Posts tagged ‘murder’

September 14, 2013

Very Important Message – Coca Cola Stop Sponsoring Hate.

https://vimeo.com/72436591#

Powerful parody of Coke’s TV spot calling on them to pull sponsorship from the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Apparently the video has been removed. Working to find out what happened.

June 15, 2012

Interview with Nalini Dial of Animals Are People Too

The Animals Are Human Too activist and COP member who sparked a public outcry over a controversial Facebook post regarding the murder of San Fernando Mayor Marlene Coudray’s daughter. Aired on ieTV June 15, 2012.

June 4, 2012

The Laramie Project – This Is Important.

Wow. Thanks to Apolo DAzhero on Google + for pointing this out to me.  You need to watch this.

Moisés Kaufman and members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than 200 interviews they conducted in Laramie. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepard’s visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. It mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of “Angels in America” a year after Shephard’s death.

April 19, 2012

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Via Stand With Us 

‎”Triumph of the Return” – On September 4, 2003, in a large ceremony, the Israeli Air Force flew three f-15 jets over the Auschwitz concentration camp in a show of the Jewish people’s continued strength and triumph over past adversities.During the Holocaust (1939-1945) 6 million Jews were murdered at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. Millions of Jews and other victims of the Nazis were imprisoned, enslaved and murdered at Auschwitz and her sister camps.This visit was a testament to the world that the saying “never again” is not just a slogan.Many of the participants were the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

August 19, 2011

Stop the violence, stop the hate and stop the bullying!

Via my friend Shannon. This is a subject that brought Eric and I together – the victimization of those who are different in some way. We always said that if there was one single thing that brought us together it was the death of Seth Walsh. We identified with him in a way that is hard to describe.

Apologies to those who VEVO chooses to block.

August 18, 2011

Farewell to my dear friend Eric

RIP Eric. You improved the lives of those who knew you.

About a year ago, in the lead up to Spirit Day someone came upon this blog, liked what they were reading and added me on Twitter. Thanks to the internet we became fast friends and we basically spent at least an hour every night chatting about our lives and hopes. I couldn’t imagine going to bed without chatting with my adopted little brother.

We hadn’t chatted for the past few days because he was going through a messy breakup and his partner’s family were visiting from overseas.  It was, in fact, the longest period we had ever gone without talking. I checked his Facebook wall today to see condolences there – a quick Google search and the horror became apparent. Eric and his 3 year-old were stabbed to death in their apartment in Seattle. His partner has been charged with both murders.

Eric had only moved to Seattle a few weeks earlier and was looking forward to moving on with his life. I was looking forward to picking a present for his 30th birthday. Now he is gone.

Life is funny. Just when you don’t expect it someone wonderful shows up to make your life a new and exciting adventure. Then, just as quickly, they can be taken away. Cherish those you care for because the day may come when they will just not be there.

Eric was funny, thoughtful, articulate, wise beyond his years, caring, loyal and talented. He also knew the words to every Cher and ABBA song ever written. He made me smile and he made me think.

Eric, wherever you are, it was a privilege and honor to be your friend. You will forever be in my heart.

Eric would want us to celebrate his life and not be sad  but if anyone deserves a few tears it is him.

He would have approved of this video choice.

This is the story http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015916107_chen16m.htmlNobody will ever replace my Merk

March 26, 2011

Parkdale, Toronto residents stand up for the mentally ill.

Parkdale is a neighborhood right next to my home base in Toronto ( Bloor West Village)  and I went to school there as a kid. It isn’t the most upscale of areas but it is something of a melting pot and is full of colorful characters. Recently a mentally ill man George Wass was attacked and died two days later. One of the residents, Paisley Rae was inspired to make a video. According to the Toronto Sun her decision was inspired by the always excellent Constable Scott Mills ( @TorontoPolice on Twitter) .

January 28, 2011

RIP David Kato

As most will know by now, Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato was found murdered at his home on Wednesday. He campaigned tirelessly in a country which even now is considering imposing laws that will introduce stiff punishments – including death – to those Ugandans who are not considered acceptable by the moral mob. That their morality does not include tolerance or acceptance is something that defies logic.

Police there say they are treating his murder as a robbery gone bad. It seems that Uganda has a special part of their criminal code that classifies LGBT activists beaten to death with a hammer in their home when nothing was stolen as ‘robbery’.

Modern Ghana has an excellent piece on Kato and the environment he worked in. The environment, sadly, remains.

London-based Lesbian, gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) has joined the world to condemn the murder of a Ugandan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights activist.

David Kasule Kato, 46, a gay rights campaigner was brutally murdered in his house in Mukono, approximately 14 miles from Ugandan capital Kampala on Wednesday, January 26, in unclear circumstances.

Kato’s murder has stirred up, condemnation to Ugandan government for its stance against gay community in the country. The US’s Secretary of State for Africa Affairs, Jonnie Carson, in a Twitter message described Kato’s murder as a “horrified and saddened “incident.

Peter Tachell, the famous European gay-rights campaigner said: “My sincere condolences to Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and to the Ugandan LGBTI community concerning the tragic, brutal murder of David Kato.”

Kato, last month, had received homophobic death threats and had been pictured and named by Uganda’s Rolling Stone Magazine in an article that called for gay people to be killed.

Read the rest of the Modern Ghana article here.

December 6, 2010

The Horror of Life in Iran

Read an extraordinary article by Otar Makharashvili about life for LGBT people, and specifically gay men, in Iran today. Disturbing would be too mild a word to describe the horrors that are going on in that country. How does one reason with a nation that treats its own citizens like this?

Via @vonIrrwegen on Twitter.

His first arrest for being gay came when police raided a party. He was imprisoned, tortured, raped and sentenced to 100 lashes: “After fifteen lashes the pain went away and I became unconscious. I was biting my arms so hard, to keep from screaming, that I left deep teeth wounds in my own arms. Eventually I passed out before 100 lashes were over. I do not remember a thing. When I woke up, my arms and legs were tight and I was lying on the ground in a cellar. I knew I was going to die that day that they were going to kill me and I wanted them to. It was better then public humiliation, better then seeing my parents faces when they found out I was gay.”

Read the full article here.

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