China's Censorship Laws Got Harsher As The Reward For Reporting Others Increased

Censorship in China just keeps getting harsher.

China has announced that it will be increasing a reward given to anyone who can report “illegal” works.

The Chinese government made this announcement last month as the country continues its effort to censor content online, in television, and now in person as well.

An reward will go out to any Chinese citizen who can report “illegal” publications that distribute “obscene” material. The amount of the reward can now go upwards to 600,000 yuan or $86,412.

Creating an incentive in order to increase reports can easily create chaos and exploitation of the law. Look for instance at what happened recently in America with the Philadelphia-born gay man who was almost deported, because of a law where sheriffs get compensated for extending the detention of suspected illegal immigrants.

Another example would be the Chinese author who was sentenced to 10 years in prison last month. The author, who’s referred to as Tianyi, was selling 7,000 pornographic books involving the love affair of a teacher and his male student.

Someone reported Tianyi and she was arrested by the police earlier this year. Now, she has been given the heavy sentence of 10 years, which many complained is a longer sentence than even rapists get.

It seems a wave of censorship is sweeping the globe, but China is leagues ahead of anybody else.

Bermuda's Court of Appeals Voted In Favor Of Gay Marriage

Marriage Equality is here to stay in Bermuda!

News is breaking that Bermuda’s Court of Appeal has ruled in alignment with the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.

This Supreme Court decided in 2017 that the law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. Unfortunately, Bermuda’s parliament didn’t agree and tried to create a new law, called the Domestic Partnership Act 2017, for domestic partnerships. These partnerships would become equal in the eyes of the law to marriage, but remain separate from “actual” marriages. This made Bermuda the first country to ever re-ban marriage equality.

Since then, marriage equality has become a game of tennis between Bermuda’s judicial system and legislative system.

The Supreme Court overturning the Domestic Partnership Act this past June. Then, Bermuda’s parliament filed an appeal to reverse that decision.

Now, the Court of Appeals has decided to uphold the Supreme Court’s ruling.

But, this may not be the end of the rally. The Court of Final Appeal is currently hearing arguments for whether this court decision should be stayed for 21 days. If so, the government could then lodge another appeal to the Judicial Committee of The Privy Council, which is the court of final appeal that oversees UK territories.

We’ll keep you updated as this story continues.

Malaysia's Government Edited Out Freddie Mercury's Bisexuality In "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Malaysia does it again.

While eyes are turning towards the continent of Asia as it slowly develops LGBTQ rights, the country of Malaysia is staying vigilant against them.

Between banning tourists looking to participate in gay events, politicians like the Deputy Prime Minister expressing homophobic rhetoric, and the banning of gay content in films like Beauty & The Beast, the country continues to express anti-gay views. This is in spite of subtle rises of LGBTQ representation like gay pop star Alextbh.

Now, the country has enacted yet another effort to quiet down LGBTQ representation and this time in the form of the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

According to Malay Mail, 24 minutes have been cut from the Queen biopic due to references to lead singer Freddie Mercury’s (played by Rami Malek) sexuality. This includes Mercury telling his fiancée Mary Austin that he’s bisexual and the drag scene for the music video “I Want to Break Free.”

In addition, the film has been given a mature 18 rating to prevent younger viewers from watching the movie.

This again is reminiscent of what happened with Beauty & The Beast, which tried to arrive in Malaysia last year. The country’s Censorship Bureau tried to have the “gay moment” concerning semi-villainous character LeFou (played by Josh Gad) edited out for Malaysian viewing. That said, Disney refused and thus passed up on showing the film in the country.

Now, Malaysian citizens on social media are complaining to their government about this second instance of censorship.

Poor Man In Jamaica Was Attacked By His Own Cousins At A Funeral

A gay man in Jamaica was attacked by his own family members.

While attending his great grandmother’s funeral in Westmoreland with his partner, a 24-year-old man, who only wanted to be referred to as K Martin, was attacked by his cousins.

K Martin says that he is no stranger to gay bashings. He has been stabbed, beaten, and chopped before. In addition, the man has lost partial sight in one eye after being attacked by coworkers.

