Rock The Flag For IDAHO 50 May03

Rock The Flag For IDAHO 50

May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), and companies around the world will be flying the rainbow flag in recognition. Developed by Homotopia, a Liverpool, England based arts and social justice organization, IDAHO 50 hopes to “create a high-impact stand against homophobia and transphobia.” Homotopia, the queer arts and culture festival, which normally runs November 1-30 in Liverpool, will play a significant role this year for IDAHO’s chosen theme of education. Artistic director of Homotopia, Gary Everett said: “‘IDAHO 50′ is very much a part of Liverpool’s DNA,...

Zero Tolerance Mar31

Zero Tolerance

LGBT Issues – Chile – Following the murder of Daniel Zamudio, who was beaten and tortured by a group of neo-Nazis because of his sexual orientation, the UN is urging Chile to pass stricter hate crime laws. In addition to calling for new anti-discrimination laws in the South American country, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, has said that “Chilean lawmakers should make violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity ‘an aggravating factor’ in prosecutions.” Although Chile passed an anti-discrimination law in November of 2011 that included “measures against...

Feminist Lesbian Commie Cookies? Feb23

Feminist Lesbian Commie Cookies?

LGBT Issues – In his best Pat Robertson impersonation, Indiana Rep. Bob Morris has deemed the Girl Scouts a radical organization, one that seeks to sexualize children and turn ‘em queer. In a letter obtained by the Journal Gazette, Morris has stated that he will remove his two daughters from the organization because information he found on line revealed that the Girl Scouts are, according to the Associated Press, a “tactical arm of Planned Parenthood” that “encourage[s] sex and allow[s] transgender females to join.” He adds, mind you, that all of the “role models” of the organization are...

No Workshops Allowed Feb17

No Workshops Allowed

LGBT Issues – Gay rights in Uganda have faced a fresh onslaught of assaults this week. With activists left reeling at the decision to retable the controversial 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the illegal closure of an LGBT leadership training workshop in Entebbe has caused further...

A Challenge To Africa Feb01

A Challenge To Africa

LGBT Issues – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has challenged Africa to end the rampant homophobia and violence against homosexuals that permeates much of African culture. The Advocate reports that the U.N. Secretary General’s comments were issued Sunday at the African Union...

Gagging the Gays Dec07

Gagging the Gays

Civil Rights – Even though the anti-gay propaganda law is still pending, Russian lawmakers are striving to “spread” the law as they’re renewing their call to ban anything publicly gay. St. Petersburg’s terminology of “homosexual propaganda” is just...