Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

Jurassic LGBT Views Of The Pentecostal Assemblies Of The West Indies

I really wouldn’t recommend  watching the entire two dreary hours of this rubbish but it shows the level  of close-minded imbecility that exists. That some of the panelists hold positions at universities etc is more disturbing than I wish to discuss. The first speaker from Barbados speaks of the unbelievable chutzpah of LGBT people to now demand the same civil rights as everyone else. “Wikipedia is not on our side anyhow” – as he  reads from the entry.

As a rule, once you see ‘gay agenda’  you can safely assume you are dealing with misguided religious zealots.

May 30, 2012

Happy Indian Arrival Day to the People of Trinidad & Tobago.

One hundred and sixty seven years ago the first indentured laborers from India arrived at the shores of T&T. Since then they have become part of the social and cultural fabric of the country and changed it forever. T&T is a better and brighter place for the contribution of the Indian community. Much happiness and the best of wishes to the descendants of those who crossed the ‘kala pani’ ( black water) in search of a better life for themselves and their children.

May 29, 2012

Rockelbel’s Canon (Pachelbel’s Canon in D) – 4 Cellos – ThePianoGuys

Fun and funky version of one of the world’s most beautiful classical pieces.

May 28, 2012

“ARROW” – The Irrepressibles

The struggle we  face against  various forces personified in a simple but beautiful video.

May 24, 2012

Amazing Debate on Same Sex Issues In the Senate of T&T Tonight.

A groundbreaking debate on a clause of the Children Bill during committee stage in the Senate this evening ( ongoing) involving a clause that includes buggery. Anand repeated that a national debate needs to be undertaken – the Independent Senators weren’t taking that.

Paraphrase :

On the suggestion that the AG made that changing the clause would result in decriminalizing same sex acts – a senator said – well maybe that is why we should remove it?

Female Senator – so if a young heterosexual couple have sex and the girl gets pregnant that is okay but if a same sex couple do they have to go to YTC or Womens Prison?

Sen. Balgobin: We cannot base new legislation based on backward laws – ” the time to turn the tide is now”

The Independent Senators ( and others- I was listening on the car radio) were so united on the issue they called for division ( vote) so their objections would be noted. The AG eventually asked that the Opposition meet and discuss their position on the issue and that the clause in question be deferred. This means another animated round of discussion is ahead.

Very proud of the Independent Senators right now.

Independent Senator Rolph Balgobin. ( after midnight in the Senate)

May 22, 2012

2CELLOS (Sulic & Hauser) – Hurt

Beautiful as always but this piece is especially moving to me right now.

May 21, 2012

Since when was ‘normal’ the gold standard for good?

Those who obsess about others not being ‘normal’ should learn that on a cosmic level our little blue planet isn’t normal either.

May 19, 2012

Frost Over the World – The changing face of world politics

Well worth a viewing if you wonder about the state of the world.

May 19, 2012

Uncle Denis? A Look At The Family Life of Quentin Crisp

I had the great privilege of having lunch with him in New York City many years ago. This is a lovely look at Quentin’s life as seen through the eyes of his family.

Born Denis Charles Pratt, Quentin Crisp was a writer, an artist’s model, an actor and a raconteur. He became a gay icon after the publication of his memoir, The Naked Civil Servant in 1968, and even more of a celebrity when the book was filmed in 1975 with John Hurt in the starring role. This documentary asks how such a public figure –– and a queer icon –– fits into ideas of family, and in particular into his own family. Through an exploration of photographs, home movies and interviews with relatives, UNCLE DENIS? reflects on how traditions of familial memory-making intersect with the more public image-fashioning of one of the twentieth century’s most determinedly self-made men. For many of his fans, Quentin was alone in the world, happily separate from heteronormative structures, and yet, he kept close contact with generations of relatives. Filmmaker and great-nephew to Quentin Crisp, Adrian Goycoolea reflects on the relationship Quentin had to the idea of family and his family’s relationship to the idea of Quentin Crisp. While older relations were scandalized by Quentin’s open homosexuality, even younger family members felt a distance between their straight lives and Quentin’s queer public persona. The film analyzes the difficulty of “family” for someone like Quentin, who rejected many social and sexual conventions but nonetheless valued traditional bonds. What emerges is a complex portrait of a complicated man, featuring many, never-before seen images of Quentin Crisp.

May 19, 2012

Angela Davis speaks about Gay Rights

A significant figure in the US civil rights movement makes a lot of sense. May 2012 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.