Best gay blog. Towleroad Wins Award

Bolivia Hub



04/19/2007


Bolivian President: Eating Estrogen-Rich Chicken Makes You Gay

Bolivian President Evo Morales caused laughter to ripple through the audience at a conference on climate change on Tuesday when he suggested that eating hormone-injected chicken caused men to deviate into homosexuality, Spero News reports:

Morales "[Morales] claimed that the presence of homosexual men around the world is a consequence of inadequate nutrition. According to Morales, this is due to eating chicken saturated with feminizing hormones 'The chicken that we eat is chock-full of feminine hormones. So, when men eat these chickens, they deviate from themselves as men.'"

Morales also blamed European baldness on genetically modified foods.

Agence France Presse reports: "Spain's National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals sent a protest letter to the Bolivian embassy of Madrid, calling Morales remarks 'homophobic.' The president of Argentina's homosexual community, Cesar Cigliutti, said: 'It's an absurdity to think that eating hormone-containing chicken can change the sexual orientation of a person.' ... 'By following that reasoning, if we put male hormones in a chicken and we make a homosexual eat it, he will transform into a heterosexual,' he added, in online comments."

According to Spero, "The conference was billed as the First Worldwide Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth and organized by the South American nation’s government as defense of environmentalism. The conference assailed capitalism as an assault on Mother Earth, which many Andean peoples refer to as 'Pacha Mama.' According to Morales, genetically altered foods and Coca-Cola are 'symbols of capitalism.'"


News: Oscar Wilde, El Niño, Pepto-Bismol, Vladimir Putin, Iraq

Road

U.S. military probing claims by Iraqi refugee that servicemembers were involved in the executions of gays in Iraq.

Ryanlandry

Road

Provincetown player Ryan Landry stars as Oscar Wilde in production of Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency.

Road

Save the Earth, piss in the shower.

Road

New El Niño may be second-strongest.

Road

The Majority: Condé Nast's 'A-gay' tower of power?

Road

Bolivia bans all circus animals: "Bolivia has enacted what animal rights activists are calling the world's first ban on all animals in circuses. A handful of other countries have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, but the Bolivian ban includes domestic animals as well."

Road

Phyllis Schlafly unleashes on the National Education Association for supporting gays at its annual convention in San Diego.

Road

Allen Thornell, LGBT leader in Georgia, dies after suffering stroke.

Road

Leonardo Dicaprio hits the beach in Ibiza.

Pepto

Road

Pepto-Bismol ice cream: hangover cure?

Road

Murses and the dudes who dig them. (via the awl)

Road

Stonewall Shooting Sports: Gay Utah group to join gun rights march in Salt Lake City.

Road

Killer of gay seaman August Provost, who committed suicide while in custody, had tried to kill himself twice before.

Road

Movieline interviews photographer Bruce Weber.

Road

Maybe the only reason to see the new G.I. Joe flick?

Road

The NYT visits the John Bartlett boutique: "It’s not as if this store is exclusively gay; it’s just secure in its sexuality. Contrary to current film and television, there is a large segment of confident gay men out there who aren’t that obsessed with fashion. They work hard, and just need some nice clothes for jobs and second dates."

Road

What Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Will Smith will be wearing this fall.

Putin

Road

Russian PM Vladimir Putin shows off his macho self again. FLASHBACK: A river runs through Russia: Fishing with Pin-up Putin.

Road

75% of Poles against same-sex marriage.

Road

Glenn Beck: Don't get violent, even though I've been riling you up for years.

Road

Error rate increases as signatures are counted in Washington state anti-gay ballot measure.

Road

Massachusetts teen held on $1000 bond after anti-gay assault: "According to the victim, he and his female friend were walking on Bay Street when they were approached by a group of four boys. They identified two of the four as Ambers and Gregg, who appeared to be intoxicated when they directed their attention toward the victim in an aggressive manner. Though she tried to keep Ambers at a distance, the victim’s friend told officers her attempts were futile. Reports say Ambers and Gregg shouted homosexual slurs as they punched and kicked the teenager until he fell to the ground."

Road

Annie Lennox, backwards and forwards.


News: Melrose Place, Matthew Mitcham, Wyoming, BAFTAs, Bolivia

road.jpg Wyoming House kills anti-gay marriage bill: "After an hour of impassioned debate Friday, the House defeated an attempt to define marriage in the state Constitution as a union between a man and a woman. House Joint Resolution 17, also known as the "Defense of Marriage" resolution, failed by a vote of 35-25. Wyoming law already stipulates that only marriages between a man and woman are valid, but the law also requires the state to recognize valid unions performed in other states."

Mitchamroad.jpg Matthew Mitcham gets a sponsor: Aussie telecommunications giant Telstra.

road.jpg The juice on the Melrose Place remake.

road.jpg Boy George to leave jail early? Meanwhile, he scrubs sinks.

road.jpg New constitution in Bolivia bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity!

road.jpg Strange drag queen bird spotted in the wild.

road.jpg Virginia man gets 35 month for attack on gay man in DC last October: "Court documents claim that the 19-year-old and his friend, Saad Elorch, approached the victim and his friend. When Abdulgader and Elorch learned of the men's sexual orientation, they made homophobic remarks to them. Documents also state that Abdulgader knocked the victim unconscious with a glass bottle and that he admitted to attacking the victim because he was gay."

road.jpg BAFTA Awards handed out in London. Here's what won.

Davieroad.jpg Obama names Fred Davie to Policy Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

road.jpg Brad Gooch on closets, Harvey Milk, and the art world of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

road.jpg Anti-gay vandalism condemned at Long Island LGBT Youth Center forum: "When somebody is attacked because of their race, religion or sexual orientation, we're all attacked."

road.jpg Ann Coulter under investigation for voter fraud: "Ann Coulter is now the subject of a formal probe by Connecticut’s Elections Enforcement Commission, moving her closer to being charged with fraud. The commission is now conducting a 'thorough investigation' of whether the prolific conservative pundit broke the law earlier this decade by voting in Connecticut while living in New York City, a spokeswoman for the commission told the New York Daily News."

road.jpg Kristen Wiig is Kathie Lee Gifford.

Anderroad.jpg Berlinale: First gay Basque film unveiled. "Pushing even a larger envelope, most of 'Ander’s' finance comes from the Basque government, via Berdindu, its gay-lesbian service...Roberto Caston, its writer-director, bridles slightly at the gay tag. Pic follows fortysomething Ander, a Basque farmer-cum-factory worker who breaks a leg. He hires a Peruvian immigrant, Jose (Christian Esquivel, 'Che'), who inspires in Ander feelings he didn’t know he had. 'The film’s about solitude, which most of the characters suffer,' said Caston. 'Ander' rides a new Basque cinema wave."

road.jpg All My Children: Daytime television to have first same-sex wedding.

road.jpg Male model fix: Travis Hanson.

road.jpg A write-up on NYC's new East Village straight-owned gay bar The Hose.

road.jpg Fort Lauderdale Democrats club running ads revealing which mayoral candidates are supported by anti-gay outgoing mayor Jim Naugle: "The ads, running in gay publications, have a grid that notes which candidates are Democrats, gay or lesbian, filled out the Dolphins questionnaire or are supported by Naugle. The mayor acknowledged that linking him with candidates he supports — Jack Seiler for mayor and Romney Rogers for City Commission — could hurt them with gay voters. 'Certainly it might hurt,' Naugle said. But, noting that he's been elected 'eight consecutive times, and all by wide margins,' Naugle said his support would help with the non-gay majority."


Letter from Bolivia

I'm not normally in the practice of making announcements regarding commitment ceremonies but when folks in other countries (less socially open countries in particular) are bucking bigotry for the sake of their happiness, it's worth taking notice.

FrededaveSo when I received this letter in my mailbox from a couple named Dave and Frede in Bolivia, I thought it was worth sharing. They'll be holding a commitment ceremony this weekend. Dave is a Bolivian-American who met his partner while visiting there.

He writes: "We are extremely excited to be celebrating our commitment ceremony here in Bolivia with our friends and family. Although it is a bit out of the norm for here, we went ahead with our plans just like any other couple would, and have been pleasantly surprised with the response we have received from the community. The event itself is planned as a very intimate reception and spiritual ceremony held at one of our family member's homes. The goal is basically to celebrate our commitment to one another in front of our closest friends and family. We realize that our ceremony is just that and nothing more, but for us, we are treating it the same as any other groom and groom would do. In the near future we would like to realize our dream of legalizing our commitment in a more accepting country."

BoliviaSame-sex activity is legal in Bolivia, though not widely accepted. As recently as 1996, Bolivia's gay rights group MGLP Libertad released a statement published by the IGLA discussing that country's attitudes toward gay people: "Homosexuality is never discussed in Bolivia and this is typical in the macho ethos that prevails here, as in many Latin American societies. In Bolivia, homosexuals are viewed, not to say pigeon-holed, as undesirables that are outside society’s normal moral code."

We wish Dave and Frede the best. Hopefully theirs will be an example other Bolivians can follow. Baby steps.


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged