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    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 →

    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.”

    — 10 months ago with 2 notes

    #UK  #Great Britain  #gender equality  #gays  #lesbians  #LGBT  #GLBT  #Queen Elizabeth II  #Commonwealth Charter  #news 

    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.

    — 10 months ago with 1 note

    #The Jersey 4  #lesbians  #women  #race  #injustice  #people of color  #lesbians of color  #New York  #lgbt  #glbt  #gay  #queer  #prison industrial system  #Newark  #New Jersey  #Patreese  #West Village  #African Americans  #African American lesbians  #black lesbians  #homophobia  #Renata  #violence  #film  #documentary 
    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):

    百余位同性恋者的父母致信全国人大代表
          呼吁同性婚姻立法的公开信
    尊敬的全国人大代表您好!
       
        我们来自五湖四海,我们的孩子是同性恋者,我们被称为“同志父母”,我们的孩子因为同性倾向原因,无法与相爱的人合法组成家庭,结为“夫夫或妇妇”,给生活和就医等诸多方面带来不便。
     
        按照社会学常识,同性恋者约占总人口的3-5%,照此推算,中国约有6000万同性恋者,他们因为现行的《婚姻法》规定只能一男一女结合,而被排斥在婚姻殿堂之外。我们的孩子有些跟同性伴侣已生活了近10年,他们相互照应,相亲相爱,却不能在另一伴生病需要手术时合法签字。身为同性恋者的家长,我们时常感到焦虑,因为不能合法结婚,我们孩子在领养下一代、生病手术签字、继承伴侣财产、甚至买房等各方面都受到不同程度的影响。
        匪夷所思的是,我们的同性恋孩子尽管不爱异性,却拥有合法与异性结婚的权利。众所周知,同性恋与异性结婚,造成“同妻”、“同夫”等严重的社会问题,也让更多的人生活不幸福。难道我们的法律是要鼓励同性恋与异性结婚吗?
     
        另外,同性恋并不违反任何现行的中国法律,同性恋者是具有各项权利的中华人民共和国公民,同性恋者的结婚权利不能长期被剥夺。
     
        我们恳请全国人大代表和政协委员们给予关注,倾听1.2亿“同志家长”的心声,体恤6000万同性恋者对平等和尊严的渴盼,呼吁尽早修改《婚姻法》,让中国6000万同性恋公民拥有平等的婚姻权。
     
        感谢您在百忙之中关注此事,并祝工作愉快,身体健康!
     
        此致
     
        敬礼!                          
                              同性恋亲友会家长群部分家长
                                       2013年2月25日
    — 1 year ago with 40 notes

    #China  #tongzhi  #gays  #lesbians  #gay  #lgbt  #glbt  #gaysians  #same-sex marriage  #family  #marriage equality  #gay marriage 

    WATCH: Lesbian Couple Proposal and Engagement During Toronto Maple Leafs-Ottawa Senators Hockey Game

    How awesome is this action? Maple Leaf fan Alicia proposes to girlfriend Christina and….watch to find out what Christina says!

    (Source: Yahoo!)

    — 2 years ago with 7 notes

    #lesbians  #lesbian  #lesbian couple  #hockey  #NHL  #Canadian lesbians  #Canada  #gay marriage  #marriage  #Toronto Maple Leafs 
    "Fundamentally, I started writing to save my life. Yes, my own life first. I see the same impulse in my students—the dark, the queer, the mixed-blood, the violated—turning to the written page with a relentless passion, a drive to avenge their own silence, invisibility, and erasure as living, innately expressive human beings."
    Cherríe Moraga (via modernmalaise)

    (Source: aloofshahbanou)

    — 2 years ago with 251 notes

    #Cherríe Moraga  #latinas  #queer women  #writing  #Cherríe Moraga quote  #Cherrie Moraga quote  #lesbians 

    K-Y’s First Commercial Featuring Lesbian Couple

    — 2 years ago with 1817 notes

    #KY Brand  #LGBT  #Lesbians  #television commercials  #gay 
    The Rainbow Europe Map (May 2011)
The Rainbow Europe map reflects European countries’ laws and administrative practices which protect or violate the human rights of LGBT people. This Map does not reflect the social situation of LGBT people.

    The Rainbow Europe Map (May 2011)

    The Rainbow Europe map reflects European countries’ laws and administrative practices which protect or violate the human rights of LGBT people. This Map does not reflect the social situation of LGBT people.

    — 2 years ago with 20 notes

    #The Rainbow Europe Map  #human rights  #lgbt  #lgbtq  #glbt  #Europe  #lesbians  #gays  #bisexuals  #trans people  #transgender 
    Thailand's New Lesbian Chic? →

    Yes or No - Thai lesbian movie

    HuffPo reports on the recent surge of visibility of Thai lesbian culture—from the acclaimed film Yes or No to Tom Act, the nation’s first lesbian lifestyle magazine.

    + here

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes

    #Asia  #Southeast Asia  #Thai dykes  #Thai lesbians  #Thailand  #Tom Act  #Yes or No the movie  #culture  #homosexuality  #lesbian chic  #lesbians  #lgbt  #glbt  #lgbtq 

    WATCH: It Gets Better - Apple Employees

    This video is quite touching…

    (Source: youtube.com)

    — 3 years ago with 3 notes

    #It Gets Better  #Apple  #suicide  #gay  #gay youth  #coming out  #homosexuality  #lesbians  #lesbian  #transgender  #lgbt  #lgbtq  #queer