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Her 47-year-old husband is to be arraigned this morning on a murder charge.
The two wed last year after moving to North Adams. Prior to the move, they lived in Adams for three years.
Christa Leigh was known for founding and running Miss Trans New England and Miss Trans America pageants.
She is believed to be the first transgender woman killed in the US this year.
The incident happened in front of the child’s class in December, according to his mother, Tanisha Agee-Bell. Mason Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson confirmed the incident occurred in teacher Renee Thole’s classroom.
The Trump administration is encouraging states to require “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to keep their health insurance coverage.
On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued new guidelines for states that want some adults to work in exchange for the health insurance coverage.
The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Brianna Dee Knox, 28, of Beverly Hills, on charges including driving under the influence, child neglect, leaving the scene of a crash and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Knox drove recklessly and crashed into four cars on I-4 at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the FHP said. Knox’s red 2001 Honda broke down under an overpass, then she got out of the car and started acting “erratically and disturbed,” the FHP said.
Oskaloosa, Iowa – With a quiet march to the square in Oskaloosa, from St. Paul Congregational United Church, over a dozen people took time to remember those individuals impacted by transgender violence.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event held on November 20th each year. “The best way to remember lives lost is to educate people about what it is to be trans,” said Robin White, who was leading the vigils at the Oskaloosa Band Stand. “It’s more and more people understanding who we are, what we’re about, and that we have a right to exist on this planet just like everybody else.”
The candlelight vigils to remember those lost to transgender violence started in 1999 to honor Rita Hester, who was a transgender African-American woman who was murdered in Allston, Massachusetts in 1998.
Following Hester’s murder, the idea for a yearly vigil became a reality soon after. The purpose of the vigils was to help spread information about the lives and deaths of transgender individuals.
Robin White once again lead the service in Oskaloosa. Names were read from a list, and a quote about transgender lives was read that each person had submitted.
One of those who submitted a comment was Kiki Collier of Inglewood, Chicago, who stated, “The Trump administration’s various antitransgender moves, most dramatically, the President’s tweets foreshadowing a ban on transgender people serving in the military, have collectively made it more dangerous for our community.”
Chad Farner helps to lead the PLAG group in Oskaloosa and was an organizer of the walk on Monday.
Farner said the event is really about remembering those transgender, mostly women, who have been killed in the last year. “23 so far this year.”
“The hope for an evening like tonight is to shine a light on those tragic deaths,” added Farner, who parroted the comments of White that transgender people need to be treated with respect and not subjected to the violence that they are.
Farner said that individuals in the LGBTQ members that are part of PLAG have very positive things to say about living in Oskaloosa and the way they are treated by the community. “I think there is a lot of misunderstanding and there is a lot we need to learn about. But I think the community treats people with respect.”
PFLAG meets regularly at the Oskaloosa Public Library, a change of venue, on the third Tuesday of every month.
A different kind of glass ceiling could be broken this Election Day by a Democrat aiming to become Virginia’s first transgender office-holder — and the first openly transgender person elected to any state legislature.
Danica Roem, 32, is running for a delegate seat in the Virginia state legislature to represent a district that favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election by 5 percent. She holds a coveted endorsement from former Vice President Joe Biden in an effort by national Democratic leaders to end the 16-year GOP reign in the Virginia state chamber.
Roem told Cosmopolitan that she’s not running to directly oppose President Donald Trump — after all, the state Democratic Party asked her to run for office before Trump even won the White House — but she understands the importance of her voice in Trump’s America.
As Trump pushed anti-LGBT policies like a ban on transgender people serving in the military, Roem used her voice — and fundraised based on the discriminatory rhetoric from the White House. “For our president, who opted out of serving in the military, to attack transgender people for being unfit to serve… is the height of hypocrisy,” Roem told The Washington Post. “Transgender military members… have done more to serve and protect their country than Donald Trump ever will.”
Roem has campaigned on infrastructure fixes, economic development, marginally raising the state’s minimum wage, sweeping school funding reform and civil rights issues. She called the civil rights issues a way to “improve [the] quality of life” of people in Virginia.
She hopes to unseat Robert Marshall, a Republican who sponsored Virginia’s transgender bathroom bill and a ban on gay people serving in the Virginia National Guard. His campaign website highlights his authorship of an anti-gay marriage amendment, which was struck down by a federal judge. He also opposed protection for LGBT people in the state, saying there is no evidence that it’s needed in Virginia.
“Success of the GLBT agenda in recent years has largely depended on identifying the homosexual movement as a modern version of the Civil Right struggle,” Marshall said on his campaign website. “This is, of course, nonsense.”
The polls in Virginia close 7 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.
A transgender woman killed in a home in Arnhem on Friday worked as a prostitute and was almost certainly killed by the first customer she had in Arnhem, De Gelderlander reports based on its own research. According to the newspaper, the victim was stabbed to death.
The transgender woman from Venezuela, who worked under the name Bianca, worked as a prostitute in Rotterdam. She came to Arnhem because she heard there was enough work in the city, according to the newspaper. She sublet a space in a home on Van Oldenbarnevedtstraat, arriving late on Thursday night. Her first customer made an appointment at the home for 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning.
