A gay historian has revealed that in major western countries, gay men were more likely to vote for right-wing parties.
Samuel Huneke of Stanford University looked at voting data from 14 elections in five western countries US, UK, France, Germany and Brazil.
He found that in the US, LGBTI people overwhelmingly supported the Democratic Party. But gay men were more likely than the general electorate to support conservative or far-right party in other western countries.
‘LGBT voters in other [non-U.S.] countries were less likely to support the conservative (or in some cases far-right) party by an average of only seven percent,’ Huneke wrote in the LA Review of Books.
‘And when you look only at gay men, the results are even more striking. In other countries, gay men were, on average, more likely than the general electorate to support the conservative or far-right party.’
In 2018 US midterm elections, 82% of voters who identified as LGBTI voted for the Democratic Party.
But ‘in virtually no other country have LGBT groups and leftist parties forged such a durable or fruitful alliance’.
‘In many other Western countries, right-wing and virulently homophobic parties enjoy considerable support among gay voters,’ Huneke wrote.
For example, in Brazil, 29% of LGBTI voters cast their vote for notoriously homophobic candidate Jair Bolsonaro. He would go on to win the election and strip LGBTI rights on his first day in office.
In France a 2015 poll showed 26% of gay and bisexual male voters supported the anti-gay, conservative Marine Le Pen. Whereas only 16% of straight voters supported her.
The poll also showed that, 38% of gay male couples voted for Le Pen’s party, the far-right National Front. But only 29% of straight couples did the same.
Gay men throw those with less status under the bus
Huneke argued that gay men voting more for conservative parties ‘makes a certain degree of sense’.
‘As Michael Segalov wrote in The Independent in 2017. Gay men have begun to “throw those with less status under the bus to cling onto their new-found privilege”,’ Huneke wrote.
‘Endowed with the right to marry and no longer encumbered by sodomy laws or employment blacklists, gay men have begun to vote more like men, full stop.
‘Lesbians and trans individuals, who still face considerable prejudice and even legal barriers, have more to gain by supporting left-wing parties and more to lose should the right triumph.’
Written by: Shannon Rower. 03 February 2019. gaystarnews.com
A “Romeo & Juliet" law in California keeps many young adults out of the state’s sex offender registry, but not in the case of two Romeos or two Juliets. Now, a new bill filed by state Sen. Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco, could end that inequity and prevent stigma on many LGBTQ young adults in the Golden State.
It’s illegal in California for an adult to engage in sexual intercourse with a minor and normally lands individuals on a registry if convicted. But a provision in the law says that in cases where one partner is age 15 or older and their partner is within 10 years of their age, the adult in the relationship won’t automatically go on a registry even if convicted of having inappropriate relations.
In other words, in an 18-year-old “Romeo” has vanilla, missionary sex with his 17-year-old “Juliet,” he can still be charged with a crime, but he won’t be branded in a public database as a sex offender automatically. A judge can still decide to do so if circumstances of the case warrant it, and this only applies with willing partners.
But if there’s any oral or anal sex involved, the provision goes out the window. Those wicked sodomite tricks land someone in the registry regardless of age or consent. The particularly complicates matters for Romeo-Romeo or Juliet-Juliet relationships where the partners may fall into the same age windows, but the law will consider sex acts so odious it will land the older partner of the registry regardless.
“SB 145 puts an end to blatant discrimination against young LGBT people engaged in consensual sexual activity,” Weiner said. “This bill is about treating everyone equally under the law. Discrimination against LGBT people is simply not the California way.”
Equality California has championed the shift in California law for years.
“There’s no reason for the law to treat a high school senior dating a high school junior differently because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “We’ve been working to make this common-sense fix and ensure LGBTQ young people are treated the same as their peers.”
Weiner makes clear the law seeks only to create equity. Sex with anyone age 14 or younger, same-sex or otherwise, still counts as statutory rape and automatically lands an adult on the registry. But it seeks to end California’s odd ranking of sexual sins that looked down upon acts practiced by gay, lesbian and bisexual partners.
“These laws were put in place during a more conservative and anti-LGBT time in California’s history,” Weiner said. “They have ruined people’s lives and made it harder for them to get jobs, secure housing, and live productive lives. It is time we update these laws and treat everyone equally.”
The San Francisco lawmaker already landed support from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
“Justice should be applied fairly and equally regardless of a person’s sexual orientation,” said Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney. “I support this bill to correct the unjust application of the law.” It may even lead to quicker plea deals for young adults in relationships with older teenagers and who fought charges for fear of being labeled “sex offenders.”
The change would also put in statute what used to be California case law. A 2006 state Supreme Court decision, People v. Hofsheier, had ruled treating oral sex as a worse offense than vaginal sex violated the equal protection clause. But a 2015 ruling in Johnson v. Department of Justiceoverturned that.
Written by: Jacob Ogles. 23 January 2019. The Advocate
LGBTQ students are being harassed, assualted and discriminated against in Louisiana schools, according to a new report by an LGBTQ-rights advocacy group.
GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) conducted a national survey that included about 300 LGBTQ students in Louisiana. The majority of those students reported that within the past year they had been harassed based on their sexual orientation or gender expression. Nearly 1 in 5 reported being physically assaulted.
Survey Results of Louisiana Students
Rates of harassment and assault were higher in Louisiana than in the nation at large. Most Louisiana students also reported discrimination by school staff.
GLSEN recommends Louisiana schools provide professional development for educators on LGBTQ issues, and stronger anti-bullying policies with specific protections for LGBTQ students.
Written by: Jess Clark. 09 January 2019. Education Desk. WWNO.com
Returning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised to pass the Equality Act Law, which would pan anti-LGBT discrimination across the United States.
This past Thursday a record number of openly gay, lesbian and bisexual lawmakers were sworn in, and the Democratic leader told Congress that, “We will make America fairer by passing the Equality Act to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community,” according to the Washington Blade.
Chad Griffin president of the Human Rights Campaign said: “Now is the time to move equality forward by advancing the Equality Act to ensure LGBTQ Americans are able to go to go to work, raise their families, and live their lives free from discrimination.
“Far too many LGBTQ people face unfair and unjust discrimination each and every day with only a patchwork of protections across the country.”
“We are thankful for Speaker Pelosi reaffirming her commitment to advance this critically important legislation and seize this historic moment to make full federal LGBTQ equality a reality,” he added.
Currently, there are no laws on the federal level that protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the US.
This means that it is legal to fire people for being gay in dozens of states due to uneven state-level protections.
The Equality Act bill faces a smooth path in the House, where the Democrats have a majority but may struggle to get through the Republican-controlled Senate.
On his first day in office, Brazil’s President signed an executive order removing all LGBTQ issues from consideration in his human rights ministry.
The “proud homophobe” said previously that he’d rather have a “dead son rather than a gay son” and parents should beat their children if they think or suspect they are gay.
But the executive is a direct blow to the LGBTQ community, putting many at risk, especially when Brazil and the world are deeply divided.
In her first public statement as minister of Bolsonaro’s new human rights ministry, Damares Alves, a former evangelical pastor, said: “The state is lay, but this minister is terribly Christian.”
“Girls will be princesses and boys will be princes. There will be no more ideological indoctrination of children and teenagers in Brazil.”
In anticipation of the possible erosion of LGBTQ rights, many same-sex couples rushed to get married before Bolsonaro took office, worrying that he may reverse the country’s 2013 marriage equality law.
“The human rights ministry discussed our concerns at a body called secretariat of promotion and defense of human rights,” LGBTQ activist Symmy Larrat told the AP.
“That body just disappeared, just like that. We don’t see any signs there will be any other government infrastructure to handle LGBT issues.”
Both Donald Trump and the US’ United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley, tweeted messages of support to Bolsonaro after he was sworn into office.
Trump wrote that “the U.S.A. is with you!”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said the president is confident the new relationship between the two countries “will benefit the world and the set of shared values that we believe we can together advance.”
Gay and lesbian couples in Brazil are rushing to marry before the nation’s new homophobic president is sworn into office, reports The New York Times.
