Monday, March 30, 2015

Hunk of Month March: Jon Kortajarena

Jon Kortajarena (Bilbao, Spain, 1985) is a Spanish model and actor.

He has landed advertising campaigns for Just Cavalli, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Bally, Etro, Trussardi, Diesel, Mangano, Lagerfeld, Pepe Jeans but notably H&M, Zara, Guess and Tom Ford for his consecutive seasons with the brands.

On 26 June 2009, Forbes ranked Jon Kortajarena 8th in The World's 10 Most Successful Male Models. In November Kortajarena was named by German GQ as Model of the Year. Spain's Marie Claire awards "Prix de la Moda" awarded him Best Spanish Model for 2009.

As actor he is known for the films A single man (2009), Versus and Hombre 2000 (2014).

His mother is a hairdresser and she often styles his hair. If he was not modeling he would be a full-time actor; however, he notes that interior designing and photography are some fields he has always been curious about. His hobbies include watching films, reading books by Hermann Hesse, sunbathing, going to the mountains with friends, and listening to music.

Guapo, guapo!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

American Champion Wrestler Comes Out

Mike Pucillo, a three-time All-American and 2008 NCAA Division I Champion at Ohio State, has come out. He is the first openly gay Division-I national champion wrestler.

Pucillo reached for his phone and tapped out a lengthy text message to his best friend and college teammate, Reece Humphrey. The gist of the message was this: I’m gay.

Pucillo and Humphrey had been teammates for four years. They lived together as seniors. When Humphrey got married, he picked Pucillo as a groomsman.

"I think telling him was an unbelievable weight off my shoulders (and) I didn’t think I would feel that good just telling him", said Pucillo. "Reece has always been someone with a very open mind and I thought maybe he would understand", he added.

"Holy shit, buddy!", Humphrey wrote in his response text message. "I’m honestly so happy for you! I had no clue, but all I can say is I love you so much!".

Pucillo has won his main combat

Saturday, March 28, 2015

300,000 Thanks!!!!

My blog has reached 300,000 pageviews in two years, and my Google+ profile has received over 8,200,000 visits during the same time.

I am very grateful to everyone who every day, from all over the world, are interested in my posts and sharings.

Thank you very much!

Of course, thanks to my loved Eddi too, my teacher and guide.

There is still some cake...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last chance to see LGBT films over the world

As BFI Flare, London's LGBT Film Festival, began screening for the capital's viewers this week, we've been staging an ambitious programme to make five of the Festival's films available free for everyone everywhere until 29 March.
For the first time ever the British Council and BFI Flare have made 5 short films available free and online for people around the world, through the BFI Player.
#fiveFilms4freedom is a chance for audiences everywhere to enjoy a taster of LGBT cinema; to find out a little bit more about emerging LGBT filmmakers from around the world; and most importantly, to show support for freedom and equality everywhere.
Enjoy them in this link!

True Wheel

Morning is broken

Code Academy


An afternoon

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The new Changing of the Guard?

The Changing of the Guard is one of Buckingham Palace’s most popular traditions in UK.
A dance troupe pretending to be the Queen’s Guard marched through central London’s Southbank, fooling some tourists into thinking they were the real deal.
The crowds were bemused when the group broke into a synchronised dance routine before tearing off their clothing to reveal Union Jack boxers.
The stunt was intended to promote the launch of new drama TV series "The Royals", which features a fictional royal family loosely based on the real British royals.
It seems more a changed guards than a changing of guard.
Watch the funny video below.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The U.N. says No to Putin

Russia failed today in a bid to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to all same-sex couples after a U.N. General Assembly budget committee voted 80 to 43 against the proposal.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the United Nations would recognize all same-sex marriages of its staff, allowing them to receive U.N. benefits.
Previously, staff members' personal status was determined by the laws of their country of nationality. But the United Nations now recognizes all same-sex couples married in a country where it is legal, regardless of their nationality.
Russia's attempt was opposed by the United States and the European Union. Thirty-seven countries abstained from the vote. The United Nations has about 44,000 employees worldwide.

Putin anti-gay offensive has been stopped by the U.N.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Highest support to gay marriage in the U.S.

A new survey has found that support for marriage equality in the U.S. is at an all-time high.
The survey found that 59 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. That’s nearly double the support reported back in 2004, when only 30 percent of Americans said they supported it.
It’s no surprise that Democrats and people ages 18-34 polled the highest in favor for gay marriage, with 74 percent saying they believed marriage equality ought to be the law of the land.
But surprise is among Republicans, 40 percent reported support up from to 27 percent two years ago.
If Supreme Court is side with the majority of Americans, gay marriage will most likely be made legal in all the country.

Love wins in the U.S.

