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May 24, 2016

Honolulu Shells Out $80k for Arresting Lesbian Couple for Kissing

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 Honolulu has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit from two gay women who allege a police officer wrongfully arrested them after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.

Details of the settlement were announced Friday in federal court in Honolulu. It's still subject to City Council approval. The council is expected to consider the settlement at a July 6 meeting, said Honolulu Deputy Corporation Counsel Nicolette Winter.

"The Department of the Corporation Counsel believes that the tentative settlement is in the best interests of the city," Corporation Counsel Donna Leong said in a statement.

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero were visiting Hawaii from Los Angeles last year when, according to the their lawsuit, they were harassed and arrested because the officer didn't like their public displays of affection in a Foodland store on Oahu's North Shore.

They were walking through the aisles holding hands and at one point hugged and kissed, the lawsuit said. Officer Bobby Harrison, who was shopping in uniform, "observed their consensual romantic contact and, in a loud voice, ordered plaintiffs to stop and 'take it somewhere else.'"

The women complied and continued shopping, the lawsuit said. When Harrison again saw them being affectionate with each other, he threatened to have them thrown out of the store.

While the women were in the check-out line, Harrison grabbed Wilson by the wrist, and she started to call 911, the women described last year. All three got into a scuffle and Harrison arrested them. They were charged with felony assault on an officer and spent three days in jail. Charges were eventually dismissed.

After the lawsuit was filed, the Honolulu Police Department opened an internal investigation. "The internal investigation was completed, and the allegations were not sustained," department spokeswoman Michelle Yu said in an email. Harrison retired at the end of last year, she said.

The settlement dismisses Harrison from the lawsuit and isn't an admission of any wrongdoing, Winter said.

Wilson said she and Guerrero are no longer a couple but remain friends. She went back to Los Angeles while Guerrero decided to stay in Honolulu.

"I'm glad it's over, but at the same time we wanted the officer to suffer some sort of repercussion," Wilson said.

Guerrero ended up working and living in Honolulu partly because a condition of their release from jail required them to say on the island. By the time the charges were dismissed, Guerrero found she liked living here.

"I'm happy with it," Guerrero said of the settlement. "I'm just glad it's over with."

After paying their attorneys, Wilson and Guerrero plan to split what's left from the settlement amount.


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May 16, 2014

Michael Sam’s ‘The Kiss'


Over the weekend, television aired a real-life version of a stock Hollywood movie scene: The phone rings and an all-American young man learns he's been drafted by a professional sports team. He kisses and embraces his college sweetheart.
In this case, the athlete is Michael Sam, a standout defensive end at the University of Missouri, and his sweetheart is Vito Cammisano, who was on Missouri's swim team — making it an image that in years past might have been unlikely to go out over the airwaves.
Not anymore. Activists trace the gay liberation movement to the Stonewall riots of 1969, when patrons of the New York bar of that name fought cops trying to arrest them. At the time, the police regularly raided establishments with a gay clientele, but in the backlash of that one, gay rights groups sprang up in every major American city.
  •  Forty-five years separate Stonewall and the gay kiss that went viral. That could seem an eternity to those who lived through it burdened with anti-gay prejudice and hostility. But measured against the longevity of other prejudices, it’s not that long"
Slavery was not fully abolished in the United States until the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1865, but Jim Crow and segregation relegated African-Americans to second-class citizenship until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Women arrived with the Mayflower but couldn't vote in some states until 1920, when the suffrage movement led to the 19th Amendment.
By comparison, the gay rights movement has gone from zero to 60 like a souped-up race car. Gay marriage is legal in 17 states, in addition to the District of Columbia. In the first five months of this year, judges have ruled unconstitutional seven states' bans on gay marriage.
And now, with the St. Louis Rams drafting Sam, there has been a victory on an unlikely battlefield: the locker room.
Football is the ultimate bastion of pumped-up machismo and unvarnished mayhem. As the late coach Vince Lombardi once noted, it's a game of blocking and tackling — that is, of slamming people to the ground, then saluting the achievement like a Roman gladiator. Some hate the thought of sharing those traditions with gays. Several NFL players are in hot water for publicly sharing their aversion to gay teammates. But others cheered the milestone. When Sam was passed over through round after round of the draft, retired NFL superstar Deion Sanders tweeted: "Some team needs to draft Michael Sam and be real the kid can play! Truth."
In hindsight, prejudice against gays seems to have been akin to a boil that is about to burst. Virtually overnight, opponents of gay marriage have gone from gloating to playing defense. What was the game changer? Perhaps, as in sports, stats tell the story. Sex researcher Alfred Kinsey thought 10 percent of American males are homosexual; subsequently his research methods have been called into question and other sex researchers and gay advocates have offered higher or lower estimates. So let's assume Kinsey got it right. That implies that if there were, say, 10 males at a poker game, one is gay.
Of course, that's only true on average, and maybe Kinsey's educated guess was too high. But cut it in half, and the likelihood remains that you know someone — a family member, a colleague at work — who is gay. That wasn't so for most white people back when prejudice against African-Americans was rampant. Segregation meant white Americans had little firsthand knowledge of blacks against which to test the derogatory stereotypes.
Yet while heterosexuals worked alongside gays and shared family gatherings with them, there wasn't a vocabulary to discuss homosexuality.
Such was true in the Ivory Tower, otherwise a bastion of progressive thought. At one university where I taught, gay professors were referred to as "bachelor faculty." At another where professors' children got medical and educational benefits, we debated whether that was equitable to "nonbearing faculty" — as if we were taking about steel I-beams instead of humans.
That lack of vocabulary left a mother with a gay son little to say when asked why he wasn't married, except perhaps: "The right girl hasn't come along yet." Gay children couldn't talk to parents about a important fact of their lives. Relatives and friends of gays had to squelch the impulse to say, "Knock it off!" when someone told a joke that demeaned gays.
Of course, one gay football player does not a social revolution make. There will still be snickers, and expressions of outright hatred. That's been the case when other lines were crossed, noted Arkansas state Judge Chris Piazza, who ruled earlier this month that Arkansas' gay marriage law is unconstitutional. He recalled that the hatred that greeted the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating laws against interracial marriage has essentially vanished. The same, he predicted, will be true for same-sex marriage.
"It is time to let that beacon of freedom shine brighter on all our brothers and sisters," Piazza said. “We will be stronger for it."
By Ron Grossman
Ron Grossman is a Tribune writer and former history professor.

