Aceh, Indonesia: 100 Lashes if found guilty of homosexuality

While being gay is not actually illegal, the staunchly religious Indonesian province of Aceh will start dispensing punishment in the form of public canings, for any discovered sexual activities between persons of the same sex.


Being found guilty of homosexuality also means that in addition to the possibility of being publicly given 100 lashes by the cane, the guilty party could also face imprisonment for up to 100 months or pay a maximum fine of 1,000 grams of fine gold.


Human rights activists have been calling for the abolishment of the law to no avail. Islami Hasani is an activist with the prominent Indonesian rights group Setera Institute for Democracy and Peace and has criticized the law as being “cruel, inhumane and against the constitution.”


Being LGBT is not illegal in Indonesia, according to national law, but Aceh has a degree of autonomy from the state. Since 2005, Aceh slowly implemented Islamic Sharia laws.

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Putin talks gay rights on 60 Minutes

Headlines were made by Vladimir Putin when he agreed to meet with the singer Elton John who is an international advocate of gay rights who has been critical of the Russian leader and requested a meeting with Putin to discuss his concerns. Putin’s phone call to Elton John, reported by the Kremlin, came in response to a recent prank by two Russian satirists who contacted the singer pretending to be Putin and a translator.

In the U.S., Putin points out, some states still have laws on the books against same-sex relations. (This is partly true; all such laws were invalidated in 2003 by the Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.)


In Russia, Putin adds, “We have no persecution at all. People of non-traditional sexual orientation work, they live in peace, they get promoted, they get state awards for their achievements in science and arts or other areas. I personally have awarded them medals.”


Putin also defends Russia’s controversial gay “propaganda” law. “I don’t see anything un-democratic in this legal act,” Putin tells 60 Minutes. “I believe we should leave kids in peace. We should give them a chance to grow, help them to realize who they are and decide for themselves. Do they consider themselves a man or a woman? A female? A male? Do they want to live in a normal, natural marriage or a non-traditional one? That’s the only thing I wanted to talk about. I don’t see here any infringement on the rights of gay people.”

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Ian McKellen talks LGBT rights

Stage and screen legend Ian McKellen has called upon other gay actors to reveal their sexuality to the world.


McKellen, 76, returned to his school in Bolton to spread the message of the gay rights organisation Stonewall, and to offer some words of encouragement to the pupils of his alma mater.


“If the world is going to improve in the next 50 years as much as it has in the last 50, you’re going to have a great life.”


He then delighted the school assembly with his famous Gandalf line from Lord of the Rings, “You shall not pass!”


The acting legend recalled how hard it could be at school for people singled out as being different. He remembered his own experience of being gay at school, with the added difficulty of homosexuality being illegal at that time.

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Catholic Priest Tells of ‘Secret Agony’ Over Being Gay

A gay priest from Northern Ireland has told how his efforts to keep his sexuality a secret left him feeling suicidal.


The man said he contacted the Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster because he had no one else to talk to about his situation. But he was voiced by an actor in the interview.


About his sexuality, he said: “I couldn’t express it in any way. My parents are very conservative in their views and thinking, and being surrounded by people making homophobic remarks and viewpoints was really difficult,”


“I really struggled with my sexuality and I suppose I still do to some extent. So for someone to say it’s a lifestyle choice is nothing short of a disgusting slur because there are times I wish I wasn’t gay,”


“It’s driven me at times to feel like committing suicide. It’s been very difficult on my mental health.”


The priest described being on a long stressful journey that had taken its toll on his health.

He said he had been driven to alcohol and spent days in bed “locking out the world” and not communicating with people.

“I had been driven to contemplate suicide, and recently I had felt in that position and it has taken its toll on my mental health, and there are others who feel the same,” he said.

“I felt the burden was getting too much and I was struggling every day. It does weigh heavily on my mind. I am not saying I will go through with it, I am saying I will contemplate it.”

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Roger Moore: James Bond Can’t Be Gay or Woman

Roger Moore sparked controversy after his comments regarding the possibility of a black actor Idris Elba taking on the role.


Roger Moore told the Daily Mail: “I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond. But they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote”.


He has dismissed the idea of the next James Bond being portrayed as homosexual or played by a woman, saying: “It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist – it is simply about being true to the character.”


Also, Pierce Brosnan caused a storm recently, when he was asked if Bond could be portrayed as gay or bisexual, he responded: “Sure. Why not?”

But added: “I don’t think [the producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen.”


Daniel Craig backed the idea of a different Bond, saying: “I don’t give a f**k if a black or female actor takes on the role.”


The author of the latest Bond novel “Trigger Mortis”, Anthony Horowitz, recently apologised for a previous statement in which he called Idris Elba “too street” to play Bond.