Back in October, right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential elections. News of his victory instilled fear in the hearts of LGBTQ Brazilians, who worried what havoc “Brazil’s Donald Trump” could wreak on the South American countries already volatile political climate. To make matters worse, Bolsonaro has never been shy about broadcasting his violently anti-gay beliefs. In an interview from 2011, he told Playboy magazine that he’d rather his son “die in an accident than be gay.”
On January 1, 2019, Bolsonaro (pictured above) will be sworn into office—and gay and lesbian couples in Brazil are afraid he’ll make good on his vow to defend “the true meaning of matrimony as a union between man and woman.” (Marriage equality has been legal in Brazil since May 2013.) Countrywide, the number of same-sex weddings in Brazil surged post-election, according to The Times: In São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, 57 gay or lesbian couples tied the knot in the first 10 days of December alone. That’s compared to 113 same-sex weddings during the entire month of December in 2017.
Brazilian cake makers, wedding planners, photographer, and DJs have stepped forward to aid the cause, offering their services to gay or lesbian couples before the new year free-of-charge. Regional LGBTQ activists have also organized group weddings for same-sex couples across the country.
“We’re going to resist,” Victor Silva Paredes, a 23-year-old gay Brazilian who married his partner this month, told The Times. “We fought for these rights and we’re not going back into the closet.”
The situation is especially dire given Brazil’s staggeringly high rates of homophobic and transphobic violence: According to Grupo Gay de Bahia, a local LGBTQ advocacy group, anti-LGBTQ homocides in Brazil increased about 30% from 2016 to 2017. Just this March, Marielle Franco, an openly lesbian city councillor in Rio de Janeiro, was shot and killed. Now, LGBTQ Brazilians fear Bolsonaro’s presidency will incite a new era of bigotry—and inspire conservatives in Brazil to act on their hateful beliefs.
Written by: Sam Manzella. 31 December 2018. Newnownext.com
Brigitte Macron, the wife of French president Emmanuel Macron, has come under fire for posing in a photo.
The French First Lady posed for a photo with Marcel Campion at the Tuileries Christmas market in Paris.
Campion is a French businessman who made his fortune in the funfair of Paris. He’s affectionately known as the ‘king of funfairs’ and owns the ferris wheel of Paris.
But back in September, video emerged of Campion calling city officials ‘gay perverts’. He believes the city officials are trying to push his funfair out of the city.
He also said at the time: ‘I don’t have anything against gays. Except those ones who are a bit perverted.’
As a result of his comments, he resigned.
He said in a written statement: ‘In order not to harm my family or my profession, I decided to stop my personal activities and also to resign from my activities in the association of the Festive World,’ according to L’express.
He then added: ‘The course of my life proves that I am not homophobic and I reiterate my apologies to the people that it could have hurt.’
Brigitte Macron under fire
So when Brigitte Macron visited the funfair this weekend with her grandchildren, she posed in a photo with Campion.
News organization Le Parisien posted the photo to Twitter on Monday (24 December).
It caused a stir online, with LGBTI questioning why the First Lady is posing with a man who has made homophobic comments.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘So Brigitte Macron the “first lady of France” ostentatiously appears with Marcel Campion , who speaks of homosexuals as “fags” “perverse” that must be saved from AIDS… shame on her!’
Another tweeted: ‘Absolute shame. Unworthy of a First Lady.’
It is believed Brigitte Macron spoke to Campion about how much she disapproved of his homophobic comments.
The controversy comes about after heightened political turmoil for French President Emmanuel Macron.
There are currently violent protests around France, with protestors fighting against the rising cost of living and increased fuel prices.
The French President introduced a tax, which caused diesel fuel prices to jump by 23%.
Police have arrested more than 1,700 people since the continued protests broke out at the start of this month.
Written By: James Besanvalle. 26 December 2018. Gaystarnews.com
Michael Lucas, the Islamophobic founder of Lucas Entertainment has announced that in 2020 he will stop performing in adult films. Founded in 1998 he has performed in more than 233 scenes.
But what we found more interesting is in the interview Lucas stated,“I never considered myself a Democrat or a Republican,” however, that has not stopped him from espousing Republican policies and candidates over the past decade.
Michael Musto who interviewed Lucas pointed out, “Somehow, people perceive you as a gay Republican, and I think that’s one of the reasons some people dislike you,” Lucas responds, “I saw that on the industry blogs. Of course, I was pretty outspoken in the past about my support for Israel and opposition to radical Islam, both issues I used to associate more with the Republican party.”
Then there’s a 2012 Yahoo News article that says, “Lucas, by the way, considers himself a conservative, votes Republican and donates generously to several libertarian and right-wing causes. And when he casts a ballot in the November election, he hopes it will be for Mitt Romney.”
Lucas has always considered ‘the issues” more important than political affiliation. But the most Republican position Lucas holds is his contempt for Islam and Muslim culture.
He dismissed in a 2010 column for The Advocate all of the Islamic cultures by stating “whatever that may be” (even though Muslims invented algebra, coffee and surgery). In 2016, he wrote a column that ran both in the far-right website Brietbart.com and the gay magazine Out defending gay men who vote Republican.
In a podcast for the right-wing conspiracy theorist, Arron Klein Lucas referred to all Muslims as anti-gay “barbarians,” even though American Muslims support same-sex marriage more than Evangelical Christians.
The Russian-born Lucas admits he voted for Clinton in 2016 since he considers Trump to be beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republicans are “extremists.” Since nearly 20% of the world, population self-identifies as Muslim, and many men share his opposition, therefore, it’s un-American.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently named a new director for the Office of Public Affairs. Kerri Kupec was named to basically be their spokesperson, and she just happened to work for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a LGBTQ hate group.
ADF is a legal group designated as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It regularly takes on court cases representing clients who discriminate against LGBTQ folks. The ADF supports the criminalization of sodomy, Russia’s “gay propaganda” law and the right to fire or refuse service to LGBTQ people.
The ADF has asked the Supreme Court to hear two cases that just might roll back LGBTQ rights.
Kupec’s appointment wouldn’t be so concerning except for the fact that it continues the Trump Administration’s habit of advancing anti-LGBTQ bigotry in its ranks.
In May 2018, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), another SPLC certified hate group, was appointed onto the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a federal commission “dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.”
In July 2018, the Trump administration held a U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom led by the Secretary of State. During the ministerial meeting, Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced that African laws criminalizing LGBTQ identity are a form of “religious freedom.”
In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which exists almost entirely to allow medical professionals to oppose abortion and discriminate against LGBTQ people.
These moves are largely bits of red meat that Trump throws to his religious conservative base. Remember, 81% of evangelical voters voted for Trump in 2016.
Donald Trump and his dysfunctional administration has asked the Supreme Court directly to make a ruling on a proposed transgender military ban.
The lower district and federal courts have heard arguments to the ban, and have ruled in favor of the challenges. Because of this, the Trump administration is not able to implement the policy to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
There are several challenges in front of the courts, for example, the DC Circuit will hear arguments in December regarding the ban.
But this did not stop Solicitor General Noel Francisco from filing petitions with the Supreme Court. The petitions are asking the Court to make a ruling on the issues to three cases. If the justices take up the issues, their final ruling would decide it and remove all cases before the Federal courts system.
Typically, the Supreme Court will not take and/or hear cases that have not gone through the lower courts, but instead, consider previously issued opinions by lower court judges.
History of the ban
The proposed ban was first announced last year in July. One month later, he issued a memorandum that would end trans service that would have started at the beginning of 2018. However, there was immediate criticism against the policy and several lawsuits were filed challenging it.
To date, the first court to hear a case ruled against the policy and the judge in an opinion said that trans troops must be allowed to join. So, in March 2018 Trump issued a new policy which was a watered-down version.
The issue of the ban still remains tangled in the court system. Some trans people have been able to join the military, and others face obstacle after obstacle.
So, now Trump a petition before the Supreme Court will get the matter out of the labyrinth of the courts.
Trump vs judges
This past week Trump got into a Twitter dispute with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts. Ranting about the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and referred to one judge as an ‘Obama judge’. Roberts, therefore, issued a shark rebuke to Trump’s comments.
‘We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,’ he said.
‘What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.’
Trump responded to Roberts’ on Twitter