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TW: violence

Tue Apr 1, 2014 4:32pm EDT


(Reuters) - A search is on for three men accused of knocking a woman unconscious in an apparent anti-gay attack less than two weeks after she gave a television interview about her marriage, authorities in Michigan said on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old woman and her partner were wed on March 22 in Washtenaw County, one of four counties that briefly allowed same-sex nuptials after a federal judge struck down the Michigan ban on same-sex nuptials.

The woman was confronted by three men after she got off a bus on Monday evening close to her home near Ypsilanti, Michigan, about 35 miles west of Detroit, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office said.

"Hey bitch, are you that faggot from the news?" the woman recalled one of the men saying to her, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

She was then punched in the face and fell to the ground unconscious, Jackson said.

The woman said she regained consciousness while she was being kicked in the abdomen, and then the men ran off, Jackson said.

She was treated at an area hospital for bruises and swelling to her face and abdomen and released, he said.

The woman said she rides the same bus almost every day and did not recognize the attackers, he said.

She and her partner were one of more than 300 couples around the state who sought licenses on Saturday, March 22, and her image was broadcast on local television, Jackson said.

A federal appeals court stayed the judge’s ruling later on Saturday and same-sex marriages in Michigan have been halted until an appeal is heard.

Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia now allow gay marriage, a number that would be substantially increased if a series of recent federal court decisions are upheld in Michigan, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson)

Ireland’s first gay penguins make perfect match

Penelope and Missy in their polar ice home in Dingle Oceanworld.

Ireland’s first gay penguin couple have set up a nest together in the country’s only gentoo penguin colony.

The same-sex pair, Penelope and Missy, are exhibiting all the signs of a courting couple in their €1m polar ice home in Dingle Oceanworld.

They are following in the footsteps of a number of famous same-sex penguin couples including long-time pair, Roy and Silo, from the Central Park Zoo in New York City, along with a King penguin couple in a Danish zoo which became adoptive fathers to a chick from an abandoned egg.

The Irish duo are one of five couples which have paired off for the breeding season at the polar exhibition which mimics the icy conditions at the South Pole in the Kerry Aquarium.

The head penguin keeper, Kate Hall, said same-sex couples are not unheard of in the penguin world, although it is usually two males who pair off.

“The ones in Central Park are icons for the gay community over there,” said Ms Hall. “They have a lot of fondness and affection for them.

“It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females.”

She said Missy and Penelope have been displaying all the signs of a courting couple in their enclosure, which is home to a dozen of the black and white creatures.

“The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that.

“When they come into breeding season, they do it to the penguin of their choice and it reinforces the bond between them.

“It is very sweet to watch.”

They’re already living in the sewers — where are they supposed to go next?

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"Even after a judge ruled LGBT homeless youth were allowed to find some refuge in public sewers, New Kingston police are reportedly forcing destitute gay teens out of the only shelter they can find "

TW: slurs, homophobia

George H, father of four:

Well, it might sound harsh but I would disown him. I’m telling you the honest truth! It may seem harsh, but if he was a gunman it’s the same way I would treat him. He would have to go and live his life and don’t get me mixed up in it. The way I see it, the world can’t run without families, you have to reproduce to make families, and two men can’t reproduce. So that alone should tell you that it’s wrong. If it was my daughter, she stands a better chance with me. Women can get away much more than men ‘cause it’s not so obvious with females. But I still wouldn’t encourage it. I would do what I need to do to try change her mind.

Garfield Y, father of three:

It would be difficult as hell, but I would accept it. It would be easier to handle if it is my daughter as we could still maintain that father/daughter relationship. But it would be impossible to have anywhere near a good father/son relationship with my son.

Wayne W, father of one:

As long as she is happy, I wouldn’t kill her. I would more be happy that she trusts me enough to tell me. But if I have a son who is gay that is different still. I wouldn’t want to hear, but I wouldn’t kill him. I would just stay far from him. Just the thought of him doing that with another man turns my stomach! But girl or boy, support done at 18, straight or not!

Hugh W, father of two:

I would be very upset, but if it’s my daughter I would love her just the same. I would not condone the lifestyle but what am I going to do? I would still have to love her.

Angela H, mother of three:

I don’t know, to be honest. A lot of people say it can’t happen to them and then you realise that is when you are faced with it then you know how to handle it. But I would not judge.

Bobbette B, mother of one:

If I find out while she is in high school I would try and get counselling for her. If that doesn’t work, then it would be very hard to accept because it is not something I believe in. But I couldn’t put her out.

Olivia J, mother of one:

I would try and find counselling for her. But if I have a boy and realise he was gay, he would have to leave! Him couldn’t stay in the same house with me.

Roxanne T, mother of one:

I wouldn’t do anything. It’s my child. I definitely wouldn’t throw her out. She just couldn’t flaunt it in my house, but I would have to love her just the same.

Andrae T, father of two:

With the knowledge I have now I would not throw out the child. But there would be a lot of rules in my house; for the boy: no tight clothes, no bleach-out hair and skin, no dressing in drag. He is still supposed to look respectable. And he still has to go to school. His occupation cannot be ‘gay’. For the girl, no baggy clothes, no wearing of underpants — she still has to look like a girl. For them the rule is simple — like AIDS — you’re not supposed to tell by just looking!

Transgender Day of Visibility (by TransMilitary)

Amazing Grace for String Duo (by Tona Brown)

"Tona Brown is a transgender violinist and vocalist who has the opportunity to be the first African-American violinist to perform at Carnegie Hall, in the first ever LGBT Pride event at this location. However, Tona needs your help funding the performance.

Tona founded the Aida Strings in 2005 with the goal to showcase the talent of artists in African American and LGBT communities who had a harder time getting the same exposure or opportunities as others. Tona is also an advocate for transgender issue and the arts.

Tona needs to raise just $3,500 in order to make this historic performance happen. Can you pitch in and help?
GLAAD is supporting Tona on her mission to get to Carnegie Hall. All proceeds benefit the LGBT Pride event at Carnegie Hall.”

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(via Italian cardinal: ‘If you teach kids not to bully gays, you’ll corrupt them’ | Gay Star News)

So much for Francis’s papal plattitudes.
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"‘Parents must defend their children against gender ideology,’ he insisted. ‘It is a grave duty of society - at all levels and forms - not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.’"

(via Italian cardinal: ‘If you teach kids not to bully gays, you’ll corrupt them’ | Gay Star News)

So much for Francis’s papal plattitudes.
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"‘Parents must defend their children against gender ideology,’ he insisted. ‘It is a grave duty of society - at all levels and forms - not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.’"

(via Mom of transgender child wants ID rules changed - Saskatchewan - CBC News)

"Fran Forsberg has filed a complaint to Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Commission on behalf of her six-year-old child, Renn, after the province’s Vital Statistics Agency refused to change Renn’s sex designation from "Male" to "Female" on the youngster’s birth records.

    ‘We used to have have race on our birth certificates.’- Fran Forsberg

Renn was born with male genitalia but has identified as a girl since the age of three. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children establish their gender identity between 18 to 30 months. When Forsberg sought to change Renn’s birth record, she submitted reports from a physician and psychologist confirming that Renn identifies as a female. The Vital Statistics Agency, however, was not moved.”

(via Mom of transgender child wants ID rules changed - Saskatchewan - CBC News)

"Fran Forsberg has filed a complaint to Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Commission on behalf of her six-year-old child, Renn, after the province’s Vital Statistics Agency refused to change Renn’s sex designation from "Male" to "Female" on the youngster’s birth records.

‘We used to have have race on our birth certificates.’- Fran Forsberg

Renn was born with male genitalia but has identified as a girl since the age of three. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children establish their gender identity between 18 to 30 months. When Forsberg sought to change Renn’s birth record, she submitted reports from a physician and psychologist confirming that Renn identifies as a female. The Vital Statistics Agency, however, was not moved.”

"Nearly 600 ‘cases’ of homosexuality have been rounded up in a Kenya witch-hunt, a senior politician has boasted.

Aden Duale, the majority leader in the National Assembly, has pronounced homosexuality as bad as terrorism and said it should be treated in the same way.

Reading a statement by the Internal Security ministry, Duale said in parliament that 595 cases of homosexuality have been dealt with legally since 2010.”

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Stonewall #NoBystanders — Watch the film, join the movement and take a stand (by stonewalluk)

TW: slurs, racism

"At Stonewall, we want to put an end to bullying, abusive language and discrimination of all kinds. Watch the film, join the #NoBystanders movement and take a stand."

Australia: ACT approves new gender identity birth certificate rules for trans and intersex people

The legislation was approved in the ACT Assembly on Thursday

The legislation was approved in the ACT Assembly on Thursday

In a unanimous and emotional vote on Thursday, new laws allowing trans and intersex people the right to alter their birth certificates were passed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Assembly.

Crowds cheered as politicians from the Labor, Liberal and Green parties all voted to approve the laws which will allow birth certificates to be altered to reflect the gender identity of trans and intersex people.

This includes the addition of the category “X”, as well as “male” and “female”.

