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Rahmi (user currently living in SAUDI ARABIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the SAUDI ARABIA country page on 02/04/2014 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , armed forces, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +9
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Hi I'm a gay guy living in saudi arabia and so far me and my boyfriend have been hiding from the public staying low and it was hard for us but we managed to do it till a week ago where my boyfriend was arrested for being gay they found pics of us kissing in his phones and they arrested him they kept him in jail for 5 days till they sent him to court where they beat him into confessing everything and they made him sign the confession and i been stuck trying to explain to his family what exactly happened they finally let him out two days ago on house arrest till his court date now i know my story isnt as big as some of the people on here but they took away my everything and they did all those horrible things even the officers at the station harassed and tried to rape him and all of that while i had my hands tied and couldnt do anything i just had to watch him go thru all that and he might doing some jail time or even worse and right im seeking refugee anywhere or anyone that can provide us with protection and help us get outta this country and get to safety plz let me know i miss him so much and i am willing to anything for him so if anyone has any information on how to seek refugee plz let me know asap just contact on this email Seth2241@hotmail.com plz help us we are desperate and dont know what to do any info would be helpful plz i am beggin u any info just contact me and this is just what happened to us recently we've been dealing with this for too long we just wanna be together in peace so plz help us
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The following theory proves everybody is gay weather you know it or not ."Some species, such as some snails, practice sex change: adults start out male, then become female (See also sex reversal). In tropical clown fish, the dominant individual in a group becomes female while the other ones are male, and bluehead wrasses (Thalassoma bifasciatum) are the reverse. In the marine worm (Bonellia viridis), larvae become males if they make physical contact with a female, and females if they end up on the bare sea floor. This is triggered by the presence of a chemical produced by the females, bonellin. Some species, however, have no sex-determination system. Hermaphrodites include the common earthworm and certain species of snails. A few species of fish, reptiles, and insects reproduce by parthenogenesis and are female altogether. There are some reptiles, such as the boa constrictor and komodo dragon that can reproduce sexually and asexually, depending if a mate is available"(ref –man is the extension of woman)The main hypothesis discussed in this book is that, if a woman lives long enough she will be converted into a man physically. A similar thing can also be stated about man. It is wrong to categorize humankind into two genders as it implicates that they are extremely dissimilar and physically opposite to each other. Man and woman are just two different stages of one developmental process. And physically they are very similar. The ideas presented may sound unconventional but Dr. Fulzele implores readers to consider his point of view with an open mind. “Your world will not change if you do not agree with me. But if you agree with me, how does it change your world? If more people agree with you and me, how does it change our world? The possibilities are limitless.�
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The following theory proves everybody is gay weather you know it or not ."Some species, such as some snails, practice sex change: adults start out male, then become female (See also sex reversal). In tropical clown fish, the dominant individual in a group becomes female while the other ones are male, and bluehead wrasses (Thalassoma bifasciatum) are the reverse. In the marine worm (Bonellia viridis), larvae become males if they make physical contact with a female, and females if they end up on the bare sea floor. This is triggered by the presence of a chemical produced by the females, bonellin. Some species, however, have no sex-determination system. Hermaphrodites include the common earthworm and certain species of snails. A few species of fish, reptiles, and insects reproduce by parthenogenesis and are female altogether. There are some reptiles, such as the boa constrictor and komodo dragon that can reproduce sexually and asexually, depending if a mate is available"(ref –man is the extension of woman)The main hypothesis discussed in this book is that, if a woman lives long enough she will be converted into a man physically. A similar thing can also be stated about man. It is wrong to categorize humankind into two genders as it implicates that they are extremely dissimilar and physically opposite to each other. Man and woman are just two different stages of one developmental process. And physically they are very similar. The ideas presented may sound unconventional but Dr. Fulzele implores readers to consider his point of view with an open mind. “Your world will not change if you do not agree with me. But if you agree with me, how does it change your world? If more people agree with you and me, how does it change our world? The possibilities are limitless.�
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Erin Dary (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian bisexual intersex readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 02/03/2014 tagged with intersex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion
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When I graduated high school, I didn't know what I was. Hi, my name is Erin (Legally it's Eric). This website helped me to discover who and what I am.
When I graduated, I thought I was gay, then straight, then a girl, then a boy, then something else entirely. A different website helped me discover that I am something called Intersex.
If you don't know what that is, let me explain. It is both, which is cool, because my favorite kind of science is quantum physics. If you don't know what that is, look it up. If you do, then you understand.
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paula key (user currently living in CANADA) posted for lesbian readers to the MALTA country page on 01/03/2014 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions
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If you want a lesbian site that has had 28,435 visitors in the last fourteen months, come to http://stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com It is NOT a porn site, but a webpage that acts as a second home to lesbians, many of whom are persecuted world-wide.
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we are facing alot of challeges here in Uganda now that the anti homosextuality was passed the people in the communities we leave are using it to harrass us more recently the day Museveni enacted the bill into law one of our own was killed through mob justice in a kampala surburb we appeal to the international community of the LGBT to give a helping and support the gay community in Uganda
many people would think leaving the country is a good option but i beleive in freedom in my our land
reach me by telephone +256754892440 or by email ssentongoherbert@gmail.com
together we will win
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fortune (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UGANDA country page on 28/02/2014 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , religion +0
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I just pity my fellow believers who claim to be holly that Uganda should stone the gay to death as life imprisonment is not enough like kimani maureen and so on i think God loves us the way we are!!, We are all children of God, Love one another is what the Godly prophets told us, Its only God to pass judgement, We all face the same Hell in case we sin; a chicken thief, a bank robber, a rapist, a gay, why always stick to personal issues instead of things which will help us develop? how comes a person claiming to be a believer in God/Allah preaches the gospel of punishment instead of guidance and counseling a believer supporting death which kind of Holly books do they have is this what our creator tells us to say or do to the so called sinners? tell me one person in this world who says or can stand out and say ME AM HOLLY ? sin is through thought, deeds etc , i think we should love to be together in spirit , etc otherwise the UGANDA'S GAY LAW HAS CLEARLY HELPED US TO SEE THE REAL HEARTS OF PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE BELIEVERS AND HAVE BEEN TEACHING US THE GOSPEL OF LOVING ONE ANOTHER & FORGIVENESS; that none has come out to say these are our brothers and sisters who need love and counseling i thank the parliament of Uganda for bringing this testing yardstick to our self proclaimed believers otherwise LETS NOT MAKE GAY PEOPLE PRAY THAT;- OUR LORD GOD SAVIOR KINDLY SAVE US FROM YOUR BELIEVERS!! enjoy the discussions many have attacked OBAMA, DESMOND TUTU and so on but all these are the same people they have been praising for doing good but why this time on minority rights of gay people in Uganda when they came out now they are being opposed even some wishing them death? THE GAY WE ARE ACCUSING WE SHALL EITHER FIND THEM IN HEAVEN OR HELL TOGETHER . because ai think a persons going to HEAVEN is not determined by his long term deeds but his last deeds on earth at the last time of life on earth like have you accepted jesus or Allah as your God? i mean have you repented your sins so what if a gay person repents his or her sins on the last minute you a believer fails coz you died of an abrupt car accident who then to go to HELL OR HEAVEN the gay you treated badly on earth or you the believer / hypocrite ? lets preach a gospel of reconcilliation with one another not hatred because after the gay then prostitutes, then corrupt ones, then liars, then robbers and thieves and at last they will come for you..so where will the world be looking like 10years head? be blessed all.
edrine is an independent human rights activists , lawyer by professional, corporate business consultant, researcher on legal and social issues, christian by choice, find me on facebook; fortune edrine, tweeter;fortune edrine;email;kedrine@yahoo.com, watsup;+256705815279 i always give people chance to be friends enemies to me accuse , support me coz we all live either by choice or chance so its your choice or chance to be like so towards me .
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Arsalan (user currently living in PAKISTAN) posted for straight readers to the PAKISTAN country page on 16/02/2014 tagged with intersex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, illegality of female to female relationships, illegality of male to male relationships
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This is not my story but my research about homosexuality in Pakistan and factors that cause it. Homosexuality is catching fire in Pakistan these days. However, this isn't something related to the preference of sexes here but an outcome of ill minds. See how people in Pakistan satisfy their lust in the name of homosexuality which eventually leads to child molest and abuse in some cases of the rural community. Click on the link to read complete article: http://bit.ly/1gFtfQK
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nour (user currently living in LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA) posted for transgender readers to the UNITED STATES country page in response to this story on 25/01/2014 tagged with religion
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not in auganda only libya is just the same ....
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nour (user currently living in LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA) posted for transgender readers to the LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA country page on 25/01/2014 tagged with religion +5
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hi,my name is vulla iam a transgender women from libya i live in tripoli .and as most of you know that libya is a muslim country ,its very hard to be a transgender women in a libyan community especially after the fall of qaddafi system and islamists predominate the country everday for me is a struggle attacks ,beating lots of hate to deal with no boyfriend to share with your life no friends its just alone with my sisters the only supportive my family estranged me my parents hate me and accuse me of bringing the shame to the family despite i have a degree from medicine , i do not know what to do i need only an organization to help me to get out of here iv spoken with hrw activist responsible for libya but it turned that she is a homophobic she refused even to meet me keep giving me excuses that she is busy even after the last attack in august 2013 ,,please i need some organization to help us me and my 2 sisters to leave for a society that is atheist friendly because we do not believe in god .....
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HELLO??? People are being imprisoned in the USA and elsewhere for merely downloading pictures or talking about having consensual sex, but ILGA doesn't care about that. In fact, ILGA continues to distribute HATE propaganda right here on its website, because ILGA is bullshit.
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Adeola (user currently living in NIGERIA) posted for gay readers to the NIGERIA country page on 15/01/2014 tagged with at the work place, hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions +10
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I think Nigeria as a country needs some education, Needs to understand .Freedom to expression
.Freedom to life
.Freedom to choose
and above all Nigeria needs to understand that there is more than Muslim and Christian as a religion, so if I decide to worship Hindu as a religion there will be a bill passed that will jail me for practicing what I wish...Wake up Nigeria
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I'm.Morocco lesbian women I live Saudi Arabia..I need help
If anyone gay would help by married me and I'll pay for him just so I can be free and travel away to usa I'm seeking for asylum please contact me if you can help in any way reemtures@gmail.com
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Proof that the Bible does NOT condemn homosexuality! Most of the anti-homosexual ignorance and resultant hatred comes from misinterpreting the Bible. This bigotry has been around for many centuries, but just because it has survived this long does not make it correct. Time for people to learn the truth and change accordingly. The Bible does not support anti-gay actions, and there is now a scholarly book on the subject titled "Homosexuality, The Bible, The Truth - The Bible Does NOT Condemn Homosexuality." This book represents forty years of intense scholarly research into the correct meanings of every biblical passage ever used to condemn gays, and it shows with irrefutable and verifiable fact that the Bible is not on the side of the haters. "Homosexuality, The Bible, The Truth - The Bible Does NOT Condemn Homosexuality" is available through all major booksellers. Bigots who want to continue in their hatred will face the judgment of God one day, but while we are all living here, we need to promote the freeing power of truth. God made all sexual orientations, not just one, and God made no mistakes. He made no "valueless" persons, He made no one who is worthless or a "zero," and anyone who takes it upon himself to condemn God's children based on the ignorance of their self-taught prejudices cannot say they do this in His name. God is not the author of hate, He is not the author of ignorance, and He made all of us. Let there be peace, and let it begin with education in the subject of truth.
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(user currently living in BELGIUM) posted for gay readers to the NIGERIA country page on 04/01/2014 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, hiv/aids , human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +10
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Nigeria is a country with over 170 million people and shares boarders with the Republic of Benin,Cameroon and Niger. Nigeria is largely shared between 2 major religions which are the muslims that largely dominate the northern part and the christians in the western part though there were other religions but these are the 2 major conservative. I grew up in a country where homosexuality is totally frowned upon by the society, the government and the religion. Growing up as a child actually was fun not until when I openly came out with my sexuality to my family and that made the beginning of my journey into neglection, punishment and denial of some basic rights just because of my sexuality. This led to me being taken to a deliverance house with the hope of me being a better person but after four years this changed nothing about me till date. Few years later I ran into the hands of the corrupt Nigerian government cohorts [police} where I suffered several attacks and threats of been killed or jail term. My gay life has not been an interesting one from the age of thirteen till now that I am 24 coupled with the fact that I am gay man living with HIV.
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Hi everyone.

