Posts tagged ‘UK’

May 1, 2012

Kazaky v.2.0 apparently – Little Boots – Every Night I Say A Prayer (Official Video)

A guilty pleasure to be sure, but I like them and the song.

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February 16, 2012

ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration – Video Campaign

ORAM, the organization that works to help LGBTI people life in unsafe countries to find safety elsewhere in the world. On their site they describe their mission:

ORAM provides clients with free legal counseling and assistance, including representation at UNHCR proceedings. We assist refugees through their passage to safety, often until they are permanently resettled in new countries.

Visit their website here.

The organization has released a series of  narration free animated videos telling the  personal stories of what the reality of life is for LGBTI people living in hostile environments. Deeply thought provoking and maddening. The countries featured  in these three videos ( in order ) are Jamaica, Iraq and Iran.  A warning – although they are animated some of the images are disturbing.

JAMAICA

IRAQ

IRAN

January 13, 2012

Moses Melkonian – Like Gods (Live)

I’ll take a break from hyperventilating over stupid Stephen Harper to post  a new and excellent live performance by the always wonderful Moses Melkonian – video by Aaron Leaman..

January 10, 2012

Moses Melkonian – Like Gods

The latest from Moses Melkonian – a haunting  song and another beautiful video by Aaron Leaman – Like Gods.

January 2, 2012

Interesting little video explaining marriage equality

Via 32001names on Facebook.

This was just uploaded on January 2, 2012 and offers a simple and cogent rebuttal to some of the arguments against marriage equality.

December 30, 2011

Out in the World – a BBC 3 Radio Series.

I have been waiting for the  4th  episode to be uploaded but it would be wrong to not post this wonderful radio documentary series which is a broad  history of LGBT people ( not just homosexuality as the  BBC precis says) . I know many people only look at video these days but the BBC creates such amazing mind pictures I am sure this will be worth the time.

Here are the first 3 parts.

Episode 1 – Richard Coles on the modern construction of gay identity and links with the ancient world is here.

Episode 2 – Richard Coles on the ancient Greek culture where homosexuality was part of a social code is here.

Episode 3 – Richard Coles looks at the conflict between sexuality and gender identity is here. ( It also looks at how the ignorance of  the UK and Spain led to them imposing their legislation on the more complex societies they colonized  – the same legislation that many of the most homophobic governments now hold on to as their own.)

That being said it still drives me mental that the BBC still insists on using a pronunciation of the word “homosexual”  as həʊmə`sekʃuəl – which is not used anywhere else in the world.

December 29, 2011

‘Moses Melkonian’ – We Are Mighty, We Are Young.

Every now and then the internet tosses up a little surprise in front of me  and today was one of those days. I noticed that someone had liked a post I put up here and they also had a blog so as is polite in the blogosphere I checked the blog out.  The last posting was a music video of him singing a totally funky song called ‘We Are Mighty, We Are Young”. I adore the song and  what a voice.

Here’s the song.

Apparently , according to an interview  with Steezy Street the song was inspired by the Occupy Movement which makes perfect sense. It also gives some of the only background I have been able to find on the performer.

I’ve been making music since I was a kid. My dad (Vartan Melkonian) is a composer and conductor of classical music… I remember being taken out of class to go and watch him record with the Royal Philharmonic in Abbey Road Studios… I had no idea how cool that was… I was just like “that’s loud!” I remember he put me in one of the booths to record whatever I wanted… I decided to play congas over his whole symphony without a bars rest! ha.

So I was learning piano at that time, but I stopped my lessons to pick up drums. I then began playing in many bands rock, jazz and avant-garde then guitar then bass… During this time my musical influences were ever growing and I never stopped composing at the piano… This is the first time I’ve been able to take all my influences, J-Dilla to Bach, and put them into one record.

The artist has a number of  other performances on YouTube including this one in which he starts by explaining that his real name is Richard Melkonian and he has chosen his grandfather’s name to honor him.

So far I have enjoyed all of his performances on YouTube  which you can search for yourself or try just clicking here.  You can also support this breath-of-fresh-air artist by  picking  up the ‘We Are Mighty, We Are Young’ single on iTunes here.

October 18, 2011

Project Triangle

I remember reading Gore Vidal’s  excellent essay Pink Triangle and Yellow Star when I was much younger  and finding it such a revelation. I thought at the time that while some people despised me for one thing  , were I around in Germany in the Nazi era as someone also of mixed parentage I was a shoo-in for Auschwitz.  When my thoughts progressed from that I realized that if there was nothing wrong with being of mixed parentage  or just being fundamentally different because of who you are – I think you see where I am going with this.  This led me to know that civil rights are civil rights no matter what group you are talking about.  I see no difference between any of the struggles.

Apropos to that this evening I discovered Project Triangle in Merseyside.  Other than Ferry Across the Mersey I didn’t know much about Merseyside  but I am really impressed that the Merseyside Police were the first to fly the rainbow flag at their stations. Then to read that there was a five-day cultural exchange trip to Auschwitz and Warsaw for 12 young LGBT  and young  LGBT Polish people is just wonderful and tied everything together for me.   Welcome to Project Triangle.

In the words of the project:

In September 2009, 12 young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender people from Merseyside took part in a five-day cultural exchange trip to Auschwitz and Warsaw working with a group of young Polish LGB & T people from the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH).

The exchange provided the group with an appreciation of the Holocaust and fate of many LGB & T people and the impact on European and LGB & T social history as well as challenging past and present issues around hate crime.

The young people took part in making a short 30-minute film documenting their experiences and thoughts around the themes of the project, along with ideas and aspirations for the future.

The resulting film has been developed into an educational resource pack for schools and colleges, enabling teachers to tackle homophobia and all forms of hate crime in schools. The pack has been endorsed by NUT, Sir Ian Mc Kellern and Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. Since returning the group have provided hate crime workshops for teachers, pupils, youth workers, young people, housing associations and other employers. In the summer of 2010 they produced their own film “Sex Drags and Rock n Roll” documenting their efforts to raise awareness of homophobia and hate crime and promote equality and diversity. Directed by 19 year old Jess Wignall, the film has been chosen for the 2010 BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

February 24, 2011

The Telegraph reports that Britain is poised to seize Gaddafi’s assets

The  Telegraph is reporting that the UK government is in the process of  rounding up the assets of the Libyan regime with an aim to forcing Gaddafi out in the most effective way possible – hitting him in the bank account.

“In total, the Libyan regime is said to have around £20 billion in liquid assets, mostly in London. These are expected to be frozen as part of an international effort to force the dictator from power. A Whitehall source said: “The first priority is to get British nationals out of Libya. But then we are ready to move in on Gaddafi’s assets, the work is under way. This is definitely on the radar at the highest levels.”

Read the rest in the Telegraph here.

Let’s hope this is one more brick being pulled out from the foundations of  this ugly man’s regime.

February 10, 2011

Homeless LGBT youth – a sad story with some positive news.

It is a sad state of affairs that so many LGBT kids are thrown out of their homes simply because of who they are. This is probably the worst and most damaging sort of bullying – when a parent rejects their own child. The emotional repercussions can be devastating and life on the streets can be equally as damaging.

Happily  there are organizations in different countries that are working to give these kids dignity and allowing them to pick themselves up and live full and productive lives. The Albert Kennedy Trust in the UK is one such organization.

Give if you can and visit their website here.