Post by 1dbigjim563 on May 14, 2009 12:37:20 GMT -5
Well, the conference in September is billed as an "International" conference. We may not be as big as some international organizations, but I have two suggestions, invite a representative of the Peruvian Government to participate in a panel on the issue, and pass a resolution condemning the ban, As I said we may not be as big as other groups, but I think we should go on record all the same and speak out.
Hey Bigjim, you're right. We started billing our annual conference as "international" when we held our first conference outside of the United States. It was in September of 1998 when the conference was held in Vancouver, British Columbia. I was president of Legal International in those days and It took a lot of effort and hard work to put it together. It would be a good idea to invite someone from Peru to attend the upcoming conference. They might just learn something. However, in my experience, there are many people who enjoy living in their ignorance regarding LGBT issues. An invitation to one of those "Margaret Thatcher" characters might just fall on deaf ears. But, we could try.
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LONDON, May 26, 2009 – The British Ambassador to Peru has confirmed that the left-of-centre Lima government plans to ban gay police officers whose sexual behaviour causes scandal and damages the reputation of the police, Peter Tatchell, the gay human rights campaigner, said this morning.
“Existing gay and bisexual officers could face the sack,” he said. “Critics say the new law is probably unconstitutional.
“To its credit, the British government is consulting with Peruvian human rights groups and the European Union to consider what action to take in protest at this discriminatory legislation,” Mr. Tatchell added.
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered police to bring “victim” Pujan Basnet for deposition in a case in which a policewoman has been charged with abducting and sexually abusing her for months.
A joint bench of Justices Rana Bahadur Bam and Prakash Wosti issued the order to the Metropolitan Police Range. Police had arrested and subsequently suspended traffic policewoman Rubina Hussein, 27 on the charge of kidnapping and sexually abusing Pujan, 17, of Chahabil. Pujan is a niece of Sub-Inspector Indira Basnet, who is Hussein´s boss.
While police say Hussein was arrested for abduction, she counters that Pujan was her live-in girlfriend.
Love at first sight: Hussein
Hussein says she has neither kidnapped Pujan nor abused her sexually. “She is my live-in girlfriend; we are head over heels in love. They arrested and suspended me in a misuse of power,” said Hussein showing a bundle of love letters allegedly written her by Pujan, a grade 12 student at Xavier International School, Kalopul.
“The sexual relationship was consensual. Nothing can be farther from the truth than the charges against me,” added a handcuffed Rubina Hussein.
According to her, they met in May, 2009 and fell in love at first sight. The woman cop says she did not guess that her relationship with her boss´s niece would cost her dear.
In May, Sub-Inspector Indira Basnet asked her to accompany her to a temple in Hetauda where she was to sacrifice a he-goat. Basnet had also brought her niece on the trip and that was how the two became friends. “Pujan had a crush on me. A few days letter she proposed and I reciprocated,” Hussein recounts.
The relationship made headway in the following days. The couple rented an apartment at Dhalku, Kathmandu two months ago, and started to live together. But the story took a different turn after police arrested Hussein, acting on a complaint by Pujan´s family that the 17-year-old had been kidnapped.
An RCMP investigator in Toronto, who is gay, claims in a lawsuit that a "homophobic culture" within the force and unfounded child-sex-assault allegations led to a very public arrest on a golf course and lengthy suspension that ruined his reputation.
In 2004, four B.C. men accused Donald Cooke of sexually assaulting them when he coached them in minor hockey in the 1980s. B.C. prosecutors reviewed the evidence and recommended against charges.
But in May 2005, police went ahead and arrested Cooke. According to the lawsuit, officers in golf carts approached Cooke on the third green of a private golf course in Aurora, Ont., "for the purpose of maximizing the embarrassment and humiliation of Cooke."
In her career with the Edmonton Police Service, Danielle Campbell has accomplished a few notable "firsts" as a woman.
She became the first female dog handler in 1994, later became the first female forensic polygraph examiner, and this past January, she became one of 10 superintendents in the service -- and the only woman to ever hold the position.
