Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Kindly contributed by Jair Trice
….And I Know Somebody Heard Him [Listen for David Kato]
by Jair, The Literary Masturbator
…and I know somebody heard him as they bludgeoned him with a hammer [Listen for David Kato]
Blood spurting from his body
His screams silenced by ignorance and fear [Listen for David Kato]
His cries for help muffled by the cloak of Christian colonialism[Listen for David Kato]
….and I know somebody heard him as he said, “I fear for my life” when they posted his name and image in the, “Rolling Stone” with the admonishment to, “hang them”
His voice fell on deaf ears [Listen for David Kato]
His death represents a dearth of compassion and unconditional love in a time when those should be valued more than diamonds and
...and I know somebody heard him as he joins the ancestors [Listen for David Kato]
The countless, nameless, faceless two-spirited beings that guide us and offers peace that passes all understanding
Safe from the harassment of government and those who claim a Christ that spreads a message of hate
Do you hear him? [Listen for David Kato]
I hear him
In the wind and rain
In the still small voice in my heart that says, “go on...”
Listen for David Kato, and all the others
Speak their names
Make their lives eternal & everlasting
We are all witnesses...
Now it's time to testify....
Violence Erupts at Kato Funeral
During the funeral in Mukono, Uganda, which was attended by about 300 people, according to Reuters, the pastor grabbed the mike and began screaming, provoking strong reaction from Kato’s friends.
"The world has gone crazy," the pastor said. "People are turning away from the scriptures. They should turn back, they should abandon what they are doing. You cannot start admiring a fellow man."
As he screamed, “It is ungodly,” gay activists stormed the pulpit and grabbed the mike. They were wearing T-shirts featuring Kato's face with sleeves with gay pride colors.
"Who are you to judge others?" a female activist yelled. "We have not come to fight. You are not the judge of us. As long as he's gone to God his creator, who are we to judge Kato?"
Villagers then refused to bury Kato’s body, leading his friends to carry the body to his grave and bury it themselves.
Kato was the advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda. He was found brutally beaten to death Wednesday at his home.
He was one of many gay Ugandans threatened with death on the cover of Rolling Stonenewspaper in October 2010.
thanks to TransGriot
History of the International Bill of Gender Rights
The restatement of the International Bill of Gender Rights (IBGR) was first drafted in committee and adopted by the International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy, Inc. (ICTLEP) at that organization's second annual meeting, held in Houston, Texas, August 26-29, 1993.
The IBGR has been reviewed and amended at subsequent annual meetings of ICTLEP in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
The IBGR is derived from two earlier documents both of which sought to articulate basic human rights for transgendered people. JoAnn Roberts of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, drafted and disseminated a "Bill of Gender Rights" in 1991. Working independently and without knowledge of Roberts' efforts, Sharon Stuart of Cooperstown, New York, published a proposal for a "Gender Bill of Rights" in the 1991 annual meeting newsletter of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE). Basic concepts in the two documents were similar although each author took a different approach.
Following the first annual meeting of ICTLEP in August of 1992, Ms. Stuart began the work of drafting an expanded Bill of Gender Rights which incorporated Ms. Roberts' work as well as her own proposal. A first draft presented in August of 1993 at ICTLEP's second annual meeting was extensively revised and refined in committee. Major contributors to the 1993 committee's efforts included Dr. Susan Stryker of Berkeley, California, Jan Eaton of Virginia, Martine Rothblatt of Silver Spring, Maryland, and Phyllis Frye of Houston, Texas.
In recent years major contributions to the IBGR's language and punctuation have been made by Alice of Houston, a consummate grammar and punctuation specialist.
Although she has not participated directly in the drafting of the IBGR, the contributions of JoAnn Roberts remain substantial, particularly in the first two sections of the IBGR which form the document's foundations. Ms. Roberts continues to promulgate and distribute her own "Bill of Gender Rights" as amended.
Additional amendments and new sections were added to the IBGR in 1994 and 1995. Minor changes followed in 1996. In her capacity as Gender Rights Director for ICTLEP, Ms. Stuart continues to act as the Principal Drafter and Compiler for the IBGR.
