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Goldie Hawn Talks About Her Handshake with the 'Barbaric' Nigerian President: VIDEO

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Goldie Hawn sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos to talk about how horrified she was when she realized, after posting a photo of a handshake with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to Twitter earlier this week, how "barbaric" his policies toward LGBT people are.

Hawn says she was uninformed about the anti-gay law that Jonathan had recently signed into law and said that the photo "had every right to cause an uproar."

Added Hawn: "It breaks my heart because I have my own personal feelings about this. This is man's inhumanity to man of the first order....It's more than ridiculous, it's barbaric."

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Nigerian Woman Disowns Gay Cat

According to the Nigerian newspaper Leadership, an unnamed woman in Lafia, Nasarawa determined that her cat was gay due to his attempts to mount other male cats despite the availability of females. While possible that she had a fey feline, cats will mount other males to assert dominance much like dogs do and is not sexual in nature.

CatRegardless, the woman said that he was engaged in "unnatural sexual behavior" that was "a contradiction of the laws of nature." Yes, a cat behaving naturally was unnatural.

She also offered the cat up to give away, saying, “Anybody interested in this gay cat can have it because I have no further use of it.”

When writers for Leadership showed up to investigate, the locals were reported to be cracking jokes about it.


Goldie Hawn Regrets Handshake with 'Hateful' Nigerian President

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Yesterday, actress Goldie Hawn tweeted a photo from the World Economic Forum at Davos in which she shook the hand of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan.

Said Hawn in the tweet: "Met the wonderful President of Nigeria".

Hawn was quickly informed of the heinous anti-gay oppression Jonathan has inflicted on the country's gay and lesbians population with his signing of a new law criminalizing gay unions and gay organizations. Dozens have been arrested across the country and are facing trials in Shariah Courts, where homosexuality is a possible death sentence.

The tweet has been removed amid a flurry of responses from Hawn expressing her regret and embarrassment over the photo.


Goldie Hawn 'Met the Wonderful President of Nigeria' Today

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I wonder if they discussed the situation in Bauchi...


Mob Throws Stones into Shariah Court in Nigeria Demanding Conviction of 7 Suspected Gay Men

More ugliness out of Nigeria, via the AP:

BauchiThousands of protesters massed outside the Shariah court in Nigeria's northern city of Bauchi, throwing stones into the building to demand the speedy convictions of seven men arrested for belonging to gay organizations.

Security officials shot into the air to halt the protest and the judge quickly halted the trial. He ordered the seven be returned to the safety of the prison.

This is the same court which convicted a man last week and sentenced him to 20 lashes.

Dozens more arrests have been reported across the nation.


U.S. Ambassador: HIV/AIDS Funding to Nigeria Won't Be Withdrawn in Face of Anti-Gay Law

Financial aid on HIV/AIDS to Nigeria will not change because of the new oppressive anti-gay law recently signed by President Goodluck Jonathan, according to U.S. Ambassador James Entwistle, the Leadership reports:

EntwistleFielding questions from newsmen on whether the US would withdraw its financial aid on HIV/AIDS, the US ambassador said “absolutely not. But we have to look at it very carefully and make sure that everything we do is in compliance with the new law.”

He continued “As you know, we put millions of dollars in the fight against HIV/AIDS. And again, I am not a lawyer; I read the Bill and it seems to me that it may put some restrictions on what we can do to help fight HIV/AIDS in this country. These are the issues we are looking at as we look at the bill.”

Speaking further on the law, he said “the issue of same sex marriage is very controversial all over the world, including my country where 17 states out of 50 have considered it. Some are saying it is not legal. From the issue that we see, and I am speaking as a friend of Nigeria as I read the bill because I am not a lawyer, it looks to me that it puts significant restrictions on the Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Expression and in my opinion especially in advanced democracies, once government begins to say something in these areas, freedom no longer applies. It seems to me that such is a very worrisome precedent.”

According to reports, dozens of suspected gay people have been arrested across Nigeria since the law was signed. Meanwhile, no updates from the U.S. State Department on this since John Kerry's statement of 'concern' shortly after the signing took place.

Olumide Femi Makanjuola, Executive Director at The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER), discussed the Nigerian law in a piece on CNN, specifically mentioning how HIV/AIDS organizations will suffer:

The law also acts against the principle of public health. With rates of HIV infection and AIDS running at 3.7% for the general population, and 17.2% among gay men, criminalizing organizations providing intervention for this population puts all Nigerians in jeopardy.


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