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November 20, 2016

Texas Republicans are Really Uncomfortable with LGBT kids! ‘Let’s Force Them Out’








First, they blocked a federal order to allow trans students in public schools to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. Now, they want teachers to out LGBT students to their parents, with or without the student’s consent. 

Sen. Konni Burton introduced a bill on Thursday – which just so happened to be national Transgender Day of Remembrance – that would require public schools give parents "any general knowledge regarding the parent's child possessed by an employee of the district” and records "relating to the child’s general physical, psychological or emotional well-being." 

This may sound vague — and even harmless. But Burton has explicitly said this is a response to guidelines adopted by Fort Worth school district earlier this year, guidelines that banned staff from telling parents about their child's transgender status. The rule was quickly extinguished by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas' leader in anti-LGBT policies. 

According to LGBT rights groups, Burton's bill is a direct attack on a vulnerable population: LGBT kids who aren't ready to come out to their parents — but want to talk about it with someone they trust. In many cases, that's a school counselor. 

“What she’s proposed would destroy any productive communication between a student and a school counselor,” said Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas. "It would take away a counselor’s ability to do their job.”

In public schools, a counselor’s job is to do the opposite of what Burton’s bill suggests: Provide a safe and confidential space for students to express their emotions. If passed, this bill would effectively erase every child’s right to confide in a counselor, teacher or nurse. 

Burton has said her bill will protect a parent’s “right to know” or “right to matter” in their child’s life. But what she’s suggesting could instead force public schools to knowingly enable an abusive parent. 

"If your kid is gay, and can tell his teacher, but hasn’t told you, then you are the problem," said Steve Rudner, Equality Texas board chair. "If a kid can tell a teacher but not their parent, it is a pretty good indication that your child is scared of you and the consequences of telling you, and you are who the kid needs to be protected from."

Nearly half of the country’s homeless population who are under the age 18 identify as LGBT — often a result of being kicked out the house from an intolerant parent. Hundreds of other parents banish their LGBT children to a "reparative therapy” program until they are 18. In fact, this wildly discredited conversion “therapy” is still a piece of the state’s GOP platform. If they’re lucky enough to stay at home, other kids may just fall victim to child abuse — a statewide problem Texas officials openly admit to not handling well. 

“Until children stop being beaten up for being gay or being kicked out of their home for being gay, we have a responsibility to protect them,” Smith said. 

This bill comes on the heels of Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick announcing his interest in a bill that will block all trans Texans from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity under the guise of protecting women's privacy. Paired with Patrick’s bill, Burton’s “right to know” measure may just be the kick-off to an aggressively anti-LGBT legislative session. 

October 1, 2016

Married Conservative Louisiana Politician Outed with 17 Yr Old Boy





 L) Mike Yenni R)Alex Daigle and he’s 19 now


A married conservative politician from Louisiana has been outed for allegedly dating a 17-year-old boy he met at a Catholic high school.

The FBI is currently investigating allegations that Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni sent sexually explicit texts to the teenager he first met at a Catholic high school function last year. The encounter, which happened in the middle of Yenni’s successful 2015 campaign to become Jefferson Parish President, was confirmed by the teenager. Yenni, 40, was the  mayor of Kenner at the time.


WWL-TV reports that FBI agents have interviewed at least four individuals about the sexually explicit text messages between Yenni, 40, and a young man who was 17 at the time and is now 19.
The teen tells WWL-TV that a mutual friend, who was 19 at the time, helped Yenni connect with him.

The teen says they began texting and talking on the phone, but soon after, the politician came to visit him at his job at a mall food court. Yenni, who is married and has a young child, arranged to meet the teen in a mall bathroom where he gave him some designer underwear to try on. They kissed briefly.
The texting progressively became more explicit over time.

