Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Chinese banned gay ad posted on social media

The CEO of Dangdang, a Chinese e-commerce company, has posted a banned gay advert on social media that has since gone viral. The poster was for the 'Dare to Do, Dare to Be' campaign, which celebrates the company's fifteenth anniversary.

The poster shows two men walking hand in hand above the words: ‘I fear prejudice but I dare to love. The poster did not pass censors but Li Guoqing uploaded the advert to his Weibo account, the Chinese version of Twitter.

Anyway, Dangdang is the first mainland company to support LGBTI people in China and the first firm to openly say LGBTI people should be treated fairly.


Same love everywhere

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Amnesty International calls EU to Prevent and Prosecute Hate Crime in Europe

Amnesty International is calling on the European Commission to propose new standards to combat discriminatory violence on all grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity, and on member states to support such an initiative.

Nicolas Beger, director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office, said: “The daily and ongoing violence experienced by LGBTI people in Europe is a serious and heinous form of discrimination”.

He continued: “However, there is a severe lack of adequate standards to tackle homophobic and transphobic violence both at EU and national levels. There is an urgent need for concrete EU action to duly protect the victims and prosecute the perpetrators accordingly”.
Mr Beger added: “The EU must step up and strengthen its standards on hate crime. This is key to ensuring that any discriminatory motive is duly taken into account across the whole of the EU”.

No steps back!

Stop hate crime

Monday, October 27, 2014

Key West Fantasy Fest 2014

Fantasy Fest started in 1979 by a small group of Florida Key West locals.
The party was created to bring visitors to the island in what was a typically quiet, but beautiful season. It worked. Fantasy Fest has grown every year since its inception and is now the wildest extravaganza around.
Fun-loving revelers from around the globe leave their children and inhibitions behind as they descend upon Key West each year in October for 10 days filled with costuming, parades, libations, and excitement!
Each year, Fantasy Fest adopts a theme to help inspire fun costuming and amazing parade floats. The current theme is Animeted Dreams & Adventures. 
Also this year, two fighters for the Florida Keys' same-sex marriage equality led Saturday night's lavish Fantasy Fest Parade. Grand marshals Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones won a landmark court ruling overturning Florida's statewide same-sex marriage ban for Florida Keys residents. A subsequent appeal by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi means they still can't marry, but their parade float proclaimed their desire to tie the knot.