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January 16, 2017

Defense Ministry Gay Themed TV Episode Shown on China Pulled by YouTube


TAIPEI, Taiwan --YouTube has pulled an episode of the Defense Ministry's TV show that features a soldier broken up with by his same-sex partner.

Titled "Rainbow," the half-hour segment of the Ministry of National Defense's "Ju-guang Corner" (莒光園地) showed service members supporting a gay soldier who recently loses an off-base love interest.

The show is broadcast nationwide over Chinese Television System (華視) on Thursday, with reruns on Friday and Saturday.

The official online version of the video was removed by YouTube after users flagged it on grounds that it violated community guidelines. Cached backups of the episode remain online.

The Alliance of Crying for Hope (搶救台灣希望聯盟) blasted the "Rainbow" segment -- calling the government "shameful" and "needing medical attention."

"Imagine what kind of island Taiwan would become if the military became the breeding ground for AIDS. Taiwan's own self-destruction means that China wouldn't even need to invade," the post added.

Before the video's removal, a majority of comments in the discussion section was supportive of the episode, with some applauding the ministry's decision to face the issue of LGBT service members.

In a statement released on Facebook on Friday, the MND said it was "thankful and respectful of diverse societal opinions."

"The segment highlights the consolidated workings of counseling and members of the military supporting one another during difficult times. Combined with support from families, the counseling framework ensures that soldiers can serve with peace of mind," the MND stated.

Taiwan’s Legislature is poised to consider groundbreaking amendments to its civil code this year that legalize same-sex marriage.

The China Post news staff

February 20, 2016

Two Soldiers Find Love in Iraq then Loose it but they find a way

Betu Allami (left) and Nayyef Hrebid (right) met in 2004, during the seige of Ramadi. Hrebid was a translator with the U.S. Marines, and Allami was an Iraqi soldier.
                          Betu Allami (left) and Nayyef Herebid (right)  met in 2004 during the Iraq war but took a decade to find a home

This is a story about love and war; love lost and love found again.
In 2004, Nayyef Hrebid was an interpreter for the U.S. Marines in Iraq, and Betu Allami was a soldier with the Iraqi Army.
Ramadi General Hospital had been taken over by insurgents, and Hrebid and Allami were part of a mission to reclaim the hospital. It was a dangerous mission, in a dangerous city, at a dangerous time in the war. 
At night, after the stress of the day was over, the two men would come together in a safe house to recover. They would eat a meal, then sit in the back garden and talk for hours.
Hrebid said those conversations helped keep him sane during a difficult time. 
"Because, you know, we see dead people. We fight. So what we talk about is our life and past, about how we feel, about where we like to be in the future," Hrebid said. "And that was very beautiful in that difficult moment." 
Neither were openly gay, but they knew they had feelings for each other. After just four days, Allami told Hrebid, "I love you." In response, Hrebid kissed him. Allami said he was so excited, he didn't eat for two days.
But this was Iraq, and being gay was not OK. If they were caught, they could go to jail for 15 years, or worse.
"To be gay in Iraq, it's very dangerous," Hrebid said. "It's losing your life. You get shame to the family. You lose your family, and you lose your friends, you lose everything almost. That is why there is other ways to be gay, just between you and maybe the other person."
For nearly five years, Hrebid and Allami kept their love a secret. Sometimes, friends would help to arrange rendezvous. But they could not love in the open. Then, in 2009, Hrebid's life became dangerous for another reason. He was targeted by militants for his work as a translator.
"They start writing our names in the street; I cannot meet my family any more, and all my neighborhood knew I work with the Americans, so they call me traitor," he said.
With the help of a U.S. Marine captain, Hrebid was granted asylum and came to live in the United States. He settled in Seattle in 2009. But he had to leave Allami in Iraq.
Allami said he was happy to know that Hrebid was safe and could finally live life as an out gay man. "But me, I live in Iraq. Is now just me, and so difficult," Allami said.
"I was feeling very guilty to leave him behind," Hrebid said.  
The two stayed in constant contact, by phone or Skype or other means. Hrebid spent years trying to find a way to bring Allami to live with him in Seattle.
Because of Allami's military history, it was difficult to get permission for him to enter the U.S. Meanwhile, his life had also become dangerous. A relative had discovered that Allami was gay, and Allami feared for his life.
With the help of friends, Hrebid got Allami to safety in Beiruit, Lebanon. Then Hrebid found a way to get Allami to Vancouver, Canada, where Hrebid could come visit him.
They lived across the border from each other and saw each other every week. They married in a small ceremony in Canada on Valentine’s Day, 2014.

