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Gay Rights Opponents Work To Defeat LGBT Protections Bill In Jacksonville

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | November 30, 2015

Opponents of LGBT rights are looking to expand on their victory in Houston by blocking passage of a similar bill in Jacksonville, Florida.

Houston voters earlier this month repealed the city’s LGBT-inclusive anti-bias law that prohibited discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on more than a dozen characteristics. Opponent who forced the law onto the ballot succeeded with the misleading message that it would give sexual predators pretending to be women access to women’s restrooms. Many politicians, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, repeated the false claim.

“No men in women’s bathrooms,” he said in a tweet calling on Houston voters to repeal the law.

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Baptists Sever Ties With Greenville Church Over Wedding Of Gay Couple

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | November 30, 2015

A South Carolina Baptist Church has been pushed out from Baptist organizations over the wedding of a gay couple.

Pastor Greg Dover of the in Greenville officiated the wedding outside the church on October 10.

Dover told The Greenville News that he received permission from his deacons to perform the ceremony. He also said that the church itself did not take a position on the issue.

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From Rising Seas to Walruses, the Arctic’s Endangerment Affects Us All

A ringed seal pup finds shelter on ice. Ringed seals, like many arctic mammals, depend on sea ice to survive - ice that is swiftly disappearing. (Photo: Ringed Seal via Shutterstock)A ringed seal pup finds shelter on ice. Ringed seals, like many Arctic mammals, depend on sea ice to survive – ice that is swiftly disappearing. (Photo: Ringed Seal via Shutterstock)


Dahr Jamail | Truthout | November 30, 2015

As world leaders meet at the COP21 climate conference in Paris, we would do well to turn our eyes northward. The impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) are nowhere as evident as they are in the Arctic, where temperatures are rising at least twice as fast as the average global temperature increase.

The most obvious ramification of this has taken the form of dramatically milder winters in the far north, coupled with temperature increases in the waters of the Arctic Ocean – both of which are dramatically increasing the melting of the sea ice, which is leaving more of the water’s surface exposed, thus allowing more heat to reach the ocean during the summer. This process is likely the most well-known and most important feedback loop in ACD today – and because of it, land ice and permafrost in the Arctic are melting at a record pace.

Despite the remoteness of the Arctic, the region is deeply linked to the rest of the planet: Everything from our weather, to coastal flooding, to what we eat is tied to the Arc tic and the events that are rapidly changing it.

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Commonwealth Summit in Malta urged to back LGBTI equality

For 66 years, the Commonwealth has refused to even discuss LGBTI rights

London, UK – 26 November 2015

Fifty people rallied outside the London headquarters of the Commonwealth, two days before the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta.

They were demanding that all Commonwealth member states “decriminalise homosexuality and legislate equal rights for their LGBTI citizens, in accordance with the human rights principles of the Commonwealth Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

PHOTOS of the rally: http://bit.ly/1Skb58G
You are free to use these photos but please credit the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

The rally was organised by the African LGBTI organisation, the Out and Proud Diamond Group, and supported by the Peter Tatchell Foundation, Rainbow Across Borders, Rainbow International and African Rainbow Family.

“For 66 years, the Commonwealth Summit (CHOGM) has refused to even discuss LGBTI human rights, let alone support LGBTI equality. This CHOGM is no different. They won’t even allow LGBTI rights on the agenda,” noted Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation, who has been lobbying the Commonwealth on LGBTI issues for over 20 years.

“Forty of the 53 member states of the Commonwealth criminalise homosexuality. They account for more than half of the world’s countries where same-sex relations are illegal.

“Ninety per cent of Commonwealth citizens live in Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is a criminal offence and where LGBTI people have no legal protection against discrimination and hate crime. It is state-sponsored homophobia and it is happening in 75% of the Commonwealth member nations, without any public rebuke by the Commonwealth leadership.

“This homophobic repression is getting worse in some Commonwealth nations; notably Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria and Brunei.

“What is the point of having a Commonwealth Charter committed to equality and non-discrimination if three quarters of the member states violate its principles and get away with it?

“Many of the anti-gay laws in the Commonwealth were imposed by Britain in the nineteenth century, during the era of colonial occupation. But this is no excuse for now independent self-governing nations to perpetuate foreign-dictated homophobic legislation,” said Mr Tatchell.