My name is Christian Martinez from Canada and I live in the Dominican Republic. I am known as Canada Inc, a movie and video producer. I have been helping youths here for the last 8 years record their music for free and promoting them through web tools we have developped over the years. 3 years ago, a young transvestite (I am not gay and not a professional in the terms so excuse my ignorance but he is a young boy who likes to dress as a girl. Looks very good. Anyway point is this boy comes and starts recording a style we had never heard of. Litterally GAY Reggaeton. We are in a country where police still beat gays just for being gay in the streets where Haitians are being denationalized and where the possibility for a human being to be treated properly when he or she is admitedly gay is almost 0. Somehow, in the middle of this homofobic and racist environment, his/her songs actually became popular. His face is starting to be recognized (20 million views in youtube last 2 years) and he has been a tremendous embassador for the gay movement. I am asking you all to please visit youtube and view his/her videos. Their great and colorfull but most of all their historical. We are in a country where the president took hours deciding if he would go to the inoguration of the new american embassador because he is gay. Please help us make this kid a international star so Dominicans can start seeing their gay comunity as people and worth being proud of. I have grow up with a gay mother in Canada and I have seen what hatred can do. In the 70s it was truely not easy. I remember how it changed and acceptance came through famous people everyone loved. Or so I remember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeiO_d74ubA
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People, raise your voices. Create a huge group. As a western law student, we learn that power come from people. Machiavelli says in his book, the Prince, that religion shall be used to create love and fear in his population. Sure, everybody has the right to have your own religion, but this should be a choice, not imposed by Sharia law. Fight for human rights, doesn't matter what is your religion or how conservative your country is. You, together, will make a difference. You all could interact in here, then, add a larger number of people, go to the streets, make a noise. Don't stop until you make it. Go for international aids, spread the world. Easterns are brave, challenge the biggest power if needed to fight for their believes. Read about LGBT families, I am part of one and there's nothing wrong with it. GO FOR IT, LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND, PLANT A SEED IN THE PRESENT AND CHANGE THE FUTURE! God loves you all
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I have lived in South Korea for 3 years, I have loved every moment of my time.. so far!

