Posts tagged Lesbians

http://www.allout.org/thetimehascome.

On March 7, 2012, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered a historic speech asking countries around the world to decriminalize same sex relationships, and end discrimination of LGBT people. The response at the UN? A handful of delegates stormed out of the meeting in protest. Watch this remixed version of Ban Ki-moon’s speech, and let us know what you think is so controversial about it.

Action Alert! Don’t let the homophobes drown out our voices:

We didn’t want you to see this but…

Since we launched this video to protest Russia’s new gay censorship law 4 days ago, thousands of people have left horrendous, hateful comments like “Die all of you, faggots!” and “Fags should go in the oven”.

Thanks to you, the video is having a huge impact and going viral with over 200,000 views1, but right now a minority of violently extreme voices are drowning us out on the page.  The messages are so terrible that many Russian All Out members asked that we disable the comment feature - and for one day we did - but the All Out team just made the decision to open them back up and give you a chance to change the conversation.

It will take 30 seconds to log into YouTube (you can do it with your Gmail account), but it will really make a difference.  Journalists and Russian lawmakers who see this viral video think the supporters of hate are ruling the day.  Will you help us overwhelm the page with messages of equality from all around the world and share the emotional video with your friends and family:

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

PS - The Governor of St. Petersburg has still not signed the “gay gag rule” into law.  You said “don’t go there” and it’s working - keep up the pressure by watching, commenting and spreading the word.

SOURCES:

1. Russia Gazette: LGBT community demands St. Petersburg governor veto “the law on homosexuality” 
www.en.gazeta.ru/news/2012/03/01/a_4018205.shtml

2. Facebook: Photos from our global Day of Action
www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.377889628905236.99154.169042736456594&type=1

3. Queerty: All Out Tells St. Petersburg Governor Not To Tarnish Tchaikovsky’s Legacy With Anti-Gay Bill
www.queerty.com/watch-allout-tells-st-petersburg-governor-not-to-tarnish-tchaikovskys-legacy-with-anti-gay-bill-20120301

http://www.allout.org/stpetersburg-dont-go

Feb 29, 2012: Lawmakers in Russia just passed a draconian censorship law that would impose stiff fines for anything construed as “the promotion of homosexuality” in Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city. Reading, writing, speaking or reporting on anything related to gay, lesbian bi or trans (LGBT) people would become a criminal act. This ban on “promotion” would also target Pride parades, literature, theater, or NGOs that openly serve LGBT people.

All Out, a community of almost a million people around the world fighting for full equality, made a little video to send the Governor a message. Pass this law - We Won’t Go There.

TUMBLR ACTION ALERT! 
Are you in Rio, NYC, Belgium, Milan, Brussels, Paris, Buenos Aires or Hamburg? 
We need you for an exciting action in protest of Russian LGBT censorship.
Next week conservative lawmakers in the city of St. Petersburg will vote on an outrageous bill that will make it a crime to read, write, speak or meet to discuss anything considered “gay”.All Out is organizing flash mobs and creative actions at Russian embassies and consulates all over the world. At the this event, All Out and supporting groups will deliver thousands of signatures that demonstrate the global opposition to this proposed law. We’ll also use creative visuals to send a message loud and clear - Don’t Go there St. Petersburg. http://www.allout.org/stpetersburg-dont-goIn solidarity with our friends in Russia, join us on for an hour on Tuesday to show that Equality is for Everyone, Everywhere.

TUMBLR ACTION ALERT! 

Are you in Rio, NYC, Belgium, Milan, Brussels, Paris, Buenos Aires or Hamburg? 

We need you for an exciting action in protest of Russian LGBT censorship.

Next week conservative lawmakers in the city of St. Petersburg will vote on an outrageous bill that will make it a crime to read, write, speak or meet to discuss anything considered “gay”.

All Out is organizing flash mobs and creative actions at Russian embassies and consulates all over the world. At the this event, All Out and supporting groups will deliver thousands of signatures that demonstrate the global opposition to this proposed law. We’ll also use creative visuals to send a message loud and clear - Don’t Go there St. Petersburg. 

http://www.allout.org/stpetersburg-dont-go

In solidarity with our friends in Russia, join us on for an hour on Tuesday to show that Equality is for Everyone, Everywhere.

In a Stunning Turnaround, Ecuador Pledges to Close “Ex-Gay” Torture Clinics and Names Lesbian to Lead Ministry of Health

AllOut.org mobilized thousands in Latin America to spur unheard of “people-powered” victory

January 24, 2011

New York, NY—After hundreds of thousands signed petitions denouncing abusive gay “cure” clinics in Ecuador, and months of closed door negotiations between Ecuadorian human rights defenders and the Health Ministry, the Ecuadorian government just announced a commitment to investigate - and shut down where appropriate - clinics that purportedly work to “cure” people of their sexual orientation. 

Global campaigns launched last fall by AllOut.org, Change.org and CredoAction rallied over 250,000 around in the world in support of demands by local activists that the Ecuadorian government take action against these often abusive, violent, and illegal “clinics.” Almost 65,000 signed AllOut.org’s letter to Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, the only international campaign also run in Spanish and Portuguese, attracting thousands of signers from across Latin America. More on the campaign here: 

http://allout.org/ecuadorclinics

The welcome news also dovetails with another encouraging announcement - the appointment of an out and open lesbian as Ecuador’s new Minister of Health by President Rafael Correa. AllOut.org has reason to be optimistic that the Ecuadorian government will follow through on its commitment : the new Health Minister, Carina Vance Mafla, led the charge for years against these quack “clinics” as a feminist and LGBT rights leader in Ecuador.

"Credit for this victory goes to the long-term on the ground work led by courageous LGBT and women’s rights activists in Ecuador, and to people around the world who helped elevate this national scandal to global prominence," said AllOut.org Co-Founder Andre Banks. "We are proud to share in this inspiring victory for LGBT equality, and extend our congratulations to Ecuador’s new Health Minister, whose commitment to the rights, respect and health of women and LGBT people is well known."

Amazing news! Today, EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton received our petition of almost 250,000 signers against homophobia in Russia — promising to raise the issue directly with Prime Minister Putin himself.

Amazing news! Today, EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton received our petition of almost 250,000 signers against homophobia in Russia — promising to raise the issue directly with Prime Minister Putin himself.

You have to see this.

Dear friend,

I’m writing with a video you just have to see and share - it could change the hearts and minds of the people in your life. It’s a simple story about love and commitment and it makes a powerful case that all couples are equal:

allout.org/its-time

A few years ago I co-founded GetUp!, a movement to build a more just and compassionate Australia, that has grown to be a force for people power on many issues facing my home country. That’s why, as one of the founders of All Out, I was so proud to see this inspiring video that GetUp! produced to get Australia and the world talking about marriage equality.

The video was released on the eve of a major party Congress in Australia - where Australian politicians will decide whether to make ending marriage discrimination party policy - a critical step to treating gay men and women the same  as everybody else.

The story it tells is universal, and that’s why the video has gone viral - in just a few days it has been viewed by more than 2.5 million people around the world. Check it out:

When we launched All Out earlier this year, it was with the idea that working together all over the world, we can make change happen faster - by impacting policy, but also by moving hearts and minds.

And we’ve never seen a better way to make the simple point that this video makes: gay couples are no different than straight couples.  We now have a chance to push Australia to be the next country to recognize and respect this fact. That’s why this video and the moving story it tells needs to be seen by millions.

Will you take a moment to watch and share it, giving more people a chance to join the conversation? After you watch, sign our letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, asking her to show true leadership by working to end marriage discrimination at her party’s national conference THIS WEEK, and sending a powerful signal to the rest of the world:

allout.org/its-time

All the best and All Out,
Jeremy and the rest of the team at All Out

Urgent - Russia about to silence millions

SIGN

Dear friend, 

We’ve been talking all weekend with our friend Sasha - a teacher and mom in Russia - and what we’re hearing is horrifying. On Wednesday, political leaders in St. Petersburg are voting on a new law that will make it illegal to speak in public about being gay, lesbian or transgender.

