GQ Deutschland has launched a campaign against homophobia featuring giggly, straight male German celebrities who make out with each other on-camera.
December 11, 2013
Two LGBT-oriented groups have received grants in the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
From a foundation news release:
In all, $2.72 million was awarded to local artists and organizations, big and small, including the newly opened Perez Art Museum Miami, ArtCenter/South Florida, Cannonball Miami, the Miami Music Project, the Bass Museum, Indie Film Club, and more. Their ideas will blend art and technology and bring art into Miami’s many neighborhoods.
Among the recipients:
To engage South Florida’s GLBTQ youth through the arts by growing the annual Out in the Tropics Performing Arts Festival to include educational workshops in high schools and community centers
Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, $10,000
To strengthen choral leadership by expanding the annual South Florida Choral Festival to include professional development workshops
DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor, an 'unlikely' lesbian activist, on Time's Person of the Year short list
Edith 'Edie' Windsor, the "unlikely" lesbian activist whose Supreme Court case against the IRS helped bring down part the of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, has been named to Time magazine's Person of the Year short list.
From Windsor's spokeswoman Cathy Renna:
Edith “Edie” Windsor, the plaintiff in the June 2013 Supreme Court decision that struck down the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” on the editorial short list of 5 – coming in at #3 - for Time magazine’s person of the year, capping off a year of landmark progress for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Every December, Time magazine chooses from five finalists one “Person of the Year.” In addition, Windsor was a finalist in the public online poll, a clear demonstration of the growing public support for marriage equality and the power of her story and fight for equality and dignity for her marriage and life with Thea Spyer and the thousands of other same-sex couples in the U.S. and around the world.
“I am honored that Time chose me as one of the number 3 individuals in the top 5 nominees for ‘Person of the Year,’ but I am just one person who was part of the extraordinary and on-going fight for marriage equality for all our families, ” said Edie Windsor. “There are thousands of people who helped us come this far and we still have a lot more work to do. The gay community is my ‘person of the year’ and I look forward to continuing to fight for equal rights and educate the public about our lives alongside my gay brothers and sisters and our allies,” Windsor continued. “Even without taking the ‘Person of the Year’ even being in the top 5 is an extraordinary way to end a year that has been historic for all of us and truly spectacular for me and gave me the chance to tell my story via Time through an interview and audio interview with photo slideshow. Thea would be thrilled, proud and so happy to see what we have all accomplished together,” concluded Windsor.
"Designing Edie's website has been a collaborative effort with one of my heroes and a labor of love for me personally,” said Carla Grande, a New York based agent, producer and web designer who has worked in the fields of photography, illustration, design and fine art for over twenty-five years. “Creating an online resource for ‘all things Edie’ has been a joy and an unforgettable experience," Grande continued. “From the landing page video chronicling Edie’s life with Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman” in the background [Note: song used with permission of the artist] to the sections of the site that offer a glimpse into Edie and Thea’s relationship, Edie’s life and the highlights of the DOMA case, the award-winning documentary ‘Edie and Thea: A Long Engagement’ and her other activism, my hope is everyone who visits this site is inspired by Edie, her life and the power of one person standing up to injustice,” concluded Grande.
The site, ediewindsor.com has many components, in addition to the landing page video that is a short chronicle of Edie’s life and produced by the same team that created the documentary film, Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir, dozens of photographs, highlights of her fight against DOMA and information and links to “Edie’s causes.”
BY NIRMALA GEORGE
NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality, dealing a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.
The judges said only lawmakers and not the courts could change a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community across India reacted to the surprise decision with defiance.
"We cannot be forced back into the closet. We are not backing off from our fight against discrimination," said Gautam Bhan, an activist who had petitioned the court.
After the ruling, dozens of activists outside the court began crying and hugging each other in consolation.
"This is a very sad day for us, we are back to square one in our fight for the democratic rights of the gay community," said Ashok Row Kavi of the activist group Humsafar Trust.
December 10, 2013
Viral video from Four Seasons Condoms in Australia:
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About 70 business people attended the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce MetLife Quarterly Networking Luncheon Tuesday at the W Hotel's Steak 954 restaurant.
The chamber also collected unwrapped holiday toys to benefit the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale and other children’s organizations.
Click here to view more pictures from the luncheon. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
BY CARA ANNA
UNITED NATIONS -- Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events.
The two openly gay athletes spoke at a special United Nations event celebrating International Human Rights Day.
They focused in part on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia, which passed a law this summer banning homosexual "propaganda." The law has drawn international condemnation and sparked calls for a boycott, though no nations have threatened to pull their athletes.
