Monday, September 30, 2013

Serbia Bans Gay March for 3rd Year


Serbia's Government banned a weekend gay pride march in Belgrade for the third consecutive year.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said top police officials decided to ban gay rally because of threats made by right-wing groups and because they feared a repeat of violence in 2010, when extremists attacked a gay pride march in the Serbian capital. 

Gay pride marches in 2011 and 2012 were also banned for similar reasons.

But around 200 gay activists, waving rainbow flags and banners that read "This is Pride", defied the ban and gathered outside Dacic's government office before walking to parliament flanked by riot police. They chanted "this is Serbia" and "we have pride".

Allowing a gay pride march this year had been regarded by some as a test of Serbia's pledge to respect human rights as it seeks European Union membership. But the EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule, said the decision banning march was a “missed opportunity to show respect for fundamental rights”, if Serbia has plans to join the EU.

The anti-gay hooligans have won again, and they decide what the Serbia's Government can do and can't do.






Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hunk of the Month September: Steve Grand


Steve Grand is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Lemont, Illinois.

He became an internet celebrity and was acclaimed by many as the first openly gay male country singer to attract mainstream attention in the United States, after the music video of his song All-American Boy went viral on YouTube in less than a week in July 2013.

On September 6, 2013, Grand released his song, and accompanying video: Stay.

A handsome guy in every way!























Saturday, September 28, 2013

Green Light to Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey


Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples can marry in New Jersey starting October 21, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions.

The judge ruled: "This unequal treatment requires that New Jersey extend civil marriage to same-sex couples to satisfy equal protection guarantees of the New Jersy Constitution as interpreted by the New Jersey Supreme Court in Lewis". And she added: "Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution".

But Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes gay marriage, has vowed to appeal the ruling all the way to the state Supreme Court. Then, It's not immediately clear when marriages could begin.

The Christie administration had long argued that same-sex couples' rights were protected by civil unions in New Jersey, but Judge Jacobson wrote that they were unfairly left out after the Supreme Court rejected the Defense of Marriage Act, making federal benefits available to same-sex married couples but not those in civil unions.

We shall see what happens in the Garden State!





Friday, September 27, 2013

Gambia President Considers Gays One of the Biggest Threats to Humanity


Yahya Jammeh, the president of Gambia, denounced gays and lesbians at the United Nations today.

He used his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gay people, calling homosexuality one of the three “biggest threats to human existence”.

Jammeh said homosexuality, greed and obsession with world domination, "are more deadly than all natural disasters put together".

Gambian president is notoriously antigay. In 2008 he gave an ultimatum to the gay and lesbian residents of Gambia, telling them to either leave the country or face execution by beheading.

In the last decade, homophobic attacks and harassment are becoming more visible specially in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, homosexuality is punished in 36 African countries.

Seeing is believing! Intolerable!


The IOC is Satisfied with Russia


Jean-Claude Killy, chairman of the Coordination Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced they are fully convinced that Russia will respect the Olympic charter and there will be no discrimination during 2014 Sochi Olympics.

He said: "The Olympic Charter states that all segregation is completely prohibited, whether it be on the grounds of race, religion, color or other, on the Olympic territory". And he added: "The IOC doesn't really have the right to discuss the laws in the country where the Olympic Games are organized. As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied, and that is the case" (over Russia).

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the U.S., considers the IOC's satisfaction as a shame. And  its error in judgment is a gross insult to the millions of LGBT Russians and international travelers put at risk by this law.

Now, you can tell the IOC they're wrong on Russia!


Jean-Claude Killy with President Putin


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Anti-Gay Petition to Ban Elton John's Performance in Russia


Last week, Elton John announced he would perform in Russia and he wouldn't cancel a concert planned this December in Moscow, despite the homophobic climate and the Russian anti-gay laws.

But now, some Russian anti-gay groups have asked Russian authorities to ban Elton John's concert. They say that to allow the gay artist to perform in Russia would be a violation and a teasing of the law banning gay propaganda.

Yuri Ageshchev, one of the leaders of those homophobic groups, has affirmed: "The statement by this gay guy about his support for gays and other perverts during the upcoming concert in Moscow is an insult to all Russian citizens". And he calls them to oppose the upcoming concert of Elton John in Moscow on December.

Banning Eltoh John or any artist under the guise of children's protection from gay propaganda shows the true purpose of that law. In any case, what is the problem if only who wish may attend the concert?


John with his husband, David Furnish, 
and their two sons.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Former U.S. President Bush Witnesses Same-Sex Marriage

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and his wife Barbara, served as an official witness at a same-sex wedding over the weekend, in Maine. The couple, Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, posted the following photo to Facebook showing Bush signing their marriage license:


Congratulations to the married couple and witnesses!


