What’s it like to go on the run after your boyfriend is jailed for being gay?

What's it like to go on the run after your boyfriend is jailed for being gay?

Tokyo Rainbow Pride is upon us and here’s how Japan celebrates love A previous protest where an activist flew a rainbow flag at the pyramids in Giza. Karim was holding his breath in the trunk of a car, the stale pungent air heavy in his lungs, when the officers came.

He was already hundreds of miles from his home in Egypt.

In his possession, he only had a few items in a small bag: a wallet, a ring of his mother’s, and a well-thumbed comic book.

His boyfriend was already in prison. He was next. He had to leave. LGBTI crackdown in Egypt

The young psychology major, at 21, ran away due to the 2017 crackdown on the LGBTI community by police in Egypt.

No less than 84 have been arrested and received jail sentences ranging from six months to six years.

The charges were varied, including ‘debauchery’, ‘inciting sexual deviancy’ and ‘joining an outlawed group’.

‘With the new law, just by continuing to exist I am considered illegal,’ Karim told Gay Star News.

‘I had to leave Egypt. It’s not safe for people like me anymore.’

Karim’s boyfriend Omar [not his name] was one of the many arrested following rainbow flags being raised at the Mashrou’ Leila concert in Cairo in 2017. Going on the run

He fled from Cairo to his aunt’s home in Alexandria. He spent the next week trying, desperately, to get a job on a ship.

Karim’s plan was to abandon the boat once they reached a destination safe for LGBTI people.

But he fled in November, and no one was hiring in the low season. He couldn’t stay at his aunt’s house for long, as she would soon grow suspicious and contact his homophobic family.

He set his sights on Israel. However, he was left without a way to get there.

So he made several anonymous online profiles on his phone, begging for anyone to come to his aid.

An older man, around 61, reached out on Twitter. He said he would be making the 10-hour journey to Israel from Egypt and he’d be happy to take him.

Their journey would take them through Cairo – the very place Karim wanted to avoid.

It was at a random police checking point when the officers stopped the car.

Karim had gone into the trunk around 10 minutes beforehand, and hoped he would not be seen.

‘Can I see what’s in your trunk, sir?’ the officer asked the driver, Karim remembers.

‘Nothing’s in it other than a spare tire,’ the man replied.

‘Fine,’ the officer responded. ‘Go on ahead.’ Finding safety

Karim eventually made it to Tel Aviv.

He worked in a bar, cash in hand, and stayed at the manager’s home for four months. Every day he hoped he would hear from his partner Omar, but he didn’t.

He got a bar job on a minor cruise ship. And then when the ship made it to the UK, he claimed asylum.

Karim has yet to be given asylum but he holds out hope.

‘For the first time, I feel like I’m safe,’ Karim said.

Omar, his partner, was a part of a student union for advocates. He was working to get his law degree to tackle restrictions on freedom of speech in Egypt.

He was jailed for four years.

‘I feel like Omar has been silenced. In a way I wish it was me who was in prison.

‘Omar would know what to do. I feel hopeless. Egypt bill will jail you for gay sex, LGBTI activism and even waving a rainbow flag

In 2017, MP Riyad Abdel Sattar also authored a measure that would sentence LGBTI people, and allies, to jail.

‘Any person engaging in homosexuality in a public or private place should be subjected to punitive action that should be no less than one year and not exceeding three years in jail,’ it reads.

‘Individuals that incite same sex relations, either by inciting, facilitating, hosting, or calling for, even if they don’t perform the act itself, will be punished to prison…as well as shutting down the venue.’

Both publicity and advertising for LGBTI parties, bars and clubs will be banned.

‘It is strictly prohibited to carry any symbol or sign of the homosexual community, as well as it’s prohibited to produce, sell, market, or promote such products. Violators will be sentenced to prison for a period no less than one year and no more than three years.’

This means activists, journalists covering gay events, or anyone even carrying a rainbow flag could be imprisoned.

The bill remained stagnant in parliament after the crackdown dissipated.

But, for Karim, the danger remains very real.

‘I had a life in Egypt. I was studying psychology, I had a partner, and we hoped to have a life together.

‘Now my life is in tatters. I can only hope to pick up the pieces.’ What is Digital Pride?

Digital Pride is the online movement, by Gay Star News, so you can take part in Pride whoever and wherever you are. Even if you are from a country where being LGBTI is criminalized or leaves you in danger – it’s a Pride festival you can be a part of.

