Brexit: Why do some UK citizens fear for their future rights?
Media captionBrexit: Why do some UK citizens fear for their future rights? Hundreds of thousands of British citizens living elsewhere in the European Union fear they will not be able to live and work as they do now after Brexit, despite assurances from both sides that the rights of citizens have been guaranteed.
"We’ve been left in limbo," says Fiona Godfrey, a freelance legal consultant living with her family in Luxembourg who also volunteers with the pressure group British in Europe.
"I think it’s shameful. We should never ever have been put in this position."
The dilemma is that what has been agreed so far between the UK government and the EU – in the Withdrawal Agreement they are negotiating – will only give British citizens the right to live and work in the country where they reside. ‘I’ve worked in every EU member state’
In Fiona’s case, that means tiny Luxembourg. But at the moment she works in other countries every week, relying on her rights of freedom of movement within the EU single market.
"In 20 years I’ve worked in every EU member state, plus Norway and Switzerland," she says.
"We want to keep the rights we have – we need to keep our free movement, we need to keep our rights to work, and we need to keep recognition of our professional qualifications, because that is another huge issue." Fiona Godfrey says she’s been "left in limbo" Some UK citizens in the EU will be able to continue to work as they do now.
If, for example, you are defined as a frontier worker – crossing a border on a regular basis for a nine-to-five job on a regular employment contract – then you should be OK. ‘Very stressful’
But if you are defined as a cross-border supplier of services there is no guarantee as yet that you’ll be able to work after Brexit as you do now.
New restrictions could apply to all sorts of people: lawyers, architects, truckers… or freelance chefs cooking for hungry skiers in the French Alps.
"It’s been very stressful. Nearly two years now, and we still have no clarity on what is going to happen and how we are going to be affected," says Helen Malaburn, speaking from her home near Les Trois Vallees in France.
She and her husband have lived there for 10 years, cooking for tourists and local residents during the winter ski season.
But in the summer, the work dries up, and they spend their time working in places like Greece and Spain.
"At the moment, we do approximately half of our work outside France," Helen says. "There’s no way we could sustain ourselves on the winter work that we do."
"We’re completely dependent on being able to work across the EU, and having our qualifications (as chefs) recognised in every country, like they are now."
Helen and Fiona are not alone.
The debate about UK citizens living in the EU often focuses on pensioners seeking warmer weather – and they certainly have concerns of their own. But roughly 80% of the one million or so Brits in the EU are of working age or younger.
There is a lack of clarity on a number of other issues that concern them. British expats don’t want to lose the rights they currently enjoy Dual citizenship
It is still not clear, for example, whether UK citizens in the EU will have access to university education on the same financial terms as they do now; nor whether – as part of a bureaucratic process – they will have to make new applications to remain in the countries where they live.
One solution to the dilemma facing so many people is to apply for dual citizenship. Both Helen and Fiona are in the process of doing so, as are many of their British counterparts.
But it’s not an option available in every country – Austria and the Netherlands, for example, don’t allow it and other countries have some restrictions. Nor is there a guarantee of success, and the application process takes time. A resolution?
And that is the one thing that is now in short supply. The European Parliament has promised to take a tough line on protecting citizens’ rights, and the Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld is critical of both sides in the Brexit negotiations.
"They’re making it into a legalistic issue," she says, "but this is about the fundamental rights of people who have set up their lives here in Europe and are counting on free movement.
"So this is a condition for the European Parliament to give its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement."
Does she think the European Parliament would otherwise struggle to approve the agreement (which it has to do before Brexit happens)?
"Yes. We have adopted a series of resolutions where we set out our conditions for giving consent, and this is one of them."
So when can UK citizens expect their concerns to be addressed?
The EU says the whole notion of "mobility of citizens" will be part of negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP is critical of both sides in the Brexit negotiations But those talks have barely begun, and they won’t be concluded by the time Brexit is due to take place in ten months’ time.
The fear is that "mobility of citizens" would then get caught up in haggling over all sorts of other issues in negotiations on a future free trade agreement. It wouldn’t be a comfortable place to be.
"I don’t feel like a bargaining chip, I am a bargaining chip, and I shouldn’t be," says Fiona Godfrey.
On behalf of British in Europe, she has this appeal for Theresa May:
"Write to the member states, write to (Michel) Barnier, and say we would like British citizens to have continuing free movement.