WWL-TV adds:
The youth provided WWL-TV what he says are copies of the text exchanges that were recovered after they were deleted, on the condition that the station not directly quote from them. Printouts of the messages appear to indicate they came from a cell phone account linked to Yenni in multiple online search engines. WWL-TV called the number in June and got the same outgoing voicemail message, featuring Yenni’s voice, as could be heard on Yenni’s official parish cell phone at the time.
The phone listed on the printouts of the text messages is not billed to taxpayers.

According to printouts of those texts, Yenni tells the teen he wants him naked.

Days later, Yenni writes to ask the 17-year-old if he’s worn the underwear Yenni bought him. Yenni says he wants to see him model it.

Then Yenni texts the teen to say he wants to perform a sex act on him that night.

The youth, who is openly gay and is now in college, said in an interview with WWL-TV that he wants to expose Yenni’s behavior because he finds it disturbing.

While the youth was initially flattered and intrigued by Yenni’s overtures, he said the texts and phone conversations began to make him uncomfortable, such as one proposing three-way sex with him and the 19-year-old mutual friend.

“He asked me to go with him to his house in Oxford (Mississippi),” the youth said, where records show Yenni owns an apartment there. “Also, the way he would describe the sexual things he wanted to do to me. And he asked me to be a secretary or assistant in his office; that way I could be with him and not be questioned.”

Just a few weeks after the sexting began, in June 2015, the teen says he broke off communication and blocked Yenni’s number.

Yenni has not been charged with a crime, but WWL-TV notes that Yenni could face federal charges:
Under Louisiana law, the age of consent is 17, meaning Yenni would have committed no crime if he had had sex with the youth – something the youth said did not happen. But ironically, one question is whether Yenni’s texts proposing such activity could violate a federal law designed to protect children under 18 from obscenity.

The federal law bars the use of a telecommunications device for “the transmission of any comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image, or other communication which is obscene or child pornography, knowing that the recipient of the communication is under 18 years of age, regardless of whether the maker of such communication placed the call or initiated the communication.”

Former U.S. Attorney Harry Rosenberg speculates that may be the law the feds have been looking into.

The law has been challenged in the past, and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Rosenberg noted. Still, it’s rarely invoked, both because obscenity can be hard to define – and is often defended as free speech under the First Amendment – and because it’s hard to prove the sender knew the recipient was under 18.

As to whether Yenni knew how old the youth was, the teenager says he established his age in one of his first phone conversations with Yenni.

“It was the phone call where he told me who he was, and I told him I was 17,” the youth said.

Yenni’s response, according to the teen, was: “I know the laws.”



March 1, 2016

College Runner is Outed and He is Shock by the way its received








This posting appeared on Outsports last night:    Cavender Salvadori must talk to Jacob Sears. Salvadori starts walking to the party where he saw Sears and sends his teammate a text.
Salvadori left the party shortly after midnight with his ex-boyfriend and walked to the College of William & Mary campus. Now, he can't get back soon enough.
He walks as fast as he can. His heart throbs in his chest. Tears come to his eyes, and he takes deep breaths to keep from crying.
Salvadori's ex-boyfriend told him as they walked away from the party that a week earlier he let Sears know about their relationship.
Salvadori had never told his track and field teammates that he's gay. He'd been outed.
"That freaked me the fuck out," Salvadori says. "I can't believe the moment I've been dreading my whole life is about to happen."
The panic Salvadori felt walking back to the house party that May 2, 2015, night made sense to him. He couldn't comprehend being accepted as a gay athlete. Over the next 13 days, the dread he harbored gradually made less sense. Each chance he gave them, his William & Mary teammates showed they treasured him as a person and openly gay man.
"He's my teammate, and this didn't change anything," Sears says. "He my friend. I love him."
Salvadori's ex-boyfriend asked to not be identified and declined to be interviewed for this story. The name Tizio will be used for him.    

"It was pretty random," Sears says of Tizio revealing his relationship with Salvadori.
Sears worked with Tizio at Ruby Tuesday in Williamsburg. He previously learned Tizio identifies as LGBT, but it surprised him Tizio knew Salvadori let alone that Salvadori is gay.
"That particular way that I found out wasn't the ideal way, but I was determined to try to spin it as positively as I could," Sears says.
It bothered Sears that Salvadori felt a need to keep his sexuality secret, and Sears wanted to talk with his teammate about it. When Sears and Tizio talked the next day, Sears said he wanted Salvadori to know he knew. It took Tizio about a week to talk to Salvadori, but when Sears received Salvadori's late-night text message, the topic seemed obvious.
When the 6-foot-1, 155-pound Salvadori located Sears at the party that night, they went outside. Many of their teammates were inside celebrating successes from earlier that day at the Colonial Athletic Association conference championship meet, so Sears and Salvadori walked a couple blocks and sat at a picnic table outside the School of Education.
It was approaching 1:30 a.m. as they sat across from each other.
"In my head, everything was quiet," Salvadori says. "The only thing that I could hear was the conversation. I was so involved in the conversation itself, because obviously, it was a huge turning point in my life."
Sears tried to ease Salvadori's tension with jokes, and he tried to connect by sharing his own mental health difficulties. Sears also made sure Salvadori knew he loved him.
Salvadori remembers Sears repeated encouraging phrases: "No one cares," "It's what you're attracted to," and "People are people." His first conversation with a straight person, not to mention a teammate, about being gay surprised him.
"It was so relieving, and I felt so strong," Salvadori says.

2. The Consoler

Salvadori planned weeks earlier to start the conversation about his sexuality with his roommate, Faris Sakallah. They had grown close their first two years as William & Mary teammates, but Salvadori repeatedly created reasons to delay the conversation.
Instead of Sakallah being the first to know, he became the person consoling Salvadori after an emotional night.
Around 3 a.m. the morning of Sunday, May 3, Salvadori returned to their apartment from talking with Sears. Sakallah was still awake, and Salvadori asked him to go outside. They walked around the Ludwell Apartment Complex and found a bench. It rained earlier in the night, leaving the sky calm and the campus peaceful.
Once they started to talk, Salvadori pulled the top of the gray sweater he was wearing over his mouth. The tears, which he suppressed talking to Sears, poured now.
"Just say it," Sakallah told him.
Salvadori did: "I'm gay."
Sakallah hugged Salvadori with no regard for the snot and tears.
"It just broke my heart," Sakallah says. "I couldn't bare to see how much pain he was in trying to deal with this."
Their conversation lasted a couple hours and approached dawn in southeastern Virginia. Salvadori explained that the past three months he started using Tinder to meet guys, met Tizio, and developed his first romantic connection. Sakallah learned about the lies Salvadori told to secretly see Tizio. Salvadori explained the betrayal he felt earlier that night to learn Tizio told Sears his secret.
By the end of their talk, Salvadori says, "I remember being emotionally exhausted."
The next day, Sakallah saw Salvadori begin to transform.
"He just looked better," Sakallah says. "He was smiling, which I hadn't seen in a long time. He was just coming back to his old self.” 

3. The wingman

Since Salvadori started running cross country in seventh grade, he liked that a clock, not a person, determined his success.
"It [running] was a way for me to objectively do well," says Salvadori, who earned all-state eight times at his Wilmington, Delaware, high school. "You can't argue a really fast time. My whole life, I wanted to be objectively viewed not subjectively. If someone subjectively viewed me, they could call me gay or something like that."
Ryan Gousse became the third teammate to know Salvadori is gay, and that conversation changed Salvadori's relationship with running by connecting his sexuality with his sport. Salvadori texted Gousse that he wanted to tell him something. When Salvadori stopped for a bathroom break during a long workout, Gousse waited for him to learn what he had to say.
As they ran alone the next 30 minutes, Salvadori talked about his self-acceptance. Gousse remembers Salvadori getting choked up and releasing big gasps as he talked about being gay and how it led him to withhold emotions from friends and teammates, particularly in recent months.
Salvadori says Gousse is the most important person he told, because he helped him tell the rest of the team.
"He was there for pretty much everyone I told," Salvadori says. "He was really good at forcing me to tell people, because he knew I wanted to but was terrified to do it."
Through nearly a dozen face-to-face conversations, Salvadori told William & Mary's other distance runners that he now identified as gay. Gousse went, too, just to sit, listen and smile.
"It was kind of fun, because you could see him becoming less bottled up every time," Gousse says. "The first few people, it would take him like five to 10 minutes to actually say it. Then, it was just right off the bat."

4. The Party 

On the Friday night at the end of finals week, some runners asked Salvadori a question: How much Ben & Jerry's ice cream can he eat? A year earlier, Salvadori inhaled three pints faster than Sears during a competition.
Would a Vermonster, the Ben & Jerry's 20-scoop sundae, be something he could consume by himself? Of course, a confident Salvadori said.
About that time, members of the William & Mary women's cross country team walked into the house. Salvadori suddenly displayed a face-filling smile to see them toting a Vermonster.
In the 14 days since he started telling teammates, Dylan Hassett was the only women's cross country runner Salvadori told he's gay, and Hassett suggested a party for the rest of the women's team to celebrate his self-acceptance. Salvadori liked the idea, but he received no warning when it would happen.
"I wanted him to know that we're really happy for him to be out," Hassett says. "He was really thankful to have so many of us show up and be so supportive."
One of the women tied a rainbow ribbon to the plastic bucket carrying the 1 1/4 gallons of ice cream. There were also two notes written on Post-its. One said, "Ben loves Jerry." The other said, "We love Cav." Salvadori saved the notes and keeps them in the bag he takes to practices and meets.
"It represented the end of my coming out to my friends at college," Salvadori says. "I kept them as a reminder of that period and the positives that came out of it and how all my fears were wrong. ... People still like me and they care about me and nothing is going to change that."
The support from his teammates continued this season. Salvadori, currently a junior academically and a redshirt sophomore athletically, feels free running for the first time as a member of the William & Mary Tribe.
"I want to be happy, and I finally realized that," Salvadori says.
He broke his personal record in the 8,000 meters during the fall cross country season then opened the 2016 indoor track season with personal bests in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
"A happy runner is a successful runner, and that was one of the issues that was holding Cav back that is no longer in front of him anymore." says Chris Solinsky, the William & Mary distance running coach.
Salvadori's enjoying these new, genuine relationships with his teammates from the grand (winning the 2015 CAA cross country team title) to the minute (dancing to Kesha in the locker room).
"When I think of happy or hilarious moments in my life, my friends are always there," Salvadori says. "The really funny, even stupid stuff, those are the moments I enjoy the most.
"Those little moments where you're just driving around with your friends laughing so hard and your cheeks hurt from smiling so much, I wouldn't want to have a life without those moments."
Cavender Salvadori runs cross country and track and field for William & Mary, a Division I school and the second oldest college in America. Salvadori can be reached via email at wcsalvadori@gmail.com or on Instagram @Lavender_Salvadoli
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Erik Hall is a member of the Track and Field Writers of American. He can be reached at hallerik7@gmail.com or on Twitter @HallErik.

December 7, 2015

Soccer Sensation Cristiano Ronaldo Seems to Have a Boyfriend


                                                                             



Straight people still get hung up on very ‘manly' athletes being gay. They still see gay people as weak and femme. The foreign media is got hold of this story like if it was impossible for Cristiano Ronaldo to be excited to be held by a very strong man and more.
Below is the shorter story of all the ones I read from dnaindia.com giving the same photos as others but condensing the story.
I don’t think a so called stud man being in love or making love to another man is the big story it used to be.
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Several media houses have sensationalised Cristiano Ronaldo's "bromance" with Moroccan kickboxer Badr Hari.
According to Spanish media, officials at Real Madrid officials are concerned about how Cristiano's lifestyle is affecting his performances on the pitch.
They have claimed that the Real Madrid forward has been flying frequently to North Africa after training sessions in his private jet to meet the boxer. According to a newspaper, Daniel Riolo, a contributor on French television show, hinted that the pair were more than friends. 
The Portuguese captain also shared a series of photos on a holiday he took with Hari and was even pictured lifted in the boxer's arms with the caption "Just married. Always there to pick you up, bro." In one picture the pair were having candlelit traditional Moroccan meal.
I have seen a close up of this picture and the Moroccan is very excited to be holding the good looking Cristiano. If his pants swelled any more the zipper will fly open seriously injuring any by standard.
These claims are made despite Ronaldo being linked with a number of beautiful models (ha,ha)throughout his football career. Earlier in 2010, the 30-year-old had praised Portugal's decision to allow gay marriage and said, "We must respect the choices of each other, because, after all, all citizens should have the same rights and responsibilities."

