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Below are all the articles contained in the latest issue of The Pink Humanist with links added.
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  • Cash that would have gone to LGBT History Month helps instead to build a Humanist classroom in Uganda, writes BARRY DUKE, editor of The Pink Humanist. UGANDAN tabloids are notorious for their lurid anti-gay headlines, such as the one above, but, so far, I have not seen one declaring “Godless
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  • Human rights campaigner PETER TATCHELL explains why he supports Christian bakers IN MAY 2014 Gareth Lee enters Ashers Bakery in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He wants a cake depicting Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie below the motto “Support Gay Marriage” for an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia. Ashers,
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  • BACK in January 2016, The UN rights office urged Malawi to protect LGBTI people after it quoted a Malawian political party spokesman as saying gay and lesbian people were “worse than dogs” and should be killed. According to this report, Kenneth Msonda, a spokesman for the People’s Party, one of
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  • How did a man who did so much to advance gay rights become a darling of the ‘gay cure’ brigade? Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE poses the question. WHEN the BBC reported that Robert Spitzer, the influential American psychiatrist credited with establishing a modern classification of mental disorders, had died
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  • In the autumn 1998 edition of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist, ANDY ARMITAGE argued that the disestablishment of the Church of England is just as necessary as the reform of the House of Lords It should not have come as any surprise to us, of course. Even before our elected
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  • A short story by JACK HASTIE IALDABAOTH, the presiding demiurge, was in the chair. The accused, Yahweh, in the dock. The clerk of the court read out the indictment: you are charged firstly with GENOCIDE; Namely that (1) in 1556 anno mundi you wilfully destroyed the entire human race, with
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  • INDIA, the world’s largest democratic country, has a population of 1.3 billion people. And if the website Insidermonkey is to be believed one out of every 14 men in the country is gay. But religious fanaticism is still proving a major stumbling block on the path towards a more liberal
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  • STUART HARTILL reviews TERRY SANDERSON’S The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual: Memoirs of an Unlikely activist TERRY Sanderson, right, was born into a close, loving Rotherham mining family just as the Welfare State was being established. He is known throughout the British gay and secular communities, amongst many other things
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  • ONE of my favourite black comedies is Harold and Maude, a movie based on a book written by the late gay screenwriter and activist Colin Higgins and I was delighted to learn that Higgins’s novel has been re-released, and that the royalties will benefit a host of LGBT charities. The
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  • THE BBC doesn’t do atheism – unless it’s forced to. And then only through gritted teeth. This again became apparent a few weeks back during an edition of Radio 4’s Great Lives devoted to the celebrated US essayist and novelist, James Baldwin, above, who died in 1987. Baldwin was nominated
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The Pink Humanist is a 16-page quarterly magazine launched by the PINK TRIANGLE TRUST in 2011 and edited by veteran gay journalist and photographer, Barry Duke, who lives in Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca.

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A black day for gay rights in India

INDIA'S top court today upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights, according to the BBC.

The court said it was up now up to parliament to legislate on the issue.

The ruling has been welcomed by religious groups, particularly leaders of India's Muslim and Christian communities, who had challenged the 2009 Delhi High Court ruling which had described Section 377 as discriminatory and said gay sex between consenting adults should not be treated as a crime.

INDIA'S top court today upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights, according to the BBC.

The court said it was up now up to parliament to legislate on the issue.

The ruling has been welcomed by religious groups, particularly leaders of India's Muslim and Christian communities, who had challenged the 2009 Delhi High Court ruling which had described Section 377 as discriminatory and said gay sex between consenting adults should not be treated as a crime.

Zafaryab Jilani, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board said:

The Supreme Court has upheld the century-old traditions of India. The court is not suppressing any citizen, instead it is understanding the beliefs and values of the large majority of the country.

According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial law, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and punishable by a 10-year jail term.

Correspondents say although the law has rarely – if ever – been used to prosecute anyone for consensual sex, it has often been used by the police to harass homosexuals.

Also, in deeply conservative India, homosexuality is a taboo and many people still regard same-sex relationships as illegitimate.

The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi says some politicians have spoken out against the court decision – but many believe it is going to be difficult for them to take on the anti-gay lobby.

"It is up to parliament to legislate on this issue," Justice GS Singhvi, the head of the two-judge Supreme Court bench, said in today's ruling, which came on his last day before retiring.

The Supreme Court ruling has come as a huge surprise for activists who have described it as "retrograde" and say this is "a black day" for gay rights in India.

They have campaigned for years for acceptance in India's deeply conservative society and many have vowed to carry on the fight for "their constitutional right".

Nobody expected the Supreme Court, often seen as a last recourse for citizens faced with an unresponsive government, to reverse an order many had hailed as a landmark.

As Justice GS Singhvi announced the order, activists and members of the gay and lesbian community present outside the court began crying and hugging each other.

Some asked if after the court ruling, they had become criminals.

India's Law Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters the government would respect the ruling but did not say whether there were plans to amend the law. Correspondents say any new legislation is unlikely soon –general elections are due next year.

Gay rights activists have described Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling as "disappointing" and said they will approach the court to review its decision.

Arvind Narrain, a lawyer for the Alternative Law Forum gay rights group, told reporters.

Such a decision was totally unexpected from the top court. It is a black day.We are very angry about this regressive decision of the court.

G Ananthapadmanabhan of Amnesty International India said in a statement:

This decision is a body-blow to people's rights to equality, privacy and dignity. It is hard not to feel let down by this judgement, which has taken India back several years in its commitment to protect basic rights.

 

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