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Florida Teen – Criminal Charges – Same Sex Relationship – Sex Offender?

I doubt this high school romance would ever have been reported if the teens involved were of the opposite sex. This is an outraggeous charge, and the defendant could face 15 years imprisonment or a plea deal, read details below.

Kaitlyn Hunt and her father Steve, who said: ‘For my daughter’s sexual preferences, she’s getting two felony charges.’ Photograph: AP

Please sign the petition to stop the prosecution: http://www.change.org/petitions/assistant-state-attorney-brian-workman-stop-the-prosecution-of-an-18-year-old-girl-in-a-same-sex-relationship 

Excerpts from article in the Guardian

Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to Hunt that would allow her to avoid registering as a sex offender if she pleads guilty to lesser charges of child abuse. The state attorney Bruce Colton said he would recommend two years of house arrest followed by one year of probation if she took the deal.

If she is found guilty, it is also possible that Hunt could apply not to have to register as a sex offender under a “Romeo and Juliet” law because the girls were no more than four years apart in age, Colton said.

Colton said the victim’s family was not pushing for prison but wanted Hunt to be held responsible in some way. However, the Hunt family said they would accept a plea deal only if the charges were dropped to a lower-level misdemeanour.

“One of the reasons this case has gotten people’s attention is because it’s being publicised as a person being persecuted because she’s gay, and that has nothing to do with the case, nothing to do with the law, nothing to do with the sheriff’s office filing the charges,” Colton said. He said the law was designed to protect younger children from older children who might be more aggressive in starting a relationship.

“The law doesn’t make any differentiation. It doesn’t matter if it’s two girls or two boys, or an older boy and a younger girl or an older girl and a younger boy. Whatever the combination, it doesn’t matter.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said Hunt was being criminalised for behaviour that “occurs every day in tens of thousands of high schools across the country, yet those other students are not facing felony convictions … and potential lifelong branding as sex offenders”.

Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to Hunt that would allow her to avoid registering as a sex offender if she pleads guilty to lesser charges of child abuse. The state attorney Bruce Colton said he would recommend two years of house arrest followed by one year of probation if she took the deal.

If she is found guilty, it is also possible that Hunt could apply not to have to register as a sex offender under a “Romeo and Juliet” law because the girls were no more than four years apart in age, Colton said.

Colton said the victim’s family was not pushing for prison but wanted Hunt to be held responsible in some way. However, the Hunt family said they would accept a plea deal only if the charges were dropped to a lower-level misdemeanour.

“One of the reasons this case has gotten people’s attention is because it’s being publicised as a person being persecuted because she’s gay, and that has nothing to do with the case, nothing to do with the law, nothing to do with the sheriff’s office filing the charges,” Colton said. He said the law was designed to protect younger children from older children who might be more aggressive in starting a relationship.

“The law doesn’t make any differentiation. It doesn’t matter if it’s two girls or two boys, or an older boy and a younger girl or an older girl and a younger boy. Whatever the combination, it doesn’t matter.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said Hunt was being criminalised for behaviour that “occurs every day in tens of thousands of high schools across the country, yet those other students are not facing felony convictions … and potential lifelong branding as sex offenders”.

Read entire article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/22/gay-teenager-charges-relationship-girlfriend

Tonight-May 21-The Erotic Literary Salon-live, Interview-Sheba Karim-“Alchemy”

“It’s Difficult to Write Sex Well.” An interview with Sheba Karim, who edited Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories 2.

Excerpts from interview by Mini Anthikad-Chibber in The Hindu Sunday Magazine.

…What, according to you, is the purpose of erotica?

There is the obvious — to entertain, to inspire pleasure in the reader. What I think differentiates literary erotica, aside from the level of the writing, is the use of sex to explore other facets of human nature and relationships. After all, sex is a primary motivator of human behaviour, and yet a lot of fiction shies away from it, making literary erotica all the more important….

…How is erotica different from porn?

