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This page will contain announcements of events or anything happening within the worldwide GLBT community that is of a positive nature.
As much time as we put into adding incidents that are negative by nature, we needed something that would lift our spirits while working on this site.
It makes us think of the song "We Need A Little Christmas". We just need that Christmas type of feeling all-year round, to counteract the bad stuff we're always reading about.
July 18, 2015
It's been a while since we've updated this page. A lot has happened not only here in the United States since the last update, but around the world as well. We'll focus on the more current things happening.
First, three weeks ago yesterday, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS, for you lovers of acronyms!) ruled that marriage across the U.S. is legal for ALL people, including same-sex couples. Of course, that decision has pissed off a lot of people, but that was to be expected. Granted, the opponents are throwing bigger temper tantrums about it than a child who didn't get his/her way. That's just an extra bonus, to be able to watch these people get so worked up about it. This was such a good thing, and a long-overdue thing.
Not long before that happened, at the age of 65, Caitlyn Jenner allowed herself to be the person she always knew she should be. If she is now happier than she was previously in her life, then we all should be ecstatic for her. Sadly, those same "children" throwing temper tantrums about the equal marriage ruling are having a second coronary over this issue. Like anything else, they're entitled to their opinions. They are NOT, however, entititled to throw those opinions at those of us who don't want to hear it. Unfortunately, they believe that because they are Republicans, or Christians, or maybe both, that their opinions hold some kind of weight in this country. Their opinions are no more valid than those of us who disagree with them.
Earlier tonight, Thomas Roberts hosted the Nightly News on the NBC network here in the U.S. If you don't know who Thomas Roberts is, then that doesn't sound like anything momentous. But since this was the very first time that an openly gay man hosted any evening news show on any of our major networks, this was something we wanted to include here. Hopefully, he is stable enough to just look at this as something he worked at to achieve. For the rest of us, this is an accomplishment that will help that gay boy or lesbian growing up in some small town that they can achieve things that they want in their lifetime. If this helps some kid realize that they're not second-class, that's a good thing.
Quite a few athletes, at all levels, from multiple sports, have come out since we last updated this. We would like to acknowledge each of them here, but time doesn't allow us. But we are proud of every single one of them, and we wish each of them well.
February 25, 2014
For the worldwide gay community, there have been many positive things to happen in the past few months, as well as some not-so-positive things. Since this page is devoted to the positive events, here are some of them:
For starters, quite a few athletes and celebrities have come out publicly:
Jason Collins signed with the Brooklyn Nets and became the first openly gay professional basketball player to actively have court time in a game, on Sunday, February 23, 2014 against the Los Angeles Lakers. (We would like to point out that the world didn't stop after he played in that game, nor did any flood, fire, earthquake or other natural disaster happen because he showered with the rest of the team!)
In December, Lockheed Martin announced it would stop contributing to the Boy Scouts of America, over its refusal to accept gay adult leaders.
In January, the final episode of Brazilian soap opera Amor à Vida included the first kiss of a male couple
These U.S. states legalized same-sex marriage:
This past week, Arizona legislators approved a bill that would allow religious business owners to refuse services to gay customers. It is currently waiting for the governor to approve it or veto it. In response to this bill being approved, a Tucson, Arizona pizzeria posted a sign at their business that states “As a longtime employer and feeder of the gay community, Rocco’s reserves the right to eject any State Senators we see fit to kick out”.
So far, in any U.S. state where that same type of "freedom to discriminate" bill is being brought up, or where lawsuits are being brought up against same-sex marriage bans, courts are deciding that these laws violate the U.S. Constitution. Conservative "religious" folk are scrambling right now, trying to come up with some argument that sounds rational, defending this discriminatory viewpoint. So far, these conservatives are the only ones buying what they're selling!
After Michael Sam announced he is gay, political lobbyist Jack Burkman is drafting a bill that would ban openly gay men from the NFL. Shortly after that, one of the companies he works with issued this statement: “DC Solar does not condone or support Mr Burkman’s homophobic views,and since learning about his misguided efforts to write legislation banning gay athletes from the NFL, we have ended our relationship with him. DC Solar values diversity within our company and within our communities, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any sort. As a company working to address issues about our country’s future, we have no intention of working with those who are stuck in the past.”
Also this past week, Uganda signed into law to criminalize homosexuality. So far, Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway have stopped millions of dollars of aid they were planning to provide to Uganda. Also, the World Bank has put a $90 million (€65 million / £54 million) loan to Uganda on hold because of this discriminatory law. Although cutting aid to Uganda could hurt the LGBT population of the country, the rest of the world has limited options on what we can do about this. We have to do something, and as the old expression goes, "Money talks...."
October 11, 2013
The situation for LGBT people in Russia appears to be getting worse since the law against "gay propaganda" went into effect this past summer. The country has now banned Swedish people from adopting Russian babies, since Sweden takes a pro-gay stance with their laws. They also want to enact a law where children would be removed from the custody of a gay parent. Russian politicians seem to be determined to rid the country of any gays.
Some good news out of all of this is that the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is calling upon the Italian government to grant asylum to LGBT asylum-seekers from Russia. This is the start of what surely will be much international assistance to Russian citizens who will most likely feel that they have no choice but to leave their country.
September 7, 2013
In the capital city of Baku, Azerbaijan held its first Pride celebration. Not many people participated. It couldn't be considered a large celebration. But with rainbow flag displayed, a small group of friends marched through Baku. No violence or harassment was reported.
Azerbaijan is primarily a Muslim country, but homosexuality is not illegal there. In contrast, just to the south, in neighboring Iran, homosexuality is punishable by death.
August 4, 2013
We've just heard of a gay teenager from Maryland named Jack Andraka. He's currently 16 years old. At age 14, the deaths of his uncle and a family friend prompted him to devote a large amount of his time to researching cancer. At age 15, he had developed a new method that detects proteins that indicate certain types of cancers. His development makes it possible to detect these cancers much earlier, and at a significant cost reduction, than could previously be done.
He is among several others from his generation who show us that just maybe there is hope for this human race. Maybe young people like Jack, and Zach Wahls, Alexander Krausnick, and others, can show their generation that love, peace, harmony, acceptance and tolerance are much better than the hate and anger they've been harboring inside for so long.
July 11, 2013
The Lebanese Psychiatric Society declassified homosexuality as a disease or mental disorder. They report that there is nothing that needs to be treated, in respect to homosexuality. They also advised that any attempt at conversion therapy would not be a proper course of action.
This makes Lebanon the first Arab country to do so.
July 4, 2013
Yesterday, a gay man named Steve Grand, who wants to break into country music, released a song called All-American Boy on his artist page, along with a video for it.
You can download the song from that page for $1.00, or more if you would like to. He currently has no manager and no record label, so the donations would help him out if you wanted to donate more.
If you would like to watch the video, it's on YouTube, but we first found it on GayStarNews. The video helps explain the song. If you want to listen to the song while you browse through our site, click the play button at the bottom of our left-hand navigation pane.
Personally, we feel this is a huge move on his part. Anyone who is a country music fan knows that it's going to be a difficult task for him to be accepted in that world. Back in the 90s, k.d. lang pretty much got forced out of country music for being an open lesbian. But then, since Chely Wright came out as lesbian, there doesn't seem to be as much backlash in the country music world that there was with k.d. lang. Hopefully the past 15-20 years have opened people's eyes. Time will tell. But we do wish him every success in achieving his dream.
June 26, 2013
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA as well as California's Proposition 8. Gay people everywhere were waiting for the rulings to come in, and once they did, those same people celebrated, deservedly so.
These rulings have started a process to show that we are not second-class citizens. We still have a long way to go, but everything has to start somewhere. We now have reason to have so much hope for the future of the gay community in the U.S.