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Ye Olde Gay History – June 23, 1629: Five “Beastly Sodomitical Boys” Busted By Puritan Preacher On His Way To Salem

June 23, 1629

The Rev. Francis Higginson, a preacher with a Puritan bent in the Church of England, left his parish and, in 1628, accepted an offer to join the Massachusetts Bay Company. In 1629, the Company was granted a Royal Charter to establish a “plantation” in New England, and Higginson and several of his Puritan followers were given permission to establish a colony. Higginson obtained six ships, each armed with cannons to protect against pirates.

The fleet set sail on May 1, 1629, with 350 Puritan settlers, 115 head of cattle, 41 goats and, apparently, five “beastly Sodomiticall boys.”

An entry in his diary for June 23, 1629, reads:

Tewsday the wind n:E: a fayre gale. This day we examined 5 beastly Sodomiticall boyes, which confessed their wickedness not to bee named. The fact was so fowl we reserved them to bee punished by the governor when we came to New England, who afterward sent them backe to the company to bee punished in old England, as the crime deserved.

According to the laws of England at that time the crime deserved death by hanging. But it was never documented ehat happened to those “beastly boyes” after they arrived back in not so jolly olde England.

As for Higginson  his fleet was greeted in Salem, Massachusetts by a small group of settlers, led by John Endecott. In Salem there were five houses besides Endecott’s. They had no trained minister, however, so Higginson and Samuel Skelton began conducting services immediately. Higginson drew up a confession of faith

The following winter, in the general sickness that ravaged the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Higginson was attacked by a severe fever, which disabled him, and finally caused his death.

Now that’s 17th. CENTURY KARMA!

Britain Chokes It's Chick-Fil-A: Britain's Only Store To Close After Massive Protests

Britain Chokes Its Chick-Fil-A: Britain’s Only Store To Close After Massive Protests

Eater London reports:

Chick-fil-A, the controversial American fast food brand, famous as much for its donations to anti-LGBT organisations as it is for fried chicken sandwiches, is being forced to close its first U.K. restaurant. It opened only eight days ago.

The company, which appeared to be at the beginning of a major European expansion, opened at the Oracle shopping centre in Reading on 10 October. It will now close after pressure from local gay rights groups and a media row around the causes it has historically supported.

The Oracle shopping centre said it would not renew its lease and that it “was the right thing to do” but did not address why it had offered the lease in the first place, given Chick-fil-A’s controversial record was well-known.

In 2010 this website broke the first story about Chick-Fil-A’s involvement with hate groups when we exposed the fact that they were sponsoring in part an event with Cincinnati’s rabidly anti-gay group the Citizens for Community Values and also donated to other hate groups across the country

England To Become First Country To Ban Harmful Gay Conversion "Therapy"

England To Become First Country To Ban Harmful Gay Conversion “Therapy”

England plans to become the first country in the world to outlaw “gay conversion therapy” as part of an effort to counter LGBT intolerance and discrimination.

The initiative follows a survey of over 18.000 LGBT people that found 2% of the 108,000 respondents had undergone conversion therapy while 5% had been offered it.

The announcement of the new initiative, coincides with Pride Week in London.

Gay conversion “therapies” which many describe as torture are based on the premise that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is a mental illness that can be “cured.” But there is no evidence that they work, and the techniques are  discredited. Currently  members of the UK professional bodies for counseling and psychotherapy are prohibited from using such techniques.

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of the British LGBT rights group Stonewall, greeted the government’s pledge as “an important first step” but added that it needs to lead to “tangible change.”

“Some people will be shocked by the findings. But for anyone who is LGBT, or has a family member or friend who is, these results will be sadly recognizable,” she said in a statement.

“Laws have improved and attitudes have changed but our society still treats LGBT people like second-class citizens.”

Huge Drop Reported in HIV Cases In Gay Men In England Because of PrEP

 

The Telegraph reports:

The downward trend was boosted by London, traditionally an area of high prevalence, where new cases among gay and bisexual men fell 29 per cent.

Health officials said the improved picture was due to more regular and frequent testing, as well as quicker diagnosis and treatment.

But the Terrence Higgins Trust, which campaigns on behalf of HIV patients, said access to the controversial new drug PrEP (preexposure prophylaxis), which the NHS has been legally obliged to start funding, would also contribute to the fall in cases.

The medication, which is taken in pill form before sex, reduces the risk of infection by approximately 86 per cent.

It is expensive, however, and other patient groups, such as those with rare cancers, have said funding for their treatments have suffered due to its cost.