Finally, in early 2015, the couple got an appointment with U.S. Immigration. Hrebid clearly remembers the day.
"That day was one of my biggest days, ever. We went there and I had a bunch of paper, photos and letters to prove our relationship. And the interview was only 10 minutes. She asked specific questions about how we met, how long we've been together, and how we connect with each other. After that she said, 'You've been approved for a visa to live in the United States,'" Hrebid said.
He was shocked and began to cry and scream immediately. "I lost myself. I really lost myself because this finally is happening. We could live together," he said. "I want to wake up to up see him in front me. And when I close my eyes, he's the last face I see."
The two were married on the Olympic Peninsula in August 2015 in what they call their "dream wedding." They now live on Capitol Hill in Seattle. After more than a decade living apart, they are grateful to — at long last — be able to share a roof and a bed.
"We have home," says Allami, "apartment, but ..." 
Hrebid jumps in. “It is like a palace, to us."

January 14, 2016

All Love is Equal [Project]

 Ad from Marriott’s LoveTravels page.

More than a year after starting the All Love Is Equal project, photographer Braden Summers says it has “exceeded expectations on all accounts.”

Summers set out to create photographic representations of LGBT love as a sort of commentary on the lack of commercial LGBT imagery. He says he is glad to see how it has grown recently, specifically mentioning companies like Tiffany’s and Honey Maid that have included images in their advertising that “show how beautiful romance in LGBT community can be.”

In an exclusive interview, Summers told 429Magazine that the All Love Is Equal project “spread globally like wildfire and the response was overwhelmingly positive…[garnering] support from many, many countries around the world.”

He traveled around the globe to photograph real-life couples wherever it was possible. Summers and his producer, Greg Jaroszewski, did what they could to find actual couples in every location, including reaching out to gay organizations.

In some locations, such as Lebanon and India, Summers opted to use models because of the potential danger to real LGBT couples. Beirut also proved challenging—they visited gay clubs there every night in search of participants. Summers said that many “vehemently said no” because it could be unsafe for them to be recognized as gay.

He said that he personally never felt like he was in danger while shooting, but he admitted, “It definitely felt risky.”

Summers also used models because of monetary concerns, realizing “it would be challenging with a small budget to find real couples…with a certain aesthetic that represents” the sort of heterosexual commercial imagery he hoped to replicate.

The photographer reported he is pleased with where this project has taken him. One thing it led to was the #LoveTravels campaign that Marriott launched in June 2014, for which the hotel chain commissioned Summers to take pictures that would celebrate inclusion.
Photo credit: Braden Summers/Marriott International

The senior director of segment marketing, Kristine Friend, said in a press release, “Braden’s work so beautifully illustrates the inclusiveness and equality that we embrace.”

For the #LoveTravels campaign, Summers exclusively used actual LGBT people as opposed to models. The project can be viewed at Marriott’s LoveTravels page.

One couple he worked with was Marc Phariss and Vic Holmes of Texas, who have been together for more than seventeen years. They reached out to him after seeing his work at the HRC National Dinner to ask if Summers would photograph their wedding. He declined, explaining that he is not a wedding photographer per se: “I told them about my process and how I’m more interested in narrative [imagery],” he said.

Instead, he offered to “illustrate their love and romance,” with the aiming of taking pictures that were “representative of LGBT love in the South.”

Summers added that he would like to continue the sort of work he started with All Love Is Equal, if it again becomes financially feasible to do so.


October 24, 2014

Shonda Rhimes “If You Don’t Like gay love scenes, DON’T watch them!”


Shonda Rhimes has a message for those complaining about gay scenes in her television series'. According to Rhimes, those opposed to gay scenes or even gay characters in "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Scandal" can simply just not watch. The Huffington Post reported on Tuesday about a Twitter exchange betweenShonda Rhimes and a fan where she shuts down the critique of Rhimes going "too far" with love scenes involving gay characters. 
It all started when a fan tweeted to Shonda Rhimes and said, "@shondarhimes the gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot." Rhimes minced no words when responding to the Twitter cricic. Shonda responded three times with her own opinion. She said:
@Dabdelhakiem There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.
@Dabdelhakiem If you are suddenly discovering that Shondaland shows have scenes involving people who are gay, you are LATE TO THE PARTY.
@Dabdelhakiem If u use the phrase "gay scenes", u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia. #oneLOVE
Writer/producer Shonda Rhimes attends Women In Film 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by MaxMara, BMW, Perrier-Jouet and South Coast Plaza held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Even after the exchange with one Twitter follower ended, Shonda Rhimes continued to shut down critics with a rant about equality. She said, "I love all you Tweeples. Even the ones who still need to grow. And remember that at some point, someone discriminated against you too." Then one last tweet to shut it all down. Before shutting the whole thing down, Rhimes said, "I don't know why this kind of hate is out there. Ugh. #onelove. At least in Shondaland. Have a great rest of your weekend!" 
Shonda Rhimes has been very vocal about her support of the LGBT community. She even received a Golden Gate award from GLAAD in 2012 for her commitment to supporting the gay community and for always supporting gay characters on her shows. 
So there you have it. For those who don't want to see gay love scenes or gay characters on TV, pass on television shows by Shonda Rhimes. For those who support the LGBT community and want to make sure that television shows continue breaking boundaries and spreading equality, tune in to shows created by Shonda Rhimes.
For those who do regularly watch Shonda Rhimes' television shows like "How To Get Away With Murder," "Scandal" or "Grey's Anatomy," how do you feel about gay love scenes within the shows? Do you think Shonda Rhimes was right to shut down the critics or are audiences still not ready for same sex love scenes in prime time television?

