Posts tagged ‘GLBT’

March 7, 2012

NHL – “If You Can Play…”

Thanks to my brother Victor( I only really have one but still…)  for the link and heads-up.

Visit http://www.youcanplayproject.org/

January 4, 2012

I’m from Driftwood – A Hawaiian Elder.

What an amazing personal story from an older Hawaiian LGBT person.  Speaking of culture and colonialism and loving yourself.

The I’m From Driftwood Project is one of my faves.

October 29, 2011

It’s illegal to be me.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) airs a Special Assignment documentary on the plight of LGBT refugees in that country.  A must watch!

Via  Care2

October 11, 2011

Project Bolo

Today is apparently National Coming Out Day (in the US at least) so it is sort of interesting that I just discovered Project Bolo on Vimeo.  In their own words:

PROJECT BOLO, meaning ‘Project Speak Up’, offers role models by documenting Indian LGBT persons – their growing up, struggles, love, career, achievements and life.

Project Bolo’s objective is to record Indian LGBT history, as well as inspire and empower the LGBT community in India, by presenting video interviews of LGBT persons and role models, who ‘speak up’ about their life and work.

I found this older gentleman Hoshang Merchant to be especially brilliant and funny.

Hoshang has always been a rebel, he says, right from his
childhood in Mumbai in a Parsi household. He studied at
Purdue and then traveled extensively teaching and… looking
for life experiences – from US to Iran to Palestine. He returned
back to India but could not get a job. He was rejected by
several colleges and universities because he was openly gay
and unapologetically so. Finally he found his home at the
University Of Hyderabad where he continues to teach English
literature. The anthology he published ‘Yaraana’ was one of
the first queer writings to come out of India and he has more
than 25 books to his credit – of poems, essays and stories.
He is a rebel with a cause!

And this one is an overview video of about twenty interviews.

Looks like I have some viewing ahead of me.

Videos courtesy : Project Bolo – Indian LGBT Oral History Project

March 1, 2011

Dan Rather reports: An excerpt from Corrective Rape

A Dan Rather report on the revolting and disturbing practice of ‘corrective rape’ in South Africa.

“Dan Rather Reports, March 1, 2011 at 8pm ET on HDNetFifteen years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is struggling to implement the laws in its progressive constitution. Gays and lesbians in South Africa have more rights than many gay Americans, but that’s doesn’t mean they are safe. Lesbians are often the victims of corrective rape — a horrific crime where men sexually violate them in an effort to “correct” or “cure” their sexual orientation. Several non-governmental organizations claim corrective rape is on the rise, fuelled mostly by a growing homophobia in Africa.”

March 1, 2011

Vancouver Men’s Chorus releases an It Gets Better video

An inspiring song and touching personal stories from the Vancouver Men’s Chorus as they speak out against kids being bullied and give hope for a better tomorrow.

“In January 2011, Vancouver Men’s Chorus decided to produce a YouTube video — a first for VMC. We got together at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and sang Fred Small’s “Everything Possible”.

February 25, 2011

Rajiv Gopie weighs in too: Equal rights for all of us.

The Trinidad Express is relentlessly publishing articles drawing attention to the need for the T&T government to address matters of LGBT equality. Rajiv Gopie has published excellent articles on the subject before and today’s is no exception. Having two columnists tackle the issue in the  paper on the same day positions the Trinidad Express at the vanguard of this new thrust.

“In actuality there is no such thing as “gay rights” and that needs to be made very clear. Those on the losing side of history but who are full of hate will seek to instil fear and assert that GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) people are asking for special rights but this is wholly untrue.

GLBT people are simply seeking equal rights and their human rights. The GLBT community is asking for the basic right to life, the right to live safe and without the fear of death or violence looming over them. There are places all over the world from Iran to Uganda to Jamaica where people are killed and are the subject of extreme violence simply for being gay. In South Africa lesbians are subject to community sanctioned “corrective rape” to “turn” them heterosexual. No religion, no belief, no dogma supports or can justify terrorism of the innocent. GLBT people in T&T are seeking the same rights afforded to everyone — to live a safe, productive life without the fear of violence.

Read the rest here.

November 3, 2010

Canada rolls out its own It Gets Better Campaign.

Though my adopted homeland is very progressive by world standards when it comes to LGBT rights  it is still not always easy for kids. Some kids are still bullied despite the fact that all levels of government are , at least ostensibly, working to ensure that discrimination based on sexual orientation does not happen. Sadly, the system also allows various religious denominations to preach that LGBT kids are somehow fundamentally flawed and this filters down to both the kids and the bullies.

It may be a little late but Canada has now chipped in with its own version of It Gets Better. I must say it is filmed very well and definitely has a Canadian feel to it. Enjoy.

Via MyGSA.ca

November 2, 2010

Professor Julian Kenny cuts to the chase

Remarkably, another Trinidad and Tobago newspaper article on sexual orientation. This time it is from the highly respected UWI professor. I find the reactions in the comments section on the article very interesting. One compares it to pedophilia or cannibalism. I am serious. Maybe they should read this. But they are probably too stupid to read that. In any case the Professor wrote:

Homosexual behaviour in the wild amongst higher vertebrate animals has been recorded in the literature for over 1,000 different species. Amongst birds a full range of homosexual behaviours has been recorded amongst as diverse groups of birds as gulls, ducks, swans, penguins and albatrosses. Note that these groups all display social grouping behaviour.

The behaviours range from simple courtship through pair bonding and even parenting, as has recently been reported in a pair of female albatrosses that actually incubated and raised offspring in the absence of a male, the eggs having been abandoned by the previous heterosexual pair.

Homosexual behaviour in mammals is also well documented in as diverse groups as lions, elephants, dolphins, sheep, giraffes, monkeys and apes, such as the bonomo and the chimp. Indeed the bonomo, a sort of pygmy chimpanzee and a separate species, demonstrates heterosexual, bisexual and homosexual behaviours even within a single social group, with individuals alternating their behaviours as circumstances change.

Read more here.

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.