Sunday, June 30, 2013

Real Life Hunk of the Month June: Chandler Massey

Chandler Massey, born in Atlanta (Georgia) in 1990, he is an Emmy-winning actor, best known for his portrayal of Will Horton on the daytime soap opera Days of our Lives.

In 2012, Massey became the first actor in history to win a Daytime Emmy for portraying a gay character in Days of our Lives, winning in the Outstanding Younger Actor category. He had been nominated in the same category and soap the previous year. In 2013, Massey has won his second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor category for same character.

The soap also won in 2012 and 2013 a GLAAD Media Award, for daily drama series for its inclusive storylines surrounding the gay couple Will & Sonny, played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith.

Massey has made guest appearances in several drama series, including One Tree Hill and Army Wives, as well as appearing in the HBO comedy series Eastbound & Down.

In 2010, he starred in his first feature film 16-Love, directed by Adam Lipsius. And in 2013 he has a co-starring in Angels in Stardust, written and directed by debutant William Robert Carey.

A very talented guy who is going to make big noise as actor.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29, a Big Pride Day in Europe... except in Russia

London Pride Parade...
the next country to legalize gay marriage?

Paris Gay Pride March...
500.000 proud after legalizing gay marriage

Dublin Pride Parade...
Referendum on gay marriage in 2014

St. Petersburg Gay Pride Parade... 
beaten and arrested for marching

Friday, June 28, 2013

Is It Time for Australia?

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said today he wants a vote in Australian parliament to legalize same-sex marriage, just months before an election. He believes all MPs should be allowed a conscience vote on the legalisation of marriage equality.

Rudd wants Australia to join neighboring New Zealand and a dozen other countries in the world that have already granted same-sex couples the right to marry.

"I am now the first prime minister of Australia who is a fully signed-up supporter of marriage equality", he said. "I would like to see this done. This causes so many people unnecessary angst out in Australia in the gay and lesbian community", he added.

Rudd was sworn in Thursday as prime minister a day after he ousted rival Julia Gillard (an opponent of gay marriage) in a ballot that returned him to lead the Labor party and the government. 

Curiously, Rudd opposed gay marriage during his first term as prime minister some years ago, but now tells he has changed his mind after discussions with several people including his daughter Jessica. 

The fact is polls show a majority of Australians now support gay marriage. 

Maybe it's finally time for Australia...

Remember It's Time Australian campaign

Celebrations across the U.S. for the Supreme Court Rulings on Equality

In a major victory for LGBT rights, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down DOMA, the federal law which denied benefits to married gay couples, and it cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

In the case of the federal DOMA, the ruling will immediately extend many benefits to couples married in the states that allow such unions, and it will allow the Obama administration to broaden other benefits through executive actions. In the other case, California's Proposition 8, in clearing the way for same-sex marriage in that state (don't forget it's the U.S.’s most populous state), the court effectively increased to 13 the number of states that allow it.

You can read the full DOMA ruling here, and the full Proposition 8 ruling here.

After announcing Court's rules, a lot of celebrations took place across all American states because it has been a big victory to equality for LGBT people in the U.S.

Of course in Washington, in the same Court's steps:

In San Francisco too, where same-sex marriage will be legal again:

And also in NYC, at the famous Stonewall Inn: