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ByronBritten (user currently living in PORTUGAL) posted for gay readers on 17/05/2012 tagged with human rights, illegality of male to male relationships +28
Dear ILGA:

The history of male homosexuality is intertwined with pederasty, age disparity in relationships, and the artistic and literary appreciation of younger males, from the Ancient Greeks to the Cinequecento italians, to the Uranian Poets - none of which have any connection with abuse. The early LGBT rights activists, like Harry Hay Jr. and author Larry Kramer - men who arguably made the ILGA coalition possible - had no qualms about accepting organizations like NAMBLA in their movement, despite their differences. Meanwhile, you account only for the comparison of heterosexual and homosexual ages of consent, while completely disregarding their intrinsic value. You have responded to conservatives' ridiculous accusations of homosexuality as a hotbed of pedophilia by pandering to them and joining in the chorus of their moralist rhetoric, and making it one of your political pillars (I'm guessing this was politically expedient). Just as heteronormativity exists, there is in the 'gay rights' movement that you sponsor the normativity of androphilia. A whole rich past and a relevant present have been swept under the rug.

As a 19 year old - someone who, according you, has barely left childhood - I feel I am patronized, not defended, by you, when you claim that youth rights amount to protection from abuse, then say nothing about the sexual freedom of post-pubescent legal minors, which, as anyone with real life amd knowledge of LGBT people knows, is often expressed with adults to the harm of no party involved.

I'd like to know why it is I should consider you to be defenders of my rights, when you are selective in the tolerance you preach. I am irked by hypocrisy.
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João Paulo (user currently living in PORTUGAL) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 27/07/2010 tagged with laws and leadership , sexual orientation, marriage / civil unions +10
Same sex marriage has became possible in Portugal since June 7.

Two administrative changes have been made recently to resolve snafus encountered by same-sex couples.

People who married in other countries before the Portuguese law took effect now will have their foreign marriages recognized. Previously, those marriages were not recognized but, at the same time, such couples couldn't marry in Portugal because they were already married.

The second change removed a requirement to include the gender of the person one intends to marry on a required certificate of matrimonial capacity that a foreigner must obtain from his or her native land before marrying in Portugal. There were problems with getting such certificates from some nations that oppose same-sex marriages.

One does not have to live in Portugal to get married there.
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(user currently living in PORTUGAL) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 07/01/2010 +10
We are pleased to announce the release of LES Online - Digital journal on lesbian issues, available at http://www.lespt.org/lesonline.
LES is an online digital journal which aims to promote studies and scientific research as well as intervention projects and opinion pieces related to different aspects of lesbian issues. This journal pretends to contribute to the study of lesbian issues and to promote actions that improve lesbian equal opportunities and civil rights.
The first issue Vol. 1, No 1 (2009) tries to answer the question:
Lesbian issues are often addressed within the framework of feminist or LGBT issues. Are there specific aspects relating lesbian issues that are not visible when using a feminist or LGBT frameworks that justify a specific approach?

Editorial (português) / Editorial (english)
Da INTERvenção à INTRAvenção: pistas para um activismo lésbico-feminista | Clues to a lesbian-feminist activism
Salomé Coelho, Cristiana Pena

Lesbianismo, Feminismo e Activismo Gay: alianças difíceis | Lesbianism, Feminism, and Gay Activism: Difficult Alliances
Ana Maria Brandão

Um nome que seja só seu – para uma cartografia da (in)visibilidade política lésbica | A name of their own - for a mapping of lesbian policy (in) visibility
Ana Cristina Santos

Reflexões sobre a questão lésbica | Reflections on the lesbian issue
Paulo Roberto Ceccarelli

La construcción del sujeto lésbico | The construction of the lesbian subject
Raquel Platero

Lesbian movements: ruptures & alliances | Movimentos Lésbicos: rupturas e alianças
Patricia Curzi

Submissions of articles for LES Online n. 2 are open. Articles should be submitted until 16 May 2010. They can be sent through the site (see instructions For Authors), or sent by mail to lesgrupo@gmail.com. The expected publication date is June 2010.
Best regards,
Eduarda Ferreira
LES Online Editorial Team
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Eduarda Ferreira (user currently living in PORTUGAL) posted for lesbian readers on 20/07/2010 tagged with sexual orientation +10
LES Online is an innovative journal that aims to contribute to the study of lesbian issues and to promote lesbian equal
opportunities and civil rights. Published semi-annually by LES – Discussion group on lesbian issues (www.lespt.org), this
international publication aims to promote studies and scientific research as well as intervention projects and opinion pieces
related to different aspects of lesbian issues.
LES Online welcomes academics, practitioners, and researchers interested in studies that incorporate lesbian issues to submit
articles. This is a multi-language publication. Papers may be presented in Portuguese, Spanish, English or French.
Next number (December 2010) subject is: Lesbianism and education
Submissions deadline: November, 12th
Submit Your Article Online Using Online Submissions
Or send it by email to lesgrupo@gmail.com
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