And, perhaps most notably, when she was hired 21 years ago, she was the first openly gay police officer in EPS history. "I was put through two additional steps in the recruiting process that most applicants wouldn't have had to go through," Campbell said of her experience coming out during the recruitment process. "They don't do that now, fortunately. We've come a long way."
Campbell was honoured Sunday evening with the EPS Sexual Minorities Liaison Committee Award during the annual Edmonton Pride Awards, held this year at the newly remodelled Art Gallery of Alberta. Campbell said she wasn't expecting the distinction, and isn't quite sure what she did to deserve it.
"Who would have ever thought you'd get an award for being gay," she said. "Quite honestly, I have no idea what they think I've done, other than just be who I am."
But Ted Kerr, who helped organize the awards ceremony along with Wade King, says Campbell's presence on the police force is an important one.
South Wales Police Authority first to be awarded pro-gay quality mark
South Wales Police Authority has become the first police group in Wales to be gain the Rainbow Mark – an accreditation that recognises commitment towards the needs of local gay people.
To be awarded the Rainbow Mark by the LGBT Excellence Centre the authority, an independent body that monitors the performance of the police, had to demonstrate good practice in working with, and having regard for, the specific needs, issues and barriers facing queers.
Lead Police Authority Member for Equalities, Helen Roberts, said: “Achieving the Rainbow Mark is testament to our commitment in ensuring our work and services are accessible to everyone in South Wales. Our area is made up of diverse communities, and we embrace this in our work.
“Over the last few years, the equality area within the authority has expanded tremendously, and is now part of all our work.”
LESBIAN, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) liaison officers are being introduced by Gwent Police in the first project of its kind in Wales.
The LGBT officers have been specially trained to provide support to people who have been victims of hate crime in Gwent because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and it is hoped the liaison officers will encourage more people to report this type of crime.
Fourteen officers and staff members from the Gwent force have been trained under the new initiative, and more will be recruited in six months time.
Merseyside Police voted second most 'gay-friendly' force in UK
Merseyside Police has been voted as one of the top UK’s most gay-friendly police forces by a leading national gay right's charity.
Out of 378 employer organisations which entered this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Merseyside Police was placed 24th overall - but came second among the police forces to Hampshire Constabulary.
Merseyside Police first entered the index in 2009 and has consistently placed among the top three most gay-friendly police forces.
The index has been running for the past five years and is the definitive national benchmarking exercise for showcasing the UK's top employers for gay, lesbian and bisexual staff.
British Transport Police officer commended for diversity work
A British Transport Police officer has been commended for his hard work and commitment to diversity in the force, today.
Constable Frazer Robertson – a neighbourhood police officer based in Glasgow - was awarded an Area Commander’s Commendation for his work with LINK, the British Transport Police support network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender staff, at a special ceremony within Glasgow City Chambers.
Britain's Gay Police Association, which boasts membership in all 52 of the United Kingdom's police units, has found a novel way to attack the National Blood Service's prohibition on gays donating blood: the ban unfairly outs gay cops.
Like the United States and Canada, the U.K.'s national blood agency bars gay men from donating blood, with the assumption that their "lifestyles" (read: having the butt sex) puts them at greater risk of being poz, and donating tainted blood. Also like the United States and Canada, the U.K.'s National Blood Service screens all blood donations for unwanted pathogens before ever passing it off for use on patients.
In Britain, any man who's ever had sex with another man, condom or not, is banned from donating for life. NBS maintains lifting the ban would mean a 5X increase of HIV-positive blood entering the system.
Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’
Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims.
According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.
San Francisco has long been known as one of America’s top gay destinations.
But Ms Buchanan, who spent four and a half months with the San Francisco Police Department and the University of California last year, told the constabulary’s e-magazine that Scotland’s force appeared to be more gay-friendly.
She said: “In terms of investigating homophobic hate incidents their approach is comparable to ours, yet there are much fewer victims coming forward.