In 2019, Digital Pride is tackling loneliness and isolation with articles and videos connecting LGBTI people. Join us by reaching out to someone who needs it. The festival takes place on Gay Star News from 29 April to 5 May 2019. Find out more. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .

LGBTI teens’ Easter egg hunt hit by thieves – but locals react in best way

LGBTI teens' Easter egg hunt hit by thieves – but locals react in best way

The Easter eggs disappeared before the hunt in Warwickshire started | Photo: Pexels An Easter egg hunt for LGBTI teens in Warwickshire was targeted by thieves over the weekend – but local residents rallied together to save the day.

The hunt around Leamington’s Jephson Gardens was intended for around 80 kids, aged between 13 and 19.

The teens are members of Pride Youth, an arm of the Warwickshire Pride group.

However, before the young people arrived at the hunt, organizers discovered the eggs had gone missing.

Warwickshire Pride founder Daniel Browne told Gay Star News: ‘It’s disappointing that a fun youth group activity for vulnerable young people was ruined by thieves. It left the young people we support devastated.’ ‘Everyone’s support is very appreciated’

However, local Warwickshire residents teamed up to gather £200 ($259, €231) to replace the missing eggs.

Browne furthermore added: ‘Fortunately, the response from the community since then has been fantastic. It means we have been able to replace the stolen eggs and ensure that all young people get one at the next youth group session.’

He also said: ‘Their help goes some way to restore faith in humanity and community spirit.’

Leftover money will be used to fund Pride Youth. See also

Trump wants to make it harder for trans people to access healthcare

Trump wants to make it harder for trans people to access healthcare

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is allegedly planning to propose a new rule, which would make it harder for transgender people and women who have had abortions to access healthcare .

The Hill first reported on this latest anti-LGBTI move from the Trump-Pence administration on Tuesday (23 April).

In a recent court filing, the HHS apparently hinted at introducing this new rule in the coming weeks. As is common with many of this administration’s policy decisions, it will roll back an Obama-era policy.

In 2016, six years after the passage of ObamaCare (aka the Affordable Care Act), a rule was passed prohibiting any providers or insurers who received federal funding from denying care to patients based on their sex, gender identity or past termination of a pregnancy.

The Trump administration’s reported justification for this rule change is also in line with past decisions — religious freedom. Many religious institutions have said the new rule will allow them to refuse treatment that goes against their beliefs. LGBTI advocates are concerned

LGBTI advocates and groups across the country are already preparing for a fight.

‘To have the government take a stand in favor of discrimination is deeply upsetting,’ said American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney Chase Strangio.

Once the rule is officially proposed, there will be a period of public comments, following by a ruling. Legal teams are already preparing themselves.

‘If the final rule looks like the proposal we are anticipating, we and our partners will file suit as soon as possible,’ Strangio added. ‘We can expect many legal challenges to any final rule.’

Harper Jean Tobin, director of policy at the National Center for Transgender Equality, described the proposed rule as a ‘steady drip of allowing more discrimination’.

This follows the HHS’ decision to remove data on LGBTI children in the foster care system. See also

Stigma against LGBT construction workers to be addressed

Stigma against LGBT construction workers to be addressed

LGBT pride Challenges experienced by LGBT workers in the construction sector are to be addressed during an event organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) London Metropolitan Branch on 25 April

The event, which focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion, will identify the obstacles LGBT construction workers face in the workplace and provide practical tools and know-how to break down barriers and make the most of diversity to improve safety, health and wellbeing.

Specialists and industry representatives will provide their expert opinions and practical experience on a range of topics to improve understanding about equality, diversity and inclusion. This will include: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other protected characteristics in the construction sector;

What diversity means – understanding our subconscious biases;

Staff appeal, engagement and retention;

Diversity (including gender pay gap ).

Martin Coyd OBE, operations director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing at Mace , will be delivering a talk titled, ‘The next barrier, or just another one?’, examining the experiences of LGBT workers in the construction sector and what work needs to be done to create a more welcoming environment.

Coyd said: “Fear of stigma in the workplace can make workers feel unwelcome or lacking in a voice and impacts health and wellbeing. “In recent years, the construction sector has taken the first step on a long journey towards equality, but more work needs to be done to create a welcoming environment. By embracing LGBT workers, companies are recognised as good places to work and see improvements in engagement, staff retention and productivity.”

Anne Isaacs, chair of IOSH’s London Metropolitan Branch, added: “When equality, diversity and inclusion are promoted in the right way, people collaborate more, listen more and become more tolerant.

