|13th February |
Village nutters wound up by sandwich board whimsy
Mike Saqui has been livening up his New Forest hotel by writing fun, comical messages on a sandwich board outside his building.
But the latest in the series caused nutter 'uproar' in his village with a sign saying: Poofters welcome here .
Mike Saqui, owner of The Penny Farthing Hotel, meant the sign to be a pointed reference to the case where a Cornish B&B owner refused to let in gay couples.
Chairman councillor Mark Rolle told the parish council meeting this week that
he had been offended by the slogans. He said: There have been some amusing signs occasionally. But last weekend I found one that incensed me. The realms of decency were overstepped - we could be branded a village of bigots.
councillors disagreed. Leonard Cornell said: It's not offensive, it's a fact. On its website it is listed as gay friendly.
This is a just a storm in a teacup and the parish council has
overreacted. I've been writing fun, comical messages on the A-board for the last 10 years and no harm is meant by them. We have a small minded parish council who have their knickers in a twist and I just want to get on running a business. This is the
political correctness culture gone mad. The latest message is not homophobic, we welcome gays, lesbians or whoever.
After we did receive a complaint and I took the board in - and then I received complaints from people
saying 'don't let the naysayers win.
I can't believe the police were sent round to have a word either, it's a ridiculous waste of their time. A few bad apples on the parish council will not stop me writing my messages.
|12th February |
India's legalisation of gay sex to be tested in the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has said it would start the process to test the constitutional validity of Delhi High Court's decision to decriminalize same gender consensual sex between adults on April 19.
This is in response to over a dozen petitions and
applications challenging the HC's July 2, 2009 verdict, which said police could not arrest adult members of the LGBT community under Section 377 of IPC.
However, it rejected one Suresh Kumar Koushal's plea to include the Army, Navy and IAF as
parties. Koushal claimed the armed forces had clarified that they would not legalize same-gender sexual relationship.
To fast-track the hearing and cut out lengthy arguments from counsel on the issue, it asked all parties to file their written
submissions within eight weeks.
The court had earlier entertained a host of appeals against the HC verdict but refused to grant interim stay on its operation.
|10th February |
Mass arrest at gay party in Bahrain
See article from
Bahrain police have arrested over 100 young men. Some were allegedly drunk, and others were described as wearing women clothing and make up.
The attorney of Muharraq District, Nauef Yousef Mahmoud said that group was arrested on the charge of
conduct against public morals and will be referred to the Bahrain General Attorney.
Al Ayam further claimed that the police are now trying to identify the organizers of the party, and checking if any detainees have a history of debauchery or
This is the second gay raid in less than three months, raising the possibility of a change to Bahrain's policy of relative tolerance.
|1st February |
Religious TV company ends Word TV over discriminatory comments against gays
Religious homophobia is becoming an important issue. It seems to be one of the few areas where religious teachings can be openly criticised as unacceptable
to the wider society.
See article from
Evangelical minister and television personality Charles McVety says he is the victim of political censorship and intends to take legal action after Crossroads Television System permanently cancelled his show this week.
The tension between
the reverend and the Christian broadcaster began in December, when the TV censors of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council said Crossroads broke their rules when McVety made disparaging on-air remarks about gays.
A station spokeswoman,
meanwhile, denied the cancellation of Word TV was a consequence of bowing to political pressure. Rather, it was based on the show's lack of compliance with the CTS code of ethics, Carolyn Innis said.
In December's ruling, the council
said McVety's description of Toronto's gay pride parade as a sex parade, as well as his characterization of gay events as malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial, were in breach of the standards.
His show was initially pulled from
the air but the station let him back the following week on condition that the TV company could pre-vet the show. But on Sunday night, any viewers tuning in to see McVety were instead met with a notice alerting them that the show had been cancelled.
|1st February |
First charges under gay hatred law
Five men have been charged with stirring up gender hatred for handing out leaflets outside a mosque suggesting that gay people should be executed.
It is the first time that anyone has been prosecuted for an offence of inciting hatred on the
grounds of sexual orientation.
The men are accused of handing out a leaflet entitled The Death Penalty? in Derby. The leaflets, which were also pushed through letterboxes, are understood to have called for homosexuals to be executed.
Sue Hemming, a lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: The charges relate to the distribution of a leaflet, 'The Death Penalty?', outside the Jamia Mosque in Derby in July 2010 and through letterboxes during the same month. This is the
first-ever prosecution for this offence and it is the result of close working between the Crown Prosecution Service and Derbyshire Police.
The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, is allowing this prosecution to proceed.
|27th January |
European Parliament not impressed by Lithuanian law to ban gay information
The European Parliament has called on Lithuania's Parliament to reject a proposed law that would punish public promotion of homosexual relations with a fine of up to $3,900.
The Euro Parliament also called on Lithuania to review existing
laws that ban gay information from any place where a minor could possibly see it, censor mentions of sexual orientation in advertising, and exclude gay protections from the nation's educational equal-opportunity policy.
co-president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights, said: We need to educate people -- including children and youth -- about the different forms of sexuality that have always existed in every culture, everywhere in the world,
including in Lithuania. Hiding facts from young people generates fearful attitudes, prejudice and hate, something Europeans stand united against.
|26th January |
Gay banning, drink restricting, reformed sex addict, who blames everything on his screwed up childhood...Perfect
The new Christian Democrat candidate for the state seat of Sydney has pledged to end the city's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
At a meeting with the press in the lead-up a State Election, self-confessed reformed sex addict Peter Madden said
ending the Mardi Gras was one of his main objectives.
Where once it was about rights, it now stands for violence and drunkenness, Madden said. Adding that it had become the worst day of the year for teenage binge drinking, a major
problem facing the city.
Introducing Madden, Christian Democrat leader Fred Nile claimed his personal experience and desire to clean up Kings Cross made him the best candidate for the seat.
Madden said he was molested from the age of nine
until 17 by an older female family member. The experience had left him with a seven-year sexual addiction: I was driven by sexual lust and pornography and for a season I visited prostitutes .
He said prostitution was out of control in
Sydney and that tolerance, particularly by State Sydney Independent MP and Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the Greens had lead to hyper-tolerance : This in turn leads to anarchy .
|26th January |
Court finds that christian hoteliers were discriminatory in refusing room to gay couple
Presumably this issue is being debated at the highest echelons of western churches. Their views on homosexuality are becoming simply unacceptable to much of
modern society. Should they modify their 'god given' rules, or should they continue to alienate large swathes of supporters, or even potential members? In a time when public sympathies for the church are rapidly declining, then surely they will have to
opt to change their ways a little.
19th January 2011. See article from
Two Christian hotel owners have been ordered to pay damages for refusing a bed to a gay couple .
Peter and Hazelmary Bull whinged that Christianity had been pushed to the margins of society, and added: Some people are more equal than others.
They spoke out after a landmark court decision awarded £1,800 each to civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, who were denied a double room under the Bulls' policy of allowing only married couples to share a bed in the hotel that is also
their home. Victory:
Judge Andrew Rutherford said that in the past 50 years social attitudes had changed. He concluded that the Bulls discriminate on the basis of marital status : There is no material difference between marriage and a
civil partnership. If that is right, then upon what basis do the defendants draw a distinction if it is not on sexual orientation? The only conclusion which can be drawn is that the refusal to allow [the claimants] to occupy the double room which they
had booked was because of their sexual orientation and that this is direct discrimination.
His likening of civil partnership to marriage may lead to a long legal battle if the Bulls appeal.
There was a suggestion during the trial that
the hoteliers had been set up as part of a campaign against discrimination. But the judge said he could see no evidence of such a sting operation and added that damages would have been greatly reduced if that was so. He said: There was a suggestion in
the course of the case, and indeed in some newspaper reports prior to the case, that the defendants were "set up" by the claimants with the assistance of an organisation such as Stonewall. If this were true then, while it would not of itself
defeat a discrimination claim, it would very materially affect the issue of damages.
26th January 2011. See
article from bbc.co.uk
The Christian owners of a Cornwall hotel who unlawfully
refused to allow a gay couple a double room have appealed.
The Christian Institute is reportedly funding the appeal.
Update: Appeal decision reserved
15th November 2011. See
article from christian.org.uk
The judgment in
the appeal case of B&B owners, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, has been reserved and a ruling is not expected to be given for several weeks.
The Bulls are seeking to overturn a ruling by a previous judge who said their policy of restricting double
rooms to married couples discriminated against homosexuals.
|22nd January |
One man and his dog radio censor set to be overruled by Canada's TV censor
See article from
Canada's TV censor (CRTC) has ordered the country's radio censor (CBSC) to reconsider its ban on the Dire Straits song Money For Nothing .
The TV and radio censor had decided that Money For Nothing should not air on the Canadian
The CBSC's decision has elicited a strong public reaction and created uncertainty for private radio stations across the country, the CRTC said in its decision. The TV censor said it has received around 250 letters from
Canadians since the CBSC decision, most of which opposed the ruling and have been passed on to the broadcast censor.
