Stop Hate 2000 Newsletter July 19, 2006

We are concerned about the state of war between the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon-based Islamic groups and Israel. The thoughts and prayers of the volunteers at Stop Hate 2000 go out to those who have lost loved ones in the fighting and to those who are living in fear due to the state of war. The state of war existing in the middle-east illustrates how quickly religious hatred can turn into armed conflict.

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A correspondent's email reminded us that this month marks the first anniversary of the execution of two gay Iranian teenagers. The anniversary of their execution draws our attention to the plight of gay people around the world. Gay, lesbian and bisexual people are among the most widely persecuted groups in the world. An article about the execution of the gay Iranian teenagers can be read on the Gay.Com UK web site.

World Pride is scheduled to take place in Jerusalem starting on August 6. A Gay.Com UK and Ireland article reports that some of the speeches given by religious leaders could be classified as a hate crime. A few quotes that appear to be problematic include:

  • I promise there's going to be bloodshed - not just on that day, but for months afterward – Attributed to an America rabbi

  • If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies – Attributed to an Islamic spiritual leader

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The Stop Hate 2000 web complex has a few additions. Three editorials were added in the last week. The editorials can be found by clicking here. There are new book reviews on the Stop Hate web site. The first book review is of the book Galileo in Rome: The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius. An Amnesty International book reviewed is Stonewalled-Still Demanding Respect: Police Abuses Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in the U.S.A. .

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A few of the news stories we have been following appear below:

  • A July Advocate article describes the treatment of gays by the Palestinian Authority as abusive. The Advocate tells the story of a Palestinian man who suspected of being gay. The man was sentenced to a re-education camp where he was beaten and tortured.

  • The United States House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriages. More information about the vote can be read on the Advocate web site.

  • The Advocate headline reads “Kentucky State Senator Calls Log Cabin “a Bunch of Queers.” Name calling is a common bullying tactic. Based on the article, it appears some political figures are not above bullying gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

  • A 365Gay.Com article reports on a national conference to try to end the gay panic defense. Gay panic has been used as a defense in the hate crimes murders of Matthew Shepard, Gwen Araujo and others.

  • There are news reports a 22 year old Taiwanese man claims his parents drugged him and had him committed to the psychiatric ward of a hospital. The article states his parents were trying to force him to become straight. More information about the news story can be found on the 365Gay.Com web site.

  • In a 365Gay.Com article we read a lesbian won damages for discrimination in a home for the mentally disabled.

  • A Gay.Com UK article tells of a gay man held in man seeking asylum in Australia who claims he was abused, ridiculed and sexually assaulted while held an Australian detention center.

  • The book, Pink Blood, was briefly mentioned in recent newsletters. We are mentioning it again in this newsletter, because the book is a must read for people interested in homophobia-based hate crimes. Information about the book can be found on the Pinkblood web site. The book can be purchased at www.amazon.ca or www.amazon.com.

Anybody with news about hate crimes or discrimination is welcome to email us.



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