The Man Who Jacked Up Cost Of HIV Meds Is In Jail

Aformer pharmaceuticals company CEO, Martin Shkreli,hadhis bail revoked during a Wednesday hearingand is now injailashe awaits sentencing for a securities fraud conviction in the state of New York.

During thehearing, a judge sided with the government who demanded to jail Shkreli after he posted threats via Facebooktowardsformer presidential nomineeHillary Clintonon September 4th. The “pharma bro”was taken into custody immediately.

Last month, Shkreli was convicted on several counts of fraud for lying to investors of his previous hedge fund, while also racking up one count of conspiracy to commit fraud — meaning he now faces up to 20 years in prison.

The post that sparked a USSecret Service investigationcalled for his followers to “grab”the former Secretary of State by her hair during her current book tour. The failed executive even offered to pay$5,000 “per hair”that was obtained from Clinton.

Officials argued in the court thatShkreli posed a danger to the public due to these threats.

Before today’s jailing, Shkreli became infamous for drastically raising the price of life-saving drugs used by HIV patients from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

He wasimmediatelybrandedas “the most hated man in America”.

One of Europe’s Most Homophobic Countries Launches First LGBTQ Helpline

Albania is set to launch its first LGBTQ helpline to offer support and resources to a community that faces extraordinary challenges in one of Europe’s most homophobic countries.

The international advocacy group All Out partnered with local LGBTQ groups to launch a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year; over 1,000 people donating to the project. Livia Zotrija, a project coordinator with Aleanca LGBT in Albania, says that for the past three years, queer and trans people have been calling her organization asking for assistance. Sometimes people are so desperate for help they call her personal phone.

“We had a lot of cases where people were calling me at 2:00am saying their father threw them out and they don’t have anywhere to go,” Zotrija recalls.

Sometimes the questions Aleanca would receive were basic. Callers often asked where they might go to find a partner or meet other people. But other inquiries were more difficult: “Where can I go to get HIV/AIDS medication? If I go to the hospital, will the doctors discriminate against me?”
“We’re just three people,” Zotrija says. “We’re not health professionals.”

A project like the LGBTQ helpline, which debut later this year, couldn’t come at a more critical time for Albania’s queer and trans community.

A 2013 report from the Open Society Foundation alleged that Albania, which borders Greece, is one of the most harsh and brutal for LGBTQ people to live in. Although homosexuality was decriminalized in 1992, the persecution of sexual and gender minorities persists. LGBTQ people face rampant discrimination in healthcare, housing, and the workplace, making it difficult to be open about one’s identity.

Albanian LGBTQ activist Xheni Karaj claims that 98 percent of the country’s queer and trans population is in the closet due to pervasive bigotry.

“I remember a case when I took a transgender woman to the hospital after she had been bitten by a police officer,” Karaj, who serves as executive director of Aleanca, tells INTO in an email. “The first thing that the doctor said to me when he saw me with her was: ‘Why don’t you leave these people to die?”

Although Albania has laws on the books prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people, these regulations are not enforced. Karaj believes there’s a reason for that. He says that the Balkan country, which is progressive on paper, has modernized its legislation in order to gain admittance into the European Union. LGBTQ people, for instance, are allowed to serve openly in the military, and gay men are permitted to donate blood.

These overtures to the EU have not translated to real change on the ground, he says. The 2013 OSF survey found that 53 percent of Albanians felt LGBTQ people “should not be free to live life as they wish.”

Because of the little investment in combating homophobia, Zotija says queer and trans people often have nowhere to turn. Teachers lack even basic knowledge or information on LGBTQ identities, which leads to rampant bullying in schools. It’s common for queer youth to drop out as a result, many of whom are forced onto the street because of family rejection. An homeless shelter for LGBTQ people between the ages of 18 and 25 was opened three years ago. But with just eight beds, it can be hard to meet demand.

“The system in Albania has failed,” Zotija claims.

This failure has led to an exodus of LGBTQ people in recent years, as Karaj claims that the number of asylum requests to countries like Norway and Sweden have “doubled.” But for those who have no choice but to stay, advocates believe having a resource like the LGBTQ helpline will save lives.

