After a Charlotte, N.C. hotel shut down in May, some members of the LGBTQ community were left with limited options. The hotel has been in a legal battle with residents over the evictions since April. Deshon Medley, who identifies as gay, was one of those people facing homelessness.
The Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law reported that there are more than 6,300 sex offenders detained in state and federal civil commitment programs in the U.S.. Results from states for which data were obtained show disparities in how the laws are applied.
Lt. John Somerindyke is now an advocate for training he thinks every officer should take, which explains why the stories of sexual assault victims can appear inconsistent. The training is spreading throughout the nation as agencies use grant money to bring in experts on the neurobiology of trauma.
Stories have been written and films have portrayed what the life looked like of someone who was a marginalized community individual during the days of Nazi control. But those of queer survivors and the way in which they were treated have been difficult to retell for reasons known and unknown.
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