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Trans teen Jazz Jennings targeted by hate group

Jazz Jennings

Trans teen Jazz Jennings targeted by hate group

The group have a major problem with Jazz Jennings and her attempts to “normalise the transgender lifestyle.”

One Million Moms – the right-wing protest group – have attacked a reality show featuring trans teenager Jazz Jennings, reports The Advocate.

The group – which does not have one million members (false advertising, anybody?) – claim that the TLC show ‘I am Jazz’ is “attempting to normalise the transgender lifestyle and make it appear OK while using a young cast member to lure a young audience.”

While many support the idea of helping the young trans community feel “normal”, One Million Moms clearly do not.

The comments were made in a post on the group’s website.

It also claims TLC “is attempting to desensitise America’s youth,” before attacking Jazz’s parents for supporting her transition “instead of giving guidance to the confused child.”

The group also urges its supporters to contact Revlon, which advertises on the show, and demand that the company end its sponsorship.

Jazz, now 14, has identified as female since her early childhood.

The teen – who has racked up millions of views for video I Am Jazz on YouTube – also heads a skincare campaign for Clean & Clear that celebrates diversity.

Nancy Daniels of TLC said: “Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience.

“Jazz may be known as an author and activist, but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life.”

The designated hate group have a long history of attacking LGBT public figures and their allies.

In 2013, the adamantly homophobic group took aim at US department store JC Penney, and their spokesperson, Ellen Degeneres, due to an ad featuring the openly gay TV presenter – and three elves.

Galveston County Sheriff Refuses To Release Documents In Death Of Gay Man In Custody

Jesse Jacobs died in custody of the Galveston County Sheriff.
Jesse Jacobs died in custody of the Galveston County Sheriff.

Galveston County Sheriff Refuses To Release Documents In Death Of Gay Man In Custody

(HOUSTON, TX) – The Galveston County Sheriff is refusing to release documents, any videos and the intake form of a gay man that died while in custody at the Galveston County Jail back in March 2015 fearing a lawsuit from the family. A move that shows not all law enforcement agencies are ready to be completely transparent.

On March 6, 2015, Jesse C. Jacobs was processed into the Galveston County Jail to serve 15 days for a second DWI offense. He served about half of that, and was pronounced dead on March 14, 2015 at University of Texas – Medical Branch in Galveston after being transported from the Galveston County Jail.

Sheriff Henry Trochesset told local ABC affiliate KTRK-13 he would not release anything out of fear of litigation from the family. As protests and riots continue around the country, and in Texas over the Sandra Bland case; the Jacob’s case is being hidden from the family and the public by Galveston officials.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.

The Jacobs family is outraged over the lack of transparency. “I’m angry,” says Jacobs’ father, also named Jesse. “Because as far as I’m concerned, they executed my son just as sure as if they put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.” Jesse told Miya Shay of KTRK-13.

In accordance to the law, the Sheriff of Galveston County must disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions, which protect interests such as personal privacy, and national security. None of the nine exemptions would allow for the Sheriff to withhold information that should be made available to the public and family of Jacobs.

One exemption would be an on-going criminal investigation into the death of Jacobs. The Galveston County Sheriff has stated that the cause of death in the autopsy report is natural causes.

KTRK-13 asked Sheriff Trochesset if he believes everything was done by the book. “It appears that way,” he answered. Trochesset told About Magazine ‘he hasn’t worked inside the jail it self in about 30 years.’

Will Beyoncé Defend LGBT Rights In Her Hometown Of Houston?

Beyonce

Will Beyoncé Defend LGBT Rights In Her Hometown Of Houston?

Will Beyoncé Defend LGBT Rights In Her Hometown Of Houston?. Beyoncé is undoubtedly one of Houston’s favorite gay icons and possibly the biggest star from the ‘Lone Star’ state. She has openly supported L.G.B.T. equality in the past. In Houston’s where the equality fight has landed on the national front door step, supporters are calling in the ‘Star’ to bring awareness.

The negativity brought on by a group conservative religious activist and pastors are attempting to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. For the past 16 months the battle has been tied up in the courts.

Enter Beyoncé, Houston native.

Combined with an estimated 42.3 million followers, Beyoncé has a large stage to offer assistance and gather further support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Nicknamed HERO, which protects an array of Houstonians from discrimination. But will she?

Supporters from around the world using the hashtag #BeyBeAHERO, trying to persuade the Houston native to publish a post that calls attention to the HERO campaign. Additionally encouraging voters to keep the ordinance by voting in November. Could her involvement make an impact?

If Beyoncé decides to stand up for her LGBT fans and speak out in favor of keeping HERO. With a single post to her over forty million Instagram followers, Beyoncé could change the debate over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance

“BEYONCÉ IS A HOMETOWN HERO, AND NOW WE NEED HER TO BE OUR HERO,” 

“An Instagram post may not seem like a big deal to any of us individually, but coming from the most known Houstonian, it would be a game changer,” said Carlos Maza, who started the campaign and works for Media Matters.

In 2014 Houston’s City Council passed H.E.R.O, designed to protect individuals from discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, and sexual orientation. But this is the South, and it’s never that easy!

“Beyoncé could change the debate over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance and mobilize support for protecting LGBT Houstonians from discrimination,” LGBT Program Director of Media Matters Carlos Maza told the Huffington Post.

“GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF ATTENTION THAT BEYONCÉ’S SUPPORT FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY HAS GOTTEN IN THE PAST, IT’S NOT HARD TO IMAGINE THE KIND OF POSITIVE IMPACT HER SUPPORT FOR HERO MIGHT HAVE ON A LOCAL ELECTION.”

So far no word from Bey! Stay tuned!

Texas AG Faces Contempt Hearing Over Failure To Recognize Gay Marriage

Texas Attorney General ken Paxton
Ken Paxton speaks after he was sworn in as the Texas attorney general, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

According to Cole, when he asked the state to amend his spouse’s death certificate, the state cashed his check but refused to complete the paperwork. A Department of State Health Services official wrote, “Until the ruling is fully reviewed, we will not be able to know the impact, if any, on the process to file or amend death certificates. We will keep your documentation in a pending file and will advise you once a determination is made,” according to the Chronicle.

Garcia also ordered Kirk Cole, the state’s interim director at the Department of State Health Services, to issued an amended death certificate for Stone-Hoskin’s spouse, James Stone-Hoskins, according to the Chronicle.

Paxton and Cole must appear in court next week so that Garcia can determine whether the two officials violated his July ruling prohibiting the the state from restricting same-sex marriage.

Cynthia Meyer, a spokeswoman for Paxton, told the Chronicle that the court must determine in a separate case whether the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was retroactive. Meyer said that Paxton’s office would be filing a response to Garcia’s order in court.

Earlier this week, Paxton was also indicted on felony securities fraud charges.