Who stood out in the international GLBT rights arena in 2012? And who tried to send us back in time?
Francois Hollande (France), David Cameron (United Kingdom)
and Uruguay: For pressing ahead with plans for marriage equality despite
orchestrated antigay campaigns from their respective Christian Rights. The
Cameron administration also deserves strong praise for cutting all foreign aid
Frank Mugisha from Sexual Minorities Uganda
Sexual Minorities Uganda: For their heroic opposition to
David Bahati's murderous Anti-Homosexuality Bill despite a toxic atmosphere of
threats, intimidation, violence and murder directed against LGBT Ugandans.
Desmond Tutu: The former Anglican Archbishop of Capetown has
continued to be a strong and assertive voice for human rights, and condemned
Uganda for the proposed passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
John Baird: The Canadian Tory Foreign Minister has been a
strong voice in international condemnation of antigay activities in Uganda and
Rodney Croome: This veteran Australian LGBT campaigner
deserves the most praise possible for perseverance against the tide of
bipartisan religious social conservative interference in Australian federal
politics and his continuing efforts to secure marriage equality.
Peter Tatchell: For a lifetime of achievement promoting LGBT
rights in the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Iran and elsewhere.
Pope Benedict XVI:
For hypocrisy in his continuing invective against LGBT global citizens
and attacks on marriage equality, relationship equality and same-sex parenting,
given that his own church hierarchy is guilty of concealment, denial and
attempted intimidation and harrassment of countless victims of clergy paedophilia
over the decades.
Rebecca Kadaga and David Bahati: The Speaker of Uganda's
Parliament and the sponsor of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill deserve particular
opprobrium for their role in advocacy and facilitating attempted passage of one
of the world's most draconian and murderous pieces of antigay legislation.
Westboro Independent Baptist Church: This venomous US
fundamentalist cult persists in harrassing and picketing not only LGBT events,
but also military funerals and commemorations of tragedies like Hurricane Sandy
and the Connecticut school shooting tragedy.
Mark Regnerus: This University of Texas conservative
Catholic opponent of marriage equality and same-sex parenting deserves only
derision for his ineptly designed bogus 'proof' of the 'harms' of same-sex
parenting, which has led to active renunciation from most responsible US child
health, welfare and development organisations. Also mentioned- Social Science
Research, for facilitating the deception; and the Witherspoon Institute for
disseminating the propaganda, including to Family First and other Christian Right
homophobes in New Zealand.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: For his clownish anti-Semitism and
murderous homophobia in the Islamic Republic of Iran.