Hawaiian Church Supports Gay Marriage

Here is the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/episcopal-church-gay-marriage-_n_4167686.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage#slide=1731544

“The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii on Saturday voted to encourage the state Legislature to pass marriage equality, the largest denomination to announce its support of an issue that has divided people of faith.”

You now have yet another excuse to visit Hawaii.

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“Drag Down Bigotry”

Here is the article: http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/10/29/equality-house-hosts-drag-show-spectacular-across-westboro-baptist-church-video/

Video about the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTRyheWCdMs&noredirect=1

“Drag Down Bigotry”, a drag parade/march was held this past Saturday. The event was sponsored by the non-profit Planting Peace. 

It was held in the front yard of the Equality House, which ironically is located across the street from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

Many supporters wore drag costumes to raise money for anti-bullying groups.

“Equality House has played host to a number of events in the past that sought to bring visibility to LGBT individuals and issues just feet from the Westboro Baptist Church’s doorstep, including a gay wedding and a child’s lemonade stand that raised thousands of dollars.”

Kudos to the Equality House, and keep fighting the good fight!

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Largest Asian Gay Pride Parade Ever!

Here’s the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/26/gay-marriage-taiwan_n_4165932.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage

This past Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, thousands of people flooded the streets in support of gay marriage. IN fact, this was the largest gay pride parade in Asia EVER! Naturally, the street was sprinkled with color.

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Aren’t they beautiful?

The gay marriage bill has been under review by Taiwan’s legislature as of Friday.

As of now, 53% of people are in favor of legalizing gay marriage in Taiwan, an encouraging number due to how conservative that country is historically.

In comparison, Taiwan is much farther along as far as gay acceptance is concerned.

“Chinese families are still very traditional,” said Jennifer Lu of the counseling group Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association and one of the hosts on the centre stage. “People still emphasize having an heir and passing on the family name.”

Despite this sad truth, Taiwan is taking long strides in the right direction. They even have sexual-orientation education as part of the curriculum in the primary level of the schooling system.

“Neil Peng, co-writer of “The Wedding Banquet”, an early film focusing on a same-sex relationship, said Taiwan’s gay community had been helped by uncensored discussion in the arts.”

I hope discussions such as these in the arts continue to encourage the gay community, hopefully influencing the legislature to amend the gay marriage bill in Taiwan.

“New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to permit same-sex marriage this year and the Australian Capital Territory approved the measure this week.”

Hopefully, having large marches like the one exhibited on Saturday will influence lawmakers to change their minds.

How could you not? Just look at the outfits some Taiwanese wore. They’re just adorable!

As I’ve previously expressed in my earlier blogs, everyone has the right to love whomever they choose.

Holy Moly

Article:   http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbellassai/british-rowing-team-strips-down-once-again-to-figh

Video:   http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbellassai/british-rowing-team-strips-down-once-again-to-figh?sub=2695856_1853801

Warwick University Rowing Club stripped down for their Warwick Rowing Naked Calendar, which donates some of their proceeds to charity called Sports Allies that attempts to fight bullying and homophobia.

“Sport Allies is dedicated to challenging homophobia among young people. The rowers are predominantly straight men who have welcomed and embraced the fantastic support they have had from the gay community for their fundraising efforts. Sport Allies is their way of honoring that support and giving something back.”

Strip down for a good cause!

Warning: slightly graphic! But really though…

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Wedding Announcement:

The article can be viewed here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/lewis-duckett-billy-jones-gay-wedding-_n_4136131.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage

After 46 years of being in a committed relationship, Lewis Duckett and Billy Jones sealed the deal at New York’s Riverside Church. It’s about time!

After spending 46 years of my life with someone, I would be more than ready to make it official.

“For most of our 46 years together, I don’t know where I stop and he begins — it’s been that kind of blending,” Jones confessed to the New York Times.

This adorable couple has been together since the time of the Vietnam War, in a society that was not nearly as accepting of gay people as they are today. Jones and Duckett even had to write in code in their “Dear John” letters, because of their fear of being harassed.

I’m happy to say that they are officially wed, and can’t wait to continue to hear more successful love stories just like theirs.

If you’re reading this, thank you and have a beautiful day!

 

Say Yes To The Dress(es)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/13/rivini-bridal-runway-show_n_4094330.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage

Designer Rita Vinieris made a bold statement this past Sunday. As a bridal designer of the line Rivini, she had two wedding-clad model walk down the runway holding hands. This is creatively symbolic of walking down the aisle; this shows the ever-growing accepting of same sex marriages. This designer is appealing by marketing to engaged gay couples as well as couples that support gay marriage. Rita is not the only designer to take advantage of this social change.

“In January 2013, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld made a similar statement when he had two brides walk down the catwalk hand-in-hand during Paris Fashion Week.”

Just look at those two beautiful dresses! Thoughts on this fashionable use of marketing?

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