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Westboro Baptist's Fred Phelps dead

Posted by Will O'Bryan
March 20, 2014 1:22 PM |
“When Americans were faced with the choice of accepting their LGBT neighbors or endorsing Phelps’s unfiltered hate, they chose the former. He showed anti-gay bigotry for what it really is: profoundly un-American. Phelps lived to see a nation that more and more decisively rejected his vile message. That’s his legacy.” –Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way, ... [Read]

"We filmed these groups with their knowledge, and what I found shocking afterwards was that only a few asked to have their faces disguised. They all believe they are doing the right thing.” – Liz Mackean, an investigative journalist with the UK's Channel 4, commenting on filming the news piece "Hunted," which details Russian gangs’ attacks on LGBT people. The ... [Read]

“They're living together, they have their own nest. We even saw them trying to mate a few weeks ago. They're also acting as if they were nesting. Obviously they don't have their own egg, but they’re doing everything like a couple of male and female.” – Mor Porat, a zookeeper at Israel’s Ramat Gan Zoological Center, speaking about two ... [Read]

Uganda Parliament passes anti-gay bill

Posted by Will O'Bryan
December 20, 2013 10:15 AM |
“I am officially illegal.” --Frank Mugisha, head of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), following the Ugandan Parliament’s passage of a bill that, while no longer including the death penalty, allows for life imprisonment for those who do not report gay people to authorities. (BBC) (Photo by Julian Vankim/Metro Weekly)  “I am glad the Parliament has voted against evil. … Because we ... [Read]

"Homophobia is policy in Putin's Russia!"    -Spectrum Human Rights, from the Virginia-based human-rights group's Nov. 16 release advisving that affiliates in Moscow and Russian media are reporting that two gunmen opened fire at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Moscow time, on a popular gay nightclub there, Central Station. While bullets struck the buildling housing the club, no one was ... [Read]

"When I cheat on my partner he’s cheating on me at the same time at the other end of the same guy." Dan Savage, who coined the term “monogamish,” speaking on the Oct. 3 episode of ABC’s The View. Savage will be in D.C. Oct. 12, at 8 p.m., at Foundry United Methodist Church at 1500 16th St. NW as ... [Read]

“Our family is a traditional family. If gays like our pasta and our advertisings, they will eat our pasta; if they don’t like that, they will eat someone else’s pasta. You can’t always please everyone not to displease anyone. I would not do a commercial with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect toward homosexuals – who have the ... [Read]

"We made him sit on a bottle so that he repents for his sins and comes to reason. We did this to protect the dignity of Uzbeks. We live and work here, we are in contact with people of different nationalities. There will be no respect for us otherwise." An anonymous man who claims to have participated in a ... [Read]

“A few statistics illustrate the importance of broadband to LGBT teenagers in the United States. Gay teens spend an average of five hours online each day, more than their straight counterparts. Gay teens are more than two-and-a-half times more likely to have met a close friend online. And they are much more likely than their straight counterparts to search ... [Read]

"Now people cannot but call us as a married couple as we have had a wedding. It is important whether or not we become a legally bound couple. But more importantly, we want to let people know that gays can marry too in our society." Kim Jho Gwang-soo, a gay Korean film director, speaking to reporters just before marrying his ... [Read]

"Russia's appalling treatment of LGBT people has taken a shocking turn with the passage of these horrific laws. In the wake of these laws, discrimination and violence against the LGBT community in Russia are utterly unchecked. We cannot sit on our hands and do nothing. If we are to ever live in a world where the security and safety of ... [Read]

“The central goal of U.S. policy should be to bolster those fighting for freedom on the frontlines and to protect LGBT Russians from persecution and violence. This will take a sustained effort, but it is worth the battle.” Innokenty Grekov, of Human Rights First, in an Aug. 29 statement announcing the release of a report he authored titled Convenient Targets. ... [Read]

“Words cannot express what a tremendous loss I feel today on the passing of José Sarria. He is an icon of the LGBT community, a hero, a mentor and a friend. José brought laughter, camp and fun to all of our lives and to the struggle not just for gay and lesbian liberation, but for all people. His legacy ... [Read]

