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Duke Athletes Tackle Homophobia And Other Slurs With 'You Don't Say' Campaign

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An ad campaign started by a group of college students to bring awareness and combat words that marginalize and belittle people based on their sexual orientation, gender, race or disability has now blossomed to include 41 student-athletes from Duke University reports OutsportsThe athletes pose in uniforms and training outfits next to words they don't say and why they don't say them. The campaign was founded by senior Daniel Kort and juniors Anuj Chhabra, Christie Lawrence and Jay Sullivan and on Jan. 7 issued its second online push featuring the student athletes.

Said Kort:

"Sports are really integral to our campus culture, and with that comes a pretty big microphone around our athletic culture. It's easier to dismiss a message if it's coming from a social justice-oriented group on campus...by getting people who aren’t traditionally seen as the social justice kids on campus to stand up for this message, it carries a lot more weight. It’s also that these student-athletes care a lot about the issues."

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 5.18.10 PMKort and his collaborators work received national recognition from the Huffington Post and CNN. Although a sizable portion of the campaign deals with homophobic terms, other ads tackle racist terms such as "oreo," and "illegal alien," sexist comments including "man up," and "they asked for it," and mental illness pejoratives such as "psycho," and "retarded."

Of course, the worthwhile campaign is already receiving detractors attempting to tear down the campaign's message. Those who oppose "You Don't Say" claim the campaign is based on censorship and the project is a "hypersensitive" attempt to limit free speech. Kort said that last time most of the negativity came from Facebook, although after the relaunch, detractors have taken more to Twitter to combat the project. Kort and Sullivan have been adamant throughout their two campaigns that the project is not meant to censor speech, but rather to bring a new light to the way students use it. With the student-athletes support, it seems the message is clearly heard on Duke’s campus.

You can follow the "You Don't Say" campaign on Twitter.


French Courts Convict Three For 'Burn the Gays' Hate Tweets

Brûlonslesgayssurdu trendThree were convicted in a Paris court this week on anti-gay hate speech charges for tweeting "#brûlonslesgayssurdu", which approximately translates as, "let's burn the gays" in August 2013. Comité Idaho brought the case to court on grounds of inciting hatred and violence on basis of sexual orientation, and the three offenders have been punished with fines, one for €300 ($336.09) and the other two for €500 ($560.15) each.

There is mixed reaction to the verdict. On the one hand, French LGBT groups are calling it a "significant victory", while other LGBT rights groups consider the punishments to be light given that the maximum penalties for the crimes they committed are up to a year in prison and a €45,000 ($50,413.50) fine.

Regardless, president of Comité Idaho Alexandre Marcel remarked:

It's a small amount to pay for calling for the death of homosexuals.


#SexualOrientation Trends In Ireland After Senator Sends Clumsy Tweet in Support of Gay Health Minister

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Ireland’s minister for health Leo Varadkar coming out yesterday caused a healthy dose of “so what?” and “can you still fix the health system?” from Twitter users in the country.

However, Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames raised some eyebrows with her of use of the hashtag #sexualorientation in her tweet of support to Leo. Soon afterwards the hastag was trending in Ireland as locals reacted in humor to the awkward phrase.


'Dick Poop' Trends on Twitter After Oscar Announcement: VIDEO

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Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs joined Chris Pine to announce the nominations (read them HERE) for the 87th Annual Academy Awards this morning.

After Isaacs flubbed the name of cinematographer Dick Pope, the mess-up began trending worldwide on Twitter.

Relive the moment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Twitter Bans Westboro Baptist Church: VIDEO

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Ailing anti-gay listed hate group Westboro Baptist Church has had Twitter account @WBCSays suspended because the “church” picketed Twitter at the end of last year, reports Pink News.

The nasty “Christian” organization run by wingnut Shirley Phelps has become famous worldwide in recent years for picketing funerals, gigs, colleges, schools and just about everything else you can think of.

Recent “work” by the group includes an attempt to block same-sex marriage in Kansas and a picket at a Brad Paisley (above) concert last year at which the singer took a selfie with the hate group protesters.

Unfortunately, Twitter has allowed other Westboro accounts - @WBCSigns and @WBCSaysRepent -  to remain active.

In more positive news, as Westboro continues to come apart at the seams with defections and members getting some sense, in December of last year Shirley’s daughter Grace travelled to Jamaica to work with gay people who have been ostracized by society and made homeless.

Watch Russell Brand rip bottom feeder members of the "church" a new one, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Couple Again Barred From Marrying In Baja, Mexico After Complaint Alleges They 'Suffer From Madness'

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After a complaint alleging they "suffer from madness," a gay couple was again barred from marrying in Baja Caiifornia, Mexico. 

Victor Manuel Aguirrre and Fernando Urias (above) have been attempting to become the first same-sex couple to marry in Mexicali, the capital of Baja California state, since June 2013 — and a year later they obtained a favorable ruling from the Mexican Supreme Court that for now applies only to them. 

Two months ago, Mexicali officials cited a paperwork error in refusing to perform a civil ceremony for the couple. On Saturday, Aguirrre and Urias were again scheduled for a ceremony at Mexicali City Hall.

LadyBut the anti-gay activist who gives mandatory premarital talks for same-sex couples refused to certify their attendance on Thursday (right), before lodging a formal complaint. 

The U-T San Diego reports: 

Saturday’s ceremony had been on the civil registry’s calendar for weeks. Hours after a spokesman for the city had confirmed early in the day that the wedding would take place, a top city official said the event had been canceled due to a complaint that the two men “suffer from madness.”

The accuser was Angelica Guadalupe Gonzalez Sanchez, president of the Coalition of Baja California Families, who with her husband gives mandatory pre-marital talks to couples preparing for civil wedding ceremonies at Mexicali City Hall.

In her complaint, Gonzalez said the pair had been “aggressive and impertinent” on Thursday after she refused to certify their attendance in her talk, and her husband told them that the sessions were intended for heterosexual couples.

MasksAfter Aguirrre and Urias arrived at City Hall, the doors were locked and they were met by anti-gay protesters donning surgical masks saying "only a man and a woman." But the couple remains undeterred, the newspaper reports:   

“Of course, we are going to continue to try,” Aguirre said as he stood outside City Hall.

“One day, their tricks will end, and we will never get tired of trying,” said Urias.

Same-sex marriages have been performed in Mexico since 2010, when Mexico City revised its civil code, and a state legislature followed suit last year in the state of Coahuila. But in most of Mexico, individual couples have been waging battles through the court system.

In response to the latest denial, Mexican actor Feilpe Najera launched the social media hashtag #MisDerechosNoSonLocura, or "my rights are not madness." There's also a Facebook page dedicated to the cause. 

Watch a video of the anti-gay activist refusing to certify the couple's attendance at the premarital talk, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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