Gay News

 2012: Oct-Dec



 

  Extremists vs Sextremists...

Femen interrupt anti-gay march and get attacked for their efforts


Link Here 28th November 2012
27th November  
  Coyote Dreams...

Dreams Bar re-opens on Soi 8

 Update: Driven by Homophobia...

Christian bus driver refuses to drive bus with gay rights advert on the side


Link Here 27th November 2012

rotherham busPassengers spent 20 minutes stranded on a bus after its christian driver refused to board because of a gay rights message on the side.

The unnamed driver would not get on the X78 from Rotherham to Sheffield because it bore a billboard for gay lobby group Stonewall, reading: Some people are gay. Get over it!

Passengers sat and waited while the driver argued loudly with colleagues and customers. Eventually, the next X78 service arrived and its driver swapped buses with the protester.

 

23rd November

 

 Update: Cleared of Non-Traditional Sexual Orientation Propaganda...

Russian court drops legal action against Madonna's gay related comments at a recent gig


Link Here 23rd November 2012  full story: Gay in Russia...Russia bans gay parades and legislates against gay rights
 
  Serving Backwardness...

Saudi authorities send text massages to alert men that their women have left the country

  Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus...

Greek nutter takes court action over Corpus Christi and its gay Christ


Link Here 17th November 2012

 

 

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  Historic Step Forward...

Malawi suspends anti-gay laws whilst parliament investigates their constitutionality


Link Here 6th November 2012

 

5th November Offsite Article:
  Banning sex work: the non-evidence base...

 Updated: Hero and Bigot of the Year...

Stonewall announce their gay heroes and bigots nominations


Link Here 2nd November 2012
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  The global war on free speech...

T It's not just China and Russia: editors in Greece and Hungary are being harassed, while Britain's straitened press is in danger of being cowed by powerful interests and excessive regulation. By John Kampfner

 

 

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  It's My Right to Laugh at Offensive Humour...

During Halloween party season I spotted perhaps five Jimmy Savile outfits. I laughed until my sides hurt - and so did everyone there. By Sara C Nelson

 

 Update: The Queer Idea that the Law Doesn't Apply to Christians...

Hotelier discriminating against gays found to be discriminating against gays by a court


Link Here 19th October 2012  full story: Religious Gay Discrimination...Hotelier denies double room to gays

Old BaileyA Christian B&B owner has been told to pay 3,600 in damages to a gay couple who were refused a double bed.

Susanne Wilkinson said she was trying to uphold her beliefs about marriage at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire.

At a court hearing this week, the judge accepted the sincerity of her Christian beliefs and that she had also refused to allow unmarried heterosexual couples from sharing a double bed.

However, the judge ruled that the policy broke equality laws by discriminating against Michael Black and John Morgan. She was ordered to pay damages on the grounds of hurt feelings to the couple.

Wilkinson's legal defence was paid for by The Christian Institute. Spokesman Mike Judge said, rather admitting that such discrimination is against the law:

Yes, Mrs Wilkinson's B&B is a business, but it's also a family home. The law should be more flexible in allowing people to live according to their own values under the own roof.

A bit more balance is needed, rather than allowing one set of rights to automatically suppress another.

 

  Stately Censorship...

Greek state TV censored gay kiss from Downton Abbey


Link Here 18th October 2012

sl500 aa300 Greek state television cut out a gay kiss from the British drama Downton Abbey . The scene involved a kiss between a visiting duke and Downton's footman Thomas Barrow.

Viewers complained about the edit on social networking sites and the country's main opposition party called it an obvious case of censorship . In a statement, the Syriza party described the omission as:

an extreme act of homophobia and discrimination which... we cannot characterize as unprecedented.

The episode in question started late at night at 22:05 local time.

Costas Spyropoulos, managing director of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation squirmed about the censorship:

The love affair between the two men... was not censored ...[BUT]...

The kiss was not shown because of the time the programme was broadcast and the corresponding parental guidance warnings.

 

 Update: Damaged Russians...

Anti-gay campaigners intend to sue Madonna for $10 million


Link Here 18th October 2012  full story: Madonna Crucified...Madonna winds up the nutters

Something To Remember Madonna Madonna has been sent a summons to appear in a Russian court for breaking St Petersburg's homophobic censorship law, during her concert in the city.

Russia Today reported that nine anti-gay plaintiffs intend to make Madonna pay for their supposed  moral suffering following her performance in August.

The pro-Kremlin group Trade Union of Russian Citizens wants the star in court to answer claims of blasphemy and for damaging the anti-gay cultural foundations of St Petersburg.

They are seeking 333 million rubles ($10 million) from Madonna and from the company that organised her show.

The pop star gave out pink wrists bands during the performance to show solidarity with Russia's LGBT community. The complaint also includes a video taken of the concert that allegedly depicts Madonna allegedly stomping on an Orthodox cross.

 

  No Pride in Serbia...

Serbia prime minister whinges at Gay Pride and Ecce Homo art exhibition


Link Here 15th October 2012  full story: No Pride in Serbia...Continuing refusal to accept gay rights

ecce homo by elisabeth ohlsonA top official at Europe's main human rights watchdog has voiced concern after Belgrade banned a gay pride event for the second year running.

Keith Whitmore, of the Council of Europe, called on the authorities in Belgrade to reconsider their decision. The city should respect the right of gay people to free assembly, he said.

The European Commission warned that the decision went against fundamental human rights upheld by the EU. Serbia won EU candidate status earlier this year.

But Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic described the ban on Saturday's event as a victory for Serbia . He added: Nobody will be telling anyone what should happen in Belgrade, be it the EU or any of the countries of the world, or any extremist or radical organisation.

He also condemned a Swedish art exhibition being held in Belgrade to coincide with Pride Week. Ecce Homo features photographs which appear to depict Jesus Christ, naked or wearing high heels, among gay people.

The 2011 Belgrade Pride parade was banned at the last moment supposedly out of fear of a repetition of violence in 2010, when dozens were injured and arrested as protesters opposed to the parade clashed with police.

 

 Update: Anti-Gay Propaganda...

Ukraine parliament passes the first stage of its anti-gay bill


Link Here 10th October 2012  full story: Anti-Gay Law in Ukraine...Ukraine legislates against gay information

Ukraine flagHuman rights campaigners have criticised Ukraine after the country's parliament passed the first stage of a draft LGBT censorship law. A second vote is now scheduled for later this month.

The bill envisages prison terms of up to five years for spreading propaganda of homosexuality .

Lance Price, the executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, an international gay rights organisation, wrote:

By restricting the publication and dissemination of materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity, this bill would severely restrict access to information about health, support networks, and social activities for countless young people.

President Viktor Yanukovych has refused to say whether he will sign the bill into law.

Update: EU Sanctions

14th October 2012. See  article from  gaystarnews.com

EU flagEU Foreign ministers could punish Ukraine for voting for a new law to ban homosexual propaganda by not allowing it visa-free access to Europe.

The laws authors claim gays are a risk to Ukrainian national security. They said:

The spread of homosexuality constitutes a threat to national security as it leads to an HIV AIDS epidemic and also destroys the institute of family and can trigger a demographic crisis.

International bodies including Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have condemned the law. But perhaps the most significant threat comes from Netherlands Foreign Affairs minister Uri Rosenthal. Speaking in the Dutch parliament, he has already said that if the law passes the European Union (EU) should suspend plans to allow Ukrainians visa-free access to Europe.

His threat is significant because all European foreign ministers have to agree to visa changes. So just his one vote could push the visa liberalization off the agenda.

Meanwhile Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have been quick to condemn the recent anti-gay vote in the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

Ulrike Lunacek MEP, co-president of the LGBT Intergroup in the European Parliament, said:

Ukraine has set itself on a collision course with the rest of Europe. This law is not only backward-looking; it is purely anti-democratic, informed by nothing else than prejudice, and fully disrespects Ukraine's legal obligations.

I expected more from my Ukrainian colleagues, but in pre-election times, it is easy to score cheap points by witch-hunting the LGBT community. This is the 21st century, and diversity exists in all our societies.