Category Archives: Travel

ANZ Bank in Australia Goes GAY in Support of their LGBT Mardis Gras

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Ten cash machines have been radically overhauled to coincide with Sydney’s annual LGBT Pride parade and festival.  See  them all  on Buzzfeed!

 

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CHER The Love in for Mardis Gras in Australia

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This Mardi Gras, it’s every Cher for herself!

As part of the Mardi Gras comes to Darling Harbour activations, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras commissioned Cher The Love, recreating the Cher classic ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ onboard the HMAS Vampire, against the stunning backdrop of Darling Harbour and the Sydney skyline. The production features a troop of dancing Cher’s, lead by Vanity Faire, and supported by over one hundred volunteer Sailors.

The full video clip is intended as a loving tribute to a legendary pop artist who has demonstrated passionate support for LGBTQI rights throughout her career, and also as a celebration and thanks to the many LGBTQI people who continue to serve our country as members of the Australian Navy.

The production has been officially endorsed by Cher herself, who tweeted during the final performance: “What could be more fabulous than a Cher-Off. You have my blessing!! Rip it up Aussie Boys!” @sydneymardigras)

WATCH  NOW

mardigras.org.au

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Ukraine Seeks Freedom – Please Share

 

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Ongoing protests known as the Euromaidan have been taking place in Ukraine, with protestors demanding an end to the Ukrainian dictatorship and closer integration with the European Union. This month, clashes between protestors and the government have steeply intensified, and yesterday at least 26 people were killed. The goverment is beating people, calling them “extremists”. All they want is freedom!

The Ukraine also wants to adopt Russia’s rules against  gay people.

We want to be free from the politicians who work only for themselves, who are ready to shoot, to beat, to injure people, just for saving their money, just for saving their houses, just to saving their power.

I want these people who are here, who have dignity, who are brave, I want them to lead a normal life. We are civilized people, but our government are barbarians. That’s not a soviet union. We want our courts not to be corrupted. We want to be free.

 

Interspersed with still images and video footage of the violent clashes between protestors and police in Kiev, a young thin white woman, speaking in accented English, speaks directly to the camera.  PLEASE  SHARE THIS!

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Fallout from Sochi Continues

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COKE may still be at Sochi but Budwesier is saying a big NO to Sochi!

There’s no Bud for you, Sochi … TMZ Sports has learned Budweiser has decided to NOT throw its traditional Winter Olympics party this year and it’s all because the company is not comfortable with the situation in Russia.

In the past, Budweiser was known for hosting huge parties — like the Club Bud bashes during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

In fact, we’ve seen an email from a Budweiser rep which says the company does not want its U.S.-based representatives in Sochi … and the message is clear — the terrorist threat is simply looming too large.

A rep for Anheuser-Busch confirms to TMZ Sports … there will be no Club Bud in Sochi — but the rep didn’t give a reason for why the company is not throwing the party.

MEANWHILE – Google shows their support!
Google has made clear its stance on the Russian anti-gay law marring the Sochi Olympic Games by giving its search page a rainbow makeover — and a link to the part of the Olympic charter that bans “discrimination of any kind.”

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And as the games begin, there’s even dissent from partners: AT&T was among the first sponsors of the US Olympic Committee to officially object to the laws (Chobani and DeVry University also spoke out), and now Google is showing their true colors as well — literally.

Google’s new front page Thursday, visible internationally and including Google.ru, shows athletes superimposed over a rainbow, a well-known symbol of gay pride. Below the search box is an excerpt from the official Olympic Charter.

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Ryan Haynes from London Wants to be the Jauntaroo Chief World Reporter

My sexy London friend Ryan Haynes
has applied to the Jauntaroo Chief World Reporter competition.


 There
are 3,000 applicants and he needs to make the final top 50. 

Please LIKE his page. You can LIKE once per day!

 He does a great job reporting….plus he is easy on the eyes! 

