The reality of life in prison for homosexuals and transgender individuals does not appear to reflect this myth. One young man named Rodney, imprisoned for fraud and check-forging, sent me a detailed account of his life so far in prison. He described a litany of brutal rapes, assaults, beatings and, eventually, the total abandonment of his male identity as his only means of survival in the hyper-masculine and often homophobic prison environment. His account suggests that far from being a paradise, prison for gay men can be a living hell.
Within days of his first entering prison, the 23-year-old Rodney claimed he was the victim of three separate sexual assaults, involving five different inmates. The prison he was first sent to did actually have a separate tier for gay inmates, but according to Rodney, because he did not „appear overly effeminate“ during his classification, he was placed with the general population; and because it was supposedly rare to have a gay person slip through the cracks of the system, his fellow inmates took full advantage.
„My first week or so in general population was hell on earth. Physical, mental and emotional torture. After being raped, I performed acts by request. It was understood and expected. I had no means to protect myself, being only 23 and scared for my life.
„I dared not report anything because I was clearly warned that my life would be in jeopardy should I do so. I quickly learned that a snitch is a worse label than a fag.
„Against popular opinion, jail is not heaven for a homosexual. Nothing is heaven about being intimidated into performing sexual acts. It is also rape, just like the three forcible rapes were.
„True enough, I am attracted to men and always have been, but in life [outside], it’s my choice whom I share a bed with; it’s intimate and personal. Having my mouth and anus aggressively penetrated by several strangers is anything but.“
He went on to report how one of his rapists took a fancy to him and „purchased“ him from the tier rep for $20. Even though he was thereby essentially enslaved by his new „prison husband“, he was grateful – because his days of „being the communal bitch were over“. He said he tried to do whatever his prison husband wanted or needed, including cleaning his cell, washing his clothes, preparing his food, and whatever else his „husband“ wanted or needed, including, of course, being available for sex – because „he did what I wanted and needed – kept other inmates off me.“
As time wore on and „husbands“ came and went, Rodney perfected the art of being a „prison ho“, as his only means of surviving intact. This involved establishing a female name and identity, learning how to speak when spoken to, „respect his man“ and emasculating himself to the point where he could not stand while urinating. There is nothing about the experience that could be considered enjoyable.
„I’ve heard before that ‚jail is a faggot’s dream.‘ I assure you that cliché is not the case. Gay men who do not attempt to hide their sexuality are forced into passive and submissive roles. To live with some standard of equality, we have to trade in our manhood. We are completely emasculated. It’s a form of technical castration. The role of woman is forced upon us and any rebuttal is considered a sign of disrespect. My way of thinking about myself and my sexuality has been permanently altered.“
It’s difficult to assess how typical Rodney’s prison experience is, but numerous studies conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, based on anonymous inmate surveys, have shown that gay and transgender inmates are among the most targeted groups for sexual victimization. Until fairly recently, little has been done to help them. Just Detention International (JDI), an organization whose aim is to eradicate prison rape (pdf), is trying to change that.
JDI has been working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to establish „sensitive needs yards“ (pdf), where gay, transgender and other vulnerable inmates can serve out their time in safety. Several prisons operated by the CDCR have now established sensitive needs yard with some success, and the JDI is hoping that other states will adopt this model.
In the meantime, prisoners like Rodney have been forced to make their peace with their „prison ho“ fate.
„I’ve grown to realize that I am a man and being a prison ho is an act.“
It is not, however, an act that Rodney or any other inmate should be forced to perform.
Iran is forcing thousands of gay people to have gender reassignment surgery against their will or face execution
IRAN is forcing thousands of gay people to undergo gender reassignment surgeries in a sick bid to “cleanse” the country of homosexuality.
The Islamic Republic legalised transsexuality in 1987 and is second only to Thailand in its number of trans surgeries.
However, prominent LGTB activists have told Sun Online that these procedures are part of a disturbing programme fuelled by homophobia.
Homosexuality is illegal in Iran and gay people are hanged from cranes in the street in sick public executions.
Iranian-born activist Shadi Amin says the Iranian regime, which is controlled by religious extremists, view being gay as an “illness” and that the only cure is to change the person’s gender.
She said: “The government believes that if you are a gay man your soul is that of a woman and you should change your body.
