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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.
LGBT broadcast monitors are awaiting to see what action the UK communications regulator is to take against a religious television channel after recording a breach of its license over impartiality and harassment. Ofcom enforces standards for some media, including FM and AM radio, digital and cable television services, although it does not control internet streaming. Ofcom found that a cable-delivered station called The Islam Channel, had allowed anti-gay speakers to make proclamations without balance or questioning, and that some of these had advocated violence towards LGBT people.
After right wing journalist Brendan O'Neill's defence of Julie Burchill and his comments about trans activists in the street magazine The Big Issue, more members of the community have been fighting back. Writing in this week's edition of the popular magazine, Robin Tudge lays into O'Neill for trying to pit gay activists against trans people and comments "Burchill abuses her platform in the supposedly progressive press to attack minorities in a lazy, ill informed way and then expects to get away with it.