January 31, 2018

Nicole Eggert Details 'Baio's in Charge' in Her Abuse and How Young She Was

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Charles in Charge actress Nicole Eggert said her former co-star Scott Baio sexually abused her repeatedly starting when she was 14 years old in an interview Tuesday morning on Megyn Kelly Today.
The actress shared her story with Megyn Kelly following a Saturday tweet she posted referencing the alleged abuse. After the tweet, Baio posted a 16-minute-long video on Facebook denying the allegations, citing previous statements Eggert had made about their relationship.
Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep. https://twitter.com/tonyposnanski/status/956519034325032960 
“He immediately took to me and befriended me and earned my trust. And then he started expressing his love for me, and talking about marriage and the future,” Eggert told Kelly while tearing up. “Then, I was still 14, before my 15th birthday, we were at his house in his car in his garage, and he reached over and he penetrated me with his finger. That is when the sexual touching and abuse started, after that.”
Baio would allegedly grope her, pull her up onto his lap and sneak kisses with her while on set, Eggert said. They had intercourse for the first time when she was 17 years old while the show was still on, according to Eggert. Baio has denied this and said they had sex was when she was 18 years old. 
Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep. https://twitter.com/tonyposnanski/status/956519034325032960 
“I was very young and it was shocking a little,” she said. “I had never experienced anything like that either so he was playing on not only my emotions but my hormones and all of those things,” she said.
Another issue, she told Kelly, was that Baio was the boss on set. Eggert said Baio told her not to tell anyone about their relationship since it was “illegal” and he would “go to jail,” thus ending the show. “It’s scary,” Eggert said. “That’s intimidating, especially when you’re that young.”
“It wasn’t until getting a little bit older that I started to realize this is not love,” Eggert said.
Eggert said she had told a few close friends about the allegations at the time, but “they didn’t have a good reaction to it.” She said she “always lied about it” in interviews years later. “I got really good at bearing it and putting it away in a box,” she said. Speaking with other women who had gone through similar experiences helped her come forward, she said. During the interview, Kelly shared a statement from Nik Richie, a radio host who said Eggert had told him Baio had molested her. Kelly also said Charles in Charge actor Alexander Polinsky witnessed inappropriate cuddling between Eggert and Baio on set.
Additionally, Kelly pointed to a tweet from Adam Carl, who worked on the set of Charles in Charge, that said he remembers being with Eggert while she cried about Baio on set.
“When I worked on Charles in Charge in ’88, I sat with you while you cried about that abusive asshole,” Carl said in a tweet to Eggert on Saturday. “I know you’re telling the truth and I’m so glad to see you speaking out.” 
Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep. https://twitter.com/tonyposnanski/status/956519034325032960 
When I worked on Charles in Charge in ‘88, I sat with you while you cried about that abusive asshole. I know you’re telling the truth and I’m so glad to see you speaking out.
In statements before Eggert’s interview aired, Baio said he and Eggert had a consensual relationship when she was over 18 years old. A representative for Baio did not respond immediately to a request for comment on Eggert’s allegations.
number of men have been accused of sexual abuse, misconduct and harassment in recent months amid a national reckoning in Hollywood and other industries.

Russian Couple Who Married in Denmark and Acknowledged by Gov. Had to Flee

 Russian weddings of the past between a man passing as woman and gay man. The picture of the couple
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Rights activists say two Russian men whose marriage in Denmark was indirectly acknowledged by Russian authorities have fled the country, citing a "real threat" to their liberty and security.
Pavel Stotsko and Yevgeny Voitsekhovsky left Russia after police declared their passports invalid and opened an administrative case against them for "intentionally defacing an official document," the Russian rights group LGBT-Network said on January 29.
It was not clear where the couple traveled to.
LGBT-Network head Igor Kochetkov said police had told Stotsko and Voitsekhovensky they would not be protected from possible attacks by homophobic vigilantes.
Stotsko and Voitsekhovsky were married in Copenhagen on January 4. When they returned to Moscow last week, they presented their passports to police for confirmation of the marriage under provisions of Russian law that regulate the recognition of foreign marriages.
Although Russia does not recognize same-sex marriages and sexual minorities regularly face discrimination and persecution there, a police official stamped the passports.
An Interior Ministry spokeswoman said on January 28 that the official who stamped the passports and her immediate supervisor had been dismissed, and that the investigation into the matter remained open.
LGBT-Network reported that police had blocked the entrance to Stotsko's and Voitsekhovsky's apartment on January 28.
The group said police were preventing friends from entering and the two men from leaving in an effort to recover their passports. In addition, electricity and Internet access were blocked for several hours, LGBT-Network said.
Stotsko rejected the charge that he had defaced his passport. "Our passports were stamped by officials who had every right to stamp them under federal law," he told a Moscow radio station on January 28.
The two men reportedly turned in their passports on January 29 on the advice of their lawyers and were immediately issued replacement passports.
With reporting by RIA Novosti

Jamaica Finally Does Something For Safety of LGBT by Barring Preacher Whose Message is Death to Gays

Controversial US Pastor Steven Anderson reacts as he leaves the Botswana Department of immigration after being issued a deportation order by Botswana authorities, on September 20, 2016, in Gaborone.
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Image copyright Steven Anderson was deported from Botswana in 2016 after he said homosexuals should be stoned to death

A controversial US pastor was prevented from boarding a flight to Jamaica after the authorities there decided to deny him entry. 
Pastor Steven Anderson, who is based in Arizona, runs the Faithful Word Baptist Church which says that homosexuality is an abomination and should be punishable by death.
Officials said his statements were "not conducive to the current climate".
Mr. Anderson has been barred from South Africa and deported from Botswana. 
The pastor had planned to travel to Jamaica with his 14-year-old son to carry out "missionary work" when he was prevented by airline officials from boarding the plane on Monday.
"I had a connecting flight in Atlanta, so as soon as I got to Atlanta, Delta Air Lines told me that they received a notification from Jamaica that I was not going to be allowed to enter," Mr. Anderson told The Gleaner newspaper.
"I was kind of surprised that Jamaica would ban me for my views on homosexuality," he added.
Jamaica has laws criminalizing gay sex and rights groups have warned that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people face frequent discrimination.
But LGBT rights activists in Jamaica started a petition asking the Jamaican government to ban Mr. Anderson and it was signed by more than 38,000 people. 
Jay John, who launched the petition, said he was very pleased with the outcome and called it a "victory". 
"His literal interpretation of the Bible regarding the killing of gay people should not be echoed in a society like Jamaica," Mr. John had argued. 
In September 2016, Mr. Anderson was deported from Botswana after he said on a local radio programme that homosexuals should be "stoned to death".
A week earlier, he had been banned from South Africa, and before that, from the UK.

January 30, 2018

Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Released After Pro-Democracy Rally