October 2, 2015

Anti Gay Hypocrite Gets Caught [Indiana Rep.Jud McMillin] 2005-2015 in depht


                                                                   

The Daily Beast:
 Indiana Representative Jud McMillin has resigned after his sex tape leaked without his consent. Earlier this year, he blocked the revenge-porn bill that would have made such a leak illegal.
An Indiana lawmaker is very sorry if you’ve recently received “anything offensive” from his cellphone. Specifically, his offensive sex tape.

Representative Jud McMillin resigned his role as Indiana House Majority Leader on Tuesday after his cellphone sent a sexually explicit video to an unknown number of recipients. McMillin, a Republican who helped pass a 2015 “religious freedom” law allowing businesses to ban gay customers, claimed that his phone had been “out of my control for about 24 hours” after being stolen in Canada.

Unfortunately for McMillin, it’s perfectly legal for someone to distribute a pornographic video of him without his consent. That’s because, as a member of the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code, McMillin helped block a bill that would criminalize revenge porn in Indiana.

The exact acts depicted in the video remain unclear, although the Indianapolis Business Journal reports that McMillin is definitely the tape’s feature player. But according to McMillin’s apologetic mass-text to his phone contacts, he didn’t hit the send button.
“My phone was stolen in Canada and out of my control for about 24 hours,” McMillin texted contacts. “I have just been able to reactivate it under my control. Please disregard any messages you received recently. I am truly sorry for anything offensive you may have received.”
At least one person who received the apology text replied that they hadn’t received anything offensive, a possible indication that someone else had sent the explicit video. If so, the sender could be subject for arrest in Alaska, Arkansas, California, and over 20 other states with laws against non-consensual or “revenge” porn.

Indiana considered its own revenge porn bill as recently as this winter. The proposal would criminalize the distribution of pornographic images without their subject’s consent, elevating the act to a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail. Victims of revenge porn would also be allowed to sue their attacker for damages in civil court.
But the bill, introduced by Democrat Christina Hale, never made it to a vote. The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code, of which McMillin was a member and former chair, did not hear the bill, the IndyStar reports.


This is McMillin’s second time resigning an office over explicit photos of himself. In 2005, he stepped down from his role as an assistant prosecutor, after pursuing a relationship with Crystal Stapleton, a domestic violence victim whose boyfriend he had been prosecuting.




A Narrative from the Bilerico Project on thisTea party Anti gay activist:


  One former classmate described the young McMillin as Harry Potter's "Draco Malfoy but without the good looks and a worse personality."
In between his sophomore and junior years, McMillin and two friends were playing "leapfrog," a dangerous driving "game" 
brookville.jpgwhere participants speed down the road and attempt to keep passing each other while braving oncoming traffic. McMillin's opponent, Dennis Walter, wasn't able to complete one pass and struck another car head on. 

