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NY Medical Students Push for LGBT Inclusion Training

Medical school requires a great deal of hard work and determination, but is the education that medical students receive adequate? Some students wouldn't say so, namely Sarah Spiegel, who believes that the curriculum surrounding LGBT issues was not as good as it could be, so she and other students decided to take matters into their own hands, according to NPR.

Spiegel was sitting in class during her first year of medical watching a Buzzfeed video about the lives that transgender and intersex people live as well a thirty-minute video on sexual orientation. This was the only LGBT-oriented information offered to the students. She said that the video was fine, but wasn't adequate for students who will soon be doctors.

During her second year, she became president of the LGBT Advocacy in Medicine Club and gathered her peers to speak to the school's administration about the lack of LGBT education. 

The administration was impressed by Spiegel's presentation and now NYMC has seven hours dedicated to LGBT-focused education instead of just 1½ hours.

Studies have shown that, in general, medical schools do not do an adequate job at providing LGBT education, which may lead to bias. Because of that, about 20% of LGBTQ people avoid necessary medical care in fear of prejudice.

Dr. Madeleine Deutsch, a professor at the University of California, says that such disparities should be addressed to students. She comments that in general, medical schools address disparities related to ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status but fail to properly address disparities related to sexual orientation because LGBTQ people have historically not been considered a key population. 

Because of the lack of LGBT education, many doctors feel as if they are not properly prepared to care for LGBT patients. In a survey sent to 658 students at New England medical schools, 80% of respondents said that they were "not competent" with medical treatment of LGBT patients.

I have neither the time or patience (nor the ability to deal with blood) to attend medical school but I'm sure that it takes great perseverance. Doctors definitely do good for the world, but many aren't completely confident in their ability to treat LGBT patients. What Spiegel has done is nothing short of admirable and we can only hope that her determination can reach medical schools across the United States and around the world. 


h/t: NPR

Montana School Blocks Pro-LGBT Websites

As of January 14th, 2019, high school students in Billings, Montana are no longer able to access certain websites, such as pro-LGBTQ ones, but anti-gay websites are still available, according to CounterPunch.

Brandon Newpher, the Chief Information and Executive Director of Technology for Billings Public Schools, explained that by filtering certain content, network security will be improved and students and staff will be better protected. However, websites for the Human Rights Watch and GLAAD, both pro-LGBT websites, have been blocked under the category of Alternative Sexual Lifestyles(GLBT). Those websites are apparently not in compliance with the filtering requirements in the Children's Internet Protection Act. While there are categories such as child abuse materials and terrorism, that make sense to be filtered, websites attempting to spread equal rights have no logical reason to be banned. 

The ACLU criticized Newpher's decision to block pro-LGBT websites as they claim that denying access to such websites violates students' right to free speech and also violates the Equal Access Act, which allows students to have equal access to all extracurricular activities, like a GSA or other LGBT support groups. 

Jay Kaplan, the ACLU of Michigan LGBT Project staff attorney, says that blocking such websites is wrong and illegal because they "provide much-needed support and resources for LGBT youth during a critical time of their lives" and that blocking them send the message to LGBT students that their voices do not deserve to be heard. 

Pro-LGBTQ websites do not harm anyone and in fact, can help both LGBTQ and heterosexual people become more open-minded about sexuality in general. There really isn't any logical reason why Billings public schools would block these. I suspect foul play...


h/t: CounterPunch

Former Soldier from Texas Accused of Murdering Trans Woman

Anthony Michael Bowden, a former Fort Bliss soldier, was tried and convicted of murder of a transgender woman, according to El Paso Times.

Bowden, who was recently found guilty of murder, stabbed 36-year-old trans woman Erykah Tijerina twenty-four times at the Rio Grande Government Apartment Complex in Texas with a chisel in 2016. He claims that this was done in self defense because he says that she raped him and was planning on blackmailing him. Erykah did in fact have a history of blackmailing her clients, but that is hardly any reason to kill her.

