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Rosario Dawson And Her Parents Are Being Sued Over Alleged Transphobic Assault Of A Family Friend

It’s a sad reality of the world we live in that trans men and women are put in danger every day just by existing as their true selves. Besides the disproportional amounts of violence they face, many are murdered purely for being trans. In 2018 alone, advocates tracked at least 28 reported deaths of trans people due to violence. Black trans women especially are victims of this brutality but any trans person is statistically more likely to be a target of harassment than cis-gendered people. 

Anew lawsuit being brought against actress Rosario Dawson and her family alleges this sort of severity against a trans person.

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Dedrek Finey is a trans man who claims to have known Dawson’s family for decades. According to Finey, he was convinced back in 2017 by Dawson’s family to move to Los Angeles from New York in order to do renovations on their family’s house. At the time, he had yet to transition but opened up about being trans after the move.

Finey has filed a lawsuit against Rosario and her family claiming that the “Sin City” star repeatedly harassed him and helped to assault him. He’s suing on the grounds of assault, battery, trespass, discrimination, civil rights, and labor violation. According to the claimant, Dawson herself constantly misgendered him; referring to him with the wrong pronouns, even after being corrected. Allegedly, when Finey complained to Dawson about the misgendering, the actress replied, “Whatever. You’re a grown woman.” The actress also supposedly deadnamed Finey ⁠— meaning she called him by the name he used pre-transition.

According to the lawsuit, the hostility escalated from there into full-blown violence. 

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Finey says he was living in a separate house upon Dawson’s property in 2018. In April of that year, he reports that his work hours were reduced and he was told he had to move out of the home. One day, Dawson’s mother, Isabel Celeste, allegedly knocked on his door. The visit reportedly turned violent when Celeste ripped the screen door and pulled him through it in order to punch Finey.

The lawsuit reports that Celeste stated, “You’re not so much of a man now,” while assaulting the claimant. At this point in the assault, Finey claims Dawson participated. According to the man, instead of helping, the actress walked up and pinned him to the ground so her mother could continue to punch him.

The lawsuit also claims that Finey had a video recording of Celeste threatening him but she took his phone during the assault. 

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He also planned on calling the police for assistance but was allegedly assaulted before he was able to make the call. The lawsuit states that Finey was able to escape into the house and call 911. Police arrived on the scene and he had to be taken to the hospital for treatment following the assault. According to Finey, he got a restraining order against Celeste. He continued to live in the house until September of 2018 when the family supposedly shut off the home’s utilities. 

While neither Dawson nor her boyfriend, Senator Corey Booker, have responded to requests for comment on the lawsuit, Twitter had plenty to say about the alleged attack. 

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This Twitter user reacted with frustration upon learning of the trans-phobic report. “Can I NEVER have peace,” the tweet rhetorically asked. For members and supporters of the LGBTQ community, news like this is always hard to stomach. The community receives more than it’s fair share of hostility from non-famous people so hearing that a favorite celebrity allegedly acted trans-phobic is especially upsetting.

This tweet pointed out the hypocrisy surrounding one presidential candidate’s significant other and not another’s. 

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In this tweet, Twitter user @Sker4Lyfe brought up an incident from earlier this year somewhat involving Kamala Harris and her husband. In October, a report about sexual assault came out of DLA Piper, a law firm that Harris’ husband is a partner at. Though the report didn’t involve her husband, Harris was asked about accusations as if she had involvement with it. Since this is the case then why, the tweet asks, hasn’t anyone in the media asked Booker about these accusations that Dawson is being directly accused of?

This tweet pointed out that even liberal people and people who are members of the LGBTQ community can be trans-phobic.

As this person suggests, those who support queer rights might not necessarily support trans people. They might not even see things like misgendering and deadnaming as an act of aggression towards trans people. Whether they are liberal or claim a queer identity themselves, people can still be hostile, violent and harmful to members of the trans community. Obviously, the statistics show that there is no storage of violence against trans men and women and we as allies and LGBTQ members must call it out when it shows itself. 

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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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The Estefans’ Red Table Talk is officially here and queer!

So get used to it!

The beloved Cuban singer and her family hosted their second episode of the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Things got real real as she, her daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lili Estefan sat down for a raw and honest conversation about their lives and relationships.

In the second episode of ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans‘ titled, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” the family revealed that Gloria was shocked to learn that her “miracle baby” was queer.

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Speaking frankly, Gloria explained that her initial reaction to her daughter’s coming out was to dissuade her from telling her grandmother the truth. According to Gloria, she feared that her own mother would die from the news about Emily.

“I came out to my parents like in 2017. But as you’ll see on the show, I think they knew way before that,” Emily, who is 25-years-old Entertainment Weekly in an interview. “What I’m most excited about in this episode is the complexity of it all. I wouldn’t be doing anybody justice if I went up there and lied and said that it was easy or that there weren’t complex emotions involved, even though my mom has been such a fierce supporter of the LGBTQ community. Everybody has a perspective. And as human beings, we’re always trying to be understood instead of understanding. As you’ll see in the clip, it was difficult for me to hear that. No matter under any perspective, those words were difficult to hear.”

Sadly, Emily never had the chance to share this part of her identity with her grandmother, Gloria Fajardo.

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Fajardo passed away in 2017 before Emily had the chance to come out to her. It is unknown whether she knew of her sexual orientation before she passed away.

