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Lady Gaga Banned in China; Met with Dalai Lama

| June 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on Lady Gaga Banned in China; Met with Dalai Lama

China’a authorities have forbidden Lady Gaga’s performance because she met with the Dalai Lama. Chinese authorities are bigoted idiots who live in fear and loathing of change, fear of humanism, fear of open-mindedness. They are wrapped in blindness and xenophobia–no surprise since their close neighbor is North Korea. Their ignorance is pathetic. Such attitudes keep the world in paranoia and repression. They retard the progress of civilization. They foster hate and violence–and do not appear at all concerned about the effects of such reptilian thinking. The Dalai Lama seeks peaceful co-existence while the Chinese perpetuate medieval hostility toward ethnic tribes and modern progressive nations… http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/06/28/lady-gaga-banned-from-china-following-meeting-with-dalai-lama/

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Luswata Brant Runs Uganda’s First LGBTI Clinic

| June 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on Luswata Brant Runs Uganda’s First LGBTI Clinic

Luswata Brant  Runs Uganda’s First LGBTI Clinic. Here is a courageous and compassionate man who is able to see through the superficialities of Ugandan society to reach out to the souls of other humans regardless of their sexual orientation or health status.  The Clinic and Resource Center Manager at Ice Breakers Uganda, is an organisation that advocates for health/human rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda. He is a Mother Theresa in black drag! His clinic deserves all the support readers can offer. https://www.kuchutimes.com/2016/06/meet-brant-the-man-who-runs-ugandas-first-lgbti-clinic/

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There is no mercy in war. The evil men do is a curse on humanity.

| June 25th, 2016 | Comments Off on There is no mercy in war. The evil men do is a curse on humanity.

Taliban uses boy sex slaves to dupe & kill Afghan police. This is surely one of the most heinous crimes against children and against humanity. They kidnap pubescent boys and use them to seduce Afghani police looking for sex then the Taliban kill the policeman. If a boy resists he is raped, beaten and sometimes killed. https://www.rt.com/news/346912-taliban-boys-sex-police/ Also see this page: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/sep/12/dancing-boys-afghanistan

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Dongdan Park in Beijing is a Gay Men’s Risk Point

| June 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off on Dongdan Park in Beijing is a Gay Men’s Risk Point

An informative news report for those of us interested in Chinese LGBT culture. Unfortunately, for some individuals seeking pleasure and privacy such stories expose them to risk, harassment and arrest since authorities also read newspapers and scan the Net. It always problematic for journalists who want to expand awareness and provide information to relevant readers but also may put some LGBTs in harm’s way. There are countless other furtive meeting places around the world that serve a social function especially in repressed societies, from Iran to Zimbabwe to Siberia. I have seen such places and am forced to edit my words to disguise and protect patrons and locations. But such places (for gays and straights) will always exist since there is now and always has been a human need for physical intimate contact. In rare instances such hidden havens are allowed to exist as ‘open secrets’ (Japan, Thailand) or as

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Beyond homophobia into the realm of stardom

| June 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off on Beyond homophobia into the realm of stardom

Missouri just got its first ever out lesbian Miss Missouri. News like this just twists my mind around in dazzled amazement of modern LGBT life. From the horrors of Orlando to the pink-tinted Tony Awards to the first-ever Namibia Pride Festival to the Syrian gay refugees escaping war  to the brilliance of gay teen scientist Jack Andraka to the six openly gay American ambassadors …and more. Reading about these great achievers puts my mind far beyond homophobia into the realm of stardom.

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Step Back to Biblical Times

| June 22nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Step Back to Biblical Times

Well folks, here’s your chance to step back in time, step back in progress, step back in thinking, step back in science and step back into biblical times when the world was flat—and have tax payers pay for it!   http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/21/opinions/kentucky-ark-costello/index.html

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Does Humanity Deserve This Planet?

| June 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Does Humanity Deserve This Planet?

How utterly tragic. As billions of dollars are spend on warfare and as combatants violently die in blood, other countries slowly die of starvation. Does humanity deserve this planet? http://www.irinnews.org/feature/2016/06/21/crisis-%E2%80%98lost-ocean%E2%80%99?utm_source=IRIN+-+the+inside+story+on+emergencies&utm_campaign=eaea40f679-RSS_EMAIL_ENGLISH_ALL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d842d98289-eaea40f679-15725997  

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Homophobia is Poison

| June 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Homophobia is Poison

Homophobia is an invisible emotionally-loaded issue for some straight people. It’s like religion that grabs a person’s core soul and cannot let go–even if it is poison.

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The Gun Industry Says Massacres are Good for Business.

| June 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on The Gun Industry Says Massacres are Good for Business.

The bigger hoax is that even if every adult had a gun they would not be “protected”. It’s a hysterical myth that having a weapon makes one shielded from being shot. The vast majority of gun owners do not carry them to work, to church, to a nightclub, to school, in their car or truck. A person is not likely to be shot with a gun in their hand. There is no protection from lone-wolf shooters; even if a person owns five handguns and three semi-automatics. Being shot at home (where guns are kept) is extremely unlikely (except when children play with one.) Just as we strain to update social attitudes about homosexuality into a modern world, so too must change attitudes about gun ownership. Possession of weapons was a useful idea in the 18th century when there was war on US soil with England. There is no war now

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All EU Members Agree to Affirm Gay Rights For First Time

| June 20th, 2016 | Comments Off on All EU Members Agree to Affirm Gay Rights For First Time

A Momentous Occasion in Europe for LGBT Citizens   It’s a great moment, like a sunrise at sea–but will some individual states find loopholes to opt out? This is surely one of the most contentious issues of modern civilization but unlike war and pestilence it harms no one. It is an issue of peace and compassion and freedom–like religion without the bigotry. The EU has been an advocate for LGBT rights since its founding in November 1993 but some members declined to accept all the EU’s human rights standards and allowed anti-gay right-wing gangs and churches and politicians to continue their homophobic pogroms of prejudice and discrimination. Today’s assent by all member states is a hopeful sign of social shift so desperately needed–by all minorities. The tribes of Europe are much in cultural agony over differences among them, especially as war-zone populations emigrate away from death and destruction. Today’s vote

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Gun Control Measures Await Congress — a Fraud Against the American Public.

| June 20th, 2016 | Comments Off on Gun Control Measures Await Congress — a Fraud Against the American Public.

“Four proposals — two sponsored by Republicans and two by Democrats — are expected to fail today in a replay of the voting in December, after the attack in San Bernardino, Calif. Several moderate Republicans are working on a compromise measure, but they and Democrats face an uphill fight because of the threat of opposition from the National Rifle Association.” (NYTimes today) “…threat of opposition from the National Rifle Association” !! Since when do we let a special interest group dictate the establishment of public safety laws?? Auto makers did not dictate the laws about seat belts? No passenger was allowed to dictate TSA airport safety rules. No food manufacturer was allowed to dictate health standards. Drug companies cannot dictate which medicines are safe. Yet the tobacco and gun lobbyists are allowed to dictate laws regarding public health. This is dangerous business. Our gutless congress must control the NRA, not

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Assassinations in Orlando

| June 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Assassinations in Orlando

The assassinations in Orlando were horribly targeted at Latinos, Gays (some with same-sex spouses), Secular Americans, Open-minded Citizens by an evil ISIS-made villain drowned in psychotic propaganda intent on destroying our integrity, freedom and joyous living. The bullets came from the darkest part of one man’s soul to mow us down and throw us into fear and hate (of Muslims)–except it will never happen because we are free, diverse and compassionate as secular Latinos and open-hearted Gays. (photo of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, one of the youngest victims) Many stories and theories and analyses will be publicized about the terrible act and the motives behind it. My take on the causes behind it are simple (not simple): internal homophobia. The killer wanted to be gay but was terrified by such impulses. By killing other gays he was trying to kill the gay in his soul.

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Kenya: Primitive and Abusive Judicial Procedure–Anal Exams of Men

| June 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Kenya: Primitive and Abusive Judicial Procedure–Anal Exams of Men

Last  week, a judge and prosecutor in Kenya decided in court that anal exams prove or disprove homosexual intercourse. As any educated person knows this is totally bogus witchcraft and voodoo justice. Such thinking by supposedly intelligent professionals is overwhelmingly absurd and hard to believe in this century. It reflects total ignorance of human behavior, human anatomy, human rights, science and medicine. It violates all modern rationality. It is frightening to consider the consequences of such ignorance on the lives of innocent people who are simply following their natural inclinations. Sex, love and intimacy are primary human needs that long existed before the state of Kenya, long before that country’s laws, before religious myths and proscriptions, long before arbitrary attitudes and rules about  sex, love and intimacy. Such backward thinking accounts for the lack of progress in human rights/gay rights efforts in Kenya in the 21st century. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36548225

