Yesterday, when groups of protestors rallied throughout France to vocally oppose marriage equality, two young straight women decided to show ‘em who was boss. The picture went viral and will certainly be remembered more than any protest. [Photo by AFP photographer Gérard Julien.] Story.
Meanwhile in Russia: An anti-gay group wants authorities to investigate these milk cartons, produced by Pepsi Co., because the rainbows in the design “promote homosexuality to children,” violating St. Petersburg’s law banning gay propaganda. Can’t make this stuff up. More.
In Jerry Falwell’s attempt to haunt the US, he must of made a wrong turn and ended up in Russia.
Last year, a state in Malaysia set up a camp to teach “effeminate” boys how to be more masculine. Now, parents and teachers are invited to seminars teaching them to recognize and curb homosexuality themselves.
The government-sponsored seminars teach attendees that “preferences for tight, light-colored clothes and large handbags” are signs of homosexuality in boys, while young girls who prefer to spend their time with other girls might be lesbians. Teachers and parents are also told not to show acceptance.
Malaysia is a majority Muslim country, but an official with the Teachers Foundation of Malaysia, which runs the seminars, said they are “multireligious and multicultural, after all, all religions are basically against that type of behavior.” Ten such events have been held to date, with 1,500 people attending the most recent one, held Wednesday. It was led by Deputy Education Minister Puad Zarkashi, who has expressed concern about children learning tolerance of gays from their peers, Reuters reports.
1,500 people attended the most recent event like this. We have a serious problem here.
Wait, so there’s a difference between boys preferring large or small handbags?
In which a straight Eagle Scout returns his Eagle Scout badge because of the Boy Scouts’ recent anti-gay decision. “I don’t want to be an Eagle Scout if a young man who is gay can’t be one, too.” Full story here.
Now circulating the web: “Thank You Hater!”, a glorious response to YouTube trolls, anonymous commenters and the like. More.
After the news leaked last month that Marvel Comics would have its first same-sex wedding, Marvel has officially announced that X-Men member Northstar will propose to his boyfriend, and Marvel has released images from the comic as a sneak peek. More.
So we will be France.
Stop what you are doing and watch this right now. Get involved here.
File under “really important things Buzzfeed found about Mitt Romney.” This is from 2002. More.
“Until I run for President.”
Mayor Jean Vila of the French town Cabestany officiated the marriage of a gay couple yesterday. National law in France allows for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, but not marriages.
“To outlaw homosexual marriage is to deny the reality of thousands of homosexual couples,” he said after the ceremony, held in the Cabestany City Hall. “This decision to join these two people for me is an act of anger and revolt in the face of the authorities’ refusal to legitimize such unions.” He did not enter the marriage in the official registry, however, to avoid the possibility of annulment.
Show ‘em how it’s done.
Gavin Newsom in all his hotness beat you to this punch by 7 years.
What you’ve accomplished is scaring people into voting for you.
Kathryn Lehman is an unusual pick for a lobbyist to help repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. A Republican lobbyist, she helped write the controversial law 15 years ago.
Now, Lehman has essentially switched sides on the issue and is working with other lobbyists to repeal DOMA. She’s holding on to her GOP affiliation, but she’s realized how important it is for DOMA to disappear - she came out to herself and to the world some time after the law was put in place.
“I’m not an activist personality. I’ve been a staffer my whole career,” Lehman explained of her new involvement in lobbying for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA. “It’s not a secret that I’m gay, it’s not a secret that [Lehman’s partner] Julie [Conway] and I have been together for seven years. … But I really felt like it was time to step up, to step out. And I’ve recognized the work of people who I don’t really agree with politically in the gay and lesbian community, but who have done a lot of work to make my life better.”
The Advocate.com profile of Lehman, linked above, has more information about her lobbying career and what it means to have a Republican fighting against DOMA. All in all, this is pretty impressive. Better late than never.
I’m sincerely convinced that every person working against gay rights is a serious closet case. Moms of the world, tell your children you love them no matter what so we can stop going through this shit. Thanks.
You know what, Dick Cheney? Fuck you, you piece of shit.