“That is one of my biggest unanswered questions that I will live the rest of my life with,” Emily explained “Many of the people around me that love me have told me they knew. But in my heart, my grandmother and I were so close but I’m really not sure. But that’s part of life too — you don’t get every answer that you want. I’m also learning that regrets are a waste of time. But I’m still on that journey. A few years ago, I would’ve never imagined that we’d be talking about this as I’m about to release an episode where I say things I’ve not even told family members of mine. I’m still growing and learning.”

In the latest episode of the Red Table Talk, Gloria explains that Emily became known as her “miracle baby” after she was conceived following a devastating tour bus accident in 1990.

At the time, Estefan’s doctors told her she would not be able to concieve more children. At the time, Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan, already had their son, Nayib Estefan. Nayib is 15 years older than his sister Emily.

In the latest interview, Emily talks about the pressures of having to live up to the concept of a “perfect daughter” that had been projected onto her by media outlets. She also addresses how she became the target of tabloid fodder in Spanish-language media after her relationship with Gemeny Hernandez was revealed.

“My parents would tell me all the time that we all have to earn respect, which I totally understand and fully agree with,” Emily explained of her experiences growing up in the spotlight. “Life is difficult and you don’t know what people’s intentions are all the time. When my dad started dating my mom, my grandma would slam the door in his face! My parents never exhibited anything extreme like that when it came to my relationships, but they would remind me what their courtship was like. I would let them know that we’re going through similar things, but in different colors. Life is about repetition and trying to pick up new things along the way. My grandma came from a time where she didn’t go on a date with my grandpa until they had their marriage certificate, and even then her mom was chaperoning them. They didn’t kiss until they were married.”

Emily revealed that she and her girlfriend Gemeny have been together for almost four years now and that she has been welcomed as part of the Estefan family.

“Family dynamics are hard, no matter what,” Emily went onto share. “Gem is one of those people who is like a mirror: She came into my life and showed me my truth. Sometimes that’s not beautiful, but that’s what love is. It’s not beauty or dates or romance all the time, but all of the things that come with love. I’m really young, but I feel that having her by my side has made me truly understand what a loving, adult relationship is like. That’s why it’s been so easy for me to fight this fight and speak my truth, because it’s all worth it. She helped me be brave. Now she has a relationship with my family which is the incredible part and can maybe be explored in season 2? Having her come to sit at the table and talk about those dynamics. Everybody loves each other, but as I said, love isn’t easy. And you know what it’s like being a part of a Latino family. The baby starts dating somebody, even if it’s Mickey Mouse, they still wouldn’t think he’s good enough!”

The second episode of the Estefan’s Red Table Talk, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” debuted this past Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon ET on Facebook Watch.

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation: A Road Map To What’s At Stake For Women’s Health And Gay Rights

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation: A Road Map To What’s At Stake For Women’s Health And Gay Rights

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We are heading into day two of the confirmation hearings that will decide whether of not Amy Coney Barret will fill the vacant spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. The vacancy was left when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th.

The lead up to the hearings has been wrought with controversy, as it was Ginsburg’s dying wish that she wasn’t replaced until after the upcoming election. But President Trump and the rest of GOP hastily pushed through a nomination anyway.

Although Amy Coney Barret is a woman, the similarities between her and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mostly end there. After her nomination, media outlets quickly discovered that Amy Coney Barret holds extremely conservative personal views–ones that may affect her future rulings. Here is what is at stake is Amy Coney Barret is confirmed:

What is at stake: A woman’s access to a legal, safe abortion.

Barret holds notoriously conservative views on abortion, which she has previously stated was “always immoral“. In 2006, she signed an advertisement that called Roe v. Wade a “barbaric legacy”. When she was a federal judge, and ruled in favor of further restricting access to abortion rules. Namely, she advocated for a parent to be informed if their minor child wanted to have an abortion.

Some critics of her nomination argue that her extreme devotion to the Catholic faith make her biased against more progressive issues. What Democrats and Pro-Choice groups both fear is that Barret might side with overturning Roe v. Wade, thus stifling abortion rights on a national level.

What is at stake: Access to affordable healthcare for everyone–including those with pre-existing conditions.

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Considering the Affordable Care Act is on the dockets for Supreme Court review a week after election day, Americans who support the Affordable Care Act are worried that Barret will give conservatives the vote they need to cut the program.

Barret has dropped clues of her thoughts about healthcare in the past. In 2012, Barret signed a statement arguing that the Obamacare was “a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand.” She has also previously argued that Chief Justice John Roberts loosely interpreted the law in order to keep the ACA intact.

What is at stake: Laws protecting the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.

During the ongoing confirmation hearing, Barret has already said that she “would never discriminate on the basis of sexual preference”. Critics quickly took issue with her word-choice, arguing that sexuality is not a “preference” but something one is born with.

Her record on LGBTQ+ issues isn’t exactly promising. In 2015, she signed a letter entitled “Letter to Synod Fathers from Catholic Women”. Part of the letter read: “We give witness that the Church’s teachings…on the meaning of human sexuality, the significance of sexual difference and the complementarity of men and women…and on marriage and family founded on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman provide a sure guide to the Christian life.”

She was also was a legal fellow at Alliance Defending Freedom–a group that notoriously opposes LGBTQ+ rights. She has since denied she knew of their homophobic stances.

Considering that a high profile case is on the docket that will decide whether churches can discriminate against gay, it is no wonder that gay rights activists are worried.

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