May 26, 2018

George Takei' Accuser Retracts Story_Not Everything That Shines is Real

 Last November, a man named Scott R. Brunton accused George Takei of groping him without consent back in 1981. The men were friends at the time, and Brunton says after having a few drinks at Takei’s home he passed out briefly and woke up to Takei undressing him. “He had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear,” Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that he then told Takei to stop — which Takei did — put his pants back on, and drove home. In a subsequent interview with theOregonian, Brunton also said, “I know unequivocally he spiked my drink.”
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 Scott R. Brunton accuser
In a new article from The Observer, however, Takei’s accuser is walking back parts of his story, which reporter Shane Snow points out has changed at various points since first Brunson’s first accusations in THR. When asked directly by The Observer if Takei actually touched his genitals in 1981 without consent, Brunton responded could not actually confirm the groping took place. 
I asked him to clarify the issue. “Did he touch your genitals?”
“You know … probably …” Brunton replied after some hesitation. “He was clearly on his way to … to … to going somewhere.”
We shared a pause.
“So … you don’t remember him touching your genitals?”
Brunton confessed that he did not remember any touching.
In addition to cataloguing the various times Brunton has changed the details of his encounter with Takei, including what state of undress the actor was in when he was allegedly removing Brunton’s pants, Snow consults various sources about the effects of date-rape drugs, and whether or not Brunton would have been capable of moving, operating a vehicle, and remembering the night had he been under the influence of substances like Rohypnol or quaaludes. The conclusion from various toxicologists was that it was highly unlikely Brunton was dosed with a date-rape drug and able to function as he described. When this information was brought to Brunton, Snow notes he seemed less than “unequivocally” convinced he had been drugged by Takei that night.
I shared the toxicologists’ observations with Brunton, who admitted that this made him feel better. He was probably right all those years when he thought he was just drunk. He would still never know for sure, but, Brunton said, referring to Takei, “it makes him a little less sinister.”
Burton still feels he was taken advantage of that night by someone he considered a friend. He does not think of Takei as “a criminal or an abuser,” and wants an apology from the actor “for taking advantage of our friendship.” Takei has maintained there was no wrongdoing, saying in his initial denial that, “Those that know me understand that nonconsensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”
Update, May 26: In a series of tweets, Takei expressed gratitude that Burton admitted to falsifying parts of his story. “As many of you know, this has been a very difficult period for myself and my husband Brad as we have dealt with the impact of these accusations, but we are happy to see that this nightmare is finally drawing to a close,” he wrote. “As I stated before, I do not remember Mr. Brunton or any of the events he described from forty years ago, but I do understand that this was part of a very important national conversation that we as a society must have, painful as it might be. It is in that spirit that I want folks to know, despite what he has put us through, I do not bear Mr. Brunton any ill will, and I wish him peace. Brad and I are especially grateful for the many fans who stood by me throughout this ordeal. Your 

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GOP Rep.Dana Rohrabacher Tell Realtors They Should Be Allowed to Not Sell to Gay People

