In Russia, Violent Videos Show a New Form of Gay Bullying
MOSCOW — Some show youths being forced to drink urine, or having it poured over their heads. Others show young men being taunted with phallic sex toys, threatened with axes, and forced to carry wooden crucifixes.
These are just a few of the images contained in a series of shocking videos filmed by a nationalist gang in Kamensk-Uralsky, an industrial town of 175,000 inhabitants in Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast near the Ural Mountains.
Some were shot after the group contacted their victims online and lured them into what they believed would be romantic liaisons with other young men — in at least some cases with minors. Other victims were known homosexuals who were forcibly picked up off the street.
The stated goal of the videos was to “cure” these young men of their homosexuality.
BELIZE CITY, Belize — As a growing number of US gay couples exercise their new right to legally wed, here homosexuals wait for the day when they’re no longer criminalized for being gay.
This tiny Central American nation is one of numerous member states of the Commonwealth — former British colonies from Tonga to East Africa — where colonial-era laws banning “buggery” (sodomy) and “gross indecency” remain in effect.
Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code mandates up to 10 years in jail for anyone convicted of “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal.”
Meanwhile, immigration laws here bar gay foreigners from even entering the country.
Gay in Belize? You’re breaking the law
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This is what gay rights look like in Russia. Peaceful protestors are overrun by anti-gay violence and police prosecution.
From the GlobalPost Rights blog:
International Olympic Committee warns Russia after anti-gay law
The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, ruling it unconstitutional.
The vote was 5-4, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, along with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
Kennedy wrote, “DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.”
Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional
Supreme Court Prop 8 ruling paves way for same-sex marriage in California
France saw its first gay couple tie the knot in a ceremony on Wednesday, after gay marriage was legalized in April.
Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau said “I do” in Montpellier, under tight security, as the country’s extreme right were expected to show up at the wedding.
The road to legalization has been bumpy in France, with thousands marching against the bill both before and after its passage. An estimated 150,000 took part in demonstrations on France’s Mother’s Day on May 26 to protest the legalization of gay marriage.
In honor of France’s first gay wedding ceremony, check out our slideshow of other countries that have legalized gay marriage:
PHOTOS: Gay marriage around the world
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Hundreds of thousands marched in Paris over the weekend, protesting President Francois Hollande’s plans to legalize gay marriage and adoption by gay parents, which the president promised during his campaign.
March organizers said 800,000 people gathered at the Champ de Mars park at the Eiffel Tower, while police put the number at about 340,000, according to the Guardian.
PHOTOS: Paris protesters march against gay marriage, adoption
GlobalPost took a look at couples from around the world where gay marriage is now legal.
See the rest of the slideshow here.
TEL AVIV, Israel — Gloria Gaynor’s anthem “I Will Survive” is never out of place in a gay setting, but something about it was different on this particular night.
The words were coming through in Arabic instead of English, the uplifting disco beat resounding against the ancient walls of the club housed in a mixed neighborhood where the Arab city of Jaffa blends into the edges of modern Tel Aviv.
Conflict still rules the region, a complex and bloody dispute about land, history and religion decades in the making, but at the Palestinian Queer Party, music takes precedence and peace rules the room.
Held every six weeks or so, the party demonstrates what is possible with gays in charge, say those who attend.The majority of the crowd at the party are gay Palestinians living within the borders set after Israel’s victory over Arab forces in 1948 — officially called Arab-Israelis — but about a third are Israeli Jews. West Bank Palestinians have also been known to cross the separation wall to mingle and dance here, risky a trip as that might be. Once they are among fellow gays, these Palestinians can often hide from Israeli authorities in plain sight.
“If gays were controlling the world, we wouldn’t have any more war,” says Yoni Schoenfeld, the openly gay editor-in-chief of Bamahane, the official magazine of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), sitting in his office in Tel Aviv and commenting unofficially.
Tel Aviv has been voted the most gay-friendly city in the world and has even been called the “Mecca” for gay Palestinians, but rights advocates say the good press is actually a mask covering Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in general, considered by many human rights organizations and observers to be a persecuted group.
(Continue reading — Gay Palestinians caught in the middle of the conflict)
TOKYO, Japan — In one respect, the decision by Tokyo Disneyland to allow a gay couple to hold their “wedding” at the theme park is a sign of progress in a country that has, until recently, largely ignored the issue of same-sex unions.
But some campaigners have argued that leaving it to Mickey Mouse to give his blessing to Koyuki Higashi and her partner, Hiroko Masuhara — in a strictly symbolic ceremony — is also a mark of how far Japan has to go before it affords the same rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as it does to heterosexual couples.
Tokyo Disneyland condoned this and all future same-sex ceremonies after receiving an enquiry from Higashi. Cue a confused response from a subsidiary, Oriental Land Company, which licenses the name and characters from Disney in the US.
According to a slew of established American media outlets — including USA Today, L.A. Weekly and Daily Kos— boxing megastar and Philippine congressman Manny Pacquiao believes gay people should be executed.
How do they know?
Because that’s what Pacquiao said in this interview, titled “Pacquiao Rejects Obama’s New Twist on the Scriptures”, which is cited as appearing in the National Conservative Examiner. The L.A. Weekly has squeezed the most from this interview with giddy reports on Pacquiao’s subsequent ban from an L.A. mall and a post titled "Ten Gays Who Could Beat The Crap Out Of Manny Pacquiao."
But there are several reasons why journalists should reconsider echoing that this Nike-endorsed athlete wants all gays dead.
Here’s the best one: the “National Conservative Examiner” doesn’t exist.