Erykah Tijerina, born Eric Tijerina, worked as a prostitute and identified as a transgender woman. The prosecutor referred to her as Erykah, while the defense team referred to her as Eric.

According to the defense, Erykah threatened to tell military personnel that Bowden had slept with a transgender woman and that he was her pimp. 

One of the defense lawyers, William Ahee, said “On Aug. 8, 2016, Eric threatened Anthony Michael Bowden,” Ahee said in his closing arguments. “She blackmailed him. He went to the apartment, and Eric started undressing him (Bowden). He (Tijerina) threatened him. He (Bowden) feared he was going to be raped again. He went to his car, got the chisel. Eric threatened him, and he (Bowden) had the right to defend himself.” 

That's a lot of misgendering.

Anyway, the prosecutors told the court that Bowden repeatedly lied during the trial and went to Tijerina's apartment with then intent to kill her and that he was never raped. Additionally, it was found that Bowden used Craigslist to solicit sex from Tijerina and after meeting with her in August 8th, he said that he was going to his car to get money to pay her but instead returned with a chisel and stabbed her to death.

Denise Butterworth, a state prosecutor, told the court that in order for the self defense claim to hold any water, there needed to be an imminent threat. The fact that Bowden left the apartment to go to his car to get the chisel shows that he could have left at any time and, as such, proves that he was not in any danger.

After hearing the verdict Bowden had no reaction, while his family wept. 

Blackmail is never a good thing but it's also not a good reason to murder someone and his claim of self defense was clearly a lie. I don't know if it was shock or apathy, but him not having a reaction to his verdict does not sit well with me. Now, did he kill Erykah because she was transgender or because he was embarrassed by wanting to have sex with a transgender woman? Either way, he shouldn't have done it.


h/t: El Paso Times.

Travel Thursday: Florida Hotspot Named The Most Popular Gay Bar in the United States.

Some of the most iconic gay bars to ever exist are located in the United States. I mean, Madonna doesn't just stop by Stonewall Inn in Manhattan for nothing! 

Each of us have our all-time favorite gay bar, as it evokes some sort of memory within us that still tickles our emotions with delight all this time later. Which bars, however, rank higher than the rest when it comes to its overall popularity?

Gravy Analytics sorted out a ton of data to provide a list of the top 50 most popular gay bars in the United States. The company tracks mobile data to verify attendance at places and events throughout the United States and the company turned their focus on gay bar attendance from November 1, 2017, through October 31, 2018.  

Last year's list saw Nellie's Sports Bar in Washington D.C. hit the number one spot, with The Abbey in West Hollywood taking silver and TRADE in DC taking third. 

Only two of those have remained in the top 3: TRADE (number 2) and The Abbey (number 3). A brand new entry has hit number one this year, so much so that they weren't even on last year's list in the first place.

Let's break down the top 10:

10. Pegasus Nightclub: San Antonio, Texas.

Pegasus celebrates its 25th year in business by providing the folks of San Antonio with fabulous drag shows, outdoor karaoke and more. They managed to stay in the top ten again this year after landing at number 8 in 2018.

9. Georgie's Alibi Monkey Bar: Wilton Manors, Florida.

There are several things Georgie's is known for, meat being one of them (they were voted the Best Burger 2 years in a row). It's also known as the most popular LGBT hangout in Fort Lauderdale, which makes sense given that it ranks higher than any other bar on this list.

8. Twist: Miami, Florida.

  

Not surprising that Twist pulled itself into the top ten after landing at number eleven last year as this place has become one on everybody's lips in the Miami nightlife area due to the amount of eye candy and space inside of it.

7. Micky's West Hollywood: West Hollywood, California.

 

A new entry on the list! You'll find this jam-packed spot filled with locals, tourists and super cute gogo dancers.

6. Town Danceboutique: Washington, D.C. 

 

This will sadly be the last year for TD to make the list as they closed its doors back in July.

