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THESE PEOPLE WHO FORM A PART OF OUR CULTURAL HISTORY HAVE OFTEN BEEN THE VERY SAME ONES WHO HAD TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS YOU ENJOY TODAY Dear Gay Community, I know you’ve had it hard, it’s the one thing we can all agree on. It’s the one thing keeping the L,G,B and T together. Our shared pain, our shared oppression and our shared desire for a better future. But, some people inside the community have been doing things that hurt all of us, and very often they’ve been arguing against their own kind precisely for this reason: “When you sleep around you make us all look bad” they say, “when you walk around like Alan Carr and act up in public, you make us all look bad”, the theme continues. It’s natural to be concerned about image. Indeed, image is the thing that gets you noticed. Whether it’s the first time your mother looked at you funny and asked you if there was “something you wanted to tell me” or the kids at school who always sensed you were a bit different, despite your constant attempts to tone it down and blend right in. But, you see, it’s this history that forms the biggest reason why, today, you should try just that little bit harder to not judge those who live differently to the way you believe a gay man should live. I know it’s natural to judge and to form opinions about what you feel is right and wrong, but in doing so you risk creating the very same culture of oppression on the less assimilated queers, who weren’t so able to blend in, who weren’t so able to go under the radar. These people have always lived under the spotlight, and must deal with the same pressures you did, and having it from people who are supposed to be family, just makes it all the more painful. Indeed, these people who form a part of our cultural history have often been the very same ones who had to fight for the rights you enjoy today, precisely because they had no choice but to stand in the spotlight. When it becomes impossible to blend in, fighting is all you have left. Ours – all of ours – is a community built on deviant sex, deviant relationships, and queer, gender non-conforming, loud and proud voices. It was not just the straight-acting lad’s lad, married with 2 kids who got us our rights, today. It was every other, far less ‘assimilated’ queer he owes the thanks for that privilege. This is not to say that gay men should, therefore, carry on those maligned, often painful histories, or actively avoid leading ‘normal lives’, indeed, it is a sign of progress that we are now able to do those things, but it is not a sign of progress that we judge people who wish to remain queer and non-conforming. Those people deserve our respect in our present, just as much as they did in our past – at a time when asking for respect wasn’t even an option for being any boy who loves boys, or any girl who loves girls. We must stop being a community deeply divided between ‘insider’ and ‘image damager’, and the emphasis on this lesson learning, is not on the queers. They’ve done enough. It is the gay man who believes that being anything other than in a monogamous relationship with a chiselled, straight-acting white man is a stain on his community, that needs to hang his head in shame, admit his ignorance and take a lesson in queer theory. It is not the queers, who live alternatively, but openly, who are the damaging ones here. I wish you nothing but love and happiness, whether that’s attending orgies at the local bathhouse or settling down with a glass of wine with your other half in the evening. Or all those who fall somewhere in between. I hope you’ll extend the rest of us the same civility. Love, Daniel Words byDaniel Ashley [http://www.diariesofasexresearcher.com/], Sex and Gender Researcher – University of Brighton http://attitude.co.uk/an-open-letter-to-gay-men-judgement-is-ruining-our-community/ [http://attitude.co.uk/an-open-letter-to-gay-men-judgement-is-ruining-our-community/]card.lgbt
Jussie Smollett, Tituss Burgess and Carson Kressley, among others, have joined forces with MTV to bring awareness to the anti-gay persecution in the Russian republic of Chechnya. “In Chechnya, gay and bisexual men have been hunted down, rounded up, and continue to be illegally detained in prison. Many have been tortured and at least three men have been murdered,”reads a post on MTV’s website [http://www.mtvact.com/features/chechnya]. “In spite of these horrors, not enough people are aware of what’s happening or taking action.Together we can raise the volume on the public outcry, and let the world know that we have our #EyesOnChechnya.” For over 100 days, we've known about gay and bi men being targeted in Chechnya. Will you speak out?http://chechnya.mtv.com [https://t.co/5ztKiKKsH5] #EyesOnChechnya [https://twitter.com/hashtag/EyesOnChechnya?src=hash] MTV gives educational resources on the situation and ways to get involved. The website also links toa petition from the Human Rights Campaign [https://act.hrc.org/page/7991/action/1?ea.tracking.id=em_adv_trumpputin0717&ea.url.id=974444&forwarded=true] to urge President Donald Trump to “join other world leaders from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in making it clear to Russia that lawless detentions, arrests, torture and murders of LGBTQ people are unacceptable.” Other celebrities have used their social media platforms to be a part of the movement including RuPaul, Nick Cannon and Lena Dunham.card.lgbt
