Gotta love that banner! AFC Wimbledon, helping combat homophobia in football (soccer)! And, as noted by John Green (also backed by PinkNews), they were the first football club in Britain to join the Football Fans Against Homophobia campaign!
“AFC Wimbledon is an inclusive club where everyone is welcome, regardless of their background. Discrimination of any kind has no place on the terraces, on the pitch or in the dressing room. We are therefore lending our support to the campaign, and Saturday’s home match against Accrington Stanley is dedicated to the fight against homophobia. The club’s management and players urge supporters to help create a positive and inclusive atmosphere at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.” – AFC Winbledon
One might even say, the Portland Trail Blazers are blazing trails. However I’m above such easy puns and wordplay, and will not say so (but seriously, they are).
Activists in Oregon are getting ready to put a constitutional amendment allowing for marriage equality on the November 2014 ballot. After Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC made their own statements of support, the Portland Trail Blazers released their own endorsement.
“The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.”
Now it’s time for your feel good video of the day! It is great to see our Kiwi brothers and sisters so happy!
Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau,who have been together almost 14 years, wed onboard a special Air New Zealand flight from Queenstown to Auckland in front of family and friends and actor and marriage equality campaigner Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family. The pair exchanged pounamu (New Zealand greenstone) in place of traditional wedding bands.
“Gays get the thumbs up! Sorta. At least I told everyone you’re not pedophiles.”
In a surprising turn of events, we find that Pope Francis might be an all-around decent guy. Pope Francis answered questions from reporters for 82 minutes while on the plane ride back from celebrating World Youth Day in Brazil. Here’s what he had to say about homosexuality:
“We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society. If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” – Pope Francis I
Benjamin Medrano, 47-year-old singer and gay bar-owner has just been elected as Mexico’s first openly gay mayor to the city of Fresnillo, a tough, machismo, and rural area of Zacatecas state!
There’s a really good write-up about how he was elected in such a place by the Associated Press, but I think this is a great step in the right direction for they gay community in Mexico so I’m going to skip right to his views on gay marriage and equality. Follow the link after the jump to go to the AP article.
I know this a little last minute, but I’ve just learned about it this afternoon. Tomorrow, Friday, July 12th, there’s a national effort to attempt to donate blood to raise awareness about the discriminatory ban on blood donation from the gay community. Gays should be able to donate blood. Even the American Medical Association thinks so.
This is so exciting! It’s embarrassing the United States was separating these couples for so long, there was just no legitimate reason for it.
More about the couple from The DOMA Project after the jump!