One of telenovela biggest stars David Zepeda has split with girlfriends Lina Radwan. The 45-year-old leading man has been in a relationship with Radwan for the past eight years. However, last November the couple quietly split up. Now media outlets are reporting that the breakup was over Zepeda’s alleged bisexuality.
A source claims that David was exceedingly nice to Lina, but over time he transformed. The source who claims to be a close friend of the actor told a celebrity gossip rag TV Notas. “Especially in the last year, the relationship became hell for her.”
“David is bisexual,” the source continues. “One day he told me: ‘I also like men’, but he cannot freely exercise his preference because his family is from Sonora and is very old-fashioned.”
Just five years ago, Zepeda had a five-minute video of him masturbating leaked online. Oh yes, we found the video!
“David considers that he has an image to take care of as a telenovela lover,” the source says. “When the sex video was leaked of him masturbating, he was very concerned that it would bring consequences in his career.”
Zepeda has appeared in several popular telenovels, and a few American television shows including ER, The Shield and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also appeared nude group sex scene in Desnudos and the stage play Cuatro XXXX.
There has been no comment from Zepeda or his agent regarding the bisexual rumors.
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a group of Christians who sued a Texas library for having drag queens read stories to children.
Three Christian activists filed a lawsuit against two public library directors in Houston for hosting events from the Drag Queen Story Hour initiative.
The nonprofit Drag Queen Story Hour or Story Time series gets drag queens to read to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores throughout America.
The plaintiffs argued that public taxes should not be used to fund events ‘brainwashing the children of Houston’, Courthouse News reported.
However, the judge said that they had failed to prove that the events had caused any harm or misappropriation of public funds.
The Christian group, Christ Followers, took the case to court in October 2018 after an online petition and a protest were unsuccessful in deterring the library from hosting the events.
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal on Thursday (3 January) dismissed the case for having a lack of standing and a failure to state a viable First Amendment Establishment Clause claim.
Rosenthal said that the men could not prove that the story hour events had caused any harm, as they were unclear if they had even attended any of the events.
‘The plaintiffs assert the very opposite: they purposefully avoided “Drag Queen Storytime” because of its alleged immorality and potential to harm their children,’ Rosenthal wrote in the 18-page order. ‘Instead of witnessing the event, the plaintiffs “researched [it] online”.’
The group has a history of anti-LGBTI beliefs.
‘The plaintiffs believe that LGBTQ ideology is immoral, obscene and subversive to human flourishing and that the LGBTQ ideology is inseparably linked to the religion of Secular Humanism,’ it stated in their lawsuit.
One of the group’s members, Chris Sevier, filed a similar lawsuit against a Louisiana library in September 2018.
Sevier had also previously filed a lawsuit to be able to marry his laptop as a form of protest against same-sex marriage.
Not their first storytime
Drag Queen Story Hour was started by RADAR Productions in San Francisco and has become a popular feature throughout America over the past two years.
However, the initiative has prompted a backlash from conservative and religious groups.
Right-wing Infowars host, Alex Jones, has railed against Drag Queen Story Hour, describing the events as a ‘societal wrecking ball’ and comparing the drag queens to demons.
Several Christian activists have attempted to interrupt events in the past.
In November last year, a woman interrupted a session being held in a private bookstore by shouting about a ‘homosexual agenda’ before being escorted out by police.
In June, Dave Grisham, an evangelical pastor in Alaska, videoed himself attempting to interrupt a drag queen children’s story time taking place in a public library.
He was instantly booed by the crowd and ushered out in under a minute.
Written by: Calum Stuart. 5 January 2019. Gaystarnews.com
Ryan Cleary and his The Bi Life co-star Michael Gunning sat down with PinkNewsUK to talk openly about their sexualities and share theyâre coming out stories.
The 27-year-old Cleary says he first became aware of his attraction towards both males and females, âwhen I hit pubertyâ but he didnât tell anyone about it for years.
It was the feeling of being depressed and isolated that made him finally come out to his mother and according to Cleary that when everything changed and he started to feel more comfortable with himself.
