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04/19/2007


Google Exporting LGBT Love Around The World

GoogleGayShirtGoogle, one of the nation's most LGBT-friendly companies in the United States, is exporting its inclusive philosophy abroad through a "Legalize Love" set to launch tomorrow in first Poland and Singapore and then, they hope, the rest of the world.

Instinct offers more details:

Gay Star News says the campaign "will tackle places where it is illegal to be gay, or where there are other anti-gay laws or where the culture is homophobic."

Google, long known for their pro-LGBT business practices, has a clear goal.

The company's Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe says: "We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work."

Google will join forces with other non-government organizations (NGO's) to lobby the governments.

Singapore is specifically mentioned, says Palmer-Edgecumbe, because it "wants to be a global financial center and world leader [and being] a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation."


NEWS: Sexual Inverts, Sacred Sites, Richard Dawkins, And A Huge Pink Dot

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Towleroad-roadicon Happy birthday to The Well of Loneliness, the pioneering lesbian novel published 84 years ago today in Britain. It hit mainstream bookshelves at the end of July, and initially drew praise from critics who appreciated its empathetic, psychologically acute depiction of "sexual inverts" (of which the author, Radclyffe Hall, was one.) From Wikipedia:

James Douglas, editor of the Sunday Express newspaper, did not agree. Douglas was a dedicated moralist, an exponent of muscular Christianity, which sought to reinvigorate the church by promoting physical health and manliness. His colorfully worded editorials on subjects such as "the flapper vote" (that is, the extension of suffrage to women under 30) and "modern sex novelists" helped the Express family of papers prosper in the cutthroat circulation wars of the late 1920s. These leader articles shared the pages of the Sunday Express with gossip, murderers' confessions, and features about the love affairs of great men and women of the past.

Douglas's campaign against The Well of Loneliness began on Saturday, August 18, with poster and billboard advertising and a teaser in the Daily Express promising to expose "A Book That Should Be Suppressed". In his editorial the next day, Douglas wrote that "sexual inversion and perversion" had already become too visible and that the publication of The Well brought home the need for society to "cleans[e] itself from the leprosy of these lepers". For Douglas the sexological view of homosexuality was pseudoscience, incompatible with the Christian doctrine of free will; instead, he argued, homosexuals were damned by their own choice – which meant that others could be corrupted by "their propaganda". Above all, children must be protected: "I would rather give a healthy boy or a healthy girl a phial of prussic acid than this novel. Poison kills the body, but moral poison kills the soul" ...

[The book's nervous publisher] Jonathan Cape sent a copy of The Well to the Home Secretary for his opinion, offering to withdraw the book if it would be in the public interest to do so. The Home Secretary was William Joynson-Hicks, a Conservative known for his crackdowns on alcohol, nightclubs and gambling ... He took only two days to reply that The Well was "gravely detrimental to the public interest"; if Cape did not withdraw it voluntarily, criminal proceedings would be brought.

Cape announced that he had stopped publication, but he secretly leased the rights to Pegasus Press, an English language publisher in France ... With publicity increasing demand, sales were brisk, but the reappearance of The Well on bookstore shelves soon came to the attention of the Home Office. On October 3 Joynson-Hicks issued a warrant for shipments of the book to be seized ...

Towleroad-roadicon Singapore's lovely alternative to a Pride Parade: A huge pink dot.

Towleroad-roadicon 200 PhD's against that ridiculous Regnerus study about gay parents:

... the author is unable to distinguish between the impact of having a parent who has had a continuous same-sex relationship from the impact of having same-sex parents who broke-up from the impact of living in a same-sex stepfamily from the impact of living with a single parent who may have dated a same-sex partner; each of these groups are included in a single “lesbian mother” or “gay father” group depending on the gender of the parent who had a same-sex relationship. Specifically, this paper fails to distinguish family structure and family instability. Thus, it fails to distinguish, for children whose parents ever had a same-sex relationship experience, the associations due to family structure from the associations due to family stability. However, he does attempt to distinguish family structure from family instability for the children of different-sex parents by identifying children who lived in an intact biological family ...

Towleroad-roadicon Bradlee Dean suggests that the LGBT rights movement is a Trojan Horse for pedophilia, and that gay blogs have refused to condemn Jerry Sandusky. He's not real hot on research, huh? 

Timbuktu Towleroad-roadicon New tween fad: Burning yourself with ice and salt. What happened to planking?

Towleroad-roadicon Jennifer Keeton, counseling student program expelled for refusing to provide secular counseling to LGBT students, loses her discrimination case.

Towleroad-roadicon A rather sunburnt looking Richard Dawkins gets 35 minutes on Al Jazeera

Towleroad-roadicon By living in sin, are you breaking the law?

Towleroad-roadicon On the import of Massachusetts's new HIV testing rules.  

