Archive for February 18th, 2011

February 18, 2011

The IGLHRC report on blackmail and extortion of LGBTI people in Africa.

African Activist has posted a link to a just released report from the IGLHRC on the blackmail and extortion of LGBTI people in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is quite disturbing. African Activist notes:

“The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has just published a report documenting how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are targeted by blackmail and extortion in nations with anti-LGBTI laws and deeply ingrained social stigma.

Download the PDF report here.

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February 18, 2011

Touching and supportive It Gets Better contributions from Canada.

Canada is far more progressive than most nations on the planet in promoting inclusiveness. As a Canadian I have seen this firsthand and in many ways Canada serves as a beacon of hope to other parts of the world. But having constitutional guarantees of protection and  nationwide marriage equality doesn’t mean that abuses don’t happen.

To their credit many Canadians know that complacency is not a good thing and are reaching out to help young people feel better about themselves and to let them know that communities and powerful people do not think it is okay that they are being bullied for being different.

The beautiful city of London, Ontario has posted an excellent video reaching out to kids using various powerful voices.

And now Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party and judged by the Angus Reid poll as the best-ranked federal leader in Canada also speaks out on the issue.

Well done Canada! Don’t expect the uninspiring ersatz Prime Minister  Stephen Harper to post anything soon but if there is any justice he will not be around for long.

February 18, 2011

Hacker group Anonymous takes aim at Westboro Baptist crazies.

Rightly feared and completely invisible hacker group Anonymous has decided that they are fed-up of the ongoing circus that is the publicity whore  Westboro Baptist Church.

Open Letter to Westboro Baptist Church

AN OPEN LETTER FROM ANONYMOUS

February 16, 2011

TO THE CONGREGANTS OF WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH:

We, the collective super-consciousness known as ANONYMOUS – the Voice of Free Speech & the Advocate of the People – have long heard you issue your venomous statements of hatred, and we have witnessed your flagrant and absurd displays of inimitable bigotry and intolerant fanaticism. We have always regarded you and your ilk as an assembly of graceless sociopaths and maniacal chauvinists & religious zealots, however benign, who act out for the sake of attention & in the name of religion.
Being such aggressive proponents for the Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Information as we are, we have hitherto allowed you to continue preaching your benighted gospel of hatred and your theatrical exhibitions of, not only your fascist views, but your utter lack of Christ-like attributes. You have condemned the men and women who serve, fight, and perish in the armed forces of your nation; you have prayed for and celebrated the deaths of young children, who are without fault; you have stood outside the United States National Holocaust Museum, condemning the men, women, and children who, despite their innocence, were annihilated by a tyrannical embodiment of fascism and unsubstantiated repugnance. Rather than allowing the deceased some degree of peace and respect, you instead choose to torment, harass, and assault those who grieve.
Your demonstrations and your unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos, which apparently apply to every individual numbered amongst the race of Man – except for yourselves – has frequently crossed the line which separates Freedom of Speech from deliberately utilizing the same tactics and methods of intimidation and mental & emotional abuse that have been previously exploited and employed by tyrants and dictators, fascists and terrorist organizations throughout history.

ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites.
Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover. It is in your best interest to comply now, while the option to do so is still being offered, because we will not relent until you cease the conduction & promotion of all your bigoted operations & doctrines.

The warning has been given. What happens from here shall be determined by you.

WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
WE ARE LEGION.
WE DO NOT FORGIVE.
WE DO NOT FORGET.
EXPECT US.


February 18, 2011

Bahrain Protests: Security forces open fire on crowds in Manama

Via Russia Today