Politicians commended those who had given testimony and shared personal stories of discrimination, frustration and acceptance.

Attorney General Simon Corbell said the law was a “good, indeed a great”, representation of the government’s support for social inclusion.

In Japan, we are afraid of being different, but we don’t show our hate so openly. It is silent discrimination. If nobody talks about the problem then it doesn’t exist. Many gay people in Japan hide who they really are because they are afraid of being rejected, not with angry words or threats of violence, but with isolation. Being gay in Japan is a very lonely existence.

17-Year-Old Japanese Student Comes Out In Inspiring ‘I Have a Dream, Too’ Speech: VIDEO| Gay News | Towleroad

A student’s speech for the Hokkaido Prefectural English Speech Contest, held in Sapporo, December 2013.

Click on the source link for the full transcript and video.
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Ugandan gay rights activist says her own mother threatened to hand her into police over anti-gay laws

Clare Byarugaba: 'I have received so many death threats'

Clare Byarugaba: ‘I have received so many death threats’

Clare Byarugaba, a Ugandan human rights officer, has spoken up on her experiences as a lesbian since the passage of recent anti-gay legislation, including an account of where her own mother threatened to turn her into the police.

The advocacy officer at the Constitutional Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law delivered her speech on Friday at Los Angeles’s first Women in the World luncheon.

She gave a harrowing account of how her life and the lives of other gay Ugandans have changed since President Yoweri Museveni decided to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.

She said: “As a lesbian living in Uganda, it has been very difficult. My mom said, ‘I’m going to hand you into police.’ What that means is corrective rape. That I can’t see my family anymore.

“I have received so many death threats. And now I’m facing seven years to life imprisonment simply because of the work I’m doing—and because of my sexual orientation.”

She also spoke about how she was outed earlier this year by a Ugandan tabloid, which also recently published a “top 200″ list of gay people.

“Coming out was supposed to be my journey,” she said. “Unfortunately the media did it for me when I was not ready.”

She added she has seen friends lose their jobs and get assaulted by the police.

“A transgender friend, a mob attacked her and undressed her in public. I know people who have tried to commit suicide. People call me on a daily basis and say, ‘Give me five reasons why I shouldn’t kill myself.’”

Last year, Ms Byarugaba said the Constitutional Coalition would consider a support group for Ugandan children and parents.”The only question is if the parents would be willing to come on board [because] there is still a lot of stigma even against them”, she said.

(via Imphal stages first pride to fight discrimination | Gay Star News)

"Holding placards reading ‘Knock out Sec 377’, ‘We are not sex toy, No No Sec 377’, a small group of people from different walks of life staged the first-ever pride in the bustling streets of Imphal yesterday, according to Indian media.

Clad in colorful skirts, pants and funky costumes, some 50 participants wearing colored garlands came together to express their pride and joy.”

More photos at the source link. Q.

(via Imphal stages first pride to fight discrimination | Gay Star News)

"Holding placards reading ‘Knock out Sec 377’, ‘We are not sex toy, No No Sec 377’, a small group of people from different walks of life staged the first-ever pride in the bustling streets of Imphal yesterday, according to Indian media.

Clad in colorful skirts, pants and funky costumes, some 50 participants wearing colored garlands came together to express their pride and joy.”

More photos at the source link. Q.

Turing biology article validated 60 years after being written

Turing's theory was originally published in 1952

Turing’s theory was originally published in 1952

Just months after a long-awaited official pardon, and sixty years after it was written, the only biology article by gay computer genius and mathematician Alan Turing has been validated through experiments.

Brandeis University and the University of Pittsburgh have provided experimental evidence which validates the theory, based on cell-like structures and their formation.

The chemical theory by Turing related to the process through which organisms gain their distinct shape, and how cells differentiate between each other, called “morphogenesis”.

It sought to ascertain how something like an embryo, made up of identical cells, can form into shapes with defined features.

Turing had predicted six ring-like patterns of cells, which were all discovered during the experiment, as well as one other, which had not been predicted.

The theory was first published in 1952 in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society just after the genius was sentenced to chemical castration for being gay.

This latest news is being hailed as the latest proof that Turing was an expert in various fields, and as testimony to the great loss Britain suffered through his suicide after being chemically castrated for being gay.

Turing was only offered an apology by the British Government in 2009, and an official pardon was extendedon 23 December 2013.

A petition was earlier this year started to push the Government to rename the August Bank Holiday after late gay computer genius and codebreaker Alan Turing, rather than after Margaret Thatcher. The private members bill to name it after Thatcher failed earlier this month.