It seems natural for anyone to
place a tribute into the local paper when a loved one dies. But when
Nigel Barnes, the founder of gaytributes.com tried, he was refused at
every stage, all owing to one little word “gay”.
Nigel lost a very dear friend in
1993 and was devastated by the event. His numerous attempts with different
newspapers were to no avail as the local media was obvious homophobic at the
time and obstructed his wishes.
Every year, Nigel pays his own
tribute to his dearly departed friend, by tying his tribute to a single red
rose with a rainbow ribbon, and dropping it into the sea to be carried away
by the tides.
At one such tribute in 2001, Nigel
realised he wanted to do more to help the LGBT community speak their
feelings of loss for loved ones, by allowing them to produce tributes of
After many years or struggling to
set everything up, being met by con men and insincere people that plague the
LGBT community, his site is now up and running.
Nigel has an obvious special reason
for setting up this website, and he summed it all up by saying: “We all have
a dream in this life; this is my dream to help others fondly remember their
On the site you can produce your
own tribute for someone you have loved and lost. The tribute will then be
published on the website for whatever time period you specify and can be
viewed publicly or only you can view it.
This website is an amazing new
addition to the internet that is so obviously going to help so many people
in the LGBT community all over the world.
This reporter feels he may some day
use the service as well, and I urge you all to visit the
website and see what an imaginative and
much-needed corner of cyberspace it is.
While we all know that there is no
such thing as a free lunch, placing a tribute on the site will not “break
the bank” – and, it can be argued, it is cheaper than a newspaper tribute.
Prices are £20 for a full year, and
this includes up to five photographs.
Hopefully some of you may actually
take up the services offered by the website and help it to grow big enough
to help everyone in the world touched by tragedy who cannot voice their
grief in more local circles.
Cashman Pledges Support for Moscow Gay Pride.
Michael Cashman, the out-gay Member of the European Parliament, has invited
the Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov to Strasbourg for a “summit” on gay pride
events and of LGBT rights to expression, demonstrations and meetings.
Accountable for Violating Gay Human Rights, by Paula Ettelbrick.
The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, joined the largest
gathering ever of world leaders last week at the United Nations without one
question being asked about his country’s continued violations of
international human rights law. Iran has signed both the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child. Both forbid the execution of any person under the age of 18
for any crime. Yet there has been a rash of public executions in Iran that
have involved youth or were related to sexuality and gender identity.
Amnesty Report Reveals Alarming and Widespread Police
Mistreatment of Gays in USA. In the most comprehensive
report of its kind to date, Amnesty International (AI) reveals that police
mistreatment and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is widespread throughout the USA and goes largely
unchecked due to underreporting and unclear, under-enforced or non-existent
policies and procedures.
Full statement by Dr.William Schulz,
Executive Director of Amnesty International USA
Gay Russian Wins Employment Discrimination
Case in Landmark Ruling - Court Rules Homosexuality Is Not a Mental
Disorder. In what is seen as a “landmark” ruling, a
court in St. Petersburg has backed a gay man whose military record
said he had a mental disorder, solely on the basis that he was gay.
The man, identified only as “Mr. VP”, had applied to the Russian
State Railways for a job as a guard, but was deemed to be unfit for
the job because of his “mental disorder”.
Governor Threatens to Close Down Gay Organisation. The
Deputy Governor of Ankara, Selahattin Ekremoglu, is calling for an LGBT
group to be closed down, it emerged today. Ekremoglu claimed last week that
the group operated “against the laws and morality rules” and should be
Poll Shows Majority
Support Gay Rights in Russia. For the first time ever, a
clear majority of Russians say that there should be equal rights for gays in
the country, a new opinion poll has found.
Iranian Gays Live in Fear.
This is the full
text of the press statement from PGLO (Persian Gays &
Lesbians Organisation) received by email received at Outrage! in
Amir, a young Iranian homosexual, recently spoke out
about the torture he has suffered at the hands of the Iranian authorities.
Iran: Gay Amir, Aged
22, Given 100 Lashes. The bruised and bloodied body of a 22
year old gay Iranian, Amir, bears further witness to the brutality of the
Ayatollah’s regime. Yet many gay and human rights groups in
“the West” are sweeping the matter under the carpet,
New York’s Famous Gay
Pair Call It a Day. Commentary. We all know that these days love
often fades and couples, whether gay or straight, split up. News came today
via many British newspapers that Roy and Silo, arguably New York City’s most
famous gay “item”, have decided to call it a day.