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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #768

EQUAL LOVE: Activist Peter Tatchell launches campaign for marriage equality in the UK. 

MESSAGE TO OBAMA: Constance McMillen, Ceara Sturgis, Will Phillips, and Robin McGehee record a message for the President.

SCOTT SPARK: His new video for "Fail Like You Mean It".

BEAR CITY: Erin Brown walks the red carpet at the premiere of the new film.

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Watch: Thousands Protest Pope Benedict in London


Thousands turned out in London over the weekend to protest Pope Benedict's visit to the UK.

Watch an excellent video diary on the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Press Association reports:

Jesus "Organisers said as many as 20,000 humanists, secularists and human rights campaigners took part in the central London march - ten times the number expected. They gathered to air their opposition to the Pope's teachings on a range of issues from gay rights and women priests to the use of condoms and clerical sex abuse. The demonstration ended with a series of speeches from humanist luminaries, during which eminent scientist Richard Dawkins rounded on the Pontiff as 'an enemy of humanity'. Protesters gathered near Hyde Park Corner for the Protest the Pope rally. Some held aloft banners stating: "The Pope is wrong - put a condom on" and 'Pope protects paedophile priests'. Among those in attendance was human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who hit out at the use of taxpayers' money being used to fund the visit. He said: 'The Vatican isn't a state, it is not recognised as a country by the UN. To give the Pope head of state status is wrong and to give him immunity against prosecution is wrong - no-one should be above the law.'"

Pink News also has a write-up.

Watch clips of Tatchell and the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Kookaburra, Ottawa, Sarah Palin, China, Calvin Klein

Road Bozeman, Montana considers LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance.

RoadMichael Joseph Gross enters Sarah Palin's world in the new Vanity Fair.

Lcr RoadTop GOP strategists attending Log Cabin fundraiser.

RoadJared Leto ditches the mohawk.

RoadMan having sex change to look like Lady Gaga: "I really admire the way she has created herself, so when I've had my operations I won't be quite a man or quite a woman. I've already contacted her management and told them what I am doing and how I'd like to record a duet with her."

RoadVampire in a china shop?

RoadBrain-damaged son continually comes out to his mom.

RoadPower Rangers producer says David Yost quit the show for financial reasons, not because of homophobia on the set: “I don’t know why he’s saying this, but he was the only one no one got along with ... he was a pain in the ass.”

RoadIn shock win, Tea Party candidate Joe Miller ousts GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.

Ottawa RoadOttawa, Canada's gay village to get specialized signage?

RoadResearching racism on Grindr.

RoadGay activist Peter Tatchell to speak at London debate on Pope's visit: "Speaking in advance of the debate, Peter Tatchell said: "As democrats, we believe the Pope has every right to visit Britain and express his opinions. But we also have a right to protest against his often harsh, extreme views. We have a right to say that he is not welcome."

 road Lady Gaga getting ordained so she can marry gay fans on stage?

RoadCalvin Klein's alleged boyfriend wasn't just an underwear model.

RoadOhio Tea Party survey to candidates: Reject gay rights.

RoadScandinavian airline SAS wants to host first in-flight gay wedding: "SAS is accepting entries from gay couples who wanted to celebrate their nuptials mid-flight from Stockholm to New York on December 6, with the winning entry will be chosen by an online vote. The airline said it would pay for the winners' tickets, hotels and honeymoon in Los Angeles, and cater the on-board banquet, albeit with a special wedding menu instead of normal passenger fare."

RoadKurt Hummel wants to kiss the star quarterback.

Kookaburra RoadSchool bans the word "gay" from classic Australian folk song Kookaburra in the Old Gum Tree. "Mr Hillis said banning words because they had multiple meanings was wrong. 'I don't think that's a very good message for kids to have, particularly when they've been working really hard to bring in respect and diversity into schools,' he said. 'They're drawing attention to it and being a bit stupid.'"

RoadWorldNet Daily amps up the anti-gay hate during war with Ann Coulter.

RoadTony Blair gives George W. Bush high marks for integrity.

RoadGay people growing in visibility in China, particularly lesbian couples: "Returning to Shanghai each summer since then has sharpened my awareness of incremental social change. Last year, I noticed apparently lesbian couples for the first time, in any substantial number. I have vivid memories, in particular, of dinner one night in a favorite restaurant, where two nearby women in their late 20s and dressed as professionals engaged in ever more passionate embraces."