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Portraits of LGBT couples kissing

| June 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Portraits of LGBT couples kissing

Forty-three portraits of LGBT couples kissing are a soothing balm in these days of sorrow. Forty-nine of our brothers and sisters are gone but there are still millions of us still breathing and in love. See the images here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/keep-kissing-photos_us_57601a7ce4b0e4fe5143bce0

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Another Face of Homophobia–In Ourselves

| June 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Another Face of Homophobia–In Ourselves

Most of the dead, injured and uninjured in the Orlando club were LGBT, many proudly so. However, the suffering of a number of survivors, we are now discovering, is compounded by more homophobia, this time within the LGBT community. Some in the Pulse crowd were not out to their families because of their own ‘internal homophobia’—afraid to tell their families out of fear of rejection; inhibited by shame and fear, they hid—and still hide—their true sexual orientation. As a result some are suffering in secret because a loved one, friend or partner, died or nearly so and they are afraid to come out about their grief. Suffering is bad enough; suffering in silence is worse. This internal homophobia—fear and inhibition—is a visceral disease of deep pain and anguish. How can you not tell your own family of your wrenching loss; how can you hide the death of your lover? How

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Istanbul Pride Banned by Authorities

| June 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Istanbul Pride Banned by Authorities

In these sad times of massacres and individual assassinations here is more violation of LGBT life: Istanbul Pride Banned by Authorities What are these people so afraid of?! LGBTs don’t carry guns or riot in the streets or attack innocent villages or invent frauds or take corrupt bribes or car-bomb civilians or … Our ‘agenda’ is peace and love and tolerance. Obviously such an agenda is threatening to crooks, criminals, terrorists, corrupt politicians, paranoid police, religious fundies, and people with guns, churches and mosques. We will persevere, along with the Dalai Lama, to press for a kinder more just world… http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/06/17/istanbul-pride-banned-due-to-security-concerns/

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Gays, Ship Cruises and Homophobia in the Caribbean

| May 7th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Gays, Ship Cruises and Homophobia in the Caribbean Slipping into port and out of mind Four friends of mine, all hard-working professionals, recently completed a cruise on one of the many mega-ships that sail among the hundred islands in the Caribbean Sea, many of which are little countries with their own languages, laws and currency. Others are protectorates or territories of larger European countries and are subject to their laws. Daily, these big ships bring in thousands of customers to small ports of call to visit the beaches, souvenir stalls, restaurants, dive shops, taxi stands and even real estate offices where a certain few fall in love with a place and find their dream home and never leave. Most, of course, ferry back out to their floating hotels after a day’s activities tired and hungry. Needless to say, among the crowds are a portion of gay and lesbian tourists, singles

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Hong Kong Celebrates LGBT Pink Dot Festival

| September 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off on Hong Kong Celebrates LGBT Pink Dot Festival

Despite Hong Kong officially being in communist China the LGBT community and supporters mounted another colorful Pink Dot festival on Sunday Sept 20. We were there to support our HK friends and the thousands of other ‘Pink Friends’ who lead the way–with Shanghai and Beijing–toward equal rights in China. This festival is a far cry from the closet in China of the ’90s. No longer is anyone arrested for being gay–although the closet for natives is still big. As well, there are thousands of LGBT expat workers who live comfortably in Hong Kong. I estimate thirty to 40 percent of the Pink Dot crowd on Sunday were non-natives. https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/09/20/over-15000-attend-gay-equality-rally-as-hong-kong-lags-years-behind-on-lgbtq-rights/

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Greg Louganis Finds the Love of His life, Johnny Chaillot

| August 30th, 2015 | Comments Off on Greg Louganis Finds the Love of His life, Johnny Chaillot

Here is the dramatic story about Greg Louganis’ husband. I met them at the Gay Games last year where Louganis received a well-deserved long standing ovation when he appeared to give a speech at the opening ceremony. Here is the story of Johnny Chaillot-Louganis who survived hurricane Katrina and an emotional aftermath.  

