Showing posts with label Homophobia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homophobia. Show all posts

October 3, 2018

Homophobia At The Palace! Queen's Gay First Footman Felt He Had to Resign

When I saw the this article on the Daily Beast by Tom Sykes I wanted to have my readers know about its contents aout the British Royals. The stories about them have been received well at adamfoxie and lately with the story of a gay marriage and positive stories coming out The Palace were nice to see.

It’s an undeniable fact that without the devoted service of a multitude of gay staff, operations at Buckingham Palace would grind to a halt.
But there have long been suspicions of a lingering disregard for true equal rights at the palace; even supposedly affectionate stories, such as one of the queen mother teasing her gay steward William Tallon—aka 'Backstairs Billy'—for being 'an old queen' can be seen as deeply patronizing. 
Prince Philip, as one might guess, is thought to have been no great force for LGBT equality. 
But gay men and women have always been hired within the royal household, not least because long-term gay employees were less likely to have children, and family-appropriate accommodation at the palace is in short supply, whereas single rooms are plentiful.
There had been a sense in recent years that things were beginning to change, with the news that the queen did not oppose the introduction of gay marriage being seen as a step in the right direction. Prince William gave an interview to British gay magazine Attitude, deploring homophobic bullying and Prince Harry and Meghan spoke out earlier this year in support of LGBT issues, with the American star saying, it was about "basic human rights."
There is little doubt that the young royals believe unquestioningly in equality. 
So it was all the more disconcerting to read, this weekend, of the revelation that the queen’s first openly gay senior footman had resigned, after being forced to accept a series of humiliating demotions for allegedly ‘courting publicity’ following the appearance of some articles about him on gay websites. There was an acute sense of disappointment, work being undone and clocks being turned back. 
While some people might think it absurd that Ollie Roberts, 21, resigned after being told he could no longer pass the queen a blanket or walk Her Majesty’s dogs, being permitted to interact directly with the queen is more than just a vanity massage or an ego-trip for poorly-paid royal household employees; it’s a crucial step on the career ladder, as it is a sign that you are trusted.
While it is true that generally, staff are not allowed to give media interviews or cooperate with the press in any way, shape of form, this rule is largely about preventing unauthorized or embarrassing information leaking out to journalists.  
Roberts, by contrast, had merely been the focus of several articles in gay publications which rejoiced in the assumed demonstration of equality by the palace which his employment illustrated.
If Roberts did tip off or otherwise co-operate with some journalists, this would appear to most people to be at worst, a youthful error of exuberance, perhaps slightly self-aggrandizing. There is no suggestion he has sold or betrayed Her Majesty’s secrets. 
A royal insider told The Sun, which broke the story: “Ollie was informed he had been overdoing the press stuff and they knew he was behind articles and gossip pieces.
“They told him his profile was becoming too high and he wasn’t there to draw attention to himself.”
“It looks more likely that the Palace is embarrassed for it to be known that it has gay staff, and it is consistent with decades of homophobia by the Queen's inner circle”
He was subsequently demoted and deprived of key duties. He then “decided he should quit. He feels badly let down when he was proud to be gay in such a good job.” 
Veteran LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told The Daily Beast: “I can see no example of him giving quotes to the media, which might justify the claim that he was 'courting publicity'. It looks more likely that the Palace is embarrassed for it to be known that it has gay staff, and it is consistent with decades of homophobia by the queen's inner circle. 
“Only two decades ago, the royals banned gay employees from bringing same-sex partners to the Buckingham Palace Christmas staff party. This homophobic discrimination was only overturned after I exposed it and created a public furore, forcing the palace to back down.”
Tatchell, it should be noted, is no great fan of the monarchy and is a high-profile member of the pressure group Republic which seeks to replace the monarchy with an elected head of state. 
Tatchell added: "Since the queen ascended the throne in 1952, the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ have never publicly passed her lips. She refuses to speak them. Even when she announced government plans for gay law reform in her Queen’s Speeches in Parliament she avoided using the words lesbian and gay.”
The palace declined to comment on the story when contacted by The Daily Beast and informed of Tatchell’s accusations of homophobia.  
While many would be inclined to give the queen the benefit of the doubt, the departure of Ollie Roberts from his front-line role looks, at best, like a thoughtless own-goal for an institution that desperately needs to modernize, and be seen to modernize.
It is hard to know which is more depressing; that Roberts is the first ever footman to feel comfortable openly talking about his sexuality to the media, or that the palace should have been so stupid as to demote him for doing so, thereby encouraging his resignation.

March 16, 2018

Vice Pence Seems To Have a Phobia in Meeting Publicly with Gay Leaders Of State .Ie: Gay Irish PM

 Vice President Mike Pence listens as Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks before presenting a bowl of shamrocks to President Trump in the East Room of the White House on March 15, 2018.Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images
[Author: Dwight Adams, IndyStar] 

Last year, the Irish prime minister was welcomed by the U.S. president and vice president with open arms — and with open coverage by reporters — ahead of the annual St. Patrick's Day festivities.

But this year, Vice President Pence's breakfast with new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will be closed to the media — at the request of the vice president. In a departure from the recent past, reporters were told Friday's event to be attended by Pence and Varadkar will be private and the media won't be invited. 

Pence also had an St. Patrick's Day breakfast in March 2017 with Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister at the time. The difference this year could possibly be Varadkar's visibility as an openly gay man as well as Pence's long record of opposing issues important to the gay and lesbian community.

People are speculating whether issues such as gay and lesbian rights and Pence's stance on gay-conversion therapy might be discussed at their meeting. For instance, the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group, sent a tweet questioning the motive for banning the media from the Pence-Varadkar event.

That the request for a private meeting came from the Pence camp, as reported by Irish media, was confirmed Thursday by a source at the White House. Pence and Varadkar had both been in attendance at three meetings Thursday in Washington that were open to the media.
Alyssa Farah, the press secretary for Pence, released a statement Thursday about the Friday breakfast.
"The Prime Minister had a formal bilateral meeting with President Trump today, which was attended by the Vice President. The Vice President and Prime Minister also attended Speaker Ryan’s annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch, and the Shamrock Exchange reception at the White House today. Tomorrow’s breakfast is an informal gathering of several dozen people at the Vice President’s home where he will reiterate the major themes of the important relationship shared by the U.S. and Ireland." 
According to the Irish Examiner, Varadkar said he would have preferred that his meeting with Pence would be open to the public, but added that a private session may allow for more "frank conversation."
Varadkar became the first openly gay Irish government minister in 2015, during a debate over an amendment to the Irish constitution to allow same-sex marriage that was eventually passed. 

Varadkar who is the Taoiseach of Ireland — a role which comprises the titles of the prime minister, chief executive and head of government  — also is the first Irish government minister of Indian descent. He took office in June.
Last year, Kenny joined the vice president for an open breakfast with several dozen other invited people, before meeting later in the day with the president in the Oval Office.
But this year, Varadkar and Pence will have the breakfast event in private at the vice president's residence on Friday morning, a day after Varadkar's meeting with Donald Trump.
Pence, who is of Irish descent, and his wife, Karen, spoke to the media at last year's festivities, where Pence expressed his excitement over being able to invite a "special guest to the White House" —  in reference to Kenny.
But it's different this year — and Varadkar's comments in recent days to the media may be a reason why.
When asked whether he would talk to Pence about the vice president's stance on gay-conversion therapy, Varadkar told an Irish publication,, on Wednesday that if given the chance he would talk about "the wider issue" of gay rights
“I am told Vice President Pence is not a supporter of conversion therapy even though some people have mentioned he is," Varadkar said, according to "But I imagine I will have the opportunity, I am going to be meeting him over breakfast on Friday morning, so if I have the opportunity I will certainly be mentioning the wider issue of equal rights and freedoms for LGBT citizens.”

