Posts tagged ‘gay’

February 15, 2012

Italian Wedding

This seems to be very much like the  Aussie one last year – let’s see if this will go viral too. Very sweet.

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February 11, 2012

My Favorite Cartoons of the Last 12 Months.

These are hysterical. I have no idea who I need to credit but if you do please let me know.

February 5, 2012

Different from the Others (1919)

A 1919 Weimar Republic  silent film. Via Slap Upside the Head.

February 3, 2012

Michael Gambon is Hysterical.

This is a Top Gear ( my favorite show and I am not ashamed of it)  from 2005 I think. It repeated tonight and the interview with Sir Michael Gambon was too funny. He says he likes to lie in interviews to stay amused and announced that he once said he was a ‘homosexual’ (hate that word) but was forced to give it up.

 

January 28, 2012

Queer Azaadi March Mumbai 2012

Looking at the photos of today’s march in Mumbai taken by my friend Sukhdeep I can’t help but be impressed by the scale of the event. The creativity of the marchers is pretty awesome too. Posting a few teaser  shots by him until Gaylaxy Magazine comes out with their spread ( didn’t officially get his permission but as usual I assume he will tell me to go ahead).

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See the rest on Gaylaxy’s Facebook page.

January 28, 2012

Official Queer Flash Mob Mumbai 2012 Video

The official video of the QAM flash mob leading up to Queer Azaadi Mumbai. So excited for my friends like Sukhdeep of Gaylaxy Magazine who are there  for the march today. I know Sukhdeep endured a long journey in an un-airconditioned  train to get there but I also know he already has his sign painted.  What a great day for India.

Love the chant “I am Gay, that’s okay.”

January 24, 2012

Queer Flash Mob – Marine Drive, Mumbai

According to Gaylaxy Magazine this moderate sized event was the first gay flash mob in Asia.

As part of the pride week celebrations currently going on in Mumbai preceding the actual gay pride march in the city on 28th Jan, Mumbai today witnessed India’s first gay flash mob, which also happens to be Asia’s first gay flash mob. It was a pleasant surprise for many present at Marine Drive when a little after 6pm, more than 50 people started dancing to a medley of carefully selected Bollywood songs ‘Character Dheela’, ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Maa Da Ladla’.

Read the rest on Gaylaxy here.

Apologies for the shaky mobile phone video but it is the most complete one I could find thus far.

January 13, 2012

UPDATED: Why Stephen Harper’s Government Is Ruining Canada – Yet Again!

Jan 13, 2012 –

The Globe and Mail has just published the Government’s announcement that ALL same-sex marriages performed in Canada are legal and valid in Canada.

All same sex marriages performed in Canada are legal and the law will be changed to ensure that divorce is readily available to non-residents who were married in the country, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says.

Speaking at a Toronto luncheon Friday, Mr. Nicholson blamed the Liberal government that preceded his for not filling a “legislative gap” that has left thousands of same-sex couples in an agonizing position of being unable to divorce should they feel a need to.

read the rest in the Globe and Mail here.

ORIGINAL POST CONTINUES BELOW:

Today came disturbing news that government lawyers in Canada argued in a case involving an American couple married in Toronto  that no divorce was necessary because the marriage was invalid to begin with. The reason? Because, according to the lawyers, if the country that the couple comes from doesn’t allow same-sex marriage then the marriage is invalid in Canada too.  There was a more obvious ( though stupid) one-year residency requirement for divorce they could have cited but they chose to bring up that bizarre argument.

So according to these legal luminaries a marriage performed in CANADA isn’t even legal in CANADA if the couple could not get married in …I dunno… Saudi Arabia?  I think the idiots need to understand something about sovereign nations – they make their own laws. The couple is married the second they enter Canadian airspace and likely to be put to death for being gay in their homeland. Very simple. As Dan Savage pointed out in one article, is Canada going to tell a straight Saudi/Jewish couple they can’t marry in Canada because it isn’t allowed in Saudi Arabia?

CBC News had a couple of stories on the subject to open the news this evening and I recorded the second story about how same-sex couples ( including Dan Savage) are reacting to this Harper government encouraged stupidity.  Apologies for the quality as I recorded it off the screen on my mobile.

I totally agree with Dan Savage’s reaction to the issue as posted on George Stroumboulopoulos of the CBC’s website :

“Sorry, motherfucker, but this “issue”–the civil equality of gays and lesbians–is wide open now and your fucking government opened it. The debate over same-sex marriage and the civil equality of gays and lesbians has been returned to the frontpages of Canada’s newspapers and a renewed debate over same-sex marriage will dominate Canadian television and radio news programs. And Canada’s religious conservatives will doubtless complain–loud and long–about their precious children having to hear about homosexuality every time they turn on the news. Stephen Harper’s government reopened this issue, not the gays, and Stephen Harper’s government deserves the blame.”

Read the article here ( I un-gentrified the words as I am 100% sure Dan would have used the actual words)

Egale Canada gave their take online as well.

Toronto: Canada’s federal Department of Justice has made a conscious decision to intervene in a case that challenges the validity of thousands of marriages. According to their arguments same-sex marriages performed in Canada between non-citizens whose countries of origin do not recognize marriage equality are not now and have never been legally valid. A direct insult to gays and lesbians both in Canada and abroad, this action reflects either complete neglect of the government’s responsibilities over the past seven years, or a direct attack on the principle of equality in Canadian law.

Since 2004, governments across Canada have issued marriage licences to same-sex couples coming from abroad. Never were any of these couples informed that Canada had no intention of recognizing the marriage licences it was issuing.

Egale Canada calls on the federal government to come clean: have thousands of same-sex couples been misled by Canadian officials for nearly eight years, or has the federal government adopted a policy of surreptitiously attacking the rights of gays and lesbians through disingenuous legal interventions?

This most recent case comes as the federal government is also intervening in an Ontario case to argue that two Canadian citizens who entered into a same-sex civil partnership in the UK–an equivalent to marriage in all but name–are not legally married in Canada and therefore cannot be granted a divorce.

“Not only does this throw into question hundreds of legal rights such as property, spousal support and child custody, it is a betrayal of basic human rights,” said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director of Egale Canada. “It is indefensible for the Government of Canada to play politics with people’s human dignity.”

Egale is Canada’s LGBT human rights organization: advancing equality, diversity, education, and justice.

I want to write a lot more but I have been angry all day about, once again, Stephen Harper trying to turn one of the most progressive countries in the world – MY country – back to the 1950s.  I take some comfort from knowing that 60% of Canadians did not vote for this vile politician and his gang of evil clowns.

In the meantime why not visit sorryworld.ca  (thanks to my pal Ben Rene in Ottawa for the link).

January 11, 2012

This Is Adorable .

No description necessary.

 

January 8, 2012

Discover Elephant.

Totally NSFW.

I just discovered this twin duo by accident on YouTube today but I see they did an interview with  The Huffington Post back in November which you can read  here. Their language is coarse but I find their music strangely engaging.  One thing is for sure – they sure get your attention.

 

To fight for your own identity is to fight for everyone’s. Our message is in our DNA. Being yourself and embracing it, owning it, maybe the message of Elephant–but more importantly–could be the meaning of life itself. Although we’re not particularly philosophical as musicians, it’s unavoidable when explaining this great big holy mess. We find that people often ask us the same questions. “How the fuck did this happen?” “What exactly happened to you?”

Whether or not this is a good thing (we’re still unsure), it seems that we’re one of those bands that almost requires an explanation. If we tried to explain exactly how we became “artists”, that’s easy: we were born with passion that we best express through music. But, that’s not what people want to know. What they’re really after is the dirt: did we both come out of the proverbial closet at the same time and–as a sort of therapeutic release—air our angst-ridden tales of rowdy bathroom stalls, heroin binges, month-long hunger strikes, and the like? Maybe.

Maybe it was years of feeling like we couldn’t survive high and certainly couldn’t survive sober that have opened our eyes to this mindset of “not giving a fuck” about anyone else’s opinions, judgments or suggestions. Dark roads tend to do that. Or this could all simply be a fated part of our path. Since the moment of conception it seems that path has been headed toward a—hopefully—deeper understanding of what’s important to us as individuals. Elephant is our way of embracing that identity. If we can’t embrace it, how will we get down that long road to higher self-discovery?

Visit Elephant’s website here.

You can also see other videos on their YouTube channel.