Iranian Teen Faces Imminent Execution on False Charge of Sodomy

In mid-July I posted about Ebrahim Hamidi, who is facing execution after his arrest two years ago for being involved in a fight with a family with whom his own had been feuding. Hamidi and three of his friends were later accused of sexual assault on another man. 

Mostafaei Hamidi confessed to the crime, allegedly after being tortured. Hamidi's three friends were cleared of the charges in an agreement that they would testify against Hamidi. The accuser in the crime, the man who was allegedly sexually assaulted, has since said, in recorded testimony, that he lied.

Yet Hamidi is still apparently facing imminent execution and has no legal representation, the Guardian reports:

"Ebrahim Hamidi, who is not gay, was sentenced to death for lavat, or sodomy, on the basis of 'judge's knowledge', a legal loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where there is no conclusive evidence. Hamidi had been represented by human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who has since been forced to flee Iran after bringing to international attention the case of another of his clients, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian mother of two who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Mostafaei was due to arrive in Norway yesterday to begin a life in exile while continuing his campaigns on behalf of his clients, including Hamidi. At the same time, human rights activist Peter Tatchell has written to the foreign secretary, William Hague, urging him to contact the chief justice of Iran and ask that the execution be halted."

Watch: Gay Activist Peter Tatchell Confronts BNP Leader Nick Griffin Over Homophobia, Racism, Anti-Semitism


British National Party Leader Nick Griffin was confronted by gay activist Peter Tatchell at London's Milbank Studios yesterday, and it was all caught on camera.

The Mirror reports:

"Griffin had been invited to the Palace because he is a Euro MP and gloated about it on GMTV hours before. But as he began touring other TV studios, furious royal aides banned the smug extremist - accusing him of blatantly politicising the social event. A Palace spokesman said: 'Nick Griffin overtly used his invitation for party political purposes through the media. This increased the security threat and the potential discomfort to the many other guests attending.' ... Former neo-Nazi Griffin, 51, had also boasted about the royal party on his BNP blog, calling his attendance a "highly symbolic breakthrough". The invitation opened up the horrifying prospect of the Queen inadvertently meeting Griffin on the manicured lawns of Buckingham Palace. He could also have been photographed near the monarch, which would have been seized upon by his supporters. Griffin was already dressed in a hired morning suit, cravat and waistcoat when he was told of the ban by his officials."


Upon leaving the BBC, Griffin was confronted by Tatchell, who told London's Pink Paper:

"As soon as he saw me he had a look of horror on his face. I asked Griffin: 'Isn't it about time you apologised to the British people for your party's long history of anti-Semitism, homophobia and attacks on the Muslim community?' Griffin looked sheepish. He seemed stumped for an answer. I asked him again. Then he just ran off. What a coward. Griffin's minders shoved me down the stairs. It's proof that the BNP doesn't believe in free speech or in the public asking their leader awkward questions. It shows the kind of autocratic society the BNP would impose if they ever won power.  For many years, the BNP has preached a totalitarian ideology of anti-Jewish, anti-black, anti-gay and anti-Muslim hatred. The party has a long and strident hatred of non-white immigrants and asylum seekers. It's racist views are an affront to democratic values. Behind Nick Griffin's silky words and smiles lurk his party's neo-fascist roots. The BNP is a threat to human rights and social solidarity."

Watch the confrontation, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Tatchell's Vision: "A World Beyond Gay And Straight"

8j01Peter2 British gay-rights activist Peter Tatchell writes in the Guardian of the possibility that we will soon be beyond the need for "gay and straight." He says:

"In the last 40 years, queer people have become more visible than ever before and most of the public are relaxed about same-sex relationships. All homophobic laws have been repealed, apart from the ban on same-sex civil marriage. Positive images of LGBT life abound on television. Politicians and entertainers are openly gay. The police are serious, at last, about tackling homophobic and transphobic hate crimes. Gayness is no longer classified as an illness.

"At this pace of progress, homophobic prejudice and discrimination are doomed. It is then that the gay community will face an unexpected challenge. Faced with victimisation, we had to defend our right to be LGBT and create our own community institutions to fill the void created by an uncaring, bigoted society. But when legal equality and social acceptance have been won, will there be any need for a separate identity and community?"

Seems to me like there is still a long way to go, even in relatively gay-friendly pockets around the world. But it's an interesting read coming from Tatchell.


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