 Aleksei Navalny 

He’ll live to fight another day. The Russian opposition leader has been released without charges after being detained during a pro-democracy rally in Moscow yesterday. Navalny, who has been banned from running in March’s presidential election, was one of over 180 people arrested during nationwide protests. Officers also raided his headquarters, breaking down the door during a live broadcast and claiming they’d received a bomb threat. Despite hundreds of protesters chanting “Navalny is our president,” Vladimir Putin is widely expected to secure a fourth six-year term.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the Kremlin does not consider opposition leader Aleksei Navalny a threat.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke to reporters on January 29, a day after thousands of people demonstrated in cities nationwide in support of Navalny's call for a boycott of the March 18 election that appears certain to extend Putin's rule.
Police detained at least 350 people including Navalny, who has been barred from challenging Putin in the election due to a financial-crimes conviction that he and his supporters contend was Kremlin-engineered retribution for his opposition activity.
Navalny, who has irked the Kremlin with investigative reports alleging corruption among Putin's closest allies, came in second in a 2013 Moscow mayoral election.
He and his backers say he is being left off the ballot because Putin fears is performance would expose popular opposition to Putin, dent his mandate in what could be his final presidential term, and undermine his legacy.
WATCH: Thousands of protesters gathered at Moscow's central Pushkin Square on January 28 to call for the boycott of Russia's upcoming presidential election.
Asked whether the Kremlin viewed Navalny as a political threat, Peskov said: "No."
"Vladimir Putin's popularity level reaches far beyond Russia's borders," he said.
"I don't think anybody can doubt that Putin is the absolute leader of public opinion, the absolute leader of the political Olympus...with whom it is unlikely that anyone can seriously compete with at this stage," Peskov added.
With the Kremlin controlling the levers of political power nationwide after years of steps to suppress dissent and marginalize political opponents, Putin is virtually assured of victory in the election.
Because the constitution bars presidents from serving more than two consecutive terms, the election campaign has set off speculation about Russia's political future beyond 2024.
Navalny has accused the rest of the field of presidential hopefuls of playing into Putin's hands and aiding a Kremlin bid to portray what he calls a farce as a legitimate, competitive contest.
The protests in dozens of cities on January 28 were held in support of Navalny's call for a "voters' strike" -- a boycott of an election he has dismissed as Putin's "reappointment."
"You can't call choosing between one candidate an election," said Nastya, a 25-year-old woman at the Moscow rally. Police warned earlier in the week that in the run-up to the election, they will be tough on demonstrators deemed to have broken the law.
Navanly, who was denied permission to hold a rally in central Moscow but called on people to come out anyway, was grabbed by police and bundled into a bus shortly after joining more than 1,000 people on Tverskaya Street.
"I've been detained. That doesn't matter. Come to Tverskaya. You're not coming out for me, but for yourself and your future," Navalny, whose arrest was captured live on video, wrote on Twitter from a police van.
Hours later, Navalny tweeted that he had been released by police and driven to a subway station but would face a hearing on unspecified charges.
"A huge thanks to everyone who supported [me] and stood outside the police station. I heard your chants," Navalny tweeted. "You're awesome."
OVD-Info, a website that monitors law enforcement activity in Russia, said that 350 people were detained nationwide, including 66 in Ufa, 65 in Volgograd, 51 in Cheboksary, 31 in Kemerovo, 23 in Murmansk, 19 in St. Petersburg, and 16 in Moscow.
The Russian Interior Ministry said on January 29 that 266 people were detained in 16 cities amid the previous day's protests, and that all had been released. It said that police had issued a total of 175 noncriminal citations in connection with the demonstrations.
Most of those detained were released within hours.
"If we stay at home then nothing will change for sure. If we take to the streets, then at least we have some kind of chance," said Nastya, who would not give her last name for fear of repercussions.
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With reporting by Tom Balmforth in Moscow, RFE/RL's Russian Service, AFP, Reuters, and Novaya Gazeta

An LGBT Couple, Their Marriage Wiped Off in Singapore are Going to Court

A Singapore court has agreed to review the decision to delete a Singaporean couple’s marriage from the city-state’s marriage registry after one partner underwent gender-affirming surgery, according to lawyers for the couple. 
The marriage was revoked and deleted in February last year after the registrar decided that the marriage, while a heterosexual union at the time it occurred in 2015, had become a same-sex marriage, which is not allowed in Singapore. The couple applied in November to have the authorities’ actions examined in a bid to get their union reinstated. Singapore’s High Court granted the request last week.
The story of FK and BS, first reported in Quartz on June 14 last year, showed how laws in the city-state are out of step with one another, leaving the couple in legal limbo. Singapore’s laws on transgender and marriage rights also don’t fully reflect the gender and sexual orientation experiences people grapple with more openly now.
The couple last year detailed the stressful, convoluted process they had been through relating to their marriage over nearly two years. FK was asked to dress up as “obviously male” for the marriage proceeding, in keeping with her gender on her official Singapore-issued ID, and to sign a statutory declaration stating that she had not undergone surgery prior to marriage. Later, the couple was denied the four-bedroom public housing flat they were due to collect as a married couple after a four-year wait. The final blow was the revocation of their marriage.
“This application seeks a court ruling that the Registrar of Marriages, in deciding to void our clients’ marriage and then deleting the record of marriage from the state marriage register, acted beyond her legal powers. In our view, the Registrar’s decision and the action she took, raise rule of law issues,” the couple’s solicitors, Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss and Suang Wijaya of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, told Quartz in a joint statement.
The case will be heard before a judge at the High Court, and could potentially proceed to the Court of Appeal, Singapore’s highest court, where it would be considered by a bench of three to five judges. A hearing date has not been set yet.
Singapore recognizes transgender people, but does not allow for same-sex marriage. When Quartz approached the Ministry of Social and Family Development, which oversees the Registry of Marriages, for comment last year, a representative stated: “Singapore law does not recognize a marriage where both parties are of the same sex. At the point of marriage, a couple must be man and woman, and must want to be and want to remain as man and woman in the marriage.”
However, the actual wording of the law governing marriages in Singapore states that “[a] marriage solemnized in Singapore or elsewhere between persons who, at the date of the marriage, are not respectively male and female shall be void.” At the time of the 2015 marriage, FK identity’s card still listed her sex as “male,” which continued until she changed it in 2016.
“I feel that the case was never really properly concluded, because the reason for revoking the marriage… it leaves open more questions than answers,” said FK. 
Issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Singapore can often be murky. Under Singaporean law, sex between men is still criminalized under Section 377A of the Penal Code, a holdover from the British colonial era, similar to statutes on the books of other former colonies. 
Although the government has stated that the law is not proactively enforced as a form of compromise between the LGBT community and conservative sectors of the populace, LGBT activists have long claimed that the retention of the law has ripple effects, such as when it comes to the representation of same-sex couples in the media, or formal recognition of LGBT organizations.
FK feels that their troubles have stemmed from bureaucratic indecision over how to handle their unusual case, and hopes the judicial review will provide some clarity: “It’s time the LGBT community [in Singapore] got a sense of direction of where the government is. There are some questions that do deserve answers, and we need to know what the government’s stance is with regard to LGBT rights.”

Transgender Women in Indonesia Detained After Forced Hair Cuts

A man cuts the hair of two transgender women, their faces blurred
The transgender women were forced to have their hair cut short

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Several beauty salons in Aceh province were raided over the weekend and transgender women working there taken to the local police station. 
The transgender women, who were also forced to wear men's clothes, will be held for three days.
Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that has strict Islamic religious law.
The move has been condemned by human rights groups.
Transgender women are known locally as waria, a word that combines the Indonesian words for men and women.
Local Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata told the BBC: "We are holding them for three days to give them counseling and coaching. It's going well and now they are all acting like real men."
While on the phone to the BBC, he yelled at the transgender women: "Are you still waria now?"
The transgender women lying on the floor, surrounded by police officers, after being arrested
Police raided the salons late on Saturday
They replied quietly, sounding clearly under pressure, that they were not.
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Police in Indonesia has detained 12 transgender women, cutting their long hair and saying they were "coaching" them to behave like "real men".
He said his team had carried out the raid, dubbed "Operation Anti Moral Illness", after neighbours complained about the "negative influence" the transgender community could have on their children. 
The Indonesian National Commission of Human Rights has condemned the raids, saying the police acted outside the law and their actions were inhuman.  
"All citizens deserve protection and to be treated equally," Commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara told the BBC.
"After seeing photos of the raid and the information we have received so far about the raid, it's clear that they violated the police code of conduct. The job of the police should be to protect people, particularly the vulnerable." 
Aceh was granted special rights to introduce its own stricter Islamic laws more than a decade ago, and has become increasingly conservative in recent years.
While it is not against Sharia in Aceh to be transgender, gay sex is illegal, and last year two men became the first couple to be publicly caned for the act. Indonesia as a whole has a long and vibrant transgender culture and tradition, which has historically broadly been met with tolerance from the public, BBC Indonesian editor Rebecca Henschke reports. 
Members of a boarding school for transgender people perform during a fashion contest
 Transgender culture is accepted in other parts of Indonesia

In some parts of the archipelago, waria are revered as divine people.
But in recent years there has been rising anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) sentiment across the country, with a wave of hatred directed towards the community from religious leaders and some of the country's leading politicians.
Even in the capital Jakarta - once a relatively safe space - police have carried out a series of raids on bars popular with the LGBT community, and jailed gay men caught in them under the country's controversial pornography laws.

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