1116 posts categorized "International"

July 03, 2015

Mexican laborer responds to Trump's racism

A construction worker lets Donald Trump have it. Here is real decency and honesty and character. The keys to the city are safe with him. It is hard to fathom how someone as dreadful as Trump can get so far while slandering others. I already like and trust and admire the guy in this video, as I never would the attention whore Trump.

July 01, 2015

Clinton emails: ‘We should emphasize LGBT human rights’

DHS unveils new guidelines to protect trans detainees

Six arrested during protest against detention of LGBT immigrants

June 30, 2015

U.S. officials take part in global Pride events

BTW, congrats to Michael Lavers on being named the Blade's new International Editor.

Mozambique legalizes gay sex

Some good news from Africa.

June 25, 2015

Next up at OED: Cisracial?

Kyrgyzstan's anti-gay bill, even worse than Russia's, will become law

June 22, 2015

Meanwhile, near Red Square

Feel free to send us your Wilde-style quips.

June 16, 2015

New Ways addresses pope’s message of ‘complementarity’

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Francis DeBernardo at New Ways Ministry writes:

Pope Francis supported heterosexual complementarity in a speech on Sunday given to 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for a pastoral conference for the Diocese of Rome.

Though he did not mention lesbian and gay couples, the timing of the speech seemed significant to some since it came a day after tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of the Eternal City to celebrate LGBT Pride and to call for marriage equality in Italy....

It has become part of Francis’ rhetorical style not to criticize lesbian and gay couples directly, but to indirectly cast judgement on them by effusively praising heterosexual complementarity. Yet, his remarks cast aspersions on more than lesbian and gay couples. In praising heterosexual complementarity as the preferred norm for marriage and child-rearing, he is also sending harmful messages to those in heterosexual marriages where abuse occurs, as well as to single-parent families.

Francis’ remark that gender differences are “an integral part of being human” ignores the fact that decades of scientific and social scientific research has shown that what people consider “natural” gender differences are actually the result of cultural biases and stereotypes.

As GayChristian101 points out, the idea of complementarity comes from Plato, who included same-sex couples.

Vatican indicts ex-ambassador for sex abuse

It's about time.

A reading on torture with Helen Mirren

Guam Archbishop: Marriage Equality the 'Road to a Totalitarian System'

For a Roman Catholic archbishop to stoke fears of totalitarianism is pretty rich, the idiocy of the remark aside.

June 15, 2015

Magna Carta at 800

Sarah Lyall at NYT discusses the enduring legacy of the great British document.

Mexican Supreme Court effectively legalizes same-sex marriage

Warsaw Pride

Archbishop Wesolowski to stand trial for sex abuse

Pushing Blatter out at FIFA

Love lights up Singapore at Pink Dot 2015

Gay Star News reports:

The seventh edition of Singapore's annual Pink Dot rally on Saturday saw its largest turn-out to date with some 28,000 people turning out to form a 'giant human pink dot' – a reference to the tiny city-state often referred to as a 'little red dot'.

Singapore, a former British colony, continues to criminalize sexual relations between men under section 377A of its Penal Code.

In October last year, the highest court in Singapore rejected two separate challenges to strike down the law ruling that the provision is constitutional.

June 12, 2015

The Task Force celebrates defeat of #TPP

I am not sure that defeating a trade bill does anything to help the LGBT folk who are oppressed in some of the affected countries; but the National LGBTQ Task Force makes the case.

On the Aussie couple that will divorce if gays can marry

Actually, I am slightly more interested in whether the water swirls down their drain clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Israeli gay pride parade highlights progress, limitations

USA Today reports.

June 04, 2015

The Day the World Didn't End

My latest Blade column looks at auspicious signs of ‪#‎LGBT‬ progress, including today's youth who are unfazed by apocalyptic prophecies by Republican politicians.

June 02, 2015

No, this didn't 'cure' his homosexuality

May 29, 2015

Floods, rainbows, and divining God's will

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Sepp Blatter says FIFA must police itself

Because self-policing has worked so well for FIFA in the past! How about no?

May 27, 2015

US AG Lynch speaks on FIFA corruption probe

Impressive.

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.