Archive for ‘Marriage’

October 20, 2012

Shane Bitney Crone – NO FREEDOM UNTIL WE ARE EQUAL

I watched this when it was first uploaded and while I loved the general message even if I didn’t necessarily agree with some things like him and his former partner praying to change. Then, I thought about it and it really is his story and his life. The message is powerful.

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October 16, 2012

Beautiful Video

This needs no explanation. Via Ryan James Yezak

June 21, 2012

Bridegroom – The Documentary

Most of you will have seen the YouTube video of Shane Bitney Crone, young man who lost his partner in tragic circumstances and the aftermath of his death in which he realized that in most parts of the world all love is not equal – It Could Happen To You.

He has now started a project to do a documentary on the subject as part of his contribution to make equal rights for all a reality. He needs funding so why not pitch in and help? It will help him heal and be part of making a difference.

You can’t change history but you CAN change the future! Support Bridegroom the documentary. See us on KickStarter: http://kck.st/Ky24tE

Thank you to the millions of you out there who responded so lovingly and supportively to my YouTube video, It Could Happen to You. Because of you, standing up for #EqualLoveEqualRights, we now have a unique opportunity to turn my small film into a feature length documentary!

The goal is to have this film in theaters by fall, as the national debate on this very important issue comes to a head. But in order to do this, I need your support. I have partnered with the acclaimed creator of Designing Women and producer of the landmark Man from Hope (and other Clinton documentaries) in order to bring Tom’s and my story to life on the large screen—a story that we believe will open a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever could.

We only have thirty days to raise this money on Kickstarter. (see link below) No donation is too small. Please join me and support the making of Bridegroom the documentary—a film that began with all of you. And a film that we hope will someday take its place alongside other films that championed civil rights and truly made a difference! We know our opposition will be strong, but we also know our film will be good. We promise. Again, all we need is for you to join our effort to not only change hearts and minds, but make marriage equality a reality for all!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/452010736/bridegroom-an-american-love-story

http://www.Facebook.com/BridegroomMovie
http://www.Twitter.com/ShaneBitney
http://www.Facebook.com/TomBridegroomMemorialPage
http://www.Facebook.com/ShaneBitneyCroneOfficial

Here is the original heartbreaking video which I posted in a previous blog entry.

June 7, 2012

I Do Campaign Launch – Sunrise – Australia

Join the campaign at: http://www.ido.org.au

June 4, 2012

Rev. Marlin Lavanhar of All Souls Unitarian Church on Marriage

Sermon delivered on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

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 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 17, 2012

LGBT Rights Continue To Remain in the Headlines in T&T

Contribution made by Senator Corinne Baptiste-McKnight in Senate in response to a Clause in the Children Bill that criminalized same sex intimacy among youth.   Give that woman an award! ( Via Nadine Agard)

I want to come immediately to what I know is going to be very controversial, but as I stand here, I feel I have a duty to everyone here, and to everyone outside there, to do it. We are living through an age where bullying is rampant in our school system. A lot of the bullying takes place, boy upon boy, a lot of it is taking place because one of them is thought or suspected of being gay. Now we cannot as adults come here, under the guise of representing a country, and behave as if we live in the only country in the world where there are no homosexuals, no gays, no lesbians, and no transvestites. My God, you only have to be in Curepe at too late an hour, and you do not know which is female from which is male because all of them are dressed in high heels, lipstick, and have a lot hair. What happen, are we not making laws for them too?
I want us to think because a lot of you have children, and your children arrive on earth and they are called male or female, what if one of your children is unhappy in his or her skin, uncomfortable in their given sexuality, and that child is not able to come to either parent, and unburden? What if that child has no adult in its life to whom the child can turn for comfort, even when the child is being persecuted at school for this? I would hate to think that the 31 of us in here are so homophobic, that we would shut our eyes to seeing an infant, a child, suffer through no fault of his or her own.
We have got to open our eyes and face the facts. [Crosstalk] What is that? Excuse me?  No, we have to talk in public about this because there are people out there who are hurting. There are children, there are parents who are waiting for approval to deal with their gay children, and we have to send them the message that it is all right to deal with their gay children, not have them closeting the children because they would be persecuted, and prosecuted. I really want to propose that this “(c)” be removed from every subclause in 20.
May 12, 2012

Add All Three

ieTV’s coverage of a bold and historic protest in Port of Spain, Trinidad calling for the Equal Opportunity Act to include age, sexual orientation and HIV status to its anti-discrimination protections.  The reporter, like most of those who covered the event, included same sex marriage though that was not one of the calls that CAISO was making at this time.

May 10, 2012

Foamy the Squirrel Tackles Same-Sex Marriage

This is really excellent and makes perfect sense.