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October 3, 2017

There Goes Egypt Again Putting Gay Men on Trial For Being Gay

A rainbow flag was raised at a Cairo concert....17 men accused of debauchery (gay is not illegal even though it is so. Confusing? it has to be when a government knows is doing something wrong yet it does not want to make plainly clear. They instead use code words like debauchery, which could mean anything from having sex to rainsing a rainbow flag on a concert.

The trial of seventeen men accused of being homosexuals has begun in Cairo. The case is part of a wider crackdown on homosexuality in the conservative, Muslim country - where being gay is not expressly outlawed. 
The prosecution at the session held in the Azbakia Misdemeanour Court in Cairo on Sunday said the 17 had been arrested while engaging in homosexuality inside an apartment.
They have been accused of promoting homosexuality and inciting debauchery. All denied the charges.
The court adjourned until October 29, when it is expected to deliver a verdict.
While homosexuality is not expressly banned in Egypt, there is discrimination, and gay men are often arrested and charged with debauchery, immorality or blasphemy.
Security forces rounded up at least eleven people after a concert by Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila in Cairo last week where some young concertgoers waved rainbow flags. Police reportedly used images shared on social media to identify the people later arrested. 
Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson, called for the men to be released.
"Whether they were waving a rainbow flag, chatting on a dating app, or minding their own business in the streets, all these debauchery arrest victims should be immediately released," she said.
Forensic inspections
At the weekend, Amnesty International reported that the men on trial would be be subject to intimate examinations by the Forensic Medical Authority to determine whether they had had homosexual sex.
Amnesty said the examinations violated the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment under international law, but a judicial source said they would be carried out by "a forensic doctor who swore to respect his profession and its ethics."
"The fact that Egypt's Public Prosecutor is prioritizing hunting down people based on their perceived sexual orientation is utterly deplorable," Najia Bounaim, Amnesty's North Africa campaigns director, said. "These men should be released immediately and unconditionally – not put on trial."
However, Egypt's Muslim religious establishment has expressed its support. A preacher at the Al Azhar seat of Sunni Muslim learning said it "will stand against calls for sexual perversion the same way it has stood against extremist groups."
(Reuters, dpa, AFP, adamfoxie)

September 11, 2017

A SURGE of Almost 80% in The UK on LGBT Attacks in The Last 4 Years

 Carl Johnson of Rochdale, in the Brain injury wing of the Hospital, after being left for dead last August was savagely beaten because he was suspected of being gay.

The number of attacks on lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK has soared by nearly 80 per cent in the past four years, new data shows.

More than one in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation or gender identity in the last 12 months, compared with 16 per cent in 2013.

The findings, released by charity Stonewall and based on YouGov polling of more than 5,000 LGBT people in Britain, reveal verbal and physical attacks are taking place against the LGBT community in all spheres of public life – from bars and restaurants to while trying to find a house or access vital services.
As an LGBT rights lawyer, these are the strangest cases I’ve seen
Alarmingly, amid the soaring scale of hate crime, there has been widespread underreporting, with the study showing that four in five LGBT people who experienced a hate crime or incident in the past 12 months did not report it to the police.

The rise in crimes has created a pervading fear among the LGBT community as they go about their daily lives, with many avoiding certain streets and avoiding holding hands with their partners in public for fear of being attacked. 

For trans people, the findings are particularly alarming, showing that two in five trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident based on their gender identity in the last 12 months.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people are also disproportionately affected, with a third had experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year, compared to one in five white LGBT people. 

The most common type of hate incident experienced by the LGBT community was being “insulted, pestered, intimidated or harassed” – with nearly nine in 10 people receiving such treatment, according to the study.

Unwanted sexual contact and threats of violence or use of force were also common – experienced by 26 per cent and 21 per cent of people respectively – while 13 per cent were physically assaulted by their abusers.

The report shows that fear of discrimination and harassment in public places pervades the LGBT community, with one in five LGBT people who have been a victim of hate crime in the last year not feeling safe where they live.

As a result of rampant abuse, three in 10 LGBT people said they avoid certain streets because they do not feel safe there, while more than a third (36 per cent) said they don’t feel comfortable walking in public while holding their partner’s hand.

One woman, who didn’t want to be named but described herself as a 25-year-old who works in the media in London, told The Independent she and her girlfriend experience harassment on a daily basis, to the point where she is forced to be “constantly aware” of addressing her safety when in public.

“I’ve been with my girlfriend for 18 months and we’ve experienced this daily harassment ever since our first dates. It’s still continuing now, whether we’re going for a walk in the park on a Sunday morning or catching the bus,” the woman said.

“We regularly get remarks in the street from creepy men approaching us, which often turns quickly sour and they shout things like ‘dyke’ at us. You have to be constantly aware of and assessing your safety, which obviously impacts your day-to-day life, and can affect your mental health and your relationship.

“So for heterosexual people to tell me ‘things are different now’ is highly ignorant and silences what’s really happening in LGBT people’s daily lives.”

Much of the hate crime takes place in public spaces, with one in six LGBT people (17 per cent) having been victims of hate crime in the last 12 months when they visited a café, restaurant, bar or nightclub, and one in seven experiencing discrimination when in a shop or department store. 

The discrimination also occurs when LGBT are interacting with landlords or public services. One in 10 said they had been discriminated against while looking for a house or flat to rent or buy in the last year, while 12 per cent said the same for when they had approached their local council. And a quarter of trans people were discriminated against when contacting emergency services.

The abuse also translates into the online world, with homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse being targeted towards one in 10 LGBT internet users in the last month – a figure that increases to one in four for trans people.

Non-binary LGBT people were found to be significantly more likely than LGBT men and women to experience personal online abuse, at 26 per cent compared to 10 per cent of men and eight per cent of women. 

Fear of hate crime among LGBT students up 95 per cent in a year
A geographic breakdown of LGBT hate crime shows that LGBT people in the North East experienced the most hate crime, at 35 per cent, while Yorkshire and the Humber, the North West and the South West experience the least, at 18 per cent. 

Amy, 52, from the North East of England, told researchers she felt unable to start her shift after she was harassed and abused by a group of teenagers on her way to work.

“I was walking to work and a group of young teens followed me and were making remarks about not having a man in my life and if I did have sex with them they would make me straight,” she said.

“They followed me up to my ward and they were still going at me. My work mates and manager were all there. My work mate told them to go. I didn’t feel good and cried. It took some time before I could start my shift.”

On the issue of the underreporting of LGBT hate crime, four in five LGBT people who experienced a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months did not report it to the police, while seven in ten did not report the incident to the police or to anyone else, such as their authority, social worker or charity.

Young people emerged as the least likely to report hate crime to the police, with only 12 per cent of people age 18 to 24 doing so.

LGBT people surveyed by YouGov said it was because they felt that they weren’t “taken seriously” by authorities they approached about hate crime they had experienced. 

Noah, 23, from the West Midlands, told researchers: “I and some friends were victims of a homophobic attack in town and after contacting the police, they basically blew it off and said that we need to be more resilient.”

In another case, Leo, age 53 from the North East of England, said: “I had occasion to report that I had been harassed and suffered an injury. I talked, they listened, but it was their attitude and I got the impression that it was not being taken seriously.”

In response to the rise in hate crimes and the scale of those going unreported, Stonewall has made a series of recommendations to authorities such as police forces, the Home Office and the Crime Prosecution Services (CPS) to adapt and improve their systems for reporting homophobic abuse.

The charity urged that while the figures demonstrate that the UK has taken “huge strides” in achieving equality for LGBT people in Britain, it is clear that much still needs to be done in order for them to feel safe, included and free to be themselves. 

