LBT Bites: Bi Man Denied Asylum, NYC Rally Addresses Anti-Trans Violence & More!

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Here's what you need to know this week for lesbian, transgender and asexual news!


LESBIAN - After Lesbian Couple's Home is Egged, Mass. Suburb Shows Support with Pride Flags

(EDGE) A lesbian couple who live in Natick. Mass., about 10-miles west of Boston, was devastated after the Pulse gay nightclub massacre in June. To show solidarity for the LGBT community and those impacted by the Orlando attack, Lauri and Cari Ryding put up a Pride flag on their home. 

After going away on vacation the women, who had lived in the neighborhood for 23 years, returned home to find their flag stolen and their house had been egged. 

The Boston Globe reports neighbors of the couple came together to show support for the women. Children riding bikes delivered Pride flags to several houses in the area on Sunday; about 40 in total.

The flags transformed the neighborhood "into a brilliantly colored declaration of pride and solidarity, displayed on picket fences, garages, doorways, and decks," the Globe wrote.

"It just happened so quickly - the whole neighborhood said, 'Get me a flag. Get me a flag. Get me a flag,' " Penni Rochwerger, a neighbor of the Rydings, told the Globe. "If we can stop whatever hate is out there, I think that's really important."

WCVB notes about two-thirds of the neighbored have donned the Pride flags


BISEXUAL - Bisexual Man Denied Asylum after Judge Doubts Bisexuality

(SFGN) Ray Fuller will be deported to Jamaica after an immigration judge denied  Fuller’s request for asylum stating that Fuller cannot be bisexual because he married a woman.

Fuller told the immigration court that he had been attacked and stoned by college students, had his face slashed, and had been shot in the back and thee buttocks all due to his sexuality. Fuller said he was kicked out of his home after one of the violent incidents outted him, NewNowNext reports.

Despite Fuller’s testimony, the judge denied Fuller’s request, citing that Fuller could not be bisexual because he married a woman, and because none of Fuller’s male lovers would testify on his behalf. The case lost on appeal due to Fuller’s inability to “prove” his bisexuality in court. Fuller is expected to be deported within days.


TRANSGENDER - NYC Rally Addresses Anti-Trans Violence

(EDGE) Elected officials and community members gathered in Woodside, Queens, NY Thursday night for a rally in support of a transgender woman who was assaulted with a hammer by a man who made anti-LGBT remarks and stole her purse. WABC 7 News reports.

"We will never ever accept or tolerate violence against the trans community in Woodside or anywhere in the city of New York," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. "We are a diverse, and very, very loving community."

"One attack against the trans community is an attack against every single one of us, we can never allow an attack on the trans community to go unmet without a furious response," Van Bramer added.

Jackson Heights Post reports that Public Advocate Letitia James brought up other [incidents] of anti-trans violence including the beating death of Islan Nettles in 2013. James pointed to the sobering statistic of 18 murders of transgender persons in the United States this year alone. 

"This type of hate has no place in our city, and for the trans community and the LGBT community, and for all marginalized community, we stand together against hate and there are more of us than those who hate," James said to the gathered crowd. "Hate always, always, always loses, and love always wins," she added.

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