ENDA 2013 and Transgender People

I will admit freely that I do not understand the whole transgender thing. And the very limited exposure I’ve had turned me off in a huge way because they were M-to-F and just automatically assumed I wanted a relationship when I wasn’t, even though I was single. That being said, though, I do believe they deserve the same rights and protections as the gay/lesbian community.

This is an infographic I pulled from the Huffington Post website. At the bottom I will provide the link to the accompanying story.

 

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Is Russia moving backward?

I’m so glad that I don’t live in Russia. There’s a lot more I could say, but I won’t. I’m sure many will form their own opinions.

MOSCOW (AP) — More than two dozen activists were detained in Moscow on Tuesday as they were protesting a bill that stigmatizes the gay community and bans the giving of information abouthomosexuality to children.

The protesters attempted to rally outside the Russian State Duma before what is expected to be a final vote on the bill banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”

Police moved in after supporters of the bill started showering the protesters with eggs and water. Some of the protesters who were not detained were viciously attacked by masked men on a central street a mile away.

The Kremlin-backed legislation imposes hefty fines for providing information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors or holding gay pride rallies.

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Another one I missed

Well I suppose when you don’t make a point to follow Hollywood news, then you don’t know the ins and outs of celebrity personal lives. That’s just never been appealing to me, but it is to my mother and her mother before her. At any rate, I had no idea that Jane Lynch is a Lesbian. It just never occurred to me to wonder about her personal life. So I was a bit surprised to learn yesterday that she’s divorcing her wife of only four years. It’s sad news, naturally, but I know that just like straight folk, gays and lesbians fall in and out of love. I just hate it when kid are involved and a bond formed between the new mom and one or more kids. I went through that with my first girl friend and it was heartbreaking. I mean it’s one thing that she left me, but I’d just gotten a handle on the idea that maybe I would’ve actually been a good mom when the chance was taken away. I hope the two women are able to remain amicable.

German court grants gay unions marriage tax breaks

BERLIN (AP) — Gay rights campaigners won a victory over the German government Thursday as the country’s top court ruled that homosexual couples in civil unions should receive the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples.

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled that treating the two forms of partnership differently for tax purposes violates the country’s guarantee of equal rights.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right government had long resisted granting the same tax benefits to gay couples in civil unions. Those unions — officially certified by a notary and carrying similar rights and duties to wedlock — are widely accepted by Germany’s gay community as equivalent to marriage.

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Gay Teens Voted Cutest Couple in High School Yearbook: Win!

This is so cute!! And they definitely deserve the win, because they are cute! LOL Also, I like that there wasn’t an additional tag like Cutest Gay Couple. They were voted Cutest Couple. Period.

Click on the link below to see their pic. 🙂

After all of the recent stories about yearbook bullying, this stands out like a ray of light: Two gay teens have been voted the cutest couple at a New York high school.

That’s Cutest Couple. Not “cutest gay couple” or “cutest same-sex couple.”

Carmel High School student Chelsea Blaney posted a snapshot of the yearbook photo featuring her friends, Brad Taylor and Dylan Meehan, online late last week.

“Two of my best friends won Cutest Couple of our senior class,” she wrote on Tumblr. “First time in my school history a same sex couple has even been able to run for this category, not to mention winning it. So proud of them, and my school.”

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Former ‘Glee’ Star Comes Out In Native Philippines

It’s sad that this poor young woman doesn’t have familial support, but unfortunately that is more often the case than not.

Click on the link below and leave a comment here if you think her new look is boyish. That’s bullshit if you ask me. It’s still long, just not as long as it was before. The lighter colour also suits her. My hair is shorter than hers and I don’t consider myself boyish.

Former “Glee” actress Charice Pempengco came out as a lesbian during an emotional television interview Sunday in her native Philippines.

Asked about her sexuality on the country’s popular show “The Buzz,” the 21-year-old singer known as Charice responded, “Opo, tomboy po ako,” which, in Filipino, translates as “Yes, I’m a lesbian.”

Up to now, Charice has been silent about her sexuality, despite rampant rumors that arose in the past year after she shed her long locks for a more boyish look.

Following her admission Sunday, she broke down in tears as she revealed that she is estranged from her mother and brother.

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The Church of England is hypocritical for opposing equal marriage

Good for him for standing up to CoE!!

Lord Waheed Alli, Labour peer and one of just a handful of openly gay Muslim politicians globally, has said he believes many peers who now oppose same-sex marriage “will probably repent later”.

In an interview with The Independent, Lord Alli argued that is was contradictory for the Church of England to clamour that the bill damages religious freedom, as their opposition to it puts limits on religious groups who want to perform same-sex marriages.

“They argue religious freedom except where they don’t like it,” he said. “They don’t want gay marriage – so that means the Quakers can’t have it or the liberal Jews can’t have it. They’re in a pretty hypocritical place.”

The current same-sex marriage debate reminds Lord Alli of the 1999 House of Lords debate on equalising the age of consent for same-sex relationships – a debate in which he became the first peer to come out as gay.

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Film that won at Cannes Blasted by Author

My last post here was about the Lesbian coming of age movie which was a surprise hit at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Apparently the author of the book on which Blue is the Warmest Color is based is likening it to porn.

Author Julie Maroh, who wrote the novel on which “Blue” is based, says she cannot endorse the film.

Graphic lesbian drama “Blue is the Warmest Color”  —  or “La Vie d’Adele” as the French film is also known  —  took home the top honor at Cannes on Sunday.

But that doesn’t mean that everyone is pleased with director  Abdellatif Kechiche’s final result.

Author Julie Maroh, who wrote the novel on which “Blue” is based, wrote a blog post in which she says the film’s sex scenes are  “not convincing,” “ridiculous,” and likens them to porn.

“As a feminist and lesbian spectator, I can not endorse the direction Kechiche took on these matters,” she writes.

Maroh goes so far as to call the film’s sex scenes “A brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn, and me feel very ill at ease.”

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For those who can read French, this is the author’s blog: les coeurs exacerbés

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Lesbian Drama Hidden Gem at Cannes

Film which debuted just 3 days before the end of the world renowned film festival is critical hit at Cannes.

Abdellatif Kechiche’s teen-lesbian coming-of-age story “Blue Is the Warmest Color” has won the 2013 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a jury headed by Steven Spielberg announced on Sunday.

Based on the graphic novel “Le Bleu est une couleur chaude” and titled “La vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2” in French, the film debuted only three days before the end of the festival and immediately became one of the biggest critical hits of Cannes — and the only real unexpected breakthrough among the competition titles.

It also drew attention because of its graphic and extended sex scenes between its unknown lead actress, Adele Exarchopoulos, and Lea Seydoux. It is both the most sexually explicit Palme winner and the first gay-themed love story to win.

The film was acquired for U.S. distribution by Sundance Selects, which will no doubt have its hands full with the MPAA ratings board.

The Right Wing Nutjobs are going to have a FIELD DAY with this film if it’s released here in the US. Even now they are spreading rumours about children being shown homosexual porn because the Boy Scouts of America is allowing openly gay scouts within their membership. This film will play right into that, especially because of the graphic and extended sex scenes. For this reason, I hope it doesn’t ever get released here. I am sure it’s a beautiful love story, but it doesn’t deserve the abuse that would be heaped on it by the RWN.

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