Posts Tagged 'hate speech'

The Strange, Strange Story of the Gay Fascists


Johann Hari
Posted October 21, 2008 | 06:16 PM (EST)

The news that Jorg Haider – the Austrian fascist leader – spent his final few hours in a gay bar with a hot blond has shocked some people. It hasn’t shocked me. This is a taboo topic for a gay left-wing man like me to touch, but there has always been a weird, disproportionate overlap between homosexuality and fascism. Take a deep breath; here goes.

Some 10,000 gay people were slaughtered in the Nazi death-camps. Many more were humiliated, jailed, deported, ethnically cleansed, or castrated. One gay survivor of the camps, LD Classen von Neudegg, has written about his experiences. A snapshot: “Three men had tried to escape one night. They were captured, and when they returned they had the word ‘homo’ scrawled across their clothing. They were placed on a block and whipped. Then they were forced to beat a drum and cheer, ‘Hurrah! We’re back! Hurrah!’ Then they were hanged.” This is one of the milder events documented in his book. Continue reading ‘The Strange, Strange Story of the Gay Fascists’

TheAustralian: Gay couple’s court win sets precedent

April 03, 2009

A HOMOSEXUAL couple has won a landmark anti-vilification case against former Brisbane neighbours who had publicly abused them, calling them “faggots” “poofs” and “girls”.

Tim Wilson and his partner, Shane McCollum, are rebuilding their lives after the Supreme Court of Appeal in Queensland threw out their former neighbour Jean Lawson’s last-ditch legal appeal against paying the men $23,000 in compensation for the abuse.

The case has set a legal precedent for gay rights, and Mr Wilson, 45, told The Australian yesterday it was a huge step forward for human rights. “We made history. We didn’t start out to do that. That wasn’t the intention,” Mr Wilson said.

Last year, Ms Lawson, aged in her 60s, and her son Paul, in his 30s, were ordered to pay the compensation after a bitter, long-running neighbourhood dispute in the outer Brisbane suburb of Logan Central, which was sparked by Ms Lawson’s barking dog.

They were also ordered to publish an apology to Mr Wilson and Mr McCollum, 39, in state and local newspapers.

The decision by Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Tribunal found Ms Lawson and her son had publicly vilified and harassed the couple over their sexuality. Continue reading ‘TheAustralian: Gay couple’s court win sets precedent’

Newpapers forum: Gender confused kids? Who’s confused?

Source: The Newpapers forum

Gender confused kids? Who’s confused?

I read with concern The New Paper’s front-page article on MOE’s ongoing efforts to train teachers to counsel gender-confused kids (TNP. 11 Sep 08).

My question is – do the counselling sessions aim to help the child find his/her true gender identity or influence transgender youth to conform to social norms?

It has long been established internationally that one’s gender identity is distinct from one’s sex at birth. When the two do not match, the individual experiences the medical condition known as “transsexualism”. While I recognise that a sex change operation is not a one-size-fits-all solution for all transsexuals, it is certainly a “natural” and valid recourse for the majority of transsexuals, contrary to the sentiments expressed by Professor Tsoi. And contrary to what Ms Sarah S, a counsellor from NuLife Care and Counselling Services says, male to female transgender children do not necessarily behave the way they do because they lack a masculine father figure in their lives. Has she done a nationwide survey to substantiate her claims? Or is she commenting based on two to three individuals she has counselled? A more important question in light of MOE’s initiative – is she one of their trained counsellors? Continue reading ‘Newpapers forum: Gender confused kids? Who’s confused?’

Indonesia: Anti-gay campaign sweeps Jakarta

Source:  Website – Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific
Date: Not precisely dated, probably July 2008

Indonesia: Anti-gay campaign sweeps Jakarta

According to Rido Triawan, the chairperson of Arus Pelangi (“Rainbow Current”), an Indonesian LGBTI rights organisation, a new anti-gay and lesbian campaign is sweeping Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, in the wake of hysterical media coverage about a so-called “Gay mutilation murder case”.

Verry Idam Henyansyah, better known as “Ryan” confessed to the murder and mutilation of a gay man, Heri Santoso, in Jakarta a few weeks ago. He has subsequently confessed to 10 other murders. Continue reading ‘Indonesia: Anti-gay campaign sweeps Jakarta’

Two held in Gambia on gay charges

Source: BBC
3 June 2008

Two held in Gambia on gay charges

Two Spanish men have been arrested in The Gambia accused of making homosexual advances to taxi drivers, police say.

Last month, President Yahya Jammeh’s threatened to behead gay people at a political rally and said they had 24 hours to leave the country.

He promised “stricter laws than Iran” on homosexuality and said he would “cut off the head” of any gay person. Continue reading ‘Two held in Gambia on gay charges’

Inside the broken lives of Orchard Road’s ladyboys

Editor’s note: This is a two-part feature in The New Paper. The second part is below in the same post.

Source: The New Paper
11 June 2007

Inside the broken lives of Orchard Road’s ladyboys
Dad left family because of me
By Mindy Tan

When Selina, 27, begins putting on makeup at home, there are no questions from mum about the outing or trivial chatter about what hairstyle is best.

Selina’s mother can’t bear to look at her own child – the womanly face, arched eyebrows, long lashes and lipstick belong to a side of her child that she doesn’t want to know.

You see, Selina is a transvestite. Continue reading ‘Inside the broken lives of Orchard Road’s ladyboys’

Africa and homosexuality: In denial

The Economist magazine
12 April 2007

Africa and homosexuality: In denial

Anglican divisions are a reminder that homophobia in Africa is still the norm

IN A nice twist of missionary history, several of America’s oldest and richest Anglican parishes now claim to be under the authority of African bishops. The issue that has led them to renounce their own national leadership is homosexuality; some of the minority of Anglicans (or Episcopalians) who object to gay bishops in American dioceses are aligning with conservatives in Africa. Continue reading ‘Africa and homosexuality: In denial’