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Florida Woman Arrested For Driving Down Highway With Ex-Boyfriend on Hood

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Remember that video that went viral of a car flying down the highway, with a man on the hood? Well, the woman at the wheel of the whip has been arrested.

Did we even have to tell you where she was from?


A woman is behind bars after she allegedly sped down a South Florida highway with a man on the hood of her car.

CBS Denver identified the suspect as Patresha Isidore. Isidore allegedly drove off with a car belonging to her ex-boyfriend, Junior Francis, last Sunday.

According to an arrest report, Francis climbed on the hood in an attempt to stop Isidore. However, police say she continued driving, eventually getting onto Interstate 95.

Isidore drove with Francis on the hood for about 19 miles before she was stopped, according to police.


But here’s the kicker, Francis reportedly doesn’t want to press charges.

Battered man? Guilt because he did some f*cksh*t that warranted this “lesson”? Florida Man and Florida Woman having an understanding?

Whatever the reason, the struggle is real. Also, keep both of them off the road, people besides themselves could get hurt.

Lastly, by the looks of her mugshot—what else has she done?

Photo: Broward County Sheriff’s Office

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Oprah, Steven Spielberg match Clooney donation to Florida march

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Parkland, Florida, School Shooting: Over A Dozen Reported Dead

High school shooting at Marjorie Stonemason Douglas High School

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Another school shooting has occurred, this time in Parkland, Florida atMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A 19-year-old suspect is in custody while reports say over a dozen student were murdered. 

Reports the New York Times:

More than a dozen people were killed in a shooting on Wednesday afternoon at a high school about an hour northwest of Miami, a law enforcement official said.

The Broward County Public Schools confirmed fatalities, but would not say how many.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the suspect is in custody.

It’s a likely possibility that the body count will continue to rise. CNN has the death toll at 17.

Reportedly, the suspect’s name is Nikolas Cruz. According to  Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Cruz had been expelled from the school.

Prayers up to the students and families involved in this tragedy.

This story is developing. 

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Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

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Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line

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Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland (Unabridged) – Dave Barry

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Florida Georgia Line Drop Hints On New Album

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Florida School Board Believes Principal is a Hypno-Witch

Before you read this post, you might want to read my post on why sensational stories such as this are almost always untrue. The context is perfect.

In Florida, a school board paid settlements of $ 200,000 apiece to the families of three students who died after being hypnotized by their principal. (In this context, “after” does not mean immediately after.) Two students committed suicide and a third ran his car off the road after getting a strange look on his face, according to his girlfriend who survived the crash.

The principal in question had hypnotized 75 kids for various reasons. The other 72 kids did not try to kill themselves as far as we know.

You might be wondering what I think of that situation, given that I am a trained hypnotist. Answer: 100% bullshit.

A Florida school board confused hypnosis with witchcraft. Literally. 

Rule number one in hypnosis is that it is impossible to convince people to hurt themselves, or others, with hypnosis. A hypnotized subject is ALWAYS in their normal mind, just relaxed and going with the flow. There is no such thing as a hypnotic state where the subject can’t control himself. If I hypnotize you and hand you a weapon to use on yourself, you will laugh and hand it back, the same as if you were not hypnotized.

Hypnosis can’t convince a subject to harm himself or others. Researchers have tried that very thing and failed on lots of occasions.

The wrinkle in that sort of test is that if I hypnotize you and hand you a gun, you might assume the gun is a toy because no reasonable person would hand you a loaded gun and ask you to use it. So there might be some confusion involved, but no hypnotized subject would consider suicide or murder as a result of hypnosis sessions. That just isn’t a thing.

The principal pleaded no contest, but he knows he is 100% innocent, and indeed was probably going the extra mile to be helpful. You don’t hypnotize that many kids unless the word-of-mouth is good. The principal was probably helping a lot of kids cope. Hypnosis is an excellent tool for that sort of thing.

Three deaths in one high school does seem excessive. But ask yourself what kinds of kids ask adults for mind-related help. I would think the troubled teens would be at the front of the line. It should not be surprising that those 75 kids had more problems than the average. Still, three deaths in a short period does seem like a big coincidence.

But coincidences happen. You don’t hear about them unless you have a principal accused of witchcraft. That is essentially what happened here since only magic would produce the results in question. Hypnosis would not. Ever. And certainly not three times.

Why does the school board suspect hypnosis was part of the problem? Because three deaths in a short window is an unlikely event.

Why do I know the principal is 100% innocent? Because a hypnotist killing three kids is a far less likely event, essentially impossible. People die in clusters every day, by chance. But no hypnotist has ever caused a person to harm himself or others. I can imagine no scenario in which a hypnotist is helping a basketball player learn to relax at the free throw line and accidentally convinces the subject to kill himself next week.

It just isn’t a thing.

You might wonder why a skilled hypnotist would walk away from this sort of situation instead of hypnotizing the board to give him a parade and a big raise. The answer is that too many people are involved. It is an uncontrolled environment. His skills would be useless against the angry villagers with pitchforks, and it sounds like that was the situation. In his situation, I too would have pled no contest and walked away. The money is being paid by the school district, not the principal.

The ex-principal’s name is George Kenney. I only mention his name for the benefit of search engines. If you are reading this because you are considering hiring Mr. Kenney, or you wonder if he is safe around kids, let me say as clearly as I can that he was a scapegoat for a coincidental set of tragedies. Hypnosis – by its very nature – could not have been part of the problem. Mr. Kenney is a victim in this case. I say this with certainty. 

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Florida Georgia Line To Play Daytona 500

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Meet Two Of The First Gay Dads To Foster-To-Adopt In Florida

In this installment of the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US Let Love Define Family” series, contributing writer David Humiston is inspired by two foster and adoptive dads in Tallahassee, Florida, and shares their story.

Inspiration is a living thing. In the act of making ordinary people do extraordinary things, it gets passed on. Those inspired become those that inspire and, in this way, one candle is used to light another.

Couples like Daniel Nurse and his husband, Casanova, a thirtysomething couple from Tallahassee, Florida, are inspiring. Together since 2006 and married on Valentine’s Day of this year, Danny has taken on the Florida House Judiciary Committee (testimony against anti-gay adoption, i.e., Bill 7111), biased caseworkers and even an attorney who initially (and illegally) refused to represent them during adoption proceedings, and have successfully adopted three beautiful children into their loving home. The process was not easy for them, and they admit to moments of difficulty and even self-doubt. However, they persevered and can say that they were among the first same-sex couples to foster-to-adopt in Tallahassee. Daniel, already from a family familiar with the beautiful rewards of adoption, related to me that he was inspired to take his first steps by the annual CBS television special, “A Home for the Holidays.”

In 2010, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals struck down a 1977 law banning adoption by gay parents, declaring it unconstitutional. Danny and Cas were among the very first to subsequently apply for fostering. 

Their first adoption placement, a precious girl, was challenging. The family struggled to adapt and parent, as any family would, and the young girl placed in their care blossomed, but was ultimately reunited with her birth mother. The experience made them wiser, perhaps more patient, but no less eager to try again. And so they did, with two adorable and, as Danny says, “amazing” boys. Sadly though, neither child ended up staying with them for the long haul, but Danny and Cas remained positive and persistent.

Determination has paid off, and they have now successfully adopted three children through the foster-to-adopt program. Two boys, Neijal and Cameron — both 4 — and Ava Rose, who is only 22 months old. The children have brought more joy and meaning into Danny and Cas’s life. 

Cas’s family, long apprehensive and unaccepting of his sexuality, have even been won over by the children, and family meetings have engendered deeper respect, love and understanding. Cas’s father, the children’s “Paw-Paw,” was instantly smitten upon meeting them and insisted on showing his love by cooking them a “hearty meal,” as Cas puts it. That meeting, and those that followed, were “critical in mending many years of misunderstanding and misperceptions about my husband’s life, and gay life in general,” says Cas.

Danny and Cas are happy. They are optimistic. They know that struggles are likely to come their way, but it is nothing they aren’t willing to face together. In Daniel’s words, they “may face issues, ridicule, embarrassment, but it is all worth it to be able to give back and provide a loving and committed family for those that would not otherwise have one.” This is a common theme among foster-to-adopt families, perhaps even more so among same-sex couples who have faced struggles for the opportunity to raise children. Nonetheless, this family is a heartening inspiration for all of us to reflect upon. Their candle of inspiration will, hopefully, be used to inspire the flame of other candles yet to be.

RaiseAChild.US is the nationwide leader in the recruitment and support of LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering and adoption to meet the needs of the 400,000 children in the foster care system. RaiseAChild.US recruits, educates and nurtures supportive relationships equally with all prospective foster and adoptive parents while partnering with agencies to improve the process of advancing foster children to safe, loving and permanent homes. For information about how you can become a foster or adoptive parent, please visit www.RaiseAChild.US.

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Florida Man Fired After Facebook Post Saying He Wants To Marry His Dog

Ryan Uhler thought he was being funny when he took to Facebook to compare marrying his dog to same-sex marriage, but he quickly found himself in the doghouse at work.

Uhler, 32, a resident of Cape Coral, Florida, posted the following message the day after the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that gay marriage is legal everywhere, according to

”How is marrying a dog different if you love them? Today I hope we can focus on doggy-style love. I love my dog Rocco, and he loves me. Hopefully one day we can be married.”

On Tuesday, his employer, Grace Investment Group, fired him from his position as a digital marketing specialist.

“I was blindsided,” he told The Huffington Post. “I didn’t think anyone there knew how to use Facebook.”

Uhler told The Huffington Post he didn’t mean anything derogatory by the post, and has no problem with the Supreme Court’s decision.

However, he also admits being aware that likening same-sex marriage to an animal wedding is a cliche often used by critics of LGBT rights.

“I’m very neutral about politics. Sometimes, I will try and get a reaction to spark comments and responses.” Uhler told The Huffington Post. “I really didn’t want to offend. I have gay people I know and love and I wouldn’t want to offend them, but they know my sense of humor.”

He said he simply likes to go on Facebook and “stir the pot” sometimes in “either direction,” he said, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Uhler said company officials told him the Facebook post was the reason he was being fired and claimed they told him they were uncomfortable with the connotations of bestiality.

“It wasn’t about that at all,” he said. “It’s about loving a dog. People have told me, ‘I have a dog and I’d make that joke too.'”

Grace Investment Group hasn’t confirmed whether the post was why Uhler was canned, but it doesn’t have to: Florida is an “at will” state, which means employers can fire workers for any reason and without notice, according to

Uhler, a married man, may be out of work, but he joked to NBC-2 that he would indeed marry Rocco if he were allowed.

However, he’s not laughing about being unemployed.

“The reason I’m coming forward about this is that I don’t want anyone to make the same mistake I did about posting jokes like this on Facebook,” he told HuffPost.

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How Jeb Bush Forced Me To Leave My Home In Florida

In tossing his hat into a very crowded ring of contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Jeb Bush has made a simple request of voters: Judge him on his record as a two-term governor of Florida.

“We need a president willing to challenge and disrupt the whole culture in our nation’s capital. I will be that president because I was a reforming governor, not just another member of the club,” he said in part on Monday. “There’s no passing off responsibility when you’re a governor, no blending into the legislative crowd or filing an amendment and calling that success.”

I accept that invitation and offer the following judgment on exactly those terms, because for me, Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial tenure was not about him challenging the status quo or being a reformer. It was about him maintaining an entrenched system of pernicious discrimination against me and a great many of my friends, colleagues and community members. In fact, it became the reason I left the state where I was born and set off to carve out a new existence elsewhere, where my husband and I could pursue the life we deserved and start a family of our own without fear of persecution from the Jeb Bush administration.

