Homophobia

Gay Couple Sues Printing Company For Sending Anti-Gay Pamphlets Instead Of Wedding Programs

A gay couple is suing a printing company that sent them anti-gay messages in their pamphlets instead of the gay wedding programs they paid them for.

The couple, who are currently residing in Australia, got married in Pennsylvania this past September.

At that time, they were horrified to find that the package that was supposed to contain information like the order of events, members of the wedding party, and lyrics to the Above & Beyond song Treasure actually contained “hateful, discriminatory and anti-gay messages” as the lawsuit explains.

One of those messages read, “Satan knows our flesh is weak. He preys upon our weaknesses to tempt us to sin. Satan can only influence us to want to sin. He cannot make us sin.”

Even worse, they received those messages just a day before their wedding.

31-year-old Heasley and 39-year-old Borg hope that their lawsuit, which was filed this Tuesday (Jan 16), will spread the message that “there will be consequences for acts of hate.”

“At first we thought it was simply a mistake, and we had accidentally received someone else’s order,” the pair wrote in an email to Yahoo! Lifestyle. “But once we saw the images and actually read a bit of the pamphlet, we quickly realized this wasn’t a simple or innocent error."

They added: “Both of our initial reactions were ones of shock … utter shock. The wording and imagery was aggressive, threatening, and deeply personally offensive. This was by far the most direct, personal, and aggressive act of homophobia either of us has experienced to date.”

Meanwhile, Vistaprint’s officials are saying they're currently conducting an internal investigation into the incident.

Sara Nash, a spokesperson for Vistapoint, also spoke to Yahoo and said:

“Vistaprint would never discriminate against customers for their sexual orientation. We pride ourselves on being a company that celebrates diversity and enables customers all over the world to customize products for their special events. We have just been made aware of this incident in the last few hours. We understand how upsetting it would be for anyone to receive materials such as these the night before their wedding and we have immediately launched an internal investigation. Until we have had the opportunity to complete our investigation, we cannot comment further.”

Gay BBC Reporter Targeted By Homophobic Trolls On Social Media

A BBC News and 5News reporter and television host is sharing the homophobic hate he’s receiving online.

Ben Hunte was the tv host and presenter for Gay Britannia on the BBC last year. In that special, he was the face that talked about the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Unfortunately, that spotlight on him and his sexuality has also raised a large target on his back for homophobic demons on social media.

But Hunte wasn’t going to let the haters and evil demons of the internet win, so he decided to spotlight them.

In a tweet, Hunter captioned the line, “Back in London aaand back to receiving daily online abuse… Do you clap-back or just ignore it?!”

Attached to that tweet was a screenshot of some of the homophobes who were attacking Hunte constantly.

Hunte also continued to share the hate that he was receiving in these social media comments and shared his thoughts on the matter.

For instance, in one tweet he said, “Some of my closest BME gay friends are no longer with us because of this kind of hate. It needs to be stopped, but for reasons you mentioned, I doubt it will! Hot mess ignorance.”

Unfortunately, spotlighting the hate won’t end it all, but at least now Hunte will gain some allies and support to help fight off the demons.

Security Forces Capture Isis Executioner Who Killed Many Gay Men

Thousands of LGBTQ people have been living in fear in countries like Iraq and Syria due to the presence of the homophobic and anti-LGBTQ group ISIS.

That said, US forces in Iraq have captured an ISIS member notorious for murdering LGBTQ people.

The man in question is named Abu Omer and was a senior executioner known for the alias “White Beard.” Omer controlled the Iraqi city of Mosul until last year when security forces won it back from his power.

Despite city now crawling with his enemies, Omer chose to stay and hide out in a safe house within.

As The Times reports, Omer was recently found and captured on January 1.

Unfortunately, even if Omer has been found, the terrorist group ISIS is still strong and gay men are being murdered constantly in cities under their control.

As US Lieutenant General Paul Funk stated, the city of Mosul and the country of Iraq are still volatile and at the mercy of an unbalanced power struggle.

“The conditions remain present for Daesh to return, and only through coalition and international efforts can the defeat become permanent.”

h/t: PinkNews

Newspaper Prints Homophobic Slur In Writer's Byline

A reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press, Paul Gonzalez, who wrote an article about last-minute Christmas Shopping was the victim of a bad homophobic joke by another staffer. The writer's last name "Gonzalez" was changed to "Gayzalez" and after the words News-Press, the word "Faggoat" appeared. The story ran in the paper on Christmas Day, but the online version of the byline was not changed.

According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the Donald Katich, Director of Operations at SBNP issued a statement in response to the tasteless action:

In Monday’s News-Press, one of our employees changed another employee’s byline to reflect an offensive slur. The News-Press has taken immediate and swift action with this employee; we do not tolerate any form of harassment in the workplace. We apologize to our readers.

Kitach also commented to SF Gate with:

It was a very poor decision made by an employee who is no longer in a position to make that same mistake. The employee is represented by the Teamsters. There is a process we are obligated to follow when it comes to discipline or termination. The employee is no longer in the building.

Gonzalez has been approached by various media outlets and has refused to go deeper than mentioning that he is not the one who made that edit to his byline. He has also not made any public comments on social media and has deactivated his Twitter account.

Unrelated: The News-Press is known for being the only California newspaper to endorse Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.

Homophobic Parent Shuts Down Anti-Homophobia Workshop

The Sherbrooke, Quebec school board stopped a series of anti-homophobia workshops after a father complained to the school, other parents and the school board. The school in Sherbrooke has scheduled four workshops with group Prima Danse, "a non-profit organization who uses dance as a means for social intervention and as a way to adopt a healthy lifestyle with different clientele."

During the second workshop in the series, Prima Danse members showed an image of former Montreal Alouette safety Étienne Boulay and former Montreal Impact player David Testo in a close embrace. The image was part of a photographic exhibition by Olivier Ciappa called Imaginary Couples and was meant to demonstrate acceptance since Boulay is straight and Testo is Gay.

After the workshop, the father of a sixth grader who attended the presentation approached the school to stop all workshops because his child was embarrassed after viewing the image.

Katrina Journeau, director of Prima Danse, told CBC the fahter went to different lengths to get his point across:

The father, that night, called other parents, called the school board, and went in-person in the morning to speak with the teacher in question and tell them in-person everything that was on his mind.

The father also said sixth-graders shouldn't be hearing about homosexuality.

The anti-homophobia workshops have been provided over 50 times by Prima Danse and this is the first time there has been any opposition to the series.

The Sherbrooke school board has promised to revisit its relationship with Prima Danse in 2018, meanwhile they are looking into the matter more closely.

Homophobic News Station Wants To Stop The Thriving Gay Culture

A TV news station is saying that watching porn is spreading gay culture and making viewers gay.

Leading regional channel TV9 Telugu in India recently tried to expose "the spread of homosexuality" in a segment called “Gay Culture on the Rise in Telugu States.”

The segment originally aired on December 25. In addition, several sites are reporting that the segment was shared on the news station’s Youtube channel, but it seems the video has since been taken down.

At the start of the segment, the anchor declared:

 “The gay culture in western countries, is now increasing in the Telugu states. A large number of youngsters are now turning homosexual.”

"What is the reason for the increase of this gay culture?” she asks, “What are doctors saying?"

The anchor then turns it over to a reporter who asks more questions like, “Are mental health problems the reason behind people turning gay?”

But possibly the worst thing is when the channel interviewed two anonymous doctors.

One anonymous doctor seemed alright and only persisted that gay men should commit to safe sex in order to prevent contracting STDs.

The other doctor sadly went in the other direction.

As The News Minute reports:

“According to him, there are two things to be considered while 'dealing' with homosexual persons. The first being ‘trapping’ and ‘luring’ passive people into thinking that being gay is alright and okay. And the second are the Internet, social media and pornography.” 

But it gets even worse. The news story then gave information for organizations that treat people who identify as gay and asked viewers to help stop the spread of gay culture.

“There is a need for youth to restrain from getting attracted to same sex, and they should be extremely cautious about the changes in the society or else the gay culture will further thrive,” it says.

As you can imagine, several people were upset by this discriminatory message presented by a well-known news agency.

“The general public learns from the media. They assume that the media is telling them the right things, and will agree with TV9 when it pushes homophobic content like this," said Abhishek from Queer Campus Hyderabad, an agglomeration of LGBTQ allies in the city.

"It is the responsibility of media persons to research and understand the issue that they are talking about before broadcasting such content.”

London Man Jailed For Breaking A Gay Man's Leg

A London man has gone to jail for breaking another man’s leg simply because he was gay.

29-year-old Kamil Wladyslaw Snios (seen above) was recently found guilty of slapping, beating, and kicking a 36-year-old man in Tottenham, North London.

The victim, who’s chosen to remain anonymous to the press, and a friend were shopping around on July 16th when he was approached by Snios. Snios shouted at the two in Polish before he physically attacked them.

Eventually, the 36-year-old man found himself on the ground being kicked while his friend was slapped. Then, Snios stole a pack of cigarettes from the victim as a “trophy” to show-off to his friends.

Afterwards, the man was moved to a North London Hospital where he was treated for four fractures to his right leg.

Later, officers found and arrested Snios. That’s when Snios made homophobic remarks and said his attack was based on homophobia.

Again, Snios was found guilty for the attack and has been sentence to 10 years in prison.

As the Evening Standard reports:

Detective Constable Mark Nicholls from Haringey CID said, “We are pleased to have secured this sentencing for a needless, unprovoked and sustained assault that left the victim seriously injured and frightened.”

