UK Government thinking about banning gay cure therapies

The Government has indicated that it is now considering banning gay cure therapies outright.

Pink News quotes a government spokesman:

“This Government is absolutely clear that being LGBT is not an illness to be cured, and the practice of conversion therapy is wrong.

“In 2017, we conducted a national survey of LGBT people in the UK, which included questions about whether respondents have been offered or undertaken conversion therapy.

“This will help us investigate what additional steps we could take to end this practice.

“We are currently analysing the responses to the survey, and will be publishing a response later this year.”

MPs could of course support the Private Members Bill and force the government’s hand.


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.

How safe is a safe house? Not very, it seems

Private companies managing asylum accommodation in the UK are being told to protect gay assylum seekers who say they are being physically, verbally and sexually assaulted in shared homes.

The Guardian reports:

Among the attacks on asylum seekers are reports that one intersex person was woken in the night by housemates and their friends demanding to see their genitals, while another transgender asylum seeker said her housemate exposed his genitals while yelling homophobic abuse at her. One transgender person says she was raped in her asylum accommodation.

In some cases, the asylum seekers say they reported the incidents to the Home Office and the companies contracted to provide housing to asylum seekers, but no action was taken. As a result they were forced to choose between living with their attacker or becoming homeless.

This just is not good enough. People who have come here to be safe, should be.

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’

Vampire Pride anyone?

The Lancashire Telegraph reports:

Darkness Vlad Tepes is spearheading a campaign to add a black stripe to the … rainbow flag, which will represent the gay goth community.

Mr Tepes, a goth, believes they should have equal rights to other strands of the gay community and said adding a black stripe to the rainbow flag would help change people’s perceptions of them in society.

He has previously spoken out asking for tolerance of his ‘vampire’ lifestyle. He regularly sleeps in a coffin and drinks animal blood.

Lancashire LGBT and the openly gay MP Nigel Evans have said the rainbow flag already reflects the ‘full diversity’ of LGBT people. Phew. That’s a relief.

6,493 I do’s in a year!

The Office for National Statistics has released its statistics for gay marriages in the UK during the year 2015.

There were 4,493 same-sex couples wed in 2015. Additionally, a further 9,156 same sex couples who were already in registered civil partnerships upgraded them to full marriages in that year.

Your Activist only has one question. Where’s my slice of cake, then?

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”.