A Russian nationalist Member of Parliament has introduced legislation that will make fingerprinting mandatory for Russian people with “dangerous diseases,” including HIV. The fingerprinting information would then be collected and compiled in a national database.
The politician’s reasoning for the legislation has several points. Firstly, he cites the fact that “infected people change their names and disappear from the state system.” This new law would make such a thing impossible. He also says the law would help to expedite crime-fighting and “reduce bureaucratic red tape.”
Many are predicting the bill will pass, though it is not without opposition. A fellow Member of Parliament was quoted as saying: “It is one thing when you fingerprint the arriving migrants and completely different when you fingerprint our own law abiding citizens.”
To demonstrate the widespread support of gay and lesbian marriage in the state of Colorado, Why Marriage Matters Colorado released an affective PSA showcasing veterans who support marriage equality. The 30-second spot began airing across the state and features local veterans, one gay the rest straight, discussing the importance of bringing equality to the state.
Many of us are concerned about climate change, but what are we doing to stop it? It is time for action. It is time to take responsibility for how we live. Ask yourself if you are part of the problem or part of the solution. It is up to each one of us to do something, and to do it now. If you feel hopeless when it comes to making a difference in the world, you are not alone. You may ask yourself: “What can I do? I’m just one person.” But one person can make all the difference in the world.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker Wants to Protect All her Constituents, Including Gays, with This Legislation
Houston’s openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, introduced the Equal Rights ordinance, which, if passed, will protect all Houstonians from discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations. The proposed ordinance covers both public and private workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition to sexual orientation and gender identity, the ordinance will also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, genetic information, and pregnancy.
The HRC said in a statement: “We thank Mayor Parker for her leadership on this commonsense legislation. It is far past time to protect the citizens of Houston from all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As the nation’s fourth largest city, Houston is an epicenter for business and culture. Cities thrive when all citizens feel welcome and part of the cultural fabric. Today, Mayor Parker told every Houstonian that they are a valued part of the city’s future.”
The ordinance will be introduced to the City Council on May 7.
In conjunction with the grand opening of the brand-new Polaroid Fotobar and The Polaroid Museum at The LINQ, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is announcing its figure of the iconic artist Andy Warhol will be on view in Las Vegas for the first time beginning April 24. The figure, on loan from Madame Tussauds London, will be on display in Polaroid Fotobar’s new flagship retail shop until Aug. 1. Upstairs will be an exhibition of Warhol’s artwork and artifacts, “Capturing Celebrity,” presented by The Andy Warhol Museum and serving as the centerpiece of The Polaroid Museum. Admission to The Polaroid Museum on April 24 will be free from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
“Capturing Celebrity” will feature a collection of 50 of Warhol’s most famous Polaroid photographs, including a number of self-portraits. The exhibit will also feature several celebrity portraits, such as Dennis Hopper, Truman Capote, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Farrah Fawcett, Debbie Harry, Giorgio Armani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keith Richards, Muhammad Ali and more. Two of Warhol’s personal Polaroid cameras will also be on display.
For the first time Jennie Livingston and Junior Labeija will come together to discuss the legendary documentary Paris is Burning a documentary that perfectly encapsulated the zeitgeist of New York’s ballroom scene of the 1980s. After a screening of the film, Ali Forney Center‘s Carl Siciliano will moderate a discussion with the film’s creator, Livingson, and Labeija from the House of Labeija who was the MC of the balls from the mid-70s to the mid-90s. Money raised from the screening will go to the Ali Forney Center, the New York–based organization that helps fight homelessness among LGBT youths.
The screening takes place at the Directors Guild of America in New York on May 16th and 7 P.M.
Mayor Earl Bullard of Latta, South Carolina fired the city’s openly gay police chief, Crystal Moore, but he acted within the law. Latta was caught on tape saying that he’d much rather have a drunk protecting children than a gay, and unfortunately he has acted within his legal limits as there is no federal law or law in South Carolina that protects openly gay people from discrimination. The mayor was caught saying:
“I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody’s face… somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.
Because that ain’t the damn way it’s supposed to be. You know.. you got people out there — I’m telling you buddy — I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around. ”
I’m not going to let 2 women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I’m not going to see them do it with 2 men neither.”
I’m not going to do it. Because that ain’t the way the world works.”
Now, all these people showering down and saying ‘Oh it’s a different lifestyle they can have it.’ Ok, fine and dandy, but I don’t have to look at it and I don’t want my child around it.” [WBTW]
Contributor Lindsay B. Davis reviews The Library, a theatrical collaboration between Hollywood heavyweights Scott Z. Burns and Steven Soderbergh.
In The Public Theater’s The Library, two film veterans—writer Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects, The Informant, Contagion, co-writer of Bourne Ultimatum) and Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brokovich, sex, lies, and videotape)—tackle the topic of gun violence in American schools by awakening the Off Broadway theater community to a few ideas they’ve probably debated over Sunday brunch or a recent cocktail party: the media is sensationalistic, law enforcement just wants to close a case, Bible thumpers are hypocritical, surgeons are arrogant, teenagers struggle with emotions and guns are bad.
The narrative centers on Caitlin Gabriel (Chloë Grace Moretz in her stage debut), who survives being shot in the Golden Valley High School’s library, only to become the subject of an investigation for possibly aiding the gunman during the attack. The plot maneuvers its way through a “Did she do it?” canal but never feels terribly suspenseful.
A recently released Pew Research Center’s poll that evaluates 40 nations’ views on moral issues has found that Spain is the world’s most accepting nation toward the LGBT community. Nearly 55% of those asked to consider homosexuality “morally acceptable” with 38% saying that it’s “not a moral issue” and only six percent saying that it’s “morally unacceptable.” Expectedly, nations like Ghana and Russia ranked lowest on the list. Interestingly enough, only 23% of Americans surveyed said that homosexuality was “morally acceptable.”
Find out about other social issues like divorce and alcohol by clicking here to see the full study.