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Aug 11 2014 User Rating:  / 0

 

MICHAEL Cashman – a patron of the UK's Pink Triangle Trust, former Labour MEP and one-time British soap actor – has been made a Lord.

Cashman was one of a number of working peers appointed last week, and will add to the House of Lord's current membership of 770.

Having served as a Labour MEP for 15 years, the 63-year-old officially stepped down at this year's European Parliament election, having served his Midlands European constituency from 1999 till 2014.

Cashman said his appointment to the Lords was an "honour" and that he realised it was an "enormous responsibility," too.

It's a huge and humbling honour. I just wish my old Mum and Dad were alive to witness it. I will take this enormous responsibility with me in everything that I do.

He added:

It's a huge opportunity to speak out about the things that I'm passionate about: equality, human rights, inhumanity, and international development.

Michael Cashman has, for many years campaigned on the issue of gay rights and, in 1989, together with Sir Ian McKellen and a number of others, helped set up Stonewall, a national UK gay-rights organisation.

Today, he is a patron of the UK's only gay humanist charity, the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT), which was set up in 1992. The trust publishes the quarterly Pink Humanist magazine.

 

Aug 01 2014 User Rating:  / 0

 

UGANDA'S Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February by President Museveni (pictured above).

It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.

Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality" and banned the "promotion of homosexuality".

Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted.

Uganda is a deeply conservative society where many people oppose gay rights and the sentence for homosexual acts has always been life imprisonment.

Earlier drafts of the anti-homosexuality act made it a crime not to report gay people – which would have made it impossible to live as openly gay – but this clause was removed.

However the legislation that was passed in parliament was "null and void", the presiding judge at the Constitutional Court said, as not enough lawmakers had been present to vote on the bill.

 

Jul 17 2014 User Rating:  / 0

 

FORMER Labour MEP Michael Cashman and Pink Triangle Trust patron has slammed the appointment of Nicky Morgan as Minister for Women and Equalities and Education Secretary, saying it is “deeply worrying”.

On Tuesday, David Cameron appointed Nicky Morgan as the new Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

She is now responsible for schools and the government’s overall strategy on equality. The MP voted against same-sex marriage last year.

Stonewall founder Cashman, who retired as an MEP earlier this month, tweeted to question the appointment:

Nicky Morgan in charge of education and equalities is deeply worrying. The true nature of the Tory party is unchanged and reverting to type.

Downing Street has defended the appointment of Mrs Morgan, saying as she is also the Education Secretary, she will be responsible for tackling issues such as homophobic bullying in schools.

Many have questioned her appointment, however, as Mrs Morgan, elected to Parliament in 2010, voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act at second and third reading last year, stating that “marriage is between a man and a woman.”

 The gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust said shares its patron's concern.

Morgan is clearly a committed Christian with Bible-based views on homosexuality. She has described her role in Parliament as not only to serve her constituents, but 'to remember the Word of God and serve the Lord'.

Jun 30 2014 User Rating:  / 0

 

THE latest issue of The Pink Humanist (above) carries a piece on page 2, asking why no action has been taken by the Charity Commission against Cambridgeshire evangelist Paul Shinners, who travelled to Uganda in 2012 to urge local politicians and church leaders to support anti-gay legislation.

When news of his visit first broke, Shinners, who heads the Passion for Souls charity, vehemently denied commending Ugandan politicians for the proposed legislation, which, at that time, included a death penalty clause.

Responding to pieces published by Pink Humanist and Freethinker editor Barry Duke in Spain, Human Rights Commissioner Melanie Nathan in San Francisco and Daniel Law in the UK, he immediately played the victim card, saying that his presence in Uganda at a religious rally organised by David Kiganda, was:

Simply to preach the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which I did.

This was in direct conflict with a report carried by the Daily Monitor, under this headline:

Part of the report quoted Bishop Kiganda, the leader of Christianity Focus Ministries (CFM) and the overseer of Bornagain Churches as saying:

We ask Members of Parliament to stop wasting time debating the Bill but simply pass it to save school-going children, who are at risk of being recruited. Our leaders should desist from any act that would frustrate this proposed law because it has delayed.

Kiganda added that the “vice” [homosexuality] threatened the morality of the people.

