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At last, some positive moves on gay rights in N Ireland
4 months ago

At last, some positive moves on gay rights in N Ireland

ROBIN SWANN, of the Ulster Unionist Party, was among a number of Northern Ireland politicians who gathered yesterday (Thursday) to call for marriage equality, anti-bullying legislation and gender recognition reform.


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Brexit MEP sparks fury with ‘gay cure’ remarks
5 months ago

Brexit MEP sparks fury with ‘gay cure’ remarks

ANN Noreen Widdecombe’s re-entry into political life as a Brexit MEP at the age of 71 got off to a rocky start at the weekend when she suggested that science …
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Catholics ‘exorcise’ Italian city during Pride parade
5 months ago

Catholics ‘exorcise’ Italian city during Pride parade

TODAY, June 1, saw the northern Italian city of a Modena celebrate its Pride 2019 event – and Catholics staged a procession of atonement that was enthusiastically endorsed by …
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Section 28 was a shameful piece of legislation prompted by fake news
11 months ago

Section 28 was a shameful piece of legislation prompted by fake news

Thirty years after the UK government banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality, TERRY SANDERSON reflects on the hysteria that prompted Section 28, the fear it caused and …
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The Republican Party Is Now  America’s Largest Hate Group
11 months ago

The Republican Party Is Now America’s Largest Hate Group

By ANDREW SPITZNAS

WHAT a difference 150 years make! The former party of Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, stands behind a prison system that disproportionately shackles people of color and puts …
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Brazil’s President-elect threatens war against gay rights and secularism
11 months ago

Brazil’s President-elect threatens war against gay rights and secularism

MARCUS ROBINSON reports on Christian fascism’s arrival in Brazil

BRAZIL’S far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, above – known as “the Trump of the Tropics”  – won a decisive victory in October’s …
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Trump’s war on LGBT rights takes a sinister new turn

AMERICA’s Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation in January 2018 of a new and “dangerous” division of the Office of Civil Rights that will allow healthcare providers …
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In America, the backlash has begun with a vengeance

CHRIS COATES reports on reaction to the Trump administration’s ‘religious liberties’ directive

Conservative evangelicals, reported The Daily Beast earlier this month, “handed Trump the presidency when they collectively, and organisationally, …
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Pink Humanist editor Barry Duke receives a Lifetime Achievement award
2 years ago

Pink Humanist editor Barry Duke receives a Lifetime Achievement award

GEORGE BROADHEAD, Secretary of the UK LGBT charity the Pink Triangle Trust – publisher of The Pink Humanist – reports on the National Secular Society’s award in March 2017 to …
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Sad plight of Russian gays
8 years ago

Sad plight of Russian gays

Nikolai Alekseev. Image via YouTube

AFTER Ryazan in 2006 and Arkhangelsk, this autumn the regional parliament of St Petersburg passed a law banning “propaganda of homosexuality, transsexuality and paedophilia” at the Bill’s first reading in mid-November.

This was the first step towards St Petersburg entering the Hall of Shame of the Russian regions which limit a fundamental human right of an individual, the right to freedom of expression.

Introduced by Vladimir Putin’s “United Russia” Party, the Bill had already passed the Parliament’s Legislative Committee, and there is now little chance that anything can stop it. Of course, this bullet against LGBT people is motivated by electoral consideration and must be appreciated in the context of next December’s Parliamentary elections in the country.

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