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Anti-Gay British Pundit Comes Out Fighting For Ban On 'Promotion' Of Homosexuality

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Lord Christopher Monckton, an anti-gay bigot and former deputy leader of British right wing party UKIP, has again taken to birther wingnut rag WorldNetDaily in support of an Australian politician who last month called for a ban on the “promotion” of homosexuality, reports Right Wing Watch.

Right-wing Rise Up Australia counsellor Rosalie Crestani had called for the City of Casey near Melbourne to stop all diversity training, to ban media releases related to sexual orientation, to remove pro-gay signs on council premises and to ban pro-LGBT messages for discriminating against straight people. 6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c7106453970b-250wi

Monckton last week said that gay people have up to 20,000 sexual partners as part of their “deathstyles”.

In a column published yesterday, Monckton suggested that a ban on the “promotion” of homosexuality can actually help gay people by saving them from their “deathstyle”.

Attacking the “hate-filled” councillors who have “ganged up” on Crestani, he also claimed countries that allow gay people to adopt children do not care about “our innocent little ones” and that same-sex marriages - we’re guessing he means all same-sex marriages worldwide - are likely to only last “a few weeks or months.”

His vile outburst reads in part:

“Councillor Rosalie Crestani’s courageous stand against the pro-homosexual discrimination at the City of Casey Council on the fringes of Melbourne has enraged the forces of darkness.

“Her fellow councillors have ganged up against her to try to get her removed from the council for what – in their hate-filled eyes – is the crime of daring to speak out in accordance not only with her religious and political beliefs but also with her duties as an elected councillor.

“And why are some states allowing them to ‘marry’ when the probability that the ‘marriage’ will last for more than a few weeks or months is vanishingly different from zero?

“And why, oh why, do a few nations allow them to adopt and bring up children? Do we not care more for our innocent little ones than that?”

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British ACT UP Activists Dump Cow Dung Outside Anti-Gay Party's Offices On World AIDS Day: VIDEO

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ACT UP: London is back, and they aren't taking any more B.S. 

Activists from the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power say they dumped half a ton of cow dung outside the UK Independent Party's South London headquarters on Monday, in response to statements by UKIP leader Nigel Farage that people living with HiV should be barred from migrating to Britain.  

Gay Star News reports that the World AIDS Day action symbolizes a resurgence for ACT UP: London, which has been less visible over the last 10 years. 

Activists adorned the "fresh and steaming" pile of crap with a red AIDS ribbon and also hung a banner saying "what goes around comes around." 

ACT UP's Gary Hunter said: 

“We’ve had enough of UKIP’s misinformation and offensive attacks on minorities. We wanted to show Farage that people living with HIV aren’t going to take his B.S. any longer – so we’ve returned it. The vile crap that UKIP keeps spreading stigmatises and ostracises people living with HIV, gay people and immigrants. We thought this steaming pile of muck was a great representation of what we, as HIV-positive people, think of UKIP’s agenda.”

Earlier this year, when asked what types of people should be allowed to migrate to Britain, Farage told Newsweek Europe:  

"People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That’s a good start. And people with a skill.”

The U.K. has never barred immigrants with HIV, even at the height of fear and stigma in the 1980s. Only 12 percent of countries currently deport people with HIV, and the US lifted its HIV travel ban in 2009. 

Farage is not the only member of UKIP to make homophobic comments of late. Earlier this year, UKIP suspended its councillor David Silvester after he said flooding that hit the UK in December and January was caused by same-sex marriage. And last month, the former deputy leader of UKIP, Lord Christopher Monckton, said gay people lead a "deathstyle" and have up to 20,000 partners in their "short, miserable lives." 

ACT UP activist Mario Azeitona said: 

"UKIP keep saying that they speak for ordinary British people, but the vast majority of people totally reject their poisonous views. We are sending a message back to them that they do not represent the Britain most of us know – based on respect, solidarity and community. We hope others who’ve been targeted by UKIP follow our lead so that wherever Farage goes he meets people rejecting his crap and returning it to him. UKIP stink, so Farage better get used to the smell of his own B.S.”

Watch ACT UP activist Dan Glass explain the protest in a video, AFTER THE JUMP ...  

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UK Man Jailed For Falsely Accusing Four Gay Men Of Rape

WixeyA 43-year-old man will spend the next six years in prison after falsely accusing four gay men of rape, reports Hereford Times.

Mark Wixey, from Belmont, Herefordshire, met three of the men on Gaydar and another man on Plenty of Fish. After meeting up with each of the men, Wixey contacted police in different areas around England to report being raped. 

