Showing posts with label Rainbow Flag. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rainbow Flag. Show all posts

July 5, 2020

Ugly People Should Not Make Fun of Anyone But Putin is Making Fun of TheRainbow At Moscow Embassy

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His comments followed a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms that included an amendment enshrining the definition of marriage specifically as a union between a man and a woman. 
Putin said the U.S. embassy’s move to raise the LGBT pride flag “revealed something about the people that work there”. 
“It’s no big deal though. We have spoken about this many times, and our position is clear,” said Putin, who has sought to distance Russia from liberal Western values and aligned himself with the Russian Orthodox Church.  “Yes, we passed a law banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors. So what? Let people grow up, become adults and then decide their own destinies.” 
The legislation has been used to stop gay pride marches and detain gay rights activists. 
Putin said during the campaign to change the constitution that he would not let the traditional notion of a mother and father be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”. 
On Friday, the head of the Women’s Union of Russia, Ekaterina Lakhova, told Putin that she feared an ice cream with the brand name ‘Rainbow’, as well as other multi-coloured advertising, could constitute propaganda for non-traditional values and have a harmful effect on children, the RIA news agency reported.  “Even indirectly, such things make our children accustomed to that ... flag, the one that was hung up by the embassy,” Lakhova was cited as saying. 
“It would be very good to have a commission to make sure that those values that we enshrined in our constitution are upheld,” she said. 
Other countries have also flown rainbow flags outside their embassies in Moscow, including Britain. 
Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Tom Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson

July 4, 2020

U.S. Embassy in Moscow Hung a Rainbow Flag From Its Window

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The U.S. Embassy in Moscow hung a rainbow flag, the symbol of the LGBT community, from its front facade last week in honor of Pride month.
The flag is not often displayed in public in Russia due to a controversial law that prohibits “homosexual propaganda toward minors” and persistent anti-LGBT attitudes across the country. 

Despite backlash against the flag from Russian lawmakers and right-wing groups, Muscovites snapped some photos in front of the flag in a show of support for gay rights:

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Russians posted photos of themselves in front of the flag dressed up in bright rainbow outfits and makeup, or kissing their same-sex partners.  
The flag was unveiled on the day that Russians nationwide started voting on constitutional amendments that would add a clause defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman to the Constitution. 
Critics say the clause would effectively prevent gay marriage from ever being legalized in Russia.  
U.S. President Donald Trump banned American embassies from hanging Pride flags on official embassy flagpoles in early June, contradicting the Trump administration's official statements in support of the LGBT community for Pride month.  
The U.S. Embassy wrote in a statement that "June is Pride Month and we celebrate that everyone deserves to live a life free from hatred, prejudice and persecution." According to public polling, young Russians tend to be more tolerant of the LGBT community than older generations.
This photo shows two men kissing and holding the popular gay romance novel "What If It's Us."

«Все мы любим, когда наши чувства оказываются взаимны.»⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ Официально - это самая милая и романтичная книга, которую я когда либо читала. Да, я так говорила про каждую книгу Бекки, но, черт возьми, ее дуэт с Адамом Сильверой умножил способность писать невероятно приятные вещи в десять раз.⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ У нас есть Бен и Артур, они случайно встречаются в Нью Йорке, но не обмениваются контактами и потом не могут друг друга найти. Ты думаешь, что там обязательно будет счастливый конец. Знаешь, он не счастливый. Он именно такой, какой нужен этой истории.⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ Эта история заставляет тебя сидеть с улыбкой 99% времени и радоваться за героев, которых тут довольно много. Ты улыбаешься дома, на работе, в метро и ты чувствуешь себя хорошо. Пусть, хотя бы эта книга будет вызывать такие эмоции в нашей стране.⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ Если честно, то было ужасно завидно тому, как героев принимают их близкие. За них радуются и иногда даже слишком. Мне хочется такой реальности для всех нас: поддержки, гордости, равного отношения. Честно, я уже не надеюсь.⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ Не смотря на все супер позитивные стороны этой книги я бы не сказала, что у неё счастливый конец. Он жизненный, он очень хороший, он ровной такой, каким хотелось бы видеть его в реальной жизни.⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ Без преувеличения я ставлю на этой книге знак «Одной из любимых» и снова с нетерпением жду новых книг Бекки и Адама.
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"I want this reality for all of us: Support, pride, equal treatment. Honestly, I have no hope," the Instagram user who posted the photo wrote. 
The flag's June 25 unveiling also marked the 42nd anniversary of the rainbow flag's first appearance at a gay pride parade in San Francisco in 1978. 
Despite gradually improving opinions, gay rights continue to be a contentious topic in Russia, with one in five Russians believing that LGBT people should be “eliminated,” according to a poll conducted in April. LGBT people in Russia often face discrimination, threats and violence. 
(Moscow Times)