I think this is a very Gay friendly country behind the scenes .

Legally the system is dated and the role of the Church dominates.

Change is needed and it is needed quickly because the world we live in HAS CHANGED and the Koreans need to get with the times..

Please sign my petition http://chn.ge/15MLc7k

As a Gay guy, I am concerned about the shame that society places on homosexuality. In Korea you have the proud Gay and the closet... who often gets married to a woman, under a joke of a situtation bogged down with contracts or a guy who will leave the country or take their own life.. the latter is my biggest concern... as it the situtation of parents throwing their kids out..

Please help SEOUL to wake up!

I find it ironic that Adjushis (old men) are allowed to rape freely in Saunas without problem or to feel men or women up and down in public without issue. I was on a Metro when an Old man touched my backside and then penis, I shouted at him, not one person did anything and the Korean Police simply took notes and said it happened an awful lot but because it is a Gay issue, it doesn't matter.

This country is awesome but THERE are problems.

Gays in the Army are asked hundreds of question to prove Gayness.

AKA WAKE UP and issue EQUAL RIGHTS
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In the U.S context, prominent domestic organizations sought to establish LGBT normalcy and inclusion as a means of assimilating into the heterosexual mainstream in order to change the minds and hearts of heterosexuals, pressuring local LBGT communities and individuals to give up their own sense of self and experience. I think its important to remember that stressing that " LGBTI people" are as normal as heterosexuals and deserve acceptance precisely because we are like every one else (aka straight people) was a political strategy. We need to remember what is normal and natural in society is constructed, our understandings of these categories are made up by mainstream society and politics. We should take pride in our difference and our queerness, we should not feel that we must make ourselves normal for others in order to feel good or enough or deserving of rights. there is no normal
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Lucky (user currently living in PANAMA) posted for gay readers to the PANAMA country page on 17/12/2013 tagged with gender identity, sexual orientation, religion
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Hello, my name is Lucky and I'm 17 years old. Since I was a little kid I knew that I like boys, but while I was growing up I tried to force myself to like a 100% girls. I did have a few crushes on girls and even an official girlfriend, but as always I found myself draming about guys and how would it be to have a male-to-male relationship. I'm not a "normal boy"; I like fashion, I like fashion, make up, I don't like sports, I like art ( here in Panama, guys who like any of those things are usually categorized as gay)... All my life I've been called "gay", "faggot" and some other words that were actually killing me. Right now, I've accepted myself, still with a few insecurities because being gay here it's not something good. The mayority of my friends know I'm gay, I've told them; other people still think I'm gay, but I haven't told them officialy. Today, my mom knows about my sexuality, she doesn't accept it at all, neither she accepts the fact that I'm having a relationship with another boy ( she met him), but I'm looking forward. I'm really happy with my boyfriend and I'll fight for us, but most important is that I'll fight for my happiness; I just can't fool myself again about pretending to like girls.
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Rhiannon (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for bisexual readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 17/12/2013 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions, illegality of female to female relationships +10
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Living in the United States and being bisexual is probably easier than most other countries but for me it's still been hard. I figured it out quite recently actually. My parents don't know and I don't plan on telling them. My friends know and I hope they don't think any different of me. I'm happy that the states are starting to allow gay/lesbian marriages and it makes me happy that people are finally starting to think of people like me as normal. 5 years ago if I had told somebody I was bisexual I would be made fun of, I'd be frowned upon. Now in our growing world people are finally accepting us. We are stepping forward one step at a time showing people that we're no different than them. People might hear that someone is gay and call them rude things. It's happened to me. Of course when the person called me lesbian I denied it and just went back to what I was doing but honestly, it hurt. It hurt me a lot because I knew that they were thinking rude thoughts towards me. I could just tell. Yes, our economy is changing, our countries are changing, but they just aren't changing fast enough for us. We need people to stand up for us and help us fight the discrimination. I say we as in everyone on this planet. Not just LGBTI people. Everybody needs somebody to fight for them and to fight for. I want to be the kind of person who does both. The bible says things like "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable." Do you know how this makes us feel?? We go to our schools, to our homes, possibly to church, thinking about the kind of person we are and maybe even feeling good about ourselves and then we remember something like this and it's like a knife to the back. We are individual human beings with our own minds and feelings. We can't change who we are.
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esam (user currently living in YEMEN) posted for gay readers to the YEMEN country page on 16/12/2013 tagged with at the work place, adoption, hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, religion
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I am a gay I am 25 years



i cant walk or talk with any one ,
In my community and my family want me sanish
I can not get any chance to work .. I can not walk in the street
my community treats me racist
My family want to get rid of me
Dealing with the community and my family is very difficult
I was working Internet Marketing But my brother made them package me He does not want me get the money
Two years ago, I went to another city , I worked in a hotel receptionist , the work was good .
Two months later, a man from my city ,He told them about me.
I can not continue because of harassment from employees and management.
I Quit
if i want go to the market , everyone look up and down at me ,, i can not stay 5 minutes in the market or Any public place.
,Always thinking Run away to anywhere no one knows me
They want me to commit suicide .. But I do not want .. Also I can not live
in the home They do not let me sleep and They tortured me psychological torture
In fact, I do not feel I am a human ,They look to me as a metamorphosis or a freak
my family treat me As a person stinking and some time as a slave
I'm scared to death , from my family , every day i thinking what they will do in the next day.
they torment me
I suffer from psychological problems.
? I do not no what i can do
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Aileen (user currently living in PAKISTAN) posted for gay lesbian readers to the PAKISTAN country page on 10/12/2013 tagged with sexual orientation, religion +9
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SALAM EVERY ONE.. i m girl. i m intrested in girls. i blong to a religious family who will not accept my sexuality.... they presurize me to get marry with man,, it is imposible for me because in not intrested in boys.and i love a girl she loves me too.we are happy and spend whole life with each other. and i cant ruin a life of boy.. so plzzz help me .. if any gay has same problem so tell me we can help each other.. its urgent.i m so mch worried. plzzz mail me at faimakhan535@hotmail.com
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Mara (user currently living in SAUDI ARABIA) posted for gay straight readers to the SAUDI ARABIA country page on 28/11/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, religion +24
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Hello everybody!
I am a 25 year old Saudi straight girl and my family is trying to force me to get married to a Saudi man. I do not believe in religions and I do not want to marry a religious man that I do not know. I feel bad for gays in Saudi and I would like to help a gay guy and also have him help me. My plan is getting married to a secretly gay guy that my family accepts so we both can live our lives and be good friends and make our families happy. reply to this if you like my proposal.
Thanks x
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Romy (user currently living in BELGIUM) posted for gay readers to the BELGIUM country page on 25/11/2013 tagged with at the work place, teaching lgbt rights in schools, sexual orientation, armed forces, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +10
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I was in class, my teacher tought us about gay then suddenly a fairy gave us a mushroom and we ate it. All of sudden we saw black gay people everywhere and some russian guy shot us all. Please help me i want to ban all shrooms from the world and make them illegal, mushrooms make russians kill gay people
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Please read this article:

http://eliteja.com/report-jamaican-gay-teen-chopped-to-death-by-angry-crowd/

Do something about it because they have been killing a lot of children out there out of accusations. Ask some international authority to put pressure on the country to change it's laws. Look at how the people there responded to the event; they were justifying what was done with biblical scriptures that's no longer accepted. I'm sure more children are going to die out there so please do something.
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Virgo (user currently living in PAKISTAN) posted for gay readers to the PAKISTAN country page in response to this story on 13/10/2013 tagged with religion +20
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Well My Story is a same like other fellas ! A gay guy who is living in a closet and seeking Freedom which far away somewhere i don't know where ! What will you do when your parents pressurize you to get married to their choice of Girl ?
It is now 6th year and the pressure is on ! i would like to attempt suicide rather then ruin other straight Girl's life !!

Can anyone Help me ? Seriously please ?
Is Asylum the way i can go for ?
or what to do ?
Have any of you ever had this ? what you did ?
Please share Please !!!
asiastock2006@yahoo.com !! Thank you
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arno ralf kneisel - osce/ksze-missionsleiter der StadtCOLOUR (user currently living in SWITZERLAND) posted for gay readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 21/09/2013 tagged with tourism, at the work place, gender identity, human rights, religion
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we have reorganisation in our project StadtCOLOUR and new contacts for the worldwide gay-community:

StadtCOLOUR
www.osce-mission-der-stadtcolour.de.rs
www.botschaftderstadtcolour.com
www.flickr.com/photos/wim-international
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Of course sexuality issues are very controversial in Colombia as in any other country. Of course religious groups and some conservative parties speak against same-sex relationships. Nevertheless, the law protects lgbt people from discrimination in Colombia, they are allowed in the military, couples can get married since June 2013, and there are even transgender people in relevant positions in the academy, politics and media. Gay life is vibrant in big cities and Bogota has the biggest Gay Nightclub in Latin America. I lived in the UK and although people are more open to the subject culturally, I didn't feel much more protection from the institutions, except from the obvious European-welfare practicalities that apply to all population. In fact, when I was in London, it was not legal in either country for same-sex couples to marry, there are common issues at the level of prostitution and informal surgery, and I was surprised to see there is no sexual education in British schools (Parliament is to blame) and some teenagers don't even know condoms prevent HIV (I volunteered at a very relevant NGO and researched about protection for LGBT minors in the UK). That being said, of course gay life is more prolific, stylish and fun in London than in Bogotรก, but we are far from what is happening in Russia at least.
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March (user currently living in PAKISTAN) posted for gay bisexual readers to the PAKISTAN country page on 05/07/2013 tagged with human rights, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +25
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Hello readers.
Well my name is March (as I don't want to expose it here). The story goes like this that I'm a good looking young guy. Who is really creative and innovative by thoughts. Who really wants to go abroad and prove himself in any field of life. But unfortunately life has been too tough on me. I'd been in lahore for like 8 months and I through a gay networking website, met ample people and dated them. Yet I finally concluded after my experiences that lahore has completely transformed into an HUB OF GAYS. Guys have now started to cross dress and they call each other BAJI (SISTER). I mean what the hell is going on! Well if this is a bitter truth then why we are not ready to accept it? It must be accepted by hook or by crook. Now the problem is that my family got to know by some means that I'm gay too. But I'm not completely gay I'm a bisexual. Im in a relationship with a female. But I enjoy being with guys too. My family wants me to quit all this creep. But I want to quit my family. But as a student I'm not financially sound to be on my own. I've completed my graduation, but I guess there are no much jobs unless you have masters in some program. I feel myself so lonely. I want to quit everything and want to fly abroad. I want someone to help me...
Somebody who can save me... :(
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As a lesbian, having spent almost a year in Namibia, was simply fantastic. Not everyone is open, but, its all changing. Namibians are very kind people and once understanding something - they accept. However, even if they dont accept it, they will let you be. There was a case a while back about Mr Gay Namibia being abused, but since then. Things have changed, one thing that needs to be improved on is the police's reaction to same sex harassment. Namibias gay community is growing and improving. I cant wait to return :)
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ABDOULAYE DIAGNE (user currently living in MAURITANIA) posted for gay readers to the MAURITANIA country page on 12/06/2013 tagged with religion
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I A? A MUSLIM AND I HAVE DECIDED TO BE GAY SINCE 2007 BUT I IN ?AURITANIA NOBODY CAN TALK ABOUT GAY I WAS IN THE POLICE STATION MORE THAN 7 TIMES I LOST MY JOB SINCE 5MONTHS I WANT TO GO WHERE I CAN BE FREE TO TELL PEOPLE THAT I AM A GAY PLEASE HELP TO FIND A SOLUTION THANKS my contact 00222241571196
abdoulayediagne47@yahoo.com ABDOULAYE DIAGNE
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Abed (user currently living in LEBANON) posted for gay readers to the LEBANON country page on 05/06/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, religion +5
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لم يعد يهمني فإذا الله خلقني كذلك فله حكمته و إذا كان مرضٌ نفسي فإني حاولت كثيراً و لم يتغير شيء فقد تقربت من الرّب و تعلمت ديني و تعرفت على الأشخاص و عززتُ حياتي الإجتماعية و لكن لم يحدث شيء . بدأت بتقبل نفسي و تقبل الأخرين . نعم أنا شابٌ مثليّ جنسياً يختلف ميولي عن الكثيرين . و لكنني إنسان خُلقتُ من طين مثلكم ، و ترعرعتُ بعائلة لبنانية مثلكم ، و لدي أخلاق عالية و محترمة ، و لدي دين أُأمن به ، و لدي وطن أعشقه . و لكن عند معرفتهم الحقيقة ينسون تلك الأشياء ، و يبدأو بالسؤال " آخُلِقت كذلك ؟ أم هو مرض ؟ هل تعلم بأن ذلك حرامٌ أم لا؟ أتعرف أن هذا ينافي عاداتنا و مجتمعنا ؟ " و لا يصمتون و يبدأو بالنصيحة المؤذية و المساعدة الكاذبة ، فهم لا يهتمون إلا بالسمعة و المظاهر ، و يخافون من كلام الناس ، و ينسوا من أنا و يتناسون مشاعري المحطمة و أفكاري المتهدمة . كم أكره ذلك الشعور ! كم أتمنى الإفتخار بميولي الجنسي و لكن سوف يحكم عليّ بالإعدام و سوف أُطرد من البيت و يهجرني الجميع ماعدا بعض الأصدقاء الذين يريدون لي راحة البال . كم أكره أراء الناس عني فلستم من سيحاسبوني بل الله إن أخطأت . فالجميع يسألوني إن كان هناك حبيبة أو عشيقة و ينتظرون ليلة رفافي بعروس من أجمل النساء من أفضل الطباخين و من أذكى العباقرة في التعامل مع الرجال . و إن كان جوابي لا يوجد حبيبة بل حبيب سأرى نيران جهنم في عيونهم و غضب الملأكة بقلوبهم و نعرات الشيطان على أفواههم و يبدأ الصراخ و النهيق . و أن كان في جيوبهم سكين لطعونني به و أن كان في حوزتهم مسدس لداسوا على زنَد الموت و أطلقوا رصاصة نهايتي .
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Sopho (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers to the GEORGIA country page on 21/05/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, sexual orientation, religion
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Please help!! My country Georgia is under severe homophobic backlash, there is a hunt on LGBT people here after IDAHO day on may 17th, the government is NOT doing anything to protect us, LGBT community people are afraid to go out into the street because they are being attacked for the way they look, there have been over 20 cases of attacks on women and men with severe consequences!!! Please join out protest near the embassy in Berlin and pass this on to those who could join you too, for more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/notes/zaal-andronikashvili/pressemitteilung-gegen-die-homophoben-ausschreitungen-und-f%C3%BCr-einen-s%C3%A4kularen-un/10151495475028773
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I am a documentary filmmaker, gay, and have just completed a film called STRAIGHT LINE CURVE. It showcases seven successful gay men of the USA Southwest who do not fit the stereotypes often associated with homosexuality. Each man has a high profile and is fulfilled, optimistic, inspirational and proud.

