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

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

Normal for Norfolk?

National Trust members have reportedly quit over the charity’s decision to require volunteers at one property to wear LGBT lanyards.

Volunteers at Norfolk’s Felbrigg Hall were asked to wear the rainbow flag neckwear to celebrate the last lord of the manor, Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, who was gay. The decision provoked a furious backlash from volunteers who accused the trust of “outing” the late owner and infringing on their political freedoms.

More than 240 members have since contacted the National Trust to revoke their membership over the issue.

Mr Wyndham Ketton-Cremer died in 1969, aged 63, just two years after homosexuality was decriminalised, and was featured in a short film last month narrated by Stephen Fry called The Unfinished Portrait, made for the National Trust as part of it’s Prejudice and Pride season, to mark 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised.

Perhaps the National Trust should have run some gay awareness courses for its volunteers.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hundreds-of-national-trust-members-quit-in-protest-over-gay-pride-campaign-a7878131.html

Man challenged at Pulse, one year on

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An anti-gay protester was pushed to the ground by a police officer and handcuffed next door to the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando as hundreds of people gathered to remember the one-year mark of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The man was handcuffed as the crowd chanted “love conquers hate.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-latest-church-bells-mark-1-year-since-pulse-massacre/2017/06/12/85e88a98-4f72-11e7-b74e-0d2785d3083d_story.html?utm_term=.3d54158becb4

Face to face

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France welcomed its first gay refugee from Chechnya on Monday on the same day French President Emmanuel Macron pushed Russian leader Vladimir Putin to investigate the treatment and imprisonment of transgender and gay people in Chechnya, which is led by pro-Kremlin leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin visited Paris to hold talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and to open a French and Russian exhibition. Mr Macron said that Putin had promised “the whole truth”.

“I had the chance to bring up how important it is for France to respect all people, all minorities and all sensibilities in a civil society,” he said, as Mr Putin stood beside him listening to the translation.

“President Putin told me… he had undertaken several initiatives on the subject of LGBT people in Chechnya with measures aimed at establishing the whole truth about the activities of local authorities,” Macron said at a press conference with Putin after talks in Versailles. “I spelled out France’s expectations very precisely.”

Mr Macron warned Mr Putin that he would monitor further civil rights violations of gay people in Chechnya. The pair of leaders shook hands for the cameras in front of the Palace of Versailles, but their body language appeared tense.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/emmanuel-macron-vladimir-putin-gay-rights-chechnya-russia-france-syria-conflict-civil-war-assad-a7762591.html

https://www.thelocal.fr/20170530/france-takes-in-refugee-from-chechnya-as-macron-presses-putin-on-gay-rights

Captain Convicted

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A military court in South Korea sentenced an army captain to six months in prison on Wednesday for having sex with other servicemen, igniting an outcry against what rights groups called a homophobic “witch hunt” in the country’s military.

The prison term for the captain was suspended for one year, so if he did not break the law again in the next year, he would not go to prison but he will be dishonorably discharged (unless his conviction is overturned by an appeals court).

The captain, whose name was not disclosed, collapsed when the verdict was announced in military court, and was taken to a hospital after hurting his head, said Lim Tae-hoon, the director of the Military Human Rights Centre.

The South Korean military criminal code outlaws sodomy and other unspecified “disgraceful conduct” between servicemen, whether or not there is mutual consent and whether or not that conduct takes place in or outside military compounds. Those found to have violated the act face up to two years in prison.

In South Korea powerful right-wing Christian groups have intensified a campaign against homosexuality, scuttling a bill that would have given sexual minorities the same protections as other minority groups.

The captain was arrested days before he was scheduled to leave the army. All of his sexual activities were consensual and took place in private spaces, like his home. None of the servicemen the captain had sex with served in his unit.

Yet another curist surfaces

Metro alleges that a Conservative Party candidate, Kristy Adams, who is hoping to take the parliamentary seat of Hove and Portslade from Labour on June 8, has been accused of being a prominent member of a church linked to so-called ‘gay cures’, the evangelical King’s Arms Church in Bedfordshire for a number of years. The church is alleged to be linked to homophobic exorcisms claimed to ‘heal’ gay people.

A gay former member of the congregation is quoted as saying it was ‘categorically the case that homosexuality in the church was regarded as a sin, the inclination to which could be cured through prayer and counselling’.

Tory candidate linked to notorious ‘gay cures’ church