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Gambian President Threatens Gays: 'If We Catch You, You Will Regret Why You Are Born'

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has a long history of anti-gay threats, has made a few more.

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“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey.. If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders. We will put you in the female wing of the prison,” Jammeh said.

“We want the population to grow. There will be children in this country. Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here.”


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Towleroad-roadicon Playboy's Chip Rowe's excellent interview with Richard Dawkins.

 Towleroad-roadicon In California, kids will soon be protected from "reparative therapy" -- but aren't their parents churches often just as dangerous?

 Towleroad-roadicon For legal purposes, Arizonians may be pregnant up to two weeks before conception

 Towleroad-roadicon Lynyrd Skynyrd bails on RNC.

 Towleroad-roadicon The best bit of political writing last week came from Gawker, and included these lovely lines:

It's a pernicious bit of false piety in America to assume that wealth confers goodness and goodness wealth; that the two evidence an indivisible value to anything other than profit. Asking how Romney became wealthy and how he manages wealth transgresses nothing. It is not an unreasonable intrusion or a heretical line of inquiry. There is not and will never be a minimum number of zeroes to your net worth that confers either absolution or immunity.

MagicJammeh Towleroad-roadicon Last week, the nutso Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who claims to cure AIDS with magic and wants to chop off gay people's heads, pledged to execute all his country's death row inmates before September.

 Towleroad-roadicon It seems nine death row inmates have been executed so far. The EU responds:

"I strongly condemn the executions which have reportedly taken place on Thursday 23 August 2012, following President Jammeh's stated intention to carry out all death penalties before mid-September," EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

"I demand the immediate halt of the executions," she added.

The European Union has previously condemned death sentences passed in Gambia, but Sunday's statement went further by indicating that action might follow.

"In light of these executions, the European Union will urgently consider an appropriate response," 

 Towleroad-roadicon Brian Brown's "civil" description of those GOP legislators who voted for marriage equality in New York: "Slippery" "slithery" "traitors."

 Towleroad-roadicon Hip-hop's long journey to acceptance:

"People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they're different," Snoop Dogg said in a recent interview ... 

"When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that," Snoop said of [Frank Ocean's recent public acknowledgment of his homosexuality]. "There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that's what we were brainwashed and trained to know."

 Towleroad-roadicon FOX News correspondent thinks Neil Armstrong's death provides an excellent opportunity to attack Barack Obama. 

 Towleroad-roadicon Madonna has been singing "Holiday" for a really long time. How long? Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Police Raid Bar in Gambia, Arrest 15 'Suspected of Homosexuality'

Police have arrested 15 men 'suspected of homosexuality' in Gambia, AFP reports:

JammehThe men, all Gambians except one Senegalese, were arrested late Monday when police raided a bar in a popular tourist area. Officers had received a tip of people "publicly displaying or promoting homosexual activities," a senior police officer speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP.

"They will be charged accordingly after we have completed our investigations," the police official said.

Homosexuality in Gambia is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

In 2008, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh told all homosexuals to leave the country or risk being beheaded.


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Evidence of queer groups organanizing on Iranian college campuses surfaces, along with news of pending executions for 12 men under charges of sodomy.

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Bird of a feather.

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Pastor Bob Emrich: pure evil.

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Media Matters exposes hate group MassResistance's connection to the anti-gay attacks on safe schools chief Kevin Jennings.

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Chai Feldblum nomination passes Senate committee.

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Heterosexual New York man wants his marriage annulled as protest of state's failure to pass marriage equality bill: "He is still seeking a pro bono lawyer to represent him and his wife in Family Court.' It’s unconstitutionally discriminative,' D’Olimpio said, referring to the state’s marriage laws. It is on those grounds that D’Olimpio, who now lives in Brooklyn, and his wife of two years, Rachel Murch D’Olimpio, are going ahead with their plans to annul their marriage."

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Wednesday: U.S. Senate to mark up bill that would provide benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees.

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Point Foundation announces 2010 scholarship season and four new named scholarships.

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Chace gives face: “Like the Pussycat Dolls or Brad Pitt, Chace Crawford is the kind of perfect human specimen that should be freeze-dried and put in a time capsule so that, in several thousand years, whatever manlike species can get a sense of just how good we looked."

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German football coach calls referee "dirty homosexual"...

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Gavin Newsom, SF activists, speak out against Uganda: "A crowd of nearly forty people gathered for thirty-minutes today at the Ugandan pillar in United Nations Plaza, and stood in unbending solidarity with gay Ugandans. Under a cloudy sky, signs were taped to the pillar, voices were raised, passersby offered support, and a successful visibility action took place, for gays on the other side of our small planet."

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NBC's The Office hires a new gay — Tim Daly's son.

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UK gay bashing farmer gets jail term.

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Someone's parading around with obvious reading material.

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Interest in "manscaping" is apparently surging. Here's hoping Luke Fitzgerald doesn't jump on the trend.

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Maryland to adopt anti-trans policy for driver's licenses?

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Who is the hottest Brazilian of 2009?

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First-ever pageant to be held for Mr. Gay China: "The pageant will take place on January 15 at a club in Beijing, ahead of the Mr Gay World competition in Norway in February, Ben Zhang, founder of gay media and PR website gayographic.org, told AFP. 'There will be sportswear and swimsuit segments, a Q&A session, and a panel of judges will select the winner based on overall performance,' Zhang said. The pageant will be open to anyone who lives in China -- local or foreign, and contestants can apply online, he said. 'Being homosexual, in general we get a lot of discrimination everywhere, so we are not going to discriminate against any contestants,' Zhang said."

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Gambian president makes unsurprising threat: "We will not encourage lesbianism and homosexuality in the military. It is a taboo in our armed forces. I will sack any soldier suspected of being a gay, or lesbian in The Gambia. We need no gays in our armed forces."


Human Rights Group Urges Gambian Leader to End Anti-Gay Threats

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New York-based Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who recently announced plans to rid his country of homosexuals and threatened to behead any gays that were discovered there, to drop those threats and speak out against homophobia:

Wrote Scott Long, director of HRW's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program: "We urge you to publicly disavow threats and vilification directed against gays and lesbian people in Gambia. We ask you to affirm publicly and without equivocation that all people should enjoy their rights regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity."

Good luck with that.

The Gambia recently released two Spanish nationals who were arrested in the country after allegedly making sexual proposals to taxi drivers.

In related news, New York-based Brazilian sculptor Fernando Carpaneda, who last December showed off a doll modeled after Russian artist/photographer Slava Mogutin that he had created as a response to international homophobes, is showing off a new doll based on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP (warning NSFW)...

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News: David Beckham, Estrogen, Gambia, Rupert Everett, Alzheimer's

road.jpg Is estrogen the secret to containing the spread of HIV?

Beckhamroad.jpg Seconds, please: Is David Beckham the hottest waiter of all time?

road.jpg The two Spanish nationals detained late last week in the west African country of Gambia have been released: "Two Spanish men detained in Gambia for allegedly making homosexual proposals to taxi drivers have been released after five days in jail, a Spanish official said Wednesday. The men were released late Tuesday and left the West African country, said Nicola El Busto, an official with Spain's embassy in Gambia. El Busto declined to give further details, and Gambian authorities could not immediately be reached for comment."

road.jpg Gossip Girl couple shops, scowls.

road.jpg Redwood City, CA man who hurled gay slurs, patio table at neighbors, pleads not guilty in court: "Herbert Santos-Coy is facing multiple felony hate crime charges after he allegedly physically attacked his two neighbors on March 30. If convicted he faces up to eight years in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Santos-Coy was arrested by Redwood City police after he allegedly came into the carport where the couple was working on their car and began yelling homophobic slurs at them, according to the district attorney's office. He then repeatedly struck one of the victims in the face and swung a wrought iron table at the couple, which missed, according to prosecutors. When police arrived, Santos-Coy resisted arrest, according to police. He was allegedly drinking at the time of the altercation."

road.jpg In California, assemblyman Mark Leno is expected to become the first openly gay state Senator in California history.

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road.jpg Wisconsin Supreme Court calls suit brought against gay group by Christian activist Reverend Grant Storms frivolous: "Anti-gay activist Rev. Grant Storms of New Orleans sued gay rights group Action Wisconsin after it took excerpts from a 2003 speech Storms made in Milwaukee and claimed he was advocating the murder of gays. Storms' lawsuit was dismissed in 2005, and he was ordered to pay court costs and attorneys' fees. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld that decision, which had been reversed by an appeals court. The high court's 4-3 decision means Storms' attorney James Donohoo will have to pay more than $87,000 in court costs and fees because the court said he should have known the lawsuit was frivolous."

road.jpg There must be something about the name Kern.

road.jpg An interview with Banksy?

road.jpg Alzheimer's patients are kept from wandering off from a German nursing home by a fake bus stop outside the center: "It sounds funny but it helps. Our members are 84 years old on average. Their short-term memory hardly works, but the long-term memory is still active. They know the green and yellow bus sign and remember that waiting there means they will go home. We will approach them and say that the bus is coming later and invite them in for a coffee. Five minutes later they have completely forgotten they wanted to leave."

Kissroad.jpg That lesbian kiss at Safeco field in Seattle I posted about last month is getting a lot more attention. Sirbrina Guerrero, who was almost kicked out for it, is now speaking out.

road.jpg Rosie O'Donnell and Howard Stern had a little chat yesterday.

road.jpg Six in ten Americans say same-sex marriage a private choice that should not be regulated by the government: "As same-sex couples line up to get marriage licenses in California on June 17, the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found that 63% of adults say same-sex marriage is 'strictly a private decision' between two people. That the government has the right 'to prohibit or allow' such marriages was stated by 33%, and 4% had no opinion."

road.jpg Religious Knesset members initiate amendment to ban gay pride in Jerusalem.

road.jpg Rupert Everett's anti-American rant: "I'm totally off the States now. The reaction to 9/11 and then George Bush - really, they've got very blobby as a nation. Now they (the Americans) are whiny victims whose language is entirely taken from two TV shows - Friends and Sex And The City - and there's nothing sexy about them any more. And that kind of semi-blindness about the rest of the world, which was attractive when America was exciting, is really unattractive now."


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