Posts Tagged ‘Gay Rights’
This front-page has been met with international outrage: l’Humanité calls it a “chasse aux sorcières médiatiques” (media witch-hunt). El Mundo reports the list of “200 personas homosexuales”. German media report, “eine Liste mit 200 Homosexuellen.”
The BBC states,
The BBC’s Ali Mutasa reports from the capital, Kampala, that many of the people named on Red Pepper’s list are known to be homosexuals, and some of them live abroad.
The list also includes some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, the Associated Press news agency reports.
“The media witch-hunt is back,” tweeted Jacqueline Kasha, a prominent Ugandan lesbian activist who appears on Red Pepper’s list.
There was applause as Yoweri Museveni said: “Society can do something about it to discourage the trend”
Well-known gay rights activist Pepe Julian Onziema is also on the list, along with a popular hip-hop star and a Catholic priest, AP reports.
Uganda’s anti-homosexuality act
- Life imprisonment for gay sex, including oral sex
- Life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality”, including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive
- Life imprisonment for living in a same-sex marriage
- Seven years for “attempting to commit homosexuality”
- Between five and seven years in jail or a $40,700 (£24,500) fine or both for the promotion of homosexuality
- Businesses or non-governmental organisations found guilty of the promotion of homosexuality would have their certificates of registration cancelled and directors could face seven years in jail
Not Suitable for French Catholic Students.
I am looking forward to seeing Tomboy – a French film which will be shown on BBC 4 this coming Sunday.
The more so as it has got up the nose of the increasingly hysterical French anti-gay movement Manif pour Tous.
The French site Rue 89 has this story today,
A Angers, des collèges catholiques privent leurs élèves de « Tomboy »
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia’s main body of Islamic clerics has issued an edict banning tomboys in the Muslim-majority country, ruling that girls who act like boys violate the tenets of Islam, an official said Friday.
The National Fatwa Council forbade the practice of girls behaving or dressing like boys during a meeting Thursday in northern Malaysia, said Harussani Idris Zakaria, the mufti of northern Perak state, who attended the gathering
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has banned gays and tomboys from its public schools, a report on the news site Emirates 24/7 said.
There was no indication how Saudi Arabia’s religious police would detect who among the nation’s student population were gay and tomboys.
Perhaps somebody will picket the BBC.
Update: Campaign to ban showing Tomboy in French Schools (32,225 people have signed up): Here.
Demo Against LGBT, Sexual Equality and against ‘Familyphobia.”
The ‘Manif Pour Tous’ movement is calling for a massive demonstration in the centre of Paris on Sunday, February 2, to protest against same-sex marriage laws that were passed by Francois Hollande’s Socialist government in 2013.
The mobilisation is “Contre la familiphobie, les familles se mobilisent !”
This new “phobia” – against families – is apparently threatening France.
A central theme is opposition against “diffusion de l’idéologie du genre à l’école” which we have already blogged on.
The organisers aim to put an end to “ à tous ces projets LGBT et anti-famille que prépare le gouvernement” – all the LGBT and anti-family projects being prepared by the government.
Après avoir mené le combat contre le mariage homosexuel, la Manif pour Tous a appelé à manifester à Lyon et Paris contre la procréation médicalement assistée (PMA) aux couples de femmes, contre la gestation pour autrui (GPA) et contre l’«ABCD de l’égalité», un dispositif expérimental en primaire pour lutter contre les stéréotypes filles-garçons.
After having fought against gay marriage, la Manif pour Tous, has called for demonstration against Medically Assisted Procreation (MAP) for all-women couples, against surrogate motherhood, and against the “ABC of Equality” (taught in schools) *, and a measure put in place in primary schools to combat stereotyping ‘girls and boys’.
In fact present legislation does not envisage giving PM treatment to lesbian couples, nor to authorise surrogate motherhood.
The Police, the paper further reports, are concerned that a delegation of Hussiers – court officials – will take part in this march – presumably to act as “official” monitors.
The ABCD of Equality: a means of fighting straight from school age against inequalities between girls and boys.
The objective: “Transmettre des valeurs d’égalité et de respect entre les filles et les garçons, les femmes et les hommes, est une des missions essentielles de l’école, au fondement de la réussite de tous les élèves, les filles comme les garçons.”
Communicate the values of equality and respect between girls and boys, women and men – one of the essential objectives of Schooling, and the basis for achievement by all pupils, girls and boys.
The French government is fighting to break a school boycott by parents convinced that their children are being taught masturbation and a non-existent “gender theory” as part of an effort to promote equality between the sexes.
The boycott, which started on Monday and is reported to have affected about 100 schools, was in response to a call by Farida Belghoul, a film-maker and novelist who started a political life as an anti-racist activist but is now close to far-right ideologue Alain Soral, who in turn is an ally of controversial comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala.
She and her supporters claimed that the ABCD of Equality, an effort to combat gender inequality in education and employment being tried out in several areas of the country since last autumn, teaches pupils that sexual differences are socially constructed, leading to little boys be told to wear dresses and children being invited to choose their sexuality.
“Under the pretext of the struggle for equality and against homophobic discrimination” gay rights activists are discussing ‘homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality” in class, the organisers’ website declares.
About 100 schools have been affected so far.
The government has reacted.
“French Education Minister Vincent Peillon ordered principals across the country to summon any parent keeping their child from school in order to dispel the rumour and remind the adults that school is compulsory.
