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Are you proud of your heterosexuality?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

gay-prideDID YOU KNOW that July is becoming known as ‘Heterosexual Awareness Month’? Now that the month has passed, are you more aware of your own, or other people’s, heterosexuality?

I’m guessing the answer is no – and I’m guessing that most of you probably don’t feel the need for a particular time to be proud of who you are and who you love, because our families and society are usually affirming and supportive, reinforcing heterosexuality without a second thought all the time. In choosing this headline I have assumed, as our society does all the time, that everyone is (or should be) heterosexual.

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UK: Same-Sex Marriage Dawns, Equality Fight Continues

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Warren Hartley and Kieran Bohan sign the Schedule of Civil Partnership at Ullet Unitarian Church in Liverpool

FIRST FOR EQUALITY: My partner and I become legally recognised as a couple on May 6th 2012 – the first time a civil partnership was registered in a place of worship in the UK.
PHOTO: Simply Perfection

THE CLOCKS WENT FORWARD in the UK last weekend, in more ways than one. The official start of British Summer Time with daylight saving coincided with the legalisation of same-sex marriages in England and Wales. So began an extraordinary week for LGBT equality.

On Saturday March 29th, lesbian and gay couples around the country vied to be the first to be legally married, with several timing their services as close to midnight as possible:

NEWS: Same-sex marriage now legal as first couples wed

An estimated 70 couples across England and Wales took advantage of the change in law on Saturday, and the media was filled with mostly positive portrayals of this landmark for equality.

A BBC survey revealed that 80% of people would attend a gay wedding if invited (though their headline focussed on the negative responses:

NEWS: Gay weddings: ‘Fifth of Britons would turn down invitation’

Twitter feeds filled with supportive messages from celebrities. Actor and comedian Les Dennis tweeted:

Sadly it was not all good news.

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Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The Crime Victim Center of Erie and an organization from Gannon University, Students Against Violence Everywhere, are holding a Take Back the Night Vigil on Monday, April 7 in the streets of Erie, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania map. Events like this are far too common across the US, and should not have to happen. We should be live in a society free of violence and abuse against one another. However, our newspapers and television news broadcasts tell tales of victims of violent crime every day. Whether murder, arson, burglary, or terrorism, we cannot escape a daily deluge of violent behavior across the US.

I decided to write this article after Dan Genarro, the Community Outreach Assistant brought to my attention that this event would happen. Representatives from ME4PA will be attending this event to remind others who are marching alongside us that Pennsylvania law lacks any sort of hate crime statute that protects lesbians, gays, bisexuals, or transgender people. Far too many hate crimes in Pennsylvania go unpunished under state law, because the law we used to have was ruled unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2008. Attempts to rewrite and pass a new law have not been fruitful. While other minorities are protected against hate crimes in Pennsylvania, the LGBT community lacks even basic protection.

No amount of violence is acceptable within a civilized society. Laws won’t change the hearts and minds of people when it comes to curbing violence. For that, we need to take back the night!


Haiti: Anti Gay Violence Escalates After Christian March

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Haiti - Apple Maps

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In Haiti, a Christian march against homosexuality has left a surge of violence in its wake. Gay Star News reports:

Dozens of gay men were beaten by gangs with knives, machetes, cement blocks, sticks and iron bars in Haiti, GSN can reveal. Human rights campaigners in the Caribbean nation say they know of 47 assaults in just one week (17 to 24 July), though attacks have slowed in recent days following government intervention. Some have had their lives threatened or had their houses have been burned down or looted.

It’s always been dangerous to be gay in Haiti, but the violence seems to be ramping up in the wake of “Christian” attempts to stigmatize the LGBT community.

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