'JESUS' APPEARED AT PRIDE AND IT WAS FANTASTIC. Crowds cheer on Christ-like figure who calls on revellers to 'keep queer. Anti-gay protesters who called on revellers at a Pride march to “Return to Jesus”, found their stunt backfired when the messiah himself appeared to show up with a placard that read: “Keep queer and carry on.” The mock son of God turned up in a show of support for some 85,000 LBGT supporters who marched through the streets of the South Korean capital, Seoul, in a bloom of rainbow colours to celebrate their day. The Conservative Christians demonstrators held crosses on a stage nearby under a banner that read: “Homosexuality is a Sin”. Together they chanted hate messages in a bid to rain on the parade. But the protest fell flat on its face when revellers ignored the demonstration and instead lined up to hug the would-be Jesus amid cheers from the crowds that drowned out their chants. Another messiah who turned out against the protest held a placard in support of LBGT that read: “I’m cool with it.” The Christ-like figure was decked out in full biblical regalia including a fake beard and a white robe in an outfit that was snapped by revellers and quickly did the rounds on the internet. One of the mock Jesus figures said he was inspired not by the man above but to help spread a message of support for his gay friends who had been heckled in the city’s Pride two years ago. Robert Evans, 27, an American living in Seoul, told theIrish Examiner [http://www.irishexaminer.com/]: “Walking amongst them and feeling [the protesters’] pure hatred directed right at me as if I was gay was an unforgettable moment. https://youtu.be/qYwvNOj9q4M http://www.independent.co.uk/news/pride-lgbt-christian-protest-backfires-jesus-queer-city-a7849746.htmlcard.lgbt
Modern Orthodoxy embraces the religious LGBTs, 'We are the flesh and blood of the religious community,' says Helen Albom, during a photo shoot with her son's partner. 'The world will be a better place when parents accept their children as they are.' Dozens of religious lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT), along with their families, took part in a new campaign aiming to raise awareness and acceptance or religious LGBTs. The campaign is titled, the Beautiful Faces of our Loved Ones, Women and Men who Wish Us Well with a Loving Heart, Who Held Us Tight when We Told Them Who We Are. It includes the photos of a mother and her son, an uncle and his niece, a grandmother and her grandson, a brother and sister, and of best friends. Their photos will be shown on billboards in time for the Jerusalem Pride parade in August, whose theme this year is LGBTs and Religion. "I may not love enough to announce my love, but other than that I say what I want," stated Yafa Auster, who was photographed with her grandson, Elik. "A big part of why I'm religious today is because of her," added Elik. "My grandmother's stories have become part of my own, linking me to the larger story of the People of Israel. The world will be a better place with people prefer grandmothers over ideology." "'The world will be a better place when parents accept their children as they are," said Helen Albom, the mother of Chaim, who defines himself as gay. Helen decided to be photographed with Chaim's partner, Yair Strauss. "The Blessed G-d created them, and we have to believe in Him and accept this with love. Because everything comes from G-d and it is all for the best. "The world will be better society realizes that the Blessed G-d doesn't make mistakes. We were all made in His image, and we want a life of truth and happiness out of the belief that the Lord loves us," added Strauss. The campaign asks its participants the same list of questions. It is a continuation of last year's campaign, which included religious LGBTs publicly identifying themselves as such for the first time. Though many in today's religious community do not accept its LGBTs members or the Pride parade and other LGBT events, in the past Jewish communities did show some level of acceptance toward its LGBT members, and saw same-sex inclinations as a natural human occurrence. Helen answered one of the questions presented to her by saying, "I'll never forget the delicious yeast cake he (Yair—ed) brought me when he came to visit me with Chaim for the first time." She added that "I wanted to tell him that I was so happy he is my son's partner, because I could see the positive connection between them. That I was happy for them." Havruta Chairperson Daniel Yunas said that "this campaign is another step in recognizing religious LGBTs. We came to show that we have the growing support of our families and the communities in which we live. "Even if we could be ignored, our families, friends and those who surround us cannot be. We are flesh of their flesh, (as well as) the flesh of the religious community." Yunas added that this year's theme in Jerusalem, of LGBT and religion is "an opportunity to once again call out loudly, 'We're here, and we're not going anywhere!'" *Helen and her son's partner, Yair – Top Picture *Elik and Yafa Auster, a grandmother and her grandson (Photos: Dor Lubton, Hila Shiloni and Alona Meshulami) – Picture in the Link More Related Clips: Modern Orthodoxy embraces the religious LGBTs [https://youtu.be/NCg1a7QM8AE] Jerusalem Gay Parade 2016 [https://youtu.be/2c0iP0Seus8]card.lgbt
