Philippine President Closes the Door on Legalizing Gay Marriage

Award-winning former BBC producer appeared in court accused of possessing 1.5 gallons of gay ‘chemsex’ drug

YouTube changes restrictions on gay-themed content following outcry

 

Philippine President Closes the Door on Legalizing Gay Marriage

 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that the country would not support gay marriage during a lengthy speech during the Philippine President’s two-day trip to Myanmar, apparently closing the door on a campaign pledge to consider legalizing it.

 

In an address to Myanmar’s Filipino community on Sunday, Duterte warned of attempts to impose Western values on the Philippines.

 

He said that he has “nothing against gay people,” adding that his stance on gay marriage was based on the law.

 

Duterte’s comments are likely to disappoint LGBTQ-rights campaigners who were heartened by his campaign trail promise to “consider” legalizing gay marriage.

 

http://time.com/4707615/philippines-gay-marriage-duterte/

 

Award-winning former BBC producer appeared in court accused of possessing 1.5 gallons of gay ‘chemsex’ drug

 

Award-winning former BBC producer Alexander Parkin appeared in court accused of possessing a gallon-and-a-half of a drug used in the gay ‘chemsex’ scene.

 

The Oxford graduate, who won nine Sony awards for his work with the BBC, was allegedly sitting in the front passenger seat of a Volvo when police found 1.5 gallons of gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) on September 28 last year.

 

The Class C drug, which can raise heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels, is commonly used in the gay ‘chemsex scene’.

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Parkin, of Kensington, south London, was bailed on condition of residence to next appear at Inner London Crown Court on April 18.

 

The court heard he denies the charge.

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4336050/Former-BBC-producer-court-gay-chemsex-drug.html#ixzz4c1cgU22u

 

YouTube changes restrictions on gay-themed content following outcry

 

YouTube has altered its classifications of some LGBTQ-themed videos, following protests from users, including the musicians Tegan and Sara.

 

The site had been criticised for having non-explicit videos featuring LGBTQ themes classed as restricted, which filters out “potentially inappropriate” content.

 

Tegan and Sara, who are both openly gay, were among those who complained about the policy, pointing out its absurdities in a series of tweets.

 

Several of the Canadian sisters’ videos had been classed as restricted, despite the content being non-sexual, whereas others that were sexual but LGBTQ-themed were still available.

 

It’s unclear if the types of videos in question are now being categorised as restricted for the first time, or if this is a long-standing policy towards sexuality that is only now getting attention.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/mar/21/youtube-changes-restrictions-gay-lgbtq-themed-content-tegan-sarah

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