BREAKING: Arizona Governer Jan Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

Jan Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

A bill passed by Republican senators that would have allowed businesses to legally refuse service to LGBT customers on religious grounds has been vetoed by the governor of Arizona.

The bill had been strongly condemned world-wide as homophobic because it legalises discrimination based on sexual orientation. Yesterday in an MSNBC interview, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped Jan Brewer would to “do that right thing” and veto the bill. This sentiment was also echoed by numerous businesses such as Delta Airlines, Apple, American Airlines and Marriott. The NFL also threatened to withdraw the 2015 Super Bowl from Arizona if the bill were signed into law, as it would break their non-discriminatory policy.

Although this will be a relief to Arizona’s LGBT citizens, Missouri has introduced a similar bill to allow businesses to discriminate against gay people on religious grounds.

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Prime Minister of Uganda signs Anti-Homosexuality Bill into Law

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The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was signed into law today by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

  • It will extend the existing penalty of life imprisonment for gay sex to all other same-sex behaviour. This therefore could include the mere touching of another person of the same sex with the intent to have a homosexual relationship
  •  Contracting a same-sex marriage will be punishable by life imprisonment
  • ‘Promoting’ homosexuality and ‘aiding and abetting’ others to commit homosexual acts will be punishable by 5-7 years in jail. These new penalties are likely to be used against those who are involved in LGBT organisations, including volunteers that provide counselling of LGBT persons and provide them with condoms and safe sex advice
  • A person in authority who fails to report the breaking of these laws to the police within 24 hours will be sentenced to three years in jail
  • The new legislation also means that Ugandan citizens or foreign residents of Uganda who break these laws while abroad – even in countries where same-sex activity is legal – will be subjected to extradition, trial and punishment in Uganda

The bill, submitted by Member of Parliament David Bahati in October 2009, had been condemned world-wide with US President Barack Obama calling it “odious”. It also originally proposed the death penalty in circumstances where minors were involved – this has been replaced by life imprisonment. Over one million people had signed a petition calling for the Ugandan government to drop the law entirely.

Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands have already cut aid to Uganda following the singing of this bill. Instead, they will redirecting money to human rights groups instead of the government. In doing this, their foreign aid won’t be spent on the persecution of LGBT people. Britain had already withdrawn its aid to the government last year, in response to Uganda’s homophobic government.

WW2 Hero Alan Turing Recieves Pardon for Homosexuality Conviction

Alan Turing

Alan Turing, convicted in 1952 for homosexuality, has today received a royal pardon by Queen Elizabeth II.

Turing is widely known as a World War II hero after helping to decipher German Naval Enigma codes. However, after being convicted of homosexuality and being forced by the government to undergo chemical castration, he lost his security clearance so was prevented from continuing his code-breaking work. Turing committed suicide in June 1954 by cyanide poisoning.

The pardon was request by Justice Minister Chris Gray who said, “His later life was overshadowed by his conviction for homosexual activity, a sentence we would now consider unjust and discriminatory and which has now been repealed.

Turing deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science. A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man.”

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell stated, “I pay tribute to the government for ensuring Alan Turing has a royal pardon at last but I do think it’s very wrong that other men convicted of exactly the same offence are not even being given an apology, let alone a royal pardon.

“At least 50,000 other men were convicted of the same offence, of so-called gross indecency, which is simply a sexual act between men with consent.”

In December 2011, a government e-petition received more than 34,000 signatures but was denied by the then justice secretary, Lord McNally, who said Turing was “properly convicted” for what was at the time a criminal offence.

In August 2009, a petition was also started to demand a pardon. However, it only resulted in an apology from the then prime minister, Gordon Brown, who said Turing’s conviction for his homosexuality was “appalling”.

