Thousands of people took part in an anti-gay protest in The Gambia last Tuesday.
Demonstrators were joined by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who earlier this year signed a new law imposing life imprisonment for homosexual acts. Last month, the Gambian government said it would never allow the acceptance of gay rights to be a precondition for accepting Western aid.
According to the report on AllAfrica, protesters denounced “attempts by outside forces - development partners - who advocate for homosexuality and lesbianism; vices forbidden by the laws of The Gambia.”
Those demonstrating are said to have carried placards with messages including "Homosexuality is Inhuman", "Even cows don't do it!" and "Homosexuality is forbidden in Islam".
The cow argument is not new: Uganda's First Lady Janet Museveni said earlier this year that humans shouldn't be homosexual because cows arent. . Of course, cows can be gay as can many other animals.
A petition read by the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government Saihou Sanyang read in part:
"Your Excellency Mr. President, it goes without saying that our intolerance with the unnatural and abominable malpractices of homosexuality and lesbianism on the one hand, and the other, our government's position are not negotiable.
It is on the basis of such religious, social, moral and ethical upbringing built on high moral grounds that we stand by our government's position to zero tolerance to either homosexuality or lesbianism or both. There shall not be any turning point and that the people are ready for eventuals in good defence of the people and country's independence".
One protester brought up the animal issue again, saying "The Gambia is a decent country of decent people. Man to man marriage or woman to woman marriage will not be accepted because it is not acceptable by our tradition and cultures. Even animals know that it is not decent".
Watch The Young Turks discuss Jammeh's threat to catch and kill Gambians seeking asylum from persecution, AFTER THE JUMP...
Brothers, who lost her sight to glaucoma as a child, is standing is standing for Parliament in the Sutton and Cheam district.
Although Liberal Democrat Stephanie Dearden was outed by the Daily Mail as transgender in 2005, it is believed to the the first time a parliamentary candidate for a major party has taken the decision to come out.
In an interview with Pink News, she said:
“In an ideal world I wouldn’t be speaking out about my past because it’s very private; however I recognise that as a politician the key thing is trust.
“I don’t want to be somebody who has notoriety as having a transgender background, but I also believe it’s an experience that has value to it, that I can be a positive role model.
“For a lot of people of a transgender experience that can be very challenging but for me, it was absolutely the right thing to do. I am happy and content as a woman, and also as a gay woman.
“I have two great children who are very supportive, but my wider family are not and have broken their connections with me.”
Watch Brothers speak about the National Health Service at the 2014 Labour Party conference, AFTER THE JUMP...
YouTube has unveiled its video wrap up the memes, moments, and people that made 2014 featuring some of the year's biggest tracks remixed by DJ Earworm. Towleroad readers will likely recognize more than a face or two in this mega-mix that includes Tyler Oakley, Sam Tsui, Conchita Wurst and Pentatonix among many, many others.
Re-cap the year in viral sensations, AFTER THE JUMP...
Which moment do you think will stand the test of time?
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski struggled to get through her on-air coverage on the Chlorine gas leak that hospitalized 19 "furries" who attended the annual Midwest FurFest Convention, after learning what furries are from her co-hosts. The host was left quite speechless after seeing one of the participants dressed in a tiger suit and wearing what appears to be a wedding dress outside of the building that was evacuated. The furry subculture involves interests in furry, anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics; some of its members include people from the LGBT community as well. Watch Brzezinski's incredulous reaction to the subculture and their "fursuits," AFTER THE JUMP...
In more serious news, Rosemont Police said the release of the chemical was intentional. Most of the 19 that were hospitalized complained of dizziness, nausea and breathing problems, but it's believed no serious injuries occurred. Eighteen of those hospitalized have already been released from care. Rosemont Police have yet to find a suspect involved with the chemical leak.
For those who are old-fashioned and prefer to pick up a bloke in a bar as opposed to on an app, gay YouTube vlogger Hat (“Just a guy in a hat who likes boys”), who viewers may remember from his video on the taxonomy of the gay animal kingdom, puts his pith to good use and shares some punny pick-up lines sure to get you laid. Though Hat doesn't like drinking or bars, he still delivers some winners sure to grab a guy's attention. Who could resist the pure charm of a line like, "You remind me of jenga. Because I want to pull on your wood until you fall for me"?
The video also features out gay actor and fellow YouTuber Troye Sivan who makes a cameo appearance at the end you won't want to miss.