Outed Republican against LGBTI protections loses city council race in Indiana
Brent Randall has lost his race for a seat on the city council in Goshen, Indiana.
The Republican candidate Brent Randall was outed during the campaign when it surfaced that he has a profile on a gay dating site that he keeps active.
Last month shortly after Randall went on the record against amending the city’s civil rights ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity, he got outed.
Randall, 53, has confirmed that he has a profile on the site but said he does not consider himself gay or even bisexual.
He didn’t change his views on a hypothetical change to the civil rights ordinance saying he believes ‘in my heart of hearts that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently under the law.’
‘I don’t know why they feel they need special protections when there are other categories that might need protections,’ he said last month. ‘My little experimentation over the last six years hasn’t changed my view on that.
In 2009 Brent Randall got divorced ,after being married with a woman for 22 years and insisted he has not met anyone on the profile.
Brent Randall and Democrat Adam Schart were both running for office for the first time.Brent Randall lost to Adam Schart 1,075 votes to 560.
June 19, 2016
Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin planning to fix a date to discuss LGBT rights
LGBT rights will be discussed by Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin in an open dialogue.
Sir Elton John fell victim to a hoax earlier this year after he asked Putin, despite his large fallowing in Russia.
After he was subjected to a hoax call from a fake Putin, the real Putin got in touch to discuss LGBT rights – and offered to meet with the singer in future.
Sir Elton said: “I’ve talked to him on the telephone – we’re trying to arrange a date when I can go to Moscow and talk to him.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had to go above and beyond to convince Sir Elton that the real Putin did want to talk, after the hoax call.
He said: “At first [Sir Elton John] hesitated.
“We decided to ask Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko to get in touch with the musician and tell him about the phone call.
“In the beginning, Yakovenko had certain problems to explain to the musician that he was really the Russian ambassador and that the real president of Russia wanted to talk to him.”
Sir Elton added: “I feel very honoured that he wants to see me and he’s put the olive branch out and it’s essential that I do go over there and just put my foot in the water and see what we can do change the situation for LGBT people in Russia.
“Even though the Russians say it’s great it is very very, it’s not great at all. But you know, as I said, I want to try and knock the wall down a little bit, so I will be trying to go and see him.
“He was very pleasant on the phone, he apologised for the fake interview I did. He was very genial and I was very very impressed.”
June 13, 2016
Chloe Moretz On Her Brothers Coming Out
Chloe Grace Moretz may be a big star at such a young age and has done memorable roles in the big screen such as in ‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Hugo’, and soon in her upcoming movie – ‘The 5th Wave’. But little did everyone know that the young actress definitely has a keen for politics.
Moretz uses the spotlight to share her views and opinions regarding standing up against racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. She has spoken out about the bullying her gay brothers have endured.
Moretz was a preteen when her older brothers Trevor and Colin came out:
“To see my brothers struggle with the anxiety of having to come out was awful. At 11, you’re incredibly observant and realizing what society is, and who you are, and people are kissing boys or girls for the first time, and you’re really starting to understand what sexuality is.”
She remembers how her brothers were often bullied at school:
“People would call them the F-word, and I would get so angry. It was really hard to see my brothers be hated on or bullied, so I stood up for them. We shouldn’t be using these terms to create more labels and segregate us further apart than we already are.”
Moretz credits her mother for raising her and her brothers in an open-minded environment:
“Back when my mom was in college, when things were more taboo, she had lots of gay and trans friends, people of all shapes, sizes, and colors. So we were a very open household. My mom tells us people asked her, ‘Why are you letting your son run around in a pink Power Ranger costume?’ Her answer was: ‘Because he wants to wear it, and it makes him smile. Why would I take that away from him?'”
April 13, 2016
Taiwan: ‘Before love, everyone is equal’
Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese presidential frontrunner, officially endorsed marriage equality, proving as the most LGBTI-friendly candidate.
Tsai is the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and is expected to become the island’s first female president next year.
