ISIS executes 10 for being gay in Syria
Islamic State militants executed nine men and a boy accused of being gay in Syria on Monday (21 September), a monitoring group has said.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadists shot dead seven men in Rastan, a town in central Syria, ‘after accusing them of being homosexual.’
Two men and a boy – his age is not known – were also executed in the northern town of Hreitan for the same reason, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
He said the executions were carried out in public but IS fighters destroyed any cameras that had been used to film the killings.
ISIS has branded LGBTI people ‘the worst of all creatures’ and claimed responsibility for the executions at least 30 gay men.
Last month, the United Nations Security Council heard from two gay men who had fled the terror group.
‘ISIS are also professional when it comes to tracking gay people,’ said one of the survivors.
‘They hunt them down one by one. When they capture people, they go through his phone and his contacts and Facebook friends. They are trying to track down every gay man. And it’s like dominoes. If one goes, the others will be taken down too.’
June 28, 2016
Linda Harvey: Fight for gay rights, not climate change
Linda Harvey, Mission: America, is incandescent that President Obama “continues to exalt the climate-change agenda above actual global crises,” meaning the “crises” of gay rights and reproductive freedom.
“Disease, emotional trauma, mutilation, family division, domestic violence and self-harm follow in the wake of LGBTQ identities and reproductive rights”. Harvey published her column in WorldNetDaily. She said: “There’s no way to disguise or adequately manage the wreckage left in the wake of these unnatural, life-rejecting behaviors.”
She is warning that “our culture’s current embrace of sexual licence is an environmental disaster”, the Religious Right activist declared that “the Gulf oil spill is pond scum in comparison.”
Linda Harvey is furious about US fighting for climate change and leaving gay rights behind, and called for rethinking of ‘sustainability’ word.
She said: “If you still have your children in a public school, you might want to have a talk with them about the true meaning of ‘sustainability’. Or you may want to call your kids who are off at college. Will any of those university courses on their ‘green’ campuses assign students a project to evaluate the carbon footprint of a ‘gay pride’ parade? Or and abortion clinic?”
June 27, 2016
Vladimir Putin denied he talked with Sir Elton John over the phone
Sir Elton John claimed he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone, but Putin denied they ever talked over the phone about gay rights.
The president’s spokesman said: “Putin did not have a conversation with Elton John, and, what’s more, we have not received any requests from him for a meeting.”
“The president has always been open to discuss human rights issues. The president, I’m sure, will be ready to meet with Elton John, too, if there is such a request.” He added.
Social media post appeared on Elton’s profile in which he thanked the Russian leader for “reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today”. Without actually explaining what they talked about, it finished: “I look forward to meeting with you face to face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.”
A spokesperson for the Elton John Aids Foundation is avoiding requests for comment on the subject.
An LGBT activist, Yuri Gavrikov, said a meeting between John and Putin could have a positive effects.
He told the Govorit Moskva radio station: “Water wears away stone. Any statement in the public space by some significant person or another changes the views of both politicians and people. So it’s not worth waiting for manna from heaven, but I think we can expect another push to somehow change the situation in Russia.”
June 25, 2016
LGBTI advocacy group publishes guidelines for firms to support transgender staff
‘There are great disparities in workplace equality that disproportionately affect the transgender community,’ said Out & Equal Founder and CEO Selisse Berry in the forward to the guide.
‘The Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines emerged from overwhelming requests from our corporate partners asking how to best support their transgender and gender-diverse employees.
‘Fortune 1000 companies reached out to us wanting to fully understand how to best support their transgender employees and coworkers.’
‘I am proud of the guidelines we’re presenting and confident that they will foster more inclusive policies and more welcoming workplaces for everyone in the LGBT community.’
‘This a brilliant and very welcomed initiative by Out & Equal,’ she told Gay Star Business.
‘Too many organizations exclude transgendered employees in their polices and guidelines. I’m really pleased that this new guide covers non-binary employees as well as those who wish to transition. This is essential reading for all employers.’
Its annual Workplace Summit is expected to attract 3,000 attendants to the Hilton Antole Hotel in Dallas. Speakers including the openly gay Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker; former NBA player Jason Collins; and Frank Bagiano, Chairman of First Data Corporation.
June 22, 2016
Outed Republican against LGBTI protections loses city council race in Indiana
Brent Randall has lost his race for a seat on the city council in Goshen, Indiana.
The Republican candidate Brent Randall was outed during the campaign when it surfaced that he has a profile on a gay dating site that he keeps active.
Last month shortly after Randall went on the record against amending the city’s civil rights ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity, he got outed.
Randall, 53, has confirmed that he has a profile on the site but said he does not consider himself gay or even bisexual.
He didn’t change his views on a hypothetical change to the civil rights ordinance saying he believes ‘in my heart of hearts that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently under the law.’
‘I don’t know why they feel they need special protections when there are other categories that might need protections,’ he said last month. ‘My little experimentation over the last six years hasn’t changed my view on that.
In 2009 Brent Randall got divorced ,after being married with a woman for 22 years and insisted he has not met anyone on the profile.
Brent Randall and Democrat Adam Schart were both running for office for the first time.Brent Randall lost to Adam Schart 1,075 votes to 560.
June 19, 2016
Matt Bomer calls campaign against Houston’s HERO ordinance ‘horrifying’
Former Texan Matt Bomer thinks there’s something as horrifying as his series American Horror Story: Hotel: the campaign against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).