“It is evident that the Met will not tolerate homophobic attacks and will work to bring offenders to justice.”

Kentucky Judge Who Refused Gay Adoptions Skipped His Disciplinary Hearing

Mitchell Nance is a Kentucky family judge who’s in trouble for turning away gay parents.

In April, Nance messaged lawyers to tell him if any adoption cases involved gay parents so that he could avoid then. He said that he wouldn’t get involved in cases that involved gay parents because “under no circumstance” would the best interest of the child be promoted by the adoption of a practicing homosexual.”

As you might imagine, a lot of people had a problem with this. This includes the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission which deemed that Nance’s actions violated multiple ethics codes.

As the Lexington Herald Leader surmises:

“Those included rules that require judges to uphold standards of conduct, comply with the law and act in ways that promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. Judges are barred from showing bias or prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.”

That said, Nance’s defense team says that his actions were religious based and also logical. By separating himself from adoption cases with gay parents, he gave the parents an equal chance without his bias stopping them.

Despite that, controversy proceeded Nance until he eventually announced his resignation in October. Then, he asked the commission to dismiss the case seeing as he’d quit.

But Steve Woltnize, the chairmen of the commission, said, “Whether Judge Nance appears or not, we are required to conduct a hearing.”

And guess what? He didn’t show up.

Mitchell Nance and his defense team didn’t show up to the hearing in Lexington, Kentucky. Again though, his presence wasn’t needed and it isn’t out of the usual for a judge not to be present, especially if he resigned earlier.

The hearing however did go through, for only 10 minutes, and Nance was found guilty of misconduct. That said, his retirement makes any punishment a moot point besides publicly announcing his wrongdoing.

As the order stated, "due to respondent's retirement, a public reprimand is warranted, and is the only public sanction available."

Homophobic Oregon Councilman Avoids Confrontation About Child Pornography

In October we wrote about a councilmember from Echo, Oregon who had an online feud with gay documentary filmmaker Joe Wilson. Lou Nakapalau voiced his disgust for Wilson’s documentary Kumu Hina, insulting the filmmaker and saying he wished Wilson would “croak of AIDS” and “I’ll spit on your grave”.

Since the incident, Nakapalau has been under investigation and it was discovered that he was arrested in 1999 in Clark County, Washington because he was in possession of child pornography. According to YakTriNews, a probable cause report from the case stated the following:

I observed ten video images, depicting females engaged in masturbation and oral sex. Each picture shows females that have not developed breast, or pubic hair, appearing to be under 13 years of age.

In 2000, Nakapalau was arrested and he was sentenced to 540 days in jail for nine counts of possessing child pornography. Nakapalau served only 60 days and paid $1,310 in court fees in addition to $1,200 for a psycho-sexual evaluation plus 12 months of community supervision.

At a council meeting this week, Nakapalau was approached by a reporter from KAPP-KVEW asking him to comment on his previous record and his volunteer work with kids in the community. Nakapalau immediately left the council chambers saying “No comment.”

Here’s the video of the incident:

Mayor of Echo, Jeanne Hampton, mentioned she could not make any statements on Nakapalau’s previous conviction and that there were no offenses on record in Echo.

Further investigation into Nakapalau’s past, however, has uncovered an incident in Morrow County where Nakapalau was accused of Harassment Offensive Physical Contact against an underage victim in 2005.

Hmmmm, the plot thickens for the homophobic local politician.

Hampton has stated that further action on Nakapalau’s position on Echo city council would be up to a public vote after a formal complaint is filed. It would take at least a 50 percent approval to take action against this councilmember who does so much volunteer work with the youth and people of Echo, OR.

Teen on London Tube Strangled & Forced To Apologize For Being Gay

Police are currently looking for two men who attacked a gay teenager on a London tube in October.

On October 21 around 11:10 pm, two men boarded the Jubilee line and starting spurting homophobic slurs at a 19-year-old and his friends.

The friends didn’t take the insults standing down but that only added fuel to the situation and the two aggressors became more hostile. One of the two then grabbed the 19-year-old into a headlock to strangle him.

A British Transport Police spokesperson later retold the events:

“The second offender took the victim’s phone and verbally abused him again, also making threats to stab him.”

“They demanded the victim apologize for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to breathe. They then let him go and handed back his phone and a fight ensued between the victim’s friends and the offenders.”

Officers do have footage of the event and ask that if anyone recognizes the people in the images, to call and help with the investigation. If you think you know them, call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 273 of 1/12.

The spokesperson later added, “Hate crime will not be tolerated by British Transport Police. We believe that everyone has the right to travel safety.”

“We won’t tolerate behavior where someone is targeted because they are perceived to be different, or made to feel uncomfortable on their journey.”

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