October 4, 2014

Hetero.Hozier Preaching Gay Rights and Sensuality is Hit a Nerve

Hozier, aka Andrew Hozier-Byrne, plays Irving Plaza on Nov. 5 and 6 and the Beacon Theater in March.Hozier, aka Andrew Hozier-Byrne, plays Irving Plaza on Nov. 5 and 6 and the Beacon Theater in March.
Hozier has struck a nerve.
His song “Take Me to Church” has sold more than 500,000 copies and is streaming 1.3 million times per week, while its video has racked up more than 11.5 million views on YouTube. All this before the Irish singer has released a full album in the U.S.
The 23-year-old’s self-titled debut comes out Tuesday, followed by an Oct. 11 appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
Based on just the “Church” song, Hozier has also sold out two dates at Irving Plaza, Nov. 5 and 6, fueling so much demand that promoters have already bumped him up to a larger show at the Beacon Theater for March 6.
The subject matter of “Church” seemed guaranteed to snag maximum attention. It’s a lightning rod of a song, critiquing the Catholic Church for what Hozier sees as judgmental views of mankind that start at birth.
“Every Sunday’s getting bleak/a fresh poison each week,” he sings. “We were born sick/you heard them say.”
The video goes further. It depicts a gay male couple intimately kissing before a group of bashers attacks them.
The debut album, "Hozier"The debut album, "Hozier"
The song’s lyrics don’t refer specifically to gay rights, but the words present sensuality as the path to righteousness. “The only heaven I’ll be sent to/is when I’m alone with you,” Hozier sings with bluesy engagement. “I’m the pagan of the good times/My lover’s the sunlight.”
“The song is about replacing theoretical things with things that are tangible.” says the budding star, who was born Catholic. “The church undermines a very natural part of being a human. It teaches shame about sexuality, regardless of orientation.”
Hozier says his message about the church hasn’t drawn “any death threats or major criticism. The only place you see any controversy is in the YouTube comments section, which is like a public toilet wall. Some people are more upset at seeing men kissing than anything else in the song, which is a shame.”
Hozier, who isn’t gay, decided to address the cause in the video after witnessing what was going on with LGBT people in Russia as well as places like Uganda, where homosexuality can draw a life sentence. As a straight man talking about gay issues, Hozier echoes Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who had one of last year’s biggest hits with the Grammy-nominated marriage-equality ode “Same Love.”
Hozier says his attention to the power of sensuality rises not only from his philosophy but from his rural-blues musical style.
“I first learned how to play music through the blues,” says Hozier, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne in County Wicklow.
'The song is about replacing theoretical things with things are tangible.' says the budding star, who was born Catholic.
His first exposure came through his father, who played in bands and “had an extensive collection of vintage blues. I was familiar with it before I even knew I was familiar with it.
“It’s very physical music, very sexual music that draws you to the core of things — things that can be touched and smelled,” he adds.
Hozier’s career got off to a fast start. The guitar player went to Dublin’s Trinity College to study music but dropped out in his first year after getting a break to record demos with Universal Records. He performed with the Celtic choral group Anuna from 2009 to 2012, but the following year he released his own EP in Ireland, featuring the “Take Me to Church” single. It shot to No. 2 in that country, leading to another EP last year, “From Eden.”
Hozier’s debut culls the best of the EPs, adding new songs as well. In the chorus of the single, he has a nasality that sounds like Elton John. Elsewhere he sings in a more fluid blues voice. Hozier’s lyrics can be purple, straining to express the thrill of tactile love. Many lyrics express sexual longing, inspired by the end of his first romantic relationship.
Despite his heterosexual orientation — the album runs rife with odes to “she” — Hozier says he doesn’t feel presumptuous speaking for gay people. “It’s a civil-rights issue,” he says. “People all too often won’t comment unless it affects them. But a violation of human rights affects us all.”
Hozier appears as musical guest on Saturday Night Live Oct. 11
Jim Farber

April 20, 2014

Louisiana is a Funny Place! You can Have Sex with a Corpse but Gay Love is Not Permitted

