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UK Man Arrested After Facebook Post Calling for Gays to be Slaughtered

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For as much as the far right-wingers whine about the oppression of freedom of speech when a baker receives public backlash for their outspoken homophobia, the U.S. has extremely permissive freedoms in regards to speech when compared to places like the U.K. For the latest example of hate speech that would be allowed stateside but gets you canned across the pond, we turn to Paul Gair of Kilburn Green, Gateshead.

Gair does not like homosexuals. A lot. So when Chronicle Live posted about the Northern Pride festival in Newcastle on their Facebook page, Gair felt the compulsion to express his displeasure. Specifically, he called for the execution of gays:

If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay c***s wouldn’t of been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting c***s!

A later post called for gays to be "slaughtered." Fearing for the safety of festival-goers, organizers reported to the police and Gair was arrested. Laughably, Gair claimed during his arrest that he wasn't a homophobe. He was fined £280 plus a £28 victim surcharge and £85 costs by the magistrates, Chair of the bench Eileen Burt saying, "You have lost your good name forever."


Tom Daley Wins Gold in Best Solo Dive at Commonwealth Games: VIDEO

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Tom Daley took home the gold medal in the men's 10-meter platform diving competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday.

Tweeted Daley:

Daley released a video of his preparation for the competition and reaction to medal win, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

Daley's boyfriend, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, also sent out a congratulatory message following the results:

 

 

MitchamOpenly gay Australian diver Matthew Mitcham also won gold at the Games in the 10-meter synchronized diving event, Outsports reports:

For Mitcham, winning the gold medal was an accomplishment since he had won six silvers in the event in the past few years. The Aussies beat the Brits by .18, an extremely close finish. Since there were only four teams competing in the final, no bronze medal was awarded.

You can head over to the Outsports article HERE to check out more photos from the competition.

Congrats guys!

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UK Cooling Towers Demolished in Spectacular Fashion: WATCH

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Residents in the southeastern British county of Oxfordshire received an explosive wake up call early Sunday morning with the controlled demolition of a set of cooling towers.

BBC reports that many residents made the most of the big event by camping out overnight, baking tower-themed goods, spreading the word via Twitter and belting out “The Final Countdown” just before demolition. How festive. 

Check it out yourself, AFTER THE JUMP

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British Rugby Star Zak Hardaker Says He’s Now 'A Better Person' After 5 Game Ban for Anti-gay Slur

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British Rugby Player Zak Hardaker, who was punished with a five-match ban for calling a player a “f—king fag” in late May, says that his suspension and subsequent work with the LGBT community has made him “a better person now.”

Attitude reports:

Hardaker recently asked to train with the LGBT rugby team The Manchester Canalsiders, and says he has “learned what you can and can’t say” from the experience.

“I try to enjoy myself and live life to the full,” said the 22-year-old player. “Along the way you learn new things and this is one of the lessons I have learned. The Canalsiders have been terrific and at least some good has come out of what happened.”

He continued: “They recognised it was just a heat of the moment comment and I am really thankful for their support. I think it has helped to raise certain issues, including the profile of the club, so that’s great. I have learned what you can and can’t say and how it affects different people.”

Earlier this week, Hardaker also met with other members of Manchester's LGBT community to learn about the impact of homophobia.


British Rugby Player Banned Five Matches for Homophobic Slur

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British rugby player Zak Hardaker was punished with a five-match ban for calling a player a "f--king fag" in late May, the Daily Mail reports:

The 22-year-old England international was also fined £300 by a Rugby Football League independent disciplinary tribunal which sat for almost four hours in Leeds.

Hardaker, who was represented by his club's legal team, was charged with a grade E offence, which carries a suspension of between four and eight matches, after his offensive comments were spotted on television during Leeds' 24-6 defeat by Warrington 11 days ago.

Hardaker last week issued an apology for his comments, admitting he used inappropriate language and insisted they were aimed at Warrington captain Michael Monaghan, rather than referee James Child, which appeared to be the case.

Following the punishment, Hardaker tweeted:


Gay Couples Can Now Marry in Russia...as Long as It's at the British Consulate

Gay couples can now marry at British consulates in more than 20 countries, including Russia, where same-sex marriage is outlawed, The Independent reports:

BritembassyThe Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws.

Chris Bryant, the former Foreign office minister and openly gay Labour MP, said he hoped the move would be "celebrated" in countries like Russia where homosexuals face prejudice and persecution.

The countries include Australia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, and Vietnam.


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