Showing posts with label Anti Gay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anti Gay. Show all posts

February 20, 2017

Homophobia Engulfing A Previous Diverse Town of Rochester, NY

I was sent to work in Rochester by my company after being given choices of Conn and PA. 
I decided to stay in NY State on which I had spent most of my life.  Rochester had a good reputation as a growing good community and therefore a good environment to continue the expansion of a retail chain of stores.

In Rochester to my surprised, I found a large gay community many of which where out in the sense they had partners and were not hiding that fact. The people there used to mind their own business and not afraid of other people. You had Xerox and Kodak in the heart of Rochester, therefore you had people coming from out of the area to work for these two Monmouth companies.  As a result you had different communities establishing foot there.

I was only in Rochester for a year before being transferred a couple hours south to Buffalo. Years after I was out of NY altogether I heard of the bad news concerning both Xerox and kodak, particularly Kodak which had been hit so bad in those economic times and was laying off people instead of hiring. I can only imagine what the unemployment could have done to that town. 
It is a universal fact in  the United States and in most countries that when things go bad there is always someone within the community to blame. Now we have a President who encourages bias to people born else where. These things matter in bringing out the bias some people carry naturally due to their upbringing and environment which usually starts with bad economic times or when you have the people on top of the governing cheering discrimination on. This is how it manifests in brining out  homophobia, bias and bigotry.

The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley says there has been an increase in reports of bias-motivated incidents in the Rochester area in the last three months.

Rochester police are investigating the apparent theft of two gay pride flags and one Black Lives Matter flag on Garson Avenue over the weekend.

Gay Alliance executive director Scott Fearing said he was told by a board member who lives on that street that closer to ten LGBTQ flags are missing from residents' yards.

Fearing said since the November election, his organization has received calls about six separate incidents, including the burning of a gay pride flag on Election Day.

"And we're also hearing more incidents of name-calling and what you might want to call bullying, but is actually about a hate crime and bias-motivated incidents; people being put down, called names."

Fearing said he spoke to the victim of an alleged hate crime in Victor who was reportedly one of two men physically assaulted at a tavern last week. WXXI News has been unable to confirm any details of the alleged incident with Ontario County law enforcement or the district attorney’s office.

Fearing believes the reports his office is receiving are connected to the current political climate in the country, and people feeling empowered to act out against others who see as unworthy.

"I thought we had moved on in the world and we were starting to understand that diversity isn't a bad thing and that we're all neighbors and the better that we treat each other, the better we all can live. Seeing the spike here in these bias-related incidents is very disheartening both personally and professionally."

Fearing said of the six incidents he personally knows about in the past three months, only two have been reported to law enforcement. He said victims are often afraid to go to police because they fear the crimes won't be taken seriously.

A spokesperson for RPD says police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the burned rainbow flag in Winton Village in November.

February 19, 2017

Tanzania Blows a Fuse over Selling of Gay Sex~Will Publish List

Tanzania announced plans on Saturday to publish a list of gay people allegedly selling sex online. This comes just days after the government shut down dozens of AIDS clinics accused of promoting homosexuality.

Deputy Health Minister Hamisi Kigwangalla wrote on Twitter that his government was investigating “the homosexuality syndicate" and would arrest and prosecute those involved in the gay sex business.
  "I will publish a list of gay people selling their bodies online," Kigwangalla wrote. "Those who think this campaign is a joke, are wrong. The government has long arms and it will quietly arrest all those involved. Once arrested, they will help us find others."
Under the Tanzanian penal code, sex between two males is highly punishable, ranging from 30 years to life imprisonment. There is, however, no such ban on lesbian relations.
Compared to its neighbor Uganda, Tanzanian politicians had not been focusing much on the gay community, until the recent increase of anti-gay rhetoric by the government.
Men suspected of being gay have been detained and taken to the hospitals for an anal test to find out if they are homosexuals. On Thursday, the government announced it was stopping many private health centers from providing AIDS-related services, accusing them of providing services to homosexuals.
 "We have suspended the provision of HIV and AIDS services at at least 40 drop-in centers operated by NGOs countrywide, after it was established that the centers were promoting homosexuality, which is against Tanzania's laws," Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said in a press conference.
Last year, Mwalimu said it was estimated that 23 percent of men who have sex with men in Tanzania were living with HIV/AIDS. 
abj,cl (AFP/AP)  

January 12, 2017

“My Views on LGBT are Personal Have Nothing Against Them”= Can’t Stand Them


Adamfoxie blog decided to include this story by the BBC about a Nigerian Comic who is using the LGBT community and the homophobia against them in his country Nigeria, to make money. He figures it would be a great marketing scheme, if he used a ‘negative’ in this case a group(a disliked group by many in his country who do not know or understand what gays really are like) to a ‘positive’ which would be getting people to pay attention to his ad about his upcoming show and thus getting more people to tune in to his ad about the show. But this is a negative and there are no positive in homophobia and sometimes the violence against this group in Nigeria.