Sasha and a broad coalition in Russia are doing everything they can to stop the bill. Yesterday, they organized one of the biggest demonstrations ever in support of equality - but still the international community is not paying attention. They need support from around the world - and they need it fast.

www.allout.org/russia_silenced

Because Russia is powerful, most world leaders have stayed silent. But if we raise our voices now, we’ll shine an international spotlight on the issue that will be impossible to ignore.  

Will you take 2 minutes to add your voice to our urgent call? We’ll deliver the petition to Russian embassies around the world and push the issue to the top of the international agenda:

www.allout.org/russia_silenced

If the law passes this week in St. Petersburg, it could quickly lead to a crushing of freedoms throughout all of Russia. Moscow, the largest city in the country, already said they were looking into passing the same law - paving the way for officials to make it national. Our friends in Russia believe that stopping the bill in St. Petersburg can derail the plan to take this law nationwide.  Many around the world have been reluctant to criticize the ruling party led by President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin, but their party appointed both the mayors of Moscow and St. Petersburg and they’ve gone on record in support of the proposed laws.  

Russia is already a dangerous place to be out and open as an lesbian, gay, bi or trans (LGBT) person. Courageous pride marchers were brutally attacked and detained by Moscow police last summer - for the simple act of holding their heads up high in public. If this bill passes, even the small victories that the LGBT movement in Russia has won will be wiped out - and pride marches, cultural festivals, and even the distribution of leaflets in the streets will be considered illegal.

Moments like this highlight exactly why we launched All Out just under a year ago: to stand with our friends around the world when they’re under attack, and to keep opportunistic governments from playing politics with fundamental rights. Please sign this urgent call, share it with your friends, and stand in solidarity with our brave friends in Russia - Coming Out, Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, and the Russian LGBT-Network - who are refusing to be silenced:

www.allout.org/russia_silenced

All the best and All Out,
Andre, Emmy, Erika, Flavia, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Nita, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out


SOURCES:

Russian lawmakers back fines for gay ‘propaganda’
www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iN30TwwunCPBtqr3Pnt0fxHgrRaQ?docId=CNG.4a103f4c12c31f010418ccb1595560e0.371 

Russian’s protest: detained by police
www.thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/11/17/371135/russians-protest-st-petersburgs-anti-gay-propaganda-law-with-lunch-plates-are-detained-by-police/

Tolerance, not gay bans
www.themoscownews.com/editorial/20111117/189213196.html

Russia’s war against rainbows
www.latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/russias-war-against-rainbows/

Russia’s gays under attack as MPs back fines for ‘gay promotion’
en.ria.ru/analysis/20111118/168818571.html

Lesbians held captive in Ecuador - you can help.

Click to ask President Rafael Correa to shut down “clinics” that torture LGBT people:

SIGN

The world is just waking up to a horrific situation.  Right now, hundreds of illegal clinics in Ecuador are holding young women captive to be raped, tortured, starved and beaten by so-called “health care professionals”. Why? The clinics claim that lesbians are “sick” and they offer a brutal cure. 

While the government of Ecuador made a show of shutting down nearly 30 clinics this summer, our friends there are saying that over 200 still exist across the country — holding young women against their will. Hundreds of young people are still at risk, but if you and other All Out members raise your voice, we can shut down these clinics for good.  

Will you add your name to the global call to shut down the clinics? We’ll deliver our demand directly to the Ecuadorian president, as well as the president of the the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights — and make sure these illegal clinics are shut down once and for all. If President Correa, a leader who’s staked his reputation on a series of progressive positions, knows the international community is watching closely, he’ll be pushed to act:

www.allout.org/ecuadorclinics

These “cure the gay away” clinics persist all over the world, despite the fact that all major international psychiatric and medical associations have discredited them, and even called them damaging to people’s health.  Only a few weeks ago, a young woman in Ecuador told the press she was held in one of the facilities for months where she was sexually abused and humiliated, with guards throwing water and urine on her. Thankfully, with the help of her mother, she was freed.  But many women have not been able to get out.

Some confused parents are forcing young people to be “quarantined” in these dangerous clinics, but a fact remains: they are illegal.  Voters in Ecuador approved a progressive constitution supporting gays rights — including federal civil unions for same sex couples. The country also has strong laws to punish violence against women. But despite the legal protections on the books, these dangerous clinics are falling through the cracks. 

