BEING GAY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD

I often think of what life is like for those living in countries where the law criminalizes being homosexual and honestly I am terrified of what that could be like if it were I living in such places. In a changing world where most western countries are becoming more and more accepting of LGBTQ people, we still see how in other parts of the world life for the LGBTQ community is like.

Today I woke up to a chilling video shown on msn.com taken from CNN of men being thrown from the top of buildings on charges of being gay. It was a chilling reminder how fragile our freedoms are and how we might all be in danger of that weather, you are homosexual or not. In a chilling, IS video you can see an old man in a chair being toppled to the ground for being homosexual. A rational mind would ask; what has the world come to? Why the killing of innocent people in theses case gay/homosexuals, is the latest campaign of terror shown, right after the beheadings of foreigners, Christians, prisoners of war? And yes, this is a war! This is a war of ideology and a religious war as much as it is a twisted form of revolution. The lines are not at all blurred. We know the enemy and we know what its main goal is; the changing of an entire region into an absolute autocratic Islamic country/state. Continue reading

And The Band Played ON

Remember the good old days when Islamic terrorist were part of movies from Back to The Future to Long Kiss Goodnight? The threat was always there to remind us, the audience, how they could harm us and the rest of the world yet that is when it all stopped. In recent weeks, with the Paris killings and other threats, I have been ever worried of something, which seems to spin out of control in many countries in Europe and beyond. The number of those from western as well as eastern European countries, which have joined, IS is not truly known empirically, but the effect it has caused in Europe is felt on a daily basis. Continue reading

Russia – Die Neue Homophobie Land

This article was sent to me today by The Advocate and now I am sharing it with you all. My feelings towards what’s been going on in Russia and especially it’s president Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Vissarionovich Schickelgruber Putin are well known and documented in this blog. Yet, no matter how much I write, no matter how much I accuse this president and this countries parliament, I cannot for the life of me keep up with new news coming out of “Die Neue Homophobie Land”, below is the latest, I believe my words are meaningless as facts speak for themselves 

Russia Raids Gay People’s Homes

Nikolai AlexeyevThe Russian government‘s new law condemning so-called gay propaganda has now encouraged people to report their LGBT neighbors to local authorities.

A notice allegedly from the government says any person who suspects that a neighbor or tenant disseminates “homosexual propaganda” should contact the police immediately, Gay Star News and O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da report.

“Increase your vigilance when you talk to your neighbors, when you are checking your mail and in elevators,” the notice says, according to a translation. “You can easily become a target of homosexual propaganda. There is one step from being homosexual and to start propaganda of homosexualism and molesting decent people.”

Russian prosecutors reportedly raided the home of activist and lawyer Nikolai Alexeyev. According to Reuters, officials ransacked Alexeyev’s home and removed several pieces of electronic equipment.

“Do you think this is all legal?” Alexeyev said to reporters inside his apartment after the raid. “What if they now start raiding flats every day, for instance?

The raid was spurred by a Russian parliament member who lodged a complaint against Alexeyev.

The Reuters report on the raid below:

Source; http://www.advocate.com/news/world-news/2013/08/28/russia-raids-gay-peoples-homes

 

Twins For Equal Rights

I received this post on my Facebook page by one of my friends from South America. They are two identical twins expressing their thoughts on equal rights regarding marriage. For those of you who don’t understand Spanish here’s a rough translations from left upper corner down; I’m Adam and I’m gay. I’m Stephen and I’m straight. We’re identical twins.  We both deserve equal rights to marriage. It’s sweet, but considering recent events in my life, I would go a step further by saying; We all deserve EQUAL RIGHTS period in any facet of life.

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Discrimination Within Discrimination

A world awayThis morning, I came across this picture posted by one my friends on Facebook. The picture shows two border petrol guards one Pakistani and the other Chinese holding hands. The description put above it was to explain that in this part of the world is perfectly normal for two men to hold hands, thus show affection without any gay undercurrent. What got me to write this post were the comments below.

Let me go back in time for a bit just to explain to you why am I so upset about all this. In my 35 years on this rock, I’ve had my share of many abuses by many people from childhood on. I live in a society which has never embraced individuality and being different; on the contrary it fights it and tries to destroy anything that is not “normal”. Abiding by the rules of such a society and country is a MUST if you want to survive. There is no other option, unless you want to be a castaway character from some forgotten novel in a dusty shelf in an out of business bookstore. Discrimination and abuse started early for me. For as long as I can remember, kids always picked on me because I was a “mama’s boy”, a wuss, “girl” and so on. Later on in life it got more personal and vicious with the all so common names such as; faggot, fudge-packer, cocksucker, queer and so on. My story is that of millions upon millions out there. It is nothing new, nothing unheard of before and nothing that hasn’t been posted on any LGBT rights group’s webpage. I’m in no way looking for sympathy nor pity, just stating the facts.

Now, back to present day world. One thing that seems to be consistent in today’s society is the unbelievable imbecilic belief that my being gay is a choice. No matter how many studies have been published at least in the last two decades, there are still people who believe that not only being gay is a choice, but as such it can be cured with the right treatment (shock therapy anyone?). Now let me turn this belief on its head. If any of you think that being homosexual is a choice, then what you’re basically saying is that being heterosexual is one as well, eh? I don’t think a straight guy woke up one morning and said; “I think I’ma suck a dick today. Nah, I chose not too”. Alright, I know that even my previous argument is not going to sway those who have already chosen and made up their minds about what constitutes being gay and the mechanism by which “we” apply this in our daily lives as homosexuals.

