|28th December |
And for once oppose censorship
Based on an article from Pink News see
A group of nutter MPs has tabled an amendment designed to ensure that homophobic Christians can continue to express their views on gay people.
Devout Roman Catholics Ann Widdecombe and Jim Dobbin are among the MPs attempting to amend the
government's proposal to make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation a criminal offence.
Christian Concern for our Nation, a pressure group which attempts to stand up against a tide of unChristian legal and political changes
in the United Kingdom, is urging its supporters to pressure MPs into supporting the new amendment.
Stonewall, the gay equality organisation, have been giving evidence to parliament's scrutinising committee about the sort of incitement
to homophobic murder and hatred that goes unchallenged. Chief executive Ben Summerskill quoted extensively from the homophobic lyrics of dancehall star Beenie Man and others to demonstrate the nature of their comments about gay men and lesbians.
Summerskill rejected concerns that a law banning incitement to religious hatred would be used to silence the voices of religious people who regard homosexuality as a sin:
We are crystal clear that people are perfectly entitled to express their religious views. We are also crystal clear that the temperate expression of religious views should not be covered by the legislation. One might also want to look at the context
in which any expression is made that people should be killed or put to death because they are homosexual.
The homophobic incitement provisions were later passed by the whole committee, and none of the Tory MPs voted against them.
new amendment from Christian MPs reads:
Nothing in this part shall be read or given effect in a way which prohibits or restricts discussion of, criticism of or expressions of antipathy towards, conduct relating to a
particular sexual orientation, or urging persons of a particular sexual orientation to refrain from or modify conduct relating to that orientation.
Among the MPs asking for the right to show antipathy towards their gay constituents are:
Lib Dems Colin Breed (South East Cornwall) and Alan Beith (Berwick Upon Tweed); Conservatives Philip Hollobone (Kettering) and Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and the Weald); and Labour MPs David Taylor (North West Leicestershire) and Jim Dobbin (Heywood and
|26th December |
Brighton council on dodgy grounds for music censorship
From the The Argus see
Brighton council is trying to ban anti-gay music in clubs yet is loaning CDs from its libraries of artists who have penned homophobic lyrics.
Pubs and clubs which play or allow artists to perform songs inciting homophobic acts face having their
licence taken away in Brighton and Hove.
But it has emerged that work by Buju Banton, who recorded a song called Boom Bye Bye which advocates the shooting of gay men, and an album of songs by rapper Eminem, which includes homophobic
lyrics, are available for loan at Brighton and Hove City Council libraries.
The CDs were initially withdrawn yesterday after The Argus contacted the council but tonight a spokesman for the authority said: We've not banned any acts from
nightclubs and it's not our role to provide artistic taste police in our cultural facilities either.
The council last week voted to tackle so-called "murder music" with a new section to its licensing policy. Although the new council
policy cannot legally ban any form of music, it was specifically designed to discourage murder music acts and allows licences to be reviewed if performances include incitement to violence.
The council spokesman said: A small section in the
council's new licensing policy is aimed at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour in licensed premises. There is no ban or censorship on any particular artist or song and this section of the policy is not there to prevent people being offended - its
sole purpose is to prevent crime and disorder.
This is a separate issue to the library service, which also does not aim to censor material which is legally available to the public. The library service sets out to maintain a balanced stock of
material, offering a wide range of materials reflecting a broad spectrum of views and opinions. The Eminem Marshall Mathers LP was released over seven years ago, the lyrics are controversial and the CD is labelled with an explicit content warning."
|19th December |
BBFC relent on censorship of Pogue's song
From the Telegraph see
BBC Radio 1 has bowed to mounting pressure to play the uncensored version of Fairytale of New York after a flood of complaints from listeners and the mother of the singer Kirsty MacColl.
Andy Parfitt, the station controller, admitted
that the decision to bleep the word “faggot” from the iconic Christmas song had been “wrong” and said the uncut version would from now on be broadcast. He backed down, saying that the singers did not use the word with any “negative intent”.
station's head of music, George Ergatoudis, had ordered the word to be removed from the single, which is in the running to be this year's Christmas number one, for fear of upsetting homosexuals.
MacColl's mother, Jean, had dismissed the move as
“pathetic and ridiculous”, saying that some of the world's most famous writers used bawdy language: Shane has written the most beautiful song and these characters live, they really live, and you have such sympathy for them.
listeners also inundated the station's website with complaints about the decision. Even gay rights campaigners had criticised the decision as “misguided”.