March 26, 2014

First Kiss to a Stranger

It was filmed at the New Zealand AIDS Foundation’s Auckland offices on Saturday.


December 19, 2013

This Image Went Viral with the Sikh Kiss, Then Taken Out, Then Back On

 Image that went viral attracted negative and supportive messages
Facebook removed then reinstated a photo of a gay Sikh man kissing another man during a Toronto protest against an Indian Supreme Court ruling, saying it "mistakenly" took down the image,BuzzFeed reports
Kanwar Anit Singh Saini, who was taking part in a Global Day of Rage against the court decision that upheld a law that criminalizes gay sex, posted the photo of himself on his page, Sikh Knowledge,with an accompanying message.
It read, "Last night my uncle told me if they knew i was gay before 20 they would have killed me. He also said im gay cause i was molested as a kid and im on 'the wrong path' . . . and when was i getting married? . . . i laughed and hung up. He comes from the same backwards place a whole minority were just recriminalized . . . Fuck my uncle. Fuck section 377. Im very proud to be illegal in any context. I owe that to my sikhi heritage and my mom. Also, for all the ranting about genocide i hear . . . i rarely see solidarity. So . . . fuck em all. #sikhknowledge #baagi #377 #section377 xoxox"
According to BuzzFeed, Facebook said the photo violated its terms and policies and suspended Saini's Facebook account for several hours. The photo was later reposted, with Facebook apologizing for "any inconvenience," the report adds. 
Some criticized Saini for posting the photo, saying that it was "disrespectful" to Sikhism, calling on him to take off his turban, and that he was protesting for his "own selfish lust." Many others came to Saini's defence, posting supportive messages.
One such message reads, "There is nothing wrong with him being gay and being proud of it. If others can't handle it then they can ignore it. People have no right to tell others what to believe in and do. Mind your own business and let others do what they want. And don’t pull in religion in a matter of your own homophobia."

August 18, 2013

Female Russian Athletes Kiss After Winning Gold

Female Russian Athletes Kiss After Winning Gold In Possible Defiance Of Russia’s Anti-Gay Law (Video)

After winning the 4×400-meter relay at World Athletics Championships Saturday, Russian athletes Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova shared a kiss. The gold medalists kissed again during the award ceremony, and from the video below, it appears another teammate joined in sharing a second mouth to mouth kiss.
It is still “unclear” whether the kiss was merely a sign of affection or whether the athletes were defying Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws since neither of the athletes have released a statement since the kiss exchange.
On Thursday, Russian Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva spoke out against allowing the promotion of gay rights, referring to a Swedish athlete who posted a picture on Instagram of her rainbow painted fingernails.
“If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people,” Isinbayeva said. “We consider ourselves, like normal, standard people, we just live boys with women, girls with boys.”

December 10, 2012

1 of 10 Top Global Kisses } Nice to be Straight in Kuwait

A kiss between two former Kuwaiti members of parliaments made it in a leading global social website’s top ten kisses for year 2012.

The photo, captured by an AFP photographer, Yasser Al-Zayyat, shows Kuwaiti opposition former MPs Mubarak al-Walan and Bader al-Dahoum give each other a nose kiss during a gathering in Eid al-Adha.

The “nose kiss” photo ranked the fifth place in Mashable’s top 10 kisses list. Mashable is a leading website for the latest news about digital innovation. 
Let me ask you. With straight kisses like that between two men, don’t you wish you were straight in Kuwait??
Former Kuwaiti MPs Mubarak al-Walan and Bader al-Dahoum give each other a nose kiss during a gathering in Eid al-Adha. (AFP)

August 11, 2012

That Putin in Russia, So Sexy Even a Priest Lost it Went For a Kiss. Almost got Fat Lip

Earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin visited [ru] the Valaam Monastery in Karelia, one of Russia's northern most republics. While greeting the local Orthodox priests, one of them suddenly lunged forward and tried to kiss Putin's hand, though the President instantly recoiled in apparent disgust. A moment later, Putin turned back and shook his fist at the priest (which the Kremlin later explained was a joke).
The priest, since identified [ru] as Macedonia-native Father Mefodii, caused an uproar among Russian Internet users, when video footage of his attempted kiss spread rapidly online. Why did this foreign-born Orthodox monk want to kiss the hand of Russia's head of state? Was it a sign of respect? A medieval demonstration of submission? Or perhaps something had been lost in translation?
In just two days, the video already has more than 788,000 views on YouTube. (The moment of Mefodii's kiss is at 0:37.)

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