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Pink News readers and commentators responded on Friday to the news that anti-gay journalist Brendan O'Neill had been giving evidence at a Commons enquiry on equal marriage and which is currently scrutinising the legislation working its way through Parliament. Mr O'Neill is a former member of the authoritatrian Revolutionary Communist Party and wrote for its journal Living Marxism. He then reinvented himself as a right wing columnist and is also noted for his opposition to trans people, feminism and reproductive rights.
Bristol existing community radio stations like BCFM and UJIMA were joined this week by a youth project: MULTI-FM has an RSL (i.e. temporary) license which allows them to broadcast from February 12th to 16th on the blank channel of 87.7 MHz FM, right at the bottom end of the FM dial. It's been heard from Kingswood through to Central Bristol and South to Hartcliffe. A mixture of styles were played by budding presenters of various youth groups. The station hopes to return next February Half-Term.
The latest podcast from Radio Kebele is available now and features a special feature in anyone interested in the contribution of trans people to gay liberation over the years. The current download features a profile of Sylvia Rivera, who was present at the Stonewall Inn back in 1969 when the New York police raided, prompting the angry riots that kick started the modern gay movement. Rivera was active in the early movement and in particular, worked to bring safe spaces and positive self-regard to trans youth.
Renowned human rights activist Peter Tatchell, once a lightning rod for every homophobe in the country, speaks this week to online magazine The Huffington Post on his daily routine. It transpires that after decades of annoying fascists, homophobes and racists, he still receives ill-written and barely literate death threats and has to live with bars over the windows. However, he says "I get off lightly compared to human rights defenders in Iran, Russia and Zimbabwe".
French media reported Tuesday afternoon that the lower House of the French Parliament, the National Assembly, had voted by a margin of exactly 100 to implement marriage equality, bringing closer the moment when gay French people can say “Mais Oui” to marriage. The vote was the Second in the National Assembly, and the proposals now go to the Senate. However, more radical LGBT groups note that some of the additional aspects of the original legislation, such as those around adoption rights, have been watered down in order to ease the Bill through the French Parliament.