The Liberian group MOGAL (Movement Against Gays in Liberia) has distributed fliers in the capital city of Monrovia containing a "hit list" of gay people and supporters, the AP reports:
The group said those involved in promoting gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air.”
“Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don’t mean well for our country,” the fliers read. “Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life.”
No individual members of MOGAL signed the flier. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flier was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.
“We will get to them one by one,” Tapleh said. “They want to spoil our country.”
Asked what specific action might be taken against those on the list, he said they could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”
Last month, the U.S. State Department expressed concern after remarks made by Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (above) in an interview with The Guardian suggesting she would not sign any laws decriminalizing homosexuality.
Said Sirleaf: "We like ourselves just the way we are...We've got certain traditional values in our society we'd like to preserve."
And Archie Ponpon and Abraham Kamara, two activists with Movement for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians in Liberia (Modegal), have been confronted by angry mobs in recent weeks, causing them to seek safety at the police station. The home of Ponpon's mother was burned down: "He suspects it was an arson attack by people who do not support his stance. 'Since this incident, my mother has been in hiding,' he says."
The Dutch-built PAL-V One, or Personal Air and Land Vehicle, has taken its maiden flight. Just don't get your rotors tangled up in anyone else's.
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Above, Tom Cruise has a reflective moment as rocker Stacee Jaxx in a new extended trailer for Rock of Ages, while elsewhere Alec Baldwin is throwing up — in his pants.
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Sarah Palin was interviewed by Matt Lauer in the first part of her appearance on the Today show after making fun of her own idiocy by pretending to read a pile of newspapers.
"A shake-up is still possible," insisted Palin when asked by Lauer if she approved of the choice of Mitt Romney as GOP nominee.
Asked Lauer: "When you were plucked from obscurity in 2008, you didn't have any experience on the national stage, and in this era of intense media scrutiny you took some lumps. You had mixed results, as we all know. Do you think if Mitt Romney is the nominee he should choose someone with more experience on the national battlefield than you had at the time?"
Palin responded by saying any candidate is going to be "clobbered by the lamestream media."
Said Lauer: "You are going to join us for our 8:00 hour, which technically makes you part of the lamestream media."
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Palin first mocked her lack of knowledge by pretending to read newspapers:
The Lauer interview:
A CNN iReport claiming “The famous pop-star Bruno Mars admits his homosexuality" caused the singer's name to trend on Twitter yesterday.
Gossip Cop reports that Mars' representative denies any closet door has been opened:
A second outlet played up the rumor, claiming that Mars “admitted to a small Chicago radio station” that he was gay, first supposedly under the guise of April Fools’ Day to test reaction, and then for real. It’s 100% false.
The singer’s rep tells Gossip Cop the reports that Mars has come out of the closet are “completely fabricated” and “false.”
Trump Organization Says It Won't Bar Transgender Contestant Jenna Talackova from Miss Universe Pageant
Last week we reported that Jenna Talackova, a 23-year-old Canadian finalist in the Miss Universe Canada competition, was being ejected from the pageant because she is transgender. Now comes news that the Miss Universe organization has reversed itself, ABC News reports:
“The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions,” Michael D. Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Donald Trump, said in an email.
The Miss Universe Canada website states that to enter, women must be a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27. If basic requirements are met, they are asked to fill out a longer application form. The form does not mention any rules against sexual reassignment surgery.
“The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step,” said GLAAD's Herndon Graddick. “Now, GLAAD urges the Organization to include all women and use this incident to speak out in support of the transgender community.”
“So many women today do not have equal opportunities for employment, housing and safety simply because they are transgender. The Miss Universe Organization should look to state non-discrimination laws and institutions including the Olympics, NCAA and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, which do not discriminate against transgender women,” said Graddick.
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