Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm gonna marry you - Valentine's day

It does not make sense to discriminate love.

It has been published today, this nice video reffers to the italian situation about same sex marriage. 

Very touching, especially for boys and girls who can not live those scenes, including civil marriage.

Directed by: Luca Cerlini, Secret Wood
Screenplay: David Parrotta
Manufactured by: Orlando, Brescia Provincial Committee Arcigay
Zebra A Pois - Youth Group Arcigay Orlando Brescia
With the support of:
Arcigay - Italian Association of Lesbian and Gay
Agedo - Association of Parents and friends of gays
National Committee Bologna Pride 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Andrej Pejic

Model Andrej Pejic is getting lots of attention for his androgynous look: long hair, long legs and pillowy lips. But there's more to the rising star: A childhood spent being noticeably "different" in his small village in Serbia. After the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, Pejic's mother felt unsafe and decided to initiate immigration process for Australia. In 2000, the family moved to Melbourne, Australia as political refugees when Pejic was eight years old.
From around the age of 14 this australian model became aware of gender barriers, and began experimenting with his look.
He ranks no. 18 on the Top 50 Male Models list, and he was ranked no. 98 in FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

STOP Homophobia

William Santos

Photos and commentary by Danny Bittencourt:
A few days ago I photographed the Walk Youth Thematic Social Forum, there are many gay and photographed supporters who waved the flag and screaming looking for equality, respect and peace. I photographed one of the boys, happy, jumping and dancing named William Santos was beated in the last five days by a group of homophobes, in Porto Alegre, Brasil.
This fact made me think, first at how ignorant can become a human being who can not understand a reality that is not yours, and it has a name, called etnofobia, includes not only gay but any culture that is not its. And what benefit this "citizen" had to coerce a person who flees from the standards he considers "right".
Ignorance and violence are characteristic of people stupid and limited.
Leave a comment, share your idea! Fight  Homophobia

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Ban is Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court has declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, paving the way for a likely U.S. Supreme Court showdown on the voter-approved law.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 Tuesday that a lower court judge interpreted the U.S. Constitution correctly in 2010 when he declared the ban, known as Proposition 8, to be a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.
The measure, which passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, outlawed same-sex unions just five months after they became legal in the state.
Lawyers for Proposition 8 sponsors and for two couples who sued to overturn the ban have said they would appeal to the Supreme Court if they did not receive a favorable ruling from the 9th Circuit.
The circumstances in California are unprecedented. The state supreme court found marriage equality to be a right of the highest order under the state Constitution, and thousands of couples actually exercised that right before a discriminatory initiative took it away," Wolff said. "The federal courts would do well to focus their attention on those unique circumstances, which would support a ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional while leaving the situation in other States for another day.  
University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Tobias Barrington Wolff

No free speech for gays

Tunisia’s human rights minister has attacked an online gay magazine while being interviewed by homophobic TV presenter Samir El-Wafi.

Minister Samir Dilou said ‘freedom of expression has its limits’ and agreed homosexuality was a ‘perversion’ which needed to be ‘treated medically’.

The Gayday magazine's editor has faced religiously inspired hatred and death threats.

Dilou: ‘This country has its own history, heritage, religion and customs and we need to deal with everything on such a basis.’

El-Wafi: ‘We can’t deny that this phenomenon of sexual perversion exists but shall we deny these people from expression mediums?’

Dilou: ‘Yes, freedom of expression has limits.’

‘They live as citizens but they must respect the red lines set up by our religion, heritage and civilization.’
‘I have no knowledge if this magazine have applied for a permit or not but I’m against it even though I’m a minister of human rights.’

They concluded laughing that sexual orientation is not a human right.
But there has been a long build-up to the current situation, it comes after a month of scandals which has brought gay issues to the fore in Tunisia. The first was the release of the brother of the Tunisian Minister of Justice, after an allegation that he raped a young boy. The second, occurring just a few days later was a video posted on the internet by a left wing activist allegedly featuring the current Home Office minister, Ali Laarayedh in an erotic homosexual act with a fellow cellmate during the 1990s.

Samir El-Wafi, a journalist and celebrity TV presenter known for his tabloid, ranting interview techniques joined the homophobic bandwagon, posted the cover of the magazine on his Facebook page (with over 75,500 fans) followed by the following description: ‘In the chaos of freedom of expression and freeing the media, a first Tunisian magazine for fags was issued!

‘In the name of freedom and in a conservative country whose people are facing a struggle between modernity and tradition; a magazine for fags dares to come out and challenge all the circumstances, rules, morals, ethics and customs.

‘Do we need a further strife because a very small minority expresses its perversion… not caring about the feelings and the sacred beliefs of a majority?

‘Today a magazine, tomorrow a pride march, then gay marriage… and after that who knows?’

The post got 381 likes, 124 comments and 165 shares.
The next day Fadi, received hateful messages and death threats.

One from someone identifying themselves as ‘Emna’ said: ‘You are a zero. We don’t give a fuck about you. You ought to be out assisting in building the country. This is so immoral, calling to protect dirty people. God will never forgive you. This is very haraam [forbidden], we are Muslims and we can never be proud of your gay shit. You need to go and see psychiatrists and not start a magazine. Shame on you.’

And Aymen posted on the Gayday magazine Facebook page: ‘You’re dead; don’t come to Tunisia you faggot. Even hell is disgusted to have you!’

How is this possible ? How is it possible that someone's right isn't a human right ? 
Boys and girls receive death threats that says they deserve to be hanged or burnt in public. The situation for LGBT people, also in Tunisia, remains hostile.