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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.

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Being gay is a ‘fashion choice’ says deeply religious UKIP candidate

WINSTON McKenzie is a bit of a dandy. Now it seems the United Kingdom Independence Party’s candidate in the Croydon North by-election is a bit of idiot as well.

In an interview with the Croydon Advertiser, according to this report, McKenzie said that some people “pretend” to be gay but that he would “sympathise” with people who really are.

He argued that it was not "normal" for two men to kiss each other and “unhealthy” for children to be adopted by same-sex couples.

WINSTON McKenzie is a bit of a dandy. Now it seems the United Kingdom Independence Party’s candidate in the Croydon North by-election is a bit of idiot as well.

In an interview with the Croydon Advertiser, according to this report, McKenzie said that some people “pretend” to be gay but that he would “sympathise” with people who really are.

He argued that it was not "normal" for two men to kiss each other and “unhealthy” for children to be adopted by same-sex couples.

Some people take on being gay as a sort of fashion. Celebrities come out to become more well known.

He added:

It's a fact of life that some people actually are gay. They are what they are. They can't help it but the other bunch take on being gay as a fashion and push it because they have nothing better to do with their lives. They let the side down.

The "deeply religious" McKenzie, who is UKIP's spokesperson on culture, media and sport, also said that:

People can't help their sexuality or how they were born. I can only sympathise with anyone who is gay.

His comments follow several weeks in which he has focused on his opposition to same-sex marriage. On November 26 he reiterated an accusation that other parties would force faith groups to host same-sex marriage ceremonies against their will, although all parties have stated that they are against this.

The moron also told the Metro that allowing a child to be adopted by a same-sex couple is an “abuse” of the child.

To say to a child, 'I am having you adopted by two men who kiss regularly but don't worry about it' – that is abuse. It is a violation of a child's human rights because that child has no opportunity to grow up under normal circumstances.

McKenzie has refused to withdraw a comment made on Twitter in which he said that “other parties back” the idea of forcing churches to host same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Christian writer Symon Hill had asked McKenzie to withdraw the comment, saying that it was misleading. Hill, who is an associate director of the Ekklesia thinktank, said:

As a bisexual Christian, I find it particularly offensive that Winston McKenzie should justify his prejudices by reference to his faith.

He explained:

McKenzie's comments are not the thoughtful observations of someone who happens to hold a conservative view on sexuality; they appear as a rambling collection of unsubstantiated allegations. Far from pretending to be gay, social and religious pressures have more often led to gay and bisexual people pretending to be straight.

The chair of UKIP's London region, David Coburn, has tried to distance UKIP from their candidate's comments.

Mr Mackenzie absolutely does not speak for UKIP on the issues of gay marriage and gay adoption.

Coburn added that UKIP:

Are categorically not against gay adoption.

But the party does believe that adoption agencies should be allowed to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.

UKIP's leader Nigel Farage is now facing pressure to clarify his own position on the issue and to answer accusations that his party is homophobic.

There has as yet been no indication that McKenzie will be removed from his role as UKIP's culture spokesperson.

Responding to McKenzie's comments, Ben Summerskill of Stonewall said:

These nineteenth century views are not acceptable in the twenty-first century.

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