When in 2003 the Supreme Court of the United State’s ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that so-called sodomy bans throughout the United States are unconstitutional because they infringe citizens’ right to privacy, you might have thought this form of anti-gay discrimination would now be over. Sadly, no.
Recently Louisiana State Representative Patricia Smith introduced legislation to amend Louisiana’s criminal codes to remove the state’s now antiquated sodomy ban. The ban makes it an offense for anyone to have non vaginal sex (14:89). Obviously the ban, when it was enforceable, was doubly injurious to same-sex couples and was used as a primary means of prosecuting and persecuting them.
Smith was moved to this action after it emerged last year that police in Baton Rouge had been arresting gay men and charging them under that code, claiming they were unaware the Supreme Court had made the ban unenforceable. To their credit, Baton Rouge police supported Smith’s effort (Smith represents the area) to repeal the ban so that no confusion would happen in the future. This should have been a done deal, a simple mater of tidying up the law books to make sure that the law is absolutely clear.
Staggeringly, though, this past week a Republican-led effort saw the Louisiana House vote to retain the ban 67-27 with 11 lawmakers absent. More than ten of those voting against the repeal were Democratic lawmakers.
The lawmaker who championed opposition to the repeal, Representative Valarie Hodges, argued that repealing the ban would be bad for public morality, and agreed with local so-called Christian organizations like the Louisiana Family Forum (affiliates of the wider and known anti-LGBT group Focus on the Family) saying that repealing the ban would leave teenagers vulnerable to predators, even though Louisiana has a strong raft of laws to deal with sexual offenses against minors and, to repeat again, the sodomy ban has been unenforceable for more than a decade now so isn’t protecting anyone at all.
“I never thought it would pass, but I thought it would do better,” a disappointed Smith is quoted as saying. “Some of the folks who voted to get it out of committee voted against it on the floor.”
While Louisiana is one of 13 states that still refuse to strike their sodomy bans, this latest move has shocked a great many progressives, especially over the Democratic lawmakers’ involvement. As a result, a number of people have now come up with interesting ways to protest the ban.
It Gets Better co-founder and sex advice guru Dan Savage sent out an appeal over his social media sites asking for people to track down the Twitter handles of every lawmaker who voted against repealing the ban so that he could ask each and every one of them to admit if they have ever had non-vaginal sex. Savage, a master of attention-getting stunts like this (remember when he redefined Santorum?), is therefore hoping to force the lawmakers to admit their own hypocrisy.
Meanwhile, the media has noted one very interesting fact: Louisiana lawmakers have fought to retain the unenforceable sodomy ban on “morality” grounds, all the while never seeking to remedy that necrophilia, that is, attempting to commit or actually committing sexual acts with a deceased person, remains legal in the state. In fact, several states that haverefused to repeal their sodomy bans do not ban necrophilia, including North Carolina, Oklahoma and Kansas.
So what’s to be done about these sodomy bans? It may be that LGBT rights supporters will now take to the courts to remedy the situation in Louisiana. The Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that moral disapproval does not justify discrimination against a minority (most recently in Windsor). They may seek to have the courts compel lawmakers to remove the law so as to ensure that never again can it be used to disguise discrimination, but that obviously will take time and money, something that shouldn’t be necessary to have Louisiana lawmakers do the right thing. 

February 8, 2014

Go Ahead Experience Love When you Make Men-Men Love, Research Says You Do


Researchers at George Mason University’s Department of Global and Community Health and Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion have conducted a first-of-its-kind study to draw some conclusions to an age-old question as to what does love have to do with sex, especially among gay and bisexual men. While most research about love has been conducted among heterosexual-identified individuals or opposite sex couples, the focus of this study on same sex couples suggests experiences of love are far more similar than different, regardless of sexual orientation. The study, ‘Special Section: Sexual Health in Gay and Bisexual Couples,’ finds nearly all (92.6 percent) men whose most recent sexual event occurred with a relationship partner, indicated being in love with the partner at the time they had sex.  
This is the first time a study has described sexual behaviors engaged in by those men who report being in love, or not, during a given sexual event with a same-sex partner. ‘Given the recent political shifts around the Defense of Marriage Act and same-sex marriage in the United States, these findings highlight the prevalence and value of loving feelings within same same-sex relationships,’ lead investigator Joshua G. Rosenberger, a professor at George Mason’s College of Health and Human Services, said.
‘This study is important because of myths and misunderstandings that separate men from love, even though the capacity to love and to want to be loved in return is a human capacity and is not limited by gender or sexual orientation,’ Debby Herbenick, a research scientist at Indiana University (IU) and one of the study co-authors, added. The study collected data from an Internet-based survey of almost 25,000 gay and bisexual men residing in the United States who were members of online websites facilitating social or sexual interactions with other men. The study is published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

January 26, 2014

Love? I Love Love, Nothing Wrong with Love But I love Being Gay in Love the Most

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