Despite having previously rescinded financial aid to Uganda over their reprehensible and inhumane anti-gay laws, Sweden has relented and resumed providing aid to the African country. The Swedish embassy in Kampala says:
Sweden wants to help create better conditions in Uganda for sustainable economic growth and development. This is why Swedish aid to Uganda will remain substantial.The Swedish embassy also said:
Sweden continues to support human rights and freedom from violence.This will be an interesting feat to pull off given how Uganda's laws undermine human rights and freedom while encouraging violence.
The Swedish electronics retailer Webhallen is auctioning off a 500GB rainbow-colored ‘Gaystation 4? and donating all the proceeds to an LGBT organizations that helps LGBT refugees from anti-LGBT countries re-start their lives in Sweden.
As of this writing, the bidding is up to $2516.44. Gay Gamer reports that “the full package includes the custom-painted system, one DUALSCHOCK 4 controller, four games, one micro-usb cord for the controller, one headset, and one HDMI cable.”
Gay Gamer also quoted the company as saying, “On Webhallen, we are gamers in heart and mind, keen that as many as possible have the opportunity to feel welcome and enjoy the world’s largest and fastest growing interest: TV & computer games.”
Despite the fact that two federal appeals courts have rejected procreation as a legal reason to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has chosen to use that very argument (creative) in his filing to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
From the Statesman:
“By recognizing and encouraging the lifelong commitment between a man and woman — even when they do not produce offspring — the state encourages others who will procreate to enter into the marriage relationship,” Abbott said in the state’s first brief, filed late Monday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Promoting opposite-sex marriages “increases the likelihood that children will be born into stable environments where they are raised by their mother and their father,” Abbott argued.
Such family structures are good for the children’s well being and good for the state because they increase the likelihood that parents, not society, “will bear the cost of raising these children,” the brief said.
“Because same-sex relationships do not naturally produce children, recognizing same-sex marriage does not further these goals to the same extent that recognizing opposite-sex marriage does,” Abbott said.
The legal landscape has significantly changed since February, when U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it relegates gay couples to “second-tier status” and demeans their dignity for no legitimate reason.
Garcia, who also tossed out Texas’ ban on recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, was the fourth federal judge to make a similar ruling since late December, following jurists in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.
Federal judges in 10 other states have overturned same-sex marriage bans saying the laws violate the US Constitution.
Plus, two federal appeals courts have upheld such rulings. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling yesterday that Virginia’s ban prohibited same-sex couples “from participating fully in our society.” And the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in similar rulings for Utah and Oklahoma.
Both the 4th Circuit and the 10th Circuit specifically addressed the issue that procreation is no justification for discriminating against gays and lesbians.
After yesterday's ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court declaring Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, North Carolina's Attorney General announced the state would no longer defend their marriage ban since North Carolina is also in the Fourth Circuit's jurisdiction and the outcome at this point is predictable.
However, West Virginia's AG seemed to indicate his office will take a "wait and see" attitude.
The writing is on the table, kids.
Colton Haynes of the CW's Arrow makes a return his roots (he was discovered at age 15 as a model for Abercrombie & Fitch) by starring in a new ad campaign for Diesel, with photography by Nick Knight.
Artistic director of Diesel, Nicola Formichetti, shared in a statement: "The new vision of the brand is strong for both men and women. It is a united vision. The casting is a big part of what we do at Diesel; it's the forming of a new kind of tribe."
This weekend San Francisco played Master to its annual “Up Your Alley” festival. If you thought Folsom was intense, this outdoor display of everything from leather to downright nudity tops it year after year.
You may recognize Max Emerson as the male model who stood completely nude in the middle of a laundromat for Adore Delano’s “DTF” video, or the delightfully engaging Instagram star who captions life, not photos.
But that changes today. From this point forward, you will remember Max Emerson for his collaborative project with avant garde filmmaker and erotic photographer Joseph Lally. As part of his eight-part “Beauty” series for fashion film house SHOWstudio, Lally has tapped Emerson for a “performance” in the second episode.
Of the series, SHOWstudio says:
Following on from his rolling ‘Soap Opera’, avant garde filmmaker Joseph Lally offers up a new series in his signature dark, dystopian, raw style. ‘Beauty’ features performances from the likes of Daphne Guinness, Max Emerson and Drew Hudson, and focuses on ‘the fashion industry and its dependence on the objectification of beauty,’ to quote Lally.
The thirst is real. (Video nsfw).
Kyle Kingsbury expressed his support in a way that no one could look away
While homosexuality is not technically illegal in Jamaica, British colonial anti-buggery laws punish sodomy with a 10-year prison sentences and hard labor. Living as an openly LGBT Jamaican risks police harassment, muggings, violent stabbings, burnings and even death.r
In his 25-minute video report with Vice News, reporter Christo Geoghegan says:r
“With cultural and religious conservatism rife, being out and proud isn’t exactly an option. While some believe Jamaica’s attitudes to homosexuality are slowly evolving, last year actually saw an increase in homophobic and transphobic violence with attacks often taking place in broad daylight and shared across social media.“r
So as a way to protect themselves, homeless LGBT youth near the country’s capital of Kingston have taken to living in a storm drain called “The Gully." Vice News interviewed them and examined whether repealing the country’s buggery law will help reduce the anti-LGBT stigma these youth face on a daily basis.r
A conservative evangelical group called the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society states that LGBT people want to repeal the law because “deviant behaviors are now to be considered normal and positive aspects of human sexuality.” Uganda’s Martin “Eat Da Poo Poo” Ssempa used similar rhetoric as a way to de-humanize LGBT people and foment physical revulsion and disgust against their sexual identities.r
Rich queens in Jamaica — LGBT people with economic standing — can insulate themselves against the worst forms of homophobia unlike the “poor queens and the scary queens” who must hustle, sell snacks or do sex work to make money.r
Local politicians blame the Gully queens and their parents for their own situation, stating that the queens rob people, aren’t fit for employment and never file police reports of violence. But the queens and other LGBT Jamaicans inherently distrust the cops and inactive politicians as complicit players in the country's anti-LGBT culture.r
Earlier this year, Kingston-area police burned the Gully queens belongings and tried to run them out, stating that their presence "attracted criminals." But a judge ruled that the queens had every right to live there and so they returned.r
Since then, the Gully queens have done their best to form comfortable lives within self-made families while protesting for their right to exist safely amid an atmosphere of unending hatred and violence against them.r
Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP…r
Schneider is known for her high-profile start at hate group the Family Research Council and her work with California's Proposition 8 campaign. She is still one of the key people who anti-gay voices cite in order to prove that "change" works. The American Family Association continues to sell a video, It's Not Gay, in which Yvette appears as a talking head. Her "personal testimony" still appears on Ex-gaytruth.com.r
However, Schneider has said that she is sorry for the pain she has caused to LGBTI people, is questioning of the idea of "ex-gay" itself and is now fully supportive of LGBT people and their families.r
In her recently published book Never Not Broken: A Journey of Unbridled Transformation, Schneider "struggles to heal from difficult events from her childhood, the abuses and hypocrisies of religious leaders, and the effects of her own denial of the feminine divine" and ultimately "discovers her true self."r
Writing for GLAAD yesterday, Schneider explained how, following the stress brought on by her five-year-old daughter’s diagnosis with leukemia, she sought the help of psychologist Dr. Diana Wright who taught her mindfulness meditation and guided imagery meditation.r
She goes on to explain:r
“I had neglected the feminine and the feminine divine when I embraced patriarchal dogma that regarded women as secondary to men...It was only when I embraced this true self that I regained my life. It meant shedding many of the beliefs I had espoused for decades—beliefs about what it means to be gay, and what it means to treat people with dignity and respect.r
“This change has cost me friendships and the respect of certain people. But that’s okay. I don’t expect everyone to understand my journey. One thing is for sure: Never again will I deny my authentic self in order to gain the approval and acceptance of others. It isn’t worth it.”r
A Q&A with Schneider will be published by GLAAD today.r
Schneider's defection is another recent blow for the ex-gay movement after Pennsylvania pastor Duane Youngblood was arrested last week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenager.
Despite having previously rescinded financial aid to Uganda over their reprehensible and inhumane anti-gay laws, Sweden has relented and resumed providing aid to the African country. The Swedish embassy in Kampala says:r
Sweden wants to help create better conditions in Uganda for sustainable economic growth and development. This is why Swedish aid to Uganda will remain substantial.r
The Swedish embassy also said:r
Sweden continues to support human rights and freedom from violence.r