U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon accused Pence of being a supporter of gay-conversion therapy in an interview with USA TODAY in the days leading up to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The issue of gay-conversion therapy has dogged Pence since a statement was posted on his campaign website during his run for Congress in 2000. Gay conversion therapy is a now-discredited practice that once used psychiatric treatments — and electric shocks — to try to persuade a person to change his or her homosexual orientation.
Although it doesn’t use the words “conversion therapy,” gay rights groups say the wording used by Pence nearly two decades ago is language that both supporters and opponents of the practice would recognize as a clear reference.
Here's what the campaign statement said in part: "Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior." 

Pence’s office later said the campaign statement from 2000 was meant to indicate support for groups promoting “safe sexual practices.”
"The vice president has never supported conversion therapy and doesn’t support it now. Any reports to the contrary are patently false," spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in February. "He’s been abundantly clear on the matter.”

But Pence, who previously has suggested homosexuality is a choice, declined to say whether or not he believes conversion therapy has merit.

A religious conservative, Pence has a long record of opposing gay rights while he served as an Indiana congressman, including advocating for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, opposing measures to protect gay men and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace, and opposing lifting the military’s ban on gays serving openly. While governor of Indiana, he signed a "religious freedom" law that LGBT activists say allowed for Christian businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

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October 4, 2017

The Gay Community Wants to Help The Vegas Blood Shortage but They Are Not Allowed

On Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, a gunman took fire at the country festival crowd from an above hotel room, killing 59 people and injuring around 527 others.

Las Vegas police found the gunman dead in his hotel room, along with rounds of ammunition and a huge hoard of weaponry. The FBI claimed the gunman had no links to any terrorist organisations, but this was an act of terrorism, nonetheless.

A video emerged online of country singer Jason Aldean’s performance being ambushed by gunfire. The terrifying footage shows the panic and chaos amongst the crowd, as music quickly turns into screaming.

This is one of the deadliest shootings in modern US history, with many calling once again for gun control laws to be put into place in the United States.

In the aftermath of the shooting, there are hundreds that need medical attention. 
As a surge of crowd members arrived at the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Centre located close to the concert venue, needing treatment for their injuries, and in some cases, what proved to be fatalities.
Steve Sisolak, a current candidate for Governor of Las Vegas, posted a plea to Twitter asking for people to donate blood, which was retweeted by the Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman.

However, despite their urge for blood donations, gay and bisexual men are still being prevented from donating blood as a result of old legislation, through fear of being contaminated by HIV or syphilis.

Former NSYNC singer and Las Vegas native Lance Bass tweeted his frustration at the ban: “How is it STILL illegal for gays to donate blood??!! I want to donate and I’m not allowed.”

In the midst of a tragedy like this, it seems even more absurd that gay people can’t donate blood.

Under current United States laws, as in many other countries, if you’re a man who has sex with men (MSM), you cannot donate blood unless you’ve abstained from sex for at least 12 months.

“All US blood collection organisations must follow this federal requirement,” say the American Red Cross under the LGBTQ guidelines section of their website.

Let’s hope that these restrictions are overturned – it’s about time.

For now, our thoughts are with anyone affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.

Words Jamie Dixon

September 8, 2017

New Survey Suggests Gay Men in Britain Reluctant to Hold Hands

In Nepal, you see policemen holding hands as they go out on patrol:

So, why is this practice completely normal in Nepal, but unacceptable in the West? I'd suggest two reasons:

In the past, unmarried young men didn't have the freedom to be physically close with women, except their mothers. Psychologists tell us that touch is fundamental to human communication, bonding and health. So, physical closeness between young men -- arms around shoulders, or holding hands -- provided an opportunity for that essential "intimacy." Unmarried men and women seem to have more physical contact now, but the relaxed physical intimacy between men remains part of the culture.
Probably the West's chief deterrent to public displays of male bonding is the terror of being perceived as homosexual. Even if being gay is more accepted than ever, straight men often feel compelled to proclaim their heterosexuality, shining a spotlight on that continuing dread of being thought "queer."

Perhaps the more a society accepts homosexuality, the less comfortable straight men will feel displaying affection for male friends, unless their team has just scored a touchdown! Until very recently, most Nepalis knew little about homosexuality, and it would never occur to them that two men holding hands might be gay.