Take yourself on a journey to new places; explore other cultures; food; places, people – uncover the articles, video  on his blog
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Nikolai Alexeyev Has Final Meltdown

Russian gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev, who until now was considered
Russia’s top lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocate,
appears to have ended his political career tonight in a series of
anti-Semitic Facebook and Twitter posts that have even his most ardent
supporters calling out his ongoing anti-Semitism.

I’d reported earlier on Alexeyev’s anti-Semitic social media posts last week, and on his earlier run-in with charges of anti-Semitism.
 Last week, in an apparent fit of ire against a (Jewish) man who penned
an op ed in OUT magazine critical of him, Alexeyev retweeted comments calling the author a “jewish pig” and “israeli monkey,” and calling OUT magazine a “jewish slut magazine that supports jews and their filthy faggotry propaganda.”  Alexeyev then tweeted and posted on Facebook his own comments about Jewish vodka being made from sperm.   More  at  America Blog

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More Anti Gay Laws Could Come from Russia After the Olympics

 Remember
when people were giving dire warnings about the Nazi’s in Russia and no
one listened? According to Masha Gessen, renowned Moscow-based
journalist, and author of a critical biography of Vladimir Putin, a 
bill has been tabled to remove children from the homes of Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) families in Russia. This bill is likely
to be passed after the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Russia has
come under serious criticism for passing an “Anti-gay propaganda” Law
which forbids anything to be said about the LGBT community to people
under the age of 18 years. The law also makes LGBT parades or gatherings
illegal.

Canadian Author Robert Joseph Greene has been
campaigning for the law to be repealed since his gay short fairytale
love story “The Blue Door” was used by Russian protesters. The short
story is from Greene’s book The Gay Icon Classics of the World II which
is a collection of gay love stories from different cultures. The story
is about a Tsar who proclaims that his three sons could marry anyone
they choose but he didn’t figure one of his sons would pick a man for
his life partner.

“The law has caused considerable alarm and
confusion for parents in Russia, “ says Greene “We found a website where
Russian mothers are voicing their concerns about the law”

Svitman.ua,
a Ukrainian based Russian website that features parenting articles,
recently published the full short story of “The Blue Door” for parents
to read. It is illegal to publish the short story on any Russian site. 
Svitman has received over 87 comments from Russian parents but their
concerns weren’t about the story but about the new Russian law.

Based
upon the collective online comments from parents, the story was not
viewed as inappropriate. However, what was more alarming was that
Russian parents worry about  how the new Russian anti-gay propaganda law
would affect their families.

“Will I be arrested if my son or daughter turns out gay?” writes one mother’s comments.

With
Russia hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, The new Russian “Anti-gay
Propaganda”  law has been criticized by Western politicians and human
rights groups, and has raised concerns that visiting gay athletes and
spectators could face discrimination or even legal action.

“This
is history repeating itself when the Nazi’s hosted the 1936 Olympic
Games,” says Greene “The IOC was silent when the  1936 German Olympic
committee wanted to ban jews and blacks from participating and the IOC
is virtually silent now and the situation is clearly deteriorating for
the LGBT community just as it was for jews back in 1936.”

Svitman link: http://svitmam.ua/user/vikad/posts/158212

From Huffington Post, one writer says the anti gay laws are a symbol of Russia’s decline…  The Soviet Union and all dreams of Russian empire have long faded.
The hopes and dreams of the Russian people are utterly defunct, and the
leading cause of death in Russia is reportedly drinking too much alcohol.

If we look at the Russian crisis of anti-gay laws, the rise of anti-gay fascist groups and the killing of political opponents,
it becomes very clear that Russia is on the verge of collapse. Putin
is also trying to revive Cold War tensions with the Snowden affair and
is bullying LGBT citizens as if this had any chance of resuscitating the
flaccid Russian economy. These are the symptoms of Russia’s sickly
infant, her dying democracy. 

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Skinheads in Russia Torture Gay Teens

 HOW SICK IS THIS? 

