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Texas man charged with threatening Boston doctor over transgender care

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors have charged a Texas man with threatening a Boston physician who cares for transgender children.Thirty-eight-year-old Matthew Jordan Lindner of Comfort, Texas, faces a charge of transmitting interstate threats. He was arrested Friday in Texas by the FBI and is expected to appear in federal court in Massachusetts at a later date.Authorities say the targeted physician works for a national LGBTQ health education center based in Boston. In August, Jordan allegedly called the center and left a profane and threatening voice message in which he said a group of people were coming for the physician.Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins said that while the threat targeted a specific doctor, it also victimized LGBTQ people and their families.Over the summer, doctors and other staffers at Boston Children's Hospital also received violent threats related to its medical care for transgender youth. Authorities noted the threats began after false and misleading claims about the hospital and its work spread online.It was unclear Saturday if Lindner is represented by an attorney. A message left with Lindner on Saturday was not immediately returned.
BOSTON, MA
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DPD provides extra security for Denver Gay Men's Chorus shows

The Denver Gay Men's Chorus opens its series of Christmas concerts this week. Each night, hundreds will fill the venue to hear them sing. This year, Denver police officers will be in attendance, too.Following the shooting at Club Q, the Denver Police Department put more of its resources into protecting LGBTQ spaces and events. It's hard to imagine a group singing Christmas tunes as a target, but hate won't silence the chorus. Artistic Director James Knapp says every time they perform, it's an act of activism and an act of courage.  "We're really committed to creating something special, not only in terms...
DENVER, CO
NPR

After record election year, some LGBTQ lawmakers face a new challenge: GOP majorities

It was a record year for LGBTQ candidates in races for state legislatures across the country. Soon, those lawmakers will file into state capitals in a year where many of their colleagues may file anti-LGBTQ legislation. That includes Montana, a state that passed multiple bills against transgender rights in recent years and where Republicans won even more seats in the state legislature. Montana Public Radio's Shaylee Ragar reports.
MONTANA STATE
Great Bend Tribune

Club Q massacre is sadly not shocking

The massacre recently at Club Q, an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs, was hardly shocking given our current politically acrimonious and poisoned climate. Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting, in which five people were killed and at least 18 others wounded. The suspected gunman, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, was charged with five counts of murder and several hate crimes.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
neefina.com

Photos from National AIDS Memorial Grove the Light in the Grove event marks World AIDS Day

On a chilly San Francisco evening, the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park glowed warmly during the Light in the Grove event on Wednesday. Hundreds of people, candles in hand, strolled through the stately redwood trees to remember and honor their loved ones who died from AIDS. They solemnly placed the candles in a circle among the thousands of names etched in stone, before going inside a large tent for a catered event where they listened to speakers and a live band.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

FEMA summit seeks to address top civil rights issues in emergency management

In its third annual Civil Rights Summit this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency met with representatives from a group of diverse organizations to determine how the agency can better address inequities in its work. Members from FEMA joined representatives from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an organization advocating for civil...
Phys.org

Hot-button political issues are having a chilling effect on public schools

Researchers at UCLA and UC Riverside today released a nationally representative survey of 682 high school principals, making clear that political conflicts impacting schools are pervasive and growing, with more than two-thirds of principals surveyed reporting substantial political conflict over hot- button issues. Almost half (45%) of principals said the amount of community level conflict during the 2021-2022 school year was "more" or "much more," than prior to the pandemic. Only 3 percent said it was less.
mycanyonlake.com

Young Republicans, Democrats to Honor Club Q Victims at Saturday Vigil

Comal Young Democrats, New Braunfels Young Republicans and Riverside Pride organizations are tired of mass shootings. The Nov. 19 shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, a popular LGBTQ club, that killed five people and wounded 19, also was an assault on freedom. They’ve organized a 6 p.m. Saturday vigil...
NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
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