Archive for December, 2010

December 18, 2010

Digital Nativity [video] – Holy Kaw!

Via my cousin Peggy in Delhi who swears the video is pure me. She is probably correct.

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December 17, 2010

Seth Walsh 1997-2010

Wendy Walsh tells the story of how her gay thirteen year-old son, Seth, took his life after his school failed to keep other students from bullying him because he was gay.

The kid who changed my life and at least one of my friends – that means you Eric. Seth must never happen again.

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December 15, 2010

America Is Ready for a Gay President | Jimmy Carter | Big Think

Via Eric at Pride in Utah.

The public has made tremendous strides towards accepting gay people—and is even ready to have one in the White House.

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December 15, 2010

Amazing Indian Equality Campaign.

Gaylaxy Magazine sent me the link to this beautiful equality campaign video put out by Equal India Alliance. It gives a powerful message in a very thoughtful and touching way.

As I said on Facebook it is interesting that India is forging ahead towards a bright new and inclusive future for all its people while , as was seen in that recent UN vote, most of Africa and the English Caribbean are slouching backwards towards irrelevance.

 

 

December 14, 2010

FIFA Chief Under Fire For Saying Gays Should Avoid Sex At 2022 World Cup : The Two-Way : NPR

Pity his parents didn’t avoid sex.

Via NPR News.

Sepp Blatter, head of the world soccer federation, went on to say that the game has “no boundaries.” But gay rights groups say his comment about what homosexuals should not do in Qatar were offensive.

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December 12, 2010

State of the World

Here’s some food for thought. The ILGA has a map of the world showing the current state of the world as regards LGBT rights ( or complete lack thereof) which I find very telling and more than a little depressing. A quick glance should illustrate that the scope of the ‘civilized world’ can now be redefined based on those countries in green. Most puzzling is South Africa which , while being excellent in terms of legislation, voted for the removal of sexual orientation as a cause for protection from extrajudicial killing in that recent UN 3rd committee vote.

See the full map as a PDF on the ILGA website here. ( warning – it is 1.9 megabytes)

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December 10, 2010

World Human Rights Day at the UN

During a discussion on LGBT rights at the UN today the US showed its mettle by announcing that it will not simply accept the disgraceful vote that took place at the UN recently. The vote “left out any mention of sexual orientation from a resolution condemning the extrajudicial killing of vulnerable people worldwide” and , in fact , saw the reference removed for the first time in a decade. The motion was introduced by Benin and saw the support of most of the English Speaking Caribbean, most of Africa and nations such as Iran.  Trinidad & Tobago chose to abstain rather than do the right thing.

At least the US plans to have the vote reversed.

Rice said she was “incensed” by a recent vote in a General Assembly committee that left out any mention of sexual orientation from a resolution condemning the extrajudicial killing of vulnerable people worldwide. Previous resolutions had included the mention.

The American ambassador said that the United States will sponsor a U.N. amendment to restore the reference to killings based on sexual orientation. “We’re going to stand firm on this basic principle,” she said.

Rights groups welcomed Rice’s announcement, and called on all U.N. member states to support the amendment.

“Words do have a meaning at the U.N.,” said Boris Dittrich of Human Rights Watch. “Reintroducing the reference to sexual orientation in the resolution could help put an end to the hateful killing of people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Read more at CBS News here.

December 10, 2010

It Gets Better: Minister Glen Murray Toronto

This video is especially moving because it is clearly coming from his heart.Inspiring.Glen Murray, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation learned, thanks to a dear friend, that it gets better when you live your life for the people you love and the things you hope – not for the people you’re afraid of and the things you fear. It’s a message he shares with all LGBT teens.

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December 10, 2010

ERASURE A LITTLE RESPECT – HMI Redux

Erasure have announced the release of a brand new version of their top 5 single, A Little Respect — HMI Redux, out on 5 December 2010. A colourful new video… via Towleroad

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December 10, 2010

Rhodes Scholars – It Gets Better.

The reach of Dan Savage’s project is pretty amazing.

Via Towleroad.com