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Yann Koeberlé Arnoult (user currently living in FRANCE) posted for gay readers on 18/03/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, sexual orientation +5
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Hi,

Hoping it will explain homosexuality and help other gay people like me.
The video is on youtube and was also sent to the Paris and L.A.Gay and Lesbian centre, and I.L.G.A. Europe.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_1qBM0th70
Feel free to contact me on you tube.
Thank you. Yann Koeberlé Arnoult
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Thorbjørn Jagland (user currently living in FRANCE) posted for straight readers on 12/05/2010 +5
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Good afternoon

Please find below an op-ed by the Council of Europe's Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland which marks the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May.
The article underlines the organisation's fight against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity and offers an important European perspective.
I hope that it will be of interest to you and your readers.
Do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to have more background information on the organisation's work against discrimination at the national and European level.

Kind regards

Nigel Smith

Nigel SMITH
Direction de la Communication/Communication Directorate
Conseil de l'Europe/Council of Europe
Tel.: +33 3 90 21 52 81
Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 45
E-mail: nigel.smith@coe.int



Secretary General's website: http://www.coe.int/T/SECRETARYGENERAL/SG/
Council of Europe: http://www.coe.int/aboutCoe/index.asp?page=quisommesnous&l;=en

To: Advocate

Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity should be consigned to the pages of history

By Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland
Council of Europe

17 May marks the International Day against Homophobia. Europe has seen important progress in addressing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. But there is more to be done.

In March, the representatives of the 47 member countries of the oldest European organisation, the Council of Europe agreed that all individuals must be able to enjoy their rights and freedoms without discrimination – including on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. They also recognised that non-discriminatory treatment by state actors, and, where appropriate, positive state measures for protection against discriminatory treatment, including by non-state actors, are fundamental components of the international system protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Last week in Vilnius, European values of respect for agreed human rights standards won out over bigotry and hatred. For the first time ever, the city successfully hosted a gay pride parade. 500 people participated in the parade, and roughly twice as many people demonstrated against the event. Regrettably, reports suggest that one policeman and a journalist were injured in clashes with protesters against the parade, but the authorities are to be congratulated for their success in protecting the participants. The right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed by both the European Convention on Human Rights and the Lithuanian Constitution, and the rights of LGBT people cannot be denied. Banning Pride festivals is alien to the values of a modern European country and contrary to Council of Europe standards.

The World Health Organisation ruled almost 20 years ago that homosexuality is not an illness, and mainstream scientific and medical opinion holds that it is a natural variant of human behaviour. I believe that prejudiced attitudes on the part of the majority towards the homosexual minority cannot be used to justify discrimination. I also believe that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation is as unacceptable as discrimination on grounds of sex, race, or religion.

Of course, the theory may be good, but what is really happening on the ground? Homosexuality has been decriminalised in all member states of the Council of Europe, and yet LGBT persons still face deeply rooted prejudices, hostility and widespread discrimination all over Europe. Now it’s time to do something about it.

In April this year, whilst debating a major report on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, parliamentarians from all over Europe coming together at the Council of Europe voiced serious concerns about violations of the freedom of association and of expression of LGBT persons. They also referred to worrying occurrences of "hate speech by certain politicians, religious leaders and other civil society representatives".

European identity is as much about values as it is about geography. It is not just where we live, it is how we live together that defines us as Europeans. The eradication of homophobia and transphobia requires political will in member States. It is only a constructive debate within societies, initiated and led by visionary politicians, that will finally consign discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity to the pages of history.




Nigel SMITH
Direction de la Communication/Communication Directorate
Conseil de l'Europe/Council of Europe
Tel.: +33 3 90 21 52 81
Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 45
E-mail: nigel.smith@coe.int
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steven (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian readers on 28/05/2013 +5
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IM 25 GAY AND I GREW UP IN THE ANTI GAY BAHAMAS. USUALLY I CAN BE QUITE POIGNANT WHEN TRYING TO GET MY POINT ACROSS BUT RIGHT NOW IM MAD, NOT MAD FURIOUS!!! GAY MARRIAGE, GAY RIGHTS, WHY ARE WE BEGGING FOR RIGHTS THAT WE WERE BORN WITH, WE LET SOCIETY TAKE FROM US AND WE HAVE NO RECOURSE....IM SICK AND TIRED OF IT. 200,000 FRENCH PROTESTING GAY MARRIAGE, U.S SUPREME COURT CANT DECIDE. SO GAY MEN AND WOMEN ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE LISTEN UP PLEASE CAUSE HERES WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IF WE'RE TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

1. IF YOU LIVE IN A HOMOPHOBIC COUNTRY, LEAVE!!! DONT HOLD ALLEGIANCE TO A COUNTRY THAT COULDN'T CARE IF YOU WERE DEAD OR ALIVE.


