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More controversy from Stonewall

I’m not surprised to read that a recent interview in the Guardian with Ruth Hunt (CEO of Stonewall) caused a bit of a stir. As a commenter on Pink News pointed out, interviewer Decca Aitkenhead seemed to be channelling Brendan O’Neill here:
On the face of it, the [No Bystanders] campaign is blamelessly admirable. “It’s about [...]

Not a parody

Reuters reports:
A memorial to Apple Inc founder Steve Jobs has been dismantled in the Russian city of St Petersburg after the man who succeeded him at the helm of the company, Tim Cook, came out as gay.
The two-metre (more than six-feet) high monument, in the shape of an iPhone, was erected outside a St Petersburg [...]

Russian nationalists warn of the danger of, um, Conchita Wurst

Reacting to the victory of the Austrian gay transvestite Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision contest, the Russian nationalist website Sputnik & Pogrom (charming name) posted this on Twitter:

(Translation: Ukraine, you want into Europe? Conchita is waiting for Ukraine! May 11, either you go to the referendum, or the blue beard comes to you!)
Is anyone else [...]

‘Dr Naseem. Frankly, get a grip!’

Mohammed Naseem’s bigoted and offensive statements on homosexuality were reported shortly after it was announced that Peter Tatchell was to become a patron of Tell MAMA, whose other patrons include IMAAN, the LGBT Muslim support group.  Now Tell MAMA has issued a strong statement unequivocally condemning Naseem’s words. Here’s an extract:
The Huffington Post piece lists [...]

Student journalists attacked for challenging homophobic preachers

This is a cross-post from Student Rights
Last week both Yusuf Chambers of the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) and UthmanLateef appeared at the University of Nottingham as part of ‘Discover Islam Week’.
Given that both these speakers have a record of expressing homophobic sentiment, student journalists both approached LGBT Network members and questioned the two men on their beliefs.
Calls for intolerant speakers [...]

Real Student Rights vs Student Rights

Yesterday Real Student Rights drew attention to a joint statement which has recently been released by Nottingham University’s Islamic Society and LGBT network. The writers express concern that reporters from the Tab newspaper had been trying to stir up antagonism between the two groups in the wake of events featuring Uthman Lateef and Yusuf Chambers as part [...]

Ibrahim Hewitt and the East London Mosque

Last week Oxfam cancelled an event at the East London Mosque where Ibrahim Hewitt of Interpal was due to speak. Oxfam said:
We believe that nobody should face discrimination due to their sexual orientation. We are concerned at comments about homosexuality attributed to Mr Hewitt, of which we were previously unaware, and the event has [...]

Another US Anti-Gay Group Head Speaks In Jamaica

This is a cross-post from Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion
From J. Lester Feder at Buzzfeed:
An anti-gay activist from Massachusetts has warned Jamaicans that repealing the country’s sodomy provision would end freedom of speech and lead to a surge of sexually transmitted diseases during a rally in Kingston.
Brian Camenker, founder of MassResistance, was the keynote speaker at an event [...]

Nauseous Menk

So the Islamic preacher Ismail Menk is in the UK now. However, it appears that his university tour has been cancelled.
This is probably a good thing for the poor man. He might be in proximity to homosexuals on a university campus. And he doesn’t like that one bit. Listen to this [...]

Ismail Menk on Homosexuality – “Worse than animals”

Ismail Menk is a somewhat popular preacher from Zimbabwe. He certainly has fans in the UK. Among them one finds the Tayyibun Institute, an East London group with a record of promoting vicious hate preachers. This includes a notably nasty online “teacher” roster.
Tayyibun is touring Menk around the UK this month. [...]