His accusations lead to at least one of the men being arrested, one contemplating suicide and another man taking an overdose. When police began to notice inconsistencies in his stories, Wixey was arrested under suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Following the conviction, officer Zoe Carter said:

“The false allegation made by Mr. Wixey in Worcester resulted in the arrest, detention and interview of an innocent man. As part of the detention process he was forensically examined and provided intimate samples. The victim described the week following his arrest as the worst in his life and believes the incident has changed him completely. 

“I am thrilled that we have achieved justice for all the victims concerned and I truly hope that they are now able to put an end to this chapter in their lives and move on. In fact, I received a message from one of the victims this morning thanking us and explaining that he felt like a huge amount of pressure had been lifted and that he felt like he’d been given his life back.”


UK: Manchester Choir Stages Tram Singalong After Homophobic Attack - VIDEO

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A lesbian and gay choir staged a mass singalong on the tram network in Manchester, England last night to show support after two gay men were targeted in a homophobic attack by a group of approximately 15 men, reports The Guardian.

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07a4b8af970d-200wiThe November 1st attack started because the victims - 25-year-old Jean-Claude “Jo” Manseau and 19-year-old Jake Heaton - were singing songs from the musical Wicked.

The Safe to Sing (#SafeToSing) event started with about 80 singers boarding trams in the city center to belt out tunes including ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story and Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’.

Volunteers gave out rainbow coloured cupcakes from a box marked “Cake Not Hate” as the tram driver explained over the PA what was going on.

Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus (MLGC) members disembarked at Piccadilly Gardens, where Manseau and Heaton were attacked two weeks ago.

The choir were joined by the Hallé ensemble, the Manchester Community choir, Blackburn People’s choir, the Manchester Bach choir and other groups from the north west.

Although neither of the victims felt up to attending the event, Jo’s mother, Jacqueline said:

“To think that all these people have come out tonight for my son. It’s just a pity the rest of the world isn’t so kind.”

She added that her son is still “in a bad way” but was really touched at the action.

Manseau has told the Manchester Evening News that the attack “has destroyed every bit of confidence I have. It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again.”

MLGC co-chair Kath Fox said the event was “a way for us to reach out to Jo and Jake and to assure them we will defend the right to safe passage on public transport for all people, especially those from the LGBT community. Out of the ugliest circumstances, the most meaningful and powerful messages emerge and that is what we hope to achieve with Safe to Sing.”

Watch a Vine of the singalong as well as a longer video of the group singing "Defying Gravity," AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Eastenders' Actor Cut From BBC Telethon Following Gay Joke - VIDEO

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An actor on English soap opera Eastenders was reportedly cut from a quiz segment on the BBC telethon ‘Children In Need’ following a gay joke, according to Yahoo!

Shane RitchieShane Ritchie is alleged to have said “Hurry up! Last person in is gay” while he and members of reformed 90s pop band S Club 7 were trying to fit into an elevator together.

S Club 7 band member Jon Lee came out in 2010.

Following the remark, three members of the band are thought to have refused to appear alongside Ritchie.

A source close to the actor confirmed that Ritchie made the joke but did not mean it in an offensive manner.

Back in January, a kiss between two gay characters on Eastenders led to an outburst of homophobic comments on social media. In April, the soap's resident beefcake Ben Hardy appeared on the cover of Attitude.

Watch S Club 7’s performance along with Ritchie and the Eastenders cast taking on songs from ‘Grease’ for Children In Need, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Children's Channel to Broadcast Transgender Teen Documentary - VIDEO

 

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UK children’s TV channel CBBC will today broadcast a feature about a transgender boy for the first time, reports Pink News.

‘I Am Leo,’ aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds, will air this afternoon as part of the CBBC’s anti-bullying week.

The short film follows 13-year-old Leo, born Lily, who has lived as a boy since the age of 5 and legally changed his name when he was 11.

The BBC’s Kez Margrie told the state broadcaster’s in-house magazine:

“I had wanted to do a story on a transgender child for a while, because I know there are kids out there having a tough time. But up to now, we hadn’t found the right story to tell.

“It feels very much like [Leo’s] journey and story, as told by him. It’s not about the science or the medicine, it is fundamentally about identity and passion – about a boy taking a stand, saying ‘This is who I am’. He has an identity that others find tricky to accept. That’s a pretty universal story.”

Cat Lewis of production company Nine Lives added:

“The great thing about making documentaries like this for children is that they’re not born with prejudices. There is a risk that the BBC will be criticised for commissioning this film, but it’s important that CBBC has been so supportive of it.”

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