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Rohrabacher made the comments to an Orange County Association of Realtor's delegation in Washington, the Orange County Register reported.
“Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone [if] they don’t agree with their lifestyle,” he said, according to Wayne Woodyard, a former Orange County Realtor president who attended the event. 
Woodyard posted the comments on Facebook, which prompted outrage from a real estate gay rights group. Rohrabacher had been designated as a “Realtor Champion,” eligible for support from top Realtor donors, the newspaper reported.
“When a supposed champion of the Realtor Party outright states that housing discrimination should be lawful, I hope you agree there should be cause for concern,” wrote Jeff Berger, founder of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, in a letter to National Association of Realtors President Elizabeth Mendenhall.
Rohrabacher confirmed the statements to the Register on Thursday.
“We’ve drawn a line on racism, but I don’t think we should extend that line,” he said. “A homeowner should not be required to be in business with someone they think is doing something that is immoral.”
Rohrabacher’s remarks prompted the National Association of Realtors to rescind its recommendation that its members contribute to his campaign.
“It was determined that Rep. Rohrabacher will no longer receive support from NAR’s President’s Circle,” the association said in a statement. 
“We certainly hope that Congress will … support the elimination of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” the organization said.
Rohrabacher acknowledged his position would lose him support, but said, “It’s sad to see [the association’s] priority is standing in solidarity with making sure a stamp of approval is put on somebody’s private lifestyle.”
The association’s political action committee contributed $5,000 in December and January.
Rohrabacher, who has been in Congress since 1989, is facing a tough re-election in California’s 48th District, which voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016. He faces a challenge from eight Democratic candidates and fellow Republican Scott Baugh.
Democrats are worried the glut of candidates and Baugh’s entrance could lead to its candidates being shut out of the state’s jungle primary next month, since the top two recipients of votes in a primary advance to the general election regardless of party.
To try to overcome that, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee threw its support behind Harley Rouda earlier this month.
Rouda condemned the remarks.
“What Dana Rohrabacher fails to understand is discrimination is discrimination,” he said.
On Thursday, Rouda’s campaign released an ad with a mock debate between Rouda and clips of previous statements Rohrabacher had made. Former “Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander moderates the “debate.”
Rohrabacher's other Democratic opponent, researcher Hans Keirstead, also criticized the Republican's comments.
"This can’t be excused away by a generation gap or the Congressman's eccentricities. Today’s comments by Congressman Rohrabacher were bigoted and hateful, period," he said. 

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Science Shows the Psychological Damaged to Children Separated by Immigration at The Border

This spring, the White House implemented a new “zero-tolerance policy” intended to crack down undocumented immigrants attempting to enter the US along the country’s southwest border. Among the central targets of this policy are the children of immigrants, some as young as 18 months old.
US attorney general Jeff Sessions announced on May 7 that the Department of Homeland Security would be referring 100% of immigrants illegally crossing the border for criminal prosecution in federal court—and that any minors traveling with them would be taken into government custody. In a speech explaining the new guidelines, Sessions said, “If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law.”
This is a major shift in policy, as immigrants previously charged with illegal entry—a misdemeanor on the first offense—had been allowed to stay in family shelters with their kids while awaiting asylum cases or deportation proceedings. Now, migrants attempting to enter the US illegally are being jailed and separated from their children.
It’s clear the separations are already having a devastating effect. One Houston Chronicle story tells the story of a man who was deported—alone—after attempting to cross the border, while his 18-month-old was placed in a federal shelter. Government agents couldn’t tell him where his child was. A story in the Arizona Daily Star reports on a Guatemalan woman begging the judge who sentenced her to serve time for illegal entry to tell her when she would be able to see her 8-year-old and 11-year-old sons again—and getting no clear response.
Heartbreaking as these stories are, the long-term consequences of the separation may be even worse. A strong body of science proves that separating children from their parents causes enduring harm to children’s emotional and mental health, and to the relationship between the child and their parent.

Attachment theory and parent-child separation

Attachment theory, developed in 1958 by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, explains that young children’s sense of security is rooted in their relationships with caregivers, which in turn shapes children’s social, cognitive, and emotional regulation skills. That means separating a child from the caregiver puts the child’s long-term development at risk. One 2011 study, published in the journal Attachment and Human Development, examined the effects of mother-child separation upon children under two years of age who had been apart from their mothers for a week or more. Most of the children came from low-income families. The researchers found that children who had been separated from their mothers at a young age showed more aggression and negativity at ages three and five, noting that involuntary separations were much more likely to have a negative effect. Meanwhile, a 2009 study of Chinese children who had been separated from their parents found that children whose parents had migrated in search of employment opportunities early in life were at greater risk of anxiety and depression later on.
Because the separations at the US-Mexico border are both forced and unexpected, they’re likely to be particularly damaging for kids. “The physical separation between a parent and child, particularly when unexpected as in the case of deportation, disrupts this essential secure base, risking internalizing symptoms (depression, anxiety), externalizing behaviors (withdrawal, aggression), and social and cognitive difficulties,” as one 2014 study (pdf) of detention and deportation of US migrants, published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, explains.
The effects of being separated from a parent can be difficult even when children are well cared for—say, staying with a grandparent or another trusted relative. But under the new US policy, parents are prosecuted and their kids are taken into government custody. Children are treated much better than their parentsthey have to be transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours of being taken into custody by Homeland Security, given access to free legal services, held in a safe, sanitary, and “least-restrictive” possible environment, and given time to play outside. But the number of minors entering the US illegally is set to soon outpace the space available for them. So the Trump administration is reportedly considering holding undocumented immigrant children in military facilities.
And there’s reason to believe that the US government isn’t a trustworthy custodian. In 2018, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which handles the placement of undocumented immigrant children into shelters or with sponsors, reported that it could not “determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475” unaccompanied children who had previously been resettled with sponsors. And a 2016 report found that the Department of Health and Human Services unwittingly released a dozen minors into the custody of human traffickers.
In an April 26, 2018 oversight hearing, senator Rob Portman, the Republican junior senator for Ohio, gave an overview of the systemic ways in which US immigration officials are failing to enact basic protections to the children of undocumented immigrants. “We need to do better,” Portman said. In the weeks since, it seems, the US has been doing worse.
This reporting is part of a series supported by a grant from the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The author’s views are not necessarily those of the Bernard van Leer Foundation: But it is of

