Sunday, June 9, 2013

Celebrating A Decade of Gay Marriage in Canada

I am grateful to have seen so much social change and acceptance for gays and lesbians in my younger years, so that I can enjoy those hard-fought changes for a while yet.

Canada's first legally wed same-sex couple -- Michael Leshner and Michael Stark -- will celebrate their 10-year anniversary tomorrow (Monday, June 10).

This article at least mentions a significant caveat -- that there's more work to be done. Throughout Canada, LGBT folks have deeply asymmetrical lives, are able to be out to varying degrees, and experience a wide range of oppressions.
"Some people feel that the only good queer is a married queer and there's a hierarchy in our relationships with that being the pinnacle," she said.

"We need a lot of work on queer acceptance, safety in schools, anti-bullying, protection against hate crimes...the same sorts of issues that we've always had to work on."

While there's no doubt there's still room for improvement when it comes to same-sex issues and acceptance, there are many who see Canada as an international leader in the field.

Anti-Gay Protestors Interrupt Nadal/Federer at French Open

France may have passed legislation for gay marriage, but not everyone is happy about it.

At the French Open, a protestor with a flare stormed the court, minutes after two other protestors held up banners "accusing France of trampling on children's rights."

For more from the BBC, click here. Incidentally I couldn't find any Canadian news sites yet to report on this. Video below.
Campaigners against gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, backed by the Catholic Church and conservative opposition, argue the law undermines an essential building block of society.
The protests at the French Open final were quickly snuffed out.

John Malkovitch and Prince Harry Both Heroes

He's in town performing in 'The Giacomo Variations' but has inadvertently done something even more amazing. John Malkovich helped save an elderly Ohio man's life after a freak trip-and-fall turned into a slit throat. According to, the eccentric actor and star of must-see Being John Malkovich took over the post-accident scene like a seasoned paramedic until help could arrive.

This reminded me of the admirable claim from yesterday's Telegraph that Prince Harry protected his fellow soldier, a gay men who received homophobic threats from a rival unit, from harm. In my humble opinion, he's been redeemed from some of his past faux pas from the past.
Trooper Wharton, who was on training in Canada with the Prince at the time of the 2008 incident, said: “I will always be grateful to Harry and I will never forget what happened. Until he went over and dealt with everything I was on track for a battering.” 
Update: Prince Harry's heroic actions happened in Canada, at a training camp in Alberta.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Some Good Gay News from Around the World

It's not all doom and gloom for queers the world over. Pride season has begun and here are some reasons to celebrate:

Gay News Roundup, June 8, 2013

Here's what's going on today:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Most Americans Say Gay Marriage Inevitable: Survey

This headline is so somberly accepting it might as well be about Canada. I like it -- it's that reluctant calm as baby boomers and old folks give into the changes they now know they can't control.

This is what it looks like to win:

Seventy-two percent of those surveyed said they believed legal recognition of same-sex marriage was inevitable, including 85 percent of gay marriage supporters and 59 percent of opponents.

Read about it on Yahoo News.

Update: Click here for more from the New York Times on the gay marriage debates in the US.

Rock Hudson Gay Confession Secretly Recorded by Wife

It's like the Rob Ford crack tape of a bygone era...

Scroll to the end to see the transcript of Rock Hudson's gay, innuendo-laden confession. From The Hollywood Reporter.