The service will be manned by a three-person team available to connect LGBTQ people with service providers, give them accurate information, or just listen to their concerns. Zotija says that the helpline is currently in the process of hiring a psychologist, a doctor, and the affirming parent of an LGBTQ person to take calls. Their long-term goal will be to build trust with the public institutions that have ignored queer and trans people and shut them out.

“When LGBTQ people are desperate for help, they need LGBTQ-friendly professionals available for them,” says Yuri Guaiana, a campaigner with All Out. “This is exactly what this helpline will provide: critical help which can’t be found anywhere else.”

Organizers say the helpline will be live “very soon.”

Unlike A Lot Of The Media, Beyoncé Won’t Deny The Link Between Hurricane Harvey And Climate Change

Once again, I’d rather get my news from Beyoncé.

Nicki Minaj, Barbra Streisand, and a number of other super famous people stepped up to aid in hurricane relief Tuesday night by making cameo appearances during Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Harvey, a Comic Relief USA television special that raised over $15 million for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Among them was Beyoncé, who gave what Cosmopolitan described as a “powerful speech” by way of the following video message.

“During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes,” she said. “In my home town city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies. And, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids new books and toys so they can continue to dreamTrue healing is in helping. Please, give what you can.”

As Beyoncé continued, she made it clear that these hurricanes and the similarly devastating natural disasters hitting every corner of the world over the past few weeks are entirely linked to climate change.

“The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day,” she said. “Just this past week, we’ve seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, and multiple catastrophic hurricanes. Irma alone has left a trail of death and destruction from the Caribbean to Florida to the southern United States. We have to be prepared for what comes next. So tonight, we come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits, and heal.”

Queen of connecting increasingly common and catastrophic weather events with their shared root cause! ABC whom? When will NBC?? Fox News could never!!!!

No, but like actually. Last week, Media Matters published a study examining ABC and NBC’s consistent failure to “[mention] the link between climate change and hurricanes like Harvey.” Fox News has evenbrought on climate change deniers like meteorologist Roy Spencer to outright dismiss any such connection, the progressive media watchdog found.

“These weather events are directly related to climate change, and we need to take that seriously,” Thanu Yakupitiyage, the U.S. communications manager of the clean energy advocacy organization 350, told INTO. “A celebrity like Beyoncé using her platform to really speak the truth, that these are not isolated weather events but are, in fact, all connected, is really, really important.”

Yakupitiyage added that, while fundraising after the fact is important, “it’s not enough to pump money into recovery efforts.”

“We need long-term solutions,” she said. “Actually addressing climate change means looking at the fossil fuel industry and making sure we’re [working at the local and congressional level to move] away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewable energy.”

Fired For Calling Out White Supremacy, Munroe Bergdorf Lands New Campaign

Calling out structural racism must be good for the pores.

Less than two weeks after L’Oréal Paris fired Munroe Bergdorf for speaking out about white supremacy, the British model landed a new gig with a beauty company that wasn’t founded by a nazi. Illamasqua announced Wednesday that Bergdorf would be the new face of the makeup brand’s upcoming Beauty Spotlight campaign, Dazed reports.

“Excited to announce that I am one of the faces of the next @campaign,” Bergdorf tweeted just after the stroke of midnight U.K. time, along with a gorgeous photo of her with a multicolored victory roll that would make Dita Von Teese say “gimme.”

In late August, L’Oréal announced that they were adding Bergdorf and four other models to the ad campaign promoting their True Match foundation, making Bergdorf the first trans woman to represent L’Oréal in a beauty campaign. Within a week, they dropped Bergdorf after a totally on point Facebook post she penned about dismantling white supremacy in the wake of Charlottesville went viral among completely unreceptive corners of the white internet.

