Homophobic misogynist Portuguese president sabotages parliament


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Women on waves sailed to Portugal in 2004 but was stopped by the minister of defence who send a warship as he claimed it was a threat to national security.

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Portugal: President vetoes reform of abortion and adoption law

Tuesday 26th January 2016

CONSERVATIVE President Anibal Cavaco Silva vetoed parliamentary Bills yesterday that would have granted full adoption rights to same-sex couples and removed abortion restrictions.

The president insisted that recently passed legislation granting gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals is a radical change requiring broader public consultation.

He says that parliament has failed to demonstrate that it is in the best interest of children.

The head of state is also blocking parliament’s decision to waive mandatory counselling for women seeking an abortion, claiming that such counselling is a common requirement in other European countries and eliminating it would diminish the right to information.

Presidential vetoes can be overturned by a two-thirds majority in parliament, but it is not immediately clear whether the Bills’ backers could muster that many votes.

Mr Cavaco Silva is coming to the end of his mandate and will be replaced by fellow rightwinger Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who romped home in Sunday’s presidential election, collecting more than half the votes against nine rivals.

The president-elect warned that he would use the largely ceremonial post to disrupt the Socialist Party government’s economic plans.

He will take up his duties in March, replacing Mr Cavaco Silva, who has served the maximum of two five-year terms.

The president has no executive power, but he has the power to dissolve parliament if he feels the country is going off track.

The Socialist minority government, which has pledged to reverse capitalist austerity, runs Portugal with the backing of the Communist Party and Left Bloc.

Bisexual refugee’s anti-deportation victory in England


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Bisexual Asylum Seeker in Home Office Battle Has Deportation Flight Cancelled

29 May 2015

Immigration authorities have cancelled the deportation flight of a Jamaican asylum seeker who faced removal from the UK after the Home Office refused to accept he was bisexual.

34-year-old Orashia Edwards had been held at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Lincolnshire after being detained during a scheduled meeting with immigration officials. His family were told he could be deported at any time from May 5, but Edwards was instead detained for nearly a month before being released pending a further appeal against his rejected claim for refugee status – the latest in a series of prolonged periods in detention.

That was then. And now …

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Bisexual Jamaican wins his long fight for refugee status

Friday 22nd January 2016

A LEEDS asylum-seeker who feared for his life if he was sent back to Jamaica was granted refugee status and permission to stay in Britain yesterday.

The decision to allow Orashia Edwards, 33, who is bisexual, to remain follows a three-and-a-half-year campaign by his supporters, with demonstrations at immigration offices in Leeds.

Jamaica has a reputation for homophobia, including physical attacks.

After hearing the news, Mr Edwards, who has family in Leeds, said: “I want to thank everyone who has supported my campaign over the years.

“None of this would have been possible [without their efforts]. I’m finally allowed to work so have applied for my national insurance number and can go get a job and open my own bank account. Things are really looking up for me.”

A Leeds No Borders campaign spokesman said: “He is no longer living in constant dread and is able to make real plans for his future.”

Margaret Thatcher’s anti-gay bigotry on AIDS revealed


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Margaret Thatcher‘s Anti-Gay Speech (1:00 min)

“Children are being taught they have an inalienable right to be gay. All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life.” — Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, October 9, 1987. Conservative Party Conference. Blackpool, United Kingdom.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Bigot Thatcher‘s fight against aids education

Wednesday 30th December 2015

PM worried teens might learn about ‘risky sex’

MARGARET Thatcher fought tooth and nail to stop a national public education campaign on Aids because she didn’t like talking about “risky sex,” government files released today reveal.

Declassified papers from the National Archives showed the bitter battle between Thatcher and her health secretary Norman Fowler over proposals for a major HIV awareness campaign.

LGBT activists and HIV survivors reacted in disgust as they heard that the former PM had been opposed to placing information on the epidemic in visible locations.

In a handwritten note to Mr Fowler, she said: “Do we have to do the section on risky sex? I should have thought it could do immense harm if young teenagers were to read it.”

Thatcher also claimed that the campaign could breach the Obscene Publications Act and pushed for a more conservative and limited distribution of information.

She wrote: “It would be better in my view to follow the [sexually transmitted disease] precedent of putting notices in surgeries, public lavatories, etc.”

Long-standing LGBT rights campaigner and HIV survivor Joseph Healy told the Star of his shock at finding out about Thatcher’s decision.

