Anti-Gay Banner Found Hanging in Northern Ireland

I'm saddened but not surprised. This hateful banner was found hanging over an overpass on an expressway in Northern Ireland, according to Attitude. How annoying that people are still like this.

Both the Irish and LGBTQ people have historically been subjected to unfair persecution. Seriously, go read "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift and... pretty much anything I've written on here. It's mostly negative. The banner was discovered on October 19th by Amanda Ferguson. She posted a picture of the banner on Twitter with the caption "Oh dear. Hate mongers at their work again. This anti-Irish, homophobic banner has appeared on the M1 between junction 10 (Oxford Island) and junction 9 (International Airport). I can’t see this taking off tbh. Just not as catchy as: No woman, no cry!"

The banner has since been taken down and Declan Kearney, a Sinn Féin (a left-wing political party in Ireland) called the banner "reprehensible" and said that this hate message is not indicative of the views of the majority of Irish people, as Ireland has recently thrown one of "the most vibrant, most colourful Pride parades" which sent an LGBTQ-affirming message to the people of Ireland.

As a gay man and an Irish (well, partially at least) person, this banner really bothered me. What I don't understand is how being Irish and/or gay has any impact on anyone. It doesn't make sense to me.

h/t: Attitude

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Meet Violently Anti-LGBT Ugandan President, Gift Him With Sneakers

This is one of those instances where I find it straight-up impossible to deliver the news objectively, because these people make my skin crawl all the way off my body.

As reported by the ever-reliable Pink News, self-proclaimed “Rap God” Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West paid a visit on Monday to Ugandan president  Yoweri Museveni. The highly religious leader is notoriously, violently anti-gay.

Since 2014, homosexuality has been illegal in Uganda via the parliament’s Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act—punishable by life in prison.

In 2009, it was reported that Museveni backed a proposed bill that would make same-sex activity punishable by death.

By all accounts, it was a friendly visit. West and Kardashian West gifted Museveni a pair of Yeezy sneakers.

Museveni took to Twitter later on Monday with the following message:

“I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda. I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa.”

West is an outspoken (if often unintelligible) supporter of president Donald Trump.

Kardashian West was recently (perhaps rightly) accused of homophobia after she seemed to accuse Tyson Beckford of being gay.

For more on this story, including the fallout on Twitter and elsewhere, head over to Pink News

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Conservative Activist Linda Harvey Says Gay Sex Ed Is Wrong Because It Leads To Oral Sex

Poor straight people. According to a conservative activist, they are not get enough head.

As shared over at JoeMyGod, Anti-LGBTQ activist Linda Harvey has popped up on the internet again to share more hateful rhetoric.

We won’t share too many details about who Harvey is, simply because we’d then be promoting her, but know that she’s a very vocal and angry advocate for extreme conservative views. If you’re thinking, “Why are you spreading hate or giving her a platform?” Well, it’s mostly because what Harvey says is so stupid that it’s funny.

Recently Harvey wrote an article on Barbwire titled Kids Tutored in "Pleasure" Despite STD Epidemic, itself incredibly conservative, to rant about how teens are having sex and dancing with the devil (I’m paraphrasing, of course).

While all that’s pretty standard for conservative rhetoric, it’s these next few words that caused a few social media posts and articles to pop up as a response.

“Let’s not forget the deadly contribution of ‘LGBTQ’ advocates who demand ‘inclusive’ sex ed — i.e., lessons that outline in detail how kids can engage in anal and oral sex, the sex practices of homosexuals,” she wrote.

She then said:

“These lessons often encourage masturbation and pornography use. The “gay” community explodes over any attempt to restrict homosexual access to youth. But the evidence is everywhere that their influence is despicable.”

She added:

“Responsibility in sex is unpopular among today’s ‘hip’ educators. Bowing to social justice warriors, rabid feminists and ‘LGBTQ’ advocates, abstinence is discarded as the equivalent of racism. Never mind that this reasoning is short on reality and long on mythology.”