Infamous Russian ultranationalist and former skin head, Maxim
Martsinkevich, known under the nickname “Cleaver” (or “Tesak” in
Russian) spearheaded a country wide campaign against LGBT teens using a
popular social network VK.com to lure unsuspected victims through
personal ads.
  over 500 online groups have been created inside
VK.com social network in order to organize illegal militant groups in
every Russian city. 
Oddly enough their idea of fighting pedophiles
targets exclusively male teenagers who respond to the same-sex personal
ads and show up for a date. Captured victims are bullied and often
tortured while being recorded on video.  

Video recordings of bullying and
tortures are freely distributed on the Internet in order to out LGBT
teens to their respective schools, parents and friends. Many victims
were driven to suicides, the rest are deeply traumatized. So far Russian
police took no action against these “movements” even though Russian
criminal code was clearly violated and despite numerous complaints from
parents, victims and LGBT activists.  Social network VK.com
intermittently shuts down selected groups and profiles only to allow
them to be re-open on the next day. Currently, the founder of VK.com,
Pavel Durov, resides in the US and so far has not released any
comments.   read more

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Stoli Vodka Faces American Boycott

 STOLI could be in a little hot water. Some LGBT groups are already calling for a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia. Now, Vodka. Gay drink lots of Vodka! But Stoli has also been a supporter of the LGBT community…

Queer Nation has  organized  a boycott of Russian vodka. 

From their statement:

In light of the Putin regime’s attacks on the LGBT community, Queer Nation is calling for a worldwide boycott of Russian vodka.

Do not buy or drink Russian vodka: Brands
include Russian Standard and Stolichnaya. Demand that bar owners do not
buy or serve Russian vodka. Ask your favorite club promoters, DJs, and
entertainers to insist that Russian brands are not served in the venues
in which they perform.

It’s time to target Russia. Dump Russian vodka!

Stoli has shown support to LGBT community in the past – is a boycott the answer, to send a message to Russian Government? At first, I wasn’t sure it was the right choice – but now I do – even though Stoli has shown support to the gay community, the Russian government still shares in Stoli’s profits. We MUST put pressure where we can, so they stop this madness over there!

Dan Savage, columnist, author, and founder of the It Gets Better Project, published an article in Seattle’s independent newspaper The Stranger on Wednesday titled
“Why I’m Boycotting Russian Vodka,” urging gay bars to stop serving the
brand and others like Russian Standard, Shustov, Starka, and Stolnaya.

“[T]here is something we can do right here, right now, in Seattle and
other U.S. cities to show our solidarity with Russian queers and their
allies,” wrote Savage on Wednesday. “And to help to draw international
attention to the persecution of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans
people, and straight allies in Putin’s increasingly fascistic Russia:
DUMP RUSSIAN VODKA.”

The SPI Group, which owns Stolichnaya Vodka, contacted The Advocate
today to release an open letter to the LGBT community. The statement
stressed that Stoli “firmly opposes such attitude and actions” committed
by the Russian government and continues to be a “fervent supporter and
friend” of the community, pointing to past endorsements of Pride events
and LGBT organizations.

The statement claimed that the Luxembourg-based company is not
affiliated with the Russian government, and that the vodka’s production
is divided between Russia and Latvia.

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Revolution for real Human Rights in Brazil Continues

 From our dear friend  Alex Bernardes at Via G (Revistaviag.com) Magazine in Brazil :  Our Brazilian constitution states that this is a local country, therefore, anyone who is elected by the people and takes a political
chair, is not allowed to use his religious concepts and beliefs to
conduct or change people’s behavior. Unfortunately, that is true only in
the books.


Recently, a pastor called Marco Feliciano (Minister of an
Evangelical Church Franchise in Brazil), was elected by his peers –
people weren’t able to interfere in that process because it was done
undercover –, and, once taking charge as the president of the Human
Rights ‘Deputy’ Chamber, he started to promote intolerance,
discrimination, segregation towards some specific groups of doomed and
unluckily borned people (his words, based in the Old Testament). 

