Welcome the Alien. Protect the LGBT refugees and asylum seekers Story of my life in three major articles

homophobia-mapWelcome the Alien. Protect the LGBT refugees and asylum seekers Story of my life in three major articles

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me

drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in <<<:Matthew 25:35
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This is the story of my life in just two important articles that i will utilize by the power of technology, the internet and the advocacy work of the UNHCR( United Nation refugee agency) to inspire and rescue million LGBT asylum seekers, refugees, forced displaced persons, internal displaced, LGBT stateless persons and many more, it is still a tough journey with health problem,but i hope to accomplish my mission on earth before i depart from this imperfect world forever.

UNHCR – UNHCR helps gay Congolese rejected by his mother find a new home http://www.unhcr.org/54905cf39.html

From Congo to Castro UNHCR Resettles Persecuted LGBTI Activist in the U.S.A. http://t.co/XX82sdMvNI

Le Haut Commissariat aux Réfugiés aide un gay congolais à partir pour San Francisco | Yagg http://t.co/yAjYY3phJP

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United Nations Makes History on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

30 June 2016, at 2.30 pm Geneva time we expect the vote on the resolution entitled “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity”. A copy is attached. It has the number “A/HRC/32/L.2/Rev.1”. You will have seen reference by ARC earlier today to the joint statement of 628 NGOs from 151 countries that was delivered at the UN on Monday. You can watch the statement being read here: http://ilga.org/628-ngos-sogi-independent-expert/. Those of us here in Geneva are very aware that we are only one tiny part of an amazing group around the world helping this to happen. Thank you to everybody who is involved in whatever way. We are humbled by the efforts of people in many different corners of our planet.

the Resolution A/HRC/32/L.2/Rev.1 on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity that establishes an Independent Expert on this issue. This is a major achievement at the HRC!

 

The resolution has been adopted after 3 hours of discussion. It has enjoyed the co-sponsorship of 47 States.

 

The Resolution has passed by a vote of 23 States in favour, 18 against, 6 abstained. Find attached the results of the vote.

 

Before voting for the resolution Saudi Arabia requested a no-action motion that was rejected by 15 in favour – 22 against – 9 abstentions.

 

The Resolution has been passed with the following amendments suggested by Pakistan: L. 73 to L.79

A/HRC/32/L.73, A/HRC/32/L.74, A/HRC/32/L.75, A/HRC/32/L.76, A/HRC/32/L.77, A/HRC/32/L.78, A/HRC/32/L.79

The following amendments were rejected: A/HRC/32/L.71, A/HRC/32/L.72, A/HRC/32/L.80, A/HRC/32/L.81

 

Separate votes were requested on the title of the Resolution, PP4, OP 2 and OP 3-7 and after a vote all the paragraphs were retained.

 

In the final vote all States that abstained provided an explanation of vote in favour of SOGI rights but informed that they were not ready to support the establishment of a mandate.  Unfortunately some States that voted against informed that they will not cooperate with the mandate holder.

 

The final resolution is not yet available but I can send it to you once it has been uploaded on the HRC extranet.

This is a major achievement coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the HRC that will ensure not only the establishment of the mandate but also that SOGI rights are discusses annually at the HRC!

 

1. Deleting “based on Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” from the title and replacing with due to any basis such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status

2. Deleting references to the previous SOGI resolutions of the HRC, and instead recalling all Human Rights Council resolutions relevant to protection against violence and discrimination  due to any basis such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status

3. A new preambular paragraph stressing the need to maintain joint ownership of the international human rights agenda and to consider human rights issues in an objective and non-confrontational manner.

4. A new preambular paragraph undertaking to support the Human Rights Council’s broad and balanced agenda, and to strengthen the mechanisms addressing issues of importance, including fighting racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in all their forms.

5. A new preambular paragraph reiterating the importance of respecting regional, cultural and religious value systems as well as particularities in considering human rights issues.

6. A new preambular paragraph underlining that fundamental importance of respecting the relevant domestic debates at the national level on matters associated with historical, cultural, social and religious sensitivities

7. A new preambular paragraph deploring the use of external pressures and coercive measures against States, particularly developing countries, including through the use and threat of use of economic sanctions and/or application of conditionality on official development assistance, with the aim of influencing the relevant domestic debates and decision making processes at the national level

8. A new preambular paragraph expressing concern by any attempt to undermine the international human rights system by seeking to impose concepts or notions pertaining to social matters, including private individual conduct, that fall outside the internationally agreed human rights legal framework, taking into account that such attempts constitute an expression of disregard for the universality of human rights

9. A new preambular paragraph underlining that this resolution should be implemented while ensuring respect for the sovereign right of each country as well as its national laws, development priorities, the various religious and ethical values and cultural backgrounds of its people and should also be in full conformity with universally recognized international human rights.

10.  Deleting “because of their Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” from OP2  (context is deploring violence and discrimination) and replacing with due to any basis such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status

11. To delete the establishment of an Independent Expert (ie Op 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7 and 8) and replace with a request for a report from the High Commissioner on protection of all individuals against violence and discrimination committed because of their race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status with a focus on major challenges and best practices in this regard.

<L.2 Rev1 – SOGI resolution.docx>

<L.71 – 1st amendment.docx>

<L.72 – 2nd amendment.docx>

<L.73 – 3rd amendment.docx>

<L.74 – 4th amendment.docx>

<L.75 – 5th amendment.docx>

<L.76 – 6th amendment.docx>

<L.77 – 7th amendment.docx>

<L.78 – 8th amendment.docx>

<L.79 – 9th amendment.docx>

<L.80 – 10th amendment.docx>

<L.81 – 11th amendment.docx>

Results of the vote

Voting in favor of the resolution:
Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, UK, Venezuela, Viet Nam

Voting against the resolution:
Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, China, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Togo, United Arab Emirates

Abstaining on the resolution:
Botswana, Ghana, India, Namibia, Philippines, South Africa

Results of the voteVoting in favor of Source: United Nations Makes History on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Pope says Christians should apologize to gay people – CNN

I am so happy that the Pope is beginning to address this issue of religion being used as a defense mechanism in order to discriminate against gays people and commit all form of acts of violence against them.

CNNPope says Christians should apologize to gay peopleCNNAboard the Papal Plane (CNN) Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians owe apologies to gays and others who have been offended or exploited b…

Source: Pope says Christians should apologize to gay people – CNN

Cardinal Marx: Catholic Church Should “Apologize to Gay Community” – OnePeterFive

BY STEVE SKOJEC ON JUNE 24, 2016 Cardinal Reinhard Marx is the head of the German bishops conference and  a member of the council of nine cardinals who act as Pope Francis’ closest advisers.

One of Pope Francis’ leading advisors has declared that the Catholic Church should publicly apologize to homosexuals for what he called its scandalous and terrible treatment of them.

The comments by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of the council of nine cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him, were reported in the Irish Times June 23.

“The history of homosexuals in our societies is very bad because we’ve done a lot to marginalize [them],” he said, adding that as a Church and as a society “we’ve also to say ‘sorry, sorry.’”

The Cardinal, who is the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, said that up until “very recently” the Catholic Church had been “very negative about gay people,” adding that “it was a scandal and terrible.”

It was almost three years ago when Pope Francis uttered his famous statement “Who am I to judge” regarding homosexuality that signified to many a new direction they thought the Pope intended to move the Church on the topics of marriage and sexuality.

Cardinal Marx suggested in the interview that the Church ought to look favorably on same-sex relationships, but would not go as far as calling those relationships “marriage.”

“We have to respect the decisions of people. We have to respect also, as I said in the first synod on the family — some were shocked, but I think it’s normal — you cannot say that a relationship between a man and a man, and they are faithful, [that] that is nothing, that has no worth,” he said.

He said it was up to the state “to make regulations for homosexuals so they have equal rights or nearly equal . . . but marriage is another point,” adding that the state “has to regulate these partnerships and to bring them into a just position, and we as church cannot be against it.”

Because of its respect for the natural and moral order established by the Divine Creator, the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” since they are “contrary to the natural law” in that they “close the sexual act to the gift of life.”

“They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved,” the Catechism of the Catholic Church states.

The Church, while recognizing the homosexual inclination itself as “objectively disordered,” nevertheless teaches that men and woman who experience same-sex attraction must be “accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” adding that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

St. Peter Damian, an 11th century Italian Catholic reformer and a Doctor of the Church, argued in his day that for the Church to be the salt of the earth and a light to the world, she must uncompromisingly preach the whole truth about God’s plan for sexuality and how terrible are the consequences, both temporal and eternal, to those who engage in the “unnatural sexual practices” of homosexuality, masturbation, and contraception.

Following Scripture and the Tradition of the Church, Damian described homosexuality in his famous Book of Gomorrah as a “diabolical” corruption of God’s plan for sexuality between a man and a woman. It is a direct assault against God. He wrote that homosexuality must not only be not tolerated, but it must be condemned and stamped out, describing it as a “lethal wound festering in the very body of the holy Church.”

“This vice [of same-sex activity] is the death of bodies, the destruction of souls, pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the intellect, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, introduces the diabolical inciter of lust, throws into confusion, and removes the truth completely from the deceived mind…It opens up hell and closes the door of paradise…It cuts off a member of the Church and casts him into the voracious conflagration of raging Gehenna.”

“For it is this which violates sobriety, kills modesty, slays chastity. It butchers virginity with the sword of a most filthy contagion. It befouls everything, it stains everything, it pollutes everything, and for itself it permits nothing pure, nothing foreign to filth, nothing clean,” he wrote.