Of course, many people on the internet had a few thoughts on these words from the queen of hate-mongering.












What should our kids be taught in sex education? Clearly Linda Harvey has no clue.

h/t: JoeMyGod

Gay Couple Brutally Attacked In Russia Before World Cup

Just prior to the first match of this year’s World Cup in St. Petersburg, a gay couple were brutally attacked.

A Frenchman identified only as O. Davrius and his partner, who hasn’t been named, were physically assaulted and robbed of their money and cellphones. Davrius suffered a fractured jaw, an open head injury and possible brain damage.

The opening match in the 2018 World Cup was between two anti-LGBTQ+ nations: Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Davrius and his partner were reportedly targeted and attacked after they caught a taxi.

Perhaps you know this already, but FIFA is the worst. Just the absolute worst. Driven solely by the desire for profit, they’ve ignored the civil rights and safety of fans, and even players, for decades. They’ve received a great deal of criticism for the decision to hold this year’s games in Russia, especially in light of the incarcerations and executions in Chechnya.

Organizations for LGBTQ+ soccer fans have been receiving threats for months leading up to the World Cup. One such group, Pride in Football, received messages saying LGBTQ+ soccer fans would be hunted down and killed.

Russia’s government is openly homophobic. Anti-LGBTQ+ crimes in the nation have risen sharply since 2013, when the “gay propaganda” law came into play. This law bans any positive mention of LGBTQ+ people or rights in any place accessible to minors.

Nevertheless, in the weeks leading up to the opening ceremonies, this year’s World Cup organizing committee told LGBTQ+ fans that no harm would come to them at this year’s series.

In four years, FIFA is holding the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is flat-out illegal.

h/t: si.com

Candidate Who Harassed Trans Woman In Ladies Room Lost Her Congressional Race

Republican congressional candidate Jazmina Saavedra attempted to sway conservative California voters by stalking a transgender woman on live video, but on primary night voters showed no appetite for the hate.

When the votes were tallied, hate came in third place as Saavedra lost her race behind a candidate who had already dropped out of the race.

Incumbent Democrat Nanette Barragan beat her competition for California's 44th Congressional district in a landslide with almost 66% of the vote. Second place finisher was a Democrat Aja Brown, mayor of Compton, who dropped out of the race months ago.

Then in third place was Trump-devotee Saavedra, who received about 10 % of the vote. Coming in fourth was Clueless star Stacey Dash, who also ended her campaign before Tuesday's primary.

Saavedra, a Nicaraguan immigrant, was running on an anti-immigration/anti-transgender/anti-abortion platform.

In mid-May, Saavedra filmed herself stalking and accosting a trans woman at an L.A. Denny's. 

Saavedra repeatedly misgendered the trans woman on a Facebook Live feed and followed her throughout the restaurant hurling insults like "sick" and "stupid." 

Armed with a selfie stick to make sure her face was clearly seen and proudly sporting her Trump sweatshirt, Saavedra barged into the bathroom attacking the unidentified woman. When she entered the restroom, the restaurant manager is already inside the ladies’ restroom, outside the stall where the trans woman is trying to do her business in peace.

"Why are you using the ladies' room?" Saavedra demanded to know. The trans woman in the stall shouts back, “You guys are harassing me…you’re invading my privacy,”

"You're invading my privacy because I'm a woman!" Saavedra responds. 

As the manager removed Saavedra from the restroom, the would-be politician candidate yells, "You violated my rights! You're sick. Stupid, sick!”

The woman eventually left the restaurant and Denny's corporate office later released a statement affirming its support for transgender customers and their right to use the restroom of their choosing.

“There is no place for discrimination of any kind in our restaurants,” wrote Dennys. “We do apologize to our transgender guest and others in the restaurant that had to endure another customer’s disrespectful behavior.”

Facebook removed Saavedra's video, saying it didn't comply with their anti-bullying policies. 

Saavedra reposted the video and was put in a time-out by the social media giant.

(h/t The Advocate)