Saturday, 12 August 2017

Man injured in Glasgow defending friend during a homophobic attack

A man has been left with serious facial injuries, after he intervened when his friend was subjected to homophobic abuse in Glasgow.

The incident, which occurred at 2am on Wednesday morning, is being treated as a hate crime.

The 22 year-old and his friend were on Kersland Street, near Great Western Road when a man approached them shouting verbal abuse.

He was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

Police have released a description of the man they're looking for in connection with the incident.

He's described as white, in his early 20's, and was wearing a black top and black tracksuit bottoms.

He was with a woman who was also in her early 20's, blonde hair and approximately 5ft 6in tall.

Detective Constable Stuart McDonald from Police Scotland said:

"This despicable individual not only subjected an innocent man to homophobic abuse, but also assaulted his friend when he came to his aid."

"This type of behaviour is absolutely unacceptable and I would appeal to anyone who either witnessed the incident, or saw the man and woman described to please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers in Drumchapel CID via 101 and quote incident number 0268 of Wednesday August 9th 2017.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Ellen talks about bullying from Hollywood when she came out as lesbian in the 90's

Ellen DeGeneres has revealed how she faced bullied when she came out as a lesbian in the 1990's.

She first openly discussing her sexuality during an interview with Oprah.

The decision to come out left Ellen without a sitcom, no longer a mainstream comedian, and even facing protests outside ABC Studios, with religious groups demanding she be taken off air.

Here's what she had to say about it recently:

"The bullying I endured after I came out, made up for the lack of it during my childhood."

"I moved out of LA, went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and ha to go on anti-depressants for the first time in my life."

"It was scary and lonely. All I'd known for 30 years was work, and all of a sudden I had nothing."

"Plus, I was mad, it didn't feel fair - I was the same person everyone had always known."

"Anger and aggression weaken you, because they take so much energy to hold in place."

"But kindness is a strength, that makes you more serene."

The TV host has always spoke out when it comes to bullying, here's what she had to say on the issue after a number of tragedies in 2010:

Thursday, 10 August 2017

English referee comes out and says homophobia is still a problem in football

Football referee Ryan Atkin has become the first openly gay ref in the game in England.

Speaking to Sky Sports he said he felt it was the right time for him to say that he's someone involved with professional football, and just so happens to be gay.

There are currently no openly gay footballers in England.

Atkin told Sky Sports: "I hope that my action, however small, will help give others in a similar situation, the confidence to be themselves."

Calling the move a step into the unknown, he added: "Homophobia is still a problem, but things are improving all the time. Those who do need education, generally change their ways once they've been made aware that their behaviour is unacceptable in society."

Atkin began officiating games in 1999 and currently referees for National League South.

The 32 year-old had a strong message when it came to people being open and comfortable, with who they are.

He said: "It's my belief that being yourself, without fear, ultimately makes you happier, which in turn makes you a better person. Some of my colleagues already know about my sexuality, and they treat me equally and with respect."

"I'm confident that those who don't yet know will be just as accepting. Going forward, I don't want to dwell unnecessarily on the possibility of not being accepted by others."

It's no secret that homophobia is still a problem in football.

In May FA boss Greg Clarke said the men's game is two decades behind the women's game, when it comes to attitudes around sexuality.

Recent awareness raising campaigns have also been adopted by major football clubs, including the Premier League.

Stonewall's Rainbow laces campaign, which involved players and officials wearing rainbow laces over one weekend in November, really brought the issue further into the spotlight, with more clubs than ever taking part.

The campaign's slogan is "Make Football Everyone's Game", and club's supported the initiative by posting pro-LGBT messages across their social networks, and around stadiums during the games.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Australian Ex-PM Tony Abbott's lesbian sister Christine Forster shuts down attack on same sex marriage

Earlier this week former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, lashed out, strongly opposing same sex marriage.

Debate over the issue has certainly heated up in the country over the past few weeks.

Abbott was the PM in Australia from 2013 to 2015 and yesterday he said people should vote 'no' to equal marriage in order to 'stop' political correctness.

He said: "If you are worried about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, vote no."

"If you don't like political correctness, vote no, because this is the best way to stop it in its tracks."

Abbott's strong opposition to same sex marriage, is despite his sister Christine Forster, waiting for the right to be able marry her same sex partner.

Forster is a councillor in Sydney and had the following response to her brothers comments:

"If you value mutual respect: vote yes. If you want all Australians to be equal: vote yes. If you believe in free speech: vote yes. If this is about the people: vote yes."

"If you want the person you love to be in every sense a part of your family: vote yes."

"If you don't believe your relationships (or anyone else's) are second rate: vote yes."

"If you believe your own marriage is a good thing: vote yes!"

It looks like same sex marriage will go to a public vote in Australia, which will cost $120 million, and wouldn't even be legally binding.

That's despite the majority of MP's in Parliament supporting it, and it being widely known that the majority of the Australian people support it, with recent polls suggesting up to 70% are in favour.

Hence equal marriage campaigners and sane people are asking why spend millions on this, when it could be free!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Australian TV presenter asks "Why are we stopping people from loving each other?"

An Australian TV presenter has summed up how ridiculous government stalling on same sex marriage really is.

It comes after the Australian Parliament voted to block a free vote on the matter.

That's despite the majority of MP's supporting equal marriage, and the majority of the Australian public supporting it.

Today Presenter Karl Stefanovic began by saying: "A non binding, non-compulsory postal vote is complete BS."

Referring to plans for a plebiscite, which would allow the public a vote on same sex marriage, but the government would be under no legal obligation to carry out the decision.

Stefanovic went on the say:

"In my opinion there have been far too many column inches, far too much airtime, far too much taxpayer money wasted on an issue I believe should be decided in Parliament."

"Let's get on with it....Let's look at this simply confidently and compassionately. Why are we stopping people from loving each other? In a world where we should be celebrating love over hate, this decision is a no-brainer."

"Two people who want to share their lives together, love the big events as a union, and the small moments in life."

"Vote in Parliament and say yes to gay marriage, and lets live happily ever after."

You can view the full video - HERE