“The national school system is in no way teaching gender theory. It teaches equality from all points of view, and in particular, equality between women and men,” Peillon said.”
Amongst the lies spread are these (le Monde):
- A “gender ideology” will be imposed by impose to create a “a society based on sexual orientation that become the foundation of law and equality”
- Teaching “gender theory” will become mandatory
- A document has been distributed in primary schools teaching “gender theory”
- Masturbation would be promoted from kindergarten
- The government will ban home schooling
According to Rue 69 those spreading these rumours take their ‘evidence’ from German and Swiss sex-eduction material.
Such as this,
They claim that this leaflet will be given to children,
Most of those promoting this hysteria are from the Catholic, anti-Gay, far right.
But according to a spokesperson for the North African feminist group, Ni Putes Ni Soumises, on France-Inter this morning, some Imams in Mosques have also been promoting the calls for boycotts.
The Collectif Mussulmans pour l’enfance is one of the forces involved in this campaign.
Farida Belghoul, who is at the head of this wave of bigotry, is from an Algerian family,.
She played a role in the 1983 Marche pour l’égalité, the anti-racist demonstration that gave birth to SOS Racisme.
Her activity against the so-called ‘théorie du genre‘ has brought her to public attention again.
On the 13th of December she launched a call for a « Journée de retrait de l’école » – a day boycott of schools.
The protest is to demand that “gender theory” is banned in schools
She has also announced that 2004 will be the « l’année de la robe », (the year of the dress), calling for women to wear dresses and leave trousers to men.
More on how this panic has been spread: Conspiracy Watch.
And a dosssier on France-Culture.
May 68 in Reverse?
French religious and right-wing agitation against legislation for gay marriage (‘le marriage pour tous’) is reaching a new pitch as the law is due to be voted in.
Last night France’s Parliament, l’Assemblée Nationale, nearly descended into violence.
The debate lasted all night, only finishing just before 8 o’clock this morning.
In a scene described on France-Inter today as worthy of the Russian Duma, right-wing deputies approached the government seats screaming and ready for a fight.
Libération reports this morning,
Scène surréaliste : l’hémicycle avait échappé de peu à une bagarre. Dans la confusion et sous le regard interloqué des journalistes en tribune de presse, des députés UMP, excédés par une mimique d’un collaborateur du ministre de la Justice – ils l’ont expliqué ensuite – se sont précipités au bas de l’hémicycle. Aux cris de «dehors, dehors», ils se sont approchés des bancs du gouvernement. Des huissiers et le ministre chargé des Relations avec le Parlement Alain Vidalies se sont interposés pendant plusieurs minutes.
A surrealist scene: the chamber nearly descended into fist fights. In a confused state, and journalists looking askance from the press box, UMP MPs, enraged by being made fun of by an associate of the Justice Minister, (that is, their version) – rushed to the lower half of the room. Shouting “Out, Out, Out!”, they approached the Government benches. Ushers and Alain Vidalies, the Minister in Charge of Parliamentary procedures, stood in their way for some minutes.
According to the Libération report blows were exchanged.
Outside around 3,000 demonstrators, many from the extreme-right “Printemps français” vociferously voiced their opposition to gay rights.
This movement believes the time has come for a “May 68 in reverse” (see La jeunesse prête pour un Mai 68 à l’envers !).
French President Francois Hollande hit out at “homophobic” acts by opponents of a same-sex marriage bill following violent protests that included an attack on a gay bar.
The interior minister asked protest organisers to throw out members of far-right organisations who have been involved in the violence, as opposition intensifies ahead of the bill’s expected final approval.
On Wednesday, a several-thousand-strong protest in the streets of Paris turned ugly with cars and public property vandalised and police officers and journalists attacked. Several people were detained for questioning.
In Lille, three employees of a gay bar were injured late Wednesday in an attack by four men who smashed the building’s windows. The owner linked the incident to “tensions” over the parliament vote.
Caroline Fourest: Attacked by Far-Right and ‘Anti-Imperialists’.
There were many virulent anti-gay marriage demonstrations in France over the weekend.
On Saturday at Nantes, Caroline Fourest, was at a meeting to debate Islam and secularism. (Caroline Fourest était venue débattre d’islam et de laïcité).
The journalist, who is herself gay, was violently taken aside by those against the law enabling “marriage for all”. (Report here)
As she arrived at Nantes by train over 100 screaming demonstrations from the extreme-right were waiting for Caroline.
That was only the beginning.
They followed her to the meeting venue.
They disputed the meeting, shouting, and throwing stink bombs and tear gas.
Returning to Paris at Montparnasse the anti-gay marriage far right were waiting for her at the station.
It appears that these thugs were part of the ‘Printemps français’ alliance of Christian extremists and the neo-fascist right and racists.
Caroline was attacked in September last year at the annual Fête d’Huma by the Indigènes de la République and the Indivisibles. They prevented her from talking about her latest book against the Front National
They claim she is ‘Islamophobic’ and had no right to speak.
Caroline then, has been shouted down by Islamists, so-called ‘anti-imperialists’ and now, the extreme right has taken upon itself the task of stalking her.
Is it a coincidence that she is a gay women feminist?
Perhaps the Printemps français and the Indigènes de la République could get together and organise a united attack against Caroline Fourest.
Her report: Les homophobes sont allés trop loin à Nantes