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

Second Life Resident of the Month June: Doc Spad

Doc Spad born in San Francisco, moved to Nebraska at age 15, but he has traveled extensively around the world.  

He currently lives in Washington D.C., and he has studied International Studies at Georgetown University and has a PhD in Middle Eastern studies.

Doc is a  U.S. Marine Corp veteran, and he has been three tours in Iraq, one short one to Afghanistan and spent a year in Singapore with short trips back to the Middle East.

In Second Life, Doc Spad has been involved with the Second Life LGBT Scene since 2007. Doc is known for his energy, team building and friendly manner.

He is currently in his second year as Presiding Chair of Second Pride, and just finished chairing another successful Pride Event in Second Life in June. 

Proud to have him as friend.

Doc dancing in the recent Second Pride

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

Important Second Life's Update

Nyx Linden (stock)

A notecard containing a message from Nyx Linden started doing the rounds. The message in full is as follows:

Greetings all,

We currently are not aware of any major release-blocking bugs and are starting to look at scheduling the roll-out process. We have a number of QA passes and tests to run through before we can get the final greenlight to do so, so we are currently targeting July 9th as the earliest date at which we will enable SSA for a significant portion of the grid (a server RC channel). Please note that if we find additional bugs in the meantime, or run into other scheduling difficulties this date could be pushed back. We will not be going to RC before this date however.Wanted to give everyone a quick update on the status of Server Side Appearance. First of all, thanks to all who helped participate in last week’s pile-on test, and a special thanks to those viewers who are already integrating the RegionHandshakeReply flag posted recently. We’ll likely be doing one more pile-on next week, targeting a smaller set of users (to avoid inventory limits that have caused attachments not to load, etc) next week. Let me know if you’d like to participate.

Please consider this an official warning that this is imminent – We’ve been saying for a while that we’re getting ready for release. We hope with a solid date in mind, all viewers can start messaging to their users that they will need to update or they will start to see issues. There are a few methods by which we will be messaging to the SL community as a whole about this, but we highly encourage you to use your judgement in the best way to reach out to your users and transition them to SSA-compatible viewers.

As always, if you have any questions, or see any issues that could be worrisome if they are not fixed before release, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and/or file a JIRA. Thanks for all your work in preparing for this release!

Nyx Linden

The plan from Linden Lab has been to deploy SSB/A gradually. Then, you should update your viewer as soon as possible.

To update the viewer, the choices already available are:
  • Those who prefer the v1-style have the choice of Cool VL Viewer and Singularity
  • Those who prefer the v3-style have the choise of the SL viewer, Catznip, Firestorm, Kokua, Niran’s, and RLV.
  • In addition, the Lumiya, Meltabolt and Radegast clients are also SSB/A ready.
Dolphin and Exodus are exceptions at the time of writing.

The preliminary date for the start of SSB/A deployment has been set at the 9th July 2013. 

To avoid grey avatars and clouds, update your viewer

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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: