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01/18/2013

Prominent Jamaicans Speak Out Against Homophobia in Powerful New Video Campaign: WATCH

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Via Andrés Duque at Blabbeando comes a powerful new video campaign from J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays) to fight homophobia in that country, including one from the group's director Dane Lewis.

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Says the group:

The campaign, which is called We Are Jamaicans was launched today to raise awareness among Jamaicans about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity and community, human rights, stigma and discrimination. We Are Jamaicans is a participatory video campaign hosted on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/EqualityJA. It features prominent Jamaicans such as Susan and Alexis Goffe and Javed Jaghai.

According to Lewis, “the campaign was developed following recommendations from consultations with LGBT persons, activists and allies to show the experiences of Jamaica’s LGBT community in a more diverse way.”

There is an urgent need to interrupt prevailing discourse on LGBT realities in Jamaica. Opportunities must be created for Jamaicans to see and hear about the experiences of LGBT people so they can understand what it means to be LGBT.

“Regrettably, the diversity and the complexity of Jamaica’s LGBT community is masked by media and advocacy narratives that too often focus on sex, victimhood, crime and HIV. These themes are not identity-affirming and they sometimes further entrench the marginal position of LGBT people in the society,” Lewis said.

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Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 10:40 AM EST by in Jamaica, News | Permalink | Comments (12)


Adorable Stuttering Contestant Wows 'American Idol' Judges: VIDEO

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Lazaro Arbos's story is the kind these shows were made for. A speech impediment that for years caused him to hardly be able to speak and made him an outcast at school is overcome when it's time to sing.

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(via dlisted)

Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 10:16 AM EST by in American Idol, Lazaro Arbos, Music, News | Permalink | Comments (52)


Committed Student Skis to the Library When Buses are Canceled: VIDEO

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When it snows a little in England things start to get interesting.

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(via reddit)

Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 9:54 AM EST by in Great Britain, News, Skiing | Permalink | Comments (10)


Boy Scout Camp Leader Comes Out in YouTube Video, Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Policies: VIDEO

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Derek Nance, a program director at the Mataguay Scout Ranch in Southern California, where he has worked for 10 years, came out of the closet yesterday in a YouTube video. Nance says he decided to come out because his entire life revolves around the community he has built at his job with the BSA, yet he is forced to keep a secret.

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Says Nance:

"I am gay... I'm open to all my friends and family in real life, but the people I truly feel closest to, I've had to remain distant. Which is why I've chosen this moment to open up to them, and to every other staff member of the Boy Scouts of America who is in the same position I am in. The only way we will change the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policies is if those of us who are on the front lines representing them to thousands of scouts every single summer start engaging in some open dialogue on this issue. Lawsuits by the ACLU or confidential reviews by the Boy Scouts are not going to change policies. The first step to coming to an agreement on this issue is to drop the old pretenses and stereotypes and to start actually talking."

Nance says "he wants his legacy to be more than the programs he created and changed" at Mataguay, When the time comes, Nance wants the staff at Mataguay and the BSA summer camps across the U.S. to be the first to accept out gay staff leaders. Until that time, however, Nance says his uniform will hang on the wall waiting for things to get better.

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Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 9:15 AM EST by in Boy Scouts, Derek Nance, Discrimination, News | Permalink | Comments (11)


Sundance Film Explores Anti-Gay American Evangelism in Uganda: VIDEO

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A new film from director Roger Ross Williams premiering today at Sundance explores the relationship between American evangelical churches, their missionaries, and anti-gay laws in Africa like Uganda’s so-called "Kill the Gays" bill.

GodlovesugandaWrites Williams in a director's statement:

I thought about following the activists-brave and admirable men and women-who were fighting against these policies. But I was more curious about the people who, in effect, wanted to kill me. (According to the provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, I could be put to death or imprisoned.) Notably, almost every evangelical I met – American or Ugandan – was polite, agreeable, even charming. Yet I knew that if the bill passed, there would be blood on the streets of Kampala.

What explains that contradiction? What explains the murderous rage and ecstatic transcendence? In the well-known trope about Africa, a white man journeys into the heart of darkness and finds the mystery of Africa and its unknowable otherness. I, a black man, made that journey and found – America.

The film's teaser on YouTube, though more thematic than explicit, has already inspired wrath from anti-gay pastor Martin "eat da poo poo" Ssempa, who left a comment on its page:

Martin_ssempaI knew all along that Roger wanted to perpetuate the myth that the "evil" well funded, American right was responsible for Uganda's resolve to fight the homosexuality agenda. He being a homosexual is biased and hates Africa and true Christianity. He wishes to get sympathy as a typical "feel sorry for me" they wanted to kill me when indeed he was living large in the protection of "Bishop" Robert Kayanja a state connected operative whose team included many machine gun wielding body guards.

The film has the support of activist group AllOut. Says its executive director Andre Banks:

“The world has never had an up-close look at how anti-gay animus is exported from the United States to places like Uganda. The film also raises urgent questions for American people of faith who care about justice and human rights. The large majority of churches in the U.S. raise money to do good in their communities and abroad.  But this film makes clear that we must each be certain that our contributions at the collection plate are not going, directly or indirectly, toward supporting laws that call for the death of gays and lesbians."

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Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 8:40 AM EST by in Film, News, Uganda | Permalink | Comments (9)


Lance Bass Makes Stunning Confession to Jimmy Kimmel: VIDEO

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Not to be outdone by Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel had his own Lance interview last night, and secrets most people had long suspected were revealed.

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Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 8:20 AM EST by in Jimmy Kimmel, Lance Bass, N'Sync, News | Permalink | Comments (37)



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