Transgender LGBTQ+ Activist Faces Charges For Alleged Rape Of Minors In Philadelphia

A well-known LGBTQ+ advocate in Philadelphia has been accused of sexually assaulting two minors, reports the NY Post.

A well-known LGBTQ+ advocate in Philadelphia has been accused of sexually assaulting two minors, reports the NY Post. Kendall Stephens, a 37-year-old trans woman, was arrested on Monday and is facing charges of rape, involuntary assault, unlawful contact with minors, and indecent assault against two boys aged 14 and 9. The inquiry into the reported sexual assault involving Stephens, initiated on September 25 following a grandmother’s complaint, alleging that Stephens abused a boy on three occasions since 2022, starting when the child was 8 years old. Another victim came forward and told police that Stephens had assaulted him. Investigators stated that Stephens had given the victim gifts unexpectedly, which the victim believed were meant to “keep him quiet,” according to court documents. Additionally, Stephens allegedly threatened one of the victims, saying that he would go to jail if he disclosed the abuse to anyone. Stephens was a victim of a hate crime last year. She was assaulted at her South Philadelphia home, August 24, 2020. One of the attackers, Tymesha Wearing, was sentenced to house arrest for her involvement.  Stephens’ became a prominent activist in her community, advocating for justice and safety for the LGBTQ+ community. Stephens is scheduled to appear in court on December 29th. Her bail has been set at $250,000, according to court records. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

NJ College Receives Backlash As Trans Swimmer, Meghan Cortez-Fields, Shatters Women’s Record

Ramapo College of New Jersey is facing backlash as a transgender swimmer, Meghan Cortez-Fields, shattered a women's school record after previously competing on the men's team for three years, reports the NY Post. 

Ramapo College of New Jersey is facing backlash as a transgender swimmer, Meghan Cortez-Fields, shattered a women’s school record after previously competing on the men’s team for three years, reports the NY Post.  During a recent meet in Pennsylvania, Cortez-Fields won first place in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in at 57.22 seconds, outdoing the previous record set in 2017. The senior from College Station, Texas, also secured victory in the 200-yard individual medley at the Cougar Splash hosted by Misericordia University. While the college initially celebrated Cortez-Fields’ achievement on Instagram, they promptly deleted the post amid backlash from critics.  Riley Gaines, a former collegiate swimmer-turned-activist, criticized Cortez-Fields’ transition to the women’s team, claiming she went from being a “below-average male swimmer” to a “record breaker” against female competitors. “Those who choose to remain blind to the injustice of allowing mediocre male athletes to become record-breaking female athletes are either incompetent or misogynists. There is no in between anymore,” Gaines added in an interview with Fox News.  Ramapo College, however, came to Cortez-Fields defense, saying the school follows NCAA‘s protocols and that it “supports all of our student athletes.” “There are strict measures that the NCAA makes trans athletes go through. You have to meet certain criteria to show that you are able to, as a trans athlete, compete with women,” a spokeswoman said. “We are an affiliate member of the NCAA. We are in compliance. We have done everything the NCAA says needs to be done regarding trans athletes competing on the team. All of the steps were taken, and documentation was provided for approval of Meghan’s participation.” Ramapo’s swimmer faces a similar controversy as the University of Pennsylvania’s Lia Thomas’ who also received hate following her success last year. She too emerged victorious in swim meets after participating on the men’s team for three years.  #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Billie Eilish Shuns Variety After They Made News Out of Her Coming Out

