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Gay rights/hate crimes
Transcript of Gay rights/hate crimes
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Kamal was just 16 when gunmen snatched him off the streets of Baghdad, stuffed him in the trunk of a car and whisked him away to a house. But the real terror was about to begin.
The men realized he was gay, Kamal said, when he took his shirt off and they saw that his chest was shaved.
"They told me to take off my clothes to rape me or they would kill me immediately. This moment was the worst moment in my life," he said, weeping as he spoke of the 2005 ordeal.
"I was watching them taking off their clothes, preparing to rape me. I did not know what to do, so I started shouting loudly, 'Please do not do that! I will ask my family to give you whatever you want.' "
Uganda is likely to pass a law within months that will make homosexuality a capital offence, joining 37 other countries in the continent where American evangelical Christian groups are increasingly spreading bigotry.
Anti-gay bigots plunge Africa into new era of hate crimes AFRICA: IRAQ: Australia Ends a Prohibition On Homosexuals in Military AUSTRALIA: The ban was supported by the officers of the Australian Defense Force and by the Armed Forces Federation, which represents the rank and file.
Military officials had persuaded Defense Minister Robert Ray in June to continue the ban, citing what they called the potential threat to morale. But in September, a special Labor Party committee recommended that the prohibition be ended.
Attorney General Michael Duffy's desire to overturn the ban was bolstered by the commitment of President-elect Bill Clinton to allow homosexuals to serve, and by a similar decision earlier this year by Canada.
China home to 20 million gay men CHINA: A report released on November 29 by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that during the 24 hours after 3 o' clock pm November 28, as many as 190 AIDS cases were confirmed across China, the Beijing Daily Messenger reported on Thursday.
Half of the 190 were infected through sexual intercourse and homosexual men formed the largest group that acquired the HIV virus through sexual intercourse, according to a report on the health of gay men, the first of its kind in China released on the same day.
What is homosexuality ? Opposing side takes on homosexuality. Is it a choice ? AGAINST:
Religious conservatives have traditionally believed that homosexual behavior is chosen, changeable, unnatural, abnormal, and a sin which is hated by God. It is caused by poor parenting.
Human sexuality researchers who have studied sexual orientation have concluded that all three orientations (heterosexual, bisexual and homosexual) are not chosen; they are unchangeable, natural, and normal. At least for male gays, a homosexual orientation has been proven to have a very strong genetic component.
Is it true that most people are against men being gay ? Yes. In many parts of the world, most people believe that being a man insists of not being gay in the least. But for the reason of a man expecting to be a man, "the figure to bring home the bacon," so to speak, they are supposely entitled to be straight. Add this to religion, and this is a hghstandard. Women.....they are more likely to be excepted. Mainly by men (ironicly). Alot of men (opinion) think that women on women action is just wonderful. But in return, it is the same thing we are dealing with. Man on man, woman on woman, it's ALL THE SAME. Homosexuality is romantic or sexual attraction or behavior among members of the same sex. Hate Crimes Performed in the U.S. (1992- 1994):
James Primus, 35- murdered, set on fire in his car, 21 June 1993
Robert Haines- shot execution-style, 4 April 1994
Michael Despain, 24- burned, 6 June 1994
Ronnie Hugh Smith, 58- bludgeoned, found 25 February 1994
Father Ronald Maupin- multiple stab wounds, August 1993
Tommy Wenger, 24- multiple stab wounds, dismembered, 28 March 1994
Therman Brown, 50- gunshot wounds, 4 July 1994
Jon Simmons- gunshot to the head, 17 October 1994
*Bruce Hutchinson, 31- raped, bludgeoned 8 May 1994
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Kenneth Love, 42- head caved in, 21 December 1992
Alan Haskell, 30- strangled, 3 February 1993
Ricky Godbolt, 33- bound, gagged, and stabbed, 16 September 1993
Rogers Donahue, 25- bound, gagged, and stabbed, 16 September 1993
Eric Moore, 22- shot at point-blank range, body hung from a hook, 3 January 1993
*Unidentified male transvestite, shot, December 1992
*Unidentified gay man- killed by serial killer Gary Ray Bowles, May 1994
Dennis Johnson- throat slit, 31 October 1993
165 TOTAL IN TWO YEARS. *= Linked with other killings. LOUISIANA
Joe Balogg, 22- straight man stabbed by five men shouting antigay epithets, 12 November 1993
Susan Pittman, 56- shot at point-blank range by neighbor, May 1992
Christine Puckett, 39- shot at point-blank range by neighbor, May 1992
Steven Fox, 25- bludgeoned, neck broken, 20 July 1994
William Childs, 27- beaten, stabbed, throat slit, 22 April 1993
Anton Walker, 54- bludgeoned, induced heart attack, August 1994
*Thomas Mulcahey, 57- dismembered, 13 July 1992
NEW YORK(35/165 people most throughout the years.)
Marsha P. Johnson (Malcom Michaels, Jr.), 46- drowned, 6 July 1992
Roosevelt "Terry" Lewis, 30s- strangled and burned, found 3 April 1993
[On August 6, 1993, Kenneth French, a soldier from Ft. Bragg, walked into an Italian restaurant, spoke loudly about "Clinton letting faggots into the military", and opened fire with a rifle and shotgun. Peter Parrous, 73, the restaurant's owner, his wife, Ethel, 65, James F. Kidd, 46, and Wesley Scott, 26, were killed. Eight were wounded.] OREGON
Hattie Mae Cohens, 25- smoke inhalation due to firebombing, 26 September 1992
Brian Mock, 45- smoke inhalation due to firebombing, 26 September 1992
Roger Oliver, 23- beaten, near-decapitation 2 May 1994
Andre Jones, 33- bludgeoned, run over by car, 23 July 1994
Bradley Wantdler- multiple stab wounds, 20 June 1993
Same-sex parenting, foster parenting, and adoption. For example, two gay men may choose to have a child with the help of a female friend who is willing to carry the baby throughout pregnancy.
Two lesbian women may choose to have children using artificial insemination using the sperm of an unknown donor, or a male friend. How would it work ?
Research has shown that sexuality is not affected by having heterosexual or same-sex attracted parents, but attitudes to sexuality are shaped by parents' attitudes.
Most lesbians and gay men have heterosexual parents; the sexual orientation of a parent does not cause the sexual orientation of a child.
It is increasingly understood that a range of factors determine an individual's sexuality, including genetic factors. Will it effect the child's sexuality ? There will usually be another biological parent somewhere for the children, which can mean the non-biological second parent can find it hard. Some other issues for same- sex parents: No. Although people think otherwise.