Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Same-sex couples rush to marry before Bolsonaro takes power in Brazil

Thirty-eight same-sex couples tied the knot at a mass gay wedding ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil. Local LGBT advocacy group Casa1 organized the mass wedding at its premises. 

After announcing its intention, it managed to raise around $12,000 to help cover the expenses of the event. A team of volunteers also helped to create dresses, decorate the venue, style hair and prepare food.

Many LGBT people in the South American country are fearful for their rights following the election of the far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, to the position of President. 

Bolsonaro has made numerous homophobic statements, including,"Yes, I’m homophobic and very proud of it". He also once suggested that if parents see their son "acting a little bit gay" they should beat him "to make him normal".

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Brazil since 2013. However, some gay and bisexual people worry that once in office, Bolsonaro may roll back some of their rights.

No step backwards!

Proud Brazil!

Monday, December 17, 2018

A trans Indian makes history at bodybuilding competition

Indian trans hunk Aryan Pasha made history by taking second place at the Musclemania bodybuilding competition in Delhi.

Aryan Pasha, transitioned at the age of 18, competed in the Men’s Physique (Short) category.

He wanted to compete in a transmen competition in the US. But, when his visa was denied, he joined a male competition in Delhi instead.

"I enjoyed every second when I was on stage because this is what I dreamt off. I was not nervous at all and just wanted to complete poses like a champion", he said.

He plans to participate in the next International Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation competition in February.

Good luck hunk!!

Aryan with his mom after the victory

Sunday, December 16, 2018

BBC News announces their first ever correspondent for LGBT news and events

Ben Hunte has been announced as the first ever correspondent for LGBT news and events for BBC News.

He will report on stories, issues and debates surrounding sexuality and gender and provide insight and analysis on matters affecting the LGBT community in the UK.

In a statement, Ben said: “I’m delighted… and I am looking forward to finding and telling stories from the LGBT community.”

Later, on his Instagram page, Ben told his followers, “New job coming soon! Dream come true. I’m so excited to be the BBC’s first LGBT Correspondent and I can’t wait to tell some important stories,” followed by a rainbow flag emoji.

During the BBC’s Gay Britannia season, Ben presented his own series of LGBT-themed programmes for BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, titled The Ben Hunte Interviews.

On the series, he interviewed a range of celebrities such as Paul O’Grady, Stephen K. Amos, Peter Tatchell, Ruth Hunt, Linda Riley and Calum McSwiggan.

Congrats Ben!!!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Israel Top Court rules for gay parents in birth certificate fight

Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled both same-sex parents have the right to be on birth certificates. In a landmark case, the top court ruled the Interior Ministry cannot refuse this right based on the parent’s sex.

It comes after two gay men adopted a son, then tried to get both names on his birth certificate. But Ministry officials refused to write both names on the birth certificate. The gay men appealed the decision. They then said the refusal could have ramifications for the both them and their son in the future.

The ruling was delivered by a three-judge panel headed by Justice Neal Hendel, who wrote the unanimous opinion, and including justices George Kara and Meni Mazuz.

Justice said in the decision: "The principle of the good of the child argues for the recording of his entire family unit. It doesn’t permit us to limit ourselves to only one of his parents in the birth certificate. The contrast with the treatment of a child adopted by a heterosexual couple, who has the right to have both adopted parents written in a birth certificate, is a contrast that applies both to the child and to the parents. It is unreasonable for the couple to be legally recognized as parents but for the certificate not to give expression to that fact".

The court finally ordered the Interior Ministry to produce a birth certificate with both fathers’ names.

Israel recognizes any same-sex union and unregistered cohabitation between same-sex couples. Although same-sex marriages can not be legally performed in the country, Israel recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Same-sex couples also are allowed to jointly adopt after a court decision in 2008.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Brokeback Mountain honoured by the Library of Congress

Brokeback Mountain is set to be included to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.

The widely acclaimed Oscar-winning 2005 film, directed by Ang Lee, and starred by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as gay cowboy lovers, will be one of 25 productions selected this year for inclusion in the Registry.

Brokeback Mountain becomes the most recent film included in the Registry, which now features a total 750 titles, all deemed worthy of preservation for future generations due to their “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage,” according to the Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said: “The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognising, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium. These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

Watch the trailer below:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pantene Philippines shows support of trans people in its ad

Pantene Philippines has won praise for showing support of transgender people in its latest ad, which features beauty queen Kevin Balot, who calls herself “the girl named Kevin.”

The two-minute video, titled “Strength knows no gender,” is structured as Kevin’s message to those who, like her, have been struggling with self-acceptance due to the gender they were assigned at birth.

In the ad, Kevin first appears on her own, but she is eventually joined by three other young people who overcome their self-doubt, achieving self-acceptance.

Kevin tells viewers: “To you who are feeling the world is against you. Don’t be scared. Things can still go your way. They say it’s just a phase… maybe. Or maybe you’re confused. No one knows. The fact is, you are still discovering who you really are and that is OK."

“There will be those who will hurt you. Be strong. When you can stand up for yourself, no one can bring you down. Remember you are beautiful and unique. You deserve to be heard. Accepted… and loved," Kevin adds.

Watcth the ad below:

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Watford FC fans show support for LGBT community with giant Pride flag

Watford FC's fan group Proud Hornets made an enormous LGBT Pride flag in the stands during their club’s Premier League match against the champions, Manchester City.

This gesture was inspired by Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which has been marked by the majority of clubs in the Premier League in recent weeks.

Another Angle's video looks back at an incredible rainbow display put on by the Proud Hornets and The 1881 Movement ahead of Premier League game against Manchester City. 

There's a fascinating insight into the preparation that goes into the creation of the display, which was part of the activation period by Stonewall for LGBT inclusion in sport. 

Watch the video below:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A positive response to fake gay marriage proposals in Poland

Polish gay couple Jakub Kwieciński and David Mycek, who got married in Portugal in 2017, asked passersby to film their fake wedding proposals on the streets of Warsaw.

In the video, one of the couple asks a member of the public, who isn’t aware that it is a same-sex proposal, to film the moment. The bystander only finds out that they are filming a gay proposal when the other half of the couple appears.

The response is mostly positive, with passersby taking photos, wishing them good luck and congratulating them. At one point, when the gay couple propose in Szembek Square, they are met with applause and bystanders shake their hands.

However, they also include a few incidents of discrimination in the video, which they have uploaded on YouTube. 

Watch the video below:

Sunday, December 2, 2018

More than 3,000 same-sex couples wed in Australia in first half of year

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said in a data release that 3,149 same-sex weddings took place between 9 December 2017, when amendments to the Marriage Act came into effect, and 30 June 2018.

The state with the greatest share of weddings was New South Wales (34.6%), followed by Victoria (26.2%) and Queensland (18.9%). 

Of those 3,149 weddings, 56.3% were between women, while the median age for women to marry was 39, compared with 48.5 for men. In 2017, the median age across heterosexual marriages was 32 for men and 30 for women.

The law change was greeted with particular enthusiasm among older couples, the data suggests. There were 1,057 people above the age of 60 who registered a same-sex marriage, including 86 men and 33 women older than 75.

Census data from 2016 showed there were 46,800 same-sex couples living together in Australia, then, the number of same-sex weddings will surelly increase in the future.

Australians said a massive Yes to marriage equality

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Wembley Stadium hosted historic match for world's most successful LGBT club

To mark their new partnership with the LGBT equality charity Stonewall, which organises the Rainbow Laces campaign for inclusion in sport, the Football Association invited Stonewall FC, the first and most successful LGBT football club in the world, to play at the national stadium where the England international team plays its games.

Stonewall FC is used to playing in the Middlesex County Division One, but swaped its usual pitch for an altogether different experience at Wembley Stadium, to play against AFC Wilberforce. 

Playing under a rainbow arch, Stonewall players revealed their pride after becoming the first LGBT-inclusive club to play and win at Wembley Stadium.

Stonewall FC was set up in 1991 as a way of allowing openly gay men to play football in London and it now boasts three teams competing at various standards of grassroots football. And quite successfully at that, reaching the final of every LGBT tournament that they've entered since 2000.

The club hopes to use the experience of Wembley Stadium's game to continue normalizing their presence in the sport.

Congratulations to Stonewall FC for the 3-1 win, on a day that was about more than the 90 mins of football.