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Watch: Pope Francis Says Homosexuality Is ‘A Sin’ But Not ‘A Crime’

Pope Francis, whose tenure has been marked by a kinder and gentler approach than his predecessor, reiterated Catholic church doctrine that homosexuality is a “sin” but not a “crime,” urged local bishops to welcome LGBTQ people into the church, and called for an end to anti-LGBTQ laws and discrimination.
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Elm Street Star Mark Patton Hospitalized With AIDS Complications, Seeks Help
Mark Patton, an American interior designer and out actor best known for his starring role on A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, has been hospitalized due to AIDS-related ailments.A GoFundMe page was set up by Patton’s manger, Peter Valderrama, who apologized for a Chicago show Patton had to cancel due to the hospitalization. Writing that Patton “has been ill for quite some time now,” Valderrama noted they originally believed the sickness was the aftershocks of COVID and could be managed with some rest and recuperation.While Patton initially wanted to keep the news private, the cancellation of events prompted him to release the news in hopes he could find some help.The fundraiser notes that Patton is currently in a Mexican hospital (he owns and operates an art store with his partner in Puerto Vallarta) that is “completely overcome with COVID cases.” Communication at the hospital is a problem as staff speak little English, according to Valderrama.The fundraiser asks for donations to transport Patton to an American hospital in Mexico where he can receive “more specialized care in a safer setting.”A statement from Patton on the fundraiser page says, “Basically I am asking for help I will not be embarrassed… I just want to be healthy and at home with family.”Donations not only help with the transfer, but also help cover the $300 a day cost of the American hospital.
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Brooklyn Judge Who Made Racist, Homophobic Comments Agrees to Resign
A New York judge who was facing an upcoming hearing to consider whether she had engaged in misconduct has resigned from the bench.Last Friday, Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court Judge Harriet L. Thompson, 67, gave notice to New York’s top administrative judge in a letter that she would retire from the court on March 1, the New York Times reports.A condition of her resignation agreement was that she would not seek or accept any judicial positions in the future and would discontinue any litigation she had initiated against the Judicial Conduct Commission.There was to be a hearing on the charges on January 17.The commission administrator, Robert Tembeckian, released a statement regarding Thompson’s resignation. “The conduct charged against Judge Thompson was egregious and, if established at trial, would have warranted her removal from office,” he wrote.“She now claims a medical condition prevents her from performing judicial duties, which opens a different path in furtherance of the public interest for her immediate and permanent departure from the bench.”Thompson’s troubles have been working themselves through the review process.A senior New York judge wrote in a filing that Thompson said that “being gay is an abomination to mankind” and that Hispanic people had a “deceitful trait that goes way back to biblical times.”An affidavit last year included anti-LGBTQ+ language attributed to Thompson.“I hate these gay white men,” she said before going on that “gay racist f-a--ts ...
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George Santos Appears to Flash White Power Symbol on House Floor
Instead of keeping a low profile after admitting to lying about significant portions of his biography, New York Republican Congressman-elect George Santos has put himself front-and-center in photos from the floor of the House of Representatives, including one in which he appears to flash a white power symbol.On Thursday evening, the incoming lawmaker gestured as he stood to cast a vote for Kevin McCarthy in the tenth round of votes for Speaker of the House.Waiting to be called, the incoming lawmaker stood in the aisle of the House chamber listening for his name to be called for the tenth time.“Santos,” the clerk called out.With his right hand raised and his left hand across his midsection, he made a sideways “OK” gesture by making his index finger and thumb meet. Rep.-elect George Santos making what appears to be a white power gesture while voting on the floor of the House of Representatives.“McCarthy,” Santos said, revealing the gesture briefly as he waved his other hand before turning around, walking away, and moving both hands back down to his sides.C-Span video of the incident shows that Santos had pre-positioned his hand along his body in an unusual way to create the gesture.Far-right extremists, mainly white supremacists, have coopted the gesture to symbolize a “W” and “P” for white power, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The Southern Poverty Law Center also categorizes the gesture as a white power gesture but explains that on the right, the gesture is often used to troll liberals.Because the gesture is similar to the innocuous “OK” symbol, context matters, the hate-group monitoring group says.When groups like the Proud Boys and Patriot Front conduct their activities, they have been photographed flashing
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