At the 7th annual Soweto Pride March, held in Meadowlands, Soweto, South Africa.
GLSEN’s Facebook says:
Check out today’s NY Times to see a FULL PAGE print PSA from our ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign with the Ad Council about the use of anti-LGBT language. Page 23 of the front section!!! Amazing! Thanks, NY Times, for donating the space.
The ad text says:
Dyke: 1. Be honest with yourself. You’re not thinking of “an embankment that holds back and controls water.” The problem is, words like “dyke” and “faggot” are so commonly used as insults these days, it’s really hard to remember a time when they weren’t. 2, So please, knock it off. 3. learn more at thinkB4youspeak.com
I’ve stopped saying that things are gay. I never really said it much to start with, but I just feel like it’s really mean and horrible now.
I really have nothing better to do right now and this girl is a moron.
Marry me, Shy.
Update, 11:45 a.m. ET: Uganda’s “Kill The Gays Bill” is back on the Parliament’s agenda, and is expected to be voted on today, after being removed overnight.
Uganda’s infamous anti-homosexuality bill, which earlier this week was thought likely to be voted upon on Wednesday, now appears to have been dropped from the agenda of the current session of the Ugandan Parliament.
The future of the bill remained murky. Wednesday was parliament’s last scheduled day of session, and President Yoweri Museveni was scheduled on Thursday to be sworn in after his February re-election.
It wasn’t clear if the bill could be carried forward to the next session or if the bill’s author would have to offer a new bill, which he has said he will do if needed.
One member of parliament, John Alimadi, said Wednesday that the bill may have been dropped from the agenda because of the worldwide outcry against it.- Associated Press, via The Washington Post
The proposed legislation, in its current form, called for the death penalty for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. “Serial offenders” also would face capital punishment. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act would face life imprisonment.
The bill could also lead to the imprisonment for up to three years of anyone, including heterosexual people, who fail to report within 24 hours the identities of anyone they know who is LGBT, or who supports the human rights of people who are.
The bill’s author, David Bahati has indicated he will author another similar bill and resubmit it if there was no vote in this session. Bahati said a new bill would not contain a mandated death penalty clause.
Today there’s another sad reminder that for many homosexual teens, the risks of coming out go beyond getting bullied or angering their parents. An evangelical Christian high school has expelled a 15-year-old girl for saying she’s bisexual on Facebook.
In this CBS Sacramento report, Alexandria Kraft says a teacher at Calvary Christian School confronted her after reading on her Facebook page that she’s dating another girl who is home-schooled. She says the teacher told her “that’s not accepted here,” adding, “Take your books and leave. You’re kicked out.” An administrator then called Alexandria’s mother, Catina Ayala, and asked “if I knew my daughter was gay.” She added that she knows there are other homosexual students at the school and, “If they are going to kick my daughter out, they should kick everybody else out that is bi.”
Even if the policy isn’t spelled out, the school may have the right to expel students for being gay. In 2009, the California Supreme Court ruled that private schools don’t have to follow the state’s civil rights laws. But the school’s actions are still morally reprehensible. Recently, the New York Times reported on how gay students are struggling for acceptance at Catholic and evangelical colleges. Even if the schools specifically banned homosexual conduct, students weren’t immediately expelled for admitting that they’ve experienced same-sex attraction. Some tolerated students saying they identify as gay, even if administrators just want to help “deprogram” them.
Calvary Christian School showed less tolerance to a minor than some religious colleges have for adults. Alexandria wasn’t trying to start a gay-straight alliance or demanding to bring her girlfriend to the prom. She was starting to explore feelings she’d “always been curious” about outside of school. Even if that violates the school’s principals, the way officials dealt with the situation was unbelievably insensitive.
Chris Colfer, Golden Globe winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, 2011.
A Gay Former N.B.A. Player Responds to Kobe Bryant by John Amaechi
Kobe Bryant called a referee who penalized him at a recent game “faggot.” He was fined $100,000 by the NBA and since apologized for the slur, but now he’s fighting the fine. Kobe says he “he was frustrated in the heat of a game,” and didn’t mean it to be interpreted as a slur.
John Amaechi, a former NBA player an since openly gay man, has written a lovely editorial for The New York Times on the matter. He eloquently says, “When someone with the status of Kobe Bryant…hurls that antigay slur at a referee or anyone else…he is telling boys, men and anyone watching that when you are frustrated, when you are as angry as can be, the best way to demean and denigrate a person, even one in a position of power, is to make it clear that you think he is not a real man, but something less.”
I couldn’t word it any perfectly myself, John Amaechi.