Hate 2000 Newsletter January, 2010
father commented about how difficult school is for queer students. “Most
parents worry about if they make a grade, make a team, or do things
like that. When we sent Willi to school, we worried that it would be
the last time we would see him.”
Stated in interview in the documentary movie Anti-Gay Hate Crime:
A & E Investigative Reports. Available from Amazon.Com
There are times when major life events force us to stop our daily
activities, to review our lives, and to see things from a very
different perspective. Those events can include car accidents, fires,
floods, the loss of loved ones. For many people around the world, the
earthquake in Haiti was such an event. The staggering loss of property
and life caused us to rethink our priorities, and to take time to honor
those who lost their lives.
This month, the earthquake in Haiti is on the minds of the entire
world. This disaster has been one of the worst world disasters in
recent history. The impact of the earthquake is being felt around the
world. Citizens of many countries were vacationing or residing in Haiti
when the earthquake struck. At Stop Hate 2000, our hearts are with the
people impacted by the earthquake - the survivors, the relatives and
loved ones of those who were injured or died, those who lost homes or
businesses, and all of the relief workers.
Numerous humanitarian groups are assisting with the relief efforts.
Donations to assist Haiti can be made through a wide variety of
sources. A person can donate online to the organizations listed below.
people feel gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-identified people are all
about sex. All they talk about is sex, and all they want is sexual
freedom. That stereotype is false. There are many queer people who are
involved in humanitarian work. An article on 365.gay
news system tells of a gay cruise ship that is helping deliver needed
supplies for Haiti. The Edge
news system carries an article about the relief work the GLBT group,
the Rainbow World Fund is doing in Haiti.
over how prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, and other prisons for suspected
terrorists, continue. The National
web site has an article about the suicides of three
people detained in the Guantanamo Bay facility. According to the
article, sources believe the three people who committed suicide were
moved from the main prison to an undisclosed location just hours before
their suicides. The reports are of concern, and help illustrate the
need to be vigilant when protecting human rights, even in countries
where human rights are generally well respected.
rights generally tend to be fragile. Internationally, gay rights tend
to be very fragile. Some countries are generally quite supportive of
sexual minority groups, while other countries engage in
state-sanctioned acts of prejudice and homophobia. Reports of gay
rights outside of North America continue to contain reasons for concern.
Prisons have long been dangerous places for sexual minorities.
Homophobia and transphobia can make prison life very difficult for gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and trans-identified individuals. An editorial on
web site discusses a development in Italy, where it appears there are
plans to make a prison for only trans-identified people. This prison
could help protect sexual minorities from phobic prison violence, and
might be a step in the right direction in the penal system. The
All-Trangender Prison: That’s Amore?”,
is worth reading.
The Chinese police shut down attempts to choose a Chinese
representative for the Mr. Gay Pageant. Because the event was closed,
an Associated Press article on the Edge news network
informs us that China will not be sending a delegate to the Mr. Gay
Last month, we reported about the developing situation in Uganda.
Unfortunately, this story is one that seems to be refusing to go away.
Monitor, a Ugandan news source, gives us the sense that the author
of the anti-homosexual bill, David Bahati fears for his own safety.
According to the article, a cousin disappeared, and he has received
what could be considered to be death threats. Political pressure
tactics that include making real or implied threats against people’s
lives are counterproductive and wrong.
An interesting news item in 365.gay
states the brains behind the Ugandan bill, David Bahati, is wanting to
come to the United States to attend a prayer breakfast organized by the
Fellowship Foundation, a conservative religious group. A Daily
Monitor article provides additional details. According to the Daily
Monitor article, the prayer breakfast is in Washington, D.C., and that
the organization has “several high-ranking” politicians as members. The
article indicates Bahati may speak at the event, and President Obama
might attend the prayer breakfast.
In the opinion of this contributor, David Bahati, the author of
Uganda’s anti-homosexual legislation is a man who has murderous level
of hatred of gay people. American political or religious figures who
share this man’s company at a prayer breakfast are going to come away
looking very bad. In fact, political figures attending a breakfast
event with a homophobe of such international notoriety as David Bahati
are risking their reputations and political futures. Trying to convince
moderate conservatives to support a person who has been linked with
Bahati could be very difficult. American Christian groups that would
allow a person like Bahati to speak run the risk of being tarred with
the same brush as Bahati. Even some rather outspoken homophobic
American religious figures are reluctant to be associated in any way
with this Ugandan political figure. Perhaps, that is the reason why an
article on the Advocate
web site indicates Bahati’s will not be allowed to attend the
breakfast. According to the Advocate article, Bahati was invited to the
breakfast before he introduced this genocidal bill.
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