Posts tagged Lesbians

Love, love this. This week’s New Yorker features a piece called “June Brides”. 

Love, love this. This week’s New Yorker features a piece called “June Brides”. 

Monday, May 21st: This morning, Ukraine attempted its very first gay pride in the capital of Kiev. Minutes after canceling due to safety concerns, this was the scene. Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Гей-Форум Украины | Gay-Forum of Ukraine NGO, brutally beaten for who he is.Share widely and imagine what they’d have done if Ukraine Pride had gone ahead as planned…(Source: Daily Mail)

Monday, May 21st: 
This morning, Ukraine attempted its very first gay pride in the capital of Kiev. Minutes after canceling due to safety concerns, this was the scene. Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Гей-Форум Украины | Gay-Forum of Ukraine NGO, brutally beaten for who he is.

Share widely and imagine what they’d have done if Ukraine Pride had gone ahead as planned…

(Source: Daily Mail)

Joe Hockey, Australia’s shadow Treasurer, said that he believed that all Australians are equal but the best thing for all children is to be raised by a mother and a father. Penny Wong, on the same panel, had this to say in response…
Share it around - today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)!

Joe Hockey, Australia’s shadow Treasurer, said that he believed that all Australians are equal but the best thing for all children is to be raised by a mother and a father. Penny Wong, on the same panel, had this to say in response…


Share it around - today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)!

Last week, All Out’s Equality Moms truly hit the streets of Rio de Janeiro - opening a massive photo exhibition in Praça XV.

The portraits, highlighting dozens of strong mothers standing up against homophobia and transphobia in Rio, will travel to different communities within the city limits. While Brazil remains the most dangerous place in the world to be LGBT, their message resonates: “equality is a family value”

To learn more, check out our ongoing campaign at allout.org/maespelaigualdade and more photos on Facebook

Have you seen this cover? What do you think?
We’re just under 200 away from 75,000 thanking Barack Obama for his bold statement on marriage equality.
Sign and share!
http://www.allout.org/thanksobama

Have you seen this cover? What do you think?

We’re just under 200 away from 75,000 thanking Barack Obama for his bold statement on marriage equality.

Sign and share!

http://www.allout.org/thanksobama

BREAKING: OBAMA MAKES HISTORY

Iraqi LGBT

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Friends and followers,

Today, President Barack Obama sat for an interview and publicly declared for the first time that he believes lesbian and gay people should have the right to marry.

This is an incredible, historic moment with huge implications for the US and the world. As many US states continue to ban marriage and 76 nations criminalize people because of who they love, President Obama has just stood up to boldly say that all love is equal.

This story is going to be told around the world and President Obama - and journalists on every continent – must know that millions are on his side.  Will you help us make an example of Obama’s willingness to affirm equal love and show other world leaders that they can change their minds too? Please sign and share this card to President Obama. We want to deliver the world’s biggest Thank You card to the White House on Friday - we can’t do it without you:

www.allout.org/thanksobama

With every bit of momentum gained, the backlash has been fierce. In North Carolina, just this week, Amendment 1 was passed with resounding support. If you haven’t heard about it, Amendment 1 not only defines marriage as between a man and a woman in the state constitution; it also bans civil unions.  

Those who oppose marriage equality are throwing everything they’ve got to try and halt the momentum. While public support for marriage equality continues to grow across the country, these anti-love ballot measures continue to pass.

This is a brave statement, a moment to be celebrated in the long fight for equal recognition of all relationship in the US and around the world.

www.allout.org/thanksobama

On Friday, we’ll deliver this card to the White House and send the message that standing up for love is the right thing to do – even when it’s hard. 


Thanks for going All Out.

Best,
Andre, Guillaume, Hayley, Jasmin, Jeremy, Michael, Tile and Wesley

SOURCES:

ABC News: President Obama Affirms His Support for Same Sex Marriage
www.gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/president-obama-affirms-his-support-for-same-sex-marriage.html

New York Times: Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage
www.thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/obama-likely-to-speak-about-same-sex-marriage-in-interview

What if this were your son?

Iraqi LGBT

30 in Iraq are “marked for death” because of who they are and who they love.

Will you consider making a small contribution to help dozens of gay Iraqis get to safe houses and start a new life where they can live openly?

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Dear friend,

Yousif* is one of 30 Iraqis currently marked for death because he’s perceived to be gay.  He just had his skull smashed with a pipe, but he’s one of the lucky ones; he survived.  Yousif and the others must now leave their homes and families in order to escape certain death.

Our partners at the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) want to put an experienced team on the ground to quickly smuggle Yousif to safety.   They need $65,000 USD this week to do it, but governments and foundations are moving too slow.  That’s where we come in.  If you and other All Out members chip in, we can charter transport vans and open up safe houses to protect Yousif and the others THIS WEEK.

IRAP is ready to move.  If we pull together right now, we will make sure Yousif and the 30 others get to a safe place and have a chance at a new life.  Will you chip in a small amount - whatever you can - to support this life saving mission?  We will get your contribution directly to those at risk, then report back in a few days to keep you updated:

www.allout.org/operation_relocation

All Out does not usually ask for money.  But this situation was so serious, we knew we had to find a way to help.  Here are the testimonials that convinced us to share this unique and heartbreaking story with you.  It was just impossible to look away:

Naseer* is being blackmailed for his sexual orientation in the wake of having been assaulted and raped by the Iraqi police in Baghdad. Naseer’s blackmailer has threatened to send a picture of Naseer with another man to Naseer’s family and friends - causing Naseer to fear that he wil be killed either by his family or milita groups. Naseer needs to leave Baghdad immediatelyWill you help IRAP support Naseer’s relocation to a safe house on the road to permanent resettlement?

Rasul* lives in Dora, a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad that is only slightly safer than other neighborhoods in the city. Rasul lives at his boyfriend’s house, which he is too scared to leave because of the violent threats against gay men in Iraq - and his brothers’ threats to kill him for being gay. Rasul says he can’t live in Iraq because it isn’t safe for him. He is gay, his brothers know it, and they are threatening to kill him if they find himWill you help IRAP support Rasul’s relocation to a safe house on the road to permanent resettlement?

www.allout.org/operation_relocation

We started All Out last year to ensure that everyone can live openly without sacrificing their safety or dignity.  We know we can’t save every person at risk in Iraq, but right now we know how we can help and your support is critical.  If we deliver Yousif, Naseer, Rasul and others to a safe place, we can save their lives and move the international community to take broader action. They will finally have a chance to tell the story of what’s happening to gays, lesbians and others who are labeled as “different” inside Iraq.   

Right now Yousif*, the man who narrowly escaped death in an anti-gay attack, tells us that staying in Iraq is a death sentence. If the All Out community can raise $65,000 USD in the next few hours, our partners at IRAP can swiftly relocate him and dozens of other gay and lesbian Iraqis.  But only if we act now:

www.allout.org/operation_relocation

All Out,
Alberto, Andre, Erika, Flavia, Guillaume, Jasmin, Jeremy, Joseph, Oli, Tile, Wesley

P.S. The names we’ve used in this email are fake, to protect people’s lives, but the stories are real.

SOURCES:

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
www.refugeerights.org

Threats and Killings Striking Fear Among Young Iraqis, Including Gays
www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/world/middleeast/killings-strike-fear-in-iraqi-gay-and-emo-youth.html

Iraq: Investigate ‘Emo’ Attacks
www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/16/iraq-investigate-emo-attacks

Ahmed, Gay Iraqi Man, Describes Escaping Death Sentence, Prison Rape In Emotional Video
www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/gay-iraqi-man-death-sentence-prison-rape-_n_1417936.html

"Kill lists" for "looking gay" in Iraq?
www.allout.org/en/actions/stopthekillings

Little Monsters, here’s a post just for you! Ask Mother Monster to #StandWithSergey, a straight man arrested for “gay propaganda” in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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Little Monsters, here’s a post just for you! Ask Mother Monster to #StandWithSergey, a straight man arrested for “gay propaganda” in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

TWEET HERE