Proud of you all

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The largest U.S. Presbyterian church embraces marriage equality

The U.S. Presbyterian Church voted to adopt a new definition of marriage that includes same-sex couples. At 1.8 million, the church is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country.
Having received support from the majority of the church’s 171 presbyteries, the constitution will be altered to to redefine marriage as a union between "two people" instead of "a man and a woman".
The move comes a year after the General Assembly recommended such a change, and after decades of debate on the place of LGBT congregants. In fact, the church decided in 2011 to allow for the ordination of gays and lesbians as pastors, elders and deacons.
Currently, within the United States, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Quakers, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Churches and Reform and Conservative Judaism officially allow for their religious leaders to marry same-sex couples.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A 5-year-old Irish girl supports marriage equality

A five year old Irish girl has shown her support for marriage equality in Ireland.
In a video uploaded by her mother on YouTube, five-year-old Ruby Gorry talks about making a sign with the message: “Two boys can get married, two girls can get married: love is love. I think that’s actually fine.”
When questioned by her mother, she goes on to say: "I wonder why people don’t think that?"
And she added: "People just think that a boy and a girl can get married, but two girls can get married and two boys can get married, and smooch… Love is love, and perfect makes perfect!"
So cute!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Japan plans to end anti-gay discrimination by Tokyo Olympics

After the outcry and world leaders boycotted the Sochi opening ceremony, the International Olympic Committee in December added sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination policy.
For that reason, Japanese lawmakers formed a cross-party group to stamp out anti-gay discrimination in the country by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Hiroshi Hase, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member and leader of the committee, said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts over Russia's anti-gay law.
"As it hosts the Olympic Games, there is no doubt that Japanese society will be questioned on how it treats its sexual minorities", he said. "We must substantiate the principles described in the basic plan of the Games", he added.
We will see.

Lawmaker Hiroshi Hase leads this initiative

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sensational all-male version of "Cell Block Tango" at the Broadway Backwards 2015

As part of its annual Broadway Backwards event benefitting Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, director Robert Bartley transformed Chicago's famed "Cell Block Tango" into an all-male revue so hunky you would never tell them that they were wrong.
This year's event raised a record $466,717.
Bravo, boys.

Monday, March 16, 2015

LGBT people allowed in NY's St. Patrick's Day Parade for first time

After years of strong resistance, organizers of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade said that gays and lesbians will be allowed to march under their own banner for the first time today March 17th.
This is the largest parade all year in the most Irish City in the World. New York has more people of Irish descent than any other city in the world.
It is not an official Catholic event, but the Church has much to say about it. The Cardinal of New York, Timothy Dolan, is the "unofficial head" the American Catholic Church since New York is the largest Archdiocese in the U.S., and he has welcomed the move.
The decision is another sign of how quickly changing public attitudes toward gay people have pushed changes in state laws, government policies and the practices of private entities.
Dolan’s positive response may also point to a shifting dynamic within the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians since the election of Pope Francis last year.
Pope Francis has made it clear he wants church leaders to highlight Catholicism’s outreach to the poor and vulnerable rather than always fighting culture war issues on gay marriage and the like.
So this is a big deal!

This year gays and lesbians are welcomed
to NY's St. Patrick's Day Parade

After Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade,
LGBT people will be allowed in NY's Parade for first time

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Documentary Calls to Vatican to Accept Gay People

An amazing film aims to achieve full acceptance of LGBT persons in the Catholic Church.

The 15 minute documentary includes touching personal accounts from Catholic LGBT people and their family's acceptance of them.

Michael Tomae, creator of the film, was inspired after volunteering at Covenant House, a youth hostel where many of the residents had been disowned by their Christian families because of their sexuality or gender identity.

It´s only a matter of time until the Catholic Church accept homosexuality, because you can be gay and religious at same time of course.

Watch the video below:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Marriage Equality Will Win in Ireland

A new poll released this week shows that 76% intend to vote yes in Ireland’s marriage referendum.

The poll was carried out earlier this week to assess voting intentions in Ireland ahead of the country’s referendum on same-sex marriage, which will be held on May 22.

With the highest percentage so far, 76% said they would vote in favour of equal marriage, 21% said they would vote against, and 3% said they did not know.

The age group most likely to support the referendum were the 25-34 showing an 86% support rate whilst the over 65s were least likely, showing a percentage of 55%.

Dublin showed the highest level of support at 79% whilst the lowest support was to be found in Ulster at 67%.

It´s time Ireland!

Friday, March 13, 2015

First gay wedding in the New Zealand armed forces

Air force squadron leader Stu Pearce, who is the former chair of New Zealand Defence Force GLBTI Group, tied the knot with former RAF serviceman David Fenwick.
The pair married at the airforce base chapel in Ohakea, in an intimate and moving service attended by their families, friends and colleagues. It has been the first time a Defence Force Chapel has been the setting for a gay wedding.
Pearce said: "For Dave and I to celebrate our marriage there, amongst friends, family and fellow servicemen and women, was particularly poignant".
The service was officiated by Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley, while Chaplain Colonel Lance Lukin gave a reading and offered prayers.
New Zealand Defence Force has moved to ensure all serving couples who might wish to marry in a Service Chapel are allowed to do so.
Same-sex marriage in New Zealand has been recognised since 2013, and it is the only Australasian country to recognise gay weddings.

A moment of the ceremony