Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's Time Chile!

Same-sex civil unions are set to become the law in Chile after the Senate gave final approval to a bill passed by the House last week, and President Michelle Bachelet has said she will sign it.
The Chilean Senate approved the measure by a 25-6 vote margin with three abstentions. The bill passed in the country’s House of Representatives by a 78-9 vote margin.
A historic step against discrimination and for the advancement of LGBT rights in Chile.
Go on!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rhodes Bros and Dad onto Ellen Show

In just one week, the YouTube video of gay twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes coming out to their dad has been viewed more than 14 million times.
Their courage got the attention of Ellen DeGeneres who welcomed the twins onto her daytime talk show this week along with their dad who, although caught by surprise, managed to say all the right things.
Austin Rhodes says when their dad answered the phone, it was the scariest moment of his life because in his mind he thought: "This could be the last time that we have a normal phone call like this if he takes it bad".
But their dad said: "When they told me, the only thing that came to me was: I love you both, unconditionally".
And he added: "They now feels like they can talk about anything and they can come to me with anything in their lives. I'm very proud of my boys".
Proud of all of them.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Next Holocaust Memorial Day wear a pink triangle

Each 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day events were staged around in globe, in remembrance of victims of the Nazi persecution. 11 million people killed during the Holocaust, most of them Jews but also Christians, Jehovah´s witnesses, Roma and other ethnic and religion groups. 

During the Nazi period up to 100,000 gay men and women also were persecuted and imprisoned for their sexuality under Paragraph 175 of the German Penal code. The Third Reich had no place for such 'deviants' and set out a systematic strategy to rid itself of this 'poison'. About 15,000 were sent to concentration camps where, forced to wear the 'pink triangle', as many as 60% lost their lives.

The pink triangle, or Rosa Winkel, was the most associated symbol for men held under § 175. Inmates were made to wear a large piece of pink cloth on the breast side of their clothes (as shown in the picture below) and a larger one across their backs. The pink triangle was made 2cm larger than any of the other identification triangle so that guards and other prisoners could clearly see when a homosexual prisoner was approaching. 

Some homosexuals were also identified with a large black dot on the jacket sleeve or left chest area. On the back of the jacket was also marked a large '175', which would have been instantly recognisable.

Gays were treated with particular contempt not only the SS but also by many of the other inmates, who regarded them as degenerate perverts. Life in the camps was a solitary existence making it hard to survive mentally for any period of time. In the face of such hatred and degradation, it is no surprise that many committed suicide by running into electric perimeter fences rather than face ongoing persecution.

We dont´t forget.