October 15, 2018

BBC Promises to Have More Gay Characters to Fight The Heteronormative

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The BBC is going to increase the number of LGBT people appearing in its programmes and news output as part of new diversity reforms.
They will be "incidental" portrayals, meaning that their sexuality is not part of a storyline or directly relevant to a news item.
Off-screen and off-air, LGBT staff will be encouraged to "bring their whole self to work" and be open about their sexuality.
Other recommendations include the use of non-binary pronouns used by staff where appropriate, and a network of "straight allies" who will announce their status with pin badges or special email signatures.
They are included in a new report based on a survey of LGBT staff attitudes, which found that many perceived the corporation to have a "heteronormative culture".
LGBT staff account for 11 per cent of the total BBC workforce and 12 per cent of senior staff. BBC bosses say they have acted to ensure they retain and attract the best LGBT talent as an employer, and to appeal to a younger audience as a broadcaster.
James Purnell, director of radio and education, said: "One of our big challenges currently is around young audiences.
"In a recent YouGov survey only 51% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they identified as completely heterosexual.
"An organisation that appears to have a heteronormative culture is not one that is going to cut ice with them either as a consumer or an employee.
"We're aiming to create the most open, inclusive culture we can."
An internal survey of 300 LGBT staff at the BBC revealed areas requiring improvement, including a heteronormative culture, a need for inclusive non-binary language, insufficient support for trans staff, and a need to "adopt LGBTQ or LGBTQ+".
Concerns were also raised that gay men were the most visible members of the LGBT community at the company, that intersectionality of race and background within the LGBT community was not reflected enough, and that there was a need for more visible LGBT leaders.
Karen Millington and Matt Weaver, said: "We hope this makes everyone feel included - whether genderqueer, bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, non-binary, pansexual, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning or an ally."
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Gay Senator Lindsey Graham Denies Tweet from Chelsea's Handler Saying He is Gay

Sen. Lindsey Graham has responded to a recent tweet by Chelsea Handler that many have criticized as homophobic.
Handler tweeted Thursday, “If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay. Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC.”
TMZ reporter approached Graham Friday at Reagan National Airport to ask about the 43-year-old comedian’s comments, which imply that the notoriously conservative South Carolina senator is gay.
“It’s a free country, you can say what you want to say, I don’t care,” Graham responded. “I don’t think much about what she says at all. If she wants to live her life that way, it’s up to her.”
“To the extent that it matters, I’m not gay,” he added. “Belittling people is not as funny as it used to be, and that’s a good thing.”

If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s . Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC

 The 63-year-old “confirmed bachelor” was one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s most passionate defenders during the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations.
Handler was slammed earlier this year for another seemingly homophobic tweet suggesting Graham was being blackmailed with a “dick sucking” video. 
Rosie O’Donnell likewise tweeted last month that the Republican senator was a “closeted idiot.”
While Graham has previously denied he is gay, some sites have reported his sexual orientation is an “open secret” in D.C. circles.
Watch the TMZ exchange below

Germans Stage A Mass Protest Against Racism and The far Left

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 Holding hands against racism

 Protestors from across Germany marched through Berlin on Saturday against racism, xenophobia and the far right in one of the country’s biggest rallies of recent years.  Organizers put the turnout at 242,000 people for the demonstration, which followed anti-immigration protests in several eastern cities over the summer and a rise in support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party before a state election on Sunday. nA police spokesman declined to estimate the size of the crowd at the march, which was organized by a broad alliance of associations, labor unions, parties and rights groups including Amnesty International.  Marchers carried placards reading “Build bridges, not walls”, “United against racism” and “We are indivisible - for an open and free society”. Some danced to pop music on a warm autumn day. 
The arrival of more than a million migrants, many from war zones in the Middle East, has boosted support for the AfD. It is expected to fare well in the election in Bavaria, long a stronghold of the conservative Christian Social Union, a member of the Chancellor Angela Merkel’s federal coalition government.  In August, far-right groups in the eastern city of Chemnitz clashed with police and chased people they believed to be foreign after the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on two migrants. Similar protests took place in Dresden, Koethen and other eastern cities. 
Merkel has accused AfD politicians of using the violent protests to stir up social tensions. 

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Nevertheless, the number of violent attacks on refugees and asylum shelters in Germany has fallen sharply in the first half of this year. 
Two companies have also warned their German employees about the dangers of populism before the regional election in Bavaria while the head of the BDI industry association has said the economy could be hurt by a wave of nationalism. 
Reporting by Michael Nienaber; editing by David Stamp

October 13, 2018

After 20 Years Matthew Shepard's Remains Will Rest at The Washington National Cathedral

Matthew Shepard, 21, was kidnapped and killed in Wyoming in 1998.