What happened then is not completely clear. What is clear is that the woman was killed in the home between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning. The woman who found the body told the newspaper that there were blood smears on the walls. Five plastic bags and a suitcase were found in an alley behind the home – these too were covered in blood. They contained jewelry, a cellphone, an iPad and blood covered clothing and cloths. It is believed that the perpetrator left them behind during his flight. He also left bloody footprints for dozens of meters in the neighborhood, according to the newspaper.
According to the Gelderlander, Bianca advertised her services on several websites. “I’m brunette and naturally have long hair, attractive lips and smooth skin”, she described herself on the sites. She also wrote that she is always alone. On the websites she said she was 22-years-old. Though colleagues told the newspaper she is actually 27, and the police put her age at 32.
The U.S. voted against a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts.
The resolution introduced by Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland passed by a 27-13 vote margin.
Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates joined the U.S. in opposing the measure.
The resolution specifically condemns “the imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations” and expresses “serious concern that the application of the death penalty for adultery is disproportionately imposed on women.” It also notes “poor and economically vulnerable persons and foreign nationals are disproportionately subjected to the death penalty, that laws carrying the death penalty are used against persons exercising their rights to freedom of expression, thought, conscience, religion, and peaceful assembly and association, and that persons belonging to religious or ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented among those sentenced to the death penalty.”
“It is unconscionable to think that there are hundreds of millions of people living in States where somebody may be executed simply because of whom they love” Renato Sabbadini, executive director of The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), said in a statement. “This is a monumental moment where the international community has publicly highlighted that these horrific laws simply must end.”
ILGA, a federation of more than 1,200 member organizations from 132 countries committed to equal human rights for LGBTQI people that enjoys consultative status at the United Nations, called the resolution a “historic first.” The group produced a recent report and map that detail sexual orientation laws around the world.
The resolution asked countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty to ensure that it is not “applied arbitrarily or in a discriminatory manner.”
Currently, there are six countries (eight if parts of Syria and Iraq occupied by Isis are included) where the death penalty is implemented for same-sex relations. (Penalty applies country-wide in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen, and in certain provinces in Nigeria and Somalia.)
An ILGA in a press release noted Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia sought to amend the resolution and “dilute its impact.” These amendments failed, even though the U.S. supported two of them from Russia that stated the death penalty “does not per se mean a (human rights) violation, but may lead to . . . (human rights) violations” and “in some cases the (death penalty) leads to torture, rather than that many states hold that the (death penalty) is a form of torture.”
The U.S. also backed a proposed amendment from Egypt that stated “a moratorium (on the death penalty) should be a decision after domestic debate.” The U.S. abstained from voting on a proposed amendment from Saudi Arabia that said countries have the right to “develop their own laws and penalties (in accordance with international law.)”
(HOUSTON, Mo.) — Some of Ally Lee Steinfeld’s burned remains were found in a bag in a rural southern Missouri chicken coop. Authorities say both of the transgender teen’s eyes had been gouged out and she had been stabbed in the genitals.
As questions swirl about why the quiet 17-year-old was killed in such a ghastly manner, authorities aren’t saying what led to the killing. But they dismiss the possibility the death was a hate crime.
Authorities identified the remains as those of Joseph Matthew Steinfeld Jr. — Ally Lee Steinfeld’s birth name. They were found last week in the town of Cabool, near the mobile home of one of the alleged killers, 24-year-old Briana Calderas, with whom Steinfeld was living.
Calderas and two 18-year-olds, Andrew Vrba and Isis Schauer, are charged with first-degree murder and other counts. A fourth suspect is charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Both Sheriff James Sigman and prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. insist the crime was not motivated by Steinfeld’s gender identity.
“I would say murder in the first-degree is all that matters,” Stevens said. “That is a hate crime in itself.”
Yet the killing has drawn the attention of transgender advocates and others across the U.S. who believe Steinfeld was targeted for her gender identity, despite what the Texas County sheriff and prosecutor say.
“This violence, often motivated by hatred, must come to an end,” said Chris Sgro, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, who said Steinfeld was the 21st transgender person killed this year in the U.S. “We will continue to mourn Ally and fight back against transphobia and anti-trans violence.”
Steinfeld had been missing for weeks, and initial news reports referred to her as a male, in part because missing-person posters distributed by the family used Steinfeld’s birth name, as did police documents.
Steinfeld’s mother, Amber Steinfeld, still refers to her child as Joey, but said the teen identified as female to family and to friends on social media. She said her child was “loving and kind-hearted.”
Steinfeld was engaged to a woman until they broke up in August, Amber Steinfeld said, and soon after began dating Calderas. She said Steinfeld and the two 18-year-old suspects were all living at Calderas’ mobile home. She said Steinfeld was upbeat before she disappeared, telling relatives that she loved them and was happy.
Steinfeld grew up mostly in House Springs, Missouri, near St. Louis, Amber Steinfeld said. The family moved briefly to Florida, then to Texas County, an area of rugged hills in southern Missouri.
