Here's what you need to know this week for lesbian, bisexual, and trans news!
Lesbian – Freak Accident Knocks Top Lesbian Paralympian Out of Rio
Claire Harvey, one of the LGBT heroes of London 2012, will not be able to compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics after an accident resulting in her hand being crushed, according to Gay Star News.
Harvey was part of the Great Britain women’s national sitting volleyball team at the last Olympics, and has since been selected for the Paralympic athletics team after scoring high in shot and put and javelin in the World Athletic Championships.
“I broke my hand by a 6kg kettle bell falling off a shelf and onto my hand whilst I was stretching,” Harvey recounted. “I was laid on my stomach and had my hands out in from of me. It fell and landed on top of my hand.”
Harvey remains hopefully, saying, “I hope that I can still inspire young LGBT people – in so much as I am going to show now that you CAN move forward from something that feels like the end of the world.”
Bisexual – Bisexual Student, 15, Left Bloodied and Battered After Homophobic Attack
Jamie Watson, 15, suffered broken ribs, a fractured arm and cuts and bruising after being attacked by three masked thugs, according to Mirror.
West Midlands Police, who labeled the attack as “truly horrendous,” are urging people with any information to come forward.
“The assault lasted five minutes,” Jamie told the Birmingham Mail. “I was punched and fell to the ground, where I was kicked and punched all over my body including my head … It was absolutely terrifying and I feared for my life. There was three of them in total and they all wore masks.”
“The attackers showed no regard for their victim and repeatedly kicked him to the head and body,” Detective Sergeant James Bennet, from Birmingham’s Violent Crime Team, said. “Rest assured that we will do everything we can to find those responsible.”
Transgender – NC School System Pauses on Transgender Bathroom Rules
(EDGE) The superintendent of a North Carolina school system is delaying new rules that would have let transgender students use school bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender they identify with.
The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2aUei3b) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Ann Clark made the announcement Thursday, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boys restroom when school starts this month.
Clark said her decision was based on the court ruling and not because a North Carolina-based group urged parents to deluge the school system with letters saying the regulations announced in June would jeopardize the "privacy, safety and dignity" of students.
School officials didn't immediately respond to a telephone call on Thursday seeking additional comment.