"We think it is a deal that can be done if she just makes the request." EU’s Juncker urges Belgian citizenship for UK staff
The rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons in the EU
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The proposed 21-month transition (or implementation) period after Brexit gives everyone involved a bit of breathing space, but time to include a deal on future free movement in the Withdrawal Agreement is fast running out.
So does the government think that is still a possibility? In a written statement, the Department for Exiting the European Union, said:
"We’ve reached a reciprocal deal for our citizens during the implementation period that recognises the valuable contribution that EU citizens make to the UK, and that UK citizens make to the EU.
"The issue of onward movement rights for UK citizens in the EU has not been forgotten and we will raise this in the next phase of negotiations.
"The UK will seek to reach a final deal that is in the mutual interest of citizens living across the continent."
But no-one knows when that final deal on the future relationship will be agreed.
And the concern among many UK citizens in the EU is that they will have no certainty about their future status, and their ability to work as they do now, until after the UK has left. Read more from Reality Check Send us your questions
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Meet the new International Mr Leather Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Belgium Pride taking over the capital Pogo aka Nick Bertke thinks gay are abomination. | Photo: Twitter/YouTube An Australian musician with more than 110 millions views on YouTube has unleashed a tirade about ‘gays’ on his channel.
Pogo, aka Nick Bertke, has become known for using Disney songs and turning them into electronic songs. He then uploads his work to YouTube where he has more than 700,000 subscribers.
But recently he uploaded a video titled, ‘Why I called my channel Fagottron’.
‘I’ve always had a very thorough dislike of homosexuals,’ he said in the video.
‘I’ve never liked a grown man acting like a 12-year-old girl. I’ve always found that to be quite disgusting. And so I thought to myself, how best can I express to the world that gays are just an abomination?’
Bertke, who has also expressed his misogynistic views about women said he thought the gun massacre at gay club Pulse in Orlando were ‘fantastic’. In 2016, 49 people lost their lives in a mass shooting at Pulse . Their killer targeted them because of their sexuality.
‘I think nothing encapsulates the sissiness of a guy quite like the word ‘faggot’…I have a fairly robust resentment of the gay community,’ he said.
‘I don’t want to really get into this, but when there was the Orlando shooting and the guy was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ or something I was like (pumps fist).
‘But yeah, I’ve got to be a bit careful with that because well, you know, I don’t like gays, but I don’t want to see people getting killed in nightclubs either. But still, I mean, it’s just fantastic.’
Uploaded in early May, the video remained under the radar until someone posted it on Reddit. Jinkx Monsoon weighs in
In no time, the backlash to Berke’s vile comments came through on social media.
People from around the world condemned his comments, including RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Jinkx Monsoon.
‘Hi! My name is @NickBertke ! I remix Disney movies into music and even though 90% of my audience is queer, I’ve decided to go on record that ‘I hate faggots’ cuz, you know. I don’t actually want a career,’ Monsoon wrote on Twitter.
‘You’re entitled to your willfully ignorant thoughts, but I’d love to know why, without any real provocation, you decided to alienate your majorative fan base with hate speech. @NickBertke , good luck selling your music without the queer community. It’s 2018. Wake up asshole.’ You’re entitled to your willfully ignorant thoughts, but I’d love to know why, without any real provocation, you decided to alienate your majorative fan base with hate speech. @NickBertke , good luck selling your music without the queer community. It’s 2018. Wake up asshole. — Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) May 31, 2018 I’m not done being angry at @NickBertke – he runs his mouth, then when his followers contradict his self righteous rhetoric, he deletes his statements and pretends we don’t know what we’re talking about. You’re not THAT smart Pogo. You’re not post bigotry just cuz you say so. — Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) June 1, 2018 Some other brilliant tweets about Pogo
Every once in a while it’s depressingly refreshing to have a content creator you’ve enjoyed for years to come out and spell out what a horrible person they are. Thanks Pogo, now I don’t have to wonder whether I can separate the art from the artist, because you are the worst. — Fred Wood (@thatsmytrunks) May 31, 2018 Pogo is cancelled. You don’t cheer for the massacre of innocent gay people and ever be considered a functioning or rational human being ever again. — Nicole Rodriguez (@Shnikkles) May 31, 2018 love 2 shit talk pogo honestly, can we fucking put this dudes career in a casket in 2018. fuck this clown — gravelord bea-to (@beesmygod) May 31, 2018
Meet the new International Mr Leather Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Belgium Pride taking over the capital Will is a university student in London and has been volunteering with Diversity Role Models | Photo: Facebook Will Mayrick is the gay student who was forced to apologize for being gay, threatened with being stabbed and strangled.