Since first coming to Nepal in 2001, I now see fewer displays of affection among young men. This observation may be the flip side to Nepal's recently becoming the first Asian country to accept gay marriages.

While Nimesh's grandfather was completely comfortable reaching for my hand, I'd bet that Nimesh's son -- many years from now -- won't be so inclined. My fear is that future generations of young people will only reach out for their computer mouse or their iPhone... but not for someone else's hand.

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More than half of gay men in Britain do not feel comfortable holding hands with a partner in the street, a survey of 5,000 LGBT people has revealed.
One in five lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender respondents to Stonewall's pollsaid they had experienced a hate crime in the past year.
They ranged from abuse to assault, but 81% of victims did not go to police.
The Home Office said all hate crime was "completely unacceptable" and "should be met with the full force of the law".
Stonewall said the UK had much to do before all LGBT people "can feel safe, included and free to be themselves".
While hate crime was more effectively recorded than in the past, the charity said there had undoubtedly been "a genuine increase" in incidents since its last major survey in 2013. 
The 2017 poll - timed to coincide with a major new campaign, Come Out for LGBT - also found:
  • Overall, 21% of respondents had experienced a hate crime in the past 12 months, but the figure was 41% among transgender people specifically
  • More than a quarter of those affected by hate crime (26%) endured unsolicited sexual advances, while 87% reported harassment, intimidation or insults. 11% said they had been physically assaulted
  • LGBT people living in the north east of England were most like to have suffered a hate crime - 35% - compared with 18% in the north west of England and Yorkshire and the Humber region
  • Levels of hate crime were higher among black, Asian and minority ethnic respondents than in the cohort as a whole, with 34% in those groups reporting an incident compared with 20% of white LGBT people
  • Overall, 38% of respondents said they felt scared to hold hands with a partner in public, with the figure rising to 58% among gay men specifically
The report also highlights the daily discrimination LGBT people face, for example in shops or when attempting to access public services. 

Trans rights protestersImage copyrightPA

One in 10 respondents said they had suffered problems trying to either rent or buy a property. 
One in six said their sexuality had been an issue in cafes or restaurants, while 10% of those who have attended a live sporting event claim to have been discriminated against. 
The report includes harrowing accounts, such as that of Ava, a 56-year-old from London, who said: "Someone described their intention to slit my throat and kill me.
"They went on to say no court would convict them for killing 'the queer bait'."
Elijah, a 19-year-old from south-east England, said: "I live in constant fear of being attacked again due to my gender identity." 

'Visible allies'

Stonewall says its research highlights the "shocking levels of hate crime and discrimination that LGBT people still face in Britain today".
Chief executive Ruth Hunt said: "At Stonewall, we want everyone across Britain who feels impacted by reading this report to join our campaign and pledge to come out for LGBT people everywhere, as visible allies."
Stonewall has made a number of recommendations, including:
  • Police forces should improve training for all officers and frontline staff to better record homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes, better support victims and bring perpetrators to justice
  • The Home Office should review hate crime laws so that hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability are treated equally to those based on race and faith, by making them aggravated offences
  • The Crown Prosecution Service should train all prosecutors on anti-LGBT hate crimes and track successful prosecutions to develop best practice

'Hierarchy of hate' 

Minister for countering extremism Baroness Williams said all forms of hate crime were unacceptable and the Home Office was working to improve the response to such incidents, including ensuring victims had the confidence to come forward. 
"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."
David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, reiterated the desire to see an end to what he called "a hierarchy of hate crime".
"All hate crime is abhorrent. LGBT people, like everyone else, have the right to live safely in the community," he said.
"That is why we want the government to conduct a full review of hate crime legislation and sentencing guidance."

September 3, 2017

Gay Dad 52,Speaks Out for For Being Accused of Touching His 5yr.Son on United Flgt.

If you are Gay and have a small son, don't touch him  while traveling on United or you will spend an hour or two explaining that you still change his diapers.

