After publishing an assumed interview with the secret male lover of a closeted bisexual Premier League soccer star, the sun is under heavy fire. Racheal Dale a reporter for The Sun never identified the name of the player has a child by his long-term female partner, but allegedly has a gay lover on the side who he met at a nightclub and see’s often for sex.
“The Sun knows the identity of the footballer but has chosen not to reveal his name,” Dale stated. The homophobic includes salacious quotes from the man’s supportive lover. This has many calling the story “sensationalist” and “insidious” and calls to boycott the tabloid.
The Mersey Marauders Football Club, a gay team in Liverpool has accused the tabloid of “peddling their homophobic agenda again” and “trying to make headlines about ‘closeted; gay football players having ‘affairs’.”
Ryan Atkin and Premier League referee who came out last year expressed his disapproval “Publishing the story with the underlying theme of a potential sex scandal is just another low blow, whether they print the name or not,” he tells Indy100. “It’s that typical ‘we know who you are’ statement, which is insidious.” Furthermore; “The more people that come out, the easier it becomes for others. But speculation around the sexual orientation of professional footballers is one thing we really need to stop.”
Lindsay Saunders-Velez claims she was raped at a Colorado prison just hours after a judge threw out her request to keep corrections officers from keeping her in a disciplinary unit. She has claimed that she has been threatened, assaulted and harassed since last spring when she entered the Colorado prison system.
Saunders-Velez has since filed a lawsuit against the state’s corrections agency, claiming the system is both “discriminatory and dangerous” for transgender offenders. Just last month her lawyers requested a judge to not send her to the “punishment pod” for a disciplinary infraction citing she could face the inmates that tormented her. The judge ruled that her attorneys failed to show imminent risk, and rejected the request. Records show that Saunders-Velez was attacked several times while in the unit and one time needs more than a week in the infirmary to recover.
Under Federal law, prisons are required to asses individuals to asses where to house transgender persons says Demoya Gordon, an attorney with LGBTQ+ advocacy group Lambda Legal’s transgender rights project. But added that most facilities house inmates based on their genitalia or birth gender, which results in most being abused or raped during their sentence.
In her lawsuit, she stated that after she was sent to Colorado correctional facility that her problems started with other inmates. Court records show incidents where male prisoners would pull down a privacy screen Saunders-Velez used to use the bathroom in her cell. She also alleges that other prisoners threatened her, and reported an inmate sexually assaulted her during a transfer to another Colorado prison.
As a result Saunder-Velez in an attempt “to escape,” she swallowed razors and was sent the hospital and was reassigned to “territorial”, according to her attorney. Prison staff also refused to call her Lindsay and to be identified with female pronouns. Officials also refused requests that she be searched by a woman.
The 2012 Bureau of Justice statistic suggests that about 3,200 inmates in the United States both state and federal identified as transgender. 40 percent of transgender reported being abused, assaulted or raped by other inmates or staff members.
An inmate in Colorado is suing the corrections department over treatments of transgender people. The agency is unable to comment on ongoing litigation.
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Outside of a small bar, you see a rainbow flag, to be honest, it’s quite surprising and a little out of the place. Since 1979 being gay is no longer a crime, however, under Article 303a of Cuba’s Penal Code "publicly manifested" homosexuality remains illegal, as does "persistently bothering others with homosexual amorous advances." The Caribbean island has undoubtedly evolved, for example, there are glimmers of free enterprise (a first in about 55 years). The one constant that remains is that Cuba is the regime is your customer. LGBT rights have improved in Cuba over the past decade, but while there have been some gains, several problems still remain. Cuba is still a predominately Catholic country, and the church still holds to the notion that being gay is a sin. Cuba (the Castro family) no longer sends LGBT individuals to labor camps as they did in the 60’s and 70’s, the only LGBT movement is a state-run overseen by Mariela Castro. While most of the world begins to celebrate Pride, Cubans are not allowed. Since the Government refused to recognize the international week of LGBT Pride. Under Mariela Castro, the LGBT community is allowed to come together and celebrate the World Health Organization’s “International Day Against Homophobia.”
