Archive for November 1st, 2010

November 1, 2010

Changing times in India

It seems that the LGBT community in India is embracing changes to its laws in July last year

“We declare that Section 377 of IPC in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private is violative of Articles 14, 21 and 15 of the Constitution,” a bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Murlidhar said.

Sporting a chirpy Happy to be Gay! headline , The Times of India published an interesting article about how India’s LGBT community is now spending money to celebrate. I am very happy for them

T-shirts with witty one-liners, an e-bookstore and a dedicated gay travel boutique - customised products have become increasingly popular among India’s gay community looking at new ways to assert its identity a year after the Delhi High Court decriminalised homosexuality.

Sanjay Malhotra founded Indjapink, India’s first dedicated online gay travel boutique, nearly two years back and has catered to around 500 high-end foreign and Indian tourists.

Read more here.

November 1, 2010

Please return the Sistine Chapel ceiling …like now!

Now logically, if something is ‘against nature’  how can it be a product of that very same nature? Come to think of it, hitching up with another being in front of a large gathering and exchanging metal bands while hymns are being sung is a pretty odd phenomenon itself. I guess same-sex marriage would be  equivalent to the  LHC at CERN unleashing a strangelet that devours the planet – sort of like a big gay black hole that devours everyone else’s marriage. This, apparently, is what the grown gentleman in the frock wearing a scarlet beanie would have you think.

Via @JoeMyGod

November 1, 2010

Another good local article on bullying … and Ricky Martin

T&T’s own Outlish Magazine has published yet another interesting article that is worth a read. (via @HaydnDunn)It is written partly in Trinidad dialect so feel free to ask for translations via Twitter or the comments section.

If a friend calls another friend a “fag”, does that make it funny? ‘Cause they’re friends nah, and is ah joke!

Now if the friend decides to rile up, people will say, “Boy, how you could be emotional so? Wait nah! Yuh crying? Buh like you is really a fag boy? Alyuh, look dis boy upset oui!”

This kind of jeering happens every day. Consider some of the scenarios. The girl in primary school who used to pee down herself, and was labelled “Pee-pee Girl”, until she escaped to secondary school. The boy who stuttered in ‘lessons’, and other boys would make stuttering jokes, while the entire class would crack up, before the teacher entered.

Whatever happened to them?

Read the rest here.

Blabbeando has published an early peek at Ricky Martin’s autobiography   titled Me ( Yo in espanol obviously) that indicates it should be an interesting read.

Via Towleroad

It wasn’t until his 30′s, Martin writes, that he began to feel comfortable with his sexuality but, even then, the singer admits he began to enjoy the ‘spice’ of keeping his sexual encounters secret.

He didn’t know how he would say it, but he wanted to say it, so he began to loosen the ropes little by little. The provocative video from the opening of his “White and Black” concerts, in which he appeared with words painted on his body such as “accept yourself” and “discover yourself” was the start of his coming out of the closet.

But it was the birth of his children, Mateo and Valentino, that gave him the final push . “When I held them in my arms for the first time, I not only realized just how simple and beautiful life could be, but I felt the need to be transparent with them,” says [Martin], who establishes his own commitment to defend the human rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people. He rejects discriminatory words such as “maricón”, “puto” and “pato” [words that can be interchangeably translated as "fag" in areas of Latin America].

Read the rest here.

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