Hawaii police arrests lesbian couple for kissing, now compensation


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Lesbian Couple Files Lawsuit After Hawaii Cop Arrested Them For Kissing

29 October 2015

The Honolulu Police Department opened an internal investigation on Wednesday into allegations that an officer wrongfully arrested a vacationing lesbian couple after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Lesbian couple gets $ 80,000 for being arrested for kissing

Today, 21:56

A lesbian couple who were arrested in the US state of Hawaii after a kiss in a supermarket will get a compensation of 80,000 dollars (about 71,000 euros). The women were arrested brutally and were jailed for three days.

With the compensation the municipality of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, wants to prevent the case from going to court.

The US American couple were last year on vacation in Hawaii and were shopping at a supermarket in Honolulu. The couple walked hand in hand along the shelves and kissed briefly.

A police officer who was in uniform in the supermarket talked to the women about their behavior. “He saw romantic behaviour and told the women loudly that should not happen there,” according to the report.

The women walked on, but stopped shortly afterwards to kiss again. To the fury of the policeman, who had followed the two and threatened to expel the couple from the store. When the two stood in line at the checkout, the policeman grabbed the wrist of one of them. There was a struggle, and the cop arrested the couple.

Indictment

The women were accused of assaulting a police officer and were in jail for three days. After an internal investigation, the charges were withdrawn by the Hawaiian police and the women were set free.

“We are pleased that it is all behind us,” said one of the women to Associated Press. “And we think it is right that the policeman does not just get away with this.” … The policeman retired shortly after the incident.

Latin Americans against homophobia


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Latin Americans stand up to homophobia

17 May 2016

Gay marriages have already been legalized in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay but the movements are still growing strong across the region.

Violinist Perlman against homophobia in North Carolina


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P. I. TchaikovskyViolin Concerto in D major, Op. 35Itzhak Perlman

25 September 2014

Soloist: Itzhak Perlman
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Philadelphia Orchestra

I’m sorry the video and audio are not quite together at the end.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Violinist Itzhak Perlman not playing in North Carolina because of homophobic law

Today, 21:57

After famous rock musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam now the world-renowned classical violinist Itzhak Perlman has decided not to play in North Carolina to protest against the new anti-gay legislation. Perlman via Facebook announced that tomorrow he will not travel to the city of Raleigh, where he would perform as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony.

The Israeli virtuoso (70) wrote on Facebook that he has all his life been opposed to discrimination and has always advocated equal rights for everyone.

The state of North Carolina recently made the so-called “toilet law”, which requires transgender people to choose in public toilets the bathroom according to their birth gender. Also gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people will no longer be allowed go to courts if they are discriminated against.

Initially Perlman asked if he could add a protest statement to the program. This was refused by the orchestra, because it is heavily subsidized by the state.

Perlman will only play again in North Carolina if the law will have been repealed.

Homophobic American preacher arrested for child pornography


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Anti-Gay Pastor Arrested For Child Porn

13 May 2016

An anti-gay pastor in Arkansas is in a lot of trouble. He has been arrested on 70 counts of child porn. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Katie Halper, and Jimmy Dore, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Meet Dave Reynolds. He’s the recently fired pastor of the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in Sherwood, Arkansas currently facing 70 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing child pornography.

He’s also vehemently antigay.

The 40-year-old pastor, who has preached that marriage is between a man and a woman and that all homosexual activity is a sin, was arrested this week after police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a social media account in Sherwood was storing pages and pages (and pages and pages) of images of kiddy porn.

The account allegedly belonged to Reynolds.

In March, Reynolds informed elders at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship that he was under investigation for child porn possession. When they asked if he had engaged in viewing the material, Reynolds told them he had “not knowingly done so.”

Read more here.

German governmental homophobia survivors get compensation


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Nazi Holocaust – The Forgotten Gay Victims

1 December 2011

The fight against fascism and bigotry must also incorporate the defence and support of the Gay and Lesbian Communities. The message needs to be made loud and clear, and repeated often; ANY form of discrimination, bigotry or oppression must be fought and defeated in the 21st Century!!!

Between 1933 and 1945, Germany’s National Socialist (Nazi) government under Adolf Hitler used its monopoly of authority to attempt to rid German territory of people who did not fit it’s vision of a “Aryan master race.” Foremost among the so-called racial enemies, according to the Nazis’ anti-semitic ideology, were the Jews. The current wave of fascist ideology rallying against “Islam” is astonishing in its resemblance to Nazi anti-semitism. In fact you could replace the word “Muslim” for “Jew” in any EDL/BNP diatribe and get a mirror image of traditional 1940’s fascism.

Many other groups were targets of persecution and even murder in the 1940s under the Nazis’ ideology, including Germans with mental and physical disabilities, homosexuals, transgendered, socialists, communists and trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma (“Gypsies”), Poles, and Soviet prisoners of war. Millions perished in this state–sponsored tyranny.