Almost half of trans pupils have tried to take own lives, study finds
Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said: “The study also finds that anti-LGBT abuse extends far beyond acts of hate and violence on our streets. Many LGBT people still endure poor treatment while using public services and going about their lives, whether in their local shop, gym, school or place of worship. 

“While we have come so far in the past 25 years, it is clear that much must still be done before all LGBT people can feel safe, included and free to be themselves in Britain today. 

“These findings warn against complacency and stand as a call to action. Building on the achievements of the past and working together as we look ahead, we can all play a role in bringing forward the day when every LGBT person, everywhere, is accepted without exception.”

The increase in LGBT hate crimes is in line with an overall increase in recorded hate crimes, with Home Office statistics showing that hate crime, in general, has risen by 48 per cent over the past three years. The number of recorded hate crimes and incidents based on sexual orientation has risen by 70 per cent over the same period.

Greater awareness of hate crime and efforts to improve recording of hate crime are thought to have played a role in the increase in recorded hate crimes in recent years, but the latest research also points to a genuine increase in incidents of the hate crime committed against lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Responding to the findings, the minister for countering extremism, Baroness Susan Williams, said: “All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable and those who commit these awful crimes should be met with the full force of the law.  

“We are clear there can be absolutely no excuse for targeting someone because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. We put victims at the heart of everything we do, which is why we work closely with partners to support victims of LGBT hate crime.

“Our Hate Crime Action Plan is improving the response of law enforcement and criminal justice system to these horrendous attacks, including ensuring more victims have the confidence to come forward and report such incidents.

“In the longer term, we will use the results from our national LGBT survey – launched this summer – to inform our plans to improve LGBT equality.”

September 2, 2017

The Bashing of Gays in Jordan

My.Kali May/June 2016 magazine cover. In July 2017, the Jordanian Media Commission opened an inquiry into the queer-inclusive online magazine and blocked access to its website for allegedly violating the Press and Publication Law.
My.Kali May/June 2016 magazine cover. In July 2017, the Jordanian Media Commission opened an inquiry into the queer-inclusive online magazine and blocked access to its website for allegedly violating the Press and Publication Law.
© 2016 My.Kali

High-level Jordanian officials have used a recent inquiry into the legality of a Jordanian online magazine to issue statements against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. By doing so, they are exploiting the inquiry to target the already-marginalized LGBT community in Jordan. 
It all began with a July request from an Islamist member of parliament, Dima Tahboub, to the Jordanian Media Commission to open an inquiry into the website My.Kali, a Jordanian queer-inclusive social affairs online magazine published since 2007. The commission concluded that same month that the magazine had violated the Press and Publication Law and issued instructions to block access to its website in Jordan.
Under the Press and Publication law, online publications have been required to register with and obtain a license from the Jordanian Media Commission since 2012. The law defines online publications subject to the licensing requirement as those that “engage in the publication of news, investigations, articles, or comments that have to do with the internal or external affairs of the kingdom.” These vague provisions allow authorities to arbitrarily use the law to limit free expression.
To make matters worse, authorities’ responses stoked the widespread animus against LGBT people in Jordan. In response to Tahboub’s inquiry, which remains private, the ministers of justice and interior wrote separate official letters to the minister of political and parliamentary affairs declaring their broad intolerance of LGBT people and making it clear that the government would not defend the rights of LGBT Jordanians.
In his letter, the interior minister, Ghaleb al-Zu’bi, wrote, “Jordan has not and will never endorse any charter or protocol acknowledging homosexuals—known as the LGBT community—or granting them any rights as it is considered a deviation from Islamic law and Jordanian Constitution.”
Although Jordan decriminalized same-sex behavior in 1951, the justice minister, Dr. Awad Al-Mashagbeh, offered similar remarks, contending that LGBT people’s “sexual deviance violates...the state’s general system and decency.”
What’s more, all of this—Tahboub’s inquiry, the commission’s review, the ministers’ letters—was completely unnecessary. The commission had blocked My.Kali since July 2016!  It was unclear why Tahboub sought to block access to a site that was already closed or why the commission issued a new order. Whatever their intentions were in reigniting an inquiry in July 2017, the result was a wave of negative attention toward My.Kali and the LGBT community generally.
It is for this exact reason that Khalid Abdel-Hadi, founder and creative director of My.Kali, had tried his best to keep the commission’s censorship of the magazine quiet back in 2016.
This was not the first time Jordanian authorities had stoked moral panic at the expense of LGBT people. In 2014, authorities arrested 10 LGBT people for holding a party in east Amman, all of whom were released soon after. In 2015, outrage spread in Jordan when the US ambassador attended an LGBT event organized by My.Kali and LGBT activists. And in both 2016 and 2017, Jordan banned Mashrou’ Leila, a Lebanese band with an openly gay lead singer, from performing in Jordan.
This time around, not only have the vague provisions of the Press and Publication Law allowed Jordan to threaten free expression, they have also opened the door for authorities to limit the rights of LGBT people in Jordan. Rather than responding to Tahboub by unequivocally stating their support for the fundamental rights of all Jordanians, the ministers of justice and interior chose to exploit her public request for censorship of My.Kali as an opportunity to target Jordan’s LGBT community.
Rather than let such noxious statements go unchallenged, Jordan’s leaders should ensure that ministers and other authorities uphold their international human rights obligations for everyone, including LGBT people. 