The ruling that a British pop song which hasn't aired widely on the radio for a quarter-century, and which questioned MTV's
star-making machinery with apparent irony, has struck a chord among Canadians quick to criticize political correctness and the Nanny State.
The CRTC was also apparently forced to respond to the censorship debate after a host of radio stations in
the last week defied the CBSC decision and aired the original version of Money For Nothing unedited.
|22nd January |
Gay magazines find a successful niche in India
When the first editions of gay magazine Fun arrived at his stand in New Delhi, Ram Naresh displayed it discreetly to avoid giving offence -- but customers have ensured every month is a sell-out.
The glossy publication, launched in July,
combines pictures of young models posing in underwear with articles on what to wear on a swingers' date, explicit sexual problems, and the latest cars and gadgets.
We consistently run out of copies, said Naresh. I will have to order more
as there's enough of an audience for magazines like these.
Gay sex was legalised in 2009 and there are now at least eight print and online magazines aimed at lesbians and gays in India.
These include Jiah (Heart), an Internet
publication started last year. Jiah , which is staffed by volunteers, steers clear of nude photograph spreads and bedroom fantasies in favour of poetry and gay-friendly travel guides.
|18th January |
Why shouldn't people try to change their sexuality if they want to?
article from christianconcern.com
On 20th January, a Christian counsellor will be summoned before a Professional Conduct Panel for giving therapy to a homosexual man who pretended to be a Christian wishing to stop practising homosexuality.
Lesley Pilkington, a counsellor with over
20 years of experience, is defending herself against a formal complaint by Patrick Strudwick, a gay journalist who secretly recorded two therapy sessions with her by strapping a recording device under his clothing. Strudwick published an account of the
sessions in The Independent and has since received the award of journalist of the year by the gay-rights organisation Stonewall.
The journalist met Lesley at a Christian conference and told Lesley that he wanted to leave his homosexual lifestyle
and wanted help to change. Lesley confirmed that she would be happy to meet with him but only within a Christian counselling context. Shortly after the conference, and still acting undercover, the journalist contacted Lesley and said that he thought they
were on the same wavelength and asked to meet with her.
Throughout the two therapy sessions, Patrick repeatedly told Lesley that he wanted to leave his homosexual lifestyle, that it had become meaningless to him and that he wanted to change.
However, after the sessions, he lodged a complaint to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy alleging that Lesley had failed to respect the fixed nature of his homosexuality.
Those offering counselling for men and women
wanting to change their homosexual behaviour have been increasingly targeted by the gay lobbies who do not accept that people can change their behaviour.
However, in 2006, the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell wrote in the Guardian: Much as I
would love to go along with the fashionable "born gay" consensus (it would be very politically convenient), I can't. The evidence does not support the idea that sexuality is a fixed biological given.
Lesley is being supported by the
Christian Legal Centre.
|16th January |
One man and his dog censorship with no accountability and no appeal
See article from torontosun.com
The Canadian music censor is being defiant after a wave of criticism over its decision to ban the nation-wide broadcast of an uncut Dire Straits song containing the word faggot.
Ronald Cohen, the national chair of the Canadian Broadcast
Standards Council (CBSC), told QMI Agency he sees nothing wrong with the fact one person was able to stop every private radio station across Canada from playing the popular 1985 song Money for Nothing.
The number of complaints is
irrelevant, Cohen claimed: Everybody is on our back about it (but) I think it was absolutely the right decision. This was a word that has no place today on the airwaves.
Cohen is unconcerned that the public was shut out from CBSC's
deliberations and sees no problems with the fact that neither broadcasters nor Canadians have any avenues to appeal the decision. If there was an appeal process, it would be cumbersome, he said.
Dire Straits' keyboardist Guy Fletcher joined
a chorus of fans on his website calling the ruling outrageous and the council's decision hilarious for having missed the point of the band's song about homophobia. What a waste of paper, he wrote of the decision.
Caledonia Civil Liberties Association's David Eby called the CBSC's decision very patronizing and suggested the federal broadcast censor, the CRTC, should take over its functions to ensure some public oversight: It is difficult for us to
understand how this private body can have such a profound influence on what Canadians see and hear without any accountability .
The CBSC has been the private broadcasters' self-regulator since 1990, when they decided they didn't want the
federal regulator to oversee their content. Although neither body has the power to levy fines or stop the broadcast of any songs (even those banned), the CRTC can revoke television or radio licences or refuse to renew them when they are about to lapse.
|15th January |
Dire Straits' original Money for Nothing banned from Canadian Radio
14th January 2011. See article
The Dire Straits song, Money For Nothing, has been banned from Canadian radio because it is deemed homophobic.
The song, written almost 30 years ago, uses the word faggot in the verse:
little faggot with the earring and the makeup.
