LGBTQ – Gay Lenol Sat, 18 Sep 2021 13:23:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LGBTQ – Gay Lenol 32 32 British Christian watchdog warns Welsh pastors could face prosecution under ‘conversion therapy’ ban Sat, 18 Sep 2021 11:17:15 +0000

A Christian watch group is warning that the Welsh government has admitted pastors risk prosecution for its proposed law to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in Wales.

According to Christian Concern, a draft government LGBTQ + action plan that was released in July will ban “all aspects” of sexual orientation change therapy, or what is often derisively referred to as “sex therapy. conversion ”.

Some British Christians see this plan as a threat to pastors’ religious freedom and would not allow them to counsel members of their flock who have unwanted same-sex attractions.

In the government’s recently released equality impact assessment on the plan, the watchdog noted: “A proposal in the draft plan to ban conversion therapy practices may restrict religious freedoms. and put religious leaders at risk of prosecution.

Since the Welsh government cannot make criminal law, Dr Carys Moseley of Christian Concern assumes the government wants people to be able to report religious leaders to police for ‘hate incidents’.

Moseley also cited a section of the integrated LGBTQ + impact assessment. A section on religion and belief says:

“The LGBTQ + Action Plan sets out our ambition to be the most LGBTQ + inclusive country in Europe. This means that we must pursue systemic cultural change and move forward in creating an inclusive LGBTQ + Wales. LGBTQ + people have the right to feel safe at home, at school, in the workplace and in the community at large. This includes supporting faith communities to include LGBTQ + people. “

“The Welsh government does not have direct powers over human rights issues such as religious freedom, so it is clearly pushing the boundaries here by offering ‘support’ to those who would attack Orthodox Christianity,” said Moseley. “He should really maintain a neutral stance.”

Moseley is warning Welsh pastors to wake up and take a stand against the proposed law.

“The long and short of it all is that the process of this Welsh government consultation cannot be trusted. The consultation involves an attack on religious freedom and the rights of singles, threatening to send responses to the police, sowing confusion about the law, and pure cronyism, ”he wrote.

“Welsh pastors need to wake up and realize that they could be in danger of prosecution just because they faithfully do their job. It is time to stand up and step back for the Kingdom of God,” Moseley concluded.

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Protests against gay assault in Madrid at LGBT students discriminated against in South Korea, this week in Int’l LGBT News | World | New Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:34:52 +0000

This week, learn about people protesting to end homophobic attacks in Madrid and LGBT students facing isolation and abuse in South Korea.

Protests intensify against homophobic attacks in Madrid

After a spate of homophobic crimes that rocked Spain in recent months, hundreds of people have gathered in downtown Madrid to demand stronger protection of LGBT rights.

People were holding rainbow flags and signs that said “justice”, “touch one of us, touch us all” and “we are being killed”.

“We are here to protest the continued homophobic attacks and the constant assaults that occur weekend after weekend,” protester Gabriel Escribano told Reuters.

According to the Interior Ministry, hate crimes have increased at a rate of around 9% per year since 2014. This comes after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called an emergency meeting of ministries, community leaders and the police to discuss ways to minimize them.

Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez said hate crimes were on the rise and becoming more violent.

South Korean LGBT students face discrimination

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According to a research report by Human Rights Watch and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in South Korea face isolation and abuse in schools.

According to Human Rights Watch, the 76-page report, “I saw myself as flawed: Neglecting the rights of LGBT youth in South Korean schools,” revealed bullying and harassment, a lack of confidential mental health support, the exclusion from school curricula and gender identity discrimination are all major concerns for LGBT students.

“LGBT students are often victims of bullying and discrimination in the classroom in South Korea, from adults as well as other students,” said Ryan Thoreson, LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Without clear protections, many students suffer in silence at the expense of their education and well-being. “

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LGBT Film Festival to preview documentary on Pete Buttigieg Thu, 16 Sep 2021 23:28:10 +0000

The NewFest LGBTQ film festival is about to premiere “Mayor Pete”, a documentary about the secretary of transport Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegPete and Chasten Buttigieg welcome twins Coalition urges Democrats to restore public transport funding Say it isn’t, Joe MOREthe 2020 presidential race, Variety reports.

The film festival is expected to include 130 episodic films and series from 31 countries, with 30 narrative feature films, 14 documentaries and 11 short program screenings.

