Wonderful speech by Maurice Williamson on same-sex marriage during the New Zealand debate/vote on it.
It really is depressing that this is what Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world, has for a mayor. At first I was angry and confused, then anger turned into comedy as his blunders were farcical. Now I’m just sad. Sad that Torontonians have another 2 years and 3 months of this bigoted buffoon (no Ford just because that word contains ‘buff’ in it does not mean I’m complimenting you).
Rob Ford’s weekly radio show with brother brought their standard low brow discourse to a whole other level in their latest broadcast. The guest on the show, David Menzies a Toronto Sun reporter, compared homosexuality to obesity, claiming it effects your health as you are more likely to get HIV. He also took shots at a reporter with a rival newspaper, the Toronto Star, claiming the Star sent the most effeminate reporter they had to look into a story that has caused it’s own media firestorm - http://metronews.ca/voices/ford-for-toronto/129795/ford-angry-reporter/
Rob Ford has been no stranger to homophobia, refusing to attend any LGBTQ related events, including Toronto Pride (3rd largest pride festival in the world), claiming that if you’re not gay or a drug user then you don’t need to worry about getting AIDS, endorsing a candidate known for homophobic views and sermons (claiming it is evil, and a disease needing to be cured), he now has this to add to it.
I can’t explain how much I love this. This is what more campaign ads should be like, intelligent, truthful, concise, and addressing the issues. Brilliant.
It looks like politicians in the UK have heard the chorus coming from the masses after Alan Turing was denied a posthumous pardon for his conviction for buggery.
The UK will now pardon all those who suffered convictions under the Sexual Offences Act of 1956. An estimated 16,000 convictions could now be eligible for removal from police records along with malicious convictions for “loitering with intent” according the Pink Press.
Kudos UK! It puts a big smile on my faces when suggestions made in previous posts then come to fruition (though it is HIGHLY doubtful this blog was influential on that in anyway).
Hillary Clinton’s now famous speech on LGBTQ rights to the United Nations.
Holy Jebus! Yes that’s right Maryland, a State south of the Mason-Dixon, has legalized same-sex marriage. While it faces a questionable future with advocates against same-sex marriage pushing for a referendom it suprisingly has beat other states many thought would see equal marriage before it (Oregon, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhodes Island).
A huge congratulations to all those in Maryland and hats off to the legislators in the State who had the courage to support equality and do what is right.