Yeah buddy, that's his own hair.
That little faggot got his own jet airplane.
That little faggot he's a millionaire
The Canadian Broadcasts Standards Council has ruled
that any radio station wishing to play the song must edit or bleep out the offending word, which appears three times.
In its ruling the Standards Council said that even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, [the word 'faggot']
no longer so. The societal values at issue a quarter century later have shifted and the broadcast of the song in 2010 must reflect those values, rather than those of 1985 .
Later versions of Money For Nothing replace the word faggot
with mother , which the Standards Council said the radio station should have played instead.
One listener had complained that the song was extremely offensive to lesbian, gay and bisexual people, the Vancouver Sun reports.
Update: Edited in the UK
15th January 2011. Thanks to DarkAngel on the Melon Farmers Forum
I'm not sure about other UK radio stations,
but both commercial radio stations in Peterborough, Connect FM and Heart (formerly Hereward) have been playing an edited version of the song for a number of years now, which totally omits that particular verse.
Update: Classic Rock Protest
15th January 2011. See
article from radio-info.com
Newcap programmer Steve Jones said that Canada's Broadcast Standards Council went too far in banning the original 1985 Grammy-winning version of Money For Nothing.
He said: If you listen to the context of the terms, you will realize it
is an artistic portrayal of a bigoted person looking at the riches and excesses of the music industry. (The lyric goes That little faggot with the earring and the makeup/Yeah, buddy, that's his own hair/That little faggot's got a jet airplane/That
little faggot, he's a millionaire.)
K97 added that LGBT supporter Elton John has performed the song as written.
So on 14th January, the radio station CIRK and Newcap sisters Q104 and K-Rock protested about the dangers of censorship .
They looped the unedited version of Money For Nothing for a whole hour.
They've also invited representatives from the gay community to participate.
|10th January |
GayNZ object to having their website blocked in MacDonald's
article from 3news.co.nz
McDonald's has caused controversy in the GLBT community after blocking access to gay-related websites for Wellington customers using its free WiFi service.
GayNZ.com says it has received numerous complaints from the community that sites they
frequent cannot be accessed.
The complaints say GayNZ.com has been blocked, as has The Agender site for transgender people; Rainbow Youth, an advice site for young people is also blocked. familyplanning.co.nz was also unavailable.
McDonald's have sent an email response to GayNZ.com, after the website contacted them for comment:
We're a family restaurant chain, and as part of offering this new Free WiFi service, our policy is that viewed content must be of a family friendly nature, i.e.- suitable for a child to view.
Because of this, access to a number of websites is blocked, including access to gaynz.com gambling, tobacco and adult mature content websites.
We stress that all the content of allowable sites
must meet family friendly criteria. By this we mean a child cannot access a website where they can click on any content, link or third party advertisement and access sexually explicit content and images.
You will also
appreciate that there are inevitably teething problems with the introduction of a new service and getting our filtering process right is one such issue.
McDonald's say they are prepared to review GayNZ.com and other websites
customers feel are unfairly blocked.
Offsite Comments: Follow up
11th January 2010.
See NZers bite back
over WiFi censorship story from gaynz.com
Update: Block removed
21st January 2010.
See article from
McDonalds gay block has been removed from stores
Last week the fast-food company caved to public pressure and began
unblocking gay sites, but stood firm on GayNZ.com because it claimed third-party advertising wasn't family friendly.
|9th January |
Court closes gay Rainbow Association
A Turkish court in Bursa has closed the Rainbow LGBT Association. The case was opened two years ago upon the complaint of the Bursa Governorship.
The Rainbow is the Association for the Development of Protection, Solidarity and Cultural
Activities for Transvestites, Transsexuals, Gays and Lesbians. The Association President Özen commented, This is a deplorable decision, but our struggle will not cease .
The Bursa Governorship had filed a criminal complaint about the LGBT
organization because of alleged prostitution . It was now learned that the Bursa court brought the case to an end after a two-year trial period with the decision to ban the association.
Rainbow Association President Öykü Evren Özen said in
the final hearing, No illegal activities of any kind have been carried out within the association. I reject all charges . Özen was facing imprisonment of up to three years under charges of opposing the Law on Associations but was eventually
In a press release subsequent to the hearing, Özen said that they were sorry about the decision and that they would file an appeal against it. He added that the association would remain open during the period of appeal. If the
decision should be upheld, we will open a new association. Our struggle will never cease , he indicated.
Several trials have been opened against LGBT associations such as LambdaIstanbul, the Black Pink Triangle and other organizations in
various cities with the demand to close the organizations down.