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Alabama Republican official: Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy

Alabama Republican official: Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy

An Alabama Republican official has hit out at “freaking queers” in a Facebook post. Phil Benson, who is the elected treasurer of Mobile County, Alabama, made the comment on the county Republican Party Facebook page. The party had shared a story about Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who claims his religion prevents him baking cakes from gay people, facing further legal action after refusing to bake a cake for a trans person. Alabama Republican Phil Benson: Freaking queers… a real abomination Benson responded: “This poor guy needs to move to a place he is wanted. Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy. A real abomination.” The comment was later removed by the page moderators. However, Benson refused to apologise for the jibe in an interview with local outlet WPMI. Phil Benson, the elected treasurer of Mobile County, Alabama, defended his comments in an interview with WPMI Prior to the interview, Benson insisted on the reporter reading a Bible verse about why it’s bad to rape houseguests, which is commonly misconstrued by evangelicals as a condemnation of gay relationships. Asked if he understands his comments were offensive to gay people, Benson responded: “And gay people are offensive to me. Do you understand that?” He explained: “They can be very offensive. All this beautiful rainbow stuff. “When one of our presidents lit the White House with wonderful rainbow colours that offended me… I’m sorry they are offended. Their lifestyle offends me.” The post Alabama Republican official: Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy appeared first on PinkNews.

Cara Delevingne confirms she’s dating Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson

Cara Delevingne confirms she’s dating Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson

Cara Delevingne has confirmed she is in a relationship with her Her Smell co-star Ashley Benson. The model and actress posted a photo on Instagram showing herself kissing Benson, captioning it: “#PRIDE .” She went public by paying tribute to Benson while accepting an award at the TrevorLIVE New York Gala on Monday (June 17). Cara Delevingne pays tribute to girlfriend Ashley Benson Delenvigne said: “I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are. “She’s one of the people who helped me love myself when I need it most and I really needed it. “She showed me what real love is and showed me how to accept it, which was a lot harder than I thought. I love you, Sprinkles.” Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne attend TrevorLIVE NY 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street on June 17, 2019 in New York City. (Craig Barritt/Getty) Benson, who attended the awards show with the model, shared the clip of Delevingne receiving an award on her Instagram Story, adding: “Love you @caradelevingne proud of you.” Speaking to E! Online about their decision to go public, Delenvigne said: “It is Pride, it’s been 50 years since Stonewall happened and I don’t know, it’s been just about our one year anniversary so, why not?” A source told the outlet: “They are very sweet and loving together. They are always doing simple nice things for each other and it all comes very easy and naturally. They are committed to one another and very much in love.” Benson is known for her role as Hanna Marin in Pretty Little Liars, and met Delenvigne while they were both starring in 2018’s Her Smell. The post Cara Delevingne confirms she’s dating Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson appeared first on PinkNews.

After 30 academics sign letter opposing trans rights, 3600 sign letter in support

After 30 academics sign letter opposing trans rights, 3600 sign letter in support

More than 3600 academics have come out in support of trans rights, after 30 lecturers called on universities to cut ties with LGBT+ charity Stonewall. The Sunday Times had published a letter on June 16 from 30 academics, led by ‘gender critical’ campaigner Dr Kathleen Stock, calling for universities to “sever their links” with Stonewall, one of the UK’s most respected LGBT+ charities. 30 academics called for universities to cut ties with Stonewall The letter claimed that Stonewall’s work is “in tension with academic freedom” because the charity calls for a trans-inclusive stance in education and opposes “transphobic” teaching and research material. It claimed the charity was responsible for an “intimidating atmosphere” in academia by running Diversity Champions training, and accused the charity of presenting “tendentious and anti-scientific claims as objective fact.” Ruth Hunt, the outgoing CEO of LGBT+ charity Stonewall The letter also criticised the charity’s support for affirming trans children, and claimed accused Stonewall of pursuing a “new doctrine that female-attracted trans women with penises are lesbians.” However, the 30 academics who were willing to put their names to the letter from universities across the UK have faced a backlash from more than 3600 of their colleagues. 3600 academics back trans-inclusive policies The counter-letter, organised by the University of Sheffield’s Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock, rebuts the attacks on Stonewall. It states: “As academics and other colleagues working in higher education, we are writing to register our support for policies and practices which are inclusive and supportive of our trans colleagues and students.” The letter adds: “Criticism and critique of policies and programmes that promote inclusiveness, such as Stonewall Diversity Champions, are not in and of themselves unwelcome. “As educators, we have a duty of care to our students and colleagues.” — 3600 academics The post After 30 academics sign…