The accident killed Tom Marsh instantly, but his pregnant wife, Diana, survived long enough to give birth to a stillborn baby girl before dying the next day. No charges were ever filed against McMillin despite his obvious culpability in the case.
After he graduated high school in 1995, McMillin left to attend Ball State University. You won't find Ball State listed in his official biography though, because McMillin left the school in the spring of 1996 after members of the baseball team accused him of stealing from the parking lot fees. No charges were filed and McMillin was quietly allowed to leave the university. 
His legislative bio conveniently leaves out his Ball State attendance in favor of his degree in Economics from the University of Cincinnati - a school much closer to home and where his father's influence was stronger. After graduation, McMillin got his law degree at the University of Mississippi and returned to the area to find a job.
He eventually became a deputy prosecutor in Dayton, Ohio - a mid-sized city not far from the Indiana border. Luckily for him, his family wasn't too far away; he'd need their help again when he resigned after a sex scandal rocked the burg.

Prosecutorial Misconduct

In March of 2005, John Gonzalez reportedly broke into his girlfriend's apartment and in late April a grand jury charged him with burglary, aggravated burglary with a firearm, and misdemeanor domestic violence. McMillin was assigned to the case.
He met with the injured party, Crystal Stapleton, and according to Stapleton began flirting with her during the victim interview. According to a complaint affidavit filed with the court [pdf], Stapleton alleges that McMillin summoned her repeatedly to his office for multiple interviews about the case.

prosecutor"I remember [during] one of these meetings, Judson McMillin winked at me, which I took to be flirting," Stapleton said.

Stapleton repeatedly told McMillin that she had given Gonzalez a key to her residence and Gonzalez hadn't forced his way into the apartment. She didn't testify at the grand jury hearing and told McMillin several times that she didn't want charges pursued against Gonzalez.
Later that summer, McMillin showed up drunk at Stapleton's apartment to declare his romantic intentions. He was still assigned to her case as the deputy prosecutor.
"He told me that he had been drinking, that he wanted to come over and see me," Stapleton said. "He did come over to see me, and he told me that he would hug me except he was worried that an investigator might be watching as he came to my house."
According to Stapleton, McMillin repeatedly insisted that she would have to testify against Gonzalez and that he would send Gonzalez to jail for "a long time." McMillin threatened Stapelton with arrest as a witness until she cooperated and testified against Gonzalez. The Montgomery County prosecutor's office does not have a policy of arresting reluctant witnesses and routinely drops cases when a victim does not wish to press charges.
McMillin, blinded by his lust for Stapleton, wanted Gonzalez out of the picture and forged ahead with the charges despite Stapleton's protests.

Sexting: A Relationship Blooms

In August of 2005, Stapleton and Gonzalez moved to Toledo, Ohio. After constant wooing by McMillin, Stapleton returned to Dayton in early September. McMillin was still filing official paperwork with the court on September 2nd, but removed himself from the case shortly after Stapleton returned to Dayton and it appeared there was a chance of a relationship with the victim.
Shortly after Stapleton returned to Dayton, McMillin and Stapleton went on their first date. They went to a state park in a nearby county where a law enforcement source, who asked not to be identified since they aren't allowed to speak officially for the department, said they were caught having sex in McMillin's car. After discovering McMillin was a deputy prosecutor in the neighboring county, police let him go with a warning.
In an affidavit filed in Gonzalez's criminal case, Stapleton tells the story a little differently.
"We went to John Bryant [sic] State Park, we rented a movie and we returned to his apartment where we had sexual relations. For approximately two weeks after September 11, 2005, I was with Judson McMillin almost on a daily basis and we continued our sexual relationship during this period of time," she said.
"While I was with Judson McMillin during this period of time, he made statements about us being together 
Siren Sexting Sailors, after Edward Armitagewhen this was all over, meaning the charges against John C. Gonzalez, he made me believe that perhaps he would adopt my children... and he also said we would grow old together. He mentioned marrying me and having children," she continued. 

