Police getting jumpy

Gordon Larmour, a Christian evangelist, was accused of a hate crime and locked up in a cell after telling the story of Adam and Eve to a 19-year-old who asked him about God’s views on homosexuality.

The street preacher referred to the Book of Genesis and stated that God created Adam and Eve to produce children. He was frogmarched to a police van, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour “aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation” – despite not swearing or using any form of offensive language, spent a night in custody and faced a six-month ordeal before a sheriff cleared him of any blame.

Your Activist thought this was a free country.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/05/preacher-locked-hate-crime-quoting-bible-gay-teenager/

Coast not quite so ivory as previously thought!

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Ivory Coast’s authorities have refused to explain why Yann and Abdoul, two gay men, were sentenced to 18 months in prison in November 2016, as homosexuality is supposed to be legal there.

This is the first time gay men have been prosecuted for acts related to their sexuality in Ivory Coast.

Yann and Abdoul were arrested in October last year after Abdoul’s uncle, who walked in on the pair having sex, filed a complaint for “public indecency” with the gendarmerie.

In court, the men admitted the facts, stating that they had been lovers for a long time and that they did not see how their conduct constituted an offence.
The prosecutor accused the pair of an “unnatural and indecent act”, arguing that sexual intercourse between people of the same sex should be “sanctioned”.

Gay couples can be prosecuted for public acts of indecency. Speaking from Sassandra prison, Yann said the pair were “convicted in an unjust manner”. “If there is no law that that condemns it, I don’t understand how we could have been convicted.”

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ivory-coast-authorities-refuse-explain-why-two-gay-men-were-sentenced-18-months-jail-1603210

How many people were killed by Port?

UK police are reviewing the deaths of dozens men who used sex-enhancing drugs, amid concerns that cases previously dismissed as drug overdoses may be further victims of serial killer Stephen Port.

The Metropolitan Police Service told CNN they had identified at least 58 deaths from poisoning by the date rape drug GHB between June 2011 and October 2015 — the period in which Port carried out his crimes.

“It is not known if these deaths were related to chemsex activities. In many cases police involvement was limited with the matter dealt with by the coroner,” a police spokesman told CNN. “A review of these deaths is now under way to establish any suspicious circumstances.”

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/24/europe/stephen-port-serial-killer-investigation/

Met pays up

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In a landmark legal case,David Cary, a gay man has won a nine-year legal battle with the Metropolitan Police after the force admitted it failed to investigate alleged homophobic abuse.

Mr Cary sued the force for discrimination, claiming it did not properly investigate allegations he was verbally abused by a neighbour in 2007.
It amounted to discrimination on the grounds of his sexuality, he claimed.

The case was due to be decided in the Court of Appeal, but Scotland Yard has apologised and agreed to compensation.

The case dated back to February 2007, when Mr Cary told police he had been verbally abused by a neighbour as he rode home on his bicycle.

According to Mr Cary, he was called a “poof” and a “queer”. However, officers investigated the report and decided to take no further action. Mr Cary began legal action against both the Met and the IPCC in January 2010.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37827562

Uganda have Pride today, sorry

Ugandan police prevented organizers from holding a gay pride parade on the orders of a government minister.

Frank Mugisha, a gay rights leader in Uganda, said police blocked organizers from staging the event at two locations outside the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

More than 100 LGBT people turned up for the event today at a beach on Lake Victoria. Most of them were ordered into minibuses and escorted by police to Kampala.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/09/24/uganda-police-stop-gay-pride-parade-deemed-illegal.html

Egyptian Rotten

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Since the 2013 military intervention that established former Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as Egypt’s ruler, at least 250 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been arrested in a quiet crackdown that has shattered what had been an increasingly vibrant and visible community. Through a campaign of online surveillance and entrapment, arrests and the closing of gay-friendly businesses, the police have driven gay and transgender people back underground and, in many cases, out of the country,

reports Liam Stack in the New York Times.

The arrests signaled the return of an aggressive approach by the morality police division, which has participated in a larger crackdown that has jailed tens of thousands of people since 2013. Using tools last deployed in a campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over 10 years ago, the division has reasserted the authority lost by the police before and during the revolution….

