Trending high on Twitter in France is the lovely hashtag#lesgaysdoiventdisaparaîtrecar, or roughly “#GaysMust[Die/Disappear]Because.” France’s The Local reports that some 10,000 tweets used the hashtag, with nearly a 1,000 of them calling for the direct execution of LGBT people. Organizers of IDAHO, The International Day Against Homophobia, have filed complaints in France and California calling for the tweets to be taken down. And since France has some pretty strict hate-speech laws, IDAHO also wants user information given to authorities for possible investigation. hate speech law. “This is a completely blatant call for the death and murder of gay people. It is totally unacceptable,” said IDAHO’s Alexandre Marcel. “Could you imagine being a 17 or 18-year-old gay person logging on to Twitter … and seeing messages that call for you to be killed?”
A British man and his Haitian boyfriend were assaulted at their engagement party in Port-au-Prince by dozens of locals lobbing rocks and Molotov cocktails. Windows were smashed, two cars were set afire and several party guests were injured at the event on Saturday. A police inspector claimed authorities arrived just in time to stop anyone being murdered. “This is a criminal act and homophobic,” said Charlot Jeudy of the Haitian gay-rights group Kouraj (Courage). “There is no justification for this kind of attack on people in a private residence. Hopefully the justice authorities will react to the perpetrators of this act.”
Right wingers are flipping their lids that some drag queens were invited to Diversity Day celebration at the Los Angeles Air Force Base. The event, which also featured speeches and presentations representing a variety of minorities, ticked off an unnamed airman: “I am really surprised that this happened on a military installation. We can’t even have Bibles on our desks,” moaned an unnamed airman. “…I get that people want to be able to have committed relationships with members of the same sex, but this crossed the line. The display was totally inappropriate and offensive.” Hey, daytime drag is hard enough, fella!
File under “politics makes strange bedfellows”: Ferndale, Michigan’s first openly gay mayor, Craig Covey, wants the position back—only his main competition is another gay man, current mayor Dave Coulter. “What can you do? They’re both great guys,” said gay-rights advocate Cass Varner. Frankly, we’re putting our money with Covey—and not just because he supports decriminalizing marijuana.
Palm Springs is putting its unique spin on the whole Russian Olympics quandry by naming Sochi Pride 2014 as as the grand marshall of its upcoming 27th annual Pride Parade. “We will lend our support to the organizing committee of Moscow Gay Pride and founders of the banned Pride House Sochi in their efforts to organize the Sochi Pride march,” said Ron deHarte, president of Palm Springs Pride. “We invite any and all who share this vision to gather with us and keep the world’s eyes focused on Russian’s crimes against LGBT individuals.” Deharte encourages Pride organizations around the globe stand in unison with Russian’s LGBT community and support the unapproved Sochi Pride march, scheduled for February 7, the opening day of the Winter Games.