Activists in Ecuador, and their partners at Change.org and Credo have been petitioning the Health Minister to shut down these clinics. But the responsibility to take action also rests with the man Ecuadorian voters elected to uphold the rule of law - President Rafael Correa. Sign this urgent letter to the Ecuadorian president, and we’ll deliver it to him with our partners in Ecuador - demanding these illegal clinics are shut down once and for all. President Correa needs to know that international pressure is building right now, and that ignoring this issue won’t make it go away:

www.allout.org/ecuadorclinics

All the best and All Out,

Andre, Emmy, Erika, Flavia, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Nita, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out

PS - Click here to ask President Rafael Correa — who supported a pro-LGBT Constitution — to act now.


SOURCES:

Lesbians Escape From Ecuador’s “Ex-Gay” Torture Centers
www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/10/07/Lesbians_Escape_From_Ecuadors_ExGay_Torture_Centers/

Ecuador Minister of Health: Close fake “clinics” that torture LGBT in order to “cure” them
www.change.org/petitions/fiscal-general-del-estado-close-fake-clinics-that-torture-lgbt-in-order-to-cure-them

En Ecuador, gays denuncian clínicas para cambiar su orientación sexual
m.eltiempo.com/mundo/latinoamerica/gays-denuncian-clnicas-ilegales-para-cambiar-su-orientacin-sexual/8424560

El maltrato reina en centros de “deshomosexualismo”
www.telegrafo.com.ec/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=14015&Itemid=17

Ecuador Approves New Constitution Including Same-Sex Civil Unions
www.towleroad.com/2008/09/ecuador-approve.html

Cures that Kill (IDAHO)
www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/-Cures-that-Kill-a-regional-IDAHO,118

End of the Ex-Gay Movement?
www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/10/13/ex-gay-leader-john-smid-s-about-face.html


FIFA heard us!

Dear friend,

We have incredible news.

You joined more than 46,000 people from all around the world asking FIFA to investigate charges that the coach of Nigeria’s women’s national soccer team was implementing homophobic policies—as reported by the New York Times.

We just received a letter from FIFA’s Secretary General Jérôme Valcke announcing the first step of the investigation into Coach Uche’s homophobia.

Our voices have been heard. Thank you for making this amazing victory possible!

'Like' our Facebook page, and we will keep you updated you as the investigation evolves.

All the best and All Out,

Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Nita, Oli, Prerna, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out 

 


June 24, 2011


Kicked off the team because of who you love? Demand that FIFA take a stand against homophobia:

Sign

Dear friend,

Even before the Women’s World Cup 2011 kicks off this Sunday, the rules have already been broken. 

This week the New York Times reported¹ that the Nigerian Football Federation has been conducting a witch-hunt to kick women off the national team² “not because they were bad players, but because they were lesbians.”

For so many young women around the world, playing at the Women’s World Cup is a dream come true. Can you imagine being kicked off your soccer team because of who you love? 

This Sunday, Nigeria is going to take the field for the opening game of the Women’s World Cup. Can you sign the petition telling FIFA—soccer’s international governing body—to publicly condemn this kind of systematic discrimination? Tell them that homophobia has no place in the league. We’ll deliver your comments to FIFA next week, during the games.

www.allout.org/fifa

This should be a no-brainer for FIFA, which has a long history of standing up to discrimination around the world³. In 1961 FIFA expelled South Africa from the World Cup because of its racist apartheid system, readmitting them only in 1991 after the release of Nelson Mandela. In 2001 FIFA passed the Buenos Aires Resolution against racism, and followed it up with an ambitious “Say No to Racism” campaign, in response to the problem of racist taunts hurled at players around the world. And just last year the FIFA president responded to international pressure and apologized⁴ for a remark offensive to LGBT people, saying, "it was not my intention and never will be my intention to go into any discrimination … this is exactly what we are against."

