Former call girl pleads guilty to killing billionaire French banker after kinky sex session

By Peter Allen
Last updated at 1:10 AM on 11th June 2009

A former call girl pleaded guilty to killing a billionaire French banker after kinky sex and an argument over $1 million, saying the crime was ‘not a question of money but of the heart’.

Cecile Brossard interrupted proceedings to tell the packed Geneva courtroom that she had committed an ‘abominable act’ against her lover Edouard Stern, and wanted the full truth to be known.

Stern, 50, was found dead in his locked luxury Geneva flat on March 1, 2005. Four bullet holes pierced the head-to-toe flesh-coloured latex outfit he still wore from the night before. Continue reading

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LGBT Rights Movement: Progress and Visibility Breed Backlash

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Rights Defenders Need Resources, Broader Support
June 11, 2009

(New York) – Activists working for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in many countries are still under-resourced, unnecessarily isolated, and vulnerable to violent backlash even after four decades of struggle, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 44-page report, “Together, Apart: Organizing around Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Worldwide,” demonstrates that many groups defending LGBT rights – especially throughout the global South – still have limited access to funding, and courageously face sometimes-murderous attacks without adequate support from a broader human rights community. Continue reading

Sex Work: In Bed with the Religious Right

By Dagmar Herzog
June 11, 2009

Is American sexual culture schizophrenic? Yes, and this has everything to do with the sexual politics of the religious right. Sexual opportunity is everywhere, but sexual rights have, at the same time, been concretely eroded.

Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics
By Dagmar Herzog
(Basic Books, 2008)

What inspired you to write Sex in Crisis? What sparked your interest?

Sex in Crisis has a great deal to do with my prior book, Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (2005), which offered a major revision of our assumptions about the Third Reich’s sexual politics and its aftermath, including close attention to the complicity of the Christian churches under Nazism. In his book American Fascists, Chris Hedges had drawn direct parallels between the religious right Continue reading