May 27, 2020

Iraqi Politicians Want Expulsions of Embassies with a Rainbow Flag

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Iraqi political leaders have issued condemnations and called for the expulsion of diplomats following a decision by a number of foreign embassies in the country to fly the rainbow LGBT flag in honour of International Day Against Homophobia.
The European Union, the World Bank and the Canadian and UK embassies all raised the flag on Sunday, a date that commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed the designation of homosexuality as a mental illness.
Iraqi politicians across the spectrum slammed the embassies' decision in response. Although homosexuality is not illegal in Iraq, the subject is highly taboo in the country.
On Sunday evening, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that homosexuality went against “the noble morals of all divine religions" and said all missions in Iraq had to "adhere by the laws of the country, and to follow diplomatic norms".
The influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr joined in the fray, too, condemning homosexuality as a "mental illness" and calling for Iraqi embassies in European countries to raise the flags of Muhammad and Jesus in response.
Sadr had previously claimed that coronavirus pandemic was a punishment sent by God in response to LGBT marriage equality.
Hadi al-Ameri, leader of the Badr Organisation and the Fatah coalition bloc in parliament, called for the expulsion of diplomats.
Condemnations also came from spokespeople from the Islamic Dawa party and the Sairoun coalition.

'No to LGBT flag in Iraq'

The hashtag No_to_LGBT_flag_in_Iraq also trended on Twitter, particularly among supporters of Sadr. Also circulating was a photograph of a rainbow flag being burned. Some said the move had insulted Islamic values by being raised during the month of Ramadan.
Amir Ashour, executive director of the IraQueer organisation, which pushes for LGBT rights in Iraq, told the Rudaw news network that the political leaders were wrong to brand homosexuality as alien to Iraq.
“We believe that diversity exists everywhere. The recognition of the LGBT+ community in Iraq, an important and valuable part of the society, is not a western export," he said.
Rasan, a pro-LGBT human rights group based in the Kurdish region, also praised the move by the embassies to raise the flag. Some Iraqis also issued gestures of support on social media.
Others pointed out the hypocrisy in politicians getting angry at the LGBT flag being raised while saying nothing about the ongoing repression against anti-government protesters.
"They do not respect the traditions and customs of the state, because some of the clergy and the state are disrespectable, thieves and killers," wrote Ahmed Fawzi, an actor and researcher with the Albasheer Show.
Members of Iraq's LGBT community have repeatedly been attacked and murdered in the past. Human rights organisations have documented LGBT abuses by militias, including the Mahdi Army, Sadr's former military arm.
Human Rights Watch found that "a wide-reaching campaign of extrajudicial executions, kidnappings and torture" in early 2009 had started in Baghdad's Sadr City, a neighbourhood named after the cleric's father and where he enjoys massive support.
In 2016, Sadr said that although he was opposed to homosexuality, he was also opposed to violence being meted out against gay people and cautioned his followers against attacks.

April 10, 2020

The Rainbow Was Good To Inspire Gays During The Other Pandemic and Still Inspiring People During This One

  • By Gaia Vince

You might have noticed a handmade motif brightening your neighbourhood windows in recent weeks. Children’s painted rainbows have been popping up in windows across the world as schools close and households observe social-distancing rules. In those countries where exercise is allowed, children can count them as they walk by, enjoying a sense of community at a time when they cannot see their friends or visit playgrounds, and perhaps gleaning hope of a brighter time once the pandemic storm passes.
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An idea that’s thought to have started in Italy after the lockdown in March, it’s captured imaginations across Europe and the US, with rainbows posted up in flats and houses around the world. You might have painted one yourself or helped someone make one. 
Rainbows are a symbol of hope in many cultures. They appear as perfect arcs, often during a rainstorm when the sun shines onto water droplets, shattering its white light into an array of brilliant colours. (They are actually full circles, but to see the half that falls below the horizon, you would have to view the rainbow from the sky, such as in a plane.) In Christian culture, a rainbow promises better times to come – the Abrahamic god sent one to Noah after the great flood as a sign that people could go forth and multiply without fear of another calamitous drowning. Rainbows are frequently represented in Western art and culture, as a sign of hope and promise of better times to come.
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However, the hope expressed in a rainbow is frequently tinged with pathos. According to Irish legend, the end of a rainbow marks where leprechauns have buried a pot of the gold they stole from the Vikings. But since you can only see a rainbow if you are far away from it, and they appear to move as you move, the promise remains elusive. Somewhere over the rainbow, “dreams come true” and “troubles melt like lemon drops”, as Judy Garland sang in the Wizard of Oz musical. But this magical place is unattainable, she laments: “Birds fly over the rainbow – why then, oh why, can’t I?”
Spirit in the sky
Rainbows are a relatively common meteorological phenomenon, presumably seen by every human since the dawn of our species, and across the world cultures have sought diverse meaning in a translucent arc in the sky. For the Aboriginal people of Pennefather River in North Queensland, Australia, the rainbow is a very brightly coloured snake that appears to stop rain that has been made by their enemies. The rainbow-serpent is a very important and powerful spirit throughout Aboriginal Dreamtime culture, thought to be the oldest continuous religious belief in the world, and is depicted in rock art dating back at least 10,000 years.
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Rainbows have also been spiritually important to Western cultures – for the Ancient Greeks and Romans, the arch of colour was the visible form of the fleet-footed messenger goddess Iris. For Buddhists, it is possible to become a spiritual rainbow body – the rainbow symbolises the highest state that can be reached before Nirvana or enlightenment.
For some cultures, rainbows are not themselves gods, but bridges between their world and ours, a pathway leading to the light and the heavens 
For some cultures, rainbows are not themselves gods, but bridges between their world and ours, a pathway leading to the light and the heavens. Some Indonesian societies see a rainbow as a bridge used by soul boats as they journey to the spiritual realm, for instance. Whereas in Norse mythologies, a rainbow – called Bifröst – was a burning bridge connecting Asgard and Midgard, the kingdoms of gods and men respectively. In Japanese myth, the rainbow is a Floating Bridge of Heaven on which the male and female creators of the world descended to create land from the ocean of chaos.
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Hindu legend has the rainbow as an archer’s bow used by Indra, the god of thunder and war, who shoots arrows of lightning. Pre-Islamic Arabic culture also believed the rainbow to be a divine bow for firing arrows. For the Chinese, it was a crack in the sky, made by five coloured stones cast by the mother goddess Nüwa. Mayan cultures believed the arch was a crown worn by Ix Chel, a mother goddess associated with the jaguar and with rain. Armenians believed it was the belt of Tir, the sun god; whereas for the Cherokee, it is the hem of the sun’s coat.
Bulgarian legend has it that walking under a rainbow causes someone to change genders 
While some cultures marvel at and worship rainbows, others fear them. Some MesoAmerican societies believe they are bad omens and hide their children away when they see them; the Karens of Burma believe it is a dangerous demon that eats children; whereas Bulgarian legend has it that walking under a rainbow causes someone to change genders.
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More recently, the diversely coloured rainbow has been used to reflect diversity in sexuality, becoming the international symbol of the gay movement. Gilbert Baker, an artist and drag queen, first created the rainbow flag in 1978, and it has been used extensively to depict pride, defiance and also hope for acceptance, respect and equal rights for this marginalised group.
Now, as schools, playgrounds and museums fall empty, the world’s children are using a rainbow symbol to remind us all they are here, hidden away but hopeful.

