February 13, 2014

Dale Hansen has a few words for homo-hating NFL fans

Dale Hansen, Dallas-Fort Worth's WFAA newscaster, called out the bigots who are upset a homosexual might get drafted into the NFL. Brilliant!

In related news, New York Giants Terrell Thomas has an interesting issue with gays in the locker room.

"There's a lot of talk and joking around, and some guys walk around completely naked all the time, and they might not want to do that anymore," he said. So ... he's sad because he won't get to see more of his teammates naked? Maybe someone else needs to come out of the closet ...

February 12, 2014

BananaGuide asks: Are you boycotting the 2014 Olympics?

Sochi protests

February 11, 2014

Nigeria: a most dangerous place for gays

Move over Uganda: Nigeria is aspiring to be the most dangerous country in Africa for gays and lesbians.

Gay sex in Nigeria has been illegal since British colonial days in the late nineteenth century. But to make sure everyone understood just how awful homosexuality is, President Goodluck Jonathan recently signed legislation making it illegal for gays to get married, and for gay rights groups to even meet (punishable by up to 14 years in jail). The law was welcomed in both the Muslim dominated north and the Christian dominated south. 

"This draconian new law makes an already-bad situation much worse," the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a statement. "It purports to ban same-sex marriage ceremonies but in reality does much more. Rarely have I seen a piece of legislation that in so few paragraphs directly violates so many basic, universal human rights."

Arrests of gay men have multiplied since the new law was passed. In Bauchi, northern Nigeria, ten men were recently arrested and held in jail. One has been found guilty of homosexuality and - though he could have been stoned to death - the judge was "lenient" and sentenced him to 20 brutal lashes from a whip. The other nine are still in prison, with crowds outside chanting for their death and threatening to burn down the prison. 

"It’s reawakened interest in communities to ‘sanitize,’ more or less, to talk about ‘moral sanitization,'" Dorothy Aken’Ova, executive director of Nigeria’s International Center for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights, said. "Where it was quiet before, it’s gotten people thinking, ‘Who is behaving in a manner that may be gay?’ It’s driven people into the closet."

Those who are arrested are presumed guilty. They have difficulty finding lawyers, as no one wants to represent them. Friends and family don't want to be associated with them. And they are also kept away from other prisoners, so as not the 'spread the gay' (which actually may be a good thing, as it protects them from other inmates).

Gay rights in African countries

Criticism from Western countries is scoffed at. Viola Onwuliri, the acting foreign affairs minister, said the law was “democracy in action,” and the West should shut-up about legislation Nigerians almost unanimously support. (A Pew Research Center survey from last March found that 98 percent of Nigerians said homosexuality was unacceptable).

Of course, Nigeria will still take foreign aid, thank you very much. It has received over $400 billion in aid since it gained independence in 1960. Though it is rich in natural resources, it is also one of the most corrupt countries on the planet, so most of the aid dollars have gone to waste.   

Maybe that is why the government has decided to direct this hatred on a helpless minority. Let the masses rage against the gays, rather than working to end the endemic economic and social problems facing their nation. 

Wielding Whip and a Hard New Law, Nigeria Tries to ‘Sanitize’ Itself of Gays [The New York Times]

Nigerian gay people being hunted down [BBC News]

January 21, 2014

Student accused of spreading HIV, secretly filming bareback encounters

Tiger Mandingo - Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson is young. He's good looking. And he's now been charged with willfully spreading HIV.

The 22-year-old college jock, who attended Lindenwood University in St Charles, Missouri, allegedly failed to advise a boyfriend that he was HIV+ before the two had unprotected sex. Last October, the unidentified man contacted police after he discovered he had contracted the disease.

After several months of investigation, police are now claiming that another 30 people may have also been infected. A large cache of homemade videos was discovered on Johnson's computer. The videos, all bareback, seem to have been taped without the knowledge of the other individuals involved.

"It's safe to say that numerous of those videos were taken inside his dorm room; we know that because we recognize the furniture." said a police spokesman. 

Johnson used the online nickname Tiger Mandingo and had six social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram and two Twitter feeds where he is believed to have met his sex partners.

If convicted of knowingly transmitting HIV, he could get up to life in prison.

Come on, people: you have to stop having unprotected sex with someone you've just met online!

Tiger Mandingo

HIV-positive student secretly filmed sex tapes with 32 people [Digital Journal]

College student accused of exposing partners to HIV; taping sex [CBS News]

January 20, 2014

Another great example of 'family values'

This is the man who called gays 'perverts.'

