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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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Jason Fossett has been jailed for life after setting fire to a busy south London gay bar, the Two Brewers in Clapham, for the second time.
Fossett piled rubbish against the fire exit of before setting it alight and fleeing on March 20. He pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life at Inner London Crown Court. He could not remember starting the fire after “having a couple of drinks”.
He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum sentence of three years and 244 days.
He was traced through his bank card after CCTV footage showed him buying two drinks at the bar on the night of the arson.
Officers searched his home and found receipts from the Two Brewers for that night, and a red leather satchel which matched that seen on the CCTV.
In 2004, Fossett was jailed for eight years for targeting the same venue in an arson attack. Police said there was no suggestion the attacks were hate crimes, although Fossett’s motivation is not known.
Police were called to a gay bar in Canterbury after a man was confronted by a self-styled paedophile hunting group, reports Kent Live.
Internet Interceptors approached a man on live video at Limes Lounge and Diner in Rosemary Lane, alleging he arranged to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex.
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Toronto’s gay community is worried about a series of disappearances of gay people from the city.
Fears are growing over the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, Skanda Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Raymond Burnett and Majeed Kayhan.
Toronto Police confirmed they are treating Kinsman’s disappearance as suspicious. “Investigators are aware of the similarities, but there aren’t enough facts to connect the cases,” said Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, adding there are no leads on his whereabouts.
Mindful of the Stephen Port case in the UK, the Toronto gay community is concerned. “These people going missing are customers that support out community. It’s concerned and reminds us all that we need to take precautions,” a concerned citizen told Global News. “We all see the links. They’re all gay men in their 40s, and it’s frightening because it could be someone in our community.”
Matthew Fenner of North Carolina thought he was “going to die” when members of his evangelical church beat and choked him for two hours to expel his “homosexual demons,” he told a court on Thursday.
Mr Fenner was the first person to take the stand in the assault and kidnapping trial of Brooke Covington, a 58-year-old minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina.
Covington is alleged to be the leader of a 2013 beating involving numerous congregants who pointed out his sexual orientation, saying, “God said there is something wrong in your life.”
Fenner said he had cancer as a child and had a biopsy one week before he was assaulted. “I’m frail and in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘is my neck going to break, am I going to die?'” Fenner said.
If convicted, Covington faces up to two years in prison. She is the first of five church members to face trial in the case. Each defendant will be tried separately.
The trials continue.
Susan King, a Liberal Democrat candidate in our general election, thinks that plastic residue in drinking water is turning people gay, and ‘feminising hormones’ in the mains supply can change sexuality.
In an online debate she said: “People’s choice of lifestyle is again down to their personal preferences. I do feel environmental influences are affecting reproduction. All the pollution is having an effect on our DNA and our population is changing and evolving.”
Well, it’s a change from the gay cure nutters.
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Ireland’s best known gay club’s exterior was vandalised with homophobic messages overnight. Discriminatory messages were chalked on the The George on Dublin’s George street in the early hours of this morning.
The vile messages were promptly washed away by staff.
The vandalism comes during a weekend of celebrations as Ireland marks two years since the Marriage Equality Refendum passed.
Looks like GLEN’s work is far from finished.