The hottest parties to attend this weekend at Sitges Gay Pride The best pictures of Sofia Pride haters don’t want you to see The singer is beloved by the community | Photo: Flickr/lindsay neilson photos Ariana Grande is reportedly engaged to boyfriend Pete Davidson. The 24-year-old appears to confirm the news in replies to fans on her official Twitter account.
Ever since the news started circulating, fans have taken to social media to find out more. The singer is playing along. HAHAHAHAHAHH HES BEEN BRIEFED — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 12, 2018 Grande, whose fandom is incredibly supportive, replied to a fan that Davidson has ‘been briefed’ about marrying her fans as well. The singer also tweeted to former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello, whom she often calls ‘wife’, that they ‘need to talk’.
Grande and Davidson have been dating for a month but met back in 2016 when the singer hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. Davidson, one of the youngest actors on SNL, joined the cast in 2014.
Grande formerly dated rapper Mac Miller for two years, while Davidson was seeing comedian Larry David’s daughter Cazzie David. Both recently ended their previous relationships and started dating.
The two have posted adorable pictures on their official Instagram accounts ever since. Davidson posted an Instagram picture of him and Ariana Grande in Harry Potter-inspired costumes at a Robert Pattinson’s party at the end of May. i am but a pete davidson update acc stay tuned for more (pete follows / comments sumtimes) Ariana Grande’s latest post with Davidson dates back to only two days ago. Ariana’s letter to the LGBTI community
Earlier this month, Grande, who grew up with a gay brother, penned a heartfelt letter to the LGBTI community for Pride Month. She revealed she was taught how to perfect her makeup skills by ‘queens in gay bars in New York City’.
She wrote: ‘My music being embraced and celebrated by the LGBTQ community is all I ever truly cared about when I thought about my career goals early on. There’s no award I could win or accolade I could receive that would fulfill me more than seeing a 6-foot queen with a 4-foot ponytail walk into my meet n greet and say ‘hey girl’ or meeting a young queer person at Starbucks and them letting me know that my music has helped them become who they are. Literally nothing.’
Waiting for an official confirm by one of Ariana Grande’s representatives, better to keep an eye on her social profiles.
The hottest parties to attend this weekend at Sitges Gay Pride A major Catholic rally, supported by the Vatican, will host a speech on welcoming gay and lesbian people to the Church.
The World Meeting of Families is a Catholic Church run event taking place in Dublin, Ireland 21-26 August. Pope Francis will attend for the final two days. It will culminate with a large-scale mass at Phoenix Park. Reverend James Martin
The event yesterday released further program details.
Major topics of the gathering include, among other issues, the impact of technology on the family and the impact of conflict on faith and the family. But it is some of the smaller events that may raise eyebrows.
One of the invited speakers is American Jesuit priest, Rev. James ‘Jim’ Martin. He will give a presentation on welcoming LGBT Catholics and their families to parishes.
Rev. Martin has previously been noted for his views on welcoming gay people to the Church. The Manhattan-based cleric is seen as a liberal voice in the higher echelons of the Church.
Last year, he published a book: Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the L.G.B.T. Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity.
He serves as a consultants to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications. Last month, it was Martin, working in his capacity as press adviser to the Vatican, that revealed the Pope had told a gay man that God had made him that way and loved him.
His views have upset more conservative voices in the Catholic Church. Several talks he has previously been booked to give in the US have been cancelled.
However, he looks forward to speaking at the World Meeting of Families. He told Associated Press his invitation to talk was ‘immensely significant.’
He went on to say: ‘LGBT Catholics and their parents are an important part of our church.
‘The message from the Vatican to LGBT Catholics is this: you belong.’ Speech welcomed
A London-based LGBT Catholics group welcomed the news.
‘We warmly welcome Jim Martin’s speaking role at the World Meeting of Families even if for many of us his book, Building A Bridge, is quite moderate,’ a spokesperson told GSN.
‘He has become a strong advocate for LGBT+ people, parents and families. We are are running monthly sessions, using his book, at Farm Street Jesuit Church, London, literally building a bridge between LGBT+ Catholics and straight people from other Catholic parishes in and around London.’
Besides Rev. James Martin, World Meeting of Familes will also host panels on child protection. One will feature US Cardinal Sean O’Malley. The Archbishop of Boston, O’Malley has advised the Pope on sexual abuse prevention and settled sexual abuse claims on behalf of the church. Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of abuse, will also take part. See also
‘By standing up for people who are marginalized in any way, you’re doing exactly what Jesus did and you’re doing what Jesus asks us to do’
The hottest parties to attend this weekend at Sitges Gay Pride The best pictures of Sofia Pride haters don’t want you to see Pyongyang, could open up more. Photo: Pixabay As US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un conclude an historic summit in Singapore, we take a look at what it’s like to be gay in North Korea.
North Korea is one of the most closed-off and secretive nations in the world. Little is known of life within the nation’s borders, farless about the lives of LGBT people in the country.
So here’s what we DO know about LGBT life in the world’s most secretive country: It’s not technically illegal to be gay in North Korea
Contrary to popular belief, North Korea has no specific law prohibiting same sex relationships.
But don’t start waving your Pride month rainbow flags just yet. North Korea denies the existence of homosexuality altogether, on the grounds that the people of the country all have ‘sound mentality and good morals’. Thousands of people in North Korea are gay
North Korea’s only known gay defector is Jang Yeong-jin. He escaped his country in 1997 by crossing heavily armed border between his country of birth and South Korea.
Yeong-jin said that there are thousands of gay people living miserably in the so-called ’Hermit’ nation. He said that many people don’t even have a word for their LGBT feelings. Lesbians executed for crime of ‘capitalism’
In 2011 the country executed two lesbians. The government said the women had become ‘influenced by capitalism from Japan and brought corruption of public morals.’
Moreover, the women were executed for ‘being tinged by capitalism, not demoralization’, a government sponsored radio station. North Korean soldiers photographed in romantic embrace
A few years later, in 2015, photographs of two North Korean soldiers emerged showing them in a passionate embrace. The pictures came from CCTV footage from a South Korea security camera and went viral. The fate of the two men is unknown.
A 2014 report by the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea detailed a number of human rights abuses, including persecution of citizens based on gender.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office has the following advice for LGBT people on its website: ‘Although there’s no specific legislation outlawing homosexuality in North Korea, same-sex relationships are considered unacceptable by the authorities’.
Trump and Jong-un met in Singapore this week to sign a denuclearization agreement for North Korea. It was the first meeting months after tensions rose between the two nations. Trump spoke of a ‘special bond’ between the two leaders and promised more developments in the months ahead.
Neighbouring South Korea is a more tolerant country. The capital, Seoul has an active gay scene. However, dozens were arrested last year when the country’s military conducted a ‘gay witch hunt’.
The hottest parties to attend this weekend at Sitges Gay Pride The best pictures of Sofia Pride haters don’t want you to see A gay man in England has seen one of his tweets going viral after announcing that he had just tested positive for HIV.
Henry, 26, tweets under the name @bloxhamboy1991 . Last week I was told I had tested positive for HIV. My world imploded and I felt like I had my future taken from me. In the days since I’ve felt every emotion known, I’ve scrubbed myself until I was red raw because I felt dirty. Today I had my first appt with my HIV doctor… — Henry (@bloxhamboy1991) June 11, 2018 ‘I’ve scrubbed myself until I was red raw because I felt dirty’
His twitter thread said the following.
‘Last week I was told I had tested positive for HIV. My world imploded and I felt like I had my future taken from me. In the days since I’ve felt every emotion known, I’ve scrubbed myself until I was red raw because I felt dirty. Today I had my first appt with my HIV doctor…
‘…and although things haven’t magically gotten better, I feel more positive. I know that with medication I’ll be able to live a long, normal(ish) life. I didn’t ask for this but I can deal with it and hopefully by speaking out, some good can come out of the bad…
‘… so if you do one thing this week I’d urge you to get tested. Know your status. Wear a condom. Use PrEP. Look after yourself and by proxy others too. I can’t change my diagnosis but I can use my voice to try and make a small difference.’ ‘I regularly test’
Henry told GSN that his diagnosis had come as a huge shock.
‘I’d been admitted to hospital on Sunday evening with breathing issues and was told I had tested positive on the Wednesday.
‘I’d last been tested in November 2017, and I regularly test.’
Did he hesitate before deciding to announce the news online?
‘I took a couple of days to process what had happened and what I had to do and then realized that I could potentially help my twitter friends to stay safe if I spoke out,’ he says. ‘I’ve always been supportive of those with HIV and I know the only way to end stigma is by speaking out and being vocal.
‘So I tweeted my story and here we are. I hope this helps.’
At the moment, unlike countries such as the US and Australia, PrEP medication is not available in the UK. PrEP, usually taken as a daily pill, helps prevent people becoming HIV positive. The NHS is running a trial to determine its cost effectiveness.
Henry says he would have taken PrEP were it available.
‘I would have, and had asked my sexual health clinic about getting on the PrEP trials last year but there weren’t enough spaces.’
In response to a question posed by someone on Twitter about how he acquired the virus, he responded: ‘I believe it happened when a condom split during sex but I’ll never know for sure.’
His original tweet has now had hundreds of messages of support.
‘You’re amazing for being so brave on putting this up and not keeping it hidden. You’re exactly the same person as you were before, this doesn’t and won’t define you,’ said @glennzo21.
Another, @Westie_63, said: ‘In time HIV will become a very small part of you, it’s just a virus buddy. After 10 years of living with HIV I’ve met some amazing people, and you’re amazing.’ ‘We need to move beyond outdated notions of HIV’
Matthew Hodson is Chief Executive of HIV information service NAM.
‘Fear and stigma discourage HIV testing, disempower people living with the virus and make people scared to discuss HIV with their sexual partners,’ he told GSN.‘We need to move beyond outdated notions of HIV. They only serve to hamper our prevention efforts and stir up HIV stigma .
‘We urgently need to end the limits to the numbers of people who can access PrEP. We know PrEP works. It needs to be available to all, otherwise we will see more cases, like Henry’s, where people know about PrEP, want it, but acquire HIV because it wasn’t available to them.’ See also
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The hottest parties to attend this weekend at Sitges Gay Pride The best pictures of Sofia Pride haters don’t want you to see Martin in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Photo: Ricky Martin Instagram Pop icon Ricky Martin has told a US TV station that he wishes his two young children were gay and that it was a ‘very special thing’ to be gay.
Martin, who recently starred in the hit US drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Series, was talking to US celebrity TV programme ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers.
During the interview Martin told the ABC host that he would relish the opportunity to be able to come out again. Martin wants to ‘come out’ as gay again
’I wish I could come out again because it just felt amazing. And then after that, people coming to me and saying thank you so much for coming out. Because of you, I understand my father better. I understand my sister better. So it’s an important thing to do.’
As Travers praised Martin for coming out to the world, Martin then says: ‘I don’t know, my kids are too young, but I wish they were gay. It is a very special thing.’
The Livin’ la Vida Loca star has two children, twins Matteo and Valentino, who were born in 2008. Martin came out as gay the same year.
He said that he wanted to persuade others to follow his example and not hide who they really were from the world. ’The sensitivity, the way I see now, that I don’t have to hide in any way shape or form.’
He continued: ‘I see colors. And then you see the rainbow. I understand why the symbol is the rainbow. It’s just real. Everything is tangible. It makes me a stronger person.’
