• Gay Rights,  History

    On 100th anniversary of Georgian independence, a struggle for LGBT rights

    Eric Lee of LabourStart has written an excellent history of the tragically short-lived experiment in democratic socialism in the Republic of Georgia a century ago, crushed by the Russian Bolsheviks in 1921. Georgia remained under the control of the Soviet regime in Moscow before regaining independence with the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Eric and Peter Tatchell have written about the struggle for LGBT rights in democratic Georgia on the 100th anniversary of the founding of a Menshevik-led state.

  • antisemitism,  Homophobia,  Israel,  Uncategorized

    Antisemitism, homophobia and the NUS’s National Executive Council

    This is Ayo Olatunji. Ayo is running to sit on the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive Council (NEC) at this week’s NUS conference in Glasgow. Ayo is best known for his role in the Hen Mazzig protest at UCL in November 2016 where Jewish students were trapped in a room by a mob of anti-Israel protestors. Unsatisfied with his initial attempts, Ayo was this year once again front and centre at the Dan Meridor protest at KCL where  Jewish students were again surrounded in a room by a baying crowd of their fellow students. Ayo believes that Israel is “one of the principal funders of genocides of Africans”.…

  • Homophobia,  London Muslim Centre

    The East London Mosque – Surrealist Politics

    Islam is unethical, immoral, and unhealthy. It should be hidden from society. Let’s say a large and controversial East London Christian group invited a foreign preacher to address the congregation. In this thought experiment, the preacher is already on video record rejecting Islam with these blunt words: This is a lifestyle and an action that we think is unethical. That it is immoral. That it is unhealthy for a society, especially to publicise. Muslims worshipping secretly is “one thing”. Mosques, though, will be in a great deal of trouble if the Christian preacher’s vision is realised: It’s one thing to do it behind closed doors. Nobody knows about it. It’s…

  • Gay Rights,  Vote 2016

    Twinks for Trump?

    If you had to wash your hair Tuesday night and were therefore unable to attend the most fab party at the RNC, The Washington Post has an account. The self-described “most fab party at the RNC” was hosted Tuesday night by LGBT supporters of Donald Trump in a dim, dingy multipurpose room in the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. In front of portraits of scantily clad young men — part of a “Twinks for Trump” series — Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders addressed a crowd of mostly young people who were tipsy on cheap wine and spoiling for a fight. Europe is “a living hell…

  • Homophobia,  Islamism

    Why Not Both?

    Although potentially a good writer/commentator, Owen Jones strikes me as wanting to believe in the white/black hat theories of political power rather than actually believing that tosh. Plainly he was shaken by the act of soul-destroying evil which unfolded at Orlando. Like the victims of the Bataclan, those here are disproportionately young. Whilst they were targeted because they were gay, such murderous sentiments is a sine qua non of jihadism. Likewise, the Ozar Hatorah school and Hypercacher shootings were impromptu Jew-hunts but arising from hard-wired antisemitism. Update: And here it is: If a terrorist with a track record of expressing hatred of and disgust at Jewish people had walked into…

  • Homophobia,  Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Three GOP candidates appear at “kill the gays” event

    Can I get unanimous agreement from our readers that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas should be removed from serious consideration for the Republican presidential nomination after appearing at an event hosted by a Christian pastor who believes in the death penalty for gay people? Cruz at this point actually stands a decent chance of winning the nomination. The following are not historical clips. They are from the event at which the three candidates appeared last Saturday: He would at least give them a chance to repent before killing them. And sorry: In this case, “I didn’t know what…

  • Gay marriage,  Law,  Stateside

    Virginia: then and now

    It was almost half a century ago that the US Supreme Court, in the case of Loving vs. Virginia, unanimously upheld the right of a man and a woman of different races to marry by declaring state anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional. One of the states which banned interracial marriages was Virginia. On April 10, 1967, Virginia’s Assistant Attorney General R. D. McIlwaine III unsuccessfully argued before the high court that the law protected the state from the “sociological [and] psychological evils which attend interracial marriages.” McIlwaine cited academic research that suggested “that intermarried families are subjected to much greater pressures and problems than those of the intramarried and that the state’s…

  • Gay Rights,  Israel/Palestine

    Please help me, I don’t want to die

    This is a cross-post from The Times of Israel Hello. My name is John Calvin, and I need your help. We’ve never met, and we probably never will, but please don’t stop reading. I’m going to tell you a little about myself. But first I want to be totally up front with you and, before we go any further, you should know that that I have a favor to ask. A huge favour: as big a favour as any person can ask of another. Ok, here goes. I need you to save my life. That’s sounds crazy, right? I know it sounds crazy when I say it, when I read…

  • Gay marriage,  Poetry,  Women's Rights

    Irish Government Minister Unveils Monument to Victims of Pro-Life Amendment

    Guest poem by Kevin Higgins On the day of the great result in the same sex marriage referendum here in Ireland, how long will it be before this poem comes true. On a date to be confirmed, when those who remember 1983 will sleep safely in their graves, or be anxiously telling nurse about the auld ones with crucifixes they think are coming to get them a girl, today on holidays from primary school, by then grown into a Maggie Thatcher suit, will thank the Chamber of Commerce for use of their microphone as a pulled chord unwraps this thing chipped from stone in memory of those forced to change…