"I am very good at my job but for the past eight months I cannot work because a few of my co-workers set up a chemical and it spill in my eyes so now I can't see clearly. But other than that, me just can't manage the insult dem," he said [sic].

Unfortunately, that didn’t prepare him for being turned on by his own cousins.

As the man told The Jamaica Star:

"If me did listen to mi mada this would not have reached me because she tell me say me shouldn't go. Me still go because me a say a me great granny ting and me say me and me partner a go. But by the time mi aunty give me a wreath and say me fi go put it beside the casket, a man walk up to me and lick me on my shoulder," he said [sic].

Not all of his family members supporting the bashing however. One of K Martin’s aunts tried to rescue him. Unfortunately, that led to her becoming a target as well. The three, Martin, his aunt, and his partner, then ran for safety.

"All a them a some cousin whe me don't even know and me don't do dem a ting. Dem a go tell me say dem no wah no b***y bwoy round dem and me never see dem at all. My partner is even upset because he is saying that I invited him somewhere and my family do him tings. Me feel really bad because to know that we all share the same blood and this happened," he said [sic].

In Jamaica, male homosexuality is illegal through anti-sodomy and/or buggery laws that ban anal sex. On the other hand, sex between two women is legal.

Due to this, Jamaica has created a deep-seated atmosphere of homophobia.

That said, there is support for LGBTQ people and rights in the country. Jamaican activists have started sharing gay stories through the “Gay Agenda” magazine and gay activists were outspoken enough to get anti-gay pastor Steven Anderson banned from the country.

But unfortunately, there seems to be no sign of LGBTQ rights on the horizon for gay Jamaicans, so violent scenes like the ones pushed onto K Martin will surely happen again.

h/t: The Jamaica Star

Anonymous Woman Accuses Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Of Sexual Assault

Brett Kavanaugh got a shock when a skeleton from his closet popped out.

Despite his unwillingness to answer questions concerning LGBTQ rights and issues, the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh was going well. It looked like the United States Circuit Judge would be getting an easy ride into the Supreme Court building.

But now, sexual misconduct allegations may get in the way of that.

Democratic politicians from the Senate judiciary committee have called in the FBI over sexual misconduct allegations from when Kavanaugh was in high school. A female classmate from Kavanaugh’s time at the Georgetown Preparatory School accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

On top of the FBI being called, the accuser has gotten in contact with sexual assault attorney Deborah Katz, says Law & Crime. In addition, there is no statute of limiations for sexual felonies.

Of course, Kavanaugh has outright denied the allegations and has released the following statement:

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time."

Many Republicans state that this is a desperate attempt to stall Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

This includes White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec who said to the New York Daily News:

“Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators — including with Senator Feinstein — sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session,” Kupec said in a statement. “Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”

Meanwhile, HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher said liberals’ attempt makes the U.S. look bad.

“Now they’re coming at him with this accusation from someone anonymous who said that he was at a party … but sexual assault in high school from an anonymous source, I think it makes us look bad,” Maher said.

As for Senator John Kennedy, he says the fact that democratic politicians brought out this info so late shows how even they think it’s incirumstancial.

"They’ve had this stuff for three months, if they were serious about it they should have told us about it,” Kennedy said according to Politico.

But despite what many see as a last ditch attempt to stall off Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, the vote is still planned to roll this coming Thursday.

Will the vote become a straight party line shoot out? We’ll see soon.

Update (08/16/2018):

The formerly anonymous accuser has come forward to reveal her identity.

The accuser is Palo Alto University's psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

In a Washington Post article, Ford described the alleged incident. She says she was at a party with no parental supervision. She admits that she doesn't remember which house it was in, how she got to the party, and who threw it. She does remember, however, that the house where the party was located was in Montgomery County.

Ford says she was heading to an upstairs bathroom when she was pushed into a bedroom. There, she was confronted by a drunk Kavanaugh and one other teenage boy. She says Kavanaugh then pinned her to the bed and tried to force her clothing off.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me," said Ford, who works as a research psychologist in California. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing."

