The Ukrainian Parliament announced on June 19 that a draft law against the spreading of homosexual propaganda among minors had been submitted by deputies of the ruling Party of Regions.
In its current form, the legislation would impose
fines of up to 11,900 hryvnyas, or around $1,500, for spreading homosexual propaganda to people under 18.
The move comes almost three months after a similar law was proposed in the State Duma lower house of parliament in neighboring Russia,
and after lawmakers in the Russian city of St. Petersburg approved such a measure.
Police say about 50 people threw eggs and plastic bottles of water at about 400 people holding a gay pride parade in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.
Police moved in to restrict the attackers but no injuries were reported.
days, Anthimos, the senior Greek Orthodox cleric in Thessaloniki, had publicly criticized the planned gay pride parade. Anthimos, who only uses one name, is known for outspoken speeches on social and political issues.
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Uganda has announced a ban on 38 non-governmental organisations it accuses of undermining the national culture by promoting homosexuality.
Religious nutter Simon Lokodo, the country's ethics and integrity minister, claimed the groups were
receiving support from abroad for Uganda's homosexuals and recruiting young children into homosexuality:
I have established beyond reasonable doubt that the 38 NGOs, if not even more, exist not for humanitarian
reasons but to destroy the traditions and culture of this country by promoting homosexuality,
Homosexuality is illegal, unacceptable and strange to our culture. It doesn't have any positive aspects at all. If homosexuality is
promulgated and legitimised, that will be like having no future of society. There is no procreation between man and man or woman and woman. We condemn it very strongly.
On Monday he ordered the break-up of a gay rights workshop
organised by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project at a hotel just outside the capital, Kampala. Police wearing riot gear sealed off the venue for several hours.
Organizers of a gay pride parade in Sofia, Bulgaria, are pleading with the church to stop calls for violence against marchers.
Father Evgeniy Yanakiev said stones should be thrown at participants during the event in the Bulgarian capital on
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has also condemned the pride parade, claiming it as immoral and calling homosexuality an unnatural passion that undoubtedly harms the personality, the family and the society .
also warned parents and teachers to stop children from taking part in the event, claiming it was a harmful demonstration that violates the rights of Orthodox Christians.
A Pride Parade in Bulgaria passed without religiously inspired threatened violence, but homosexuality remains a sensitive issue across the Balkans.
The pride parade was attended by 1,500 to 2,000 people, and drew several foreign
ambassadors, including the US's James Warlick and Britain's representative Jonathan Allen.
The presence of 600 policemen may well have helped forestall clashes at the rally, though Markov says one participant had been attacked in the center of
Sofia after the march, but was rescued by passers-by.
Kuwaiti media has been reporting a continuation of the morality campaigns which also target lesbian, gay and transgender people.
On the 8th of June 10 adolescents, ranging from 16 to 18 years old were entrapped during a raid and the police
suspects they were conducting satanic rituals and incident acts . The Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai in addition claimed that they are also suspected of homosexuality . Kuwaiti police received complaints the group held nightly meetings
in a disused building in Kuwait city.
Later Al-Rai reported that 20 men and one woman were arrested in another raid for suspicious parties. The Kuwaiti Times alleged that some of the people were found to be intoxicated . Al-Rai
claimed that some of the suspects were arrested in previous raids and were released after signing a document that they will not repeat their activities.
The daily Al-anba reports that other raids were targeted at illegal migrants some were
found to be conducting immoral activities and running brothels .
A transgender Kuwaiti activist told Gay Star News:
These 'morality campaigns' that have greatly intensified this
year are 'continuous and relentless'.
Many of the people arrested are just having private parties, but the police allege they were engaged in prostitution, drinking, and so called immoral activities.
Charges are often fabricated and thus this is essentially an assault and violation of people's right to dignity and a fair trial.
People who are arrested in such raids become social outcasts and pariahs, having no voice at all, as their most basic rights are being violated.
So many people in these raids are being thrown into prison
without anyone listening to their plight. Some complained of abusive treatment and no human rights group here cares about this matter as they feel ashamed of handling such cases. Such organisations forget the forgetting that the right of any human being
for dignity and fair trial regardless of their sex, nationality, race or sexuality.
I call for human rights defenders to intervene in these cases and help stop and prevent such abuses in Kuwait in the future.
According to the activist these ongoing
moral campaigns are an attempt by the ruling royal family to appease MPs from the Islamist parties that now have a majority in Parliament with 34 out of 50 seats.
Human Rights First condemns the Tverskoy District Court ruling to uphold the decision of Moscow authorities to ban gay pride parades in the city until May 2112. The Moscow City Hall has banned such events for seven consecutive years, citing numerous
letters from public officials, religious organizations, and private citizens urging the authorities to prohibit a demonstration. The European Court of Human Rights pronounced these bans illegal in October 2010.
Human Rights First's Innokenty
This unprecedented ban is not entirely surprising, but Russia's society is evolving at a pace not even Vladimir Putin can control. More people are becoming accepting and tolerant to LGBTI persons. The
100-year ban, along with the discriminatory laws prohibiting promotion of homosexuality that are spreading through local legislatures, show that the Russian government remains behind the times.
It is regrettable that the new city
government, led by Mayor Sobyanin, is repeating the mistakes of the disgruntled former mayor Luzhkov, whose vehemently antigay rhetoric and actions are well-known.
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Two listeners alerted
Ofcom to the two programmes above, each approximately fifty minutes in duration and broadcast in Urdu, complaining that the programmes contained homophobic material. Having obtained an independent translation of the content, we noted that each of the two
programmes consisted of a sermon delivered by a female presenter, Rubina Nasir ( Sister Ruby ).
In the broadcast on 17 August 2011, the presenter commenced with a Qur'anic verse (Sura Al-Nisa, verse 16) and gave her interpretation of that
verse as being highly critical of homosexuality. The presenter also discussed various historical events portrayed in the Qur'an in the context of her main theme of homosexuality.
In the broadcast on 18 August 2011, the presenter focused her
discussion on another Qur'anic verse (Sura Al-Baqra, verse 221) and gave her interpretation of that verse as being critical of mixed-faith marriages.
Ofcom obtained an independent translation of the two programmes from the original Urdu into
English. We first noted the following two statements made by the presenter in the programme broadcast on 17 August 2011:
What should be done if they do it [practise homosexuality] If there are two such persons among
you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture.
Allah states, „If they do such a deed [i.e. homosexuality], punish them, both physically
and mentally.? Mental punishment means rebuke them, beat them, humiliate them, admonish and curse them, and beat them up. This command was sent in the beginning because capital punishment had not yet been sent down.
In the programme
broadcast on 18 August 2011 the sermon dealt with the issue of mixed-faith marriages, and we noted the presenter made the following statements: [Mushrak is taken to mean a follower of another religion and shirk is the sin of following another religion].
What happens when a Muslim man or woman get married to a Mushrak Listeners! Marriage of a Muslim man or woman with a Mushrak is the straight path to hellfire;
Have my sisters and brothers, who
live with people of bad religions or alien religions, ever thought about what would become of the children they have had with them – and the coming generation?;
Where the filth of shirk is present, where the dirt of shirk is
present, where the heart is impure, how can you remove apparent filth. How many arrangements will you make to remove the apparent filth?;
We are saying that Mushraks have no concept of cleanliness and un- cleanliness;
Rule 2.3: In applying generally accepted standards broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context. Such material may include...
discriminatory treatment or language (for example on the grounds of... religion... and sexual orientation) ....
Rule 2.4: Programmes must not include material (whether in individual programmes or in programmes taken together)
which, taking into account the context, condones or glamorises violent, dangerous or seriously antisocial behaviour and is likely to encourage others to copy such behaviour.
Rule 3.1: Material likely to encourage or incite the
commission of crime or to lead to disorder must not be included in television or radio services.
Rule 4.1: Broadcasters must exercise the proper degree of responsibility with respect to the content of programmes which are
Ofcom unsurprisingly concluded that the broadcasts breached rules 2.3, 2.4, 3.1 and 4.1.
Ofcom regards the breaches in this case as serious breaches of the Code. In particular, in relation to Rule 3.1,
Ofcom views any incident where a licensee has allowed content to be broadcast that is likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder as a significant contravention of the Code. Ofcom therefore puts the Licensee on notice
that we will consider these breaches for the imposition of a statutory sanction.
The Indonesian city of Tasikmalaya in West Java is seeking to implement Sharia based laws which would make it compulsory for all Muslim women in the city to wear headscarfs and criminalise homosexuality. The law also outlaws adultery, pornography and the
consumption of alcohol within the municipality's borders.
Homosexuality is not an offence under Indonesia's national laws. However many local government areas within the country have sought to ban it by including it in local public morality laws.
The Tasikmalaya law was originally passed by councillors from Islamic parties in 2009 but city officials have taken until now to develop the regulations needed to implement it.
Tasikmalaya city secretary Tio Indra Setiadi told OnIslam.net
that the city would set up a squad of Sharia police to enforce the law like those already operating in Indonesia's province of Aceh. He said: people intending to report violations of the bylaw will face difficulties if we don't have an apparatus to
The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has the power to throw out the law within 30 days if he believes it conflicts with constitutional human rights protections, or it can be challenged in the Supreme Court of
Indonesia. Recent reports suggest that Indonesia's Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi may also be prepared to act to block the law or require the watering down of some components of it.