“Equality, diversity and inclusion encourage creativity, information-sharing and problem-solving and make us all better communicators. These are qualities that stand us in good stead in our roles as OSH professionals.”

The event will take place on 25 April at UBM UK Ltd from 8-4pm.

Protesting Brunei’s Anti-LGBT Sharia Law Is All A Bit Colonial, Isn’t It?

Protesting Brunei’s Anti-LGBT Sharia Law Is All A Bit Colonial, Isn’t It?

One of the great modern sins is colonialism. So much so that all of we who live in places which did it in the past are still contaminated with that guilt. That’s why we should simply ship all the wealth we’ve generated here off to those who haven’t bothered to generate any over there.

Colonialism itself being of course that we went off and told people different from us – perhaps a little darker, often of a different religious persuasion – how they should live their lives. According to our mores, our insistences, of how they should live their lives. That being the great crime that is being complained about, that we imposed our culture and values on those duskier others . Brunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex, claiming convictions will be rare as it requires two men of “high moral standing and piety” to be witnesses. In a four-page letter to MEPs, the kingdom’s mission to the EU called for “tolerance, respect and understanding” with regard to the country’s desire to preserve its traditional values and “family lineage”. The new penal code, which also provides for the amputation of thieves and whipping of people wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex, was brought in on 3 April, despite international condemnation. No, I don’t agree with whipping transvestites. Nor any punishment for consenting adults who get their jollies in manners that I don’t myself. Nor does our culture these days, which is all for the better about our culture.

But, but. Our insistence that Brunei must follow our cultural mores, it is, well, no, really, it is all a bit colonial, isn’t it? The duskier must live as good white Europeans insist?

How the Supreme Court Case on LGBT Rights Could Set Us Back Decades

How the Supreme Court Case on LGBT Rights Could Set Us Back Decades

AP/REX/Shutterstock It’s been almost four years since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage for everyone, and yet, anti- LGBT discrimination remains a real problem in much of this country. In a majority of states , LGBT folks can be fired or otherwise discriminated against for no reason other than their sexual orientation or gender identity. That may change though, as yesterday the Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases that could fix this problem — or possibly set anti-discrimination law back decades.

How is it that anti-LGBT job discrimination is still allowed? Well, we can blame Congressional Republicans for that. Every time Democrats have attempted to change Title VII — the federal law that protects against discrimination in employment — to include sexual orientation and gender identity, they have been met with fierce opposition from Republicans . That hasn’t stopped creative lawyers from trying to protect their clients. When Title VII became law in 1964, it included “sex” among the categories that were off-limits for employers to consider. Much still needs to be accomplished for there to be true equality at work, but it is undeniable that the law has been transformative for women in the workplace.

Without language in the law specifically protecting LGBT people, advocates have argued something quite clever — that the law already protects LGBT folks. Sure, it would be nice if it were specifically spelled out, but the language prohibiting discrimination based on “sex” already does the work.

The reasoning is actually quite simple. When a gay person is fired at work because of her sexual orientation, the employer is firing her because she is romantically or sexually attracted to other women. However, the employer would not fire a man attracted to women; thus, the employer is firing her because she is a woman, which is plain old sex discrimination.

The argument is similar for trans people, though more based on the idea of sex stereotyping. The boss who fires a trans man is firing him because the boss thinks that someone assigned female at birth should act a certain way. The trans man, however, is not conforming to sex stereotypes, thus the firing. Firing someone because they don’t live up to sex stereotypes is also sex discrimination.

These arguments have not been universally accepted by the federal courts, but they’ve been taken up in some notable cases. In particular, the federal appeals court in New York ruled that a sky diving instructor who was fired because he was gay was entitled to sue under Title VII. But a federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled the opposite in a case involving a gay county advocate who was fired because of his sexual orientation. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it was taking both of these cases to decide, once and for all, whether sexual-orientation discrimination is protected under Title VII.

The court also took a case involving a trans woman who was fired from a funeral home because of her gender identity. That case, out of Ohio, will decide whether trans people are protected under Title VII.

This series of three cases has the potential to do what Congress should have done a long time ago – protect all LGBT workers in this country from discrimination on the job. The argument that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is a form of sex discrimination seems odd to some people at first, but is in reality a very straightforward application of the law. After all, it is impossible to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity without taking sex into account. The legal argument is that simple.

The problem with these cases, of course, is that the ability of LGBT people to earn a livelihood without being treated discriminatorily is a political issue and not simply a basic issue of human decency. That means that the conservative Justices will be torn between interpreting simple statutory language and adhering to their own ideology.

