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Bisexual Orashia Edwards denied asylum

Following a Judicial Review, Orashia Edwards has again been denied asylum in the UK, Radio Aire is reporting.

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Edwards lost his primary campaign against the institutionally biphobic UK asylum system in December 2013, after a lengthy battle in which he was accused of dishonesty by a court that believes that because Edwards has a child he cannot be bisexual. Edwards has previously told the press that he “would rather die than get on a plane”. Jamaica’s notorious Offenses Against the Person Act criminalises acts of ‘gross indecency’ between men in public and private, and anal sex between any genders.

In March this year, video emerged of a gay man being stoned to death by a homophobic mob in Montego Bay. Biscuit has chosen not to link to this graphic content, which can be found online.

Edwards moved to Antigua at the age of 16 and married an older woman in an attempt to veil his sexuality. His wife exposed his sexuality online, causing concern as to his safety should he return to his country of birth.

In 2011, he fled to the UK to be with his family in Leeds.

It is grimly ironic that since publicity surrounding Edwards case has increased, so has the risk he faces should he return to Kingston.
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Well intentioned, but unworkable: the NUS and cross-dressing

Genderqueer_pride_flagMuch has been said in the last few days about the NUS banning crossdressing from UK campuses. This is of course a massive overstatement. The offending resolution, passed at the NUS Women’s conference 2015, merely states that the conference should “issue a statement condemning cross-dressing as a mode of fancy dress”.

Reactions to the resolution have been largely negative (I had to go to a place no one should ever have to go – page six of Google’s search results – to find a blog post in favour of it) and a good  portion of that has been of the oh-won’t-someone-think-of-the-poor-straight-cis-men variety, which is just, y’know, *eyeroll*.

Here is the offending article in full. You can read a .pdf of the document here.

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The intent of the resolution is to decrease transphobia, but as the saying goes, intent is not magic, and the wording here is far from perfect. You do not have to search for long to find a slew of evidence supporting the assertion (noted under the heading ‘conference believes’) that trans and non-binary people are routinely denigrated in popular culture. This is categorically something we should work to end. Should cisgender men dress as women or, worse, ape hurtful and harmful trans* stereotypes with the sole intention of mockery? Obviously not. It’s tasteless, unoriginal verging on boring and it contributes to a culture of misogyny, trans- and whorephobia. It’s emphatically a good idea to ask people to consider their motivations when they cross-dress for entertainment. Likewise, it’s a good idea to promote sensitivity towards gender difference and acknowledge how our actions might contribute to a culture of transphobia and misogyny. But should we legislate against it? Well… no. Or at least, not like this.
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Community says gender is a spectrum, science finally agrees.

Prof._Dr._Dick_SwaabThe Medical University of Vienna this month released the results of a study that confirmed what we’ve known all along: gender is a spectrum.

The study was conducted by the Dutch Institute for Neurosciences in Amsterdam as part of a cooperation project between the Medical University of Vienna and brain researcher Prof. Dr. Dick F. Swaab, under the guidance of Rupert Lanzenberger. The study has been published in the renowned Journal of Neuroscience.

Gender is a complex concept, and certain sections of the LGBT community have been disparaging of trans identities, claiming that gender is, and can only ever be, socially constructed. This study provides evidence that gender is determined in the psyche and can be neurally represented

According to a press release:

It [is] now possible to demonstrate neural correlates (analogies) of the identity perception in the network of the brain.

It [is] furthermore possible to detect a strong relationship between the microstructure connections among these networks and the testosterone level measured in the blood. Lanzenberger: “These results suggest that the gender identity is reflected in the structure of brain networks which form under the modulating influence of sex hormones in the course of the development of the nervous system.

The study examined cisgender male and female subjects, and transgender people, revealing significant differences in the microstructure of the brain connections between male and female control subjects. Transgender persons took up a middle position between both genders.
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Janis Hetherington SPECIAL: "WTF, Dolce & Gabbana?"

syringesJanis Hetherington was the first UK woman in an openly same-sex couple to be artificially inseminated. Unsurprisingly, she saw fit to have a few words about the Dolce & Gabbana debacle…

So I’m sat here surrounded by voluminous column inches about sproglets. Not your any common or garden sprogs but those requiring a lickle bit of nuture against nature as I do each spring in my greenhouse. Selective breeding so to speak. Making sure my pelargoniums do not conspire with my super-white geraniums and breed a puce variety that will alarm my bedding scheme.

All very acceptable at Chelsea Flower Show and especially amongst the giant veg brigade spiking each others entries with unspeakable wraths come the late Summer shows BUT we are talking about humankind here and selective breeding as we all know is the strict realm of toffs and warlords. So wot’s up DOC? Well Doc is indeed guilty of test tube conspiracy. Oh! What does go on in those breeding dishes that gobble up our defective genes?

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Genes? Well actually jeans or rather non jeans. Do Dolce & Gabbana possess or progress 501s? Of course it is the other genes they’ve made pronouncement about and upset poor old Elton and Martina (those icons of all things mildly or even vermillion pinky) to such an extent that boycotts and burnings at the stake are threatened throughout pinkdom and even faghaggerydom.
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World Rugby pledges to tackle homophobia in the sport

In a mirror of the long-running Kick Homophobia out of Football campaign, World rugby (formerly the IRB) has pledged to work together with International Gay Rugby (IGR) on the promotion of equality in the sport.

A document signed by the organisations this week promised to uphold “the right of any player, official and spectator to be involved with rugby without discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or identification” and promote “the common goal of inclusion and the elimination of homophobia in rugby.”

World Rugby and IGR will consult with  members of the LGBT community on the issues that are important to them. IGR chairman Jeff Wilson said “We are committed to partnering with World Rugby to continue our work of making rugby the most inclusive and tolerant sport in the world”.

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UKIP councillor brands bis "part-time homosexuals"

Samuel Fletcher

Samuel Fletcher

Samuel Fletcher, town councillor for Bracken Bank and Ingrow Ward in Keighley, told his Facebook friends yesterday that he thinks that both bisexual and transsexual people are “part-time homosexuals”.

 

 

 

Thebackbencher.co.uk reported that he elaborated on this theory by adding that

a bisexual person is homosexual, it’s just that they’re, if you will, a part-time homosexual who can also be a heterosexual

while members of the trans community “changed their own sexuality [sic] to appeal to appeal to members of the opposite sex”.

Here is the full exchange from his facebook page:

Samuel Fletcher's Facebook Rant

Samuel Fletcher’s Facebook Rant

All those years we’ve been searching for a perfect way to explain bisexuality to people who don’t quite get it, and here it is – at last.

Oh. Dear.