5. Posh Bar & Lounge: New York City, NY.

Hells Kitchen has become the new space for gay nightlife as Chelsea has become overpopulated with stroller moms and whatnot. Posh is at the epicenter of fabulousness in Hells Kitchen, enough so that they are the only NYC bar to crack the top ten on this list.

4. Bulldogs Bar: Atlanta, Georgia.

A hometown classic that remains popular 40 years after it initially opened. 

3. The Abbey: West Hollywood, California.

When celebs like Diana Ross and Britney Spears party at your establishment... you must be doing something right.

2. TRADE: Washington, D.C. 

Described as a "narrow" and "no nonsense" type of gay bar. Both must work given how high TRADE ranks on this list. Go for the huge cocktails and the huge... other things.

1. Parliament House: Orlando, Florida.

It's surprising that Parliament House didn't make last year's list at all given how popular this location has become. Several legendary drag queens like Ginger Minj and Roxxxy Andrews have been performing here for years, not to mention the plethora of gay porn stars who perform in next to nothing while on stage. 


Do you agree with the list? Among our writers, we've been to all of them and have mixed reviews. Some of our favorites were not on the list. But since Gravy Analytics tracks mobile data to verify attendance and Parliament House is located in one of the most transient/vacationland cities in the country, there might be an advantage there. 

 

Women's Shelter In Alaska Is Suing To Turn Away Homeless Trans Women In Freezing Weather

Virulently anti-LGBTQ legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom, is representing a ‘Christian’ women’s shelter that is suing to deny transgender women shelter from the freezing winter cold.

The conservative law firm, which represented Colorado baker Jack Phillips in his fight to deny services to gay people, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the ironically named Downtown Hope Center against the city of Anchorage, Alaska, to deny services to transgender women.

The issue arises from an incident that occurred in January 2018, when a transgender woman was turned away from the shelter, according to local news station KTUU.

Downtown Hope Center says the woman, identified in court papers as “Jessie Doe,” was denied shelter because she was allegedly inebriated. The shelter claims she was put into a taxi and sent to a hospital for treatment for a cut on her forehead.

But the same woman showed up the next day and again was turned away.

The average temperature in Anchorage at night during January is 9 degrees.

In September 2015, the Anchorage Assembly passed AO-09, a city ordinance which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The ordinance added protections to Anchorage’s equal rights laws for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people in housing, employment and public accommodations and includes exemptions for religious groups and those with ministerial duties.

In a press release, ADF asserts the ordinance exempts homeless shelters like the Hope Center. ADF attorney Ryan Tucker told U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason that the homeless women in the shelter would “rather sleep in the woods” than spend a night in a shelter with a transgender woman.

In a further slap to trans women, the ADF also says that because many of the women at the shelter have been battered or sexually abused by men, they shouldn’t have to sleep in proximity to ‘men.’ ADF calls the idea of trans women sleeping in the shelter ‘dangerous.’

But the Southern Poverty Law Center disagrees.

“There is simply no evidence that transgender people are more of a threat to anyone whether that be in bathrooms, locker rooms or homeless shelters,” David Dinielli, Deputy Legal Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told KTUU. “In fact we know transgender people are among the most, if not the most likely to be targeted for abuse, sexual abuse and physical abuse."

It’s worth noting that the Hope Center receives some of its operating funds from public tax payer monies via a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The ADF, which has represented so-called ‘religious freedoms’ lawsuits in more than a dozen states, has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group which works to push trans people “back into the shadows.”

 

(h/t KTUU, FriendlyAtheist - Image by Eric Ward via Unsplash)

Club On The Defensive When Discriminatory Do's and Don'ts List Leaks Onto Social Media.

Color us not shocked at all. Another club/event/group in the LGBT community likes pretty people only.  Apparently when you take no fats, no fems, no Asians and flip it down under to Australia, it becomes no skinny, no females, no Indi. 