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Billie Eilish wants Variety to leave her “LGBTQ” stand, get on another topic and leave her alone. The singer ended her weekend by sending a warning to the media outlet. However, she did not forget to remind her fans to continue streaming her music. Billie Eilish Says She is Scared of Women in an Interview According to TMZ, Billie Eilish made a smooth confession while speaking to Tiana DeNicola from Variety. During her attendance at an event hosted by the outlet, the singer reflected on an earlier interview. DeNicola referenced a previous interview done with the outlet and asked if she wanted to put forth her sexuality. The interviewer reiterated that Eilish admitted that women didn’t like her. Despite feeling somewhat awkward, the singer maintained her stance. However, she echoed that she sees women as pretty. Billie Eilish May Be LGBTQ, But She Wants Variety To Move On Billie Eilish‘s stand with the LGBTQ community isn’t newsworthy, she tells Variety. Even though she gave out the information freely to DeNicola, the singer feels she was coerced. She began the new week by sharing a montage of snaps that detailed her engagements for that day. Eilish, who had attended Variety Sunday Brunch, shocked fans by framing her post with an image showing her pants down. On the blue jeans was an eye-popping belt detailing two female structures terraced above her pink underwear. Meanwhile, the singer rocked a pair of black kicks. Other slides centred on her gangster-like attire worn for the Variety Brunch the day before. Eilish followed up with a cry for freedom directed at Variety. Via the caption, she quipped: “thanks variety for my award and for also outing me on a red carpet at 11 am instead of talking about anything else that matters i like boys and girls leave me alone about it please literally who cares.”

Teacher Accused Of Giving Boy Edibles and Liquor During Documentary About How Elton John ‘Became Gay’ Prior To engaging In Non-Consensual ‘Sex Acts’ With Victim

A Florida high school teacher has been arrested for allegedly giving a teenage student marijuana-infused chocolate and alcohol before sexually assaulting him, reports Law and Crime. 

A Florida high school teacher has been arrested for allegedly giving a teenage student marijuana-infused chocolate and alcohol before sexually assaulting him, reports Law and Crime.  Dmitri V. Kostyunina, 50, was taken into custody this week and is facing charges for sexual battery on a person older than 12 but less than 18 by a person over 18 and one count of misdemeanor causing delinquency, reports note. The incident was reported to the Mount Dora Police Department after a complaint was filed, accusing Kostyunina of performing sexual acts on a minor at his home.  The victim stated that Kostyunina served him chocolate that “tasted weird” and wine while they watched a biographical movie about how Elton John “became gay.” The victim said he witnessed a warning label written at the top of the candy’s packaging. After eating the chocolate, the victim told police he “felt very confused” and that “his head was all twisted.” According to the affidavit, the victim stated that Kostyunina asked if he wanted a massage, but he declined. In response, Kostyunina allegedly gave the victim more of the edibles, causing him to feel “confused and under the influence.” The victim claimed to have rejected multiple offers for a massage before Kostyunina ultimately engaged in sexual acts with him.  During an interview with investigators, Kostyunina admitted to providing the victim with “wine, beer (Blue Moon), and chocolate edibles”, but claimed to have “blacked out” and could not recall all of the events. Kostyunina told police that he did not report the “mistaken” sexual encounter because “he felt scared and embarrassed.”  High School Principal Lyle Heinz wrote a statement to students and parents stating that, “Their employee will remain on administrative leave and off campus throughout the investigation… While we cannot discuss employee matters, please know that I take any allegation very seriously.” According to jail records, Kostyunina was taken into custody on Tuesday evening and is currently being held without bond at Lake County Jail. He is set to make a court appearance on October 30th. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Doctor Arrested After Reportedly Sexually Assaulting Patients and Pretending As If It Was Protocol For ‘Necessary Medical Exams’

A doctor in California who specializes in treating LGBTQ+ patients has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple individuals during supposed medical exams.

A doctor in California who specializes in treating LGBTQ+ patients has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple individuals during supposed medical exams. 56-year-old Dr. William Thompson IV was arrested last week in Newport Beach and is now facing various charges, including sexual penetration and oral copulation by fraudulent means, as well as sexual battery, per the New York Post. Six victims came forward after realizing that the tests they had undergone between 2016 and 2020 were unnecessary. These included inappropriate anal exams and forcing a male patient to perform oral sex. Newport Beach Police Chief Joe Cartwright announced that the thorough investigation uncovered three more victims. “Many of Dr. Thompson’s patients depended on him to provide life-saving care and he exploited those vulnerabilities for his own sexual gratification. Unfortunately, because of his specialized area of practice, Dr. Thompson put the very patients he was supposed to treat with professionalism and dignity, in a situation where they may have felt they had no other choice but to be subjected to sexual abuse in order to receive the treatment they needed to continue to live,” Todd Spitzer said the Orange County District Attorney.  “No one should be violated in such a shameful way by someone who has taken an oath to protect their patients,” Spitzer continued. If convicted on all charges, Thompson could face a sentence of 30 years to life plus 25 years. He posted $100,000 bail and is due in court on November 2. It is currently unknown whether he has hired an attorney or not. The police are continuing their investigation and are encouraging any other potential victims to come forward. Thompson’s online profile on patientfusion.com indicates that he studied medicine at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty with the purpose of caring for HIV patients who had faced discrimination. #Clique, what are your thoughts? 