“We think this is a way to fight the existence of homosexual people because you change their body and you solve the problem.
They would rather carry out mass surgeries than executions because they know the world is watching them
“The regime gives gay people two choices – to be arrested as a homosexual and being punished even executed or change your body.
„They are trying to cleanse the country of homosexuals.
“They would rather carry out mass surgeries than executions because they know the world is watching them.”
The LGBT researcher says that Iranian government, including the Head of the Human Rights commission of Iran, has publicly said „we want to solve the problem, gay people are sick and they need the physical treatment.“
There are reportedly more than 4,000 trans operations carried out in Iran every year and most are subsidised by the government.
However, Shadi believes the real number to be much higher.
The activist, who lives in Germany, runs the Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network (6Rang) – a community which helps LGBT people from Iran and raises awareness of their plight.
One doctor told the activist they carry out 30 to 40 surgeries every MONTH – and sometimes up to three procedures per day.
She said: “This shows that it’s big business for some doctors and many of them are not even specialists for trans people – many of them are cosmetic surgeons.”
Shadi, who fled Iran in 1983 following their Islamic revolution in 1979, says there is no support for trans people after the surgery.
Many are forced into sex work after being shunned by their families and subjected to sexual violence including rapes.
She said: “There is nothing which criminalises attacks against trans people.
“After the surgery, they have no rights anymore. There is no physiological support after the surgery.”
Peter Tatchell, a prominemnt British human rights campaigner, condemned the Iranian regime’s desire to „eradicate homosexuality.“
He told Sun Online: “The ayatollah’s are seeking to eliminate homosexuality by pressuring or forcing gay men to undergo gender reassignment surgery to make them ‘women’.
„Some gay men agree to become trans women to protect themselves from prosecution and execution when they have sex with men.
Gay man gang-raped, threatened with death, escapes to Jordan
HE was repeatedly raped at the hands of a group of men, and his own brother was so ashamed of him, he tried to have him killed. His only crime: being an openly gay man.
Hamood has revealed his harrowing story of being gang-raped as a refugee living in
HE was repeatedly raped at the hands of a group of men, and his own brother was so ashamed of him, he tried to have him killed.
Now traumatised, Syrian-born Hamood’s heartbreaking story exposes the brutal reality of life for him and other refugees who have fled the war-torn country.
However, despite escaping to a new life in Jordan, Hamood is far from safe.
“[I was taken] to a house [by a man] and six of the guy’s friends all wanted to have sex with me and they forced me to,” the 21-year-old told human rights group Amnesty International.
“Of course I couldn’t report it, I would be sent back to Syria. This happened about six or seven months ago.
“I haven’t told anyone because I am still afraid. I don’t know how I am saying it now.”
Other refugees have faced street harassment and abuse and death threats as a result of being gay.
One refugee said: “We get threats in the street every day. Sometimes we wait until it gets dark [to go out]. We are addicted to rain because the streets are empty.”
Hamood said he also faces threats, abuse and intimidation on a daily basis but the stark alternative — returning home — would almost certainly bring about his death.
Hamood, originally from Dera’a in southern Syria, said being gay in the war-torn country was almost certainly a death sentence.
He said he was forced to leave Syria due to the increasing risk posed by Islamic militants, including IS, whose barbaric punishments for homosexuality include throwing men from the top of buildings.
Hamood said having the freedom to find love in Europe, as well as dress how he wants which includes in women’s clothes, was his ultimate dream, but he feared it may not happen.
Hamood’s brother tried to have him killed because he is gay. Hamood said wants the freedom to wear dresses and skirts outside his home but is too
Despite the threat of further rapes and abuse, he said he is forced into sex work due to employment restrictions in Jordan.
“In Syria there’s only death,” he said of returning home.
“If I go [to Europe] I will be reborn. To get dressed up, put make-up on and go outside without problems, that would be my dream. If I do it for one day and then I die I would be happy.”
Hamood’s story forms a new report from Amnesty International which throws the spotlight on Syria’s refugee crisis.
It also reveals the plight of people who have fled the conflict and are struggling to survive in countries including Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
The report, Hardship, Hope and Resettlement: Refugees from Syria released today, reveals the untold stories behind Syria’s most vulnerable refugees, including torture and rape survivors, sick or orphaned children and single mothers and women.
