Court Case

Elder Sues Care Home After Being Slapped & Told “Homosexuals Burn In Hell”

After Judy, her partner of 30 years, died of colon cancer, 70-year-old Marsha Wetzel moved into the Glen Saint Andrew Living Community in Niles, Illinois.

When she moved in, Wetzel didn’t realize that she would eventually have to fight for her rights as a human being because someone at the care home couldn’t accept her sexual orientation.

LGBTQ rights group Lambda Legal released a video (found below) of Wetzel talking about how she had to move to the care home after her in-laws rejected her. She couldn’t even attend her late partner’s funeral because the in-laws didn’t approve of their relationship. Even worse, they took her home away.

That said, Wetzel made good out of the bad and she created a new life at the Glen Saint Andrew Living Community.

But the bad only came back after she answered truthfully to questions about her husband.

“I thought: oh no, here we go again. Gay hate."

“There were a handful of residents, I could tell were really going to give me trouble. I tried to avoid them but they would seek me out to taunt me."

Wetzel says she wasn’t only called homosexual terms but hit as well.

You can get so scared, you can’t sleep, you can’t eat,” said Marsha.

“You don’t want to take a shower, you don’t want to get dressed. You don’t want to go in the hall."

Of course, the staff could have easily protected Wetzel, but none did. Instead, they ignored her and her strife. That’s when Wetzel knew she had to seek out legal action.

“How many other gays in these retirement homes are going through what I’m going through?” she asked.

“I want to stick with this and get justice, and I want people to know: stop pushing us around.”

Now Marsha Wetzel is at the center of a landmark court case that could change the Fair Housing Act and protect LGBTQ elders in the future from similar abuse.

The ruling from the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago is expected in the next few weeks.

Bisexual Neo-Nazi Who Planned To Attack An LGBTQ Pub Found Guilty Of Terrorism

We have an update on the Ethan Stables court case.

We’ve kept you up to date on the situation revolving around Ethan Stables.

20-year-old Stables was arrested outside of an LGBTQ pub in Barrow, Cumbria, United Kingdom in June of 2017.

Police suspected Stables of plotting an act of terrorism after he posted in a Neo-Nazi Facebook group that he was going to “walk in with a fucking machete and slaughter every single one of the gay bastards.”

Police then arrested Stables outside of the pub around 10pm as he was finishing reconnaissance on the building. They then later found a machete, some sort of explosive, and Nazi regalia at his home.

During trial however, Stable’s defense for his acts was that he was raised by hateful parents. Not only that, but he claims to have had sexual experiences with another man. He says he's blocked those feelings out because of his parents.

“I am disgusted and ashamed at myself for what I said. I just wish I could turn the clock back. I’m sorry.”

Stables’s gay uncle/godfather even testified to say that Stables was kind-hearted but troubled.

“I felt he did go off on paranoid fantasies. He would get very fixated on certain ideas,” he said.

“On one level it seemed totally bizarre (when he was arrested) but on another level we had all been waiting for something to happen.”

Unfortunately, that defense wasn’t enough to save him as Stables has now been found guilty of terrorism and plans to kill.

He’ll be sentenced later in the week.

Neo-Nazi Who Planned To Attack A Gay Pub Now Says He's Bisexual

Last week, we shared with you the news that 20-year-old Ethan Stables was arrested under the suspicion that he was going to attack an LGBTQ pub.

This suspicion came directly from Stables who shared on a Hitler appreciate Facebook group that he was going to “walk in with a fucking machete and slaughter every single one of the gay bastards.”

Then when Cumbia police apprehended him, Stables was doing reconnaissance right outside the pub. They also found a machete, some sort of explosive, and Nazi regalia like a swastika armband at his home.

Now, Stables is currently undergoing trial to see if he’ll be convicted and sentenced.

So far, the prosecution has called Stables a “white supremacist” shown the messages shared on Facebook (which you can see below) and shared a video of Stables saying “gay look nicer on fire” as he burned a rainbow flag.

 

In addition, Stable’s defense team is sharing stories to make him look sympathetic. They’ve shared stories of Stables having a gay uncle/godfather, having a black best friend, and now Stables says he’s bisexual.

While in court, Stables says that he’s had sexual experiences with men, but that he’s run away from that fact because his parents would be “disgusted” and “ashamed.”

“I am disgusted and ashamed at myself for what I said. I just wish I could turn the clock back. I’m sorry.”

As for that gay godfather, he showed up to testify and said that he does’t think Stables is homophobic.

“I felt he did go off on paranoid fantasies. He would get very fixated on certain ideas,” he said.