Bachelor Meme

January 16, 2014

Witch hunt for gays begins in Nigeria

Sharia law enforcers in NigeriaWasting little time, authorities in Nigeria have started aggressively rounding up homosexuals since a new anti-gay bill was signed into law last week.

Calling the new legislation a "welcome development," the head of the Muslim city of Hisbah, Usman Nabahani, said the government would "work tirelessly toward the enforcement of this law by the special grace of God."

"Obviously, we will embark on similar raids on gays and lesbians in Kano," he added, vowing to work "From now on, we will go into every nook and corner of Kano state to ensure that (the prohibition of) prostitution, gay marriages, marriages of the same sex and consumption of alcohol... is fully complied with, so that we can have a decent society....We are given more power, we are given more support now to wage serious war against these issues."

Eleven men are currently on trial before an Islamic court. If found guilty of homosexuality, they face the death penalty. Those facing trials in Christian dominated regions of the south, where American Evangelicals have been pushing their version of the Christian faith, now face up to 14 years in prison just for gathering in a group.

Sadly, things are sure to get worse before they get any better.

Gay rights in Africa

Nigerian Sharia enforcers emboldened by anti-gay marriage law [Google News]

Nigeria Islamic court tries gay suspects in Bauchi [BBC News]

January 15, 2014

Outspoken Russian homophobe pushed out of job

Ivan OkhlobystinIvan Okhlobystin is a very evil man. Best known as the Russian actor who starred in his country's version of 'Scrubs,' he called on Vladimir Putin to make homosexuality illegal, and said that gay people should be burned alive in ovens as they were a "living danger to my children."

He served as an Orthodox priest for almost 10 years before quitting the church in 2010 to resume his film career.

More recently, he worked as the creative director of Euroset, Russia’s biggest mobile phone retailer. When word came out that Apple was looking to work with Euroset, people on the Internet cried foul and demanded that Apple pull out of any negotiations as long as Okhlobystin was at the company. It wasn't long before Okhlobystin was forced to quit.

"Given the incessant threats, provocations and insults from the sodomites in respect of my friends, associates and their families, I have insisted I should resign," he said. (Yes, we're sure the decision was entirely his to make.)

"People close to me do not have to suffer from my public position from which I will never give up." He then added: "Sodom and Gomorrah must be destroyed!"

Well, better plan your vacation before he gets his wish! We've heard Sodom is quite lovely this time of year.

Russian ‘Scrubs’ actor who wanted gays burned in ovens resigns after backlash  [Gay Star News]

Russian Actor Ivan Okhlobystin Calls for Criminal Persecution of Gays [The Hollywood Reporter]

January 14, 2014

Nigeria passes new law against homosexuality

NigeriaWith little fanfare, Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill that makes being gay even more dangerous in his country. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act criminalizes homosexual marriage, as well as all LGBT clubs and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

Oddly, a copy of the bill shows that lawmakers and senators approved the new law on Dec. 17, yet no announcement was ever made. Dumbfuck - er, Goodluck - signed the bill into law on January 7.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Nigeria. And, in areas governed by Shariah law, gays and lesbians can be legally stoned to death.

"This is a law that is in line with the people's cultural and religious inclination," explained a spokesman. "So it is a law that is a reflection of the beliefs and orientation of Nigerian people. ... Nigerians are pleased with it." 

According to Amnesty International, 38 African countries have laws persecuting gay people. Who cares about poverty, and war, and inequality ... let's get those pesky gays instead!

New law in Nigeria bans same-sex marriage [Chron.com]

January 6, 2014

Has Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock been outed?

Aaron Schock

Openly gay reporter Itay Hod is calling out the media for not exposing closeted politicians with an anti-gay voting record. At the same time, he implied that Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock (pictured, above) is a perfect example.

Hod posted his rant on Facebook, claiming that if a hypothetical GOP Illinois Congressman was caught in the shower with his male roommate and had been spotted by TMZ "trolling gay bars," the media would say nothing. Even if said Congressman had voted against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," opposed marriage equality, and even supported a federal marriage amendment to bar same-sex couples from federal recognition - which Schock has done - the mainstream media would still remain mum on his sexuality.

"Are we still not allowed to out him?" Hod asked. "Let me ask another question... doesn't the media have an OBLIGATION to expose his hypocrisy? If he had done something so hypocritical and he wasn't gay, wouldn't we demand journalists do their job? But they can't ... because we won't let them. You're not allowed to out ANYONE, we tell them. We've created a situation where even though news organizations know this guy is gay, they can't report it because he hasn't said so on Twitter."

Schock has not responded to Hod's accusations, but has denied the allegations in the past.