I believe this film offers the world a wonderful and motivational look at the gay journey, which few people in the general populace knows exists...but it does! This 32-minute film is available on DVD.

Ed Breeding, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
email: breeding4051@comcast.net
www.ed-breeding.artistwebsites.com
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Rainbow Ethiopia LGBTI Human Rights, Outreach HIV/AIDS and Psycho-social Support Services (user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the ETHIOPIA country page on 28/04/2013 tagged with intersex, hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids , gender identity, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of female to female relationships, illegality of male to male relationships +4
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Ethiopian LGBTs need help to halt abuses

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Rainbow Ethiopia

Ethiopia has one of the world’s most restrictive laws governing attempts to protect the rights and health of women, children, LGBT people, the sick and the disabled.

As a result, those people’s rights and health are endangered, and too little is being done to change that.

A law called the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP) 621/2009 bans any advocacy and human rights work seeking to end violence against women and children or to promote the rights of people with disabilities, people living with HIV, or other marginalized populations.

Further, grassroots organizations and front-line activists working for the rights and sexual health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Ethiopia are in danger both because of CSP 621/2009 and because of anti-homosexuality Proclamation No. 414/2004.2012, which provides for prison sentences of up to 15 years for consensual same-sex sexual activity.

As a result, little progress has been made in suppressing violence against LGBT individuals, which is inflicted both by police and by mobs. LGBT people tend to keep their sexual orientation a secret to avoid arrest and social stigma. LGBT activists fear for their safety, because a number of them have been detained, interrogated and tortured.

The U.S. and other countries don’t do enough to push for an end to such violations. Although they know that change is needed, they don’t make it a priority. Every year the U.S. State Department copies and pastes the same two paragraphs in its Ethiopian Human Rights Report under the heading “Societal Abuses, Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” This is the wording from the newly released 2012 report:

Consensual same-sex sexual activity is illegal and punishable by imprisonment under the law. There were some reports of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals; reporting was limited due to fear of retribution, discrimination, or stigmatization. Persons did not identify themselves as LGBT persons due to severe societal stigma and the illegality of consensual same-sex sexual activity. Activists in the LGBT community stated they were followed and at times feared for their safety. There were periodic detainments of some in the LGBT community, combined with interrogation and alleged physical abuse.

The AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa reported the majority of self-identified gay and lesbian callers, the majority of whom were male, requested assistance in changing their behavior to avoid discrimination. Many gay men reported anxiety, confusion, identity crises, depression, self-ostracism, religious conflict, and suicide attempts.


Ethiopia’s location in East Africa

A first step toward would be for the U.S. embassy and U.S. human rights missions in the country to work closely with local LGBT activists and community leaders to flesh out the 2013 report. It’s important to record the specifics about the degrading and so-far-unreported human rights violations that Ethiopian people experience on the basis of their sexual identity and gender orientation.

A similar shortcoming applies to the U.K.’s 2012 Human Rights and Democracy Report, which mentions nothing about the human rights abuses targeted at LGBT people in Ethiopia.

Along the same lines, a conference of African Union health ministers is being held this week in Addis Ababa to discuss ways to combat the continent’s diseases. The pressing issue of LGBT people and HIV in Africa is not in their agenda.

It’s not because the foreign governments don’t know what’s going on. HIV activists and LGBT human right workers continually report incidents of social justice and human rights abuses to the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The hope is that international organizations such as those will investigate and work with the Ethiopian government to address the issue.

