A word war erupted between the spokesmen of the President and the former first gentleman on Twitter Saturday, October 27 -- and it's not about their principals. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda called Jose Miguel Arroyo's lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, a "bigot" after the latter called Press Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III a "faggot" on the microblogging site. >>>
There is a transition in the way nation-states are portraying queer people: from figures of death from AIDS to posterboys for the freedom and modernity of the ‘progressive’ West. But is such pinkwashing co-opting queers into the politics of racism, asks Oishik Sircar as queer communities gear up for the Pride Marches . >>>
Tel Aviv's home grown underground city guide aims to introduce gay visitors to the real Tel Aviv scene, including some hard truths normally swept under the carpet by the government propaganda machine. >>>
"IN dreams begin responsibilities," wrote Yeats in 1914. These words resonate with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have witnessed dramatic shifts in our relationship to power. After generations of sacrifice and organization, gay people in parts of the world have won
protection from discrimination and relationship recognition. But these changes have given rise to a nefarious phenomenon: the co-opting of white gay people by anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim political forces in Western Europe and Israel.
Over the last few years, as the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel (BDS) has gathered steam in the U.S. and throughout the world, the apartheid state of Israel has turned to various tactics in an attempt to counter the growing solidarity with the Palestinian people. One such strategy is to portray Israel as the only place in the Middle East that is friendly to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people. >>>
Amina, the courageous blogger who wrote this was reportedly arrested. People are waiting for more information on her situation, and obviously hope she will be released soon. Her father is desperately trying to find out where she is and who has taken her. Unfortunately, there are at least 18 different police formations in Syria as well as multiple
different party militias and gangs. It is not known who took her and who to ask help from to get Amina back. >>>