He came out as bi on the reality dating show Survival of the Fittest, and he told Attitude Magazine, âWhen I was younger Iâd have loved to have heard someone on TV say they were bisexual and it not be an issue. I donât think thatâs shown on TV often.â
Clearyâs advice for those who might be struggling to come out, âYou donât want to look back on your life and be like I lived for what I thought certain people in society wanted.â
âPeople DM me and I give them advice. They ask: âOh, what about the bad reactions? Have you had any?â I hear peopleâs worries and I donât want people to feel like that because itâs thatâs not a life to live.â
Cleary adds, âIf itâs safe for you to come out then I would definitely advise you to do soâjust to a friend, to a family member, and then to take it from there.â
âWhatever it is that you feel you are, itâs important that you do express that because life is short.â
Spain’s entry to the Miss Universe pageant, Angela Ponce, is breaking down barriers as the first-ever transgender woman to compete in the pageant that was formerly owned by Donald Trump. Ponce, a model who beat out 22 other women to become Spain’s entry to the pageant, which takes place on Sunday in Bangkok, said she hopes to use the platform to elevate trans visibility.
“If my going through all this contributes to the world moving a little step forward, then that’s a personal crown that will always accompany me,” Ponce told the Associated Press after she won the title of Miss Spain in June.
Ponce competed in the Miss World pageant in 2015 and found that the rules made it such that a trans woman could not win, which crushed her, she told Time in late November. But since Ponce made it to the Miss Universe finals, Miss World has now changed its rules, she said.
"I changed the rules," Ponce of the impact she's already had.
But the Miss Universe pageant under former owner Trump did not halt its ban on transgender contestants in 2012 without pressure. The ban was speciously lifted at the same time that famed attorney Gloria Allred threatened legal action against it for banning Jenna Talackova, a trans contestant from Canada.
Considering Trump’s past relationship with the pageant and his ongoing attacks on trans people including a proposed military ban and his administration's attempt to define trans people out of existence, Ponce commented on what it would mean for her to win in terms of Trump.
It would send “More than a message to him [Trump]. It would be a win for human rights,” She told Time. “Trans women have been persecuted and erased for so long. If they give me the crown, it would show trans women are just as much women as cis women.”
Despite competing on the world stage for some audiences that may not be tolerant of her trans identity, Ponce said she’s excited to compete.
“I’m not trying to impose anything on anyone. I’d never try to change anyone’s culture or way of life,” Ponce said. “But by competing I’ll make trans people more visible for everyone, which is a big step. I’m not nervous. I’m excited.”
Written by: Tracy Gilchrist. 16 December, 2018. Advocate
Asia’s first trans body building competition launched in India this month.
The International Bodybuilding Fitness and Federation India (IBFFI) will include a trans male category in its March 2019 competition, according to IBFFI General Secretary Akshay Chopra.
‘Any step which will help the [trans] community gain more acceptance is a welcome step’ he told Gay Star News.
The Indian public had, so far, been supportive, Chopra said. ’There has only been praise for our bold step’.
Trans body builder Aryan Pasha prompted Chopra to introduce the category. Pasha made history earlier this month by coming second place in the male category of a competition.
Pasha told Gay Star News he was grateful to Chopra and the IBFF.
‘[The competition] has given a new hemisphere of dignity and respect to transpeople who have a passion for bodybuilding’ he said.
’India has become a global in the trans movement’, he said. ’No one ever thought there would a trans category in such a mainstream event.
He also previously told Gay Star News he hoped for a trans section in mainstream competitions.
This is because trans body builders rely on synthetic testosterone and it is not easy to compete against cis-male competitors, he said.
Chopra said he hoped to introduce a trans female category in the near future, depending on the response.
Visibility and acceptance of the LGBTI community is on the rise in India.
In September, the Supreme Court dismantled a colonial-era law that punished gay sex with up to ten years in jail.
But, LGBTI Indians, and particularly the trans community, remain marginalized by much of society.
‘The main issue in India was the lack of knowledge and the wrong light in which the LGBT community was being portrayed’ said Chopra.
The trans community says they continue to experience violence despite the landmark ruling. Trans women, in particular, are vulnerable to harassment, intimidation, and extortion by police.
Written by: Rik Glauert. 14 December 2018. Gay Star News
James Rackover, 27 has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the brutal murder of 26-year-old Joseph Comunale. Rackover is the lover to prominent Manhattan jeweler Jeffrey Rackover. According to the New York Post, the murder happened November, 13, 2016 at Jeffrey Rackover’s Upper East Side apartment.
