Showing posts with label LGTB. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LGTB. Show all posts

July 17, 2015

40 Yrs without Sex so He could be an Example on gay Rights


I don’t recommend anybody to go without sex but I most admit I was moved by Senator Norris story. In a world in which you have one of the co founders of the HRC (Human Rights Campaign, the largest political gay group) between court and jail fighting what grown men now say he did when they were teenagers. He is trying to settled but the prosecutor wont aloud it to happen on the latest case. He can take a chair on the side of many child molester priests and the famous multi split personalities ‘Bill Cosby’ who hid his real sick self behind the image of a trusted friend to pretty young ladies that claim he drug them to then have sex with them while they were passed out. A real peace of work! Even Whoopi Goldberg still backs him against all the evidence because he is black and a friend and her black friends don’t do that….On the back drop of all these filth we hear about Irish Senator David Noris who still speaks out against injustices, be gay or straight, black or white. I am proud to share this story with you.  Adam

A gay rights campaigner has revealed he went 40 years without sex because he was afraid of bringing disgrace on the movement for equality.
Senator David Norris says he “lived the life of a bloody nun” during this period because at the time having sex with another man was a criminal offence in Ireland. 
Senator Norris said: “For 40 years I didn’t even enter a public lavatory in Dublin, any sort of indiscretion on my part would’ve been highlighted by the media.
“In those days the most dangerous thing was to be noticed, to be known as gay, you couldn’t afford it.
“Your job, your friends, your status and your livelihood would be gone.”
But the former presidential candidate also confessed to playing the field and enjoying casual sex in his youth, reports the Irish Mirror.
The 71-year-old said: “I certainly had a good time before the movement started. I was a good looking man and I was the toast of Dublin. 
“If you brought someone home, the last thing you wanted to know was their name, you didn’t want them finding you in the phone book.
“I was with some lovely, intelligent and interesting people but it never led to anything – they all had to be one-night stands.”
Norris also told O’Connor about his joy at the passing of the recent marriage equality referendum.
He explained: “It was the end of a very long process, a 40-year struggle and to make that journey was quite extraordinary.
“There were no people out at all in my day, homosexuality was a word which would stop conversation in a polite society. I was seen as a criminal and an outsider.
“To go from that to seeing everyone so happy – grandparents, husbands, wives, parents – is wonderful.
"I get great satisfaction seeing young people happy together, positive and contributing to life.
“People of my generation were badly affected by the stigma, the shame and the sense of isolation.
“I dealt with people forcibly subjected to electroconvulsive therapy and it really scrambled them, but all that tragedy is now behind us.”
The campaigner has recently battled cancer but was quick to dismiss any rumours of retirement following his illness, adding he expects to contest the next poll.
He said: “I may pull out late on, but for anyone who think I’m retired, I’m going in the next election.”
But the Senator did admit liver surgery had taken its toll.
He added: “The body is a bit shattered, but the mind is still as active and aggressive as ever.”
It may be hard to believe but same-sex activity in Ireland was only decriminalised in June 1993.
The change in law was down to a campaign spearheaded by David Norris which started in the 1970s.
His bid to decriminalise homosexuality was defeated in 1980 in the High Court and the Supreme Court.
The campaign’s efforts were rewarded in 1988 when he won a case in the European Court against the Irish State over the constitutional status of homosexual acts. 
That paved the way for the decriminalization, the Civil Partnership Bill in 2010 and this year’s marriage equality referendum.

January 22, 2015

The President Pushes for LGTB Rights as “Civil Rights”

The LGBT community across the country are applauding President Barack Obama for becoming the first U.S. president to use the words “lesbian,” "bisexual" and "transgender" in a State of the Union Address.
In the nearly hour-long address in front of Congress Tuesday, Obama condemned persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, while declaring that same-sex marriage is a “civil right.” His remarks come on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court agreement last week to rule on whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
  •  "As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened, which is why I've prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained," Obama in his sixth State of the Union address. "That's why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We do these things not only because they're right, but because they make us safer."

Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center in California, said the mention made the speech “especially historic for transgender and bisexual people.” The first-of-its-kind nature of the reference was widely reported following the Tuesday night address and confirmed by NBC Owned Television Stations.
“We’ve never heard a president address their needs during a State of the Union Address,” Davis said. “That was just historic. By simply saying the word 'transgender' in a speech, it represents the progress for transgender people and the United State’s broader movement for equality for all.”
Mara Keisling, executive director of the Washington D.C-based National Center for Transgender Equality said that the “mention of us” is a way that “empower trans people to stand taller and work harder.” “The president of the United States condemning persecution against transgender people is pivotal,” the transgender rights activist said in a statement.
Former NFL player Wade Davis II, executive director for You Can Play Project, an advocacy organization that is working to eradicate homophobia in sports, said the inclusion shows that society is starting to recognize that "gay" is not a universal term for those in the LGBT community.
“It’s not an inclusive term for someone who is bisexual or transgender, and we hope people would realize that,” said Davis, who came out as gay in 2012. “The struggle of someone being gay is not a representative of the struggles of someone who is bisexual or transgender. Gay is not this universal term that stands for lesbians, bisexual and transgender. And transgender has zero to do with sexual orientation.”
While the wait may have been long for a U.S president to make such move at the annual joint session of Congress, Obama’s calls for LGBT rights and protections are not entirely new. He was the country's first sitting leader to support same-sex marriage, an announcement he made in 2012.
Obama made a more robust move in 2013, when he reportedly became the first president to use the word “gay” during an inaugural address ─ at his second inauguration in 2013. Last year, the president signed an executive order extending protection against discrimination in the workplace for gay and transgender workers in the federal government.
Masen Davis said more work need to be done, and he urged Congress to pass laws to help LGBT individuals get more access to the services they need, including protections against housing discrimination.
Wade Davis, the NFL player, echoed those remarks, saying he hopes Obama’s message Tuesday night “will start some serious conversations about the discrimination” people in the LGBT community faces, particularly transgender individuals.
“It’s unfortunate for this to be the first time a president talks about it, but it speaks to some come change that is happening,” Wade Davis said. “I hope that the outcome of those conversations will be a policy. Talking without having a policy to back it up is just empty.”

June 17, 2014

The President to issue exec order to bar contractors against discriminating LGBT


President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgendered employees, a White House spokesman said.
Deputy White House press secretary Josh Earnest wouldn’t provide any information on when Obama may sign the order or when it would take effect, saying only that the president has directed staff to make preparations for an order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification.
Gay-rights groups have been pressing for anti-discrimination protection in employment since Obama took office in 2009. While the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate last year passed a measure that would make such discrimination illegal, the House, where Republicans hold the majority, hasn’t taken up the legislation.
Obama has for months resisted calls from gay-rights advocates and some Democratic lawmakers to use executive authority, saying legislation is the only way to gain a law that applies to all Americans.
“The door for legislative action remains open,” Earnest today told reporters traveling with the president back to Washington from a weekend trip to California.
Source: Bloomberg

May 23, 2014

Clashes of Europe’s Tolerance of LGBT people

EUROPE stands accused of many failings in recent months, including weakness, internal division and naivety. But to hardline Georgian churchmen, the continent’s greatest sin is depravity. Europe’s promotion of tolerance for homosexuality, they say, threatens the very foundation of Georgian society.
The discussion became more heated after the government’s adoption of an anti-discrimination law on May 2nd. The law is central to further progress towards visa-free travel in Europe, and lays the basis for the Association Agreement with the European Union, which Georgia is planning to sign on June 27th. Although human rights activists had hoped for stronger enforcement mechanisms, they see it as a significant step in the right direction.

The inclusion of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as unacceptable grounds for discrimination aroused the passions of the Orthodox Church. The Patriarch (pictured), who is by far the most respected public figure in Georgia, thundered that “believers would not accept” a law that “legalised illegality”. Individual clerics went further in addressing parliament, warning politicians of the perils of confronting the church. Excitable protesters worried about the “genocide of the nation”. Whether the EU’s ambassador’s reassurancethat reading Plato had not made him gay had any impact is unclear.
A year ago, on the international day against homophobia (IDAHO), a massive, church-led counter-demonstration in Tbilisi broke up a small gay rights demonstration and left demonstrators in fear for their lives. This year, Georgia’s beleaguered gay rights activists declined to rally on that day. Instead, they registered their invisibility with an imaginativeart installation of 100 empty pairs of shoes left on Tbilisi’s Pushkin square.
The church, meanwhile, moved to re-claim IDAHO as a national family day. A few hundred churchmen and supporters marched through Tbilisi’s streets and protested against the anti-discrimination law outside of the former parliament building. This suggests that homophobia has triumphed in Georgia but polls taken just before the eruption of the controversy over the anti-discrimination law show that 24% of Georgians surveyed said that gay rights were important; in June 2013, only 16% did.
This has an unlikely bearing on the country’s foreign policy, as Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, is trying to harness homophobia in Russia’s “near-abroad” in his bid for leadership of the anti-western world. Yet that may not sway ordinary Georgians. Their inclination towards the EU and NATO is stronger than their rejection of homosexuality, according to polling data.
Davit Usupashvili, the parliamentary speaker, said that the anti-discrimination bill represented a choice between Russia and the EU. After frantic negotiations behind the scenes, parliament adopted it unanimously. To shore up ties, a flurry of European bigwigs have visited Tbilisi in recent weeks, including the French president, the foreign ministers of Germany, France, and the UK, and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council.
Even so, Georgia’s western allies are alarmed by the prosecution of former officials of the opposition party, the United National Movement, as they fear a political witch-hunt. These worries came to the fore when the prosecutor summoned the former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, for questioning on March 22nd. Whatever the legal basis for the move, it was politically short-sighted: Georgia’s closest allies within the EU, such as Poland and the Baltic countries, are also Mr Saakashvili’s firmest supporters.
The path towards Europe remains full of pitfalls. The potential for pressure from Moscow highlights how much Georgia needs unity. Yet Georgians have a talent for in-fighting: during the anti-gay rights rally on May 17th, two homophobes started beating each other up, each accusing the other of being gay.

November 24, 2013

Daughter of Fidel Castro Receives LGTB Award in Montreal

  •   Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and the niece of former President Fidel Castro, was in Montreal recently to accept an award for her work promoting the civil rights of LGBT people in Cuba.
  • Castro received a warm standing ovation at Montreal’s sold-out Corona Theatre at the 10th annual Gala Arc-en-Ciel, the awards ceremony honouring LGBT activists and presented by the Conseil québécois LGBT each October. Previous winners of the gala’s international Grand Prix award include Svend Robinson, Louise Arbour and South African Supreme Court Justice Edwin Cameron.
  • “I am honoured to receive this award, which I dedicate to my mother, feminist and revolutionary Vilma Espín who, since the first years of the Cuban Revolution, defended the rights of historically marginalized social groups in colonial and neo-colonial dominated Cuba,” Castro told Xtra. “I also accept this prize as recognition of the work of those working with me, who have greatly contributed to our work at the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX).”
  • Castro is a sexologist and the director of CENESEX. Since 2004 she has been the driving force lobbying for health care for transsexuals in Cuba, and in 2008 won approval from the public health ministry to offer free gender reassignment operations to Cubans.  Castro is also president of the Cuban Multidisciplinary Centre for the Study of Sexuality, president of the National Commission for Treatment of Disturbances of Gender Identity, member of the Direct Action Group for Preventing, Confronting and Combatting AIDS, and an executive member of the World Association for Sexual Health.
  • Along the way she has publicly advocated for same-sex unions in Cuba, and her organization CENESEX has given sensitivity training to Cuban police, and continues to campaign for effective HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • “Just because someone is not heterosexual does not make them any less human,” Castro says. “They have all the same rights that I do, and I will continue to fight for their right to get married. The problem in Cuba is the same problem you have in other countries, and that is religion. And in Cuba, that is mainly Catholicism.”
  • But Castro points to a transgender politician who was elected this past February as a deputy in Cuba's parliament, the National Assembly of People's Power.
  • “Her name is Adele and she had widespread support,” Castro says. “That is a sign that things are improving in Cuba.”
  • This past May, Castro also received an award from the Equality Forum, an international LGBT think-tank based in Philadelphia. The US State department initially refused to grant Castro clearance to travel from New York, where she was visiting the United Nations. But the decision was reversed at the last minute and Castro travelled to Philadelphia to receive her award.
  • Unlike in Montreal, where locals have travelled to, and vacationed in, Cuba for decades, controversy followed Castro to Philadelphia. In a 2013 report, Human Rights Watch states that Cuba "remains the only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political dissent" and in 2012 "continued to enforce political conformity using short-term detentions, beatings, public acts of repudiation, travel restrictions, and forced exile."
  • While Mariela Castro’s language echoes anti-colonial rhetoric, not even her cousin Alina Fernandez – the daughter of Fidel Castro who escaped Cuba in 1993 with false papers and is currently a popular radio talk-show host in Miami –  doubts Mariela’s sincerity and good intentions.
  • "She’s sensitive and courageous, helping those who have historically been persecuted in Cuba,” Alina Fernandez told this reporter a couple of years ago. “At the beginning of the revolution, many writers and artists were accused of being homosexuals and were sent to UMAP camps [Unidades Militares para la Ayuda de Producción, or Military Units to Aid Production, established in 1965 to eliminate alleged "bourgeois" and "counterrevolutionary" values in Cuba]. I respect Mariela because she could have done anything else."
  • When I repeat Alina’s quote to Mariela – as well as Alina’s assertion that Mariela’s father, Raul Castro, “was always good to [Alina’s] family, whereas Fidel was indifferent” – she asks to clarify what happened in Cuba’s old UMAP camps.
  • There were no discussions of homosexuality at that time, when we were under threat from American state terrorism,” Castro says. “So Cuba had a state-wide crackdown and some homosexual people were also [arrested]. But after three years we stopped arresting homosexuals because of the homophobic attitudes and reactions [of other prisoners] in the units.”
  • That surely is of little consolation to LGBT victims of past state persecution in Cuba, but Mariela Castro is clearly unafraid to challenge the establishment.  So I ask her if the establishment is afraid of challenging  the daughter of Raul Castro? What was it like growing up as a Castro?
  • Mariella pauses for a moment, then says, “To have parents as well-known as mine, sometimes it bothered me because it caused some problems. But otherwise my childhood was normal. Growing up is difficult for everybody.”
  • BY 

October 27, 2013

The Collection of Love Stories by LGTB RussianWriters Called “Propaganda” is Called “Propaganda” by Government

The Moscow Times
In the tradition of the Soviet samizdat (self-publication) and in defiance of Russia’s ban on "gay propaganda," a collection of love stories by LGBT Russian writers, titled "Gay Propaganda", was announced Thursday.

The book, edited by journalist and author Masha Gessen and writer Joseph Huff-Hannon, “will be distributed within Russia via underground activist networks," publishers OR Books said in a press release Thursday.

The “collection of stories, interviews and testimonial about the lives and loves of LGBT Russians living both in Russia and in exile today" was timed to come out just ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the statement said.

Russia's "gay propaganda" law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in July, has drawn criticism from scores of celebrities — including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The law imposes heavy fines on those convicted of promoting “non-traditional relations" toward minors and also prescribes deportation for foreigners who are found guilty.

Published abroad, the new collection of stories is presented in both Russian and English, and will also be available as a free Russian-language e-book. Publishers said they wanted to "smuggle" as many copies of the paper version into Russia as possible.
Like some of the authors and characters in the book, Gessen, a mother of two, who is openly lesbian and a gay rights activist, said she was abandoning her home in Russia because of the country’s anti-gay laws, including a proposed bill to remove children from the custody of gay parents.

More on the book from the West Perspective:

Earlier this summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law making it illegal for adults to discuss LGBT issues with minors, calling it “homosexual propaganda.” So basically, a parent can no longer say to their child “It’s okay to be gay” without the threat of being fined and jailed. Lovely.
Still, there’s no stopping Russian author Daria Wilke from releasing her gay-themed children’s book.
Wilke’s new book The Jester’s Cap tells the story of a 14-year-old boy named Grisha, who lives and works in a puppet theater with his family and an older friend, Sam, who is gay.
Sounds pretty innocent to us.
Wilke grew up in Russia but emigrated from Moscow 13 years ago. Today she is a Russian professor at the University of Vienna in Austria.
In an interview with the Atlantic, Wilke said: “I wrote [the book] a year and a half ago, and the publisher was weighing when to release it. But when these strange laws were being released — first the local anti-gay laws in various cities, then the broader one that passed just last month — eventually the publisher realized that if we didn’t release the book now, we might never be able to. Because of these laws, in many bookstores, it has an “18+” stamp.”
An “18+” stamp on a book written for middle schoolers about a boy who plays with puppets?
Wilke says she hasn’t heard from the Russian government about the book… yet.
“I haven’t had any bad reactions from the government,” she told the Atlantic, “but then again, the book has only been out for a month.”
Here’s hoping Putin and his cronies have bigger fish to fry than trying to extradite a YA author living in Austria back to Russia to charge her with spreading homosexual propaganda to youth. Austria is hardly going to let that happen. But then again, we wouldn’t be surprised if Putin still tried


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