Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hunk of month November: Dima Gornovskyi


Dima Gornovskyi, Ukrainian-born model who lives in Los Angeles CA. 

He currently works for Wilhelmina LA, and worked for LA Models Runway, Next Miami, Kult Hamburg & HRi Talent. 

He also runs his own marketing company since 2013. 

A very good-looking and talented guy, isn´t he?

















Dima with his boyfriend



Friday, November 27, 2015

Cyprus legally recognises same-sex couples


The parliament of Cyprus has voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, meaning that same-sex couples in that country will be legally recognised for the first time. 

The House of Representative voted by 39 to 12 in favour of extending same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same legal rights as civil marriage.

The new legislation, which has generated lots of debate nationally, marks an end to several years op public and open discussion in Cyprus on same-sex unions. However, joint adoption rights are not included as part of the civil union law. 

Well done!


Over 3,500 people marched through the streets
of Nicosia, on first gay pride parade in 2014



What would you do if your child was gay?


In a recent video, people seemed mostly unfazed by the prospect no matter what country they are from when they were asked: "What would you do if your child was gay?"

An Australian woman said thoughtfully: "You can’t do anything about it because it is not a decision he made. He was born with this kind of orientation so the only thing you can do is accept and support him".

An elderly couple from Ireland were downright enthusiastic: "I’d like to understand how he feels because it’s still your child,’ said the husband as his wife nodded in agreement. ‘I would wish that he could find happiness whether he’s gay or straight. We’ve passed a law now that gay people can marry in our country. I’m very proud of that… So gay people in our country have equal rights".

A Norwegian woman simply said: "I would support him or her. Tell them that I love them anyway, that it doesn’t matter to me".

But clearly it would be difficult for others. "I would be very upset personally,’ said a woman from Azerbaijan. "I would try to consult the doctor to see why he’s gay. "If it is hormones then it is from God. If it’s society, then I would try to help him", she added.

A Turkish woman said: "I would think about it but later I would accept it. I would feel bad at the first time because you think everyone is the same but this stuff happens in the world".

An Iranian man admitted: "I would probably be sad. I want my boy to have a wife and my girl to have a man. But maybe I would accept it in the end. You cannot get rid of your children. But I will not be happy".

The worst a woman from the United Arab Emirates made clear that a gay child in unacceptable to her. "I will kill him", she said. Asked why, a man with her but off camera said: "It’s against the natural law".

A very interesting video.





Thursday, November 26, 2015

David Cameron wants all Commonwealth nations decriminalize homosexuality


David Cameron is going to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this weekend with a personal aim of raising LGBT issues.

The UK prime minister will be armed with a new report highlighting the damage criminalization of LGBT people does to Commonwealth countries.

Homosexuality is criminalized in 40 out of 53 members of the Commonwealth Nations, with the laws dating from the time of British colonial rule. 

Cameron personally asked for the report from the Human Dignity Trust and it has been welcomed as excellent by the UK’s Foreign Office. The report describes the criminalization of LGBT people:
  • Leads to murder, assault, corrective rape and suicide.
  • Increases police corruption, blackmail, torture and abuse by state officials.
  • Hold back economic and business development.
  • Make young LGBTIs the victim of violence, forced marriage, family rejection and damage their education and health.
  • Is a key reason it’s impossible to bring HIV and AIDS under control.
  • Violates international human rights laws.
  • Make LGBTI people into second-class citizens, even when they are not enforced.
You can read the report here.


Commonwealth has 53 state members



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Modern family actor Reid Ewing confirms he is gay


Reid Ewing, 27, who plays Haley’s boyfriend hot but dim boyfriend Dylan on the ABC comedy Modern Family, has confirmed he is gay.
 
The actor did so in the most casual way possible, on Twitter. When a fan responded by asking via Twitter if he'd just outed himself, the actor tweeted back: "I was never in".
 
As I say, keep calm and be happy!




A cute guy, isn't he?


Monday, November 23, 2015

Switchboard runs a new campaign for LGBT people


Helpline Switchboard has sent 10,000 posters to GP surgeries across the U.K., offering free support to people who are struggling with their identity.

Switchboard runs a provides confidential phone, e-mail and instant messaging services to support people who want to talk about sexuality and gender identity.

As part of a new campaign, it has sent posters for GPs to display poster offering “calm words when you need them most”.


Dr Christian Jessen, who backed the initiative, sent a letter alongside the poster advocating for it.

