Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"We need more voices speaking up for universal human rights. We have honoured some of the great advocates here today who have spoken out courageously for women’s rights, gay rights and religious understanding, showing us that our communities and institutions are strongest when equality and opportunity are open to all people and freedom of conscience is respected. And it is important that as we chart our way forward in this new century, we bring with it the enlightened view that every individual around the world regardless of gender, religion, race, ethnicity or orientation, should be able to contribute to their societies and to have the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential."

- Hillary Clinton -

Hillary Clinton, speaking at Scotland’s St. Andrews University, where she received an honorary doctorate. It was Clinton’s first foreign visit since leaving the Obama administration. (Via The Scotsman)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Moron Of The Week: Russian MP Alexei Zhuravlev
Ok, it’s been a long time since I last updated this list, but this guy really deserves a spot on the list. And here’s why:
Speaking to Russian magazine Slon (and translated by the Straight Alliance For LGBT Equality), the politician compares gay people to ‘thieves’, ‘sinners’ and ‘corrupters’: "We view Europe as Sodom and Gomorrah. Europe must not tell us how to live. The Europeans can live any way they like, but they mustn’t tell us what to do. Of course [a gay mother] should definitely be deprived of her rights to the child. Homosexuals must not raise children. They corrupt them. They do them much more harm than if the child were in an orphanage. I am deeply convinced of this."
Last week he introduced a bill which authorises the government to seize the children of gay parents.

Moron Of The Week: Russian MP Alexei Zhuravlev

Ok, it’s been a long time since I last updated this list, but this guy really deserves a spot on the list. And here’s why:

Speaking to Russian magazine Slon (and translated by the Straight Alliance For LGBT Equality), the politician compares gay people to ‘thieves’, ‘sinners’ and ‘corrupters’: "We view Europe as Sodom and Gomorrah. Europe must not tell us how to live. The Europeans can live any way they like, but they mustn’t tell us what to do. Of course [a gay mother] should definitely be deprived of her rights to the child. Homosexuals must not raise children. They corrupt them. They do them much more harm than if the child were in an orphanage. I am deeply convinced of this."

Last week he introduced a bill which authorises the government to seize the children of gay parents.

Keith Olbermann Rants About Sochi Olympics

Monday, September 9, 2013

Song Of The Day: Mister Chase - Wonderful

"A message for the LGBT of Russia."

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Song Of The Day: Steve Grand - Stay

Just how I like my Country Music: sexy, gay and with a banjo.

He keeps geting better and better. Love him.

Get the tune here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Christina Bianco Diva Impressions “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (As Adele, Cher, Barbra Streisand & More)

Just fabulous and brilliant! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Russia: MP Alexander Mikhailov Calls For Law Allowing Gays To Be Whipped In Public Squares 

Pink News UK reports:

A Russian MP has reportedly called for the right of marines to whip gay people in public.
Alexander Mikhailov is deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Trans-Baikal Parliament and said he plans to put forward the violent proposal as a new regional law.
Speaking to the Chita news agency on Thursday, Mr Mikhailov linked gay people to paedophiles and suggested they should be whipped in public squares by “marines”.
He described homosexuality as a “common shame”.
Referencing a doctor, who criticised the decision of several European countries to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples, Mr Mikhailov praised the doctor and reportedly said: “We have to deal with such things”. He added that his province should adopt a law in which the marines have the right to flog the “asses” of gay people.
“In Russia for many centuries the ass was used for educational purposes and not for love entertainment. So we should use it according to its intended purpose,” the MP said.
Last week, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law.
Earlier this month,President Vladimir Putin said he would back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denied it amounts to homophobic discrimination.

"Imagine this: it’s the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. A huge television event, watched the world over. The American Olympians join the proud march of nations. They’re our emissaries, our exemplars. And as the television cameras zoom in on Team U.S.A., one of its members quietly pulls out a rainbow flag, no bigger than a handkerchief, and holds it up. Not ostentatiously high, but just high enough that it can’t be mistaken.

"Another American follows suit. Then another, and another. Within minutes the flags are everywhere in the American delegation, subtly recurring bursts of color and of honor, a gay-rights motif with a message: we’re here in Russia to compete, but we’re not here in Russia to assent. We have gay sisters. Gay brothers. Gay neighbors and friends and fans and probably teammates, and we reject the laws of a land that deems it O.K. to arrest them for speaking their truth or us for speaking up for them."

- Frank Bruni, writing for the New York Times.

Read the full essay. It’s a must.

Florida: Man Rips Pink Headband Off 2 Year-Old-Boy, Calls Him A Faggot

Gawker reports:

By far the most viral story of this past weekend is Florida mommyblogger Katie Vyktoriah’sterrifying tale of bigotry encountered at a local Walmart.
The 31-year-old Davenport mother of two, who writes about her family life onAMotherThing.com, recounted an exchange with a surly burly homophobe who manhandled her two-year-old son, allegedly for wearing a “feminine” headband, before hurling anti-gay epithets at the toddler.
It all started with a recent trip to Walmart, which Katie says Dexter did not particularly want to take, especially without his favorite “lace flower headband.”
A few things you should know about Dexter: He is gregarious, happy-go-lucky, loves Dora the Explorer, and his favorite color is pink.
So Dexter and his mom are wandering around the superstore’s aisles, and people are coming out of the woodwork to compliment the boy on his choice of headgear.
"The fact that he was wearing a cute girly headband made him feel good, and he was charming all the old ladies by waving like a little pageant prince," Katie recalled in a blog post entitled "Getting Political.”
But just as they were getting ready to check out, things suddenly took a very ugly turn.
Katie says the incident occurred after a pair of teen girls asked her through giggles if her child was “a boy or a girl.”
After she happily responded “he’s a boy,” a man within earshot suddenly roared “THAT’S a BOY?!”
Katie describes the patron as “very large with a bushy beard and a camouflage shirt with the arms cut off.”
His lace-up work boots had no laces, and “the fug of cigarette smoke” and “pong of beer” surrounded him.
Katie replied affirmatively, prompting the man to rip the headband off Dexter and, after lightly slapping the boy on his head, tell him “you’ll thank me later, little man.”
Her maternal instincts kicking in, Katie moved in front of Dexter to shield him, before telling the man “If you touch my son again, I will cut your damn hands off.”
To which he responded: “Your son is a fucking faggot. He’ll get shot for it one day.”
Katie notes that, despite an abundance of eyewitnesses, not one shopper volunteered support or consolation.
She writes:

  • [My husband] Mark and I are both completely supportive of love in all forms. Be you gay, straight, bisexual, transsexual or polygamous, it is YOUR business. I don’t judge, and I don’t try and change you.
  • And if one or both of my kids grow up to realize they are any of these things, it will not change a thing about how I feel toward them.
  • But right now, the fact that homophobia is so rampant, that gay marriage is still seen as dirty because homosexuals are “lesser” somehow and don’t deserve to have the same rights as straight folk, that people like that man in Walmart even EXIST makes me fear for my kids and their futures.
  • While we may accept and support whoever our kids turn out to be, I am scared beyond words at what it would mean for them if they ARE gay. Why should anyone have to live in fear because they fall in love with someone that you or someone else doesn’t agree with? Why should mothers and fathers of gay kids have to have an extra layer of terror at night because they know that the world at large is against their child?

On Facebook, Katie says she has contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the “ongoing harassment” was documented and is currently being investigated.

Ok, what the fuck is going on with Florida? What an ass this man is.

Por Enrique Torre Molina:

Monday, August 5, 2013

AT&T Staffers: It Gets Better

Russia: Homophobic Lawmaker Vitaly Milonov Targets Pro-Gay Artists With Visa Investigation 

Toweroad reports:

Anti-gay lawmaker Vitaly Milonov appears to be sending a message to performing artists coming to Russia: speak out in favor of gay rights and be investigated. Milonov appears to have triggered an investigation into visits to the country by Lady Gaga and Madonna, both of whom made spectacles of Russia’s anti-gay laws during their performances.

The Guardian reports:
The office of Russia’s prosecutor general has issued a statement confirming that neither singer obtained an appropriate visa prior to performing there last year. Madonna, who played in August 2012, and Gaga, who appeared in December, travelled under cultural-exchange visas. These documents “do not grant their bearers the right to engage in any commercial activity,” authorities said. According to the Russian legal information agency, prosecutors are now considering asking Russia’s foreign ministry or federal migration service to press charges.
As any foreigner who has visited Moscow will know, Russian immigration can be extremely complicated. But Gaga and Madonna’s mistakes weren’t just discovered by accident: prosecutors launched their investigation only after being contacted by one of the singers’ most outspoken enemies.The man in question was Vitaly Milonov, who serves in St Petersburg’s municipal legislature and authored St Petersburg’s law banning gay “propaganda” – a model for recent legislation passed by the Duma.

