20 Books That Changed The Way We Felt About Ourselves As LGBT People

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It’s in literature that true life can be found,” Nobel Prize-winning author Gao Xingjian was once quoted as saying.

The Chinese novelist and playwright may not have been speaking directly to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, but to those of us in the community, he might as well have been. Widespread representation of LGBT life in literature was present well before Hollywood came to embrace it; scribes like Leslie Feinberg andDavid Sedaris have been making us laugh, cry and feel all the feelings for decades — and who could ever forget their first encounter with Armistead Maupin or Oscar Wilde?

We asked our readers to name the books that shaped the way they felt about themselves as LGBT people. While this is by no means a definitive literary list, the responses we received on Facebook and Twitter reflect the community’s wit, strength and overall diversity.

Take a look at 20 books that changed the way we felt about ourselves as LGBT people below.

  • TALES OF THE CITY by Armistead Maupin
    Amazon
    “When I discovered Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, I knew in my heart that it was time to go out into the world and be the man I was born to be and truly live life. His stories are a blessing to us all.” –Chad Thompson, Facebook
  • STONE BUTCH BLUES by Leslie Feinberg
    Amazon
    “…Not because I identify as stone butch, but because it taught me about our history, how far we’ve come and how far we’ve yet to go.” — Charli Brown, Facebook
  • THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving
    “I hadn’t ever seen or read about a trans character who was accepted with love.” –Daya Curley, Twitter
  • MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides
    Amazon
    “Amazing!” — Zoe Brinnand, Facebook
  • THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde
    Amazon
    — Julian Damiani, Facebook
  • ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris
    “[David Sedaris] just slayed me. I never laughed so hard in my life.” — Todd Vaughn Wright, Facebook
  • RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE by Rita Mae Brown
    Amazon
    — Sonya Race, Facebook
  • THE BEST LITTLE BOY IN THE WORLD, by Andrew Tobias
    Amazon
    “Read it in the stacks at NYU as a freshman in 1978.” — Tom Judson, Twitter
  • COMING OUT: AN ACT OF LOVE by Rob Eichberg
    Amazon
    “Twenty years ago, I bought Rob Eichberg’s Coming Out: An Act of Love. I had thought I was about to ruin my life by coming out, but with this book (which I relied on for a few years, as well as with the help of a counselor), I somehow made it through. I kept the book as a reminder never to live a lie again or be so afraid.” — Laurie Dominick, Facebook
  • MAN ALIVE by Thomas Page McBee
    Amazon
    “So many, but Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee helped give me courage and language for who I am.” — Emmett Findley, Twitter
  • GAY SOUL by Mark Thompson
    Amazon
    “It taught me that we are a unique tribe, but that sexuality was only one facet of who I really am.” — Preston McKinley, Facebook
  • STRANGER AT THE GATE by Mel White
    Amazon
    “The book that stands out most for me was a book I gave my conservative Christian parents that helped them accept my being gay: Stranger at the Gate by Mel White.” –Steve Cooper, Facebook
  • THE BOY WHO PICKED THE BULLETS UP by Charles Nelson
    “So many great bueer books out there, but Charles Nelson’s The Boy Who Picked the Bullets Up is my underrepresented favorite.” –Joe, Twitter
  • BECOMING A MAN: HALF A LIFE STORY by Paul Monette
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    Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette caused me to re-examine my past (especially my childhood), and I was astonished to find just how much my life and my relationships had been affected by being closeted for so long. Suddenly so many things make so much more sense.” –Christopher Twyman, Facebook
  • THE FRONT RUNNER by Patricia Nell Warren
    Amazon
    “[This book] and Gordon Merrick’s works made me believe I could have the world: career success, great friends, and true love.” — Gerald Stover, Facebook
  • LIKE PEOPLE IN HISTORY: A GAY AMERICAN EPIC by Felice Picano
    “The book that changed my soul.” — Todd Vaughan Wright, Facebook
  • OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS by Truman Capote
    Amazon
    — Don Levy, Facebook
  • THE SOUL BENEATH THE SKIN by David Nimmons
    Amazon
    “Nimmons inspired me to ‘be the change.'” — Nick Sabatasso, Facebook
  • BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan
    Amazon
    “David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy was the first LGBT book I ever read and it’s stuck with me all these years.” –Peter Wright, Facebook
  • THE SWIMMING POOL LIBRARY by Alan Hollinghurst
    Amazon
    — Sasha Quentin, Facebook

Meet the Russian who would have bee Mary Whitehouse's bed-fellow

Shades of Mary Whitehouse and her moral indignation come to mind when I read this article.

Constance Mary Whitehouse, CBE (née Hutcheson, 13 June 1910 – 23 November 2001) was an English social activist known for her strong opposition to social liberalism and the mainstream British media, both of which she accused of encouraging a more permissive society. She was the founder and first president of the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association, through which she led a longstanding campaign against the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). A staunch social conservative, she was disparagingly termed a reactionary by her socially liberal opponents. Her motivation derived from her traditional Christian beliefs, her aversion to the rapid social and political changes in British society of the 1960s and her work as a teacher of sex education.

 

Now ‘Meet the Russian who has had over 30 teachers fired for being gay’

 Pictures of teachers hugging loved ones is being sent to officials in order to have them fired for ‘immoral behavior’
Timur Isaev: Persecuting LGBTI teachers in Russia.

A music teacher who worked with disabled children in St Petersburg was fired for being gay this month, the latest in a long line of educators who have become victims of Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Anastasia (not her real name) was called into the principal’s office on 8 December. She was told that pictures of her hugging her girlfriend had been forwarded to the school and a demand she be fired for ‘immoral behavior’.

The pictures and demand was also sent to local government officials.

‘You belong with gay people,’ the teacher was told. ‘You are not allowed to work with children.’

This was another ‘win’ for Timur Isaev, a man who boasts he has had over 30 teachers fired for being gay.

Among his other victims include Ilya Kolmanovsky, an award-winning biology teacher at a top public school, who was fired in January.

‘I have been fired from the school where I worked for seven years,’ he wrote on Facebook.

‘My opponents found about me and my school and sent complaints to the administration, and on Monday the principal told me he is firing me to save the school.’

‘I don’t blame the principal,’ he added. ‘He knows better who is dealing with.’

Isaev does not hide the fact he is helping teachers get fired. On his VK page, it reads: ‘Russia – It’s hell for gays, let them get used to it!’

‘If people are unhealthy and have psychiatric abnormalities such as being a lesbian, then it is clear the law states they are unacceptable for doing this type of work,’ he says.

‘Homosexuality is not normal,’ he told Meduza. ‘It is a disease that is treated with hormone therapy.’

He is now working to fire other teachers, making sure no other LGBTI person ‘influences’ a child.

The nationwide ‘gay propaganda’ law was enforced in Russia in June 2013.

– See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-russian-who-has-had-over-30-teachers-fired-being-gay261214#sthash.9eithlYN.dpuf

Watch teaser: First gay local high school drama to hit Australian screens

Producers expect to show the pilot episode at festivals next year with hopes of a TV pick-up later in 2015

Cast of Subject to Change

Photo: Subjecttochange.com.au

An independent coming-of-age drama featuring same-sex attracted lead characters at a suburban Australian public high school is expected to hit local and international screens next year.

‘Through its coming-of-age narrative, Subject to Change will confront the harsh difficulties faced in suburban Australia by following these young adults as they deal with their complex and conflicting emotions. It will be a rocky road to love and inclusion through their final years of high school,’ the website reads.

Creator and executive producer by Daniel Mercieca said, ‘We’re setting it in a suburban Australian public high school, well outside the inner city comfort zone of rainbow flags and wear-it-purple days.’

‘It’s going to be a rough, homophobic experience for young same sex attracted students.’

The independently produced pilot episode of the television program is currently in post production and producers hope to show it at festivals next year.

A thirteen episode series of 22-25 minute episodes is currently in development.

Mercieca added that they currently have no development funding and are seeking discussions with interested co-producers in the new year.

– See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-teaser-first-gay-local-high-school-drama-hit-australian-screens271214#sthash.szOL5S6s.dpuf

Coming out online as a gay teen: Good or bad?

For those who missed this interesting tit-bit, I reprint it from the BBC Newbeat Site (Coming out…)

 

Tom Daley with his boyfriend Dustin Lance Black

Tom Daley with his boyfriend Dustin Lance Black

In 2013, Tom Daley used the internet to come out publicly, posting a video on YouTube.

At the time he said: “My life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy.”

For someone in the media spotlight, it was a bold move to do it so publicly.

But what’s it like for other gay teenagers wanting to come out? Does the internet make it easier?

As a guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, singer Tracey Thorn wanted to find out whether that was the case.

She’d noticed a lack of positive stories about young people and the internet so got author and presenter Damian Barr to sit down with several gay teenagers to find out how the internet helped them, or not.

Here are Maddie and Tom’s stories.

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Maddie, 16

“I think the first person I told physically was a teacher. She wasn’t gay. She was just a nice person and I think I was 13.

Before that I talked to quite a lot of people online, who gave me the courage to come out at school.

I actually met my ‘best internet friend’ over a fan-fiction website. We wrote about Glee! I met my other ‘best internet friend’ through Tumblr.

I told her that I really liked her blog and she became one of my main support systems. We’ve actually met twice in real life which was pretty surreal.

The internet was the only thing I had prior to coming out. I wasn’t specifically looking for gay people, they just seemed to be there.

I came out on Facebook. I put a post saying ‘There are rumours I’m a lesbian and I’m not going to deny that’ and I got loads of good responses on the Facebook status

But I also had an ask.fm account attached to my Facebook and had hundreds of messages telling me to kill myself.

I think it was just a few people sending a lot of messages so it was really difficult. I should be allowed to have internet access without the fear of abuse.”

Tom, 16

“I recently told my teacher and cried in front of her. I was really embarrassed and did not know how she’d react but I felt much stronger and more powerful as a result. I thought that someone does accept me!

I don’t think I came out online but the internet helped me find the resources to come out and to be sure I am interested in men only because I was really confused about whether that was my sexual orientation.

I realised that’s what I like and it won’t change. The internet helped me to realise that’s my reality.

I also watched gay Youtubers talk about how they know. I think I watched every single gay title about coming out. It made me feel that I’m not alone and there is somewhere I belong.

People also asked me on Facebook ‘are you gay?’. I was really hurt because I believed being gay was a curse. It’s been hurtful but I’m really happy to be over it.”

Out in Mumbai Director Adele Tulli on India’s Queer Future

I was given a DVD of this doucmentary some time ago, and unfortunately forgot that I had it.  I found it very interesting, firstly as it is a continent that I have not explored, and secondly as I have some gay friends living and working in India.  Sunneil and Leslie worked with me in the Middle East, and then returned to India.
They have often been in my thoughts, and having watched the documentary it has re-ignited my interested in going to visit them.
Try and find the full documentary and watch it – you will be enthralled by the diversity and the culture.
The documentarian discusses LGBT life in India after the repeal of the country’s most notorious antigay law.

Republished from The Advocate BY Daniel Villarreal

March 28 2013 4:00 AM ET

Adele Tulli

 

Adele Tulli’s documentary Out in Mumbai, which follows three LGBT Indian natives in the run-up to Mumbai’s first Pride celebration, begins with a focus on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. It is a colonial-era law criminalizing any sexual activity “against the order of nature,” particularly intercourse between adults of the same sex.

On July 2009, the High Court of Delhi overturned the 150-year-old law as it violated consenting adults’ constitutional right to legal equality before the law.

We spoke to Tulli about her documentary — which premiered this month on the gay TV network HereTV — and about the future of India’s LGBT movement, the role she hopes her film plays in moving Indian queer rights forward, and more.

The Advocate: What compelled you to make the documentary and how did you go about finding its subjects?
Adele Tulli: I have been traveling to India for the last 10 years, lots of different reasons brought me there, among those my studies. I studied South Asian studies, focusing on social movements in contemporary India, mainly feminist and LGBT movements. When Section 377, the colonial law that criminalized homosexuality in the country, was finally repealed in 2009, the impact was amazing. LGBT issues were all over the news and for the first time the whole indian society had to acknowledge them. I was in Mumbai a year later and the energy among the LGBT community was still so vibrant. We were preparing the celebrations for the first anniversary of Section 377’s repeal and there came the idea of making it into a film. The documentary follows three people from Mumbai’s LGBT community that find themselves in the middle of this historic moment of India’s LGBT history. They are all close friends who were willing to share their personal stories, so to find them was not so difficult.

What have been your personal experiences with LGBT discrimination and community in Mumbai?
I recognize the importance of identity politics at a political level, but at a personal level I tend to avoid labels. If I had to choose one, maybe I would say queer. It depends on the context, if I am with a girlfriend in a very hetero-normative context, I would definitely call myself a lesbian. My experience with LGBT discrimination in Mumbai is not so different from a lot of other places where being gay is still very hard, Italy, where I come from, included. While I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity of being in Mumbai during the first year of freedom of the LGBT community, the energy was so empowering. After years of invisibility, the struggles of the community were finally acknowledged and even if a law does not change society in one day, the impact it had on people was extraordinary. So many people came out, joined the community, and so many LGBT events, support groups, organizations were born.

