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"Kenyan transgender rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) have won a major court battle, with the country’s high court ruling that the government’s Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) coordination board must allow them to register."

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Rainbow flags raised across Muskokas for Pride Week


In a first for region, all six municipalities hold flag-raising ceremonies

Muskoka Pride organizers say three years of work culminated July 21 with Pride flag-raising ceremonies being held for the first time in all six of the region’s municipalities.

The ceremonies mark Muskoka Pride Week, which runs until July 27.

Pride organizers say it is the first year that the townships of Muskoka Lakes, Georgian Bay and Lake of Bays have raised the rainbow flag. Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst have raised the flag for several years, since Muskoka Pride started in 2009.

The flag raisings are a symbol of acceptance of the LGBT population of Muskoka, according to Heather Hay, chair of Muskoka Pride. 

“It says to the people in Muskoka that our community is diverse and inclusive, an important message for residents and visitors,” Hay says. “It’s important for young people to see it and know that they’re welcome in their own community.”

Pride board member Shawn Forth grew up in Muskoka and says he understands the feeling of isolation that comes with thinking you are alone.

“Visibility is important for the LGBTQ community so that you don’t feel isolated,” he says. “Pride Week is not just about tolerance and acceptance; it’s about celebrating the rich diversity in our community.”

“It is significant that all communities of Muskoka are recognizing Pride Week this year,” he says, “because there are LGBTQ residents all over Muskoka who want to feel supported by their town.”

A week of festivities will include window displays in local businesses, a photo contest and events each day throughout Muskoka. Celebrations will wrap up Sunday, July 27, with the sixth annual Muskoka Pride Picnic at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge.

For more information about events, visit muskokapride.com or the Muskoka Pride Facebook Page.

From the “English is weird” files …

politicalprof:

The combination “ough” can be pronounced nine different ways (in English alone). I.e.,

A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, and, after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.

ht: EE

Gay man sentenced for twitter debauchery in Saudi Arabia

Confiscated mobile proves extent of contacts, communication through microblog

    • By Habib Toumi Bureau Chief
    • Published: 16:18 July 23, 2014

Manama: A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced an homosexual man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for using his Twitter account to promote homosexual contacts.

The man, 24, was arrested after he posted several tweets calling for homosexual relations and expressing his readiness to meet gay men, local daily Al Watan reported on Tuesday.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the religious police, was alerted about the tweets and was able to apprehend the young man after it set him up using an undercover agent.

His mobile phone was searched and several “immoral” pictures were discovered, prompting the Commission to refer his case to the public prosecution.

During the trial, the prosecutor requested a harsh punishment and the confiscation of the mobile phone on charges of promoting debauchery.

The suspect reportedly admitted to using his account on the microblog to contact and communicate with homosexuals.

The court decided that the 450 lashes would be given over 15 sessions.

Homosexuality is banned in Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states that also comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE.

(via Loving mom writes incredible letter to 13-year-old gay son | Gay Star News)

It reads in full:

Dear Connor,

I am writing you this letter so you have something tangible, something to hold onto, if you should ever need it, to always remind you that we love you.

I am pretty proud that we have the kind of relationship in which you felt comfortable coming out to met at 13 years old. I am hoping that we have created an environment in our house in which you know you are loved, you are safe, and that we will support you and fight for you.

Dad and I love you very much. You are growing into such an amazing young man. You are pure potential. We can’t wait to see where it takes you!

Love, Mom :D

(via Loving mom writes incredible letter to 13-year-old gay son | Gay Star News)

It reads in full:

Dear Connor,

I am writing you this letter so you have something tangible, something to hold onto, if you should ever need it, to always remind you that we love you.

I am pretty proud that we have the kind of relationship in which you felt comfortable coming out to met at 13 years old. I am hoping that we have created an environment in our house in which you know you are loved, you are safe, and that we will support you and fight for you.

Dad and I love you very much. You are growing into such an amazing young man. You are pure potential. We can’t wait to see where it takes you!

Love, Mom :D

Lovely.

"The Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (ORAD) proudly presents "True Colours" in American Sign Language. A song originally performed by Cyndi Lauper, then re-recorded by a group of seven Canadian musicians, "Artists Against Bullying." This video premiered at ORAD’s 5th annual "Drag’ing ASL to Pride" on June 2nd, 2013 as part of an Anti-Bullying Campaign for Deaf Queer Youth."

devengreen:

Betty Bowers YouTube Trailer

The best of Betty.

fogo-av:

dear-white-people:

YOU DEMANDED IT! Check out the full-length official trailer for Dear White People before it hits theaters this weekend. 

#HITSHARE #TURNUP #BELIEVETHEHYPE

This movie better be everything that I need it to be or else! 

glaad:

Today, President Obama signed an executive order that prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity against federal workers and contractors.

glaad:

Today, President Obama signed an executive order that prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity against federal workers and contractors.

cartoonpolitics:

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." .. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

cartoonpolitics:

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." .. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

Dutee Chand’s career in doldrums

Dutee
Dutee was not eligible to compete in the female category due to high testosterone levels in her body. (TOI Photo)

BANGALORE: The promising career of one of India’s most promising athletes -Dutee Chand -has come to a grinding halt after medical tests conducted by the Sports Authority of India South Centre revealed that the Odisha girl was not eligible to compete in the female category due to high testosterone levels in her body.

“Preliminary investigations indicate that the athlete is not fit for participation in a female event due to female hyperandrogenism. The athlete will still be able to compete in the female category in future if she takes proper medical help and lowers her androgen level to the specified range,” SAI said in a press release.

“We reiterate that these test results do not determine her gender. The test simply tells us that she has excess androgen in her body and is therefore not eligible to compete in the female category,” the release added.

micdotcom:

Salem mayor has put her money where her mouth is over local college’s LBGT bigotry

Earlier this summer, Kim Driscoll, the first female mayor of Salem, Mass., pulled funding from Gordon College, a small, Christian liberal arts school located outside Boston. The school had cosponsored a letter to President Obama asking for a religious exemption to his executive order to end employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. 
What Mayor Kim Driscoll did about it | Follow micdotcom

micdotcom:

Salem mayor has put her money where her mouth is over local college’s LBGT bigotry

Earlier this summer, Kim Driscoll, the first female mayor of Salem, Mass., pulled funding from Gordon College, a small, Christian liberal arts school located outside Boston. The school had cosponsored a letter to President Obama asking for a religious exemption to his executive order to end employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

What Mayor Kim Driscoll did about it | Follow micdotcom

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