To celebrate LGBT Pride Month and commemorate the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we’re recognizing 100 cities with active LGBT communities. At Nestpick, we aim to help people relocate to the cities that offer them the best possible quality of life. That’s why we considered thousands of destinations worldwide before shortlisting 100 cities, ranking them based on relevant factors to compile one of the largest rankings of its kind to date.Top 5 cities - Madrid, Amsterdam, Toronto, Tel-Aviv, London Total Score = Dating + LGBT Nightlife + Openness + Safety + LGBT Rights Maximum available score = 25 To make the list truly comprehensive and inclusive, thousands of cities were considered in the development stage. We conducted polls in 80 countries among the LGBT community using social media and other polling tools. We asked over 2500* participants from each city to give three lifestyle factors a rating out of five stars: the strength of their city’s gaydating scene, the quality of its LGBT nightlife, and theopennessof their fellow citizens. Cities needed to average of at least two out of five stars for each of the three lifestyle factors in order to qualify the final shortlist. Thus, the maximum score is five and the minimum possible score is two for the first three categories. We then added the fourth category ofsafetyto the ranking. This used public data provided by police departments of each of the 100 cities on the official number of hate crimes reported in 2016 per capita. The city with the lowest number of crimes reported was awarded a maximum safety score of five, and the city with the highest number of crimes reported was awarded a minimum score of one. Finally, we added a fifth category that considered theLGBT rights of citizensin each of the 40 countries included in the ranking. We conducted an in-depth review of regional and national legislation (as of May 2017) affecting members of the LGBT community in each of the respective countries. A maximum score of 5 was awarded to countries that allow same sex marriage, adoption by same-sex couples, LGBT citizens to serve in the military, for anyone to change their gender identity, and ban all anti-LGBT discrimination. https://www.nestpick.com/best-lgbt-cities/ [https://www.nestpick.com/best-lgbt-cities/]card.lgbt
As everybody knows, LGBT representation is so incredibly important when it comes to TV and film. Being able to see yourself reflected in the media acts as a sort of guidance, especially when you are young. Cartoons are without a doubt a favourite of young people across the world and even though you may not have realised it when you were young, some of your favourite shows probably had LGBT characters. From the 1990’s classic Hey Arnold up to the more recent Adventure Time, cartoons have hosted a whole range of LGBT characters helping represent the community. Here are some of our favourite examples of the best cartoon characters. 1. MARCELINE THE VAMPIRE QUEEN AND PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM IN ADVENTURE TIME The author of theAdventure Time [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/07/17/comment-lots-of-childrens-programmes-already-have-lgbt-characters/] Encyclopedia Martin Olson and his daughter Olivia confirmed that Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum had dated in the past. Their former relationship explains their rocky rivalry which prevents them from getting along with each other. However, the former relationship of the two is never revealed in an episode because it is aired in some countries where homosexuality is still illegal Olivia said that their relationship may be mentioned in the upcoming book. 2. URSULA IN THE LITTLE MERMAID Ursula is an iconic sea witch [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/06/06/watch-rebel-wilson-slays-ursula-in-little-mermaid-performance/] who channels strong vibes of an evil drag queen. Loads of people have compared the Little Mermaid villain to the drag queen Divine as she seduces and manipulates Ariel while being completely fabulous. 3. BETTY DEVILLE IN RUGRATS While she isn’t really specified as being LGBT, and the theories are pretty sparse about Betty DeVille’s sexuality as a whole, one thing is for sure is that she is an incredibly strong woman and badass feminist. We can imagine she would be a pioneer of Dyke marches across the country. 