Ukrainian government stops rainbow under neonazi homophobic pressure


Unfinished rainbow in Kyiv, Ukraine

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Kiev: the end of the rainbow?

Today, 17:34

Ukraine is not known as a particularly pro-gay country, but with the Eurovision Song Contest, the city of Kiev wanted to improve its image. Therefore it was decided to paint a monument from the Soviet era in the colours of the rainbow.

Meanwhile, the monument to the brotherhood between Russians and Ukrainians is almost completely “coloured”. But at the last moment, the project has been suspended because of protests.

Homo propaganda

The painting is almost finished, only at the top of the middle it is still grey. And that will probably stay that way. The nationalist party ‘Right Sector‘ held a protest at the arch last week. In a statement, the party called the rainbow a symbol of “homo propaganda“, and it was supposedly against “Ukrainian values“.

‘Nationalist’ is an euphemism for the violent neonazi Right Sector. Their leader Yarosh makes lots of money as adviser to the Minister of War … err … ‘Defence’. They use to attack Gay Pride marches in Ukraine violently, including with grenades to which in most countries only police and armed forces or people who are special friends of police and/or armed forces, have access.

Contrary to what the Right Sector says, the rainbow is not just for gay people, but also for wider unity in diversity. It is also a symbol in, eg, the Christian religion.

Prime Minister Grojsman said at a vote in parliament that “God forbid” that the country would legalize equal marriage for homosexuals.

‘Celebrate Diversity’

Ukraine organizes this year’s Song Festival, the motto is Celebrate Diversity. The first semifinal is on May 9th. Many people are happy with the rainbow colours. They hope the colours will still be there at the Gay Pride. That wil be in Kiev on June 18th.

After the protests of the nationalists, Mayor Vitali Klitschko has proposed a compromise: the last part, which is still grey since the protests, will be painted in a “traditional Ukrainian pattern”.

The “Arch of Friendship of the Nations” was built in 1982 to celebrate the brotherhood of Russians and Ukrainians in the Soviet Union. The monument is of titanium, 50 meters high, and can be seen from many places in the city.

Last year, the government announced it would be destroyed, because the relationship between Moscow and Kiev … has worsened strongly.

United States homophobic preacher guilty of child abuse


This video from the USA says about itself:

Pastor On Orlando Massacre: ‘These People All Should Have Been Killed

13 June 2016

Pastor Steven Anderson, whose hate knows no bounds, celebrated the deaths of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in a 4-minute mini-sermon that cited the Bible as justification for why they needed to die.

Read more here.

Better known United States fundamentalist preacher Pat Robertson also claimed the victims of the Orlando mass murder ‘deserved it’.

And these two preachers are not the only ones.

By David Moye in the USA:

4/11/2017 08:32 pm ET

Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation

The jury needed only two hours to find him guilty on all eight counts.

Last June, Georgia pastor Kenneth Adkins made headlines when he tweeted that gay people who died in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting got what they deserved.

He made headlines of a different sort on Monday when he was found guilty of sexually molesting a teenage girl and boy.

The ‘Reverend‘ Kenneth Adkins is not the only homophobic ‘Reverend’ in a sexual abuse scandal. So is, eg, Scottish Roman Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien. As a cardinal, not just ‘Reverend’, but ‘Most Eminent’.

And there was Dutch Roman Catholic homophobic child abusing Bishop Gijsen. Being a bishop, also not just ‘Reverend’, but ‘Most Reverend’ and ‘Excellency’.

Like the Roman Catholic Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the USA, John C. Nienstedt. The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt claimed that equal marriage for gay people was the work of Satan; but had to resign in a child abuse scandal.

A jury of three men and nine women deliberated for about two hours before finding the 57-year-old pastor guilty of three charges of child molestation, three charges of aggravated child molestation, and two charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to FirstCoastNews.com.

Adkins did not react as the verdict was being read aloud in the Glynn County courtroom. He did not testify on his own behalf during the trial, according to ActionNewsJax.com.

Before the clergyman turned himself in last August, he had led congregations in Atlanta and Brunswick, Georgia, as well as in Jacksonville, Florida.

He was originally booked on one charge of child molestation and one charge of aggravated child molestation. At the time of his arrest, Adkins’ lawyer Kenneth Gough told WJCT that those incidents dated back to 2010.

“Warrants say that these events took place in 2010 and that’s a long time,” Gough said. “We don’t know why they’re coming up now.”

Additional charges were filed after the initial arrest, and Adkins has been held without bail since then.

Adkins is scheduled for sentencing on April 25, according to News4Jax. He faces up to life in prison.

“I know he was back there praying,” Gough told the station. “We were disappointed with the verdict, but we respect it. It’s part of our jury system, but we will be filing a notice of appeal, obviously.”

Adkins garnered attention two days after the Orlando shooting when he sent a tweet that read, “Been through so much with these Jacksonville homosexuals that I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!!”

He told The Florida Times-Union that the tweet had nothing to do with the 49 people just massacred in Orlando and was solely a reference to the debate over expanding Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people. (He opposed that, too). But the tweet, which has since been made private, followed a string of other tweets about the shooting.

Rape Survivor Listens As Judge Praises Former Mormon Bishop Who Abused Her. A Utah judge called convicted sexual predator Keith Vallejo “an extraordinarily good man” before sentencing him to prison: here.

United States Trump presidency and homophobia


This video from the USA says about itself:

16 February 2016

Donald Trump admitted that he would appoint homophobic Supreme Court justices to overturn the landmark marriage equality ruling. Since Donald Trump wants to ban things he doesn’t like, we discuss things we want to ban that Donald Trump likes.

After Islamophobic and anti-Jewish hate crimes in Donald Trump‘s USA, now homophobia.

From the Miami Herald in Florida, USA:

February 25, 2017 1:35 PM

Drunk gay basher tells Key West couple: ‘You live in Trump country now,’ police say

By Gwen Filosa

Calling them gay slurs and taunting, “You live in Trump country now,” a drunken scooter rider attacked two Key West men who were on bicycles riding home on Duval Street early Thursday, police said.

Kevin Seymour, 38, and Kevin Paul Taylor, 49, said it was a drunken tourist who followed them as they rode south on Duval Street “calling us faggots and a slew of other anti-gay remarks,” according to a police report.

At one point, the scooter rider struck the rear tire of Seymour’s bike, knocking him to the ground.

Police were called to 1221 Duval St. about 1 a.m. Thursday for the report of aggravated battery.

“We were victims of a hate crime last night biking home from dinner,” Taylor posted on his Facebook page. “He kept stopping in front of us and swerving into us. Finally Kevin got ahead of him and the guy charges him with his scooter and runs into him and knocks him off his bike. Kevin is okay.”

“I think the cops will be able to track him down,” Taylor wrote.

Police described the scooter rider as a white man in his mid- to late 30s with “a southern accent” wearing gray shorts and a blue polo shirt. His moped was a black Eclipse.

A witness gave a statement to police backing the couple’s story and officers said there may be security video available from nearby businesses.

“I bet you faggots voted for that bitch Hillary,” the suspect said to the couple. “Well, you live in Trump country now.”

As the scooter followed the couple, Seymour told the man he would call 911. “If you do that, I’ll cut you up,” the man replied, according to reports.

George Weinberg, a psychotherapist who, in the mid-1960s, observed the discomfort that some of his colleagues exhibited around gay men and women and invented a word to describe it — homophobia — died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 87: here.

U.S. Jewish centers report another wave of hoax bomb threats: NBC.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS AND DAY SCHOOLS HIT WITH ANOTHER WAVE OF THREATS Bomb threats to at least 13 Jewish community centers and eight day schools forced evacuations in 16 states. [HuffPost]

Pat Robertson: Stop Witches From Cursing Donald Trump: here.

Church of England rejects homophobic proposal


This video from England says about itself:

15 February 2017

A controversial report on homosexuality and same-sex marriage praised by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a “road map” has been rejected by the Church of England’s General Synod.

Read the full story here.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

LGBT Christians welcome church dismissal of report

Friday 17th February 2017

LGBT Christians have hailed a decision by the Church of England’s ruling body to throw out a controversial report on same-sex marriage as “a victory for love and equality.”

The report by the House of Bishops, presented to the General Synod on Wednesday, had called for the church to adopt a “fresh tone and culture of welcome and support” for gay people.

But crucially it said it should not change its opposition to same-sex marriage and reaffirmed that such unions should not be blessed.

Under the recommendations, marriage would continue as “a union, permanent and life long, of one man with one woman.”

Lucy Gorman, an LGBT activist from York and member of the Church, thanked the Synod for rejecting the report, saying: “With that vote we’ve sent a message to the outside world.”

She said that as a Christian in her twenties she is a “dying breed,” in part because of the Church’s discriminatory approach to LGBT people.

“Most people have a friend or family member who sits somewhere on the gender sexuality spectrum — and why would they become part of an organisation which is seemingly homophobic?”

Jay Greene, from Winchester, who is in a civil partnership, said many were “deeply disappointed” by the report and its “tone of fear.”

More than 400 Church leaders gathered for a “take note” debate on the issue at Church Hall in Westminster, where they voted to symbolically reject the recommendations by 100 votes to 93 with two abstentions.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who urged the Synod to approve the report claiming that it was a good first step for moving forwards, said the church needed a “radical new Christian inclusion.”

Pope gives in to homophobes


This video says about itself:

Pope Says Gay Marriage Threat to Human Existence

7 January 2013

The Pope indicates that gay marriage is a threat to the future of humanity, rather than wars, climate change, or anything else.

Another video, no longer on YouTube, used to say about itself:

Dec 21, 2012

The Pope decided to use his annual Christmas speech as a platform for his over-the-top, anti-gay agenda. Tis the season!

These videos were about Pope Benedict XVI, the predecessor of the present Pope Francis I. A pontiff under whom one often was better off as a child abuser than as a LGBTQ person.

Has Pope Francis I brought improvements? Some improvements. But not enough.

By Antonia Blumberg, Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post in the USA:

The Pope Just Approved A Very Troubling Document On Gays And Priesthood

The Vatican declared that “persons with homosexual tendencies” can’t be admitted to seminaries.

12/07/2016 08:12 pm ET

The Vatican has reaffirmed its position that gay men are barred from entering Catholic seminaries.

In a document entitled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” published online Wednesday, the church outlined a wide range of guidelines for priestly formation. One section addressed “persons with homosexual tendencies,” who it said cannot be admitted to seminaries or to the priesthood.

“The Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture,’” the document stated.

The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy drafted the 90-page document, which reinforces a position first iterated by the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2005. Pope Francis approved the document, dated Dec. 8, 2016, and ordered its publication, according to a conclusion signed by Cardinal Beniamino Stella.

The document’s tone stands in contrast to Francis’s famous response to a question about gay priests in 2013. “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” Francis said during an on-flight press conference.

“The new document on priestly formation is a profound disappointment,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of LGBT Catholic group DignityUSA.

“What does Francis really believe about LGBTQI people? The signals are ever more mixed,” she told The Huffington Post.

Duddy-Burke called the document “a slap in the face” that “entrenches [gay people] as second or third class citizens of the Church.”

The rhetoric surrounding gay people and the priesthood emerged shortly after the clergy sexual abuse scandal broke in the early 2000s, noted America Magazine. Prominent Jesuit priest Rev. James Martin argued in a 2010 HuffPost blog that such language may have been an effort by church leaders to blame the scandal on gay priests.

Martin noted that he knows “scores” of priests who are gay, and who lead pious, chaste lives like their straight peers. Since the release of the 2005 document, he said, many gay priests and seminarians have chosen to keep their sexual orientation to themselves ― and some seminaries simply operate on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” basis.

Even Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, said after the document’s release that a gay man with a strong vocation to become a priest “shouldn’t be discouraged.”

Wednesday’s document, however, acts to further strengthen the church’s attitude toward prospective priests who happen to be gay. But Francis DeBernardo, executive director of LGBT Catholic organization New Ways Ministry, said in a statement that it isn’t too late for the Vatican to change course.

“It’s not too late for the pope to retract this document,” DeBernardo said. “That would be a healing balm to many who are surely going to be pastorally hurt by this step, and many others who are sure to leave the Catholic Church because of it.”

LGBTQ conversion quackery ban in Malta


This video says about itself:

15 April 2014

Malta’s gay community celebrates new law recognising same-sex partnerships as marriages

Malta’s Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat joined around 1,000 people celebrating a new law on the Mediterranean island which recognises same-sex marriage on a legal par with marriage and gives gay couples the right to adopt.

The opposition Nationalist party abstained from the vote and said it had reservations about gay adoptions claiming 80 percent of the population were against the law.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Gay conversion therapy‘ becomes illegal in Malta

Today, 18:12

Malta has introduced a ban on therapies that aim to ‘cure’ homosexuals from their orientation. The law was passed unanimously by parliament.

Therapists who go wrong may get a prison sentence or fine. The same applies to medical professionals who prescribe such therapies.

So far in Europe, therapies ‘curing’ LGBTQ people had not been punishable anywhere. Only in some states in the United States, it is forbidden by law to treat minors because of their sexual orientation.

Quackery

Gay advocacy group COC in the Netherlands has asked Minister [of Health] Schippers two years ago to have such a ban. The minister said she did not need new rules, because these treatments in the Netherlands are considered to be inadequate therapies. Against that, the Inspectorate for Healthcare can act.