Reports that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen had been a regular at the gay nightclub he attacked and used gay dating apps have led to speculation that he was motivated by internalised homophobia. But what is it, and could it have anything to do with the worst shooting in recent US history?
Investigators are still trying to establish what led a 29-year-old security guard from Florida to murder 49 people and injure dozens more as they partied in popular gay nightclub Pulse.
They are examining indications Mateen was inspired by radical Islamism, following revelations that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and the FBI had investigated him twice previously for terror links.
This is the award winning ‘DeadCity’ (Ciutat Morta) with English subtitles, finally seen on TV in Catalonia by over half a million this week (with 5 minutes censored).
Ciutat Morta (Dead City)
It tells the story of a police vendetta, torture, and frame-up of 5 obviously and totally innocent people in vengeance for an ‘accident’ when a plant pot fell or was thrown on a policeman’s head, leaving him paraplegic, during a mass raid on a squatters party in Barcelona. How police, politicians, press and Courts at every level combined to blame bystanders who looked like anarcho punks and hound to her death a lesbian poet who wasn’t even there.
Patricia Heras poeta
The documentary is an eye-opener on how rampant fascism, racism and sexism still rule in never reformed police and judicial systems, but more than that it’s a moving immersion into suffering and struggle, using the poems of Patricia Heras, written before she was finally driven to suicide.
We’re not angry because we’re feminists. We’re feminists because we are sick and tired and so very frustrated that we have to repeatedly defend our desire for equal rights. Listen to this speech by Jessica Valenti and just try to get a little bit angry too.
At 1:56 find out the annoying question every feminist gets asked, at 7:00 things get emotional in a good way, and at 7:44 you don’t want to miss it when she basically “drops the mic” and answers that annoying question with an even better one.
comment: ”Great how he exposes the rampant male violence against women, children and other males in Nth American society. Then we find out his day job is controlling such violence inside the US military,! That is, to make them more efficient at State and Capitañlist violence against the rest of us. The US now has Special Forces in 92 couintries acting with zero democratic control.”
First lesbian who seeks redress for the Spanish fascist repression is still persecuted for being gay, thereforeshe is known only as M.C.D.
Prosecution: “I declare that M. C. D. is a homosexual and a rebel to her family ”
The first lesbian who seeks compensation after being jailed and punished by the Spanish State was sentenced without her counsel making any defense.
M.C.D. feels that she has almost a moral duty to address the media. But she does reluctantly and with limitations: neither her name nor place of residence must be made public.
Despite being in a hierarchical, antigay religions ,the vast majority of U.S. Catholics support gay rights, believe gay identity cannot be altered, favor gays adopting kids, believe in either gay civil unions or marriage and believe that sexual relationships between two people of the same sex is quite alright, according to a study from the Public Religion Research Institute, .
Not only do a vast majority of Catholics in the United States have a gay rights framework, their views are more friendly to our community that the general public, white evangelicals, and white mainline protestants. In other words, we might find more support at the local Catholic Church than the neighborhood hetero bar.
Unfortunately, the leadership of the Catholic Church maintains a hateful attitude towards gay people, which is not surprising since the Pope was a former Nazi. With the hierarchy of the Catholic Church being usurped by the progressive views of its members, perhaps we can look forward to change in the future.
In the meantime, it is up to us to challenge the homophobia and transphobia of dominant religions and fight for the rights of all. It’s hard to imagine living in a world where mainstream religious organizations would not be organizing centers for homophobia and bigotry; however, with the support of many Catholics, a vision of such a world is viable.