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May 25, 2018

Israeli Police Demands Gay Pride Put Up High Fences and Stay Away from The Orthodox Jews

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The police are making stringent demands of the organizers of theGay Pride Parade in Kfar Sava as a condition for granting a permit for the march. The requirements include the construction of a two-meter-high fence to cordon off the route and the stationing of large vehicles at junctions along the path, all at the organizers’ expense.
These measures are needed to protect the marchers and because “this is a sensitive event that requires a large police deployment,” said the police.

Last week, representatives of the Israeli Gay Youth organization approached the Kfar Sava police and asked for a permit to hold the city’s first pride parade. The march is planned over a circular route of about 750 meters, beginning and ending at the Jerusalem pedestrian mall, through a short section of Weizmann Street (the city’s main street) and the Arim Mall plaza. This route was agreed upon after organizers and the director of The Aguda – Israel’s LGBT Task Force, Ohad Hizki, agreed last week to the police’s request to change the route so it would not pass by the local Chabad House.
Subsequently, in response to the permit request, the police made a series of demands, among them for the “area of the procession be enclosed and fenced off by a two-meter fence,” and for “intersections adjacent to the procession to be blocked by a large vehicle (bus or truck).” 
The police said these measures are needed to prevent any incidents like the murder of Shira Banki at the pride parade in Jerusalem in 2015, even though police have no intelligence information on intentions to harm the marchers, said the parade organizers.
In a conversation with Sapir Slutzker-Amran, an attorney with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Kfar Sava police chief expressed willingness to compromise on the height of the fence, but insisted on the other conditions. 
The demand to fence off the procession and block the intersections along its route essentially means that the marchers will be isolated. Organizers Alon Maor and David Baum, counselors at the gay youth club in Kfar Sava, told Haaretz: “The march symbolizes our struggle to walk through the city with confidence, to hold hands with our partners downtown without fear, not sidelined in some hidden place.” 
“This defeats one of the main objectives of the parade, which is for it to seen by all,” said Slutzker-Amran.
The police also made it clear to the organizers that they would have to bear cost for the fences and blockades along the route, since it’s a march and not a stationary demonstration, for which the police are obligated to cover the expenses. Organizers estimate the cost of these requirements at NIS 30,000 ($8,380).
The Kfar Sava municipality is helping fund the parties to be held at the beginning and the end of the march, but won’t pay security costs for the march.
“The costs are estimated at tens of thousands of shekels, a large sum that the demonstrators cannot pay, and as a result these demands actually curtail the right to demonstrate,” said Slutzker-Amran. “The extraordinary sensitivity concerning the security for pride parades following the murder of Shira Banki, of blessed memory, is clear, but it’s also clear that this does not allow the police to roll over the security and barricade costs on the organizers.” 
The police said in response: “The conditions set for the event are necessary for it to take place, as is required for other events of this kind. The conditions are meant to safeguard the parade and maintain public order, while minimizing disruption to the fabric of life of the city’s residents. The costs of the march are to be borne by the organizers, as with other events, since the taxpayer cannot be expected to fund the cost of producing parades, even if their goals are worthy. The role of the police is to balance between permitting parades, marches, performances, etc. in the public domain, and the concern for public safety and security.” 
The Kfar Sava municipality said: “As in previous years, the Kfar Sava municipality is holding a variety of activities to mark Pride and Tolerance Month, including lectures, films and activities. Unlike these events, the pride parade is not connected to the municipality’s activities, is not being coordinated with it and is not a municipal event, so responsibility for it lies solely with the organizers.”
Chen Arieli, chairman of the Aguda, said that the association was preparing to challenge the restrictions in court.
“The police’s decision to make it difficult for the parade to take place and to place responsibility for funding security on the organizers’ shoulders is outrageous, and in my opinion is fundamentally illegal,” she said. “The Israel Police cannot be an obstacle to the gay pride parade, not in Tel Aviv, not in Jerusalem, not in Kfar Sava or in any other city in Israel. This is a civil right, and if it is not realized by agreement, it will be achieved by legal means. We call on the public to vote with their feet and prove to the police and the Kfar Sava municipality the public importance of [the parade] taking place.”
In 2016, organizers canceled the Be'er Sheva gay pride parade after the High Court of Justice denied their petition against a police decision that forbade participants from marching along the city's main road. In the High Court ruling, the justices wrote they were convinced that intelligence reports on potential violence during the parade – presented to them by the police – justified at least a partial diversion of the parade from the city's Rager Boulevard. The city declined to support the march and a number of city council members objected to holding the event. The march was held a year later along an alternative route.

