Kenya's film censor bans gay documentary
|25th September 2021 |
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I Am Samuel is a 2020 Kenya / Canada / UK / USA documentary by Peter Murimi
Starring Steve Zahn, Jillian Bell and Sasha Knight
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned the gay documentary I am Samuel claiming that it sought to propagate
values that are in dissonance with our constitution, culture values and norms. KFCB boss Christopher Wambua declared the film to be blasphemous and added:
Filmed verite style over five years, I Am Samuel is
an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man torn between balancing duty to his family with his dreams for his future.
Directed by a Kenyan filmmaker, I Am Samuel depicts a romantic relationship between two men living in Nairobi and
promotes same-sex marriage as an acceptable way of life.
Worse still, the production is demeaning of Christianity as two gay
men in the film purport to conduct a religious marriage invoking the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Individuals and LGBT organisations speak out against the Governments Online Safety Bill
||4th September 2021 |
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As proud members of the LGBTQ+ community, we know first-hand the vile abuse that regularly takes place online. The data is clear; 78% of us have faced anti-LGBTQ+ hate crime or hate speech online in the last 5 years. So we understand why the Government
is looking for a solution, but the current version of the Online Safety Bill is not the answer -- it will make things worse not better.
The new law introduces the "duty of care" principle and would give internet
companies extensive powers to delete posts that may cause 'harm.' But because the law does not define what it means by 'harm' it could result in perfectly legal speech being removed from the web.
As LGBTQ+ people we have seen what
happens when vague rules are put in place to police speech. Marginalised voices are silenced. From historic examples of censors banning LGBTQ+ content to 'protect' the public, to modern day content moderation tools marking innocent LGBTQ+ content as
explicit or harmful.
This isn't scaremongering. In 2017, Tumblr's content filtering system marked non-sexual LGBTQ+ content as explicit and blocked it, in 2020 TikTok censored depictions of homosexuality such as two men kissing or
holding hands and it reduced the reach of LGBTQ+ posts in some countries, and within the last two months LinkedIn removed a coming out post from a 16-year-old following complaints.
This Bill, as it stands, would provide a legal
basis for this censorship. Moreover, its vague wording makes it easy for hate groups to put pressure on Silicon Valley tech companies to remove LGBTQ+ content and would set a worrying international standard.
Growing calls to end
anonymity online also pose a danger. Anonymity allows LGBTQ+ people to share their experiences and sexuality while protecting their privacy and many non-binary and transgender people do not hold a form of acceptable ID and could be shut out of social
The internet provides a crucial space for our community to share experiences and build relationships. 90% of LGBTQ+ young people say they can be themselves online and 96% say the internet has helped them understand more
about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This Bill puts the content of these spaces at potential risk.
Racism, homophobia, transphobia, and threats of violence are already illegal. But data shows that when they
happen online it is ignored by authorities. After the system for flagging online hate crime was underused by the police, the Home Office stopped including these figures in their annual report all together, leaving us in the dark about the scale of the
problem. The government's Bill should focus on this illegal content rather than empowering the censorship of legal speech.
This is why we are calling for "the duty of care", which in the current form of the Online Safety
Bill could be used to censor perfectly legal free speech, to be reframed to focus on illegal content, for there to be specific, written, protections for legal LGBTQ+ content online, and for the LGBTQ+ community to be properly consulted throughout the
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The Hungarian Government orders book shops to sell gay and sexy books in opaque covers
|7th August 2021 |
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The Hungarian Government has ordered shops to wrap children's books that depict homosexuality in a positive light in closed packaging as the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban fights against gay rights.
Under a government decree, stores will
also be banned from selling books seen as containing explicit depictions of sexuality or narratives around gender change within a 200 meter radius of schools or churches. The rules similarly outlaw displays of products that depict gender roles that are
different from an individual's gender at birth. The latest steps come a month after Hungary introduced a law banning the dissemination of LGBTQ+ content in schools.
The European Commission has filed legal proceedings against Hungary claiming the
rules violate the right to freedom of expression and information.
Spanish advert in the series about strange characters getting back to normal after eating a Snickers winds up the easily offended
|5th August 2021 |
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Snickers in Spain has pulled a controversial TV advert after complaints from a few people who considered it homophobic'
The advert is one of a long running series showing strange characters getting back to normal after eating a Snickers.
this case the strange character was the rather effeminate Spanish influencer Aless Gibaja who transformed into a regular masculine guy with a beard and low voice. The video went viral this week, with some calling for a boycott of Snickers over
homophobia, presumably because the masculine guy was depicted as an improvement on the effeminate guy.
The State Federation of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals tweeted:
It is shameful and regrettable that at this point
there are companies that continue to perpetuate stereotypes and promote homophobia.
Spain's equality minister, Irene Montero, also joined the criticism:
I wonder to whom it might seem like a good
idea to use homophobia as a business strategy.
Our society is diverse and tolerant. Hopefully those who have the power to make decisions about what we see and hear in commercials and TV shows will learn to be too.
On Thursday, Snickers Spain said it was deleting the advert and apologised for any misunderstanding it may have caused. The company said:
In this specific campaign, the aim was to convey in a friendly and casual way
that hunger can change your character. At no time has it been intended to stigmatize or offend any person or group.