No one who knows and understand the LGBT community would ever use a depraved way like this to show gays and thus bring to attention to his comedy show. Understanding that the more we criticize it the more successful he might be, still is necessary for everyone to understand his intentions, particularly all those gays in Nigeria who are in the closet and can read this and even see his video on the net and decide to make sure none of their money ends up in this anti gay not-funny man.

I thank BBC for bringing this story to the attention of the international audience and I hope I can put my part by having our readers be aware of this.

The title our blog has chosen for this story is reasserting what this man said and counter saying that those words are the words of homophobic, anti gay individuals. This is the code word use to say I can’t stand you but I am too much a coward to say it because it might be wrong ["I have my own views about LGBT people," he tells BBC. “It’s strictly personal, I have nothing against them.”].
Adam Gonzalez

 In a country in which same-sex sexual activity is illegal and LGBT rights do not exist, a sketch by a Nigerian comedian depicting a gay man who is about to be sexually assaulted has sparked a heated debate.
In the video, a gay man, played by well-known actor and comic Ogusbaba, is seen lying in bed at home looking at his mobile phone when a visitor comes to the door. The visitor is enthusiastically welcomed in - but has unexpectedly brought two heavies along with him, who confront Ogusbaba's character about his sexuality and use threatening language towards him.
As the video draws to a close the gay man is held down on a bed while the other three men threaten to sexually assault him.
The video - which emerged at the end of November last year - was recently reposted on a gossip page on Facebook. There it went viral, and has been viewed more than 390,000 times.
Comedian Ogusbaba
Ogusbaba insists that the skit "is just to make my fans laugh and to promote my tour." 
"I have my own views about LGBT people," he tells BBC Trending. “It's strictly personal, I have nothing against them." But prominent gay rights activists have condemned the video. 
They include Nigeria's first openly gay pastor, Reverend Jide Macaulay, who was forced to flee the country in 2008 after receiving death threats for his work setting up safe spaces for LGBT Nigerians to worship in.
"The Ogusbaba comedy glorifies and glamorises homophobia. What he is effectively saying to his followers is 'go out and assault gays and let's laugh about it' - this is not funny," says Macaulay, who has launched an online petition calling on Ogusbaba to stop promoting hate crimes against LGBT Nigerians.
"We have documented many cases of violence against unsuspecting gays who meet people via social media or other means and simply agreed to a date or sexual encounter. Social media is being used to entrap gay men," he says.
Sexual rights advocate Bisi Alimi - who was the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television, which led to death threats and his resulting move to the United Kingdom - believes the motivations behind Ogusbaba's sketch are clear.
"He [Ogusbaba] wanted it to go viral. He knew the average Nigerian would find it funny and share it," Alimi says. “He knew it would create controversy and be talked about."

BBC Trending

January 5, 2017

No Amen from Peers of a Filthy Mouth, Homophobia Spewing Evangelist

The tittle reflects adamfoxie’s sentiments based on dismay after listening to this aberration of a Christ follower who speaks in the name of someone who was never quoted with such behavior.

Below please find PAMELA K. JOHNSON post on [The tittle as all the tille’s belong to this blog]:

Kim Burrell's controversial sermon calling homosexuality perverted reflects a woman squeezed between two worlds: the black church with its traditional, heterosexuality-as-sin narrative, and the gay-friendly artistic arena, African American religion experts say. 
The Grammy-nominated gospel singer, in a now viral video, predicts gays and lesbians that those "who play with it in God's house will die in 2017." Her comments were roundly denounced by a wide range of black artists from Pharrell Williams, who does a duet with her on the “Hidden Figures” soundtrack to Chaka Khan. Ellen DeGeneres canceled Burrell's January 5 appearance on the Ellen show. 
A theological student, who has pastored in Baptist and Pentecostal churches, was inspired to start a new blog, Hu-Muse, with Burrell's perceived hypocrisy as its first subject. 
"I'm straight, but I'm sick and tired of hearing [about homophobia in the church]," says Marlon Millner, a doctoral fellow in religious studies at Northwestern University who has followed the artist's career for more than two decades. 
Burrell, black religious studies scholars say, has benefited from the support of the LGBTQ community for years—even as she preached against them. 
Indeed, Burrell makes a guest appearance on "Godspeed," a song by Frank Ocean, wrote about his sexuality and romantic interest in a man. 
She was booked on DeGeneres' show to help promote the new film Hidden Figures before the host, who is a lesbian, uninvited her. 
Millner suggests Burrell can't have it both ways: "If they're so bad say, 'No I can't go on your show,'" Or, 'It's nice you would think of me Frank, but you're bisexual.' " 
Darnell L. Moore, a writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at New York's Columbia University, adds to the list of people Burrell should not profit from if she continues to condemn their sexual orientation: "Tell LGBT people to stop placing their demonic tithes in your sanctified offering plates." 

Image: Kim Burrell performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Dec. 9 in New York.

Kim Burrell performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Dec. 9 in New York. Charles Sykes / Invision/AP

In response to the backlash against her first video (apparently posted to the Internet by someone in her church), Burrell recorded a second one, suggesting that she'd been misunderstood. 
"I never said all gays were going to hell," she said. 
Nonetheless, her comments rubbed a raw wound for many gays and lesbians in a number of black churches which have long wrestled with reconciling views on how to practice their faith while embracing homosexuality. 
Bishop Yvette Flunder, a pastor from Oakland, CA, who is a lesbian, wrote an open letter to "Pastor Kim Burrell" suggesting that she had "touched the nerve of a wounded, greatly unappreciated and misunderstood group of people who have contributed countless underrated and unappreciated gifts to the church…" 
B.Slade, a singer with a Pentecostal upbringing whose career was temporary derailed when he admitted to feelings for the same sex, urged homosexuals to stop allowing themselves to be mistreated, he wrote
"Black gay members continue to run to Pharoah's House [the Black Church] to be whipped back into submission to make the heterosexual majority comfortable," and where gays have "been instrumental in building the foundation of too many mega Black Churches and careers of singers like Kim Burrell." 
Were it not for her fame, this story might never have gained traction, said Josef Sorett, author of the new book, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Image:  Josef Sorett

Josef Sorett Department of Religion & Institute for Research in African-American Studies Columbia University Courtesy of Josef Sorett

"Gospel artists have a degree of celebrity. They're featured on reality shows like Preachers of L.A. and Mary Mary," said Sorett, an associate professor at Columbia University, who runs its Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice. 
He notes that gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, similar to Burrell in some ways, was catapulted to wider prominence with his appearance on the TV show Girlfriends, but later was uninvited from a 50th Anniversary March on Washington event after gay-rights activists protested his stance that God had delivered him from the "sin of homosexuality." 
But Millner and other black religion experts said the black church needs to do more to be a welcoming place for all. 
"Of all the things espoused in Christian theology," Millner said, "justice, vengeance, wrath… The greatest idea we should try to uphold is love.

Ellen Discusses with Pharrell Williams Kim Burrell’s Anti Gay Statements

Thursday's episode of The Ellen Show is a bit different than originally planned. 
Gospel singer Kim Burrell was originally scheduled to perform a song from the Hidden Figures soundtrack with Pharrell Williams on the talk show, but her appearance was canceled after a video of Burrell making anti-gay statements at Houston's Love & Liberty Fellowship Church went viral. In the video Burrell calls homosexuality "perverted." On Tuesday, DeGeneres announced to fans on Twitter that Burrell would not be performing on the show, and Pharrell posted to Instagram denouncing “hate speech of any kind."
In a clip released from the episode, Pharrell and DeGeneres discuss Burrell and her comments directly. "(Burrell) made a statement, and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn't feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she's saying things about me," the host explained, before turning to Pharrell.
“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on. There’s no room,” the artist said.
He added that Burrell is a "fantastic singer," and "I love her, just like I love everybody else and we all got to get used to that. We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way."
“Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech and you feel like it doesn’t pertain to you because you may not have anything to do with that, all you got to do is put the word black in that sentence, or put gay in that sentence, or put transgender in that sentence, or put white in that sentence and all of the sudden it starts to make sense to you,” he continued. “I’m telling you, the world is a beautiful place but it does not work without empathy and inclusion. God is love. This Universe is love and that’s the only way it will function."
And while he acknowledged hate can be powerful, he concluded with a further championing of inclusion.
"And I get it, sometimes the divisive stuff works in life. We learned that lesson last year that sometimes divisiveness works," he said. "But you have to choose what side you’re on. I’m choosing empathy. I’m choosing inclusion. I’m choosing love for everybody just trying to lift everyone. Even when I disagree with someone, I’m wishing them the best and hoping for the best because we can’t win the other way.”

