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Leatherwoman Rachele Sullivan dies

Rachele Sullivan, a leatherwoman who once served on the board of San Francisco-based Folsom Street Events, died January 17, according to the nonprofit that produces the Folsom Street Fair and other activities. She was 54.
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Tinder charging gay users and over 30s more to use app and 'could be breaking law'
Tinder could be in breach of UK law and found to be discriminating against young gay, lesbian and over 30 users by charging them more, according to a watchdog.An investigation by Which? has uncovered that those interested in the dating app's premium service, Tinder Plus, are being charged differently to other users.Which? asked almost 200 mystery shoppers to create real profiles and make a note of prices quoted for Tinder Plus, which includes perks such as unlimited “Likes” and “Rewinds” and the ability to undo accidental selections.The research showed some gay and lesbian users were paying more, with an average premium of more than 10% compared to bisexual users, and more than 8% compared to heterosexual users.This trend was driven by the youngest age group, with Which? finding that gay and lesbian people aged 18 to 29 paid £60.15 on average, which is 37% more than heterosexual users aged under 30 and 30% more than bisexual users under 30.When it came to age, those in the 30 to 49-year-old age bracket paid 48% more and the over 50s paid 46% more on average for a 12-month Tinder Plus subscription.Across the entire mystery shopping exercise, quotes for a year’s access to Tinder Plus ranged from £26.09 to £116.99, with 20 different prices quoted in total.The watchdog said Tinder did not make clear the full extent of how it applied personalised pricing on the app, “with no explanation to customers that their personal data could be exploited in this way”.Tinder, which is is owned by the Texas-based Match Group, said it was “categorically untrue that our pricing structure discriminates in any way by sexual preference”.It told Which? that older people did have to pay more in some countries, but said the price difference was “a
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BYU Says It's Exempt From Title IX Rules As Probe Opened Into Discipline of LGBTQ Students
The Salt Lake Tribune concerns complaints of alleged Title IX violations over the school's continued enforcement of a ban against same-sex dating after specific mentions of LGBTQ relationships were removed from the school's honor code.Early in 2020, the college operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church, announced it was removing a section of the honor code that prohibited expressions of "homosexual behavior," the AP reported.However, weeks later the school sent a letter to students that said removing the section from the honor code didn't change the moral philosophy of the church or its opposition to same-sex marriage, and therefore things like holding hands and kissing members of the same sex were still banned on campus.Punishments for violating school policies like alcohol consumption or piercings, prohibited by the school's honor code or the outlined LGBTQ behavior could result in suspensions or expulsion, the AP reported.The reversal led to protests from hundreds of students who said the announcement and quick backtracking from the university felt like the school was trying to trick people into coming out, according to the AP.The investigation from the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights was opened in October, spokespersons from the department and BYU confirmed to The Tribune."BYU is exempt from application of Title IX rules that conflict with the religious tenets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins said in a statement to The Tribune.Michael Austin, a BYU graduate and vice president of the University of Evansville told the newspaper that federal involvement in school discipline like the current
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TOWIE Gemma Collins fans dub star ‘Hollywood A-lister’ in stunning new snap
Gemma Collins had fans confused she was a Hollywood A-Lister after posting a glamorous snap on social media.Showing off her the new blinds she had installed at her home, fans were immediately distracted by the star’s stunning look, with some claiming she looked like reality star Khloe Kardashian.Fans rushed to comments to heap praise on her gorgeous look.One fan gushed: "I don't think anyone is looking at the blinds Gemma!"A second wrote: “You look like Khloe Kardashian."While another agreed, writing: "Exactly what I thought."The Diva Forever star can certainly afford the glamorous lifestyle as reports show she's asking fans to fork out a whopping £555 for a 30-second personalised video message in her latest money-making venture.Fans are told that they can receive a personalised message from her 'for any occasion', but that the videos can't be used for marketing purposes.Generally, the shout-outs will each cost £55, but special extras such as 'full HD' and the removal of the logo will increase the cost.Her new business venture has rubbed some of her fans up the wrong way as they took to Twitter to hit out at the extortionate price range."WTF? £555 for a 30-second video? You would literally have to be mad to pay that," one fan fumed."I love the GC but no way would I splash that money on this! It's outrageous," another echoed.While another complained: "You'd swear she was Princess Diana!!! Even she wouldn't charge this amount."But Gemma has no qualms about splashing the cash herself.Earlier this week, the former TOWIE star revealed that she has undergone £160 anti wrinkle injections to look more "youthful."Taking to Instagram, Gemma revealed she is starting the week with a bit of self pampering – and indulging in some
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Hearing nears for Diamond Street housing project
Set to take place in early February is the long-delayed hearing before the city's planning commission about a controversial market-rate housing project proposed for the hillside at the intersection of Diamond Heights Boulevard and Diamond Street. In recent weeks an agreement was reached to allow for it to come up for review at the oversight panel between the project proponent and several neighborhood leaders who had opposed it.Developer On Diamond LLC is seeking approval to build 24 new luxury homes and intends to pay close to $3 million to the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development so it doesn't have to set aside some as affordable housing. Nearby residents had argued that the entire project should be affordable and voiced criticisms about its impact to the trees on site and views afforded by the hilly property.The planning commission was initially set to weigh in on the project in August. But in light of the controversy surrounding the development, city planning staff postponed the hearing to give the developer and neighbors more time to work out a compromise. The hearing is now scheduled to take place Thursday, February 3.One of the biggest changes made to the project is that the housing is being pushed back onto the hillside rather than fronting the sidewalk in order to preserve 10 of the existing Monterey cypress trees. There had been 16 trees of significance on the hillside but a Monterey pine toppled during a storm late last year; the five others will be removed.