Cardinal Marx’s statement’s on homosexuality are not the first time he has departed from clear Church teaching. Last year he proposed at the Synod on the Family that it was “unrealistic” to ask those living in adultery to refrain from sexual acts prior to being admitted to the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Source: Cardinal Marx: Catholic Church Should “Apologize to Gay Community” – OnePeterFive

Obama names first national monument to LGBT rights – CNN.com

Obama names first national monument to LGBT rights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywtvJyXDWkk&feature=share

President Barack Obama announced Friday he was designating the area around the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the country’s first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

“This week I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national park system,” Obama said in a video released by the White House on Friday.
“I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country — the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us, that we are stronger than ever. That out of many, we are one,” Obama said.
The White House said the monument would encompass Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn and the surrounding streets and sidewalks that were the sites of the 1969 Stonewall uprising.
In the early morning of June 28, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn — a typical occurrence at gay bars in the 1960s — made history when patrons fought back.
After police arrested many Stonewall patrons that morning, people protested outside the bar for weeks afterward, leading to the first march for gay and lesbian rights in July 1969.
Those protests are often credited as a flashpoint for LGBT rights in the United States.
While Obama’s announcement came two days before New York City’s Sunday pride march, which is often celebratory, the attack on the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse that killed 49 people added a somber tone to the announcement.

June is traditionally pride month in many cities around the world, with people turning out for parades and picnics.
While many of those parades have taken on an air of celebration in recent years, both the first parade and the modern gay rights movement can be traced back to the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn.
Stonewall Inn granted NYC landmark status
“The Stonewall uprising, led primarily by people of color and people of transgender experience, was a watershed moment in our nation’s history, sparking what many call the beginning of modern-day LGBT rights movements,” said Wendy Stark, executive director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which primarily serves New York City’s LGBT community.
“The recognition of Stonewall as a national monument is an important step in recognizing our vibrant past and spotlighting the unique contributions LGBT Americans make to the rich fabric of our nation,” she told CNN.
“In light of the Orlando massacre as well as the daily violence and discrimination our communities still face, it’s never been more important to observe LGBT history in this way,” she said.
Stonewall has remained a gathering place for the LGBT rights movement, attracting celebrations after the Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage equality and mourners in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting. Protestors marched from Grand Central Terminal to the Stonewall Inn on Sunday to rally against violence toward the LGBT community.
National Park Service turns 100
The National Park Service, which turns 100 this year, has expanded its efforts to include sites that tell the story of the LGBT community and other diverse U.S. communities, park service director Jonathan Jarvis told CNN in April.
The effort includes a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Heritage Initiative, launched in 2014, to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBTQ Americans for inclusion in the park service.
Nearly two years ago, the National Parks Conservation Association launched a national effort to identify potential sites for an LGBT monument.
“This site is so perfect, and it really is recognized as the birthplace of civil rights for LGBT people,” said Theresa Pierno, the non-profit’s president and CEO. The LGBT movement “really is a struggle for human rights and civil rights, and it’s a story that needs to be told.”

Post by @stephano93.

Source: Obama names first national monument to LGBT rights – CNN.com

Hillary Clinton wins 3 primaries, clinches nomination


Tuesday’s biggest prize, by far, was California, which offered 475 pledged delegates — nearly twice as many as the other states combined.

1) California (475 delegates): Polls have closed, but a winner has not yet been called.

2) New Jersey (126 delegates): Hillary Clinton has been called the winner.

3) New Mexico (34 delegates): Hillary Clinton has been called the winner.

4) Montana (21 delegates): Bernie Sanders has been called the winner.

5) South Dakota (20 delegates): Hillary Clinton has been called the winner.

6) North Dakota (18 delegates): Bernie Sanders has been called the winner.

But California’s import went far beyond those numbers.

It became, in effect, the last battleground of the grinding Democratic contest, a chance for Clinton to punctuate her climb to the nomination with a capstone victory in the nation’s most populous and diverse state — or for Sanders to raise new doubts about her political durability.

Sanders and his supporters had hoped a California victory would send the senator roaring into the party’s convention in Philadelphia with the momentum to reverse Clinton’s lead in pledged delegates and court enough superdelegates — the party’s unbound free agents — to wrestle the nomination away.

Seizing the nomination from the front-runner at this point would be unprecedented in modern times, something Sanders acknowledged Tuesday night in an interview with NBC before the results had rolled in.

“Defying history is what this campaign is about,” Sanders said, though he was vague about his plans going forward.

 

Hillary Clinton wins 3 primaries, splits California delegates with Bernie Sanders, to clinch Democratic Presidential nomination.

Source: Hillary Clinton wins 3 primaries, clinches nomination