Barney Frank Comes Out… As Atheist

This happened last friday on Real Time with Bill Maher. Hemant Mehta writes at Friendly Atheist

"It’s one of those things you wish he could’ve said more openly during the 32 years he sat in Congress. Somehow, it was okay to be a gay liberal, but saying he was an atheist would’ve been taking things too far. In any case, former Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) still remains the only openly atheist member of Congress in our history."
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Russia: LGBT Activist Nikolai Alexeyev Says Vodka Boycott Won’t Influence Politics
Queerty reports:


Prominent Russian LGBT activist Nikolai [Alexeyev] has long been the poster child for battling homophobic legislation in Russia. For years, he has personally spearheaded efforts to bring an official LGBT Pride festival to the streets of Moscow, taken his battle to the courts, and has been beaten, bruised, and thrown in jail because of it.
This week, he’s responding to calls for a boycott of Russian vodka, insisting there’s “no point” in boycotting beverages, calling it a “symbolic gesture doomed to failure,” according to Gay Star News.
“To be honest, I don’t see the point in boycotting the Russian vodka,” he said. “It will impact anyone except the companies involved a little bit. The effect will die out very fast, it will not last forever…The producers, even if they become bankrupt because of the boycott (which is unlikely) will not be able to influence Russian politics and President Putin as well as the decisions of the State Duma.”
In place of a boycott, Alekseev said “targeting homophobic lawmakers” is the best course of action. The smartest way to do this, in his opinion, is to pressure other governments to add the authors of Russia’s “gay propaganda” law to visa ban lists, which would effectively lock them inside the country.
“Pressure your governments to put the authors of those laws on the black lists for the entrance visas,” Alekseev added. ”They will suffer and others will think twice. Nothing else will work!”
Yesterday, Stoli CEO Val Mendeleev issued a letter stating the company “has always been, and continues to be, a fervent supporter and friend to the LGBT community.” Last night, Stoli’s Facebook page got a super-gay makeover with the revival of their #StoliPride campaign. Currently, company officials are responding to many disgruntled patrons in an open forum in the #StoliPride post’s comments section.

The boycott might not work out as well as we think, but it sure is making a lot of noise. Both things should proceed: the ban of visas and the vodka boycott. Why has to be one or the other?

Russia: LGBT Activist Nikolai Alexeyev Says Vodka Boycott Won’t Influence Politics

Queerty reports:

Prominent Russian LGBT activist Nikolai [Alexeyev] has long been the poster child for battling homophobic legislation in Russia. For years, he has personally spearheaded efforts to bring an official LGBT Pride festival to the streets of Moscow, taken his battle to the courts, and has been beatenbruised, and thrown in jail because of it.

This week, he’s responding to calls for a boycott of Russian vodka, insisting there’s “no point” in boycotting beverages, calling it a “symbolic gesture doomed to failure,” according to Gay Star News.

“To be honest, I don’t see the point in boycotting the Russian vodka,” he said. “It will impact anyone except the companies involved a little bit. The effect will die out very fast, it will not last forever…The producers, even if they become bankrupt because of the boycott (which is unlikely) will not be able to influence Russian politics and President Putin as well as the decisions of the State Duma.”

In place of a boycott, Alekseev said “targeting homophobic lawmakers” is the best course of action. The smartest way to do this, in his opinion, is to pressure other governments to add the authors of Russia’s “gay propaganda” law to visa ban lists, which would effectively lock them inside the country.

“Pressure your governments to put the authors of those laws on the black lists for the entrance visas,” Alekseev added. ”They will suffer and others will think twice. Nothing else will work!”

Yesterday, Stoli CEO Val Mendeleev issued a letter stating the company “has always been, and continues to be, a fervent supporter and friend to the LGBT community.” Last night, Stoli’s Facebook page got a super-gay makeover with the revival of their #StoliPride campaign. Currently, company officials are responding to many disgruntled patrons in an open forum in the #StoliPride post’s comments section.



The boycott might not work out as well as we think, but it sure is making a lot of 
noise. Both things should proceed: the ban of visas and the vodka boycott. Why has to be one or the other?

Friday, July 26, 2013