Gay man headbutted and bitten in Ireland

Gary Daly has told how he was attacked and beaten by up to ten thugs for kissing another lad on a date in a pub in the Republic of Ireland.

Gary Daly, 32, was in a pub in Sligo with the other victim when they were viciously set upon. Gary was left with scars to his face after being head-butted, punched and bitten by a gang of 8 to 10 men.

https://www.thesun.ie/news/1468248/gay-man-is-headbutted-and-bitten-after-homophobic-thugs-see-him-kiss-his-date-in-sligo-pub/

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Pop Up Pride Centre opens in Belgrade

A gay pride information centre has opened in Belgrade to disseminate information about gay pride week and the pride parade on September 17.

The new centre will be open until September 25 and feature a photo exhibition depicting past violence toward gays. Despite improvements, discrimination and violence toward gays continues every day in the former communist country.

https://www.rferl.org/a/first-gay-pride-information-center-opens-belgrade-serb/28704450.html

Chile considers gay marriage

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage.

Bachelet signed the proposal at a ceremony in the presidential palace. The measure will expand the definition of marriage between a man and a woman and would also allow gay couples to adopt children.

“We can’t let old prejudices be stronger than love,” President Bachelet told media.

Chile decriminalised gay sex in 1999 and introduced civil unions for same-sex couples only in 2015.

Gay Activists in Chile are not hopeful the bill will be passed by Chile’s law makers, though.

She ends her term as President in March 2018.

“It’s the beginning of the end of discrimination based on sexual orientation to access marriage,” said Luis Larrain, founder of the Iguales Foundation, hopefully.

Chile tends to be a traditional country.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/chile-gay-marriage-bill-michelle-bachelet-lgbt-rights-weddings-legalised-reforms-a7918441.html

Colin’s out

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BBC sports presenter and former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson has come out as gay.

The athlete was recently named by an airline steward who claimed that they had been having an affair. The story prompted Jackson to come out to his family, but he denied the story to the public. He has now come clean on Swedish TV.

‘I was waiting for them in the kitchen. They walked in and they sat down. My mother could see my face and I was quite distraught. It didn’t faze them at all,’ he recalled of the moment that he told his parents.

Well done Colin. Better late than never.

Colin Jackson comes out as gay as former Olympic athlete recalls emotional moment he told his parents

We want to get married, say Australians

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Thousands of people rallied for marriage equality in Australia’s second-biggest city of Melbourne today ahead of the postal ballot on same-sex marriage.

Australia has been slow not to have legalised same-sex marriage.

Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus of the Labor Party called on the Liberal Party-led government to do more to ensure the debate did not turn ugly ahead of the postal survey next month. “I’m particularly calling on the prime minister of Australia to speak out against any bile or hate speech that we might see in this campaign,” he said.

Australians will vote over several weeks from mid-September in the advisory ballot on whether to legalise same-sex marriage, which is supported by 61 percent of Australians, according to a Gallup opinion poll in 2016.

The issue has fractured the Turnbull government and damaged his standing with voters, which is now at a six-month low.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-protests-gaymarriage-idUSKCN1B6074

Mark Merlis

Your Activist is sad to report the death of gay writer Mark Merlis on August 15 at a hospital in Philadelphia. He was 67.

Mr Merlis died of pneumonia associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, said his husband, Robert Ashe.

Mr. Merlis worked as a health-care analysis for the Library of Congress’s Congressional Research Service and as an independent consultant. His first novel, “American Studies,” was published in 1994.

It remains an excellent book.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/mark-merlis-novelist-who-explored-gay-life-in-20th-century-america-dies-at-67/2017/08/23/d5bbac94-8762-11e7-a94f-3139abce39f5_story.html?utm_term=.eb4875e972f6