Steinfeld dropped out of high school upon turning 17, Amber Steinfeld said. At about the same time, the rest of the family moved back to House Springs, but Steinfeld stayed in Houston, Missouri, living with different friends.
In May, Steinfeld posted on Instagram that she was coming out and was “mtf,” or male-to-female. In a posting on June 13, Steinfeld referred to herself as “Trans male to female and I am mostly lesbian but pansexual.” In another that same day she wrote, “I am proud to be me I am proud to be trans I am beautiful I don’t care what people think.”
Vrba told investigators he initially tried to poison Steinfeld, then described how he stabbed Steinfeld in the living room of Calderas’ mobile home, Deputy Rowdy Douglas wrote in a probable cause statement. The female suspects said Vrba bragged to them about how he gouged Steinfeld’s eyes and stabbed Steinfeld in the genitals, Douglas wrote. The probable cause statement does not offer any motive.
Authorities say the three suspects burned Steinfeld’s body, placed some of the bones into a garbage bag and put the bag in the chicken coop. Calderas admitted helping burn the body and led authorities to the knife used in the killing, Douglas wrote.
An attorney for the three suspects, Michael Jacobs, said Tuesday that it was too early to comment.
Linda Camara, 61, a friend of Steinfeld’s family, was struck by the gruesome nature of the killing.
“People kill each other, which is bad, but to do it that way, that’s something you see in movies,” Camara said. “And the three people who did this, they were kids, too.”
Three people have been charged in the murder of a Missouri teen whose body was found burned and sexually mutilated.
Police charged a man and two women Thursday in the killing of 17-year-old trans girl, ALLY LEE** Steinfeld, the Houston Herald reported. The suspects were identified as Andrew Vrba, 18; Isis Schauer, 18; and Briana Calderas, 24.
All three were charged with first-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse. Vrba and his girlfriend, Isis Schauer, were also slapped with armed criminal action charges. Steinfeld’s burned remains were found at Calderas’ mobile home near Cabool after her family reported her missing on September 14th.
The break in the case came when police discovered the female suspects had messaged each other on Facebook about the murder. Court documents allege Facebook messages were found on Schauer’s phone from an account linked to Vrba, telling her to “stick to the story” and “quit talking.” Vrba later told investigators he killed Steinfeld, though he didn’t provide a motive, according to case documents.
The female suspects told police that Vrba had bragged about sexually mutilating the teen and gouging her eyes out, according to the Houston Herald. Vrba confessed to officers that he stabbed the teen to death and burned her body with the help of the women, but did not offer a motive.
The three suspects are being held without bond. Vrba’s attorney declined comment to The Associated Press on Friday, while no attorneys were listed in online court records for Schauer or Calderas.
“It is a grisly terrible series of heinous acts by the accused,” Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. told the Houston Herald.
All three suspects are being held without bail.
**All news reports at this time are dead naming/misgendering the murder victim. All additional story details are being reported under the name Joseph Steinfeld.
Egyptian police in Cairo arrested seven people on Monday after they were seen raising a rainbow flag at a concert, security sources said, in a rare public show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the conservative Muslim country.
Security sources said the seven were arrested for “promoting sexual deviancy,” a euphemism in Egypt for homosexuality, after they were seen on camera raising the rainbow flag at a Mashrou’ Leila concert, a popular Lebanese alternative rock band whose lead singer is openly gay.
Egyptian Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered the State Security Prosecution to immediately investigate the incident, state news agency MENA reported.
The public prosecutor has not yet announced a decision on whether formal charges will be filed and a case brought to court.
Although homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, it is a conservative society and discrimination is rife. Gay men are frequently arrested and typically charged with debauchery, immorality or blasphemy.
The largest crackdown on homosexuals in Egypt took place in 2001, when police raided a floating disco called the Queen Boat. Fifty-two men were tried in the case, which drew widespread criticism from human rights groups and Western governments.
A group of women were attacked on their way to Dallas Pride on Sunday by an assailant who punched and stabbed them as he screamed they were going to Hell.
Love Seiber, Krystle Seats, and their friend Vanessa Stepney were heading to the parade downtown when they were approached by a homeless man later identified as 22-year-old Brandon Holbert.
“I thought maybe, ’Oh, he’s going to ask us for money,” Seiber told Fox 4 News. But he came closer and began yelling and then hitting Seats. Holbert then pulled out a pocketknife and chased Sieber and Seats into a nearby building, cornering them in an elevator before stabbing them repeatedly.
Seiber and Seats, who are both gay, say Holbert was shouting, “I see what you are doing. You are the child of Satan and God sees what you are doing. You guys are going to go to Hell.”
Seiber was stabbed multiple times in the neck, face, arm, forehead and chest before a bystander helped detain Holbert until authorities arrived. Holbert has since been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, although no hate-crime charges have been filed.
Police records do not reflect his homophobic rant, according to Fox 4, instead they “emphasize [his] erratic behavior.”
Recovering back home in Oklahoma, Seiber says her assailant deserves to be charged with a bias crime. “My family definitely thinks he got off a little too easy.”