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Jamaica’s ban on same-sex activity ruled “incompatible with basic human rights standards”
Jamaica’s colonial-era ban on same-sex relations has been ruled “incompatible” with human rights standards.
This week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – an organisation that aims to protect human rights in the American hemisphere – recommended the law be repealed and for the country to reparations to the plaintiffs in the case.
Same-sex activity has been criminalised in Jamaica since colonial times under the Offences Against the Person Act. Although the law has rarely been enforced in recent times, its existence perpetuates negative stereotypes of queer people.
Anyone should be allowed to 'identify' as black regardless of the colour of their skin or background, say university leaders
Anyone should be allowed to ‘identify’ as black regardless of the colour of their skin or background, according to Left-wing university leaders.
The Universities and Colleges Union has set out its stance in a report on the ongoing row about whether men should be able to self-identify as women and be treated as female regardless of their anatomy.
The UCU’s ‘position statement’ did not just stand by its support for self-identification of gender, but also insisted people can choose their own race, saying: ‘Our rules commit us to ending all forms of discrimination, bigotry and stereotyping. UCU has a long history of enabling members to self-identify whether that is being black, disabled, LGBT+ or women.’
The secret gay history of Islam
Islam once considered homosexuality to be one of the most normal things in the world.
The Ottoman Empire, the seat of power in the Muslim world, didn’t view lesbian or gay sex as taboo for centuries. They formally ruled gay sex wasn’t a crime in 1858.
But as Christians came over from the west to colonize, they infected Islam with homophobia.
The truth is many Muslims alive today believe the prophet Muhammad supported and protected sexual and gender minorities.
But go back to the beginning, and you’ll see there is far more homosexuality in Islam than you might have ever thought before.
Ancient Muslim borrowed culture from the boy-loving Ancient Greeks:
The Islamic empires, (Ottoman, Safavid/Qajar, Mughals), shared a common culture. And it shared a lot of similarities with the Ancient Greeks.
Persianate cultures, all of them Muslim, dominated modern day India and Arab world. And it was very common for older men to have sex with younger, beardless men. These younger men were called ‘amrad’.
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Alabama governor signs chemical castration bill into law
Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed a bill into law that requires someone convicted of a sex offense against a child under the age of 13 to begin chemical castration a month before being released from custody.
The law requires individuals convicted of such an offense to continue treatments until a court deems the treatment is no longer necessary. It says offenders must pay for the treatment, and they can't be denied parole solely based on an inability to pay.
"This bill is a step toward protecting children in Alabama," Ivey said.
Both houses of the Alabama Legislature approved the legislation late last month, after it was put forward by state GOP Rep. Steve Hurst.
Chemical castration involves administering medication -- via tablets or injection -- to take away sexual interest and make it impossible for a person to perform sexual acts. If the person stops taking the drug the effects can be reversed.
Decriminalise prostitution, say nurses
The Royal College of Nursing is to start lobbying government to change the law after members voted in favour of the move at their annual conference.
Nurses said the current law put sex workers at risk and deterred them from seeking help from the NHS.
Delegates heard how sex workers are put off reporting attacks because of fears of prosecution.
There are believed to be more than 70,000 sex workers in the UK - nine in 10 of which are women.
Louise Cahill, a clinical nurse specialist in sexual health from south west England, who proposed the motion, said: "Current UK law makes it a criminal offence for sex workers to work together for safety. Brothel keeping is defined as just two or more sex workers working together.
"Therefore, sex workers have to choose between keeping safe and getting arrested. No one should be put in danger by the law.
Porn is being blocked across all of the UK. Here's why people think it's a terrible idea.
Some of the world's biggest porn sites are about to go dark in the UK.
The government is going to introduce new a law that will require sites, like PornHub, to introduce effective age verification blocks, making sure people under the age of 18 cannot access them.
The law which has come to be known as the "porn block" was introduced as part of the Digital Economy Act in 2017. Quite when it will be formally rolled out is unclear, with the government denying reports it will be next month.
The regulation has been backed by Britain's largest children's charity the NSPCC, but has also sharply criticised for being poorly-thought-out and potentially damaging to privacy and freedom of speech.
"It would appear the government thought this was a cost-neutral freebie that they could get away with very easily without realising the potential impact it would have on privacy and data security," said Myles Jackman, a UK obscenity lawyer.