June 19, 2017

Australia 1988: "Skinheads Bragged About Bashing an American Faggot"

A group of skinheads bragged about bashing an "American faggot" at around the same time and place American man Scott Johnson fell to his death off a Sydney cliff top, according to a witness at the third inquest into the 1988 death.

 NSW Police
Scott Johnson was a Ph.D. student who had moved to Australia to live with his then partner Michael Noone. His body was found at the bottom of a cliff at North Head near Manly on Saturday, December 10, 1988.
Johnson’s death was deemed a suicide by police and officially ruled as suicide at a first inquest in 1989. At the second inquest in 2012, deputy state coroner Carmel Forbes recorded an open finding.
Police have submitted a 439-page report to the third inquest saying the most likely cause of Johnson's death was suicide.
But his brother, Steve Johnson, remains convinced Scott was pushed or forced over the cliff’s edge in a homophobic attack from men who roamed gay beats looking for targets at the time.
At the third inquest into the death on Friday, a witness, who can not be identified for legal reasons, said he had informed police in 2013 that members of a Narrabeen skinhead gang had bragged about bashing "an American faggot" on a Friday night in December 1988.
According to a summary of his evidence, which was released by the court to BuzzFeed News with names redacted, the witness said members of the group had talked about finding an American man lying naked and masturbating near a beach at Manly, and subsequently chasing him into the bush and bashing him.
The skinhead group was involved in "a number of gay bashings" in Narrabeen and Surry Hills between 1988 and 2001, the summary read.
"Every Friday night, the group would hang out at the Narrabeen bus terminus on Pittwater Road, Narrabeen. The group called themselves the 'Narrabeen Skinheads' and had shaved heads and wore either cherry red or black coloured Doc Marten lace-up boots with bleached blue jeans and plain coloured Penguin polo-style shirts with white or black-coloured braces."
"The group would meet at the Narrabeen bus terminus and get a case of beer, which they would drink on the bus on their way to Surry Hills. The group would travel to a toilet block in Surry Hills where they would find men they thought were gay and would bash them. A member of the group had also said that sometimes they went to a gay beach in Manly looking for guys to bash."
Earlier this week, the court heard from a number of witnesses who confirmed the area above where Johnson's body was found was a gay beat.
No one also gave evidence, telling the court Johnson had fallen into a "downward spiral" and previously attempted to take his own life in San Francisco after having sex with a man other than Noone in 1985.
The inquest continues.
Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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