The hope here is that Chief Justice Roberts and even Justice Brett Kavanaugh will draw on their time among the D.C. establishment and maybe their sense of the historical importance of this issue and steer the court in the right direction by protecting LGBT folks across the country. However, if they join the other three conservatives on the court, it would be a huge setback for LGBT civil rights. Even worse, they could chip away at important sex discrimination precedents, such as the 1989 case that protects against sex stereotyping at work .

Given how conservative this Supreme Court is, these cases are dangerous. Not a single conservative Justice currently on the Court has ruled in favor of LGBT rights, and Justice Kavanaugh never ruled on a related issue in his time before joining the Court. In a sense, then, these cases are uphill battles. However, given the stakes involved – allowing people to earn a living free from discrimination – and the fact that popular opinion is on the side of LGBT folks on this issue, ruling against LGBT rights might be too risky for the Court’s legitimacy.

Australia election candidate vows to ‘protect children’ from transgender law

Australia election candidate vows to ‘protect children’ from transgender law

Liberal candidate Kristy Johnson came under fire for the ad An election candidate in Tasmania, Australia, has come under fire over an ad that vows to “protect children” from a new transgender law.

Kristy Johnson, the Liberal candidate for Pembroke in Tasmania, put out official flyers addressing transgender issues.

Her ad states one of her priorities as “protecting your children,” under which she lists “mandatory sentencing for paedophiles” and “against the removal of gender on birth certificates.”

The reference to gender comes after the Tasmanian legislature passed a progressive new gender recognition law, which faced opposition from the state government. Australia election candidate Kristy Johnson slammed for ‘demonising’ trans rights

Martine Delaney of trans advocacy group Transforming Tasmania said that the election ad violates a personal pledge from Tasmania’s Liberal Premier Will Hodgman, who assured her the party would not “politicise and pander to anti-transgender prejudice.”

She said: “Kristy Johnson’s ads violate Will Hodgman’s personal commitment to me that this kind of demonisation of transgender human rights would not occur again. “I call on the Premier to honour his commitment by intervening immediately to withdraw this damaging and divisive election material.” Australia election candidate Kristy Johnson. Transforming Tasmania spokesperson Roen Meijers said: “The birth certificate law reform that Parliament recently passed actually helps young people live free from discrimination and poses no threat to anyone.

“The real threat to young people is from election material that stirs up prejudice against them, like the ads from Kristy Johnson.

“The Liberal Party should apologise for the damage that has been caused to those transgender and gender diverse young people whose lives are already difficult enough.” Tasmania narrowly passed progressive gender recognition law

The gender recognition law passed on April 10 permits people 16 or older to change their registered gender, removing requirements for transgender people to undergo surgery in order to have their legal gender recognised.

The landmark reforms also boost anti-discrimination protections for trans people, and give new parents the option to leave gender off of birth certificates.

The bill passed by a vote of 13-12, after Liberal Party of Australia speaker Sue Hickey sided with opposition Labor and Greens MPs in backing reforms against the wishes of the Liberal government.

Premier of Tasmania and the state’s Liberal Party leader Will Hodgman previously hit out at opposition from Labor and the Greens for “hijacking” the parliamentary agenda, claiming the bill includes “legally untested, unconsulted and highly problematic changes that we could not support.”

Tasmania was the last Australian state to decriminalise gay sex , doing so in 1997. Prior to that, gay sex could be punished with up to 21 years in jail.

Who is Neil Patrick Harris’ husband David Burtka?

Who is Neil Patrick Harris’ husband David Burtka?

Actors Neil Patrick Harris (L) and David Burtka attend the AMC After Party for the 62nd Annual EMMY Awards at Soho House on August 29, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images) Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been married to his husband David Burtka since 2014. The couple has a beautiful family, with two children.

Burtka, born in 1975, is also an American actor, known for his roles on How I Met Your Mother and The Play About the Baby .

The LGBT+ celebrity couple first met in 2004 while Burtka was seeing someone else, according to Out magazine .

So, while Harris found fellow actor Burtka “adorable,” they were initially just friends. When did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka start dating?

It wasn’t until one week after Burtka became single, that same year, that the pair finally went on their first date. Actor David Burtka (R) poses for a photo backstage with husband actor Neil Patrick Harris (L) following his performance at 54 Below on November 25, 2014 in New York City. (Cindy Ord/Getty) They went to the cinema to watch an Angelina Jolie movie, Taking Lives .