POOF DOOF -  a gay club for homos (386 Chapel St, South Yarra / Melbourne, Australia) is coming under fire for a "Brief for Photographers" that was shared/leaked onto social media. POOF DOOF representatives have said the document is from 2011, does not reflect their current policies and practices, and was shared by a photographer that no longer works POOF DOOF events (bad blood? revenge?).  

So what does the "Brief" say?  The full document is at end of article, but in a nut shell, it directs photographers of POOF DOOF events to focus on certain people. Abbreviated we see that:

  • pics should be just taken of hot boys with muscles and drag queens, but only the best drag queens
     
  • pics should NOT be taken of skinny, messy, basic boys with bad skin, no girls (no one is here to see girls) and no Indi boys (we're hoping they meant boys from Indi, a region in Northeastern Victoria and not Indian boys, either is bad). 

So they want pics of pretty people, desirable people, people you'd want to lick. They said no to the skinny, pimpled, banal, girls (apparently girls are not homos?), and no people they have shot before. POOF DOOF was scrambling to do damage control and even was chatting with people personally on Facebook as seen here. 

So the Brief was real and they admit it. Nic Holland (Facebook says he is PR & Media Manager at Eleven: A Music Company & John Watson Management and HBIC at POOF DOOF) spoke to the validity of the document ina  Facebook post. The quality of the screen capture is a little rough (sent from an Australian reader to us) but it states that the brief was from 2011, but was "very lazily used as recently as 2015... there's no excuse, the brief is trash... I can only say as a club we evolved over time."

Apologies don't go far in this day an age, no matter how hard we try. They don't resonate well or as far as negative news does. 

Stepping up from personal chats, POOF DOOF posted their response about the leak and how wrong it was.  Many called them out for not simply using the word "SORRY", but they did say "we would like to apologise."

 

The post just before the apology on POOF DOOF's Facebook page was promoting an ALL INCLUSIVE event. It reads:

INTRODUCING All Sorts w/ Seth Troxler at Riva 

AN ALL INCLUSIVE BEACHSIDE DAY PARTY WITH EQUAL DOSES OF COLOURFUL, IRREVERENT AND FIERCE FUN FEATURING Seth Troxler & FRIENDS!

People saw the Facebook apology and were pissed and rightfully so! One Facebook comment was posted with a picture of the "Brief" and reads:

Wow POOF DOOF, personally I find this absolutely disgraceful, especially for a “Queer” venue, supporter, event etc. It’s all well and good to say that this I s 7+ years old and that you don’t stand by these virtues, but 7+ years ago Australia LGBTQ+ people were still fighting for equality, and you have the nerve to create this memo(even if it was internal, I wonder what else was for internal eyes only) that literally classes certain genders, identities and personal images as unworthy, subpar and “boring & repetitive” which in turn divides the very people you claim to support and identify as. Shame on you. Damage done.

and another reads:

You know how when you transition you become afraid that you might no longer be welcome at places you used to go run by the most toxic of the gays?

Well, that fear would be well founded.

I mean, theres just so much that is fucked in this by POOF DOOF I dont even know where to start. It's GOLD STAR GAYTRIARCHY.

"No one would be there to see me" now if I went, but luckily I wouldn't ever go again when I'm in Melb.

Melbourne sisters, cancel this bitch.

Are we raking them over the coals? Should we be? Our mouths should not drop that far for we know this kind of chat had to exist and at least we know it is practiced.  We now business like the pretty.  We know they like to associate themselves with the "more desirable, more lickable" people. How many big gay event advertisements in your country have you seen with "average looking" people on them?  Living in Southern Florida, all we see are beach body boys for White Party this and that and the other, which underwear model is going to be showing his goods at the next party, and which gay men's guest house has the prettiest model in their ads. And it if is a bear party, bring on the former twinks and aberzombies that have now let the hair trimming routine go and have found a new home under the labels of muscle bears and otters. all us bears definitely do not look like nor want that, but that is what is shoved up onto the posters because, hey, they have muscles, they must be desirable for everyone. 

