Councilman John Delgado will investigate Baton Rouge Sheriff's illegal entrapment of gay men calling it “despicable, offensive, hateful, bigoted.”

 The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that on July 18th "an undercover East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was staking out Manchac Park about 10 a.m. one day when a slow-moving sedan pulling into the parking lot caught his attention.

The deputy parked alongside the 65-year-old driver and, after denying being a cop, began a casual conversation that was electronically monitored by a backup team nearby."

"As the two men moved their chat to a picnic table, the deputy propositioned his target with “some drinks and some fun” back at his place, later inquiring whether the man had any condoms, according to court records. After following the deputy to a nearby apartment, the man was handcuffed and booked into Parish Prison on a single count of attempted crime against nature."

There have been at least 11 other arrests like this by the Sheriff's task force targeting gay men. In this case Bail was set by a judge indicating his belief that a law had been broken.

No laws were broken. In every arrest a similar conversation took place with the undercover cop and his victim leaving the park before any sexual interactions. Each time they went to a private residence where the man was arrested for violating Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court a decade ago with Lawrence vs Texas.

Even though in every instance the DA refused to file charges Sheriff Gautreaux maintains he was not aware his deputies were making false arrests.
“The Sheriff’s Office has not, nor will it ever, set out with the intent to target or embarrass any part of our law-abiding community,” the Sheriff’s Office statement says.
The DA has refused to prosecute any of the victims. District Attorney Hillar Moore told The News Tribune "The Sheriff's Office's intentions are all good," Moore said. "But from what I've seen of these cases, legally, we found no criminal violation."

Councilman John Delgado ain't buying it:.

Delgado said the deputies’ actions are violations of the civil rights of these men under the 5th and 14th amendments. He said the Sheriff’s Office cannot claim it was unaware of the change in the law.
“Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” he said. “Doesn’t your office tell people that all the time?”
Delgado said he will file public records requests Monday to determine when the District Attorney’s Office informed the Sheriff’s Office that the men targeted had committed no crime.
Delgado also said it’s “beyond insulting” that the sheriff would say he “didn’t know it was against the law.”

The Baton Rouge police department has just posted this statement on facebook:

  • The goal of our statement was to express our intent to the public, which was to keep the parks safe. We admit, however, the approach needs to change. We are not making excuses, simply stating we will learn from this, make changes and move forward. We will be working with all branches of government to find a better solution for keeping our parks safe. Thanks to all for their input.
.......which apparently satisfied the Capitol City Alliance who just tweeted:
Victory! will work with us to improve his practices and to remove the CAN law from the books!

I wouldn't be so quick to call a victory. There was a reason for Sheriff Gautreaux sudden epiphany. There was an anti gay agenda and the people who promoted it have probably broken some laws. There is justice to be done yet. For the 12 people who they bullied, intimidated and falsely arrested.

Malaysian Trans People Leap Forward With The First Political Appointee and The "My Trans Ally" Project

In possibly a Malaysian political first, a transgender woman Hazreen Shaik Daud, has been appointed as political secretary to DAP's Tanjung Bungah state assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu. The decision's received backlash but Hazreen's determined to help "Ubah" or change the mindsets of the public toward her community.

Malaysia has become known as a very hostile country for trans people even banning movies in which LGBT characters don't repent or die symbolizing "good over evil".

In Malaysia cross-dressing is not technically a crime. However, transgender individuals have often been arrested by police officers under the civil laws governing "public indecency", and if they are Muslim, can be further charged by religious officers under Sharia Laws for "impersonating" women. For example, in 1998, forty-five Muslim transvestites were charged and convicted in court for dressing as women, and twenty-three more transgender persons faced similar fines and imprisonment in 1999.[3] In 2012, a court upheld the ban on Muslim born males wearing women’s clothes. The High Court in Seremban rejected a bid by four Muslim transsexuals who were born male to declare the Shariah law unconstitutional.[9]
It has been estimated that a large number of transgender persons are forced to work on the streets as commercial sex workers to earn a living.~ Wiki LGBT rights in Malaysia

Global Voices reports: Former NGO worker Hazreen Shaik Daud is Malaysia’s first transgender in politics after being appointed as political secretary to Tanjung Bungah state assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu of the Democratic Action Party (DAP).
transgender committee was initially approved in the Penang State to address transgender issues:
The transgender committee will be formed in two months, and aims to collect data and alleviate the status and social stigma associated with the transgender community. Some of their activities will include public forums to spread awareness on the issue.
Hazreen will initially work in the committee but she will also be responsible for other issues as well such as politics, economy, culture, education, health, and human rights.
KiniTV, a Malaysian Internet portal, recognized Hazreen as Malaysia’s first transgender in politics:
Read more at global voices online.org

Transgender awareness campaign launched in Malaysia (Video)

Activists in Malaysia have today launched the first transgender awareness public service announcement video of its kind on Youtube.
read more about this at Fridae Asia

Published on May 20, 2013
PSA part 1: I Am A Picture Of You.
This is the 1st video in the series.

This educational video campaign is specifically designed to raise awareness regarding the trans* community, in hopes to foster understanding and promote tolerance and acceptance in this society towards trans people and subsequently bridge the gap between the trans* community and the society.

Website: My Trans ally.weebly.com
Facebook: I am you campaign
Twitter: @mytransally