For 20 years, the ashes of Matthew Shepard have not been laid to rest.
Mr. Shepard’s killing in 1998, when he was a 21-year-old college student, led to national outrage and, almost overnight, turned him into a symbol of deadly violence against gay people.

Mourners flocked to his funeral that year in Casper, Wyo., but there were also some protesters, carrying derogatory signs. Mr. Shepard’s parents worried that if they chose a final resting place for their son, it would be at risk of desecration.

Now they have found a safe place. On Oct. 26, Mr. Shepard will be interred at the Washington National Cathedral, the neo-Gothic, Episcopal house of worship that is a fixture of American politics and religion.

“I think it’s the perfect, appropriate place,” Dennis Shepard, Matthew’s father, said in an interview on Thursday. “We are, as a family, happy and relieved that we now have a final home for Matthew, a place that he himself would love.”
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Two decades ago, Matthew Shepard was robbed by two men, pistol-whipped and tied to a fence in Laramie. He hung there bleeding in near-freezing temperatures until a passing bicyclist spotted him, thinking at first that he was a scarecrow. He later died in a hospital.

“His death was a wound on our nation,” Mariann Edgar Budde, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, said in an interview on Wednesday. “We are doing our part to bring light out of that darkness and healing to those who have been so often hurt, and sometimes hurt in the name of the church.”

The elder Mr. Shepard said his family had long searched for a fitting resting place for his son, who was once an altar boy in the Episcopal Church. They considered spreading his ashes over the mountains and plains of Wyoming, but still wanted a place they could visit to talk to him. They considered splitting the ashes.
At the cathedral, not only will the family be able to visit him, but so will guests from across the world.

“It’s a place where there’s an actual chance for others to sit and reflect about Matthew, and about themselves, and about their friends,” Mr. Shepard’s father said.

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Mr. Shepard’s friend Jason Marsden remembers him as a young man who was passionate about global politics and human rights. He remembers the funeral in 1998 — how the attendees overflowed into nearby churches, and how some people came to protest with their signs.

Now Mr. Marsden, who works to promote his friend’s legacy as the executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, plans to be there in Washington this month when Mr. Shepard’s ashes are interred in the crypt. 

“It is a noteworthy place to be at rest, and it invites conversations about the importance of this person and what this person represents in American history,” he said.

Mr. Marsden added that Mr. Shepard liked his church in Wyoming and would have appreciated being interred at the grand cathedral in Washington. “I think that with Matt’s sense of occasion and drama, he would have found that tremendously gratifying and very cool,” he said.

The cathedral regularly hosts prayer services and memorials for politicians and presidents. It recently hosted Senator John McCain’s funeral. The ceremony on Oct. 26 will begin with a public service in the morning, and the ashes will be interred privately.

Bishop Budde will preside over the event alongside the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, who became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church in 2003. He has since retired.

Bishop Robinson said he had been working with Mr. Shepard’s parents on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for years. He said that Mr. Shepard’s mother asked him about the possibility of interring her son’s ashes at the cathedral, and that he helped to make it happen.

“God can take something very, very bad and make something good come out of it,” he said. “I think that’s exactly what the Shepards have done for all of us, taking this tragic, awful event and making something meaningful and productive out of it.”

Bishop Robinson said the country had made good progress on civil rights for L.G.B.T. people since Mr. Shepard’s killing, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Mr. Shepard’s name was on a bill, signed into law in 2009, that expanded the definition of violent federal hate crimes to include those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation. And the Washington National Cathedral has honored Mr. Shepard before; in 2013, it hosted a screening of “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine,” a documentary about his life and death.

But the work is far from over, Bishop Robinson said, adding that people are still being hurt and killed because of their sexuality or committing suicide because of trauma or alienation.
Mr. Shepard’s death “became a symbol of the kind of mindless, pointless violence against us for no other reason than being who we are,” Bishop Robinson said. “It is important for us to remind ourselves that we are still trying to come out from under that shadow.”

About 200 people have been interred at the cathedral in Washington, including President Woodrow Wilson, Adm. George Dewey of the United States Navy, Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. Mr. Shepard will be a quite welcome addition, Bishop Budde said.
“A lot has changed in the 20 years since Matthew was abducted, tied to a fence and left to die,” Bishop Budde said. “A lot has changed, but not everything has changed. 

It felt really important for us to say that we believe L.G.B.T.Q. people are beloved children of God, not in spite of their identities but because of who they are — who God created them to be.”
Dennis Shepard said the family was “awe-struck” by the others resting at the cathedral.
“To have Matthew sharing a facility with people like that is above and beyond what we ever expected,” he said.

