The Head teacher of St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk apologised to his pupils after leaflets describing homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered” and “fundamentally dangerous” were found on campus.
The leaflet, “The Church and same sex attraction”, were found by senior students last week. The Roman Catholic school has now removed all copies of the leaflets produced by the Catholic Truth Society and is investigating where they came from.
Describing some gay people as those with “deep-seated tendencies” and gay sex as “acts of grave depravity”, the pamphlet states: “Sometimes people with troubled spirits are urged to ‘adopt a homosexual lifestyle. This can be very harmful. Talking about it with a priest of friend may help….but adopting a homosexual lifestyle will not increase their happiness in the long run.”
Aidan Callahan, a sixth year pupil at St Mungo’s, found the material in the school’s oratory and after reading it, complained to head teacher Stephen Phee.
“Homophobia isn’t an issue at our school, so I was really surprised to see something like this. Mr Phee apologised straight away and said they shouldn’t have been there, and he would investigate how they got there.”
Andrew Turner, the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, is standing down after reportedly telling local college students that homosexuality was “wrong” and “dangerous to society”.
His comments were quickly posted on social media by one of the students, Esther Poucher, 16, who expressed “outrage”. Another student, Toby Sheard, 17, said: “Everyone was shocked, no-one moved, it was complete silence, all of which he was unfazed by and carried on talking.”
Isle of Wight Pride said: “Any person who makes such a statement in a public forum as our MP is dangerous. Suicide rates amongst LGBT young people are still disproportionately high. Mr Turner did not know if anyone in the room was struggling with their sexuality or gender identity.”
Mr Turner said it was time for “a new generation” to take over after his 16 years in Parliament.
A gay civil servant’s husband will be entitled to the same benefits as his heterosexual colleagues’ spouses after a successful legal challenge against government policy.
In a “rare judicial recognition” of the city’s gay community, the High Court rejected the Civil Service Bureau’s stance that it was denying benefits for same-sex spouses to protect “the integrity of the institution of marriage”.
Leung Chun-kwong, who married his partner Scott Adams in New Zealand in 2014, launched the challenge last year against the secretary for the civil service and the commissioner of the Inland Revenue Department, which was reluctant to recognise their union.
The Court of First Instance ruled in Leung’s favour against the bureau in an unprecedented decision that may have an immediate bearing on other gay civil servants who married overseas.
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Philippine Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, in the yellow top, is the first transgender woman to be elected to public office in the Philippines. Geraldine replaced her mother as a district representative after the 2016 elections.
“I may be a neophyte congresswoman but I’m a veteran in politics,” she said over a quiet lunch in her ancestral home.
The election of Roman, who underwent sex reassignment surgery in New York in the 1990s, symbolised many things to many people: a transition to progressive liberalism in a country where religion is meshed with law; a breaking of stereotypes; a hope for change.
Hate crimes against transgender women are particularly horrific. The Philippine Hate Crime Watch reported 157 cases of hate related murders from 1996 to 2011 – a number which advocates say is likely to be underreported.
But Roman’s win meant a lot to the LGBT community, which saw in her a champion for acceptance and an advocate for the Anti – sexual orientation and gender identity expression discrimination bill.
As we have been told repeatedly, there are no gays in Chechnya. None at all. Zilch. Ne rien. Absolutely none at all. There can’t be a round-up of gay men, because there are none in Chechnya.
And six prisons are full of them.
Reports had initially centred on two jails in the villages of Argun and Tsotsi-Yurt. But Novaya Gazeta, the respected Russian newspaper that made the initial claims, now says there are a further four prisons illegally holding men for their sexual orientation, reports the Daily Mail.
The men, who face torture in jail, are only released once their families offer bribes to police.
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The Islington Gazette profiles the Gay Gooners, gay supporters of Arsenal football club. They are the biggest LGBT football fans group in the world. There are 500 members, with 40 per cent women. Dave Raval is chairman, and was one of the founding members in 2013.
The Gooners aim to stamp out homophobia in football, provide a safe forum for LGBT people to enjoy Arsenal, and act as a social group.
“The recent question has always been: ‘When is a male player going to come out?’ [Players have come out in women’s football.] But when we started Gay Gooners, our question was: ‘When are the fans going to come out?’
“It’s just as important for LGBT fans to be visible in the game. There are hundreds of us. We don’t accept what some people would call ‘banter.’ We don’t accept a football culture where a male player has yet to come out.”
Gay Gooners was the first LGBT fans group to be recognised by a professional club, as Arsenal did. There are now 30 groups in the UK.
Ben Howlett the Tory MP who was accused of groping a gay couple at a Eurovision Song Contest party last May will not be charged. It was alleged he put his hands in a man’s pants and tried to kiss him at a bar in his Bath constituency.
The party was held in a private residence at one of the city’s poshest addresses.
Howlett was accused of putting his hands inside a gay man’s pants and trying to kiss him; he is also alleged to have said “let me f*** you” to another man and grabbed his crotch. Prosecution chiefs said there was not enough evidence to proceed.
The South Korean army is trying to weed out gay soldiers after a video emerged online of two of their male soldiers having sex.
Lim Tae-hoon of the Military Human Rights Center for Korea told the Associated Press that there are “credible reports” that army investigators have seized mobile phones and “outed” soldiers who were secretly using dating apps or threatened those who have already been identified as gay by the Army.
There is no rule against gay men serving in South Korea’s armed forces but they are banned from engaging in “homosexual activity” while serving and face two years in prison if prosecuted.
A group of 53 people have been charged in Nigeria after they were arrested last week from what police say was a party celebrating an unofficial gay wedding.
The group pleaded not guilty to charges relating to conspiracy, unlawfully assembly and membership in an unlawful society.
The defendants were mostly students who are alleged to have been illegally detained for more than 24 hours.
LGBT-rights activists refute the police’s report that the men were celebrating a same-sex wedding, saying the event in the northern city of Zaria was a birthday party.
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The BBC have discovered that 20% of their sample of French gay men,many of whom are in same sex relationships, will be voting for the Front National in the French Presidential election this weekend.
They are more concerned about immigration and other cultural issues than any threat to end gay marriage in France.
“There are priorities in France other than homosexuality. I myself am in a same-sex couple and there have been many advances in this area,” Cedric explains. “But for me there are more pressing issues like the economy, the national debt and unemployment.” He thinks the anti-gay marriage policy of the FN is a ploy to win conservative voters over to their cause.
Polls suggest the party is now more popular in the LGBT community than perhaps many would want to admit. Of the 3,200 gay French men the dating app Hornet spoke to, one in five said they would be giving Marine Le Pen their vote.
Why does Marine Le Pen appeal directly to some LGBT voters? For many, it’s her tough stance on immigration.
“Where are the gays most in danger? In Islamic countries,” says Pascale, who doesn’t want to be photographed. “Gay people are being crucified – it’s a danger and I don’t want it coming to France, definitely not.” But further north, in the poorer and more multicultural suburb of Pont-de-Flandre, it’s a different picture. “The FN supporters you spoke to, were they white?” house DJ Kiddy Smiles asks us, “Yes? I’m not surprised.”
The first round of voting in the French Presidential election takes place this Sunday.