As part of the Nazis’ attempt to purify German society and propagate an “Aryan master race,” they condemned homosexuals as “socially aberrant.” Soon after taking office on 30 January, 1933, Hitler banned all homosexual and lesbian organisations. Brownshirted storm troopers raided the institutions and gathering places of homosexuals. Greatly weakened and driven underground, this subculture had flourished in the relative freedom of the 1920s, in the pubs and cafes of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Bremen, and other cities.

The Nazi campaign against homosexuality targeted the more than one million German men who, the state asserted, carried a “degeneracy” that threatened the “disciplined masculinity” of Germany. Denounced as “anti-social parasites” and as “enemies of the state,” more than 100,000 men were arrested under a broadly interpreted law against homosexuality. Approximately 50,000 men served prison terms as convicted homosexuals, while an unknown number were institutionalized in mental hospitals. Others were castrated under court order or coercion. Analyses of fragmentary records suggest that between 5,000 and 15,000 homosexual men were imprisoned in concentration camps, where many died from starvation, disease, exhaustion, beatings, and murder.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Reparation for 50,000 German homosexuals

Today, 14:18

Homosexuals who have ever been convicted in Germany on the basis of the law as it existed until 1994 will receive full reparation. They will also be compensated. This was announced by the German Minister Heiko Maas.

Pursuant to section 175 of the German Criminal Code more than 50,000 men have been sentenced in the past. These rulings will be annulled now. In this the government follows the advice recommended by the German anti-discrimination agency.

“The state is guilty because it has messed up the lives of so many people,” said Maas. “The old judgments are wrong. They hurt each and every condemned person to the depths of his human dignity.”

How much of the condemned men are still alive is unclear. Also the amount of compensation is still unknown.

Concentration camp

Sex between men was criminalized in Germany until 1994. The infamous section dates from 1871 and there were plans to abolish it in 1929. The rise of the nazis prevented that. In fact, the text was aggravated even more in Nazi Germany. Homosexuals could then be sentenced without there having been any physical contact.

The Nazi regime locked up between 5000 and 15,000 men in concentration camps because of their (alleged) homosexuality. Most of them died there. Those who survived a camp on German soil were not freed after the war but still had to serve prison sentences if a court before the war had convicted them.

The former East Germany [German Democratic Republic] in 1950 deleted all the Nazi changes in the section of the law and abolished the law itself completely in 1968. In West Germany [Federal Republic of Germany], however, between 1945 and 1969 still 50,000 German men were sentenced on the basis of this paragraph.

After 1969, the law was eased by introducing an age limit of 21 years. Four years later, that limit was further reduced to 19 years. Only in 1994 the entire section of the Code was repealed.

Pearl Jam against homophobia in North Carolina, USA


This music video is called Pearl JamMTV Unplugged 1992.

From the site of rock band Pearl Jam in the USA:

Pearl Jam Cancels 4/20 Raleigh, NC Concert in Opposition to HB2; Official Band Statement

April 18 2016

It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.

This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.

The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.

It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.

We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.

In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.

Perhaps even celebrate.

With immense gratitude for your understanding,

Pearl Jam

Link to image of statement here.

What is HB2?

North Carolina’s HB2 legislation targets the basic rights of transgender people and strips many nondiscrimination protections from the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In addition to harming LGBT North Carolinians, the law limits the ability of municipalities to provide living wages above what the state provides, closes the door on state courts as a recourse for employment nondiscrimination claims, and imposes the values of Raleigh lawmakers on local elected officials and the people they serve.

What Needs To Be Done:

Please join us in signing this petition to repeal HB2.

Ringo Starr against homophobia in North Carolina, USA


This music video is called All You Need Is Love – The Beatles (with lyrics).

From CBS in the USA:

Ringo Starr Latest To Cancel North Carolina Concert

April 13, 2016 4:21 PM …

In a news release, the onetime Beatles drummer said he was joining with Bruce Springsteen and other artists as he called off an All Starr Tour show that had been planned for June 18 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina over the law, known as HB2.

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,” Starr said in the release. “Spread peace and love.”

Starr’s release said the law “opens the door to discrimination everywhere.”

“How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended,” he said in the release. …

The North Carolina law further bars local governments statewide from prohibiting discrimination in public places based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A new statewide nondiscrimination law doesn’t contain those specific protections.

In announcing the cancellation of his concert, Starr asked his fans to support organizations fighting to overturn the law.

“As Canned Heat sang, ‘Let’s work together.’ And The Beatles said, ‘All you need is love,’” Starr’s release said.

Because of the same law, Springsteen this past Friday announced the cancellation of a concert that had been planned for last Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them,” Springsteen wrote Friday. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.” …

The new law would also make clear local governments can’t require area businesses to pay workers above the current minimum wage, with some exceptions.