Crack smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wanted the rainbow flag removed from city hall:
"The Olympics, "is about being patriotic to your country, this is not about someone’s sexual preference," he told reporters. "
When his request to have it taken down was shot down, he petulantly returned to his office and placed a Canadian flag in his window.
Meanwhile, several Canadian municipalities are flying rainbow flags in protest of Russian’s anti-gay propaganda law including Vancouver, Whistler, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and St. John’s Newfoundland. Kinda coast to coast, eh?
Wow. Very powerful. Reminds me of Friday mornings in high school when the members of the football team would brag about the gay bashing they did on Thursday nights. Everyone cheered their stories (true or not) while I sat in mortified silence.
TW for scenes of violence.
"THE RUSSIA FREEDOM FUND http://www.uprisingoflove.org/donate - is a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBT movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 100% of all donations will be paid out as grants. This initiative responds to growing concerns about recent state-sponsored discrimination in Russia and expresses solidarity between the international LGBT community and allies, and the Russian LGBT movement.”
"We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people," Mr Ban said after he was asked if he planned to speak to Mr Putin about concerns surrounding gay rights.
"We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they face.
"Hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century."
There are obviously transgender people who would like to access some of the available health treatments, but many others do not. States should not force the choices of transgender people by making legal gender recognition dependent on surgeries, hormone treatment or sterilization,” said Marco Perolini, Amnesty International’s expert on discrimination.
Angelique Kidjo speaks out against homophobia in Africa
Benin born Grammy winning recording artist Angelique Kidjo has spoken to CNN’s Christiane Amanpore about her dismay about homophobia and religious intolerance across the African continent – saying it wasn’t how she was raised.
‘God becomes a brand – I know that. A lot of people make a lot of money and here you have churches that have billions of dollars and they can care less about the poor people that come to their church – that is another discussion we can have another time.
‘But faith has nothing to do with violence and I refuse to be put in the position where somebody would tell me, “Well, you [have to] hate those people because they are so and so, that religion is this and this.”’
The Queen 1968 Documentary (FULL VERSION) Pre RuPaul (by MyLifeasPhil)
"The Queen was filmed in NYC in 1967 and released in theaters in 1968. In 1967 it was illegal for men to dress as women. The documentary follows a 1967 Drag pageant judged by Andy Warhol among others. It stars Jack Doroshow aka Flawless Mother Sabrina, Richard Finochio aka Rachel Harlow and Crystal LaBeija. Crystal went on to start The House of LaBeija pageants which was the premise of the 90’s documentary "Paris is Burning." In 1972 Richard Finochio underwent sex reassignment surgery to become Rachel Harlow, she began dating John B. Kelly, Grace Kelly’s brother. The relationship ended when John’s mother said she would disinherit him if he married Rachel. Rachel opened the Philadelphia night club "Harlow’s" in the 1970’s. The only person to surface since this classic film was made is Jack Doroshow when he was interviewed by James St. James on youtube. International Chrysis (1951-1990) can be seen as a teenage boy rehearsing dance numbers. These are the Queens who opened the doors for RuPaul and RuPaul’s Drag Race of today.
"In its seventh edition, Mumbai’s Gay Pride got bigger and bolder, attracting crowds from across the globe. Colourful costumes, innovative headgear and a multitude of balloons in rainbow colours only added to the atmosphere charged with slogans, chanting, singing and waving of whacky, tongue-in-cheek banners and posters which left many chortling and some agape.
“Ideally, the march is about taking pride in what you are. But this year’s upsurge in numbers is a reflection of the community’s anger and hurt over being recriminalised,” said one of India’s gay rights pioneer Ashok Row Kavi.
“If courts think they can brush us off and treat us like sub-humans they need to see how they have ended up giving the movement a shot in the arm instead. This movement will grow and succeed.”
A Channel 4 documentary, Hunted, to be broadcast in the Dispatches strand on Wednesday at 10pm, will include the first television reporting of the concerted intimidation and humiliation carried out by the anti-gay groups Parents of Russia and Occupy Paedophilia.
"We filmed these groups with their knowledge, and what I found shocking afterwards was that only a few asked to have their faces disguised. They all believe they are doing the right thing," said Liz Mackean, the investigative journalist who travelled to Russia to make the film for C4.
"This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in January 2014. It showcases U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and recreational athletes of various backgrounds.
Bulgarian lawmakers have thrown out a law which would have ended LGBTI people’s freedom of expression and freedom to assembly with even more severe punishments than Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda
The study, published by Manchester Business School and Plymouth University this week, interviewed over 1200 lesbian, gay and bisexual people across the UK, and found reports of bullying were far higher than among straight colleagues.