This month his attackers pleaded guilty, but as they are underage and pleaded guilty – escaped any jail time.
At the Bexley Magistrate Courts in London, the sixteen and seventeen-year-olds received a referral order of 12 months. But if they fail to comply with the youth offending team, they could be resentenced.
But Will’s response is not one of hate or even frustration. Instead, he’s has been using his experience to prevent future attacks.
Gay Star News has been following Will as he volunteers with Diversity Role Models, a charity that goes into schools to deliver LGBTI positive lessons.
Role models go into schools all over the UK to tell stories about coming out, understanding their identity and being LGBTI.
This is what happened when Will told his story to a class full of teenagers: ‘I still get upset about the attack – but I’m not going to let that beat me’
Mayrick studies Digital Photography at Ravensbourne University in London was attacked in October last year on the way to a popular queer club night, Sink the Pink.
Speaking about the attack, Will tells GSN of the cruel nature of it:
‘We’d met some friends and then we were on the tube, dressed up in fancy dress. I covered myself up in a big parker, you couldn’t see my outfit.
‘These guys got on the tube just before North Greenwich where we were going to get off. They walked on and started shouting abuse at my friend who stood up. The attackers got face to face with him. Which is when I got up and said “come on guys, give it a rest.”‘
But they didn’t, and the attack intensified:
‘He got me in a headlock so tight that I couldn’t breathe. They were telling me to apologize [for being gay]. At the same time the guy was reaching into his jacket and making gestures to pull out a knife and they were threatening to stab me.’
‘Inside I was like – I’m not going to do that. Nobody should ever have to apologize for being gay or LGBTI. But I thought if I don’t apologize – I don’t know what’s going to happen.’
Since the attack, Will’s resolve has been focused forward.
Inspired by the attack, he’s not only ramped up his work on campus running the LGBTI society he’s been training with the Diversity Role Models and going into schools.
He believes that if the young men who attacked him had been given LGBTI inclusive education – any prejudice inside them that fueled the attack would have been extinguished in them.
A TFL spokesperson tells GSN they take hate crimes on the network seriously: ‘if you experience or witness hate crime on the London transport network, text 61016 or call 101 to report it.’ Who are Diversity Role Models?
Diversity Role Models are a charity who want to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools.
They deliver workshops in schools to stop bullying before it happens. Their hope, like Will’s, is by educating young people about difference and challenging stereotypes they can address the misuse of language.
You can support Diversity Role Models by becoming a role model yourself , or by donating to them. Read more from Gay Star Students:
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Meet the new International Mr Leather This Hong Kong couple want to have their relationship recognized | Courtesy of Angus Leung A Hong Kong appeals court has overturned a historic decision to give equal recognition to same-sex couples as heterosexual couples.
In 2015, Angus Leung Chun-kwong sued the Immigration Department where he worked since 2002 for refusing to recognize his marriage to Scott Adams whom he married in New Zealand in 2014. Adams is a UK citizen who lives in Hong Kong and the couple have been together for 13 years.
Last year, Leung won a court battle against his former employer with the Court of First Instance agreeing that the refusal of equal benefits was unconstitutional and discriminated against his sexual orientation.
He also sued the tax department for not giving his marriage equal recognition. Violation of Basic Law
But in a huge blow for the LGBTI community, an appeals court overruled the decision today. Leung also lost his legal battle against the tax department.
Hong Kong’s only openly gay legislator, Ray Chan, told Gay Star News about his disappointment with the court’s decision.
‘In my view, the judgement is too conservative and fails to uphold the Basic Law’s Article 37, as the Court argues that only heterosexual majority enjoys the freedom to marriage. Human rights should never be decided solely by the majority of people’ he said.
Chan added: ‘Angus Leung and his spouse are penalized for a reason no other than their sexual orientation. While it is true that socio-moral views should be taken into account, more and more evidence can be gathered to support Leung’s appeal.
‘Businesses and individuals come out to support same-sex marriage, as it is the right thing to do. Two consenting adults entering into a loving, committed relationship and setting up a household, many believe, should be allowed and tolerated.