Last May, the story of Henry Amador-Batten, a 52-year-old gay man, who was wrongly accused of inappropriately touching his five-year-old son, Ben, on a United Airlines flight went viral. A male flight attendant sounded the alarm on a scene that turned out to be totally innocent: Ben had his arm laced around his father’s arm, whose hand extended onto Ben’s lap. That scenario prompted an attendant to allege that Amador-Batten’s hand was too close to his son’s genitals. 

When the duo deplaned, authorities were waiting for Amador-Batten. They questioned him for 45 minutes in front of Ben and demanded evidence that he was indeed Ben’s father, which Amador-Batten immediately provided. He was released and United has since apologized.
Now, three months later, Amador-Batten tells People Chica that before his experience on United he’d never experienced discrimination on the basis of his sexuality. “I’m a 52-year-old man who has never had to fight because I’m gay. I’ve never been accused of anything, never been fired from a job, or lost a home. You hear all these stories, but I’d never experienced any of that.”


The same can’t be said for his existence in the world as a Latino man. Half-Puerto Rican and half-Spanish, Amador-Batten recalls chilling incidents of racial profiling in the 80s and 90s. “I was nearly always targeted by security both in the U.S. and in the countries I was entering. I’m assuming,” he says, “that a well-dressed Hispanic man flying out of Miami was easily suspected of being in the drug business. I missed flights, had luggage basically torn apart. I had tubes of toothpaste squeezed out and even hems on my jacket and pants ripped open.”
When asked if he thinks his ethnicity played any part in the flight attendant’s allegations on United, he says: “We can’t know what the flight attendant’s motives, perceptions or intentions were. Although both Ben and I are Hispanic, he is lighter than I. Did the attendant see an older Hispanic man traveling with a little white boy? I can’t imagine he could have but who knows?”

On that note, he adds that when the story first came out several publications inaccurately asserted that Amador-Batten was white and Ben was black. “Even when photos were provided,” he says, “the black and white assumption hung around. I think creating a wider difference between my son and I made the story a bit more sensational and may have even made the flight attendant’s accusation more believable.”


Amador-Batten read a recent report about a passenger on a United flight who wrongly accused a Mexican father of sex trafficking. The father, traveling alone with his half-Irish daughter, was detained and questioned by the authorities. Is it possible the attendant who targeted Amador-Batten was thinking along similar lines?
“The similarities in our stories,” Amador-Batten says, “are uncanny.”


August 25, 2017

Cop in Delaware Under Investigation for Anti Gay Pro Trump Postings on Face Book

anti-LGBT post, gay news, Washington Blade
(Images courtesy of Equality Delaware)
The implication from this police officer is clear. If you are not with Trump you are gay or only real Americans are with Trump others are gay. For the average Trump follower to be posting that, it would only be expected. The posting being both homophobic and lacking intellignce to make a point that you love Trump but can't find a good reason why. So you resort to being homophobic and defining what an American is. But for a Police officer, this type of posting shows a lack of being open minded enough to deal with situations with people that are not pro-Trump or are Gay for that matter. Adam@adamfoxie