My husband and I married in Florida in 1997 in a non-legally binding ceremony. We wanted to have a family, but knew that 20 years prior, Florida had enacted a statutory ban on adoption by gays and lesbians at the height of Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” hysteria. Despite the advocacy then of myself and other LGBT activists and organizations, Bush and his fellow Florida lawmakers showed zero interest in revisiting that law.

Bush was first elected governor in 1998, and despite early indications he might be more moderate than other southern Republican governors, we learned quickly that he had no intention of supporting anti-discrimination legislation for the LGBT community (he called that “special legal rights”), advocating for official relationship recognition (for him, marriage was only between one man and one woman) or eliminating Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption.

On the latter point, his hypocrisy was among the very worst: His social services department would allow gays and lesbians to serve indefinitely as foster parents, but would not allow them a final decree to become official parents to adopted children.

Bush indicated just how serious he was about this matter when Steve Lofton and Roger Croteau, pediatric nurses in Miami, refused to give up their son, Bert, for adoption. The couple had taken in Bert as a 9-week-old, HIV-positive infant, born with drugs in his blood. They fostered him, nursing him to health (he seroconverted to negative status along the way) and providing a happy, safe childhood.

When Bert turned 10, the Bush administration attempted to remove him from the Lofton-Croteau home, saying he was now eligible for adoption, though not by the only parents the boy had ever known. Lofton-Croteau, who had since moved with their family of five kids to Oregon to be closer to Lofton’s parents, refused to give up Bert, and signed on as plaintiffs in a class-action suit against Florida brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Entertainer Rosie O’Donnell publicly championed their cause, focusing national media attention on the travesty. That may have been Lofton-Croteau’s salvation, as the Bush administration sought to extradite the child, even though his parents had previously been named foster parents of the year by a Florida child-care agency.

We knew those were the odds we faced when we signed up for foster care training in Miami in 2002. Despite having strong careers with both of us working in education and a great capacity to love and nurture kids, we were humiliated in the training process by Bush’s social services agency. At the very first session and in front of a large group of prospective foster parents, the state trainer walked over to where my husband and I sat and read aloud the section of Florida statues pertaining to gay adoptive parents:

“No person eligible to adopt under this statute may adopt if that person is a homosexual.”

I well remember how it stung both of us to hear that passage as she stood only a foot or so away, with other parents chuckling around the room. We complained bitterly to agency managers the following day, to no avail.

Knowing we really only wanted to be foster parents as a stepping stone toward adopting children, we considered an international adoption. But we were advised that even in such cases where we could get an adoption decree in the child’s birth country, the Bush administration would reserve the right to grant the final decree and would deny us that, leaving us in legal limbo with a child not recognized as ours by the state.

When Bush won the November general election, we immediately made a commitment to move, and by April, had relocated to Oregon, leaving large, extended families behind in Miami and central Florida.

Florida’s statutory ban on gay and lesbian adoptions was ruled unconstitutional in 2010; Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a bill to formally repeal the 1977 law. And just five months ago, a court ruling made legal marriage available to gay and lesbian couples in Florida.

I sometimes wonder how differently my life might have turned out had it not been for the intransigence and homophobia of Jeb Bush. My husband and I might have stayed in Florida, for starters. I’m so grateful for our sons, whom we adopted in Oregon, and wouldn’t trade them for anything, but we never should have been forced to leave our home state to legally marry, become parents, and enjoy a life that Jeb Bush and his administration worked hard to deny us.

In case anyone wonders whether Bush has changed over time, he has said repeatedly this year that he doesn’t believe the Constitution grants the right to marry to gay and lesbian couples. Only recently has he stopped calling basic protection against discrimination “special legal rights” and begun to say he supports laws preventing such discrimination. Meanwhile, he hired as a senior campaign advisor an evangelical attorney well known for his advocacy for anti-gay legislation in Africa, where he has worked to maintain homosexuality as a criminal offense.