‘The messages being broadcast across Houston attacking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in an attempt to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) go beyond misleading – they’re horrifying,’
‘These malicious ads, funded with a lot of money from anti-equality opponents, slander innocent people with slogans like “no men in women’s bathrooms” and imply transgender Houstonians want non-discrimination protections as a means to abuse children.
‘You and I know this is NOT true,’ Bomer adds. ‘But our opponents are running these deplorable messages in order to deceive voters heading into the November 3rd election. I grew up in the Houston suburbs, and it’s terrible to see what’s happening in my former backyard to try to repeal necessary non-discrimination protections.’
‘I know, Halloween is right around the corner…and an election in Houston is probably the last thing on your mind,’ Bomer writes. ‘But if we don’t fight for these non-discrimination protections — to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, military status, religion, and 10 other traits — the fourth largest city in the country is going to be a much scarier place.’
June 8, 2016
Zimbabwe Activist Vows to Fight for Gay Rights Despite Mugabe Broadside
“Despite all these challenges and the speech by President Mugabe on Monday at the United Nations against gays, I will continue to fight for the rights of all our members,” said Samba.
“I feel honoured to be recognized for the work we are doing in Zimbabwe, although the road has not been easy but like any other person in the country we also want our basic human rights respected,” said Samba.
He said his father confronted him asking why he was a member of that organisation prompting him to share his secret and come out.
“After I came out my family was very supportive and have been ever since. I feel free to live the life I have always wanted to without fear of rejection or condemnation from those close to me. I no longer get questioned about why I prefer men or am not married yet,” said Samba
Samba said he would be in the U.S capitol Washington, Wednesday to conduct meetings with organisations fighting for gay rights and other officials, before returning to Zimbabwe.
May 25, 2016
Obama rips Republican candidates on gay marriage
President Obama on Sunday dismissed Republicans opposed to same-sex marriage as living in another era, saying the national conversation had moved beyond whether gays and lesbians deserve equal marriage rights.
“One of their leading candidates argued that going to prison turns you gay,” Obama said, an apparent reference to Ben Carson, who had claimed that homosexuality in prison is proof that being gay is a choice.
“I’m just stating the facts,” Obama continued. “Another candidate boasts that he introduced an amendment to end nationwide marriage equality. One said he loves the Constitution except for Article 3.”
The President said that “America has left the leaders of the Republican Party behind.”
“We need to reject politicians who are supporting new forms of discrimination as a way to scare up votes,” he added. “That’s not how we move America forward.”
During the event at Gotham Hall, which Democratic donors paid upwards of $33,400 to attend, Obama claimed Republican presidential contenders were pining for an era of economic failure.
“In their world, everything was terrific back in 2008 when we were in the midst of a spiral into the worst financial crisis and economic crisis since the Great Depression, when unemployment and uninsured rates were rising and when our economy was shedding jobs each month, and we were mired in two wars, hopelessly addicted to foreign oil, and bin Laden was still at large,” he said.
“Those were the Golden Years, apparently.“
May 22, 2016
Hillary Clinton to Speak to Gay Rights Group in October
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton will be addressing the staff, board, and volunteer leaders of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT group, on Oct. 3.
Calling Clinton a “visionary leader,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement announcing the address that the former secretary of state “is a tremendous advocate for equality and has been a tireless champion for the advancement of LGBT rights as human rights around the globe.”
“Secretary Clinton is a tremendous advocate for equality and has been a tireless champion for the advancement of LGBT rights as human rights around the globe,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, a former aide in Bill Clinton’s White House. “A visionary leader fighting for an America where everyone is treated with equal respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, we’re thrilled Secretary Clinton will join us to discuss the challenges ahead in the fight for full federal equality.”
“A visionary leader fighting for an America where everyone is treated with equal respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, we’re thrilled Secretary Clinton will join us to discuss the challenges ahead in the fight for full federal equality.”
Gay and lesbian voters, meanwhile, are a reliable Democratic bloc and their checkbooks help them wield even a greater political influence. In 2012, exit polls showed roughly six million LBGT voters cast ballots and 76% of self-identified voters in those surveys said they voted for President Barack Obama’s re-election. (The President won by fewer than five million votes.) Clinton has aggressively courted these voters as she pursues her party’s nomination.
May 20, 2016
Putin calls Elton John to talks about gay rights
Russian President Vladimir Putin has phoned pop star Elton John and proposed a meeting, according to the Kremlin.
Sir Elton has said he wants to talk to Mr Putin about his “ridiculous” attitude to gay rights.
The singer previously fell victim to pranksters who impersonated the Russian leader on the phone.
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian media that Mr Putin had this time called the singer and asked him not to be offended by the hoax.
Mr Putin said on Thursday he was ready to meet Sir Elton – when their schedules allowed it – and discuss “any issues of interest” to the British star, Mr Peskov said.
Russia has faced international criticism for its laws on homosexuality, including a 2013 bill prosecuting people for providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.
Speaking to the BBC earlier in September, Sir Elton said Mr Putin’s attitude to gay people was “isolating and prejudiced” and “ridiculous”.
Prankster Vladimir Krasnov admitted his involvement, telling the BBC and Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that he made the call with his sidekick Alexei Stolyarov, known as “Lexus”.
May 12, 2016