Chelsea Manning will write for The Guardian


This video from the USA says about itself:

Ann Wright on Chelsea Manning Being Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

23 August 2013

Ann Wright speaks to The Real News in an exclusive interview responding to Wikileaks Whistleblower Chelsea Manning being sentenced to 35 years in prison.

By Jackson Connor in the USA:

Chelsea Manning To Join The Guardian U.S. As Contributing Opinion Writer

02/10/2015 3:48 pm EST Updated: 1 hour ago

The Guardian U.S. has hired Chelsea Manning as a contributing opinion writer covering war, gender and freedom of information, Katharine Viner, the publication’s editor-in-chief, announced Tuesday via Twitter.

Currently serving a 35-year sentence in federal prison for supplying thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, Manning — who was once known as Bradley — has written on such topics before. In December, she penned an essay for The Guardian titled “I am a transgender woman and the government is denying my civil rights,” and in June she wrote a piece for The New York Times blasting the U.S. government for keeping information from the American people.

“I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance,” Manning wrote for The Times.

According to Politico, Manning will write her pieces for The Guardian U.S. from Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas and will not be paid for her work.

New novel on Russia, USA, LGBTQ people


From New York City in the USA:

Cover
Novel cover
Come to a Launch Party for
VERA’S WILL
to Celebrate the Publication of the New Novel by Shelley Ettinger

Sunday, February 15
at 4:00pm – 6:00pm in EST

147 West 24 Street, 2nd floor, New York City
Reading, signing, a nosh
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Vera’s Will is a novel of tremendous insight, and tremendous import. Shelley Ettinger moves expertly between two compelling voices, between the recent and distant past, between the personal and political, writing with clarity and heart. Too many stories are lost to  history, too many voices are silenced, often the stories and voices we need most. Vera’s Will is not only a deeply moving book, but a gift, and a kind of rescue.”
Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

Vera’s Will spans the twentieth century and three generations, taking us from Russian pogroms to immigrant struggles, from family-ravaging homophobia to GLBT resistance. Ettinger’s captivating story is rich with social and cultural detail, alive with generously-drawn characters, and unflinching in its political passion.”
Ellen Meeropol, author of On Hurricane Island

Vera’s Will is a beautifully written family saga with a twist that tells the parallel stories of a woman and her granddaughter who are both lesbian. Their intersecting stories, one that begins a hundred years ago in Czarist Russia and the other that begins in suburban America, re-create in vivid detail their historical epochs. One is a story of self-sacrifice,
the other is a story of liberation; the author’s great gift is to show us how they intertwine.”
Michael Nava, author of The City of Palaces

Shelley Ettinger was born in Detroit and lives in New York City. She is a longtime activist in the LGBTQ movement and in anti-racist, anti-war and union struggles. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in many literary journals. Vera’s Will is her first novel.”
More info: shelleyettinger.com

Ukip Christians call LGBTQ people ‘depraved sodomites’


This video from Los Angeles in the USA says about itself:

Homophobic Street Preachers Ambushed by Brick Stone @ 2013 Gay Pride Parade

The 2013 L.A. LGBT Pride Parade was protested by Open Air Street Preachers–who it turns out are not the Westboro Baptist Church– declaring that gay marriage is wrong, lesbians are unattractive, and calling West Hollywood’s gay population fat somehow. Brick Stone (comic Dave Sirus) headed over to upset them as best he could.

Shot by Jordan Santos.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Ukip urged to cut ties with Christian group over gay ‘depravity’ comments

Party distances itself from Christian Soldiers of Ukip after newsletter suggests gay people can be converted from state of vice

Rowena Mason, political correspondent

Tuesday 3 February 2015 20.00 GMT

A Ukip-authorised Christian group has been condemned for distributing a newsletter that refers to gay people as depraved sodomites and argues that they could be converted from a state of vice.

On Tuesday night, the party distanced itself from the publication by the Christian Soldiers of Ukip but was facing calls to categorically cut all ties with the group, which holds events annually at the party’s conference and has previously published articles by the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage.

The comments emerged in an article about last year’s Manchester Pride event, which was described in the Christian Soldiers newsletter as an “annual parade of depravity”. It said: “Thousands of people proclaiming their pride in their depravity paraded through the streets watched by multiple thousands of supporters applauding the display of wickedness and seeking to drown out the voices of the few crying in the wilderness.

It went on to suggest that gay people can be “converted” away from their “vice”. “There are those who say that we shouldn’t be witnessing at these events because they are given over by God to this vice as per Romans Chapter 1.

The King James translation of the Bible translates Romans 1 inter alia as:

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Christian fundamentalists in the USA and elsewhere base their calls for punishing homosexuality by the death penalty on this.

The Guardian article continues:

While this is undoubtedly true of many, it is not true of all because homosexuals are being converted. The same could be said of most sinners.

“Please write to Asda and tell them that as a Christian you will no longer shop with them because of their support for the ‘gay march’ in Manchester which took place in front of little children during the day.”

The newsletter drew attention to the presence of police officers and teachers at the parade, suggesting this was inappropriate. “There were two floats representing teachers unions: the NAWT [sic; NASUWT] and the NUT. As the NUT passed the witness, one of their number taunted the Christians over a loudspeaker. He kept repeating: ‘We teach your children.’ One wonders just how many Christians who send their children to state schools are bothered by this. Well they ought to be!”

Ukip has been attempting to stress its openness to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members despite its opposition to same-sex marriage and controversies over homophobic comments made by some associated with the party.

A Ukip spokesman described the Christian Soldiers group as “authorised but not official”, adding: “They do not represent the party or its policies. This leaflet was recently brought to our attention. Authorised groups are not allowed to invent Ukip policy and we do not consider that this leaflet is of an acceptable standard to be associated with the Ukip brand.”

Peter Tatchell, a leading gay rights campaigner, called on the party to go further and discipline those involved in the homophobic remarks. “These intolerant, inflammatory views are very similar to those expressed by the British National Party,” he said. “These opinions are not isolated and they are being repeated by Ukip members all over the country.”

Elizabeth Biddulph, a leading member of Christian Soldiers of Ukip, stood by the group’s decision to publish the article, which she said objected to the way some teachers on the pride march had shouted at Christian protesters. …

She added that the newsletter had a disclaimer on the back making clear that its views should not be taken as those of Ukip and the party had not previously objected to any of its newsletters. Meanwhile, a Ukip general election candidate has quit in relation to an internet posting that referred to gay people as “perverts” and “paedophiles”.

Donald Grewar apologised for his “foolishness” after it was reported that he backed a post about same-sex marriage on the BNP website and another post by the English Defence League calling for “no surrender to militant Islam or political correctness”.