January 3, 2014

Glenn Beck: gay ally?

Glenn Beck against Russia's anti-gay ways.There are many words one can use to describe Glenn Beck (like idiot, fanatic and nut-job), but gay ally is not one of them.

So it came as somewhat of a surprise when he actually said he would proudly stand with GLAAD against Russia's hetero-fascism.

"Do you know what happened last week in Russia?" asked Beck. "One of their biggest stars on television said that homosexuals should be put into the ovens alive. I didn’t think you could make the Holocaust worse but he’s like 'Why the gas chamber? That seems a little too humane. Let’s put them alive in the ovens.'

“I said on the air this week, I will stand with GLAAD," continued Beck. "I will stand with anybody who will stand up and say that’s crazy. That’s dangerous. That’s hetero-fascism. That’s what that is. And we’re talking about Duck Dynasty. Really? Really?”

Quick, someone check the temperature in Hell!

January 2, 2014

Village People singer says YMCA not about gays

The Village People

Victor Willis, who played a cop and a naval officer as a member of the Village People, said that he has no interest in singing his popular song, 'YMCA,' as part of a protest against Russia's anti-gay legislation.

Some gay rights activists have suggested the song should be played over loud speakers as the US team enters the games during the opening ceremonies. Willis said the idea is silly.

"If they want to use the song that way, go right ahead, but I think it’s silly because the lyrics were written by me as an expression of urban youths having fun at the YMCA," he said. "The words were crafted by me to be taken any number of ways but not specific to gays. It’s much broader than that. The song is universal.

"I don’t mind that gays think the song is about them but I won’t perform the song in support of any protest. But I would consider performing the song as part of the opening ceremonies and lead the stadium into the YMCA dance as a show of world unity because that’s something I believe the world can relate to."

He added: "But I have only been asked to perform as part of a protest. And to that, I say no."

Why would anyone think this song was gay?

December 25, 2013

Alan Turing exhonerated - 50 years late

Alan TuringAlan Turing's code breaking brilliance helped the Allies defeat the Nazis and his mathematical theories laid the foundation for the computer age. But Turing was gay, and 1950s Britain spied on him, punished him with a criminal conviction and subjected him to hormone treatments. He died at his own hand in 1954. 
Now, nearly fifty years after the war hero’s suicide, Queen Elizabeth has  granted Turing a pardon.
“Turing was an exceptional man with a brilliant mind,” Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a prepared statement released Tuesday. Describing Turing’s treatment as unjust, Grayling said the code breaker “deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science.”

On this special day let us give thanks that over the last generations the lot of  gay men and lesbians in Western countries has evolved from repression and hatred to equality and respect. 

Merry Christmas. 

Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing receives royal pardon. [The Guardian]

December 24, 2013

You can marry in Utah ... but hurry

On Friday, a federal court in Utah held that marriage discrimination against same-sex couples violates the Constitution. And on Monday the judge in the case refused to stay the decision until it could be appealed.
That means same-sex couples can legally marry in Utah. We have to giggle at the thought of all those Mormons twisting themselves into knots over this, especially the ones who helped fund the anti-equality referendum, Prop-8, in California. 
But this will be another protracted battle and it is very likely that the conservative US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit will stay the decision until the Supreme Court has its say.  
So if you're in love and in Utah - and you actually want to enter into a marriage contract - here's your surprise Christmas present.  
5 ways the Utah marriage equality case could play out once it reaches the Supreme Court [Think Progress]

December 22, 2013

Canada's Supreme court throws out prostitution laws

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down federal prostitution laws, deciding that bans on street soliciting, brothels and people living off the avails of prostitution create severe dangers for vulnerable women and therefore violate Canadians’ basic values.
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, writing for a unanimous court, stressed that the ruling is not about whether prostitution should be legal or not, but about whether Parliament’s means of controlling it infringe the constitutional rights of prostitutes.
The court cited specific harms caused by each of the three laws. The ban on brothels prevents prostitutes from working in safer indoor locations, and is “grossly disproportionate to the deterrence of community disruption.” The law against living off the avails of prostitution is intended for pimps, but also bans “legitimate drivers, managers, or bodyguards. . .  accountants or receptionists.” The ban on street soliciting is intended to take prostitution out of public view to prevent nuisance, but endangers prostitutes by preventing them from weeding out dangerous clients, and is therefore grossly disproportionate to its purpose, the court said.
The court suspended its ruling for one year to give Parliament time to respond. The Conservative government could still enact new laws that make prostitution and related offences criminal activities, but they would have to abide by the Court's guidelines.