January 4, 2017

Anti Gay, Homophobic Kim Burrell Disinvited from Ellen Show

Image: Kim Burrell performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Dec. 9 in New York.

Kim Burrell performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Dec. 9 in New York. Charles Sykes / Invision/AP

The Evangelist who is said "That perverted homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion and has deceived many men and women, and it's caused a strain on the body of Christ," Burrell, a pastor at Love and Liberty Fellowship Church, in Houston, Texas, said in the sermon, which surfaced on YouTube Friday. "You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man's penis in your face, you are perverted ... You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman's breast, you are perverted." 
Burrell had been scheduled to sing a duet on “Ellen" with rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams, with whom she recorded a song for the soundtrack of "Hidden Figures" — the new movie about a black woman's role in the early days of the U.S. space program.

I find it funny that  she was invited to the Ellen show which indicates to me those producers who book celebrities to be talking heads in the shows only care about the theme of the shows and the rating that would bring. There have been exceptions to that when they bring someone who is made great accomplishments or in the way to. Again exceptions. When they booked this woman they figured black, good income, important to many, talk your ear off and people always say amen, bingo!
That she will sing on a sound track? You judge that one.

No one thought, particularly in a show in which the host herself is openly gay that they were bringing (and she had agree to come) a major anti gay homophobe who thinks not being anti gay is to not condemn them to hell. Call them dirt but don’t say hell and you can hold your head high among them. She at lest recognizes is not her call but calls them the meanest, dirtiest things anywhere which will make people assume, those that believe in some type of hell that they are going there if not nobody is (closer to the truth) and I better not get too close or the winds of hell might as well engulf them too.

I for myself would have let her come in and tell me in my face all those dirty things and have the “lets go into the video tape” in case she lied. I will also ask for proof for anything disquieting bad Im being called.

I would let her see me and then judge me like she does., I might even tell her where she gets it wrong in the ‘penis in the mouth’ I think she was talking about straight men with no experience.

I do understand that Ellen is not there to do great things but to have a show even if th President is given her a medal, which was very nice of him. 

Burrell maintained in a second Facebook Live broadcast that she was not targeting gay and lesbian individuals. 

"Have i ever discriminated against them? Have I ever outright told them 'I don't love you and you going to hell?' Why would I?" she asked. "Who gives me the right to say that I'm telling someone that they're going to hell? I don’t get that call?"

She doesn’t get that call, she did get some other calls, as well as Ellen which together kept social media particularly tweeter hot and buzzing. Hope someone gets enlightened. I however felt better from the Flu.

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December 30, 2016

LGBT Equality Ad in Israel and Its Sponsor Banned for Airing it in Arab

A PSA entitled “Human Rights: Because without I’m not Equal,” produced by the Association for Civil Rights (ACRI) in Israel has been banned from Israeli TV because of its backing of gay marriage.
The ad ad includes appearances by such well-known Israeli celebrities as model and actress Galit Gutmann, former Miss Israel Titi Aynow, social activist Daphni Leef and others.
Haaretz reports that The Second Authority for Television and Radio, the public body that supervises Israel’s commercial television and radio stations, banned the PSA,  due to a sentence spoken by Aynow in support of gay marriage. The Authority stated that the law governing commercial television states the broadcaster will not broadcast any advertising that has a message on a “political, social, public or economic matter” that is in “public dispute.”
The ad was also banned because of the statement, “It is permitted to speak Arabic without fear” made by by Mira Awad, an Israeli Arab singer and actress.
The ACRI has threatened to go to court if the Authority does not rescind its ban.