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Sir Ian McKellen Says Hollywood Bemoans LGBT When Half of Them Are Gay

 Anti Gay Gays= Many times referred to, as 'Homophobic'

Screen and stage star Ian McKellen has taken aim at Hollywood’s inclusion problems, asserting that “half of Hollywood is gay” but you’d never know it based on the dearth of LGBTQ projects being produced.

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The 78-year-old actor, who’s the subject of the new documentary “McKellen: Playing the Part,” railed against the industry when recently asked by Time Out London what he thought of so few gay characters appearing in blockbusters. He took particular issue with the controversy around Jude Law’s Professor Dumbledore not being “explicitly gay” in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film. 
“That’s a pity. Well, nobody looks to Hollywood for social commentary, do they?” quipped the actor, who was approached for the wizard’s role in the previous “Harry Potter” films. Then he tore into the industry.
“They only recently discovered that there were black people in the world. Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way throughout its history. Gay men don’t exist,” he continued.
The Englishman said that Bill Condon’s 1998 Frankenstein feature, “Gods and Monsters,” in which he starred, was “the beginning of Hollywood admitting that there were gay people knocking around, even though half of Hollywood is gay.”
Nobody looks to Hollywood for social commentary, do they? They only recently discovered that there were black people in the world. Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way throughout its history. Gay men don’t exist.

On New Gallup Poll Self Identified LGBT Has Risen 4.5%

                 Not More Gay Babies Born Gay But More LGBT Are Identifying as Such

  • The rise in LGBT identification mostly among millennials
  • LGBT identification is lower among older generations
  • 5.1% of women identify as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The percentage of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.5% in 2017, up from 4.1% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2012 when Gallup began tracking the measure. The latest estimate is based on over 340,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup's daily tracking in 2017. Gallup's LGBT estimates are based on those respondents who say "yes" when asked, "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?" Extrapolation to the latest census estimate of adults 18 and older in the U.S. suggests that more than 11 million adults identify as LGBT in the country today.

U.S. Adults Identifying as LGBT, 2012-2017
Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?

% LGBT3.

The expansion in the number of Americans who identify as LGBT is driven primarily by the cohort of millennials, defined as those born between 1980 and 1999. The percentage of millennials who identify as LGBT expanded from 7.3% to 8.1% from 2016 to 2017, and is up from 5.8% in 2012. By contrast, the LGBT percentage in Generation X (those born from 1965 to 1979) was up only .2% from 2016 to 2017. There was no change last year in LGBT percentage among baby boomers (born 1946 through 1964) and traditionalists (born prior to 1946).
LGBT identification is lower as age increases, although there is a particularly large jump between millennials and those in the next oldest generation, defined as Generation X. 