Who The F* Are You ?~~ Douglas Levinson~~ How To Follow Your Dreams in NYC~~

A Powerful Video that will show what it takes to follow your dreams in NYC 🌇


Everyone has a different definition of success, but here in New York City, sometimes just getting through the damn day can feel like an incredible achievement. On a fundamental level, you're "making it" here as long as you're still up and active, still doing the work, even if nobody sees it. You should feel proud you're still hacking away at it (whatever it is!) in the face of all of New York's abrasiveness. Like when you're just trying to practice your trumpet in some corner somewhere and the world's angriest NYU Film School graduate makes it his mission to crush your dreams into dust, SUCKA.

This Sunday, October 14th, marks the fifth anniversary of the short YouTube masterpiece "trumpet fight." If you've never seen it before, stop reading right now and experience all its seething glory for yourself, you miserable presumptuous no talent:

 Yeah, that's the stuff.
To honor the perseverance and true grit that defines real New York City artists, we hereby declare October 14th International "You're Talented And Not A Disgrace And You Do Not Suck Day." (This is not intended to take anything away from the other October 14th holiday World Standards Day, which honors all those experts who develop standards.)

So get out there this Sunday and celebrate You're Talented And Not A Disgrace And You Do Not Suck Day! Dance in the subway or slap on your clown makeup or grab a musical instrument or a paint brush or just start singing. Show the haters that they have no power to stop you, no matter how many times they walked Bob Dylan up on stage in 1975.
And have a great weekend, SUCKA.

Volleyball Player from USC Comes Out

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USC volleyball player Sam Lewis used the opportunity of National Coming Out Day to come out publicly as gay in a video posted by USC. In the video, he talks about being worried about coming out to people in his life, but since then he’s found a home in the community.
“I found the LGBT community and I was like, oh, this is it,” he said. “This magic that I feel right now, there’s no way that this couldn’t be who I am.”
He said he first came out to people, including teammates, at age 14 when he was playing volleyball at Long Beach Poly. Before he came out to them he thought it would be the “end of the world.” Instead, they told him it was cool.  
“I felt like I could run a marathon, do cross-fit and a backflip all at the exact same time,” Lewis said. “It was an amazing feeling.”
In the video, he talks about playing internationally and feeling threatened in some places because he’s gay. One of those times was at a tournament in Cuba, where a member of Team Jamaica told one of Lewis’ teammates that they kill gay people in Jamaica, and they should watch Lewis’ back. 
Last season he was captain of the USA Volleyball Men’s Junior National Team.
Lewis told Outsports he’s already gotten reaction to his coming out video from a number of people.
“One of my teammates said that was the gayest video I’ve ever seen,” Lewis said, “and he said it was amazing. 

October 12, 2018

Catholic Church in Kenya Refuses Condoms to fight HIV/AIDS

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 Religious dogmas are killing people still in 2018

