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
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
Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin planning to fix a date to discuss LGBT rights
LGBT rights will be discussed by Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin in an open dialogue.
Sir Elton John fell victim to a hoax earlier this year after he asked Putin, despite his large fallowing in Russia.
After he was subjected to a hoax call from a fake Putin, the real Putin got in touch to discuss LGBT rights – and offered to meet with the singer in future.
Sir Elton said: “I’ve talked to him on the telephone – we’re trying to arrange a date when I can go to Moscow and talk to him.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had to go above and beyond to convince Sir Elton that the real Putin did want to talk, after the hoax call.
He said: “At first [Sir Elton John] hesitated.
“We decided to ask Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko to get in touch with the musician and tell him about the phone call.
“In the beginning, Yakovenko had certain problems to explain to the musician that he was really the Russian ambassador and that the real president of Russia wanted to talk to him.”
Sir Elton added: “I feel very honoured that he wants to see me and he’s put the olive branch out and it’s essential that I do go over there and just put my foot in the water and see what we can do change the situation for LGBT people in Russia.
“Even though the Russians say it’s great it is very very, it’s not great at all. But you know, as I said, I want to try and knock the wall down a little bit, so I will be trying to go and see him.
“He was very pleasant on the phone, he apologised for the fake interview I did. He was very genial and I was very very impressed.”
June 13, 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
Footballer John Fashanu paid brother Justin £75,000 to ‘stop him coming out’
Premier League footballer John Fashanu said that he paid his brother Justin £75,000 to ‘stop him coming out.’
Justin – the first and only one openly gay footballer – committed suicide in 1998.
The former Wimbledon striker tried to buy his older brother’s silence after he said to him about his plans to go public with his sexuality.
‘I begged him, I threatened him , I did everything I could do to try and stop him coming out public with his sexuality,’ he said.
‘I gave him the money because I didn’t want the embarrassment for me or my family. Had he come out now, it would be a different ball game‘.
‘There wouldn’t be an issue, but there was then. Things are different now. Now he’d be hailed a hero.’
‘But things have changed and I make it very clear: I was wrong. It was ignorance on my behalf,’ he said.
‘I didn’t understand him. I was trying to protect my family and I was worried about the effect on my career.
‘In the process I lost my brother and I am very sad about that.
‘He committed suicide because he was so distraught the world would not accept a black man who was homosexual.’
Justin came out in a 1990 newspaper interview, back then he claimed to have had an affair with a married Conservative MP.
June 7, 2016
Arizona to pay $200,000 to lawyers who won gay marriage case
PHOENIX – Lawyers who persuaded a judge nearly a year ago to overturn Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban will receive $200,000 from the state to cover attorney fees and other costs in bringing the legal challenge.
Federal law lets those who prevail in civil rights cases seek compensation for the costs of bringing such lawsuits to court.
The decision on the Arizona law came after gay marriage bans were struck down in more than two dozen states.
Then, the U.S. Supreme Court declared this summer that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.
Arizona lawmakers approved a state law barring same-sex marriages in 1996.
Seven years later, an Arizona appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the law.
Voters in 2008 amended the Arizona Constitution to include a ban.
May 27, 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
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
Heavy Security For Pride In Belgrade
Several hundred gay rights supporters marched through the Serbian capital after riot police shut down the city centre to ensure security and senior officials warned that violence would not be tolerated.
Around 300 people marched through Belgrade from the government building to the Serbian parliament on Sunday after riot police closed off the city centre to ensure the safety of the Pride parade, which has been attacked by right-wingers in previous years.
The gay rights supporters marched behind a truck decked with balloons and blasting music from a sound system, waving rainbow Gay Pride flags and carrying banners with slogans like “My rights, my demands” and “Let me love the one I want to, not the one I have to”.
“This is a great day for the LGBT community and for human rights,” said one of the marchers, the well-known Serbian playwright Biljana Srbljanovic.
The first ever Belgrade Pride Parade in 2001 was disrupted by a large group of far-right nationalists who attacked and beat up the participants.
Belgrade Pride Week 2015 ran from September 14 and ended with the parade on Sunday.
During the week, activities including debates, cultural and entertainment programmes were held with the aim of making the general public more aware of the situation for LGBT people in Serbia.
May 18, 2016
Gay man beaten in St-Tite in apparent homophobic attack
A 21-year-old gay man from Trois-Rivières believes he was the target of a homophobic attack at the Festival Western de St-Tite in Quebec’s Mauricie region.
Mathieu Grégoire had to be treated in hospital after the Friday attack.
“I looked at him and said ‘you’re super hot’, said Grégoire. “The guy thought I was saying he was drunk, and that I was insulting him.”
Grégoire used the French word “chaud” which means “hot”, but could also be taken to mean “drunk”.
He said his sister tried to calm the situation by telling the man that Grégoire was giving him a compliment.
Motivated by homophobia, victim says
He’s convinced that the assault happened because he’s gay.
“If the guy had called me an idiot, I would not have turned to confront him. My sister would have taken me by the hand and led me away,” said Grégoire.
On Thursday night, a man ended up in a coma after being kicked in the head. He has since regained consciousness.
“There’s no room for this type of behaviour,” festival director Pascal Lafrenière said in a written statement.
“Historically, there haven’t been problems with the festival, given it receives more than 600,000 people each year.”
May 17, 2016