………………..Quote from John Key at the Big gay Out.
Wow, just wow. First, it was marriage equality. Second, STI’s are such a strange thing to bring up whilst speaking to any group. Would he ask a Grey Power group tp lube as womens vaginas’ get dry as they age? Would you tell a Young Nats meeting to use condoms after they get women drunk and try to rape them after the meeting? Would he ever bring up sex with any group he was speaking to? I really do not believe so. Also, as I said at the time of ‘give them marriage and they’ll fuck up’ time, marriage equality was not an ‘issue’ for most gay people and is the least of our worries. As this recent research shows,
You’ve got the Movement Advancement Project saying there are “deep disparities” remaining for LGBT folk, “including an overwhelming lack of employment nondiscrimination protections, high rates of healthcare discrimination, poorer overall health, and poorer well-being.”
That powerful statement is backed up by a study from MAP, a think tank devoted to hardcore research into LGBT issues. The research, 2014 Momentum Report: A Snapshot of Progress and Setbacks for LGBT Equality, focuses on what’s transpired in 2014 in regards to LGBT well-being (or lack thereof). The released material also includes an interactive timeline of all the LGBT-centric events that came to us in 2014. Just click on the subjects to read more about them.
“At this time, LGBT people must navigate an unpredictable and nonsensical legal landscape. Same-sex couples can now marry in over a dozen states that otherwise lack almost any kind of other legal equality for LGBT people,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of MAP. “What this means is that a worker can get married over the weekend, then be fired on Monday because of his or her sexual orientation. Meanwhile, in over 30 states, a person can be denied service in a restaurant or denied housing because they are transgender.”
These are the same issues in NZ. He totally dropped the ball at the Big gay Out and drop kicked it into our faces.
He is so very cool the way he always says something to draw attention to the plight of GLTI’s in Russia, at the same time as stating support for them. So much more useful and classy than the actions of professional idiot Johnny Weir. You go Blake, you good, wise man.
Out Olympic athlete Blake Skjellerup covers the new of GT magazine, in which he talks about being bullied for speed skating, the difficulties of competing without sufficient sponsors and being out in Russia.
In the new issue, Skjellerup explains that he was “bullied from an early age because of my sport.” Yet, it made him stronger.
“But none of it made me feel like quitting. Quite the opposite, it gave me huge inspiration to continue.”
Unfortunately, the 2014 Olympic Games may be the skater’s last. He tells the GT that he relies “quite heavily on my family to support” his competition but he also has a donation link on his website to raise funds. However, it’s not nearly enough “so at times it’s been quite difficult and I have to go without a lot of things.”
“I’m a lone athlete so I have to do everything myself. I wouldn’t say I’ve lost my life to the sport, but I can’t see myself doing it for another four years after the next Winter Olympics.”
On Being Out In Russia:
The Sochi games have become the subject of controversy due to Russia’s anti-gay bill and fears for the safety of gay athletes but Skjellerup does not appear to be worried.
“I don’t want to think because there are stories on the internet about me being gay is going to put me under any jeopardy, I hope I can bring some positive change in Russia to overcome their LGBT discrimination.”
The New Zealand athlete came out in 2010 to DNA magazine following the Vancouver Olympic Games. Something he chose to do after so he could focus his attention on competing. He finished sixteenth and is set to compete again at 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Russia. If these games are, in fact, his last, he should know that he would have a successful career in modeling.
Well, he chose religions poorly.
Rev. Gary Meier, a Missouri priest, has come out of the closet in the reprinting of a book he originally published anonymously, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
Meier“I have tried over the years to reconcile my silence as a gay priest with that of the Church’s increasingly anti-gay stance. I have been unsuccessful,” Meier writes in his book “Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest.” “I was hopeful that I could find a way to have integrity while remaining part of a hierarchy that is anti-gay — I was unsuccessful.”
Meier originally published the book anonymously in 2011. But last week, he republished it with his own name on the cover. The crowd of 80 or so supporters who turned out Tuesday afternoon at UMSL — where Meier is studying for a master’s degree in counseling — included former parishioners, other Catholic priests, former priests (the Rev. Marek Bozek, pastor of St. Stanislaus Church was in the audience) and members of gay-rights groups.
Since his public declaration of his sexual orientation, Meier said, he has received a lot of support on his Facebook page. One woman, though, scolded him for accusing the church of a “lack of love.”
“That’s not at all what I’m saying,” Meier told his audience. “But I am accusing the church of a lack of tolerance and acceptance.”
Meier was ordained 15 years ago.He says it’s unlikely he’ll remain a priest:
“To be a priest and active in ministry, you can’t say what I’m saying,” he said in answer to a question at the UMSL event. “I don’t think I’ll be getting any more paychecks from the archdiocese.”
Blue is the Warmest Color won the top prize at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. The French film, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, is a sexually explicit lesbian love story
From a review….
The film itself is artful and compelling, as much for what it’s not as for what it is. It’s not soft and dewy. It’s not a coming-out message movie — though there is one scene in which Adèle has to fight off the taunts of her high school rat pack, one of whom claims to be angry at Adèle not because she’s a lesbian but because she “lied” about it. (Well, give the girl a break!) Most important, it’s a movie with gay sex that doesn’t pigeonhole the people it’s showing you: Adèle may be experimenting, or she may be bisexual, or she may be a lesbian for life — we don’t know any more than she does, and in a funny way, whichever of those scenarios turns out to be true hardly even matters. The real issue is that Adèle falls, and falls hard. The love she feels is consuming, which is why in the film’s second half, when that love begins to fall apart, she’s consumed by it.