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May 27, 2015

US AG Lynch speaks on FIFA corruption probe


U.S. Institute of Peace holds forum on Global LGBTI Activism and U.S. Diplomacy

The U.S. Institute of Peace held a forum on May 26 featuring LGBTI campaigners from Kenya, South Africa, Ireland, Fiji, and Grenada to discuss the topic "Expanding Constitutional Rights to LGBTI Communities: International Activism and U.S. Diplomacy." The keynote speaker was Ambassador Randy Berry, U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. The panel was co-hosted by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). Content in the video above begins at about 13:00. Below are some photos I took.

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The Einstein of Sex - Magnus Hirschfeld

If you have no moral authority, maybe stop moralizing

(Hat tip: Stephen Fry)

A short film on Ireland's historic breakthrough on marriage equality

(Hat tip: Panti Bliss)

May 26, 2015

Vatican deplores marriage vote in Ireland

We are so shocked. Go ahead, Rome. Keep trying to hold back the tide. I left Mother Church 45 years ago. Come on in, folks, the water's fine.

An anti-gay preachment I bet you haven't heard before

This bit of nonsense made me think of the scene below from Guillermo del Toro's 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth.

Meanwhile, in Morocco

Fifth Circuit denies stay in immigration ruling

Marriage News Watch

Matt Baume of AFER has the latest on the struggle for marriage equality.

May 24, 2015

Rowling cheers Ireland, invokes Dumbledore

You could smell the fear at #Eurovision2015

I don't really care about the Eurovision singing contest, but I thought the tweet below was funny. Apparently, people were so determined to keep Russia from winning that a homophobic Swede won.

Now, will Americans proud of Irish heritage confront their anti-gay bigotry?

Joe Sudbay is right. It is time for the aggressive homophobia of so many American Hibernian organizations to be challenged more and more to end their anti-gay bigotry. Their attitude was just overwhelmingly rebuked back in their motherland.

May 23, 2015

An air for thee, my fairy-circled isle

At such a joyous moment, the proper mode of celebration for a true son of Ireland (and on my mother's side I am a Gildea and a Fitzgerald) is to play a beloved old air and have a good cry. Here, then, is "In Derry Vale," sung by the lustrous Maureen Hegarty.

Oh, Derry Vale, my thoughts are ever turning
to your broad stream and fairy-circled lea.
For your green isles my exiled heart is yearning,
so far away across the sea.

It's Yes by a landslide in Ireland

Thanks and "Go maire tú an lá!" to my Irish cousins. Whaddaya say, Justice Kennedy?

May 22, 2015

Ireland votes in marriage referendum today

May 20, 2015

ISIS, erasing antiquity

Dear ISIS, you dishonor your faith, your inheritance, and the human race. May you be swallowed by quicksand.

Revolutionary love

Madonna managed to stir up a controversy with this pic. People would be much less upset if these lovely men were slaughtering each other. Go ahead, kiss him.

May 19, 2015

A message to Pope Francis on respecting gay families

Pepe Julian Onziema's acceptance speech from #glaadawards

I celebrated the news after Ugandan activist and trans man Pepe Julian Onziema won a GLAAD Media Award for his interview last year on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but I hadn't seen the video. Here it is. Jussie Smollet of Fox's musical drama Empire presented the award. Pepe's poise, eloquence, and courage are once again on display here. What an asset he is to his country, his continent, and the world. Congrats again, @Opimva.

Priests Defy Bishops To Support Marriage Equality In Ireland

May 17, 2015

Susan Rice condemns Gambia president's anti-gay comments

Thank you, Ambassador Rice.

#IDAHOT celebrated around the world

Today was the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Here are a few observances. Check out the hashtag #IDAHOT for more.

May 16, 2015

U.S. Special Forces Kill Senior ISIS Commander

President Obama seems to be going after ISIS pretty aggressively, considering the far right's claim that he wants the terrorists to win. Below, 19-year-old college student Ivy Ziedrich confronts Jeb Bush on the campaign trail, saying, "Your brother created ISIS." You will perhaps not be shocked that a college student appears far better informed on recent Middle Eastern history than the scion of a distinguished political family who wants to be our next president.

Church of Scotland allows ministers in same-sex relationships

Excellent news from Scotland.

May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - #IDAHOT

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, hashtag #IDAHOT. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says of this video:

This video from the United Nations Free & Equal campaign celebrates the contributions that millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people make to families and local communities around the world. The cast features "real people" (not actors), filmed in their workplaces and homes -- among them, a firefighter, a police officer, a teacher, an electrician, a doctor and a volunteer, as well as prominent straight ally and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Observances of #IDAHOT around the world are taking many forms. Here is one, from London.

WH quiet on Gambia president's 'slit your throats' remark

Update on Ireland marriage equality campaign

With a week to go, here's an update on the Yes Equality Campaign in Ireland from Co-Director Grainne Healy.

Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel weds

Congrats to the happy couple.

May 15, 2015

Defying U.S., Colombia Halts Aerial Spraying of Crops Used to Make Cocaine

Good. The war on drugs is a colossal failure. But America is exceptional, so how can we be wrong? This is just pathetic.

May 14, 2015

CAP on the rape of LGBT immigrants in detention

Kirchick: A crank theory of Seymour Hersh

Jamie Kirchick has an interesting piece in Slate on Sy Hersh's ill-sourced alternative version of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Also, A blunt interview of Hersh by Isaac Chotiner.

May 12, 2015

Singapore defends Glorious Leader, even in death

If you take free expression for granted, or you think it is essential that we censor wrong-thinking people, look at Singapore.

Swedish activists deploy 'gay propaganda' defense system against lurking Russian subs

Jeb Bush caves to Hillary on Obama's immigration actions

And Jordan Sekulow is not the least bit happy.

May 10, 2015

Onziema episode of Last Week Tonight wins GLAAD Media Award

Congrats to our friend Pepe-Julian Onziema for his win at the GLAAD Media Awards last night.

Rescued Boko Haram victims speak

When news came that most of the girls rescued from Boko Haram were pregnant, words failed me. Thank goodness they are speaking out.

May 06, 2015

Denmark, still protecting an SS doctor

This is kind of amazing. I thought they would all have been dead by now.

Gay British couple win high court battle over baby girl

Happy news from the United Kingdom.

May 05, 2015

AP: raw footage of migrant rescue in Mediterranean

This is hard to watch. So many desperate people are perishing at sea.