With so much happening, and at such an awesome pace lately, marriage equality advances one more step across the world, and it’s a thrill to watch.
France’s president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalize gay marriage. On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill. He said: “I have taken [the decision]; now it is time to respect the law of the Republic.” The first gay wedding could be held 10 days after the bill’s signing. But Parliamentary Relations Minister Alain Vidalies told French TV he expected the first ceremonies to take place “before 1 July”.
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In honor of IDAHO, we have some more international news. ILGA Europe launched it’s Rainbow Europe package, assessing how well our Queer brothers and sisters are treated. In America, we typically view Europe as very progressive, free-loving people. Well if you’d seen the news recently you’d know that’s not really the case. From death threats, to riots, to vicious beatings, Europe isn’t as safe as what many of us think it is.
The map ILGA Europe released goes from dark green, representing full equality and respect, to dark red, gross violations of human rights, discrimination.
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO), and while we may not have Susan Rice as Secretary of State, she is the US Ambassador to the United Nations and she commemorated IDAHO with a stern video message. Check it out after the jump.
So as many of you folks have seen, the acronyms for the queer community are getting a little out of hand. First it was LGBT for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, then LGBTQ, Q- for Questioning, and then LGBTQI, I for Intersex. I’m sure you have seen more versions, but those are the most common ones I see. Well San Diego State University’s LGBT Student Union (also known as LGBTSU) raised a few eyebrows and caused quite a stir when they announced they are done with all of the extra letter foolishness and just calling themselves the Queer Student Union.
Maybe I’m a little biased here writing for Queer Landia, but I can’t help but think it’s a great idea!
Stockholm Pride saw Russia’s banning of any sort of Pride event for the next 100 years as an opportunity to invite them over! Stockholm Pride built a nifty twitter-invite that translates different phrases into Russian. There’s a ton of different combinations, and they are highly entertaining to say the least.
So click here to invite Russia to #G0west, and if you haven’t been to Stockholm Pride’s website yet, click here!