Zak Kostopoulos, a greek activist died following a brutal beating in Central Athens and the beating was captured on camera (WARNING THE VIDEO IS GRAPHIC).
The Athens daily Kathemerini reported: “The incident occurred last Friday morning on Gladstonos Street near Omonia Square. The victim allegedly entered the empty jewelry store and panicked when he was locked inside. Initial reports claimed Kostopoulos was trying to rob the store, but others said he was trying to avoid a brawl that had started nearby. Footage from CCTV cameras across the street published in media show the victim stumbling while trying to pick up a fire extinguisher to break the glass door. He then tried to break a street-level display window on the storefront. The store owner was alerted to the incident and returned to his store. The camera footage shows two men, one of whom is reportedly the store owner, kicking him repeatedly in the head as he crawls through the broken glass out into the street. One of the dozen bystanders called an ambulance and police. A separate video that emerged showed the victim attempting to escape after receiving first aid by paramedics, only to trip over a nearby table. It also showed a policeman beating him again as Kostopoulos is already lying on the ground.”
Kostopoulos died in route to the hospital, according to the police. The owner of the store has been charged with manslaughter, his accomplice (seen kicking Kostopoulos) is still at large.
The website News Kosmos reported: “A well-known figure among the LGBTQI community, Kostopoulos was an activist for both gender-related issues, as well as for the HIV-positive community, raising awareness for people living with HIV. He had been active through Positive Voice, the HIV-positive association of Greece (which works with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation). He was also a popular drag show artist, performing under the moniker Zackie Oh. A protest rally in his memory was held in Athens on Saturday night, with the participation of about 500 people.”
WARNING: THE VIDEO SHOWS GRAPHIC MATERIAL
On Saturday, September 22 West Hollywood will be hosting the first Bi Pride celebration in the United States. Let fly those pink, purple and blue flags.
The Human Rights Campaign and the city of West Hollywood will be organizing the event along with the Los Angeles chapter of amBi, according to the Los Angeles Blade.
“While a small number of cities have issued proclamations recognizing Bi Visibility Day, this is a historic celebration as the first full-fledged Bi Pride celebration hosted by any U.S. city,” Ian Lawrence-Tourinho, president of the amBi network, tells the site.
amBi wants to“to build a world in which our bisexuality is a clear source of pride, joy, and strength” — according to Ian Lawrence-Tourinho.
“Ostensibly LGBT events and LGBT organizations fail time and time again to address bi issues. Just a few years ago, it was common for amBi to get booed hand heckled by gays and lesbians in the crowd as we marched in the LA Pride parade. We still get hostile people coming up to us at the festival every year,” Lawrence-Tourinho stated.
Bisexuals are often mistaken for straight or gay. “Short of carrying bi flags around all day, to be visibly bi we’d have to walk hand in hand with at least two people who aren’t the same sex,” Lawrence-Tourinho says. Furthermore, there is a common misconception that bisexuals are treated better in the Heterosexual world, but a recent study found that most will experience a “higher risk for poor mental health outcomes” than gay or straight peers.
The bi population will get their moment in the spotlight as West Hollywood gears up for the Bi-Pride event.
“This is our first crack at this and the event will certainly evolve a great deal in the future,” adds Lawrence-Tourinho, “but we definitely would like to continue every year and create a model of celebration and visibility that can be duplicated in other cities around the globe.”
Brazil has hit an all-time level of violent deaths among LGBT people.
According to a new report, 445 LGBT Brazilians died in 2017 a 30% increase from 2016 according to Grupo Gay de Bahia an LGBT watchdog group.
387 were murders and 58 suicides. One example is Dandara dos Santos, a transsexual woman who was beaten to death. A video of her being kicked and beaten circulated on social media with those around her using homophobic slurs.
Brazil is considered one of the most violent countries in the world with a record 62,000 homicides in 2016. Luis Mott, an anthropologist, and president of Grupo Gay de Bahia state that much of the violence can be contributed to the countries prominence of ultra-conservative politicians, most who are connected to the powerful evangelical caucus in Congress.
“It’s a discourse that destroys solidarity and equates LGBT people to animals,” he said.
Homophobic speech is not a federal crime in Brazil, while state and municipal laws are never enforced or effective.
“In the last decade Brazil looked to produce policies that could protect vulnerable groups like gay and trans people but they mostly failed, due to lack of investment or change in vision of policy,” said Jurema Werneck, executive director at Amnesty International Brazil.
To the world, Brazil’s image is perceived as an inclusive nation that is home to the world’s largest gay pride parade and gay marriage is legal.
But the country has a long and strong conservative steak as well: one of the leading candidates in this year’s presidential election is former army captain Jair Bolsonaro who has said that gay children can be “beaten straight”. And Victório Galli last year said that Mickey Mouse was a homosexual infiltrator and Disney was an apologist for “gayness” sending subliminal messages to children.
This past September, a Brazilian judge approved gay “conversion therapy”, just a week after an exhibition of gay art was canceled.
The Paris city council plans to open an archive center in 2020 that will preserve documentation of the LGBT movement in France from the 1960s onwards.