The roughly one-percentage-point increase (0.8 points) in LGBT identification among millennials from 2016 to 2017 is the biggest year-to-year increase among any age group since tracking began in 2012. In contrast, the percentage of traditionalists and baby boomers who identify as LGBT has declined slightly since 2012, while the LGBT percentage among Generation X is up slightly. Gender Gap in LGBT Identification Expands
Women continue to be more likely to identify as LGBT than men, and this gender gap expanded last year.
Overall, 5.1% of women in 2017 identified as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men. The change among men over time has been minimal, with the LGBT percentage edging up from 3.4% in 2012 to 3.7% both last year and this year. On the other hand, the percentage of women identifying as LGBT has risen from 3.5% in 2012 to 5.1% today, with the largest jump occurring between 2016 and 2017.

Percentage of U.S. Adults Identifying as LGBT by Gender and Race/Ethnicity, 2012-2017

White, non-Hispanic3.
Black, non-Hispanic4.
Asian, non-Hispanic3.

The LGBT percentage has risen among all race and ethnic groups since 2012, although not on an equal basis. Hispanics and Asians have seen the greatest increase, thus contributing the most on a relative basis to the uptick in LGBT identification nationwide. Whites and blacks have seen the least change.
The relative rank order of the LGBT percentages among these four race and ethnic groups has remained roughly the same over the last several years. At 6.1%, Hispanics continue to be the single race or ethnic group most likely to identify as LGBT, while the 4.0 % of whites who identify as LGBT remains the lowest. LGBT identification among blacks and Asians, 4.9% and 5.0%, respectively, is essentially midway between the estimates for Hispanics and whites.
LBGT Identification Highest Among Lower Income Groups
LGBT identification is more common among those with lower incomes, as has been the case consistently since 2012. The income gap is larger this year than it has been, with 6.2% of those making less than $36,000 a year in household income identifying as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of those making $90,000 or more. There are no major differences in LGBT identification by educational attainment, although the percentage of postgraduates who self-reported as LGBT is slightly lower than those with less formal education.

Percentage of U.S. Adults Identifying as LGBT by Annual Household Income and Educational Attainment, 2012-2017

Less than $36,0004.
$36,000 to <$90,0003.
$90,000 or more3.
High school or less3.
Some college3.
College graduate2.

Bottom Line
This 2017 update on LGBT identification underscores two significant conclusions. First, the percentage of adults in the U.S. who identify as LGBT has been increasing and is now at its highest point across the six years of Gallup's tracking of this measure. Second, the increase has been driven almost totally by millennials, whose self-reports of being LGBT have risen from 5.2% six years ago to 8.1% today. Baby boomers and traditionalists have actually become slightly less likely to identify as LGBT since 2012, while the LGBT percentage among Gen Xers has risen only marginally.
As LGBT demographic expert Dr. Gary Gates noted in his report on Gallup data last year: "A variety of factors can affect the willingness of adults to identify as LGBT. These can include how comfortable and confident survey respondents feel about the confidentiality and privacy of data collected." Thus, it is possible that those in the younger generation who are LGBT are feeling increasingly comfortable over time with their sexual orientation, and thus are more likely to identify as such. Self-reported LGBT identification among older Americans is much more stable.
Self-identification as LGBT is only one of a number of ways of measuring sexual and gender orientation. The general grouping of these four orientations (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) into one question involves significant simplification and other measurement techniques which ask about each of these categories individually yield different estimates. Additionally, self-identification of sexual orientation can be distinct from other measures which tap into sexual behavior or attraction.
The value of the Gallup data is the use of a constant question wording over time and the largest yearly sample sizes of any effort to measure sexual and gender orientation in the U.S. (the Census does not regularly include such questions in its population updates). Therefore, the upward trajectory in these estimates of the LGBT adult population provides an important social indicator relating to this key aspect of contemporary American society.

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These 2017 results are based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 340,604 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, collected from Jan. 2 to Dec. 30, 2017, as part of the Gallup Daily tracking survey and the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index survey. Estimates for years 2013-2016 are based on similar sample sizes, with the estimate for 2012 about half as large. The margin of error for each year of data collection is ±0.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error for population subgroups are larger depending on sample size. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.
The 2017 sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 70% cellphone respondents and 30% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within a region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.
Learn more about how Gallup Daily tracking works.

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