‘Second, society is changing, and the world is changing. Hong Kong is an international city. For this reason, the Court’s opinion today does not seem to be in line with the recent progressive developments on LGBT rights around the world, including here in Asia.
Gigi Chao, one of Hong Kong’s most famous LGBTI people also tweeted about the ruling. Chao became an international news story after her billionaire father offered to pay a man US$130 million in 2014 to marry his lesbian daughter.
‘Art 37 of the Basic Law needs to interpreted in step with life in 2018 and should not be allowed to be discriminatory,’ she wrote.
Today’s court decision comes just days before Hong Kong’s Immigration Department will head to the Final Court of Appeal the decision given to a lesbian working in Hong Kong for her British wife to be granted a dependent visa, thus recognizing their British marriage.
Meet the new International Mr Leather Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Belgium Pride taking over the capital Soccer star Jaelene Hinkle refused US national team place because of LGBT shirt A football star quit a national club as ‘God didn’t want her to wear a Pride jersey’.
Jaelene Hinkle, who plays for the National Carolina Courage team, was asked to play for the US women’s national soccer team last year.
But while she said it was her ‘dream’, she ended up saying no to the opportunity. ‘God told me not to wear Pride jersey’ on national team
In a recent interview with the 700 club, Hinkle has confirmed it is because she refused to wear a jersey that would show support for the LGBTI community.
The US team has a massive LGBTI fan base. The team wore the jersey for two friendlies last year.
‘I felt so convicted in my spirit, that it was not my job to wear this jersey,’ Hinkle said.
‘And I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what he was asking me to do in this situation.’
She added: ‘I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their whole lives, and I’m saying no to it…
‘It was very disappointing. I think that’s where the peace trumps the disappointment, because I knew in my spirit that I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient, and just because you’re obedient doesn’t make it easy.’ Women’s soccer has ‘massive’ LGBTI following
Many gay and bisexual women have played on the US team.
They include Megan Rapinoe, Ashlyn Harris and retired star Abby Wambach.
‘I don’t question [God’s] goodness,’ Hinkle added.
‘Like, I know he’s good, I know he’s faithful. And if I never get a national team call-up again, then maybe that’s just part of his plan, that’s okay.
‘And maybe this is why you were meant to play soccer, just to show other believers to be obedient.’
Meet the new International Mr Leather Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Jilly Cooper slammed for opinions on ‘modern men’ Fear of women and being branded a harasser is turning men to gay sex, author Jilly Cooper has claimed.
The 81-year-old romance novelist, best known for writing the Rutshire Chronicles, has slammed ‘modern men’.
She said she worried by the effect of the Me Too and Times Up movements, the hope to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. Jilly Cooper slammed for comments on ‘modern men’
Speaking at the Hay literacy festival, Cooper said: ‘I have one adorable gay friend whose lover died. He’s just started going on the internet now.
‘It’s all married men wanting to have gay affairs. Do you think men are so terrified of women, it’s safer to get [it] on with their own sex?’
Cooper said men’s behavior is ‘cyclical’, referencing how men cried and grew beards in the Shakespearean era.
She said her father and late husband Leo did neither.
‘Men cry all the time now and they have beards,’ she said.
Describing how campaigns against sexual harassment such as Me Too have affected relationships, Cooper said: ‘One lovely man said “I can’t flirt any more”. You have a mini skirt up to here, then “do not touch” tattooed across your knees.’ Criticized on social media
Cooper’s comments have been slammed on social media.
One man, Martin Walker, said: ‘That’s news. As a married man, I’ve never considered having a gay affair. If men are terrified of women, how are they managing to get married in the first place?’
Michelle Kelly responded: ‘A lovely bundle of sexism and homophobia rolled into one!’
Another man said: ‘LOL. I’m scared of my wife too. Perhaps I should try it. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it they say.’
And another said: ‘It’s always possible that they just like cock.’
Cooper has written 41 books, and sold more than 11 million copies in Britain alone.
Meet the new International Mr Leather Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride The LGBTI-friendly XO Hotel is an elegant, boutique Paris hide-away, walking distance from the Arc de Triomphe.
Set down a quiet Parisian street, away from the busy boulevards, it’s a great base to explore the city, while still guaranteeing yourself a good night’s sleep. A wine-lovers hotel
The XO Hotel’s most exciting unique selling point is its dedication to wine.
