Posts tagged USA
- Plane crash claims 100 top AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne’
- World AIDS Conference speakers take aim at countries with anti-gay laws
- Croatia passed law allowing civil partnerships for same-sex couples
- Singapore Court of Appeals considers end the country’s ban on gay sex
- Turkey court recognizes hate speech against gays for the first time
- US president signs executive order banning (some) LGBT criminalisation
- Whistleblower: NSA stores 80% of all phone calls: not metadata, full audio
- While housing decreases, homelessness now a crime in many US cities
- US state accidentally decriminalized prostitution, good things happened
- The World Health Organization calls for the decriminalization of drug use
- Members of US Congress declare "immunity" from insider trading probe
- Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos
Hope you guys are watching The International 2014; which is, contrary to popular belief, not only a handsomeness competition between Pajkatt and Akke (see below) but also the greatest eSports event in history with a prize pool of 10. Million. Dollars. Games starts today (CET)! Go, Alliance! :)
No idea what Dota is? No worries! If you ever played video games you’ll have a great time watching it even if you never tried the game yourself. The International will also have a cast just for beginners!
For some Americans “Freedom” means that Christians and “conservatives” should be allowed to discriminate everyone who isn’t straight like they used to and often enough still discriminate everyone who isn’t white. On the other hand they liken those who demand the freedom to love whoever they want to the Nazis. Literally. In their eyes not wanting to be treated as a second class citizen because of your sexual preference makes you just as bad as those guys who killed millions of Jews, gays, intellectuals and socialists in concentration camps in World War II. Literally.
This mind-set is once again expressed in a film US senator Rick Santorum is producing in the wake of a verdict from the US Supreme Court that ruled that companies are people and can have religious views and therefore are allowed to circumvent the law that would require them to cover women’s contraceptives in their health care plans (which, unlike Viagra that these companies don’t object to at all is something many women actually need) and also gives them the freedom to just ignore laws made for example to protect queer employees from discrimination.
Please read more about you being a Nazi on Bilerico and watch the trailer for the film below…
- After marriage equality ban, Croatia to vote on civil unions for gay couples
- After several failed bills 200,000 march for civil unions in Italy at Rome Pride
- Welcome to the real world: Iran admits it has gays after all, and lots of them
- Poll: Majority of Americans oppose trans people using preferred bathroom
- Video emerges of cop appearing to attack gay teen at Pride in Pittsburgh, US
- Austrian lesbian politician attacked with acid at Vienna’s Rainbow Parade
- ‘We kill people based on metadata’ says former director of NSA and CIA
- Spying together: Germany’s deep and possibly illegal cooperation with the NSA
- Reporter threatened with arrest under terror law after filming a protest in UK
- US police militarization: Heavy weapons used mostly against people of colour
- Facebook experiment linked to US Department of Defense civil unrest research
- US attorney raped woman after she refused sex for light sentence for her son
Earlier this week Japan banned the possession of sexually explicit photos and videos involving any person under the age of 18. It’s worth noting that this ban only applies to real people, not drawn characters in anime, manga and video games. And this is something US news station CNN has a huge problem with apparently considering their consistent lobbying against these fictional works in Japan. They asked their audience on Twitter:
Now here are some of the answers people on Twitter had for CNN:
@cnni Cartoons aren’t people #Duh
— Tim Echols (@TimEchols1) June 18, 2014
@cnni Because police are too busy saving real victims instead of drawn fake victims.
— Allen Walker (@magnetmagician) June 18, 2014
@cnni Shooting people is illegal so why do we allow shows and games with murder in them?
— Arkana (@DestroyedArkana) June 18, 2014
wow @cnni disgracefully spreading misinformation as usual. nevermind the gross generalizations, what they blurred there wasn’t even porn!
— TJ (@blakkheim) June 18, 2014
@cnni Because the Japanese has not abandoned the common sense to distinguish between real children and fictitious material.
— 山口貴士 (@otakulawyer) June 18, 2014
This subject has been a hot topic in Japan for a couple of years now and many users of forums and blogs like Hachima agree with the sentiments expressed in the tweets above. A commenter on 2ch, a large and famous Japanese forum, made the point that these manga are neither exclusively aimed at nor mostly done by men: "There are women who draw these manga, read them, and play these games."
"These. Are. Just. Drawings," said another user in a comment. "Why don’t you guys say this after you lower your crime rate first," asked a snarky commentator looking at the Americans who have a much higher rate of crimes and rape than the Japanese. "Yanks picking fictional Lolita regulation over gun regulation." added another.
For many people involved in this discussion the argument is not necessarily about defending sexualized depiction of kids in manga and anime, but freedom of speech and art. When it comes to that freedom whether it’s sexualized comics or gory video games, where, do you draw the line?
via Karl Andersson
US Republicans on the far right sure do love their false equivalence, especially when it comes to “scientific experts.” No matter that every major medical association decries gay conversion therapy as ineffective and potentially harmful — just find one or two people to say otherwise and suddenly there’s “compelling testimony from both sides of the issue.”
False equivalence is the rhetoric quicksand of productive debate, and Anderson Cooper isn’t having it. During a recent interview with Texas Republican Rep. Bryan Hughes about the party having added support of conversion therapy to their official platform, Hughes played the “experts are divided” card. To which Anderson replied:
“It’s really just not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided. I could give you a list: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselors’ Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers. They represent half a million mental health professionals, [and] they all say this is not a mental disorder. It’s not something that needs to be cured.”
The problem with speaking logic to someone who is knowingly full of shit is you can bet they aren’t going to budge. And Rep. Hughes played the part well, dodging substance and sticking to his canned bullet points. No matter that Anderson also shows a clip from his interview with former conversion guru Alan Chambers who has denounced the practice as traumatic and a waste of time.
“Does it concern you, again, that your party is now backing a form of therapy which basically every major medical organization says doesn’t work, can be harmful, and which many of the people who have been through it say it doesn’t work and is bad for kids?” Cooper asked.
It does not bother him, apparently, since all Hughes can reply with is repeating that he’s heard from “experts” and “read reports” that say otherwise. And thus the conversation goes full circle…
Next time someone says Trans Children don’t exist, just introduce them to amazing seven-year-old Ryland
Any child would likely be lucky to have Jeff and Hillary Whittington as parents. Ryland Whittington may be especially lucky. Ryland, the Whittingtons tell us through this amazing video they made, is a transgender boy. Now seven, his parents have documented his story with love and understanding and honesty. Jeff and Hillary tell how they brought Ryland into the world, learned their child needed hearing implants at the age of one, then discovered “Ryland had more to share with us.”
They spent a few years saying Ryland was just going through a phase, but soon realized it wasn’t. “When the family dies, I will cut my hair so I can be a boy” Ryland told them. “Why did God make me this way?,” he asked.
When the Whittingtons learned 41 percent of transgender people have attempted suicide, they decided to embrace Ryland as a boy rather than risk losing him. The Whittingtons made this beautiful and inspiring film for the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. They posted it to YouTube on Tuesday. Three days later, it has gone viral, seen by more than 350,000 people already.
“We are overwhelmed with the kind, loving messages from many people,” the Whittingtons told The Huffington Post. “While this journey has been difficult at times, we have come to a place where our family is ready to come out and try to help other families facing similar situations. Our hope is that by sharing our story, we can begin to make the world a more loving place where people can be their authentic selves.”
PS: The video might not be available in Germany, if you want to see it anyway you could try a plugin like ProxTube for Firefox (let us know in the comments if you know an easier way, thanks!)
- Crimes against gay & trans community in US getting more violent
- Luxembourg: Parliament to vote on same-sex marriage this spring
- US trans women beaten, stripped on train as passengers cheer
- Morocco jails and wants to exile six men for trying to“recruit” gays
- South Koreas capital Seoul attempts to cancel Pride but fails
- Facebook deletes user’s profile over innocent lesbian kiss photo
- Pakistan makes progress, gets its first LGBTI themed book for kids
- Wurst’s Eurovision win may help bring marriage equality to Austria
- US Supreme Court green lights indefinite detention without charge
- Drones killing civilians justified says Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Another guy decided to shoot woman who didn’t want to have sex
- The tragic suicide of a teen harassed for an amateur porn video
- Teen girl ejected from prom because horny dads can’t stop staring
- Blocking porn would cause great harm, Indian Supreme Court hears
- New Snowden docs highlight weaknesses in Facebook data security
- What if we admitted to kids that most sex is only for our pleasure?