The chief of police in a small town in Delaware near the state capital of Dover is investigating allegations that one of his patrol officers posted an anti-gay message on Facebook, according to a town official.
Theon Callender, the town administrator of Cheswold, Del., confirmed the investigation was under way in an Aug. 14 letter to the statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality Delaware.
Callender’s letter came three days after Equality Delaware sent its own letter to the town’s police chief, Christopher Workman; the town mayor, Robert Sine; and other town officials disclosing that it learned that Patrol Officer First Class Louis Simms had allegedly made the anti-LGBT post on Facebook under an account with his profile picture.
Although the post was made under the name Louis Judge, Equality Delaware officials have said they learned the post was made by Officer Simms through sources who know the officer.
The post in question states, “I stand with Trump!!! The flag on the right shoulder is [an American flag is shown], not [a rainbow flag is shown].”
A separate Facebook post obtained by Equality Delaware under the name Louis Judge shows a large photo of a police officer with an American flag patch on the right shoulder of the officer’s police uniform.  Although the photo shows only half of the officer’s face, Equality Delaware says it learned through sources that the photo is of Officer Simms.
“We have seen the post, and we ask you to conduct an investigation, if one is necessary, to determine whether the post came from Officer Simms,” the Equality Delaware letter to the Cheswold town officials says. 
“If it did, we ask that you permanently remove Officer Simms from the police force of the Town of Cheswold,” the letter says. “The Facebook post characterizes the LGBTQ community, through our trademark rainbow flag, as somehow incompatible with America, as though LGBTQ Americans aren’t Americans at all.”
The letter adds, “Simply stated, if the post is from Officer Simms, then his behavior shows not only poor judgment, but a disposition for discrimination against an entire community of people based solely on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. That is not a trait that can be tolerated in a position of public law enforcement, which demands the protection of all communities and equal and fair administration of justice.”
Mark Purpura, president of Equality Delaware Foundation, who co-signed the letter to the Cheswold officials, said the group has no objections to the Facebook postings expression of support for President Trump. He said the group’s objection is over the posting’s disparagement of LGBT people through the reference to the rainbow flag.
In his letter of response, town administrator Callender said the mayor, Town Council, and police chief of Cheswold “are aware of the recent controversial postings on social media allegedly attributed to Officer Simms.”
“Chief Workman is and has taken immediate steps to investigate the matter with great sensitivity toward those raising objections; toward the community at large, while also being sensitive to and maintaining the rights of the officer,” Callender said. “We expect to bring the investigation to a prompt conclusion and at that time we will announce our findings and course of action, as stipulated by the laws of Delaware,” he said.
“While this fair and orderly process occurs, please be assured that the Mayor, Town Council and Chief Workman share an attitude of inclusiveness, respect and compassion that reflects the prevailing view of our community,” he stated in the letter.
The initial Equality Delaware letter to the Cheswold officials raising the allegations against Officer Simms was jointly signed by Purpura and Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman.
Purpura told the Blade that as of late Tuesday Cheswold officials had not informed the group that the pending investigation had been completed.

August 14, 2017

Fashion Celebrity? Calls for Mass Execution of "Non" Heterosexuals

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I was going to post a picture of this hater, I felt I would rather put the picture of a duck for my own reasons but then I decided to post something universal to us all and it should make a man or woman, gay or straight say, ahh! comme c'est beau (French not Turk)

A Kyrgyz fashion-world celebrity has drawn criticism after apparently calling for the mass execution of "nontraditional" sexual minorities and prostitutes in the Central Asian republic.

In a Facebook post on August 10, Amina Yusurova a fashion model and national director of the Kyrgyzstan World Beauty Congress wrote: "Round up all the people of non-traditional orientation and blow them all up on one island." 

She added that "women of low social responsibility" should be included "on that island."

It is unclear what prompted the digital outburst, but in it, the 29-year-old Yusurova suggests that such people damage the reputation of the country and its capital, Bishkek.

The term "nontraditional sexual orientation" is frequently used by detractors in ex-Soviet states to refer to gay, lesbian, and other sexual minorities.

'Intolerant, Bloodthirsty'

Yusurova has provoked outrage in the past with comments targeting ethnic Russians in Kyrgyzstan, a country of around 6 million people that declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

A number of Yusurova's Facebook followers criticized her remarks, variously calling them "intolerant," "aggressive," and "bloodthirsty," and a Kyrgyz news website urged police to take action.

"You're setting everyone against yourself," Dzhamilya Turdakunova said via the social network.

"What's wrong with you?" asked Sumsarbek Obbo Mamyraly, a Facebook user from Bishkek.

Another suggested Yusurova "use her beauty to spread a different type of message."

One Facebook user wrote that he is "against" sexual minorities but that doesn't give him the right "to blow them up or take some other action against them."

Yusurova countered by saying that "these are my thoughts," while adding that she had the right to express her opinions.

Inciting Hatred?

The model, who has more than 6,100 Facebook followers, has previously urged Kyrgyz people to kick out ethnic Russians on the social network, according to local media reports. She has since removed that post.

Kyrgyz news website called on Kyrgyzstan's Interior Ministry and security services to "react" to Yusurova's comments, suggesting she has a history of offensive remarks.