“Today’s ruling is a significant victory for human rights everywhere but most especially for LGBTI Ugandans who are seeking accountability from those orchestrating our persecution.” Frank Mugisha, director of Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), as quoted in an Aug. 15 statement issued by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). The New York-based CCR filed suit on SMUG’s behalf in ... [Read]

“There are extreme restrictions on the uniforms and other items worn by athletes at any Olympic Games. Flags, badges, or pins are not allowed without IOC approval, a near-impossibility, and wearing something as seemingly innocuous as pink socks or shoelaces is very difficult for athletes to do, and complex to organize for other participants and spectators. But everyone can hold ... [Read]

"I think all of us that sit at this dais believe that this is extremely important. … [We] want to make sure that we're supporting the LGBT community not only in our own city but in cities across the world.” Carol Wood, Lansing, Mich., City Council president, speaking yesterday as the body voted 7-0 to pass a resolution calling ... [Read]

“The Russian Olympic Committee, Russian government and Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee guarantee there will be no discrimination of sportsmen, officials, supporters and journalists on race, religion, gender, political views, etc. what corresponds with the policy of the Olympic movement. … I would like to underline that the law which has been passed is applied only against propaganda of homosexual ... [Read]

“I have to stay at a homeless shelter now, but I feel safer than in Russia as a gay person. … It’s considered an honor for a Russian, basically, to harm or even kill a gay person. They will be honored by the society, and they will be able to tell everybody, ‘I killed a gay person.’”  Maxim Zhuravlev, ... [Read]

"Judging by comments made on social media, most Jamaicans think Dwayne Jones brought his death on himself for wearing a dress and dancing in a society that has made it abundantly clear that homosexuals are neither to be seen nor heard.” Annie Paul, a blogger in Jamaica, commenting on the July 22 mob murder of transgender teen Dwayne Jones. ... [Read]

“I think that just imposing fines on gays for homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough. They should be banned from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts, in case of automobile accident, should be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life.” Dmitry Kiselev, Russian news host, speaking in April to applause on the ... [Read]

“I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian ‘correctively’ raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished ... [Read]

“Within the past two days, two Russian officials have gone out of their way to contradict the IOC in no uncertain terms. The opinion of the Russian government is now perfectly clear: If you’re gay and you come to Russia for the Olympics, you may be imprisoned and deported.” – Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaign’s vice president for ... [Read]

“We challenge the IOC to demonstrate its good faith by hosting under its aegis a Pride House in Sochi, open to all, athletes and visitors, gay and straight, Russian and foreign. If the IOC truly believes the assurances of Russian authorities, then the IOC should be able to override the existing ban on a Sochi Pride House and offer ... [Read]

“Do not boycott the Olympics – boycott homophobia! Stand in solidarity with people in Russia and bring LGBT pride and values of human rights and freedoms to the Games in Sochi!” – From a July 30 statement issued by the Russian LGBT Network via Facebook, calling on LGBT activists and allies not to advocate for a boycott of the ... [Read]

“Even if [Pope Francis] doesn’t drop the sin language, this is still a major step forward, and one that can pave the way for further advancements down the road.” Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, “a 36-year-old national Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT and the wider church community,” from a July 29 statement responding ... [Read]

 "It shows that we need to march until eggs aren't thrown anymore and people can march freely and without fear.” Giedre Purvaneckiene, a Lithuanian legislator, speaking after being hit by an anti-LGBT protester’s egg while leading Lithuania’s second pride parade today. Brigitta Ohlsson, Sweden’s European Union affairs minister, also at the head of the parade, was also hit with ... [Read]

“We don’t know who killed Eric Lembembe, or why he was killed, but one thing is clear: The Cameroonian authorities’ utter failure to stem homophobic violence sends the message that these attacks can be carried out with impunity.” – Neela Ghoshal, of Human Rights Watch, responding to the murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe, whose tortured body was discovered in his ... [Read]

"By pledging to Skip Ender’s Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism — whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying. The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult, and oppress us." From the ... [Read]