For those of you in the not-know, there are many parts of the world where male interaction and thus expression of intimacy (with no sexual undertone) is accepted and even more promoted from parents to children and it is not seen as abnormal nor an aberration. I would like to stress once more that such a behavior is accepted as long as no one suspects there’s something more then just peer love. Where I come from, many men walk around holding each other’s hand, arm, or putting their arm around their friends shoulder, it is normal. What gets me is that if I did such a thing, I would immediately find myself under attack. Why? Well because I’m different. My voice is soft and articulate. I’m courteous and gentle. I have a very vivid/passionate movement of hands and eyebrows. My walk is different. Oh and above all I take care of myself more than any woman I’ve ever encountered in my life (beauty-wise & hygiene). Continue reading

Please Sign this Petition – Help Us Stop This Madness

Stop Vladimir Putin and his Nazi-like government continuing violation of human rights and discrimination against the LGBT Community in Russia

“Thank you to 85,000 All Out members who’ve already signed the petition. We must keep the global pressure up. Please help us now: sign the petition so we can be heard by world leaders and the media.”  Polina A. in Russia
http://www.allout.org/russia-attacks

Polina sent this message to All Out members yesterday, as Russia passed a new law that makes it illegal to even say the word “gay”. Dozens of people protesting against the law were dragged away and arrested by police.

Polina speaks on behalf of “Coming Out”, a big Russian gay support organisation facing a trial to fight closure. Their trial has just been postponed to next week. 

Please help us get to 100,000 signatures before the new trial date. Sign now:
http://www.allout.org/russia-attacks

— Previous email —

Gay hate and violence increasing in Russia as government cracks down on gay rights organisations. Sign the petition before Coming Out faces trial starting tomorrow:

 

Crisis in Russia: two brutal murders for being gay within weeks. One man was stabbed to death by neighbours, and a younger man was beaten to death with rocks after coming out.

The rise in attacks is happening as President Putin wages war on gays and lesbians. His government has banned Pride marches and is trying to bring in a new anti-gay law. And tomorrow, a major Russian gay organisation will go on trial to fight closure.

Putin is getting away with the crackdown because there’s little international media attention and no real pressure from other world leaders.

But if we start with a massive petition, we can work to get the crisis on the to do list of every world leaderand onto the front pages of newspapers.

Can you sign before the trial starts tomorrow? 
http://www.allout.org/russia-attacks

Putin has shown he’s sensitive to international pressure about his treatment of gay and lesbians. When he visited the Netherlands recently, he was greeted by a big protest and media coverage.

He was later forced to claim publicly that he doesn’t support discrimination. Russian human rights workers told the All Out office team that this led directly to their finally being given a meeting with the Ombudsman for Human Rights – a big boost to their work.

Sign now and share the petition with friends and family:
http://www.allout.org/russia-attacks

President Putin thinks gays and lesbians are an easy target to help him crackdown on human rights and democracy, in his quest to hold on to power. He sees them as a tiny minority who can’t fight back.

But what if instead of facing only the handful of people in Russia brave enough to stand up to terrifying violence and state power, he faced a movement of millions of us?

We’ve spoken up together about Russia before, but All Out has grown fast in the last two years. There are now 1.6 million of us in every country in the world – and there’s nothing we can’t do together for love.

Please sign now:
http://www.allout.org/russia-attacks
Thanks for going All Out,

Andre, Guillaume, Marie, Hayley, Jeremy, Sara, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the All Out team.

PS: There’s so much we could do if we grew the biggest petition the world has ever seen against the crackdown in Russia. Deliver it to embassies in every country. Use it get journalists to write high-profile features criticising Putin. Use it as a rallying point for protests whenever Russian officials visit other countries. Sign here: http://www.allout.org/russia-attacks

SOURCES:

Man Stabbed To Death In Russian Village In Homophobic Attack, June 3rd 2013
http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/man-stabbed-to-death-in-russian-village-in-homopho-9a7s

Deadly homophobia: Man ‘killed for being gay’ in Southern Russia, May 13th 2013
http://rt.com/news/man-killed-homophobia-russia-198/

Vladimir Putin says Russia does not discriminate against gays, April 9th 2013
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/vladimir-putin-says-russia-does-not-discriminate-against-gays090413

Russia’s Putin annoyed about gay rights discussion, June 4th 2013
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/06/04/3037706/russias-putin-annoyed-about-gay.html

Back with a Vengeance

I thought it would be a nice catchy phrase to get your attention :D. Yes my dears I am BACK. I was on vacation in Italy for 9 days visiting my family after 2 years of being away. It was a great time for me walking around town (Bari, Puglia) that is, and trying to make sense of a whole different world, culture and fashion sense.

One thing that can be said about Italian guys is that they know how to dress up and be all perty, but at the same time, all that label on them just gets old and boring soon compare to the attitude they also tend to wear on their sleeves. Needless to say, nine days in Italy and no one to meet. There is a saying in Italy “Tutto il mondo e paese” which means “All the world is a city”, and that’s so true considering where I live and where I was visiting, I found myself in the same situation over again. It is freaking hard to meet up guys nowadays no matter where you are. Have a great weekend everyone.

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I had coffee here the second day, it was awesome…bari (1) Continue reading

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