Not-with-standing the strange relationship, James is the lover and the adopted son of Jeffrey Rackoover, 57.
Prosecutors argued that Rackover and a friend Larry Dilione, 30, murdered Joseph Comunale after a night of hard partying. Reportedly Dilione met Comunale for the first time that night, and the two then went over to Rackover’s residence for a late-night afterparty.
Apparently, an argument broke out because of a lack of cocaine, which somehow leads Rackover and Dilione beating Comunale unconscious, then dragging him to the bathtub where they stabbed him 15 times.
A former friend of Rackover’s, Louis Ruggiero, son of Fox5 “Good Day New York” host Rosanna Scotto, was called to the stand to describe a confession he received from Rackover the following day.
“I slit his throat and stabbed him,” Rackover told him.
In an attempt to cover up the crime, Rackover, Dilione, and a third man who was present that night but not part of the killing, Max Gemma, bleached the bathroom.
After ordering takeout of “organic burgers and fries”, they drove the body to Oceanport, New Jersey, poured gasoline over it and burned it in a shallow grave.
Rackover’s defense team argued Dilione was the real killer, and that Rackover only helped cover up the crime.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke gave Rackover the maximum sentence available.
“This is precisely the rare kind of case that maximum consecutive sentences are reserved for, and no other lesser sentence would make much sense,” he said.
Michael Lucas, the Islamophobic founder of Lucas Entertainment has announced that in 2020 he will stop performing in adult films. Founded in 1998 he has performed in more than 233 scenes.
But what we found more interesting is in the interview Lucas stated,“I never considered myself a Democrat or a Republican,” however, that has not stopped him from espousing Republican policies and candidates over the past decade.
Michael Musto who interviewed Lucas pointed out, “Somehow, people perceive you as a gay Republican, and I think that’s one of the reasons some people dislike you,” Lucas responds, “I saw that on the industry blogs. Of course, I was pretty outspoken in the past about my support for Israel and opposition to radical Islam, both issues I used to associate more with the Republican party.”
Then there’s a 2012 Yahoo News article that says, “Lucas, by the way, considers himself a conservative, votes Republican and donates generously to several libertarian and right-wing causes. And when he casts a ballot in the November election, he hopes it will be for Mitt Romney.”
Lucas has always considered ‘the issues” more important than political affiliation. But the most Republican position Lucas holds is his contempt for Islam and Muslim culture.
He dismissed in a 2010 column for The Advocate all of the Islamic cultures by stating “whatever that may be” (even though Muslims invented algebra, coffee and surgery). In 2016, he wrote a column that ran both in the far-right website Brietbart.com and the gay magazine Out defending gay men who vote Republican.
In a podcast for the right-wing conspiracy theorist, Arron Klein Lucas referred to all Muslims as anti-gay “barbarians,” even though American Muslims support same-sex marriage more than Evangelical Christians.
The Russian-born Lucas admits he voted for Clinton in 2016 since he considers Trump to be beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republicans are “extremists.” Since nearly 20% of the world, population self-identifies as Muslim, and many men share his opposition, therefore, it’s un-American.
A Florida man is under arrest and two others remain at large after they allegedly kidnapped, stripped, beat, and robbed a man who had arranged a hookup with one of them on Instagram.
20-year-old Matthew Evans is charged with felony kidnapping and attempted robbery. The alleged attack happened last week near the Sebastian River Landing clubhouse in Sebastian, Florida.
According to the victim, whose identity has not been released, he had agreed to pay Evans $50 for a quickie. They arranged to meet in the club parking lot inside the gated community at 11 PM on the evening of November 18. Evans pulled up in a car and the man got in.
What happened next is truly horrifying…
Before the victim could register what was going on, Evans allegedly put him a choke hold and began shouting antigay slurs at him as a getaway driver of the car sped off down the dark street and out of the gated community.
The TCPalm reports:
They drove about a quarter-mile east and parked at San Sebastian Park, where another man with a handgun was waiting, the warrant said. Evans and the man with the gun demanded the $50 and punched the accuser in the face until he blacked out, breaking his nose and leaving him with a depression in his cheekbone, according to police. His sweatpants, cellphone and the money were gone by the time the man walked home 20 minutes later and called 911, according to a detective.