Navratilova, who lost lucrative endorsements when she came out in 1981, said she doesn't support boycotts of any kind. But she said the IOC is "putting its head in the sand" and criticized FIFA, the world soccer body, for awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
"Nobody's talking about Qatar and the World Cup. You can get a jail term there," she said of consensual gay sex in the Persian Gulf nation. In six other countries, including Saudi Arabia, simply being gay is punishable by death, she said.
"Gays and lesbians seem to be the last group it's seen as OK to pick on," she said.
LONDON -- Actor Ian McKellen says the British government has advised him not to go to Russia because of the country's anti-gay "propaganda" law.
McKellen, known to millions as Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" films, told Radio Times magazine that the Foreign Office had informed him "they couldn't protect me from those laws."
The openly gay 74-year-old actor expressed disbelief that this was the case "in the land of Tchaikovsky, Diaghilev, Rudolf Nureyev — gay artists whose sexuality informed their work."
Russia has banned "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" aimed at anyone under 18. Penalties include fines and jail.
The Foreign Office said Tuesday that prospective travelers should decide whether to visit Russia based on its official advice, which notes "a degree of intolerance" of homosexuality in Russia.
President Barack Obama alluded to LGBT rights in his tribute today to late South African President Nelson Mandela:
"The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality or universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger and disease. We still see run-down schools. We still see young people without prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love. That is happening today." (Applause.)
December 09, 2013
Health department will pay $50 cash stipend to gay, bisexual HIV-positive men who participate in study
From Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade:
MEN’S HEALTH STUDY
The Florida Department of Health and the Ryan White Program are interested in bettering services for men in HIV care. It is important for us to hear from our community so are conducting a focus group about men and HIV care. If you are a gay or bisexual man who is HIV positive, you may be eligible for a research project. For more information, please call Gladys at (305) 443-2000.
A 50.00 cash stipend is available for your time
Estamos realizando un estudio confidencial sobre hombres y el cuidado de VIH. Si usted es un hombre gay o bisexual y tiene VIH, puede ser que sea elegible para un proyecto de investigación. Para más información llame Gladys al (305) 443-2000.
¡GANE $50 EN EFECTIVO!
Behavioral Science Research and Florida Health Miami-Dade County
From Miami Gay Men’s Chorus:
MGMC's Annual Holiday Extravaganza is HERE!
In South Florida, we know how to do the winter holidays. Throw some lights on a palm tree, whip up a rum cake, and head out to the Miami Gay Men's Chorus annual holiday show at South Beach's historic Colony Theater on Lincoln Road!
"Bells In Boyland" Showtimes:
Friday Dec. 20 - 8pm
Saturday Dec 21 - 8pm
Sunday Dec 22nd - 3pm matinee
For our 15th anniversary, we promise our signature blend of sly humor and choral excellence, mixing musical theater with traditional holiday standards. This year, we are proud to announce our extra special guests, the Handbell Choir of the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ.
Expect holiday hits, dancing drag queens and, of course, a few surprises!
From Doreen Marx of Sunday Afternoons of Music:
The 150 member strong Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida will be making their Miami-Dade County debut this coming Sunday evening, December 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables.
Gordon Roberts, the artistic director/conductor, has thrust the four year old choral ensemble onto the national stage in a very short time. Sunday Afternoons of Music, now in its 33rd season, is proud to present this outstanding choral group to the South Dade community in a holiday program (with some classics) that is sure to please every palette.
Free parking and free shuttle service will be provided to and from the Ponce de Leon Parking Garage located at Alhambra Circle and Dixie Highway to Gusman Concert Hall before and after the concert.
Miami artist Marcelo Holzinger, above with husband David Kessler, displayed his work this weekend at Miami River International Contemporary Art Fair at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami.
In the second photo, artist/interior designer Javier Echenique-Vico of Wilton Manors displays a self-portrait.
Other artists at the fair included Ricardo Garcia, Jesus Led and F.man, whose work takes on different characteristics depending upon the light:
Click here to view more pictures from Miami River art fair. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
BY LISA LEFF
SAN FRANCISCO -- Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.
The Human Rights Campaign found that more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies and 90 percent of all large employers it surveyed are offering health insurance and other spousal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of their employees.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Hormel Foods LLC and Wendy's International Inc. are among the corporations extending the benefits for the first time next year, the campaign says in a report scheduled to be issued Monday.
The group's 12th annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates private companies on policies affecting gay and transgender workers and consumers, also found a record number of businesses adopting policies prohibiting discrimination against transgender workers and job applicants. They include 61 percent of the Fortune 500, up from 57 percent a year ago, and 86 percent of the 737 companies evaluated.