Another popular news website,, suggested that Yusurova's "comments in the public space -- directly or indirectly -- fall under the article on inciting ethnic hatred" in the country's Criminal Code. 

Sexual minorities often face discrimination and harassment in Kyrgyzstan, where statistics point to a recent rise in attacks on gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

In 2016, Kyrgyzstan effectively banned same-sex marriages in an amendment to the Constitution stipulating that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

A bill criminalizing so-called gay "propaganda" is currently set for a final reading in the Kyrgyz parliament before becoming law.

Written by RFE/RL correspondent Farangis Najibullah

July 16, 2017

Homophobe James Woods Goes After Pro Gay Family Gets Response from Neil Patrick Harris

 Actors Neil Patrick Harris (left) and James Woods engaged in a Twitter feud over an Orange County family's picture of their son at a gay-pride parade. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP and Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

 My  son usually gets stares/whispers in public, not the smiles/hugs/encouragement he received at his 1st 

Actors Neil Patrick Harris and James Woods James Woods {Homophobe and if you have seen him play a gay character,  ..He might have the genes} engaged in a Twitter feud this week over an Orange County family's picture of their son at a gay-pride parade.

Not the first time that he goes after someone gay:     (Tweeting about Anderson Cooper)        
Woods wrote: 'As his butt plug dislodges during a newscast' Alongside a gif of the CNN anchor rolling his eyesThe 70-year-old actor was lampooned by Twitter users for the lewd commentHe defended it on Saturday, accusing the 'liberals' of having a 'hissy fit' Cooper, 49, was interiewing Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway when he rolled his eye

The original photo shows the parents with their 10-year-old son holding signs that say "I love my gender creative son!" and "My son wears dresses & makeup ... get over it!"
Woods, who has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows since the early 1970s, is known for supporting conservative viewpoints on Twitter, where he has more than 723,000 followers.

He commented on the photo: "This is sweet. Wait until this poor kid grows up, realizes what you've done, and stuffs both of you dismembered into a freezer in the garage."

That triggered strong reactions on both sides, with one of the most prominent coming from Harris, who is openly gay and has 26.9 million followers on Twitter. He responded: "Utterly ignorant and classless, Mr. Woods. I'm friends with this family. You know not of what you speak, and should be ashamed of yourself."

The exchange has sparked an angry debate online, in tens of thousands of retweets, likes and comments.

Faced with the backlash, Woods did not back down, insisting that his comment was not based on homophobia, but on parents using their child as a propaganda tool.

He sent out multiple additional tweets defending and expanding upon his comments and his viewpoint:

"Using one's child as a social justice propaganda doll is tantamount to child abuse," Woods tweeted. "This is not about homophobia. Nice try though..."

He added: "For the record I have supported human rights of all stripes and persuasions, colors, creeds, choices and preferences my entire life. Period."

He also tweeted "Some children can be ruthlessly cruel to children who are simply different in any way. I humbly suggest making your child a target is unwise."

And added: "I spent my entire adult life in the New York theatre scene, kids. I have more gay friends than Liberace. So let's stop the homophobia train."

The mother in the original photo, Lori Duron, maintains a blog titled "Raising My Rainbow - Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son."

She's also written a book with that title, with a foreword written by Harris.

Duron told People magazine that Woods' tweet was "shocking" and said the actor was "hugely misinformed."

"We've spent seven years sharing our journey to the public," she told the magazine. "LGBTQ youth don't hurt their parents, they hurt themselves. We're trying to raise our son in way that he doesn't fall into those behaviors. His tweet was so uninformed. LGBTQ youth do not kill other people, they kill themselves."

"I feel like adults should know better," she added.

She also said her son CJ is not transgender, but is a boy who wants to be treated like a girl.

By staff

May 15, 2017

The LGBT People are the toughest in The World but in Albania Nothing Less Will Do

 Gay ride against Homophobia

The LGBT in Albania faces legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents although they are protected under a comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation. Both male and female same-gender sexual activities are legal in Albania since 1995, but households headed by same-gender couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-gender couples.

