The Bad Friday Agreement – Some Tory MP’s Not Happy

Tory MPs Are Really Worried About The DUP’s Gay Rights Record”

Tory MPs have told BuzzFeed News they are deeply concerned that any alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) could cause serious damage to the Conservative party’s public image owing to the Northern Irish party’s record on LGBT and abortion rights.

Politicians on the modernising wing of the Conservatives fear the party’s progress in appealing to minorities could be wasted, and say they are already receiving large volumes of correspondence from constituents concerned about a formal alliance with a party that has consistently blocked same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, and opposed any move to legalise abortion.

LGBT Conservative groups have registered their opposition, while the increasingly-powerful Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson requested specific reassurances from Theresa May that LGBT rights would be defended as part of any arrangement with the DUP.

“Privately, people have expressed their concerns to the whips and Number 10,” former education secretary Nicky Morgan told BuzzFeed News. “MPs are being flooded from emails from campaign groups.”

More at: Buzzfeed

At Long Last, Change Is Coming for Caribbean Gays | Advocate.com

A decade ago I was confronted with a massive display of homophobia. At the time I was a member of the Dutch Parliament visiting the island of Aruba, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I was with members of Parliament from the Netherlands, from Aruba, and from other islands of the Dutch Antilles in the Caribbean. I proposed a delicate topic for the agenda: the legal recognition in Aruba of same-sex marriages conducted in the Netherlands.

Source: Advocate.com

Germany’s powerful lay people make themselves heard – La Croix International

“I am a lobbyist,” Thomas Sternberg says with a smile, unafraid to use the word.

A theologian and historian by training, the 65-year-old politician has led the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) since November 2015.

ZdK, which is a powerful national lay organization, made news again in May by calling on German bishops to present its request for the female diaconate to the Holy See.

“I lobby in the sense that, together with the whole Committee, I represent the interests of Catholics in our country,” explains Sternberg, an imposing figure originally from Münster.

In fact, political involvement has always formed part of the DNA of the ZdK, which was founded in 1868.  The 1848 Revolution, that “springtime of the peoples”, which took place in the context of the revolutionary anti-monarchical wave sweeping Europe ended in failure in Germany.

Lay people then joined together to defend religious freedom. The same year they launched the Katholikentag – the Catholic Days – that have now become a German institution.

Source:  – La Croix International

This is what Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron are promising trans voters · PinkNews

The Gender Recognition Act will be reformed in the next parliament, the two people vying to be Prime Minister have told PinkNews.

Both Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have now pledged to reform the act as part of their agenda for LGBT voters.

They join calls from smaller party leaders – except for UKIP – to update the 2004 law to improve the process for those who legally transition.

Full report at :  PinkNews

Analysis: Winds of change for SACP and Cosatu | Daily Maverick

Road signs in our swirling torrent of politics are few and far between, particularly to the most important questions, about who will win in December and how that will influence the elections in 2019. But, the actions of Cosatu and the SACP may be about to provide us with a few pointers to our future. The SACP is about to start a process that could mark the start of fundamental change in our politics, something that will not just change the game, but change the playing field altogether. Should the SACP decide at its conference in July to leave the alliance, it would almost certainly mean the party does not believe Cyril Ramaphosa has a chance of winning in December. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

Full analysis at :  Daily Maverick

Finland’s basic income experiment is already making people feel better after just 4 months | World Economic Forum

Four months after Finland’s social-security institution Kelalaunched a two-year experiment in basic income, a system of wealth distribution in which people receive a salary just for being alive, some of the 2,000 recipients are already reporting lower levels of stress. The $600 they receive each month might not be much, but it’s enough to put some people’s anxiety at ease, Marjukka Turunen, head of Kela’s legal benefits unit, told Kera News. “There was this one woman who said: ‘I was afraid every time the

Four months after Finland’s social-security institution Kelalaunched a two-year experiment in basic income, a system of wealth distribution in which people receive a salary just for being alive, some of the 2,000 recipients are already reporting lower levels of stress.

The $600 they receive each month might not be much, but it’s enough to put some people’s anxiety at ease, Marjukka Turunen, head of Kela’s legal benefits unit, told Kera News.

“There was this one woman who said: ‘I was afraid every time the phone would ring, that unemployment services are calling to offer me a job,'” Turunen recalled of a woman who needed to care for her parents, and so couldn’t work.

Basic income is foremost a solution to poverty. Advocates say the system gives poor people exactly what they lack: cash. It puts money in their pocket to fix a leaky roof, buy a car to get to work, or save up for emergency funds. It’s not enough to live on, but it prevents people from slipping through the cracks.

Source: World Economic Forum

Malta’s Prime Minister Promises to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage – NBC News

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat won a second term in office after calling a snap parliamentary election last month to counter allegations of corruption against his wife and some of his political allies.

Muscat’s Labour Party won 55 percent of votes in Saturday’s election, handing it an absolute majority in the 65-seat parliament, according to political sources on both sides involved in the vote tally.

Image: Malta PM Muscat sworn-in after re-election
Joseph Muscat (C), leader of the Labour Party and Maltese Prime Minister, arrives to be sworn in at a ceremony at the Grandmasters Palace in Valletta, Malta, on June 5, 2017. Domenic Aquilina / EPA
Source: NBC News

Understanding ‘White Privilege’ – The Jesuit Institute South Africa

Some issues are difficult to address; ‘white privilege’ is one of them. Some of the immediate responses you get when you use this phrase are: “I worked hard for all I have!” or “I never agreed with apartheid and never voted for the National Party” or “I am not a racist and believe in equality.” These may all be true. However, this does not mean that you have not benefited from white privilege. Before getting defensive or heated about the term we need to step back and attempt to understand what this means and the subtle dynamic it reveals.

White privilege is, as Fr Bryan Massingale suggests in his book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, the “flipside and inescapable corollary of racial injustice. Racial injustice comes about to preserve and protect white privilege”. These advantages range from greater ease of moving into whatever neighbourhood you like, easier access to positions of social influence and economic power as well as greater access to quality education. White privilege is the result of social policies, institutions and procedures that have deliberately created a system to advance the well-being of white people and impeded the opportunities for people of colour.

Read more- The Jesuit Institute South Africa

So Sorry, Scotland!

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Drinks company Smirnoff combats homophobic trolling with #ChooseLove campaign · PinkNews

Drinks brand Smirnoff has marked the beginning of LGBT Pride Month by launching an initiative against online homophobic trolling, called #ChooseLove.

The British brand says it will use social media monitoring tools to identify users of Facebook and Twitter who have been targeted with homophobic or transphobic abuse.

Offensive tweets will be highlighted by a “taskforce of artists”, the firm says, who will respond to the hateful messages with colourful drawings themed around love.

Source: · PinkNews