Demonstration against murdering LGBTQ people in Turkey


Demonstrators against murdering transgender people in Istanbul, Turkey

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Istanbul on Sunday hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against the death of 22-year-old Hande Kader, a transgender whose severely burned lifeless body was found earlier this month.

The protesters shouted slogans and carried placards. Opposition members participated in the demonstration.

“We will not stop until we find those responsible for Hande Kader’s murder” said Ebru Kiranci, spokeswoman for a Turkish LGBTQ organization to the BBC. Still no one has been arrested for the murder. …

It was the second time in a short time that the LGBTQ community of Istanbul was shocked by a murder. In July, in the city the decapitated and mutilated body of the gay Syrian Muhammad Wasim Sankari was found.

From the Huffington Post today:

J.K. Rowling had to police the internet again.

The “Harry Potter” author called out the United Kingdom-based Christian Voice for a homophobic tweet about British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

The prayer and lobby group posted an anti-gay message after the 22-year-old, who is engaged to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, failed to qualify for the 10-meter platform final at Rio 2016.

Turkish demonstration against murders of transgender people, tomorrow


This video shows Turkish police attacking the Istanbul Gay Pride parade in 2015. Two women try to stop a police water cannon by sitting down on the street. The one on the right is transgender woman Hande Kader.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Demonstration in Istanbul after transgender woman was murdered

Today, 08:56

The organization of the Gay Pride parade in Istanbul is organizing a demonstration tomorrow evening against the killing of a transgender person and against violence against women, transgender and gay people in general.

“We need to be seen, to be on the streets and to shout our demands in order to end hate crimes,” says the organization in their call.

Hande Kader

The murdered transgender woman, Hande Kader (23), was a well-known figure in the Turkish LGBTQ world. She was regularly seen at gatherings where was demonstrated for equal rights and against violence against LGBTQ people.

She is said to be one of the women who at the Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul last year sat in front of a water cannon when the police wanted to disperse the participants. …

Earlier this month she was last seen alive … Then she was for almost a week without a trace until the police found her burned body. She could be identified by dental examination.

The murder of Kader does not stand alone. According to a European transgender people’s organization not anywhere in Europe as many transgender people are killed as in Turkey.

The initiative of the Turkish Gay Pride organization is all the more striking because their demonstration was banned this year. The Turkish authorities said they could not guarantee the safety of participants and therefore did not give permission for the event.

In 2015, the participants were dispersed by police with water cannons and tear gas. The years before that the manifestation could proceed unhindered.

Hande Kader and police at Istanbul gay pride

Gay rights activists arrested in Uganda


This video says about itself:

9 August 2015

Ugandan activists have taken part in a gay pride rally, a year since a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Uganda: Gay rights leader held by police in Pride attack

Saturday 6th August 2016

UGANDAN police broke up a gay pride event in the capital Kampala and arrested about 20 people yesterday, including gay rights leader Frank Mugisha.

He said a fashion show had been under way at a nightclub when police arrived and asked who the organisers were, handcuffing Mr Mugisha when he identified himself to a police commander.

About 20 others were arrested, driven to a police station for questioning and released later, with some alleging that they had been slapped or pushed around by officers.

One man trying to escape arrest at the nightclub injured himself while jumping to safety, said Mr Mugisha, adding: “We condemn the police actions, the use of excessive force during arrest.”

Police spokesman Patrick Onyango confirmed the arrests but gave no details.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda under a British colonial-era law that prohibits sex acts “against the order of nature.”

Gay Syrian refugee murdered in Turkey


Murdered Syrian refugee Wisam Mohammed Sankara

Translated from Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, 3 August 2016:

Syrian gay refugee murdered by beheading in Istanbul

Syrian gay refugee Wisam Mohammed Sankara left his house in Aksaray street, Istanbul, Yenikapı quarter,the night of July 30. The next day he was found dead. Because of beheading, Wisam’s body had become unrecognizable. The perpetrators have not been caught yet.

