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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.

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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