Monday, August 13, 2018

Mr Gay Europe crowned in Poland despite protests

The winner of the Mr Gay Europe competition was crowned in the Polish city of Poznan, despite hundreds of protesters turning out to make their views on LGBT people heard.

"I hope this will help us in our fight for the same rights as those enjoyed in the rest of Europe," event organiser Pawel Zabilski said.

Enrique Doleschy, the 30-year-old German who beat six other finalists to win the title, said the event was necessary so long as gay individuals continue to be disrespected and unable to be themselves.

“As long as there’s one person feeling like this, we need competitions like this to bring out the best in people and to force them, to drive them, to be better for each other,” Doleschy said.

This year’s competition also marked the first year that a trans contestant entered the competition, with Niels Jansen from Denmark crowned as the first runner-up.

LGBT activists in Poland continue to fight for equality, however polls suggest most people in the country do not support them.

A gay pride parade was held to coincide with the event

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Happy Gay Uncles Day!

On Sunday 12 August it’s Gay Uncles Day or Guncles Day. 

The day started two years ago when Florida resident C.J Hatter took to Facebook to make the suggestion.

He wrote: "Mark your calendars now! The second Sunday in August is Gay Uncles Day. Shower your favorite gay uncle with gifts and recognition!"

Hatter later elaborated: "My goal in promoting this day of celebration is to normalize the role of the gay uncle, cousin, brother… whatever, in the family and in society."

"The more visible we are, and the more forthright we and our loved ones are of our very existence, the less uncomfortable society will be with us," he added.

When he first posted about the day two years ago, the reaction was viral. Gay Uncles Day returned last year and again, there was an overwhelming positive reaction.

People celebrate it by posting photos of guncles with nephews and nieces using the hashtag #GayUnclesDay, #GunclesDay or #NationalGunclesDay.

Do you want to join on 3rd edition?

A gay uncle is like an uncle but fabulous

Thursday, August 9, 2018

One year with no news from Zelim Bakaev

A year since the disappearance of Chechen gay singer Zelim Bakaev, his family, fans and activists are still searching for answers about what happened to him.

Zelim was last seen being dragged into a car in the streets of the Chechen capital Grozny, where he had gone to attend his sister’s wedding last year, on August 8. No one has heard or seen him since.

Chechen refugees of the LGBT World Beside organisation held a small rally outside the Russian embassy in Belgium in his honor.

“We demand the resolution of an international independent investigation by an international human rights organisation. We do not forget and see what is happening in Chechnya,” they wrote in a statement.

Human rights activists have long been demanding an investigation into Zelim’s disappearance, which has yet to be launched as authorities in both Chechnya and Russia have dismissed reports of a purge targeting gay men in the Chechen republic.

Zelim’s mother has pleaded for answers, but nothing has been done. Not for him or any of the other victims of the gay purge in Chechnya.

Chechen authorities denied these accusations, going so far as to deny the very existence of LGBT people in Chechnya. Nonetheless, there have been numerous verified reports of secret prisons, torture and possibly as many as 20 men have been killed.

Where is Zelim?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Joe Biden’s foundation launches a campaign to stop parents from rejecting their LGBT kids

Barack Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden, a long-time supporter of LGBT rights, has made LGBT issues a core focus of the Biden Foundation, which was set up following his departure from the White House.

Biden launched a campaign "As You Are" to raise awareness of “the importance of family acceptance in the lives of LGBTQ young people,” putting significant resources towards campaigns bolstering acceptance by families.

Biden said: “I’m so proud to announce that the Biden Foundation has launched a family acceptance campaign. We’ll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection, and lift up research, best practices, and personal stories to powerfully show the significant value of family acceptance.”

The Foundation added: “Today far too many LGBTQ folks continue to face rejection at home and discrimination in their communities. This kind of rejection leads to heartbreaking outcomes.”

“Forty percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Many of them have been kicked out of their homes, or no longer find it safe to stay at home.

“Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth are five times more likely than their straight peers to have attempted suicide. 40 percent of transgender and gender nonconforming adults report having attempted suicide at some point in their lives. Most of them before the age of 25.”

“Some parents subject their children to the vile practice of conversion therapy or pressure them to keep their identities secret. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

“If you are an LGBTQ person who has experienced rejection or acceptance we want to hear from you. If you are a parent we want to hear from you. If you are a teacher, a coach friend neighbor co-worker sibling or ally we want to hear from you, too.”

“By sharing your stories, we can work together to change the culture and ensure a bright future for the LGBTQ young people in America.”


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Guard who escorted Harry and Meghan revealed as gay porn star and a former Mr Gay UK

One of the royal horse cavalry guards who escorted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day moonlights as a gay adult film performer and Mr Gay UK in 2007.

As a member of The Household Cavalry, Dan Broughton is a prominent member of the plumed and gold-helmeted mounted royal escort. His unit accompanied the newly married couple’s white horse-drawn carriage through Windsor’s streets following their sumptuous May 19 wedding.

Besides its ceremonial role, The Household Cavalry also serves as Queen Elizabeth’s official bodyguard.
It’s never been a secret that Dan is gay. In fact, he’s believed to be a pal of Harry, who “has even described him as his ‘GBF’, gay best friend”.

In addition to identifying himself as a member of the British military on his Twitter profile, Dan also describes himself as an "International Commercial and Erotica Model".

Various members of the LGBT community attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor last month. The younger generation of the Royal Family, including Princes William and Harry, have shown support for LGBT rights.

There is nothing to be ashamed of. I am proud of you, Dan!

Dan was crowned Mr Gay UK in 2007

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Russian police arrest LGBT activists in St Petersburg

Russian police detained around 25 gay rights activists who took part in an unsanctioned rally in St Petersburg.

Organisers had said they would stage one-man protests to demand freedom of association after city authorities turned down their request to hold a parade.

A few dozen activists gathered at Palace Square in defiance of a ban on holding the rally.

Police detained campaigners who unfurled rainbow flags or held placards, dragging them into a police bus. 

There were no clashes between police and the activists.

Russia passed a law in 2013 banning the spreading of gay “propaganda” to harass and intimidate LGBT activists into silence.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Paris hosts 10th Gay Games

More than 10,000 athletes have gathered in Paris to take part in the 10th edition of the Gay Games, the world’s most inclusive sports event.

Held every four years like the Olympics, the Gay Games’s first edition was organised in San Francisco, California, in 1982.

The 2018 event, held between August 4-12, will see the participation of athletes representing 91 different countries, including 20 where homosexuality is illegal such as Egypt, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, and a Chinese team will compete for the first time.

Whereas other sport events are struggling with letting trans athlete compete in their preferred gender category, the Gay Games has no such qualms. Every one can choose his or her gender or choose to compete in a mix team.

In 2022 Gay Games which will be held in Hong Kong, the first and only Asian city that had ever bid to host the event.

Have a good Games!!!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Loving God and a man is compatible

An Italian priest named Giuliano Costalunga caused the repercussions in his country after moving to Spain to marry his boyfriend and explain his love to the whole world through a video about the trip and the ceremony published on YouTube.

"After 10 years my dream has finally come true, I married Paolo, my friend and my love, because I always love God and I love him," confessed the priest. "I live a special experience, Paolo has saved me, it made me a better person, it's an angel that has changed my life," he added.

The Verona bishop, in contrast to gay marriage, does not approve of his decision: "For our church it's a very sad case. A predecessor in my position would prevent this father from being ordained, I imagine he had intrigued that here the man was not the best choice to become a priest."

The two men now live their love story in the beautiful Canary Islands, Spain, because this is a country that is a reference in LGBT rights. They say that every Sunday very early they go to the church because their love in God is greater than the prejudices of the people.

Love always wins!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A report reveals there is a great inequality in Hollywood

A recent report Inequality in 1,100 Popular Films reveals that out of 4,403 characters studied in Hollywood movies last year, less than 1% (only 0.7%)) were gay, lesbian, or bisexual. No transgender characters in the top 100 movies of the year at all.

Conducted over a decade, looking at Hollywood’s biggest films from 2007 to 2017, researchers examined portrayals of women, characters of color, LGBT characters, and characters with disability.

Overall, the numbers reveal that despite all the talk about diversity and representation, there is less action to make it happen.

Looking at the bigger oicture from 2014 to 2017 (400 films and 17,820 characters) things don’t get much better. Across those years, 83 characters were gay. That’s 0.004% of all characters examined. Besides, only 29 were lesbians and 22 were bisexual. A single trans character appeared in these 400 films.

For other portrayals the report assesses, the numbers remain unfortunately low.

Of the studied 1,100 films, only 13% had a gender balance in their cast. When looking year-by-year, women fared worst in 2014 with 28.1% of speaking roles and best in 2008 and 2009, with 32.8% each. In 2017 alone, only 33 films of the 100 most popular had a female lead or co-lead. Of those characters, only 4 were women of color and 5 were 45 or older.

In terms of race, 70.7% of characters since 2007 have been white. 12.1% have been black, 6.2% Hispanic, 4.8% Asian, and 6.3% other. Once more, this is also worse for women of color. Of the top 100 films of last year, 43 had no black women, 65 had no Asian women, 64 had no Hispanic or Latinx women, and 94 had not LGBT women.

For people with disabilities, only 2.5% of speaking roles were depicted as characters with a disability. 61.6% of them were physical disabilities, 26.8% were mental, and 30.4% were communicative. The gender factor also plays a role in this. 69.6% of the characters with disabilities were male and 30.4% were female.

A solution could be adopting the inclusion rider provision, which gained popularity after Frances McDormand mentioned it in her Oscars acceptance speech earlier this year. In any case, Hollywood has to pull their socks up!

Watch McDormand speech below: