UN Issues Anti-Homophobia Message
76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment. In this simple, high-impact video from the UN human rights office, individuals from diverse backgrounds pose questions directly to the viewer designed to expose the nature of human rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world. The video includes cameo appearances by UN Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The UN’s message: LGBT rights are human rights. Together we will build a world that is free and equal.
The DOMA Project: Missing Husband
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Minnesota: Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill 37-30
The Minnesota Senate will begin debate on its marriage equality bill at noon local time (1pm Eastern). The bill is expected to pass and Gov. Mark Dayton is likely to sign it in a ceremony presently scheduled to take place tomorrow. You can watch today’s proceedings live on the website of theStar-Tribuneand on the Senate’s official page. You’ll probably want to save both links as high traffic often makes these streams crash. Zoom, zoom, zoom, y’all.
Liza Minnelli Joins NOH8 Campaign
Via press release, Liza’s message: “Here’s what I believe … no shame, no blame, no guilt. Be happy. And be who you are. I love you.” [Photo credit: Adam Bouska courtesy of NOH8 Campaign.]
Of course, Oprah shoots and scores the first interview with NBA’s Jason Collins since he came out earlier this week. During Oprah’s Next Chapter (airing May 5 on OWN)Â Collins reveals how he struggled with his sexuality and hid his truth from even his twin brother and their parents, Portia and Paul Collins. His parents tell&