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The GAY thread

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by dots, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

    It's so incredibly sad to learn this. It's just such a shame.
  2. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    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:

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  3. dardar1126

    dardar1126 Well-Known Member

    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...

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  4. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Headcase Addict

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  5. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

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  6. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    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. :p
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  7. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

  8. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member


  9. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

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  10. antmanb

    antmanb Well-Known Member

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  11. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    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? :rolleyes:

    I did like one of the tweets somebody posted about his "apology":

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  12. missing

    missing Well-Known Member

  13. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

    It's a joyous day and screw the haters! :mitchell:
  14. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    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.
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  15. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

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  16. antmanb

    antmanb Well-Known Member

    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?
  17. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    I would say yes to all three. But perhaps a Russian can correct me....
  18. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

    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.
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  19. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

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    aftershocks Well-Known Member

  21. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

  22. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    She went and saved the best for last. :saint:
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  23. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    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:

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  24. Xela M

    Xela M Well-Known Member

    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.
  25. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    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."?
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  26. hanca

    hanca Well-Known Member

    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.
  27. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    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.
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  28. 4rkidz

    4rkidz plotting, planning and travelling

    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..