Cuba by all accounts has been run as a family business since the Castro’s took over the country in 1959, so it’s no surprise that Mariela would end up working for her dad. As the daughter of President Raul and niece to "Maximum Leader" Fidel Castro, she holds an interesting place in the government. “Brokeback Mountain” might have aired on Cuban state television in 2008, but the complete control Mariela and CENESEX have over the LGBT community and agenda really don’t give Cubans a real sense of ownership of their own cause.
To the LGBT Cubans, I spoke with pretty much all agree that she is the creation of the state propaganda machine, a face to the world showing tolerance while the regime continues to hold a tight grip on society thus the totalitarianism continues. Why, well tourism is Cuba’s largest industry with more than 2 million visitors last year. Tourist (Western) would prefer a “Friendly Cuba” than one that is a notorious human rights violator. Ario a 24-year old gay man resents when gay men come to Cuba and think everything is fine, and that they somehow have these perceived freedoms. “They come from outside and know nothing about what we endure, they flaunt their money, and it’s insulting to us.” He further stated, “Tourist get to leave when their done having fun, we remain behind.”
One major announcement came in 2008, when the government announced that the national health-care system would begin providing free gender-reassignment surgeries to those that qualified. Then in 2014, the Cuban parliament passed a set of new labor laws that included language that outlawed employment based on sexual orientation. On the surface, it appears that Mariela is trying to move the LGBT agenda forward. BUT, not everyone is buying it!
"The reality for the LGBT community in Cuba is very different from that described by the international media," Diego Martinez (some names were changed to protect their identity), a 33-year-old gay man from Santa Clara, tells me. "We live under constant government surveillance and harassment, while at the same time being manipulated for their political purposes."
Martinez is married to a transgender who once worked at CENESEX, she pledged loyalty to the Revolution and became the first Cuban to receive government-sponsored sex reassignment surgery and completed a full male-to-female transition. Martinez’s partner started the illegal independent organization the Cuban League Against AIDS, they became dissident’s. They both participated in an unauthorized Pride Day parade in Havana in 2011 and the government responded by arresting all 20 participants. “The parade wall allowed to continue so not to allow any tourist to see the government position on homosexuality, but that night they came and arrested us all,” Martinez stated. Martinez married his partner in 2011 on August 13, 2011, and send a powerful message to the government. Opposition bloggers Yoani Sanchez and her husband, Reinaldo Escobar were there. Martinez wife stated about Mariela "Mariela is a chameleon; she can change her character very easily, and she is very sociable with the people who work for her, but never does anything for anyone without expecting something back in return."
Gay activist and independent journalist Mario Jose Delgado also thinks that the outside world has been duped by Mariela. He along with other LGBT Cuban are "very unhappy about the awards and recognition,” furthermore he stated, "It does not reflect the feelings of the gay community on the island." Delgado wants people to know that LGBT life in Cuba is more dire and uglier than what is projected by the government.
Delgado recounts about an incident several years ago, when he was heading home to the Alamar section of Havana when three men (in civilian clothes) pushed him into the backseat of a car and drove him to the outskirts of town where he was beaten in the face with a rock. The men have never been identified and were interested in the information he carried, mainly the names of members of a Christian LGBT group (Divine Hope) Delgado belonged to. The men took his cellphone and USB drive, along with his calendar which contained details about a demonstration the group was planning.
Delgado himself doesn’t have much to lose by speaking openly to reporters, but there are those in the LGBT community and don’t want to draw much attention to themselves. Most have settled into a relatively comfortable and safe life.
Luis and Sebastian live in a small apartment in Havana and it’s obvious they are a couple, even though they would never admit it. Sebastian has a successful career working for the state theater, which doesn’t happen by making social waves. What made an impression on me was that they refer to themselves as “friends”, something I haven’t heard since I was in my twenties. It’s apparent they are awkward about their situation. “Living in peace is much better and safer considering the era where same-sex couples lived in complete fear of being rounded up and sent to labor camps’” Luis said.
There is this casual somewhat laid-back attitude about the persecution of gay and homosexuality. The government tends to take a defensive tone when talking about Cuba’s history of homophobia. When directly questioned the use of term “concentration camps for gay men” seems to set off alarms, they quickly state “there was never concentration camps, but training camps,” one official told me when asked. There is a term that some would say to me Cada cual habla de la feria según le va en ella. "Everybody experiences reality in a different way."
