Model Legislation for Eliminating the Gay and Trans Panic Defenses

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Williams Institute Scholars Provide Model Legislation to Eliminate Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defences 

smilie-borg“Gay panic” and “transgender panic” defences have been asserted by defendants in criminal trials throughout the U.S. since the 1960s.  In these cases, defendants have argued that their violent behaviour was a rational response to discovering that the victim was LGBT

The defences are rooted in irrational fears based on homophobia and transphobia, and send the message that violence against LGBT people is understandable and acceptable.  When successful, these defences have resulted in murder charges being reduced to manslaughter or another lesser offence.
 
To date, only one state, California, has banned defendants from asserting gay or transgender panic defence by statute.  In this brief, Williams Institute scholars present model language, based on the language adopted in California, that other states may use to eliminate use of the defences through legislation

gayheartThe model legislation offers language to prohibit defendants from using gay and trans panic defences under each of the major defences theories of provocation, insanity/diminished capacity, and self-defence.  In addition, the brief provides an overview of the ways in which the defences have been asserted in trials throughout the last several decades, and evaluates potential constitutional challenges to state legislation eliminating use of the defences.

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equalThe Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America’s largest civil rights organisation working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realise a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and 20026supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organisation, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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The Human Rights Campaign Fund was founded by Steve Endean in 1980 as one of the first gay and lesbian political action committee in the United States. The Fund’s mission was to provide family-smilie3financial support on behalf of the gay and lesbian community to political candidates who supported gay civil rights legislation. Vic Basile served as the Fund’s first executive director.

The Fund quickly rose to prominence – after its first election cycle in 1982, the Fund was the 17th largest independent political action committee in the United States.

In 1995, under Executive Director Elizabeth Birch, the organisation dropped “Fund” from its name and expanded its reach far beyond political lobbying work. Programs such as the Workplace Project and the Family Project became part of the newly created educational arm, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. All of HRC’s research, communications, marketing and public relations functions were greatly expanded. It was a key transformation that paved the way for the powerful organisation that it is today.

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation improves the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people by working to increase understanding and four starencourage kiss-the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.We build support for LGBTQ people among families and friends, co-workers and employers, pastors and parishioners, doctors and teachers, neighbours, and the general public. Through the following programs and projects, we are enhancing the lived experiences of LGBTQ people and their families, as we change hearts and minds across America and around the globe.The HRC Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organisation.  Click here for a comprehensive look at the work of the HRC Foundation, where you can download a .pdf of the HRC Foundation Overview of flip through the digital version. Highlights of our programs and projects follow.

HRC’s Children, Youth & Families Program

Becoming a parent, sending your 5-year-old to kindergarten, watching your teenager graduate from high school – these are life’s biggest moments. For LGBTQ parents and 4q5sewkLGBTQ children, they can also be some of life’s most challenging moments. That’s where HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program comes in.

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  • HRC’s Welcoming Schools Project, which offers professional development and curriculum for schools to create learning environments that embrace family diversity, avoid gender stereotyping and end bullying; and
  • HRC’s Youth Well-Being Project, which is anchored by the annual Time To Thrive conference, and promotes safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth.

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Going into the hospital is stressful enough without worrying about getting inferior care just because of who you are. The Health & Aging Program works to ensure that LGBTQ people receive optimal treatment in hospitals, clinics and elder care old-person-helped-to-walk-smiley-emoticon—times of vulnerability when respect and sensitivity are crucial. The program evaluates healthcare and elder facilities from an LGBTQ standpoint, trains current and future care providers, and is a powerful national advocate for LGBTQ health and aging needs.

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  • The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which reports on LGBTQ equity and inclusion in healthcare facilities across the country and trains their staff to provide welcoming, knowledgeable care to LGBTQ patients.
  • Educational outreach, which brings the heath and aging concerns of LGBTQ people to a wide range of audiences nationwide, including health professional schools, elder services providers, policymakers and researchers…continue reading »»»»»»

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Homeless Man Receives Job And Apartment For Turning In Designer Wallet He Found

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Nitty’s girlfriend, Tarika, told Thai media Woralop is such a good example that being kind really does pay off. When you’re kind to another, another is kind to you.

wallet1Even though this man was homeless and hungry, he turned in a designer wallet he found. In exchange, the owner gifted him a clapper2job and an apartment.

One’s true character is revealed when they are down on their luck and in a hard place. Fortunately, even when this 44-year-old formerly homeless man had only 9 baht (the equivalent of 25 cents USD) in his pockets, he felt compelled to do the right thing.