“The police want to show they have a strong grip on society,” Ms. Abdel Hameed said. “So this is the morality police having their own campaign to arrest L.G.B.T. people.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/11/world/africa/gay-egyptians-surveilled-and-entrapped-are-driven-underground.html?_r=0

Lube banned in Tanzania

The Tanzanian government has banned imports and sales of sexual lubricants in its latest move targeting the gay community. Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu justified the move on the grounds that the product encourages homosexuality, which is banned in the east African nation.

“It is true that the government has banned the importation and use of the jelly to curb the spread of HIV. It is estimated that 23 percent of men who have sex with men in Tanzania are living with HIV/AIDS. I have instructed stakeholders working with gay people to remove the products from the market.”

Gay male sex is punishable by life imprisonment under Tanzanian law, but there is no such ban on lesbian relations. In practice, there had been no known arrests for homosexuality in recent years.

Recently Paul Makonda, the newly appointed regional commissioner for the port city of Dar es Salaam, this month announced a major crackdown against gay people and there have been arrests of suspected gays in clubs.

Tanzania bans sexual lubricants in crackdown on gays

Tantrums in Paris

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Thousands of people marched through Paris yesterday, three weeks after the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Around 1,000 police secured the route.

“Three weeks on from the LGBT-phobic and racist attack in Orlando, to march is an act of resistance. We must not give into fear,” said Inter-LGBT association spokesperson Amandine Miguel.

The celebrations sparked a heated debate in the right-wing party Front National after its student association at the Paris Institute of Political Studies supported the march. The party’s Vice President Louis Aliot voiced his disapproval. “The FN does not support the gay pride march, an exhibitionist and anti-FN symbol of militant communitarianism,” said Aliot.

FN leader Marine Le Pen has attempted to soften the party’s hard-line position by advocating for civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

http://www.dw.com/en/paris-gay-pride-sparks-heated-front-national-debate/a-19374073

Another Busy Pride Day… and for a change it was dry!

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Gay Activist sends congratulations to the newly engaged couples – and everyone else who marched and showed solidarity and support for the community.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus has released a cover version of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water in aid of those recently attacked at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. You may remember two weeks ago they sang it at the London Vigil for the Orlando Victims. The track is available as a digital­-only release. It can be purchased or streamed on all major platforms including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer and Tidal.

Proceeds from the sale of the charity single will be split equally between the Orlando Victims Fund, organised by Equality Florida, and Galop, UK LGBT anti­-violence and abuse charity. Please help these excellent charities care for members of our community.

Toronto cop apologises for old raids

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Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders made a historic apology today for raids on four gay bathhouses in the Canadian city that took place 35 years ago. The events caused activists to mobilise for gay rights in Canada. He called the raids “one of the largest mass arrests in Canadian history.” The February 1981 event was notable for its “destructiveness” and that the raids did not occur on only one night.

“The 35th anniversary of the 1981 raids is a time when the Toronto Police Service expresses its regrets for those very actions. It is also an occasion to acknowledge the lessons learned about the risks of treating any part of Toronto’s many communities as not fully a part of society.”

“Recognizing diversity requires consistently renewed practice strategies and reaching out to communities and vigilance in challenging stereotypes. Policing requires building mutual trust and that means forging links with the full range of communities that make up this extraordinary city. The Toronto Police Service recognizes the lessons from that period have continuing relevance for the creation of a more inclusive city.”

Lorrie Goldstein of the Toronto Sun and a colleague paid a visit to one of the bath houses at the time, in search of a story.

…Subsequent to the raids on the four bathhouses in which 300 men were arrested for being found-ins or operators of a bawdy house, I was assigned by the Sun to spend the night in one with fellow reporter John Paton. …On the night of our own Operation Soap, I was nervous lining up to get into the Romans II bathhouse on Bay St., mainly because I didn’t know what to expect.

The fact you had to check-in and be admitted through a secured door after paying your entry fee and receiving a towel didn’t help.

What would I say if I was propositioned? Would there be orgies? If I saw someone underage being compelled into sexual acts, wouldn’t I have a moral obligation to intervene?

Nothing like that happened.

Aaaah.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/police-apology-raids-1.3647668

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/06/22/my-night-in-a-gay-bathhouse