Dutch councillor thrown out of his party for calling gays ‘abnormal’

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A local councillor in the Netherlands has been thrown out of his party for describing homosexuality as “abnormal”.

Jamal Nouhi, a Labour councillor for Breda City Council, made the comments in response to calls from the Human Rights Watch for Morocco to “stop prosecuting and jailing people for their intimate behaviour with other consenting adults,” following the conviction of several men.

Writing on his Facebook page, Nouhi said: “Promote everything abnormal until it becomes normal, as

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Putin allies met David Cameron at Tory summer party while anti-gay law was being passed

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Putin allies and pro-Russian lobbyists attended a Tory summer party while Russia was in the process of passing its notorious anti-gay law, it has been revealed.

According to the Guardian, a number of Russian politicians attended the party on June 24 last year, two weeks after the Russian parliament unanimously voted in favour of the law and one week before Putin signed it into law.

David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson were among the leading Conservative politicians in attendance.

Russian MP Vasily Shestakov, who voted for the anti-gay law, was in attendance at the event, according to a leaked seating plan.

Shestakov – who has been tasked with improving Russia’s reputation in the UK – shook hands with David Cameron at the event.

A member of the party told the newspaper that the handshake was to “make the wheels go round”.

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US: Six arrested after protesting ‘prison-themed’ Pride party

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At least six people were arrested in San Francisco on Saturday, after protesting outside a ‘prison-themed’ Pride party.

The group were part of a protest organised by self-described queer activist group Gay Shame San Francisco, who objected to the theme of the Kink.com party.

However, police made several real arrests at the event at the Armory, on 14th and Mission Streets.

The group had previously written: “While trans women and gender nonconforming people of color are kidnapped, tortured, brutalized and murdered by the prison industrial complex, KINK.COM and SF PRIDE have once again turned these genocidal practices into a cash-making joke.

“They mockingly invite people to ‘get arrested’ and enjoy ‘Solitary confinement, showers, jailbreak, love and lust, freedom and confinement’ at their ‘Prison of Love’ Pride 2014 party.”

Gay Shame representative Mary Lou Ratchet said: “This is a travesty – on the anniversary of the famed Stonewall Rebellion, where trans and queer people rose up against police brutality, that six people would be arrested for protesting an SF Pride-sanctioned party that celebrated state violence and prison rape.”

Kink.com CEO Peter Acworth wrote previously: “I believe that if a group wants to organize a particular kind of party, they should be free to do so without shame.

“The purpose of this event is a celebration. It was certainly never intended to ‘trivialize incarceration’ nor ‘normalize oppression’, and I do not believe that a fantasy party could ever trivialize or normalize events in the larger world.

“Sexual fantasies may be catalyzed by real life events, but in no way do those fantasies represent or contain the same meaning as non-consensual, non-sexual real life power dynamics.”

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US: Tea Party candidate accuses opponent of being replaced by a robot

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A Tea Party candidate in Oklahoma is claiming that the congressman he is challenging, who is opposed to gay rights, has been killed and replaced by a robot or a humanoid body double.

Timothy Ray Murray, who was standing for the party’s nomination in the 3rd congressional district, has charged that imcumbent Representative Frank Lucas is in fact a robot.

He wrote on his website: “I, Timothy Ray Murray, am a human, born in Oklahoma, and obtained and continue to fully meet the requirements to serve as U.S. Representative when honoured to so.

“I will never use a look alike to replace my (The Office’s) message to you or to anyone else, as both the other Republican Challengers have. Rep. Frank Lucas, and a few other Oklahoma and other States’ Congressional Members were depicted as being executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine.

“On television they were depicted as being executed by the hanging about the neck until death on a white stage and in front of witnesses.

“Other now current Members of Congress have shared those facts on television also. We know that it is possible to use look alike artificial or man-made replacements, however Rep. Lucas was not eligible to serve as a Congressional Member after that time.

“The World knows the truth and We must always display and communicate the truth. I will always share public information with the truth when honoured to serve as your Representative.”

Lucas, who repeatedly voted in favour of banning same-sex marriage and against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, told HuffPo: “Many things have been said about me, said to me in the course of all my campaigns. This is the first time I’ve ever been accused of being a body double or a robot.”

In Tuesday’s primary, Lucas received 82.8 percent of the vote, while Murray received 5.2 percent of the vote.

Earlier this month, a gay Tea Party activist claimed that same-sex marriage is “tyrannical”, and its support “completely fabricated”.

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Republican congressman: It was ‘hasty’ of local party to censure me for supporting same-sex marriage

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A Republican congressman who was censured by his own local party for backing same-sex marriage has said the action was “hastily pursued”.

Last month, Pennsylvania lawmaker Chalie Dent – who sits in the US House of Representatives – said that “life’s too short” to stand in the way of people who want to be able marry.

On Thursday, Republicans in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania passed a motion of censure, condemning Dent for his comments.

Reacting today, he said: “The members of the Lebanon County Republican Committee and I are likely going to agree more than 90 percent of the time. This is just one of those issues where we have a difference of opinion.

“As a Republican, I believe this issue is a matter of individual freedom and personal liberty.

“It is inconsistent to decry the overreach of Big Government with one breath and then demand that Big Government invade our homes and intrude in our personal lives with the next.

“I wish the members of the Committee had given me the courtesy to explain my stance to them before taking the action they hastily pursued.

“Now that this is behind us, I look forward to working with the Committee and its members to ensure the success of our candidates in November.”

Despite passing the censure, which marks a strong disapproval, committee chairman Casey Long said the party would continue to support Dent in his re-election bid.

Same-sex marriages began in Pennsylvania last month, after Judge John Jones struck down the state’s constitutional marriage ban.

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US: New York party promoter banned from using phrase ‘NYC Pride’

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A New York party promoter has been banned from using the phrase ‘NYC Pride’ in its advertising, following legal action from the city’s pride parade organisers.

Heritage of Pride (HOP), which runs the annual New York pride parade, had launched legal action against Matinee NYC and Voss NYC over their use of the phrase ‘NYC Pride’.

US District Judge Colleen McMahon found in favour of HOP, and issued an injunction which prevents the promoter from using HOP’s trademarks, trade names and logos in connections of events during New York’s pride season.

The injunction restricts the promoters from advertising their events as ‘NYC Pride’.

Promoter Brandon Voss said in a statement: “It is absurd that any organization should own the word Pride used next to the name of our city. Especially one that is using this as a tactic to funnel revenue to itself by demanding fees for the right to call themselves

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