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Below are all the articles contained in the latest issue of The Pink Humanist.
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  • IN the autumn 2015 issue of The Pink Humanist I covered the visit of Peter Tatchell to the Isle of Man, when he helped Isle of Man Freethinkers and the Manx Rainbow Association (the local humanist and gay groups) to get same-sex marriage legislation and an Equality Bill back on
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  • The UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust, which publishes The Pink Humanist, recently provided funding for the Ugandan Humanist organisation HELU to build a classroom. Here HELU’s Publicity Secretary AYELLA COLLINS describes the organisation, its aims and activities. Humanist Empowerment of Livelihoods in Uganda (HELU) is a programme
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  • Couples kiss during an Athens gay pride parade. In 2014, activists organised a "kiss-in" during a church service run by Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus who threatened to excommunicate politicians supporting same-sex unions. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images Back in 2013 the Orthodox Church in Greece went on the offensive against same-sex civil
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  • THE saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes” is frequently used to argue against atheism. The line of reasoning is that in situations of fear, danger or stress, people profess some belief in God or in some higher being. So this expression is employed to discredit the atheistic position and
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  • Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE recommends Night Train to Lisbon to atheist cinefiles for its strong anti-religious and anti-fascist plot. I reckon that one of the greatest leaps forward in the positive portrayal of atheism in popular culture was the creation by American animator and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane of Brian,
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  • MARCUS ROBINSON sets out to learn more about the eccentric gay dinosaur hunter who wished to become the first king of Albania. WITH name like his, plus the fact that he was born in Transylvania, Franz Baron Nopcsa von Felso-Szilvás sounds like a character in a 19th-century Gothic horror novel.
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  • THE assassination of Pim Fortuyn in the Netherlands in early May, 2002, sent a kind of shiver through Europe, and yet his avowed wish to halt immigration and his criticism of Muslims was seen by some as racism. Lively Internet discussions stopped just short of flame wars. People thronged Dutch
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  • IN THE March 2013 issue of The Pink Humanist I reviewed Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age, a new biography of Alan Turing by Jack Copeland. I mentioned three existing biographies – Alan M. Turing (1959) by Alan's mother Sara Turing, the epic Alan Turing: the Enigma (1983) by Andrew
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  • TERRY Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, has a new book out entitled The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual: Memoirs of an Unlikely Activist. In this funny, warm and touching book Sanderson reveals how he – the most unwilling and unlikely of activists – honed his skills as a
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  • NOVEMBER 18, 2015, saw the Tasmanian parliament vote overwhelmingly for marriage equality, and in doing so it sent a strong message to federal MPs in Australia to support the reform throughout the country. A Greens motion for equality was passed 15 votes to 9 with the support of Liberal Premier
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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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