The idea was conceived by the former Socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoë 20 years ago but, due to disagreements with LGBT associations, a center failed to materialize. The recent success of Robin Campillo's 120 Beats per Minute—about the Act Up group who were prominent figures in Aids activism in the 1990s—has given fresh impetus to the creation of the center.
“The film's critical and public success has enabled us to accelerate the process, which has dragged on for 15 years,” says Bruno Julliard, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of culture. The film won the Grand Prix of the jury at Cannes Film Festival this year.
While the plans are at the consultation stage, the archive is likely to be in the town hall of the third or fourth arrondissement in the Marais district, which is the centre of France’s LGBT culture. The aim is to make the historical archives accessible to researchers. “The City of Paris has a concrete commitment towards appropriating the heritage of this activist battle and preserving its archives, and if there's a city that is legitimate in archiving this activist battle, it's Paris,” Julliard says. “Paris has a historic relationship with human rights and LGBT rights.”
The center will include a collection of magazines and posters, a community space, meeting rooms and potentially an exhibition space. “It's important that the documentation will be as large and diverse as possible, and I hope there will be funds for photographs and artworks to enable the collection to be enriched,” Julliard says.
Julliard adds that there is potential for partnerships with foundations and museums, highlighting the work of artists such as Keith Haring, Pierre et Gilles and photographers who have worked on LGBT issues. “Everything needs to be reflected upon but I'd like art to contribute to the archives and put the LGBT fight in France and around the world into perspective,” he says.
The archive centre is being financed by the French state, the City of Paris and private partners.
#Gay Rights # LGBTHistory
If you want pride colors for your Apple Watch you’re not going to find it, especially if you live in Russia. The Apple pride colors have been removed from their face gallery, in part because of the country’s anti-gay propaganda law.
Apple strives to be a progressive and equality base company. In June the company created an LGBT background for the Apple Watch, so people around the could wear the rainbow colors on their wrist for Pride. Unless you live in Russia.
So, if you selected the pride background for your Apple Watch or iPhone in Russia, the colors would just vanish.
The Verge reported that several Reddit users have posted about issues using the pride colors which have been an issue for several months. A senior editor posted a video changing the background to pride colors and then switching the user region to Russia.
The global recognizable LGBT banner just disappears.
Guilheme Rambo (@_inside) pointed out: “The Apple Watch pride face is hardcoded to not show up if paired with an iPhone and is being used in Russia.”
This is due to Russia’s strict gay propaganda law. The purpose of the law is to protect children from imagery which could be considered as normalizing homosexuality in Russia.
The law which was enacted in 2013 has been used to justify clampdowns on LGBT communities throughout Russia.
For example, 16-year-old Maxim Neverov was fined 50,000 rubles ($760 U.S. dollars) for posting pictures of partially nude men embracing each other and posted on the social network site Vkontakte.
This appears to be the first time someone who is not involved in campaigning for LGBT rights and awareness has been prosecuted under the law. Neverov is expected to appeal the decision.
Russia is said to have a dismal LGBT rights record, where authorities routinely clamp down on LGBT rights marches and protests.
Russia is currently ranked as Europes second least LGBT-friendly nation by ILGA-Europe.
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian presidential frontrunner was stabbed while attending a campaign rally.
The far-right politician who is often controversial for his social views had a knife pierce his intestines while standing in the center of a crowd. Has was taken to a nearby hospital and underwent two-hour emergency surgery. Bolsonaro is a former army captain and if often referred to as the “Brazilian Trump.” He is extremely pro-gun, anti-abortion and anti-gay with a history of making inflammatory remarks about gay people, people of different races and women.
He has equated homosexuality with pedophilia, and said that he would be “incapable of loving a gay son” and that if, god forbid, he did have a gay son, he would hope to see him “die in an accident”.
Lucky for his son Flavio, he’s straight.
However, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It seems that Flavio takes after his father’s anti-gay policies and has said on the record “normal is to be heterosexual” and “I doubt that any father is proud to have a gay son.”
Bolsonaro has also said some offensive things including that Congresswoman Maria do Rosario was “not worth raping; she is very ugly” and using racist slurs against Afro-Brazilians.
Flavo twitted after his father was stabbed: “Unfortunately it was more serious than we had expected. He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital with a [blood] pressure of 10/3, almost dead. His condition now seems stabilized. Pray, please!”
A few hours later, he posted an update on his father’s condition, along with a picture of him smiling in his hospital bed: “Jair Bolsonaro is stronger than ever and ready to be elected president of Brazil in the first round! God has just given us one more sign that good will overcome evil! Thank you to all who have given us strength in this very difficult time! Brazil above all, God above all!”
The politician is recovering in intensive care and is expected to spend about a week there. Adelo Bispo de Oliveira the man suspected of stabbing him has been arrested after being beaten by a group of Bolsonaro’s supporters.
The Human Rights Watch condemned the attack.
“Political or ideological differences should only be resolved through democratic processes, and never through violence,” the watchdog group said in a statement. “The Brazilian authorities should carry out a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation into this crime, and ensure that justice is served.”
Nike announced that Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback became a political lightning rod when he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest against police brutality, would be one of the new faces for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign.