After that first date, the pair were inseparable. Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and How I Met Your Mother

As we all know, Harris is best known for his role as Barney on How I Met Your Mother .

But what you may not know is that Harris’ husband Burtka also starred in the hit sitcom. David Burtka, Harper Grace Burtka-Harris, Neil Patrick Harris and Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris attend the Cinema Society Screening of Disney’s “Moana” at Metrograph on November 20, 2016 in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty) The couple moved to LA so that Harris could work on the set in 2005.

One year later, Burtka joined the series. He played Lily’s high school boyfriend and colleague Scooter. According to IMDb , he appeared in seven episodes to up the show’s last year in 2014. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka had twins completing their family in 2010

Some years later, the gorgeous couple decided that it was time for them to have kids.

In the interview with Out , Harris explained, “We both agreed that if we wanted to have kids, we didn’t want to do it super late in the game.” It’s cold in New York. Can’t stop thinking about our last week of 2018 in Turks and Caicos. Stayed at the awesome @sailrockresort, which was perfect: intimate, private, remote, and the ideal way to end the year. With family. Can’t wait to go back. Swipe through these pics and you’ll see what I mean. That sunset?!? Whaaaaat?!? #grateful #missit #sailrockresort #thanks @dbelicious A post shared by Neil Patrick Harris (@nph) on Jan 9, 2019 at 6:28pm PST They had twins on October 12, 2010. Describing how the siblings were conceived, Burtka told Oprah , “Two eggs, two embryos, one of mine, one of his.”

They had one beautiful boy, named Gideon Scott, and a stunning girl named Harper Grace. They tied the knot in Italy

In September 2014, three years after announcing their engagement, the same-sex couple got married in Italy . I got married three years ago today. Thanks, David, for choosing me. For challenging me. For creating a family with me. For being a safe space that I can call home. And for your bountiful love. Happy Anniversary. @dbelicious A spokesperson said: “We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were married in Italy in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family.”

However, at that time, same-sex marriage was not legally recognised in Italy so it is likely that the pair had filed paperwork elsewhere to recognise the marriage. No compatible source was found for this media.

10 hilarious Riverdale memes

10 hilarious Riverdale memes

Funny Riverdale memes. Riverdale memes are among the best things on the internet.

From incredible LGBT+ characters such as Cheryl and Kevin to gripping storylines involving Jughead and Betty, Netflix’s Riverdale is brilliant.

And with every brilliant show… come hilarious memes. Join us as we list 10 of our favourites.

1. DELETE that picture NOW. Funny Riverdale memes @riverdale.memes 2. When we hear or witness some good tea, we can’t help getting our phones out for some snaps or screenshots. tag your friend who always knows all the drama ਂ ਂ ਂ ਂ ਂ #riverdale #archie #archiecomics #bettycooper #veronicalodge #archieandrews #jughead #bughead #varchie #barchie #cherylblossom #reggie #thecw #kjapa #camilamendes #lilireinhart #colesprouse #instagood #josieandthepussycats #reggiemantle #cheronica #beronica #tonitopaz #choni A post shared by Riverdale Memes™️ (@relatable.riverdale) on Feb 8, 2019 at 10:08am PST 3. Yeah, why do you think I’m broke? All my money goes on clothes. Funny Riverdale memes @riverdale.memes2 4. It’s hard not to love Cheryl . A queer cheer for all the femme lesbians and bisexuals out there. @relatable.riverdale 5. Riverdale plus Shane Dawson in one meme? Eh, YUS PLS. ➵ opinions on the new episode? ✿ ➵ follow @bugheadsmemes for more posts like this♥️ ✿ ➵ If you repost give credit. ✿ ➵ Episode: 3×15 ✿ ➵ fc: 17,353 ✿ ➵ Follow my backup account @buggiesmeme ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ Tags (ignore) #riverdale #bughead #varchie #choni #mevin #rosie #serpent #bettycooper #jugheadjones #archieandrews #veronicalodge #cherylblossom #tonitopaz #sweetpea #fangsfogarty #reggiemantle #lilireinhart #colesprouse #kjapa #camilamendes #madelainepetsch #hartdenton #caseycott #vanessamorgan #blackhood #bugheadsmeme #riverdalememes #bugheadsmemes #saveyourinternet A post shared by Riverdale memes (@bugheadsmemes) on Mar 14, 2019 at 3:41pm PDT 6. This is so Jughead. Jughead whenever any crime in #Riverdale happens: pic.twitter.com/yw7ewbeB7M — Hi, I’m Jesse! (@leifeday) October 12, 2017 7. Other people vs. me on Saturday night. Why can we relate so much? ➵ Do you rather party or stay at home? ✿ ➵ follow @bugheadsmemes for more posts like this♥️ ✿ ➵ If you repost give credit. ✿ ➵ fc: 17,194 ✿ ➵ Follow my backup account @buggiesmeme ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ Tags (ignore) #riverdale #bughead #varchie #choni #mevin #rosie #serpent #bettycooper #jugheadjones #archieandrews #veronicalodge #cherylblossom #tonitopaz #sweetpea #fangsfogarty #reggiemantle #lilireinhart #colesprouse #kjapa #camilamendes #madelainepetsch #hartdenton #caseycott #vanessamorgan #blackhood #bugheadsmeme #riverdalememes #bugheadsmemes #saveyourinternet A post shared by Riverdale memes (@bugheadsmemes) on Mar 11, 2019 at 10:05am PDT 8. When someone literally pushes you to come out. @riverdalexmemez 9. Next, a brilliant dig at Veronica Lodge and her annoying obsession. anyone on Riverdale: help me, i’m dying. Veronica Lodge: this is because of my dad isn’t it? My dad, Hiram Lodge, paid you to say that. pic.twitter.com/FfEVSlWuRd — Gena-mour Barrett (@SmileGena) May 8, 2017 10. When you’ve been looking forward to eating something in the fridge all day… @rip_jason_blossom

