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SAGE picnic is tomorrow at Brighton Town Park Lodge

It’s summer and time to kick back and picnic in the park! SAGE Rochester’s annual picnic takes place Aug. 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Rd.

The catered picnic will feature games, door prizes and more. All are welcome. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for kids under 12.

Michigan activist’s home burned in possible hate crime; pets are killed

According to Michael Fitzgerald on Towleroad.com: Michigan police are investigating a fire at the home of a prominent LGBT activist as a possible hate crime.

Police had already confirmed that the fire at the Jackson City home of Nikki Joly and Chris Moore was being investigated as arson. Joly is director of the Jackson Pride Center. The couple’s’ two dogs and three cats died in the fire.

According to Pride Source, a firefighter at the scene said it was “suspicious” how quickly the fire accelerated.

On August 11, Elmer Hitt, director of police and fire service, told MLive.com that an accelerant was used in the fire, which took more than three hours to extinguish.

He later confirmed that the type of accelerant used, current leads and information regarding threats of violence toward the LGBTQ community are “under investigation.”

Pride Source notes that an email from Jackson Area Landlord Association’s President Robert Tulloch to members of the city council warned that recent Pride celebrations represented “an in your face declaration of war” which “will be met with a violent response.”

“This,” added Tulloch, “IS the queer agenda.”

Friends have set up a You Caring campaign to fund a new home for the couple.

See MLive report on Towleroad.com.

(Image via YouCaring and YouTube)

 

Uganda Pride canceled after state minster threatens arrest, physical attack

According to Meka Beresford on pinknews.co.uk: Uganda Pride has been cancelled as LGBT activists face threats of harm and police arrest.

In a statement released in The Kuchu Times, organizers wrote that they could not ensure “extra precaution”.

“It is with very heavy hearts and deep-felt sadness that we announce the cancellation of Pride Uganda 2017.

“Following the Police raid and interruption of the Pride parade last year, extra precaution was taken in organizing this year’s festival,” the statement read.

The group went on to add that it was important to recognize the work they had done so far in increasing visibility of LGBT+ issues in the country, even if they could not celebrate at Pride.

The group went on to add that it was important to recognize the work they had done so far in increasing visibility of LGBT+ issues in the country, even if they could not celebrate at Pride.

“The community realized the need for us to stand together, hold one another’s hands, celebrate our diversity.

“But most importantly acknowledge and pat our selves on the back for the hard work we put into creating visibility and influencing policy change, all year round.”

They went on to explain that they cancelled the Pride after State Minister of Ethics & Integrity Simon Lokodo allegedly threatened the community with arrest and physical harm.

Organizers said: “He has categorically stated, time and again that gender and sexual minorities have no rights in Uganda and today had all the venues of the planned Pride events surrounded by state militia.

“He has abused our very existence by stripping us of even the very basic of our rights, he refuses to acknowledge our humanity or right of association, speech, movement as well as freedom from degrading treatment.”

 

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