Valuing white dollars over black trans inclusion in a campaign hinging on diversity, L’Oréal terminated Bergdorf over Twitter, adding that they “[champion] diversity” nonetheless. Note to fellow white people: Firing black trans women for speaking out about their oppression is not championing diversity!!!! Related: Hire trans people of color!!!! Their unemployment rate in the U.S. is four times (20%) the national average (5%), according to the National Center for Trans Equality’s 2015 survey.

In case you only read the racist telephone game of media coverage surrounding what Bergdorf actually said, here’s some of what she posted in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, per Mic: “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes all white people Most of y’all don’t even realize or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of color Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***. Come see me when you realize that racism isn’t learned, it’s inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege.”

Illamasqua, a beauty company that has worked with Bergdorf in the past, stood with the model from the moment L’Oréal dropped her, tweeting: “We are angered to hear that Munroe Bergdorf has been dropped from the L’Oréal True Match Campaign In order for our generation to move forward and create a more inclusive society, [it’s] not just about showing diversity. We must all be free to talk about social issues in a constructive and tolerant way.” DJ Clara Amfo, another new face in the L’Oréal campaign, requested that she be removed from all promotional True Match imagery in solidarity with Bergdorf, Mic reported.

INTO has reached out to Bergdorf for comment on her new campaign. We’ll update the story if we hear back. In the meantime, please read Raquel Willis’ brilliant piece for INTO on the whole ordeal, “When Diversity Becomes An Empty Word.”

Facial Recognition Study Could Be Used to Target LGBTQ People, Advocates Warn

A controversial study on whether facial recognition software can detect “gayface” has been lambasted by LGBTQ advocacy groups, who warn it could be used to target queer people.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, claimed that artificial intelligence could be used to determine human sexuality with startling accuracy. Researchers from Stanford University used photos pulled from online dating sites. The technology correctly predicted the sexual orientation of male faces 81 percent of the time. It guessed whether women were lesbian or heterosexual with 74 percent exactitude.

The Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD were horrified by the results, condemning the study’s findings shortly after it was first reported in The Economist.

“Imagine for a moment the potential consequences if this flawed research were used to support a brutal regime’s efforts to identify and/or persecute people they believed to be gay,” says HRC Director of Public Education and Research Ashland Johnson in a public statement. She adds that the study is “dangerously flawed” and makes countless people’s “lives worse and less safe than before.”

Chechnya, a relatively independent territory in Russia, has made headlines in recent months after police began rounding up men suspected to be gay. The country’s LGBTQ population has been persecuted, forced into prison camps, and even murdered.

It’s estimated that more than 100 gay men have been detained by authorities.

LGBTQ groups suggest that highlighting the ways in which technology can be exploited to further target queer and trans people is a gift to someone like Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The strongman has further promised to “eliminate” the province’s LGBTQ population.

“Stanford should distance itself from such junk science,” Johnson concludes.

GLAAD’s Jim Halloran, whosigned onto a joint statement with HRCcriticizing the findings, also argues that the study was fallaciously conflating sexuality with the physical characteristics of a fraction of the LGBTQ community.

While he claims that technology cannot determine one’s orientation,” what the software can detect “is a pattern that found a small subset of out white gay and lesbian people on dating sites who look similar.”

Critics note that the study leaves out bisexual and trans individuals, as well as people of color.

Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang, the Stanford researchers behind the study, have responded to the criticism by saying that they didn’t invent the software.

They just analyzed it.

“We did not build a privacy-invading tool,” say Wang and Kosinski, who write that the findings should be viewed as a warning. “We studied existing technologies, already widely used by companies and governments, to see whether they present a risk to the privacy of LGBTQ individuals. We were terrified to find that they do.”

The researchers say they debated whether their conclusions “should be made public at all.”

Following widespread backlash on social media to the study, editors at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology tellThe Outlinethat it’s in the process being reevaluated for ethical considerations.

They claim the results would be made public in “some weeks.”

Edith Windsor, A Vital Part of Marriage Equality, Has Died at 88

Edith Windsor died today in Manhattan at the age of 88. She is survived by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, who confirmed the death but did not specify the cause.

A pioneer for LGBTQ rights, her fight for marriage equality resulted in the 2013 ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act. Two years later in 2015, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage to be legal nationwide.