Pete Buttigieg shuts down Mike Pence gay feud question at CNN town hall

Pete Buttigieg shuts down Mike Pence gay feud question at CNN town hall

Pete Buttigieg faces anti-gay chants in Iowa Pete Buttigieg has bluntly shut down a question over his criticism of Vice President Mike Pence’s attitude to LGBT+ rights .

Speaking to Anderson Cooper during CNN’s town hall event on Monday night (April 22), Buttigieg was asked about an ongoing dispute between the presidential candidate and the vice president.

Cooper asked Buttigieg to respond directly to comments made by US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who compared Buttigieg to Jussie Smollett for his attacks on Pence. Pete Buttigieg refuses to respond to U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell saying that Buttigieg is pushing a hate hoax like Jussie Smollett in his attacks on Vice President Mike Pence pic.twitter.com/yWLVsclMUc — Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 23, 2019 “I’m not a master fisherman but I know bait when I see it and I’m not gonna take it,” Buttigieg snapped back. The Mike Pence and Pete Buttigieg dispute

Pence and Buttigieg, who are both from Indiana, have been publicly arguing over their Christian values.

On April 10 Pence told CNBC that Buttigieg “said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally.”

Earlier Buttigieg had accused Pence of “having a problem” with the fact that he’s gay.

Speaking at an April 7 event arranged by the Victory Fund, which supports LGBT+ candidates. he said: “If me being gay was a choice, it was made far, far above my pay grade.”

“That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand – that if you got a problem with who I am – your problem is not with me, your quarrel sir, is with my creator.”

Pence once claimed that same-sex marriage would lead to the “deterioration of the family” and “societal collapse,” and has been accused of supporting so-called conversion therapy, which he denies. Pete Buttigieg’s views on voter rights raise eyebrows

During the town hall, Buttigieg was also asked about voter rights and said people shouldn’t be allowed to vote while incarcerated.

Earlier in his town hall fellow Democrat, Bernie Sanders argued that prisoners should be able to vote, while Kamala Harris didn’t oppose Sanders’ argument, saying that “we can have that conversation.”

Buttigieg said, “While incarcerated? No, I don’t think so.” Pete Buttigeig: People shouldn’t be able to vote while incarcerated.
Young woman, top right: #truestory #CNNTownHall pic.twitter.com/nXpoAGKXge Buttigieg’s comments went viral after a Twitter user posted a video of one woman’s shocked reaction to the comments.

Twitter users then piled in on the social media thread, many disagreeing with Buttigieg’s point of view. If incarcerated individuals shouldn’t vote, then their labor shouldn’t be exploited by major corporations/entities for what amounts to pennies either. “If incarcerated individuals shouldn’t vote, then their labor shouldn’t be exploited by major corporations/entities for what amounts to pennies either,” one person wrote.

Another said : “Pete, I feel, is going to have a black and Latinx problem pretty soon. I don’t see him really addressing issues important to us in a significant way.”