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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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Bigots sound the alarm bells over gay marriage in Scotland

GLUM members of faith groups in Scotland, who have been vigorously campaigning against proposed gay marriage legislation, reacted with alarm and paranoia yesterday when Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, published a gay marriage bill – one that is more open and flexible than the new equal marriage laws in England and Wales.

GLUM members of faith groups in Scotland, who have been vigorously campaigning against proposed gay marriage legislation, reacted with alarm and paranoia yesterday when Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, published a gay marriage bill – one that is more open and flexible than the new equal marriage laws in England and Wales.

Opponents of the reform, Scotland for Marriage, said the governments had

Demonstrated renewed contempt for the consultation process.

By volume, according to the Guardian, most responses during the consultations were opposed to gay marriage – 64 percent of the 62,000 responses were against it, but most of those were generated by postcard and internet petition campaigns orchestrated by religious groups; of the individual submissions on the Scottish government website, the vote was 65 percent in favour – a finding broadly in line with opinion polls.  

Scotland for Marriage whinged:

The whole affair is an onslaught against the family, and the SNP is riding roughshod over the views of the majority of ordinary people.

They are guilty of pursuing dogma at the expense of debate and they demonstrate utter contempt for the democratic process in their unbridled pursuit of political correctness as they pander to the whims of a small minority with a loud voice.

The SmF campaign also claimed teachers could end up being sacked for refusing to teach gay history lessons.

The Free Church of Scotland spoke of:

Another step in the destruction of marriage as well as parenthood.

It also blethered about:

Encouraging the existence of fatherless or motherless children.

Rev David Robertson, Free Church minister in Dundee and director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, said:

The Scottish Government is rushing into a major social change without thinking through the consequences.

But clergy, choirs and others involved in organising church weddings in Scotland will be allowed to opt-out of taking part in same-sex marriages if it goes against their conscience.

However, the opt-out will not extend to commercial operations such as hotels or other groups involved in weddings, including chauffeurs.

It means even if a particular church or belief group chooses to take part in gay marriages, individual celebrants will still be allowed to opt-out if it goes against their personally held beliefs.

Campaigners let off colourful balloons and celebrated the launch outside the Scottish Parliament with Health Secretary Alex Neil.

They were joined by couples who are eager for MSPs to pass the laws so they can be allowed to marry legally, supportive church ministers and Holyrood politicians.

Neil said:

This is a historic moment for Scotland and for equal rights in our country. We are striving to create a Scotland that is fairer and more tolerant, where everyone is treated equally. That is why we believe same sex couples should be allowed to marry.

A marriage is about love, not gender. And that is the guiding principle at the heart of this bill. At the same time, we also want to protect freedom of speech and religion, and that's what the bill sets out to do. That is why it will be up to the religious body or individual celebrant to decide if they want to perform same sex marriages and there will be no obligation to opt in.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens all welcomed the publication of the bill.

Tom French, policy co-ordinator for the Equality Network, said:

After many years of campaigning for equal marriage we are delighted the bill has today started its journey into law. We hope our MSPs will stand by the values of equality and social justice the Scottish Parliament was founded on and vote to pass this bill with the strong majority it deserves. Thirty-three years ago Scotland finally decriminalised homosexuality, today the large majority of Scots agree it's time LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people were granted full equality under the law.

One couple outside the parliament, Jaye, 48, and Ruth Richards-Hill, 44, from Glasgow, said:

The launch of the equal marriage bill means so much to us as a couple. As our friends marry, many of them in a church, we stand on the sidelines like second-class citizens who are forbidden from joining the party.

If the bill is passed, Scotland's first gay weddings could take place in 2015.

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