A new message from the UN’s Human Rights Office tells a riddle (albeit, not a very good one) explaining the difficulties that many LGBT people face around the world. These difficulties aren’t the easy kind either that don’t leave behind some emotional and physical trauma.
76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment. In this simple, high-impact video from the UN human rights office, individuals from diverse backgrounds pose questions directly to the viewer designed to expose the nature of human rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world. The video includes cameo appearances by UN Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The UN’s message: LGBT rights are human rights. Together we will build a world that is free and equal.
I sincerely hope that within the next 100 years, the persecution of people simply because they are different won’t exist. It’s a lofty hope and possibly a naive one, but it’s still one that I have.
George Takei, all around awesome person, decided to have a little fun with a past Buzzfeed post where Conservative young adults gave their opinions on same-sex marriage and why they didn’t agree with it. Needless to say, I believe that Takei won this round.
To see the rest of George’s responses, click here.
A very funny PSA for those of you who are still anti-marriage equality, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei.
Seriously, guys. I’ve yet to hear one good argument against gay marriage that doesn’t have to do with personal religious beliefs. And even if it’s totally irrelevant and people want to use “sanctity of marriage” as their argument, how about we take a look at the divorce rate among religious groups (which, by the way, divorce rates among Christians were statistically higher than other faith groups). How about you sanctify that, eh?
So stop your hee-hawing and get on the right side of this civil rights debate. Or, as George Takei says, consider yourself an asshole.
Oh, sweet baby Jesus. I was not prepared for any of these answers. I mean, I know the elderly still sometimes copulate, but do they really have to be so enthusiastic about it?
I mean, good for them. You go get ‘em, grandpa. Rawr.
And if it sounds like some of the answers might be a little skewed, especially for the viewpoint of someone over 60 years old, it’s because they probably are. Most of the people interviewed were from the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Senior Services center, so they’re probably more okay with gay sex than, oh, I don’t know, some of those senior centers out in more, um, conservative states.
I do not recommend watching if the thought of your grandparents gettin’ freaky makes you uncomfortable. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go stand outside and get some fresh air for a second. Maybe the wind will take away some of this awkwardness I feel.
Todd Bieber, a filmmaker and former Eagle Scout, takes to the medium of film to show how he went back to his former troop to show them about filmmaking, despite the fact that the Boy Scouts of America currently have a rule in place not allowing homosexuals into their group. He shows the boys in the troop an inspiring day in the life of a filmmaker, which include working with some very talented people…people who happen to also be homosexuals.
I’m a filmmaker and an Eagle Scout. Recently, while serving as merit badge counselor of Cinematography Merit Badge, I invited several gay filmmakers to help teach some Boy Scouts about making movies.
The struggle remains for many people who live a same-sex lifestyle who still want to be a part of the organization. Todd Bieber puts it in the most loving way possible, while encouraging the public to take action against the hate that ostracizes the homosexual community.
In an interesting twist, this short film from 2012 entitled Love is All You Need looks at what it would be like for heterosexuals if they lived in a world where homosexuality was “the norm”. It completely flips the tables on the stigmas and daily struggles that homosexuals have had to face. More than that, it also makes the hate speech of homophobics seem completely idiotic.
It’s well worth the 19 minutes. As a warning, it gets pretty brutal as it goes on and is potentially NSFW.
After New Zealand passed their marriage equality bill, the entire crowd in the parliament broke out into a traditional love song titled “Pokarekare Ana,” serenading the the bill’s sponsor, MP Louisa Wall. It was a heartwarming sight and one well-deserved for Wall, who can now choose to marry her partner.
Also of note is this video of Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson making some hilarious and pointed comments about the stigma surrounding gay marriage and why it shouldn’t even be an issue.
thanks sehra, piniongrl!