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’


Millionaires get nasty

Two footballers at an unidentified Premier League club were bullied over claims they were in a gay relationship, according to reports. The men, said to be in the first team, have been constantly mocked. Homophobic posters featuring them have been plastered around their training ground.

Metro notes

The image apparently has one them wearing a shirt with the name of the other footballer on it, while he is celebrating a goal, with the caption ‘I’m so glad we’re together’. The picture also suggests one of them ‘owns’ the other and there are also kisses and love hearts on the poster.

Grow up, girls.

Premier League footballers ‘bullied by teammates over alleged gay relationship’

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.

Indonesia thinks we’re potty

Indonesia’s Health Ministry said yesterday it is about to publish a medical guide where it has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

They think the LGBT community are at risk of mental disorders owing to their sexual orientation, according to the Ministry’s Director of Prevention and Control for Mental Problems.

The association of ‘leading psychiatrists’ with the real mental disorder, also recommended certain rights for the LGBT group such as access to ‘treatment’ and medical awareness.

The Ministry document stated that “homosexuality was against the ethos of the country”.

Time to stop thinking of Indonesia as a holiday destination. It isn’t. I can describe it in two words.

Indonesia bans us

VOA reports that Indonesia’s parliament is to pass a sweeping set of revisions to the nation’s criminal code that would criminalize gay sex. One legislator has told reporters that all 25 members of a working committee have agreed to all the proposed revisions.

There are concerns that the bylaws will increase raids and vigilantism, overcrowd prisons, and further persecute Indonesia’s LGBT community.

Article 484 and Article 496 suggest five years in prison for extramarital sex and imprisonment for same-sex relations with a minor. Article 496 also criminalizes same-sex relations between adults if there is “violence or threat of violence, breaching public morality, publications containing pornography.”

Alleged anti gay terrorist says he is bi

Ethan Stables | Cascade News | r

Ethan Stables, 20, who denies plotting to commit acts of terrorism at the event at the New Empire pub in Barrow, Cumbria, last June, stunned the court by tellin them he was bisexual.

He had previously been too scared to reveal his sexuality because his parents ‘would be disgusted’ and he was ‘utterly ashamed’ of what he had done. He had had sexual experiences with men, but only revealed it after his trial had started.

He told the jury: ‘I am disgusted and ashamed at myself for what I said. I just wish I could turn the clock back. I’m sorry.’

His Godfather, Phillip Loveless, who is gay, took to the stand at Leeds Crown Court to say that he had no reason to believe that his godson was homophobic. He said he was a loner, who ‘preferred to be on his own. There was never any problem with his intellectual capacity but when he was asked not to do something he would be very adamant that he wasn’t going to stop doing that thing.’

The trial continues.

Man comes out as bisexual during trial for ‘plotting gay pride terror attack’