Dharun Ravi Released
Dharun Ravi, convicted of bias intimidation for the harassment leading to the suicide of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, has just been released from jail. Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years on probation, $11,000 in fines, 300 hours of community service, and mandatory counseling. He was released 10 days early — five days early for good behavior, and five for working during his incarceration.
GOProud for Romney
GOProud, a gay Republican lobbying group, has officially announced their support for Mitt Romney in a press release. The press release quotes GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia as saying, “Not only does Obama not understand how the free markets work — he is openly hostile to free market capitalism.” LaSalvia further accuses Pres. Obama of “jealousy and envy” in place of “hope and change,” and says that his “divisive attacks appeal to the absolute worst in Americans.” The press release goes on to concede that GOProud does not “agree with Governor Romney on every single issue,” especially his support for a federal marriage amendment.
The majority of the press release does not, in fact, have much to say about Romney. They just want everyone to know they can’t stand his opponent.
Google has a special Easter Egg for Pride Month. Go ahead and try it. Search for any LGBT-related search term, and watch the search bar.
The editor who discovered this naturally spent the next 5 minutes trying increasingly more esoteric and obscure LGBT keywords to see if they triggered the display. Happily, “Stonewall” does. Google knows their gaiety!
Comic Store Celebrates X-Men Wedding with Real Men Wedding
These gay geeks have just set a new standard in both gaiety and geekiness: they got married in a comic book store on June 20th, during the release party for Marvel’s gay wedding issue of the Astonishing X-Men. Excelsior!
Trans Pride March in San Francisco
On Sunday, June 24th in San Francisco, there will be a Trans Pride March as part of the Pride Month festivities. Color us impressed! A rainbowy shade of impressed.
Indianapolis Police Apprehend Suspect in East Side Bloomington Shooting
This story is not queer-related, but we feel it’s of local importance. Working together across county lines, the Bloomington and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Departments have apprehended the man responsible for a shooting on the east side of Bloomington earlier this week. On Tuesday, a man with a shotgun injured two in a shooting at a pool in the College Mall Apartments. On Wednesday, the suspect was apprehended in Indianapolis.
Trans People & Solitary Confinement
The New York Times has an editorial concerning the practice of solitary confinement, which is currently undergoing review by a Senate judiciary subcommittee who met earlier this week to discuss the problem. As the Times notes, this is the first time Congress has acknowledged that solitary confinement may be a problem, although studies have long noted that isolation and confinement cause great suffering, usually resulting in mental illness.
The National Center for Transgender Equality also testified at the subcommittee’s hearings, explaining in their testimony that, because transgender prisoners are some of the most vulnerable in terms of sexual assault, they are generally placed in solitary confinement as a protective measure. Effectively, this means that non-violent offenders can be placed in solitary confinement, where they’re likely to develop mental illness as a result of suffering and deprivation, just because they are transgender.
Kitten with rainbow toy by RahelSharon on Flickr
This week’s Friday Round-Up is kind of a serious downer. Especially that last story. We thought it might be wise to include this picture of a kitten nomming on a rainbow, just for the sake of Blooming Views Readers’ emotional well-being.
Okay, really it’s for our own sake, but we thought y’all might appreciate it, too.