Syria’s refugees face a tough and uncertain future. Picture: Courtesy Amnesty
One gay couple, Jamal and Said who are both journalists and opposition activists, reveal how they were also arrested in Syria.
Jamal, who is HIV positive, says his health has deteriorated since being in prison where he was held in solitary confinement and denied medical treatment.
Both escaped to Lebanon, where medical treatment is so expensive Jamal tried to take his own life when he discovered how much it cost.
Both say their lives are on hold and are desperate to start over.
Single mother Yara, a 23-year-old woman with four children, faces a daily life of sexual harassment and a struggle to survive.
Her son, Mutanama, two, has an opening in his spine which leaks fluid into his brain. His condition has only deteriorated since moving to Lebanon.
Syrian refugees, such as these women, pictured in a camp in the border town of Suruc, Turkey face an uncertain
To make matters worse, her husband was arrested in Syria and she only found out he had been killed in a video posted on YouTube.
“Everything is full of difficulties as a refugee,” she said.
“A lot of bad people say bad stuff about me and harass me. It’s a difficult life, I can hardly manage.”
Seriously ill people such as Qasim, a Palestinian refugee who fled Syria after he was injured when his home was destroyed in a bombing, also faces an uncertain future.
Both he and his young daughter suffer from elephantiasis, where a sufferer’s body parts swell to massive proportions, and are unable to find or afford proper treatment.
He feels his life is hopeless but fears for his daughter.
“I am waiting to die,” he said. “I really don’t care if I get treated but I want my daughter to get treated.”
Amnesty said its latest report highlights the life-changing opportunity that international resettlement can offer to some of the most vulnerable refugees.
The report also marks the launch of Amnesty International’s #OpenToSyria campaign, which aims to put pressure on wealthy countries to accept a greater numbers of vulnerable refugees through resettlement and other humanitarian admission programs.
Amnesty said the response from wealthy countries had been pitiful and they had done very little to help.
Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Amnesty International’s Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights, said with close to four million refugees, the scale of the crisis is overwhelming.
“This report tells the stories of the real people behind the numbers, in their own words,” he said
“Many of them have been through hell, they have endured heartbreaking ordeals and face daily struggles in their current lives as refugees. Resettlement can help offer them a much needed lifeline — a glimmer of hope for a better future.”
A woman walks between tents of a refugee camp for Syrian Kurdish refugees in
According to Amnesty, about 380,000 refugees have been identified as vulnerable and in need of resettlement by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Only a tiny fraction have been resettled so far.
The Syrian crisis is now in its fourth year. More than 190,000 people have lost their lives and more than 11 million have been forced to flee their homes.
About 7.6 million people have been displaced within Syria and four million have fled the country.
But Amnesty says despite it being a global responsibility, only five countries near Syria are hosting 95 per cent of refugees from the conflict with countries like Lebanon “simply unable to cope with the strain of the influx”.
Mr Elsayed-Ali said Syrian refugees faced more horrific experiences than most people imagined at the hands of its own government as well as the Islamic State.
As the Islamic State continues its bloody and brutal campaign across Syria and Iraq, people like Hamood are the people they target first.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 15 people, nine of them women, have been executed by jihadists in Syria, including al-Qaeda-linked militants, since July for alleged crimes such as adultery and homosexuality.
Life for women refugees and minorities is particularly
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The 1988 medical report advising against giving Chris, then a Bundeswehr soldier, a position of authority on the grounds that he was homosexual
„He has been informed in detail about the opportunity […] for a reduction of his period of service,“ the report concluded.
Bundeswehr battalion commander Anastasia Biefang oversees 700 soldiers
When she began her service in 1994, women were still not permitted to serve in the armed forces apart from in the medical sector. The discriminatory laws changed in 2000, after which time openly gay men were allowed into leadership positions, and as of 2001, women’s roles were expanded. Biefang said the Bundeswehr then became more inclusive, to the extent that by 2015 she could be open about her gender identity.
For Chris, who may be among those eligible for rehabilitation, the policy is something he welcomes.
Royal Marines ‘whipped and forced to masturbate to gay pornography’ as punishments
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND – APRIL 12: Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Royal Marines were hung upside down, whipped and forced to masturbate to gay pornography as punishments for minor faults, a court martial has been told.