72-year old Ernesto remembers many friends taken to “training camps,” and how many had to live in secrecy always afraid of the state police. “They would come in the dead of night and take you away, some never returned, some would come back get married have children. It was a difficult time, not much has changed” he stated. Cubans can’t communicate fully with each other as someone might be listening to your telephone conversations, internet access is scarce, mobile phone use is the lowest in Latin America, vehicle ownership is exceptionally low and public transportation is a complete disaster.
Ernesto talks about Gats Loco (a “gay bar” in Trinidad, Cuba), most believe it was the first gay bar in Cuba, but the first display of the rainbow flag that he remembers was an LGBT center in Santa Clara, that opened sometime in the early 90’s. El Mejune opened as an independent operation but quickly found itself being offered assistance from the government. “This follows the typical practice that the Cuban government does if it’s out of their control they just make it official,” explains Ernesto.
So, where does this leave the LGBT community in Cuba? Most understand they are fighting a battle not only with the Castro government but more so trying to change the perception of Cuban society towards LGBT individuals. Currently, there has been no movement to change the penal code or allowing Cubans to live freely as the government still has immense control over daily life. Unit the time comes that LGBT Cubans can live freely then continue to fight and do what they can.
In 2003 the Lawrence v. Texas case that reached the Supreme Court made laws against homosexuality illegal, however, Louisiana still has laws on the books that are anti-gay. The laws are known as "crime against nature" which is defined as sex between two men or a man and an animal; “The unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal.”
In Louisiana homosexuality is categorized as illegal and gay men in the state can still be arrested for having sex. As of 2015, there have been several arrests. Democrats in the state legislature are now trying to separate the official definition of bestiality and homosexuality, and guess what the Republicans are trying to stop the bill from moving forward. House bill SB 236 did pass the state Senate, but in the House, the conservatives are fighting the bill passage, where they hold a majority.
Republicans believe that SB 236 would legalize homosexuality; “This bill was written because the far left wants to undermine our other laws that protect family and traditional values that the people of Louisiana hold dear,” Sen. Ryan Gatti stated. He further suggested that; “that it most likely will be used as a Trojan horse to delete the sodomy law.”
Let's be honest there is a very slim chance this bill be passed by the House. There is no reason why current sodomy laws can't be enforced, but then again we are talking about Louisiana.
If you thought that Donald Trump was going to be a true ally of the LGBT community you might want to rethink that point of view. It became apparent after he named his cabinet there was no doubt that he filled it with homophobes and transphobes. Here are a few cabinet members that definitely don't support the LGBT community.
Let's just say the former governor of Indiana was the first warning shot. Pence is known as America's foremost anti-LGBT governor, you might remember the Religion Freedom Restoration Act and as a member of Congress Pence predicted right from the House floor that marriage equality was going to lead to "societal collapse." Was is even scarier is that Pence is next in line to the Presidency if anything should happen to Trump. While he has been in office Pence's resume has included insulting American Olympians and has successfully lobbied to put more pressure and hardships on both Trans troops and youth.
Where do we start with the homophobic racist? Session's has more influence on our culture and society than any other cabinet members. As Attorney General, he is the chief law enforcer on such matters at the civil rights. This can be bad news for members of the LGBT community. The former Alabama Senator (R) he fought to allow businesses to discriminate individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identification; not to mention changing the DOJ's view on civil rights. He also voted against allowing spousal benefits to same-sex couples.
Who understands this idiot? I suppose when you can't run a successful campaign, the very person you say isn't fit to hold the office of the President you just go work for him. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development called Trans people abnormal, and associated homosexuality to bestiality. He decided that those who supported same-sex marriage were pro-pedophiles. So now he is in charge of enforcing laws that prevent landlords from discrimination against gay and Trans people. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house!
This tragic mess is the Secretary of Education and low and behold it was leaked last year that she fought to rescind protections for transgender students, a protection put in by Obama. DeVos also stated that the agency will no longer investigate any claims of discrimination form transgender students. She also supported the Trump administration's policies on Title IX protections that would reduce protections to LGBT students. Let's not forget that DeVos; family donated to the Family Research Council, a anti-LGBT organization.
