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200-Year-Old Diary Discovered in the UK Shows Surprising Acceptance of Homosexuality

200-Year-Old Diary Discovered in the UK Shows Surprising Acceptance of Homosexuality

The discovery of a 200 year old diary written by a Yorkshire farmer is surprising historians because of the tolerance it shows towards homosexuality in Britain at that time.

Via BBC News:

Historians from Oxford University have been taken aback to discover that Matthew Tomlinson’s diary from 1810 contains such open-minded views about same-sex attraction being a “natural” human tendency.

The diary challenges preconceptions about what “ordinary people” thought about homosexuality – showing there was a debate about whether someone really should be discriminated against for their sexuality.

In this exciting new discovery, we see a Yorkshire farmer arguing that homosexuality is innate and something that shouldn’t be punished by death,” says Oxford researcher Eamonn O’Keeffe.

Tomlinson argued, from a religious perspective, that punishing someone for how they were created was equivalent to saying that there was something wrong with the Creator.

“It must seem strange indeed that God Almighty should make a being with such a nature, or such a defect in nature; and at the same time make a decree that if that being whom he had formed, should at any time follow the dictates of that Nature, with which he was formed, he should be punished with death,” he wrote on January 14 1810.

If there was an “inclination and propensity” for someone to be homosexual from an early age, he wrote, “it must then be considered as natural, otherwise as a defect in nature – and if natural, or a defect in nature; it seems cruel to punish that defect with death”.

Matthew Tomlinson was a widower, in his 40s when he wrote his journal in 1810 – a man of a “middling” class, not a poor labourer but not rich enough to own his own land.

No-one knows how these private diaries, covering 1806 to 1839, ended up in Wakefield Library, but they were there by the 1950s and are presumed to be part of an earlier acquisition of old books and local documents.

UK LGBT Student Activist Group Says Gay Men Not Oppressed Enough to Deserve Representation.

special snowflake

The National Union of Students’ LGBT Campaign—a coalition of British student-activists—passed a motion to end committee representation for gay men, because they aren’t as oppressed as other LGBT individuals: like students of color and transgender students. 

“Misogyny, transphobia, racism and biphobia are often present in LGBT+ societies. This is unfortunately more likely to occur when the society is dominated by white cis gay men.”

 The conference also resolved, “To encourage LGBT+ Societies and organizations that have a gay men represented on its board to drop them.” Because “Gay men do not face oppression as gay men within the LGBT+ community and do not need a reserved place on society committees.”

So in a nutshell.  Special snowflakes who have never done a real days worth of LGBT activism in their life want to prove that they are so oppressed that they in turn will not only oppress the people responsible for getting them the rights and freedoms that they enjoy today, but are also willing to alienate a group which suffers from the highest percentage of hate-crime violence and has the highest percentage of HIV – AIDS infections.

Oppression Power Rangers a go!

Trickle Down Hate: Father Of Bullied Teen Who Commited Suicide Ends His Own Life

55-year-old Roger Crouch become a strong advocate against anti-gay bullying after his 15-year-old son, Dominic, tragically ended his life last year after jumped from a building near his school in Gloucestershire, UK, and last November 3 was given the Hero of the Year award by the UK’s Stonewall organization.

Less than a month later after leaving  a final farewell message to friends and family on Facebook that read “Au Revoir, so long – or maybe A Bientot”“,  Roger Crouch still grief stricken over the senseles loss of his son committed suicide by hanging.

Roger’s wife in a statement she read to the court at her husbands inquest stated that Roger had continued to suffer mood swings and bouts of depression over Dominic’s death.

“There was a lot of death in his life,” she said.

Recording his verdict at Gloucester Coroner’s Court, assistant coroner David Dooley said: “Clearly he was very taken up with campaigning for his son and others he felt may have been subjected to bullying.

“But he was eventually overwhelmed by grief for his son. On the evidence I feel I can be sure of his settled intent to take his own life,” Mr Dooley added

On hearing evidence from psychiatrists that her husband had been “overcome by grief”, Mrs Crouch added: “I think it’s what you might call in an old fashioned way, a broken heart.”

Gay Computer Genuis and Martyr Alan Turing To Be Honoured In Royal Mail Stamp Set

Alan Turing the gay World War II codebreaking genius who was martyred for being gay in the 1950’s will be featured in a set of limited edition postage stamps the UK’s Royal Mail have confirmed.

Turing mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist is one of 10 prominent people chosen for the Britons of Distinction stamps along with such famous Brits as War heroine Odette Hallowes and architect Sir Basil Spence.

In 1952, after reporting a crime that happened against Turing his homosexuality became known and Turing was arrested and tried for homosexuality, which at that time was a criminal offense.  Turing was given a choice between imprisonment or probation conditional on his agreement to undergo hormonal treatment designed to reduce libido. He accepted chemical castration via oestrogen hormone injections

Two years later Turing’s house cleaner found him dead.  he had committed suicide by taking cyanyde pills.

United Kingdom Lifts Gay Blood Donation Ban But Only If They Are Celibate

The United Kingdom has officially lifted its ban on blood and tissue donated by gay men.  Sort of….

A lifetime ban on blood donations by men who had had sex with another man was put in place in the UK in the 1980s as a response to the spread of AIDS and HIV.

The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (Sabto) new rules state that men who have not had homosexual sex within a year will be able to donate if they meet certain other criteria.  Men who have had anal or oral sex with another man in the past 12 months, with or without a condom, will still not be eligible to donate blood, the DoH said.

The move will be implemented in England, Scotland and Wales starting today

The Terrence Higgins Trust sexual health charity welcomed the change, which would ensure a safe blood supply that was also ‘fair and equal’.

But human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called the 12-month ban on sex ‘excessive and unjustified’

Source

Anti-Gay “Pastor” Named Britian’s “Most Inspirational Black Person”

In a recent competition organized by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the daily free United Kingdom newspaper The Metro,  Agu Irukwu a controversial anti-gay pastor who heads up Jesus House, flagship church of the biggest black denomination  in the UK has been voted Britain’s Most Inspirational Black Person.

Agu Irukwu is a long-time opponent of gay equality. He opposes civil partnerships and the fostering of children by same-sex couples.

On July 13, 2006 he signed a letter to Daily Telegraph suggesting that gay people are not equal to heterosexuals and opposed laws to protect lesbians and gay men against discrimination.  

Irukwu denounced such laws as ‘Christianophobia’

The competition took place during Black History Month, which champions black culture, history and heritage and Agu Irukwu beat out such famous men and women as US President Barack Obama, former South African leader Nelson Mandela, first black woman MP, Diane Abbot and civil and human rights activist Martin Luther King.

UK Hate Speech Laws Put To The Test – Police Search For Hateful Anti-Gay Twitter User

In the United Kingdom and Wales Hate speech laws forbid any communication interpreted as “hateful, threatening, abusive, or insulting” which “targets a person on account of skin colour, race, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origin, religion, or sexual orientation”.

And today that law is being put to the test.

Yesterday after the news broke of the horrific murder in Scotland of a young gay man Stuart Walker who was beaten, tied to a lampost and then burned to death the scum crawled out of the woodwork, especially on Twitter with one in particular Jay Miller – @mabsmiller posted disgusting homophobic messages about Walkers death that sent the Twitterverse into a frenzy and resulted in numerous complaints bring called into the Metropolitan Police who are also assisting in the investigation

Miller who descibes himself on Twitter as a “Liverpool fanatic”, a “true scouser” and “hard as nails”, statements included: “Bet when they put you out you was like a frazzle!”, a reference to the fact that Walker had been beaten and set on fire in what is believed to have been a homophobic attack and “Better dead now than infecting people with #Aids,” and more as you can see from a screenshot taken of his account below.

Mersyside Metro police are asking that members of the public with information about Jay Miller of Liverpool should contact them at 0151 709 6010.

MANY THANKS to @pdtThomas – Peter Thomas on Twitter for the heads up.

 

UK Development Secretary: UK Will Withhold £ From African Nations With Homophobic Policies

UK Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has confirmed in an interview with Sky News, that the United Kingdom will be withholding foreign aid to African countries with poor gay rights.

Andrew Mitchell, the development secretary. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

“We have been very clear on this – where we think Governments do not have respect for human rights, it will have a big effect on the way we carry out this funding. Taking money away from Governments does not mean you do not support that country. You find other mechanisms for trying to help the poorest with food, education and health care as well as building up business structures..

“It is not about taking money away from countries but finding other mechanisms to help them. We take a very clear line. In a number of countries in Africa that discrimination against homosexuality has concerned us. In Malawi when they kicked out the British High Commissioner we looked at the whole nature of that relationship.

“We were aware there had been some expenditure by the President. We were aware there had been some lack of human rights – the intention to criminalise lesbianism – all took a part in my decision to stop funding the government centrally.

“What we don’t want to do is take money away from very, very poor Malawians who England, and particularly Scotland have a strong relationship with.”

Source James Park @ PinkNews