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Humans and Their Sexual Primate Cousins

| August 29th, 2015 | Comments Off on Humans and Their Sexual Primate Cousins

FYI: for those who think humans are superior and separate from other primates, here are our cousins: BONOBO Apes Bonobo communities are peace loving and generally egalitarian. The strongest social bonds (blue) are those among females (green), although females also bond with males. The status of a male (purple) depends on the position of his mother, to whom he remains closely bonded for her entire life.  Homosexual contact and affection are not unusual. CHIMPANZEE In chimpanzee groups the strongest bonds are established between the males in order to hunt and to protect their shared territory. The females live in overlapping home ranges within this territory but are not strongly bonded to other females or to any one male. GIBBON Gibbons establish monogamous, egalitarian relations, and one couple will maintain a territory to the exclusion of other pairs. HUMAN Human society is the most diverse among the primates. Males unite for

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Uzbekistan Museum Under Threat

| August 29th, 2015 | Comments Off on Uzbekistan Museum Under Threat

We were there! Every once is a while a bizarre junction of past travels and present drama comes into notice. This story is about a far-west museum in Uzbekistan swirling in controversy because corrupt state officials are trying to steal and sell fine from the museum’s wonderful collection by Igor Savitsky (photo below). We visited it two years ago. (See my website photo gallery: http://www.globalgayz.com/nukus-city-and-area/3584/) See report: http://world.einnews.com/article/283508545/s2IgeevvXv5HAjrO

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How Changeable is Gender?

| August 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on How Changeable is Gender?

In today’s NYTimes is an article about gender dysphoria and treatments for transgender desire. There are indeed numerous variations to gender, as noted here. The article focuses on dysphoric people who ‘suffer’ and what the options are. In addition to these folks there are countless men who express themselves in a ‘nellie’ or feminine manner and countless women who express in a butch manner. These are also trans people who feel that ‘drag’ fulfills their need for other-gender expression. Many of them can be seen celebrating in public during Pride Parades and Festivals. The point here is that not all trans folks suffer; many have fun with it every day and at small parties with friends.   This is not to diminish more ‘serious’ cases of dysphoria where hormones, surgery and physiological changes are deeply desired. I support them. I also strongly suggest these people make a somewhat simple change

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Russia Targets Gay Emojis

| July 30th, 2015 | Comments Off on Russia Targets Gay Emojis

Seen this? http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/07/30/russias-next-target-gay-emojis-yes-really/ Just think how many hundreds of thousands of people around the world are involved in the business of homophobia. From official authorized censors, police, prosecutors to NGO charities that defile us to local vigilante gangs that hunt us down to damage or kill us to bloggers who vilely obsess on our bedroom behavior to countless clergy who are paid to rant against sinful us to legislators who are constantly spending paid time writing and promoting laws and restrictions to block gay marriage, adoptions, making zoning laws against gay venues, deny funding for HIV and unwanted pregnancy… Think how much these people could help toward a better world; building and funding schools and programs to help underprivileged kids or adopting orphans or volunteering at health clinics or paying for school books for an impoverished family… toward making a better world instead of spreading hate and bigotry; to teach

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Almost Murdered by His Own Father

| July 24th, 2015 | Comments Off on Almost Murdered by His Own Father

This is actual and real;  and it is also the story of ‘Everygayman’  from any psychotic religion-polluted society that is blind to the varieties of human nature. I had a Turkish gay friend who was murdered by his father on the streets of Istanbul. I currently have a friend from Yemen who escaped being killed recently and is now seeking asylum in Jordan. The stories are endless. Will civilization survive evil or be taken down by it…?                 http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33565055

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Traveling to Homophobic Destinations–or Not

| July 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off on Traveling to Homophobic Destinations–or Not

A by-product of homophobia is a backlash of hysteria from travelers who over-simplify and exaggerate homophobia in foreign countries. As the owner and writer for GlobalGayz.com (a LGBT travel and culture website) I have been to most countries. See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/07/22/why-gay-honeymooners-should-stop-avoiding-countries-with-anti-lgbt-laws/ I have never encountered in-my-face discrimination traveling alone or with my husband. During my visits I interview LGBT citizens, activists, friends in restaurants and cafes. Never have we been rejected or denied service. Only once were my interviewees nervous or cautious–about me, until they felt reassured I was not a government spy. Then our meeting went well. I don’t suggest reckless or flamboyant public shows (it can get you into trouble in Baltimore!). Civil private behavior is the norm of international travel, gay or straight. I would remind our LGBT community that some of their favorite RSVP, Atlantis, RSVP, and Olivia cruises to the Caribbean make ports of call–rightly or

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