Every time I see one of those posters, I think, yep, seen him on the ad for the event in 2015, 2009, and 2001, but I've never seen him actually at an event.  Bars look to put their best foot forward. The look to sell the fantasy.  What we need to let them know is our fantasy is often just a fun reality.  We know we are not going to see that model you are airbrushing onto your ad at the party.  Show us someone that will be there!

When we added more contributing writers to the pool here at Instinct, I was excite to have a variety of age, race, geographic, flamboyancy, masculinity, body sizes, likes, dislikes, and so on.  What was interesting was, I didn't go searching for it.  We just put an ad out for writers that wanted to contribute and a nice healthy mix of applicants rose to the surface.  It just worked out that we have variety.  

POOF DOOF just posted on January 5th new pictures to their POOF DOOF POWER POOFS album and have referenced to it after the "Brief" scandal hit. They all still look beautiful and cream of the crop to me, no?

Well, the second picture.  Who is that? 

Hi everyone,

If you didn’t know, I’m Dawn Lee and I currently live in Melbourne, Australia. For some insight, let me tell you all about who I am. I first started working in the Melbourne queer scene in February 2017. I am a 23 year old trans WOC. 

Dawn does a great Facebook post about the situation.  It's lengthy and spot on.  She tells us a little about our history and her being hired to work at POOF DOOF in June of 2018. The whole post is a good read (and at the end of this post), but what I want to draw you to is her last paragraph. She basically says, yes, there is a problem, an internal one, let's talk about it, remedy it, stop being the victims, and then fight the bigger fights.

I’m sick of this community waiting for a Knight in Shining Armour to be our saviour to rescue us, instead of being our own saviours and doing it ourselves. What I have taken away from this all isn’t about just the dated criteria, or that everyone’s so self absorbed in trying to be the victim that the wrong people are being punished. It’s that there is really no hope for this community. We have a chance now to come together as a community to educate, continually grow and help each other like the adults we claim to be- not tear each other down at any and every opportunity like we’re back in high school again. There are bigger demons for us to be killing together as a community, instead of revisiting something that is dead. You all make statuses needing help or wanting someone to stand up for the community, when are you going to stop viewing yourselves as the victims and help the few of us fighting for the community alone?

I think we needed that Dawn. I think I needed that.  I had my pitchfork at the ready!

We drop our mouths, point the fingers, take to social media to vilify and detest, degrade others with a tweet and a text, and move on. And here I thought it was just the 'Merikan't way of doing things, but it seems that it is worldwide. 

Here's a scenario ... My friend Christian decided to not go home for Christmas this past December and he will never talk to his parents again. Why? Even though he had a healthy relationship with them in November and has had one for a good 12 years, because they said some anti-gay things over a decade ago, before he came out, he decided to bring their comments back up and put it between him and his family. Is that the right thing to do?  Hell no! How many of your parents said negative things about LGBT people before you came out and how many need a little help or correcting when it comes to transgender topics?

The scenario mentioned above is fake, of course, but is it not too far from the truth and how we have acted recently? Doesn't it seem that we have a huge hair across our asses and we love it!  We woke up on the wrong side of the bed and we're waiting for someone to poke the sleeping bear. Okay, enough of that.  We already have issues affecting us, but it seems that we are ready to jump the gun for the next scandal, to see how we can be the victim, how we can put our hurt into a scenario a half a world away, LITERALLY! I am in no way saying the practices mentioned in the "Brief" are acceptable, but we react before we try to learn more. 

Let me repeat something from the very beginning of this post:

POOF DOOF representatives have said the document is from 2011, does not reflect their current policies and practices, and was shared by a photographer that no longer works POOF DOOF events.  

I'm mad too that the document existed in the first place. I'm mad too that it took so long to have people support marriage equality in the United States. I'm mad too that Hillary Clinton didn't support marriage equality from the beginning. Is it time to bring that last one up so we can vilify her and make sure she doesn't run for President again? She didn't believe we were equal then so she can't now! Here! Here! 

