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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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  • 'Gay Cures'
  • Audre Lorde
  • BBC
  • Bigotry
  • Brazil
  • Christian Institute
  • Christianity
  • Cinema
  • Conservative Party
  • Cuba
  • Donald Trump
  • Education
  • Evangelicals
  • Gay Marriage
  • Hate Groups
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality
  • India,
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Neo Nazis
  • Peter Tatchell
  • Section 28
  • South Africa
  • Transsexuals
  • United States
  • Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE reports THE man pictured above is Paul Dorr, a Christian extremist living in Ohio and an ardent devotee of Donald Trump. A few weeks back he inadvertently boosted the stock of gay-themed books at a his local library by posting a video on YouTube which
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    • Bigotry
    • Christianity
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
  • IN SEPTEMBER, 2018, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, above, backed same-sex marriage. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raúl Castro on April 19, said he was in favour of recognising “marriage between people without any restrictions.” In an interview with TV Telesur, he said doing so was “part of eliminating
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    • Christianity
    • Cuba
    • Evangelicals
    • Gay Marriage
  • By ANDREW SPITZNAS WHAT a difference 150 years make! The former party of Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, stands behind a prison system that disproportionately shackles people of color and puts brown children in cages. The erstwhile party of Ulysses S Grant, a hero of Reconstruction who prosecuted the KKK and
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    • Donald Trump
    • Hate Groups
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
    • Neo Nazis
    • Transsexuals
    • United States
  • Thirty years after the UK government banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality, TERRY SANDERSON reflects on the hysteria that prompted Section 28, the fear it caused and the backing religious fanatics gave it. Artwork by Vicky Boylan THE struggle for gay rights in this country over the past 50 years
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    • Conservative Party
    • Homophobia
    • Margaret Thatcher
    • Section 28
  •   SIMON Calvert, above, Deputy Director of the conservative UK advocacy group – the Christian Institute – has reacted angrily to the news that Scotland has become the first country in the world to embed LGBTI equality and inclusion in all state schools. Calvert was quoted by The Christian Post as saying
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    • Christian Institute
    • Education
    • Homophobia
  • MARCUS ROBINSON reports on Christian fascism's arrival in Brazil BRAZIL'S far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, above – known as “the Trump of the Tropics”  – won a decisive victory in October’s presidential election, and when he takes office at the beginning of 2019 the country will, in the words of one commentator, will
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    • Brazil
    • Evangelicals
    • Homophobia
  • Human rights campaigner PETER TATCHELL takes courage from this landmark decision IN SEPTEMBER, 2018, India’s Supreme Court amended Section 377 of its penal code to decriminalise homosexuality. Peter Tatchell reacted by describing the ruling as “historic”, saying “it sets free from criminalisation almost one-fifth of the world’s gay people. That’s
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    • Homosexuality
    • India,
    • Peter Tatchell
  • EARLIER this year, a row broke out in South Africa following the release of a gay-themed movie called Inxeba (The Wound). Cinemas were forced to cancel screenings and among its detractors was musician Loyiso Bala, who said he wanted it banned. The singer took to Twitter to express his disapproval,
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    • Cinema
    • Homosexuality
    • South Africa
  • WHAT I like about BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives programme, writes CALLUM O'CONNOR, is that your get to hear erudite people discussing outstanding individuals – some dead, some very much still with us. One recent episode I particularly enjoyed was an examination of the life of Audre Lorde by Professor Laura
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    • Audre Lorde
    • BBC
  • ALAN SMITH reports GBENGA Samuel, a UK pastor, was the subject of the lead report on ITV News on November 12 about the extent of abuse suffered by members of the LGBT at the hands of Christian “pray-away-the gay” zealots .   Pastor Gbenga Samuel via YouTube The Winners’ Chapel pastor
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    • 'Gay Cures'
    • 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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