“There was widespread fear in the gay community. We all knew people who had it, but nothing appeared until the famous ‘tombstone’ TV ads in the late ’80s.

“I saw so many young men die in great pain, many of them ostracised by their families and others because so little was known about the illness.

“This is yet another one of Thatcher’s crimes against the LGBT community, along with section 28.

“So many young lives could have been saved and so much suffering avoided if she and her government had supported a health education campaign.”

Section 28, introduced by the Thatcher government in 1988, prohibited local authorities from portraying homosexuality in a positive light.

The ban was only lifted by Labour in 2003, with current Prime Minister David Cameron voting for partial retention.

The first Aids case in Britain was recorded in 1981 and by 1986 public awareness of the virus was growing rapidly.

London members of direct action group Act Up, which campaigned from the late 1980s onwards on behalf of people living with Aids, accused Thatcher of “wilful neglect.”

Act Up’s Ashley Joiner said: “Margaret Thatcher’s calculated wilful neglect, government inaction and homophobia has directly resulted in the social stigma attached to HIV today.

“The lack of change in discourse since Thatcher’s government, paired with the recent cuts to financial aid, demonstrate how the Conservative government is determined to allow history to repeat itself.”

Thatcher was forced to allow the campaign to go ahead when told the Cabinet was against her objections.

She also attempted to thwart a subsequent campaign involving sending information to every British home.

But she was forced to give way again after her press secretary Bernard Ingham told her: “There is certainly a feeling abroad that the government is doing too little and is not treating the issue with sufficient urgency.”

British LGBTQ solidarity with Calais refugees


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Calais Solidarity Trip (11) – Solidarity

28 September 2015

On the ferry back to Dover, Rachael talks about a powerful part of the trip for her – talking to the people in the Calais camp about the refugees welcome solidarity marches which happened all across the UK and the world that same weekend.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

LGBT activists take on May to show solidarity with Calais refugees

Monday 23rd November 2015

LGBT activists took on Theresa May this weekend in a show of solidarity with migrants outside the Home Office as tougher checks and border closures come into place after the Paris shootings.

The Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) protest came less than 24 hours after a British Muslim was prevented from entering France on an aid convoy to Calais.

A drag impersonator of the Home Secretary and masked versions of Prime Minister David Cameron, Ukip leader Nigel Farage and London Mayor Boris Johnson also attended the event.

“Everybody knows diversity is disruptive to a cohesive society,” Ms May’s impersonator told the booing crowds.

LGSM spokesman Morten Thaysen said: “In the wake of the Paris attacks we’ve seen xenophobic and racist violence rise across the UK and Europe.

“We’re here to show that we must stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees, not close our minds and our borders. Blaming terrorism on refugees is like blaming the floods on gay weddings.

“The attacks in Paris are created by the same violence that many people are fleeing and our response should be to open our borders to the people freezing in Calais rather than demonising migrants.”

The rally came after a member of refugee aid group London2Calais was barred from entering France on Friday evening after being flagged as a “threat to national security.”

The activist, who asked to remain anonymous given the allegations, was the only non-white and Muslim member of the convoy and the only person to be stopped at border control.

It was not the first time that members of London2Calais have been harassed by border authorities, who held up the convoy for several hours in August and subjected activists to aggressive interrogation as they tried to return to Britain.

However it was the first time the British passport holder, who has worked in the Jungle refugee camp for the last six months, has been refused entry.

In a statement, the group said: “This is apartheid Europe in action. The constant harassment and intimidation of London2Calais by British and French authorities will not deter us from bringing solidarity.”

A second trip was completed successfully on Saturday, delivering vital materials to build bread ovens in the camp.

The Jungle was ravaged by a fire on the same night as the Paris attacks, leaving over 200 people without shelter.

Its cause was not thought to be suspicious.

Visiting the Calais camps made us ashamed to be British. The levels of support from British people were heartening, but why can’t the government do more? Here.

USA: REP. ALAN GRAYSON: WHEN AMERICA TURNED AWAY MY GRANDMA “There is a reason why my Mom was born in Canada. Her parents, my grandparents, were refugees from Eastern Europe. And America wouldn’t let them in. So they took a right turn, and ended up in Canada.” [HuffPost]

‘2015 IS NOT 1938’ “The faces of the refugees are different. The languages they speak are different. The places and killers from which and from whom they are fleeing are different as well. But the refugees’ anguish and despair, their fear and sense of abandonment, are very much the same. ” [HuffPost]

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