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A transgender man who had been taking testosterone jabs for years thought he was out of shape and needed to work out more, but it turned out he was pregnant.
Kayden Coleman, 29, who lives in Florida, had lived as a man for nearly a decade and was waiting for a double mastectomy when he noticed he was putting on weight.
Now Coleman and his husband are the parents of a daughter named Azaelia. The pregnancy forced Kayden to “come out of the closet” to friends and to the family of his now-husband, Elijah. Like any couple expecting a child, they prepared their apartment for the new baby and even got married. After the birth of Azaelia, like many new mothers, he suffered from post-partum depression and had to endure homophobic remarks when people found out he was transgender.
Mr Coleman’s pregnancy appears to have gone largely unnoticed outside their family.
“This woman in a shop said to me, ‘Honey, you look like you’re pregnant’. I just laughed and said, ‘I am pregnant!’ She didn’t believe me,” he was reported by The Mirror as saying.
In the hospital he said he was well treated by the medical staff but eventually became fed up with medical students coming in to see him.
“It got to the point where I had to put my foot down and demand a C-section,” he said.
Speaking about his daughter, Mr Coleman said: “I couldn’t imagine, and don’t want to imagine, life without her. She is amazing.”
Daily Mail Reports: George Zimmerman has suffered a gunshot wound during an altercation with another man in Florida, according to reports.
The former neighborhood watch officer, who was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2013, was seen walking to an ambulance following the incident in Lake Mary on Monday.
Police said his wound was only minor.
‘He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn’t being helped or nothing,’ witness Ricardo Berrare told WESH.
The shooting involved two men and happened on Lake Mary Boulevard, police told the channel. A bullet hole could be seen in the passenger window of the vehicle carrying Zimmerman.
The 31-year-old has repeatedly made headlines for altercations following his 2013 acquittal. In that case, he was accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, in Sanford, Florida in February 2012, but he claimed he had acted in self defense.
The Department of Justice cleared him of Civil Rights violations in connection with youngster’s death earlier this year – and Zimmerman responded by saying he did not feel guilty for the killing.
‘Only in a true life-and-death scenario can you have mental clearness to know that you cannot feel guilty for surviving,’ he said in a video released by his law firm.
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has been arrested several times by Lake Mary police.
In September 2013, his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, called 911 and claimed he had attacked her father and threatened he with a gun. She decided to not press any charges.
News $ Jacksonville reports: Marissa Alexander, a woman whose case helped bring national attention to Florida’s stand your ground and minimum sentencing laws, was allowed to leave jail late Tuesday afternoon to spend the rest of her sentence on house arrest.
Applause broke out in the courtroom when Judge James Daniel announced he would reject the prosecutors’ request for an additional two-year sentence and was releasing Alexander to community control.
As she left the courthouse, Alexander read a prepared statement:
“Today, after the sentence given by Judge Daniel, my family and I will be able to move on with our lives. Although the journey has been long and there’s been many difficult moments, I could not have arrived here, where I am today, without the thoughts, many thoughts and many prayers of so many people who voiced their support and encouragement. Words can never express my gratitude for those who stood beside me, including my children and family. I am also grateful that Judge Daniel approached this case with such care and diligence.”
In November, Alexander was sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to three felony charges for firing a shot in the direction of her husband a two step-children. She got credit for all the time she was held after her initial arrest and first conviction, which was overturned on appeal. She was ordered to serve 65 days in jail, then two additional years under community control.
It seems that the verdict of the recent Michael Dunn trial didn’t sit well for some of the jurors. One of the 2 black female jurors on the Michael Dunn jury has spoken out on whether racism was a factor in the jury deliberations.
Over the past two years, Florida has been in the spot light for it’s shocking verdicts on “Stand Your Ground Law”. Many states have implemented this law, however Florida is the stand out state for its apparent unfair rulings, and jury verdicts on judicial decisions.
The Michael Dunn verdict on Saturday – where the white, 47-year-old software engineer was found guilty on attempted murder charges, but not on a first-degree murder charge for killing a 17-year-old black youth, Jordan Davis of Atlanta – has once again put the issue of armed self-defense firmly in society’s crosshairs.
The hung jury on the main murder charge came seven months after George Zimmerman, a half-Caucasian, half-Hispanic neighborhood watch captain was found not guilty in a murder trial for killing Trayvon Martin, another black 17-year-old who, like, Jordan Davis, was not armed. Social media was outraged with the recent verdict, as a second African american male was not given justice. A recent interview on CNN Anchor Don Lemon with Holly Hughes shed some light on the comparison in the law…
In both the Dunn and Zimmerman trial, their defense lawyers did not invoke Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in their criminal trials, but his “justifiable use” of deadly force, as defined by state courts, which likely played a role in the jurors’ decision not to convict on the specific murder charges presented by the prosecution.
This same defense has been utilized in African Americans, which often result in a 25 year sentence. A former U.S. airman is currently sitting in a Florida prison for what his supporters argue was a simple act of self-defense.
In the spring of 2010, 26-year-old Michael Giles was on active duty with the Unites States Air Force and stationed in Tampa. The married father of three had recently finished two tours in the Middle East and was looking forward to a career in the military, says his family. One night in February, a friend invited Giles to party at a Tallahassee nightclub. Shorty after arriving, a fight broke out among members of fraternities from nearby Florida A&M University.
According to court documents, an argument quickly escalated into a brawl involving 30 to 40 young men.
Giles reportedly was not involved in the melee but, separated from his friends, went outside to the car where he had a gun, for which he had a concealed carry permit. Giles put the weapon in his pants pocket and searched the crowd for his friends. Suddenly, he says, someone from the crowd punched him. Knocked to the ground and in fear for his life, Giles says he pulled out the gun and fired one shot into the leg of his alleged attacker.
Three men were injured, wounded by bullet fragments. Giles was immediately arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder.
IS THE LAW WORKING?
Raw story reported:Republican Florida state Rep. Matt Gaetz told CNN on Monday that his state’s so-called Stand Your Ground law was working for African-Americans even though he thought it had been wrongly used to find Michael Dunn not guilty of murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
“I don’t think anyone is going to nominate George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn for person of the year,” Gaetz explained to CNN host Carol Costello. “But I think, overall, the Stand Your Ground law has worked for the state of Florida. If you look at the five years preceding Stand Your Ground’s passage, the murder rate was on the rise Florida every year. Since we passed Stand Your Ground, the murder rate had declined every year.”-
Are there other states that have the “Stand the Ground Law”?
The Huffington Post recently reported about the growing number of states which have implemented the “Stand Your Ground Law”. The law is growing as violence, and home invasion have increased over the past decade.