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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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Bigots get the brush-off in a landmark Boy Scouts vote

YESTERDAY, in the face of strong opposition from religious groups, the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift a century-old ban on openly gay scouts.

More than 60 percent of the group's National Council, comprised of some 1,400 delegates, voted in favour of scrapping the ban with effect from January 1, 2014.

But a prohibition on openly gay adult leaders remains in place.

YESTERDAY, in the face of strong opposition from religious groups, the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift a century-old ban on openly gay scouts.

More than 60 percent of the group's National Council, comprised of some 1,400 delegates, voted in favour of scrapping the ban with effect from January 1, 2014.

But a prohibition on openly gay adult leaders remains in place.

Among the thousands who welcomed the result were gay brothers Lucien, 20, and Pascal Tessier, 16. Lucien, an Eagle Scout, started an on-line petition to get the scouts to make the change.

According to this report, ahead of the landmark vote Pascal Tessier joined about a dozen classmates in a demonstration:

Against an organisation he says he loves but knows doesn’t fully accept him and could, at any moment, throw him out.

Tessier, a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Maryland, is a poet, an electric guitar player and an ice cream lover. He is also a Boy Scout and openly gay, which puts him at risk of being denied the Eagle Scout ranking he has long pursued. If that were to happen, Tessier said, he’d be “devastated”.

I’d also feel betrayed, because it’s an organisation I trusted, and I put my heart into doing good for them.

But the vote means that there is now no danger of that happening.

While gays were rejoicing over the result, there were long faces in the ranks of those who vehemently opposed inclusivity. About 70 perpect of all Scout troops are run by faith-based organisations. About 37 percent are Mormon, 10 percent Methodist and 8 percent Catholic.

In this report, Austin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute in Washington, DC, said the shift:

Would utterly change Scouting and dramatically reduce their ranks. The Catholic and Mormon groups would simply have to walk away.

And Texas Governor Rick Perry, voiced his displeasure in a statement which said:

The Boys Scouts of America has been built upon the values of faith and family for more than 100 years and today’s decision contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness.

While I will always cherish my time as a scout and the life lessons I learned, I am greatly disappointed with this decision.

NOTE: A full report on the this historic battle will appear in the June issue of The Pink Humanist

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