The Right To Define Gender IdentityAll human beings carry within themselves an ever-unfolding idea of who they are and what they are capable of achieving. The individuals sense of self is not determined by chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role. Thus, the individuals identity and capabilities cannot be circumscribed by what society deems to be masculine or feminine behavior. It is fundamental that individuals have the right to define, and to redefine as their lives unfold, their own gender identities, without regard to chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.
Therefore, all human beings have the right to define their own gender identity regardless of chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role; and further, no individual shall be denied Human or Civil Rights by virtue of a self-defined gender identity which is not in accord with chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.
The Right To Free Expression Of Gender IdentityGiven the right to define ones own gender identity, all human beings have the corresponding right to free expression of their self-defined gender identity.
Therefore, all human beings have the right to free expression of their self-defined gender identity; and further, no individual shall be denied Human or Civil Rights by virtue of the expression of a self-defined gender identity.
The Right To Secure And Retain Employment And To Receive Just CompensationGiven the economic structure of modem society, all human beings have 8 right to train for and to pursue an occupation or profession as a means of providing shelter, sustenance, and the necessities and bounty of life, for themselves and for those dependent upon them, to secure and retain employment, and to receive just compensation for their labor regardless of gender identity, chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.
Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to train for and to pursue an occupation or profession, nor be denied the right to secure and retain employment, nor be denied just compensation for their labor, by virtue of their chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role, or on the basis of a self-defined gender identity or the expression thereof.
The Right Of Access To Gendered Space And Participation In Gendered ActivityGiven the right to define one's own gender identity and the corresponding right to free expression of a self-defined gender identity, no individual should be denied access to a space or denied participation in an activity by virtue of a self-defined gender identity which i5 not in accord with chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.
Therefore, no individual shall be denied access to a space or denied participation in an activity by virtue of a self-defined gender identity which is not in accord with chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.
The Right To Control And Change One's Own BodyAll human beings have the right to control their bodies, which includes the right to change their bodies cosmetically, chemically, or surgically, so as to express a self-defined gender identity.
Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to change their bodies as a means of expressing a self-defined gender identity; and further, individuals shall not be denied Human or Civil Rights on the basis that they have changed their bodies cosmetically, chemically, or surgically, or desire to do so as a means of expressing a self-defined gender identity.
The Right To Competent Medical And Professional CareGiven the individual's right to define one's own gender identity, and the right to change one's own body as a means of expressing a self-defined gender identity, no individual should be denied access to competent medical or other professional care on the basis of the individual's chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.
Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to competent medical or other professional care when changing their bodies cosmetically, chemically, or surgically, on the basis of chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.
The Right To Freedom From Psychiatric Diagnosis Or TreatmentGiven the right to define one's own gender identity, individuals should not be subject to psychiatric diagnosis or treatment solely on the basis of their gender identity or role.
Therefore, individuals shall not be subject to psychiatric diagnosis or treatment as mentally disordered or diseased solely on the basis of a self-defined gender identity or the expression thereof.
The Right To Sexual ExpressionGiven the right to a self-defined gender identity, every consenting adult has a corresponding right to free sexual expression.
Therefore, no individual's Human or Civil Rights shall be denied on the basis of sexual orientation; and further, no individual shall be denied Human or Civil Rights for expression of a self-defined gender identity through sexual acts between consenting adults.
The Right To Form Committed, Loving Relationships And Enter Into Marital ContractsGiven that all human beings have the right to free expression of self-defined gender identities, and the right to sexual expression as a form of gender expression, a/l human beings have a corresponding right to form committed, loving relationships with one another, and to enter into marital contracts, regardless of their own or their partner's chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.
Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to form committed, loving relationships with one another or to enter into marital contracts by virtue of their own or their partner's chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role, or on the basis of their expression of a self-defined gender identity.
The Right To Conceive, Bear, Or Adopt Children; The Right To Nurture And Have Custody Of Children And To Exercise Parental CapacityGiven the right to form a committed, loving relationship with another, and to enter into marital contracts, together with the right to express a self-defined gender identity and the right to sexual expression, individuals have a corresponding right to conceive and bear children, to adopt children, to nurture children, to have custody of children, and to exercise parental capacity with respect to children, natural or adopted, without regard to chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role, or by virtue of a self-defined gender identity or the expression thereof.
Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to conceive, bear, or adopt children, nor to nurture and have custody of children, nor to exercise parental capacity with respect to children, natural or adopted, on the basis of their own, their partner's, or their children's chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, initial gender role, or by virtue of a self-defined gender identity or the expression thereof.
The Purpose and Effect of the International Bill of Gender Rights
The IBGR strives to express fundamental human and civil rights from a gender perspective. However, the ten rights enunciated below are not to be viewed as special rights applicable to a particular interest group, i.e. transgendered people. Nor are these rights limited in application to persons for whom gender identity and role issues are of paramount concern. All ten sections of the IBGR are universal rights which can be claimed and exercised by every human being regardless of their sex or gender.
The IBGR is a theoretical expression which has no force of law absent its adoption by legislative bodies or recognition of its principles by courts of law, or by administrative agencies and international structures such as the United Nations.
In recent years the IBGR's principles have been embodied in various legislative initiatives designed to protect the rights of transgendered people. Several of these initiatives have been adopted by municipalities in widely scattered sections of the USA. Meanwhile, the rights of transgendered people are gaining increased recognition and protection in countries such as Canada, South Africa, Australia, Great Britain and throughout western Europe.
Apart from legislative reform, individuals are free to adopt the universal truths expressed in the IBGR, and to lead their lives accordingly. In this fashion, the truths embodied in the IBGR will liberate and empower humankind in ways that transcend the powers of legislatures, judges, government officials and diplomats.
As the principles of the IBGR are understood, embraced, and given expression by humankind, the acts of legislatures and the pronouncements of courts and related structures will necessarily follow. Thus, the paths of free expression trodden by millions of human beings seeking to define and express their own identities and give meaning to their lives will ultimately determine the course of our culture and civilization.
The IBGR is a transformative and revolutionary document but it is grounded in the bedrock of individual liberty and free expression. As our lives unfold these kernels of truth are here for all who would claim and execise them.exercise them.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
By Tom Chivers World Last updated: January 27th, 2011
Grim news from Uganda. Some of you may remember a few months ago I wrote about an appalling story in that country, in which a newspaper called Rolling Stone (unrelated, of course, to the music mag) did a “name and shame” of Uganda’s “top 100 homos”, disgustingly reminiscent of a British newspaper’s similar piece about sex offenders in 2001.
“Hang them”, the front page said.
Now, of course, David Kato, an outspoken Ugandan gay rights activist, has been found beaten to death in his home. He had been attacked with a hammer. The inevitability is sickening.
Police are saying that it was a robbery gone wrong, not a hate crime, but – understandably, given that homophobia is state-sponsored in the country – other activists are profoundly unconvinced.
Last time I wrote on this, I placed some of the blame on US evangelicals who had gone to Uganda and co-authored a bill by the government making homosexuality a criminal act, although one of them - Reverend Scott Lively – did say they had gone too far by making it punishable by death. I slightly regretted that, as it removes culpability from the Ugandans themselves – homophobia is endemic in much of Africa, among Muslims, Christians and others, and the continent must take responsibility for its dreadful record in that area.
That said, Val Kalende, the chairperson of one of Uganda’s gay rights groups, would disagree with me on that point. “David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by US evangelicals in 2009,” he said. “The Ugandan government and the so-called US evangelicals must take responsibility for David’s blood.” I don’t know the full extent, although I think we can agree that the evangelicals do not come out of this looking good; nonetheless, we shouldn’t use their involvement to whitewash the vicious attitudes of a lot of Africans.
We tend to think, in this country, that virulent anti-gay feeling of this kind is a thing of the past. In the main, it is, here (although sometimes, when I write on the topic and read the comments it receives, I start to doubt it) –as shown by the B&B case the other week, our legal system protects the rights of homosexuals, and bigotry is on the wane. But this is a horrible reminder that, worldwide, the battle is far from won.
- Rip. Lesson: If your gay keep it to yourself.
- Seet deh....Batty bway a dead worldwide...Come off a wi case JFJ and JFLAG....Unnu wrong plus tax.
- OGNR you really pushing it now. Anywhere in the world there is a GAY story you find it.