The LGBTI rally in London urged the Commonwealth to:

  1. Put LGBTI issues on the agenda at CHOGM in Malta and invite LGBTI organisations to participate
  2. Set a timetable for Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality and legislate legal protection against anti-LGBTI discrimination and hate crime
  3. Establish on-going consultations and partnerships with LGBTI organisations in the member states
  4. Promote adherence to the Commonwealth Charter and international human rights conventions that protect the rights of all citizens, including LGBTI citizens

“The Theme of next week’s CHOGM is: Adding Global Value. This is about using the Commonwealth’s strengths in international politics to influence and effect change on important global issues. It is all about making a positive difference to the lives of Commonwealth citizens. Adding Global Value seeks to unify the Commonwealth behind an ambitious policy agenda that bequeaths to young people a life of liberty, dignity and prosperity,” said Edwin Sesange, Director of the African LGBTI organisation, the Out and Proud Diamond Group.

“Most of these countries inherited their anti-gay laws from Britain when it was their colonial ruler. They are a colonial hang-over. The existence of these anti-gay laws over the last century has created a climate where many people believe that homophobic attitudes and laws are a part of their cultures,” said Mr Sesange.

His Out and Proud Diamond Group colleague, Abbey Kiwanuka, added:

“At least seven Commonwealth countries impose life imprisonment for homosexuality. Parts of northern Nigeria and rural Pakistan have the death penalty for LGBTI people, and Brunei plans to introduce death by stoning. This makes a mockery of the Commonwealth Charter.

“Most countries that are signatories to the Commonwealth Charter have failed to live up to it. The Commonwealth has continued to do nothing serious and effective to encourage these nations to respect the liberty and dignity of their LGBTI citizens.

“The criminalisation and demonisation of homosexuality in the Commonwealth has led to mob-violence and the murder of LGBTI people, their denial of employment, housing and medical care, as well as imprisonment, torture and sexual assault.

“The Commonwealth boasts that it is strong in terms of international politics and global issues. Why, then, has it not used its strength to influence the decriminalisation of homosexuality?” queried Mr Kiwanuka.

Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian refugee and founder of African Rainbow Family, which promotes LGBTIQ equality globally, said:

“The situation for LGBTI people in the 40 out of the 53 Commonwealth countries that criminalise homosexuality is getting worse. In Nigeria, for example, as well as 14 years imprisonment, same-sex relations also carry the penalty of death by stoning in some regions of the country where Sharia law prevails. In the last couple of years, Nigeria has introduced draconian new jail terms for organising, funding and belonging to LGBTIQ organisations – and for advocating LGBTIQ equality.

“A wave of homophobia is being whipped up constantly against LGBTIQ people and anyone working with or supporting them. Many LGBTIQ people have fled Commonwealth countries in search of safety elsewhere. They have been driven out as a result of mob attacks, police harassment, eviction from their homes and job refusals and dismissals. Those who remain face grave state and non-state persecution,” she said.

Further information:

Peter Tatchell
Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation
0207 403 1790
Email: Peter@PeterTatchellFoundation.org
Web: www.PeterTatchellFoundation.org

Edwin Sesange
Director, African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group
0744 806 3053


Mad as hell




DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer | Dallas Voice | November 27, 2015

Oak Lawn goes on lockdown patrol as community demands protection while searching for long term solutions

When Geoffrey Hubbard was attacked on Thursday, Nov. 19 as he walked home from work at Cedar Springs Tap House, the community reacted in a way that it hadn’t after other recent attacks.

Earlier that day, police had two meetings with the LGBT community, merchants and bar owners. At one held at the Round-Up Saloon, community members blamed businesses for not doing more. Businesses blamed the city for not providing proper protection, and community members heard, once again, that they were partly responsible because they’re walking alone in unlit areas.

But once photos of Hubbard — bandaged and bloodied, waiting to see a doctor in Baylor’s emergency room — circulated, and word got out that he spent the day in the ICU, gay men decided to take matters into their own hands.

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Dallas LGBT neighborhood on high alert after twelfth attack

TIMOTHY RAWLES | San Diego Gay & Lesbian News | November 29, 2015

TEXAS – A neighborhood in Dallas has been put on high alert and has advised its residents to not walk alone at night due to increased physical attacks on the LGBT community.

The primarily gay district of Oak Lawn has been the site of at least twelve attacks in the last three months, the last one being Geoffrey Hubbard who suffered a temporal bone fracture after an assailant hit him with an unidentified weapon.

