LBT Bites: Wonder Woman is Bi, Voter ID Laws May Block Trans People from Voting & More!

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Lesbian - Man Gets Life in Prison for 2012 Attack on Teen Lesbian Couple

(AP) A South Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2012 shooting attack at a park that left one woman dead and her girlfriend critically hurt.

David Malcolm Strickland was convicted Wednesday of capital murder. The 30-year-old Strickland, who was on trial in Sinton, received an automatic life prison term because prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the June 2012 case.

Investigators have said the two victims were sexually assaulted and shot while at a park in Portland, near Corpus Christi. Authorities say 19-year-old Mollie Olgin of Ingleside died. Her girlfriend, who was 18 at the time of the attack, was shot in the head but survived. The victims were discovered several hours later by some people who were passing by.

 

Bisexual - DC Confirms Wonder Woman is Bi

(SFGN) To many it was obvious, the superhuman Amazon hailing from the all-female paradise of Themyscira, surely must have had relationships with other women along the way.

Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka told Comicosity in an interview (http://bit.ly/2ddveSu),

“It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.

But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.

Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.

And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism.”

While writers confirm that same-sex relationships must be part of Diana’s history, future romantic relationships with men, such as Steve Trevor, remain a possibility.

 

Transgender - Voter ID Laws may Block 34,000 Trans People from Voting

(SFGN) More than 34,000 transgender people may not be able to vote in the upcoming elections due to restrictive voter ID laws, Metro Weekly reports (http://bit.ly/2d6p5Vb).

A new study "The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2016 General Election," examined voter ID laws in eight states: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin using data from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The study found that in those eight states, “around 112,000 transgender are estimated to have transitioned and be eligible to vote, but about 30% may be prevented from doing so,” because they lack identification that reflects their gender identity. The number of people who could be affected nationwide jumps to 261,000.

Thirty-four states require voters to produce “acceptable” ID to poll workers in order to vote, in the strictest cases, requiring government issued ID.

Those most likely to lack proper identification include "transgender people of color, youth, students, people with low income, and people with disabilities," said Jody Herman, Ph.D. author of the study.
The study was conducted by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, a public policy think tank that focuses on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity law.


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