In a 15-second video posted on her Facebook page Saturday, October 31, to coincide with Taiwan Pride – the largest of its kind in Asia – she said:
“Before love, everyone is equal,”
“I am Tsai Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality,”
“Let everyone be able to freely love and pursue happiness.” She concluded.
The Democratic Progressive Party, earlier in the week, lit up its election campaign headquarters in rainbow colors and Tsai shared another video celebrating gay couples ahead of the weekend’s festivities
She told reporters: “This an issue the whole society must face together as there are many who support marriage equality but there are also many who are reluctant”
“I hope that in the process, society will not be polarized and divided, and that we can all come together in a rational and understanding approach.”
68% of Taiwanese are in favor of legalizing gay marriage, according to a ministry of justice poll in August.
February 28, 2016
Fifth Vote in Northern Ireland on Same-Sex Marriage
The Democratic Unionists (DUP), the largest party in the Stormont assembly, will use a parliamentary veto known as a “petition of concern” to torpedo any vote in favour of gay marriage
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that still does not recognise same-sex marriage in law.
A fifth attempt to make gay marriage legal in Northern Ireland will be made in the region’s parliament.
In the four previous votes to attempt to bring in gay marriage reform there have been narrow majorities against change. In April, the margin was only two votes against gay marriage.
A number of unionists and assembly members from the cross-community Alliance party, who abstained in previous votes, have indicated they will vote in favour of the pro-gay marriage motion.
Yet if there is a narrow vote in favour this time of same-sex marriage being legalised, the DUP has indicated it will use the petition of concern to sink the legislation.
Dr Richard O’Leary of the Faith in Marriage Equality group said:
“As a vulnerable, peripheral region fighting for its economic life in the teeth of a global depression, the message we risk sending out about Northern Ireland is that it is a region stuck in the past, out of touch with the cutting edge of global society. We should be honest – our history and the religious roots of our communal divisions mean we already suffer from a serious image problem.”
February 27, 2016
Carson Defends His Stance on Homosexuality
Carson made the remark in response to a question from a CNBC debate questioner, during the third Republican presidential debate.
CNBC moderator Carl Quintanilla noted that the national warehouse chain Costco has been identified as one of the most gay friendly employers in the country. Carson had served on the Costco board of directors for more than 16 years when he stepped down in May of this year, when he announced his campaign for president.
Ben Carson, the Republican presidential field’s current frontrunner, said: “Well, obviously, you don’t understand my views on homosexuality. I believe our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their sexual orientation or any other aspect. I also believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. And there is no reason you can’t be perfectly fair to the gay community.”
“They shouldn’t automatically assume that because you believe marriage is one man and one woman that that you are a homophobe. This is one of the myths that the left perpetuates on our society. This is how they frighten people and get people to shut up. That’s what the PC culture is all about. And it’s destroying this nation. The fact of the matter is we the American people are not each other’s enemies. It’s those people who are trying to divide us that are the enemies.”
February 18, 2016
Lesbian elected student president of the South Korea’s top university
‘I want SNU to be a place where its members can be positive and confident of who they are, so I am telling you now that I am a lesbian’
A new president of the South Korea’s top-ranked Seoul National University was elected. The interesting part is that a lesbian was elected to be the president. On the November 19th a lesbian was elected as the first LGBT president ever.
Kim Bo-mi, age 23, won the majority of the votes and ran unoppsed. Agency reported that she won 86.8% of the votes.
Kim’s revelation about her sexuality drew large numbers of students to the polls which made this election first in the last 5 years that the revote wasn’t needed at all.
She admitted her sexual orientation during a campaign meeting earlier this month.
‘I want SNU to be a place where its members can be positive and confident of who they are, so I am telling you now that I am a lesbian,’ she said.
The student newspaper’s website went offline after the heavy traffic on it that happened after her speech was posted online.
Despite that, only 39% of South Koreans would accept LGBT people according to the survey.
On the December 1st she will take over as president and continue her fight. Kim Bo-mi’s major is child studies. Before that she was also the vice president of the student council.
January 21, 2016