Gay news, dutch elections, lesbian moms better, Oklahoma city councilman compares gays with pedophiles and wife-beaters

8 06 2010

Tomorrow is election-day in the Netherlands and because I never got my voter’s permit, I had to get one yesterday. It was a hassle but necessary. I read on the biggest gay website in the Netherlands that Libertarians(VVD) were number 1 with gays(also with me) followed by Geert Wilders’ PVV. Maybe if I would be gay and living in Amsterdam or Rotterdam and face all the discrimination and abuse by Moroccan guys I would be doing the same thing. Third is D’66, kinda left of the middle. I voted that my first 2 times. I think the Netherlands needs a strong economic party though to face the crisis and that is why VVD is good imo. I would never vote christian, green of left so there is not much else left to vote for anyway!!

According to a just published study from over 20 years, lesbian moms seem to raise better kids! On measurement of development and social behavior their kids scored similar to the kids of straight parents. But on self-esteem and confidence they scored higher, were better academically and had less behavioral problems. Wow!! Curious what the bigots say about this.

Oklahoma City approved a gay pride parade with 8-1 votes. The sole person against it was Brian Walters, who is a born-again christian that does not believe in the gay lifestyle. He said he would also not support wife-beaters or pedophiles to assemble. Cause that is the same thing, you know. What an idiot.

Sao Paulo Gay pride 2010 was a huge success. In Brazil, 3.2 million people celebrated and there were hardly any incidents. Pride is financed by the government and brings in millions of dollars to the city in revenue. I saw some footage and it looked pretty fabulous.





Gay news, Osbournes Pride Marshals in LA, homophobia in Asylum system, Prides in Rumania and Slowakia, lesbians raped in South Africa

24 05 2010

Kelly and Sharon Osbourne will be the Grand Marshals for the Los Angeles Gay Parade. They have spoken out a lot of gay issues and have always been very supportive of the gay community, so great choices. Better than Paris Hilton and her mom e few years back. Saturday Sharon hosted an Equality California event at their mansion to celebrate Harvey Milk Day.

U.K. gay rights group Stonewall just finished an extensive study that shows that almost all gay and lesbian asylum-seekers are returned to their home-country. Many are send back with the words they should just live discreet. Even though in some countries in the middle east and africa gays are really being killed for their sexuality. I totally an in favor of thorough vetting of asylum-seekers also in the Netherlands. But we do accept too many that do not need to be here and can go home and do not accept others that are in danger of their lives and would totally integrate in our society.

While Gay Pride in Rumania this weekend was a success with hundreds of participants and no violence, Rainbow pride in Bratislava was a disaster. Thousand people had accumulated on the centre to celebrate when 80 extremist skinheads started to throw stones and smoke bombs. Police only caught 8!! After the incident police asked for the Pride to be cancelled.

South Africa is all in the centre of the news because of the upcoming World Championships soccer in a few weeks. Groups have asked for people to be aware that a lot of women are being raped there because of their sexuality, being gay is still a big taboo there. One in every two women gets raped and the rate is highest in the slumps of Johannesburg and Capetown. There men still think they can “cure” women and make them straight by fucking them. Repulsive.





Gay news, Expedia opens gay store, Harvey Milk dayMoscow Pride satanic, Gay blood ban

22 05 2010

Travel site Expedia.com has opened a Gay Travel Store on their website since yesterday on http://www.expedia.com/daily/gaytravel/default.asp. They partner with International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association to help find and identify gay-friendly hotels all over the world. I just had a look and it is pretty cool except for the fact that with hotels in for instance NY or Amsterdam I do not understand why some hotels are listed as gay-friendly and others not…. What qualifies as being gay-friendly? I probably keep (small)luxury hotels of the world as my number 1 but this might be a good alternative.

Today is the first Harvey Milk Day. It is only an official holiday in California but all over the U.S there are parties and events. As most of you know he was the first elected openly gay official in the U.S and was killed shortly after. People that do not know the importance of Harvey, should watch the movie Milk or one of the documentaries made about his life. Celebrations in his beloved Castro neighborhood will be biggest but also in LA, San Diego and NY marches and events for equality will be held. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will kick off a fundraiser in SF on Market Street. Yesterday she promised DADT would be over by the end of the year. Hope she can keep her promise. Below Milk Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black about the importance of Harvey Milk.

For the 5th year in a row Moscow Gay Pride was banned by Mayor Yury Luzhkov. According to him it is satanic and he will do everything to stop the event May 29. Moscow authorities have also blocked the website promoting the pride, GayRussia.Ru. How democratic.

There might come an end to the FDA approved ban on gays giving blood donations. The Department of Health and Human services wants to hear presentations and engage in deliberations on the topic. Since september 1985 men who had sex with men(even once) were not allowed to donate. This change would be about time, there are tons of monogamous gay men who are HIV-negative and can donate.