Oenophiles – or wine lovers, if you prefer – can use cool dispensing machines to get a range of cool wines by the glass 24 hours a day.
The dispensing machines are available at reception and in the lower-ground floor bar. They’re simple to use. You load a card with credit, put it into the machine, choose your wine by the glass and just press the button.
Of course, wine is even better when accompanied by a cold-cut and cheese buffet. So XO Hotel offers a complimentary ‘Apéritivo!’ session each evening in their dedicated tasting room.
The big wooden communal table also hosts wine tasting events led by knowledgeable oenologists.
And every guest gets a complimentary glass of wine included in their booking. If you really want to indulge, try the XO Cognac or Delamain Cognac to round off a special evening. Boutique rooms
The XO has just 58 elegant rooms. So it is large enough to offer some of the facilities of a bigger hotel but small enough to offer a personal service.
The hotel was only opened in 2017, so the rooms have a stylish, contemporary feel. They are tastefully decorated with a soothing color palette of blond and bronze wood tones, with hints of blue and grey.
Naturally, you have all the luxuries you’d expect of a four star hotel. Each room has a mini bar, Nespresso machine, HD TV, complimentary wifi and luxurious bedding and towels.
They all look out onto the traditional Paris street and the upper floors in particular offer stunning views across the rooftops of the city. Breakfast
If you are getting up early or in a rush, you can grab an Express breakfast of coffee, fruit juice and pastry as you pass by reception.
Or if you want to pamper yourself with a lazy morning in bed you can order a continental breakfast, served in your room.
But it’s worth getting up for the full breakfast experience. The XO provides a delicious buffet of cheese, cold cuts, fruit, fruit juices, cereal and scrambled eggs. And, of course, it wouldn’t be breakfast in France without the best pastries, bread, honey and jam.
It’s more than enough to set you up for a day of exploring. Stay alongside real Parisians
I have visited Paris many times over the last 25 years and never explored the 17th arrondisement before.
In a sense, there’s no need to. This wealthy enclave that is home to the XO Hotel doesn’t contain any major tourist sites or museums. As such, it’s dominated by real Parisians, rather than tourists, which is quite refreshing.
And it is very well connected. From the hotel, you can stroll to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysée. Or you can jump on the Metro, with two stations just a few minutes walk away from the XO’s front door.
What is more, the 17th is a charming neighborhood in its own right. It’s one of the areas of Paris that Baron Haussmann set out on the orders of Emperor Napoleon III. So it’s quintessentially Parisian with wide boulevards and fine architecture.
The XO Hotel itself reflects the traditional building pattern but has added a hint of Art Deco style too.
There is excellent shopping available on the nearby streets that are lined with mid-range and high-end boutique shops, cafés and restaurants. A neighborhood that has inspired artists
A few streets away from the hotel, is the Battignoles area, a little neighborhood within the 17th with a slightly alternative character. If you enjoy a grungy bohemian style, you should head here to check out the bars and bistros. The cute French term for the hipsters who make this area is BoBos, short for bohemian-bourgeois.
Battignoles is no new invention, however. It inspired the painter Édouard Manet and his friends, who painted scenes of its café lifestyle in the 19th century. They became known as the ‘groupe des Batignolles’.
Another neighborhood gem, walking distance from the XO Hotel, has also inspired great art. This is the Parc Monceau, a little green haven, surrounded by elegant houses. The dappled light and shade inspired the greatest of the impressionists, Claude Monet, to paint six views of it between 1876 and 1878.
It’s still a beautiful place to stroll, less formal than other Paris parks. And it boasts some quirky follies, an Egyptian pyramid, a Chinese fort, a Dutch windmill, and Corinthian pillars. Staying at the XO Hotel
The XO Hotel is at 23-25 Rue Théodore de Banville, 75017, Paris. You can book online at the XO Hotel site . Also on Gay Star News
From Marie Antoinette’s lesbian affairs to the Sun King’s gay brother, Versailles bristled with sexual intrigue while the grounds were a hotbed of raunchy encounters
Meet the new International Mr Leather Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Belgium Pride taking over the capital A new video from New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) reminds gay men that HIV undetectable means untransmissable.