"He would always say very nice things to me and I was also very happy when he called. He also took me to his parents' house in Indiana around this time and he introduced me to his friends... I also met the prosecutor at a mall in Cincinnati."
Shortly after the date McMillin and Stapelton started sexting - sending sexually provocative text messages to each other along with sexually explicit photos.
"McMillin began to text message me on my phone and send me photographs of himself which he took with his cell phone and sent to my cell phone," Stapleton testified. "The photographs he sent to me were sexual in nature as were my photographs."
Gonzalez's attorney, Jeffrey Slyman, submitted the photos and text messages into evidence with Stapleton's affidavit, but Slyman quickly suggested the court seal the exhibits [pdf] as "highly provocative and sexually explicit." Since Montgomery County court files are able to be viewed on the internet, the court decided that Slyman's recommendation to seal the photos and texts was "well-taken."
In a phone call Slyman's office, he refused to comment on the old case, but his assistant confirmed that Slyman had filed the affidavit with numerous provocative photos of both McMillin and Stapleton.
According to two sources close to the case, the photos were incredibly graphic. One photo reportedly shows McMillin masturbating and using a dildo on himself while others were simply of McMillin's genitalia. In one exchange, McMillin is alleged to have texted Stapleton that he was heartsick being separated from her and sent photos of himself masturbating with a string tied tightly from his testicles to the wheels of a rolling office chair to illustrate his pain.
Since the photos and texts were filed under seal and McMillin refuses to release them, there is no way to confirm or deny the photos' contents beyond what's blatantly spelled out in court filings.
After word leaked back to McMillin's boss about the incident in the state park and he confessed to starting a relationship with a victim he was supposed to be protecting, law enforcement sources in Montgomery County say McMillin resigned to prevent being fired. He left his job on September 16, 2005 - days after starting his illicit affair with another man's girlfriend.

Stapleton Sues McMillin for Damages

Stapleton and McMillin ended their relationship soon after her affidavit was filed (with the pornographic text messages and photos submitted as evidence) in Gonzalez's criminal case.
A year later - and after Gonzalez's court case had been resolved - Stapleton sued McMillin in civil court for $25,000 [pdf] for legal 
legal1.jpgmalpractice, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of fiduciary duty. In papers filed with the suit, her attorney alleged that "McMillin repeatedly contacted Stapleton in the guise of his role as prosecutor, while, in fact, pursuing a romantic relationship."

"McMillin made inappropriate personal contact with Stapleton which culminated in a sexual relationship," the filing continued. "McMillin exploited his position as prosecutor in connection with Stapleton's as a victim and unwilling witness in a prosecution."
While McMillin initially denied the affair entirely in papers filed in response to Stapleton's suit, he later admitted the relationship to the Dayton Daily News.
A former assistant Montgomery County prosecutor admitted Friday he had a relationship with the complainant in a domestic violence case he prosecuted, but he insisted the relationship began after he stepped off the case Sept. 9.
Judson G. McMillin, 28, resigned from the prosecutor's office Sept. 16, his personnel records show.
He said he now practices in his father's firm in Brookville [Indiana].
In mid-January of 2007, Stapleton withdrew her complaint [pdf]. It's unclear whether or not McMillin paid Stapleton for her silence, but McMillin denies he did. Stapleton's motion to dismiss includes her right to file the case again in the future, so it would appear that the two did not reach a financial settlement or the motion would likely have included a stipulation that the case couldn't be refiled at a later date.
After McMillin's sexual impropriety came to light during the last election, he sent a written statement to a local radio station that read in part, "If some say dating a woman I had met through my work was not the best decision, I will not argue with them."
"I have never had any disciplinary actions taken against me in my professional career, and the creative and completely fabricated lawsuit that was filed against me... was quickly dismissed when my resolve to fully defend and not to be strong-armed into any settlement was understood," McMillin said.
The Ohio Bar Association decided there was no ethical violation on McMillin's part because he resigned from the prosecutor's office before consummating the relationship.
McMillin did not mention the sexually explicit photos or confirm the contents of the photos and texts filed under court seal in his brief statement, but he did acknowledge that contrary to what he'd said in his original court filings, he did, in fact, have a sexual relationship with a woman he was supposed to be advocating for in a domestic violence case.