Billy Porter Pissed At Hollywood Despite His 11 Awards and 38 Nominations

Despite being one of the most booked actors in Hollywood over the past decade, Actor Billy Porter continues to speak out over the SAG-AFTRA strike. Porter, who is a member of the union, said to TMZ that he has “venom and rage” for the studios, which he blames for the strike. He also said that he is trying to find “a little bit of grace” in the situation. The strike began on August 18, 2023, and is over stalled negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood studios over issues such as pay equity, diversity, and residuals. Porter has been vocal in his support of the strike, and has also been critical of the studios’ handling of the negotiations.  It remains to be seen how long the strike will last and what the outcome will be. However, Porter’s comments suggest that the actors are determined to fight for their rights.

Calls To Fire Oklahoma Elementary School Drag Principal Who Once Faced Child Pornography Charges

An elementary school in Oklahoma is facing controversy as demands to dismiss its drag queen principal, who previously faced accusations of child pornography, reports the NY Post.  According to a report by Fox News, Shane Murnan, known as “Shantel Mandalay” during drag performances, was appointed as the top administrator of John Glenn Elementary School in Oklahoma City in June. The report reveals that Murnan was charged with possession of child pornography over two decades ago, but the case was eventually dismissed due to a lack of evidence indicating that the images involved minors.  The Oklahoman notes that Murnan had been working as a fifth-grade teacher at the time and subsequently resigned before re-entering the profession at a later date. Shane Walters, the head of public school education in the state, strongly criticized the school district officials for hiring Murnan and demanded immediate termination of their employment. “I think that the left has absolutely an agenda for our kids, that they are at war with our kids in the classroom,” said the Sooner State’s head of public school education, Shane Walters. “What they are doing is injecting this ideology for an end goal here. Their end goal is to absolutely break down a child’s mind, break down the classroom, break down the family, and you see the results that have come from this.” District Superintendent Brayden Savage expressed his support for Murnan’s preference when it was announced. Fox News revealed that the principal had a separate Facebook account under the name Mandalay, where he presented himself in drag. According to the Christian Post, Murnan, who is known for taking part in local drag queen story-reading events for children, applied to become a church minister back in 2014. “If I went to church this is exactly what I would be wearing,” Murnan said in a comment while sharing a picture of himself wearing an electric blue wig and sticking out his tongue. Despite reaching out for comment, Murnan did not respond to Fox’s request. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

California School District Faces Lawsuit Over Policy Requiring Parental Notification For Student Gender Identity Or Pronoun Changes

California‘s Attorney General, Rob Bonta, has filed a lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District over a controversial policy that requires teachers to notify parents if their child changes their identity or pronouns, reports the Daily Mail.  Bonta claims that this “parental notification” policy is discriminatory and violates civil rights and privacy laws. The lawsuit argues that the policy puts transgender and gender-nonconforming students in “danger of ‘imminent, irreparable harm,’ by risking they’ll be outed in their household ‘before they’re ready.” The policy was discussed during a public meeting in July, where more than 80 community members, including students, teachers, parents, mental health professionals, and advocates, voiced their concerns and opposition. They argued that the policy would endanger transgender and gender nonconforming students, with some stating that it would threaten their safety and sense of belonging. Letters written by LGBTQ+ students highlighted the potential consequences of forced disclosure, including abuse, hate crimes, and even murder. The lawsuit seeks to discontinue the enforcement of the policy. Bonta also believes other Southern California districts with similar policies will be affected by the litigation. Bonta emphasized that the policy infringes on students’ rights. “It tramples on students’ rights,” he told ABC 7 News.  Under the policy, Chino Valley schools must inform parents in writing within three days if a student requests to be identified or treated as a gender different from what is recorded on official documents. Parents will also be notified if students participate in sex-segregated activities or use bathroom facilities that don’t align with their listed gender. The lawsuit is now in the hands of the San Bernardino County Superior Court, which will determine whether the practice should be immediately banned. #Clique, what are your thoughts? 