Metro relays that Waralop was wandering the city of Bangkok, Thailand, when he came across a designer Hermes wallet that had 20,000 baht ($579) and a number of credit man-main2cards in it.He could have used the money to purchase some food and comfort for the evening, but instead he walked to the local police station and turned it in. Reportedly, the owner of the wallet, 30-year-old Niity Pongkriangyos, hadn’t even noticed that it was missing.

When he learned that Waralop turned in his wallet, he quickly found the man and offered him a job in his Bangkok-based factory. In addition, Waralop was given an apartment to live in.

His new employer considered offering him a 2,000 baht reward, but instead decided that a new job that included packaged living accommodations would be better.

“I was totally surprised when the police told me they had my wallet as I didn’t even know I’d lost it. My first reaction was ‘wow’, if it was me in that position with no money I probably would have kept it. But he was homeless and had just a few coins in his pocket and still handed it in. That shows a good, honest person. Just the kind of staff we need.” 

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Nitty’s girlfriend, Tarika, told Thai media Woralop is such a good example that being kind really homelessdoes pay off. When you’re kind to another, another is kind to you.

The kind man has been granted a fresh start for his honesty. And, he couldn’t be happier. He says: “I’m so grateful to be given this chance to turn my life around. Having a clean bed to sleep in makes me so happy now. I want to thank Nitty and Tarika for the kindness they have both shown to me.”

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Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem

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“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” – Lady Gaga 

the big bang4LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Now with school starting back up, there is an option for schools and PTAs to help combat bullying.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is making available a training DVD on the dangers of bullying, especially online.

There are 1,000 copies available to teachers, school administrators, school resource officers, PTA 3_3_1091or PTO groups . All they have to do is request one.

They can Email jvickers@bedfordsheriff.org to request a DVD or click here for more information.

Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem can be completed in 30-45 minutes. This powerful interactive learning experience challenges parents and educators to connect with the teens in their lives. By building resilience and interpersonal skills, adults can help foster bully-free online environments both at school and at home.

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Inspiring Ways to Soothe a Wounded Spirit

a wounded spirit2All of us are born equal and we’re all connected. ~ President Obama

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There is no secret about the fact that sometimes life is just plain hard. Relationships come and go, people hurt you, jobs are lost, money is tight and things you’ve always counted on are no longer there. If you have a wounded spirit and are going through rough times, there are a few things you can do to help you over the hump without spending an arm and a leg on doctors and dangerous pharmaceuticals.

The key is in recognising the level of inner pain before deciding on a course of action. In the meantime, try these simple methods and see if they don’t bring you much needed relief.

FIND YOUR CENTER

Although it has become almost cliché, there is a great amount of truth in this one simple piece of advice to find your center. Practitioners of Eastern mysticism suggest that you start with a series of yoga-exercise-smiley-emoticondeep breathing exercises and simply relax back into yourself to find that place deep within that no one can touch – that place of solitude. If you find it difficult to empty your conscious mind of all the trials and tribulations that face you, there are a number of wonderful recorded guided imagery meditations that can lead you down through the levels of consciousness to that place of security and beauty that each of us has deep within their very core.

SEEK ALTERNATIVE METHODS SAFELY

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Too many doctors are quick to hand out scripts for antidepressants. Your family doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist who will then prescribe a number of pharmaceuticals meant to keep you stable during this time. Unfortunately, what you are not told is that each of these medications carries side effects, some of them none too pleasant.

If you feel the need for something to help you relax, why not (in states where it’s legal) get a prescription and find medical cannabis dispensaries where you can get weed to smoke, edibles, tinctures and other forms that are far safer than dangerous drugs manufactured by the big pharmaceutical companies that have dollar signs in their eyes.

GET OUT AND GET WALKING

a.baa-wivf-wiv-wpeoiv-wpvn-wpeiuvbNothing is as exhilarating as a brisk walk in fresh air. As your blood begins to circulate, oxygen is carried to every cell in your body giving you more energy than you ever knew you had. One of the reasons why so many people become tired and drained when undergoing extreme amounts of stress is because they are literally holding their breath! Try getting out and walking around your neighbourhood at first. As you become more comfortable with your daily routine, migrate to a local park where beauty surrounds you.

If you are lucky enough to live near the ocean, walk along the sand. It’s really hard to stay depressed when surrounded by the natural beauty of Mother Earth.

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At this point it should be said that there are times when seeking the counsel of a professional is needed. If you, or a loved one, is depressed to the point of doing harm to yourself or others, intervention is called for. However, when you are just trying to get back that feeling of wellness in body, mind and spirit, there are natural ways to soothe a wounded spirit.

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