Fingers crossed for Kimberly

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lgbt-idUSKBN13O2OS

Ugandan gays flee

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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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-29/gay-refugees-flee-uganda/8074964

Castro bites the dust

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.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/27/don-t-forget-fidel-castro-s-brutal-oppression-of-gay-people.html

Delhi marches for freedom

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Hundreds of gay rights activists marched in New Delhi, highlighting the continuing discrimination they face and demanding the repeal of an Indian law criminalizing homosexual acts, reports Associated Press.

As they marched to the beat of drums on Sunday, some parade participants said much has changed in recent years, with people starting to accept them. But others said India’s right-wing government is against gay rights.

Rituparna Borah, an activist, was not very hopeful, saying that the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not supportive of gay rights. “We have yet to have an inclusive society,” she said.

Over the past decade, homosexuals have gained a degree of acceptance in India, especially in big cities. Many bars have gay nights, and some high-profile Bollywood films have dealt with gay issues.

Still, being gay is seen as shameful in most of the country, and many homosexuals remain closeted.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3975596/Gay-rights-activists-march-New-Delhi-parade.html

http://thetandd.com/news/world/gay-rights-activists-march-in-new-delhi-parade/article_ca50c4c8-6a7f-5ba5-84f4-9d4484eb57ad.html

No nookie please, we’re French!

Bruno Beschizza, a French mayor, has decreed that posters promoting an Aids prevention campaign should be taken down to protect children.

Mr Beschizza claimed the Government’s public health posters, which depict men kissing and embracing along with slogans extolling the benefits of contraceptives, would confuse children.

Mr Beschizza is the mayor of Aulnay-sous-Bois near Paris.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-aids-hiv-posters-ban-mayor-protect-children-bruno-beschizza-a7436986.html

“Scumbag” sentenced

Stephen Port will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of four young gay men. Victims’ relatives cheered and clapped as Mr Justice Openshaw told Port he would never be released, and one woman in the public gallery of the Old Bailey courtroom called the impassive Port a “scumbag”.

Port stalked his victims on dating websites like Grindr and plied them with drinks spiked with fatal amounts of the drug GHB. He then raped them while they were unconscious, and dumped their bodies in or near a graveyard within 500 metres of his flat in Barking, east London.

Then he embarked on an elaborate cover-up, disposing of their mobile phones, repeatedly lying to police and even planted a fake suicide note in the hand of one of his victims, taking the blame for the death of another of his victims.

Port was found guilty of the murders after a jury deliberated for 28 hours and 27 minutes. He was also convicted of a string of sex offences against seven other men who came forward following his arrest.

A man in the public gallery shouted at Port: “I hope you die a long slow death you piece of s–t.”

Your Activist is thrilled that, at last, his many victims have received justice. Over the years we have repeatedly reported that gay dating web sites and apps may not be safe. Please please make sure that if you use these apps and sites, you use your common sense and take care.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/25/serial-killer-stephen-port-handed-whole-life-term-murder-four/

How many people were killed by Port?

UK police are reviewing the deaths of dozens men who used sex-enhancing drugs, amid concerns that cases previously dismissed as drug overdoses may be further victims of serial killer Stephen Port.

The Metropolitan Police Service told CNN they had identified at least 58 deaths from poisoning by the date rape drug GHB between June 2011 and October 2015 — the period in which Port carried out his crimes.

“It is not known if these deaths were related to chemsex activities. In many cases police involvement was limited with the matter dealt with by the coroner,” a police spokesman told CNN. “A review of these deaths is now under way to establish any suspicious circumstances.”

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/24/europe/stephen-port-serial-killer-investigation/

Guilty

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Gay serial killer Stephen Port has been found guilty of the murders of four young men using fatal doses of date rape drug GHB.

The 41-year-old chef was also found guilty of the murders of Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and 25-year-old Jack Taylor.

He was also convicted of four rapes, four assaults by penetration and ten counts of administering a substance with intent.

The judge warned Port that he could face a whole life tariff when he is sentenced on Friday.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/23/serial-killer-stephen-port-guilty-date-rape-drug-deaths-three/

Teenage Gay murderer faces jail

Teenager Ben Bamford, who murdered a high-ranking civil servant after they met via the gay dating app Grindr, posed for a picture in hospital while making an obscene gesture, just hours after the killing.

Bamford inflicted more than 40 injuries during a “sustained attack” on senior HM Revenue and Customs official Paul Jefferies, including slashing his throat at his country cottage.

Mr Jefferies was found naked with a tea towel over his head on his blood-covered kitchen floor in Mayfield, East Sussex.

Bamford was found guilty of his murder at at Lewes Crown Court today and is now facing life behind bars.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/22/teenager-guilty-murdering-civil-servant-meeting-via-gay-dating/

Rabbi gets Rainbowed!

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Protesters hung a gay pride rainbow flag overnight on Saturday on the offices of the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate to protest about offensive comments made by the capital’s top Sephardic rabbi about the homosexual community.

The rainbow flag was strung up at the entrance to the office of Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who drew anger after last week calling homosexuality an “abomination” in an interview with an Israeli daily newspaper. The same rainbow colors were drawn in chalk across the entrance way to the steps of the building on Hahavatzelet Street, reports the Times of Israel.

Serves him right!

http://www.timesofisrael.com/protesters-decorate-jerusalem-chief-rabbis-office-with-gay-pride-flag/