Distinguishing between erotica and porn makes more sense in a medium like film, where you can argue that an erotic film would have an actual plot and characters you actually care about whereas porn would be a bunch of random people just having sex. But a story will always have some type of narrative, and transport you into a character’s mind, into a fictional world. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I think a better distinction in terms of the written word would not be erotica versus porn but ‘badly-written erotica’ versus ‘well-written erotica.’…

…Is erotica about sex, power or gender?

It’s often about all three. It’s hard to completely separate sex from power or gender. M. Svarini’s wonderfully inventive Mouth is an example of a story that takes sex, power and gender to places you never imagined….

Read the entire interview:

http://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/its-difficult-to-write-sex-well/article4727114.ece

http://shebakarim.com

Philadelphia – LGBT Friendly City – Gender Neutral Restrooms

I’m proud to live in a city that has set its sites on becoming, “the most, LGBT-friendly city in the world and a leader on equality issues,…”

Excerpt from article in NBC10 Philadelphia on-line

Gender-Neutral Restrooms Become the Law

Philadelphia passes sweeping LGBT-friendly legislation that includes gender-neutral toilets

When Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation Thursday to afford equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, he said he hoped Philadelphia would become “the most LGBT-friendly” city in the world.

One piece of that comprehnsive legislation will forever alter the restroom options in city-owned buildings.

The legislation requires that new or renovated city-owned buildings include gender-neutral bathrooms in addition to traditional men’s and women’s restrooms.

“It can be an awkward and embarrassing situation” for anyone who may “feel more like a woman, but can’t use the women’s room,” said Councilman Jim Kenney, the bill’s sponsor.

There is more to the bill than just a neutral place to relieve oneself. Nutter, city and state lawmakers and gay rights advocates said the legislation makes Philadelphia the first city in the U.S. to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees’ domestic partners and their children as they provide to heterosexual spouses and their children.

Officials said the legislation also makes Philadelphia the first city to offer businesses tax credits as a way to encourage providing transgender-specific health benefits.

“My goal is for Philadelphia to be one of, if not the most, LGBT-friendly cities in the world and a leader on equality issues,” said Nutter, adding that the signing struck a personal note because his friend, the late City Councilman John Anderson, was a gay man and a mentor who inspired him 30 years ago to pursue a life of public service.

In addition to the business tax incentives, Read More:

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/LGBT-Gender-Neutral-Restrooms-206932591.html

 

1/2 Price Tickets – Bootycandy – The Wilma Theater, It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project – 1812 Productions – Plays and Players

Philly Fun Savers offering 1/2 price tickets to Bootycandy and It’s My Party. I shall be attending Bootycandy on Wednesday and It’s My Party on Thursday, join me. 1/2 price tickets are being offered for other days as well. Full price tickets are available through the individual theaters.

The meetup Passports to Pleasure will be meeting in the lobby 1/2 hour before the show. This is a group that attends the Erotic Literary Salon monthly and offers a lot of other wonderful events. http://www.meetup.com/PassportToPleasure/events/115937462/

It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project

A world premiere comedy from “Philadelphia’s reigning comic queen.” (American Theatre Magazine)

It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project is the culmination of two years of research, a dozen workshops, and nearly a hundred interviews with women from all walks of life—exploring, and exposing, the role of comedy in women’s lives. This comedy extravaganza features seven of Philadelphia’s funniest actresses and a script by Jennifer Childs in a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. http://www.playsandplayers.org

Bootycandy

Behind a tall church pulpit, a fire-and-brimstone preacher delivers a shocking sermon to his congregation. On the tropical sands of a deserted island, two lesbians come together. And at the home of a young boy, Sutter, a mother scolds him for reading Jackie Collins romance novels. This is just a taste of playwright Robert O’Hara’s wildly imaginative anthology of sassy lessons in sex ed, a kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and African-American. With variety-show vivacity, outrageous humor, and real heart and soul, it tests how we talk about human desire and racial stereotypes at home, in church, and on the corner. Shantay! Sashay! https://wilmatheater.org

http://www.phillyfunguide.com/page/Funsavers_2013