4. SCAR IN THE LION KING Scar is one of the star examples of a “coded gay” character.The creators of The Lion King [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/01/simba-will-be-gay-in-upcoming-live-action-lion-king-remake-disney-confirms/] left clues throughout the film that hinted to the villain’s sexuality. From his effeminate and sardonic behaviour to his lack of connection with any of the lionesses surrounding him, Scar definitely shows signs of not being entirely straight. 5. PATTY BOUVIER IN THE SIMPSONS Patty is one-half of Patty and Selma, the chain-smoking twin sisters of Marge. The character Patty officially came out in the 16th season of the show in the episode ‘There’s something about Marrying’. It was one of the few episodes that carried the rarely used warning of content that might be unsuitable for children. 6. HADES INHERCULES [HTTP://WWW.PINKNEWS.CO.UK/2016/07/04/ARTIST-REIMAGINES-DISNEY-FAVOURITES-AS-GAY-COUPLES-TO-CELEBRATE-PRIDE/] Hades really is everybody’s dream gay best friend. His pure sass and just general talent is everything, but Greek mythology would tell us that the character probably isn’t gay. We can dream though. 7. MARSHMALLOWS IN BOB’S BURGERS Marshmallow is one of the very few examples of a trans woman of colour The brilliant character, who is a sex worker, is called Marshmallow because if you show her a sweet potato pie she “is on top of it”. Bob described her in an episode: “She comes and goes as she pleases, she answers to no-one and she is truly free.” 8. ELSA IN FROZEN The new independent princess on the block, Elsa, is the epitome of a strong independent woman. ‘Let It Go’ may have been about revealing her ice-princess powers, but the song has taken on connotations of no longer being in the closet. We love Elsa for not needing a male interest in the Frozen film, and we love that she’s become an inspiring figure for children across the world. Idina Menzel, who starred in the film, got on board with a campaign to give Elsa a girlfriend andshe suggested Tinkerbell would be perfect for the role. [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/10/03/idina-menzel-elsa-could-date-tinkerbell-in-frozen-2/] 9. RICK SANCHEZ IN RICK AND MORTY Justin Roiland, a creator and executive producer of the show, confirmed that Rick is pansexual. This was first revealed in the second season of the show when Rick reconnects with a former lover, Unity, a collective hive mind of individuals from a planet. The character’s sexuality is also hinted at in other parts of the show when it covers his backstory. 10. OAKEN IN FROZEN Oaken is the more obvious, much more gay characterin the Disney film. [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/01/04/watch-channing-tatum-becomes-elsa-for-surreal-frozen-tribute/] The short scene that Oaken appears in shows the jolly trader offering Anna and Kristoff the opportunity to go to the sauna, where his husband is. Jennifer Lee, the film’s writer and co-director, said she believes it’s ‘up to the fans’ to decide what is going on in that scene. 11. LE FOU IN BEAUTY AND THE BEAST It was revealed that the character Le Fou, in theDisney favourite Beauty and the Beast [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/03/01/beauty-and-the-beast-director-reveals-exclusively-gay-moment-in-live-action-remake/] , is gay and would have a moment of exploring his sexuality in the live-action remake of the film. Bill Condon, the director of the remake, explained that Le Fou doesn’t know whether he wants to be Gaston, who he is a manservant to, or be with him. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings,” Condon said. “It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.” 12. BETTY RUBBLE AND WILMA FLINSTONE IN THE FLINSTONES This is might really be pushing the boat out, but hear us out. Betty and Wilma are SMOKING and honestly, we’re sure what compelled them to settle with their husbands. SURE the show may have been set in the Stone Age when the men were hunter-gatherers, but that would definitely leave the women pretty bored. We’re sure thatthe men are really just the beards [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/10/12/the-flintstones-have-a-gay-old-time-fighting-for-marrige-equality-in-new-comic/] of the much more interesting relationship between Betty and Wilma. 13. TIMON AND PUMBAA IN THE LION KING ‘Hakuna Matata’ is basically the ultimate song for not worrying about your worries or your sexuality. Timon and Pumbaa make the ultimate flamboyant couple, [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/01/so-it-turns-out-homophobes-couldnt-handle-simba-being-gay/] and even if they aren’t “officially” together we still thought they made two great dads for Simba. 