Marriage equality in Ireland.

Today’s Link

The world is a funny place.  In a country that possibly ranks as one of the most religious (Christian) countries we are now seeing a turn for the better on marriage equality.  It even appears to be progressing faster there than in other countries around the world.

As someone who was in a relationship with an Irishman for 12 years, I know first hand some of the prejudices and difficulties gay people in Ireland face.  The fact that things have changed so much is nothing short of a miracle in my eyes.  The link for today talks about how that is progressing with one of the main political parties voting to examine the issue of marriage equality.  This is good and welcome news.  Long may it continue!

Big love,

DMx

Alert: Don’t use pink bowling balls.

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Greetings and a happy friday to you all!  Today’s link goes back to the crazy side of the fence, but with a dose of chilling as well because the man at the centre of it all is someone who wants to be the President of the United States.  I saw this link yesterday and also on a few friends Facebook pages today, so thought it would be a good one to share.

Upon reading the link you will find out that Rick Santorum was doing a photo-op at a bowling alley yesterday.  He stopped a boy from using a pink bowling ball, purely because it was pink.  This fact was fortunately tweeted by a Reuters journalist and is therefore now recorded for posterity.  Of course the boy would have automatically become gay if he had used the pink bowling ball or he would have become confused about his gender or something.  How scary is it that any candidate for president (on either side) could be so stupid?  Here is a link to the tweet for your own satisfaction

I could go on and on, but I don’t have the stamina.

Big love,

DMx

The continuing saga of religious rights and discrimination.

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This morning I read a very disturbing article and watched an equally disturbing video.  You can find both on todays’ link.  Basically, the Kansas House has just passed a law that would allow people to opt out of obeying any anti-discrimination law that they feel conflicts with their religious beliefs.  Yes, this law allows you to ignore the law.

How does this work, I hear you cry?  Well, it allows people only to opt out of the law if the class of citizens is NOT protected at the state level.  So you couldn’t suddenly opt out of the law that protects religious people, black people, asian people, or elderly people, as they are protected at the state level.  Everyone else though becomes fair game.

For example: if your city has a law prohibiting discrimination against gay people, you would be able to exercise your religious freedom by opting out of that law because sexuality is not protected at the state level.  Really?  The problem here is that many times people have tried to add sexuality to state and federal laws but it has always been defeated, mostly by the very people who pushed for this law.  The deviousness of these people clearly knows no bounds.  But I can’t opt out of discriminating against them because they are protected at the state level it seems.

What a load of bollocks.  Watch the video for a super scary example of why people should be allowed to opt out of the law if they want to fire a “cross dresser”( by which they presumably mean someone who is transgender).  The most horrid aspect of it all is that the person saying this is a Democrat…..

Big love,

DMx

Pride and the Army

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Now that “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in the USA has been repealed there are things happening to make life better for gay people serving in the military and the straight people that they serve alongside.  Doubtless though there are still things that need to be overcome.  One of the ways that can happen, as I talk about often, is through communication.

Enter the first pride events in the US military, something that is sure to attract a lot of comment.  It doesn’t seem that we are talking parades, floats, soldier drag queens, and the like, but more along the lines of pride weeks with special communication and social events.  You can read more in the link.  I think that this is a great way to be able to bring all sides together and finally introduce some understanding into the equation, especially for those who have been unable to (or unwilling to) do so in the past.  We haven’t seen the military grind to a halt, people raping each other in the barracks, or a mass exodus of straight people refusing to serve, all the things that we were told would happen if DADT were repealed.  These next steps of communication and sharing are necessary and will help to move things forward once more.

For those that say they are unnecessary, I disagree.  Gay people have been denied a voice in the military for a long time.  Now let them speak and see what happens next.

Big love,

DMx

More craziness

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Greetings one and all!  Today I thought we would follow yesterday with another crazy story.  This one comes from the good old US of A.  This lawyer thinks that our president is on a path for “forced homosexuality”.

It would be really funny if it wasn’t actually a little scary too.  This guy is seems to work for some high-profile groups and it really worries me that there are people out there who will believe this kind of nonsense.  Oh dear.

Big love,

DMx

And now for something ridiculous in Turkey

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It seems that many countries in the world have stupid laws and ideas about homosexuality and the military.  Enter Turkey onto the stage for the latest in crazy….

The link attached today details how people who are gay (who are not allowed to serve in the military) must now produce proof that they are gay.  You’ll read how some have been asked to provide photographic evidence including pictures of them having sex.  Yes, really.  I do not make this stuff up.

No risk of blackmail or anything there, right?  Why not just allow gay people to serve openly and do away with the requirement.  Or would that just be too simple?

Big love,

DMx

Mass weddings!

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Greetings all and a happy Sunday to you around the globe. As I leave San Francisco, a city with a large part to play in the race for marriage equality, my eye was drawn to another city, that of Cleveland, OH, where an unusual event took place yesterday.

Cleveland doesn’t strike me as somewhere that marriage equality is likely to visit anytime soon and I guess a lot people think the same too. So a group of enterprising people decided to hold the worlds largest illegal mass wedding.

While this may have just seemed like a weird or a fun thing to do to some it does hold a greater thing within it’s sphere. That thing is called visibility. As you have heard me mention before, visibility is crucial to achieving equality in all areas. As long as people don’t see us out and about they can continue to ignore us and the issues that we fight for. Making ourselves visible makes us much harder to ignore.

So get out and be visible!

Big love,
DMx