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So some guy and a friend in North Carolina decided the best way to protest their neighbor’s “Vote Against Amendment One” sign is to shoot it with a shotgun while in their neighbor’s yard. The most disturbing part isn’t just what he’s doing, but what he’s saying as wellI.
Video after the jump….
This is a much more personal post than my usual, and if Re-Blogging is lazy posting, then I hope you’ll indulge me, but Natalie Merchant is right: you are blessed and lucky, and sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of that.
Tulare County is located in the vast Central Valley of California, is the nation’s #1 dairy producer, and ranks consistently #2 or #3 in overall agricultural production in the United States. Visalia, the county seat, was also the home of EricJames Borges, a 19 year old gay man whose suicide garnered attention worldwide in January, 2012.
A collection of short essays written by active duty and former military personnel, “Our Time” chronicles the hardships and joys of gays and lesbians as they navigated the stormy waters before and during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and in the months between the signing ceremony and the actual end of the policy.
Sometimes joyful, sometimes profoundly saddening, and sometimes infuriating stories of real people caught up in the desire to serve their country, rise to the high standards demanded by that service, and finding themselves having to choose between those standards and those desires. Some chose to come out and accept the responsibility and repercussions of that decision, others chose to remain closeted in order to continue serving the country they love, and some straddle a fence, trying to be honest with themselves and the people they serve with as well as honoring the rules.
The William Way Community Center and The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History have teamed up to give us Pop-Up Philadelphia, a month long exhibition dedicated to the lesser known aspects of queer history.
The exhibition opened April 21st, and will close May 19th, and will be on the ground floor of The William Way Community Center. Pop-Up Philadelphia is featuring a huge variety of exhibits to shed some light on largely unknown histories of queer communities in Philly and all over the globe. Some of the exhibits are:
- A primary source documentation of the use of drag in Philadelphia Mummers’ Parades dating back to the 1880s
- A sculptural memorial for queer communities in Uganda threatened by a proposed law that makes queerness punishable by death
- A video history project about the lives of black lesbian elders.
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Siberia is jumping on St. Petersburg’s bandwagon, and pushed through a bill banning “Gay Propaganda” Thursday. With how serious Moscow is also considering a Federal ban for all of Russia, this is really disconcerting.
“”It’s mainly about various gay parades… about their promotion among minors. It’s about preventing people who are not related to homosexuality from explaining to their kids what is going on,” said Alexander Ilushchenko, who oversees a regional committee on culture, education, sports and youth policy.”
The bill classifies the promotion of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender lifestyle as an administrative offense, and follows the same punishment as St. Petersburg; up to $16,000 for an individual and $160,000 for organizations. So it looks like there won’t be any gay legal pride parades this year in Russia, however I’m sure some will still go on in protest.
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