In the film, two men arrive home in the back of a taxi. Pretty quickly, we realise they’re heading back for their first sexual encounter.
Before they get out of the car, one of the guys tells his date that he wants to have ‘one of those chats.’
‘Let me guess: You like to give handjobs with oven mitts?’ asks his fearful date (played by comedian Tom Sainsbury ).
It eventually turns out that his new friend wants to explain he’s HIV positive and undetectable. Fortunately, his new date knows exactly what that means.
We never get to find out what the taxi driver makes of the conversation! ‘We feel proud to tell New Zealanders that dropping their load has never been so risk-free’
‘We’re unequivocally telling New Zealanders that if someone living with HIV has had an undetectable viral load for more than six months, HIV does not transmit through sex – even if condoms aren’t being used,’ says Michael Shaw, spokesperson for Ending HIV.
Evidence has been mounting for a long time now and with every new study saying the same thing, we made the decision to make this statement,’ says Shaw.
An undetectable viral load is when standard tests are unable to find any viral particles in the blood of someone who has HIV.
Modern HIV treatment is very good at leading to an undetectable viral load. It doesn’t mean someone is cured of HIV, but it does mean that they can expect to lead a normal lifespan if they stick to their medication regime. Extensive studies have been unable to find an instance of a HIV undetectable person passing on the virus via sex.
‘People are still using “unsafe” as a synonym for “condomless”,’ says Shaw. ‘That needs to change. We feel proud to tell New Zealanders that dropping their load has never been so risk-free.’
The campaign will be widely spread across NZ media, including radio, Grindr and street posters. Tackling stigma and reducing infections
According to NZAF, a 2014 survey found that only 7% of New Zealanders would be prepared to have a sexual relationship with someone living with HIV. This campaign is part of its efforts to tackle that stigma and prejudice.
Last year, it was revealed that the country hit a new HIV diagnosis high in 2016 (224 diagnoses that year). Experts believe that many people still put off getting tested because of stigma around HIV.
Getting regularly tested means those who have the virus can quickly have their health monitored and access suitable treatment.
Earlier this year, it was announced that New Zealand would be one of the few countries in the world to publicly-fund PrEP . Truvada, which minimizes the chances HIV negative people acquiring HIV, was made available from March to those at high risk. Subsidized, it costs around US$1.20 a month. See also
‘An ex-boyfriend of mine is living with HIV. He has an undetectable viral load … scientific evidence shows he was unable to pass on HIV on to me, even without condoms’
Meet the new International Mr Leather Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Matt Powell believes gay people should be put to death A Christian preacher has claimed he wants gay people killed, but only if it is done as ‘humanely’ as possible.
Matt Powell, a 22-year-old religious activist, has said he believes we should follow the Bible on dealing with the LGBTI community.
He thinks homosexuality is ‘disgusting’ and the government should ‘execute’ them. Preacher: Kill gays ‘humanely’
Appearing on a webcast with atheist YouTuber Skylar Fiction, they spoke about homosexuality.
‘As far as homosexuality goes, I believe the Bible puts the death penalty on it,’ Powell said. ‘
I believe it’s disgusting. And incidentally, every scientific test has come back and said that homosexuals are 50 more times likely to get AIDS… we got this AIDS thing spreading… it’s a fact that this is the case.’
Skylar asked: ‘You don’t believe that gay people should be stoned to death, do you?’
‘I believe the Bible puts the death penalty on it,’ Powell replied. ‘Obviously, not by me or anybody in a regular society, obviously. I believe it’s the government’s job to execute criminals. I believe that the Bible says clearly that homosexuality is a criminal crime. It’s a crime. It’s one of the worst crimes ever.’
‘Is that what you’re advocating for?’ Skylar responded. ‘That our government should stone gays to death to execute them?’ ‘You can’t say the word “humane” and then kill people’
Powell then said he believes in ‘humane’ executions.
‘By whatever means they execute people. And obviously, I believe in humane, you know, putting to death,’ the 22-year-old said.
Skylar then said ‘You can’t say the word “humane” and then kill people who are gay’.
Later in the interview, Powell said he believed disobedient children should also be put to death.
“Whatever our government says, as far as for a death penalty, I think should go for them,” Powell clarified.
Powell talks about putting gay people to death from the 8 minute mark. Despite receiving some heavy criticism, Powell is not interested in an apology.