A Canadian Muslim gay activist launched her controversial new book in Malaysia despite a government minister's attempts to shut down the event.
Irshad Manji launched Allah, Liberty and Love at a hastily arranged event in the capital
Kuala Lumpur after two other venues pulled out of hosting her, according to local publisher ZI Publications.
Jamil Khir Baharom, minister in charge of Islamic affairs, had said Islamic officials and the Home Ministry would not allow the author's
roadshow in the country following complaints. He was quoted by national news agency Bernama as saying that the book was offensive to Muslims as was Manji's ideology and openly gay lifestyle, which was deemed to be against Islam.
Manji's website, the book, now available in the local Malay language:
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The book has not been officially banned in Malaysia, thou Manji's previous internationally acclaimed book, The Trouble with Islam Today , is banned.
Manji also faced problems while touring Indonesia
before coming to Malaysia. Police shut down several events after the Islamic Defenders Front group held violent protests condemning her liberal views on Islam and her homosexuality.
Saudi Arabia is set to step up repression of gays and tomboys (masculine-oriented girls) by banning them from schools and universities, according to a media report.
The hated religious police will be responsible for enforcing the new restrictions.
The Sharq daily reported:
Instructions have been issued to all public schools and universities to ban the entry of gays and tomboys and to intensify their efforts to fight this phenomenon, which has been promoted by
Students will be allowed to resume their studies if they can prove that they have stopped such practices .
Most children of guest workers and other foreigners in Saudi Arabia attend international private
schools, which will not be covered by the ban.
Hard-right politicians in Hungary have introduced measures that would ban public discussion of homosexuality.
In a move similar to those made in St Petersburg recently, a member of the far right Jobbik party has tabled three bills that would ban
any positive mention of what the bill describes as sexual disorders such as homosexuality.
Two of the bills are amendments to Hungary's constitution, which would see an outright ban on any public events or speeches that propagate homosexuality, transgenderism or bisexuality.
The third bill would amend laws on advertising and the media to forbid what is claimed to be gay propaganda .
The amendments propose fines of over 500 Euros or jail sentences of up to three years, and eight years in some cases.
The news comes soon after a Budapest municipal court overturning a police ban on the city's Pride March.
Police had refused permission for the march, claiming they could not redirect traffic - despite having no problem doing so for other
marches and events along the same route. A similar attempt to ban the Pride March last year was also swiftly overturned by the Metropolitan Court.
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, intervened to prevent a Christian advertising campaign from promoting the idea that gay people can be converted to heterosexuality.
The advert was due to say: Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!
A few days before the ads were due to appear on buses Johnson ordered his transport chiefs to pull the adverts booked by two Anglican groups following 'outrage' among gay campaigners and politicians saying that they were homophobic. Johnson
London is one of the most tolerant cities in the world and intolerant of intolerance. It is clearly offensive to suggest that being gay is an illness that someone recovers from and I am not prepared to have that
suggestion driven around London on our buses.
The adverts were booked on behalf of the Core Issues Trust whose leader, Mike Davidson, claims homoerotic behaviour is sinful . His charity funds reparative therapy for gay Christians, which it claims can
develop their heterosexual potential . The campaign was also backed by Anglican Mainstream , a worldwide Anglican group.
The Christian groups insisted the advert had been cleared with Transport for London (TfL). Davidson said:
I didn't realise censorship was in place. We went through the correct channels and we were encouraged by the bus company to go through their procedures. They okayed it and now it has been pulled.
Outdoor, the media company that sells the bus advertising sites, said the ad had been passed for display by the Committee of Advertising Practice.
The campaign was an explicit attempt to hit back at the gay rights group Stonewall, which as part of
its lobbying for the extension of marriage to gay couples is running its own bus adverts saying: Some people are gay. Get over it. The Christian groups used the same black, red and white colour scheme as Stonewall and in a statement announcing the
campaign accused it of promoting the false idea that there is indisputable scientific evidence that people are born gay .
Update: Asserting the right of freedom of expression to badmouth gays
A Christian group which had its
advertisement pulled from London buses after it was described as anti-gay has said it is considering legal action.
TfL had said the advert was not consistent with its commitment to a tolerant city.
Anglican Mainstream has instructed a law
firm to look at whether Transport for London (TfL) acted illegally when it scrapped the adverts. It said it wanted to know what happened to its contract with TfL for the ads, which implied people could be ex-gay .
