This gay man was told he would get booted from Disneyland for wearing short shorts
A gay man was told he would get booted from Disneyland in Anaheim unless he changed his short shorts.
Anthony Gilét, who lives in London, traveled to California for the annual ‘Gay Days’ event.
The event is when thousands of LGBTI patrons visit the park with their families and identify themselves by either wearing red or a football jersey.
‘I was certainly wearing more than Ariel,’ he said on his website.
‘Within a few minutes of being inside the park, a member of staff chased us down, before asking “do you have anything on under that top?”
‘So I told her yes, and showed her the shorts I had on underneath. To which she replied, “OK… Because it gives the impression that you have nothing on underneath. Do you have a change of outfit, because if not, security may remove you from the park.”
She said that: ‘It’s just that it’s a family park’.
Gilét, who paid $99 (€88) to go in, put on a longer shorts on his bag as he didn’t ‘want any drama’.
‘What exactly was the issue? Was it the fact that there was so much leg on show?’ he asked afterwards.
‘Because there were countless girls walking around in booty shorts. How is it any different from a girl in those? Or even a dress? Was she asking women if they had anything on under their short skirts too?’
May 30, 2016
CORRECTED-Family watches as gay rights battle hits world theaters in “Freeheld”
“It’s overwhelming, it’s painful, but overall it brought relief to know that everything that she fought for is going out to a wider audience,” said her sister Lynda Hester D’Orio.
Had Hester not died at age 49, her legacy would have been a “quiet, personal one” helping others, her sister said.
Now “Freeheld” has been turned into a feature film, with Oscar-winning actress Moore as Hester, the police officer reluctant to be in the limelight but set on getting justice for her partner, played by Page.
“She did not want to be the poster woman for gay marriage. She did not want to be the person out in front of the gay pride parade,” said her brother Jim Hester. “She was about doing what was right and what was fair.”
“It’s going to change some minds… but it also is going to make some people dig in their heels a little more deeply and become a little more mean-spirited and say bad things about Laurel and Stacie,” he said.
The fight over Hester’s pension seems almost antiquated given the advances in gay rights, said Wade, who made the “Freeheld” documentary.
“The country is really different than it was 10 years ago when she was fighting this, and it’s because of people like Laurel,” she said.
May 29, 2016
Fired Priest: No ‘Gay Lobby’ in Vatican
“I met homosexual priests, often isolated like me … but no gay lobby,” Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa (pictured above) told an Italian TV station in an interview broadcast Sunday, reports Agence France-Presse. Charamsa was fired from the Vatican press office just weeks ago after speaking to an Italian newspaper about his identity and his relationship.
Earlier in 2013, Pope Francis told a group of Latin American church leaders that there is indeed a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. A report commissioned by the previous pope, Benedict XVI, alleged there was a Vatican-connected gay network that met in and around Rome.
“There exists a convent where priests who manifest inappropriate sexual tendencies are sent to reflect,” 44-year-old Mario Bonfanti told the newspaper. “It’s a place where they help you to rediscover the straight and narrow. They wanted to ‘cure’ me but I refused to go.”
Catholic officials acknowledged the existence of the convent outside Milan, but would not address the specific nature of the issues addressed at the Venturini Convent.
“Priests come to us for a period of formation and personal reflection. At the moment we have neither gay priests nor pedophile priests here,” Father Gianluigi Pasto, 71, the head of the convent, told U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. “Certainly our job is to welcome everybody.”
May 28, 2016
Arizona to pay $200,000 to lawyers who won gay marriage case
PHOENIX – Lawyers who persuaded a judge nearly a year ago to overturn Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban will receive $200,000 from the state to cover attorney fees and other costs in bringing the legal challenge.
Federal law lets those who prevail in civil rights cases seek compensation for the costs of bringing such lawsuits to court.
The decision on the Arizona law came after gay marriage bans were struck down in more than two dozen states.
Then, the U.S. Supreme Court declared this summer that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.
Arizona lawmakers approved a state law barring same-sex marriages in 1996.
Seven years later, an Arizona appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the law.
Voters in 2008 amended the Arizona Constitution to include a ban.
May 27, 2016
Anti-gay marriage Oregon bakery defies state order to pay damages to couple
Anti-gay marriage Oregon bakery defies state order to pay damages to couple
Owners of bakery refuse to pay $135,000 to a same-sex couple who were denied service, despite having raised more than $500,000 via crowdfunding
The bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer more than two years ago. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
The couple closed the Gresham store in 2013 and now operate the business from home.
“It’s difficult to understand the Kleins’ unwillingness to pay the debt when they have, very publicly, Wednesday.
“They are entitled to a full and fair review of the case, but do not have the right to disregard a legally binding order.”
A lawyer for the Kleins, Anna Harmon, told the Oregonian she couldn’t comment about her clients’ actions, citing the ongoing litigation.
A 2007 Oregon law protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It provides an exemption for religious organizations, but the agency ruled that exemption does not allow private businesses to discriminate against potential customers.
May 26, 2016
Zimbabwe Activist Vows to Fight for Gay Rights Despite Mugabe Broadside
“Despite all these challenges and the speech by President Mugabe on Monday at the United Nations against gays, I will continue to fight for the rights of all our members,” said Samba.
