Gay news, Gay Rights ranking Europe, Zimbabwe arrests, John McCain and the gays

26 05 2010

The International Gay and Lesbian Association has released its Rainbow Europe County Index on how legislation affects LGBT people. Sweden is number 1 followed by Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain. Those 4 have anti-discrimination laws not enshrined in the constitution, like Sweden(but they do mostly use it) From the EU, Cyprus, Latvia and Poland not good and finished last. From non EU countries Turkey, Russia and Ukraine did bad.

Two members of a Zimbabwe Gay organization have been arrested. At first the government and police said it was because of drugs and porn but yesterday it was made clear they got a letter from former SF mayor Brown that was critical about that monster of a President Mugabe. Mugabe described gays as less than pigs and dogs. The 2 men are still in jail, hopefully unharmed…

Senator John McCain is anti gay marriage, opposes gay adoption, against gays in the military and against ENDA(discrimination against gays in workplace). On the other hand his wife has been a vocal supporter of gay marriage, his daughter is super pro-gay and now he hired a gay man, Mark Buse to run his campaign for re-election of Senator from Arizona. He should listen to his inner circle more.

NY Pride will be shorter than ever in a cost-cutting measure by the NYPD. It will go from 36/5th instead of 52/5th but still ends in Christopher Street. Apparently the same thing will happen to all parades in NY. I think it is totally fine, more crowd on a denser area and less to walk for the marcher in the (maybe) heat.

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Gay news, Day against Homophobia/kiss-in/marriage anniv. in Massachusetts, Rekers’ evil past, proud homophobe cut from oil spill team, gay love-story soldier in Iraq

18 05 2010

Yesterday was the international day against homophobia. Around the world activists, groups and others were campaigning for more tolerance. There was a (surprisingly) violent-free demonstration in Kingston, Jamaica and kiss-ins all over the world. It was also the sixth anniversary of gay marriage in Massachusetts. And the world still exists..

The self-hating George Rekers is now just basically known as a joke but he did some pretty evil things in the past. Back in 1974 he already had ex-gay programs in which parents were instructed to “spank away the gay” in their kids. As young as 4 years old the mothers were instructed to look away from the child when it was playing with girly things, until the kid started crying. At home the kids received red chips for feminine behavior and blue chips for masculine. The blue chips meant candy and TV, the red chips meant a spanking. In one instance a kid “manned up” after 2 years and Rekers used this as an example for his theory. At 18 the boy committed suicide…

The Energy Department did not waste any time in dumping Jonathan Katz from the panel to deal with the oil spill. Katz said in an article he is a proud homophobe and blames gay people for the death of other people who contracted AIDS, “they died so the sodomites could feel good about themselves.” Good news, I know his views on homosexuality have nothing to do with the oil spill, but extreme bigots like that do not deserve anything imo.

The brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, creators of the hit-movie series The Matrix, just finished writing a script about a gay relationship between a U.S soldiers and an Iraqi. Seems very interesting..