“On one level it seemed totally bizarre (when he was arrested) but on another level we had all been waiting for something to happen.”

Gay Inmate Sues Federal Prison For Allowing Him To Be Beat And Raped Repeatedly

A gay inmate is suing a Florence prison for doing nothing after he was threatened by a fellow prisoner and then raped repeatedly by him.

“This is malice. This is sadistic. They set him up to be beaten and raped and that is exactly what happened to him,” said Denver attorney David Lane, who recently filed a lawsuit on the gay inmate’s behalf against the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The 21-year-old inmate, who’s name is being withheld because of the alleged rape, is suing for compensation and a punitive award after the pain and suffering he allegedly went through.

Apparently, the threats started back on August 6, 2014. Allegedly, eight members of an American Indian prison gang called “The Boys,” which includes his eventual cellmate William Mexican, started insulting him for being gay, and ostracized him from parts of the prison.

That’s when the victim looked towards prison officials for help and protection, but to no avail. In fact, the inmate was later disciplined for being “deceitful” about the threats.

As The Denver Post reports:

“All of the inmates denied the allegations except Mexican, who “openly admitted to having made threats,” the lawsuit says. Mexican told investigators he “would have issues” if the alleged victim was returned to the same yard.”

On October 8th of the same year, the unnamed victim was moved into the same cell as Mexican who then repeatedly beat and raped the fellow inmate.

Despite repeatedly pressing a “duress” button, the victim wasn’t helped until October 10. That said, the officer who took him to the hospital allegedly laughed after hearing of the victim’s beating.

Mexican later admitted to his crimes of assault with the reasoning that he didn’t want other inmates to think he “condoned homosexuality” as the lawsuit says.

Despite Mexican being inducted in March of 2015 for charges of sexual abuse by force or violence and assault resulting in serious injury and later pleading guilty, the unnamed gay inmate still wants the prison to pay for their part in his trauma.

Man Accused Of Purposefully Spreading HIV Says He Wanted To Cure Himself By Drinking His Urine

Daryll Rowe is in the news again and this time its because he thought urine was the cure to HIV.

Daryll Rowe, from Edinburgh, is currently on trial for allegedly infecting several male partners that he met on Grindr with HIV on purpose.

While the current court case is focused on whether or not Rowe purposefully infected five men, who’ve chosen to remain anonymous, with the virus between October 2015 and December 2016, the conversation took a weird turn.

Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC spoke to the jury that Daryll Rowe was skipping on prescribed treatment for his HIV. He was refusing antiretroviral drugs that would have made him less contagious.

“He was warned he could be prosecuted for passing [HIV] on or even putting someone at risk of contracting HIV from him,” Carberry told the court, according to The Guardian.

Rowe then told the jurors that he doesn’t remember ever being told his disease was highly infectious or that he could later be charged for spreading it.

On top of that, he also added that he believed if he stayed a vegan and drank his own urine, he would be able to cure his HIV.

Of course, the prosecutor had to press further on that statement. She said that the idea that drinking urine would cure him was “nonsense” in explaining why he went out of his way to infect other men.

Rowe then said, “Why would I do it every single day if I thought it was nonsense?”

“Because you didn’t want to treat this infection, for whatever reason,” Carberry replied.

“I wanted to cure it,” Rowe struck back, “I thought I was curing it.”

This is just the latest development in the trial over Daryll Rowe who is charged with purposefully tampering with condoms in order to infect five of his fromer male parters with HIV.

The trial is ongoing and is expected to continue well into November.

Judge's Insensitive HIV+ Comment Could Undo Murder Suspect's Conviction

A judge from California started trouble after insulting an HIV-positive murder suspect while being recorded.

“Lord knows where his tongue has been.” That’s the line by former Riverside County Superior Court Judge David B. Downing that started trouble according to the Desert Sun.

Downing is being accused of refusing to read motions filed by Kaushal Niroula because the defendant’s files were licked closed and he’s HIV-positive.

The comment was allegedly made back in 2012 in the middle of a the jury selection process. The courtroom’s mics were off at the moment, but one of the defendants was recording audio on his laptop.

Niroula and co-defendant named Daniel Garcia (who was the one recording) were on trial for the 2008 murder of Clifford Lambert, a retired art dealer.

Eventually, the laptop was discovered to be recording audio, and (seeing as that’s an obvious security breech) it was confiscated and sealed away.

Even though the audio hasn’t been released and thus can’t be confirmed, the trail's transcript from the court case shows that Judge Downing was later confronted about the audio while in session. Downing, who allegedly decided to double down, said that he’s free to say whatever he wanted.

As the transcripts state, Niroula spoke to the judge and said, “It is a commentary regarding my health status and not reading my given motions because you are concerned about where my tongue has been are inappropriate, your honor.”

Downing then replied, “I don’t care what you think. I can say what I want. The First Amendment protects me. I can say what I want.”

Later in the court session, Garcia commented that it was “difficult to proceed in a trial” where the judge had “made fun” of Niruloa’s HIV status.

To which, Downing replied, “What do you care what I said about Mr. Niroula? Worry about yourself right now.”

The two were eventually found guilty of the murder. That said, they are now using Downing’s words to appeal their convictions.

The DA’s Office haven’t decided whether to allow an appeal, but they said they will review the audio “to ascertain what occurred and when.”

When the Desert Sun asked Downing for comment he said, “Who knows? I don’t know what was said five years ago.”

He later added, “Off the top of my head, I didn’t say that stuff.”

Downing retired in 2013 but then partially returned to judging in 2015 for part-time work.

Gay Bronx Teen Who Stabbed His Bullies Says "I Was Afraid For My Life"

We have an update on the gay teen from the Bronx who was arrested for stabbing two of his bullies in school.

The New York City Police Department has decided to reduce the charges of 18-year-old Abel Cedeno from second-degree murder to manslaughter.

Cedeno was arrested at the end of September, on the 27th specifically, after he stabbed two of his classmates which severely injured one and killed the other.

Cedeno, who pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge, faced a grand jury this past Tuesday, October 17.

Cedeno’s bail was set at $500,000, which his attorney, Christopher R. Lynn, called outrageous.

At the courthouse, Cedeno was initially supposed to appear in front of a judge, but his defense team, who’re also once a part of the council for the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights, waved that appearance and moved over to the grand jury session.

That said, Cedeno was able to reach out to news outlets and share his version of the story.

Abel Cedeno says that the reason he stabbed his two classmates was because he was afraid for his life.

He alleges that the two classmates, Matthew McCree who died and Araine LaBoy who was seriously wounded, attacked him in class first (while two teachers watched). On top of that, the two supposedly have ties to gang members.

As Cedeno told Gay City News, “[McCree] hit my face twice. The second time I snapped. All the years of bullying, and I couldn’t control my body and started to defend myself.”

That’s when Cedeno says he pulled out the knife that he carried around for protection and used it against his attackers.

While there are some that don’t believe Abel Cedno’s side of the story, those against him are not representing themselves well.

Outside of the courtroom on Tuesday, supporters of both Cedeno and McCree gathered.

Ava Talley, of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group, recounted to Gay City News that McCree’s family and supporters were yelling out homophobic slurs in the crowd.

“His family keeps saying he was not a bully, but they use homophobic and transphobic rhetoric,’ Talley said. ‘His whole group of supporters was doing it.”

In addition, McCree’s family have denied his involvement with gangs, but Cedeno's supporters carried screenshots of gang members confirming that McCree was one online and in some comments gang members even claimed they would avenge McCree avenge him.

“We’re getting threats now," Cedeno’s sister Vanessa (shown above) said. "We just want justice for Abel. No one wanted for this to happen. He was bullied from the sixth grade and would come home with bruises. The schools failed him. My brother should not be in jail. We shouldn’t have to be afraid to be ourselves, especially in school.”

The school is also under investigation for allowing such violence and bullying to happen within.

Justin Bieber's Testicles Started A Lawsuit

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Justin Bieber can’t catch a break. Just last week the singer had a mini-scandal when a hacker got a hold of Selena Gomez’s Instagram account and released nude photos of her ex.

Of course, the nudes were shots we’d all already seen from two years ago. They were the shots of Bieber “hanging out” while on vacation. You’ve probably seen them. (If you haven’t, good for you. You are pure and a better person than I am).

Anyway, it seems that Bieber can’t catch a break because news just got out that his balls are the center of court case right now.

Last May, Bieber went to the Emergency Room of the Northwell Health in Long Island, NY after getting a shot to his crotch while playing soccer. All was well and good at the time because Bieber was able to walk out the door later without any issue.

But, an issue came along later when Northwell Health found itself getting sued. Why you ask? Because they allegedly fired an employee wrongfully.

 

 

 

New York employment attorney David H. Rosenberg says his client Kelly Lombardo, who was a former employee at Northwell, was fired over accusations that she illegally accessed Bieber’s medical file during his visit.

The rumor is that she allegedly accessed his records to see if the singer indeed had an STI. But, Lombardo not only denies that reasoning but also the idea that she accessed the records at all.