The Monitor continued:

The remarks by pastors came amidst controversies and media reports of increasing promotion of homosexuality. Rev. Paul Schinners (sic) from the United Kingdom commended Uganda for the Bill, saying it was a clear stand for God.

There is no other nation world over that has such a plan and through this, Uganda is going to be blessed.

According to Daniel Law, all of Kiganda’s rallies are captured on video and flogged to those stupid enough to buy this bilge.

But not this one!

Said Law on his blog last week:

He [Shinners] made many efforts to eradicate all evidence of what he said in Uganda. All of David Kiganda’s events are recorded and available to be purchased with the exception of the event Paul Shinners spoke at. He had successfully had the recording removed from most data sources in Uganda for ‘security reasons’.

But Law, to his credit, kept digging. And finally unearthed a clip from the 7th National Day of Prayer that Shinners attended, and it clearly shows the accuracy of the Monitor report.

Law would like to acquire the whole video, which runs for a mind-numbingly three hours and 45 minutes, but the asking price is £130 (he paid £30 for the clip which you can watch here.

This offers incontrovertible proof that Shinners has lied throughout the affair, and that he was not the victim, as he claims, of a “defamatory” campaign.

Before the video was unearthed a Christian blog said:

Despite a lack of evidence to support allegations of homophobia made against Paul Shinners of Cornerstone, St Neots, bloggers in the UK, Spain and the USA have continued with their campaign against him, leading to further business disruptions.

Instead of apologising, the bloggers see their campaign as justified and have continued to post increasingly aggressive demands for explanations along with accusations of lying and, most recently, supposed “proof” in support of their allegations.

Rather than allow himself to be goaded or drawn further into what appears to be an ever more acrimonious campaign, however, Paul has responded with a simple, ‘God bless you’, a response that has been greeted with open contempt by the bloggers.

The blog vanished soon after the clip was published.

Read more of this story here and here.

 

May 15 2014 User Rating:  / 0

MOSCOW authorities have rejected an application by gay activists to hold a march in support of bearded Ausrian drag queen Conchita Wurst of Austria, the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Gay activists said that an application to hold "The Conchita Wurst March of Bearded Women and Men" in Moscow was rejected by the Moscow mayor's office yesterday.

The activists had planned the march for May 27, the 21st anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexual relations in Russia.

Wurst, whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth, won Eurovision in Copenhagen on May 10.

Gay activist Nikolai Alekseyev called the decision to ban the march illegal and vowed to appeal it.

Alekseyev also said activists will officially ask the Moscow mayor's office for permission to hold a gay-pride parade in Moscow on May 31.

Apart from pissing off some bearded Russian men, Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision Song Contest victory at the weekend has had the Russian Orthodox Church spitting feathers.

Vladimir Legoyda. Chairman of the Church’s information department, described the bearded Austrian drag queen’s victory as:

 Yet one more step in the rejection of the Christian identity of European culture.

It was also a sign of the world’s moral decline and part of the aggressive assertion of Western cultural norms.

But a prominent Russian blogger, Rustem Adagamov, tweeted the picture above of priests wearing full ceremonial robes with this message:

We oppose bearded men in dresses say bearded men in dresses.

Ms Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, has been accused of creating a “hotbed of sodomy” at Eurovision by homophobic Russian protesters, while Mr Milonov, the politician who was instrumental in passing Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law, accused the singer of turning the competition into the “Sodom show”.

Our very own Stephen “Birdshit” Green was also peeved by Wurst’s win, saying “the Eurovision Song Contest sank to a new low” and informing his crackpot Christian Voice followers:

 ‘Conchita’ means ‘little shell’ in Spanish but is also Spanish vulgar slang for a part of the female anatomy.  A ‘Wurst’ is a German sausage.  The German expression ‘es ist wurst’ means ‘it doesn’t matter’, which sentiment Neuwirth applies to his lifestyle.

He added:

During the voting, any points awarded to Russia were booed, either because of the Ukrainian crisis or because of the Russian Federation’s opposition to homosexuality.  As Ukraine and Russia did actually award each other some points, it was probably the latter.

Conchita though is having the last laugh. His winning song has topped Russia’s iTunes chart.

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The Pink Humanist

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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