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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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Gay Marriage Bill clears final House of Lords hurdle

THE House of Lords yesterday cleared the way for the first legally recognised same-sex weddings to take place in England and Wales by next summer despite fears voiced by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell that “we suspect there may be more last-ditch attempts to derail the legislation”.

In calling for a “Come out for Equal Love” rally Tatchell said:

THE House of Lords yesterday cleared the way for the first legally recognised same-sex weddings to take place in England and Wales by next summer despite fears voiced by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell that “we suspect there may be more last-ditch attempts to derail the legislation”.

In calling for a “Come out for Equal Love” rally Tatchell said:

There is still a chance that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill could be weakened by amendments from anti-gay peers. We urge supporters of marriage equality to rally outside parliament. We are aiming for a massive turnout to show the whole country that we really, truly want equality – and, very importantly, to make sure we aren’t outnumbered by the protests of Christian fundamentalists.

He added:

The religious and political opponents of same-sex marriage are an increasingly small and shrill minority who are out of touch with the tolerant, liberal-minded majority of British people. Their stand against marriage equality fuels homophobia and gives comfort to bigots everywhere.

They say they’re not homophobic but a person who opposes gay equality is homophobic in the same way that a person who opposes black equality is racist.

Denying same-sex couples the right to marry disparages and insults their love. It sends the message that LGBT couples are unfit and unworthy.

He had no need to be concerned. Peers gave their assent to the third reading of the Bill without a formal vote after a short debate in the Lords, also backing plans for a review of pension arrangements for gay couples, and the Queen is expected to be asked to give her approval to the Bill – one of the most radical pieces of social legislation of her reign – by the end of this week.

But Colin Hart, campaign director of the Coalition for Marriage group, which orchestrated opposition to the Bill, said:

Mr Cameron needs to remember that the Coalition for Marriage has nearly 700,000 supporters, nearly six times the number of members of the Conservative Party.

They are just ordinary men and women, not part of the ruling elite. They are passionate, motivated and determined to fight on against a law that renders terms like husband and wife meaningless and threatens one of the foundations of the institution of marriage: fidelity and faithfulness.

These concepts may not matter to the leaders of the three main political parties, who are drawn from a very narrow liberal political class, but they do matter to people up and down the country who believe that marriage is special, unique and the bedrock of stable families.

Born-again Christian activist Carl Hamblin protests outside the Houses of Parliament before a free vote on gay marriage, London February 5, 2013. Photo: Reuters/Chris Helgren

A key player in driving the a Bill through the House of Lords was openly-gay Muslim Labour peer Lord Waheed Alli. In what was, at times, an emotional debate, Lord Alli said it had been “truly humbling” to play a leading role in driving the bill through the Lords.

Speaking of his 15 years as a peer, he thanked the House of Lords, adding:

As a gay man over those 15 years you have changed my life. You have given me dignity where there was sometimes fear. You have given me hope where there was often darkness and you have given me equality where there was sometimes prejudice. This is a special place and I am proud to have figured in it.

 

 

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