Safety watch organizations have continually asked that police increase their patrol of the Oak Lawn area and that most of the attackers have yelled homophobic slurs at their victims.

According to WFFA 8, an ABC affiliate, Mayor Mike Rawlings and Councilman Adam Medrano accompanied police on a nighttime patrol in order to stop the violence last Friday.

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PFLAG Omaha December Newsletter

PFLAG Omaha board member Donna Colley contends in the December PFLAG Newsletter that the voices of reasonable people must be heard if LGBTQ people and their allies are to continue making gains on a variety of fronts. To read her thoughts, and also to find out about Omaha events you might want to attend this holiday season, click on this link.

Bob Dorr, Newsletter Editor

For Laquan McDonald and All Victims of Police Brutality, We Have to Win

Protesters shut down a Chicago highway last night during protests for Laquan McDonald. (photo: Aaron Cynic/Twitter)
Protesters shut down a Chicago highway last night during protests for Laquan McDonald. (photo: Aaron Cynic/Twitter)


Katelyn Johnson | In These Times | Reader Supported News | November 29, 2015


If the progressive movement can’t organize itself to fight back against racism and injustice in Chicago and around the country, police murders like those of Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray and Rekia Boyd will never stop.


here is no ache more profound as the experience of losing a loved one, so my heart goes out to LaQuan McDonald’s family. This young man is more than a symbol of a violent and morally bankrupt system—he was someone’s child. So, let my first words be words of love and condolences of his family.

Sixteen shots. Four hundred some-odd days. Countless tears and empty promises. Laquan was murdered by the state. And we have to recognize that this moment is not an isolated incident—not in Chicago and not in America. Anyone who believes that Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel or State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez care at all for this boy is deluded and disconnected from the realities our black communities face. These three have no concept of truth. They can’t handle the burden of admitting that they have failed in their most sacred duty, to protect and serve, and instead have become symbols of oppression, corruption and racism. Their pretty words are full of poison, and their villainous record speaks louder than any press conference. They never loved us, and they never will.

While this city erupted in pain and protest, Mayor Emanuel was at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, keeping up the charade that everything is just fine in Chicago. Alvarez’ office waited over a year to charge Jason Van Dyke, the officer who shot McDonald, until a dogged journalist pried the dash cam video out of the department’s hands and forced them to release it to the public. And we all know her office let officer Dante Servin get away with 22-year-old Rekia Boyd’s 2012 murder for as long as they could get away with it. McCarthy’s blue wall of silence has Alvarez’s office on one side and city hall on the other. None of them can be trusted, and none of them should be able to keep their jobs.

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NSA Ends Phone Data Collection Program

The NSA just ended its bulk data collection program. (photo: KOAA TV)
The NSA just ended its bulk data collection program. (photo: KOAA TV)


Pete Williams | NBC News | Reader Supported News | November 29, 2015

he federal government’s collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American will stop at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program by Edward Snowden.

Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.

President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ends Saturday.

The federal government’s collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American will stop at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program by Edward Snowden.

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Once Again, Media Terrorize the Public for the Terrorist

Fox News. (photo: FAIR/Fox News)
Fox News. (photo: FAIR/Fox News)

Adam H. Johnson | FAIR | Reader Supported News | November 29, 2015

nother devastating terror spectacle and another media panic playing right into the script: spreading fear and sowing Islamophobia. Better writers than I have documented the latter, but not as much attention has been paid to the former—how in the wake of the Paris attacks 10 days ago, much of the media have needlessly stoked fears and acted, entirely predictably, as the PR wing for terrorists.

Do media have an obligation to cover terrorism? Of course. Is there any rule of journalism that says they have to jump in panic every time some anonymous ISIS account tweets out a spooky video? No.

The right way to cover a “threat,” as I noted last May, has as much to do with quality as quantity. Is it covered as a news item, or is it sexed up and packaged just how ISIS would want? Take, for example, the most cynical of these reports, from Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post, which not only promotes the highlights of the “ISIS threat to New York” propaganda clip, but actually embeds the entire video unedited:

Murdoch’s other troll factory, Fox News (11/17/15), even interviewed ex-spook Morten Storm (yes, that’s his real name) about the ISIS threat, where he says, in no uncertain terms, that they will strike within two weeks.

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