He wrote: "We all know that patients come to see us when they’re worried not only about their physical health but also when they have concerns about their mental, emotional or sexual health. Questions about sexuality and/or gender identity are often associated with teenagers, but as I am sure you will have experienced, patients can come to us with these concerns at any age, and their questions can be very tricky to answer".

And he added: "Switchboard, the LGBT helpline is one the UK’s oldest LGBT charities which has provided crucial information and support to callers for over 40 years. It’s a voluntary organisation which provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people and anyone who needs to consider issues around sexuality and/or gender identity. They promote a positive attitude to being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and are confidential, welcoming, supportive and non-judgmental".

Thanks for everything you do!


@switchboardLGBT is on Twitter



Saturday, November 21, 2015

A new Mr. Gay World but no less gorgeous


Emmanuel "Mass" Luciano, 35-year-old fashion blogger and stylist, has officially been crowned the new Mr. Gay World, making him the first title-holder to ever come from an Asian city. Luciano is Mr. Gay Hong Kong 2015.

Although his title comes on the heels of former Mr. Gay Germany Klaus Burkhart’s resignation earlier this week, Luciano is ready to start raising awareness of gay rights in his local arena of Hong Kong, and all around the world. 

“I'm very excited to represent Hong Kong and show the world how diverse our city and LGBT Community is”, said Luciano.

“It's a great opportunity to promote equality within our community. We’re not only gay men, but also lesbians, transgender, and bisexual, and united we can strive for equality and achieve a better quality of life”, he added.





Friday, November 20, 2015

Breaking news: Portugal passes Gay adoption


Portugal’s Parliament has approved laws allowing same-sex couples to legally adopt children and permitting lesbians to obtain medically assisted fertilization. Left-of-center parties used their outright parliamentary majority to ensure the bills passed Friday. 

The Socialist Party, Communist Party and Left Bloc had promised those measures during their campaigns for last month’s general election. 

Parliament in 2013 approved a law allowing gay married couples to adopt their partners’ children but rejected legislation granting gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals.

Congrats!


Same love same rights


We know who we are


In a powerful new music video, Steven James and Quentin Sound send a message of hope and support to LGBT people living in some of the most homophobic nations in the world: Jamaica, Russia and Uganda. 

Check out the video for "We Know Who We Are" below and buy the single on iTunes, and 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to LGBT youth organizations in those countries.





Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A referendum on gay marriage is forthcoming in Slovenia


Last March, Slovenia's parliament voted to redefine marriage as a "union between two consenting adults".
 
Sadly, opponents, led by the Catholic Church, filed a petition for the law to be scrapped, which made its way to the country's constitutional court. The court has called for a public referendum to be held.
 
Pro gay marriage lawmakers argued that marriage is a basic right and therefore not the subject to public opinion, but finally Slovenian parliament voted yesterday to allow the referendum, which is slated for December 20.
 
The countdown has started.


Last Gay Pride Parade in Ljubljana needed police's protection


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rio Gay Pride Copacabana celebrates 20 years


From the city that gives us the world famous Carnival, would we expect anything but fabulous glitz and glamor when it comes to their pride? Rio de Janeiro LGBT Pride Parade celebrates 20 years!
 
Taking place on the pristine Copacabana beach, tens of thousands pack together for a tropical and flamboyant parade precession making it one of the largest and wildest beach parties in Brazil and South America.














Monday, November 16, 2015

LGBT couples share their stories


Gay couples talk about marriage and their love for one another.
 
Insurance firm MassMutual have made one of the most effective and moving commercials yet on same-sex marriage.
 
Watch the video below:




Sunday, November 15, 2015

Ukraine passes a bill banning discrimination against gay people at work


Ukrainian lawmakers have approved a bill that bans discrimination against gay people in the workplace.
 
The bill banning discrimination against gay people in the workplace had been rejected on four previous attempts, reflecting a strong opposition from those in parliament but, with this legislation, Ukraine wants to help pave the way for visa-free travel between the country and the European Union.
 
The 450-seat parliament approved the bill with 234 votes. The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, hailed parliament’s action as a historic move that brought the nation close to its longtime goal of winning the visa-free regime.
 
While Ukraine rejected a “gay propaganda” ban similar to Russia’s, LGBT people in the country still face discrimination. Even in Kiev, which has a sizable queer community, threats of violence have canceled Pride parades in recent years.

I celebrate this step but there is much to be done.


Police has to protect LGBT activist in the Kiev's pride parade