Posts tagged ‘USA’

November 17, 2014

Everald ‘Gally’ Cummings – National Football Hero

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July 8, 2012

Self Evident Truths

A most interesting project :

In 2010 iO Tillett Wright began a project called Self Evident Truths, photographing anyone that felt like they qualified to fall on some part of the LGBTQ spectrum, from bisexual, to transgender. Shot in simple black and white, in natural light, with no makeup or styling, the photos were intended to humanize the very varied face of gays in America today. “Guess what, we look just like you, your mother, your brother, or the coworker sitting right next to you.” Around fifty portraits were shot in the two weeks that she had, and were presented in stacks in a gallery in Los Angeles, to be taken away by viewers, for free.

Struck by the powerful impact of the project, even on such a small scale, iO set her sights on taking the project national. Now, her aim is to photograph anyone in the United States that is, or EVER has been, anything other than 100% straight. The ultimate goal is between 5,000 and 10,000 portraits.

In the spring of 2011 iO shot 262 people in New York City, and by November, she shot another 527 in three parts of California, bringing our count to 789 portraits. In the winter of 2012, iO and the team took Self Evident Truths on a tour of the South, collecting faces in places like Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

The Self Evident Truths portraits will be compiled into a series of large exhibitions, an online database, a book, several guerrilla art campaigns, and they will be disseminated through numerous digital outlets.

Read more on their site here.

November 7, 2011

Court quashes the extradition of businessmen Ish Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson to the USA.

This important ruling was handed down today.

On the 7th of November, 2011, Justice Boodoosingh, in a 57 page judgement, quashed the Attorney General’s decision to extradite Steve Ferguson and Ish Galbaransingh to the United States.

He declared that the appropriate forum to try the claimants in relation to the award of contracts for the construction of the Piarco Airport is Trinidad and Tobago.

He declared that it would be unjust, oppressive and unlawful to order the extradition of the claimants and that the extradition is debarred by the operation of section 16 (3) of the Extradition Act of Trinidad and Tobago.

The State must pay the costs of the Claimants to be assessed if not agreed.

Justice Boodoosingh’s Ruling Notes:

 

And the full 57 page judgment here:

September 10, 2011

Remembering 9/11 through the eyes of Reuters cameramen.

In memory of those who died. I remember the morning – I was living in Toronto and sleeping and my police officer brother called me and told me Armageddon was in progress.  The strangest thing that night was the silence over TO with no planes flying.

February 4, 2011

ILGA turned down again by UN Economic and Social Council.

The International Lesbian,Gay , Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA) has once again been turned down for membership in the UN’s Economic and Social Council. Inner City Press is reporting the vote  on the application was proposed by Belgium but Sudan immediately countered that the application should not be considered.

When the dust had cleared it was voted  9-7 with one abstention ( Kyrgyzstan ) that the application should not be considered. Countries voting  not to consider the ILGA’s application ( i.e. ‘yes’)  were:  Russia, Senegal, Sudan, Venezuela, Burundi, China, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Morocco .

Countries voted against the application being  ignored ( i.e. ‘no’) were:  Peru, Turkey, USA, Belgium, Bulgaria, India and Israel.

Read much more on Inner City Press here.

The approved resolution put forward initially on December 17, 2010 was as follows:

A) on the basis that ILGA represents over 700 LGBTI member organisations throughout the world equally committed to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and to promote the universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the elimination of all forms of discrimination and also including the realisation of the specific provisions of the following international human rights instruments:
· The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
· The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
· The International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination;
· The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women;
· The Convention on the Rights of the Child
· The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
· United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,

B) concerned that ILGA’s applications for ECOSOC status have been unjustly denied 4 times,

C) disturbed by the discriminatory treatment from the UN NGO Committee demanding once again (November 2010) ILGA to subject our membership to additional, unreasonable and unjust requirements outside of the protocol concerning ECOSOC applications,

1) condemns the repeated attempts to link ILGA and LGBTI organisations with paedophilia

2) insists that the United Nations recognizes ILGA’s right to obtain ECOSOC status in order to engage with the United Nations system like any other legitimate organisation.

Original located on ILGA’s site here.

At least you know which countries to add to your no-visit list.