July 20, 2019

An American-Rainbow Flag Put Up by Straight Neighbor in Myttle Bch.Stirres Raw Emotions


by Deevon Rahming

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — An American gay pride flag hanging in a Myrtle Beach neighborhood is stirring up some raw emotion from the people who live nearby.

Danielle Guido considers herself a gay ally. She says she hung the flag in an effort to "make America great again."

"I thought to myself what does that actually mean, 'Make America great again?' And when I thought about some of the things that it stands for, I started to become upset because that time in America wasn't great for everybody, you know," said Guido.

Guido said she made a decision to purchase the American pride flag online and to hang it in time for the Fourth of July.

"Initially, obviously, I was super excited when I bought it, and then I got it home and I opened it up and I was like, 'Okay, wow, like, yeah, are you ready to do this, Danielle, because it is still 2019,' but, South Carolina, you know," said Guido.

Unaware of the impacts hanging the flag would have on her community, within 48 hours, feedback from the neighbors started rolling in-- including a handwritten letter.

"At first it was weird just 'cause it was not addressed personally to me, so I was like, weary of the letter, and when I opened it and I just started crying," said Guido.

Guido says with a nation divided, she just knew the letter was hate mail coming for her flag as she began to read the letter.

The letter reads:

"Dear neighbor, Thank you - your pride American flag is everything! I honestly cannot express what it means to our family to see your flag hang proudly - My trans son smiles every time we drive by. It's a scary world and your pride makes everything brighter."
Guido said it is little gestures like hanging up a flag that can make all the difference in someone's life.

"Hanging up this flag had a purpose, and somebody feels better at night because they feel seen and heard and represented in our community," said Guido.

For Danielle, this flag is more than just a political statement to her neighbors.

"I'm hoping to just inspire people, you don't have to be gay to stand up for gay people. You know, you don't have to look or be like your neighbor; we're all different, and that's what important and that's what makes America great," said Guido.

A message of love Guido hopes will inspire others.

And, as for the trans-son referenced in the anonymous letter:

"If you're out there and listening, you are loved and thank you for being brave to be who you are... It is a scary world and your bravery is going to inspire someone else, too."

Guido says she's received lots of support since hanging the flag on the Fourth of July from friends and neighbors. She says the flag will stay up until it's worn out, which she will then purchase another one.

July 11, 2019

The Man Burning The Rainbow Flags in New York Has Been Arrested


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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man has been arrested for allegedly burning a gay pride flag outside a Harlem bar.
Police said Tuesday that 20-year-old Tyresse Singleton, of Harlem, is facing hate crime and arson charges.
Surveillance footage shows a man intentionally setting fire to a pride flag hanging in front of the Alibi Lounge on Seventh Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Monday.
That wasn’t the first time the popular gay bar’s property had been destroyed.
On May 31, a man was caught on camera setting fire to two pride flags outside the same bar.
Statistics from the NYPD show that while overall crime in the city is down, hate crimes have spiked 64% this year.

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