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Bayard Rustin | Getting His Due

rustin50 years ago today, Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, which is being celebrated at the mall in Washington D.C..  As MLK50 continues with speeches and commentary from Equal Rights Activists, Political Figures and numerous personalities, and sometimes, we find people in the background, who in fact, worked with Martin Luther King, and deserves some recognition as well. That person is Bayard Rustin.

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The Sexual Culture of William Shakespeare’s Time

 

It’s an open question as to whether or not William Shakespeare slept with men as well as women. In this BigThink video, scholar Stephen Greenblatt looks at the culture in the 16th century and how they viewed what we know and homosexuality. Greenblatt also relates it to a time when he stayed at a hostel in China and was asked if he wanted to share a shower, because showering alone was seen as something odd.

 

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Labels are for filing.  Labels are for clothing.  Labels are not for people.  ~Martina Navratilova

I grew up hating Martina Navratilova…not for anything about her, really, but because I LOVED tennis and Chris Evert, and she often beat her and badly.  I actually spoke to her on the phone once, when I was fortunate enough to figure out where she and Chris Evert were staying, and the hotel desk clerk connected me to their room.  Martina answered, and I, of course, asked to speak to Chris. In a few seconds, I spoke to two tennis legends.  Good memories.

As I’ve come to know myself and embrace being gay, I’ve learned to appreciate Martina and all she’s done for the LGBT community. This quote is an excellent example of the type of role model and advocate she is. I’ve matured enough to separate her business from who she is as a person and what she has accomplished.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a must see film

So I had the extreme pleasure of taking in the second installment of Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law.  This film was absolutely a wonderful ride and catching Sherlock in drag was worth the price of admission all by itself.  The relationship between Holmes and Watson is so pleasantly and subtly gay that it just provided the icing atop a cake that was already damn near perfect.  The only thing that would have made this film better would have been some man-on-man action.  I think Sherlock would have been the top.  Don’t you!?  If you haven’t seen this movie yet go see it, it’s a blast!  Click on the image below to check out the official trailer.

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Nigerian Senate Approves Bill Criminalizing All Support For Gays

Today, the Nigerian Senate has passed a bill that criminalizes same-sex couples who marry, same-sex advocacy groups, and even same-sex public displays of affection. If this bill passes, violators who marry could face up to14 years in prison, and those who witness a same-sex marriage or publicly display their affection could serve 10 years.  However the bill still has to pass through Nigeria’s House of Representatives and then signed by President Goodluck Jonathan to become law, but with the increasing support, it’s well within the realm of possibility.

It’s not looking good for the gays in Nigeria, folks.

Video of a debate over the bill after the jump…

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Brazil President bans “Anti-Homophobia Kits”

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has suspended the distribution of safe-sex education materials to schools.

Known as “anti-homophobia kits” Brazil, they contained gay and lesbian video scenes and were about to be distributed through the ministry of health and the ministry of education to help combat homophobia.

A government spokesman said after President Rousseff personally reviewed the materials then decided it wasn’t fit for children. It is also said she rejected the video because it did not offer an objective view of homosexuality.

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