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Activists Protesting Anti-Gay Law Disrupt Speech by Ugandan President in London


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni spoke at a UK government forum last night at Lancaster House in London designed to promote UK investment in Uganda's economy, Ekklesia reports:

The opening of the forum saw President Museveni speak about trade and investment on the same day as the trial of two men charged with homosexuality starts in Uganda. The trial is the first since the new anti-gay law was passed earlier this year.

3_museveniMuseveni also spoke at the St. James Court Hotel where his speech was accompanied by "a constant background disruption" from a protest organized by the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group, with the support of STOPAIDS, the RMT union and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

"Foreign Office collaboration with the Ugandan government and support for the UK-Uganda Business Forum calls into question David Cameron’s commitment to tackling rising homophobia in Uganda and across Africa," according to the activists.

The demonstrators discussed the protest in a press release:

"It is hypocritical for the UK government to claim to be promoting LGBTI rights internationally and at the same time rolling out the red carpet for regimes like Uganda that persecute gay people," said Edwin Sesange, the Ugandan Director of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group.

"The UK government should come clean on its progress with promoting gay rights in countries like Uganda that they host and collaborate with. At this early stage since the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) became law, it is questionable for Ugandan government ministers to claim that the campaign against the homophobic legislation has had no effect on the Ugandan economy and inward investment. President Museveni is more likely to attract foreign investors if he ensures good governance, financial probity and human rights. The AHA is a negative, which is turning off many would-be western investors,” said Mr Sesange.

Peter Tatchell (below, right), Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation, added:

“Gay people are not the cause of Uganda’s problems. The government of Uganda should fight poverty and HIV, not gay people. It is two-faced for the UK government to condemn homophobia while hosting President Museveni, whose government has legislated one of the world’s most draconian anti-gay laws. The Anti-Homosexuality Act punishes any form of same-sex contact - even mere kissing and caressing - with mandatory life imprisonment. Museveni is a tyrant who presides over a corrupt regime that is guilty of widespread human rights violations, including the arrest of opposition leaders, torture and the suppression of free speech. The UK government should not be drumming up business to sustain his autocratic rule."

(images via the peter tatchell foundation)


Study Reveals 93 Percent Of Male College Athletes Have Cuddled Or Spooned With Other Men


A study published last month in the journal Men and Masculinities revealed that 39 out of 40 white, male, British university undergraduate athletes have shared a bed with another guy; 37 out of 40 of them have also cuddled or spooned with other guys too.

Most participants cuddled with other guys for physical comfort and because they felt safe around their same-sex friends. Another student cited cuddling as a way to help one another recover from hangovers.

While such a small study's findings do not necessarily apply to the world at large, the researchers concluded, “the expansion of esteemed homosocial behaviors for heterosexual men is evidence of an expansion of changing conceptions of masculinity in contemporary culture.”

That is, young men might feel more comfortable touching one another because social attutudes towards masculinity are changing as well.

The New Republic also notes:

“Sociologist David Plummer also thought homophobia was responsible for the taboo on same-sex touching: ‘Homoeroticism is … excised from same-sex interactions through homophobic stigma, leaving little but physical violence and particular ritualized sporting activities as outlets for male same-sex touch.’”

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Royal Marines 'Go Commando' For Charity Calendar: PHOTOS


In addition to naughty or nice Jewish boys and James Franco with cats, your calendar collection can now include the sexy shirtless (and occasionally pantsless) soldiers of the Royal Marines. The black-and-white photo shoot by prize-winning photographer Emily Nolan presents the uniformly ripped soldiers in various states of undress for a charity calendar celebrating 350 years of the Royal Marines. Funds raised by sales of the calendar will go towards goals such as childcare and sports facilities for the RM as well as educational grants, among other projects. The calendar costs just £5 and can be purchased through Go Commando's online store.

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Bans on Discussion of Homosexuality in UK Schools on the Rise

Delegates at the UK’s Union of Teachers annual conference this week reported a growing number of schools have begun introducing bans on the promotion or positive portrayal of homosexuality.

The wording of many of these bans apparently mirrors that of Section 28 - the controversial clause introduced under the Thatcher Government in the late 1980s.

The Independent reports:

Uk schoolDeborah Glynn, from St Helens, Lancashire, cited research by the British Humanist Association to the conference which, she said, showed that there are many schools bringing this wording back into their policies.

"A lot are fundamentalist groups - mainly Christian," she said.

She said she had worked in one academy which had done this, but which had subsequently withdrawn the words after negotiations.

A number of schools cited in the BHA research did withdraw the wording after it was pointed out to them. They said they had severely inherited the words of previous agreements, and not realised until it was pointed out to them what they had done.

"All schools can draw up their own sex education policy but they must ensure they do not discriminate unfairly on grounds of sexual orientation,” a Department of Education spokesman said. “Our sex and relationship education guidance makes it clear that schools should not promote any sexual orientation.”

UK Man Disguised Himself In Bunny Costume Before Ambushing and Stabbing Ex’s New Boyfriend

PritchardAnd for the most disturbing piece of rabbit related news this month:

A Bristol, England man was sentenced yesterday to eight years and eight months in prison after admitting to disguising himself in a bunny costume, duping his way into his ex’s home, and stabbing his ex’s new boyfriend several times in a jealous rage last October.

The Bristol Post reports

Mark Pritchard arrived at the home of his former gay lover Lee Corbin in Totterdown, dressed in a theatrical animal outfit.

He was holding roses and love letters.

500full-donnie-darko-posterPritchard managed to persuade his ex's new boyfriend, Martin Williams, that he was carrying a "special delivery" from Mr Corbin, who was away on holiday.

After reading out a number of love letters he had written himself, Pritchard persuaded Mr Williams to blindfold himself and wait in bed for "some treasure".

But Pritchard snuck up on his rival and tried to knock him out with a handkerchief covered in chloroform before starting to stab him with a knife.

Following an intense struggle, Pritchard fled the scene and was found later that day by police. Williams suffered two stab wounds to the hip, one to the neck and multiple defensive injuries.

Honestly the Easter Bunny is already universally understood to be a terrifying and disturbing individual folks. So if a creepy man in a rabbit costume shows up at your door, best not to let him in.

Pet Shop Boys to Debut Musical Piece on Gay WWII Codebreaker Alan Turing

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At an upcoming BBC concert this summer, The Pet Shop Boys will debut A Man from the Future - a new music project centered around gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.

Digital Spy reports:

Alan turingThe piece includes an orchestra, a choir, electronics and a narrator, and is based on the life and work of computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, who died 60 years ago but in December 2013 was granted a royal pardon for his conviction for homosexuality.

Pet Shop Boys have worked closely with Andrew Hodges, author of Alan Turing: The Enigma. The orchestrations for A Man from the Future are by Sven Helbig, who the duo also worked with on their ballet The Most Incredible Thing.

The duo said: "It is an honor for us to be invited to present some new music at The Proms and to celebrate Alan Turing 60 years after his death."

The opening night of BBC's Late Night Proms will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on July 23. 


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