According to Wikipedia, “The [Section 377] has not been used against homosexuals (or against consenting adults) is borne out by the history of convictions under this law in India, wherein there has been no case of a consensual homosexual act being prosecuted / convicted under this act.” Is this true?
It is true that convictions under the law were rare, but the main problem of Section 377 was that it was often used by police and social bigots to intimidate, threaten, harass and blackmail the gay and hijra community, preventing them from accessing legal protection from violence. The criminalization justified the social stigma and perpetuated a culture of silence around homosexuality that resulted in denial and rejection at home along with discrimination in workplaces and public spaces. It also constituted an impediment for organizations working on HIV prevention to provide health services and HIV/AIDS related information to sexual minority groups, etc.

What do you think are the top political priorities and future challenges for the LGBT movement in India?
First of all, [the Indian LGBT movement wants to] make sure that the Supreme Court approves the Delhi High Court judgement on Section 377. The Delhi High Court’s historic verdict of 2009 that read down Section 377 has been contested by a group of opponents and at the moment the Supreme Court is still due to rule its final verdict, so the case is still pending.

Then, the LGBT movement has still to face a large section of Indian society that is deeply conservative and homophobic. There are limits to which a law can change society. So this has to be done by grass-root politics, campaigning, creating safe spaces to allow LGBT people to come together and fight. The battle has just began, as Pallav [a gay activist that appears in Out in Mumbai] says in the film.

What do you hope to make happen with your film, in terms of cultural change and social awareness?
The film is probably just a drop in the ocean, but I hope it can help the LGBT cause, not only in India, but everywhere. I strongly believe in the political strength of personal stories. I hope that watching the film anyone could connect at a human level with the three characters and understand that sexuality and gender identities are personal matters, there shouldn’t be any social norm regulating them, let alone a law criminalizing them.

Summer Friends – Vintage Male Photography

For those who didn’t spot this article, or who have missed the wonderful video slide shows produced by Wayne Brighton.

 

It seems that everyone loves vintage photography, including us!  This is the latest video by Wayne Brighton who has put together some pretty incredible videos of vintage guys on his YouTube channel and we love every single one of them.  We aren’t sure where he gets the images as they seem to be actual photos, but the videos are very well done and we hope that he continues to make them!

Why Will So Many LGBT Youths Be Sleeping Rough This Christmas?

If you in need of help in Northern Ireland, then call the NIGRA on 07719576524 or try the LGBT Switchboard on 0808 8000 390 

DON’T STAY ALONE – THERE IS SOMEONE WHO CAN HELP!

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We live in a country where same sex couples can legally marry and gay pride festivals wind through streets, so why are there so many youths sleeping rough on the streets after being rejected by the families for their sexual orientation?

The Albert Kennedy Trust (ABK) provided 8,000 nights off the streets for young LGBT people with nowhere else to turn in 2014, a 160% increase on last year.

One teenager couldn’t return his family because of abuse. His parents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, didn’t accept his sexuality and social services initially refused to help.

“We had to employ solicitors to approach the High Court to request that he was made Ward of Court,” says Tim Sigsworth, chief executive of AKT.

But the teenager is just one example of the 1,500-plus youths who have called the AKT in need of help. More than half resulted in direct long-term case work and support.

“Two weeks into my job as CEO I met a young person at AKT who had spent one night on the streets after being rejected by his parents; during that one night he had been forced to have unprotected sex to secure a bed for the night,” Tim recalls.

“Shortly after this, his first sexual experience, he was diagnosed as HIV positive.”

The charity is named after a young man, Albert Kennedy who, whilst supported by his family, experienced homophobic abuse from strangers, which led him to take his own life in 1989.

Founded in the same year by Cath Hall, who was inspired to help young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people through her role as a foster carer, it provides accommodation, advocacy, mentoring and support for 16 to 25 year olds who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The charity, which works in three cities across the UK, hears many stories from young people who have experienced homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, or ignorance of their needs from mainstream service providers.

“We also advocate for young people who have mental, physical health problems, self-harm and have substance misuse problems to obtain housing through the local authority,” Tim continues. “Sadly this is often a very long-winded process as these young people are likely to be turned away. Many young people come to us already living on the streets as their families have turned them away for coming out.”

