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Mehdi Kazemi allowed to stay in UK

Mehdi Kazemi, the Iranian gay teenager threatened with deportation back to Iran (where his boyfriend was executed) has been granted unconditional asylum in the United Kingdom.

Mehdi Kazemi, the Iranian gay teenager threatened with deportation back to Iran (where his boyfriend was executed) has been granted unconditional asylum in the United Kingdom.

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Don't Boycott World Pride

From Outrage!

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has endorsed a boycott of World Pride, which is due to be held in Jerusalem in 2006 (see the statement by Diane Langford of the PSC on the website www.boycottworldpride.org).

OutRage! opposes the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the abuse of Palestinian human rights.

We would endorse World Pride including the slogan “No Pride in the Israeli Occupation”

But OutRage! cannot support a boycott of World Pride. Progressives do not boycott liberation struggles. We support them.

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The writing on the wall

Stone the gays, says Ken’s friend

According to al-Jazeera, the Islamist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called for Crown Prince Tameem of Qatar, who lives in Britain, to be stoned to death for being gay. [According to a statement from Ken Livingstone's office - see below - the report is untrue, and the call to kill Tameem came from another cleric].

Al-Jazeera quotes Dr Qaradawi as saying: “The scholars of Islam, such as Malik, Ash-Shafi`i, Ahmad and Ishaaq said that (the person guilty of this crime) should be stoned, whether he is married or unmarried.”

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Iranian state murders gay teenagers

By Robin Sivapalan

Two gay teenagers have been publicly executed in Iran adding two more to an estimated death toll of 4,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual people condemned to death by the regime since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979. The two boys, Mahmoud Asgari (16) and Ayaz Marhoni (18), were imprisoned for 14 months and subjected to 228 lashes before being executed in Edalat (“Justice”) Square in north east Iran on July 19.

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Is there a gay gene?

Is there a ‘gay gene’? Does it matter? Evidence has been building that there is a genetic basis, on some level, to sexual orientation. Chandler Burr’s well-researched, readable book* goes through this evidence in detail, and looks with commendable fair-mindedness at both sides of the debate.

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Bolshy Talks to Tatchell

Peter Tatchell is a human rights activist who is a member of the Green Party and the gay rights group OutRage! He is particularly well-known for his criticism of homophobic reggae artists and the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe, who he has twice tried to Citizen's Arrest.

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Defend gay Muslims!

Around 25 lesbian and gay activists went to the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London on 17 May to protest at the arrests and punishment of 105 men in the country, after allegedly attending a gay wedding in March this year. The protest, organised jointly by Outrage and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association. It was one of hundreds that took place in more than 40 countries to mark the first International Day Against Homophobia.

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What’s wrong with the left?

By Peter Tatchell*

Has the left lost the plot? On a number of issues sections of the left have abandoned the principles of universal human rights and social justice.

Over a number of years I have done solidarity work with Zimbabweans struggling for democracy, socialism and human rights. They have not had much support from the mainstream left.

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Debate & discussion: A step towards equal rights?

Government proposals on the Civil Partnership Bill were amended in the House of Lords recently, ostensibly to extend the rights that the legislation will give to same-sex couples to other domestic arrangements, such as carers. The amendments were, according to the Government, wrecking tactics. Below Outrage gives a response and Maria Exall puts forward an alternative view.

One law for all

The Lords amendments to the Civil Partnership Bill has not wrecked it or rendered it unworkable, as the government has claimed.

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Civil partnership law stalled

By Susan Jackson

Last week Tory reactionaries in the House of Lords added a wrecking amendment to Government proposals for Civil Partnership legislation for same-sex couples. The amendment called for the rights that would be available to same-sex couples to be available to those who are carers.

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