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BLANTYRE, MALAWI -- Officials in Malawi say they have arrested two men for celebrating their engagement to each other in the conservative southern African country.
Attorney General Jane Ansah says the men were charged with indecency. Those convicted under the law can get five to 14 years in jail. Police say Blantyre residents Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were arrested Monday after their engagement ceremony the previous Saturday, which attracted many onlookers. Human rights activist Gift Trapence says they will appear in court on Monday and that his group will attempt to seek bail before that.
In Africa, only South Africa has legalized same-sex marriage. Uganda will soon debate a proposed law that would impose the death penalty on some gays.
News release from GLAAD:
New York, NY, December 29, 2009 - The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced an official relationship with the Sundance Institute for a multi-day programmatic event, cineGLAAD, presented by Bud Light and Abreva, which will take place during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
This is the first year that GLAAD will be an Institute Associate, a category of support populated by organizations with mutually aligned missions that nurture independent vision and thought. At select times during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, GLAAD will host cineGLAAD at the Sundance Film Festival’s Filmmaker Lodge located on the second floor of the Elks Building (550 Main Street) in Park City. Through educational panels and networking opportunities, cineGLAAD will celebrate and elevate films with LGBT content and the voices of filmmakers whose storytelling includes the visibility and inclusion of the LGBT community. A list of panels will be available in coming weeks at www.glaad.org/cineGLAAD.
“LGBT inclusive films and LGBT filmmakers play important roles in bringing images to our culture that educate people about our lives and the diversity of our community” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “cineGLAAD will work to bring these stories to Americans by amplifying the voices of LGBT filmmakers and films with LGBT images at this integral film industry event.”
cineGLAAD will be part of the LGBT presence at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Recognizing the importance of advocating for LGBT images at this major industry event, GLAAD with the help of volunteers and staff, including the founder of Queer Lounge, Ellen Huang, will organize and host panels addressing LGBT issues in film and produce some of the signature elements of the Queer Lounge, including a guide to festival films in Park City by LGBT filmmakers or that include LGBT content.
cineGLAAD will act as a forum to the public and press, creating awareness of LGBT films and filmmakers and a central meeting place for LGBT and LGBT-inclusive professionals to make lasting professional connections.
cineGLAAD will continue the tradition of producing some of the most talked-about LGBT events at major film festivals; attracting celebrities, emerging artists and leaders in the film community. Previous panels have included Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor (cast, I Love Your Phillip Morris), Christine Vachon (producer, Boys Don’t Cry), Rob Epstein (Oscar-winning director, The Times of Harvey Milk), Lee Daniels and Gabby Sidibe (Director and cast of the acclaimed, Precious: Based on the Novel, Push by Sapphire).
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.
About Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each January in and around Park City, Utah. Presenting dramatic and documentary feature-length films from emerging and established artists, innovative short films, filmmaker forums and panels, live music performances from solo acts to film composer events, cutting-edge media installations, and engaging community and student programs, the Festival brings together original storytellers. Supported by the non-profit Sundance Institute, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Maria Full of Grace, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Trouble the Water, and Central Station.
Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver stars in this emotional true story about a 1970s religious suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept her young son Bobby being gay. What happens to Bobby is tragic and causes Mary to question her faith; ultimately this mom changes her views in ways that she never could have imagined. Also starring Ryan Kelly ("Mean Creek"), Susan Ruttan ("LA Law"), Dan Butler ("Frasier") and Henry Czerny ("The Tudors"). Based on the book “Prayers for Bobby” by Leroy Aarons.
DIRECTOR: Russell Mulcahy
SCREENWRITER: Katie Ford
Stanley M. Brooks
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Martini Tuesdays is a weekly cocktail party that meets at a different fabulous South Beach venue every Tuesday at 9pm. Now in its 8th year, Martini Tuesdays is a great night for networking and meeting new friends. There is never a cover charge.
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The best of Jewish music will be presented on Saturday evening, January 23rd, at 8:00 p.m. in the Second Annual Greatest Cantorial Concert in South Florida History.
Twenty-six cantors and soloists will perform a diverse concert of Jewish song—Ladino, Israeli, folk, Yiddish, pop, classical, jazz, and liturgical. The performers represent many synagogues throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.
The concert will be presented in the beautiful and historic Bertha Abess Sanctuary at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, located in Miami’s Performing Arts district. The sanctuary is the oldest synagogue building in continuous use in Florida. It is located at 137 N.E. 19th Street, one block west of Biscayne Boulevard.
Tickets are $18.00 each. Last year’s concert was sold out, so it is best to purchase tickets in advance.
About Temple Israel
Temple Israel, founded in 1922, is celebrating 87 years as the oldest Reform Congregation in South Florida. Always a downtown temple, we continue to maintain our beautiful campus on NE 19th Street just 2 blocks west of Biscayne Boulevard.
Temple Israel is an inclusive congregation where all members and visitors can feel at home whether attending an inspirational Friday night Shabbat Service, or sharing bagels and ideas at the Saturday morning study group, or attending any one of the many programs to be found at the Temple throughout the year. Temple Israel values the diverse ways in which members can express their Jewish identities and are dedicated to creating and maintaining a sense of community, standing at the forefront of social change, supporting the struggle for civil and human rights for all, regardless of creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin.
In this photo distributed by the press office of Tierra del Fuego government, Alex Freyre, right, and his husband Jose Maria Di Bello kiss after getting married at the civil registry in Ushuaia, southern Argentina, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. The couple's union is the first gay marriage in Latin America.
Freyre, right, receives a wedding ring from Di Bello during their marriage.
Freyre, right, and Di Bello get married
Freyre, right, and Di Bello show their wedding certificate after their marriage.
AP Photos/Government of Tierra del Fuego
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- An official in Argentina's southern Tierra del Fuego province says two Argentine men have wed there in Latin America's first gay marriage.
Provincial spokesman Eduardo Porter says the wedding between Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre took place at the civil registry in Ushuaia.
Their marriage plans in Buenos Aires earlier this month were thwarted when city officials refused to marry them because of conflicting rulings.
An official representing the federal government's antidiscrimination agency attended the wedding. Claudio Morgado called Monday's marriage "historic."
Argentina's Constitution is silent on whether marriage must be between a man and a woman, effectively leaving the matter to state and city officials.