Saturday, August 23, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , ,

Homosexuality in the 6th century BC: Tomb of the Bulls


August 23, 2014 /LGBT News/ Monterozzi is an Etruscan necropolis on a hill east of Tarquinia in Lazio, Italy. The necropolis has about 6,000 graves, the oldest of which dates to the 7th century BCE. Monterozzi is also the site of the Tomb of the Bulls, a tomb constructed c. 540–530 BC. The walls of the tomb are illustrated with frescos that evidence a strong influence from Greek art. 


The panel on the left depicts a heterosexual scene
involving three persons
In the Tomb of the Bulls in Tarquinia, there are two sets of figures and 'obscene' scenes. The main scene depicts naked Troilus, Priam’s young, beautiful son, en route to a fountain below Troy where Achilles awaits in ambush. The nudity of Troilus may be used to portray him as young and beautiful, or vulnerable. It could also be used for magic apotropaic reasons (having the power to prevent evil). Troilus’ nudity may also represent a sexual appeal; ancient sources and illustrations attest to Achilles’ love for Troilus, a tradition that may explain the surrounding sexual scenes. On the left side of the illustrated panel, a man penetrates a woman who is supported on the back of a man bent on all fours. Moving to the right in the depicted scene towards two men having sexual intercourse, the ithyphallic bull has clearly defined and distinct horns; in ancient (and modern) Italy, the single horn is also a potent weapon to spear the Evil Eye.

Two standing men have sexual intercourse while bull with the head of an old man (Achelous?) and an erection trots toward them in the form of a bull with an erection.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , , ,

World War II love letter to a fellow soldier: Sleep well my love



August 16, 2014 /LGBT News/ The following love letter was written by American World War II veteran Brian Keith to Dave, a fellow soldier he fell in love with in 1943 while stationed in North Africa. The letter was reprinted in September of 1961 by pro-gay ONE Magazine. The original letter is reportedly held in the Library of Congress.

Dear Dave,

This is in memory of an anniversary — the anniversary of October 27th, 1943, when I first heard you singing in North Africa. That song brings memories of the happiest times I’ve ever known. Memories of a GI show troop — curtains made from barrage balloons — spotlights made from cocoa cans — rehearsals that ran late into the evenings — and a handsome boy with a wonderful tenor voice. Opening night at a theatre in Canastel — perhaps a bit too much muscatel, and someone who understood. Exciting days playing in the beautiful and stately Municipal Opera House in Oran — a misunderstanding — an understanding in the wings just before opening chorus.

Drinks at ‘Coq d’or’ — dinner at the ‘Auberge’ — a ring and promise given. The show 1st Armoured — muscatel, scotch, wine — someone who had to be carried from the truck and put to bed in his tent. A night of pouring rain and two very soaked GIs beneath a solitary tree on an African plain. A borrowed French convertible — a warm sulphur spring, the cool Mediterranean, and a picnic of ‘rations’ and hot cokes. Two lieutenants who were smart enough to know the score, but not smart enough to realize that we wanted to be alone. A screwball piano player — competition — miserable days and lonely nights. The cold, windy night we crawled through the window of a GI theatre and fell asleep on a cot backstage, locked in each other’s arms — the shock when we awoke and realized that miraculously we hadn’t been discovered. A fast drive to a cliff above the sea — pictures taken, and a stop amid the purple grapes and cool leaves of a vineyard.
The happiness when told we were going home — and the misery when we learned that we would not be going together. Fond goodbyes on a secluded beach beneath the star-studded velvet of an African night, and the tears that would not be stopped as I stood atop the sea-wall and watched your convoy disappear over the horizon.

We vowed we’d be together again ‘back home,’ but fate knew better — you never got there. And so, Dave, I hope that where ever you are these memories are as precious to you as they are to me.

Goodnight, sleep well my love.

Brian Keith

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 / Labels: , , , ,

Watch: Paragraph 175 - A documentary about the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust



July 12, 2014 /LGBT News/ Paragraph 175 is a 2000 documentary film that chronicles the lives of several gay men and one lesbian who were persecuted by the Nazis. The gay men were arrested by the Nazis for the crime of homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code, dating back to 1871.

Between 1933 and 1945, 100,000 men were arrested under Paragraph 175. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Only about 4,000 survived; see Paragraph 175 for full details.

In 2000, fewer than ten of these men were known to be living. Five come forward in the documentary to tell their stories for the first time, considered to be among the last untold stories of the Third Reich.

Paragraph 175 tells of a gap in the historical record and reveals the lasting consequences, as told through personal stories of gay men and women who lived through it, including: Karl Gorath; Gad Beck, the half-Jewish resistance fighter who spent the war helping refugees escape Berlin; Annette Eick, the Jewish lesbian who escaped to England with the help of a woman she loved; Albrecht Becker, German Christian photographer, who was arrested and imprisoned for homosexuality, then joined the army on his release because he "wanted to be with men"; Pierre Seel, the French Alsatian teenager, who watched as his lover was eaten alive by dogs in the camps.



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Thursday, July 10, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , , ,

More than 5,000 same-sex marriages in Illinois

Equality Illinois survey finds new same-sex marriages and civil union conversions in every corner of the state


July 10, 2014 /LGBT News/ In a news release, Equality Illinois reports that a survey of all 102 Illinois counties revealed that at least 3,274 marriage licenses have been issued and another 1,694 civil unions were converted to marriages.

The group also announced that couples married out-of-state had their marriages recognised in the state.

“It is heartwarming to see that thousands of couples have been able to get married who were denied that right just months ago. Love and commitment are what make a marriage, and our state now recognizes that reality. And thousands of loving couples and their children are protected by the new marriage equality law,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans.

Read the Equality Illinois survey here.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 / Labels: , , , , ,

Video: Gay man beaten at Detroit Pride festival


June 10, 2014 /LGBT News/ Christin Howard, 20, said he was attacked after an angry group of men began hurling anti-gay slurs at him during the Motor City Pride festival on Sunday. 

A bystander recorded the brutal beatdown. Video shows the men kicking and punching Howard until he falls to the ground.

The Detroit Police Department planned to investigate the attack as a possible hate crime. WXYZ reported that the case was the first incident of violence in the Pride event’s 40-year history.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

Watch the video below from WXYZ, broadcast June 10, 2014.



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Monday, June 9, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , ,

10 wonderful children's books on marriage equality

June 9, 2014 /LGBT News


1.  And Tango Makes Three


And Tango Makes Three is a 2005 children's book written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole. This tale about the meaning of family is based on a true story about a charming penguin family living in New York City's Central Park Zoo. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, are "a little bit different." The book follows the six years of their life when they formed a couple and were given an egg to raise. Done in soft watercolors, the illustrations set the tone for this uplifting story, and readers will find it hard to resist the penguins' expressions. An author's note provides more information about Roy, Silo, Tango, and other chinstrap penguins.


2. Mommy, Mama, and Me


Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together. Shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children. Written by Lesléa Newman  and illustrated by Carol Thompson.


3. A Tale of Two Mommies 


A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too. True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing. Written by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Mike Blanc, A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds.

4. The Family Book 




Written by Todd Parr, The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way. Perfect for young children just beginning to read, The Family Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, promote character growth, and strengthen family relationships. 

5. Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two?



A playful celebration of Lesbian Mothers and their children! Oh The Things Mommies Do! is a bouncy, and playful look at the joys of a two Mom family. With its catchy rhymes and vibrant illustrations, it is a pleasure for children and parents alike. Written by Crystal Tompkins and illustrated by Lindsey Evans.
6. The Different Dragon



Written by Jennifer Bryan and illustrated by Danamarle Hosler, this bedtime story about bedtime stories shows how the wonderful care and curiosity of a little boy, with some help from his willing moms, can lead to magical and unexpected places. Join Noah and his cat, Diva, on this nighttime adventure and you too will leave with an unforgettable new dragon friend.


7. In Our Mothers' House


Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful and filled with love house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. And they also teach their children that different doesn't mean wrong. Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco.


8. Daddy, Papa, and Me


Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children. Written by Lesléa Newman  and illustrated by Carol Thompson.


9. King and King


When a grouchy queen tells her layabout son that it's time for him to marry, he sighs, "Very well, Mother.... I must say, though, I've never cared much for princesses." This is a way of explaining homosexuality to your children so you can raise an accepting, wonderful human being. Written by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland.


10. My Uncle's Wedding


There’s so much to do now that Uncle Mike and Steve are getting married. Follow Andy on this enjoyable journey as he talks about his uncle's wedding, how it affects him, and the things he gets to do in preparation for the ceremony. You’ll laugh and smile as you read this adorable story about marriage and family. Written by Eric Ross and illustrated by r), Tracy K Greene.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , ,

How to make rainbow roses: a step-by-step guide




June 4, 2014 /LGBT News/ Staining roses with dyes is a common practice to obtain flower colors that are not available in nature, as in the case of blue roses, the most common and first color to be used. However Rainbow Roses are most unusual because the petals of the same flower display various colors. The technique for producing Rainbow Roses was developed by Peter van de Werken from River Roses, a flower company located in Holland. 


Here is how you can also make a rainbow rose:

1. Start off with a white rose with 8-9 inches stem. 
2. Choose some water soluble colors. They should be much different from each other with high contrast value. 
3. Collect cups/glasses filled with water for each color. Add color to the water and steer well. Add drops of color until the water becomes totally opaque.
4. Split the stem into several equal channels.  Use a knife or sharp blade to cut lengthwise up to 6 inches.
5. Dip each channel in a different dye.
6. Wait for 24 hours and see the magic. The colors will move upwards through the xylem to the petals, and resultant rose will have all the colors in it. 
7. Take the rose out and bind the split ends using adhesive tapes.

The same method can be applied to other flowers especially to Chrysanthemum and Hydrangea. 


Note: 

Do not choose a red or pink rose to color.
Colors should be water soluble.
Colors should be blended very well with the water. Mix it well.
The process of splitting should be done carefully. 
Do not keep it in direct sunlight. The rose will dry.


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , ,

Anglican Church in New Zealand offers apology to LGBT community, takes step towards blessing same-sex couples



May 14, 2014 /LGBT News/ The Anglican Church's ruling body for New Zealand and Polynesia will now look at ways that the blessing of same-sex relationships could be part of church life. The decision was made at the church's two-yearly General Synod in Waitangi.

A spokesperson says the church held a wide range of views, but unanimously supported looking at how same-sex relationships could be part of the church life.

The church has also apologized unreservedly for the times actions of the Church have contributed to that pain.

“Over many years,” the preamble to the resolution reads, “our church has become increasingly aware of the pain of the LGBT community. All too often our church has been complicit in homophobic thinking and actions of society, and has failed to speak out against hatred and violence against those with same-gender attraction.

“We apologise unreservedly and commit ourselves to reconciliation and prophetic witness.”

A working party will be appointed to recommend processes and structures that allow people to choose whether they lead, or not lead, same gender blessings. That choice will be dependent on whether each person believes such blessings are contrary to, or in agreement with scripture, doctrine, tikanga or civil law. The working party would also propose a liturgy to bless right ordered same gender relationships.

The working party will report to the next General Synod in 2016.  However, any recommended changes approved by the Church would not be implemented until 2020 at the earliest.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , ,

Hollywood turns on Sultan of Brunei over anti-LGBT law. Join the boycott!

May 11, 2014 /LGBT News/ With the expected implementation of the Shariah law in Brunei, a law that would punish homosexuality with death by stoning, LGBT-rights advocates are mobilizing against the financial interests of the Southeast Asian country.

Last week Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah confirmed he was pushing ahead with a plan to introduce Sharia law for the 70% of his 400,000 subjects who are Muslims, and the first phase came into effect on Thursday.

The prospect of punishments such as death by stoning for adultery and same-sex relationships, amputations by sword for theft, and 40 lashes from a rattan cane for drunkenness, has not gone down well in Hollywood and the Sultan has been unofficially declared persona non grata.

In a letter sent to leadership officials of several organizations that plan to host events at American hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin urged such events to be relocated elsewhere.

"I have attended various events at both hotels over the past several years. But given the extreme nature of these developments, I feel strongly that we in the LGBT community and our allies should take our business elsewhere," Griffin wrote, encouraging such events be hosted at Los Angeles-area hotels other than the Brunei-owned Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air.

Celebrities such as Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres have also called for a boycott of the high-end hotel, and the Beverly Hills City Council approved a resolution urging the sultan to give up ownership of the hotel.

The Feminist Majority Foundation pulled its annual Global Women's Rights Awards, co-chaired by Leno and his wife Mavis, from the hotel. The event was instead held at the Hammer Museum in Westwood.

The Hollywood Reporter said it would not hold its annual Women in Entertainment breakfast at the hotel, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which runs the star-studded Night Before the Oscars, said it would not hold its charity event at the hotel in 2015.

Teen Line — a confidential teen-to-teen help line — also decided to move its annual fundraising luncheon from the hotel to the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

Here is the full list of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei if you would like to join the boycott yourself:

  • The Dorchester - London
  • 45 Park Lane - London 
  • Coworth Park - Ascot
  • The Beverly Hills Hotel - Los Angeles
  • Hotel Bel-Air - Los Angeles
  • Principe di Savoia - Milan
  • Hotel Eden - Rome
  • Plaza Athénée - Paris 
  • Hotel Meurice - Paris 
  • Le Richemond - Geneva


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Friday, May 9, 2014 / Labels: , , , ,

Study: Majority of LGBT workers closeted on the job



May 9, 2014 /LGBT News/ A newly released study by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, The Cost of the Closet and the Rewards of Inclusion, identifies that 53% of the LGBT employees in the USA are closeted on the job.  

The Cost of the Closet surveyed over 800 LGBT workers across the country and included an added survey of non-LGBT workers.  Here are some of the results:

  • 53% of LGBT employees hide who they are at work;
  • 80 % of non-LGBT workers report that conversations about social lives, relationships and dating come up weekly and often daily and 81% feel that LGBT people “should not have to hide who they are at work,” however less than half would feel comfortable hearing an LGBT coworker talk about dating;
  • One in four LGBT employees report hearing negative comments such as “that’s so gay” while at work;
  • One-fifth of LGBT workers report looking for a job specifically because the environment wasn’t accepting of LGBT identities, and close to one in ten (9%) successfully left a job for the same reasons they were not comfortable;
  • 26% have stayed in a job because the environment was accepting.


View the detailed report here.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , ,

“INVEST-2-RETIRE”: Become an LGBT “GRANDLORD” Now!


May 8, 2014 /LGBT News/ Too early to retire? Maybe – but in the meantime what is stopping you making money towards the retirement that You Deserve by becoming a “Grandlord” in the wonderful South of France!?!

A unique once-only opportunity is here for you. Most Continental Europeans prefer to rent rather than own their property - while in the case of people in the US & UK it is the opposite.  At “Le Village-Canal du Midi” there is a big demand from people who are asking to be put on a “waiting list” for yearly rental.  

Our permits allow us to offer a few Villas on a “Guaranteed Rental” program. 7.5% nett PLUS for 10 years. (You can decide to move in at any time – and when you do,  Capital Gains Tax becomes exempt!) US citizens can also own with their IRA.

Still waiting? Find out more about this opportunity! - www.villagesinvest.com

WARNING! Only for those who want more from their golden years than eating out once a month and vacationing away from home once a year on a half-board coach-tour package!

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Monday, March 31, 2014 / Labels: , , , , , ,

WEREWOMAN web series reapplying for IPF funding after impressive online response



March 31, 2014 /Kingsberg Studios/ Last year Kingsberg Studios released the teaser for it’s upcoming web series WEREWOMAN and got an overwhelmingly positive online response: over 350,000 YouTube views in just a few months. 

With an outstanding cast including TIFF Rising Star Johnathan Sousa (The Animal project), WEREWOMAN creator Kimberly-Sue Murray (The Scarehouse, The Good lie), Amber Goldfarb (Helix, Being Human), Mikaela Davies (Soulpepper Academy), Sarah Booth (The Scarehouse, 30 Vies) and Quebec’s favorite Catherine Bérubé (19-2 Fr. version, Bomb Girls – the movie) this supernatural dramedy explores what it would be like for a man to unexpectedly wake up inside a woman’s body. 

The web series follows Patrick, a young man living in an otherwise all female house, who magically transforms into a woman during his roommates' synchronized menstrual cycles. Gender identity and social norms are explored through Patrick’s relationships and fumbled adventures as a man stuck inside a woman’s body. 

WEREWOMAN’s creative team and cast is comprised of 8 alumni of Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre, including Producer Kevin Kincaid (RATTAN, Bernard the Magician), Director Chris Agoston (Crawlspace, Love, Same), writer Surita Parmar (Minus Lara, How To Create a Killer), Editor Richard Mandin (Frost, A Trip To The Island), as well as actors Kimberly-Sue Murray, Amber Goldfarb, Johnathan Sousa, and Matthew G. Brown (Instant Star, The Kennedys). Their creative collaboration was initiated while attending the CFC in 2011-2012. 

WEREWOMAN has reapplied to the Independent Production Fund after the incredible online response it received. Producers Kimberly-Sue Murray, Kevin Kincaid, and associate producer Amber Goldfarb are confident that the web series will see the light of day this time around. They would like to encourage their fans and viewers to SHARE, LIKE and COMMENT to ensure its success. A new 3 minute HD version of the teaser is now available online. They were asked to provide a shorter version for the application process; therefore the original full-length version is not available at this time. Please visit WEREWOMAN's official website at http://www.werewomantheseries.com/ 

You can follow WEREWOMAN on facebook.com/werewomantheseries and on Twitter @WerewomanSeries

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