NewFest executive director David Hatkoff told Variety that the main theme of the upcoming festival is “the connection.”

“The LGBTQ + community thrives by connecting with each other, and after spending most of the past 18 months apart, we crave experiences that remind us that we are part of something bigger than ourselves,” Hatkoff told Variety.

“We believe queer cinema offers an opportunity to connect in a unique and festive way. This year’s program highlights that every member of our community has a story to tell and shows how important it is when we listen to, learn and spend time with each other.

Buttigieg announced earlier this month that he and her husband Chasten welcomed twins into their family.

The NewFest is scheduled to take place Oct. 15 and 16 at various New York City theaters and virtually on the festival’s online platform, Variety noted.

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Hungary equates LGBT representation in cinema with bloody horror films Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:50:52 +0000 Some films with LGBT + representation now have the same age rating as the “Saw” series in Hungary (YouTube / Optik)

Hungary has released shocking movie ratings that equate LGBT + portrayal with horror movie content like Seen Where The Exorcist.

The new guidelines for broadcasters were released by the Hungarian media regulatory authority, the National Media and Infocommunication Authority (NMHH) on Wednesday (September 15th).

They relegate films describing what the NMHH has called the “virtues, the uniqueness of the benefits of homosexuality or gender change” to restricting 18+ in order to “protect” minors.

That puts Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar All about my mother Where The word I series comparable to bloody horror films like the Seen slasher series or The Exorcist.

“The protection of minors does not mean that certain subjects are taboo. On the contrary, it assesses the whole context and the message with regard to the intellectual and processing capacities adapted to the age of the minors ”, declared the regulator.

He asserted that the new ratings did not represent an outright ban on LGBT + media, but only a restriction on films in which homosexuality is “a big deal.”

“General gestures expressing tenderness, such as a kiss on the cheeks, a hug, holding hands while walking or a kiss can only be considered problematic if they are represented for themselves or are a central part of the work. program, “say the guidelines.

The new policy comes on the heels of a new ban on “displaying and promoting homosexuality” to children under the age of 18, which bans discussion of LGBT + people in schools, advertising and the media.

The ban was modeled on Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, despite a 2018 report proving that the law directly harms and endangers LGBT + children and youth.

Hungary has already applied this law to books, which must now be classified 18+ if they include a reference to LGBT + people.

A publisher has been fined thousands for failing to “warn” parents about LGBT + content in a children’s book about a family with same-sex parents.

Amnesty International’s office in Budapest issued a statement in June saying the law “will expose those already facing a hostile environment to even greater discrimination”.

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Biden names first LGBT woman to federal circuit court Tue, 14 Sep 2021 19:28:28 +0000

President Joe Biden appoints Vermont judge who played a pivotal role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage to become the first openly LGBT woman to sit in a federal circuit court

The White House announced Thursday that Biden had appealed to Beth Robinson, an associate judge at the Vermont Supreme Court since 2011, to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. The court’s territory includes Connecticut, New York and Vermont.

Robinson served as counsel to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, from 2010 to 2011. From 1993 to 2010, Robinson was a civil lawyer in private practice at Langrock Sperry & Wool where she focused on employment law, l workers compensation, contract disputes and family law.

Robinson previously worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, DC, focusing on white collar criminal defense. She was legal assistant to Judge David Sentelle at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1989 to 1990.

The White House also announced that Biden is appointing employment lawyer Charlotte Sweeney for the U.S. District Court in Colorado. She would become the first openly LGBT woman to serve as a federal district court judge in any state west of Mississippi.

Biden has so far announced 35 judicial candidates for federal bench.


The title of this story has been corrected to say that Robinson would be the first LGBT woman to sit in a federal circuit court, not the first LGBT person to sit in a federal circuit court.

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Fight against LGBT protections draws the wrath of Lakewood Pol: weekly review Sat, 11 Sep 2021 05:04:38 +0000

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LGBT Student Services Hold ‘Welcome Home’ BBQ for Students and Their Allies | New Wed, 08 Sep 2021 05:30:00 +0000

LMU LGBT Student Services (LGBTSS) kicked off Labor Day Weekend 2021 with a BBQ on O’Malley Grass on Friday, September 3. Showcasing LGBTQ + student organizations and resources, the event welcomed new and old Lions to Bluff.

The students were greeted with music, bubbles and conversations. Representatives from various LGBTQ + student organizations gathered tables around the grass, inviting students to learn more about their causes.