[A friend of Wisam’s said:]

“Saturday night 30th oF June Wisam went out of the house. We already were nervous because of threats in the environment. We told him not to go, but a 15-20 minute walk on the street should be possible, he said. He did not come home all night. The next day we could not find Wisam, which distressed us. We went to the Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants Association (ASAM-STEP). They directed us to the police department. How can we get safety, as even they did not know what to say?”

Flatmates of gay Syrian refugee beheaded in Turkey fear they will be next. Three friends of Wisam Sankari, who was killed in a homophobic attack in Istanbul last week, say they have received death threats: here.

United States warship named after anti-war Harvey Milk


This 2015 video from the USA is called Harvey Milk / First Gay Politician (Biography TV).

This month, the United States Navy announced new names for several of their new warships.

United States warships and warplanes often have names of people in history. Eg, there is the military plane called the Spirit of Strom Thurmond. Republican Senator Strom Thurmond is one of the most racist bigots in US history.

Among the new warships’ names are several of people a lot better than Thurmond. They include women’s rights activist Lucy Stone and abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. And activist against discrimination of LGBTQ people Harvey Milk.

The new names in themselves are signs that some historical oppression has been abolished. Slavery against which Sojourner Truth (and Lucy Stone) fought was officially abolished in the 1860s. The ban on United States women voting against which Sojourner Truth and Lucy Stone fought was abolished in 1920.

As for Harvey Milk, during Barack Obama’s presidency the homophobic ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ rule in the US military was abolished.

San Francisco politician Scott Wiener writes:

When Harvey Milk served in the military, he couldn’t tell anyone who he truly was.

Harvey Milk was in the United States navy as a conscript during the Korean war.

There is a paradox in this new warship’s name.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

A friend of Milk’s thinks it is ironic that a warship is now named especially after him because Milk was against the Vietnam War and was part of an anti-militarist movement. “In my time men used to say they were gay to stay out of military service.”

So, this new name looks like ‘pinkwashing‘ of wars all over the world.

There is similar ambiguity about naming warships after Lucy Stone and Sojourner Truth. Their abolitionist movement opposed slavery, and oppression of women; but it opposed wars as well.

The Liberator, the paper of Stone’s and Truth’s abolitionist movement, wrote:

Anti-War Pledge – War with Mexico

June 5, 1846 …

desiring to show our utter abhorrence of slavery, and of every act either of the state or the individual, which means to support it,— and to bind ourselves before God and the world, to side with the oppressed, and not with the oppressor, we hereby pledge ourselves, neither by act or deed, to aid, support, or countenance the Government in the War with Mexico….. to refuse enlistment, contribution, aid and countenance to the War.

Remembering the anti-homophobia Stonewall uprising


This video says about itself:

28 June 2016

What we know as “Gay Pride” now was born 47 years ago today at the Stonewall Inn, after the NYPD raided the popular LGBTQI bar in New York City. This raid sparked an uprising that would mark the beginning of the modern LGBT movement. Today we remember those who fought for their rights at Stonewall, and all of those who continue in the struggle for justice and equality.

Catholic church should apologize to LGBTQ people, pope says


This 2008 satiric video says about itself:

Headzup: Pope Benedict And The Crime Of Being Gay

Pope Benedict is asked about the Vatican opposing a UN resolution urging nations to decriminalize homosexuality.

Read more about it here.

That was then. Now, about Pope Benedict’s successor.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Pope Francis: Church should apologize to gay people

Today, 02:53

Pope Francis believes the Roman Catholic Church must apologize to homosexuals for the way they have been treated. On the papal plane he again told reporters that the church has no right to condemn gay people and that they deserve respect.

Francis is on his way to Vatican City from Armenia. According to the prelate forgiveness should also be asked to other groups that are excluded or ignored, such as women, the poor and children who have to perform slave labor.

Sinful

The pope made his remarks after he was asked on board of his plane if he agreed with one of his advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx. Who said after the shooting in the nightclub Pulse in Orlando that the church owes an apology to homosexuals.

It is not the first time that Francis himself remarks about homosexuals. He said earlier that they should not be condemned or marginalized. The official church teaching is that homosexual feelings are not sinful but homosexual acts are.

And as long as that official teaching is not changed …