The pope has banned homosexuals and anyone supporting what he calls ‘gay culture’ from becoming a Catholic priest.
Anyone ‘practising homosexuality, showing deep-seated homosexual tendencies or supporting what is called gay culture’ would not be eligible for holy orders.
Happy Christmas to you, too, Francis.
Religious conservatism and restrictive policies in the Phillipines that the Duterte administration has inherited are fueling a rising HIV epidemic in the Philippines, particularly among men who have sex with men, say Human Rights Watch.
Condoms are not currently generally available in the Phillipines.
The report said Philippines has outstripped its Asia Pacific neighbours in terms of HIV prevalence, with statistics showing a tenfold increase in cases recorded over the last five years. It said last year, the Philippine Health Department reported that at least 11 cities recorded high HIV prevalence rates of more than 5 percent among the MSM, with Cebu City – the country’s second-largest city – recording a staggering 15 percent prevalence rate.
The numbers were markedly higher than the overall prevalence rate for the Asia Pacific region, which was just 0.2 percent, as well as the rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, which has the most serious HIV epidemic in the world but has a rate of 4.7 percent for those in that group.
A gay man has failed in an attempt to have his legal challenge to the ban in Northern Ireland on homosexual blood donations examined by the UK’s most senior judges. NI’s lifetime ban on gay men donating blood was lifted in September.
The Supreme Court refused the case because the matter was now “academic” and the application did not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance worthy of further consideration.
It brings to an end the four-year legal battle over blood donations from gay men in Northern Ireland.
Malta‘s human rights commission has hailed the island’s parliament’s decision to ban gay conversion therapy, with Malta becoming the first country in the world to do so.
On Monday they voted to criminalize any medical professional found guilty of prescribing the so-called “gay cure” or any practice that seeks to change gender identity.
The new ban will see anyone found guilty fined up to 4,600 euros, or even jailed for up to five years in the most serious cases.
The amendments to Malta‘s Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act will also allow 16-year-olds to independently request a change in their gender on their identity documents.
Malta is one of the most progressive places in the world for LGBT rights.
There have been more hate crimes against gays in Germany than last year, according to the German Government.
Revealing that crimes against homosexuals had risen by a fifth from January to September, Ole Schröder, a Christian Democrat junior minister for the interior, told German MPs last week that a total of 205 incidents had been reported. Those figures compared to 171 reported crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the same period last year. 99 suspects had been identified in 2016, slightly higher than the 86 people investigated last year.
It seems Germany does not have a country-wide system for identifying and reporting hate crimes against gay people.
The German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” said 113 homophobic crimes had been reported in the capital Berlin alone, in the first nine months of the year.
The cities of Hamburg and Cologne don’t collect figures for crimes against homosexuals, it added, despite having vibrant gay scenes.
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New Zealand MP Paul Foster-Bell, a member of the National Party, has announced he is gay, saying preacher Brian Tamaki’s claims about homosexuals causing earthquakes meant he had to speak up.
Foster-Bell, who has never previously spoken publicly about his sexuality, said he wanted to stand up for young, gay New Zealanders who could be questioning their self-worth as a result of Tamaki’s remarks.
Tamaki’s assertion that “gays, sinners, and murderers” cause earthquakes, repeated after last month’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake, has prompted protests.
Foster-Bell said the comments, and other world events, had inspired him to talk about his own experiences.
Furious Dutch MPs have demanded an immediate public inquiry after a government-backed watchdog said it was acceptable for Muslims to send gay people death threats, according to the Express.
The taxpayer-funded hotline said it would not pursue a criminal complaint over horrific messages from radical Islamists because the Koran says gay people can be killed.
The disgraceful stance came to light when a member of the public complained about death threats posted to an online forum which called for homosexuals to be “burned, decapitated and slaughtered”.
Dutch MPs today reacted with horror to the revelations, demanding an immediate inquiry into the remarks and calling for the hotline to be stripped of public funding.
A U.S. appeals court will consider a closely watched gay rights case today in which Kimberly Hively, an Indiana college professor, who says she lost her job because she is a lesbian, is arguing that federal civil rights law should protect gay people from workplace discrimination.
The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear Ms Hively’s appeal of a July decision by three of its judges who threw out her discrimination case against Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Indiana.
In order to rule in Hively’s favour, the appeals court would have to buck decades of rulings that gay people are not protected by a milestone 1964 U.S. civil rights law.
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Uganda is one the most intolerant places in the world for homosexual people. Many have fled to neighbouring Kenya and are now refugees, waiting to be relocated to a country that will protect them, reports ABC.
Many of them now live in poverty.
The conditions are not much better than Uganda and it is a tough existence. Some turn to prostitution, others make handicrafts, but living and working in dense settlements means there are very few secrets. It is also dangerous.
Umar Walusimbi escaped from Uganda to Kenya.
“Now I’m also here in Kenya. Life is not OK.” Recently he was attacked while walking home. “They called me, “You gay — where you going? Give us money”. They slapped me, I fell down. They wanted even to burn me. They do everything to me.”
This cannot continue.
So Fidel Castro, the Cuban ex-dictator, has died. He is remembered not only for the Cuban Missile Crisis which nearly destroyed the planet. Writing in The Daily Beast, James Kirchick notes:
It should never be forgotten that he was also an oppressor, torturer, and murderer of gay people.
“We would never come to believe that a homosexual could embody the conditions and requirements of conduct that would enable us to consider him a true revolutionary, a true communist militant,” Castro told an interviewer in 1965. “A deviation of that nature clashes with the concept we have of what a militant communist should be.”
In the eyes of Castro and his revolutionary comrade Che Guevara—who frequently referred to gay men as maricones, “faggots”—homosexuality was inherently counterrevolutionary, a bourgeois decadence.
Within a very short time of taking office, Cuban police began rounding up gay men. In 1965, the regime established prison work camps known as Military Units to Aid Production which it filled with homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other “undesirable” elements.
Should Your Activist ever come face to face with Mr. Castro in Heaven, I already know how I will handle it.