Now, as LGBT people around the world are gaining visibility and participating more fully in community life, including sports, they are too often met with discrimination, and violence. This has been especially true in Africa, where right wing Evangelical movements have recently singled-out and demonized LGBT people. One of the most high-profile recent cases in sport was that of Eudy Simelane, a beloved South African soccer player who was raped, beaten, stabbed and left to die near her own home last year.⁵

That’s why in Nigeria, where lesbians are sometimes ostracized and subjected to beatings, the Nigerian national soccer coach is playing a dangerous game with her homophobic witch-hunt. But there’s something we can do about it. In the battle against bigotry and discrimination, FIFA has real moral authority, and they can use that authority to take a clear stand against discrimination. With the Women’s World Cup launching this weekend, will you take a moment to ask FIFA president Joseph Blatter to publicly condemn Nigeria’s anti-gay campaign and make clear that homophobia has no place in soccer?

www.allout.org/fifa

All the best and All Out,
Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Nita, Oli, Prerna, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out


P.S. Stay up-to-date on our campaign by joining our Facebook page and following us on Twitter.

SOURCES:

1. In African Women’s Soccer, Homophobia Remains an Obstacle, New York Times, June 23rd 2011
www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/sports/soccer/in-african-womens-soccer-homophobia-remains-an-obstacle.html

2. No more lesbianism in Super Falcons – Coach Uche, Sun News Online, March 16th 2011
www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/sports/2011/mar/16/sports-16-03-2011-001.htm

3. FIFA against racism: a decade of milestones
www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/socialresponsibility/news/newsid=1384919/index.html

4. FIFA Leader Apologizes for Gay Sex Comment
www.abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=12421674 

5. Football’s stand against sexual violence and homophobia, The Guardian, June 19th 2010
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jun/19/eudy-simelane-womens-football-south-africa

Homophobia? There’s an app for that.

Take Action

Dear friend, 

Q: Can the developers of the “Is My Son Gay?” Android app actually predict someone’s sexual orientation in 20 questions? 

A: No. But they are definitely making a quick buck spreading a slew of stereotypes about gay people.

Targeting mothers who are questioning whether their kid might be gay, the new Android application asks whether their son “is very careful when choosing outfits,” or if he “likes football” rather than “musical comedies”1. The app goes even further to insinuate that getting a divorce can make your son gay.

It’s time to stop recycling the same, tired stereotypes and encouraging gay paranoia just to make a buck. Apple, makers of the iPhone, have pulled ex-gay applications in the past2, and Google has yanked some for violating user agreements3, which also bans hate speech4. The Google team now says they are investigating the issue5, but if we can get to 10,000 signatures, we’ll show the team at Google’s Android Marketplace that this app has got to go now:

allout.org/androidapp

We can all laugh at some of the questions the app asks - “Is he a fan of divas (Madonna, Britney Spears)?” is at the top of our list.  But others go a step farther by reducing both gay and straight people to harmful stereotypes - like only gay people are timid or have complicated relationships with their fathers.  What’s worse, the app implies that being gay means you’re weird and that your parents did something wrong to make you that way.  Ugh.

We can’t know whether this app is meant to be serious or just a joke, but circulating these ideas far and wide is dangerous.  If it’s serious, the app is belittling and misleading.  If it’s a joke, it’s made at the expense of millions of kids trying to just be who they are - whether or not he “reads the sports page” or “takes a long time to do his hair”.

Let’s ask Google’s Android Marketplace to stop cashing in on an application that takes cheap shots at LGBT youth, and brings out the worst in parents:

allout.org/androidapp

All the best and All Out,
Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Nita, Oli, Prerna, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out

Links:

1. Android app asks, ‘Is my son gay?’
www.gadgetbox.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/26/7968876-android-app-asks-is-my-son-gay

2. Apple Bans ‘Ex-Gay’ Christian App That Promised to ‘Cure’ Homosexuality
www.nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/03/apple_bans_app_that_promises_t.html

3. Google Pulls an Apple by Yanking 2 Android Market Apps
www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Google-Pulls-an-Apple-Yanks-2-Apps-from-Android-Market-853635

4. Android Market Developer Program Policies
www.android.com/us/developer-content-policy.html

5. L’application “mon fils est-il gay ?” suscite l’indignation [French link]
www.hightech.nouvelobs.com/actualites/20110926.OBS1106/l-application-mon-fils-est-il-gay-suscite-l-indignation.html