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A TED talk on gay around the world.
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27.
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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 18, 2015.
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 26, 2015.
Carl, thanks for linking to the article.
I think people always have an excuse for their xenophobia. The "threat" to "sovereignty" imposed by "foreign" ideas or people..... My first thought - commented in the article - was that is the same excuse used in Africa.
I call it scapegoat. There might always be a reason, insofar as one thing leads to another, but in the end it's still scapegoating.
As for whether foreigners can influence the behavior - I don't know. It seems to me like it's a humanistic duty to try, whether it's that, or ethnic cleansing somewhere, or other human rights abuses. But there is so much, and it's so difficult to influence, where does one start? Do we stop buying oil from Muslim countries where abuses against LGBT people and women are rampant?
Sorry about blathering. I don't know where it leads.
The Box Turtle Bulletin (Link) has a very interesting article/editorial on why the LGBT issue in Russia is so radically different and more complex than in Westernized countries.
Essentially, the Russians hold a skewed view that homosexuality is an import from 'The West.' They view outside calls for tolerance as meddling by foreigners and an actual threat to Russian nationalism.
Whereas LGBT discrimination in the West has largely been based on religious views, in Russia the issue strikes to the core of the Russian sovereignty.
It's a very complex problem. I urge you to read the article.
Dallas, thanks for telling us.
Jamaca ranks as one of the worst places in the world to be LGBT. Old article here but Im not aware of much change. It's infuriating and tragic.
Whenever people tell me the've gone to Jamaica, or planning to, I ask would they vacation in a place that has slavery? That sells women into brothels? Then why play and pay money in a place that murders, denigrates, abuses gay people? Just so they can smoke some ganja and listen to reggae? Assholes.
That bra ad is amazing! Thanks, Ruth!
(Trying to embed it here... clicking "HTML" twice gives me the more complete set of buttons.)
And I completely agree with NemoRosa700's comment which is also a spoiler -- watch the video first! "She's hot. He's hot. End of story." (Drag over it, or Select All, to reveal.)
Thai ad for a push up bra.
The embed code doesn't seem to work. Here's a link.
Some "social conservatives" (news-phemism for prominant homophobes) arelauding the Russian anti-free-speech antigay laws. Like, "We want free speech but we are happy the Russian gov't is so against speaking freely if you are homo" or something.
I breathed a sigh of relief that Uganda's recent gay pride parade was peaceful and resulted in no arrests. Those folks are courageous.
(pic from link above.)
And in Alabama.... public service commissionhas a special prayer!
Carl, I'm glad you liked the link to 76Crimes. I like that blog. Even though I often do like what I read there.
From Minnesota Rep. Ellison:
I commend the "only" openly gay Olympiad speed skater for going public on television before the games. It is my hope that in the coming months there will be an organized surge of support and joining of forces with other LGBT athletes as a plan to be visible and proud while in Russia. If there's one thing we (the gays) do well, it's networking, organizing and executing a good protest.
A boycott will not work and only further hurts those we are trying to help. But visibility of a large, unified group can send a strong message. Just like the "black fist" in the 1970's, the rainbow colors should be the message of anti-gay defiance in 2014. It's time for athletes to come out and take a stand.
Daniel, thanks for introducing me to the 76 Crimes blog. I've added it to my news feed, as LGBTQI rights and all human rights around the world are important to me.
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