- Ignorance at its highest. That's y some of these countries will never be better than they are. Ignorant asses.
- He who is without sin cast the first stone. I wonder how pure and righteous the killers were. Leave them to God! Why are they so bothered and concerned about the salvation of homosexuals? Only God sits high enough to judge
- Watch the morons and ignoramuses on here make thier stupid comments...
- The funny thing about this is that some of those same evangelists are hiding in closets and were in Uganda to touch little black boys.
- Murder is murder. Each person has a choice to decide how he or she lives. We may not agree with certain behaviour but should we kill those that offend us by their lifestyles?
- The bible speaks about Jesus hanging out at bars and brothels, I wonder if he hung out with gay people too? Afterall, he never came to save the so called righteous!! Sin is sin, whether one lies, steal, fornicate, lust, covet or kill. So "if" being gay is a sin and it requires killing, why don't we kill are the liars, thieves etc?
- It's amazing how many ignorant folks think it is OK to kill someone because they think and act different from you. If that was indeed legal then I guess Christians would be killing Muslims and Muslims would be killing Jews. No wonder Jamaica is having a brain drain because of stupid people like you with this belief system. Believe it or not Gay people are among you and they are here to stay and no amount of killing them will make the "disease" go away...It's a pity how some people will make openly anti-gay remarks but behind closed doors they say something totally different...Wake up people, People have to live their lives and you should live yours for you because like them or not, gay people are our Doctors, Lawyers, Politicians, Priests, Bankers, Teachers..,etc. Get educated and get over it.
- Every country that upholds such behavior WILL be destroyed (homosexuality, abortions, senseless murders, etc) are all demonic behaviors and I will not accept it just because it's the norm or because everybody else does. It's wrong and that's that. MY BIBLE INSTRUCTS ME TO ACT ON AND SPEAK THE WORD OF YHWH AND DON'T CARE WHO GET OFFENDED SO IF YUH OFFENDED OH DAMN WELL...maybe it's time you make some changes! Str8
- You know what as much as I don't agree with homosexuality I notice in half the countries that are so homophobic the crime rates are very high, and I don't see people see multiple reports of people hunting down gunmen and theives or child molesters and beating them to death! A bunch of bloody hypocrites! You follow and uphold one commandment follow all of them and uphold all!
- I say get rid of as many as u can ppl this world is turning into sadum and have too much so call interlect supporting a lifestyle that bares no morals or benefit of its kind to society. They as benefical as the number zero has no prepose I say get rid of it, if u have a dead branch on a tree u cut of before it grain the life out off the entire tree homosexual or like a dead brach.
- you fail to realise that homosexuality is not a choice, Its something that they are born with and as for heterosexuals not "throwing their sexuality in their faces" what do you call people kissing in the subway or in restaurants? Jamaica isn't "homophobic" and the ignorant people commenting on this thread should realise that. Homophobia means "an irrational fear of people who have sex with someone of the same sex". I have often been to strip joints in Kgn, Mobay and Ocho Rios and see women dancing on stage and other women up there OPENLY kissing, touching and actually having sex with them and the men...and some women in the crowd go wild..Why is that accepted but 2 men aren't? There is no such bullshit as one sin is worse than the other so if you believe that it is a sin then adultery, stealing etc should all be judged as harsh too by society but it isn't. People fear what they don't understand and only with education can the country change. As it is the blind is leading the blind and no-one is thinking for themselves..
- I wanna know what would happen if the government just out of following the commandments, found all those men who beat that man and explain to them that 'you just took someone's life hence you will be punished!' what dem would do?
- I find it most interesting how people can quote the Bible (the most translated and interpreted book of all times) to justify, hatred, slavery, oppression of women etc. Then they pull on the Sodom & Gomorrah story to again, to justify their hatred of homosexuals, do you even know what that story is about? If you are one to live by the Bible, remember only God will judge humanity, gay or straight, not you.
- stupid people arguing about gay shit. yall will never agree some think them feh dead, some think they should be accepted. lets all just agree to disagree. who the hell knows why the kill this batty bwoy and who really gives a fuck other than the fact that it is sad that a person was killed. yall go find productive things