Gay news, outrage Malawi sentence(Madonna/White House, Aussi news(Gay MP and football, gays in military does work, Backstreet boys at gay pride SF

21 05 2010

It seems that everyone is upset with the sentence of the Malawian gay couple yesterday. They got 14 years in jail and hard labour for being in love. First our minister for foreign affairs, christian democrat Maxime Verhagen called it terrible and says Malawi does not get any money from the Netherlands.He also calls for EU sanctions against Malawi. Madonna who is building a school there  also says she is shocked and saddened and thinks Malawi took a giant step backwards. The White House send out a statement strongly condemning it.

An Australian Labor MP(strong family values!) has resigned yesterday after being filmed leaving a gay sex sauna and club. He even used the ministerial car to go there. He is married with 2 children. Why are it always the “family values” guys.

Australian footballer leagues Jason Akermanis had the message for gay players to stay in the closet. He told in a column in the Herald Tribune that AFL footy is not ready for it. Using the showering together as the biggest reason while saying he is not homophobic. Why always she showering. Guys look at each other’s cocks anyway, gay or not. And what man does not look at a women’s tits?? Is that such a big deal?? His own club as well as others have distanced themselves from his comments as have other athletes.

Gays in the military are a non-issue in the Netherlands, Israel, England, Canada and Australia, officers of those countries have told at a DADT hearing. There are even benefits like better retention of qualified soldiers. Gays often do not have children and that is the main reason for many soldiers to leave the army in their 20’s/30’s.

And some light news to end this post. The Backstreet Boys will be performing at this year’s Gay pride in SF on june 27. They must be the most popular male band ever in the world to have performed at Pride. I have never been a fan at all, but good for them.





Gay news, Havana/Minsk-pride, big difference conservatives in GB and US, Burial bill likely vetoed in Minnesota, retarded DADT statement

16 05 2010

Gay pride in Havana, Cuba was a huge success, hundreds paraded violent-free in drag and with flags. One of them was the daughter of the president Raul Castro, Mariela a long-time LGBT advocate. The Slavic Pride in Minsk was anything but a success though. The 40 brave participants saw some journalist and TV crew but did not get any further then 300 meters after which riot police arrested the gay men violently. There were also tons of counter-protesters, mostly skinheads who were throwing eggs.

It is interesting that the conservative party in Great Britain, the Tories have eleven openly gay members in parliament and nine in the glass closet. One is a lesbian and 2 are even ministers, the party is proud of that. Compare that to the US where there are zero . U.S has a long way to go in that regard.

A bill that passed the senate in Minnesota giving gays the same end of life rights as straights will likely be vetoes by the Republican governor Tim Pawlenty. According to him the bill in unnecessary and will stoke up the fire on a hot button issue. Unbelievable people believe gays have not the same rights hen it comes to burying their partner.

According to James Inhofe, Oklahoma Senator and Armed Service Committee member soldiers are unwilling to fight for lesbians and gay soldiers also in the line of fire. According to him soldiers are doing it for the man in the next foxhole and if that man is gays they would not want to anymore. How bigoted and foolish. Why does it work OK in Britain, the Netherlands and Israel then???





Gay news, Denmark gay adoption, Pride cancelled in Lithuania, hate crime charges dismissed in Brooklyn murder, drag queen dance-off

7 05 2010

I am surprised in a country like Denmark this was not law before but since this week the parliament passed a vote giving gay couples equal adoption rights. Until now they could only adopt individually or adopt the children of the one of the partners as step-children. Great news

Not so great is that in Lithuania, Gay Baltic Pride was banned. The court in the capital of Vilnius decided that. The court ruled that the parade could lead to public disturbances and say they can’t guarantee the safety of the participants. Nice excuse for not wanting it to happen.

This summer  in Brooklyn about a hate crime against Jose Suzuchanay and his brother. The two straight Ecuadorian men were walking arm in arm on the street. Jose was drunk and his brother was helping him. Two thugs thought they were gay and started screaming anti-gay slurs and anti-hispanic slurs to them and eventually beat Jose to death. Hakim Scott and Keith Phoenix were “only” found guilty of manslaughter and attempted assault. Pretty unbelievable to me.

And to finish of the news, something to make you smile. It is a dance-off between to Drag Queen in Sydney. And the girls can dance!!





Gay news, Austria gay stamp, gay Welsh rugby star, anti-gay day a big fail, Gay pride Slovakia in danger

4 05 2010

The Australian Postal Service has issued the world’s first postage stamp to celebrate gay pride. It is on the occasion of the 15th annual Gay Pride in Vienna. The stamp is worth $0.72 and a bit bland. Just the words Rainbow Parade in German, but still cool it exists.