‘I do not take any of those statements. I mean what I said. You can all say I’m a crazy idiot, I just believe the Bible.’
Meet the new International Mr Leather Here’s 22 pictures of Belgium Pride taking over the capital Sadi Güran (Photo: Aylin Güngör) The designer of this year’s Gay Star News Pride tote bags is Turkish artist, Sadi Güran. Approximately 20,000 bags, featuring Güran’s unicorn-inspired design, will be given out at Pride festivals in the UK over the summer months.
Güran is a 40-year-old gay man born, raised and living in Istanbul. He studied art at High School and then textile design at a fine arts academy. It was at the academy that he began to produce illustrations.
He has since done work for several publishing companies, including children’s books and magazines, and had a couple of solo exhibitions.
His beautiful work is characterized by delicate, sometimes fragile figures – sometimes reminiscent of the work of Austria’s Egon Schiele or Gustav Klimt.
Güran namechecks Klimt, alongside Norman Rockwell, Kent Williams, Jamie Hewlett and Enki Bilal among his favorite artists. Handcrafted pieces are produced using watercolors, while other work is now produced on computer.
Fifteen years ago, he co-founded Bant magazine. The publication covers alternative culture, arts, music and cinema. It also features plenty of illustration work from a wide range of artists. The situation in Turkey
In recent years, Turkey has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The country is currently under the rule of controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the summer of 2016, the country experienced a bloody attempt at a coup to overthrow Erdogan from power. Instead, the failed coup only led to him tightening his position: rounding up and imprisoning many perceived to oppose him.
Erdogan’s influence over the country extends to all corners of life, but LGBTI communities have been especially prone to hardship.
In a country that is split between Muslim and Christian influences, LGBTI people have little to no legal protections to discrimination. But the situation has deteriorated in the last couple of years. Crackdown on LGBTI expression
The annual Pride march in Istanbul was banned from going ahead by authorities in 2016 and 2017. Authorities had banned the march citing security fears. When some campaigners attempted a public demonstration last year, they were met with tear gas and arrested by police.
‘They are banning Prides because of the security situation,’ Güran says in a Facetime call from his home. ‘Which is funny because it is their job to protect us. But they are saying “We are banning this because we can’t protect you.”
Earlier this year, an LGBT Film Festival was also banned from taking place, just days before commencing.
Güran says LGBTI people just want to live their lives. However, it’s hard to escape the feeling that any attempt to express themselves is viewed as a political act – even a simple demonstration of affection. ‘Always fighting for ourselves’
How scary a situation is it? Do LGBTI people feel fearful of what is going on in the country at the moment?
‘LGBT people are always fearless because we are always fighting for ourselves: We are living in a Muslim country,’ he says. ‘Everything is political. Just holding my boyfriend’s hand in the street is political. My family always love me for who I am and a lot of other people are OK with it, but conservative people and the Government are always doing something bad and negative about it.’
There is a determined effort to prevent queer events taking place, and local LGBTI communities – and the wider population – are wondering what a snap election taking place 24 June will bring. Will it bring an end to Erdogan’s reign or extend it further?
‘Everyone is waiting for the election. We don’t know what’s going to happen because everything can change so easily here.
‘Our government has to go. I’ve never seen something like this, and I’m 40 years old. It has to change immediately, not only for the LGBT community, but for everyone in Turkey.’
Güran says much of Instanbul, compared to many parts of Turkey, is relatively safe for gay people.
‘There are areas that you can live your life freely, like in Istanbul, where I live.
‘But elsewhere, yes, there have always been hate crimes against LGBT people and trans murders. It’s really dangerous out there, but again, in certain areas. Istanbul is a different story.’ Younger generations more open
He says he doesn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up around the forthcoming elections, but believes change is coming.
‘We see it at the Occupy Gezi Park incidents in Istanbul five years ago. There we fought side by side with LGBTI+ groups and groups of football fans, along with many other groups. We stood together. That was beautiful. It shows that we can change a lot of thing if we stand together.
‘And last year I remember saying “Yes!” when a group of girls with headscarfs took selfies at my exhibition with all these naked homoerotic portraits. You see, people, especially younger generations, are open to loving each other.’
It was in this spirit that he was happy to design this year’s Pride bag.
‘My design comes from my belief in that the core beauty of humankind is in its diversity. And when we get together, despite all our differences, we create magic.’ See also