2.DONT GET INVOLVED WITH PEOPLE LIVING ON THE DOWN LOW- IF THEY WANT TO HAVE SEX LET THEM FIND ANOTHER PERSON ON THE DL TO DO IT WITH. DONT LET THESE INDECISIVE FOOLS BELITTLE YOUR WORTH JUST TO GET OFF.

IF YOUR LOCAL POLITICIAN DOESNT SUPPORT THE GAYS DONT VOTE FOR THEM.

IF YOUR IN THE CLOSET COME OUT, EACH DAY SOME KID TAKES THEIR LIFE BECAUSE WE FEEL BEING GAY HAS TO BE HIDDEN AWAY UNTIL THE TIME IS RIGHT, THE TIMES ALWAYS RIGHT ITS JUST THOSE SMALL MINDED PEOPLE WHO AREN'T EDUCATED ENOUGH.

BOYCOTT MOVIES,TV, BUYING MUSIC, WATCHING SPORTING EVENTS AND PAYING TO SEE THEM UNTIL WE SEE GAYS AND LESBIANS HONESTLY REPRESENTED MORE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.

BOYCOTT VISITING ANY COUNTRY THAT DOESNT SUPPORT YOUR RIGHTS.

PETITION LEGISLATION BE PASSED THAT MEN OR WOMEN WHO CANT PROCREATE NOT BE ALLOWED TO MARRY.

DONT PRAISE CELEBRITIES WHO COME OUT OF THE CLOSET MID WAY THROUGH THEIR CAREER, IF THEY WERENT BRAVE ENOUGH TO TELL THE TRUTH FROM THE START WHY ARE WE COMMENDING THEM FOR MISLEADING US.

GIVE UP RELIGION IT ONLY DIVIDES US FURTHER. LET YOUR BELIEFS BE YOUR OWN, WORSHIP YOUR DIVINITY IN SOLITUDE INSTEAD OF WEARING RELIGION LIKE A BOY SCOUTS BADGE.

THERE ARE GAYS AND LESBIANS WHO STAND UP TO BE COUNTED AND THEN THERE ARE THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO BURY THIER HEADS IN SAND FOR FEAR OF BEING REALIZED. IF EVERY OPENLY OUT GAY AND LESBIAN PERSON JOINED IN THIS EFFORT AND TOOK IT SERIOUSLY WE WOULD BE A FORCE TO RECKON WITH BUT IF THOSE OF YOU OUT THERE STILL LIVING IN THE SHADOWS DONT WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYBODY BUT TRULY YOURSELF, HAVING TO PRETEND TO BE SOMETHING YOUR'E NOT, TO CONSTANTLY NOT HAVE TO WORRY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOUR FAMILY DISOWNED YOU WOULD JOIN US WE WOULD BE AN UNSTOPPABLE TITAN OUR WORDS WOULD HAVE MEANING AND WE COULD DEMAND AND SEE CHANGE HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY INSTEAD OF HAVING TO WAIT A GENERATION FOR BASIC HUMAN DIGNITIES TO BE UPHELD AND RESPECTED.


BLACKS USE TO BE CONSIDERED SUB-HUMAN TO CAUCASIANS BUT THINGS CHANGE WITH TIME. CHANGE IS SOMETHING THATS INEVITABLE YOU HAVE TO SWALLOW THAT FACT OR DIE CHOKING..I JUST HOPE IT DOESNT TAKE THE DEATH OF MANY GAYS AND LESBIANS BEFORE WE SEE OUR EMANCIPATION. YOU'LL HAVE TO FORGIVE ME IF I DONT POST MY EMAIL, ALTHOUGH I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR RESPONSES I CAN DO WITHOUT TAKING THE CHANCE OF OFFENDING SOME RIGHT WING/LEFT WING LIBERAL IDIOT AND BEING HUNTED DOWN. KNOW IT SOUNDS PARANOID BUT THEY CAN HATE US JUST FOR EXISTING I BELIEVE THOSE BASTARDS CAPABLE OF ANYTHING.....

ITS A HUMAN ISSUE NOT A POLITICAL ONE. WAKE THE HELL UP MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS UNDER THE RAINBOW SUN. WERE A STRONG MAJORITY LETS START ACTING LIKE ONE INSTEAD OF A BUNCH OF SCARED WHINING FAGS. much love.
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