What started as a simple legal battle for a tax refund became a landmark decision in the fight for marriage equality. Although it was limited to 13 states and the District of Columbia, the stakes were heightened by the basic rights only afforded to married heterosexual couples, from social security to healthcare to veterans’ benefits.

Its historic significance has been compared to the Lawrence v. Texas decision that decriminalized gay sex in the United States, 10 years before in 2003.

Together for 40 years, Windsor was legally married to Thea Spyer in 2007 in Canada. Having died in 2009, Spyer left her estate to Windsor but the IRS denied the widow’s unlimited spousal exemption from federal estate taxes, taxing her $363,053. Windsor sued the government for unconstitutional treatment against same-sex marriage partners.

Since her landmark case, Windsor has become a face of the LGBTQ community. She was a grand marshal of the New York Pride March, a runner-up to Pope Francis for Time’s person of the year in 2013, and an honoree in the OUT 100.

“Married is a magic word,” Ms. Windsor said at a rally in 2009. “And it is magic throughout the world. It has to do with our dignity as human beings, to be who we are openly.”

Thank you, Edie, for bringing that dignity to our community.

The Only AIDS Walk You Can See From Space

Around 300 people will march on the Great Wall of China on September 23 as part of its sixth annual AIDS Walk.

Organized by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BGHEI), the event is the only one of its kind in China. The only AIDS Walk that can be seen from space, its goal is to raise awareness about the spread of HIV among China’s 1.4 billion population. According to BGHEI’s Martin Yang, a recent report showed that there are 750,000 people living with HIV in the East Asian country.

“It’s not as terrible as things in Africa, but it’s still a big challenge,” says Yang, who serves as the LGBTQ organization’s sustainable development project manager.

Although Yang says that China positions itself as a success story in fighting HIV/AIDS, the reality is complicated. Things have certainly improved since the virus first hit China in the late 1980s. Rural villages like Shuang Miao, in which hundreds were infected, were quarantined in the mid-aughts in fear of a further outbreak. But today less than one percent of the population is HIV-positive.

But certain populations remain disproportionately affected.

Last year, China’s Center for Disease Control reported that rates of HIV contraction among gay and bisexual men have skyrocketed since 2011increasing by 400 percent. In 2015, an estimated 32,617 MSMs (men who have sex with men) became positive.

Health experts, though, are particularly concerned about the incidence of HIV/AIDS among Chinese youthparticularly young gay men. Between the years of 2011 to 2015, the rate of infection among those aged 15 to 24 shot up by 35 percent. Universities have sought to curtail this outbreak by selling HIV testing kits in campus vending machines, but reports suggest they are haphazardly refilled.

Although HIV medications like AZT are covered by the Chinese government, Yang says that they have declined to sponsor pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Drugs like Truvada, the most common PrEP pill, have been shown to be 92 to 99 percent effective at preventing HIV infection if taken every day.

“If Chinese people want PREP to protect them, they have to buy it illegally from another country,” Yang says.

And despite laws designed to prevent discrimination against people living with HIV, loopholes in that system can be exploited. For instance, hospitals can’t turn away a patient seeking treatment for the virus, but if an HIV-positive man is hit by a car, doctors could legally refuse to operate on him due to his status.

There are a handful of hospitals dedicated to the treatment of HIV/AIDS, but those centers often don’t provide medical care for other health needs, even in emergency situations.

The HIV population in China is often left with no options and nowhere to go.
This year’s AIDS Walk, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of BGHEI, will raise money for those who can’t receive treatment. Although the event raised 350,000 yuan last year, the goal for 2017 is 500,000. Funds have previously gone to providing a year’s supply of formula for orphans living with HIV in rural areas of the Sichuan province and holding HIV/AIDS prevention seminars at local universities.

But organizers say the event is as much about education as it is fundraising.