“I feel honoured to be recognized for the work we are doing in Zimbabwe, although the road has not been easy but like any other person in the country we also want our basic human rights respected,” said Samba.
He said his father confronted him asking why he was a member of that organisation prompting him to share his secret and come out.
“After I came out my family was very supportive and have been ever since. I feel free to live the life I have always wanted to without fear of rejection or condemnation from those close to me. I no longer get questioned about why I prefer men or am not married yet,” said Samba
Samba said he would be in the U.S capitol Washington, Wednesday to conduct meetings with organisations fighting for gay rights and other officials, before returning to Zimbabwe.
May 25, 2016
Shock Therapy To ‘Cure’ Their Sexuality
Gay men are being subjected to electroshock treatment in a bid to ‘cure’ them of their sexual preference, an undercover investigation has found.
Doctors in China were secretly filmed by Channel 4 reporters selling bogus ‘conversion therapy’ treatments for homosexuality for hundreds of pounds.
‘Can you bear this kind of pain? How long can you bear it? If you can really bear with it then you can change,’ one doctor told undercover gay activist John Shen in a consultation at a hospital in Tianjin.
‘Your conditioned reflex is that when you see someone of the same sex, you feel love. Now what I want to make you feel is scared.’
The Xinyu Piaxiang clinic has since had to apologise and pay £360 compensation for offering the treatment, after a landmark ruling in Beijing banning the practice.
Shen, who is deputy director of one of China’s largest gay rights groups, said often parents who are unwilling to accept their child’s sexuality may forced them to undergo the painful treatments.
Another activist went as far as to undergo the shock treatment and can be seen twitching on a hospital bed as an assistant zaps his body.
He claims half his face went numb during the treatment at the Huashan clinic in Tianjin.
May 24, 2016
Gay party gone wrong in Edo
Gay party was organised in a hotel in Oben community, off Sapele road in Benin City on Tuesday night degenerated into a free for all over allegations that a partner belonging to a particular young man was caught in a compromised position with another male during the party.
It would be recalled that this Act sponsored by Senator Domingo Obende then representing Edo North Senatorial District was one of the few private sponsored bills and were passed and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan in the last Senate.
“We have been suspecting the management of this hotel for some time now because the last time some girls who are lesbians held a party here. We were shocked that no single male was in attendance.”
“But today, I wanted to go and buy a drink at the hotel when a young man walked up to me at the gate and told me that his people have taken over the place. I was shocked to notice that he was putting on tight leggings and wearing red lipstick and wig, so I left the place immediately.”
“It was later in the night that we heard loud noise and saw some boys fighting over another boy thereby attracting the neighbourhood,” the source said.”
It was, however, gathered that before police men on patrol could arrive the scene, most of the boys had absconded.
May 23, 2016
Obama rips Republican candidates on gay marriage
President Obama on Sunday dismissed Republicans opposed to same-sex marriage as living in another era, saying the national conversation had moved beyond whether gays and lesbians deserve equal marriage rights.
“One of their leading candidates argued that going to prison turns you gay,” Obama said, an apparent reference to Ben Carson, who had claimed that homosexuality in prison is proof that being gay is a choice.
“I’m just stating the facts,” Obama continued. “Another candidate boasts that he introduced an amendment to end nationwide marriage equality. One said he loves the Constitution except for Article 3.”
The President said that “America has left the leaders of the Republican Party behind.”
“We need to reject politicians who are supporting new forms of discrimination as a way to scare up votes,” he added. “That’s not how we move America forward.”
During the event at Gotham Hall, which Democratic donors paid upwards of $33,400 to attend, Obama claimed Republican presidential contenders were pining for an era of economic failure.
“In their world, everything was terrific back in 2008 when we were in the midst of a spiral into the worst financial crisis and economic crisis since the Great Depression, when unemployment and uninsured rates were rising and when our economy was shedding jobs each month, and we were mired in two wars, hopelessly addicted to foreign oil, and bin Laden was still at large,” he said.
“Those were the Golden Years, apparently.“
May 22, 2016
Margaret Cho wants to officiate same-sex marriage at Tucson show
Margaret Cho is not kidding when she says she wants to marry a Tucson same-sex couple at her Rialto Theatre show next month.
“If a Tucson couple would like me to do the ceremony, I am open to it,” Cho said during a phone call Wednesday to chat about her “There’s No I in Team But There a Cho in Psycho Tour,” that pulls into Tucson Oct. 18. “I ask them only to tweet at me using #MarryMeMargaret and I’m there for you.”
Cho is hoping to officiate gay weddings at all of her tour stops, but so far she’s only got a couple lined up for her San Francisco show Oct. 15. The tour kicks off in Michigan Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 14 before she takes it to Europe for a month of dates through December.
Cho has been performing gay weddings since then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom “deputized” her in 2004, Cho said.
“I had Kim Davis’s job, essentially, but I actually did the job,” she said, referring to the controversial Kentucky county clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. “(Newsom) allowed me to perform wedding ceremonies in City Hall in San Francisco, which was the site of Harvey Milk’s assassination. It’s a very, very healing thing to go to the place that is literally the site of the most tragic moment in gay political history and do something like marry gay couples there.”
Cho will marry one couple during her show. Interested couples can click here for details on how to apply
May 21, 2016