As Part of the campaign, Kaepernick shared a meme on Instagram featuring his portrait along with the tagline "Believe in Something. Even if it means sacrificing everything" and Nike's "Just Do It" logo.
Surprise, surprise, white supremacists, and Trump supporters were not too happy about the ad. So many started to burn their tennis shoes and ripping apart their workout clothes in protest.
âSo now, they have decided to create their own transpohobic, racist, misogynistic meme's all to mock Kaepernick and his message and sharing them with pride on social media.
âComparing the athlete to Osama Bin Laden to the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
India's Supreme Court in a historic ruling handed down a decision that makes homosexuality no longer a criminal offence.
In a unanimous Supreme Court decision, that court ended the countries sodomy ban. "Any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates fundamental rights," wrote Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
One of the Justices, Indu Malhotra, said that "history owes an apology to LGBTQ people."
It was cause for celebration across the country for the LGBTQ community.
People on Instagram began to post images as people welcomed the news by sharing their favorite photos from Pride Celebrations:
The Australian government is being criticized by human rights organizations for not approving a visa application for Chelsea Manning.
Manning was scheduled to speak at a series of events, but will now instead appear via video-link from New Zealand from September 7 and September 11 by event organizer Think Inc.
You might remember Manning who was imprisoned for seven years for leaking classified U.S. military document in 2010. She was released in 2017 after her original 35-year sentence was commuted by President Obama.
Several human rights groups have voiced their displeasure at the Australian government for not approving Manning’s visa application, stating it’s restriction on freedom of speech.
Claire Mallinson, Amnesty International Australia’s national director, said: “By failing to approve a visa for Chelsea Manning, our government has silenced an important voice on human rights and in doing so sends a message to the people of Australia, and to the international community, that this new Australian government places little value on freedom of speech.”
Manning will speak about being a whistleblower, LGBT, and human rights activist.
The executive director of the Human Rights Law Center Hugh de Kretser said: “As a democracy, we should be encouraging not banning contributions from people like Chelsea Manning.
“This is yet another example highlighting the need for far stronger checks and balances over the Minister’s powers under migration laws.”
Paul Oosting, national director of left-wing lobby group Getup!, said the decision amounted to “denying Australians the opportunity to engage in conversation with a renowned human rights whistleblower.”
Just imagine a handsome, young Mike Pence, playing his guitar, outgoing and friendly. Supports the Democratic Party, and gay rights.
Well, times have certainly changed.
A new report released by CNN, an ongoing profile series now on Veep highlights Mike Pence, his current religious beliefs and how it has shaped his personality as a young man, and his governing philosophy. CNN interviewed acquaintances and friends who knew Pence during his years at Hanover College. Detailing his character, his sudden religious “conversion” which turned a curious young man into a “rigid, condescending and exclusionary” politician.
Here a short list of the most shocking revelations from the report that details how Pence went from friendly to freaky.
Pence was once a Democrat.
Pence like his grandfather who was an immigrant supported the Democratic Party. He also was seen at campus parties, maintained friendships with classmates – this included women – and joined a fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. That appeared to change in 1978 after a religious epiphany.
Pence went through a “come to Jesus” moment.
While at Hanover, Pence became the leader with Vespers, a musical group playing Christian-themed music. It was at a Christian music festival that Pence underwent a religious awakening – in which he has described many times. According to CNN friends notices a shift in his personality as Pence became a “devoted” follower of God.
Pence began to rat out his frat brothers.
Beer and Fraternities go hand-in-hand and Phi Gamma Delta was no exception. Pence participated in many of their parties, and even wore a toga. However, after his religious conversion Pence managed to rat out his frat brothers after alerting a dean of students hiding kegs of beer in the Phi Gamma frat house.
There was a time Pence had female friends.
Lisa Koon who attended Hanover with Pence and knew him through the Vespers group enjoyed a warm friendship with Pence. That was until he found his religious “calling” and became more rigid and judgmental. She recalls on prayer group on a Vespers retreat Pence brought Koon to tears over her supposed “sinful” lifestyle, and condemning her for attending a frat party (Pence attended the same party). Koon soon found herself shunned by fellow Vespers, and angry over Pence’s judgment. Pence now will not dine with other women unless his wife is present (apparently she holds his balls).
He did have gay friends.
Trying to wrap our head around this one. But Pence was the first person a fellow student came out to and the student thought of Pence as a “mentor.” The gay man is anonymous in the CNN story but said Pence then labeled his as “an abomination” and proceeded to cut all contact with him after coming out. Fellow Hanover students confirmed the account. Scott Roos a fellow frat brother experienced a similar reaction after coming out.
Pence almost broke up with his now-wife.
In another reflection Scott Roos recalls Pence being disgusted over his then-friends (Karen) “sinful” lifestyle. Karen like many women lost her virginity before marriage, with Pence found disgusting. Well, Pence must have gotten over that one because he married her and they have three children. Roos believes Pence’s religiosity stems from political ambition: Pence told his “God told [Pence] he would be President.”
Now that your stomach has turned, we should suggest Pence enroll himself in conversion therapy…for not being such a judgmental douche and jerk.