If POOF DOOF is no longer practicing what is in the "Brief for Photographers", we wish them the best of luck in getting out from under the avalanche of hate coming their way.

If you have not changed POOF DOOF, now is the time to do so. Use this as a call from your people for inclusion. Look for the people that have their hand out.  Some will come to you and say, how can we help.  Others will be still standing there with pitchforks and picket signs. And maybe the sharing of this "Brief" will affect other businesses in the community and a call for sharing pics of every day people and not just the supposed elite. 

And those that feel people cannot change ... are you going home for Christmas next year?


 

 

 

Full Brief

  


This piece is the opinion of one contributing writer and not that of Instinct Magazine or other contributing writers. 

Mike Pence's Wife Accepted Position at School That Bans LGBTQ People

Judging by who her husband is, it's no surprise that Karen Pence would share similarly misguided theological with Mike Pence. So it's not particularly surprising that she will be geocaching in a school in Virginia that bans LGBTQ people from working there, according to LGBTQ Nation.

The school mentioned above is Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia. To be eligible to work there, one must state and prove that they are a "born again" Christian. Applicants have to answer questions such as “Explain when and how you came to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and describe your relationship with Christ today” and “Explain your view of the creation/evolution debate.” I'm assuming anyone who wants to work there will have to denounce evolution.

Additionally, applicants must initial next to the school's "standards of behavior," in which it mentions that they must recognize that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. They also warn people not to engage in activity that deviates from scripture, such as heterosexual premarital sex, homosexual or lesbian activity, or simply existing as a transgender person, among others. Watching porn is also prohibited. 

Parents are also subjected to the school's stipulations, with the Parent Agreement saying that parents have to refrain from "participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school.” 

Look, we all know how anti-LGBTQ Mike Pence is and logically he would want to marry someone with the same views of LGBTQ people as he does. However, by teaching at a school that is legally allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals, and whose guidelines have such homophobic language Karen is showing the country that the Pence family only cares about people who hold the same views.


h/t: LGBTQ Nation

 

Pastor Forced to Resign After Backlash Over Homophobic Sign

I've recently written about how a bigoted sign sparked protests outside of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in California. Because the backlash for the sign was so severe, Justin Hoke, the creator of the sign and pastor at the church, was forced to resign, according to The LA Times.

Hoke said in a Facebook post that he " was informed that essentially all but one couple in membership would leave the church if I continued as pastor of TBPC.” Another member of the church agreed to take over pastoral responsibilities. 

The sign created a lot of grief for the church, to which Hoke responded with he put the sign up too late because "a conservative mountain farming community is no longer a safe place to call sin, sin" and that he feels that there is no safe place for "real" Christians in the United States.

Despite Christians being probably one of the most protected classes in this country. 

Amelia Mallory, a resident of Lake Shastina where the church is located, said that she was shocked by the sign and said that Hoke was not open to the idea of removing the sign. She also said, “Even acknowledging that we live in a more rural, and generally a more conservative area — the fact that somebody thought that that would be accepted by our community was definitely surprising.” She also organized the Shastina Love Rally mentioned in my previous post. 

The rally organizers praised the congregation for being “willing to stand on their convictions.” I also praise the congregation, as I am aware of how difficult it might be to deliberate defy someone whom they trust.

It is nice to know that a small conservative community supports LGBTQ people, or at least won't tolerate homophobic language within their town or anywhere. Perhaps the congregation threatening to leave the church unless the homophobic pastor leaves is a good sign that people are realizing that homosexuality harms no one and should not be met with such hate. 


h/t: The LA Times

Popular Bar and Grill Shuts Down, Owner Suspects Homophobia is the Culprit

A Tampa, Florida Hamburger Mary's, a popular chain with a predominantly gay clientele, has been shut down permanently, ostensibly because of a hepatitis A+ employee at the chain' Ybor City location. The owner of Hamburger Mary's thinks that the Hillsborough Health Department deliberately and nefariously targeted the restaurant because of its LGBTQ staff and clientele, reports South Florida Gay News.

