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Gili Hirsch (user currently living in ISRAEL) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 09/08/2013 tagged with lgbt families, gender identity, laws and leadership
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Hello,

My name is Gili Estlin Hirsch, and I am a queer poet and writer. Two years ago, I started a movement called Apples, Etc., meant to bring better representation to the queer and LGBT population in the literary arts.

I have compiled and am publishing my first collection of poetry along with illustrator Alex Ogden. It is a depiction in a series of 50 poems and 25 illustrations of a love story between queer women. I hope that it raises awareness to the gross underrepresentation of queers in society and in arts in particular, and that it provides LGBTQ* folk with a an opportunity to see themselves represented, comforted, and reflected in and by art. Words have always been my biggest love and growing up, I couldn’t find quite the right story to see myself in. I am now aiming to change that experience for all LGBTQ* folk, and to create a love story that is wholly inclusive, non-stereotypical, and that is welcoming to anyone--without needing to bridge genders or pronouns, scour pages with false hope, or ever feel excluded from stories again. I hope that this will contribute to a culture where inclusion happens in all forms of art, so that everyone, truly, can have their own story. We're really trying to make this bold new step towards having love stories of same sex couples or lgbtq* couples be the norm.

I would be honoured if you could help raise awareness to this cause in any way through your wonderful organisation and its work. You can see poems, illustrations, a video, and purchase the book, here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anna-a-queer-love-story-in-poem/x/3858588

Thank you for fighting for a better, more inclusive world for all of us, and for giving room and inspiration to creators like me to do the same.

Thank you,
Gili Estlin Hirsch
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Walter Brown (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 24/08/2010 tagged with human rights +10
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Your artical written by the Guardian is the abhorrent piece of writing I have seen in a long time.It is nothing but old fashion European anti-Semitism in new clothes.

I am a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion which led to the gay rights movement in the United States. I never would imagine a gay rights organization would stoop so low as to allow such a false article on its web site. Shame on you.

Jews and Gays were burned at the stake during the Spanish Inquisition in case you are so ignorent in history. The Christian Bible demonized Gay people and Jewish people, leading to the European Holocaust in the 20th century, which gassed Gay people and Jews.

The only true statement in the Guardian article is that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that does not criminalize Gay people. You are a gay organization, you would think you would see that as a good thing. Hamas kills gay people. Is it your job to promote Hammas?

I would appreciate it if you would remove that article from your web site.
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Daniel (user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 06/08/2010
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soy Dany Artista plastico reprimido pero eso si, soy uno de los elegidos, solo se que no soy un simple y vulgar gentil. Como todos ustedes los demas.... Aunque me gusta que me lo hagan gentilmente por atras. Puedes escribirme y mandarme fotos de lo que mas te guste a danielhabif@gmail.com, a cambio, si nos llegamos a conocer, te prometo la mamada mas intensa que has recibido
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Israeli and Pround (user currently living in ISRAEL) posted for readers on 08/06/2010 +0
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The Israeli gov't has dealt with riots, demonstrations and outrage by certain groups when they allow the Gay Pride Parade each year in Jerusalem. This location is perhaps the most central part of every religion and every year it gets this organizaiton tons of free press.
I don't remember any such parade happening in the streets of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria etc.
What kind of friends are you? The only country in the middle east that supports your rights and you refuse to host them in your Spanish parade out of politics.
You're cowards- shame on you
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