Monday, December 30, 2013

Real Life Hunk of the Month December: Phil Fusco


Phil Fusco (New York City, 1988) is a gorgeous fitness and underwear model.

He is an open minded straight guy with feet firmly on the ground.

I especially recommend his funny videos with Davey Wavey. 

You can follow him on his website PhilCity, and also in Facebook and Twitter.

Who would not want him as his personal trainer?


















 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Spanish Bishop Rants Against Same-Sex Marriage


Casimiro López Llorente, Catholic Bishop of Castellon (Spain), attacked marriage equality in his end-of-year pastoral letter.

The Spanish bishop says in his letter: "The unions between persons of the same sex have laid the groundwork for the destruction of marriage and the family". And he added that such unions: "have significatively increased severe disturbances of personality in children".

The catholic hierarch also expressed doubt in his letter that the church must adapt with the times saying such progressive attitudes (like accepting gay marriage) are responsible for the growing number of broken families and suffering children.

He only lacked to say that being gay is a sin.

The marriage equality is legal in Spain since 2005, and LGBT people is widely accepted by the Spanish people. Remembering the last world survey by Pew Research, result that almost 90% of Spanish people accept homosexuality.

I learned that God is love, why some of His ministers insist on to spread hatred?



Gay Pride in Madrid


First Same-Sex Marriages in Utah


After a Federal district struck down the Utah's ban on same-sex marriage declaring the ban unconstitutional, all counties in the state are now issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

In last week, almost 1,000 gay couples have obtained marriage licenses and they could finally tied the knot.

Although Utah's Gov. can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, he ordereded state agencies to comply with judge's decision in regards to including same-sex couples in the delivery of various state service.

In any case, congrats to all newlyweds and their families!

Love is the law!






Saturday, December 28, 2013

Two-thirds in China Consider Homosexuality Unacceptable


Two out of three people in China find homosexuality unacceptable, according to a survey by Shanghai Jiaotong University released today.

The survey asked almost 3,500 residents across the country what they thought of topics such as homosexuality and their acceptance's grade. The answers showed that over 68 percent of respondents graded the topic of homosexuality in the range considered unacceptable. 

Although homosexual activity between consenting adults was legalised in 1997, and homosexuality declassified as a mental illness in 2001, traditional values still played a dominant role in determining social attitudes. 

Currently, there are no laws in China to protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, nor same-sex couples can marriage or adopt.



A lot of people attend anually Shanghai Pride and Taipei Pride


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Uganda President Won’t Sign Anti-Gay Law for Now


Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, announced that he won't just sign the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill without checking it before carefully. Even though the parliament has passed the bill, the president can use his powers to veto. 

Ugandan parliament passed the bill last week. Although the death penalty was dropped for certain instances of homosexuality, people can still get life in prison for being homosexual. 

President Museveni said: "I will first go through it, if I find that it is right I will sign but if I find that it is not right I will send it back to parliament".

Uganda's Government should protect all Ugandan citizens, with this legislation against LGBT people, it will only incite violence against them.

Remember that Uganda is a member of Commonwealth, and this bill violates Commonwealth Charter adopted and signed in 2013. A total of sixteen core beliefs are drawn up in the charter, namely, democracy, human rights, international peace and security, tolerance, respect and understanding, freedom of expression, separation of powers, rule of law, good governance, sustainable development, protecting the environment, access to health, education, food and shelter, gender equality, importance of young people, recognition of the needs of the small states, recognition of the needs of the vulnerable states, and lastly, the role of civil society.

It's obvious the future law does not fit with those charter's core beliefs, and Uganda could not remain as a member of the Commonwealth if it finally approves the anti-gay bill.

Museveni Drop the Bill!!!


London protest against Uganda anti-gay bill



Queen's Pardon for the Gay Man Who Saved the World


Alan Turing was a brilliant English mathematician who helped allied armies to break the encrypted messages from Nazis during World War II, the famous Enigma Code. Turing is also considered the father of modern mathematics and computers.

But Turing was homosexual and he was sentenced in 1952 to 61 years in prison, cause homosexuality was a crime in UK until 1967. Turing died two years after being prisoned. The official version declared it was a suicide, but a further investigation revealed that he had been poisoned.

Over 60 years after, Queen Elizabeth II has granted him a posthumous pardon for "a judgment that is now considered unfair and discriminatory", as announced by Chris Grayling, British Justice Minister.

The Turing's pardon finishes a multi-year campaign to clear his name, supported by scientists like Stephen Hawking, and signature requests via internet which collected tens of thousands of signatures.

It's a necessary but belated act. Besides, during the 50's and early 60's, many as 1,000 men were locked up in Britain's prisons every year amid a widespread police clampdown on homosexual offences. There have not been pardon for all of them.

In any case, Turing can finally rest in peace.



Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing
in The Imitation Game
an upcoming film about mathematician. 


Monday, December 23, 2013

Do You Still Believe in Santa?


I have to admit, I didn't believe in Santa until I saw him up close.

Merry Xmas! I wish you the best!













 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Federal Judge Declares Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional in Utah


Federal district judge Robert J. Shelby has struck down the Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, declaring the ban violates both equal protection and due process, guarantees safeguarded in the U.S. Constitution.

Shelby's ruling was unequivocal in its reasoning for extending the freedom to marry to all Utah citizens, citing the U.S. Constitution's promise of equal protection under the law, and outright rejecting the baseless argument that marriage equality somehow harms the institution of opposite-sex marriage.

Though, it's possible the decision could be appealed. In this line, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert declared hi is very disappointed in the ruling and called Shelby an activist of LGBT rights.

Herbert said in a statement: "I am working with my legal counsel and the acting Attorney General to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah".

In any case, the ruling has come one day after the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality in that state. 

Step by step for marriage equality!




Several same-sex couples celebrated
 their legal marriage immediately

Gov. Herbert opposes the judge's decision

Uganda's Parliament Passes Anti-Gay Bill


Ugandan parliament has passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. 

Although the Anti-Homosexuality Bill prescribed the death penalty for certain instances of aggravated homosexuality when it was first introduced in 2009, finally the death penalty has been dropped but people can still get life in prison for homosexuality.

The bill will make it illegal to promote homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police. The bill also prescribes a seven-year jail term for a person who conducts a marriage ceremony for same-sex couples.

The bill is now an act of parliament and is just awaiting the signature from President Yoweri Museveni. He must sign the bill within 30 days for it to become law. 

Sadly, 38 African countries criminalize homosexual activity, Amnesty International said in a report released this year.

Ugandan LGBT people are afraid for their lives

A gay protest outside Uganda House in London

A gay protest in Toronto