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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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  • America
  • Barry Duke
  • Bisexuality
  • Books
  • Dale Claridge
  • GayLiberation
  • Hate Preachers,
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality
  • Humanism,
  • Lambda
  • LGBT+ Pride
  • Misogyny
  • Peter Tatchell
  • Politics,
  • Review
  • Serbia
  • St Sukie De La Croix
  • Trump
  • Seventy-two countries still criminalise same-sex relations and there is an anti-LGBT backlash in about 20 countries. But liberation cannot be halted forever. Queer freedom is an unstoppable global trend. It knows no borders, says UK human rights campaigner PETER TATCHELL. IN Western countries over the last two decades there has
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    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
    • Peter Tatchell
  • PHILIP FIELDING reports on a growing push by bisexuals for recognition and respect Writing for Slate magazine back in 2014, bisexual Nathaniel Frank, director of the What We Know Project at Columbia Law School and author of Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America, confessed that he
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    • Bisexuality
  • CHRIS COATES reports on reaction to the Trump administration’s ‘religious liberties’ directive Conservative evangelicals, reported The Daily Beast earlier this month, “handed Trump the presidency when they collectively, and organisationally, agreed to overlook his adultery, sexism, vulgarity, greed, dishonesty, and (to put it mildly) racially coded rhetoric in order to
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    • America
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
    • Politics,
    • Trump
  • Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE was among the original founders of Pride in Benidorm when he settled in the popular Costa Blanca resort seven years ago. Ahead of this summer’s Pride, he wrote the following piece for Round Town News, a popular weekly newpaper that partnered the event. I ONCE
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    • Barry Duke
    • LGBT+ Pride
  • WHILE Benidorm was celebrating its September Pride week, Ana Brnabic, the first openly gay Prime Minister in the Balkan region and the first Serbian woman in the top job, joined about 1,000 gay activists at Belgrade’s Pride parade. It was the first time that a Serbian Prime Minister joined the
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    • LGBT+ Pride
    • Politics,
    • Serbia
  • Review by DALE CLARIDGE DO religion and its institutions subvert reason and progress in modern life? In his introduction to Secularism: Politics, Religion and Freedom, Andrew Copson presents a holistic and hard-hitting case showing the importance of keeping religion out of politics. The CEO of Humanists UK, Copson is accustomed
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    • Dale Claridge
    • Humanism,
    • Review
  • BARRY DUKE poses the question IN the mid-1970s, shortly after meeting Brian, a lad who was to be my long-term partner, I bought him a silver ring and had engraved on it the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet: the lambda. Puzzled by the symbol, he asked me what it
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    • Barry Duke
    • GayLiberation
    • Lambda
  • By Neil Harrison ROMANIA needs no help from abroad to promote intolerance towards its LGBT communities, yet the Liberty Counsel – a right-wing American organisation officially designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center – has chosen to poke its nose into a gay marriage referendum Romania plans on holding
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    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
  • ST Sukie de la Croix, who wrote for the Gay and Lesbian Humanist, among many other publications, has just published a new book, The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity. He is most widely known for his 2012 book Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall. His
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    • Books
    • St Sukie De La Croix
  • SCOTT Lively – a preacher who probably did more to stoke up hatred against gays in Uganda than any other foreign evangelist – is demanding that remarks made about him by a Federal judge be expunged from official records. Lively wants the Boston-based First Circuit Court of Appeals to remove language used
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    • Hate Preachers,
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
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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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Anti-gay discrimination: Manx politicians vow to act

FOLLOWING reports  that a lesbian couple were legally refused a tenancy for a new flat on the Isle of Man because of their sexuality, several Manx politicians have vowed to eliminate the discrepancy in the law that allowed the refusal.

According to this report, Rob McDowall, the Chair of the LGBT Network, wrote to all 24 Manx politicians (Members of the House of Keys) and has received some very positive replies.

FOLLOWING reports  that a lesbian couple were legally refused a tenancy for a new flat on the Isle of Man because of their sexuality, several Manx politicians have vowed to eliminate the discrepancy in the law that allowed the refusal.

According to this report, Rob McDowall, the Chair of the LGBT Network, wrote to all 24 Manx politicians (Members of the House of Keys) and has received some very positive replies.

The case involves Kira Izzard and Laura Cull who have been together for over four years and were due to take tenancy of a flat next door to their three year old nephew. The estate agent called breaking the news that the landlord couldn’t have them moving into his flat because they are a same sex couple.

The couple who are due to enter into a civil partnership this year were told the landlord was perfectly entitled to refuse the tenancy due to their sexual orientation as there is not Manx law provisions which protect LGBT people against discrimination in accessing services or products on the Isle of Man.

Talking of the call she received, Laura said:

I was really upset and teary as we had our hearts set on that particular house. It is right next door to my sister and we could have literally watched my three-year old-nephew grow up. 
It then settled in that the reason we couldn’t rent the house was because of the fact we are a same-sex couple and my sadness turned to a complete numbness as it never occurred to me that this would even be a factor in this day and age and it felt like a personal attack. 


After speaking with a lovely lady and gentleman at Citizens Advice I was informed that on the Isle of Man as a gay person I do not have the same equal rights as everyone else. I was so shocked to hear this and felt sick as I didn’t know where to go or what to do as I didn’t have a legal leg to stand on. After speaking with my partner Kira we thought that the only thing we could to was to share our story with as many people as possible and try and raise awareness that on this beautiful island that we call home we can still be treated this way.

The Manx Parliament brought the Human Rights Act into effect on the Island in 2006 when the UK Government threatened to impose legislation themselves. The Human Rights Act only guarantees that the state or an organ of the state will afford basic human rights and does not set out how private persons or business should behave.

In response to McDowall's letter, the Hon.Phil Gawne MHK said:

I am shocked to note that our legislation allows such things to happen here and will do what I can to work with colleagues to ensure that such discrimination can not take place in the future.

Gawne also advised the Network that he has made representations to the clerk of parliament to ensure all avenues can be explored at the earliest opportunity.

The Hon Kate Beecroft MHK said:

Thank you very much for highlighting the discrepancy in our laws. I find the situation that you have brought to our attention is appalling. Liberal Vannin believes in equality for everyone regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation and will support any changes in legislation that will help to achieve this.

And the Hon Mrs Brenda Cannell MHK said:

Thank you for highlighting this important issue.I am shocked to say the least that such things are apparently allowed in such situations. I feel sure that Government will now turn its attention to addressing this outrageous situation and will, with all due speed consider the required legislation to prevent this type of situation from happening again. Thank you again for raising it with us. I will do all that I can to have the situation addressed.

Kira and Laura have launched a petition online which has gathered over 800 signatures thus far.


McDowall commented:

The law needs to change. LGBTQ people need to be afforded the protection at law to ensure discrimination isn’t an inevitable part of every LGBTQ person’s life if they choose to, or find themselves living on the Isle of Man. It is the duty of every person to challenge discrimination in all its forms and we support any move to bring adequate protections in law for LGBTQ people on the Isle of Man.

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