PHE’s Dr Valerie Delpech said the recent trend “is clear evidence that HIV prevention efforts are working across the United Kingdom.”

New cases have decreased from 2,060 in 2014-15 to 1,700 in 2015-16, while in London there was an even steeper drop.

Scotland has announced it will make Prep available on the NHS (National Health Service) to people at risk of HIV . And in Wales, the government has decided to start trialing the drug.

Deborah Gold, chief executive of the National Aids Trust, said: “These are incredibly exciting times for HIV.

“We are on the precipice of an absolute step-change in HIV prevention.”

WATCH: The Channel 4 British Gay History Documentary “50 Shades of Gay”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legalization of homosexuality in Britain. To celebrate this historic event, Channel 4 in the U.K. is airing a series of documentaries exploring different facets of gay life in Britain. The first episode titled “50 Shades of Gay” aired this past week.

The Guardian reports:

Rupert intertwines his own story – family, sexuality, career – into this journey, which takes him back to old haunts, and old friends. There are characters in squeaky leather, dogs called Samson and Biscuit, a little Polari. He travels to Liverpool, to the set of Hollyoaks, to meet the actors – both gay and straight – playing gay characters and find out how that goes down (fine, especially among teenage girls, interestingly).

And to the Lake District, where Paul is getting married to Graham. It’s a fascinating picture of a country that has come a long way from undercover coppers lurking in public toilets, via strange contradictions and hypocrisies, to Paul’s establishment Lakeland wedding. That’s Paul Burrell, who used to be Princess Diana’s butler – and rock – incidentally.

The problems of being gay in Britain haven’t gone away entirely. There are communities where the path to acceptance has been slower, the Jamaican one, for example, and the City of London. Best places that i have ever seen and even captured beautifully on this site http://www.exceptionalvillasa.com/jamaica/. Two-thirds of graduates who have been openly gay at uni go back into the closet when they go into business – as Lord Browne, who used to run BP, tells Rupert. Even today. That’s extraordinary, isn’t it?

Then there are new problems within the gay community itself, brought about by apps: a loss of intimacy, pressure to conform in new ways, and the fact that all this bloody acceptance has actually led to a loss of community. There was solidarity in the shadows. Now being gay is as dull as being straight.

Watch the full program (while it stays posted):

Gay Marriages Begin In England and Wales, P.M. David Cameron Congratulates Country and Couples

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With the law changing at midnight, same-sex marriages have  begun to marry in England and Wales with hundreds of gay ,lesbian, and bisexual couples  timing it so their vows are being just seconds after the new law went into effect.

Stated British Prime Minister David Cameron, writing for Pink News.

“The introduction of same-sex civil marriage says something about the sort of country we are. It says we are a country that will continue to honour its proud traditions of respect, tolerance and equal worth. It also sends a powerful message to young people growing up who are uncertain about their sexuality. It clearly says ‘you are equal’ whether straight or gay. That is so important in trying to create an environment where people are no longer bullied because of their sexuality – and where they can realise their potential, whether as a great mathematician like Alan Turing, a star of stage and screen like Sir Ian McKellen or a wonderful journalist and presenter like Clare Balding. We are a nation that is growing stronger economically because of our long term economic plan. But I hope we can also be a country that is growing stronger socially because we value love and commitment equally. Let us raise a toast to that – and all those getting married this weekend.”

Sometimes I think it might have been better if we lost the Revolutionary War.

The Queen Pardons Persecuted Gay British Codebreaker Alan Turning 60 Years After His Death

Alan Turing

Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who’s skills and mathematics genius helped lead allied forces to victory over Germany has received a royal pardon nearly 60 years after he committed suicide because of his criminal persecution and the chemical castration he was forced to suffer because of being gay by the country of England in the 1950’s.

Turing developed the Bombe, a code-breaking machine that deciphered messages encoded by German machines. His work helped change the course of the war and save thousands of lives but when his homosexuality became known he was arrested and convicted of homosexual activity, which was illegal at the time and was forces to make a decision between being chemically castrated or prison time. Two years after the castration in 1954 Turing chose ended his life at the age of 41 by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

Supporters have long campaigned for Turing to receive greater recognition for his work and official acknowledgment that his punishment was wrong.

Dr. Turing deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science,” British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement Tuesday. “A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man.”

In 2009 a petition that garnered tens of thousands of signatures succeeded in getting an apology from then Prime Minister Gordon Brown for Turing’s treatment by the justice system in the 1950s. Brown described the Turing sentence as “appalling.”

“He truly was one of those individuals we can point to whose unique contribution helped to turn the tide of war,” he wrote, adding, “The debt of gratitude he is owed makes it all the more horrifying, therefore, that he was treated so inhumanely.”

