Queen fights for gay rights: Monarch makes historic pledge on discrimination and hints that if Kate DOES have a girl, that means equal rights to the throne too →
#Queen Elizabeth II
In the vague way that only a monarch can get away with, Queen Elizabeth II is set to declare in a new Commonwealth Charter: “We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
The UK’s Daily Mail, quoting an unnamed diplomatic, says, “The impact of this statement on gay and women’s rights should not be underestimated. Nothing this progressive has ever been approved by the United Nations. And it is most unusual for the Queen to request to sign documents in public, never mind call the cameras in.”
#The Jersey 4
#people of color
#lesbians of color
#prison industrial system
#African American lesbians
WATCH: Out in the Night Documentary Preview
Though the kickstarter campaign for this documentary has been funded, it’s important to get this documentary on your radar so you can support it by seeing it when it comes out.
WHAT OUT IN THE NIGHT IS ABOUT
On a hot August night in 2006, under the neon-lights of the tattoo parlors and movie theaters of the gay-friendly West Village, a group of young African American lesbian friends from Newark, New Jersey, out for a night, passed by a man selling DVDs of his new film on the street. He cat-called one of them, the smallest of the group, Patreese, and said “Let me get some of that.” When she responded, “Mister; I’m gay.” he spit at her and threw a lit cigarette. Two of Patreese’s friends, including gender non-conforming friend Renata, stepped to her defense. A fight broke out involving a few of the women, this man, and strangers on the street. When the fight dangerously escalated, the women left. The fight resulted in the man being stabbed and spending 5 days in the hospital, Renata and another woman left with black eyes, bloody lips and strangle marks on their necks. Another of the women had a handful of dread locks pulled from her scalp.
Only the women were rounded up by police, charged with varying degrees of assault and gang assault, and locked on Rikers Island. A year later, four of the women pled not-guilty and were tried in court. They were egregiously sentenced to between 3 and 11 years in prisons upstate New York. They became known internationally through grassroots organizations as The New Jersey 4. This film tells their story – the challenges they faced on trial, in prison and by the media that labeled them a “Wolfpack” and “Gang of Killer Lesbians”.
More on the making of this film and the team behind it here.
Chinese Parents Of Gays And Lesbians Demand Same-Sex Marriage Legislation In Open Letter →
South China Morning Post reports that parents of over 100 Chinese gays and lesbians have written an open letter to the National People’s Congress demanding marriage equality for the nation’s gays and lesbians.
Below is the letter (in Simplified Chinese):