GQ Deutschland has launched a campaign against homophobia featuring giggly, straight male German celebrities who make out with each other on-camera.
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.