Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hunk of the Month March: Adrien Kute

Born in 1988 in Bouches du Rhône (France), he currently resides in Australia.  

Adrien Kute is a stunning french model who has popped up in several publications like AXN, DNA, Sensitif, Pulse Denver Magazine... And he has worked with Armani and Baskit.

As you can see, he has an amazing body and a charming smile, and he looks so gorgeous with swimwear and underwear.

Many of us thought that the Tour Eiffel was the main French monument, but after seeing the Adrien's photos (most by Simon Le) probably we will change our opinion.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A decisive moment for equality in U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court has to consider two cases about the freedom to marry. These two cases, which concern the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, are fundamentally about whether gay and lesbian Americans can enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else.

This week the Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in both cases, and is expected to announce its runnings at June 2013. It is a very important moment in the LGBT movement, and of course I hope its decisions will be in favor of equality.

You can follow this subject in United for Marriage

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring has sprung in The Garden of Whimsy in Second Life

Recently on March 20th, we are in Spring Season again (in the Northern Emisphere) and finally leave the long and cold winter.

But in Second Life you can find some Sims where is Spring Season too. One of the most awesome Springtime themed Sim is The Garden of Whimsy, owned by Aash Writer.

I recommend to visit this charming place and enjoy nature and fresh air for a while.

Click here to visit The Garden of Whimsy in Second Life

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

12-Year-Old Son of Gay Couple Reads a Letter to Suprem Court Chief Justice John Roberts

12-year-old Daniel Martinez, adopted by a Californian gay couple, has read a personal letter to Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts, urging him to strike down California Proposition 8.

Daniel tells that his fathers provide him and his sister a wonderful life when no one else wanted to, and their family should be treated no differently than others. He also says to Chief Justice Roberts: "I know you have a tough decision to make with the gay marriage issue but my family is just as valuable and worthwhile as any other". And he adds: "We are all Americans and deserve an equal chance at bettering our lives."

Proposition 8 was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008 state elections. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the  California Constitution, which provides that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California". 

The Supreme Court has to decide the constitutionality of state laws that define marriage as only the union of a man and a woman. On March 26-27, it will hear arguments on the California and federal laws, in two of the most anticipated cases of its current term.

 Daniel's letter to Chief Justice Roberts

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Tradition: Green Clothes

By wearing green is one of the traditions in St. Patrick's Day. I want to help you with some suggestions of green clothes.


Happy St. Patrick's Day 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2013 !!!!

Kiss me... I'm Irish today !!!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Zealand: next country to legalize same-sex marriage?

Following in the footsteps of French and British Parliaments, the New Zealand's parliament has approved the marriage equality bill in second reading. 

Labour MP Louisa Wall, the bill’s sponsor, emphasised: “It’s not about gay marriage, same-sex marriage or straight marriage, it’s about equality”.

After an intense debate, the bill has passed with 77 votes to 44 in favour of the legalization of same-sex marriage. The result has been a little different from the 80 to 40 votes in favour reached in the first vote the past August. 

However, the second vote uses to be the most crucial one. But third and final vote is likely to be a formality and could be taken next month. 

Finally, polls indicate about two-thirds of New Zealanders support gay marriage.

I really hop that they get it !!!

MP Labour Louisa Wall

One of the demonstrations in favour of equal marriage in New Zealand

Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day 2013

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies

Women's Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March 1911. At same time, in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February. In 1913 following discussions, Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen's Day ever since.

Since its birth, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

Each year around the world, IWD is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Most organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate this day.

IWD events honour and celebrate the achievements of women all around the world, ranging from small random informal gatherings to large highly organised events.

You can search International Women's Day 2013 Events by Country

Demonstration in Manila (Philippines) to mark International Women's Day

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time for Action: Ending Violence against Women

This monday, has been opened the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

This year, the Commission’s focus is on one of the biggest global challenges, prevent and end violence against women and girls, which affects up to seven in 10 women worldwide. Occurring in multiple forms in all countries and settings, it impacts millions of women, and their communities, hampering development, and also costing countries billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

In her opening statement, Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, has highlight five key areas for action:
  • First, to strengthen implementation of laws, policies and programmes for preventing and responding to violence against women and girls. 
  • Second, to place more focus on preventing violence against women and girls. 
  • Third, to address prevention and response together as part of a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to be effective. 
  • Fourth, to establish comprehensive and accessible multi-sectoral services and responses is essential. 
  • Fifth, to have reliable data, analysis and research are essential to inform the development of laws, policies and programmes on violence against women and girls.  
Commitments range from efforts for prevention, protection and justice, such as more effective laws and national strategies, stronger prosecution of violence cases, advocacy campaigns targeted to young people and men, training of civil servants to detect violence cases, and expanded public services, such as shelters.

At the Commission, UN Women urges Member States to strengthen global norms and standards; and increase political commitment and action to end the pandemic, believing strongly that violence against women is not inevitable. It is possible to end this pandemic through determined leadership for prevention, protection and provision of services for survivors.

Governments who have committed so far are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United States of America, and Viet Nam.

UN CSW Opening Session

Michelle Bachelet


Sunday, March 3, 2013

GMP Magazine March 2013

The new March issue of GMP Magazine is out. This awesome and very good designed publication is full of nice and interesting stories again. 

Included Joa's reflection, most of the articles of last issue deal with art and cultural issues. I want to highlight the photographers' section of Erik Bayn, Juanello Ralegh, Cera Toll and specially the very interesting Eddi Haskell's report about the arrival of Spring in Second Life, with several amazing photographs (from page 70).

Congrats Joa for this new wonderful issue!

During the current month, you can find an embedded issue of the March's GMP Magazine at the top right hand side of my blog.

Enjoy it!

Here is the link to GMP Magazine March 2013