Judge rules against elderly lesbians rejected from retirement home
A federal judge this week ruled against a lesbian couple who sued a Missouri retirement home for rejecting their apartment application because their marriage is not "understood in the Bible.”
Bev Nance, 68, and Mary Walsh, 72, were married a decade ago in Massachusetts and have been in a committed relationship for roughly 40 years.
Father arrested for chauffeuring teen son to late night park hookup
A Florida man was arrested for driving his son to a local park so the teen could have sex, The Smoking Gun reports.
To be clear: The father wasn’t having sex with his son; he was acting as his chauffeur. Sorta like a soccer mom driving her kid to practice.
According to police reports, an officer was called to investigate a Toyota that was parked after hours outside the McChesney Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida on September 6.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he found 53-year-old Laurence Mitchell sitting in the driver’s seat. When asked what he was doing there, Mitchell replied that he had just dropped off his son and his friend so they could “do their thang” in the woods.
Shop owner shouted 'long live pussy' and threw man out of his shop for being gay
More gay couples have shared their homophobic experiences about a shop in Venice after a viral Facebook post.
On 5 September Tito Palaia, 24, visited a well known Ventian fine art store called, Studio d’Arte Vio. When there he asked the shop owner if all the products were made in Venice.
The owner replied: ‘What do you think? We avoid silly, useless questions like that.’
Put off by the man’s response, Palaia decided to leave the shop. But as he turned to leave the man allegedly started shouting, ‘long live pussy’.
‘Do you understand?’ he asked Palaia.
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Kids With Cognitive Problems Can Be Locked Up for Years Without a Trial
In California and across much of the country, children with cognitive problems routinely languish in custody for months or years while judges determine whether they’ll be able to pick up the skills needed for a fair trial. Most states don’t have comprehensive programs to help these kids become “competent,” as the courts call it, referring to someone who has the ability to assist their attorneys with their defense and possesses a solid understanding of the charges and proceedings against them. In one egregious case, according to a legal director at the National Juvenile Defender Center, children were asked to watch episodes of Law & Order to prepare for their trials.
Weinstein accuser Asia Argento accused of sexual assault
Italian actress and director Asia Argento, one of the first accusers to come forward against Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual assault herself. Argento reportedly arranged to pay her own accuser, Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who claims he was sexually assaulted by her in a hotel room when he was just 17. She was 37 at the time. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports for TODAY.
Cardenas sets up legal defense fund for groping lawsuit
Doctor convicted of sexual assault of patient gets probation
Airline passenger convicted of sexually abusing a woman on a plane
Asia Argento denies sexual assault of 17-year-old, says Anthony Bourdain made payment to accuser
Asia Argento Accuser Jimmy Bennett Says He Was "Ashamed and Afraid" to Speak Out
Man sues dead boyfriend's family for stealing 850k left to him in the will
A homophobe was ‘shocked’ after their dead brother’s partner decided to sue his family.
But what did the homophobe do? Oh, just steal the $850,000 left to the dead man’s boyfriend in his will.
And this guy thinks ‘he’s’ the victim.
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George Michael’s boyfriend tweets ‘I hate you’ after being left out of will
George Michael‘s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz tweeted “George I hate you” in several rambling social media posts.
The tweet came after it was revealed the late superstar left nothing to Fadi in his will.
Parents Who Had Severe Trauma, Stresses In Childhood More Likely To Have Kids With Behavioral Health Problems
A new study finds that severe childhood trauma and stresses early in parents' lives are linked to higher rates of behavioral health problems in their own children.
The types of childhood hardships included divorce or separation of parents, death of or estrangement from a parent, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence in the home, exposure to substance abuse in the household or parental mental illness.
"Previous research has looked at childhood trauma as a risk factor for later physical and mental health problems in adulthood, but this is the first research to show that the long-term behavioral health harms of childhood adversity extend across generations from parent to child," said the study's lead author, Dr. Adam Schickedanz. He is a pediatrician and health services researcher and assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The study showed that the children of parents who themselves had four or more adverse childhood experiences were at double the risk of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and were four time more likely to have mental health problems.
Texas Mother Is Accused of Selling Her Young Son and Trying to Sell Two Infant Daughters
Authorities are accusing a Texas mother of selling her 7-year-old son and trying to sell her two young daughters.
Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that 29-year-old Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi was arrested Friday. She remained in the Nueces County jail on Wednesday on a charge of sale or purchase of a child. Bond was set at $100,000. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.