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Nov 17, 2012
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Devils marching "Sinners" down to Hell!

At any moment, Nigeria's parliament could pass one of the harshest anti-gay laws the world has ever seen.

10 years in prison for living with someone of the same sex
10 years in prison for supporting the idea of a pride march
14 years in prison for trying to have a wedding

All Out is working closely with the following partner organisations in Nigeria:

Changing Attitude Nigeria, Improved Youth Health Initiative, Initiative for Advancement of Humanity, International Center for Advocacy on Right to Health, Sexual Minorities Against AIDS in Nigeria, The Initiative for Equal Rights, The Initiative for Improved Male Health, Nigerian LGBTIs in the Diaspora Against Anti-Same Sex Laws.

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This is NO SURPRISE after the Kill the Gays Bill pending in the Ugandan Parliament.

There are also SIMILAR BILLS BEING INTRODUCED in other African countries such as Kenya, Zambia and others.
It is IMPORTANT TO NOTE, that ALL these bills ORIGINATED with American - AMERICAN! - fundamentalist Evangelical "Christians". Yes, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE HOMOPHOBIC GENOCIDAL BILLS. Our AMERICAN exports!
Research now being done into African history before the coming of European Colonialists and Missionaries, does NOT turn up homophobia in Native African traditions - not even among African Muslims before the coming of European colonialists! This research is still going on...

These homophobic Genocidal bills, originate from the group known as The Family or the "C" street group, headquartered in Washington D.C. This group also sponsors a "National Prayer Breakfast" to which the President and members of Congress are invited!
People like Pastor Scott Lively, and others, have TRAVELED for this purpose to African countries where they have CONTACTS, or make contacts, thru Christian missionary churches there.
They tell the Africans that this IS NECESSARY for Christians, to fight "the Gay menace".
They GIVE HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY to aspiring African politicians who will promote this agenda! thus giving these politicians HUGE ADVANTAGES in poor countries with new and shaky Democracies...
As American Churches, this money given is of course all TAX-FREE... the American Churches can raise it any way they want to!
Aspiring, and unscrupulous, African Politicians quickly see where the money is, and their POWER...
Politicians such as David Barati, in Uganda, whose"weird" {she says} interview with Rachel Maddow is on youtube.

IMPORTANT TO TELL PEOPLE THIS IS ENTIRELY, AND I MEAN ENTIRELY, THE AMERICAN RELIGIOUS RIGHT'S DOING. Since they are LOSING here, they are going to the "fringes" where they CAN win - then "flushed with Victory" they say they intend to BRING THE FIGHT BACK TO THE US AGAIN. THAT is their strategy.

Since being Gay is as old as the Human race, and older, found among all sorts of primates and other animals! - of course there have been Gay people in Africa since the beginning!

African rulers of powerful African kingdoms were known to be Gay or Bisexual. {Some of these rulers were Women.}
European missionaries, explorers and Colonial administrators were SHOCKED, all over the world, by the "ungodly, un-Christian" manifestations of sexuality they encountered.

The first laws against Gays were passed by European colonial administrators, spurred on by the Missionaries. But they were very selectively enforced, against people whom the govt wanted to "get" for some other reason. They had little effect on the culture, possibly. Anyway, there were, and still are, in big cities Gay bars and Gay entertainers just like anywhere else in the world.
People in these African countries, especially Gay people, are now researching their own history to set the record straight. This research is ongoing. There are a lot of LIES to reveal and combat.

The LIE perpetrated by the American Evangelical Homophobes going into Africa with their deadly agenda, is, that "BEING GAY IS A EUROPEAN IMPORT". They thus appeal to some Africans' NATIONAL PRIDE to "get rid of Gays and FOREIGN INFLUENCE". This is what the unscrupulous African politicians financially supported by The Family, are saying to advance their program. COULD ANYTHING BE MORE IRONIC?????

It is HOMOPHOBIA that is in reality the "foreign, Western, European, non-African" import!!!
But, people deluged by propaganda, and from their own Churches!, don't "get" the Irony... or the facts.

Sep 28, 2012

This is an article I am copying from the Seattle Gay News [September 21, 2012].

By Michael Raitt, SGN Contributing Writer.

"What does Gay really mean? Going beyond 'sexual orientation' to embrace a deeper truth".

Do you remember "Uncle Frank" and his good friend/roommate, "Uncle Bill"? Or "Aunt Sue" and her friend, "Aunt Barbara"? They lived together for years and it was tacitly understood that their relationship went beyond that of a simple friendship, but the precise nature of that partnership was never openly talked about and was only superficilly acknowledged. Most of us can recall a situation in our family or neighborhood that resembled this.

