Podcast Ep. 34: British LGBT Awards, Lid Dems’ Defeat & Stephen Fry leaves Twitter

RD E34 Nick Clegg, March 2014 by Liberal Democrats

The boys are back and blissfully ignoring the announcement of the EU referendum (23rd June, stick it in your diary) and instead choosing to dive into the rest of the political and social wasteland that will be ignored by mainstream media for the next four months.

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Podcast (Ep. 20): Germaine Greer’s Transphobia, China in Britain and Seumas Milne’s Labour spin

Germaine Greer at Humber Mouth Festival, July 2006 by Walnut Whippet

Jazza and Jimmy are back at it and this week discuss Germaine Greer publicly defending her comments that-trans women aren’t women.

Meanwhile Chinese president Xi Jinping just had a lovely time being entertained by Mr. Cameron and the Queen so that British projects can get investment from China. Surprisingly, Jimmy schools Jazza on his China knowledge.

Finally, who is Seumas Milne, Jeremy Corbyn’s new spin doctor? Does he hate the West? Does it matter? And what are the consequences for Corbyn’s Labour party?

Image Credit – Germaine Greer at Humber Mouth Festival, July 2006 by Walnut Whippet

Podcast (ep.6): Labour/ Lib Dem Leadership, Gays in Russia & Her Royal Heilness

Jazza is back from Russia! And in this episode he shed some light on the LGBT life in Moscow with the conversations he had with gay and homophobic Russians.

But not before Jazza & Jimmy discuss the Labour and Lib Dem leaderships. Why is Jazza not Tim Farron’s biggest fan? Why doesn’t Jimmy really care that the Telegraph newspaper wants to sabotage Labour? Find out in this week’s podcast.

And finally we talk about THAT Sun front page, with the Queen doing the Nazi salute as a 7 year old girl. Is it fair for them to publish it? Was the pun ‘Her Royal Heilness’ really that terrible?

 

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The US Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling is not all sunshine and rainbows

Rainbow White House, June 2015

Last weekend sexual minorities celebrated the legalising of gay marriage in the US after the Supreme Court ruled that the right was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. But not everyone has welcomed the news.

The judgement came in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges in which a same-sex couple succesfully argued that the 14th amendment of the US Constitution required their home state of Ohio to recognise that their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

Unsurprisingly, much of the outrage at the decision has been centred around religion. In Western nations many Christian leaders have claimed that same-sex marriage is abhorrent to God, despite liberal Christians asserting that Jesus made no statements on homosexuality in the New Testament.

Mike Huckabee, former Republican governor of Arkansas and US presidential candidate, even predicted civil disobedience, telling the US broadcaster ABC: “I don’t think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law.”

Others have focused on the legal side. Ken Paxton, attorney general of Texas, damned the move as a “lawless ruling” and vowed that state workers who refuse to marry couples on religious grounds will be defended in court free of charge. Likewise in Louisiana the Clerks Association said it was advising clerks of the court to postpone issuing same-sex marriage licences until the end of the three-week period the Supreme Court has to consider a rehearing of the case.

But disgust was not confined to American legislators. A rainbow filter tool for profile pictures on Facebook introduced in celebration of the decision was parodied in Russia, where government laws ban providing information about homosexuality to people under age 18. As such several filters were created to splash the colours of national flags in protest.

In the Middle East many social media users also came out strongly against gay marriage. “Damn you and your marriage. You have distorted our innocent childhood [symbol], we used to like the rainbow,” declared one Twitter user. In Egypt around 2,000 tweets mentioned the rainbow motif, most of them critical. Some users even went so far as to blame a weekend storm on users who turned their profile pics multi-coloured.

Yet even if those hostile are numerous, many backed the move. Barack Obama, mere president of the US, welcomed the decision, saying it “affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. Today, we can say in no uncertain terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect.”

Neil Patrick Harris, an actor in How I Met Your Mother and married gay American, said: “It’s a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know.” George Takei, former Star Trek actor and gay rights activists, concurred: “My eyes shine with tears as marriage equality is ruled the law of the land.”

For the 39% of Americans that polls suggest oppose same-sex marriage, perhaps the words of comedian Daniel Tosh will be some comfort:

‘This is what I say to the most conservative person that’s so terrified of gay marriage becoming legal. Just because the state says it’s legal, it’s not like God’s going to let them into Heaven. So you can still sleep sound every night knowing that goal line defence is up at the pearly gates.”

Header Image – Rainbow White House, June 2015 by The White House

Podcast (Ep. 3): The Point of LGBT Pride, The #Greferendum & No Black Spiderman?

Stonewall at London Pride, 27 June 2015

In a world of huge LGBT Pride parades, the US going really gay after the Supreme Court ruling, and decades of success for the gay liberation movement, why did Jazza even bother marching at London Pride this weekend?

Greece is continuing to be a point of contention. They get a Greek referendum (#Greferendum, obviously) which may lead to a #Grexit and there will be no more #Greuro. (No, we don’t think there are too many hashtags.) But is this showing the democratic deficit in the EU?

Finally, Spiderman: Should he be black? No, we’re not talking about Venom, but the Sony hack emails that show Peter Parker is contractually white, straight and middle-class. The Internet went crazy, find out why Jazza and Jimmy can’t be fussed, and why there are similarities with James Bond.

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