He
mainly points to Negros and gays. Now, he wants to pass a bill which
allows the “cure for gays”, considering that “these people may want to
be healed and live a “normal” life”, and he threatens anyone who tries
to interfere or be in his way. Our state of freedom, equality and
fraternity is now going down the drain…

As you worldwide friends
may know, we are in the core of a revolution for real human rights in
Brazil, asking for more important things such as better public
educational, health and transportation systems. We really don’t need
this kind of people around us to blur people’s real interests. If you
are sympathetic to our manifestations, please “like” it and share. 

Let
the world know about this shame…
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Worlds Biggest Gay Bar in Las Vegas

Is there such a thing as TOO BIG?? 

Oh, get your mind out of the gutter. I am talking about nightclubs.

Soon
to become the world’s largest gay nightclub, Krave Massive will mark
its official grand opening in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 15, 2013, just
in time for summer vacation season.

 

“Krave
has become a ‘must attend’ attraction for members of the LGBT
community, both for locals and those visiting Las Vegas,” said Richard
Brower, director of LGBT marketing for Caesars Entertainment. “Our
commitment to our LGBT employees, guests and neighbors is strong,
including being the only casino company with a 100% on the Human Rights
Campaign Corporate Equality Index for six years running. We are
delighted to partner with Krave to continue bring exemplary LGBT
entertainment experiences to Las Vegas.”


The
enormous 80,000-square-foot venue will present party-goers with five
themed dance rooms,
each marked with its own individual design and
state-of-the-art sound system, LED lighting, high-tech laser equipment,
high output CO2 blasts and huge video walls. Are there enough gay and gay friendly people in Las Vegas to seriously fill a space this big??

 

It
will also feature three separate bars, a martini lounge, a members-only
VIP lounge, a gay comedy club, a performing arts theater, a retail
store, a multi-purpose
room, a lesbians-only dance lounge and Guest House Theaters, the
country’s only LGBT movie theater,
which will be run by leading film
production and distribution company Guest House Films.   Seriously??  I just can’t imagine the size of it all!

 

Much
like its sister club, Drink & Drag – the country’s first drag queen
bowling alley, which opened last May, Krave Massive is expected to also
become a major draw for downtown Las Vegas and will be opening on the
third level of Neonopolis (450 Fremont St.), neighbored by recent
tenants that include the Heart Attack Grill, Denny’s on Fremont,
Rockstar Tattoo and the recently announced Liberace Museum.

read more at best gay las vegas

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Anti Gay News from RUSSIA

Russis is not a fun place to be gay right now!

St Petersburg was just the beginning; The current legislation being pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox
Church would make it illegal nationwide to provide minors with
information that is defined as “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism,
bisexuality and transgenderism.” It includes a ban on holding public
events that promote gay rights. St. Petersburg and a number of other
Russian cities already have similar laws on their books.

The bill is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values as
opposed to Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and church see as
corrupting Russian youth and by extension contributing to a wave of
protest against President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

 The move has been met mostly with either indifference
or open enthusiasm by average Russians. Levada polls conducted last year
show that almost two thirds of Russians find homosexuality “morally
unacceptable and worth condemning.” About half are against gay rallies
and same-sex marriage; almost a third think homosexuality is the result
of “a sickness or a psychological trauma,” the Levada surveys show.

Russia’s widespread hostility to homosexuality is shared by the political and religious elite.

read more at ABC NEWS

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LGBT Travel Questions and Survey

How do you decide where you plan to travel to?

Do you like history and culture? 
or gay fun?

The University of Tennessee and the University of South Carolina are
conducting research concerning the travel motives and expenditures of
members of the LGBT community.

It
is estimated that tourism is a $1.3 trillion industry, of which $65
billion is generated by LGBT tourists (CMI, 2011).  
While there
continues to be a vast amount of research conducted on the various
motivators that lead people to travel, there are very few studies that
explore LGBT tourists’ motivations.
  What makes you pick one location over another??
Is the GAY FACTOR important to you??

