Has another President of the United States or world leader ever so easily, eloquently, and genuinely supported LGBT equality?
Tag Archives: Gay Rights
Carly Rae Jepsen has never really been on my radar. Yes, her song was an earworm and she looks like Barbie Benton, but other than that? Meh. But my tune has changed toward this woman, as she cancelled a huge show over the summer for the Boy Scouts of America. Why? Because of their controversial ban on openly gay scouts and scout leaders. She said,”I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.” She was booked to do the show with Train, who also backed out stating that they will gladly perform for them as soon as they reverse their anti-gay policies. Thank you so very much. Stances like these result in change. It takes time, but it will happen. (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
Our man in Brussels, former colleague and wowlebrity Dirk Hendrickx, emailed us from Belgium: “Crazy, right, how people in France just keep protesting against gay rights? Who would have thought that our neighbouring country would be so radical. Holland 2001, Belgium 2003, and Spain 2005 all said yes to gay rights, so France is surrounded by gay equality. Why are the French so fucked up about it? People have been protesting for weeks now against gay marriage and adoption in France. Tens of thousands, even a hundred thousand people took to the streets of Paris to say NO to equality between gays and straight people. The battle is still not won in France, with people protesting weekly and shouting slogans like, ‘A kid needs a mom and a dad! No sodomy for our children.’ And other crap. Meanwhile, there is some positive news from Belgium today. Last year, 50% of kids born in Belgium and given up for adoption were placed with gay parents – mainly because international adoption for gay parents is almost unlikely. There is still some hope.” (If you speak Dutch, go here)
While hanging in San Francisco this weekend in the Casto, not only did I see naked hippie men on the street, but I met a legend. Mr Cleve Jones honored us with his presence. Cleve is the amazing man who created the AIDS Memorial Quilt and is always fighting on the front lines for LGBTQ rights. This man may be the loveliest man I have ever met.
A sad and powerful cautionary tale. Warning: Very sad. Sadder than Brokeback Mountain. (t/y bisbeechris)