Soldiers were also allegedly ordered to shave off all their body hair for issues such as dropping equipment or failing tests.
Corporals Philip Beer, 34, and Danny Foster, 30, stand accused of overseeing a nightly gathering of their 43 Commando troop called “family time”, during which they dealt with “professional failings” unofficially.
One punishment was allegedly named Django, after Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar winning film about slavery, Django Unchained, and required victims to be hung upside down and be whipped.
The acts were part of a perverse version of Deal Or No Deal in which soldiers picked a box at random and were then forced to do the act detailed in the box.
Portsmouth Military Court was told one soldier would play The Banker, handing out punishments to fellow troops as part of the “kangaroo court”.
One punishment involved the men being forced to perform a sex act while watching gay pornography on a laptop.
The soldier who was last to ‘finish’ masturabting to the explicit same-sex films would be forced to perform an additional punishment, it has been claimed.
Lt Col Coombes said: “This case concerns the ill treatment of two marines by the accused, who were troop corporals in 43 Commando at the time.
“During the course of their deployment on a security operation at bases including Faslane and Coulport, the marines would take part in a nightly gathering known as family time.
“This served as an unofficial way of dealing with any professional failings that may have happened, ranging from not wiping up a coffee stain to not looking after troop equipment properly.
“Both the accused were involved in the running of family time.
“The first charge relates to a group of marines being forced to [perform a sex act] to gay porn, which was shown to them on a laptop.
“When one of them told Foster ‘I ain’t doing it’, Foster told him ‘you f****** are’.
“The second charge involves a further punishment called Django, which involved a victim having to hang upside down from a bar and be reefed, otherwise known as being whipped, with a rubber gym mat.
“The punishment derived from the film called Django Unchained, in which during one scene a black slave is chained upside down and whipped.
“This was imposed after a game of Deal or No Deal, which involved a marine standing at the front of the room picking box numbers like they do on the show.
“A person playing the banker could offer punishments throughout the game – in this incident the complainant tried to swap his box, which was part of the game, but Foster refused to allow him to do this and instead imposed Django, which was the offered punishment.
“In the third charge, another marine was given the ‘new born baby’ punishment and was required to shave off all the hair on his body.
“The complainant had two boxes left in a game of Deal or No Deal, when Beer, who was playing the banker, made an offer of the new born baby punishment.
“When the complainant was not willing to accept it, Beer told him he was going to receive it anyway.
“The final charge relates to the previous one, when Beer asked the complainant if he had shaved all his hair.
“The complainant said he had spent an hour and a half shaving and had tried his best, but when checked he had not got all the hair.
Fetishes you should know.
Two years ago this month, I was sitting on the sofa in my Sir’s living room. It was my birthday. We were getting ready to go to the gym. But first, he said, I should open my presents. Two packages were in front of me on the coffee table.
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Our relationship had started more than a year earlier with intense monthly BDSM play sessions. After we stopped playing sexually, we continued to go to the gym together and push each other to live healthier. We still go to the gym together, and today I consider him one of my closest friends. He knows what I like — sexually and otherwise — more than most people in my life, so his presents are always top-notch.
Inside the first package was a bottle of twelve-year Glenlivet, one of my favorite single malt whiskies. The second: a Nasty Pig jockstrap. But it was not just any Nasty Pig jock. I sniffed. That distinctly musky, delicious aroma, which can only be found in the playrooms of gay circuit parties and in gyms across the country, lingered in the stitching. “I wore it for a few days,” he said. “You’re welcome.”
You may be asking: What is a fetish, and how is it different from a kink? I clarified these two terms in my list of 30 kinky terms every gay man should know. But I’ll reiterate their distinction here. Kinks are “unconventional” sexual interests, like bondage or paddling. That’s it. Fetishes — also called paraphilias — are objects, materials, features, or articles of clothing, like used jockstraps, that people respond to sexually, and that enhance or facilitate sexual arousal. To clarify: fetish objects are not sexual on their own, like whips or dildos. Fetish objects become sexualized when someone responds to them sexually.
You’ve probably heard of a few obscure fetishes, like high-heeled shoes and rubber duckies. Fetishes are rapidly moving out of their kinky niche and into pop culture. Stay on top of (or under) the trend with this list of 36 fetishes — some well known, others less so — that you need to know about.
