Cyber-bullied Thai-German gay couple get married
A Thai-German gay couple that was cyber-bullied after those photos of them holding each others hands went viral have got married in Germany.
The former creative director of a Thai modeling agency Noparuj Kaendi , posted photos of his wedding to model Thorsten Mid on Instagram.
This time, the photos got hundreds of good and congratulatory messages from well-wishers and are trending in Southeast Asia.
The couple is together for two years now and the couple wore navy suits at their wedding in Aachen, Germany.
‘Foreigners are fond of pets,’ one wrote.
‘I now believe that potions work,’ said another, commenting on the perceived disparity their looks, while another told Mid to ‘wake up, boy.’
However, others came to their defense and Facebook fan pages gave full support for the couple.
‘I’m not a famous actor nor a public person who knows how to handle criticism… I’m just ME,’ Kaendi said at the time.
‘We’re just another average couple working hard to get to be together.’
June 6, 2016
Man called homophobic slur and then attacked for holding his penis while sleeping
A 56-year-old was victim of a homophobic attack for doing nothing except holding his penis while sleeping in Jamaica.
After it reported ,Randy Livingston, 54, Janil Barette, 25 and Wayne Richards, 19, all from Kingston, appeared in court ,they beat up and injured the 56-year-old man, called him a ‘batty man’.
In a community center on 5 September, around 6.30am the man was sleeping ,when Livingston saw him sleeping with his hands inside his shorts.
‘Wha kinda ting dat you a do?’ he said ,adding ‘Lef de area.’.
When the man said that he would call the police, other men got together with Livingston in his alleged attack.
The men said it was a ‘batty man’ thing to hold onto your genitals in your sleep, adding that he was a ‘dog’.
When the 56-year-old rapidly ran from the room, they caught him. One of the men with the Livingston forced him unconscious, using a stick to beat him on the head.
When the man regained consciousness in a police station, he immediately reported the incident.
Barette was charged with assault causing bodily harm, while Livingston and Richards were charged with unlawful wounding.
The men will return to court on 16 November, because they all pleaded not guilty.
The case will continue.
June 3, 2016
This is what happened when a gay guy was contacted by his school bully on Scruff years later
John Paul Brammer freelance writer, based in Washington DC, went home to rural Oklahoma to visit his hometown.
And when he was chatting to guys on Scruff, he got a message from a familiar face.
‘“Hi,” the message read. Curious, John Paul responded. “What’s up?” A few minutes passed. “I think you know me lol.”’
Blank profile said ‘went to school together’.
‘“We did?” John Paul replied, on edge. “Who are you?”
‘“You probably don’t like me… haha. I was a little mean to you.”’
‘I think it was the casual way he joined in on the harassment that made me hate him. The way after someone called me “faggot” he would parrot them, ally himself with them, use me to form solidarity with others,’ he said.
The profile asked: ‘Are you mad?’
‘Yes,’ John Paul responded, then asking him if he remembered anything he’d done.
‘No lol,’ he said. ‘But I was a real asshole back then.’
‘I thought about it, and when I calmed down, I reached a conclusion I didn’t expect,’
‘This person wasn’t the one-dimensional villain I’d made him out to be. All this time, he’d been closeted. Just like me. Yes, he had hurt me. Yes, he was wrong to hurt me. But I realized he was a victim too. In the town he and I had grown up in, being gay was seen as one of the worst things you could be. You might as well not even be human.
‘When he saw me getting pushed or getting my books smacked out of my hands or getting slurs thrown my way, he must have been relieved it wasn’t him.
‘And I can’t forgive that. But I can understand it.’
‘”Want to fool around?”, John Paul said.
‘No,’ John Paul responded. ‘Have a good life, man.’
June 2, 2016
You have to watch Will Young’s moving new music video about a naked trans man
For choice for the video, Will said: ‘I know that transgender people do not like being called brave. It is something that is innate. Not a choice, but a given. Being a gay man I feel the same. I wasn’t “brave” to come out it was simply what I had to do.
‘I am used to prejudice though. Through tough times embracing myself as someone “different” allowed me to embrace all differences in others, to embrace their vulnerability and their struggles as well as their inner strength and determination to be their true authentic selves. When I wrote the song, this is what I was referring to – the determination in modern life to be my authentic self.
‘In this video we see a man determined to be himself in the face of all adversity from inside and outside. It isn’t brave but, my god, it shows true grit and strength. What a wonderful thing. This video isn’t about selling records or my personal benefit. This video is about taking a moment in time to explore a section of society who stand up for themselves. To tell a story and offer a window through music into someone’s life.’
June 1, 2016
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
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
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