This tool is the founder of the anti-LGBT Project of the Judiciary and if that wasn't enough he served on awards committee for the Family Research Council. The council named him the “leading pro-family legal scholars." He also rejected and fought against Vermont's court ruling in favor of same-sex unions. Maybe there's a reason he was Trump's second choice to become the Labor Secretary.
In 2016 Mr. Zinke pushed for a provision to the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow major anti-LGBT discrimination on all levels of government. He did this while serving as Montana's sole congressional representative. There is no reason to believe that he has changed his mind about removing protections from discrimination put into place by President Obama.
Is the director of the Environmental Protection Agency (as of now). Facing Congressional questions about his financial dealing and major breaches of ethical behavior, he has a long record of being anti-LGBT well before his appointment. While the attorney general for Oklahoma he fought against Obama-era edicts on the treatment of Trans students and opposed legalization of marriage equality, and earned the nickname "head bully."
A review of judicial appointments by Trump has shown that just about one-third of them are anti-LGBT judges. Remember these appointments are for life and they have been confirmed at record speed. These appointments will have a disproportionate and enduring impact on LGBT individuals from the South (which we know is a homophobic part of the country). A record 16 nominees have faced stiff opposition from pro-civil rights groups.
He wasn't known as the "Mad Dog" for nothing, it steamed from his intolerant anti-LGBT stances. Mattis joined Warriors & Citizens: American Views of Our Military co-editor Kori Schake in 2011 to condemn the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and questioned women's ability to serve in combat.
And to those in the LGBT community who thought or continue to think Trump is protecting our rights. Well, I suggest you wake up and get your head out of someone's ass. The damage that this administration could take years to repair.
Activists from the Middle East and North Africa are taking a bold step and speaking out in a PSA "No Longer Alone". Their goal is to chronicle the world that they are not just victims of oppressive governments throughout the region. “We don’t want the image anymore of just being victims,” says Zoheir, a gay activist from Algeria. “We want to speak about reality, speak about violence, but also to [show what is] positive.”
The Human Rights Watch and Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality worked together with the activists to produced the PSA stated that: “defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma” to share their stories. For many of them they live in countries homosexuality is illegal, for example in Egypt they could face severe punishment, just based on their sexuality. “Religious figures, the government, your parents–they all want to have a say in what you do,” says Rima, a bisexual from Lebanon. “I want to tell you it’s none of their business and that your body, your desires, and your ideas are yours alone.”
Many hope the PSA will empower many within LGBT communities around the world to speak out, and fight for their rights, according to the Human Rights Watch.
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Politics in any form can be messy, but when you’re running for a Congressional seat from Louisiana’s 6th District I imagine it would be muddled with unfounded accusations, misinformation and downright dirty. So, why would a member of the LGBT community want to put themselves through that? I wanted to know what would make Justin Dewitt put himself in the potential line of fire.
First, you have to understand that he is very passionate about the state of politics both on the state and federal level. He knows that it’s not going to be easy to beat an opponent with a large “war chest” and the backing of special interests, however, Dewitt is determined to make a statement and has the drive and determination to move forward with his platform. “I know that this is an uphill battle, but I want to represent the people of the 6th District”, he stated,” and “I believe that I can make a difference.”
So, what is Justin Dewitt about, what are his views on key issues that affect the people he wants to represent? We’re going to look at three key issues that not only affect those in the 6th District but our entire state; flood insurance (disaster), Traffic infrastructure, and supporting working families.
If you live or have lived in Louisiana for any period of time then you’re aware that we pay some of the highest rates with regards to flood insurance. Since Katrina, many Louisiana residences have seen their insurance rates go right through the roof. “I want to see a commonsense approach to rebuilding our levees, protecting the wetlands, and helping our citizens obtain affordable flood insurance.” Being a crew foreman for a land surveying company Justin has seen firsthand the neglect of the drainage infrastructure, which must be addressed. For every year that passes our crumbling infrastructure cost go up and up. Currently, Congress is unable or unwilling to address major infrastructure issues since they gave big corporations a permanent tax cut, leaving needed repairs on our roads, bridges, airports, etc. going left unattended.
