Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Neil Patrick Harris & Family at the Smurfs 2 Premiere


The actor Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka attended the premiere of Smurfs 2 in Los Angeles, with their lovely twins, Harper and Gideon. Harris played in the first film, and he does again in the sequel.

Harris and Burtka's relationship began in 2004. In 2010, Harris announced that they were expecting twins via a surrogate mother. The twins Harper and Gideon were born in that year. In 2011, following the passage of the Marriage Equality Acta in New York, they announced their engagement.

Now, they go to the movies like any family! Bravo for them!








Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New South Wales: Step Forward for Gay Marriage in Australia


New South Wales (NSW) could become the first state in Australia to legalize same-sex marriage. NSW's capital is Sydney, which is also the state's most populous city.

The final report about same-sex marriage law, released by a state parliament committee, found that NSW Parliament has the power to approve its on law about this issue at a state level.

The report has been welcomed by a cross-party group of state MPs, which described it as "a momentous step forward" for marriage equality in Australia.

The group said it remained committed to marriage equality, and they will exam the detail of the report and will colaborate on overhauling a same-sex marriage bill, for introduction into the state parliament next session.

The pressure to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia has increased, following legislation passed in New Zealand establishing it as the 13th country with such rights for same-sex couples.

Perhaps, it's the first step to reach equal marriage in all nationwide.


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Second Life Resident of the Month July: Esme Capelo


Esme Capelo, from England, been in Second Life since January 2009.

Co-owner of SL Live Radio, she is at the studio from 11am to 1pm SLT, most of days.

She is also manager and host at Zeus Club, where you can find her hosting following days:
  • Monday and Tuesday, from 2 to 4pm SLT, 
  • Wednesday, from 2.30 to 4pm SLT,
  • Friday, from 4 to 6pm SLT, 
  • Saturday, from 2 to 4pm SLT.

She admits that running the radio station keeps her busy, because there is always something that needs doing, but she loves it. She enjoys also talking to friends and meeting people from around the world. She loves creating things and photography too.

About Second Life, she believes we are in virtual world to help each other and we should make it a better place if we can. People like Esme makes Second Life a better place sure!

Her favourite quote is from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann: With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

I want to add that she is a sweet and wonderful friend, always willing to help and making happier your stay in the virtual world. Thanks for being as u are Esme!








Monday, July 29, 2013

Pope Francis: Who am I to judge if Someone is Gay?


Surprising statements of Pope Francis, on the plane back to the Vatican, after his recent trip to Brazil.
 
Answering a journalist's question about a gay lobby within the Vatican, he said: "They say they exist. If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?". An he added: "The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says they should not be marginalized because of this (orientation) but that they must be integrated into society".
 
"The problem is not having this orientation. We must be brothers. The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the worse problem", he also said.
 
Is something changing in the Catholic Church or is it only his opinion?
 
 


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Real Life Hunk of the Month July: Tom Daley


Tom Daley, born in Plymouth (England) in 1994. He is an European Champion and Olympic diver, who specialises in the 10 metre platform event.

He started diving at the age of 7 as a member of Plymouth Diving Club. He participates in national and international competitions from age 9. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing (China), where he was the youngest competitor. In 2009, Daley reached a career best ranking of number one in the FINA World Diving Rankings for the ten-metre platform.

After his success at the 2012 Olympic Games, and the great sporting interest amongst the public, a television network approached Daley to have a role in a new celebrity diving reality TV show Splash!. The show was a ratings success.

In 2012, published his book My Story, an official memoir, where Tom offers unprecedented access to the pressures, challenges and fascinating experiences of a world-class Olympian. From his day-to-day schedule, to his hobbies and family life, to sharing his hopes and dreams in the build up to the London Olympics.

Currently, he is competing at FINA World Championships in Barcelonabut Chinese diving team are not making things easy.

Career highlights in 10 metre platform: 
  • 1 bronze medal at 2012 Summer Olympic Games, in London
  • 1 gold medal at  2012 European Championships, in Eindhoven
  • 1 gold medal at 2012 Junior World Championship, in Adelaide
  • 1 gold medal at 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi
  • 1 gold medal at 2009 World Championships, in Rome
  • 1 gold medals at 2008 European Championships, in Eindhoven
  • 1 silver medal at 2008 Junior World Championship, in Aachen

Amongst other honours and awards, Tom has also won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, several years. And he was nominated to Laureus World Sports Awards in 2010.

But the last prize is not for his sport career, last week he was named the sexiest man in the world by the readers of Attitude magazine, in a poll for the magazine’s summer special issue. 

In one interview, Tom answered he would like to be remembered as a hard working and a successful athlete. It's obvious he is getting.

In any case, I deserve him the best in and out of the pool!























Lithuania Pride Goes Ahead Despite Anti-Gay Bigots


A few days after the sad and embarrassing anti-gay protests in Montenegro, intolerance scenes have happened in Lithuania. A group of anti-gay protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania’s second gay pride parade on Saturday, defying an enormous police presence. Despite bigots, the march was a success.

The parade, dubbed The March for Equality, is only the second such event for Lithuania, a predominantly Catholic nation of 3 million people that activists say has not done enough to ensure LGBT rights.

Over a thousand gay rights activists took to the grand main street of Vilnius to show their pride, waving Lithuanian and rainbow-colored flags, with some standing on top of buses decked out in colorful balloons. 

But they were met by hundreds of anti-gay bigots, 50 of whom tried to storm a concert stage where activists were to speak, but police forced them off. Protesters also threw eggs, hitting Lithuanian lawmaker Giedre Purvaneckiene and Sweden’s European Union Affairs Minister Birgitta Ohlsson, who were standing at the front of the parade.

“It shows that we need to march until eggs aren’t thrown anymore and people can march freely and without fear”, said Purvaneckiene, who was not injured. 

Many feel the unrest in Lithuania, which is currently heading the European Union’s rotating presidency, is particularly troubling since the Baltic state, along with neighbors Latvia and Estonia, continues to discriminate against LGBT people, despite having undergone intense political and economic integration with Western Europe over the past two decades. 

This time I will not show the protesters, they can not be, they should not be, the protagonists of this event. All suport to Lithuanian LGBT community!
















Saturday, July 27, 2013

UN: First Global Pro LGBT Campaign


Amid a surge of anti-gay violence and repression in several countries, the United Nations’ Human Rights Office has launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT).

Called Free & Equal, it’s an unprecedented effort by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to change public attitudes around the world on LGBT people and their rights.

The multi-pronged campaign will include videos and public-service announcements distributed through social media, a new website, a series of fact sheets, and engagement by celebrities well-known in different regions of the world.

Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner said: "Changing attitudes is never easy... It begins with often difficult conversations". And she added: "And that is what we want to do with this campaign. Free & Equal will inspire millions of conversations among people around the world and across the ideological spectrum".

Less than half of the U.N.’s 193 member states have gone on record in support of gay rights and in opposition to laws criminalizing homosexuality. In March 2011, for example, only 85 states signed a joint statement at the Human Rights Council expressing their concern at violence and human rights violations against LGBT people.

According to the human rights office, at least 76 countries still criminalize consensual, same-sex relationships, and discrimination against LGBT people is widespread in many other nations.

We still have a very long way to go!