Each table featured a different organization on campus that serves as a resource for the LGBTQ + community. Student Psychological Services (SPS), the William H. Hannon Library, and other campus resources had representatives who further explained their groups and ways to get involved.

The table set up in the name of the William H. Hannon Library allowed students to win prizes via a game of roulette, contributing to the positive atmosphere of the event. The SPS Wellness Educator Table provided brochures educating students about the importance of mental health and the availability of mental health resources on campus.

The event provided free food and drink as the students mingled and noted the resources available to them.

Visit the LGTSS website to learn more about LMU’s LGBTQ + organizations, spaces and resources. Future events will also be shared on their LEO page.

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Police ask LGBT people for help in suspected homophobic murder in east London Sat, 04 Sep 2021 00:37:09 +0000

Members of the LGBT community are called upon to participate in the investigation into an alleged homophobic murder in east London.

Ranjith “Roy” Kankanamalage, 50, was found in the grounds of Tower Hamlets cemetery with head injuries on the morning of August 16.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy has shown that Kankanamalage, a gay man who lived in east London for many years, died from a blunt trauma to the head.

The Metropolitan Police called for witnesses who were in the cemetery between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on the night of August 15.

A 36-year-old man was arrested and released on bail in connection with the attack.

The investigation team is also keen to speak with a member of the LGBT community to find out more about the victim.

Detective Superintendent Pete Wallis said: “We want to understand the community Roy has chosen to live in, and we are reaching out to various advisory groups, including the LGBT community…

“So we can learn to understand this community so that we can engage with them and hopefully earn their trust. “

Police said the incident was being treated as a homophobic hate crime, although investigators say they are keeping an open mind.

Police officers will be at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park on the weekends handing out leaflets and liaising with the public and anyone who may be aware of the events of that night.

Detective Superintendent Wallis said: “We are looking to identify witnesses who may have seen the victim in the park, and we have posted a photo of him, but also who may have known the victim in the community.”

Mr Kankanamalage’s family are supported by specialist officers and the police are working with LGBT charity Galop to keep the community up to date.

Police have asked anyone with information to call 0208 345 3865, 101 or tweet MetCC citing 1277/16. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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By severing ties to Stonewall’s LGBT agenda, Ofcom fuels intolerance Wed, 01 Sep 2021 10:47:32 +0000

On Thursday, Ofcom announced its withdrawal from Stonewall’s diversity program, The Diversity Champions. It’s a decision that has rocked the LGBT + community, at a time when support for us seems to be steadily declining.

In an official statement, Ofcom begins by saying how Stonewall laid the groundwork to better support diversity, which means they now feel more capable of moving forward on their own.

As a stand-alone comment, while slightly alarming for an organization to believe it has nothing else to learn, it doesn’t cause much concern. However, coupled with the context of the remaining statement, Ofcom’s decision, certainly to me, quickly takes on a more disturbing connotation.

“In recent months, some of Stonewall’s political positions have come under scrutiny. In the case of Ofcom, we examined whether our relationship with Stonewall posed a conflict or a risk of perceived bias.

They continue: “Taking a step back from the Diversity Champions program, in this context, is the right thing to do. As a communications regulator, an important part of our responsibility is to ensure that we remain impartial and independent at all times. “

By citing impartiality as a determining factor in its decision, Ofcom apparently implies that supporting the queer community is, in a way, a statement of bias. Yet all that supporting an LGBT + program or organization does is demonstrate a commitment to equality for all.

Furthermore, my point is that by withdrawing from such an important and vital scheme Ofcom is becoming more biased than it claims. Supporting the queer community is not a political or one-sided process, it is an equality process – a feeling that a so-called impartial regulator should be all in favor.

When Dame Melanie Dawes, CEO of Ofcom, attended a small parliamentary committee last December, she appeared to suggest that the BBC not engage with the LGB Alliance. In quick response, Ofcom explained that Dawes’ statement in no way suggested that broadcasters should not speak with gender-critical organizations. Considering that the LGB Alliance has come under fire for transphobia, this was a disturbing development. The LGB Alliance has denied being transphobic.

All of a sudden, Ofcom appeared to suggest that intolerance, especially that aimed at LGBT + people, is acceptable in the name of fairness. But fairness, and indeed freedom of expression, does not mean that intolerance must be able to operate freely.

This then begs the question: why is defending diversity, in a public and transparent capacity, considered such a biased statement?

Asked about Ofcom’s decision, a Stonewall spokesperson said: “We respect Ofcom’s decision and will continue to work with them in their role as the UK’s communications regulator. It is sad, however, that participating in a program that supports an inclusive workplace for LGBT + employees is seen in any way as a non-impartial act. “

The belief that support for LGBT + inclusiveness is not impartial is a belief that Ben Pechey, an LGBT + activist and writer, shared with me.

“Impartiality is important,” they explain, “however, ensuring that an entire community is represented authentically and securely does not make an organization impartial. The main scrutiny has come from those outside of the LGBTQIA + community, suggesting that the decisions that have been made are not unbiased and instead are biased by a lack of experience.

To me, this analysis of Ofcom’s statement certainly carries weight when you consider its corporate responsibility page.

In its section on Diversity and Equality, Ofcom prides itself on affirming that diversity is “essential to the achievement of its organizational objectives by Ofcom”. So it seems odd that in order to achieve this fundamental foundation of equality, they very publicly withdrew from a well-known LGBT + charity diversity program.

Supporting minorities is not about being biased, but truly embracing what equality represents. Promoting the idea that this support is expressed differently is to make equality an unnecessarily divisive political tool. It seems to me, therefore, that organizations like Ofcom are aligning themselves more with right-wing sentimentality.

“This decision shows how increasingly disconnected Ofcom is from the LGBT + community, and how they are sadly aligning themselves with the right-wing press which actively opposes and targets them.” Sharing Sarah O’Connell, host of Sarah O’Connell Show.

The way in which right-wing sentiment is increasing across the UK continually fuels the fires of intolerance. In recent years, hate crimes against the LGBT + community have increased; between 2018 and 2019 alone, more than 14,000 crimes against LGBT + people were reported to police.

Since then, discrimination has continued and spread across the country more fiercely than before. Arguably this is due to the way right-wing sentiments continue to defend the interests of white, cis, middle / upper class citizens; anyone who falls outside this range becomes secondary, whether institutions like Ofcom want to admit the truth or not.

“As with all changes like this, it suggests to LGBT + members that our needs and priorities are seen as a secondary requirement by businesses, especially when it comes to the cost of committing to a program.” Pechey adds: “It would make me doubt the strength of Ofcom’s decisions in the future.”

Pechey’s concern is reflected in much of the queer community. In an age where we are more frequently targeted for being different, we redouble our efforts to seek support wherever we can. When official bodies turn away from us, it sends the message that we, the queer community, must act with caution.

It reminds us that we are still seen as outsiders by many, especially those with authority and power.

This is why charities like Stonewall are so important: They are the foundation on which we grow and we feel safe. They are a beacon for equality, giving us hope when we desperately need it, as seen in the way they have worked tirelessly for helping LGBT + people in Afghanistan.

How can a charity that promotes such hope, such security, be seen as a gateway to partiality?

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Phillip Schofield remained moved after Britain’s LGBT award win Sat, 28 Aug 2021 12:15:17 +0000
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Phillip Schofield remained visibly moved after receiving the Special Recognition Award at the British LGBT Awards

Phillip Schofield remained moved after receiving a British LGBT award.

The “This Morning” host went gay in 2020 and was honored with the Special Recognition Award at the event, which left him full of pride.

Sharing a video message as he received his award, Phillip said, “Wow that’s a big deal. What a proud moment for me.

“I can’t tell you – I wish I was there to pick it up personally, I just threw a whole bunch of track and trace and masks in a bag and went to get some sun and then it happens . I would love to be there with you. I will be next year, I promise.

The 59-year-old star thanked his relatives for helping him out and supporting him after the reveal.

He said: “I have never won an award individually. Every award you win there is a team supporting you and this is definitely the case with this one. I have had the most amazing people. who helped me pack the parachute before making the jump.

“Friends and family, loved ones, and then there was an incredible amount of rainbow arms outstretched to grab me when I reached the bottom of my jump. Love that, it’s something to which I wasn’t sure what to expect. But what a beautiful family I threw myself into. “

Phillip continued, “Thank you. Thank you very much. Life is always a work in progress, but aren’t we all? It has been joyful to meet the people I have, to hear the beautiful things I have. they told me, and share a moment like this with you.

“Like I said, I wish I could have been there. I’m sorry, but I’m extremely proud. Thank you.”

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