Uganda Passes Bill Making Homosexuality Punishable by Life Imprisonment

Gay Rights in Africa

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was passed by the Parliament of Uganda today. The Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi must now sign it for it to become law. Here’s a breakdown of what will happen if the bill becomes law:

  • It will extend the existing penalty of life imprisonment for gay sex to all other same-sex behaviour. This therefore could include the mere touching of another person of the same sex with the intent to have a homosexual relationship
  •  Contracting a same-sex marriage will be punishable by life imprisonment
  • ‘Promoting’ homosexuality and ‘aiding and abetting’ others to commit homosexual acts will be punishable by 5-7 years in jail. These new penalties are likely to be used against those who are involved in LGBT organisations, including volunteers that provide counselling of LGBT persons and provide them with condoms and safe sex advice
  • A person in authority who fails to report the breaking of these laws to the police within 24 hours will be sentenced to three years in jail
  • The new legislation also means that Ugandan citizens or foreign residents of Uganda who break these laws while abroad – even in countries where same-sex activity is legal – will be subjected to extradition, trial and punishment in Uganda

The bill, submitted by Member of Parliament David Bahati in October 2009, had been condemned world-wide with US President Barack Obama calling it “odious”. It also originally proposed the death penalty in circumstances where minors were involved – this has been replaced by life imprisonment. Over one million people have signed a petition calling for the Ugandan government to drop the law entirely.

David Bahati has previously said that children were ‘recruited’ by homosexuals. This claim that sexuality can be changed by human intervention has been widely dismissed by the medical community, including both the American Medical and Psychiatric Association. He also claims it is western influence that is responsible for homosexuality in Uganda. Ironically, the homophobic laws that exist across Africa are remnants of colonial rule. Therefore, it is homophobia, not homosexuality, that has been introduced by the west.

The openly gay American journalist Rachel Maddow conducted an interview with Mr. Bahati in December 2010. This can be seen below.

Further evidence of Uganda’s extreme conservative ideology is yesterdays passing of an Anti-Pornography Bill that bans miniskirts.

In January 2011 Uganda’s most prominent gay activist, David Kato, was found bludgeoned to death after his photograph was published in Rolling Stone. The Ugandan magazine had a reputation for publishing the photos, names and addresses of people believed to be LGBT with such headlines as “Hang Them”

United Nations Video on LGBT Rights already Outdated

On the 9th December 2013, the United Nations published a video to mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.

The video focuses on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across the world. Although showing progress on issues such as discrimination, it highlights the fact that 76 countries still criminalise same-sex relations. Unfortunately, this figure is already out of date due to India’s recent Supreme Court ruling that re-criminalised same-sex relationships, increasing the number to 77.

This also doesn’t take into account Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law, which ultimately bans the discussion of homosexuality in public and prevents LGBT support services for people under the age of 18.

Introduction – The Gay Facts

thegayfacts.com is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve decided to create this website to make up for what I believe other LGBT support sites lack – science!

I’ve found myself surprised that the science of homosexuality is rarely mentioned because it is fascinating. It is also very grounding. Homosexuality has yet to be fully explained – it’s still a bit of a mystery. This can make being LGBT or having an LGBT family member or friend confusing, and unfortunately sometimes distressing.

However, this doesn’t mean we know nothing about the subject. Infact, we know a fair bit – atleast enough to know that homosexuality is highly unlikely to be a choice, that differences in biology are from birth and that there’s even evidence for it being a useful behaviour that evolution has selected for. The prevalence of homosexuality is high enough that it cannot be explained by saying ‘something has gone wrong’. Instead it suggests an underlying benefit that causes homosexuality to persist in human populations. It’s also nothing new – the history of homosexuality dates back thousands of years and is also found in hundreds of other animals species.

I plan to cover various aspects of homosexuality such as; demographics, biology, evolution, global gay rights and perhaps even religion. This will require researching scientific literature so it’ll be some time before this content is complete – hopefully my recent biology degree has equipped me with the ability to do this! I’d also like to try my hand at creating info-graphics as they’re a great way of presenting information. So bear in mind that everything is a work in progress and it’s a one man project. Any feedback will be gladly received – there’s a handy form at the end of this post.

To put it simply, everyone needs to know the gay facts. I hope that this website will provide a reliable source of information to anyone out there who wants to truly know about homosexuality.

Knowledge is power and together we can rid the world of prejudice.

Stay tuned!

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