Gay Couple Brutally Attacked In Russia Before World Cup

Just prior to the first match of this year’s World Cup in St. Petersburg, a gay couple were brutally attacked.

A Frenchman identified only as O. Davrius and his partner, who hasn’t been named, were physically assaulted and robbed of their money and cellphones. Davrius suffered a fractured jaw, an open head injury and possible brain damage.

The opening match in the 2018 World Cup was between two anti-LGBTQ+ nations: Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Davrius and his partner were reportedly targeted and attacked after they caught a taxi.

Perhaps you know this already, but FIFA is the worst. Just the absolute worst. Driven solely by the desire for profit, they’ve ignored the civil rights and safety of fans, and even players, for decades. They’ve received a great deal of criticism for the decision to hold this year’s games in Russia, especially in light of the incarcerations and executions in Chechnya.

Organizations for LGBTQ+ soccer fans have been receiving threats for months leading up to the World Cup. One such group, Pride in Football, received messages saying LGBTQ+ soccer fans would be hunted down and killed.

Russia’s government is openly homophobic. Anti-LGBTQ+ crimes in the nation have risen sharply since 2013, when the “gay propaganda” law came into play. This law bans any positive mention of LGBTQ+ people or rights in any place accessible to minors.

Nevertheless, in the weeks leading up to the opening ceremonies, this year’s World Cup organizing committee told LGBTQ+ fans that no harm would come to them at this year’s series.

In four years, FIFA is holding the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is flat-out illegal.

h/t: si.com

Candidate Who Harassed Trans Woman In Ladies Room Lost Her Congressional Race

Republican congressional candidate Jazmina Saavedra attempted to sway conservative California voters by stalking a transgender woman on live video, but on primary night voters showed no appetite for the hate.

When the votes were tallied, hate came in third place as Saavedra lost her race behind a candidate who had already dropped out of the race.

Incumbent Democrat Nanette Barragan beat her competition for California's 44th Congressional district in a landslide with almost 66% of the vote. Second place finisher was a Democrat Aja Brown, mayor of Compton, who dropped out of the race months ago.

Then in third place was Trump-devotee Saavedra, who received about 10 % of the vote. Coming in fourth was Clueless star Stacey Dash, who also ended her campaign before Tuesday's primary.

Saavedra, a Nicaraguan immigrant, was running on an anti-immigration/anti-transgender/anti-abortion platform.

In mid-May, Saavedra filmed herself stalking and accosting a trans woman at an L.A. Denny's. 

Saavedra repeatedly misgendered the trans woman on a Facebook Live feed and followed her throughout the restaurant hurling insults like "sick" and "stupid." 

Armed with a selfie stick to make sure her face was clearly seen and proudly sporting her Trump sweatshirt, Saavedra barged into the bathroom attacking the unidentified woman. When she entered the restroom, the restaurant manager is already inside the ladies’ restroom, outside the stall where the trans woman is trying to do her business in peace.

"Why are you using the ladies' room?" Saavedra demanded to know. The trans woman in the stall shouts back, “You guys are harassing me…you’re invading my privacy,”

"You're invading my privacy because I'm a woman!" Saavedra responds. 

As the manager removed Saavedra from the restroom, the would-be politician candidate yells, "You violated my rights! You're sick. Stupid, sick!”

The woman eventually left the restaurant and Denny's corporate office later released a statement affirming its support for transgender customers and their right to use the restroom of their choosing.

“There is no place for discrimination of any kind in our restaurants,” wrote Dennys. “We do apologize to our transgender guest and others in the restaurant that had to endure another customer’s disrespectful behavior.”

Facebook removed Saavedra's video, saying it didn't comply with their anti-bullying policies. 

Saavedra reposted the video and was put in a time-out by the social media giant.

(h/t The Advocate)