Ford claims that she eventaully freed herself and sought safety in a nearby bathroom before slipping out of the house.

After Ford came forward with her identity, Kavanaugh denied the accusations for a second time.

Also in response, several Republicans have shared doubts at the credibility of Ford's story and have called out Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein allegedly had the accusation letter from Ford since July, but only now chose to bring it up.

"It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

"If Ranking Member Feinstein and other Committee Democrats took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full Committee’s attention much earlier," he continued. "Instead, they said nothing during two joint phone calls with the nominee in August, four days of lengthy public hearings, a closed session for all committee members with the nominee where sensitive topics can be discussed and in more than 1,300 written questions."

There is still no word on whether Ford's allegations will lead to the Senate postponing Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

Nigerian Presidential Hopeful Who Said He'd Protect Gay People Now Says He Won't Decriminalize Homosexuality

Last Thursday, we shared with you the story of Nigerian Presidential hopeful Donald Duke. Duke shared that he would protect LGBTQ people from persecution and not criminalize them, but now he has gone back on his word.

In the initial interview with YouTube talk show, On the Couch, Duke said the following:

“I don’t understand the emotional feelings a gay person would have toward someone of their sexuality. I don’t understand it. But I would not criminalize them. I would ensure that they have the protection of the law.”

Now, according to Gay Star News, Donald Duke is clarifying that he may not openly go after gay people, but he won’t decriminalize them either.

Duke felt like making this clarification on Instagram after he was constantly asked if his support for gay rights meant that he was gay himself. After hearing this question a few times, he felt the need to respond.


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“Recently, a statement I made during an interview concerning gay rights and homosexuality has been construed as my affirmation of my homosexuality and same sex marriage. Nothing is further from the truth,” he wrote.

“Homosexuality is a crime in Nigeria and ought to remain so.”

“What I however did say is that I would not go seeking homosexual for prosecution as this is liable to abuses and as such would rather not delve into the sexuality of an individual. For the avoidance of doubt our law on homosexuality stand in fact and in my moral rectitude.”

The presidential election in Nigeria is not for another few months and will take place in February of next year.

That said, Duke is a front-runner in the presidential race and his support of gay rights means everything for Nigerian gay people who have been especially terrorized by the government in the past few months. Unfortunately, that support will only go to the bare minimum.

We’ll how he does in the election, and what he would do with the position if he wins, early next year.

This Viral Russian Election Ad Has A Very Gay Twist

Oh Russia, sending us mixed signals again?

It’s nearing close to election time in the Country of Russia with votes set to start in September, and a new interesting video has popped up ahead of that time.

According to GayStarNews, no one knows where the now viral election video came from for sure, but several people have guessed that it’s the work of the local government.

The video itself, which you can watch below, shows two men discussing the upcoming election. The video shows them in deep conversation as they sit at a park bench, ride a public bus, and walk down the sidewalk.

While a translated version has not been found yet, the Moscow Times reports that the two men comment that elections are an “an illusion of democracy.” They then state that they won't vote.

The last scene then shows the two men entering an apartment bedroom and taking their clothes off.

As they do this, one man is overheard saying, “Let the others go and vote. We have more important things to do."

The video ends with one man lying face down on the bed, in just his underwear, and another man closing the door as he unzips his pants.

While this video seems VERY GAY at a first glance, it actually presents a pretty messed up message.

The message the advertisement is trying to present is that if citizens don’t vote, they’re gay. Basically, this is a homophobic scare tactic to get people voting and present this image of LGBT people being lazy/irresponsible citizens. And this isn’t the first time an ad like this has shown up.

When even teenagers are being charged for Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda law, it’s amazing that whoever’s behind this video, government or not, has gotten away with zero fines.

Just another day in Russia.

h/t: Gay Star News, The Moscow Times

Russian Teen Found Guilty Of "Gay Propaganda" After Posting Pictures On Social Media

A Russian teen has been charged a 50,000 rubles ($762.50) fine for posting gay propaganda online.

16-year-old Maxim Neverov has been charged with “propaganda of homosexuality among minors,” according to LGBTQ advocacy group the Russian LGBT Network.

What caused this “offense” was the uploading of images onto the social media site “VKontakte.” An office report on the case overseen by the Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights says that Neverov shared “some pictures (photos) of young men whose appearance (partly nude body parts) had the characteristics of propaganda of homosexual relations according to the expert opinion.”

The Russian LGBT Network provided a lawyer, named Artem Lapov, for Neverov, but they unfortunately lost the case. Lapov is now trying to appeal the decision and says it violates Neverov’s freedom of expression.

To add to that point, Lapov shares that the commission never proved that Neverov posted the pictures himself. Plus, they wanted Neverov to give his testimony to the police officer filing the report without the consult of his lawyer. Neverov refused and thus never got his testimony on the record.

The Russian LGBT Network also pointed out the convenience of Neverov, a minor, being the target of this charge made to protect minors.

Earlier this year, Maxim Neverov was one of the organizers for a performance titled “Gay or Putin.” The performance was so infamously shared by new sources that even the federal legislative assembly, called the Duma, allegedly discussed it. In addition, Neverov’s case materials mention a pride parade that he tried to organize.

Again, Maxim Neverov’s lawyer, Artem Lapov, is trying appeal the court case, but the Commission will provide the reasoning for its judgment before that happens.

h/t: The Russian LGBT Network

Two Chinese Citizens Were Attacked By Security Guards At A Beijing Pride Event

Video of security guards attacking two Chinese women at an LGBTQ event in Beijing has sparked outrage online.

This past Sunday, LGBTQ people and supporters gathered at the 798 district in Beijing, which is known for its art. At the time, people were gathering to hand out rainbow badges to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia. Unfortunately, that would then incite a homophobic attack of its own.

Two security guards stopped the organizer of the event from walking further down district 798 saying that the badges weren’t allowed in the district. An argument ensued and quickly escalated to the point of multiple security guards ganging up on two women in the street.

Piaoquanjun, the online alias of the organizer of the event, told Chinese state media Global Times that the two women were sent to the hospital.

Later, a video of the fight found its way online and the hashtag 798 beating started trending. Unfortunately, both the video and hashtag were later blocked on social media sites like Weibo (which itself has had problems with LGBTQ people).

In response to this situation, the Guangzhou gender Education Centre published an open letter online saying, “This is not only a violation of the dignity and rights of the LGBT community, but also a naked trampling of the basic rights of citizens prescribed by the constitution.”

Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but the Chinese government has a spotty record of how it treats LGBTQ people. It seems that China officials will acknowledge and accept LGBTQ people as long as they aren’t out in the open.

As Lu Pin, the founder of the blog The Feminist Voices said concerning the incident and the political climate, “The public space for diverse expressions is collapsing. People are realizing that they must stand up for their rights, but the situation is so difficult now.”

Website GayHomophobe Tells You All About Closeted Homophobes In Office

Across the internet, there are several services and websites out there to help inform and engage LGBTQ people and allies.

For this article, I wanted to share with you all this simple and cool site that gives you information about former closeted homophobes with political power.

As described on the website itself, GayHomophobe is a site that keeps records of people who had power, used it to push anti-LGBT rhetoric/laws, and turned out to be a closet case.

From Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey to Virginia Representative Ed Schrock, the site has a list of closeted hypocrites for us all to check out and read up on.

On top of having names and pictures of past offenders, there’s also more information like the date that they came out, how long it was before an earlier case of a homophobe coming out, whether coming out was their choice or if they were caught with their pants down, whether they’ve done a 180° and now support LGBTQ rights, and specific information pertaining to each situation.

Not only does the site keep these records for us all to read later, but it also tries to stay up-to-date with recent incidents of homophobic closet cases as well.

On top of that, the only money the site makes is from its ads. Then, 100% of those net proceeds go towards the charity Truth Wins Out. So, by clicking on ads you are helping a great cause, or you could just go straight to donating to Truth Wins Out here.

If you’re looking for a list of evidence that proves the old cliché “Homophobes are just a closet cases” right, then you can check out gayhomophobe.com. It’s a resource of information that’s ready to be at your disposal.