Anna Altman | New York Times | September 24, 2014
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Julie Sondra Decker is a writer. She lives in Florida, likes playing Dance Dance Revolution, and has known since she was about 14 that she was not, nor would she ever be, sexually attracted to anyone. Ever. As she writes on her blog, “I’m thirty-six years old, not interested in dating or marriage, and not planning to have children.” In other words, “I’m an aromantic asexual woman.”
Ms. Decker published a book this month called “The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality.” The book provides an introduction to asexuality for those new to the concept, also called “the fourth orientation”; information and definitions for those who think they may identify as asexual; and a section for non-asexual, or “allosexual,” people who might know someone who is asexual.
Ms. Decker explains, in an excerpt published for Time, that asexuality is not a disorder, it does not refer to someone who has “not met the right person,” and it is not something that needs to be “cured.” A post on DailyKos by “ApostleofCarlin,” who identifies as asexual, explains that asexuals “are born that way. We didn’t choose to not have sexual attraction, it’s just how we’re wired. That makes asexuality a different phenomenon from celibacy, which is the conscious decision to abstain from sex.”
Jason St. Amand | National News Editor | September 26, 2014
A gay man from South Africa was reportedly stoned to death this week, according to Gay Star News.
The website reports that the body of Skumbuzo Harold Mkefile, 24, was discovered Tuesday by a passerby in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The young man’s body was found half naked in a field and surrounded by bloody rocks and stones.
Mkefile’s head was reportedly smashed in and tattered woman’s clothes were also found hear his body.
Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | September 26, 2014.
25 September 2014 – Bringing homophobia and transphobia to an end is “a great human rights cause,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday, adding that the fight against discrimination “lies at the core of the mission of the United Nations.”
In his video message to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Core Group Ministerial Event, the Secretary-General stressed his strong support for equal rights for LGBT people everywhere, underlined the UN’s own efforts towards eliminating discrimination within the Organization and voiced concern over the widespread harassment members of the LGBT community continue to face around the world.
“I speak out against the appallingly high levels of stigma, discrimination and violence people suffer because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” he said.
Today The Human Rights Council of The United Nations approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Human Rights Council resolution, which was led by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay, confirmed the similar 2011 resolution led by South Africa. The Resolution sets about asking the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to obtain information to overcome discrimination and violence.
VIVIAN SALAMA | Yahoo News! | September 27, 2014
BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants with the Islamic State group tortured and then publicly killed a human rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul after their self-proclaimed religious court ruled that she had abandoned Islam, the U.N. mission in Iraq said Thursday.
Gunmen with the group’s newly declared police force seized Samira Salih al-Nuaimi last week in a northeastern district of the Mosul while she was home with her husband and three children, two people with direct knowledge of the incident told The Associated Press on Thursday. Al-Nuaimi was taken to a secret location. After about five days, the family was called by the morgue to retrieve her corpse, which bore signs of torture, the two people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fears for their safety.
According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, her arrest was allegedly connected to Facebook messages she posted that were critical of the militants’ destruction of religious sites in Mosul. A statement by the U.N. on Thursday added that al-Nuaimi was tried in a so-called “Sharia court” for apostasy, after which she was tortured for five days before the militants sentenced her to “public execution.” Her Facebook page appears to have been removed since her death.
Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | September 27, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder has reiterated that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will urge the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on gay marriage.
Justices will hold a closed-door meeting on Monday to discuss petitions from five cases challenging bans in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin.
Holder, who announced his resignation on Thursday but will remain on the job until his successor takes over, made his comment in an interview with NBC’s Pete Williams.
Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | September 27, 2014.
Apparently the U.S. State department is indeed following the Obama administration sanctions against certain Ugandans who support the Anti-Homosexuality (AHA) legislation and who persecute gays. From what we have gathered this policy includes some and not others. Here is a recent example of one religious leader who was denied a visa to the United States. According to a Ugandan news report by New Vision, which we have not independently verified:
The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje has revealed that he was this week denied a visa to the United States of America (USA) as a result of his stand against homosexuality.
Speaking at a bi-annual consultative meeting organised by the Inter Religious Council Uganda,(IRC) the Mufti said the passing of the anti-homosexual bill into law would definitely come with ‘costs’, and that he had been a victim of those ‘costs’.
He explained that as a member of the Religions for Peace International, which has its headquarters in New York, he was recently invited for a one-week conference, where he was meant to chair a committee on environmental conservation.
“The Mufti has been to the US numerous times and easily acquired a visa. However, this time around, he was tossed around for two weeks,” said Nsereko Mutumba, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council spokesperson.
“And when they realised that the conference was done, they invited him for a visa interview,” Mutumba added.
He said it is the Mufti who read the statement on behalf of all religious leaders in Uganda, appealed to the Speaker of Parliament to fast track the consideration of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that seeks to outlaw the practice and has often spoken about his stand.
“However, this does not change our stand against homosexuality because it’s a law in the Quran,” says Mutumba.
Recently the IRC lost over $54million dollars in USAID due to its stand against LGBT Ugandans, causing the IRC to have to retrench scores of employees. Indeed there is a price to pay. After all the Ugandans in supporting the AHA declared their soveregin right to make any inhumane law paramount above international treatise and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The question is when will the United States bar the Ugandan Parliamentarians who voted for the AHA from entering the U.S.A., including President Yoweri Museveni who signed the AHA into law and Sam Kutesa, the current President of the United Nations General Assembly, who fought for the anti-gay laws.
Matthew Tharrett | Queerty | September 26, 2014
Kathryn Knott, the 24-year-old former Catholic schoolgirl charged with violently beating a gay man unconscious in an unprovoked attack in Philadelphia on September 11th, has been fired from her job as an ER technician at Lansdale Hospital in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
The spoiled police chief’s daughter may have received special legal treatment from her daddy in the past, but her superiors at Abington Health are much less willing to stick their necks out for her.
In a statement released by the hospital yesterday, Knott’s employment was terminated:
“Effective today, September 25, 2014, Kathryn Knott has been terminated from her employment at Abington Health. Abington Health takes patient privacy and confidentiality very seriously and is fully investigating this matter.”
The public became outraged this week when Knott’s Twitter account displayed massive breaches in the hospital’s physician-patient privilege policy — she tweeted at least five X-rays containing sensitive patient information with complete disregard of the privacy Abington’s patients are guaranteed.
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept | Reader Supported News | September 28, 2014
he tiny and very rich Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar has become a hostile target for two nations with significant influence in the U.S.: Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel is furious over Qatar’s support for Palestinians generally and (allegedly) Hamas specifically, while the UAE is upset that Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (UAE supports the leaders of the military coup) and that Qatar funds Islamist rebels in Libya (UAE supports forces aligned with Ghadaffi (see update below)).
This animosity has resulted in a new campaign in the west to demonize the Qataris as the key supporter of terrorism. The Israelis have chosen the direct approach of publicly accusing their new enemy in Doha of being terrorist supporters, while the UAE has opted for a more covert strategy: paying millions of dollars to a U.S. lobbying firm – composed of former high-ranking Treasury officials from both parties – to plant anti-Qatar stories with American journalists. That more subtle tactic has been remarkably successful, and shines important light on how easily political narratives in U.S. media discourse can be literally purchased.
This murky anti-Qatar campaign was first referenced by a New York Times article two weeks ago by David Kirkpatrick, which reported that “an unlikely alignment of interests, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Israel” is seeking to depict Doha as “a godfather to terrorists everywhere” (Qatar vehemently denies the accusation). One critical component of that campaign was mentioned in passing: