The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #15
After President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law that further criminalized any homosexual activity in February, a court in Uganda annulled the law. The court’s decision came to be after the legislation was passed without a third of Member of Parliament present to vote on the draconian law in December of last year. Despite the court’s annulment on “aggressive homosexuality”, previous anti-gay laws remain in place with acts of sodomy punishable up to seven years in prison.
A school in Utah fired one of its employees following his posting about homophones. Despite the good intentions of educating readers about the term, Clarke Woodger, owner of the Nomen Global Language Center, fired Tim Torkildson, believing the blogger was creating a gay agenda. Woodger alleges the blogger’s dismissal had nothing to do with homosexuality, but that Torkildson would “go off on tangents” and create confusion among students. Nomen, which is the second largest English as a Second Language school in the country, caters to foreign students who hope to gain admission into universities and Woodger believes that homophones are too advanced to be taught.
A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology showed that students who have read the popular Harry Potter series are more likely to be LGBTQ friendly, as well as sympathetic to immigrants and refugees. Throughout the series, J.K. Rowling has likened events in the wizarding world to the civil rights movement and the rise of fascism. Even characters like Remus Lupin, who was outed as a werewolf faced discrimination from the public. The study was conducted through Italian fifth graders and high school students for the immigrant and LGBTQ portions while comments about refugees were left to UK college students. Rowling previously stated that she wanted the titular character to leave the Muggle world and find that the same problems such as discrimination existed in the new world.