For more information visit our website:

http://www.rainbow-ethiopia.org/
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Rainbow Ethiopia LGBTI Human Rights, Outreach HIV/AIDS and Psycho-social Support Services (user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the ETHIOPIA country page on 28/04/2013 tagged with intersex, hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids , gender identity, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of female to female relationships, illegality of male to male relationships +0
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Ethiopian LGBTs need help to halt abuses

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Rainbow Ethiopia

Ethiopia has one of the world’s most restrictive laws governing attempts to protect the rights and health of women, children, LGBT people, the sick and the disabled.

As a result, those people’s rights and health are endangered, and too little is being done to change that.

A law called the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP) 621/2009 bans any advocacy and human rights work seeking to end violence against women and children or to promote the rights of people with disabilities, people living with HIV, or other marginalized populations.

Further, grassroots organizations and front-line activists working for the rights and sexual health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Ethiopia are in danger both because of CSP 621/2009 and because of anti-homosexuality Proclamation No. 414/2004.2012, which provides for prison sentences of up to 15 years for consensual same-sex sexual activity.

As a result, little progress has been made in suppressing violence against LGBT individuals, which is inflicted both by police and by mobs. LGBT people tend to keep their sexual orientation a secret to avoid arrest and social stigma. LGBT activists fear for their safety, because a number of them have been detained, interrogated and tortured.

The U.S. and other countries don’t do enough to push for an end to such violations. Although they know that change is needed, they don’t make it a priority. Every year the U.S. State Department copies and pastes the same two paragraphs in its Ethiopian Human Rights Report under the heading “Societal Abuses, Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” This is the wording from the newly released 2012 report:

Consensual same-sex sexual activity is illegal and punishable by imprisonment under the law. There were some reports of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals; reporting was limited due to fear of retribution, discrimination, or stigmatization. Persons did not identify themselves as LGBT persons due to severe societal stigma and the illegality of consensual same-sex sexual activity. Activists in the LGBT community stated they were followed and at times feared for their safety. There were periodic detainments of some in the LGBT community, combined with interrogation and alleged physical abuse.

The AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa reported the majority of self-identified gay and lesbian callers, the majority of whom were male, requested assistance in changing their behavior to avoid discrimination. Many gay men reported anxiety, confusion, identity crises, depression, self-ostracism, religious conflict, and suicide attempts.


Ethiopia’s location in East Africa

A first step toward would be for the U.S. embassy and U.S. human rights missions in the country to work closely with local LGBT activists and community leaders to flesh out the 2013 report. It’s important to record the specifics about the degrading and so-far-unreported human rights violations that Ethiopian people experience on the basis of their sexual identity and gender orientation.

A similar shortcoming applies to the U.K.’s 2012 Human Rights and Democracy Report, which mentions nothing about the human rights abuses targeted at LGBT people in Ethiopia.

Along the same lines, a conference of African Union health ministers is being held this week in Addis Ababa to discuss ways to combat the continent’s diseases. The pressing issue of LGBT people and HIV in Africa is not in their agenda.

It’s not because the foreign governments don’t know what’s going on. HIV activists and LGBT human right workers continually report incidents of social justice and human rights abuses to the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The hope is that international organizations such as those will investigate and work with the Ethiopian government to address the issue.

For more information visit our website:

http://www.rainbow-ethiopia.org/
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Today, gay people in France can get married in law. On the other hand, gay people in South Korea can't even make boyfriends in the army due to having just passed the gay-ban law Today! What an ironic country I'm living in. What a worse thing is that the prohibition law on gay discrimination has been cancelled by left party yielded under pressure of Korean christians and homophobic people. Please, help my homophobic country. ps. sorry for my English grammar in advance.
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the following is my friend Tom's story, in his own words

I committed statutory rape with a 15-year old male when I was 51. He was my student. I loved and love him whole-heartedly and completely, and promised him unconditional love, long before any sex took place. Human behavior is complicated and has many varieties. This is an unusual story. The government told a cartoon story with broad strokes of black and white.

I was imprisoned without bond, and had my freedom of speech taken away before I had been convicted of any crime. Newspapers printed government press releases without any checking of any facts. If necessary, I will submit to a polygraph on any statement I make, from any independent administrator. Ask those who contradict my statements if they will do the same. If a statement was proved by evidence or the victim's statements, I will put (P). I have discovered that the police falsify information, and distort and manipulate facts and testimony. My belief in the United States has been shaken.

The young man, a South American adopted into an Orthodox Jewish family, was cutting himself in September of 2009 when we met. He told me it was from the frustration with his home life, and not being allowed to be Latino or social, and being forced to observe a religion he found oppressive. He said one sister attacked him physically several times. He is a remarkable, bright, witty, and kind human being, with a fierce urge for freedom. I found him to be extraordinary. He came to see me most days, even more often after he was warned by his parents that I was homosexual, I found out later.(P) He brought a chess board in for lunches when he found out I played chess. We talked about history, religion, politics, psychology. He eventually he told me about the cutting.

I called his father, talked to the rabbis, called a psychologist, put him in touch with a former student with whom I thought he might click (heterosexual), gave him a copy of The Road Less Travelled, the best book I thought on how one gets happy. He kept cutting. I was frantic to help. I promised to love him unconditionally, forever. We loved talking, and I hoped I could make up whatever he lacked. I promised to do anything in my power to help him be happy. I sent him affirmation texts. (Know you are loved, you are great as you are, say "I am a wonderful person," etc.)

Some months later, on the phone, he said we should have sex. I told him that was a "really bad idea."

Some time later, he said he was playing tennis next to my building, and he would come by to work on a project. He came up, and said he was not there to work on the project, but to have sex. I tried to talk him out of it. (P) I said I could love him without sex. (P) He said I didn't have to. I said he did not owe me sex for love. He said he knew he did not owe, he wanted it, and he said I did too. I said sex was not that important, that he should not ask such a thing just for sex. He said it was for true love, that we were soul mates, we would be together forever. I said if we were soul mates then, we would be so in a few years. He said, true, but since we were we did not have to wait. Many times, he said he needed it to live. He confirmed at trial that he believed that. (P) He believed he loved me and that I loved him. (P) I said he should be with someone his age. He said he was attracted to older men. (P) I said everyone would assume it was my fault when it came out (even years later if we were together). He said he would tell them he picked me, and besides, we would be together. He said he had known what he wanted for a long time. He said such things happened all the time. Nothing happened that day (Feb,. 13 2010) We agreed to work it out. The conversation continued the next day with many more reasons for no on my part. He finally said if it was not me, it would be some other older white guy. (P) I agreed on February 14.