A.J. Song, the development manager for BGHEI, says that before coming to the AIDS Walk, he was terrified to get tested. There’s a high level of stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS in China, largely due to the persistence of homophobia. A 2016 report found that just five percent of Chinese LGBTQ peopleare out in their daily lives.
The AIDS Walk was the first time Song had the chance to meet someone who is openly HIV positive. He says that the experience, which gave him the courage to learn his status, was transformative.

“I hugged him,” Song says. “I was so released after that. I was literally dancing in the rain.”

Although the event was initially held at a different location, the Great Wall of China is a potent symbol for the country’s HIV movement as it works to overcome years of struggle. Geoff Chin, the international project manager for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, attended last year’s event. He says that national landmark, completed in 1878, is often steep and uneven. Walkers have to use their legs for every single step.
“It was physically very challenging,” Chin says. “What I thought about while I was walking is that it’s a lot like fighting the HIV battle in China.”

This year’s walk will take place along the Jinshanling section, a 6.5-mile stretch.

Ted Cruz Likes Porn on Twitter, Inspires Meme

Not much has been heard of Republican politician Ted Cruz since his flame fizzled out during the GOP primaries to our current fearless tweeter. But not to be outdone by Trump’s daily Twitter PR nightmare, Cruz has lit up the social media world with his own monumental snafu.

Late Monday night, the Twitter-sphere took notice of a particularly unpolitical tweet Cruz had liked (FYI your likes are totally viewable by any and everyone). Said tweet was a two-minute pornographic video from @SexuallPosts. It features a blonde woman with a short skirt and plunging neckline who comes home to find a random couple having sex on her couch, and instead of calling the cops, she starts masturbating in the corner because #pornlogic.

The tweet was quickly unliked and reported by Cruz’s senior communications advisor, Catherine Frazer.

After joking about it, Cruz told reporters that it was a “staffing issue” and will be dealt with “internally.”

Reactions on Twitter were mixed. Although some were quick to point out Cruz’s hypocritical stance on masturbation and porn, others were just disgusted to find out what gets him off.

Regardless of whether the tweet was liked by Cruz or some rogue staffer, we at least have a new meme out of it. Sorry “Right in front of my salad?!” lady.

Tim Cook Advocates for Same-Sex Marriage in Australia Amid iPhone 8 Release

It’s the day every techie and social media-obsessed millennial has been waiting for. Tim Cook and Apple announce the iPhone 8 and iPhone X today, opening the door to the next generation of smartphone technology.

But it’s not the only door Apple is swinging open today.

The leader of the world’s most famous tech-company made history as the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company. And today he used that title to help progress the rights of queer people in Australia.

In addition to the release of the new iPhones, it’s also a big day for queer rights as Aussies take to the polls for a potentially historic same-sex marriage vote. It’s a battle the Australian LGBTQ community has been waging for years. Piggy-backing off Apple’s big day, Cook used the hype to release a statement in favor of the big vote:

“We support marriage equality and believe all Australians deserve the freedom to marry the person they love, and to have their relationships recognized with the same dignity and legal protections as their neighbors, friends, and family.”

Cook has been a vocal member of the LGBTQ community in the past, using his platform to speak to many important topics. He’s denounced Trump on a few occasions, from his Muslim ban to his proposed ban on trans people in the military.

Whether it’s a shatter-proof screen or basic human rights, let’s hope today brings us good news.

Betsy Devos Rolling Back Title IX Hurts Queer Women

In a speech last week at George Mason University, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that the department will be rewriting policies on campus sexual assault to serve survivors and the accused. “Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,” she said. In the remarks, DeVos recounted the stories of young men who’d been falsely accused and whose lives were derailed by “kangaroo courts,” her characterization of school’s hearings on sexual misconduct.

For the uninformed on campus sexual assault, DeVos’s decision to highlight the young men who are falsely accused paints a picture that accusations are as much of a problem as the assault itself. In reality, her move pushes aside the focus on assault victims and survivors in favor of supporting outliers in these cases. In a climate where the leader of the free world has vilified the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, DeVos’s decision sends a chilling message to survivors that the imperative for them to report being assaulted is subservient to the concerns of the accused.