I reported a while back about the coming out of rugby star Gareth Thomas. He did an interview with SI and talked about how great his team mates were in accepting him and telling him he was still the same and it did not matter. Unfortunately this sunday a small part of the audience during one of his matches was not so gay-friendly. In the match his team on with 19-0 they started chanting homophobic slurs and he was pretty upset. The rugby league has taken action against the “fans”.

Religious Right Wingnuts hosted a 70.000 dollar event at the Lincoln memorial called: ” A cry to God for a nation in distress.” It was lined with Evangelical stars and morons like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Pete LaBarbera from Americans for truth about homosexuality(probably 2 closet-cases themselves) and originally an idea of Huckabee’s inner circle. Only 300 people attended, haha. And that for 70.000 bucks. I post a small clip, the second speaker brings out the laughs!! Starts around 1 minute into the clip

The leader of the Slovakian National Party told media he is not in favor at all of the first Bratislava Pride in May 2010. He wants to attend it if it goes through and spit on the gays there. The extremely nationalistic SNP is a coalition party of the Government in Slovakia.





(gay) news, Polish anti-gay Prime Minister dies, Huckabee still an ass, gay marriage close in Portugal

11 04 2010

A true tragedy happened yesterday in Russia where a polish airplane crashed that had almost the whole polish political elite on board. Because of fog the already old airplane could not land and did anyway and hit some trees before crashing. One of the people on board was Prime Minister Lech Kaczinsky a notorious homophobe. He was the most anti-gay leader of a european country. He banned gay prides and said same-sex marriage would destruct society. Hopefully a more progressive leader will succeed him, because I have polish family that I really like and both times I have been in Poland I had a good time so wish nothing but the best for the polish people.

Fox host and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee showed he is still a bigoted douchebag. He said gays in the military would be nothing more than a “social experiment,” gay marriage and even civil unions are not necessary comparing it to drug use and polygamy. Gays should also not be able to adopt because kids are not puppies(!!!) and parenting is very serious and not for gays. The puppy comment is interesting even more so when knowing his son hung a stray dog.

Gay marriage is only 1 signature away in Portugal.The nation’s legislature recently passed a marriage equality bill that now has been approved by Portugal’s Constitutional Court. It now only needs the signature of the President to become law. President Silva opposes gay marriage but his veto will likely be overridden. Good for Portugal, one down, a lot to go.





Gay news; Belgian cardinal bishop insults gays, Moscow mayor calls gays satanic,

26 01 2010

Belgian cardinal bishop Andre Leonard has insulted gays again, first he called homosexuality a mental disorder and now he compared it with having anorexia.” Anorexia does not go well with lust for food and that is not normal but an anorexia patient itself is not abnormal. Same goes for gays”. Does it make any sense to you?? Equaling  gays with a mental disorder like anorexia?? Also he has apparently no clue about anorexia. My mom works at a senior citizen home and they read this story to the 80-year old people there and those catholic old people said,” the church leader are ridiculous and make everyone disliking the church even more” Amen!!

The Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov has called gays “satanic” again. He says there will never be a gay pride in Moscow because it is a satanic act. He also vows to fight against equality and urged hard measure to fight immorality. What an idiot, hope he goes to hell himself.

The Ad against abortion featuring Tim Tebow, that I blogged about last week is getting more and more critique in the media. Many national women’s organizations have written a letter to CBS that is planning to air the ad, saying it is unfair from CBS to give such a coveted spot to an anti-choice, anti-equality and anti-gay organization as Focus on the Family. A pro-gay church ad was refused several years ago by CBS citing they did not want to take positions/sides in controversial issues. So abortion is not one, CBS??





Gay news; Gay Prides in Rio and Taipeh, anti-gay airline SkyWest/Delta, gays not welcome in Vatican City

3 11 2009

This weekend saw two of the last Gay Prides of the year, in Rio and Taiwan. The people in attendance could not have been more different, 1 million in Rio and 25.000 in Taipeh. In Rio the mayor promised to spent more money then this years 100.000 dollars in Pride for its 15th year anniversary. The revenue for the city is 45 million, so a little more would not hurt!

The airlines SkyWest and Delta are being accused of anti-gay discrimination and might be sued. A man who works for SkyWest and was married to his partner in California during the time it was legal, is pissed because his partner does not get the same free fares as heterosexual spouses. SkyWest has refused comment so far but they better step up to the plate. It’s just absurd that in a job area with so many gay employees there would still be discrimination.

An area where it is not a big surprise that gays are discriminated is Vatican City. But the comments of bishop Janusz Kaleta are even for those standard pretty harsh. He thinks gays should not be allowed in Vatican City. Gays coming there is a provocation and an abuse of the place. Try to go to a mosque when you are not a Muslim(since when is that hard, btw???) he says and it’s unethical. What about gays that are religious, mr Kaleta?? The churches should be happy with everyone they can get their hands on in these times