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December 15, 2016

Video Company Challenges Gay Marriage in Court

The owners of a video company have filed a legal challenge to Minnesota's gay marriage law because they want to shoot weddings for heterosexual couples only.
Carl and Angel Larsen said they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples. The St. Cloud couple, who owns Telescope Media Group, filed a lawsuit against the state's human rightscommission and attorney general.
The couple's federal lawsuit has the backing of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal nonprofit organization, the Star Tribune ( ) reported.
The Larsens' lawsuit doesn't respond to specific allegations, but they are hoping to prevent future penalties.
While Minnesota's law doesn't compel religious organizations to perform same-sex marriages, it does ban businesses from denying wedding services, such as cake decorating, wedding planning or other commercial services.
State officials can deploy "testers" to investigate discrimination, and business owners who are determined liable can be found guilty of a misdemeanor offense punishable by fines and up to 90 days in jail.
Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said "any reasonable person" with the possibility of facing such punishments would follow in the Larsens' footsteps.
Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey said the lawsuit is part of a pattern of litigation nationwide aimed at eroding the rights of the LGBTQ community.
In agreement was Teresa Nelson, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, who said the lawsuit would open "the door to a vast array of discrimination . if the court sides with the plaintiffs."
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys also represent a group of parents and students from Virginia, Minnesota, in a federal lawsuit that seeks to bar high school transgender students from using locker rooms and restrooms consistent with their gender identity.
This week a federal judge suspended proceedings in the case until the U.S. Supreme Court issues an opinion or resolves a similar case being argued in Washington.
Minnesota's same-sex marriage law was enacted in 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the fundamental right to marriage is guaranteed to all.

December 13, 2016

$3Mil EU Boost ($170Bil) to Anti Gay Jamaica But No Strings Attached for LGBT Rights

If you visit Jamaica and you believe in Civil and human rights for the gay community, you really don’t. Nothing makes a people change their prehistoric ideas about others than money and financial development. Not impending war, not criticism. But financial ties when cut will make common sense change over ideas implanted by colonial powers a couple centuries ago.”  (adamfoxie)

While making it clear that Europe would prefer if Jamaica expands gay rights and abolish the death penalty, the European Union's (EU) new representative in Kingston insists that these would not be conditions for the island to continue to receive EU economic aid.

" ... There is no conditionality," Malgorzata Wasilewska, the head of the EU Delegation in Jamaica, said in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Gleaner.

"It never has been, and it never will be," said Wasilewska in response to questions if the EU would demand movements from Jamaica in line with the trends in Europe.

"But if in the course of our cooperation any of our values are not respected - for example, if we implement a project and during the project, there is a clear violation of human rights in the implementation - of course, we would raise that and have a conversation about it," added Wasilewska.

Over the past 40 years, the EU has provided Jamaica with official development assistance of approximately €1.2 billion, or J$170 billion. Some of this money has been direct budgetary support, which has helped the island meet crucial fiscal targets under its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Only last week, the EU provided a grant of €24 million (more than J$3 billion) to support Jamaica's Justice System Reform Programme.

Of this amount, €22 million was in the form of budget support, while €1 million will be offered to civil-society organisations, through calls for proposals to contribute to improving access to justice, with an emphasis on vulnerable groups. The remaining €1 million will go towards providing technical assistance, evaluation and audits, as well as communication and visibility services.

But the issue of gay rights and the death penalty, subtexts to EU-Jamaica relations, are not areas where the long-time friends see eye to eye, and there have been concerns that the 28-member bloc will use its financial might to force the island to fall in line with its position on these issues.

Most of the money the EU has given Jamaica has been grant resources for sectors such as education, human-rights awareness, security, agriculture, and rural development, but there have been concerns expressed recently as more and more Europeans start looking inwards.

Wasilewska last week admitted that the EU does not see eye to eye with Jamaica on issues such as the death penalty and LBGT rights, but said that would not impact the billions of dollars in aid provided to the island each year.

"We will continue having a dialogue on values that are important to us and they will include conversations on the death penalty and LBGT rights, on equality of rights to all citizens. I am convinced that the dialogue will be an honest and frank exchange between equals," Wasilewska told The Sunday Gleaner on the fringes of a meet-and-greet session in Kingston.

In June, all 28 EU member states reached a consensus on LGBT rights and agreed at the Council of the European Union to work against "any discrimination" against LGBT people, and to ramp up pan-European efforts on equality.

