does it have any relation to the Int’l Lesbian and Gay Association?
I like the idea of this organisation, in fact I’d volunteer for them if it’s possible. I wonder how they will tackle the situation though where local opinion is divided on what help they need, say half the people want aid withdrawn, and the other half don’t, they want constructive engagement, to borrow a phrase from the Liam Fox camp.
Thanks to Sir Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, the profile of gays in the UK has been raised enormously. They are the Charles and Diana or the Posh and Becks of the LGBT world and I hope that their influence spreads to countries where gays are less fortunate.
Problem is that “gays are less fortunate” not only in “Africa and the Middle East”. That’s the fact homophobia is a serious problem in the Eastern part of Europe, even inside the EU as well. You can read some important aspects about this question in our blog: http://kaleidoscope.blog.hu/2011/09/22/significance_of_homophobia_presenting_in_the_central_and_east_european_societies_onto_the_global_ack
I believe that Eastern Europe are in a far better position to change their attitudes than the likes of Uganda. With the fall of Communism over 20 years ago the Eastern Orthodox Church saw a reneisance and unfortunately brought with it homophobia. Incidently various Communist countries had different views to homosexuality. While most tolerated or even endorsed it, the likes of Russia and Romania criminalized it considering it to be western decadence. Homophobia in Russia is a major problem but Vladmir Putin does not appear to have an issue with it. As for Eastern Europe in general, just look at where England was back in 1967 just after the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised us. Progress will be made but there is a log road ahead.
As I have indicated, in my referenced post the significans of Eastern European homphobic tendences go further the borders of those countries. It is the main difference between eg. Uganda end Poland or even Lithuania. The latters are EU member contries and they have some bad influence for policy of the whole EU.The effect of churches of this countries are also important for the official tendences of Christianity. That’s why I belive this area would deserve more attention.
You make very important points, however constant vigilance and pressure is necessary in Uganda and other African countries as they keep trying to bring in the death penalty for gay people.
It looks like Lively and Cameron are up to Ugandan tricks in Moldova:
As I have mentioned in another thread, it is astonishing to see how many of the problems in the world are a direct result of what people believe about God.
Thank you for your support, Elton John.
And if we forget about the gayy brigade, we always hav eAID s and the deaths of innocent babies to remind us. Same with the fornicating hetero brigade.
\is there anything gay related thatyrectal luster Elton does not get involved in?
Well, you’re involved in tons of gay stuff here, Keith, aren’t you…. wonder what that says about you. Didn’t the ex-gay freaks warn you about spending so much time obsessing about you getting your jolly with blokes on gay sites?
Not the best gay role model to have
Good job Elton, keep up the good work. By the way the occupy people banned my friend after he posted this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di04_vKfqNw
the occupy people must be Christians who
don’t want you to know the truth.
‘we will live to see the day when gay people are able to embrace openly on the streets of Kampala ….”
You don’t see any Straights embracing openly in the streets of kampala…
Johann Hari, compulsive liar and fraud, is the last person whose ‘support’ any campaign could do with. Clear off Johann, this will not earn you back any of the respect you have deservedly lost.
Quite, if this journalist was an enemy of liberal glitterati there’s no way he’d be indulged like this. Good work, Elton, but don’t let Hari piggy-back off the good work in a desperate attempt at rehabilitation. He wasn’t just a liar and a fraud, he deliberately smeared his opponents, and by ‘opponents’ I mean people from the same side of the political divide who crossed him, not actual ideological ones (not that smearing them maliciously would be any good either).
I couldn’t agree more about Hari – anything he ‘touches’ (never mind ‘supports’) is liable to be treated, at the least, with great suspicion. I suppose that Elton John did, in fact, actually co-write the article?