But for LGBTQ women, DeVos’s move poses its own set of challenges.

To begin with, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women face disproportionate levels of sexual assault compared with our straight counterparts. Over the past eight months, the Trump administration has walked back the rights of LGBTQ people by rescinding protections for trans students, banning trans people from the military, and, most recently, siding with a Colorado baker who refused to serve a gay couple. Together, DeVos’s decision to walk back rules for campuses and the Trump administration’s attack on LGBTQ rights push young queer women who face sexual misconduct into the shadows.

At the center of DeVos’s charge is an Obama-era guidance on Title IX, a 1972 law prohibiting gender-based discrimination in education. In 2011, the Department of Education issued a letter requiring schools to address campus sexual assault more aggressively under the law or lose federal funding. The policy required schools to institute an investigation and adjudication processes, and weigh whether an offense has been committed “more likely than not,” a standard different from criminal courts. In her remarks at George Mason, DeVos said, “The era of ‘rule by letter’ is over.”

In fact, DeVos’s focus on accusations creates a false equivalency between the plight of this group and survivors. According to a 2015 Association of American Universities survey of 27 schools, roughly one in four women on campuses reported experiencing sexual misconduct or assault (though it’s worth noting that the survey’s creators have warned that this may be a misleading statistic since the schools that participated may not be nationally representative). Of queer students, three out of four reported being sexually harassed, while 9 percent reported that they experienced sexual assault with penetration, according to the AAU survey. Meanwhile, false rape accusations, specifically, are rare. Between 2 and 10 percent of all rape accusations are thought to be false, according to a report in the journal Violence Against Women.

DeVos’s emphasis on justice for the accused perpetuates the notion that survivors are unreliable narrators of their own experiences, an issue that LGBTQ women already face in other aspects of our lives. The stereotype that young queer people and especially bi women are going through a “phase” feeds into mistrust of our experiences. As a bisexual and queer-identified woman, when I’ve been sexually harassed, I’ve been told by harassers that they could “change my mind” or that they have the power to alter my orientation. Given that LGBTQ women are already navigating this sense of erasure, DeVos’s decision further invalidates our experiences.

Beyond campuses, of course, we face just-as-startling levels of harassment and assault. 44 percent of lesbians and 61 percent of bisexual women have been raped or experienced violence from an intimate partner, compared with 35 percent of our straight counterparts, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control. For transgender people, one in two will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to the Office for Victims of Crime. As the Trump administration erases the experiences of LGBTQ people altogether, queer women who experience assault that is motivated by homophobic or transphobic bias will have even less recourse if DeVos undoes the policy.

Oftentimes, sexual assault and violence against bi and trans women is motivated by deeply entrenched stereotypes about these identities. On T.V. shows and in films, bi women are painted as overly sexual and unstable a la Basic Instinct or as moonlighting through the queer community like in Kissing Jessica Stein. Transgender women, for their part, are subject to the “trans panic” storyline. When their transness is “revealed,” at best they become the butt of the joke, like in Ace Ventura, or at worst, their identity is justification for murder, like recent comments on the popular talk show The Breakfast Club.

These stereotypes undermine the credibility of queer women who want to report an assault in an atmosphere where all survivors are already discouraged from reporting. 20 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 24 who were rape victims said they did not report because they feared “reprisal,” according to the National Crime Victimization Survey. There are accounts of women who received a torrent of hate and vandalism when they went public with their cases or even were blamed by their schools for being assaulted. Then, there are instances where survivors had to relive the trauma of the assault by recounting it over and over, while the perpetrators receive minimal consequences for their actions.

For queer women at colleges already facing an undermining of our rights, DeVos’s decision to walk back Obama-era policies on campus sexual assault gives even less recourse. In a climate that already blames and doubts women who report, stereotypes about queer women further perpetuate that we are not to be believed. Though an imperfect system, rescinding Title IX protections that require campuses to aggressively pursue sexual misconduct threatens to narrow the avenues that victims and survivors have to pursue justice. For queer women at schools across the country, this silences what little voice we already have at the table.