Germany’s cabinet has backed a bill to clear men handed sentences for homosexuality after World War Two under paragraph 175 of the penal code, which was eventually relaxed in 1969. 50,000 men were convicted under paragraph 175.
Many were sent to jail and some took their own lives because of the stigma.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas said it was a flagrant injustice and those still alive would be given compensation.
The German cabinet decided today to back the bill annulling the sentences and proposing paying compensation to survivors affected. If passed, every man convicted who is still alive will receive a €3,000 lump sum plus a further €1,500 for each year spent in jail.
Only 5,000 men are thought to be eligible for compensation as most have since died.
Some gay users of YouTube are discovering that gay themed content is now being restricted. YouTube has been criticised for having non-explicit videos featuring LGBTQ themes classed as restricted, which filters out “potentially inappropriate” content.
YouTube said: “Some videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature.” Filtering out what is and isn’t appropriate can be difficult in the case of LGBT topics, which are by definition intertwined with health, politics and sexuality.
YouTube followed that statement with another hours later: “We recognise that some videos are incorrectly labelled by our automated system and we realise it’s very important to get this right. We’re working hard to make some improvements.” The company offered no further explanation.
The website’s rules also state that videos “containing nudity or dramatised sexual conduct may be age restricted when the context is appropriately educational, documentary, scientific or artistic. Videos featuring individuals in minimal or revealing clothing may also be age restricted if they’re intended to be sexually provocative but don’t show explicit content.”
Jeffrey John | Press Association | 17070
Here we go again. The Church in Wales has been urged to reconsider its decision to exclude Jeffrey John from its appointments process for the next bishop of Llandaff amid accusations of homophobia.
The chapter of St Albans Cathedral, where Jeffrey John is dean, said on Monday that “the fact that it appears Jeffrey’s sexuality and civil partnership have been used against him in the selection process is wholly wrong, and it is only right that the bishops in Wales review the process before making an appointment”.
Jeremy Pemberton of OneBodyOneFaith called for an inquiry into the Church in Wales’s process before an appointment and for a public apology to be issued to John “for homophobic remarks and attitudes”. The church’s behaviour had been “unjust and discriminatory”, and bishops must abide by their own guidelines regarding candidates who are gay and in civil partnerships.
In 2003, John was appointed as bishop of Reading but the then archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, asked him to stand aside after some traditionalists threatened to leave the Church of England if his consecration went ahead.
John has a long-term relationship with Grant Holmes, another C of E clergyman, and the couple entered a civil partnership in 2006.
Gay Marriage became legal in Finland this year, and on the day the law came into effect, there were many same-sex marriage ceremonies which in some cases were held in groups.
A 23-year-old Kurd who identified himself as Ziryan and from the Kurdistan Region got married to a Finnish man named Tomi on March 1, 2017.
“I have decided to marry a man. It is neither acting nor something artificial. This is my nature which I am proud of,” Ziryan said. “I am not a stranger. It was the society that didn’t accept me.”
He smuggled his way all the way to Finland, taking him two years to get there. He has been living in Finland for one and a half year.
“I am proud to be the first gay Kurd in Finland to hold the ceremony on this historic day, being one of those whose names were written in the history of this country,” he added.
Ziryan told Rudaw that his relatives had tried to kill him in the past.
“I was beaten up twice and injured, trying to kill me.”
A scene from “When we rise” | ABC | 17060
The recent ratings flop of an American TV miniseries about gay rights confirms that Americans are not tuning in to pro-LGBTQ programming, reports Lifesite News.
ABC’s miniseries “When We Rise” was about the “gay rights” revolution. As Heatstreet reported, “When We Rise received saturation ad coverage during the Oscars ahead of its premiere this week. But the hype didn’t work and the show tanked from the first episode.”
When We Rise was the lowest-rated program on the Big 4 US Networks [CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX] and second lowest-rated overall last night, matching the CW’s Supergirl (0.7, even with last week). The CW’s Jane The Virgin (0.3) was off by a tenth.
The Advocate described When We Rise as “a sprawling tale of queer liberation that covers the Stonewall riots to marriage equality to the transgender rights battle.” The ABC series was directed by “out” homosexual Dustin Lance Black, whose previous work includes the acclaimed film “Milk” about Harvey Milk.
In recent years, gay themed television shows have not been successful on American TV. My friends on Facebook who have seen the series were very disappointed and upset by it. Could it be that gay themed TV shows are no longer relevant in some western countries, because we have moved on, and integrated?
Mike Nesbitt | Belfast Telegraph | 17059
Northern Ireland Assemblyman Mike Nesbitt was opposed to gay marriage. Not any more, it appears.
Today he appeared on BBC local radio. When asked “should gay people be able to get married”, he replied, “Yes, they should.”
He admitted he had “caused hurt” by not supporting gay marriage sooner. “There is someone in my circle of acquaintances who does not live in this country because they are gay and will never come back again. That’s wrong. I don’t want a Northern Ireland where people feel although they are born here they can no longer live here because they are gay.”
Gay Activist challenges the Northern Ireland Assembly to get cracking and introduce gay marriage as soon as possible. It is a measure which is long overdue.
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The sun has been shining on Your Activist for the third consecutive day; the temperature could almost be described as “warm”; on the radio, we heard a man have a request played for his tortoise, Dougal, who has just emerged from hibernation; and the daffodils are out. Now, however we have proof of what we were beginning to suspect: it’s Spring, and Stephen Lehane, from Glenageary, has won the 12th annual Mr Gay Ireland competition.
Before you know it, it will be Pride.
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Abbey Kyeyune, a gay Ugandan-born asylum seeker currently living in Manchester, is facing deportation to his place of birth, where homosexuality is punishable by life imprisonment.
Mr Kyeyune says Home Office officials decided he had failed to sufficiently “prove” his sexuality.
He fled Uganda after his family members discovered that he was having a relationship with another man, and became physically violent towards him. Ugandan authorities had issued a warrant for his arrest. He also discovered that his boyfriend had been arrested and detained because of his sexuality.
Updated guidance on LGBT asylum claims was recently published by the Home Office, which forbids “detailed questioning in regard to sexual practices” and requests for “sexually explicit evidence”.
However, Mr Kyeyune’s Home Office interview occurred before this new guidance was in place.
A South Boston veterans council, facing withering criticism, reversed course on Friday and extended an unconditional invitation to the group of gay veterans it had barred from marching in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
OUTVETS, a group of LGBT veterans, will now march in the March 19 parade with its rainbow banner and logo, a point of contention that the Allied War Veterans Council had cited when it voted on Tuesday to reject the organization.
The war veterans council on Friday night agreed unanimously to invite OUTVETS to the parade with no restrictions on the display of the rainbow flag.
And they have enough egg on their faces to provide plenty of free omelettes.
A Russian mayor has declared his town a ‘gay-free zone’. ‘They won’t get here, even from the West,’ boasted Sergey Davydov, who runs Svetogorsk, which is on the frontier with Finland.
The former military commissar has been branded a ‘clown’ and an ‘idiot’ for supposing he has no homosexual people among a population of 15,000.
Since his announcement, two LGBT activists were detained seeking to enter Svetogorsk after travelling from St Petersburg. The pair were ‘expelled’ from the town because special permits are needed to enter because it lies on the border, said Davydov.
Regional MP Vladimir Petrov, who represents Slantsy district, said: “I understand Svetogorsk town is free from gays, because this is what the mayor, a colonel of the Russian army, has said. And who can we trust more in this country if not an officer?”