Stonewall – an ongoing betrayal

February 3, 2011

Theresa May – Murdering Queers!

Fury as deportations department get top award.
Stonewall equality conference faces LGBT protest.

 

 

Gay Mafia Watch has been documenting this ongoing betrayal of the LGBT community for several years now. It looks as if “Stonewall’s Adversity Champions” are causing another storm…

Just when we thought they’d learned their lesson, our favourite pseudo-equality charity has gone and done it again. What is wrong with Stonewall?

London-based immigration rights group “No Borders” claim equality charity is “celebrating the managers of detention and deportation” after the Home Office was given the top spot in Stonewall’s annual index of “top 100 employers” in Britain.

Once a respected civil rights campaigning group, Stonewall has been consumed and transformed beyond recognition, motivated by power and greed.


Recipients of yet another meaningless Stonewall accolade this year, the Home Office is the lead government department with a number of subsidiaries including the UK Borders Agency which is directly responsible for forcibly removing failed asylum seekers (including LGBT people) fleeing persecution, rape, torture, and death such as Asylum Seeker from Uganda, Brenda Namigadde – who was at the high court fighting her deportation only last week.

Not only has this award been given to one of the most despicable elements of the government, Stonewall’s made a special effort to endorse Conservative MP Theresa May as some sort of hero behind this achievement. Neither have anything to be proud about.

The current Home Secretary who also has the controversial title “Equality Minister” recently faced a short-lived campaign calling for her dismissal on the grounds of her utterly despicable parliamentary record on LGBT equality which includes voting:

    – Against abolishing Section 28.
    – Against an equal Age of Consent.
    – Against Gay Adoption Rights.
    – Against Lesbian Fertility Rights.
    – Abstained on Gender Recognition.

Even worse – she’s being touted as the Keynote Speaker for Stonewall’s forthcoming 2011 Workplace Conference, sponsored by Barclays Bank. The event generates a great deal of revenue for Stonewall, charging up to £450 a ticket.

As this news spreads across social networks, we can report the LGBT Community is NOT happy. Stonewall better brace itself for yet ANOTHER revolt from the very people they claim to represent.

PROTEST!…

Activist groups are planning a protest at Stonewall’s 2011 Workplace Conference on Friday 18th March outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.

Not only will Theresa May be attending, but she’ll be joined by an array of other nasties! – none of them deserving of any type of award relating to equality or human rights.

For more info on the protest email: stonewallprotest@yahoo.com

-we’ll update this page when we have any more details.

 

 

 


It’s time to….
Sack Theresa May!
Sack Ben Summerskill!

After her appointment in May 2010 as “Equalities Minister” the Prime Minister faced a barrage of calls for her to be sacked. One group of LGBT activists even set up a website www.sacktheresamay.co.uk arguing that her political history makes her unsuitable to hold the position as Equalities Minister, boasting a facebook group with over 75,000 members.

 

“We do not think she is at all qualified to be Minister for Equality, we do not consider her to be committed to the cause of equality and for this reason would question her ability to be effective in this position. Furthermore, her appointment is symbolically counter-productive as it suggests there is not a better person for the job who can be a real role model for the campaign for equal rights.” – (Campaign to Sack Theresa May Spokesperson)

 

Stonewall’s Chief Executive, Ben Summerskill doesn’t acknowledge any this, firmly believing the Tories now “need to be forgiven” believing the lie their ideology has changed, continuing it’s agenda of pimping out the gay community to big business through it’s rigged awards schemes. In reality Conservative values have merely evolved in order to appear more socially acceptable.

 

Giving a platform to the disgraceful human being that is Theresa May at such a high-profile conference, and dishing out awards to the Home Office reaffirms this reality.

Theresa May is Murdering Queers!

 

Stonewall should be on the side of the real grass roots campaigners, for whom gay rights is a matter of life or death, instead it prefers to share crates of champagne with police commissioners, the directors of Barclays Bank and Goldman Sachs, whilst offering scumbag politicians a standing ovation.

 

Nine months after the initial campaign for her to resign as Equalities Minister, Theresa May is STILL under pressure from others not to deport LGBT asylum seekers, such as Brenda Namigadde – who had to take her battle to the High Court only last week to obtain a temporary injunction against Stonewall’s “number one employer” – the Home Office.

 

Brenda is a Lesbian from Uganda, a country which regularly tortures, rapes and kills LGBT people. Government ministers must take responsibility or prepare to be held to account, charged with the same guilt as their international collegues.

 

On the exact same say Brenda was in court, news broke of the brutal murder of prominent Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato. As the Home Office maintains it’s silence, and refuses amnesty to Brenda and countless others in a similar position action must now be taken.

 

Considering her failure to save Brenda and others, Theresa May’s pale apologies for her past voting record in response to the short-lived “Sack Theresa May” furore must now be dismissed, along with her – and all who sail with her.

Stonewall’s praising of the government at this time is unacceptable, once again colluding with the very people who want to harm the LGBT people. It’s also time for Ben Summerskill to go too.

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Stonewall’s “Adversity Champions”

April 12, 2008

GayMafiaWatch can exclusively reveal the truth behind a dark, unfolding conspiracy involving the gay and lesbian rights organisation Stonewall and some of Britain’s biggest multinational companies, local government and even the police who have come under the spotlight recently for an increase in complaints of homophobic abuse all over the country. Many of the major corporations listed as “Stonewall Diversity Champions” are also listed as financial donors to Stonewall, bringing into question the overall credibility of the awards.

Now this isn’t the case of a handful of whiney queens using the ‘gay card’ when they police don’t act in their favour. It’s far more sinister and worrying than anything like that. The Association Gay Police Officers has observed numerous instances of police officers were refusing to serve with their fellow LGBT officers in the past 12 months at most police forces in the country, and have witnessed senior officers at quoting the Bible in abuse. Other reports of police homophobic graffiti, use of abusively anti-gay language and behaviour have also been well documented and are now officially ‘on the rise’ by 25%. 7,000 complaints were received by the Association’s helpline in the past year.

Despite this disgraceful state of affairs, and the lack of confidence the gay community now has in it’s protectors – the gay rights group Stonewall has awarded it’s acclaimed ‘Diversity Champions’ award to no less than 24 Police Forces this year. One of those was Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, accused of some appalling acts and a clear, ongoing history of anti-gay malpractice and behaviour by Cornish Gay Rights Campaigner Malcolm Lidbury who was also astonished to hear of Stonewall’s stamp of approval.

Only last August, Lidbury was again targeted by officers of Cornwall Police when he was arrested, his home searched despite no Criminal charges or Criminal prosecution being made. Lidbury has had his vehicle stopped and maintains the police have continued to make unlogged visits intended to “harass and violate his life as an ‘out‘ gay man”. Lidbury recently testified these complaints supported by 19 witnesses in court, the complaints were thrown out by the self-regulated police complaints body and the harassment continues and Lidbury has accused Stonewall of ‘turing their back on him and others’ in a similar situation including a 15 year old named Peter who Malcolm has been supporting. “We approached Stonewall way back in 2005 on Peter’s behalf… they sent him a list of solicitors, none of which who would work West of Bristol, unless for an exorbatant fee… not much good to a then homeless gay 15 year old child! People are under the illustion that Stonewall will help them… I was…not any more!” “I was an ardent supporter of Stonewall and was even a Stonewall Equality 2000 rep for Cornwall back in the 1990’s, but Stonewall has lost touch with the reality of what is still happening to lgbt people outside the M25 gay ghetto.”

Bank Bullies and Bent Coppers

In the West Midlands, openly gay Senior Inspector Bernard McEldowney expressed his shock to see his force ranked 33rd in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. David Joseph Henry, Leader of the Queer Youth Network which is a member of Stonewall’s Education for All campaign said he was “Outraged and felt betrayed” when he discovered Kent County Council was another recipient of the acclaimed awards. The youth group hit the headlines in 2003 when it launched a campaign to overturn anti-gay policies. “I cannot believe they would be deserving of such an accolade considering their recent attempt to reintroduce Section 28 and continue to uphold a similar anti-gay policy. Kent’s award should be revoked immediately”. Stephen Coote, Director of the GBA (Gay Business Association) has also expressed his concerns with the awards after received several complaints by the association’s members that their workplaces, despite being very homophobic in their experience had also received the awards including several major banks and insurance companies. He continued to question the validity of the awards in an article in the Pink Paper published in January 2008.

Stonewall have given prestigious “Diversity Champions” awards to a number of proven, institutionally homophobic or racist organisations including:

  • Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
    • Sixteen allegations of homophobia in 2007. It’s own diversity inspector admitted that Devon and Cornwall police has dealt “poorly” with the gay community, and it’s basic command unit’s diversity unit was understaffed, and is “reactive rather than proactive.”
  • Kent County Council
    • Despite several calls and needs assessments, the council continues to fund any gay community projects and still refuses it’s responsibility in leading the establishment of youth service provision for LGBT young people in the whole county (which is now being led by the police instead!). Kent Council Council hit the headlines in 2003 when leader Sir-Sandy Bruce Lockheart introduced it’s own ‘mini-section 28’ policy – which prevented the “promotion of homosexuality” . Kent County council may have managed to bribe Stonewall into giving it an award and shelve off the fallout from negative criticism, but it has failed to repair the damage Section 28 and it’s local spawn has done to Kent’s youth. It’s also fair to mention that the policy wasn’t exactly thrown out, but rather ‘re-worded’ and still quite offensively and wrongly attempts to ensue the any and all sex education in Kent is delivered maintaining that although there exist other “lifestyles” “marriage is the best way to raise a family”. This policy still exists.
  • Environment Agency
    • It’s important to remember the word ‘Diversity’ since that’s what these awards are supposed to be all about, homophobia is just a part of it, that’s why we’ve highlighted this award winner as they are known to be guilty of “positive discrimination” in recruiting and headhunting “non-white” people for it’s training programme. A practice, which carried out poorly as a half-baked attempt to include underrepresented groups which often harms those minority groups far more by undermining the overall credibility and effectiveness of equal opportunities across the board.
  • HSBC Bank
    • The finance giant was recently defeated in the High Court by it’s former head of equity Peter Lewis who claimed the bank had discriminated against him on four grounds because of his sexual orientation. He branded HSBC part of an “aggressive, macho, male culture” that exists within the City.
  • Merseyside Police
    • Less than 18 months ago during an internal audit, nearly one million internal emails between staff at Merseyside Police were exposed to contain “grossly offensive racist and homophobic” content. An investigation was launched which saw the involvement of over 500 officers, despite this the most serious outcome were a small number of fines of £360 and warning letters. Complaints of homophobic dealings with Merseyside police continue, with the latest scandal this year involving incidents of blackmail and during a crackdown on cruising and cottaging by gay men. It was also exposed as not following official guidelines on dealing with the matter and an emergency public meeting was called by the gay community. Dozens of men have been arrested in the past year. Despite this, on the streets of Liverpool attacks on the gay community are continuing to rise, one bar owner told GayMafiaWatch “Groups and solo drunk straight men have shouted abuse at me and my friends several times in the past but fortunately no physical incidences have occurred.” It’s happening more and more around the Dale Street area, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed”.

  • West Midlands Police
    • On his way home on a night out in Birmingham’s Gay Village a 33-year old gay man claims he was the victim of a vicious torrent of homophobic abuse by three officers. “A police car screeched up and the officer wound down his window and said ‘Oi, you fucking queer! Have you ever been arrested?’ I kept walking, but then he pulled up again and shouted ‘get yourself fucking home’. Not only that, but his two colleagues were laughing with him.” LGBT magazine ‘Midlands Voice’ also claims it has hears a number of similar incidents in the gay village area in recent months.

  • Metropolitan Police
    • “Institutional” homophobia and transphobia, has Blighted Scotland Yard’s internal reaction to killings and attacks on gay, lesbian and transsexual people according to a report by the independent Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Group. “There were several investigations where we have deep reservations about the way in which the identity of the victim informed investigative decisions at the time. We also found evidence of inappropriate attitudes to the circumstances of some murders.”
  • GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer
    • Internationally condemned for not doing enough to develop and deliver cheaper, more effective AIDS drugs to the developing world or for focusing on a cure rather than new and more expensive treatments. In Britain, gay men remain the biggest disproportional group affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • The Conservative Party
    • There are still a great number of LGBT people out there who clearly believe the Conservative Party to be out of touch and homophobic to say the least, and who will never vote for them again on these grounds and the long history the Party has of blocking gay rights legislation and even creating and enforcing it (Section 28 for example). In many corners of the country there still exist a number of viciously homophobic Tories, many of them now silent but from time to time they erupt their plumes of vile hatred and intolerance on a great number of subjects from immigration and asylum seekers to low income and single parent families and on a public rather tired of their clap-trap. How on earth have these people demonstrated their commitment to fighting homophobia, let alone diversity.

Although not mentioned in detail above, GayMafiaWatch has heard of many, many complaints of continuing homophobia at many of Stonewall’s award winners, so many infact that we could continue this article for many more pages if we did.

We would however like to draw extra attention to the blatant hypocrisy demonstrated by Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme in congratulating this excusive club of British businesses still guilty of breaking the boundaries of basic Human Rights. The socially conscious of us who care about workers rights, the environment and the effect big businesses has on smaller companies that cannot compete with their monopolies can’t really justify holding Stonewall to account for ensuring all it’s award winners are ethical, beyond anything but recognising diversity. Despite that, it cannot be disputed that the Diversity Champions Programme will never achieve full credibility whilst it continues to play bum chum with a number of notable welding homophobes mentioned above.

Times may be changing, and the nation’s police forces may at last begin to become more proactive in taking up anti-gay invite like Stonewall’s Diversity Champions, but it is misleading and confusing for them to be praised in their entirety when so many police officers who work for them are not as tolerant. Without the support of the police – (all of them, that’s every single officer) the gay community cannot invest faith of any kind in them, let alone reward them for their so called efforts. For Stonewall to do so is a complete insult and kick in the face to every single LGBT person they have failed and continue to fail now and in the future.

Further Reading

BBC News: Anti-Gay Police Complaints Rise
PinkNews: Police Homophobia Claims Rejected
PinkNews: Equality Awards going to “Homophobic Workplaces”
The Pink Pasty: Homophobia in Cornwall


Ivan Massow vs Zurich – “Because Shit Happenz”

May 12, 2007

Angry at life insurance premiums being higher for gay men due to being a HIV ‘high-risk-group’, Massow made millions by providing financial services to the gay community that didn’t penalise applications on the grounds of their sexuality. Then in 2003, after years of working as rivals and Massow criticising their policies, financial giant Zurich apparently apologetic for it’s actions of the past approached Massow offering him a deal. There was more money to be made. Did Massow see a solution to finally eradicate the need for a separate league of insurance for gay men? or did those pound signs blind him? The deal was Zurich would borrow Massow’s company £320,000 in the deal, in return for selling their insurance. Massow alleges part of the deal was that Zurich would stop asking people about their sexuality and drop HIV tests for gay men. He’s now in court Zurich’s lawyers claiming they have not changed their policy and that Zurich “tried to ruin him”. Zurich demanded the loan back and Massow refused to pay it.

Many in the gay community were dubious and refused to believe Zurich had changed when Massow signed the deal back in 2003. They were right and poor Ivan has gone home with his tail between his legs (truth be told actually he’s “festering in exile in Barcelona because of corporate homophobia” – according to this article in the Independent. People in exile rarely have a page in a national newspaper, and it’s doubtful he’s ‘festering’, I wouldn’t be surprised if living was pretty easy for Massow now in Spain, a stones-throw from the bustling muscle mary gay resort of Sitges.

Massow must have also neglected to read up on the shameful long list of homophobic tory policies (section 28, opposition to partnership rights, gay adoption, good and services, trans recognition the list goes on..) when he joined the Conservative Party aged just 14. At the Conservative Party Conference in 1999 Massow was Lady Thatcher’s escort, a time when plenty of harmful anti-gay emissions were still being propagated by the ‘nasty party’.

It feels like Massow’s principles are something he’s been working on for a long time. They come second to his business interests. Many admire him for coming from a poorer background and then going on to make millions in his twenties which is fair enough. It’s a shame because Massow could have been more of an ally and an advocate for the greater queer rights movement that at one time could have benefited from his support. Sadly the record’s too scratched now. By selling us out in the name of good intentions Massow’s current credibility is zero with large sections of the gay community who once saw his visions as revolutionary.

Is Massow an integral part of the modern Gay Mafia? Remember it’s a concept, like the illuminate or the secret service their existence is denied. If there is a Gay Mafia operating in the traditional ‘gang-land’ sense then Massow’s not one associate to worry about any more. If anything you should feel sorry for Massow, he’s been chewed up and spat out.

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