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African Country Legalizes Homosexuality

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Mozambique - Google MapsGay sex will officially be legal in Mozambique from 29 June. The southern African nation will officially be added to the list of countries with no law against same-sex relations, 180 days after the government agreed to the revised Penal Code.

Legislators specifically revised the penal code that allowed ‘security measures’ to be taken against people ‘who habitually engage in vices against nature’. This was used to discriminate against and prosecute LGBTI people that could have sent them to a workhouse for up to three years.

But as this was done rarely it was considered by many to be a meaningless clause in the statute books. Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique has said: ‘The new Penal Code sweeps away a great deal of the musty colonial legacy, including the mention of “vices against nature”. ‘Now not even the most contorted of arguments could claim that acts of gay sex between consenting adults are somehow illegal.’

Authored By Joe Morgan – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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World Health Organization: Being Gay is Not a Disease

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

https://d28fo5khwixgu6.cloudfront.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e1108b0970d-250wi.jpgThe World Health Organization is calling for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to remove a number of “homosexuality-related psychological disorders” that implicitly consider homosexuality to be a mental disease.

Currently, the WHO does not technically consider being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender to be a form of psychological disorder. However, the codification of “ailments” related to homosexuality, the organization says, supports old antiquated ideas about queerness.

“[T]he Working Group found no evidence that they are clinically useful: they neither contribute to health service delivery or treatment selection nor provide essential information for public health surveillance.” The WHO’s study reads. “Moreover, use of these categories may create unnecessary harm by delaying accurate diagnosis and treatment.”

Authored By Charles Pulliam-Moore- See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Saudi Arabian Man Sentenced to Three Years, 450 Lashes for Being Gay

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Saudi Arabia - Google MapsA man in Saudi Arabia was just sentenced to three years and 450 lashes for the crime of being gay,

Towleroad.com reports:

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for “the practise of homosexuality,” after attempting to arrange to meet another man using Twitter, reports LGBTQ Nation. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transexual Rights UAEArabic newspaper Al-Watan said that “the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice…tracked down the owner of the account” of the man who was trying to arrange sex with another man. The man’s phone, which contained pornographic images, was also confiscated.

Prison for being gay is harsh enough, but to order a man to be whipped FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY TIMES is simply barbaric.

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Gambia Plans to Ban the Gays

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Gambia - Apple MapsThe poison seeds of Scott Lively and his ilk continue to find fertile ground in Africa, as Gambia plans to ban all gay people and groups.

Gay Star News reports:

The Gambia has revealed a new bill to ban all homosexuals and charities from the country. Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally has said a bill has been submitted to parliament saying it will ‘strengthen’ Gambian culture…

If the bill passes in parliament, it is likely it will be supported by President Yahya Jammeh. He has proclaimed ‘war’ on gay rights and has branded homosexuals as vermin that should be squashed like mosquitos. Jammeh said his country would defend its sovereignty and Islamic beliefs, and has threatened to ‘behead’ LGBTI people.

I hope the American Pastors who went to these African Nations to preach hatred of gays and lesbians will be brought to account when heads start to roll in Gambia.

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USA: 58% Say Homosexuality is Morally Acceptable or Neutral

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

titleA new Pew Research poll finds that a large majority of Americans now think being gay is morally acceptable.

On Top Magazine reports:

The Pew Research Center’s latest “global morality survey” of 40 nations finds wide acceptance for gays among European Union (EU) countries, with Spain leading the way… In the United States, 37 percent say being gay is morally unacceptable, while 58 percent say it is either morally acceptable (23%) or not a moral issue (35%). Greater support is found in Canada, where 80 percent say being gay is either morally acceptable (30%) or not a moral issue (50%). Only 15 percent of Canadians say being gay is morally unacceptable.

What a difference ten years makes.

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New Global Poll: Gays More Acceptable Than Gambling, Adultery

Monday, April 21st, 2014

PewGlobal1Pew research just released the results of a 40 country survey on “morality”.

Joe.My.God reports:

Pew Research has issued a report on a “global morality survey” they conducted last spring. As you can see above, homosexuality averaged out to be somewhat more acceptable than adultery and gambling in the 40 countries surveyed. In the USA: An overwhelming majority of Americans said extramarital affairs were morally unacceptable. But fewer Americans said that abortion was unacceptable (49%), with 17% saying abortion was morally acceptable and 23% saying it was not a moral issue. Meanwhile, less than four-in-ten Americans are strongly opposed to homosexuality (37% unacceptable), premarital sex (30%), gambling (24%), divorce (22%) and alcohol usage (16%). For these issues, a majority of Americans said that they were either morally acceptable or not a moral issue. And when it came to the issue of contraceptive use, only 7% said this was unacceptable.

While we seem to be nearing the end of the marriage equality fight in the US, globally we still have a long way to go, folks.

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India: Supreme Court Will Reconsider Law Criminalizing Homosexuality

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

IndiaIndia’s Supreme Court will look at the law making being gay a crime once again.

Towleroad.com reports:

The Hindu reports: A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, before whom the matter was mentioned by senior lawyers appearing for different parties, said that it will go through the documents and consider their plea. Curative petition is the last judicial resort available for redressal of grievances in court and it is normally considered by judges in-chamber without granting opportunity to parties to argue the case.

I’m not sure if anything fundamental has changed here – unless there’s new evidence, it’s the same crew that already upheld the law twice. But we can always hope.

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India: New Challenge to Anti Gay Law

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Naz Foundation IndiaThe Naz Foundation, an HIV support group, petitioned the Indian Supreme Court to reconsider its decision about the country’s anti gay law.

Pink News reports:

Campaigners in India have begun a new challenge against the Supreme Court’s decision to recriminalise homosexuality. The Naz Foundation, an HIV support group, yesterday filed a curative petition challenging last December’s verdict. It argues that the court made a “mistake” in its judgment and is guilty of a “gross miscarriage of justice”.

Courts don’t generally like to be told that they were wrong, and with a new conservative government in power, it may be years before this injustice is finally addressed.

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The Decline of the Word “Homosexuality”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Gay RightsTo most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but innocuous enough: homosexual. But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative.

“‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way,” said George Chauncey, a Yale professor of history and an author who studies gay and lesbian culture. Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates.

Some gay rights advocates have declared the term off limits. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or Glaad, has put “homosexual” on its list of offensive terms and in 2006 persuaded The Associated Press, whose stylebook is the widely used by many news organizations, to restrict use of the word.

Authored By Jeremy W. Peters – See the Full Story at The New York Times

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India: Supreme Court Re-Affirms Anti Gay Ruling

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

IndiaThe India Supreme Court took another look at its ruling re-criminalizing gay sex, and it liked what it saw.

Joe.My.God reports:

The Indian Supreme Court today refused to reconsider its December decision to reinstate the criminalization of homosexuality. Many had expected the Court to do so after major Indian and international leaders denounced the ruling. Judges dismissed petitions from the government and rights activists who say the order was wrong. The Supreme Court judgement last month overturned a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising gay sex. The ruling is seen as a huge blow to gay rights and has been criticised by activists and government ministers.

It’s time for legislators in India to step up and legalize homosexuality in the country once and for all.

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