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND HELP WITH THIS SURVEY!

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Malayshia says BEWARE of Gay Men in V-NECKS

Your deep-V’s aren’t welcome here, Dov Charney. 

The Malaysian government has begun organizing seminars aimed at helping parents and teachers identify latent homosexuality in children. 
One of the principal warning signs?
 V-neck T-shirts.  (WTF?)
It’d be sort of funny if it weren’t rooted in a wildly un-self aware bigotry. Singapore news outlet AsiaOne has the details on the guidelines taught by the Teachers Foundation of Malaysia:

   The list … categorizes lesbians as people who are attracted to
women, who like to eat, sleep and hang out in the company of other
women, and who have no affection for men.

Its list for men includes preferences for V-necks and sleeveless clothes.

In a seminar in Penang on Wednesday, Deputy Education Minister Mohd
Puad Zarkashi said not many people understood or knew the early
“symptoms” of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender inclinations to
prevent its spread, liberal news portal Malaysian Insider reported.

So far, the group has organized ten seminars on this new form of
parental gaydar with the latest one attracting 1,500 attendees in the
majority Muslim country. According to Asian media outlets,
other tell-tale signs of homosexuality for men include carrying “big
handbags, similar to those carried by women,” wearing tight,
light-colored clothes and possessing a “chiseled” physique.   READ MORE   AT  Atlantic Wire
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Belgrade Serbia Gay Pride is Canceled

Party leader 

says gay parade 

“will be canceled”

BELGRADE — United Serbia (JS) leader and MP Dragan
“Palma” Marković has said that the Belgrade Pride Parade, planned for
October 6, would not be held this year either.

It will be canceled, Marković told Belgrade-based Prva TV, “for security reasons.”

Belgrade Pride’s organizers recently announced that the parade would represent just one segment of a week-long event.

It is planned to take place from September 30 until October 6, and see
the LGBT community promote its rights in a series of events.

But Marković wondered “what the organizers planned to do for a week”.

Last year, the gay parade was not held in Belgrade after Interior
Minister banned the gathering three days before it was to take place,
along with all other gatherings planned for that weekend.

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Aeryn Gillern…Gay Man Missing….and still GONE

I watched this movie last night and had to tell everyone about it!

Kathy Gilleran is a twenty-year veteran police officer from Cortland,
New York, just south of Syracuse. 
Her son, Aeryn Gillern, is a
researcher working at the United Nations Industrial Development
Organization in Vienna and a former Mr. Gay Austria. 
On October 31st,
2007, Kathy receives a call from the U.N. with distressing news: Aeryn
has disappeared. Upon arriving in Vienna, she learns that the police
have no interest in an investigation. Detectives tell Kathy that Aeryn
had been at the Kaiserbründl – an exclusive men’s sauna in downtown
Vienna – on the evening of October 29th when he suffered an extreme and
sudden emotional breakdown, fled the sauna wearing only a towel, ran
naked through the city streets, and jumped into the Danube Canal. (WHAT?!  Can you imagine being told this?!)
Though
her son’s disappearance has been ruled a suicide, Kathy suspects there
is more to the story.  This riveting and haunting documentary seeks to
unravel the mystery of Aeryn’s whereabouts and uncover the true reasons
for the Viennese police’s failure to assist Kathy as she searches for
her son. By examining all of the known facts, one must assume foul play was involved. But to this day, Kathy still looks for answers and closure. 

Next month will be 5 years since Aeryn’s disappearance. 

And every October, Kathy returns to Vienna – hoping that someone will come forward with some answers…
From the director – “We first read about Aeryn Gillern in a
local Syracuse, New York newspaper nearly ten months after he
disappeared in Vienna. We contacted his mother, Kathy, who lived only
thirty minutes from our home in New York, and asked if she would be
willing to be interviewed on camera. Our intention was to get a fuller
understanding of Aeryn’s case, since so little was written about it. We
were uncertain exactly what the story was, and whether or not we would
choose to pursue it.

We interviewed Kathy a few months later
in December 2008. We didn’t know it then, but this was the first time
she was revealing the full extent of her search for Aeryn. Even her
closest friends didn’t know. But even though we knew we were onto an
extraordinary story, we were unsure how to approach it. We thought we
were pursuing a narrative about a missing man, but after meeting Kathy,
what we realized was that GONE was really about a mother’s ongoing
struggle to find her son amidst a surreal tale of lies, intimidation and
cruelty.

And so, as we began to shoot GONE in
Central New York and Vienna, Austria, we were guided by a simple,
defining premise: to immerse viewers in Kathy’s mesmerizing, personal
quest for the truth
.”

From Kathy: “I agreed to do this documentary as it provided an incredible opportunity to get my son’s story told. 

Our hope is that it will help us get the factual information needed to find out what happened to Aeryn.  

I am grateful that the
Producers, and all the others involved in this film, who invested their
time and money, felt that it was a story that needed to be told.  They
have been able to make contacts that I would never have been able to on
my own, and have stepped beyond the role of Producers to become
advocates for Aeryn.   They remain committed to helping us, Aeryn’s
family, and friends get the answers that we deserve, and making sure
Aeryn is not forgotten.

If you are considering purchasing the “GONE” DVD I ask that you do so from the official “GONE
web site   Purchasing directly from their site allows them
to continue to assist us in our search for
answers.                        

Thanks to all of you for your kindness
and encouragement
.”

Also Visit Aeryn Gillern.com

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Madonna Fined $17,000 from St. Petersburg

Madonna may no longer be relevant to the younger
generations, but the old gal still has it and knows how to stir the pot!

Aging Russian government officials were prepared for Madonna this week and knew she would most likely share her views homosexuality.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister
Dmitry Rogozin has penned an offensive tweet ostensibly about Madonna (she’s skillfully left unnamed) in the wake of Madge’s outspoken words of support for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot.
“Every former w. wants to give lectures on morality when she grows
old,” Rogozin writes. “Especially during foreign tours.” The Associated
Press says, “By ‘w.’ he apparently meant ‘whore.’ “

On Tuesday, Madonna saluted the all-female Pussy Riot in her Moscrow
concert. The Russian trio is on trial for staging a protest against
President Vladimir Putin. And Madge spoke out against the city’s harsh new anti-gay laws, which penalize speaking about homosexuality around minors.

“I know there are many sides to every story, and I mean no disrespect to
the church or the government. But I think that these three girls —
Masha, Katya, Nadya — I think that they have done something courageous. I
think they have paid the price for this act. And I pray for their
freedom,” she said, according to the New York Times.

Madonna faces a fine for her violating St. Petersburg, Russia’s ban on ‘gay propaganda’ for the demonstration at her concert yesterday, according to reports from activists in the country.

Said Polina Savchenko, director of the St. Petersburg LGBT group, Coming Out, in an email obtained by Towleroad:

LGBT organization Coming Out, printed 330
rainbow posters with the saying “No Fear” that were distributed to the
crowd. Although some posters were confiscated by security, their display
had a huge emotional effect during the show. Many fans raised them
during Madonna’s speech, and she reacted by saying “No Fear, that’s
right” before insisting that fear was the basis of all discrimination,
and that tolerance could only be guaranteed by love, the opposite of
fear. During the performance of “Like A Prayer”, while dancers were
raising a rainbow flag provided by a member of Coming Out and the
Russian LGBT Network, Madonna took a “No Fear” poster from the crowd and
raised it for 25,000 people to see. Same as for “Pussy Riot” support in
Moscow, she had tattooed her back, this time with “No Fear.” Gay
bashing scenes from gay demonstrations in Russia, pictures of teenagers
who died because of homophobia, and many gay and lesbian kisses were
shown during the very political “Nobody Knows Me” Interlude Video.

Madonna’s
support was extremely moving. Most of the mostly heterosexual crowd
reacted positively to her message by raising pink wristbands that were
distributed to everyone to support the LGBT community. The LGBT in the
audience received Madonna’s support with both smiles and tears, and
gratified her with the universal message “We love you” at the end of the
show.

Author of the “propaganda” law in St. Petersburg, Vitaly
Milonov (pictured) today declared that Madonna broke the law and is
planning to charge her with a fine of 500,000 rubles ($17 000).

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Marriott CEO Says he is Against Gay Marriage

DID YOU KNOW that Marriott CEO does not support gay marriage? So why are we staying there??

Bill Marriott is the chairman and former CEO of Marriott
International, a Mormon owned business.  Because of his devotion to
separating personal beliefs and business, he has expressed his views on
gay marriage without backlash,(WHY IS THAT??) unlike president and COO of Chick-fil-A,
Dan Cathy.

Marriott personally believes marriage is a union between a man and a
woman, but he has kept this belief from affecting how his business is
run.

He explains his views of the church to Diane Brady at Bloomberg Businessweek:

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Bel Ami and Models Kicked off RSVP Cruise SUE the Company

QUEERTY says,

RSVP Vacations is being sued by Bel Ami and several of its models for
hiring them for a cruise and then dumping them in godforsaken Tunisia.

According to court documents filed in California,
nearly a dozen Slavic Bel Ami porn stars were hired by RSVP to “mix and
mingle” with passengers on a gay cruise through the Mediterranean. Bel
Ami maintains the models were told to keep the fact RSVP hired them on
the down-low, “suggesting that the young men should lie and say the
cruise was a ‘reward from Bel Ami for their hard work’ if anyone asked.”
In exchange for providing the talent, RSVP told Bel Ami it could film
the models frolicking non-sexually around the ship.

But rumors started circling before the boat even left port and, when
the boys attracted too much attention, RSVP allegedly kicked them off
the Nieuw Amsterdam, stranding them in Tunisia.

At the time, Tunisia was in the aftermath of the
tumultuous civil uprising that became known as the Arab Spring; an
uprising so powerful that it led to the removal of long-time President
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The protests constituted the most dramatic wave
of social and political unrest in Tunisia in three decades and resulted
in scores of deaths and injuries.

With RSVP supposedly holding their passports and belongings hostage, the models had no choice but to comply. Ironically, the Nieuw Amsterdam
was just one day away from Italy, an EU member nation that would have
allowed them to easily return home to Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Instead they spent a sleepless night in Tunisia, with no contacts, no resources and unable to speak the language.

Bel Ami and the models are suing RSVP and Holland America cruise line
for breach of contract, fraud, intentional interference with contract,
negligence, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional
distress.

This isn’t the first trouble RSVP has had in the Muslim world: Just a few weeks ago, a planned excursion to Morocco was canceled for reasons that remain unclear.

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Russia Bans Gay Pride for the Next 100 Years

This is so scary. 

I scan hundreds of headlines every day. And in the last year especially, with more and more progress for gay marriage and gay rights, there is a growing backlash, worldwide, against  gays. And I see the tension heating up to alarming levels. From the Republican backlash to the Christian backlash and the extremists who hate gay people.  I don’t care what city you live in, please, be alert of your surroundings at all times. There are haters everywhere.

Earlier this year in March, we saw the St. Petersburg laws silencing gay people. Now, just  a week after protestors for gay rights were arrested in Moscow, a district court upheld the decision by a Moscow city court to ban gay pride parades for 100 years.

Yes, the government can now legally forbid gay pride for a century, from March 2012 to March 2112.

WTF?

From Reuters:

Nikolay Alekseyev, one of the leaders of the Russian LGBT
community and organizer of gay pride events, told reporters that he
intended to appeal the decision in the Moscow City Court Presidium, and
that if the highest Russian instance also rules against him, to address
the European Court of Human Rights.

Alekseyev explained to the reporters that in 2011, the activists
found a loophole in Russian legislation and submitted requests for 102
gay pride parades to the Moscow Mayor’s office. According to the
activist, all they got in return was a letter with a quote from
regulations, although the law obliges the city authorities to either
allow or ban the planned event within 15 days.

At the same time, Alekseyev admitted that he and his comrades never
hoped to actually receive a license for the parade but simply needed a
formal excuse to turn to the European Human Rights Court.

“They refuse our requests every time, but in Strasbourg they
recognize these rulings as unlawful. But time does not stand still, we
ask for a new event and again they refuse us,” the activist noted.

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Gay Pride in Croatia is Heating up – Tension Rising and Death Threats

Several government ministers in Croatia will join a gay pride march
set for this weekend amid threats of violence from opponents, saying it
was a test of democracy for a country due to join the European Union
next year. 

Last year’s event, held in the Adriatic city of Split,
plunged into violence as police failed to protect the marchers from
angry locals who pelted them with eggs and rocks. Several people were
injured and at least 30 arrested. 

Several nationalist and war veteran groups have issued warnings
against this year’s June 9 march in Split, calling it a “shameful
provocation by sick people to which we will respond.”

I can tell you, we were in Budapest last year, 2011,  for Gay Pride, and nearly 1500  police tried to protect the 1500  marchers. And it was kind of scary. This year Police said they would NOT do it again and tried to cancel Pride – but Parliament overruled, and said they MUST protect the marchers again this year!

But back to Croatia.

Croatian Gay Pride revelers are being threatened with violence by members of a rightwing Facebook group, according to reports.

B92 notes that over 400 Facebook users joined the now-defunct group,
which has been dubbed, “Blood will flow in the streets of Split, there
will be no gay parade.”
–  the group even threatened.


The group says its goal
is to point out to the public that it was unacceptable to hold the
“immoral manifestation” which should be held on June 9 in Split.
According to the group, the manifestation is “poisoning children”.

“What
are they proud of, their disease?”, “Every normal person is sick of
parades of mentally ill people (gays). They don’t care about the fact
that someone’s child has to watch the sick people”, “Gay bashing June 9,
2012”, “Don’t parade, go get some treatment!” are just some of the
comments posted on the group.

An investigation of the group and its origins is reportedly underway.
“We will try to determine who the author of the group was and we will
act in accordance with the law,” Split-Dalmatia Police Spokeswoman
Marina Kraljević-Gudelj told the site. “After that we will inform the
state prosecution.”

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Gay Activist Beaten in Ukraine…New Laws will Make it illegal to be Gay, in Public

Ukrainian Gay Forum leader Svyatoslav
Sheremet woke up on the morning of May 20 looking forward to the gay
pride march that he and his colleagues had been planning for months. The
march was the only public event the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) community in Kyiv had scheduled to mark May 17th’s
International Day Against Homophobia.

By that afternoon, Sheremet was in the hospital with bleeding in his eyes, multiple contusions, cuts, and bruises.

The clutch of reporters nearby witnessed and filmed the attack, which lasted about 30 seconds. 
WHY DID NO ONE HELP???

 As early as this week, Ukraine’s
legislature is expected to vote in favor of new laws that will make it
illegal to be gay or lesbian in public.

President
Viktor Yanukovych is the person with the power to stop the law in its
tracks. He’s been trying to forge a “special alliance” with the European
Union for years and this Friday an EU delegation focusing on human
rights will visit Ukraine to advance the alliance process.

40,000 Europeans have already signed on to tell Yanukovych to block this atrocious law.
But that’s just not enough – we need to double that number before the
meeting on Friday.  If we don’t push him to speak out now, an entire
generation will be forced into the shadows.

Will you help us reach 100,000 signers around the world in the next two days?
If we hit the goal, All Out will partner with our friends in Ukraine in
a dramatic delivery that President Yanukovych cannot ignore:

www.allout.org/ukraine

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