The council urges individual national governments "to consider working together with the European Commission with regard to its list of actions to advance LGBTI equality", and "to take action to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity".

Jamaica has shied away from any such commitment, with the recently introduced Charter of Rights failing to recognise same-sex unions or provide any specific protection for members of the LBGT community.

The death penalty has been abolished in all EU states and is enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and the European Convention on Human Rights of the Council of Europe.

Locally, parliamentarians voted in 2008 to retain the death penalty, even though no execution has taken place in decades.


November 13, 2016

EltonJohn Says Britain has Become Less Healthier to Live and More Anti Gay


SIR Elton John admits Britain is "horrible" at the moment.

The music icon thinks his home country has become noticeably less tolerant in recent years - and Sir John believes Britain finds itself in an unhealthy state of mind.

The 69-year-old star - who married his long-term partner David Furnish in 2014 - said: "You know, I don't like it here at the moment, to be honest. I don't like the hatred here.
"It's like David said recently, it's like a boil has been lanced that was there for a long time and suddenly all this hatred has come to the surface.

"People have been OK about gay marriage and things like that and suddenly they're not. I have never, ever thought this of this country until now.

"I was always proud to come from here and to live here, because there are different opposing views about everything but it's a pretty civilised place. At the moment, though, it's not, and I don't like it. It's horrible."

Sir Elton also admitted to feeling pessimistic about the apparent rise in anti-gay rhetoric around the world.

He told the Observer newspaper: "I remember going to Moscow when the gay scene was rampant and you'd go to this club in Moscow where nude men would be swimming though a tank and stuff like that.

"Then the mayor of St Petersburg started taking books out of libraries and clamping down. It's just extraordinary. We live in very strange times, but there are voices of reason and they need to be heard."

October 8, 2016

Pence Extreme Against LGBT and this is How

 If you ask Pence about this quote he will talk your ear off until you forget
the question but he will not go there

When the issue of abortion came up during the first vice presidential debate Tuesday night, Republican nominee Donald Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, gave an impassioned answer about why he's pro-life.
"For me, the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief, that ancient principle where God says 'before you were formed in the womb, I knew you,'" Pence said of how his faith shaped his anti-abortion views. "A society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable: the aged, the infirm, the disabled and the unborn."
Many who were watching the debate quickly picked up on Pence's use of the phrase "sanctity of life" and compare it to his political beliefs and policies they pointing in the opposite direction. 

 Pence doesn't seem to really care about the "sanctity" of all lives — especially LGBTQ people, the poor and refugees.

In 2015, Pence signed into a law a bill that would allow Indiana business owners to deny service to LGBTQ customers. He also once advocated for conversion therapy, a practice that is considered harmful by most medical and psychological organizations. 
Pence's war to protect unborn fetuses also had a very real consequence on the rural poor in Indiana, many of whom relied on Planned Parenthood. After gutting funding for the organization, parts of rural Indiana were left without easily accessible resources for HIV prevention, counseling and testing, leading to an outbreak, as the Chicago Tribune reported.
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Pence said that Indiana would notresettle Syrian refugees, saying "Indiana has a long tradition of opening our arms and homes to refugees from around the world but, as governor, my first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all Hoosiers."
Pence, however, does not have the authority to make such a call, according to a federal court ruling
Pence is also a staunch supporter of the death penalty, something that more than half of Americans no longer support.

Pence may seem more level-headed than Trump, but many of his views are extreme.

While Pence may seem to be a good foil to Trump’s brash and bombastic demeanor, he has a history of extreme viewpoints and policy decisions, which one can argue is actually worse than Trump's say-anything approach.
Here are some of the statements and positions Pence had has related to LGBT issues:
He said gay couples signaled ‘societal collapse’
In 2006, as head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of the 100 most-conservative House members, Pence rose in support of a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Citing a Harvard researcher, Pence said in his speech, “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” Pence also called being gay a choice and said keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
He opposed a law that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would have banned discrimination against people based on sexual orientation. Pence voted against that law in 2007 and later said the law “wages war on freedom and religion in the workplace.
More than 20 years after the bill was first introduced, the Senate approved the proposal in 2013, but the bill failed in the House. 
He opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Pence favored the longtime military policy of not letting soldiers openly identify as gay. In 2010, Pence told CNN he did not want to see the military become “a backdrop for social experimentation.” The policy ended in 2011.
He rejected the Obama administration directive on transgender bathrooms
In May, the federal government directed school districts to allow students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. The directive came as criticism crescendoed around a North Carolina law that would have restricted the use of bathrooms.
Along with many other conservatives, Pence opposed Obama’s directive and said it was a state issue. “The federal government has not business getting involved in issues of this nature,” Pence said.              [ TIME ]

September 6, 2016

Wilton Manors Threatening Gay Hater Caught

Wilton Manors residents can kick back and relax this Labor Day knowing a potential threat to their community has been placed behind bars.