Tom Ellis from legal firm
Aughton Ainsworth said he was going to examine whether the ban was a breach of contract and the group's right to freedom of expression.
The banning of silly Christian bus adverts reveals the contempt in which the mayor holds ordinary Londoners.
Last week, Boris Johnson, the perennially silly mayor of London, announced that he would ban a planned series of
posters on London buses which shouted: NOT GAY! EX-GAY, POST-GAY AND PROUD. GET OVER IT! The message was penned by the Christian campaign group, the Core Issues Trust, which believes that homosexuality is curable through therapy and religious
Boris Johnson has said that he feared that there would have been an intense backlash if he had allowed a Christian advertising campaign promoting the idea that gay people can be converted to heterosexuality to be plastered on London's buses.
He talked about his decision to censor the posters as he took part in a mayoral debate jointly organised by London Church Leaders, Faith to Engage, and the Evangelical Alliance.
He said that he made his decision not only because he thought an
advert which suggested that gay people could be cured was likely to cause great offence , but also because of the possible reverberations for London's Christian community. Hesaid:
The job of mayor is to unite,
the job is to stop prejudice, and actually the backlash would be so intense it would not have been in the interest of Christian people in this city.
Ken Livingstone told the audience that the advert would only have served to reinforce
Two Russian men have been arrested for illegally engaging in pro-gay propaganda, in the first-ever enforcement of a homophobic new law that bans making statements supporting homosexuality in public.
Police in St Petersburg arrested the pair
as they were standing in a central district of Russia's second-largest city and holding up placards reading Homosexuality is normal. i
This St Petersburg law banning favourable comments about homosexuality is a shame. This law is
absolutely discriminatory and it takes away the right to freedom of expression and assembly from citizens of non-traditional orientations, said Tatyana Lokshina, spokeswoman for the NGO Human Rights Watch.
Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseyev has been fined 5,000 roubles (104 GBP) under a St. Petersburg law for spreading gay propaganda among minors. The fine was imposed after the court ruled that Alekseyev had spread propaganda
about homosexual relations among minors when he held a sign in a public place last month that stated homosexuality was not a perversion. Alekseyev has pledged to appeal the ruling
Malaysia has issued a directive to state-owned TV stations ordering them to ban and remove LGBT characters, and says it will expand the order to privately owned stations,
The Information Department has banned shows featuring gay characters, Deputy
Information, Communications and Homophobic Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz confirmed. He said the ban was effective immediately but would only start with state-owned TV and radio stations.
If it means cancelling some of the shows,
so be it, he told The Star, adding that the decision was to curb the influence of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
He also said the decision will be expanded to cover privately-owned stations as well as satellite TV
providers. As for foreign productions, he said the Censorship Board will remove episodes from running TV shows and bar movies with gay characters from being screened locally.
The directive appeared on the Information Department Facebook page:
Effective immediately, radio and TV stations are asked to stop screening shows which feature gay, effeminate men as well as characters that go against the norm of a religious society because this encourages and promotes
In the face of justified criticism of Malaysia's homophobic ban an gays on TV, officials have been blathering about the ban, simultaneously both denying and confirming it.
Malaysia has no plan to ban state media programmes featuring LGBT
characters ...BUT... retains the right to select suitable content for the public, officials have 'clarified'.
With the message stirring up a hot debate online, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yaim and his deputy sought
to explain the official stance only to cause much more confusion.
There is no ban on any artistic performance by any segment of society, including those acronymed as soft men, Rais wrote on Twitter. The ministry ...HOWEVER... reserves the right to select contents suitable to the general public since the country is a multi-racial, religious and cultural one, he added.
Rais's deputy Maglin Dennis D'Cruz added to the contradictory government bollox. Whilst onfirming the ban as a mistake, he noted there is indeed a directive and a guideline will be produced to avoid putting LGBT characters on screen or the
Florida nutters have been writing masses of letters protesting at LGBT elements in the video games Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
It is suspected that the Florida Family Association is directing the campaign aimed
at Entertainment Arts (EA) because of the same-sex relationship content.
The Family Research Council, led by Tony Perkins, is also involved. In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! said
EA is standing up for same sex relationships in games despite the nutter 'outrage'.
Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn't about
protecting children, it's about political harassment, Jeff Brown, VP of corporate communications told gamesindustry.biz .
The letters have been directed to EA's top
brass. Many of them threaten to boycott EA's titles if the publisher refuses to remove same-sex relationship content. The letters also infer that the LGBT content is somehow forced upon children, exposing them to LGBT themes.
However the M (17)
rated games are not for children, nor do they force LGBT content on a player - it's merely an option for gamers who wish to replicate their real-life sexual orientation.