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Earlier this week, Twitter users criticized Tariq Nasheed for posting a viral video of a Holiday Inn employee being berated by a customer.

The employee, Caleb. C., is seen beating himself up after a customer berated him over a reservation error.
 

Caleb later wrote a Reddit post explaining that he suffered from bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. He also revealed he was in a same-sex relationship.

Studies over the years have revealed a strong link between homosexuality and autism.

One recent online survey of 309 individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) reveled nearly 70% of the respondents were LGBT+.

Research suggests that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report increased homosexuality, bisexuality, and asexuality, but decreased heterosexuality.

Caleb didn’t include autism syndrome as one of his mental disorders. However, most homosexuals with high functioning autism are never diagnosed.

Why is the link between homosexuality and autism important?

The link is important because Caleb should have been at home collecting disability payments rather than working the night shift where he is subjected to abuse.

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (ASA) voted to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. As a result, people like Caleb, who are autistic and suffer from other mental disorders, can’t apply for disability payments.

Most people who viewed the video of Caleb’s meltdown agree that he shouldn’t have been working a front desk job — even though he was working the overnight shift.

He beat himself up — first with his fist and then with a computer monitor — because lacked the coping skills to withstand the harassment from the customer.

A GofundMe account created for Caleb has raised $130,000. But it’s clear that he can’t work a public-facing job again.

If you are LGBT+ and have ever wondered “Am I autistic?”, the following signs and symptoms may apply to you:

1. You are socially awkward

2. You are hyper sensitivity to bright lights or certain noises (loud music)

3. You have depression or anxiety

4. You are drawn to repetitive actions or behaviors

5. You get upset when told to stop a task in the middle

6. You can’t handle even a minor change

7. You prefer to be alone

8. Common phrases confuse you (“No man is an island”)

9. You don’t recognize sarcasm

10. You repeat words or phrases during conversations

11. You are intensely focused on specific interests (gaming, social media, etc.)

12. You have an exceptional talent (art, music, writing, etc.)

13. You have a tough time interacting with others

14. You’re lactose intolerant

15. You sometimes stare without realizing it (someone tells you you’re staring)

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Spectrum 1 NY issues statement after reporter complains about workplace harassment

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Spectrum News 1 released a statement after one of its female reporters complained about harassment on the job.

Brianna Hamblin, a news reporter for Spectrum News 1 in Rochester, New York, took to social media to slam the sexual harassment she receives from men while doing live remotes.

She shared a video that showed her discomfort as two men made remarks to her before she went live on camera.

A Black man said “you look nice by the way” to Hamblin as he walked by. She responded “thank you” before looking down at her cellphone.

Then a white man approached her and asked why she was standing in front of a camera. She told him to watch the news to find out.

He hurled crude remarks at her as he walked away, including “you’re sexy as f***” – to which Hamblin said “oh my god”.

Her cameraman, Scott Barstow, did nothing to stop the harassment.

Hamblin captioned the video:

“Being hit on and harassed as a woman, especially as a woman reporter out in the field, happens so often you learn how to roll with it or ignore it. This time it happened to be recorded only seconds before my hit. There are A LOT of things wrong with this.”

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The video went viral late Friday, garnering 3 million views by early Saturday.

Many Twitter users sympathized with Hamblin and suggested she find another job if she feels unsafe.

Spectrum News said in a statement provided to Mediaite:

“We are glad that Brianna wasn’t alone in the face of such adversity and we’ve never been more proud of her. She handled the situation impeccably, remaining calm and professional throughout. We want our employees to feel safe and are constantly working towards achieving that goal.”

According to sources, Hamblin is on desk duty while the news station works on a safe and supportive workplace plan for her.

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Gabrielle Union Reveals Big Chop Amid Midlife Transition

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Gabrielle Union revealed her big chop in a series of photos on her Instagram page on Friday, July 23.

The mom-of-one chopped off all her hair and stopped wearing wigs and hair extensions as she undergoes natural midlife transition at age 48.

The Deliver Us from Eva actress is married to retired NBA player Dwyane Wade. They share 2-year-old daughter Kaavia James.

Gabby shared photos of her newly shorn hair on Instagram. The photos featured Gabrielle standing in her open concept kitchen in a body-hugging black dress. She accessorized with large gold hoop earrings and delicate gold necklaces.

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Gabby captioned the photo gallery:

“So, I did a thing [hug emoji] The movies always show women cutting their hair when all is lost but I wanted to know the feeling of making a change when things are gravy. It hits different and its foreign to me but I [heart emojis] this new new. #SummerChop #FlawlessChop #FlawlessCut.”

Menopause signals a woman’s natural transition from young adulthood to middle age between the ages of 40-65.

During the onset of menopause, a woman’s ovaries shrink and stop producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone that control the menstrual cycle. Every bio female is born with about 1 million eggs in her ovaries.

One or more eggs are released once a month during the menstrual cycle beginning in adolescence until middle age.

During menopause, the eggs are depleted, the menstrual cycle stops and females are no longer able to become pregnant.

The average age of menopause is 50. Menopause can be distressing for some women due to the symptoms which range from mild to severe.

Hot flashes plague 75 percent of perimenopausal woman, and last for an average of five years.

A hot flash feels like an oven turned up to 450 degrees. The sudden intense heat causes profuse sweating that makes wearing wigs and hair extensions unbearably hot.

Other symptoms include:

  • Night sweats
  • Loss of sex drive (libido)
  • Hair loss
  • Hair thinning
  • Excessive facial hair (mustache)
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Brain fog
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
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    R. Kelly Accused of Sexually Abusing Teenage Boy

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    R. Kelly allegedly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy after meeting him at a Chicago-area McDonald’s in 2006, a new court filing alleges.

    Federal prosecutors in New York alleged new accusations against the disgraced singer, including sexual assault and bribery, going back 30 years.

    According to court docs, Kelly, 54, sexually abused the teen after asking him “what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business.”

    The teen allegedly introduced Kelly to a male friend, aged 16 or 17.

    Several years later, when the male was 19 or 20, the star apparently started a sexual relationship with that person, referred to as John Doe #2. Kelly allegedly forced several of his girlfriends to have sex with the young man while he filmed the encounters.

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    In court documents filed on Friday, July 23, and obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, prosecutors asked a judge to permit them to submit new evidence of the allegations at Kelly’s upcoming racketeering trial in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

    Kelly faces federal charges of violating the Mann Act involving the coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity.

    The singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has not been charged with any new sexual offenses, according to the Post.

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    Prosecutors also claim to have evidence that Kelly sexually abused singer Aaliyah and married her in 1994, when she was 15, so that she couldn’t be forced to testify against him. She died in a plane crash in 2001.

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a woman named Jane Doe #5 claimed Kelly asked her to search the internet for “child pornography involving boys for him”.

    According to court papers, a search of Kelly’s computer corroborated the claim.

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    Additionally, the musician is accused of leading an enterprise to recruit women and girls for sex. He denies any wrongdoing. His Brooklyn trial is scheduled for August 9.

    A separate trial for child pornography charges is set in his native Chicago, Illinois in September.

    Kelly was recently slapped with a $2 million dollar tax lien for allegedly failing to pay taxes in 2008. As reported by Radar Online, the IRS filed a lien against Kelly’s former Illinois mansion.

    Kelly has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

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