Grotty Leicester supporters thrown out

Leicester City Football Club have condemned the homophobic chanting that took place against Brighton & Hove Albion after confirming some of the club’s supporters were removed from the stadium during match on Saturday.

According to witnesses, the abuse began in the closing stages of the game Leicester won 2-0. Following the match, fans of both clubs voiced their concerns on social media.

Leicestershire Police confirmed that two Leicester fans were arrested for alleged homophobic chants.

There have recently been attempts to set up a network for gay supporters of the club.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/21/leicester-condemn-fans-homophobic-chanting-brighton

Uganda cancels Pride week again

The Ugandan government has cancelled a week of gay pride celebrations in the country for a second consecutive year.

On 16 August Simon Lokodo, the state minister of ethics and integrity, issued a directive shutting down a gala in Kampala, accusing the organisers of attempting to stage an illegal gathering aimed at the “recruitment, exhibition and promotion of homosexuality”.

“It’s true I ordered the police to stop and shut down all the gay pride events. No gay gathering and promotion can be allowed in Uganda. We can’t tolerate it at all,” said Lokodo. “We know they are trying to recruit and promote homosexuality secretly. But it’s worse to attempt to stand and exhibit it in public arena. This is totally unacceptable. Never in Uganda.”

Your Activist invites readers to join in his own and long standing personal total boycott of any goods and foods from Uganda.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/aug/21/no-gay-promotion-can-be-allowed-uganda-cancels-pride-events-lgbt

Prep has changed behaviours

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Two-thirds of gay and bisexual men said they didn’t use a condom the last time they had anal sex, and more than a quarter considered themselves to have a “risky sex life,” including sex with partners who are HIV-positive, reports Newsweek.

Gay Men Fight Aids surveyed 500 gay and bisexual men, asking them about the risk involved in their sex lives. Twenty-seven percent consider themselves to throw caution to the wind in their sex lives.

The use of PrEP has changed all the rules for gay and bisexual men. HIV-negative men on PrEP, and HIV-positive men who have an undetectable viral load, meaning they cannot pass on the infection due to their HIV treatment, can now have sex without a condom without risk.

http://www.newsweek.com/gay-sex-65-percent-men-didnt-wear-condom-last-time-they-did-it-652063

Ambassador in court for hate article

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South Africa’s High Court has ordered Jon Qwelane‚ a former journalist and ambassador to Uganda, to “unconditionally” apologise to the gay and lesbian community for homophobic statements he wrote in a newspaper column nine years ago, and dismissed his constitutional challenge of the Equality Act.

Earlier the Equality Court had ordered Qwelane to apologise to the lesbian and gay community and pay a fine of 100,000 Rands.

There were 350 complaints about his offending statements. After Qwelane failed to apologise for his utterances in the column, the South African Human Rights Commission approached the High Court .

Qwelane appealed against the Equality Court ruling and filed a new case that questioned the constitutionality of the Equality Act.

Today the High Court found the statements Qwelane made in his July 2008 column titled “Call me names‚ but gay is not ok”‚ were hate speech and are hurtful and harmful to the LGBTI community.

Judge Dimpheletse Moshidi ordered Qwelane to write his apology within 30 days‚ publish it in the Sunday Sun and send proof of publication to the court. He was also ordered to pay costs of the proceedings‚ including postponements.

https://www.businesslive.co.za/rdm/news/2017-08-18-ambassador-ordered-to-apologise-to-gay-community-for-his-offensive-column/

Another nasty attack in Manchester

There has been another nasty attack on a gay man in Manchester.

Carl Johnson moved to Rochdale after getting a new job there and on Saturday night went out and got chatting to a group of people in a bar in the city. When he walked home in the early hours, he was set upon by three men and a woman in a vicious and unprovoked attack. Kicks and punches rained down on him and he was left for dead “curled up in a ball”.

Carl suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain in the assault and his family say doctors said he was lucky he wasn’t killed.

This year there have been some very vicious attacks on gay people in the UK. Your Activist warns you to go out with company, and take great care. Avoid walking alone through unfamiliar places.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/gay-man-carl-johnson-homophobic-attack-pub-rochdale-manchester-hate-crime-lgbt-a7898136.html

This is why your Activist doesn’t trust religious leaders

A West Auckland pastor has delivered a sermon calling for gay people to be shot.

Westcity Bible Baptist Church pastor Logan Robertson agrees his comments are hate speech but is unapologetic.

Footage posted online at the end of July shows Robertson making highly offensive comments against homosexuals.

Unrepentant when contacted by a newspaper, Robertson said he did not deny his words were hate speech. “Of course it is. Does it sound like hate speech to
you? If the world thinks that’s hate speech then that’s fine.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11904818

Which toilet shall I use today?

A hotel in Cavallino, Italy has created a storm with its unusual toilet icons, three to be precise – a woman, a man, and a “gay” man.

Several Italian dailies and media outlets commented that three toilets was even two too many in an era where unisex facilities are increasingly popular.

Associazione LeA, the Italian LGBT rights lobby, released a statement denouncing the negative attitude.

https://www.thelocal.it/20170814/hotel-with-separate-gay-toilet-icon-causes-uproar

Cure church unmasked in Liverpool

The Liverpool Echo sent a reporter undercover to investigate a so called church in Liverpool offering gay cure therapy.

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry in Anfield was found offering gay people the chance to “cure” themselves of their homosexuality through a relentless prayer session involving three days without food or water.

The reporter was told by “Brother Michael” that being gay is biologically wrong, and that by undergoing prayer therapy [his sexuality] could be corrected to “allow him to marry and have children.”

A petition to make gay cure therapies illegal was rejected by the government, despite all major psychological professional bodies stating it had “the potential to cause harm”.

Your Activist repeats: Your sexuality cannot be changed. Over more than a hundred years, many different methods have been used to try to change people’s sexuality. Not a single one of them worked.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/echo-goes-undercover-gay-cure-13468107

Assylum for Aderonke

Aderonke Apata who was told by a judge that she was faking her sexuality has won a 13-year battle to be granted asylum in the UK.

Ms Apata feared being killed or imprisoned if she returned home, but her application for asylum was rejected for a second time in 2015 after the judge said he did not believe she was a lesbian.

In an act of desperation, she sent a private video to the judge as evidence of her sexuality.

The “Asylum for Aderonke” Facebook page has now been updated to say her application had been successful and “she has been granted refugee status”.

Ms Apata has been a prominent gay rights activist, receiving a nomination for an LGBT Role Model Award as well as an Attitude Pride Award for her activism.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nigeria-gay-rights-activist-aderonke-apata-uk-asylum-granted-high-court-fake-sexulaity-lesbian-lgbt-a7888931.html

Referendum minister repeats apology

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As you may have read or heard, Australia has launched an official national postal referendum on the issue of gay marriage.

Government Minister Michael McCormack is in charge of the Australian Bureau of Statistics which is conducting the marriage survey and has apologised for previously denigrating gay people. He wrote a newspaper editorial in 1993 in which he said a week never went by “that homosexuals and their sordid behaviour don’t become further entrenched in society … Unfortunately gays are here and, if the disease their unnatural acts helped spread doesn’t wipe out humanity, they’re here to stay”.

Today Mr McCormack said he had grown and learnt not only to tolerate, but to accept all people regardless of their sexual orientation. “I apologised wholeheartedly for the comments at the time and many times since, but I am making this statement to unreservedly apologise again today. … I want all Australians to show each other the respect that they deserve and embrace the things that make us all unique.”

He said he would respect the final result “and vote accordingly in the parliament”.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/11/minister-responsible-abs-offers-apology-over-historic-anti-gay-comments