After the court decision came down ruling the Florida adoption ban unconstitutional, Bush said he “respect[s] that decision.” (A May essay by Betsy Woodruff on The Daily Beast, “Jeb Bush’s War on Gay Adoption,” is required reading for anyone who’d like to know how the former governor really feels about the matter.)

More recently, he had this to say about the coming Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

“It’s at the core of the Catholic faith, and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system is hard to imagine,” said Bush in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network. “So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I don’t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.

I’m satisfied to make my judgment on Bush’s candidacy based on his record as governor, but he may want to retract that invitation. He’s running to be president in 2016, not 1998, and the world has changed plenty since then on gay issues, uniformly for the better.

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Here’s To the Good Times…This Is How We Roll (Deluxe Version) – Florida Georgia Line

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Here’s To the Good Times…This Is How We Roll (Deluxe Version)

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Florida Cop Fired For Beating Handcuffed Suspect [VIDEO]

It can’t be stressed enough that police officers need to do more policing and less of everything else they’re constantly making news for. A former Florida cop is probably wishing he didn’t let his temper get the best of him and he still had a job after he was fired for excessive force for battering a handcuffed Black man.


Officer John Pickett has officially been fired over how he dealt with Parker Beasley in January.

Officials said Pickett is seen on in-car video punching a handcuffed Beasley in the back seat of the car.
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Authorities said that the explanation that Pickett gave in a 16-page internal affairs investigative report doesn’t match the video.

Picket said he punched Beasley as a reaction to Beasley spitting on him. Pickett said during the investigation that he was pushing Beasley down, concerned that he would lunge and attack him or escape.

When Beasley was arrested, officers placed a spit shield over his face, but the investigation revealed that Beasley, in a drunken state, might have accidentally spit while yelling at Pickett.

In Pickett’s termination letter, the chief of police said: “Furthermore, even if the prisoner did spit at you, hitting the prisoner is not an appropriate action.”

Investigators said Pickett violated several policies, including use of force and withholding information.

Pickett has a right to appeal his termination.

Just in case you’re wondering, Pickett pleaded not guilty to the battery charges.

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Florida Proposes “Stand Outside My Loo” Law

Florida, one of the states known for its infamous so-called “stand your ground” law (“justifiable use of force” law), has now proposed standing its patriarchal ground once again, this time in its “Single Sex Facilities” (what I am calling its “Stand Out of My Loo”) law. If passed by the state legislature, CS/HB 583 would impose criminal penalties on persons who knowingly enter restrooms of a sex not designated on their birth certificates.

Sponsors of this clearly discriminatory bill designed it specifically to ban trans* people from using restrooms that most closely align with their gender identities. Legislators see the writing on the bathroom walls signaling the establishment of gender inclusive restroom facilities throughout the nation, which have existed in a number of nations around the world for decades.

Some may refer to these spaces as “gender neutral,” though “gender inclusive” has become the preferred terminology to describe a space — most notably restrooms and floors in college and university dormitories and in many businesses — denoting a cite of inclusion welcoming individuals of all genders and gender identities and expressions. The terminology “gender neutral” overlooks the actual hierarchal power dynamics among genders, and the implications on the lived experiences of virtually everyone in our society.

Some legislators and community members list a number of objections to gender inclusive facilities: people would become uncomfortable, women would be at greater risk for assault, expense would be great to replace urinals with toilet stalls, it would go (no pun intended) against tradition and other reasons.

Well, let’s take these concerns in order. First, change, any change, often taps into people’s anxieties. As a professor, the beginning of each new semester brings up my anxieties about the materials I have chosen and whether my pedagogical methods have kept up with the state of the art of teaching. After a week or two, I generally relax into a comfortable routine. Actors typically assert that some amount of nervousness actually improves their performances. People often feel anxiety while learning new ideas and concepts, but over time, they accommodate or assimilate this new knowledge into their overall mental library.