Leather is one of the most commonly fetishized materials, and certainly one of the oldest. Tom of Finland’s 1970s drawings of biker boys, clad in impossibly form-fitting leather, solidified leather as a staple of gay culture. Today, the leather community is global, united by national and international leather competitions that celebrate this fetish at gatherings like the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, International Mr. Leather in Chicago, and Folsom Berlin.
What does a leather event look like? It looks like throngs of men in leather harnesses, jock straps, jackets, boots, gloves, aprons, fully-body uniforms, and other garb. Since many leather fetishists are into many other fetishes and kinks, the leather community is generally considered synonymous with the kink community as a whole.
People who live in the United States are taught from a young age that uniforms should be viewed with respect, especially police uniforms, military uniforms, and firefighter uniforms. These socio-politics of respect naturally morphed into male strippers dressed as firefighters and cops — evidence that uniforms are heavily fetishized by straight and LGBT people alike.
No list of fetishes would be complete without amputees. My ex-boyfriend, in fact, thought guys with amputations, prosthetic legs, and other missing limbs were extremely sexy, and every morning I made sure all my limbs were still intact.
Alex Minksy has more or less made a career from this fetish. The ex-military amputee is a common muse for L.A. photographer Michael Stokes. For the sake of clarity, I should stress that the fetishization of amputees is not the same thing as the kink practice of actually removing limbs for the sake of sexual gratification, which is considered an extreme body-modification kink that is by and large not endorsed by the international kink community. Simply put: you can think amputees are sexy, but don’t go cutting off someone’s leg, or your own. That’s not OK.
Photo source: Broadway Bares, photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia
Also called klismaphilia, enema fetishes are commonly explored in amateur gay and straight porn. As useful tools for cleaning out the anal cavity, enemas and douches are used by bottom guys and anyone looking to enjoy mess-free anal sex, so naturally they have become part of sex itself. Aside from their usefulness, enemas are generally considered a healthy occasional practice, and have become a sexualized object all on their own.
28. Beard/Facial Hair Fetish
You know by now that shaving tools and buzzed haircuts have fetishes attached to them. Beards and body hair should be less surprising, especially these days. Beards are so sexually charged and erotically idealized among today’s scruffier populations of gay men that one might forget the fact that beards are still, technically, fetish objects.
I promised my scat fetishist friend in Dallas that he would be represented on this list. Coprophilia is sexual stimulation from feces, and while the general population’s response to it is bound to be pretty strong, this fetish is more common than you might suspect, particularly among gay pig players, fisting enthusiasts, and kinky leather men. Despite its popularity within a more niche section of the gay male population, it is generally considered an unhygienic fetish to explore, since handling and consuming human fecal matter carries with it certain health risks. In my limited experience, it is also one of the more heavily stigmatized fetishes, even within the kink community.
34. Sports Gear
Remember those adolescent longings for the high school quarterback? Perhaps you enjoyed varsity baseball for more reasons than you let on. The fetishes surrounding sports gear and sport environments are so common that locker room porn has become its own popular genre. Prominent gay clothing brands like Nasty Pig and Cellblock 13 draw their design inspiration from tried-and-true sports wear, and standard gay circuit attire will always feature a pair of football pants with the front lacing beckoningly open.
Also called chronophilia (and sometimes ageism), the fetishization of age is a hotly debated topic in gay culture. The term swings both ways: this fetish applies when someone older fetishizes the specific age of someone younger, and when someone younger fetishizes the specific age of someone older. The fetish doesn’t require a significant age difference — just the fact that someone’s age itself is a turn-on.
Conceptually, this fetish opens up debate surrounding the fetishization of other characteristics like skin color and body type. Some argue that fetishizing certain physical characteristics like age and weight is no different than feet and hand fetishes, which we generally do not frown upon. Others say that age fetishes, like skin color and body type fetishes, are not fetishes at all, and that the reduction of a person’s features into points of desire (and, by extension, rejection) is dehumanizing and smacks of racism and body-shaming.
Debate rages. Age fetish deserves inclusion on this list for the sheer purpose that it shows how fetishes can cross from the playfully erotic into more culturally profound and impactful subjects. The whole concept of fetish reveals that anything in the world, from pool floats to ice cream, can become sexual objects if someone responds to them that way, and as such they unleash our sexual desires from the narrow confines that our culture tends to place them in.
This being said, fetish exploration is not a free-for-all. There is a trepidatious line between fetishizing balloons and fetishizing blood. That vague line exists throughout the world of kink, which is why the motto “safe, sane, and consensual” should be strictly adhered to as you explore the things that turn you on — which, I must stress, are worth exploring. Your birthdays just got a lot more interesting.
Photo by Charles Thomas Rogers from the portfolio, Men Over Fifty.
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6Lines Get Blurred When You Send A Bunch Of Young Guys To A War Zone
In war movies, American soldiers usually look like 30-somethings who spend all of their downtime at the gym.
But many American soldiers are in fact kids fresh out of high school:
That’s what the military prefers; they’re at the peak of physical fitness, and they’ve spent their whole lives following orders at school and home. The only downside is that, like every 19-year-old in history, they’re usually not emotionally mature at all. That’s how you end up with comrades playing „gay chicken,“ as Roger, a former marine who fought in Iraq, told us. „Who can do the gayest thing?“
Wouldn’t that technically be gay rooster? But whatever. The point is that it’s not a game isolated to one eccentric unit. Chuck, a nine-year Marine veteran, went into more detail. „I saw marines being forced to show [their] penis to other marines. Some marines being forced to touch penises. People putting their balls or penis on another person’s face.“
Shenanigans like that are what you’re going to see when you take thousands of hormonal young men, separate them from women, and put them under extreme stress. „In 2004 … I think I saw three women. And you can only beat off to the same porn DVD so many times … it’s not like we had WiFi in the barracks.“ Internet porn access wasn’t the first priority in the early days of the occupation of Iraq, because the government was busy screwing up other things. So Roger and his comrades had a lot of steam to, uh, blow off. „There [were] some strange fucking outlets … when all you want to do is drink and fuck in a dry country where there’s no women.“
Those outlets included endless jokes about the alleged flaming gayness of someone, because no matter how society’s view of homosexuality changes, teenagers are going to make gay jokes until the end of time. And these particular teenagers are isolated and completely dependent on a tiny group of their fellow immature teens for support. „A lot of times you don’t realize you’re crossing a line … you’re in a place where those 60 guys are [all you have]. There’s no one else to turn to … I know quite a few guys [where] something happened with somebody that maybe was a little too far.“
In Roger’s case, things went too far. „[I was] pinned in a porta john. No one was around when it happened, and it absolutely was not a case of ‚gay chicken.'“ Roger was raped by an officer who „wanted to exert some control for whatever reason. I don’t understand it.“ And here’s where all of the weird homoerotic horseplay factors in: Any complaint about an incident like this can be written off as „Boys will be boys.“
Roger reported the abuse to his staff sergeant, but as you may have guessed by the fact that this article exists, it didn’t go well. „[They said], ‚You’re a corporal and a big bad Marine, and you didn’t do anything to stop it. You liked it, you stupid faggot.'“ Oh great, so six-foot-tall, 205-pound men can get the „They didn’t fight the attacker, so they must have wanted it“ shut-down, too. Hooray for equality.
Victim has filed a lawsuit in federal court
A gay man has filed a federal lawsuit after alleging he was raped and beaten for three days after guards placed him in a cell with a known rapist.
During the 72-hour ordeal, he shares that he was forced to clean his own blood off the prison cell wall while corrections officers did nothing.
The gay inmate, who was housed outside of Florence, Colorado in a Supermax facility claims guards ignored his pleas not to share space with the man who had threatened to rape him just prior to being placed together.
As reported in the Denver Post, the 21-year-old has alleged that several prison guards, including two senior ranking staff members, paid zero attention when alleged rapist William Mexican and his gang evicted him from the prison’s public grounds due to his sexuality.
The gang, known as The Boys, claimed that they would attack the victim if he did not enter segregation. When the prisoner relayed this information to the guards, he was punished for being “deceitful”, with one officer reportedly smiling at him.
Other allegations state that while the victim was being openly taunted, with the guards kept insisting “he would be fine” sharing a cell with Mexican.
Over a three-day period, the victim claims he was repeatedly raped and beaten, suffering injuries to his rectum, ribs, chest and face. Mexican was said to have threatened to kill the victim if he spoke out.