On Saturday, a man accused of making social media threats of violence toward members of Wilton Manors’ gay community was arrested and taken into federal custody on an unrelated charge.

According to police, Florida Highway Patrol troopers took 50-year-old Craig Jungwirth into custody in Osceola County after he was found driving with a suspended license. A Broward County judge had issued an arrest warrant for him for allegedly violating bond in a pending misdemeanor case.

“Mr. Jungwirth has been apprehended. He’s currently in custody,” said Wilton Manors Police Cmdr. Gary Blocker.

Police said Jungwirth lives with his mother in Orlando, which is 200 miles from Wilton Manors, but his Facebook posts rattled the community up until his arrest.

The former Wilton Manors resident’s arrest brought relief to those who live and work in the neighborhood. “I wasn’t going to let him ruin my holiday,” said Wilton Manors resident James Greaves. “So now, since he’s arrested, that makes it so much better.”

“This is a guy with nothing to lose,” said Nick Berry, owner of Rumors Bar and Grill, “and well known to have guns, so it was definitely a credible treat.”

Police said Jungwirth became a top priority after he posted threatening messages on a Facebook account aimed at gay residents in the community, last Tuesday.

However, he has not been charged in connection with those threats.

Multiple nightclub and bar owners, as well as employees told 7News they have had run-ins with Jungwirth in the past.

“We were actually concerned he would show up again,” said Rumors Bar and Grill employee Joshua Weigand. “I absolutely feel relieved. We weren’t really sure what was going to happen.”

Ever since Jungwirth’s threats surfaced online, Rumors Bar and Grill has been taking extra precautions. “We hired extra security. Nick, the owner, actually hired armed guards over the weekend because the fact that it could be a real threat was upsetting.”

One of the epithet-riddled posts in Jungwirth’s Facebook page even references the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Police said Jungwirth has advertised himself as an area event and party planner. He is accused of writing, “My events are selling out cause you [gay slur] are total patsies. None of you deserve to live. If you losers thought the Pulse nightclub shooting was bad, wait ’till you see what I’m planning for Labor Day.”

Another post read, “You can never catch a genius from MIT, and since you [gay slur] aren’t dying from AIDS anymore, I have a better solution to exterminate you losers.”

A third post reads, “I’m gonna be killing you [gay slur] faster than cops kill [racial slur]. Its time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS infested losers.”

“That Orlando thing affected all of us all pretty, pretty hard,” said Wilton Manors resident Gareth Chapman.

Blocker said the Wilton Manors Police has been working with the residents. “Immediately we’ve been communicating what we could with members of our community,” he said. “We beefed up patrols, we’ve beefed up Special Operations. We also met on Friday, door-to-door, with our local businesses.”

“[We are doing this] to provide them information on Jungwirth, information about the concerning posts and to let them know that we were going to be out there for them over this holiday weekend,” said Blocker. “We want to thank the members of our community who took the ‘See Something, Say Something’ initiative and reached out to us.”

Acquaintances told 7News Jungwirth is openly gay. He has denied writing those posts, even though he didn’t even read them when authorities asked him.

Jeff Scott, a security guard at Rumors Bar and Grill, understands the possibility of a tragedy. “I think he’s really capable of anything, from what I’ve experienced from the past,” he said. “I don’t understand where that comes from because he is gay, but he’s obviously got a lot of anger, hatred.”

The bar has a case pending against Jungwirth who they claim was caught on camera vandalizing the business with spray paint after he was angered over a pulled sponsorship in May of 2016.

The latest arrest warrant also reveals past complaints on file for stalking and harassment as well as incidents of sabotage and trespassing.

The FBI has taken over his case, and according to a federal complaint, he has been reported to the police before. The federal complaint stated, “multiple complaints for stalking and harassing behavior were documented, as well as incidents of sabotage, vandalism, and trespassing.”