“My client never accessed Mr. Bieber’s medical file. She was falsely accused of doing it because of her gender,” Rosenberg told Billboard. “We look forward to vigorously prosecuting these claims at the New York Division of Human Rights.”

Right now, the lawsuit is at a standstill as Lombardo and Rosenberg wait for a copy of the position statement.

Meanwhile, Bieber and his team have not commented on the situation and are probably hoping media coverage of it, as well as his connection to it, blows over quickly.

We’ll see about that.

A Straight Man Is Suing His Old Dishwasher Job For Discriminating Against His Sexuality

Credit: The Providence Journal

A former dishwasher at a Cheesecake Factory in Providence, Rhode Island is suing the company for discriminating against him. For being straight.

Jessie Ross claims that in August of last year he was felt up, both on his butt and his crotch, by a fellow male employee.

When Ross went to complain to his manager he was pushed aside after being told it would be looked into.

Ross said that the issue didn’t stop there and that since there was a large amount of gay men working at the restaurant, “rough behavior” was a regular occurrence.

Remember, state and federal laws ban discrimination on sexual orientation and that street goes both ways.

That said, Ross claims that he continued to be harassed at work and felt unsafe there. He eventually went back to his manager but the manager seemed to not care because of his “protected status as a heterosexual male.”

“I was an outstanding employee,” Ross says, “Why would I make something up?”

It wasn’t until much later that Ross had finally had enough. He informed his manager that he was so uncomfortable working there that he needed something to be done. That’s when the manager fired him.

But, things didn’t end there because apparently Ross received phone calls and text messages with threats “in an effort to intimidate him and cover up his firing.”

Ross’s lawyer, Joseph Daigle, says he has evidence to support the accusations.

Now a year later, the lawsuit has been brought to public and we'll see how things end for Jessie Ross.

We’ll keep you informed when the story updates.

Chicago Professor Killed His Boyfriend With Help From Chat Room Buddy To Fulfill Murder-Suicide Fantasy

Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren

Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren both worked at universities. Lathem taught microbiology at the Northwestern University in Chicago, while Warren was a payroll assistant at Oxford University’s Somerville College.

Not long ago, both men were strangers and lived on different sides of the world. But earlier this month, they sat together in a getaway car as they tried to escape the fact that they, allegedly, were murderers.

Apparently, the two met online through chatrooms and spent months talking about “carrying out their sexual fantasies of killing others and then themselves.”

But sadly, their sick fantasies would take a turn for the reality. And who would be their murder victim? None other than 26-year-old hairstylist Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, or Lathem’s boyfriend.

This past Sunday, the two men stood in court with Cook County judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. while Assistant State’s Attorney Natosha Toller recapped their alleged actions the night of July 27.

Before then, Lathem had flown Warren in and had him stay in a hotel room close to his Chicago condo. Inside the condo, Cornell-Duranleau laid sleeping.

Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau (Credit: Homocide Watch Chicago)

Around 4:30 a.m., both men entered the condo and Lathem grabbed a 6-inch drywall knife. He then stabbed Cornell-Duranleau in the neck and chest with it.

The victim immediately woke up and tried to fight but was soon ganged up on, as Warren allegedly covered his mouth and hit him over the head with a lamp.

At some point, Warren got a hold of two other kitchen knives and the two continued to stab Cornell-Duranleau about 70 times. The autopsy shows that the body’s back, neck and chest were sliced up so deeply that it was nearly decapitated. In fact, the attack was so violent that one of the knives broke.

After Conell-Duranleau laid dead, the two decided to flee. Even though their original plan was to commit a murder and then kill each other (Lathem stabbing Warren and Warren shooting Lathem), they instead cleaned themselves off, got in a car, and drove Westward.

It seems that the two realized their terrible deed as they started to show actions of guilt and remorse.

Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau (Credit: Homocide Watch Chicago)

On their run from the law, the two made it to Lake Geneva, Wisconson. There, Lathem decided to donate a $1,000 check to the town’s library in Cornell-Durnaleu’s name (he also donated $5,610 to a Chicago LGBTQ health center earlier that day).

Plus, Lathem then made a call to the condo building’s doorman and told him that there was something wrong in his room.

After that, Lathem also sent a video to his family and friends. In it, he apologized for his “involvement” in the murder and Anthony Guglielmi, the spokesman for the Chicago police, stated that in the video Lathem says he’s made “the biggest mistake of his life.”

Some point after that, the two split up as Lathem was later caught in Oakland, California and Warren was arrested in San Francisco. The two then admitted to the murder as Prosecutors told the Chicago Tribune.

At the moment, the defendants haven’t made an official plea, but the case is still continuing. We'll keep you updated as the story develops.

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