U.N. faces backlash over appointment of anti-gay politician to senior position

U.N. faces backlash over appointment of anti-gay politician to senior position

UNITED NATIONS, June 2 (UPI) --The United Nations is facing backlash after the decision to appoint Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kutesa as president of the general assembly.
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Blair, Brown left off royal wedding list

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Gay couple jailed in Malawi breaks up

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Gay rights activists in clash in Moscow

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Pub says pie name not a slur, just silly

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Police launch probe into homophobic lyrics

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Beenie Man apologizes for hurtful lyrics

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Jamaican reggae artist Beenie Man, known for lyrics inciting violence against gays and women, apologized for his music, saying he meant no harm.

British court refuses Mugabe warrant

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Gay protest forces concert cancellations

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Jamaican reggae star Bounty Killer has canceled two U.K. concerts after charges that his songs incite homophobic violence.

Gay group hails victory over reggae star

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Gay rights activists Saturday took credit for the cancellation of concerts by Jamaica's Bounty Killer in Birmingham and London.

Police study 'anti-gay' reggae claims

LONDON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- British gay rights groups are asking for an investigation of some of reggae music's biggest stars over lyrics said to incite violence against gay people.

Peter Gary Tatchell (born 25 January 1952) is an Australian-born British Political campaigner, well known for his work with LGBT social movements, who attracted international notice for his attempted citizen's arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1999 and again in 2001.

Tatchell was selected as Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in 1981, and was then denounced by party leader Michael Foot for supporting extra-parliamentary action against the Thatcher government; though the Labour Party subsequently allowed his selection, when he ran in the Bermondsey by-election in February 1983. In the 1990s, he became a prominent LGBT campaigner through the direct action group OutRage!, which he co-founded. He has worked on a wide variety of issues, such as Stop Murder Music, which campaigns against music lyrics that incite violence against LGBT people, and is a frequent contributor on human rights and social justice issues in print and through broadcast media, authoring many articles and six books. In 2006, New Statesman readers voted him sixth on their list of "Heroes of our time".

In April 2007 he became the Green Party of England and Wales prospective parliamentary candidate in the constituency of Oxford East. However, in December 2009 Tatchell announced he was standing down from the post due to brain damage he says was sustained from injuries by President Mugabe's bodyguards when Tatchell was trying to arrest him and from neo-Nazis in Moscow, while campaigning for gay rights. The Green Party candidate who replaced him in the general election five months later secured 1,238 votes against the successful (Labour Party) candidate’s 21,938 votes.

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