One 19-year-old woman came to AKT after her devout Evangelical Christian parents kicked her out of her home when she came out to them as a lesbian. They also forced her to leave her child behind with them – a child conceived to cover up her sexuality. She spent the next few months sleeping in stairwells and selling her body to buy food.

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AKT has helped 1,500 youths this year alone
AKT provided her with a room at Purple Door, a safe house, to help her rebuild her life. She is now living independently, has a job and has started a new relationship. She is also in the process of getting back her child from her parents.

According to Tim, many people underestimate the adverse impacts of homophobia have on young people – despite the recent legislative change.

“The rights of LGBT people have been greatly improved, but this has not necessarily resulted in social change. Our own work and the research of other [charities] shows that young people are coming out earlier, but more than 50% fear telling their parents. In some cases, this is founded.”

AKT has seen a “significant” increase in young people coming to the charity for help. Between July and September, the organisation saw a “shocking” 100% increase in footfall to AKT compared to the same period last year.

The charity’s own data on homelessness shows LGBT youth are three to six times more likely to attempt or complete suicide or self-harm. Previous research showsmore than half of gay youths have suffered mental health issues, with 40% considering suicide.

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AKT at London Pride
Not only are LGBT youths more susceptible to mental health issues, the impact of homelessness is far greater in terms of health and wellbeing than their peers.

“We found this included sexual exploitation, mental health issues, and physical and substance abuse,” Tim adds.

“A young man, aged 22, came to AKT after being ostracised from his community and left homeless by his family having come out as gay.

“As a result of the trauma of the situation he then lost his job and was forced to spend his time looking for places to stay – hanging around bars and clubs. One evening he went home with someone who proceeded to drug and then abuse him, along with a group of other men.

“At this point he arrived at AKT suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a result of the sexual abuse he suffered he had contracted HIV but had barely engaged with HIV services, as he was so traumatised. 

AKT battled the local authority, who refused to honour their duty of care to him.

“In the meantime we linked him into appropriate HIV and mental health services and provided him with a mentor to help him rebuild his self-esteem. The local authority has just housed him in his own place with our support.”

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A volunteer with one of the youths AKT helps
AKT also aims to help youths rejected by their families to improve their independence skills.

“We have placements with carers for young people. They have a pathway plan that helps them achieve and improve these skills. We also have short-term accommodation available available where we house young people in an emergency, for example if they are fleeing violence or are left homeless by their families after they have found out about their sexuality or gender identity.

“Sadly we see many young people going to bars and clubs and finding people to sleep with so they have a bed for the night, which often leads to problems including sexual and drug abuse.”

AKT also helps youths plan a future. Mentors meet them on a weekly or fortnightly basis to help with practicalities such as college applications.

“We have seen a real need for this kind of support as many young people have sofa-surfed with friends and need help planning for the future. We also offer life skills training to help young people live independently.”

As for a long-term solution to the problem, Tim “absolutely” believes LGBT relationships should be taught in school.

“Many of the young LGBT people who AKT work with have experienced sexual exploitation and physical abuse in relationships and I believe this is in part due to LGBT young people not receiving education and support around same-sex relationships at school, whether on a sexual or emotional level.”

If you need help, AKT’s London, Manchester and Newcastle offices are staffed 10am – 4:30pm Mon-Fri.

London: 020 7831 6562
Manchester: 0161 228 3308
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: 0191 281 0099

If you need help at other times, call:

Shelter Housing Advice Line: 0808 800 4444 (8am-midnight every day)
LGF Helpline: 0845 330 30 30 (10am-10pm every day)
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard: 0300 330 0630 (calls at local rate)
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 (24hrs)

 

 

US FDA recommends ending ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men

23 DECEMBER 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the end of a three-decade ban on blood donations from homosexual and bisexual men.

However, some restrictions will remain, as the FDA said it favours replacing the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had gay sex in the previous year.

Some gay activists have responded to the announcement by complaining it is unrealistic and stigmatises the LGBT community.

Having examined scientific evidence surrounding blood donation for men who have sex with men, the FDA said in a statement that it will recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period from indefinite to one year since the last sexual contact.

The current rule has been in place for 31 years and dates from the first years of the AIDS crisis, and was intended to protect the US blood supply from exposure to the little-understood disease.

Under the policy, blood donations are barred from any man who has had sex with another man at any time since 1977 — the start of the AIDS epidemic in the US.

But medical groups, including the American Medical Association, say that the policy is not supported by science, given advances in HIV testing.

