José Serra, a candidate for the mayor of São Paulo, attacked his main opponent, Fernando Haddad, for previously supporting an anti-homophobic educational program which he labelled as ‘absurd’ and ‘ina...
Twitter is a funny place--trending topics on the social media site can range from the mundane to the topical to the truly bizarre and offensive. But a fairly wonderful thing manifested itself yesterday on the Interwebs.
If this doesn't move you, nothing will.... Who says hip-hop has to be homophobic? Seattle rapper/producer team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' new track "Same Love" is easily one of the most moving cases for LGBTQ equality I've ever heard. Trust me when I say you don't want to miss this one.
Indonesia’s government has taken steps to over-ride patents on a range of HIV drugs, highlighting a growing trend by Asian states to allow local production of cheap generic drugs that cut into sales of global pharmaceutical companies.
I was filling out an application the other day. It asked me what I felt my greatest accomplishment thus far was. I thought for a moment and answered that I am most proud of surviving all that came with coming out to you as a lesbian.
As a Christian, I feel it is very important for me to share some things with you. As a regular listener to This American Life I am familiar with your work, and I just finished listening to your guest appearance on the Slate Political Gabfest. My original plan for the remainder of this introduction was to write as though I was going to deliver a diatribe against your positions and lifestyle and then cleverly turn that on its head by revealing the truth to be completely the opposite. That seems exhausting and unnecessary, so instead I will lampshade the idea (how meta? or trying too hard?) and just tell you that I stand behind you, Mister Savage. And not in spite of faith. No, my faith in Jesus Christ strengthens my support for civil rights and marriage equality. (I didn’t say gay rights, because gay rights are civil rights, and there is no reason to single them out)
Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs is a very conservative judge. He joined a court decision effectively declaring corporations immune to international human rights law — even when they “trade in or exploit slaves, employ mercenary armies to do dirty work for despots, perform genocides or operate torture prisons for a despot’s political opponents, or engage in piracy.” And he once gave a speech to the conservative Federalist Society decrying the “anti-social effects” of attorneys providing free legal services to the less fortunate.And yet, this severely conservative judge is also the author of an opinion striking down the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act. Even more significantly, Chief Judge Jacobs’ opinion concludes that any law which discriminates against gay men and lesbians should be treated very skeptically under our Constitution:
The UK just stood back and did nothing while Ola was forced onto a chartered flight to Nigeria, which he had fled years ago because he's gay. The judge who heard Ola's asylum case didn't want to believe he was gay, and it turns out there's no guidelines in the UK that set that standard.