14. EUGENE HOROWITZ IN HEY ARNOLD! Eugene is described as a character who is “proto-gay”, meaning he hasn’t come to terms with his sexuality just yet but he’s coming close to understanding himself as he realises he doesn’t experience attraction to the opposite gender. Show creator Craig Bartlett said: “We always figured Eugene was kind of proto-gay. He’s not gay yet, he just will be. He loves musical theater, and he’s a wonderful guy.” 15. PLEAKLEY IN LILO AND STITCH Pleakly isn’t necessarily LGBT but the male-identifying character definitely experiments with drag in in the film. He is seen trying “female” clothing and when he is outside with humans he often presents as female. 16. WAYLON SMITHERS IN THE SIMPSONS Waylonn Smitherswas assumed to be gay [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/05/14/the-simpsons-could-be-about-to-lose-an-iconic-gay-character/] from as soon as he appeared in The Simpsons. However, he did not officially come out until the 27th season of the show in the episode ‘The Burns Cage’ Smithers does appear in Springfield’s annual gay Pride parade on a float called “Stayin’ in the Closet!” in the 2002 episode “Jaws Wired Shut”. 17. BUCKY AND PRONK IN ZOOTOPIA Disney featured a married gay couple in the film but it was so incredibly sly that basically,everyone missed it. [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/05/11/theres-a-married-gay-couple-in-disneys-zootopia-but-nearly-everyone-missed-it/] Bucky and Pronk Oryx-Antlerson are never confirmed as being together outright but some eagle-eyed viewers noted that the two seem to definitely be married with their bickering and shared surname. 18. CHARLOTTE PICKLES IN RUGRATS The true, original iconic power lesbian. OK, so she isn’t a lesbian in the show but there’s a lot of really bizarre fan fiction out thereabout Charlotte Pickles having a secret girlfriend. 19. PAM POOVEY IN ARCHER The creator of Archer, Adam Reed,told Variety [http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/archer-adam-reed-dreamland-1202023714/]how the character Pam is a male detective called Povey in the new season of Archer: Dreamland. Pam’s male gender identity isn’t really addressed in the new season, but Reed explained that the intention wasn’t to have a trans character. Rather they just bent gender stereotypes to make the series fit with the 1947 theme. “I didn’t set out to make a statement — and hopefully whatever statement is made doesn’t offend anybody, because she’s still a total badass,” Reed explained. “You can interpret it in a lot of different ways. There’s a lot left to the audience.” He added. “If this character is living as a man but was born a woman in 1920, but in 1947 is living as a man. Or it’s just in Archer’s head: suddenly blink, and Poovey is now a man?” 20. ENOS FRY IN FUTURAMA The main character of Futurama [http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/11/07/quiz-who-said-it-trump-or-futuramas-zapp-brannigan/] , Philip J. Fry, meets his grandfather Enos Fry in the episode “Roswell that Ends Well”. The episode takes place before Yancy, Philip’s father was conceived and it follows Philip trying to make sure he gets his grandfather to get his grandmother pregnant. In the episode, Enos says “did you ever get the feeling you’re only going with girls ’cause you’re supposed to?” and also shows no interest in a pin-up calendar gifted to him by his grandfather, however, he does hover on a picture of a shirtless man. The character is killed off in the episode. 21. ANN POSSIBLE IN KIM POSSIBLE Honestly, we are just loving sexually ambiguous power moms in this listicle. Sorry, not sorry. Ann Possible is most definitely a single handed badass queer mother, who raised an even more badass daughter. Go Ann!card.lgbt
Last month, we told you about thethree men who were slated to become Colombia's first legal [http://instinctmagazine.com/post/three-men-colombia-become-first-legal-polyamorous-family] polyamorous family [http://instinctmagazine.com/post/three-men-colombia-become-first-legal-polyamorous-family] . It's hard enough to find one person to love and want to be with for the rest of your life, but some of us apparently are lucky enough to find two, creating a thruple. Three gay men say they have gained legal recognition as the first "polyamorous family" in Colombia, where same-sex marriages were legalised last year. "We wanted to validate our household... and our rights, because we had no solid legal basis establishing us as a family," said one of the men, actor Victor Hugo Prada, in a video published by Colombian media on Monday. He said he and his two partners, sports instructor John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez, signed legal papers with a solicitor in the city of Medellin, establishing them as a family unit with inheritance rights. "This establishes us as a family, a polyamorous family. It is the first time in Colombia that has been done." Lawyer and gay rights activist German Rincon Perfetti said there are many three-person unions in Colombia but this was the first one to be legally recognised. "It is a recognition that other types of family exist," he told AFP. A ruling by the constitutional court in April 2016 made Colombia the fourth South American country to definitively legalise same-sex marriage, after Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. -telegraph.co.uk [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/13/colombia-gets-first-polyamorous-family-three-men-legally-established/] And now, the gentlemen are speaking toThe Guardian [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/03/colombia-three-men-union-alejandro-rodriguez-manuel-bermudez-victor-hugo-prada] about their upcoming nuptials. Manuel Bermudez and Alejandro Rodriguez have been together for 18 years. And their soon to be three-way union is not be the first time the couple found themselves on the frontline in the fight for gay rights. 