The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #19
The first pride event in the Bahamas had a surprising amount of zero attendees from the local LGBTQ community due to security concerns. Aside from the organizers, only eleven individuals from foreign countries attended. Victor Rollins, the organizer for the event that took place at a private resort in Grand Bahama, told The Nassau Guardian that he received death threats after he posted photos of several attendees holding pride flags. Dr. Myles Munroe, a pastor opposed the event, stated that the majority of Bahamians found homosexuality unacceptable and the lifestyle would never be tolerated by society. Munroe added that he found being labeled homophobic as an insult and insisted that the LGBTQ community had heterosexualphobia.
Sixteen year old, Chase Culpepper, has filed a lawsuit against South Carolina’s Department of Motor Vehicles after the agency refused to let him take his driver’s license photo while wearing makeup and women’s clothing. Culpepper, who identifies as gender non-conforming, was told he was wearing a disguise and needed to remove his cosmetics before having his photo taken. A New York organization, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, have assisted Culpepper in filing the lawsuit, calling it unfair and that the employees at the DMV should not decide how people look in order to have their photos taken.
Following last week’s issue of the LGBTQ news, Thomas Guerra was accused of purposely spreading HIV to over two dozen men and pled not guilty to a misdemeanor health and safety violation. Under California law, a person that has HIV must inform their status to their partners. Guerra has also been banned from hookup dating app Grindr as well as other dating sites on the Internet. Guerra has a hearing scheduled for October 16th and a trial set for November 13th. Currently, he faces a fine of $1000 dollars and six months in jail if he is convicted.