Now these relationships are being talked about and they are being framed in the context of what they are really about -- love! I hear politicians talking about "being accepted for whom you love" and I see TV ads where parents are talking about loving their children and accepting their child's partner -- the person their child loves -- into their family. People are talking about the right to marriage -- not for monetary gain or to push a political agenda for the sake of pushing an agenda. Rather, because of love.

For years, the terms "Gay", "Lesbian", and "homosexual" have had double meanings. One meaning was that two women or two men were in a relationship together. However, the more powerful meaning, and the bigger focus that was applied, was around the act of sex, and the popular terms used were {and still are, I might add} "sexuality" and "sexual orientation". Being Gay was reduced to describing who we were having sex with. We've had it backwards this whole time!

Historically, I understand why it was backwards. The social constraints were so punitive in years past that, although many men and women longed for loving relationships with someone of the same gender, they absolutely couldn't risk it. The most feasible option left, in those times, was to go and seek a quick sexual connection.

A NEW PARADIGM

However, times are changing. Individuals, families, friends, and communities are recognizing that being Lesbian or Gay is about being in a romantic, loving relationship. People are seeing that their Lesbian and Gay sons, daughters, parents, friends, bosses, neighbors, politicians, and celebrities are pursuing loving relationships.

Being Gay or Lesbian is an emotional orientation! We should be stating that explicitly and correcting people by saying exactly that -- "Gay is not a sexual orientation, it is an emotional orientation", and "I am Lesbian/Gay because of who I love and not who I have sex with." We should be making it clear that love is the emotion that drives relationships, and we do that by using accurate terminology. I am Gay because of my ability to have a romantic, emotional connection with another man. "Emotional orientation" more truthfully explains the experience of being Lesbian or Gay. This whole push for marriage equality is about the emotional relationship between two adults -- not who they have sex with!

It is no longer acceptable, either for us or for the people who know us and love us, to allow the designation of Lesbian or Gay to reduce us to an act of sex. This is why I strongly disagree with the terminology of "sexual orientation". Sexual orientation almost entirely negates what it really means to be Lesbian or Gay. Those of us who are Lesbian or Gay should no longer be referring to our "sexuality". This minimizes who we are and perpetuates the focus on an act of sex rather than on the emotional bond that love brings. "Sexuality" and "sexual orientation" describe the simplest of observable human behaviors. It is impossible for those two terms to capture the real nature and complexity of emotion and relationship dynamics that are part of being Lesbian or Gay.

IT'S ABOUT LOVE

Love is very complex. We know little about it. We know it is a very strong drive and we know there are different kinds of love. Familial love is different than the love one has for, say, a favorite sports team. There is love of country, food, and gardening. Some love to paint or they love their job. People love their friends and their cars. Yet there is another love that is quite different from all of these. It is romantic love!

The majority of us have experienced romantic love. It is a sensation unlike almost anything else. It is exciting and scary. It creates bonds that can transcend physical time and life. We build families around it. I don't know of anyone who can tell us with certainty exactly how it happens but it does. What I can tell you is that romantic love is the force that makes us Lesbian or Gay. Every single Lesbian woman and Gay man who reads this can relate. They know it is true to the core of their being.

We are talking about love. We are fighting for love. Acknowledging our capacity to love makes us feel good. Being in love makes us healthier and happier. Love forms bonds and families and families create strong communities and a thriving country. Love is one of the most basic, yet extraordinarily powerful emotions that most humans seek to experience. We are hard-wired to love. Let us actively and accurately portray what being Lesbian or Gay really is - an emotional orientation!

[Michael Raitt, M.A., L.M.H.C., is a therapist and a contributing writer to SHN, where his column appears bi-monthly. If you would like to comment on this column, ask a question you'd like him towrite about, or suggest another topic of interest, please contct him at askingmichael@comcast.net.]

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Posted: Sep 28, 2012 4:14pm
Oct 12, 2009
Focus: GLBT
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
Since April, we've experienced several tragic suicides of middle-school aged children -- each provoked by anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying and harassment.

These heartbreaking student suicides are a chilling reminder to all of us that we need to stand up and take action to prevent the perpetuation of soul crushing anti-LGBT behavior that is claiming young lives.

Passing the Safe Schools Improvement Act (H.R. 2262) would mark a pivotal turning point in the crucial fight for safer schools. It would establish -- for the first time in our nation's history -- a federal mandate for schools to adopt anti-bullying policies that include the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. This act would ensure that schools no longer get a "pass" when they turn a blind eye to anti-LGBT behavior, and it would require them to address all forms of bullying.

Take a stand today. Urge your representative to support the Safe Schools Improvement Act today

 ....What the Safe Schools Improvement Act aims to do is compel schools to act on homophobia in the classroom and to draw up policies to deal with anti-gay bullying and the issues faced by LGBT students, rather than just ignoring them. Currently, schools lack a federally approved framework to do so.

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