In spite of the gay prisoner’s injuries, one prison guard allegedly laughed at the victim as he took him to hospital.
The victim is seeking compensatory damages for physical and emotional pain and suffering.
“This is malice. This is sadistic. They set him up to be beaten and raped and that is exactly what happened to him,” said the defendant’s lawyer, David Lane to The Denver Post.
The alleged rapist Mexican originally entered the correctional facility on sexual abuse charges back in 2015. The lawsuit states that he carried out the attack so he didn’t look like he condoned the prisoner’s sexuality.
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„They don’t want to be trans but fear being hanged if they don’t transition.
“Iran’s policy of encouraging gender reassignment has nothing to do with supporting trans people.
„It is motivated by a desire to eradicate homosexuality and enforce traditional male and female gender norms.“
Several others have been murdered in the same attacks, including two women raped, tortured, tied up and shot in the head in South Africa in 2007.
There are no formal statistics available on corrective rape, which campaigners believe is reported even less frequently than other forms of sexual assault in India because of the frequent involvement of family members.
A group called LGBT Collective in the southern state of Telangana have recorded 15 corrective rapes there in last five years.
„We are sure there are many more cases, but they go unreported,” Vyjayanti Mogli told the Times of India.
„We came across such cases not because they reported the rape, but because they sought help to flee their homes.“
He said cousins are often chosen by families to carry out the assault, which may be followed by forced marriage.
Homosexuality is taboo in many parts of India and legal rights for LGBT people regressed in 2013, when the Supreme Court reinstated a Victorian law dating back to the British Empire criminalising gay sex.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal”.
The offence is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, although no convictions have been recorded in recent years.
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A teenager was reportedly forced to have sex with his own mother in one of the horrific cases of “corrective rape” uncovered by campaigners in India.
Deepthi Tadanki, who is making a film on the subject, was told of the attack while doing research in the city of Bangalore.
“Family members forced a gay boy to have sex with his mother, in a bid to turn him ’straight‘,” she told the Times of India.
Her film, Satyavati, follows the fictional story of a girl who is raped by her uncle after her parents become suspicious of her relationship with her lesbian housemates.
The term “corrective rape” was coined in South Africa to denote rape where victims are targeted because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity to “turn” them heterosexual.
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Rob Waltman tried to tell his partner, Peter Dovak, he looked fine. He didn’t need to look any different. He especially didn’t need to inject himself with silicone to look bigger.
“Peter had the worst body dysmorphia out of anyone I ever knew,” Waltman tells Rolling Stone. “For years it was me shooting him down when he wanted to get silicone injections. He wanted to go to Mexico to get it done because he was too squeamish to inject himself and I sure as fuck wasn’t going to do it.”
But eventually Waltman gave in, and Dovak went to California to get his first injection in early 2017.
Four years ago, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons witnessed a disturbing and deadly trend among those within the trans community: many were injecting silicone into their bodies to achieve the perfect curvy look. But the trend — coined “pumping” — has continued a cause of concern as it makes its way to a group called “injectors,” which is a subgroup of “gainers,” gay men who want to appear larger. But there are dangers to the illegal practice, as often it’s not just silicone being injected into the body. And now, the gay community is calling for more visibility on the practice now that two internet-famous gainers within the last year — including Dovak — are dead.
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Among trans women, silicone injections are a well known way to achieve the ultimate body: curvy butt, thick thighs or larger breasts. But over the past five years, there have been a number of news reports exposing “pumping parties,” where groups of trans women pool their money to get injected with silicone, and the practice has now become more underground and more risky.
And much of that has to do with what’s being put in the mixture, which many times is unknown by those who receive the injections. In one Florida woman’s case, tire sealant and cement were both injected into her face.
It makes health experts reticent to even call the mixture “silicone,” at all.
“When people come in and say silicone, they don’t really know what they mean because it could be anything,” says Asa Radix, senior director of research and education for Callen-Lorde in New York City, an LGBTQ-focused health center, adding that some of his patients even had quick cement or peanut butter injected in them. “You’re desperate to change your body, people will go through great lengths [to get that done].”
Though the trend has appeared to decline recently — at least among trans women in New York, according to Radix — as quality care for trans-identifying people continues to grow, it’s now become more visible among the body modifying subculture of gainers.
