Homophobia

Dinesh D'Souza Just Tweeted the Most Disgusting Thing about The Florida High School Tragedy

Dinesh D'Souza, a quote unquote "filmmaker" and "author" has lit up Twitter like a Christmas Tree with his disgusting and absolutely deplorable response to the aftermath of the Florida High School tragedy.

Buzzfeed shared an article of some of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the school where former student Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 students and faculty and injured many others, reacting to Florida lawmakers voting down a bill that would ban assault weapons in front of school shooting survivors.

This was his response...

Of course this tweet, which has now made his name trend on Twitter at this very hour, has been blasted by several other users, one in particular saying "Actually, the worst news since they saw their classmates murdered by high power assault style weapons."  

As a reminder, Dinesh is also a major homophobe. He outed members of his universities GSA back in the early 80's, as well as published stolen files. And why did he do this?  He claimed he just wanted to make sure they weren't using university funding for "gay parties, gay orgies, or whatever."

Class act man, class act. 

An 11-Year-Old Lost His Best Friend Because He's Gay

One mother shared the disheartening story of her 11-year-old son losing a friend because he’s gay.

Lori Duron acted as a guest writer for the Huffington Post and shared the story of her 11-year-old son C.J.

Lori shared that her son C.J. used to have a best friend named Allie. Together, the kids bonded over make-up and talking about cute boys.

But things changed after Allie’s parents got mad at her reading Lori’s blog, which discusses gender non-conformity, and attended his birthday party attended by other gay people.

Then a few days ago, C.J. told his mother on the drive home from school that the two weren’t friends anymore.

“She just said it. She said her family doesn’t hang out with gay people, so she can’t hang out with me. She says I’m the only gay person she knows, and she doesn’t want to know me. She says that all of our friends will be her friends now because she is more popular than I am.”

As C.J.’s mother put together, Allie’s family were ok with C.J. being what she calls gender-creative, but they aren’t ok with him being gay.

If some of you think C.J. is too young to call himself gay, Lori says that he has the right to say, or not say, whatever he wants about his own sexuality.

"At this point in his life, C.J. doesn’t talk much about his sexual orientation. He’s not yet a romantic or sexual being; he’s an 11-year old boy with lots of time to figure out who he is attracted to while having our unconditional love and support. When he does talk about it, sometimes he says he’s gay. Sometimes he says he’s half gay and half bisexual. Sometimes he says, ‘I’m just me!"

As flexible and understanding as C.J. and Lori both are about his sexuality and self-expression, the loss of a friend took a major hit on C.J.’s psyche and Lori’s parenting.

Having a sad and confused child is always hard, but having to address issues of homophobia proved to be the hardest task yet for Lori Duron.

You can read more about how she handled the situation and how C.J. is doing by reading the article at the Huffington Post.

Homophobic Religious Videos Part of 'Be Courageous' Campaign

A series of videos are circulating promoting anti-gay gospel from a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The videos, which are homophobic in nature, are set to be shown at the “Be Courageous!” Convention for JWs which teach to stand up against members of the LGBTQ community—because the bible tells you so.

The videos have been leaked and are now circulating and causing fear and disappointment that the millions of people who will watch these videos are being told that intolerance toward others due to religious belief isn’t considered ‘hate speech’.

In everyday situations, including work, at home, and at school, the videos depict scenarios where folks should be able to denounce homosexuality in the name of God. I guess keeping your opinions to yourself is being thrown out the window. This is the type of behavior that incites hatred and causes division in families, friendships, and communities.

Take a look at the two of the videos that are part of the series here:

 

 

 

 

There’s even this animated version that targets children, but is still pretty cut throat under all those pretty colors. I mean, no gays in the eternal paradise? It won't be fabulous at all!

 

 

Football Player Comes Out to His Team On Camera

BBC correspondent and grassroots football (soccer) player from the UK, Richie Anderson, has been working on a project to spread awareness on homophobia within his sport.

What his teammates simply thought was a report on grassroots football, turned into a serious conversation about homophobia among the team. The way Anderson did this was by leaving it all out there and coming out as a gay man to his teammates. The teammates, although surprised, were incredibly supportive.

When Anderson shares with them as he chokes up:

One of the big issues that we’ve looked this week. Sorry. It’s really close to my heart–it’s homophobia in football. And the reason why that means a lot to me is I’m a gay footballer. I just wanted to be open and honest because with you lot it’s just been class. This is really hard for me to do now.

The room bursts into applause, commending Anderson for his strength to be honest in a room full of his peers. He receives praise for having the courage to come out to as a teammate for a sport that sees a great deal of homophobia in and off the field.

Congratulations, Richie! Now hit the showers!

Here’s the video:

 

Deadly Stats Remind Us That Brazil's One Of The Most Dangerous Places For LGBTQ People

New reports are coming in to remind us that Brazil has the most recorded incidents of violence towards LGBTQ people in the world.

The numbers in question come from a report by Grupo Gay de Bahia and they state that in 2017 there were 387 homicides dude to homophobia/transphobia. This is a 30% increase from the 327 deaths in 2016. In addition the report also says that there were 58 suicides in 2017.

While many of us say we want to visit Brazil, like when that video of the four men making out at a festival parade broke out, many of us forget how dangerous Brazil is for LGBTQ people.

While having marriage equality, legal recognition of trans people, and multiple festivals/parade where all kinds of fun happens, Brazil simultaneously is world renown for its anit-gay violence. In fact, the country makes up 40% of the worlds recorded incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence.

We've reported on multiple incidents of violence and anti-gay rhetoric in Brazil.

For instance, a teenager was stabbed and buried by his own mother last January because he was gay.

Brazil’s court system ruled in favor of conversion therapy back in September.

And a gay homeless man was burned alive while he slept in an empty parking lot at the end of the year.

All of this is to say that we should always remember just how dangerous Brazil can be for LGBTQ people. Don’t let its good side make you forget the bad.

h/t: NewNowNext

Indonesian Police Arrested Two Men Over A Leaked Gay Sex Tape

In a time when Indonesia is cracking down on gay and bisexual men, a gay sex video was somehow uploaded online. As you might guess, things didn’t end well for the two men starring in the video.

Police in the city of Depok, arrested the two men this past Saturday after a random citizen reported the video to authorities.

“They have been arrested and detained," Depok police spokesman Putu Kholis Aryana told AFP.

"We will apply the law on pornography and the electronic information and transactions (ITE) law."

While homosexuality and gay sex are legal in Indonesia, except for in the highly religious Aceh province, there is an ever growing toxic attitude towards gay men in the country.

As such, the police have been cracking down on gay and bisexual men while using other laws to excuse their actions.

This includes multiple raids on “gay sex” parties with the exuse of having sex in (semi) public, the deletion of gay apps from phone services with the excuse of the general public having access to them, and now the imprisonment of these two men because of a gay sex tape from who knows how long ago.

Our thoughts go out to gay and bisexual men in Indonesia, and we will keep you updated on the situation there.

h/t: Rappler

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.

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