After the announcement of the pardon British Prime Minister David Cameron said Alan Turing was a remarkable man who played a key role in saving this country in World War II by cracking the German enigma code. “His action saved countless lives. He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the ‘father of modern computing.’ ”

The pardon, under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy, goes into effect Tuesday. .

Oi! Queen Elizabeth II Gives Royal Assent – Gay Marriage Now Legal In Great Britian

Her LGBT Highness

Earlier this week the equal marriage bill for England and Wales once again been passed in the House of Commons. all amendments added in the House of Lords were accepted, it will not be required to go back to the Lords.

Queen Elizabeth II wasting no time gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.

The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, provided that the religious institution consents. The Church of England, the country’s official faith, is barred from performing such ceremonies.

It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships — which were introduced in 2005 and carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage — to convert their relationships to marriage.

The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.

Congratulations to the LGBT Community of Great Britain!

This, now more than ever reinforces my belief that we would have been better off losing the Revolutionary War.

UK Man Sentenced To Only Two and a Half Years In Prison For Buring Gay Teen Alive

UK man gay man set abaze

A British man has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter for burning to death an 18-year-old gay teenager in England.

18-year-old Steven Simpson, (pictured above right) was gay and suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, at his 18th birthday party, Simpson became drunk and had homophobic insults scrawled on his arm and stomach, told to strip to his boxers was then covered in tanning oil and Jordan Sheard (pictured above left),  a 20-year-old at the party, held a cigarette lighter to the teen’s groin. The flammable liquid quickly caught on fire. But instead of helping Simpson, Jordan Sherard ran away.   Steven Simpson received burns to over 60 percent of his body he later passed away at the hospital from his injuries.

The Yorkshire Post reports:

Judge Roger Keen told him: “What it did was engulf him in a fire. You tried to briefly assist and then you ran away. That in my judgment is serious aggravation.”

The court heard the only person who went to Steven’s aid was neighbour Sean Banner who burned himself in the process. But when Mr Banner returned to the flat in Pleasant View, Cudworth, near Barnsley, he was initially arrested on suspicion of murder. Sarah Wright, prosecuting, said that earlier in the evening Sheard, who vaguely knew Steven, and two others joined the party and were let in despite having not been invited.

Sheard’s lawyer Andrew Smith said his client’s actions were a “criminally stupid prank that went wrong in a bad way.” But prosecutor, Sarah Wright, said that actually what Sheard’s lawyer described as “good natured fun” was at the expense of a mentally vulnerable person and was “cruel behavior” toward someone who was an easy target.

Jordan Sherard was sentenced to only two and a half years in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Mind boggling. Only two and a half years.

How the hell can deliberately setting someone on fire and killing them get someone a two and a half-year sentence?

Two and a half lifetimes would be more appropriate.

Catholic Bishop Attacks UK’s “Nazi Like” Gay Marriage Plans During Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

 

Last night, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, used his Christmas sermon to link plans to legalize gay marriage in Britain to the Nazi’s attack on religion.

Said Catholic Bishop Mark Davies at Midnight Mass:

“Past generations have gathered in this cathedral on Christmas night amid many shadows which seemed to obscure the future for them.  We think of the ideologies of the past century, Communism and Nazism, which in living memory threatened to shape and distort the whole future of humanity.  These inhuman ideologies would each challenge in the name of progress the received Christian understanding of the sanctity of human life and the family. Winston Churchill, Britain’s wartime prime minister, a man without clear, religious belief, saw in this deadly struggle nothing less than the defense of Christian civilization.”

Ruth Hunt of gay rights advocate Stonewall called Davies comments “deeply offensive to gay people and their families. Gay people are all too aware of the horrific results of Nazi ideology due to the countless casualties of the Holocaust,” she said.

NOTE:  Just a quick history reminder:

The Nazi’s DID NOT attack the Roman Catholic Church

After the Nazis came to power in Germany, they signed an agreement (Concordat) with the Catholic Church whereby the Vatican would accept the Nazi government in return for the Nazis not interfering with the Catholic Church.

In 1939 Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope Pius XII. As head of the Catholic Church during the war years, he signed the Concordat with Nazi Germany. The Catholic Church, as an organisation, did not protest against any of the anti-Jewish policies of the Nazi state.

The Vatican knew of the murder of the Jews very early on, as they had religious representatives in all of the occupied countries. Certain individual priests saved Jews but the Catholic Church, as an official body, did nothing  NOTHING significant to save the Jews of Europe.