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North Korea State Media: Gay UN Official Is 'Disgusting Old Lecher'

Michael Kirby is the openly gay chairperson of the United Nations agency that just published a report which found harsh human rights violations in North Korea. Just two short months after the announcement of the investigation's findings, the country has issued a personal attack on Kirby.

_73038632_de27The criticism comes in the form of an outrageous homophobic editorial published by state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) which not only blasts Kirby, but homosexuality in general.

According to The Washington Post, it reads in part:

As for Kirby who took the lead in cooking the "report", he is a disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality. He is now over seventy, but he is still anxious to get married to his homosexual partner. This practice can never be found in the DPRK boasting of the sound mentality and good morals, and homosexuality has become a target of public criticism even in Western countries, too. In fact, it is ridiculous for such gay to sponsor dealing with others' human rights issue.

KCNA went on to describe Kirby and the other authors of the UN report as "dirty swindlers." Read the full North Korean editorial here.

The Washington Post notes the significance of North Korean state media's reference to homosexuality:

...the use of homophobic insults seems exceptional, even for North Korea: A quick search of KCNA appears to show that this is the first time the agency has used the word "homosexual" since the agency went online. Officially,  homosexuality doesn't exist in North Korea, and there appear to be no laws on the books banning it.  In the rare moments it is acknowledged, it is viewed negatively. In an article for NK News published last year, Oliver Hotham wrote that many North Koreans have little knowledge of homosexuality, and it is often viewed as a foreign concept.

Read the full UN report here.


Senior Anglican Minister Attacks Gay Australian Judge Michael Kirby

Openly gay Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby revealed at a forum on religious tolerance and homosexuality on Tuesday that he had been attacked by a senior Anglican minister over his sexuality:

Kirby"The rector of St Stephen's Church in Bellevue Hill, the Reverend Richard Lane, denounced the judge for calling himself a Christian Anglican while living in an openly gay relationship and warned as a 'messenger, watchman and steward of the Lord in the Anglican Church of Australia', he faced God's judgment. To call himself a Christian Anglican was a 'perversion of truth' and to continue to do so without changing his lifestyle would brand him, like Herod, a 'coward, a liar, a deceiver' and a 'lawless one'. 'I appeal to you to cast yourself on the mercy of Jesus … That is admit your sin, confess your wrongdoing and turn in humble repentance to the Lord Jesus, who alone can forgive you,' Mr Lane said."

Kirby replied that Lane had ignored the "central loving message of Jesus of the gospels". Said the judge: "To defy modern knowledge and to stick to uninformed interpretations is truly irrational. To do so selectively is specially so. It is a reason why the churches are losing rational adherents."


High Court Justice Michael Kirby Performs Equality Rap

Australian High Court Justice Michael Kirby, who has recently been a vocal proponent of celebrity pop stars coming out and also for gay marriage down under, launched Victorian Arts Law Week at the Arts Centre in Melbourne by joining beatboxer Elf Tranzporter for a spirited rap.

MichaelkirbyVia The Sydney Morning Herald: Throwing off his sober blue suit to reveal an electric yellow jacket (one might have even described the jacket as "pimping"), Justice Kirby walked off the stage and entered the crowd: preparation, he said, for his scheduled retirement in two years' time 'when I'm going to become the Jerry Springer of Australia'."

Kirby's rap was drawn from a speech he delivered at the opening of the 2002 Gay Games: "We believe that the days of exclusion are numbered / The days of fusion are come / In our world, everything can find its place/ By our lives, let us all be an example of respect for human rights / Fusion, not exclusion."

Somehow I can't imagine Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg getting up on stage with Deadlee on the Homorevolution Tour.


Australian High Court Justice Praises Anthony Callea

Kirby_calleaAustralian High Court Judge Michael Kirby, an outspoken advocate for gay marriage in that country, has praised former Australian Idol Anthony Callea for coming out of the closet last week.

Said Kirby: "I'm going to write to him and congratulate him because frankly I'd trade 10 judges for one pop star. I think it's a wonderful thing that he's expressed the truth and he's getting on with his life. We've got to face up to the scientific fact that a small proportion of every society are gay, and that's just part of the reality."

Kirby, who has been with his partner Johan van Vloten for 38 years, spoke out late last year regarding civil unions in Australia, saying, "It is a source of puzzlement to Johan and me, as we go about our tranquil lives, that there are many fellow citizens, some of them well educated and very important, who seem to be threatened and upset by such relationships and who feel the need to discriminate against them by laws enacted or unenacted by our nation's parliaments."

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KirbyAustralian High Court Justice Michael Kirby, who has been with his partner Johan van Vloten for 38 years, spoke out about gay marriage over the weekend as the ACT considers new legislation regarding civil unions in the territory. Kirby said he doesn't understand why same-sex marriage is so threatening to others:

"It is a source of puzzlement to Johan and me, as we go about our tranquil lives, that there are many fellow citizens, some of them well educated and very important, who seem to be threatened and upset by such relationships and who feel the need to discriminate against them by laws enacted or unenacted by our nation's parliaments."

Kirby also noted that, although he and his longtime companion had not considered getting married, the option should be available and legal under Australian law:

"Naturally, we recognised that this was hardly the relevant question - the issue is not whether marriage is wanted by everyone but whether … it should be available to all citizens who feel the need for that form of public affirmation of their relationship."

Last May, the territory passed a Civil Unions Act which would have allowed same-sex "civil unions" to take place. The act was disallowed by the federal government in June.


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