Last month, a panel of blood safety experts convened by Department of Health and Human Services voted 16-2 in favour of ditching the lifetime ban, and recommended barring donors who have had male-on-male sex during the previous 12 months.

In the US, all donated blood is tested for HIV, however, the test only detects the virus after it’s been in the bloodstream about 10 days – allowing a brief window when the virus that causes AIDS can go undetected.

If the new advice is put into place, US law will be put in line with other countries including the UK (except Northern Ireland), Australia and Japan.

Patient groups that rely on a safe blood supply, including the National Hemophilia Foundation, have also voiced support for dropping the ban.

But LGBT campaigners say it does not go far enough.

“Some may believe this is a step forward, but in reality, requiring celibacy for a year is a de facto lifetime ban,” the organisation Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a New York-based nonprofit that supports AIDS prevention and care, said after the announcement.

The FDA will publish its advice in draft guidelines early next year, and will move to finalise them after taking comments from the public, officials said.

FDA Deputy Director Dr Peter Parks declined to give a deadline for the process but said, “we commit to working as quickly as possible on this issue.”

According to government figures, men who have had sex with other men represent about 2 percent of the US population, yet account for at least 62 percent of all new HIV infections in the US.

The recommendation is the culmination of a push for new policy which gained momentum in 2006, when the Red Cross, the American Association of Blood Banks, and America’s Blood Centers called the ban “medically and scientifically unwarranted.”

Belfast Telegraph:

Additional reporting by AP

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‘Cursed by God’: Far-right activist claims Liverpool FC punished for backing gay rights

Are you a football supporter; are you gay; do you agree or disagree with Paul Rimmer’s statement?  Read the article and then let us know!

A far-right English Democrats activist has claimed Premier League football team Liverpool FC had performed less well last season because they openly ‘promoted’ homosexuality.

Former UKIP candidate Paul Rimmer came under fire on Tuesday for posting comments on social media about the football club’s alleged support of homosexuality.

Rimmer, who was previously an activist for the British National Party (BNP), posted quotes from the Bible accompanied by a damning report of Liverpool’s recent performances, saying they would not improve unless they “repented.

“From the Bible, Sodomy defiles a Nation. Those who promote it will be punished & vomited out of the Land. Lev.18.23. In 2012 Liverpool FC sponsored the City’s Gay Pride Parade. Unless they repent they will be under a continual curse,” the post read.

This was followed by a comment about the unacceptability of homosexuality.

“Everyone knows homosexuality is wrong, but now we have to pretend it’s nice & normal and anyone who points out it’s a perversion is evil. This is a deep moral & spiritual sickness in our nation,” he added.

His other social media posts include criticism of the BBC for being “totally unpatriotic, anti-Christian & anti-white,” worshipping “sodomy & blackness” and pushing “pro-Moslem propaganda.”

Paul Rimmer (Image from liveraf.wordpress.com)

Paul Rimmer (Image from liveraf.wordpress.com)

He has further labeled feminists who criticized his remarks as “feminazis.”

UKIP described Rimmer’s comments as “idiotic” while Liverpool FC Supporters’ Committee LGBT representative Paul Amman called Rimmer “inaccurate.”

Amman said he was proud of the work the club had achieved to reduce homophobic discrimination.

The club has got a proud record of tackling discrimination and fighting inequality and has done some fantastic work,” he said.

“LFC has never sponsored Liverpool Pride but has marched at the event for three years in succession. Members of the women’s team, staff, club officials, supporters, ambassadors and directors have taken part, showing their support and recognizing the wider LFC family.”

He clarified that having an active LGBT Supporters group does not hinder the sporting prowess of a top Premiership club.

“Also, Manchester City has a lively LGBT Supporters group called Canal Street Blues, which hasn’t stopped them from topping the table,” he added.

Rimmer, who gained a degree in politics from Cambridge University, defended his statements, telling the Liverpool Echo they were not his opinions, but the word of God.

“Basically it says in the Bible that certain forms of behavior go against the laws of God and therefore God will react to them and he will curse those who willfully disobey him.”

“I am only repeating what is said in the Bible – it’s not my opinion, it’s what the Bible says.”

“It’s just to make people aware God has a law and if you infringe this law there will be consequences,” he said.

“If people get upset by this it’s up to them. Christ calls on us to repent and believe.” he added.

Rimmer was arrested in 2012 while challenging a rainbow flag hung at Toxteth police station in Liverpool.

 

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