Towleroad-roadicon The destruction of ancient Sufi holy sites in Timbuktu continues amain


That New Shop That Opened in Singapore was an Abercrombie

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What gave it away?

The Straits Times reports:

Employed by retail brand Abercrombie & Fitch, about 40 of these male models stood in a straight line flashing smiles and striking poses outside the yet-to-open flagship store in Singapore's premier shopping district.

Among the 40 models, about five were sourced locally.

Responses from the ground were tepid at first this morning, with many onlookers taking pictures from afar. But, curiosity soon overtook the passers-by, and within half an hour, the men were swarmed.

More shots and video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Vladimir Putin, Jonah Mowry, Penn Jillette, Nigeria, Singapore, And God

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Road It was a bad day for Putin:

United Russia, the governing party of Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, suffered surprisingly steep losses in parliamentary elections on Sunday and was barely clinging to a 50 percent majority, with nearly three-quarters of the votes counted.

The three minority parties that now hold seats in Parliament — the Communist Party, the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and Just Russia, a social democratic party — all made strong gains, meaning that United Russia would have little choice but to forge a working relationship with at least some segment of the newly empowered opposition.

Road This weekend, Jonah Mowry's video about being bullied in middle school went seriously, uberly viral, and he wants everyone to know that he's okay. He posted a video to that effect, but it's since been taken down.

Road Bishop Eddie Long, accused sexual harasser of young male congregants, will cease preaching.

Road The boys of Hanson introduce their IPA. It's called "MMMHop."

Road Students sue to get the Ten Commandments out of their school, and school board chairman Eric Gentry calls them "cowards."

Road This video game doesn't try to entertain, doesn't try to delight. Mostly it wants to bore you, and choke you with angst and ennui. Interested?

Road The NC marriage amendment continues to lose political support:

North Carolina state Sen. Jim Davis (R) has joined the chorus of Republicans walking back their support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban all recognition of same-sex relationships. At a town hall this week, he reiterated his opposition to same-sex couples marrying, but admitted the amendment restricts freedoms “beyond his comfort zone”:

DAVIS: I have a lot of libertarian in me. I believe firmly, passionately that a marriage should be defined as being between one man and one woman. But I also believe with all my heart that in a free America people who choose to live a different lifestyle should have a legal right to do so. Just don’t call it marriage. [This amendment will] restrict their freedoms a little beyond my comfort zone.

Road Michael Beitz's vaguely disturbing folding house.

Road Read about the Singapore SlutWalk.

Road There is apparently a show called The Virgin Diaries, and on it they show you things like this. Gak!

Road What destroyed the Cain candidacy?

Road Nigeria's anti-gay legislation could risk AIDS funding:

A newly added portion of the bill, leveling 10 years in prison for those found guilty of organizing, operating or supporting gay clubs, organizations and meetings, worries advocates in Nigeria. They fear the law could be used against groups providing aid for HIV and AIDS outreach programs that traditionally consider gay men as an at-risk group.

"We work with them trying to reduce their risk factors, trying to make them more healthy and have safer sex practices," said Meyiwa Ede of the donor-funded public health organization Society for Family Health. "If we can't work with them anymore, then they are vulnerable."

But lawmakers playing to the deeply religious nation's dislike of gays and lesbians have said donor nations who threaten to cut aid over the bill can keep their assistance, putting at risk the lives of people reliant on anti-retroviral drugs.

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Road Penn Jillette provides an atheist's guide to the 2012 election. He doesn't say who to vote for, but he says a lot of other things. I mean, a lot of other things. Goodness! Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Watch: Promo Video for Singapore's 'Pink Dot' Festival Highlights Private Pain Caused by Homophobia

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A new clip for Singapore's 'Pink Dot' festival highlights the private pain felt by LGBT people and their friends and family members caused by homophobia. The festival, in support of the freedom to love, is set to take place in Hong Lim Park on June 18.

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Watch: Thousands of Singaporeans Celebrate LGBT Love

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More than 4,000 people showed up at Singapore's Hong Lim Park on Saturday for the second annual Pink Dot celebration of "inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love."

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"The milestone event, held for the second time here, is organised by a group of local volunteers and aims to raise awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of one’s sexual orientation. This year’s theme is family, and the peaceful event was attended by both straight and gay Singaporeans and permanent residents, some who came with their family members. Pink Dot spokesperson Jack Yong said: 'We are immensely gratified and touched by the show of solidarity and support that Singaporeans have given us. Pink Dot 2010 has reached out and moved even more Singaporeans, straight and gay  It is extremely uplifting to know that Singaporean families are strong enough to look beyond the labels and social prejudices that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Singaporeans face to continue to love and support one another. Pink Dot 2010 is not a demonstration nor a protest, but a celebration of love and kinship.'”

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