In this day and age in which we know so much about HIV/AIDS the catholic church and many of the Pentecostals still have the same message: Abstinence only! The priests still tell the old wife tales of HIV/AIDS to be demonds and pusnishment by god for having sex. The amazing part is that you no longer hear about this anymore. No press, no pushback to this church that will rather allowed people to get sick and die of a 100% preventible disease. 
One of the forms of incomes in Africa is selling sex. Even in areas where you have a fishing village, in order for the buyers to get the fish they have to give more than money to the fisherman which are all men in order to have them sell them fish. You have generations of kids in which they don't have parents because they both have died of AIDS. Are they also going to become victims of this preventable disease? The current administration in Washington is gotten off from fighting AIDS They are completely absent from it. Both through the UN and in direct effords of education and condoms also meds. There are thousands dieying every day and why not when thee are no meds. You don't get AIDS but you contract HIV which if left untreated will become AIDS and AIDS will kill you. But there is time to at least save many of the ones that become HIV but that has been abandoned. 
We had the Gates foundation, the Clinton foundation but for political dirty fighting even foundations have gotten a dirty name. The Clinton foundation was made to close it's doors. It didn't affect the Clinton's but the peoeple getting those meds are either dying or dead. The human race has change so little in the way we process information and what we do with it. So many think that things have to be the way they believe it to be or otherwise is not true. This is never going to stop but there was hope with all the advances we have made that less people would behave like idiots. When we add 7 and 6 it is equal to 13. Even if we don't like the number 13 we can't pick a number we like better because 13 will bring us bad luck. Still it might surprise some there are elevators without the number 13 because the builders followed the owners instructions in not naming a floor 13 but does that mean there is no 13 floor? The owners were afraid of the no.13 but only in a finacial way they wanted to please some tenants that would not want to live on a flor with bad luck. 
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YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Condom use can never be advocated by the Catholic Church, according to the bishops of Kenya at a health conference taking place in Mombasa.
During the Oct. 1 meeting, the bishops insisted the use of condoms was not part of the Church’s moral teachings, even as they expressed alarm at the rather high rate of new infections in the country.
“The Church has its doctrines of what it teaches and it is the greatest advocator fighting against AIDS but the use of condoms is not part of the agenda of the Church. The Church is at the front line to see how we can reduce the spread of the disease,” said Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe of Kakamega.
“There are very many other proven ways to prevent the spread of AIDS. We will not choose to advocate for approaches that are not moral. When it comes to discordant partners, we also have a counseling approach to guide the couples to live morally,” Obanyi added. 
According to Kenya’s National Aids Control Council, more than a million people are on anti-retroviral therapy, with 1.4 million people living with HIV. Over 28,000 people died from AIDS-related complications in 2017.
The bishops insist that the only sure and morally upright approach to the spread of HIV/AIDS is abstinence.
It is a stance taken by Pope Benedict XVI during his first visit to Africa. He said then that HIV/AIDS “cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms.”
That statement led to an outcry, and the pope later noted that the use of condoms could be a “first step” toward moral responsibility to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
In May 2013, the U.S.-based Catholics for a Free Choice began a campaign in Kenya to promote the use of condoms. It came up with ads announcing “Good Catholics Use Condoms” and urging married women to use condoms, claiming that it was “an authentically Catholic message.”
“We believe in God. We believe that sex is sacred. We believe in caring for each other. We believe in using condoms,” the advert continued.  
The campaign was condemned by the bishops, who said the group was carrying out anti-Catholic activities.
“Catholics for Choice are not Catholics in the sense of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church,” said Cardinal John Njue, then-chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Remember if the moral fiber of any nation is destroyed, then you have destroyed the nation as well.”
Dr. Peter Cherutich, deputy director of Kenya’s National AIDS and STI Control Program, has defied the bishops on the matter, saying condom use is important to stop the spread of HIV.
“Catholics can in good conscience use condoms. Catholics in Kenya are no different. They can take the steps to protect themselves and their partners against HIV,” he said.
However, Obanyi insisted the Church cannot change its teachings, and abstinence is the best prevention for AIDS.
“The use of condoms is immoral and is not one of the ways we would embrace in our campaigns. The biblical teachings we share are enough to guide what the society needs to do,” the bishop said. 
“We have ways of reducing high rate of AIDS infections and condoms are not part of it. We sensitize our people to see the need for testing so that they can know their status. The Church is a body of doctrines, it teaches, what is right and wrong,” he continued.
The Catholic Church runs around 500 medical facilities in Kenya and is often on the front lines in the country’s battle against HIV/AIDS.
Across the world, the Church provides about a quarter of the care for patients with the diseaseCatholoc Church.

Kosovo Stages Their Second Gay Pride but with Lots of Security

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Hundreds of people turned out on Wednesday for Kosovo’s second Gay Pride parade under heavy police escort after a party that espouses Islamic values urged the government to scrap the event.  
Participants waving rainbow flags marched in the bright autumn sunshine in the rally - whose motto is “In the name of freedom” - from the main government building in the capital Pristina to a central square where they danced, embraced and kissed.  
Kosovo deployed special police units to protect the marchers but no incidents were reported. The former Serbian province, which declared independence in 2008, is 90 percent Muslim and, like much of the Balkan region, socially conservative.  “We call on state institutions not to deny our identity,” Lendi Mustafa, one of the organisers and who is transgender, told the crowd. “Today we demand freedom for people who have no possibility of escaping the pressure of family and society.” 
A Serbian gay activist, Aleskandar Savic expressed solidarity with the Kosovo marchers.  
“We all fight for the same goals, we share the same values so it is logical that despite our different ethnic background we support each other,” Savic, from Belgrade Pride, told Reuters. 
On Tuesday, Fjala (Word), a political party that fights for the rights of Muslims, said the Gay Pride event was “a parade of shame”, and tried unsuccessfully to have it canceled.   
Some rights activists say Kosovo should allow same-sex marriage. At present, the constitution says “everyone enjoys the right to marry” but the family law also states that those who marry should not be of the same sex. 
Commenting on Wednesday’s Gay Pride parade, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said: “Our constitution guarantees individual freedom for all.” 
“LGBT and Pride Week will always have institutional support, to be free and secure to express their orientation,” Haradinaj said on his Facebook page. 
The European Union, which Kosovo hopes to join one day, has said fear remains widespread in the country’s gay community. 
Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; Editing by Gareth Jones

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