Martin played Antonio D’Amico, the long term partner of Italian fashion designer Versace in FXNetwork series The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
The best pictures of Sofia Pride haters don’t want you to see Here are the best 23 photos from the LA Pride Parade Thirty minutes from Barcelona, Sitges is renowned for being one of the LGBTI favorite destinations.
The Saint Tropez of Spain will celebrate Sitges Gay Pride this weekend, prior to this September’s Sitges Bear Week .
This year’s theme #strongertogether is sending a message of inclusion enhanced by the collaboration with representatives from the whole LGBTI community. Let’s fiesta in Sitges
Kicking off Thursday 14 June with the opening ceremony, Sitges Gay Pride will be ready to welcome 35,000 visitors.
The Gay Village will be the beating heart of celebrations hosting tribute nights to Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Prince.
The fiesta will revolve around two main areas: iconic clubs Organic and Bunker. In the former, Barcelona’s Matinee Group will take care of late night entertainment with several themed parties. The latter, the most famous cruising club in the city, will call for those on a mission with a series of events culminating in the Lights Out Closing Party on 19 June.
Other activities include drag performances, a boat party on 15 June and the Hola Beach Club party on 16 June. The Sitges Gay Pride Parade on the Paseo
Promoted by the Association for Gay and Lesbian Sitges (AFGAL), the Parade will be on-route on 17 June. 2,000 participants and 20 floats are expected to march waving their flags. There will also be a dedicated kids zone with face painting, clowns and puppets.
At the end of the parade, a special Kisshaton will prompt marchers to share a picture while kissing a loved one, regardless of sexuality. Kissers can post their pictures on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #strongertogether. A PrEP seminar
Informational seminars will be taking place throughout June, organized by the association Sitges Gay Link. The most relevant events during pride weekend are a march for LGBTI refugees and a PrEP workshop, aimed at informing on HIV prevention.
Moreover, a commemorative bracelet will go on sale in the gay village. Proceeds will go to Stop SIDA, the local group committed to spreading awareness on HIV and AIDS.
Jack Nesbit, left, and Jim Egan in1949. (Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) Historica Canada is releasing a long-awaited video Tuesday night depicting one part of the LGBT community’s struggle in Canada, and one community activist who’s seen it says the video does an "incredible job" of telling the story.
As part of the popular Heritage Minute series, the organization focused on the country’s history, produced a one-minute story about Jim Egan.
Historica Canada’s website describes Egan, who was born in 1921, as an activist, an openly-gay politician and the first to write "from a gay point of view in Canada."
Egan may be best remembered for a May 1995 case that went to the Supreme Court of Canada where he and his partner, Jack Nesbit, sued Ottawa for the right to claim a spousal pension under the Old Age Security Act.
This timeline of same-sex rights in Canada notes the court ruled against Egan and his partner but the case paved the way for legislating same-sex marriage, as the judges unanimously agreed sexual orientation is a protected ground and that protection extends to partnerships of lesbians and gay men.
The minute-long film will debut at the Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church St. where a reception is planned from 5-7 p.m.
Jeremy Dias, executive director for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, got a sneak peek at the Heritage Minute.
"We have very few moments in time that were turning points in our movements," he said. Jim Egan peeling potatoes in the merchant navy in 1943. (Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) Instead, there were long "battles" in court, on the streets that "are about changing people’s hearts and minds. This minute does an incredible job at capturing those moments in time."
He said the video spans three decades of Egan’s advocacy for LGBT rights.
Dias remembered seeing heritage minutes like this one about Agnes Macphail, Canada’s first female MP or this one about a Norse settlement in Newfoundland.
"Those heritage minutes are critical to understanding us as Canadians," Dias said, which is why, he said, it’s so critical that the LGBT stories be a part of the Historica Canada’s collection and Egan’s journey is a good place to start.
Dias says the Heritage Minutes not only educates Canadians about LGBT rights but sends a message to the community.
"If Jim can do it then you can do it too," he said, adding that it’s a reminder that "if others are fighting for queer and trans human rights well then you have a place in that story."
British Chief Inspector Joseph Stokoe speaks to the media at the International Police Cooperation Center opened in Domodedovo, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The top British police officer working at the World Cup in Russia has predicted LGBT fans will follow Russian laws which restrict how they can express their identity in public. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) DOMODEDOVO, Russia (AP) — The top British police officer working at the World Cup in Russia has suggested visiting LGBT fans should follow local laws which restrict how they can express their identity in public.
Russian law bans the so-called “propaganda” of homosexuality in any setting where children could be present. In practice, it has been used to restrict public discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and to block protests, although Russian authorities have suggested the measure won’t be as strictly enforced at the World Cup.
When asked what advice he’d give to LGBT fans of England, chief Inspector Joseph Stokoe predicted “they will follow the law as it is in Russia.”
He adds “people may or may not wish to fly (the rainbow) flag. We’ve discussed that with Russian authorities to ensure there’s that communication.”
© Getty Images On June 1, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a proclamation for Pride Month , acknowledging the human rights violations that LGBT people face worldwide. However, the International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 — an annual survey on the state of religious freedom in 195 countries released on May 28 — offers a mixed bag for LGBT people at a time when religious liberty increasingly is used as a pretext to license discrimination in the United States. In the months ahead, the State Department should more forcefully promote an inclusive vision of religious liberty that all can enjoy.
In the aftermath of U.S. marriage equality, the rhetoric of religious liberty increasingly has functioned as an excuse to refuse service to LGBT people, women, and others in the United States. Lawmakers have invoked religious freedom to justify discrimination in areas as diverse as employment, education, health care, housing and public accommodations. Similar campaigns pitting religious liberty against LGBT rights have begun abroad, including in debates over marriage equality in Australia and Romania .
Against this backdrop, LGBT advocates expressed concern when former Gov. Sam Brownback, who signed an executive order in Kansas allowing wedding vendors to discriminate against same-sex couples, became the U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. They were even more alarmed by the recent appointment of Tony Perkins — an activist who has called LGBT people “abnormal,” “evil” and “immoral” and regularly characterizes them as pedophiles — to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Unfortunately, many of this year’s country reports suggest that arguments pitting religious liberty against LGBT equality are surfacing in U.S. foreign policy. The State Department’s reports on Bolivia , Canada , and the Philippines , respectively, emphasize that religious authorities opposed bills allowing transgender people to update their sex on documentation, protecting transgender youth in the child welfare system, and prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people.
For the United States to uncritically echo this opposition not only fails to consider whether these concerns are valid, but fails to appreciate the human rights violations that LGBT people experience in those countries.
In some cases, the State Department appears more concerned with the feelings of religious leaders than with rights and freedoms. The Seychelles report highlights religious authorities’ objections to the recent decriminalization of same-sex activity and opposition to a televised debate on LGBT rights. Instead of citing these views as religious liberty concerns, the State Department should see the moves in Seychelles as positive developments that further the rights of all.
Some of the country reports do give powerful examples of religion being used to target LGBT people. The report on Israel and the Golan Heights , for example, notes that ultra-Orthodox opponents threatened LGBT Pride parades with violence, and that many LGBT youths face family rejection. The reports document blasphemy and apostasy charges against LGBT advocates and allies in Greece and Sudan . They flag that men who have sex with men have been publicly caned under sharia law in Indonesia ; that ISIS in Syria targets homosexuality; and that the Maldives , Mauritania , and Saudi Arabia criminalize it.
These are important examples of how religion can be misused. But what is missing is recognition that religion and sexuality need not be at odds — and that religious liberty and LGBT equality instead can go hand-in-hand.
Around the globe, LGBT people face restrictions on where and how they can practice their faith, imposed by state and religious authorities alike. In Indonesia, militants forced Shinta Ratri to close her Islamic school for transgender women . In Malaysia, state sharia laws prohibit transgender women from dressing according to their gender identity , and in Bangladesh, hijras are turned away from entering mosques . In Nigeria and Russia, laws against promoting homosexuality in public make it difficult for LGBT faith communities to operate.