Morality Is Messy

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These days, Jud McMillin is a rising Republican star. He sits on the Courts and Criminal Code committee, the Roads and Transportation committee, and is vice chair of the Judiciary committee that oversaw passage of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partner benefits. McMillin voted in favor of the marriage discrimination amendment twice - once in committee and again on the floor of the House.
The amendment passed overwhelmingly in February with bipartisan support. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana. A previous court case challenging the law was initiated by the ACLU-Indiana, but the state's law was upheld. Marriage equality isn't coming any time soon to the Hoosier state's gay and lesbian citizens.
Even though a constitutional amendment is unnecessary since a court has upheld the law's constitutional authority, McMillin placed more importance on the amendment's passage than fighting to improve living standards in his poverty-stricken district. Clearly his priorities are a bit skewed.
On his campaign website, he listed marriage discrimination as one of his top issues.
"I will protect the integrity of the institution of marriage. I believe that a marriage is a union of a man and a woman before their peers, government, and most importantly, God. In southeastern Indiana the family has always been the foundation of our strength of community," he said. "Our relationships with our wives, husbands, parents, children, siblings and other loved ones provides the glue that binds our common purpose. In these times of turmoil the rest of the country could learn something from our example."
If Hoosiers want to learn something from McMillin's example, they should discover that when you want to dictate morality, you'd better have some outstanding morals of your own. 
McMillin doesn't.
Calls to McMillin's legislative office for comment were not returned. Photos via Flickr and McMillin's legislative website.

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March 6, 2015

Empire’s Jussie Smollett is Outed by Co-star


                                                                                 
                                                                               
Last week during Empire, Jussie Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, came out during a musical performance, and although his character is out and proud, many people feel that Smollett’s own sexuality is up for discussion. However, Smollett has been mum on his sexuality, refusing to address it, and that’s definitely his prerogative.
But fans and viewers of the show seem to feel that just because the actor has an equality tattoo and has taken on other roles involving gay characters, he must be gay in real life.
In an interview with Sway in the Morning, Smollett discussed why he doesn’t feel the need to address his sexuality. You can fast-forward to the eight-minute mark to hear his comments.
No, [fans shouldn’t assume I’m gay,] but it’s also fair, and I don’t see a problem with that and I don’t really care. ... This is not a gay black show. This is a show about human experiences. ... I’m not willing to confirm or deny anything. I live my life. If someone is looking for a box to put me in, that’s not going to happen. I live my life, and if you really want to know about me, just watch, because I don’t hide anything. I just don’t choose to talk about my personal life.
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 Malik Yoba in 2014 
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But Smollett’s co-star recently chose to talk about it.

In an interview with BlackFilm.com, Malik Yoba, who also appears on Empire, addressed how the show approaches homosexuality in the black community and seemed to inadvertently disclose Smollett’s sexuality:
I think that our show represents a huge opportunity to stay in the culture beyond entertainment value, and there’s an intrinsic nature [if] you have the gay factor, right? So, obviously, Lee [Daniels, the show’s co-creator,] is gay. That was an important storyline for him. I think it’s important for people to see themselves. Even within the black community. But if you aren’t really, really taking it off of screen and making it live in the community in a significant way ... like I know Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community. He and I have a very close relationship.
Yoba is now backtracking when it comes to his statement because the Internet’s dragged him for outing Smollett. Many people thought Yoba was out of line when it came to discussing something his co-star has refused to discuss in the past. Others really didn’t see anything wrong and stated that they always thought Smollett was gay anyway. Which is just about as ignorant as outing someone.
In a statement to USA Today, Yoba said he was misquoted: “I was misquoted in the article. My reference to Jussie was only about his character and storyline on Empire.
BlackFilm.com has not confirmed any more details about the interview, but in rereading the quote from the interview, Yoba’s denial doesn’t really make sense at all. In the end, what matters is that no one has the right to assume that someone is out. Nor do they have the right to make assumptions about someone’s sexuality based on the characters they choose to play, how they dress or even something as simple as a tattoo.

For more of black Twitter, check out The Chatterati on The Root.
Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root

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