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Lesbian gang raped in possible hate crime

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December 21, 2008 at 1:41 am

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Gay father begs for help to find the son he had with a lesbian

A GAY father today pleaded for help in an international search for his son after the boy vanished with his lesbian mother following a custody battle.

Michael Turberville, 41, has not seen seven-year-old Ashley Skinner since the boy’s mother, Joanne Skinner, disappeared with him more than a year ago.

The IT consultant has launched a public appeal to find him with the backing of Britain’s top family court judge.

There is evidence that Ms Skinner, 35, fled abroad. Mr Turberville believes she may be living with Ashley in Australia.

The president of the High Court family division, Sir Mark Potter, has also lifted reporting restrictions which apply to disputes over children in the hope that publicity will help trace Ashley.

“It is gut-wrenching not to be able to see my son,” Mr Turberville said. “I love him so much. This has ripped my life apart. He was like a little me. I miss him every day.” Mr Turberville, of Reading, fathered the boy with Ms Skinner after advertising in a newspaper for a “like-minded” lesbian. He and Ms Skinner were both in same-sex relationships.

He travelled to her Islington home so she could inseminate herself. Ashley was born in 2001. Until just after his third birthday, she allowed Mr Turberville to see the boy. She then changed her mind and he began court proceedings.

Later, she made criminal allegations against Mr Turberville – unconnected with Ashley – of which he was acquitted by a jury and exonerated by the family court in September last year. Trade union worker Ms Skinner and her son then disappeared. Court orders aimed at tracing them have been unsuccessful.

In April, Ms Skinner’s mother received a letter from her sent from the US, but Mr Turberville believes it was written in Australia and passed on for someone in America to send.

In it she claimed Ashley had started school, and that she was not officially registered at her address. Mr Turberville is originally from Alabama but was born to a British mother and has dual citizenship. He has reported his son missing to Thames Valley Police. He said: “I’m pleading who might know where Ashley is to alert the authorities.”

Sir Mark Potter said: “This mother’s behaviour is to be deplored. She has gone to extreme lengths to cover her trail.” Ashley was being “deprived of a relationship with his father” because of her actions, he added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tipstaff to the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 020 7947 6200.

–Jack Lefley

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December 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm

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TV Ads with Gay and Lesbian Families Promoting the Repeal of Proposition 8 to Air Inauguration Week

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December 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm

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A gay Muslim: Tested by Faith and Family

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December 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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Assault on woman a hate crime, police say

When the man paid her unwanted attention, the Hudson, Wis., woman told him she was a lesbian.

But Dustan Charles Warren, 27, didn’t stop, the woman testified Thursday.

She said he punched her in the face, held her to the floor and threatened to rape and kill her last month after he made obscene comments about her sexual orientation.

Warren, of Hudson, appeared at a preliminary hearing Thursday to face hate-crime accusations. He was charged last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court with attempted second-degree sexual assault, aggravated battery, second-degree reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and misdemeanor bail jumping, according to a criminal complaint.

The St. Croix County district attorney’s office has added a hate-crime modifier to the charges, saying Warren “intentionally selected the person against whom the crime was committed in whole or in part because of the defendant’s belief or perception regarding the sexual orientation of that person,” according to the charges.

“This case is the epitome of violence against the GLBT community,” said Rebecca Waggoner Kloek, who manages the anti-violence program at OutFront Minnesota, a group that advocates equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. “It’s wonderful that law enforcement and the criminal justice system recognize this as a hate crime.”

The 35-year-old woman testified at the hearing that Warren’s obscene comments came after he arrived uninvited to a small party at her

Hudson home the night of Nov. 26. She said Warren was touching her back during the evening — which she described as groping — and at some point, she told him she was a lesbian.

After others left early Nov. 27, she was alone with Warren. At some point, she woke up with him on top of her, pinning her down with his knees, she said. Warren struck her and told her that he was going to do whatever he wanted to do.

“He wanted to have sex with me,” the woman testified. The Pioneer Press does not generally name the alleged victims of sexual assaults.

She earlier told Hudson police Warren punched her in the face and threw her to the floor, according to the complaint. He held a knife to her abdomen while he hit her, choked her and threatened to rape and kill her. She told police that he said, “If you tell anyone, I will kill you.”

She struggled with Warren and was willing to fight to the death before he could rape her, she testified.

A man who had been at the party found Warren on top of the woman, pushed him off and struggled with him. The woman testified she was bleeding from one eye and had bruises on her body from the alleged assault.

The woman said that on the night of the alleged assault, Warren was intoxicated and vomiting in her bathroom. She said she drank two mixed drinks that night.

Warren told police he was not at the woman’s home at the time of the alleged assault. He said he had been intoxicated and lost in a wooded area of Bayport, Minn., and did not return to Hudson until 3 a.m., according to the complaint.

Warren could not be reached for comment. He was in the St. Croix County Jail on Thursday. Bond had been set earlier at $100,000.

Waggoner Kloek said incidents of hate and bias crimes are on the rise in the Midwest and Minnesota saw an increase of 135 percent over the past year of hate crimes reported against GLBT people and those perceived to be GLBT. She said there are no numbers for Wisconsin because the state does not have an anti-violence program for the GLBT community.

Andy Rathbun can be reached at 651-228-2121.

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December 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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Lesbian Couple Fights To Keep Baby

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December 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm

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No hate crimes charges in lesbian assault

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December 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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