I have tried to be a good person my whole life. I try not to manipulate people. I love people without sex; sex and love are not the same thing. I do not even like to have sex with someone drunk, even a boyfriend because of the consent issue. I have always tried to tell the truth. Even in teaching, I would tell students the reason I was doing something (quizzes are designed to force you to read, etc.) I have tried to help the outcasts, with chess and theater. Many students said I saved lives, saved souls.

No combination of things could have made me give in like those. I had to save the life of someone I loved, a soul mate with love so true that 35 years made no difference, and if I didn't do it he would go do it somewhere else. I justified it by saving his life, not denying true love, and protecting him from those who did not love him. It was clearly wrong, but has anyone been subject to such arguments in such a situation? He said, trust me, believe me.

I thought that rejection just might kill him. I thought he wanted to be trusted and believed. I rationalized that the release of sex with someone he loved might stop the cutting. I let myself believe. He said in a statement later he did it for power and control. (P) The cutting stopped for four months until another fight with his sister.

Once I agreed I did whatever I could to make him happy. He was very advanced sexually. He claimed that I was the first, but close examination of his statement excluded from trial makes that claim dubious. He wanted to try light bondage and spanking. I always did what he asked. The prosecutor loved to say "penetrated with objects." I was the far more often penetrated. Everything done was done mutually. He was very happy, almost giddy. Only he could arrange meeting times. I came when he called, and did what he asked. He estimated 50 to 60 times in 5 months. The frequency with which he chose should have been proof of a loving if wrong relationship; I had no ability to arrange to see him. The schedule was his. He repeatedly texted and told me "You saved my life."

I had to move to Virginia to make more money. He said he wanted us to be together, so I remained faithful. I saw him that Christmas break, once, and it was clear he was no longer interested. He had been sleeping with a number of other older men. (P This is factual from his statements, not speculation.) I did not know that until my arrest. He called me to officially end the relationship in January. I was heart-broken, but I never raised his vow of eternal love. I tried to continue loving him as a friend. We soon emailed, and I never asked to renew the sexual relationship. I offered to be a best friend (my choice) or never talk to him if that was what he needed. (P) His emails say things like "Thank you...for everything," and "Not worry about you? Not possible." The emails are available.

He broke contact in early June of 2011. I heard by email from someone claiming to be him in October of that year, but it was not him. I denied the sex, thinking it was his family. I promised to do anything to help him if HE asked, and ended contact with the impostor. It was a Florida law enforcement agent. That was my first offer to turn myself in.

He got in trouble for his sexual contact with men. He refused to cooperate with police. (P) He was locked in psychological facilities for a year. He was brainwashed into changing the facts of what happened, (P) and his attitude was reversed. As far as I can tell, he was locked up for being actively gay. He was 17 for most of that time. In May 2012 he cooperated with police, and contacted me. When he called, I said I was ready to come tell the truth if that was what he needed. My second offer. He said he wanted me to come see him (reversed by police) and that he could not wait until he was 18. (P) I was confused by his previous rejection and now reversal. The policeman, as the young man, sent me sexually suggestive texts and emails, begging for me to renew the relationship, and made me promise to say something on the phone. It was the young man on the phone. I promised, and the young man initiated phone sex at the behest of the police. (P) I tried to decline; he said he had "needs." (P) I came to Florida and was arrested, after telling him twice more on the phone I would come and tell the truth. He was three months away from his 18th birthday at this point. The federal age of consent is 16, but they charged me under the Florida age of 18, but using a federal charge that carried a sentence of 10 to life.

The young man's police statement on which the indictment was based was largely disproved at trial. (P) The federal government charged me under an internet predator law, convinced that there were other victims. The police directed or suggested the false testimony. (P) They said I showed him child porn, which makes no sense. This was dismissed on sentencing, but they used it twice in trial to disgust the jury. They kept hinting at trial and sentencing about other victims, who do not exist, in spite of running a hotline number that was carried in the US and England. I find men from the age of maturity to 30ish more attractive sexually than older men, though not exclusively. Do heterosexuals do this as well? Does a 50 year old heterosexual fantasize about 50 year-ld women? I tried NOT to see students outside of school. I would never seduce anyone; the greatest attraction for me is someone's desire for me.

When the other victims did not appear, they brought in the FBI grooming expert to say I groomed him, since the evidence of persuading, enticing, inducing or coercing was slim. No grooming scenario exists in which the "groomer" waits for the "victim" to ask for sex, and then tries to dissuade the "victim." As unlikely as my story sounds, at trial he admitted that he, not I, proposed sex, that I tried to talk him out of it (and thus he talked me into it), that he BELIEVED he needed it to live, that I said I could love him without sex, and that he said he would find another older white guy if I said no. He AFFIRMED these at trial.

The interpretation of the law for induce as "cause" is to "allow to happen," when it should mean force. Under this absurd reading, this law has a LOWER threshold of guilt than statutory rape; a text message saying "OK, I will pick you up," would convict, without any contact. If every gay teen who texted an older lover were to be found in South Florida, there would be an army in prison. Statutory rape under federal guidelines carries a 41-51 month sentence. I was given 200 months under the persuasion statute. I had offered to plead guilty to statutory rape and it was rejected; they blamed me at sentencing for putting him through the trial.

Most heterosexual women in the same situation are sentenced to probation to two years. The application of this statute was arbitrary and unequal. The prosecutor announced to the jury that he granted that the "sex was consensual." The age of consent in Israel is 15, so in that civilized a country I would not even have committed a crime at all. The rich are sued for this. Where is the moral fairness?

Why was I prosecuted this way? Conservative politics and homosexuality. The family is Orthodox Jewish, the investigator who fashioned the testimony is Catholic, the prosecutor is Republican, and the judge voted for Rick Santorum.

I believed saving his life, or both of us believing it, would mitigate the statutory rape charge. I believed telling the truth and offering to turn myself in would mitigate. Telling the truth was the worst thing I could have done. Had I denied him when he called, and lied, nothing would have happened. I tried to be honest; rejecting him seemed to violate my vow of love.

I do not "blame" him for sleeping with other men. I do not love him less. I would have done anything for his happiness. I would have gladly NOT slept with him. I rationalized that I was being courageous to save his life and risk my own. I felt he was testing to see if my vow of eternal, unconditional love was real. He convinced me we were breaking convention for our mutual happiness. I thought I could serve some years to save him. If it truly saved his life, I wish I could say that knowing what I do now, I would still have been loyal enough to say yes. I would not have had the courage. I am sorry it happened either way.

Does love matter? Does fairness matter? Does the truth matter? When does a person have sexual and religious freedom? Can a conservative family change those by locking someone in psychological units, to change attitudes and alter facts? Does gay sex justify any level of charges, and any lying by the government?

I hope the young will save my life some day.

Please tell my story.