16 long years before country's constitutional court would make same-sex marriage legal, Bermudez and Rodriguez would become the very first gay male couple in Colombia to receive formal legal recognition of their partnership, back in 2000, Then four years ago, Victor Hugo Prada joined the polyamorous partnership. Bermudez, Rodriguez, and Prada proceed tellThe Guardian [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/03/colombia-three-men-union-alejandro-rodriguez-manuel-bermudez-victor-hugo-prada] about their upcoming wedding plans, and how they plan to celebrate their fourth partner, Alex Esneider Zabala, who died of stomach cancer three years ago. The four of them had planned a ceremony to celebrate their union. But when Zabala died three years ago after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, Prada, Bermudez and Rodriguez realised that a ceremony was not enough. “As much as we considered ourselves a family, we had to fight hard to be recognised as Alex’s partners when he died,” says Bermudez. The surviving three sought to formalise their relationship through legal means. Rincon-Perfetti, who drew up the paperwork 17 years ago to seal Bermudez and Rodriguez’s union, offered to help. He knows of no other case in the world where a polyamorous relationship between three men has been granted legal recognition. “There are a lot of throuples but it is completely clandestine,” says Rincón-Perfetti. He said he expects other polyamorous partnerships to seek the same legal status after the media attention on Prada, Bermudez and Rodriguez’s union. The Guardian adds: Bermudez and Rodriguez have celebrated their 18-year bilateral partnership in several different ceremonies over the years. But for Prada, the three-way ceremony will be his first and he wants it to be special. He has asked a female priest to officiate the spiritual part of the ceremony and envisions three dance troupes – representing water, earth and fire – giving each of the grooms away. A fourth – symbolising air – will represent Zabala, the deceased partner. http://instinctmagazine.com/post/colombian-gay-throuple-discuss-upcoming-wedding [http://instinctmagazine.com/post/colombian-gay-throuple-discuss-upcoming-wedding]card.lgbt
GUESTS WILL NOW BE INVITED TO A MAGICAL DISNEY PARTY HOSTED BY DISNEYLAND PARIS AT WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PARK WITH LGBT GUESTS FROM ACROSS EUROPE AS PART OF DISNEY’S LGBT PRIDE CELEBRATIONS PLUS THERE WILL BE EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE ATTRACTIONS, A DJ, DISNEY CHARACTERS AND MORE! Greatdays Holidays and Manchester Pride get Magical once again for another enchanted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) weekend at Magical Pride at Disneyland Paris from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd October – during the park’s 25th anniversary. Greatdays Holidays and Manchester Pride are inviting families, friends, couples and Disney fans on a three-night Disney extravaganza combining the magic of Disneyland Paris with the sparkle of Manchester Pride. Magical Pride offers holiday-makers a unique chance to party, play and stay at Disneyland Paris from Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd October 2017. And this year’s trip will be even more magical than ever before as Disney announce new events including a huge party which for one night only will see LGBT guests from across Europe join together at Walt Disney Studios Park. Whilst primarily attracting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) groups and couples and families with or without same-sex parents, Magical Pride warmly welcomes anyone and everyone to enjoy the last official Manchester Pride event of the calendar year at where else, but where dreams come true, Disneyland Paris! The exclusive party in the Walt Disney Studios Park on Friday 20thOctober will be part of a wider Disney Pride offering which will see guests from across Europe visiting the park. It will be privatized between 9pm and 1am during which time guests will have access to three of the most popular attractions: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, and Crush’s Coaster. There will also be entertainment, appearances from Disney Characters, a cash bar and the chance to dance the night away with a DJ playing the tunes. Plus Disneyland Paris’ 25th anniversary is a huge milestone