Results tagged “LGBT” from Last Word

Brunei's new law permits stoning gay people to death

United Nations condemns the new penal code

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
April 15, 2014 1:29 PM |
"Under international law, stoning people to death constitutes torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and is thus clearly prohibited." -- Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Comissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He continued, "Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offenses contravenes international law." The statement was made ... [Read]

"I’ve found that a lot of girls have no issue with me being gay… They still want to marry me. And I love that." -- Actor Neil Patrick Harris, speaking with OUT magazine. The How I Met Your Mother star stated that, despite being happily married to partner David Burtka -- with whom he has three-year-old twins -- the star ... [Read]

"I stand before you humbled. I stand you before standing on the shoulders of people like [outgoing Mayor] Coss and my father and so many who have been before in this position to say that I am ready to accept the responsibility and the honour of being your mayor." -- Javier Gonzales, the first openly gay mayor of Santa Fe, ... [Read]

"In a Post-ABC poll in March 2004, 38 percent said same-sex marriage should be legal, while 59 percent said it should not, the same percentage now in favor of allowing gays to marry." -- The Washignton Post, reporting on a poll conducted with ABC News which has found that 59% of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to marry. ... [Read]

"Religious liberties and the protection of our religious liberties is right. Right now, there’s a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it’s against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs" -- Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R.), in an interview with Yahoo's "The Fine Print", discussing Arizona Senate Bill 1062. The bill granted businesses and individuals the ability to ... [Read]

“By controlling for variables that might otherwise impact child outcomes, this study provides further evidence that raising children in families headed by same-sex couples is not a significant predictor of adolescent-parent relationships or of a child’s psychological adjustment.” -- Henny Bos, Ph.D., principal investigator of a study that compared 51 Dutch children born to lesbian couples with 51 demographically similar ... [Read]

"President Museveni has signed the Ugandan anti-homosexuality law, quoting Ugandan medical authorities in explanation. This Pontius Pilate defence will not wash in the light of history." -- British Member of Parliament Crispin Blunt, openly gay Conservative Party member and part of its LGBT representation group LGBTory, in a statement regarding President Museveni's signing of Uganda's controversial anti-homosexuality law. The law ... [Read]

"Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days." -- A post on the Facebook page of Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson, Az. The post accompanied a shot of a sign front and center of the pizzeria's window, which reads "We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators," in response to a bill passed ... [Read]

New study: homophobic people die earlier

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
February 20, 2014 6:48 PM |
"Anti-gay prejudice is associated with elevated mortality risk among heterosexuals, over and above multiple established risk factors for mortality." -- The findings of a study called "Anti-Gay Prejudice and All-Cause Mortality Among Heterosexuals in the United States", led by Mark L. Hatzenbuehler of Columbia University, in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The study included 20,226 respondents ... [Read]

Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change...at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again. — Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 18, 2014 -- Patrick Stewart's response to Britain's The Guardian newspaper, which mistakenly outed him in a typo. In an article regarding actress Ellen Page's coming out at an HRC event, The Guardian ... [Read]

"It's so tainted now, it needs to go away. Did I make a vote that I regret? Yeah; that happens." -- Kansas Rep. Scott Schwab, (R., Olathe), speaking with the Associated Press regarding House Bill 2453, which he supported -- the anti-gay marriage bill approved by the state House last week that died in the Senate after the Senate Judiciary ... [Read]

"We are tolerant. That’s what we are saying: we are not slaughtering them." -- Uganda's Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo, in an interview with Agence France-Presse, discussing a proposed bill which will strengthen the punishment for homosexuality in the country. The bill mandates life imprisonment for people repeatedly convicted of having sex with a person of the same-sex. ... [Read]

"Unless this bill is stopped from becoming law, lives will be destroyed, and countless people will be punished for an immutable characteristic" -- Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, in a statement issued following the announcement that Uganda's President, Yoweri Museveni, would sign into law the country's anti-gay bill. The bill calls for gay Ugandans or anyone "promoting" homosexuality to ... [Read]

"Freedom Nevada is a campaign to share stories and foster conversation — showing that every gay and lesbian person is part of someone’s family and should be treated with compassion and respect." -- Laura Martin, director of communications for Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, in a statement at the launch of the Freedom Nevada campaign. Freedom Nevada, which is supported ... [Read]

"You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You're the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk? That guy's welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they're welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to ... [Read]

"Despite the fact that it’s the 21st century and America is so proud of being a free country, sometimes incomprehensible things happen in our society. There is racism and discrimination. I fight against that. I demand more tolerance, especially for homosexuals, who of course should be allowed to marry." Despite the fact that it’s the 21st century and America is ... [Read]

"As of last night, all of the hard work has paid off. I’ve finally gotten my Eagle." -- Pascal Tessier, who became a figurehead for the movement to allow gay Scouts to serve openly, celebrating as he finally attained his Eagle award. Pascal's older brother Lucien, himself gay and an Eagle Scout, started a Change.org petition urging the Boy Scouts ... [Read]

"I am an openly proud gay man." -- Michael Sam, defensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers, in an interview with ESPN. Named the Associated Press' "SEC Defensive Player of the Year," Sam is eligible for the NFL draft in May, and, if selected, could become the sport's first openly gay player. Watch the ESPN interview below. Follow @metroweekly Join our ... [Read]

"Their actions today are undeniable proof that their ‘anti-propaganda’ law is being applied widely to restrict the basic rights of LGBT people and our allies." -- Ty Cobb, director of HRC's Global Engagement program, responding to news that four LGBT-activists were arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia after displaying a banner reading "Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. ... [Read]

"I am a beer for uber hetero men who ride horses while topless and carrying knives. I am a beer to mark the 2014 Winter Olympics. But I am not for gays." -- Scottish brewer Brew Dog, an independent maker of strong craft ales and one of the UK's fastest growing new companies, has created a new beer named "Hello ... [Read]