Albania, as a whole, is considered to be conservative, especially in public reactions regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights and visibility of LGBT people; however, anti-discrimination legislation have made ILGA-Europe regard Albania as one of a very few countries in Europe which explicitly bans discrimination on the grounds of gender identity. Albania has ratified Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, moreover Albania was a signatory to the 2007 UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

In 2015, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) ranked Albania 19th in terms of LGBT rights out of 49 observed European countries.
There are three organisations in Albanian focused on LGBT rights - the three most well known are Aleanca Kunder Diskriminimit LGBT (Alliance Against LGBT Discrimination), Pro LGBT and Pink Embassy/LGBT PRO ne Shqiperi. These organizations work to create a better and more equal living situation for LGBT people in Albania.

In December 2010, the Deputy Commission for Labour, Social Affairs and Health, Tritan Shehu, declared that "homosexuality should be treated by medical staff as hormonal disorder, as well as psychological".The LGBT organizations filed a collective complaint with the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination. The Commissioner reviewed the declarations and, after a lengthy delay, on 30 September 2011 reprimanded Mr. Shehu in a letter to Parliament: “Mr. Shehu should avoid discriminatory remarks in the future, which cause an atmosphere of tension and unfriendliness towards the LGBT community in Albania." The Commissioner further recommended that Parliament should grant “all guaranties so that the thoughts, opinions and remarks of the LGBT community are heard, evaluated and taken into consideration, when they are directly involved on specific topics, in order to help the community to enjoy fully its rights and freedoms.”

The Public:

Social attitudes towards the LBGT community are generally negative. Data released by the ESS reveal that the vast majority of Albanians are conservative and disapprove of the gay and lesbian community. According to the survey data, 53% of Albanians believe that "gays and lesbians should not be free to live life as they wish," the largest percentage holding that opinion in the survey.

Negative numbers:

Results of previous polling by Gallup's Balkan Monitor[25] taken in 2010 show that 54.2% of Albanians consider homosexual relations wrong, while 22.7% disagree. A regional difference was observed, as respondents from Central Albania were more likely to disagree (35.5% agree, 28.2% disagree) than those from the North (59.8% agree, 16.4% disagree) or the South (71.1% agree, 17.2% disagree). 

Additionally, Albanian respondents were more likely to disagree than those from most neighboring Balkan countries, including Macedonia (69.4% to 18.4%), Montenegro (65.8% to 12.1%), Kosovo (64.9% to 18.5%) and Bosnia (74.3% to 9.2%), while Croatia was comparable (50.3% to 20.4%) and Serbia (55.1% to 21.7%) . Other questions asked included whether homosexuals were entitled to "the same rights as all other people", to which 44.4% of Albanians agreed while 28.5% disagreed. On the other hand, 78.7% of Albanians thought "homosexual acts" were immoral, 56.2% thought that homosexuals should not have public posts (like being a teacher, the question said) and a similar number of 56.1% said they shouldn't show their preferences in public.

A 2016 study detected that there were more manifestations of homophobia among Albanian university students than Italian university students, but less among the Albanian students than among Ukrainian university students

Among the Albanians, factors associated with homophobia included being male, being politically conservative, and being religious (although no difference was detected between Catholics and Muslims, while there weren't many representatives of other groups except for atheists in the survey). On the other hand, being politically progressive and being in a relationship were associated with decreased detection of homophobia among Albanian students.

  Gay rights organizations in Albania have held their annual pride event without any disturbances, while the country's political opposition prepared for an unrelated national protest in the capital, Tirana.

Scores of bikers with multi-colored balloons and flags on Saturday started their mile-long (1.6 kms) ride passing past a tent pitched by the opposition in front of Prime Minister Edi Rama's office in downtown Tirana.

Opposition Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha had assured the gay pride participants there would be no incidents or threats during their ride, which started two hours before the other protest.

A heavy police presence followed the ride.

Albania passed an anti-discrimination law in 2009 but same-sex weddings have not been legalized.

Several sources were use for this story: Wikipedia for percentages, Vice for attitudes and Fox for Pride last week.

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