and will see the introduction of dazzling new shows, a new parade and more! Andy Beard, Managing Director of Greatdays Holidays said; “As one of the leading group travel tour operators in the UK and with over 30 years in the industry, Greatdays Travel Group is always looking for innovative ways to offer even more choice in travel. Calls for LGBT travel have grown considerably over the past 20 years. With this market comes a great sense of pride and community and these values influenced the creation of the event that is now known as Magical Pride! “The Manchester Pride Festival is one of the leading LGBT events, its reputation for raising money and awareness for LGBT people is unrivalled. This makes them the perfect partner in bringing Magical Pride to life and creating a truly magical experience for our guests.” Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, said: “Magical Pride is such a unique experience that we are delighted to partner with Greatdays to deliver. I saw this for myself when I attended last year and can testify that it is four days packed with fun and Disney magic that anyone would love. “What’s more for such an iconic organisation as Disney to hold their own LGBT Pride party is wonderful to see. It will be an honour for our guests to join with other LGBT Disney fans from across Europe to celebrate together in such a special location.” Magical Pride packages are exclusively available through Greatdays Travel Group, starting from only £249 per person. With an enthusiastic team who dedicate themselves to all things Disneyland Paris, guests will receive exceptional customer service from the moment of booking right through to being at the event where Magical Pride representatives will be on hand to ensure all goes smoothly and everybody has a memorable time. Taking place in a land Where Dreams Come True, the sky is the limit for Magical Pride! http://attitude.co.uk/magical-pride-to-form-part-of-wider-disney-pride-celebrations-for-the-first-time/ [http://attitude.co.uk/magical-pride-to-form-part-of-wider-disney-pride-celebrations-for-the-first-time/]card.lgbt
Oregon [https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/oregon]has become the first state in the US to allow a third gender option on licenses and identification cards, a major civil rights victory for non-binary people who identify as neither male nor female. State officials adopted a new rule on Thursday that allows people to put an “X” marker on state IDs and driver’s licenses instead of the traditional “M” for male or “F” for female, a move that activists hope will spark reforms across the country that expand the legal recognition of gender-nonconforming people. https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/988289901312517/ [https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/988289901312517/]card.lgbt
Vishnitz Orthodox girls' school failed three inspections on the grounds it did not meet requirements set out in the Equalities Act.A private faith school in London has failed its third Ofsted inspection for refusing to teach its pupils about homosexuality.Inspectors visiting Vishnitz Girls School in north London last month said the Orthodox school does not give pupils “a full understanding of fundamental British values”, The Telegraph reported. Pupils were not taught about LGBT issues such as “sexual orientation”, which are in breach of equality laws. “This restricts pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles,” inspectors reported.The school’s approach resulted in pupils being “shielded from learning about certain differences between people, such as sexual orientation,” the report went on. “The school’s culture is, however, clearly focused on teaching pupils to respect everybody, regardless of beliefs and lifestyle While school leaders ”recognise the requirement to teach about the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010… they acknowledge that they do not teach pupils about all the protected characteristics, particularly those relating to gender re-assignment and sexual orientation. “This means that pupils have a limited understanding of the different lifestyles and partnerships that individuals may choose in present-day society.” While fee-paying schools such as Vishnitz do not operate under the same curriculum as mainstream state schools, they are obliged to meet two separate sets of standards for sex and relationships education laid out by the Department for Education and Ofsted.Ofsted makes clear that schools are not expected to "promote" ideas about sexual orientation or gender reassignment, but they are expected to "encourage pupils' respect for other people, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the 2010 Equalities Act". The school, which has 212 pupils, and charges annual fees of £5,200, was praised in other areas, including the fact teachers had “good subject knowledge and high-quality classroom resources”. Just last week, the new Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman gave a speech on the importance of teaching “fundamental British values” within schools. Private schools which do not meet Ofsted requirements – which include consideration of “spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils” - must improve or face closure.Gill Robins from the Christians in Education campaign group criticised the decision, writing in a blog post: “It’s now been made crystal clear by Ofsted that the Equality Act is actually hierarchical, with sexual orientation and gender reassignment at the apex of the Act. “All equalities are equal but some equalities are more equal than others.