New Bond movie “Spectre” is being released in the UK and Ireland, and will hit cinemas on October 26.

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Sam Smith: “I want to be a spokesperson for everyone: Straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want to be limited.”

A singer, Sam Smith, was asked about his role in the LGBT community last year, and his answer was: “I’m not trying to be a spokesperson”. That comment started controversy, but in a recent interview, he explained his answer. He clarified that he doesn’t want to be only a spokesperson, he want to be more than that too.


The singer told NME: “I’m a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of,”


“I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that’s a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realize it’s by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion.”


In talk with Digital Spy in September 2014, Smith said: “It sounds awful of me, but I’m really just trying to live my life and write music about it,”


“That’s what I do. I’m not trying to heal the world. From a young age I’ve always been like this, so it’s been normal. My family and friends have made it feel normal and I’m not going to stop that now.”


He continued: “I’m a singer and a songwriter. I get upset sometimes, because I don’t talk about it too much. People say to me, ‘He doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community.’ It’s like, I do. Of course, I do,”


At the end, he concluded: “But I want to be a spokesperson for everyone: Straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want to be limited.” He concluded.

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Police suspect basketball star was murdered after online date

The basketball star was killed after arranging a date on a gay dating site.

His death is being investigated as a murder.

Current focus of investigation is a popular gay hook-up app which might have been related to the murder.

On Sunday he was reported missing after he didn’t return home. Later he was found by an NYPD officer on the back seat of his car , dead.

First thought was a suicide but after a further investigation a serious skull fracture was found on his head which confirmed it was definitely a murder.

His career started in Arizona Wildcats in 1998. He played there until 2000.

New York Knick drafted him in 2001 but he never really made it to the main roster of the team so he decided to play in France, Poland, Turkey where he was dominant.

“Gentle-giant”, so called by his family, was a loved member of his family who were shocked and devastated.

Randolph Berry, the stars cousin, was in disbelief when he found out that Wright was gay and there was some foul play.

Wright was on the way to coming back to serious basketball leagues for at least two more years before retiring.

Police report states that there are still no arrests and that investigation is still going on, and that they are doing everything in their power to solve this one.

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Nicky Morgan: ‘Gay cure’ therapies must be eradicated in the UK

The PinkNews Awards took place at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on October 21, and the Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities held a speech to present the award for Community Group of the Year.


Education Secretary Nicky Morgan was saying that “we must stamp out ‘gay cure’ therapies in the UK”.


After mentioning how her department had made progress on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, she said that the practice of “gay cure” therapies must be eradicated.


“I was shocked to discover that one in 10 social and healthcare staff have heard colleagues express the belief that someone can be cured of being gay.”


“Let me be clear: gay cure therapies have no place in our countries and we must stamp them out.” Morgan said.


She also presented her plans for future work on LGBT rights: “I wanted to share some of my priorities in the months ahead.”


“They are further work on homophobic bullying, building on the £2 million investment in projects to tackle it. I’ve already seen some of the fantastic work this had generated – and I look forward to seeing more in the coming months.”


“Secondly, a clear focus on trans young people. Not only addressing transphobic bullying, but also making sure trans young people get the support and information they need.”


“Thirdly, high quality PSHE which better teaches young people understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, and at the same time ensures that LGBT young people know how to avoid risks and stay safe.”


“Finally, support for LGBT young people who aren’t currently in education, training or employment.”

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Gerard Ryan And Kelly Explore Queer Relationships Unusual Settings

The Glass House, the iconic modernist building located in New Canaan, Conn., was part of the home of architect Philip Johnson and his partner, David Whitney, for more than 40 years until they died in 2005. Now, its intimate history has led performance duo Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly — who themselves have been involved in each other’s lives creatively and romantically for more than a decade — to develop a series of site-specific performance pieces they’ve titled Modern Living.

“Johnson had been living there since 1949, two decades before Stonewall,” Kelly explains. “He and Whitney eventually lived there in this sort of gay domestic partnership, and they gathered a community of mostly closeted gay people from the art world — Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Warhol, Lincoln Kirstein — for social events. It was very queer.”

Beginning in January 2016, the pair will begin to articulate the idea of “queered” spaces in West Hollywood’s Schindler House, another modernist architectural touchstone (designed by Rudolph Schindler as an experiment in cooperative living between two families), and other key modernist homes, such as the Breuer House in the Hudson Valley, and the de Menil in Houston. So far, all of Gerard and Kelly’s works have probed the idea of intimacy as a fluid concept that changes over time.

“That’s part of the project of queerness — questioning those narratives of how one should live one’s life or spend one’s time,” Gerard says. “It’s political for us. The model of marriage can be very constricting and cause a lot of problems for how one lives one’s life. We think this alternate concept is a necessary story that needs to be told.”


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