Tuesday, December 20, 2005

New GALHA magazine launches

Sexuality, Politics, Humanism, Atheism, Liberalism and Freethought.

The Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is proud to announce the launch of its new magazine - Gay Humanist Quarterly.

Editor, Brett Lock, says: “We hope to bring you quality writing, incisive analysis, oodles of fun and an all-round good read. Our aim is to produce a magazine taking a view of the world from a queer, free-thinking, humanist perspective, championing secularism, reason, and human rights.”

In the launch issue:

  • Lee Stacy, the new chair of the Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association introduces himself, the new magazine and outlines the year ahead.
  • We ask the question “Are religious groups getting superpowers?” and note that across the UK, Europe and North America, religious groups are pushing for more power and influence in the running of the country - and getting it.
  • Brett Lock speaks to Wilf Mbanga, an exiled Zimbabwean newspaper editor who has vowed to keep publishing - from the UK.
  • Warren Allen Smith gives the low-down on what's up across the pond in the USA.
  • We take a critical look at Christian Voice, run by Stephen Green and his loopy mob.
  • Derek Lennard interviews Louis-Georges Tin, the founder of the International Day Against Homophobia.
  • Guest columnist David T investigates the disturbing trend of racist groups using religion as a proxy for race.
  • We rummage around the web for what might be in the atheist’s Winterval stocking and also discover the hilarious ‘Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’.
  • Houzan Mahmoud writes about how free speech is increasingly under threat from religious pressure.
  • Andrew Copson lets the government know what LGBT secularists expect from the Equality review.
  • Is Jesus really the reason for the season? We investigate that too.

The magazine is also packed with news, views and reviews of the latest books and films.

Lee Stacy, the new Chair of GALHA says: “Congratulations to the editors of this brand new magazine! And as chair of the well-established organization it’s representing, I’m honoured to be associated with it. This debut issue is stunning, and I look forward to future issues matching the wide-ranging, stimulating, and entertaining articles found here. I also applaud my fellow Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) committee members for laying the foundation for Gay Humanist Quarterly. “

Gay Humanist Quarterly is published quarterly. It is free to members of the Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association, and available to non-members by subscription or from selected outlets. Copies cost £1.50 + P&P each or £7.50 (inc. P&P) for an annual UK subscription. International subscriptions are £12.50 (inc. P&P). Subscriptions and orders can be place online.

The magazine’s website is http://www.gayhumanist.com/

An electronic version of the debut issue is available for download from the website.


At 11:39 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the new mag be filled with race-hate and Islamophobia, like the old one?


At 12:09 pm, Blogger Brett Lock said...

The old magazine was NOT "filled with race hate" and Islamophobia". The issue is over one article in the magazine's 20 year history which the GALHA committee were the first to express strong reservations about. The comments in the Guardian by "Rasina X" are completely hysterical and a deliberate and disgraceful exageration. No-one who has read the old G&LH magazine could honestly say with a straight face that it even vaguely resembles the BNP. That's just complete bollocks. Even so, the GALHA committee felt the article in question was incompatible with the group's ethos and took action. It is ironic that GALHA is now being attacked for taking a principled stand against these opinions. This is not an issue of race, but a battle over *religious* views. Even Ken Livingstone agrees that religion is "mumbo-jumbo". Secular humanists believe that religion is barmy - and we don't mind saying so.

I find it doubly ironic that the Imaan spokesperson can't even use his/her real name because of well-founded fear of the same religious fundamentalists that GALHA has always condemned.


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