Archive for Homophobia

Government of Pakistan provides active support for sexual minorities

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 30 April 2011 by Michael Hampson

The government of Pakistan is providing active support to the transgender Hindu Hijra community by recognising their gender and by actively promoting their welfare through government employment.

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New report: ordinary catholics are more supportive of gay rights than the general population

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 29 March 2011 by Michael Hampson

A new report from the American Public Religion Research Institute finds that ordinary lay catholics are more supportive of gay rights than the general population, for example:

• 74% support legal recognition of same-sex civil unions
• 71% support gay civil marriage, “like you get at city hall”
• 73% support legislation against discrimination in the workplace
• 63% support gays in the military
• 60% support gay adoption
• 70% fear that messages from America’s places of worship contribute to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth
• 43% support gay marriage without further description or restriction (rising to 71% for “civil marriage, like you get at city hall”)

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Breaking the monopoly of marriage: why the catholic celebration of celibacy is a positive, not a negative, for LGBT people

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 27 January 2011 by Michael Hampson

In most protestant churches, there is only one acceptable expression of sexuality, and only one acceptable lifestyle: marriage has the monopoly.

Anybody who is not married is regarded as having a lesser lifestyle, and one that must be defined in terms of marriage: not yet married, previously married, failed to marry.

Only the catholic church celebrates an alternative lifestyle that breaks this monopoly: positively chosen celibacy – the vocation of monks and nuns and priests – is celebrated not just as an alternative, but as superior.

This is sometimes seen as a negative for LGBT people – as anti-sex.

But it can be a huge positive, because it breaks the oppressive monopoly of marriage.

It is a positive celebration of an alternative lifestyle, a positive celebration of diversity.

From the book: The sexual minority which is the non-marrying, single-sex religious community is known in cultures throughout the world and throughout history. The importance of the western tradition’s celebration of this sexual minority should not be underestimated, as it breaks the moral monopoly of heterosexual marriage, and does so with absolute confidence. Read on >>

Straight boys kissing – and the demise of homophobia

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on 22 January 2011 by Michael Hampson

It is ten years since anti-discrimination legislation swept across Europe. The legislation was a response to social change, and the legislation further advanced that social change.

Since then, a whole generation of young people has come of age. They have done so in a society where homophobia is no longer mainstream but is totally marginalised. They have come of age regarding homophobia as a bizarre affliction – if they encounter it at all.

For their parents’ generation, it lingers: the UK has adopted the continental kiss of greeting over the last couple of decades; women kiss women, men kiss women, women kiss men – but two men still shake hands. Imagine that list with homophobia removed – and straight boys kiss.

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Good religion, bad religion: Warsi, Jesus, Dawkins, and the responsibility of people of faith

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 21 January 2011 by Michael Hampson

Baroness Warsi, Britain’s first female Muslim cabinet member, made a major speech yesterday complaining about anti-Muslim prejudice, and arguing that people are wrong to separate Muslims into moderates and extremists (with moderates being good and extremists being bad).

She has taken a wrong turning here, having previously joined other Muslim politicians in confidently condemning both the acts and the culture of Muslim extremism.

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