in the probate office.

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