Gay Activists Arrested in Moscow over Sochi Olympics Protest


Several gay activists have been arrested today outside the Sochi Olympics organising committee headquarters, in Moscow.

The group of activists, led by Nikolai Alekseev, tried to hold a protest against the ban of public rallies during the Olympic Games in Sochi next year, but the group were immediately arrested by police.

After passing the law banning gay propaganda, last June, the situation of LGBT people in Russia is becoming increasingly difficult and the homophobic climate has reached unacceptably levels.

Critics confirm that law effectively bans all gay rights rallies and could be used to prosecute anyone voicing support for homosexuals.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Australian Priest Excommunicated by Vatican for Supporting Gay Marriage


Greg Reynolds, a Melbourne priest, has been excommunicated by Vatican directive over his support for marriage equality and the ordination of women as Catholic clergy.

The priest, was called by Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, John Salvano, who translated him the excommunication document, written in Latin, and dated on May 31.

The document gave no reason for the excommunication, but Reynolds said: “I have come to this position because I have followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage". 

Archbishop Hart confirmed he was excommunicated because his preachings contradicted those of the Church.

Reynolds, who has founded a group called Inclusive Catholics, said he will continue his ministry with that organization.

Well Pope Francis, seems that someone in your Church has judged Father Reynolds not for being gay but for supporting them.


The former priest shows the excommunication document

What Does the Fox Say?


The last video of Abercrombie & Fitch is inspired in the Ylvis' song What does the fox say? 

I don't know what it says but I know what I would say to those guys!

Enjoy!



Monday, September 23, 2013

Canadians Jailed in Egypt Refuse Food to Protest


John Greyson, a gay Canadian filmmaker, and Tarek Loubani, a Canadian emergency physician, were arrested by Egyptian authorities last August 16th, seemingly without cause. 

Tarek and John were on their way to Gaza, where Tarek was to work at Al Shifa Hospital, and John to explore the possibility of making a film about his work.

Weeks later, the two men are still being held in Cairo's Tora prison. Egyptian officials have still given no clear reason for their arrest.  

The last news are the pair have begun refusing food to protest the arbitrary nature of their detention.

In change.org has been launched a petition to Canadian government to demand their freedom and pressure the Egyptian authorities to let them go. You can sign this petition here.

More information on tarekandjohn.com.





Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gay Kisses as Protest in the Italian Parliament


The Italian Parliament's lower house approved the controversy bill on homophobia, with votes of the Democratic Party, Choice Civic League and some individual MPs of the PDL, and the strong opposition of M5S Movement.

As initially conceived, the measure increased the penalty for crimes of homophobia and transphobia by half, and it had the support of M5S Movement. 

But finally, the bill has been approved with an amendment which excludes the aggravating circumstance of homophobia for the opinions or conduct "undertaken within political organizations or trade union, cultural, health, education, religion or worship". That amendment has been interpreted by many as an attempt to remove the aggravating for the extreme right-wing political associations or Catholic reactionary. 

When voting began, the protest of M5S Movement was very singular: each of its parliamentary hugged or kissed one of his or her same-sex colleague.

Now, the bill goes to Italian Senate for a second reading, where it can be amended again, but it will probably be refused by members of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, because they say that the future law will restrict freedom of speech.




Yosemite Park in Second Life


Yesterday, I visited with Ryce a wonderful nature SIM in Second Life, which recreates the famous Yosemite National Park, in the U.S. state of California.

There are many awesome waterfalls and incredible nature spots. It's possible to observe some wild animals, like bears, wolves, beavers or raccoons too.

Now, you can enjoy in Second Life a natural and peaceful environment in one of the most famous natural parks of U.S.

Use this SLurl to visit this SIM, it's worth it!














Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bulgarian Gays Finally March


The 6th gay march in Sofia, scheduled on June 22, was postponed due to security concerns. Finally, several hundreds of activists for LGBT rights could marched today through the streets of the Bulgarian capital, protected by the police.  

The rally has commemorated the killing of Mihail Stoyanov, a 25-year-old medical student who was beaten to death in one of Sofia's parks by skinheads in a hate crime, in September 2008.

The parade also protested against Russia’s law banning gay propaganda, and marchers carried To Russia With Love signs.

Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, but LGBT people still face hostility. Despite most countries passed gay equality legislation, homosexuality is seen as a taboo in many Balkan countries, particularly outside the bigger cities. 

For more information check sofiapride.org