When it comes to traffic everyone knows ours is one of the worst in the nation. I have to say that driving in Baton Rouge is a nightmare, and during rush-hour traffic it’s abominable. He understands that traffic is not a single issue, but a variety of issues. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation has rated Louisiana bridges and roads as 3,790 of the 13,050 (29%) as structurally deficient/ functionally obsolete and 62% of roads are in poor/ mediocre conditions. “Just drive on our roads in and around Baton Rouge and you’ll see how bad they are. I don’t think that currently our representatives (Rep. Garret Graves) in Congress are doing enough to bring needed money to replace, or repair our road,” Dewitt stated. He also thinks more resources are need to be put in place to look into alternative forms of transportation and reducing congested traffic.
Want to earn $7.25 per hour, then move to Louisiana. While most cities have imposed higher minimum wages for some, working in Louisiana is not going to help you get ahead. This past March the state House Labor Committee shot down legislation to raise the minimum wage, instead letting it remain at the current $7.25, the committee also rejected a proposal that would require state contractors to pay women equal wages. Dewitt wants to see women paid the same as men and he believes this can be done on the federal level by re-visiting the Equal Pay Act of 1963. “There is no reason why women shouldn’t be paid the same as their male counterparts.” He further stated, “We live in a state where most people can’t get by on $10 or $12 dollars an hour, minimum wages needs to be raised.”
One thing I gather from talking with Justin opposition to corporate and/or super PAC money. He has decided to not take any money from corporate PAC’s, he believed that by doing so you sell your seat in Congress and are beholden to their interest. “We are a government represented by the people, and for the people, if I take money from corporations I just become their mouthpiece and the people pay with poor, ineffective representation.
Justin Dewitt isn’t just working hard to represent the 6th District, he is also a member of the LGBT community. He has strong connections with the community and wants to see the end of discrimination across the board. “Being gay doesn’t define me as an individual, it’s a part of who I am,” he stated. He appears not to understand why there is such division in the LGBT community, “how can we expect mainstream society to accept us if we’re constantly putting others down, and for what,” he stated. That aside he admits that there are many in the community that work hard to bridge the divide and put themselves out there for the benefit of the LGBT.
I asked him about the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. He did hesitate to question the pharmaceutical industries monopoly on HIV/AIDS drugs and the high cost of medications. He stated: “there has to be a balance between profits and availability of access of HIV/AID drugs,” furthermore “the reduction of federal funds for education has left Louisiana fighting a pandemic of major proportions.” He understands that Baton Rouge ranks 1st in the state for AIDS rate, that Louisiana ranks 5th in the nation and 12th in the number of AIDS cases diagnosed and 75% of all HIV/AIDS Cases in Region 2 (Baton Rouge area) are African Americans. “We have to look at this as an issue the entire state needs to address, and education and prevention is key to this,” Dewitt stated.
SO, LET THE GAMES BEGIN! Justin Dewitt has the drive, tenacity, and passion to represent the people of the 6th Congressional District. By being himself, staying true to what he believes and his values. He was honest that he cannot make promises, and wouldn’t make any that he couldn’t keep. But only do his best to represent the voters. He isn’t about political divides, doesn’t care about party affiliation, but just wants everyone’s vote to count and know that they have a voice.
“I want everyone to know that their concerns are important to me, that I come to them to listen and hear what’s bothering them,” Justin Dewitt.
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This week Paul Ryan announced that he would not run for re-election; which set off a mad dash to see who might replace him as House speaker. Rep. Steve Scalise (R) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) were both seeking the highly prized placement. The Speaker of the House is third in line of succession to the Presidency. However Scalise has withdrawn his name, and that just leaves McCarthy.
When it comes to Republicans these days; it usually a case of degrees of awfulness. When weighing both men McCarthy is just as awful as Scalise. For example, McCarthy has a 100% voting record from the Family Research Council and has been a starch opponent of marriage equality.
One of the lowest moments is when he stopped legislation to uphold President Obama's executive order banning job discrimination. The measure did have the votes to pass, but McCarthy pressured seven Republicans to change their vote, thus killing the bill. Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) who sponsored the measure believed that Republicans held the vote open for a long period of time and this allowed them to change the outcome while the vote was already underway.
“They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality,” Maloney said. Maloney actually approached McCarthy as he was pressuring his colleagues, and McCarthy told him to get back to his side of the aisle.
“I told him, ‘What side am I supposed to stand on in support of equality?’” said Maloney, New York‘s first openly gay congressman. “It was disgraceful.” Democrats shouted “Shame” as the vote tally was completed, but clearly, McCarthy is a man without any shame.
Ryan has stated that he'll remain in the Speaker position until the end of his term, however, pressure is building for him to step down sooner. Allowing McCarthy the possibility of becoming Speaker of the House. McCarthy might have to wait, Republicans are in a panic that they might lose both houses of Congress this November.
If McCarthy thinks that his being named Speaker is going to be easy he should hold up; far-right Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R) is bouncing the idea of challenging McCarthy for the position.
McCarthy lost the support of the Freedom Caucus when he made a bid to become Speaker on the grounds that he was insufficiently conservative. The Freedom Caucus is a small group but has enough votes to deny McCarthy to needed voted to become Speaker. If this happens, Scalise just might step in, and truth be told he's no better.
There has been a lot of talk about the migrant caravan coming to the U.S.- Mexico border from Central America. It has been reported that the caravan is carrying LGBT people who have been persecuted in their own country.
Neta, a non-profit organization with the assistance of the caravan organizer Pueblo Sin Fronteras posted a video on Facebook. The video shows the vast diversity of sexual and gender identities. This is a direct call to stop discrimination and violence against women and LGBT people in Central and South America.
It is important to point out that the reasons for the caravan is vastly different than what has been stated by the Trump administration. “The purpose, they say, is not to encourage Central American migration, nor to ‘storm’ the U.S. southern border,” The Hill reports. “Rather, by traveling in large numbers, the caravans provide protection for Central Americans who are vulnerable to abuse as they cross through Mexico.”
According to The Hill, the abuse includes “extortion, rape or even kidnapping by gangs and drug cartels,” And there is no evidence that members of the caravan are perpetrators, as Trumps stated last week. “There is almost no actual evidence on which to base this claim,” The Washington Post reports, adding. “There don’t appear to be any mainstream news reports of a rape epidemic taking place in the caravan. The only mentions of rape with regard to the caravan in recent days, in fact, refer to criminal behavior that the migrants have been trying to escape in their home countries or along the route.”
It is not uncommon to see migrant caravans crossing during the Christian Holy Week (the week before Easter), as this caravan set out. Some are indeed seeking asylum in the United States, most are wanting to call attention to the violence in their home countries.
Most caravans consist of roughly 200 to 300 people, this year the number is about 1,500 mostly because of current developments in Honduras, “where gang violence has made the murder rate one of the highest in the world,” The Arizona Republic notes. Many in Honduras are outraged over last year's presidential election where incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez (A U.S. ally) defeated his challenger, and many believe the elections were stolen.
The human right organization The Latin American Working Group (a coalition of groups) issued a report highlighting election fraud, and denouncing U.S. policy toward the nations. “We are reaping what we sow in Honduras: a failure of the international community including the United States to take a strong stance against repression is intensifying the human rights crisis in the country and contributing to the outflow of refugees,” executive director Lisa Haugaard said in a press release.
Australian (New South Wales Waratahs) rugby player Isreal Folau who was against same-sex marriages in Australia decided to take to twitter and had to share “I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.” If that comment wasn't enough he decided to make another one about LGBT individuals and has gotten him into some hot water.
It appears that last week on Instagram a follower posted a question to Folau; “what was gods plan for gay people?” and his replay was; “HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Well, it appears that Folau comments haven't gone over to well with Rugby Australia or the New South Wales Waratahs. They are demanding an explanation from him and have since denounced the player.
Folau is now whining that he is somehow how being 'persecuted" after his comments and they shared on twitter the following: “blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
This might be the time for him to review the Rugby Australia's inclusion police.. It reads as follows: “Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion. There is no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions and words both on and off the field must reflect this.”
He is scheduled to meet with officials on Tuesday. Wonder what his explanation will be?