Andrew Gilliver, spokesman for the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, said: I have spent hours
ringing around and trawling the internet and I can't find anyone in the gay community who is offended by this song, in fact it is well loved.
|19th December |
Latvian cardinal calls for anti-gay prime minister nominations
From Pink News see
A Roman Catholic Cardinal has suggested that gay people should be banned from political office.
Latvia's Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis resigned last week and the Archbishop of Riga Janis Pujats warned new candidates not to support LGBT related
He asked that all candidates running for the post of Prime Minister state whether they intended to defend the Latvian nation against the invasion of homosexuality in public life. Anyone who is not a stern advocate of the people's moral
values, must neither run nor be nominated for prime minister, he said, urging candidates to give a public answer on the issue, as he said people were entitled to it.
|18th December |
The BBC bleep 'faggot' from Pogues song
From the Telegraph see
Fairytale of New York , by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, has been re-released for the festive period and is a contender for the coveted Christmas number one slot.
It tells the story of two lovers who trade insults on Christmas
Eve and one verse ends with the memorable line: You scumbag, you maggot you cheap lousy faggot, Happy Christmas your arse I pray God It's our last.
Radio 1 bosses have bleeped out the word faggot from the song, for fear it will offend
homosexuals, but have provoked the ire of one of their own leading DJs as well as listeners.
The decision was criticised as "ridiculous" by Chris Moyles, the Radio 1 DJ, who is leading a campaign to make the 1987 song the Christmas
The BBC said: This is not a blanket ban but a station by station decision.
|18th December |
Canadian Customs impound shipments to gay book shops
|16th December |
Toyota harangue porn star named Lexus
From the Edmunds.com see
Toyota's US attorney has sent a cease-and-desist letter to EBoys Studio, based in Switzerland, telling the company to "immediately and permanently cease all use of the name Lexus" in its gay-themed adult films, including DVDs, and the
EboysStudio.com Web site, or face legal action.
EBoys president Daniel Grangier, quoted by the GayWired news service, says the performer chose to be called "Lexus" because it is "the name of a Greek god," not because of the
cars. Grangier said his company's own attorney is "now in negotiation with Toyota's legal team" and will resist demands for a worldwide recall of two films starring the controversially named actor.
16th December 2007
Thanks to Alan
Fascinating! I wonder whether they've also considered clapping a writ on the
American film star called Lexus Locklear. What about Porsche Lynn?
Moving away from silly stage names, m'learned friends ought to be able to sue a few vintage erotica sites over images of Alana Ford. I'm sure that Spanish and Latin American
pornographers must engage the servces of ladies called Mercedes. And no doubt some "AV idols" serving as bukkake targets are surnamed Honda or Suzuki.....
|9th December |
Nicaragua legalises gay sex
From Bay Times see
Nicaragua's sodomy ban is history. A rewrite of the nation's Penal Code, which takes effect in March, simply left the ban out. We are not wanting to moralize, explained José Pallaís, president of the National Assembly's Justice and
Legal Issues Committee. The state should not be regulating conduct or giving moral indicators of how citizens should behave.
We are not making a code of the Catholic Church here, he said. We are making a democratic code under modern
principles and principles of legality.
Old Penal Code Article 204 stated: Anyone who induces, promotes, propagandizes or practices in scandalous form sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex commits the crime of sodomy [and] will
incur a penalty of one to three years in prison.
At least three nations in Central or South America continue to ban gay sex — Belize, Guyana and Panama — along with several Caribbean islands, including Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica,
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
|5th December |
Brighton council ban homophobic songs from pubs and clubs
From the Daily Mail see
Homophobic rap music has been banned in Brighton in case it offends the city's large gay population.
Music venues in the city have been ordered not to play certain tracks by artists such as Eminem and 50 Cent.
If pubs and clubs flout the
ban, they can be stripped of their licence and closed down.
All music - whether played live or from a recording - that "incites hatred towards minorities" on religious, racial or sexuality grounds is affected.
The move follows
an outcry last year over a scheduled performance by the notorious Jamaican artist Buju Banton.
Brighton and Hove's head of licensing, Dee Simson, said: We have a good record on equality and we felt it was important to include this in the
But Trevor Madison, production co-ordinator at Concorde 2, said: Who knows where these things are going?