2009

Examiner: Eminem makes censorship deal with UK gay-rights organization

Several activist groups, including Outrage! Rights group, had planned to protest his scheduled performance in Britain in the summer 2010, as they had previously in 2001.

According to the UK’s Evening Standard, in an attempt to keep controversy to a minimum, Eminem has agreed to refrain from using derogatory remarks toward the gay community. Outrage! spokesman David Allison has agreed not to protest the event, and says Eminem is free to speak his mind as long as the words do not turn violent. He told the Evening Standard, “We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people. He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred. He has got plenty of other lyrics to choose from. In recent years he has become quite well-behaved.”

http://www.examiner.com/x-33302-Tucson-LGBT-Arts-Examiner~y2009m12d27-UK-gayrights-organization-makes-censorship-deal-with-Eminem

See also:

http://www.denverpost.com/celebritybuzz/ci_14064716

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2009/12/28/Eminem_Censors_Self_to_Keep_Away_Protesters/

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/printArticle.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=334285&version=1&template_id=38&parent_id=20

Daily Mail: Eminem to play first gig for five years in the UK after agreeing to drop homophobic lyrics

OutRage! spokesman David Allison said: “We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people.

“He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred. He has got plenty of other lyrics to choose from. In recent years he has become quite well-behaved.

“I think he realises singing songs advocating hate and violence just won’t wash any more. Society’s moved on in the last 10 years.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1238269/Eminem-play-gig-years-UK-agreeing-drop-homophobic-lyrics.html#ixzz0oCTX6mgE

Evening Standard: Eminem returns to Britain with a pledge to drop his anti-gay lyrics

The last time Eminem toured the country in 2001, gay rights group OutRage! protested outside his shows, saying his lyrics were homophobic.

OutRage! spokesman David Allison said: “We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people.

“He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred. He has got plenty of other lyrics to choose from. In recent years he has become quite well-behaved.

“I think he realises singing songs advocating hate and violence just won’t wash any more. Society’s moved on in the last 10 years.”

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23788052-eminem-returns-to-britain-with-a-pledge-to-drop-his-anti-gay-lyrics.do

PinkNews: Eminem drops anti-gay lyrics for UK gig

OutRage! spokesman David Allison said: “We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people.

“He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred. He has got plenty of other lyrics to choose from. In recent years he has become quite well-behaved.”

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/12/24/eminem-drops-anti-gay-lyrics-for-uk-gig/

Protest in London Against Uganda Bill: Peter Tatchell – OutRage! gay activist

Nearly 100 protesters rallied outside the Ugandan Embassy in London on Human Rights Day to support the Ugandan LBGTI community. They called on the Ugandan government to drop its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is currently being debated by the Ugandan parliament.

Under this proposed law, LGBTI Ugandans will face execution for certain homosexual acts and life imprisonment for all other same-sex acts – even mere caressing and kissing.

The London protesters included LGBTI activists from the UK and of Jamican descent, plus LGBTI campaigners from Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, the Congo and Kenya.

Pink Paper: Pepsi’s public regret over Beenie Man sponsorship

Peter Tatchell of London LGBT rights group OutRage! said: “We want to thank GLAAD and Change.org for their swift and effective lobbying of PepsiCo. Their efforts got a positive result. PepisiCo will be more careful in future.”

Earlier, David Allison of OutRage! wrote to PepsiCo: “We are shocked to learn that not only are you sponsoring the appearance of Beenie Man, the Jamaican dancehall music performer, but compounding the offence by sponsoring him in Uganda…Uganda’s government is currently proposing legislation calling for the imprisonment and execution of gay people.

“Backing a concert that includes a notorious homophobe in a country launching draconian legislation against people simply because of their sexual orientation is a singularly inept, not to say immoral….We ask that you withdraw your sponsorship and re-affirm your support for human rights,” wrote Mr Allison.

http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=2118

See also:

http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/Interact/Blogs-articleid-6190-sectionid-637.html

Peter Tatchell talking to press at Pride London Parade 2009 about homophobia in Jamaica

Pride London Patron and Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell talks about the horrendous levels of homophobia faced by LGBT Jamaicans. You can read more about this issue and all of Peter and Outrage’s other campaigns at www.petertatchell.net

The London Paper: Steep rise in gay-hate crimes in London

David Allison, spokesman for gay rights group ­OutRage!, said: “These figures show that hate crimes are not something that you can just ignore. It suggests there is something wrong with society that people can’t tolerate each other.

“However, one has to bear in mind that a proportion of the increase is down to a greater willingness of gay people to report these crimes. “Previously, because they did not trust the police to investigate them, they thought there was no point.”

http://www.thelondonpaper.com/thelondonpaper/news/london/steep-rise-in-gay-hate-crimes-in-london

Daily Mail: Row over gay wedding ban at former home of Queen Mother

However gay rights group Outrage described the decision not to hold same sex civil ceremonies as ‘ridiculous’ given The Queen Mother’s well-known association with gay people – and claimed it appeared to be ‘illegal’ under sexual orientation discrimination.

Outrage said The Queen Mother ‘would be spinning in her grave.’

‘This seems even more ridiculous given that The Queen Mother surrounded herself with gay people – including “Backstairs” Billy Tallon (her devoted servant),’ said David Allison spokesman for Outrage.

‘Doing this at the Queen Mother’s old residence is particularly odd. She had no problem with gay people – quite the opposite.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1164321/Row-gay-wedding-ban-home-Queen-Mother.html#ixzz0oCED1glO

Telegraph: Former home of Queen Mother in homosexual weddings row

The homosexual and lesbian rights group Outrage claimed the Queen Mother would be “spinning in her grave”.

David Allison, a spokesman for the group, added: “This seems even more ridiculous given that The Queen Mother surrounded herself with gay people. Doing this at the Queen Mother’s old residence is particularly odd. She had no problem with gay people, quite the opposite.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/5037955/Former-home-of-Queen-Mother-in-homosexual-weddings-row.html