In many countries, police have targeted private events they deem to be same-sex weddings, with participants rounded up and arrested — an issue the State Department raised in its report on religious freedom in Nigeria in 2015 .
The report for 2017 makes little mention of attacks on LGBT people of faith. But for those who believe that religious freedom transcends sexuality or creed, these incidents should be cause for concern. LGBT people — like anyone else — should be able to freely practice their faith or to opt out of participating in dominant faith traditions. This inclusive understanding of religious freedom is much more compelling than an approach that pits religion and sexuality against each other.
As the State Department works to promote religious freedom, it should ensure that LGBT people, like others, are protected. At the release of this year’s report, Secretary Pompeo announced that the United States will host a ministerial meeting this summer on advancing religious freedom worldwide. The meeting offers a rare opportunity to set aside ideology and affirm a commitment to a religious liberty that transcends nationality, sexuality, and creed.
Instead of projecting domestic politics abroad, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Brownback should seek common ground, invite LGBT people of faith to the table, and find ways to promote a religious liberty that everyone can equally enjoy.
Ryan Thoreson is an LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. He holds a law degree from Yale University and previously clerked for the Hon. Scott M. Matheson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and was a research fellow at OutRight Action International. He is the author of “Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide” (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Follow him on Twitter @ryanthoreson .
Salah and Kadyrov (KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty) Footballing superstar Mohamed Salah has received a backlash after agreeing to meet the leader responsible for Chechnya’s ‘gay purge.’
The Egypt and Liverpool forward, one of the most famous faces in football, was visited at his hotel by Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov, whose regime has reportedly engaged in a deadly campaign against gay and bisexual men.
Salah agreed to accompany Kadyrov to Egypt’s training base in Grozny, Chechnya’s capital city, before posing and smiling with the leader in front of the press ahead of the start of the World Cup on June 14. Ramzan Kadyrov and Mohamed Salah (KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty) Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldinho sparked similar controversy when he posted a picture of him smiling alongside the Chechen leader last year.
More than 100 gay and bi men have been arrested, imprisoned, and tortured by authorities in concentration camps since the purge began last year, according to reports.
Kadyrov and his administration have denied this, repeatedly insisting that there are no gay people in the region. Ramzan Kadyrov and Mohamed Salah (KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty) The leader himself said last year that he and Chechnya “don’t have any gays,” adding that “if there are any, take them to Canada.”
He continued: “Take them far from us so we don’t have them at home. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.
“They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people.” The leader has called gay people “devils” (Instagram/ramzan kadyrov) Human Rights Watch’s Rachel Denber branded the meeting between Salah and Kadyrov, who has ruled over Chechnya since 2007, as a propaganda exercise.
“This is Kadyrov trying to capitalise on Chechnya being a team base to boost his own profile… it was 100 percent predictable,” she told Associated Press .
“He revels in the spotlight. He also has a ruthless grip on Chechnya.
“He has sought to obliterate any kind of political advocacy or human rights work.” Mohamed Salah smiles during the leader’s visit (KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty) Eihab Leheita, executive director for Egypt’s squad at the tournament, said that he had “no regrets whatsoever” about choosing the Chechen city of Grozny for the team’s base.
Initial reports of gay men being detained in the region, which is an autonomous part of Russia, were revealed by the newspaper Novaya Gazeta last year.
Journalists who exposed the purge have been forced into hiding as they have received numerous threats from the largest mosque in the region, which has declared jihad against the newspaper. Ramzan Kadyrov (Instagram/ramzan kadyrov) Following the initial exposure, it was revealed that authorities were forcing gay men into camps , sparking an outcry from LGBT and human rights activists across the world.
A number of heartbreaking stories from the region have been shared, including stories of parents of gay people who were issued a warning to murder their children before police killed them in torture camps.