“Ofsted has revealed its true agenda. It doesn’t matter how good your school is in all other respects – simply refusing to teach very young children about gender reassignment will lead to your closure.” Earlier this year, Education Secretary Justine Greening pushed through plans to make sex and relationships education compulsory in all schools. LGBT campaigners warned the policy still left “loopholes” for religious schools in that they are allowed some flexibility in their teaching of SRE “in keeping with their faith”. A spokesperson from the LGBT charity Stonewall said: "It’s vital all young people learn about LGBT issues. Inclusive, age-appropriate education ensures young people understand and celebrate difference. For those who might be questioning their gender identity it’s essential as it shows they’re not alone and that what they’re feeling isn’t wrong. "We applaud schools that create an inclusive learning environment where all students of all backgrounds and identities feel welcome, safe and understood." Vishnitz School has been contacted for a response. The faith school is one of seven known to have failed Ofsted inspections within recent weeks. And Ofsted spokesperson said DfE standards require schools to "actively promote fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. “Parents have the right, on behalf of their children, to expect an education that conforms to their religious beliefs and is in compliance with the law. “Children living in England deserve the best - the law expects schools to demonstrate that they are encouraging pupils to take a respectful and tolerant stance towards those who hold values different from their own. Ofsted acts robustly and impartially to ensure children in England receive a good education.”card.lgbt
Angela Merkel has opened the way for gay marriage to be legalised in Germany after she called for a free vote in parliament on the issue. The surprise announcement represents a major U-turn for the German chancellor, who has previously opposed gay marriage, citing concerns for children. A vote could now be held as soon as next week. A majority of MPs are believed to be in favour of legalisation. Mrs Merkel described her change of heart in terms of a Damascene conversion. She spoke of a “life-changing experience” when she met a lesbian couple in her parliamentary constituency who have adopted eight children. But sceptics suggested the timing may also have something to do with the coming German elections in September. Mrs Merkel’s chief rivals, the Social Democrats (SPD) have pledged to legalise gay marriage, and opinion polls show more than 80 per cent of Germans are in favour. Whilecivil partnerships have been available to homosexual couples in Germany since 2001 [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/7830414/German-court-recognises-gay-Canadian-marriage.html] , gay marriages are not recognised by the state. Opposition from the conservative wing of Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU) has been the main roadblock to legalisation. The chancellor chose the unlikely venue of a live event hosted by the women’s magazine Brigitte on Monday night to announce what amounted to a small political bombshell. “I want to change the discussion to a decision of conscience, rather than something I can direct with a whipped vote,” she said. “If the state gives a homosexual couple children to take care of, I can no longer argue this issue simply on the question of child welfare. These are issues that greatly concern me.” At the same time she called for “respect for those for whom it is hard to make such a decision”.card.lgbt
The Dyke March takes place one day ahead of the city's official Pride March. Organisers of an LGBT-tights festival in Chicago are being accused of anti-Semitism after they expelled marchers carrying the Star of David. The rainbow flags with the Jewish symbol "made people feel unsafe", an organiser told the Windy City Times [http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/More-than-1500-at-Dyke-March-in-Little-Village-Jewish-Pride-flags-banned-UPDATED-June-25-/59621.html] . Laurel Grauer said she was told to leave the so-called Dyke March "because my flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive". The organisers later hit back, saying Israel hides behind LGBT-rights. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40407057 [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40407057]card.lgbt