Secondly, yes, women have suffered assaults by men entering women’s rooms. Most gender inclusive facilities people are advocating, however, include primarily single-user lockable restrooms. These types of facilities substantially increase safety for all users. In addition, in larger multi-user restrooms, though the clearly stereotypical stick figure wearing the tacky stick dress stuck onto the door announces this as a female-only space, it cannot and has not ensured the occupants’ safety.

Also, cost would not increase or be minimal to change current single-occupant spaces into gender inclusive restrooms. Initial expense would most likely increase to create new single-user restrooms, or if institutions want to convert one or a few current larger multi-user restrooms into gender inclusive facilities, this expense would significantly decrease down the line, and would be outweighed by the benefits.

Gender inclusive restrooms, while nothing new in many locations, in others might be seen as non-traditional, contrary to what has existed before. This is the so-called “lack of prior claim” argument: if it was not here at the beginning of our organization, our culture or our country, then it should not exist now.

We heard this theme voiced and written during the fight against the institution of slavery and against “Jim Crow,” when women began to organize for the right to vote, at the start of labor union organizing, calls for direct voting of U.S. Senators rather than leaving it to state legislators, movements to abolish gender-based clothing mandates and other restrictive gender roles, demands for marriage equality and many other progressive social, cultural and political changes.

The current bifurcated restroom designation contradicts the realities of peoples’ sexed bodies, gender identities and gender expressions. Many intersex people define neither as “male” nor as “female.” Which restroom must they choose, or which are they allowed to choose? The “sex” designation typed onto many trans* peoples’ official records assigned to them at birth simply do not accurately and integrally reflect their actual gender identities. They had no power or control at the time of their birth to list the category that most matched their actual gender identities, and many laws today make it extremely difficult and expensive to permit any changes.

Gender must be seen as a continuum rather than as constituting binary oppositions. Doctors assigned me “male” at birth, but I define myself more as gender-fluid. While I do not specifically identity as “trans*,” I never related to the “he, him, his” personal pronouns. I feel uneasy when anyone refers to me as “a guy” or as “a bachelor,” when men want to talk “man to man,” or tell people to “man up!” These terms are simply social artifice and hold no meaning for me. Thanks to the ground breaking work of my colleague, Davey Shlasko, I am employing the pronouns “they,” “their,” “theirs” as singular pronouns more closely aligned with my gender.

Basically, the criticism of maintaining bifurcated restroom facilities rests upon one primary foundation: cisgender male privilege. By permitting only cis-Johns and not Janes into their Johns, even in single-user facilities, cismen will perpetuate their unearned benefits. The ol’ boys club will remain safe and secure, keeping the gender infidels outside the perimeters as the barricades hold firm.

Other states in addition to Florida are considering similar laws. In Texas, for example, a proposed bill, HR 2801, includes a provision that would offer students $ 2,000 for reporting and claiming “mental anguish” for having to share restroom facilities with students of another sex.

The proposed laws will further marginalize and intimidate trans* and intersex people, and will function as supplementary reinforcements to the shields guarding cismen their unearned entitlements. They will use these shields to continue to float, as many have always, unconsciously and uncritically down the mainstream of gender inequality.

Thank you Genny Beemyn for your insightful editorial suggestions.
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Florida Police Caught Using African-American Mugshots As Target Practice

A North Miami Beach police department is under fire, after being caught using criminal mugshots for target practice at a gun range often used for officer training. In an unbelievable coincidence,  during a December visit to the range Sgt. Valerie Deant discovered that not only were the mugshots of minority offenders being used, one of the photos posted was that of her own brother, who had been arrested over 15 years ago in connection with a drag race.

Said Deant, “I was like why is my brother being used for target practice? There were like gunshots there and I cried a couple of times.”

According to the Medley Firearms Training Center, the venue is often leased to local law enforcement agencies, who are allowed to choose their own target photos.

Though many are outraged at the racial implications of the act, North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis has denied that race played a part stating “Our policies were not violated. There is no discipline forthcoming from the individuals who were involved with this.”


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