When police arrived at the victim’s home, he was in bad shape, his face swollen and bleeding.
Police were able to track Evans down through his Instagram profile. He is currently being held without bail.
The alleged gunman and the getaway driver still remain at large.
Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez was looking for a better life when she came to America seeking asylum. She was fleeing brutality in her native Honduras but died at the hands of the for-profit prison industry who held her captive since her arrival.
She was being held in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in New Mexico operated by the second-largest private prison company in the United States, CoreCivic.
“Trans people in my neighborhood are killed and chopped into pieces, then dumped inside potato bags,” Hernández Rodriguez said in an interview with Buzzfeed Newsa month before her death. “I didn’t want to come to Mexico—I wanted to stay in Honduras but I couldn’t… They kill trans people in Honduras. I’m scared of that.”
Hernández Rodriguez told the outlet that she was gang raped by four members of the gang MS-13 and contracted HIV during the attack.
“She journeyed thousands of miles fleeing persecution and torture at home only to be met with neglect and torture in this country’s for-profit human cages,” Andrew Free, an attorney representing her family, told The Daily Beast.
Autopsy results have shown that Hernández Rodriguez died of severe untreated dehydration and was beaten before she passed.
When she was hospitalized, she was admitted with “symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV” according to ICE. A spokesperson said that “comprehensive medical care is provided from the moment detainees arrive and throughout the entirety of their stay.”
“[S]he developed severe diarrhea and vomiting over the course of several days,” forensic pathologist Kris Sperry wrote in the autopsy report, “and finally was emergently hospitalized, then transported to Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she remained critically ill until her death.”
“According to observations of other detainees who were with Ms. Hernández Rodriguez, the diarrhea and vomiting episodes persisted over multiple days with no medical evaluation or treatment, until she was gravely ill.”
The autopsy also found signs that Hernández Rodriguez had been beaten while in custody.
“Deep bruising” was found on her hands and abdomen “indicative of blows, and/or kicks, and possible strikes with blunt object.” An accompanying diagram showed several thin long bruises along Hernández Rodriguez’s back and sides as if she was hit with a baton.
She also had “extensive hemorrhaging” on her wrists “typical of handcuff injuries” according to the report.
Hernández Rodriguez traveled over 2000 miles to America over six weeks seeking asylum and safety. She was taken into immediate custody when she arrived at the border.
Less than three weeks after surviving the journey and arriving in America, she was dead.
Source: Bill Browning. LGBTQ Nation. 26 November 2018
Donald Trump and his dysfunctional administration has asked the Supreme Court directly to make a ruling on a proposed transgender military ban.
The lower district and federal courts have heard arguments to the ban, and have ruled in favor of the challenges. Because of this, the Trump administration is not able to implement the policy to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
There are several challenges in front of the courts, for example, the DC Circuit will hear arguments in December regarding the ban.
But this did not stop Solicitor General Noel Francisco from filing petitions with the Supreme Court. The petitions are asking the Court to make a ruling on the issues to three cases. If the justices take up the issues, their final ruling would decide it and remove all cases before the Federal courts system.
Typically, the Supreme Court will not take and/or hear cases that have not gone through the lower courts, but instead, consider previously issued opinions by lower court judges.
History of the ban
The proposed ban was first announced last year in July. One month later, he issued a memorandum that would end trans service that would have started at the beginning of 2018. However, there was immediate criticism against the policy and several lawsuits were filed challenging it.
To date, the first court to hear a case ruled against the policy and the judge in an opinion said that trans troops must be allowed to join. So, in March 2018 Trump issued a new policy which was a watered-down version.
The issue of the ban still remains tangled in the court system. Some trans people have been able to join the military, and others face obstacle after obstacle.
So, now Trump a petition before the Supreme Court will get the matter out of the labyrinth of the courts.
Trump vs judges
This past week Trump got into a Twitter dispute with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts. Ranting about the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and referred to one judge as an ‘Obama judge’. Roberts, therefore, issued a shark rebuke to Trump’s comments.
‘We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,’ he said.
‘What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.’
Trump responded to Roberts’ on Twitter