Thomas Patrick Keelan 98219-004
FDC Miami
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(user currently living in CHINA) posted for lesbian readers to the CHINA country page on 30/03/2013 tagged with religion +5
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in my society i can not tell anyone i am a lesbian, because i live in a society where the islam control people`s mind . i`m afraid not be accapted by the people,
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Nicole (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 16/03/2013 tagged with lgbt families, human rights, sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions, illegality of female to female relationships +5
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Why is being yourself so wrong? Lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, and transgender will always find love no matter how much it is hated upon. You are you, I am me, and everyone is who they are, not what they choose. Is our society really that crooked that its thought of as a choice and we can be "saved" because its not a choice, we don't want or need to be saved. We are happy the way we are. I can honestly say I live and love that I am lesbian. I have been me through all the crap I have been put through. I lost a relationship with my mother, that one person you so desparately want to understand and be there for you no matter what. She wasn't there for me. She hated that I was and will always be lesbian. It hurts to lose someone, but It kills to lose your very own mother. I move forward though because I know that I need to make my life MY life. We will always have those people who won't understand, but if we stand together and never stop fighting for our rights and own love they can't do anything to stop us. We will be the ones sleeping comfortably at night.
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isabella posted for lesbian bisexual straight readers to the GEORGIA country page on 03/03/2013 tagged with adoption, hate crime and violence prevention, religion +5
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Hope I like naughty!!!contact this cutie at 678 850 1097!!!!
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isabella (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for lesbian intersex readers to the GEORGIA country page on 03/03/2013 tagged with adoption, religion +10
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I love to go party but whdn I was lil I saw gay guys and lesbians and just normal boy and girls so I didn't know what I wanted to be so I'm both
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GHMCC (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the SOUTH AFRICA country page on 20/02/2013 tagged with human rights, religion, marriage / civil unions +0
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Good Hope Metropolitan Community Church (GHMCC), an inclusive and affirming Christian Church in Cape Town, has moved to its new home at Central Methodist Mission on Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. Good Hope MCC Worship services are held every Sunday evening at 18h00.

Although Good Hope MCC serves a predominantly gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender congregation, the membership is diverse and goes beyond the social constructs of gender, beyond race and sexual orientation. Good Hope MCC traces its roots back to 1983, when a few Christians founded the "Gay Christian Community". Subsequently Good Hope MCC became a member congregation of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), an affirming Christian denomination with churches and ministries in more than 37 countries.

MCC are at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homoprejudice, ageism and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the movement for LGBTI equality. Across the globe Metropolitan Community Churches are also known as the “Human Rights Church”.

Core values are Inclusion, Community, Spiritual Transformation and Social Action.

Good Hope MCC recognises that people are not one dimensional and orientation, whether LGBTI or straight is only aspect of who we are ~ but for so many LGBTI’s, this can be something that deeply conflicts with our spirituality because of what is so commonly preached. It is GHMCC’s mission to serve God among those who are seeking and celebrating the integration of their spiritually and sexuality. We know that many have been deeply hurt by organised religion and GHMCC is a place, where people are able to have their faith and their love for God restored, whilst still being true to all of who they are, with no fear, no shame and no guilt.
At Good Hope MCC, we know that we are created in the image of God. We also understand that God is not limited by our understanding of God. God is not bound by any of our cultural or personal biases. God is beyond gender, beyond race, beyond nationality, beyond any church or religion, beyond any culture or time. We are created in the image of God – we do not create God in our image.

For further information, please visit www.goodhopemcc.org or e-mail welcome@goodhopemcc.org.
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i'm from Morocco & i need a help (user currently living in MOROCCO) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the MOROCCO country page on 05/02/2013 tagged with at the work place, lgbt families, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of male to male relationships
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Hi everybody, i dont know how to explain da situation here ,day after day i feel losing hope in life and feeling really destroyed.
I present myself, my name is EMy "nickname", born in 1985 and I live in Morocco, a Muslim country where there is no gay rights at all, we are now in 2012 and there is any homosexual law reform expected !!
Since i was teenager i always felt that my choices and my way of thinking is like a girl, I dressed as a woman (in privacy) and so far I shaved all my body parts regularly .. in recent years I did my eyebrows and I tried to wear feminine clothes .. but i was firmly confronted by my family and entourage and I lost my job and all my friends just because i tryed to be me.
I avoided having homosexual relationship just because the law is not tolerant;
My life is wasted; prisoner in men clothes I find no taste to continue this life, get outside my room and see the world, nobody understands me, it's taboo to talk about homosexuality here coz of religion beliefs !! I lost hope to live and I swear i start to think about suicide.
I tryed several times to contact many gay rights comitee in several countries but in vain, they all told me that i have to be in that country in ordre to deal with me, i was seeking for a humain asylum.
My relationship with my surroundings have become worse especially with my family, and one day I'll leave home without knowing where to go.
i need some one to help me to live my life in a country where there is gay rights, I want to live and work in peace, get dressed with respect and freely.
my email: bi.cool@live.com -sincerly-
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ILGA is an education in homofascism. ILGA discriminates against people based on sexual orientation - the ultimate hypocrisy. ILGA sucks.
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Diana (user currently living in ZIMBABWE) posted for lesbian readers to the ZIMBABWE country page on 14/01/2013 tagged with lgbt families, hate crime and violence prevention, health, sexual orientation, religion, illegality of female to female relationships
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Though law does not expressly condone same sex marriage and/or relationships between women, it does expressly make it illegal for men and have also been used on a couple of occasions to harass lesbians in Zimbabwe. It is usually used as a political campaigning tool by politicians, despite the fact that a lot of politicians are in fact gay. a number of times people have been victimised for being lesbians and deemed worse that commercial sex workers. Families force women into marriage because they fear being in turn victimised by society for harbouring gay people or merely being related to lesbians. A number of women have been displaced from home and have often been left stranded by families who have found out about their sexuality and unfortunately some have turned into sex workers for survival. a lot have not been trained, educated or supported by family and the society at large for being gay and some even lost their jobs. Because there is no law protecting lesbians, there is no protection against such harassment and person embarassment. i was arrested, beaten, lost my job, and family threw me out after finding out about my sexuality.
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MR (user currently living in TUNISIA) posted for bisexual readers to the TUNISIA country page on 31/12/2012 tagged with religion +5
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Hey people , I'm a tunisian 17 years old male , i'm currently a student , i'm bisexual and i hate the fact that i have to hide this , because it's my identity that is should live by , i wish that one day all the gays lesbians bisexuals and heterosexual people can live peacefully together.
i don't like transexuals because i think that they are changing things that shouldn't be changed , they should stay natural and accept they're true nature, but they are free to do whatever they want , i don't judge :)
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