Rapper Wale: Being Gay Is Now An ‘Advantage’
Rapper Wale, and artist with two number one albums in the U.S., has spoken out against homophobia among other rappers, and in the music industry.
Talking at The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM, he was asked about his opinion whether gay people could be successful in hip hop or not.
Wale responded: “Of course. If a dude was gay, man, he would, what, he’d get a Grammy… They’re gonna make fun of them. They’re gonna throw their Twitter jokes.” But, at the end, it would work very well to the rapper’s advantage.
Wale added: “People are probably going to go bad on me for saying this, but it’s an advantage to be gay in this country right now, that’s just the fact of the matter.”
He also admitted that he is uncomfortable with “certain things” because he wasn’t around them while growing up.
While talking about out Frank Ocean, R’n’B artist, he called him “very dope” and a “hero, a pioneer”.
For Sam Smith, Wale said that he’s “talented” enough to win a Grammy award, but there are “several other people with the same level of ability”.
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February 12, 2016
Captain Underpants book reveals Harold marries a man
In a piece written for the Guardian last month, Pilkey wrote: “People often ask me how I’d want to respond to those critics who would rather see my books pulled from shelves than handed to young readers. I do have an answer, and it boils down to the fact that not every book is right for every person. Some grownups are not amused by the kinds of things that make most children laugh, and so they try to stomp those things out.”
“I understand that people are entitled to their own opinions about books, but it should be just that: a difference of opinion. All that’s required is a simple change. Instead of saying ‘I don’t think children should read this book,’ just add a single word: ‘I don’t think my children should read this book.’
“When it comes to books, we may not all agree on what makes for a good read – but I hope we can agree that letting children choose their own books is crucial to helping them learn to love reading.”
When JK Rowling revealed in 2007 that her character, the wizard Dumbledore, was gay, it prompted worldwide uproar. In March, the author responded to a fan asking “I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him that way?” with the tweet: “Maybe because gay people just look like… people?”
February 12, 2016
Exiled Nigerian Appeals For Gay Dialogue
In January 2014, Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act passed, which could potentially land people in jail if it’s seen as promoting homosexuality.
Even befriending a homosexual is considered as a crime and punishable by 10 years in jail.
Bisi Alimi knows the best. He was assaulted, persecuted and exiled, all because he is gay.
Bisi Alimi, an actor and university lecturer, told Associated Press: “There is no law in the modern world like this law, not even in the Arab world.”
Pointing a finger to a clause making it a crime not to report a “perceived” homosexual, he said: “How do we find out whether this perceived homosexual is indeed homosexual or just a victim of hatred?”
According to a survey commissioned by his new Bisi Alimi Foundation, results showed that a minority of young Nigerians is growing, and 23 percent are willing to accept homosexuality in a family member.
The survey also showed that support for the law is reducing, from 96 percent in 2010 to 87 percent this year.
The survey was conducted via telephone, including 1,000 adults in all parts of the country, and has a 3 percent margin of error.
Alimi pointed out a panel at the British Parliament in London that included about five lawmakers born in Nigeria or of Nigerian parentage, appealing for Nigeria’s former colonizer to use its influence.
Alimi stated: “It’s not about them dictating to Nigeria but letting them [Nigerian policy makers] understand why it’s important economically, politically and socially to not have such laws.”
February 11, 2016
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.
February 10, 2016
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.”
February 10, 2016
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.
February 8, 2016
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.”
February 8, 2016
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.
February 7, 2016
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.
February 6, 2016
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.
February 6, 2016