Taiwan’s first gay divorce announced three weeks after first marriage

Taiwan’s first gay divorce announced three weeks after first marriage

Taiwan has seen its first same-sex divorce, just three weeks after same-sex marriage was legalised in the Asian country. On May 16 Taiwan announced it would be the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, two years after Taiwan’s top court ruled that defining marriage as being between only a man and a woman was unconstitutional. A total of 526 same-sex couples registered to marry on May 24, the first day that the law came into effect following a three-decade fight for equal marriage. 185 of those couples were male and 341 were female. They will be able to enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples in terms of inheritances and medical powers of attorney. Many couples married en masse on the same day, and hundreds more wed in the following weeks, including one gay male couple who are now already divorced after an incredibly short honeymoon period. Moving scenes that would just make you tear up so easily. 20 couples, all brave and happy. Many have been together for more than a decade. One told me “I used to hide the rainbow flag after pride parade, but now I gotta find a place to show it with pride.” pic.twitter.com/MczPfGl3cP — William Yang (@WilliamYang120) May 24, 2019 The Pingtung County Department of Civil Affairs said that on the first day that same-sex marriage was legalised, one same-sex couple had made an appointment to register, but later cancelled because they were too young and their families opposed it. County officials advised that regardless of whether it is heterosexual or same-sex marriage, couples should carefully consider the consequences before getting married. According to the department, an average of 150 to 160 couples file for divorce per month in Pingtung County. The first gay male couple to marry, Shane Lin and Marc…

Boris Johnson LGBT rights record: Anti-gay slurs mixed with surprisingly liberal stance

Boris Johnson LGBT rights record: Anti-gay slurs mixed with surprisingly liberal stance

Boris Johnson looks set to claim victory in the Conservative Party’s leadership election, but the prospective Prime Minister has a confusing record on LGBT+ issues. Campaigners say it’s more important than ever that the next Prime Minister is a strong supporter of LGBT+ rights, with several major reforms up in the air and a growing backlash against LGBT-inclusive education. But those wondering what might happen to long-promised gender recognition reforms and plans to outlaw conversion therapy will not get many answers from Boris Johnson’s LGBT+ rights record. The leadership candidate, who has served as Mayor of London, Foreign Secretary and a figurehead for the pro-Brexit Vote Leave campaign, has an inconsistent record on LGBT+ issues that has repeatedly confounded expectations. Boris Johnson has an early history of anti-LGBT gaffes Ahead of the leadership vote, opponents of Johnson have focused fire on his history of casual anti-gay rhetoric in 1990s newspaper columns. In his columns, Johnson referred to gay people as “tank-topped bum boys” and attacked “Labour’s appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools.” He also hit out at same-sex unions in his book Friends, Voters, Countrymen, published in 2001. Boris Johnson sits in his London office in 2003 (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty) Johnson claimed: “If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.” In Parliament, Boris Johnson was an early pro-LGBT rebel Despite his early beliefs, Johnson’s legislative record is markedly more liberal. Elected to Parliament for the first time in 2001, Johnson rebelled against his own party on several occasions to back LGBT+ rights measures. The post Boris Johnson LGBT rights record: Anti-gay slurs mixed with…

Anti-gay millionaire says to bring wooden clubs to Georgia’s first ever Pride

Anti-gay millionaire says to bring wooden clubs to Georgia’s first ever Pride

Georgia’s capital Tbilisi will host the country’s first Pride, running from Tuesday 18 June until Sunday 23 June, but conservative and religious groups are threatening violence against people taking part. Georgian ultra-conservative millionaire Levan Vasadze said at a rally on Sunday evening (June 16) that he would send out “patrols” to stop the event happening. “We’ll establish people’s squadrons. Among the crowd gathered here there are a lot of individuals with military experience, a lot of athletes, rugby players, and wrestlers,” said Vasadze, according to Democracy and Freedom Watch. He continued to call LGBT+ people “propagandists of perversion” and said: “We will tie their hands with belts and take them away.” He warned police not to interfere, and encouraged the crowd to bring wooden clubs to threaten police if they did. However organisers of Tbilisi Pride are determined that it continue, despite threats of violence. Mariam Kvaratskhelia, one of the organisers, told OpenDemocracy: “The problem is that the Georgian government doesn’t consider homophobia a problem. They don’t try and solve it. The government and the Church are constantly trading over our rights, and this is very humiliating for us.” “The first Pride event is always hazardous,” she continued, but said that the LGBT+ celebrations were a “breakthrough” and “a matter of dignity… it’s time that LGBTI people enjoy their right to public assembly.” The Georgian Orthodox Church called Pride “totally unacceptable” The Georgian Orthodox Church released a statement about Tbilisi Pride on Friday in which it called on the Georgian government to stop the event, and said it was “totally unacceptable” and would provoke “disorder and confrontation.” The church’s statement went on: “The lifestyle that the LGBT people are engaged in is the sin of sodom and thus contradicts both Christian faith and the teachings of traditional religions and moral…

Twitter is torn over Taylor Swift’s Pride anthem ‘You Need to Calm Down’

Twitter is torn over Taylor Swift’s Pride anthem ‘You Need to Calm Down’

Taylor Swift’s new anti-homophobia song “You Need to Calm Down” has proven controversial with many among Twitter’s LGBT+ community, who are accusing her of “pandering for profit.” Swift released the single from her forthcoming album Lover on June 14, alongside a music video that features a host of LGBT+ stars including Ellen DeGeneres, RuPaul, Laverne Cox, Billy Porter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hayley Kiyoko and the cast of Queer Eye. In typical Swift style the upbeat lyrics hit back at the haters, indicating her support for LGBT+ people with the lines: “Shade never made anybody less gay,” and “Why are you mad? When you could be GLAAD?” — a nod to the LGBT+ advocacy organisation. The music video ends with an on-screen message that asks viewers to support a petition and says: “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.” Despite the song’s overtly positive message, Swift has faced widespread accusations of pandering to the LGBT+ community during Pride month. Taylor Swift “Not an ally” @Gracelinroses wrote: “Taylor Swift’s ‘You Need to Calm Down’ is a bit pandering. Although I appreciate her financial support to the #LGBTQ community, and the support of the #EqualityAct, she is not a part of the community and is selling her product for her financial gain.” @Neptunecreep added: “Taylor Swift is queer baiting and needs to learn how to be a better ally! She is exploiting us for profit during Pride Month! She has never spoken out for queer people before this year! She is not an ally! Thanks.” @Tyson_Campbell agreed: “Taylor Swift putting every mainstream queer artist in her music video and capitalising off pandering to the LGBTQ+ community during Pride month is probably the least surprising news of 2019 so next.” taylor swift…

Teenagers arrested for violent attack on gay couple in Washington

Teenagers arrested for violent attack on gay couple in Washington

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with an attack on a gay couple in Washington, DC, early on Sunday morning (June 16). Homophobic slurs were allegedly shouted at the couple by a group of around 15 people, who surrounded them, beat them up and stole one of the victims’ phone and the other victim’s wallet. Police arrested and charged two male youths, aged 15 and 16, and a 19-year-old called Marcus Britt, on Sunday. “The case is still under investigation, and sexual orientation is being investigated as a motivation,” Alaina Gertz, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said to NBC News. Karl Craven and his boyfriend, Braden Brecht, were walking from Hawthorne’s restaurant to gay sports bar Nellie’s when the attack happened. The gay couple had stopped to talk for a few minutes when, according to a GoFundMe set up by Craven to cover Braden’s medical costs, “guys started yelling ‘faggot’ at him [Braden] and started to swing at him.” “It was all a quick blur but next thing you know there was literally a mob of 15 guys beating him.” “They came out of nowhere… I don’t remember how long they kept beating him for,” Craven said. Craven posted pictures on the GoFundMe page that showed his boyfriend with a black eye and gauze covering his bloody, swollen lip. “He doesn’t have insurance and can’t afford the ER and tooth repair bills,” Craven wrote. “Any help would be greatly appreciated.” The fundraiser has raised almost $12,000. Craven posted an update on Sunday night that said, “DC Police LGBT Liaison Unit just visited us to see how we are doing.” The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that Brett Parson, who oversees the LGBT Liaison unit, is “working on the case.” The three men arrested are from Fort Washington. They…

Anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins named head of US religious freedom commission

Anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins named head of US religious freedom commission

The head of a anti-LGBT group, Tony Perkins, has been named chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Perkins, an evangelical pastor who has close ties with the Trump administration, was named as chair of the federal government body, which makes policy recommendations and polices ‘religious freedom’ internationally. Tony Perkins to head US religious freedom commission The activist, who was appointed to the commission by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell in May 2018, was elected to head it by members on Monday (June 17). Perkins is best known as head of the Family Research Council, a fundamentalist lobbying group that has been designated as a anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center extremism watchdog. The activist has attacked Democratic congresspeople for flying transgender flags on Capitol Hill, and just last month, Perkins blamed gay soldiers for a rise in sexual assault reports in the military. Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council (Win McNamee/Getty) He claimed that former president Barack Obama’s decision to allow gay soldiers to serve openly in the military was to blame for a rise in sex assaults, even though female troops faced the greatest risk of assault and 96 percent of female soldiers identified the alleged offenders as male. The activist has made a number of extremely disturbing claims about gay people in the past, insisting Christians are “going to find ourselves being loaded in cattle cars like it was when the Nazis took over before we realise we are in such terrible danger.” Perkins has also compared gay people to paedophiles, saying: “While activists like to claim that paedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. It is a homosexual problem.” A frequent  associate of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, Perkins is…

LGBT icon Billy Porter to headline Pride in London

LGBT icon Billy Porter to headline Pride in London

Pride in London has announced its line-up of artists performing in the British capital, and revealed that the LGBT+ icon Billy Porter will close the show on the Trafalgar Square stage. The award-winning Broadway performer, singer and actor is currently starring on the hit TV show Pose, for which he was recently nominated for a Golden Globe. Porter will be joined by over 100 other performers including the Eurovision and X Factor star Saara Aalto and RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty William. Pride in London is one of the biggest LGBT+ events in the world and was attended by more than a million people last year. The star-studded performances will be shown on five stages spread across central London, including Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and Dean Street. Access to all stages is free. As always, the Women’s Stage will be showcasing a lineup of female talent: Sinitta, Four of Diamonds, Heather Peace, SuRie, Toya Delazy and The Voice finalist Lauren Bannon AKA Lloren will be appearing alongside some of the acts that competed in Pride’s Got Talent 2019, including Saachi, Ina Shai and Amber Dee. Elsewhere, the brand new World Area stage in Golden Square will feature performances from some of London’s top talent, including Alicai Harley, Leo Kalyan, Seann Miley Moore and Nate Ethan Watson aka N’Chyx. Performances will be intertwined with speeches by influential LGBT+ figures including Stonewall charity founder Lisa Power. Ian Massa-Harris-McFeely, Deputy Director of Events for Pride in London, said: “We’re extremely proud to bring some of our community’s biggest and brightest stars to our stages for Pride in London this year. “Our ambition is always to showcase and give a platform to all the incredible and diverse LGBT+ artists and performers our city has to offer, alongside some incredible leading performers from across the international music scene.” But…

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