The Health Department sent out a public warning last October and the owner, Kurt King, announced that he will be permanently closing the Ybor City location despite gaining approval to reopen. He also commented that Hamburger Mary's has been in the media constantly, which is hurting his other business investments. 

The Health Department didn't issue a warning about four other restaurants in the area in which someone tested positive for hepatitis A.

Kurt also said that he's struggling to keep the two other locations open, as well as struggling to fight for payroll and to pay the bills that are being accrued. He feels that his establishment was singled out, citing the fact that over four-hundred people in Florida live with hepatitis A and the places where the work haven't been on the news or shut down. He said "I think they targeted us because we're a gay restaurant, gay-owned, popular gay restaurant." King also says that the employee being referred to has been tested negative to all strains of the disease and he has the lab results to prove it.

The head of the Health Department, Douglas Holt dismissed the claims that the Department targeted Hamburger Mary's because of its gay staff and clientele, but mentioned that that's where people would expect hepatitis to be prevalent, as he said that "the classic category is men having sex with men" is the category most susceptible to contracting hepatitis. 

If, in fact, the employee in question is negative for hepatitis, the Hillsborough County Health Department can land themselves in very hot water, as they would have no reason to spread such misinformation and close down a restaurant. Hopefully King gets the justice he deserves and that other gay-owned business are not unfairly targeted.


h/t: South Florida Gay News

Pro-LGBT Polish Mayor in Dies Following Stabbing at Charity Concert

Poland has long been ruled and a right wing government and does not recognize same-sex marriage or other LGBT rights. Despite such things not being formally recognized, there are people at the local level who do support LGBT rights. One such person was Paweł Adamowicz, who served as the mayor of Gdańsk for over twenty years. He has unfortunately passed after succumbing to wounds that he suffered after a stabbing at a charity concert that was held on Sunday, according to CNN.

Adamowicz was born and raised in Gdańsk and became involved in local politics as a councilor in 1990 before becoming the mayor. With his position, he advocated for LGBT rights and supported immigrants and other minority groups.

On Sunday, January 13th, a charity concert titled the Great Orchestra of Christmas, was being held at a children's hospital. During the finale of the concert, Adamowicz entered the stage and began thanking the people who donated money to the charity event. While in the middle of thanking people, a man jumped on stage and stabbed Adamowicz repeatedly. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent a five hour surgery and a great deal of blood transfusions. Unfortunately, the injuries were too severe and Adamowicz died today, January 14th.

The alleged assailant is a 27-year-old Gdańsk resident who was recently convicted of bank robbery and spent some time in prison. He started yelling and blaming Adamowicz and his administration for his conviction and subsequent imprisonment. 

From what I've read, Adamowicz was very well-liked in Gdańsk and was a positive figure and progressive voice for the people of Poland. On his Facebook page, he wrote "In my heart, Gdańsk occupies the first place. I want a modern, fair, friendly and open Gdańsk. Gdańsk, where everyone lives well, works, develops and brings up children." He seemed to enjoy being the mayor and helping the citizens of Gdańsk to live comfortable lives. It's disheartening to know that there are people who are willing to kill because of anger, but Adamowicz won't soon be forgotten. 


Just moments before the attack, Adamowicz shared a photo on Instagram showing a crowd of people holding white lights during "Lights to Heaven" fundraiser, organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. Hundreds of people have since commented on the post with messages of remembrance.
 
"In my heart, Gdańsk occupies the first place. I want a modern, fair, friendly and open Gdańsk. Gdańsk, where everyone lives well, works, develops and brings up children," Adamowicz wrote of himself on his Facebook account. - CNN.com

 

 


h/t: CNN

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