Movement at last on gay “cures”?

The Church of England looks set to condemn controversial “gay cures”, a month after the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May suggested such “treatments” could be banned.

Last month Mrs May said the Government was “reviewing” “gay cure” therapies to see if they should be banned. She said: “We’re looking carefully at the extent of the problem, and the experience of other countries that have introduced bans, to ensure we get the approach to this right.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/church-looks-set-condemn-gay-cures-archbishops-say-sexuality/

Human Rights Court ticks Russia off

Europe’s top human rights court ruled on Tuesday that Russia’s prohibition of “the promotion of homosexuality” discriminates and violates freedom of expression.

The prohibition became Russian law in 2013.

The case was brought to the court by three gay activists in Russia.

The European Court of Human Rights found that “the very purpose of the laws and the way they were formulated and applied” was “discriminatory and, over all, served no legitimate public interest” and ordered Russia to pay the men a total of 43,000 euros in damages.

The three activists who sued were Nikolai V. Bayev, 42; Aleksei A. Kiselev, 33; and Nikolai A. Alekseyev, 39. They had staged demonstrations from 2009 to 2012 in the cities of Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg, carrying banners stating that homosexuality is natural, and not a perversion. They were arrested and fined.

Trump and Putin drag it up. Sort of.

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Hundreds of thousands of revelers gathered in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community.

Organizers said they expected 3 million people to participate in Sao Paulo’s 21st annual gay pride parade.

Some people held up signs portraying Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as drag queens.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hundreds-thousands-brazil-gay-parade-worlds-biggest-48117959

Kiev’s Pride

Participants take part in the equality march in Kiev

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Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for gay pride in Kiev today, carrying banners and waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags in a parade which was flanked by a thick cordon of police.

The march was largely incident-free, but 200 people protested, variously calling it an affront to traditional values and to soldiers fighting pro-Russian separatist rebels in the eastern Donbass region.

Ukrainian authorities have increased their support for gay rights since a pro-Western government took power in 2014. In 2015, a law was passed banning workplace discrimination against the LGBT community.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-lgbt-march-idUSKBN1990IU

Flag’s additives antagonise

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Last week, the city of Philadelphia revealed a revamped version of the gay pride flag. The revised flag has a black and brown stripe added on top of the traditional rainbow flag, meant to represent people of colour who are ”marginalized, ignored, and even intentionally excluded”.

But some members of the community think that the addition is unnecessary at best and divisive at worst. Charley Beal, a friend of the original flag’s designer Gilbert Baker, told NBC: “The stripes were not chosen for skin color — they were chosen to reflect the spectrum of color in nature.”

A spokesperson for Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs told NBC that the controversy is unfounded, and that the flag isn’t meant to replace the original, but to be “additive.”

Oh, additives. They cause so many problems.

http://nypost.com/2017/06/16/new-pride-flag-divides-phillys-gay-community/

Stay, or go? The new Tory split emerges

James Wharton tells the indy why he has torn up his Conservative Party membership card.

Theresa May has manoeuvred to form an alliance with the DUP in order to cling on to power in the wake of the disastrous general election result last week. This has forced me to resign my party membership in protest, and call upon other gay Tories to do the same.

It’s unthinkable to me that the party would, having moved so far forward from the days of section 28 – ugly blots on the pages of its history – now so hastily rush into a marriage with a group whose founding principles are based on faith, a party that denies women the right of choice surrounding pregnancy and that still to this day holds influence that prevents LGBT people in Northern Ireland enjoying the comfort of equality in marriage.

Gay Tories, time to take stock.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/gay-tory-i-leave-party-deal-dup/

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

Manchester’s gay village disappears!

Seven town houses will be built in Manchester’s Canal Street after six months of property sales which have seen office, licensed and leisure sites in the “gay village” sold for housing.

A derelict site will be redeveloped to create seven three-bed townhouses with integral garages and one two-bed maisonette apartment.

The last six months has seen intensive developer interest in the Canal Street area and the loss of several licensed/leisure sites to residential conversion. The former Villaggio restaurant site at 44 Canal Street was sold for £1.4m, less than two weeks after going on the market, and 12 Minshull Street was sold for £3m – higher than the £1.25m expected.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/family-homes-gay-village-application-13150427

Gay cure Minister on trial

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.

http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2017-06-01-US–Broken%20Faith-Fenner/id-52102805c18e46e6886153411aea816a