Billy Porter Excluded From Met Gala As Invite Is Revoked After Referring To Anna Wintour As A ‘B*tch’ Over Harry Styles Vogue Cover

It seems that Billy Porter won’t be attending the Met Gala next year, breaking his annual tradition. According to a report from RadarOnline, the fashion sensation had his invitation “revoked” due to his derogatory remarks about industry icon Anna Wintour. Porter expressed his frustration with Vogue’s controversial December 2020 cover, where former One Direction member Harry Styles wore a dress. The ‘Pose’ star, known for his gender-fluid fashion choices, claimed to be the trailblazer who “changed the world” by wearing a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars. Despite his accomplishments, he felt overlooked for the historic cover opportunity. Although Porter later apologized for his comments, he reiterated his disapproval in a recent interview. Allegedly, he disclosed having a conversation with Wintour herself before Styles graced the magazine cover. Porter claimed that Wintour sought his insights on how Vogue could contribute to this groundbreaking era of fashion he spearheaded. “That b*tch said to me at the end, ‘How can we do better?’ And I was so taken off guard that I didn’t say what I should have said,” Porter said in the interview. Porter also claims that the Grammy Award winner, only landed the cover because he’s “white and straight.”  “It doesn’t feel good to me. You’re using my community — or your people are using my community — to elevate you. You haven’t had to sacrifice anything,” It appears that Porter’s remarks did not sit well with Wintour and resulted in the withdrawal of his Met Gala invitation. “While Billy is a sensation on the fashion scene, the designers have rallied behind Anna, a true titan of the industry,” a source told the outlet.  #Clique, what are your thoughts?

 20 Year Old Ugandan Man Charged With Aggravated Homosexuality Punishable By Death

According To African News, A 20-year-old Ugandan man has become the first individual in the country to be indicted on charges of “aggravated homosexuality,” A criminal offense carrying the possibility of capital punishment as per the recently enacted anti-gay legislation, according to both prosecutors and the defendant’s legal counsel. Despite international pressure from Western governments and human rights organizations, Uganda introduced one of the world’s strictest statutes against the LGBT community in May. The legislation stipulates a sentence of life imprisonment for consensual same-sex relations. In instances deemed “aggravated,” Including repeated offenses, same-sex acts resulting in terminal illness transmission, or engaging in such acts with a minor, elderly person, or an individual with disabilities, the death penalty can be imposed. As stated in a charge document reviewed by Reuters, the accused was formally charged with aggravated homosexuality on August 18 after reportedly engaging in “illicit sexual activity” With a 41-year-old man. The specifics that warranted the classification as “aggravated” Were not explicitly outlined. Jacqueline Okui, spokesperson for the office of the director of public prosecutions, affirmed that the defendant was apprised of the capital charge within a Magistrate’s Court on August 18, given the charge’s jurisdiction within the High Court. The defendant was subsequently remanded. Okui refrained from providing further details about the ongoing case and stated that no prior instances of aggravated homosexuality charges were within her knowledge. Attorney Justine Balya, representing the defendant, expressed her belief in the unconstitutionality of the entire law. While legal challenges have been initiated, the judiciary has yet to engage with the matter. Balya indicated that her client is the inaugural case of prosecution for aggravated homosexuality and declined to delve into case particulars. Though Uganda has not implemented capital punishment for nearly two decades, the legal provision remains and President Yoweri Museveni had raised the prospect of resuming executions in 2018 to address rising criminality. The recent enactment of the law prompted international censure and threats of sanctions. Subsequently, the World Bank suspended new public funding for Uganda in response. The United States additionally imposed visa constraints on select Ugandan officials, and President Joe Biden initiated a review of U.S. assistance to the nation. #Clique what are your thoughts on this