The community lives online, mostly, with Tumblr blogs dedicated to idolizing bigger guts and monstrous testicles. But the community isn’t only based around fetish — the gainer community is well known to encourage body positivity, which is sorely needed among LGBTQ communities.
Compared to straight men, gay men are more prone to focus heavily on their weight and appearance. Gay men are also more prone to eating disorders and other body dysmorphia conditions that result in poor self image.
But until the gainer community became more popular with the introduction of a niche hook up app dedicated to them, “Grommr,” larger gay men had few places to find satisfaction or admirers of their bigger appearance. The site coins itself as a place, “for guys of a similar mindset — that bigger is, most often, better. It’s a site for all the guys who spent their childhoods stuffing pillows under their shirts or staring a little too long at big-bellied men in the supermarket.” (Grommr does not advocate for silicon injectors, which is a small portion of the gainer subculture, and the site’s online community has been adamantly against silicone enhancements.)
It’s this community where Dovak found most solace in his size. It’s also where he gained his internet fandom for growing huge, or “a monster,” as Waltman put it.
“He took more steroids and he definitely got bigger and stronger, but he never felt good about it,” Waltman says. “Whenever we left the gym, he would feel like shit about it. He would just flog himself over it. I eventually stopped working out harder than him so he could feel better about his progress.”
According to Waltman and other sources, Dovak reached out to an online acquaintance — another popular online gainer named Dylan Hafertepen — who told him where to go to get the illicit procedure. But the man Dovak went to wasn’t a doctor. (Hafertepen denies that he told Dovak where he could obtain the procedure.)
“He was just a guy who had a connection to black market, industrial-grade silicone,” Waltman says.
“Aside from being illegal, it’s clearly unsafe and these practitioners are not licensed physicians and they’re certainly not board certified plastic surgeons,” Dr. Malcolm Roth, the former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, told NPR in relation to trans pumping parties.
Silicone freely injected into the body travels through the bloodstream into the lungs, which can cause death.
Oneal Ron Morris, 30, was sentenced to 10 years for injecting a woman’s buttocks with a mixture of cement. Photo: Miami Gardens Police / Barcroft USA /Barcoft Media via Getty Images
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Among the people dead from injecting silicon were Dovak who died last November, a Miami trans woman who died from injections to her butt (Oneal Ron Morris, the woman who injected her, was sentenced to 10 years for practicing medicine without a license), and last month, Tumblr gay celebrity Tank Hafertepen — the partner of the man Dovak allegedly went to for advice — died of a lung hemorrhage caused by, in part, silicon injection syndrome, according to his death certificate obtained by Rolling Stone.
“I talked to Tank about it and I expressed interest in getting work done myself,” says Donick Slaick, a friend of Hafertepen’s. “But no one ever told me I could die from it. I didn’t know that until I heard someone had died — and then Tank had died from it.”
There has been ambivalence among many in the online gainer and fetish world to discuss the problem of silicon injections to avoid the appearance of sex shaming. Multiple Tumblr posts that denounce silicone injections are met with pushback from those within the gainer community.
“My goal with this post isn’t to kink-shame anyone. My goal is simple: I want to make men aware that large-volume silicone injection [sic] can be fatal – not just during and immediately after the procedure – but as a ticking time bomb for decades to come,” wrote one Tumblr blogger, referring to Hafertepen’s death. “This is tragic and senseless and awful. No one deserves to die in pursuit of an aesthetic ‘ideal.’”
And the dangerous trend among gay men choosing to inject silicone has changed the perspective of clinicians and researchers like Radix, who proposed, “This is something that maybe we should recognize we need to be asking about this [among our male patients]. And not wait for people to disclose.”
For Dovak, though, the risks of injecting silicone were well-worth his pursuit of a bigger appearance.
After his fourth injection, he ended up in the hospital with respiratory issues, and soon after was placed in a medically induced coma. Three days later, Dovak’s mother was called and told her son was dying.
“Over the course of Tuesday evening I watched [his oxygen levels] go down and down and down. His lungs were so inflamed, they were pretty much useless,” Waltman says, adding that it took 90 seconds for Dovak’s heart to stop after they unplugged him from life support.
“I held him, and he got so cold and still,” Waltman says. “I read that 98 percent [of silicone injection syndrome patients] survive after a month. Not so lucky me that my partner wasn’t one of them.”
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