Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by dots, Jun 28, 2013.
It's so incredibly sad to learn this. It's just such a shame.
George Takei as well.
They're from a different generation; one where this type of thing wasn't made public, often for good reason. I think it's kind of cool that so many older folks are coming out now. If it's something they're willing to share, good on them.
Speaking of George Takei, he and his husband, Brad, have started a campaign to have people give the finger to the state of Alabama... The wedding finger:
There was a thread regarding his passing...people shared their memories, condolences, etc. I think it was in Great Skate Debate (?)...I don't know how to find the thread.
Does anyone have the link to that thread?
EDIT: Found the thread link...he died in August 2014...
I was going to put this in the "Funny Youtube Video" thread, but thought it was better here.
Max's Underpants - Hiding VPL: http://www.newnownext.com/learn-to-...erwear-model-and-willam/03/2015/?preview=true
Ok that was a bit much
I might binge watch his videos anyway...
Did my first canvassing for the Marriage Equality Referendum on 22 May yesterday to crowds coming to watch a Gaelic Football match. Positive enough, although there was one horrible man who used "Vote for Queers" etc. Ah well he'll be dead soon.
Haha this model lives in my neighborhood!
Q&A: Reba Talks 'Very Important' LGBT Rights, Her First Gay Wedding & Feeling 'Sad' For Closeted Country Stars
The Prime Minister of Luxembourg married his male partner over the weekend http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-xavier-bettel-gauthier-destenay-gay-marriage
Iggy Azalea Cancels Pittsburgh Pride Performance Following Uproar
Seems to be mainly about some random tweets from 2011 years before she was famous:
Ten Walls Dropped By Festivals After Homophobic Comments
Ten Walls is the stage name of a producer from Lithuania who has a top 10 song last year in the U.K., "Walking With Elephants". According to wikipedia:
Part of a tweet he wrote in response to all of this:
Why, how could I be offended when one applies I am a pedophile?
I did like one of the tweets somebody posted about his "apology":
The New York Times had a very interesting article about evangelicals, homosexuality and the Bible.
It's a joyous day and screw the haters!
Russian men walk holding hands while hidden camera records peoples’ homophobic reactions
The article refers to two situations in the video which both made me start to feel scared for the two men, especially the one with the last guy:
The above link shows the video, here is a direct link.
That guy at the end there really WAS scary. They stopped the video, which makes me wonder what actually happened.
We still have a long way to go.
It really is worrying, but I wonder what the general consensus is in Russia - do a majority of people agree with the laws? Is it an extremely intolerant place for gay people? Was it so before the legislation was enacted?
I would say yes to all three. But perhaps a Russian can correct me....
Obama is currently in Kenya, the homeland of his father. At today's press conference with Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta, Obama directly challenged him on gay rights in Kenya.
Obama went on to speak about the widespread corruption plaguing Kenya's political establishment, and alluding to Kenyatta's issue with the ICC, all while Kenyatta was standing next to him. Hope Obama's stature in Kenya will help to open minds re:lgbt rights.
The Boy Scouts have ended their ban on gay scout leaders. The Mormon Church is threatening to leave the organization over it.
Apparently the organization was facing looming prosecution for violating anti-discrimination laws in several states. But since Mormons make up a very high percentage of scouts, this potential rift is quite significant.
9 year-old boy's self-paying tribute to Madonna. 1991
And an article about the star of the video today:
We Tracked Down VOGUE BOY and Interviewed Him
This sounds and looks like a creative, fun event:
Also found in the publication, OutlookOhio is an article about Xavier Dolan, a gay filmmaker who "wants 'gay movies' to be seen simply as movies." The article, entitled The De-Gaying of Xavier Dolan, appears on p. 44 of the September 2015 issue:
Well I don't care if this is not gay enough but I had a good cry watching Vanessa Williams return to Miss America.
She went and saved the best for last.
Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy announces he is gay
This yahoo article mentions an ESPN interview. Here's a bit from that interview, where it talks about Kenworthy returning home after winning a silver medal in Sochi:
Link to the full ESPN article:
Yes, most people support the laws. Yes, it is an intolerant place. There was a period of "decadence" during Yeltsin's presidency when you suddenly saw a large number of gay, cross-dressing TV presenters, actors and singers on television, but they all suddenly became straight and got married to women when Putin came to power.
The Reagan Administration’s Unearthed Response to the AIDS Crisis Is Chilling
This short film (under eight minutes) is indeed chilling. It demonstrates well for me what it was like to be a teenager/young adult during this time of cold-hearted contempt...or at best...indifference. A lot of time we didn't know about this kind of coldness because it was unspoken, but we knew on some level it was there. This is just proof of that. Now when so many are on the bandwagon about being pro-gay rights, part of me can't help but think, "...but what about your silence back in the 80's and 70's, etc."?
Very good friend of mine is Russian. Even though she has spent a long time living out of Russia, some of her opinions about this shocked me. Once we were talking about various topics and I asked her what would she do if either of her sons turned to be gay. She felt that she would try to make him change his mind, because she doesn't believe he would be happy as a gay. (As if he could change it to make her happy!!!) She said she would let him know that this would break her heart (emotional blackmail!!!). I did try to reason with her because she generally seems to be quite a sensible woman, but with this issue she would not move an inch. I don't know if they would act intolerant in Russia, but the saddest thing is that they seem to genuinely believe that being gay is wrong. They don't do it to be nasty, they are not 'educated' (or informed) enough and therefore their opinions may be shocking for us, but this is what they believe, what hey were taught. Perhaps brainwashed? How do you change that? You can't teach someone who doesn't want to be taught, and they strongly believe that they are right because that's all they know about this, so they have no motivation to be persuaded in any other way.
OUCH. I'm currently reading a doctor's memoir about working in an AIDS clinic from 1992 into the early 2000s. It reminded me how depressing and terrifying those early days were (I was born in 1969, so just hitting teenagehood as the epidemic really blossomed)--we all thought we could get AIDS from EVERYTHING, and I remember hearing about Bailey-Boushay House in Seattle where all the AIDS patients were, how scary and hopeless it all seemed. That's how the press was: AIDS was this mysterious thing that gay men and Haitians (?) got, and they died miserably and nobody (at first) knew how they got it or how to prevent it.
I do training as a GBLTQ ally, very excited that I was chosen finally for a workshop presentation in the States next year for 'ensuring safe spaces' in providing service etc., We have been doing this training for quite a while here in Canada (safe spaces) but within my own professional organization this is our first in the States. I still see a lot of intolerance with the transgender community, observing daily with colleagues and clients the overt discrimination..
LilJen what is the name of your book? Speaking of the 'aids era'.. I had a blood transfusion in the late 80's prior to testing and subsequently had to go through 2 periods of testing after the fact - back then it was like a death sentence.. this is one area that focused money and testing has made a huge impact on people now diagnosed..