Love is love: so why are we denying one of such a fundamental human right? Normally, large parades and festivals will be held throughout the month of June, celebrating this landmark recognition that has been a long road to acknowledging gay rights. With Coronavirus this year; parades are somewhat different. Nonetheless and perhaps even more poignant, the ethos remains very much the same: coming together in love and friendship to portray how far the fight for gay rights have come; whilst acknowledging that there is still much work needs to be done. In , charity Stonewall celebrated 30 years of relentless campaigning for equal rights for the LGBT community.
The gay panic defense is a legal strategy in which a defendant claims they acted in a state of violent, temporary insanity , committing assault or murder , because of unwanted same-sex sexual advances. The trans panic defense is a closely related legal strategy applied in cases of assault, manslaughter, or murder of a transgender individual with whom the assailant s had engaged in sexual relations and claim to have been unaware that the victim was transgender,    producing in the attacker an alleged trans panic reaction, often a manifestation of homophobia and transphobia. The gay panic defense grew out of a combination of legal defenses from the mid-nineteenth century and a mental disorder described in the early twentieth. It seeks to apply the legal framework of the temporary insanity defense, using the mental condition of " homosexual panic disorder ". The legal framework of the temporary insanity defense goes back to , and seeks a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. Psychiatrist Edward J. Kempf coined the term " Homosexual panic " in and identified it as a condition of "panic due to the pressure of uncontrollable perverse sexual cravings".
The issue before a federal judge in January will be same-sex marriage in California and whether the 14th Amendment to the U. Constitution, with its guarantees of equal protection and due process of law, prohibits Proposition 8 and other bans on the right to marry. Dry stuff indeed, and yet the lawsuit against Proposition 8 also threatens to be an emotionally wrenching case about the nature of homosexuality, just as the proposition itself was one of the most rancorous and divisive issues to face California voters in recent years. Is sexual orientation inborn or a choice?
The place is almost empty. Sami not his real name sits at a table, looking hesitant. He only starts speaking after the waiter has left us. I insisted.