The federal complaint goes on to detail an interview with one of the individuals who contacted Wilton Manors Police regarding the Facebook posts. The complainant stated they have filed multiple reports against Jungwirth. One of them resulted in a restraining order against him.

According to the federal complaint, the complainant also told officials in the past several months, Jungwirth sent them thousands of threatening text messages, Facebook messages and phone calls, many times with Jungwirth stating, “I’m going to get you.”

“There is something wrong with him inside,” Berry said.

With Jungwirth’s arrest, Wilton Manors residents felt free to enjoy Labor Day weekend without the added security concerns. “Wilton Manors doesn’t have to be in fear anymore,” said local resident Robin Almodobar.

Although Jungwirth is in custody, the investigation into his posts continues. “The word conclusion is obviously not correct because there is so much more we have to do,” said Wilton Manors Police Department Chief Paul O’Connell.

Jungwirth is expected to appear in federal court in Orlando on Tuesday.


September 5, 2016

Gay Couple Thrown off London Bus under Vile Attack by Driver

Omar Okai claimed he and his boyfriend were kicked off the bus for being gay (Picture: Facebook/Omar Okai) 

A theatre director describes how he was kicked off a London bus after its driver launched a vile racist and homophobic tirade at him and his boyfriend.
Omar Okai said the “humiliating” incident happened after he had enjoyed an evening out with his boyfriend in central London on Friday.
He said the couple were left "shocked and disgusted" after the driver challenged them with an apparently innuendo-laden remark after they boarded the bus at the rear.
The 51-year-old, from Bethnal Green, alleged that the driver told them: "I bet you like it in the backdoor" during the confrontation near Tottenham Court Road station. 
Mr Okai and his Spanish partner Juan Salas Carranza, 36, have now formally complained to Transport for London and the police over the alleged incident.
Behind the wheel: Omar Okai took a photograph of the bus and driver following the incident. (Omar Okai)
"We put our hands out to get the bus but he looked at us and pointed at something and just drove on," Mr Okai told the Standard. 
“We caught up with the bus at another stop. The front doors were closed but people were on the bus. The back door was open so we got on and go straight to the front and put our Oyster cards on the machine.
“He then said, the front doors were closed for a reason. We apologised and said ‘but we have paid, is it ok?’
“He just kept repeating, ‘how long have you been using buses in this country?’ I made it very clear I am British but he kept repeating it. It was really aggressive, it was vile.
“He then said, ‘why did you use the backdoor?’. We again apologised and he said, ‘I bet you like it in the backdoor anyway.’
“I kind of stopped and said, ‘what do you mean’. He said, ‘you heard’.
Snapped: The bus driver who Omar Okai has reported as part of the alleged incident. (Omar Okai)
“He then pressed the button on the top of his bus panel and made this announcement. He said 'this bus is not going any further and people need to get off'. 
“It was in such a nasty way. We got off the bus but realised other passengers stayed on. He then opened the front doors and allowed another lady to enter and then he drove off.”
Mr Okai, who runs his own theatre company, said: “You don’t have to call me a poof and a queer to be homophobic. This on a bus in your own country in 2016, that’s disgusting.”   In a letter to TfL, he added: “I would like an explanation, not just an apology, as I will be taking it further. 
“This kind of behaviour is not acceptable in any shape or form in Great Britain and as a British citizen born here, I am not accepting it. My partnerand I were humiliated and intimidated, being made to leave the bus.
“In a multi-racial, poly-sexual society, this can't be allowed to pass. I use the transport system day in, day out and have never been so insulted.”
Transport for London said they are investigating what happened.
A spokesperson said: “We are concerned to hear of this incident and are investigating it with Tower Transit, the operator of the 25 bus route. 
“We expect the highest standard of public service from bus drivers."
Bus operator Tower Transit have also been contacted for comment.
Mr Okai also reported the alleged incident, which happened at around 10pm on Friday, to the Metropolitan Police. Scotland Yard have been contacted for comment. 
People have taken to social media to show their support for Mr Okai and applaud him for reporting the incident.
Steven Kavuma said on Twitter: "Absolutely disgusting. I hope his bus licence gets taken away."
Stephanie Sirr wrote: "Shocking treatment of two gay men on their way home. Feels like we’re going backwards".

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