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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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Blaming the victim: It's what Catholics do

IF THERE’S one thing many Catholics are really good at is demonising their victims. The latest instance of this despicable trend concerns a Maryland woman, Barbara Johnson, who was humiliated by a Catholic priest during her mother’s funeral earlier this year.

According to The Advocate, when Johnson came forward to receive communion, Father Marcel Guarnizo, the vicar of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, told her, in front of others in attendance:

IF THERE’S one thing many Catholics are really good at is demonising their victims. The latest instance of this despicable trend concerns a Maryland woman, Barbara Johnson, who was humiliated by a Catholic priest during her mother’s funeral earlier this year.

According to The Advocate, when Johnson came forward to receive communion, Father Marcel Guarnizo, the vicar of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, told her, in front of others in attendance:

I cannot give you communion because you live with a woman and that is a sin according to the church.

He also left the altar when Johnson delivered a eulogy for her mother, and did not attend the burial.

Despite clearly being a victim of homophobia, certain Catholic commentators have attempted to portray her as the villain of the piece.

For example, Thomas Peters, writing at CatholicVote.org, called the situation:

A blatantly political attempt by Johnson to generate sympathy and support for gay marriage and to foment public judgement against the Church.

He added:

Now Johnson is on a crusade to get the priest, Fr. Marcel Guarnizo, removed from ministry saying that Fr Marcel ‘brought [his] politics, not [his] God into that Church yesterday’ and that he will ‘pay dearly on the day of judgement for judging [her].’ She continues: ‘I will pray for your soul, but first I will do everything in my power to see that you are removed from parish life so that you will not be permitted to harm any more families.’

Peters then reveals, quelle horreur, that Johnson is a Buddhist, and asked:

So what was she doing presenting herself for Communion at her mother’s funeral if she apostatized?

Although the question is open to debate, it is generally accepted that Buddhism is a philosophy, not a religion. Bryan Cones, writing for US Catholic, makes this point:

Many Catholics admire and explore Eastern religions, and unless she made some public proclamation rejecting her Catholicism and her faith in Christ, she isn't an apostate. Using the strictest interpretation of the law, this is no grounds for denying her communion, especially since her alleged Buddhism was hardly ‘manifest’ in the situation.

Back to Peters, who wailed:

I, for one, am tired of activists such as Barbara Johnson. A woman who used the very death of her mother for a political, anti-Catholic purpose. A woman who ran to the media with her story and an agenda while failing, for instance, to reveal that she no longer considers herself Catholic and evidently knows that this could pose a problem for her.

And I’m sick and tired of the media playing along with these agenda-driven personal stories while exercising zero vetting because they coincide with the media’s agenda.

Apparently, if a story paints the Catholic Church or a Catholic priest in a bad light, it gets green-lighted for publication with almost no due diligence. We Catholics deserve better.

Meanwhile, Guarnizo has been suspended – but not for the humiliation he dished out to Johnson. Instead he has been placed on administrative leave from ministry for:

Engaging in intimidating behaviour toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry.

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