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Moscow Cancels Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

September 2nd, 2015 No comments
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Moscow’s cultural committee has taken away funding from Moscow Premiere—an LGBT film festival that was set to take place September 4-7. The reasoning from the committee: Russia’s “difficult economic situation.” Though the anti-gay propaganda laws weren’t cited, the cultural committee seemed to have enough funding to replace Moscow Premiere with the Youth Festival of Life Affirming Films. This would have been the festival’s 13th year.

The only remaining gay and lesbian film festival is the Side by Side International Film Festival that takes place in St. Petersburg.


China to Show First Gay-Themed Film in Theaters

September 2nd, 2015 No comments
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Image via Twitter.

China, known for its heavy censorship, is about to make history by allowing a gay movie to be shown at theaters across the country. The movie, Seek McCartney, stars singer Han Geng and French-actor Jérémie Elkaïm and follows their very close friendship and potential romance. The film, a collaboration between China and France, took over a year to be approved by Chinese censors.

Director Wang Chao said that it was ‘a small step for the regulator and a big step for filmmakers.’


Singapore to Allow HIV Positive Travelers to Visit

September 2nd, 2015 No comments
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Pink Dot, Freedom of Love, Singapore. Image via

Singapore is lifting their longstanding ban on travelers with HIV from entering the country. The Lion City made the decision on April 1, but it was made public on Monday. Persons visiting with HIV, though, will be limited in their stay to three months.

“Given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease…The policy on the repatriation and permanent blacklisting of HIV positive foreigners was recommended in the late 1980s when the disease was new, fatal and no effective treatment was available,” a health ministry spokesperson said.

The United States ended their ban on HIV positive travelers just in 2010, while 20 others still have a ban.

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Hold Kentucky Clerk Accountable for Disobeying SCOTUS

September 1st, 2015 Comments off
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The ACLU filed two motions with a Kentucky district court to hold Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis accountable for her continuing refusal to issue marriage licenses to couples in the case Miller v. Davis.

The motions ask the court to hold Davis in contempt of court for failing to comply with its previous ruling and to clarify that Davis must issue marriage licenses to everybody, not just the four named couples in the case. The court set a contempt hearing for this Thursday, at which Davis will be required to answer to the judge for her violation of the order and could face steep fines.

“It is unfortunate that we’ve been compelled to take further action today to ensure that the people of Rowan County can obtain the marriage licenses they’re entitled to receive from their County Clerk’s office.  The law is clear and the courts have spoken.  The duty of public officials is to enforce the law, not place themselves above it,” said Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union:

Rapper Tyler the Creator is Barred from Entering the UK for Five Years for Anti-Gay Lyrics

August 27th, 2015 Comments off
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The UK proves that there is a price to pay for discriminating against the LGBT community. Rapper Tyler the Creator told fans that he had to cancels shows in the UK, because he wasn’t allowed into the country. The 24-year-old liberally used anti-gay lyrics in his 2011 album Goblin, and by liberally we mean he used the word “faggot” a total of 213 times.

The rapper is upset by the decision and says that he shouldn’t be held accountable for lyrics he used four years ago. His manager explained that he had received a letter saying that Tyler would not be allowed in the country for three to five years:  “what I do know is tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up?’

In the above picture, Tyler wrote a mini-essay about his usage of words and symbols to convey messages. (You can read it here.)

What do you think?

Venice, Italy Mayor Refuses Permit for Gay Pride Parade

August 26th, 2015 Comments off
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Venice is enjoying a boom in gay tourism, thanks to the many cruise ships that dock in its iconic canals and its numerous cultural offerings, but Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, a business man who won the election on a center-right platform, draws the line at a gay pride parade. The rightwing mayor didn’t cite homophobia as the reason for refusing a pride parade, but because it’s “[the] height of kitsch.” He told La Repubblica:  “There will never be a gay pride in my city…Let them go and do it in Milan, or in front of their own homes.”

The decision has prompted a critical response, naturally, from gay-rights organizations throughout Italy. “Venice is not his city. At the moment he is governing it, but he won’t last long given the fool he is making of himself,” said Arcigay’s president, Flavio Romani. “He is becoming obsessive about this. Venice does not deserve it.”

Venice hosted a gay pride celebration last year.

His anti-gay history as mayor speaks for itself. Soon after taking office he banned books that featured gay and lesbian couples from schools.

One More Week to Snap for Equality and Win First-Class Trips from Orbitz

August 25th, 2015 Comments off



How do first-class flights and hotel stays around the US or Europe sound? All you have to do is take a video or photo of how you celebrate pride. So what exactly do you win? The Video grand prize: Choose from 2 business-class flights to Europe with hotel stay or four first-class flights within the US with hotel stay. Photo grand prize: 2 first-class flights within the US with hotel stay. ORB_SnapForEquality_Enter_img_428x385_20150625

For more information, visit Orbitz’s contest page. 

In Historic First, UN Security Council to Discuss LGBT Rights

August 24th, 2015 Comments off
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U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and her Chilean counterpart Ambassador Cristian Barros Melet will hold the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting on LGBT rights later today.  Open to all U.N. member states, the gathering will focus on the appalling abuse and violence being perpetrated against LGBT people in areas in which ISIS exerts control.

As it continues its path of destruction across Iraq and Syria, ISIS has released several images and videos documenting the brutal execution of those accused of being LGBT. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has created a timeline of attacks against allegedly LGBT people, including executions that often involve throwing men from roof tops or stoning them to death. In a particularly shocking example, ISIS released videos of the public execution of four gay men on Twitter on the same day the U.S. Supreme  Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, using the hashtag “Love Wins.”

“The gruesome images and videos documenting ISIS’s horrific violence are a haunting reminder of humankind’s capacity for evil,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “By convening this meeting, Ambassadors Power and Melet have made clear that these human rights abuses against LGBT people are not only deeply heinous and inhumane, but also a matter of utmost importance to global security.”


Illinois Becomes 5th State to Ban Gay-Conversion Therapy

August 21st, 2015 Comments off
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 217 into law, making Illinois the fifth jurisdiction—behind California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Oregon—to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy.

House Bill 217, which protects LGBTQ youth from mental health providers attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through these practices, which are linked to substance abuse, extreme depression, and suicide, was overwhelmingly approved by the Illinois House of Representatives and General Assembly. The law will go into effect January 1, 2016.

Trump, Gay Marriage is a Dead Issue

August 20th, 2015 Comments off
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We may not agree on everything Donald Trump says, but when asked about working to pass an amendment to ban gay and lesbian marriage, Trump called it a dead issue. “Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it’s not going to happen. Congress can’t pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.

Trump famously was for “traditional” marriage, but has evolved on the issue—so much so, that he attended a gay wedding.