Gay man murdered in Kansas City

Friends of a gay man murdered as he walked down a city street say he was murdered in a hate attack. Ta’Ron ‘Rio’ Carson, 24, was fatally shot by an assailant in a black SUV as he left Aura nightclub in Kansas City on Sunday.

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project speculated that he had been the victim of a hate crime. They said: ‘This act of violence follows a pattern in which LGBTQ+ people of colour are most often directly targeted and suffer the highest number of fatalities.”

Gay Activist sends condolences.

Gay man shot dead after leaving nightclub in ‘homophobic attack’


ISIS nutters convicted of planning anti-gay atrocities

Umar Haque, 25, A teacher in east London, has been convicted of plotting attacks on gay bars and other public landmarks in London.

On Friday he was found guilty of two counts of preparation of terrorist acts and one count of collection of information useful to terrorism.

The extremist had been an Islamic studies teacher at the private Lantern of Knowledge faith school in Leyton, east London, and had also worked at the Ripple Road mosque in Barking, east London.

Haque kept a list of potential targets for ISIS-inspired attacks. A list of planned targets found by authorities in an orange exercise book included gay clubs in the capital.

Haque said he did not like Britain because of “mass fornication, mass illicit behaviour” – though the police investigation discovered that he had been searching online for transgender prostitutes.

A further two men associated with Haque were also convicted of terror offences at the Old Bailey last week. Abuthaher Mamun, 29, was found guilty of one count of preparation of terrorist acts. Muhammad Abid, 27, was found guilty of one count of having information about acts of terrorism. Abid, Mamun and Haque are due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey later this month.

The case of the Judge and the Assylum seeker

Dillian Johnson | David Levene/Guardian | r

The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago is investigating allegations involving the chief justice, Ivor Archie, after local media queried his conduct in relation to Dillian Johnson, 36, who was shot in an ambush in December and is now seeking asylum in the UK. Mr Johnson fled Trinidad to the UK three weeks after the shooting and says he fears for his life if he is forced to return.

The Guardian notes:

Archie, 57, is an honorary member of the middle temple bench, one of London’s four inns of court, and is considered a liberal thinker on gay rights. He has denied having an “intimate” relationship with Johnson, a manager for the state water and sewage company who was convicted of forging job references in 2008. Archie’s lawyers declined to say whether he described himself as gay or bisexual as they said it did “not affect the chief justice’s professional conduct and concern[s] his private life”.

New York gets tough on insurers

State financial regulators in New York said today they would investigate reports in American newspapers that gay men have been denied life, disability or long-term care insurance policies because they were taking medication to protect themselves against HIV. Note that the applicants did not have HIV.

If proved these denials of cover would amount to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation and the companies doing so could be penalized, according to Maria T. Vullo, New York state’s superintendent of financial services.

Insurers around the US had denied policies to gay men after learning they took Prep to avoid catching H.I.V. through sex. To get insurance, some men even stopped taking the protective drugs.

Magistrate sues over his views

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Richard Page, a 71-year-old Christian magistrate who was sacked after saying that straight couples make better parents than gay ones, is claiming he was discriminated against.

He was sacked in March 2016 by Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Lord Thomas, who said his public comments suggested he was ‘biased and prejudiced against single-sex adopters’, then the NHS Trust Development Authority suspended him from his role as a non-executive director at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Mr Page is suing the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice for religious discrimination, claiming that his views on gay adoption are rooted in his Christian beliefs.

Magistrate who said gay couples aren’t as good parents sues over sacking

The mask of civility is slipping. Rather a lot.

Labour MP Hugh Gaffney has been disciplined and will be sent on equality training after admitting to “deeply offensive” slurs towards gay people and the Chinese community in a Burns supper speech. He recited a self-penned poem in which he joked that Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, was not “bent”.

Labour is now under pressure to go further, by suspending Mr Gaffney, the MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshil, from the party.

Just yesterday we were reading the latest findings of Kick It Out who campaign to clean up behaviour and attitudes in football. The Guardian notes:

Football’s equality campaign Kick It Out has received a marked increase in reports of racist, homophobic and other discriminatory incidents this season compared with the equivalent midway point last year.

In total 282 incidences of abuse were reported in professional and grassroots football and on social media, 59% up on the 177 incidents recorded by the organisation at the 2016-17 midpoint.

Stables is Guilty

Ethan Stables | Greater Manchester Police | r

Neo-Nazi Ethan Stables has been convicted of planning a terror attack at a gay pride event after posting violent homophobic rants online.

Police were tipped off by a member of a far-right Facebook group who saw the unemployed 20-year-old post a message saying he was “going to war” and planned to “slaughter every single one of the gay bastards”.

Leeds Crown Court was shown footage of Stables saying “gays look nicer on fire” and burning a rainbow flag before his arrest on 23 June.

Stables was expelled from his school when he put another pupil in a headlock.