“The idea was influenced by a number experiences but, for me, the idea for the series began a few years back when Black Lives Matters stopped the Toronto Pride parade to protest a variety of issues. I just happened to be at that intersection filming and, after hearing the various reactions from the crowd and subsequent dialogue afterwards, it became very clear to me that a lot of folks in our community didn’t know much about LGBTQ2+ history or, in many cases, even about Pride itself. And who could blame any of us? Nobody taught me about Stonewall growing up. I never learned about all the many amazing LGBTQ2+ heroes whose shoulders we stand on. They weren’t in the history books. Their stories were demonized, altered, censored or, in most cases, erased altogether. When I wanted to learn about them, I had to seek it out and it wasn’t — and still isn’t — always easy to find. As Stonewall was nearing its 50th anniversary, I thought it would be the perfect time to release a history series that really celebrates LGBTQ2+ heroes of the past and ties that past to our communities’ issues today so that we might all better understand each other.”
“To avoid any doubt, our problem has been entirely financial. By all the statistics, Gay Star News is now more widely read, watched and loved by the international LGBTI audience than ever. It is a sad paradox that our popularity has not transferred into our survival. We are convinced we are closing at a time when more people want and need what we offer than ever before.”
[Image Description: Jazz musician Billy Tipton, a white man with dark hair slicked back, smiling and playing the piano.]
“I think he probably never told us because he was afraid we might have rejected him. I could have accepted it. He did a helluva good job with us. That’s what mattered. He was my dad.” – Scott Tipton
“Our love for you could never change; be assured of this.“
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There is a long history of acceptance for queer people in the Philippines, dating all the way back to pre-Spanish colonization and conversion to Catholicism. In Filipino mythology, there was always a queer presence.
Prior to colonization, the Philippines was a polytheistic nation. Deities differed between tribes and regions, and the myths included here were handed down generation after generation through oral tradition. (Read full article)
After an eight-year battle through Guyana’s courts, a panel of five judges at the CCJ ruled the law was too vague, violated citizens’ rights and could not stand.
“Difference is as natural as breathing,” said the CCJ president Mr. Justice Saunders in the ruling.
“No one should have his or her dignity trampled on, or human rights denied, merely on account of a difference, especially one that poses no threat to public safety or public order.”
The ruling also condemned the remarks of the magistrate involved in the earlier case, saying “judicial officers may not use the bench to proselytize, whether before, during or after the conclusion of court proceedings”.