Nepal will host Asia’s first LGBT games!

Nepal’s LGBT-rights organization The Blue Diamond Society has just announced that they are planning the nation’s, and Asia’s, first national games for LGBT athletes in September. The games will range from martial arts, the long jump, running races tennis, volleyball, and soccer football.

From the Blue Diamond Society website:

This event and the launch of the program represents a significant moment for Blue Diamond Society and the LGBTI rights movement in Nepal. As noted by regional activists and US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in her human rights day speech last year, Nepal is a regional and international leader on LGBTI rights. An important aspect of Blue Diamond Society’s work over the past eleven years has been partnering with local and international NGOs, INGOs, and programs in Nepal.

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Second Period starts for the You Can Play Project

 

A few weeks agoI posted about the launch of the ‘You Can Play’ Project with their video The Faceoff, and now Second Period starts for Patrick Burke and the ‘You Can Play’ Project with more NHL players coming out in support of LGBT athletes and against homophobia. This time out on the ice we have James Van Riemsdyk (PHI), Mark Fayne (NJD), Frans Nielsen (NYI), Tyler Bozak (TOR), George Parros (ANA), Brandon Prust (NYR), David Steckel (TOR), Andy Greene (NJD), RJ Umberger (CBJ) and Brian Boyle (NYR).

For more about the ‘You Can Play’ Project, check out their website.

A QL Book Club: The Righteous Mind

http://righteousmind.com“Fine, I’ll do it your way. But what’s my motivation?”

Every actor since Stanislavski has asked the question, and every director has rolled her eyes and tried to get on with rehearsal. Even those who have never stepped foot on a stage know the cliche. It’s become a cliche because of its truth: emotional and rational justification for behaving in a certain way is at the core of an actor’s process.

Or is it?

According to recent research in neurological psychology, maybe not.  Findings suggest that motivation is an afterthought to action. Oversimplified: Our brains are wired to make decisions without rationale, and then come up with a justification after the fact. Rhonda Blair, theatre professor at SMU, has applied cognitive science to the art of acting in some of the most exciting dramatic theory I’ve ever seen. Even more oversimplified: What’s your motivation? I don’t know – do it and find out.

Understanding this shoot-first, ask-questions-later approach to human behavior could be the key our movement needs to unlock equality. And Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind could show us how. Continue reading

Rick Santorum on Pink Bowling Balls

REALLY, Rick??  You just make it too easy for us bloggers. Are you honestly so homophobic (and ignorant) that even pink bowling balls are a threat to you?

For those who don’t know, Rick Santorum recently told a young man in Wisconsin that he wasn’t allowed to use a pink bowling ball! I can only guess why he was so adamant about it, but I suspect it was about not wanting the boy to appear gay or effeminate. Or maybe he is so homophobic that he didn’t even want to be around someone who MIGHT be gay. I wonder, though, how he can stand to be in the presence of his supposedly gay friends. 

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