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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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  • All
  • 'Gay Cures'
  • Africa
  • Apostasy,
  • Atheism
  • Barry Duke
  • Blasphemy
  • Christianity
  • Entertainment
  • Ex Muslims
  • Gay Pride
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality
  • Humanism,
  • Human Rights
  • Hypocrisy
  • India,
  • Islam
  • Islamists
  • Lebanon,
  • Obituary
  • Reparative Therapy
  • Stephen Green,
  • NIGERIAN human rights campaigner Leo Igwe has received the 2017 Distinguished Services to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He received the award in August from IHEU President Andrew Copson at IHEU’s 2017 General Assembly in London. In this piece published by Modern Ghana, Igwe wrote:
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    • Africa
    • Homophobia
    • Humanism,
    • Human Rights
  • VICTOR Pemberton, a gay humanist and writer whose scriptwriting work included BBC radio plays, and television scripts for the BBC and ITV – including Doctor Who, The Slide and The Adventures of Black Beauty – died in Spain on August 13 this year aged 85. Victor, who had settled in Spain a
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    • Humanism,
    • Obituary
  • GEORGE BROADHEAD, Secretary of the UK LGBT charity the Pink Triangle Trust – publisher of The Pink Humanist – describes as ‘baseless nonsense’ an accusation that Islamophobia was generated by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, who participated in London Pride in July 2017 LONDON Pride this year gave members of the
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    • Apostasy,
    • Ex Muslims
    • Gay Pride
    • Homophobia
    • Islam
  • IN 2016 American Christian rock star musician Trey Pearson, told the world he was gay. Fundamentalists were horrified that the married-with-kids musician, who made his name with the rock band Everyday Sunday, had not only come out, but had said hurtful things about evangelicals. In a June, 2017, interview with
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    • 'Gay Cures'
    • Christianity
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
    • Hypocrisy
  • IN 2009 there was jubilation among LGBT communities in India when Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which made same-sex relationships punishable by law, was declared unconstitutional by the Delhi High Court. But in 2013 the Supreme Court overturned that ruling, stating it was the job of legislators to
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    • Gay Pride
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
    • India,
  • BARRY DUKE reports FROM time to time I’ll spot someone on Facebook who appears particularly interesting, and I will send the person a friend’s request. The last time this happened was in mid-August this year when I noticed that Waleed al-Husseini was a friend of Maryam Namazie, of the Council
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    • Apostasy,
    • Atheism
    • Barry Duke
    • Blasphemy
    • Islam
  • BACK in 2014, human rights campaigners celebrated a landmark legal ruling in the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon, where a judge struck down a law that criminalised gay sex and other acts that “contradict the laws of nature” and punishes them with up to a year in prison. Judge Naji
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    • Gay Pride
    • Homophobia
    • Islamists
    • Lebanon,
  • EARLIER this year the BBC announced that it was launching season of programming to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21. Conservative Christian commentators reacted in various ways to
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    • Christianity
    • Entertainment
    • Homophobia
    • Reparative Therapy
    • Stephen Green,

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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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