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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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  • Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE hits out at those who insist that terrorists such as Omar Mateen, above, who killed 49 people at the gay club, are ‘aberrant’ Muslims, and who flatly refuse to acknowledge the fact that Islam itself is an aberration, a ghastly, inhumane ideology bent on destroying
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  • YANG Tuck Yoong, senior pastor of Singapore’s Community Church, earlier this year expressed outrage over a promotional video released by Pink Dot SG – a non-profit LGBT organisation – featuring lesbian pastor Pauline Ong, right, of the Free Community Church. The video infuriated Yoong, who said in a blog post
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  • US District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez, who decided earlier this year that Puerto Rico should maintain it gay marriage ban, has been overruled by the federal appeals court which stated that the ban was “unconstitutional”. “The district court’s ruling errs in so many respects that it is hard to know
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  • THE LGBT humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT), publishers of The Pink Humanist, has warmly welcomed the French gay activist Louis-Georges Tin as a patron. Louis-Georges Tin is a professor of literature at the University of Orléans. In 2005, he launched the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), now celebrated
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  • MUCH to the fury of the Catholic Church, Italy voted to allow civil unions on May 11. This prompted Archbishop Michele Pennisi, a member of the Italian Bishops’ Conference to say “there is a large part of the country that did not want this law passed”. The new law was
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  • Victor Pemberton. Photo: Barry Duke   LET me tell you about something about the sonic screwdriver. Of all the contraptions conceived in 20th century science fiction, Doctor Who’s gizmo was the one single object that ignited in me a lifelong passion for all manner of technological doohickeys. To prove my
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  • STILL bathing in the afterglow of Benidorm’s Pink Weekend in May, on June 10 I hooked up with Sammy Kruz, a member of the team that organises Pride and other related events in Benidorm. I needed some information from him to complete an article I was writing about the event
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  • At the beginning of 2016, the Kenyan authorities took a bold step by registering the Atheists in Kenya Society as a legal entity. But in the face of religious opposition, within months they suspended the registration. In this article, LEO IGWE, prominent Nigerian sceptic and human rights campaigner, reports on
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  • FOR the summer 2001 edition of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist, BARBARA SMOKER, now 94, penned an article entitled ‘From Would-be Nun to Atheist’ Oh, yes – I once had an orthodox creed. I was brought up in a devout Roman Catholic family, and had an old-style convent education –
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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.

The Pink Triangle Trust was established as a UK registered charity in 1992 – and is the only charity of its kind in the UK.

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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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