Marriage equality moves forward in Germany

BERLIN — Today, the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament, voted to make marriage equality the law of the land. Once the legislation is approved by Bundesrat, the upper house, – which is expected to be a formality – and signed into law by the president, Germany will become the 22nd country to secure full marriage equality for same-sex couples.

The vote came days after Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled that she was open to changing Germany’s marriage laws to include same-sex couples, prompting a hurried push from opposition lawmakers to pass the so-called marriage-for-all legislation, reported the Huffington Post.

According to the report Merkel’s shift came after she visited a lesbian couple raising eight foster children. She called her dinner with the family “a life-changing experience” and said she realized her party’s arguments against same-sex marriage were no longer valid.

“We welcome the German people into the growing family of nations that ensure loving and committed same-sex couples have the right to marry,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global. “With the very serious challenges the LGBTQ community continues to face around the world, this is welcome news and an important victory in working to ensure LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society. We congratulate the German advocates who made this historic day possible through their tireless advocacy.”

Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the conservative Christian Democrats, has been historically opposed to marriage equality, many individual legislators within the party do support it. Merkel indicated a possible shift in her viewpoint by opening a path forward for the vote. Her decision to allow the vote followed a move by her coalition partner, the Social Democrats, who announced their continued support for Merkel’s government would be contingent on her backing marriage equality.

Recent polling shows that 66 percent of Germans support full marriage equality. Germany has had same-sex civil unions since 2001, although those unions lacked the full dignity, legal protections and rights that come with marriage, including on adoption rights.

In Malta, another European Union nation, members of parliament are also expected to vote soon in favor of marriage equality. This progress in Europe comes on the heels of a recent victory in Asia, where Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in May.

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Parents of LGBT children form a support group in Mumbai, India

MUMBAI, India — For the first time ever 10 parents of LGBTQ persons came together in Mumbai, India for a closed door parents’ support group workshop that aimed to share experiences and also chart out a future course of action.

Organized by Solaris Pictures, as part of its ongoing engagement with LGBT community and parents, for its upcoming feature film Evening Shadows directed by Sridhar Rangayan, the workshop was structured and moderated by social development consultants Alpana Dange and Pallav Patankar.

The main objective of the workshop was to develop strategies for a cohesive parents’ support group that would help each other, help other parents who may need information or peer-to-peer counseling, and also to be a visible group in the media and society.

“There have been parents support meets and acceptance meets in the past, organized by Gay Bombay and Yaariyan, but the parents have mostly been sharing their experiences in public. This was the first time ever they got to spend an entire day with each other, sharing and discussing in a structured formal manner. It was not only a great learning experience, but also a very definitive move towards forming an Indian PFLAG kind of group, first in Mumbai and maybe later in other cities”, said Sridhar Rangayan who has been wanting to make this happen for many years now, “Part of the funds we raised for the film Evening Shadows was kept aside to facilitate this meet”, he added.

Attended by 10 parents – mothers Chitra Palekar, Padma Iyer, Sarojini Dash, Nargis Wadia, Aruna Desai, Mangala Aher, Bharati Divgikar, Vidya Phadnis, and fathers Pradeep Divgikar and Ramesh Kathale – the day-long workshop was an eye-opener about the challenges faced by parents in coming to terms with their children’s gay, lesbian and transgender identities.

“This formal consultation is a start to many beginnings. My desire is to form an easily accessible group of parents who could assist other parents and children in the closet. Hopefully, one day, we will be able to build a shelter home for children who are forced to escape from their homes of birth. This would give all of us all a unique chance to become their foster parents”, said Padma Iyer, mother of activist Harrish Iyer.

“I think it’s an absolutely amazing initiative. We are simply hoping to create a network of families of LGBT individuals, so that we can work together and offer support to other such families and their children”, said Aruna Desai, a HR professional and mother of a gay son.

Dr. Sarojini Dash, the oldest parent in the group and someone who has been a great support to both LGBTQ children and parents for many years now, felt the parent’s meet was very useful for some parents whose children had recently come out and were anxious about their future. “They heard about those children who had done well in life, overcoming the stigmas and prejudices. Parent’s group made them realize that their fears were mere shadows without much substance”, said Dr.Dash who is also a psychiatrist.

Ramesh Kathale, father of Prachi Kathale, has been able to accept his lesbian daughter wholeheartedly, but finds it difficult to deal with relatives and neighbours who can sometimes be obtrusive and nasty. He said, “The workshop made me aware of experiences faced by other parents and has given me new courage”.

Mangala Aher, mother of transgender activist Abheena Aher felt that there should be more support forthcoming for transgender children, especially in terms of healthcare and livelihood opportunities. She has been a founder of the transgender dance troupe Dancing Queens and regularly performs with her transgender daughter and other transgender dancers.

The consultation focused on the why and how of forming a structured and functional parents’ support group. Speaking about her experience at the consultation, Chitra Palekar, one of the most vocal voices among the parents said, “We have shared our experiences informally at several events, but there was no real progress. This workshop, under the guidance of experienced facilitators, helped us gain clarity regarding the issues involved in this work.  The meet created a vision and took the first step towards forming an organization, which we all hope will cause a break-through in supporting LGBTQ children and their parents.”

“The formation of an organized Parents Group is the need of the hour. A vibrant and supportive parent group can provide the required cutting edge to galvanize more parents to join in the battle for the cherished rights of their marginalized and discriminated children. More power to this unique initiative!” said Pradeep Divgikar, father of singer Sushant Divgikar, who was also Mr.Gay India in 2015.

The meeting brought our various needs faced by parents of LGBTQ children and what are the resources needed to address them. Speaking about the process, facilitator Alpana Dange said, ‘’It was an enlightening experience to facilitate this workshop comprising moms and dads of LGBTQ children who have braved the world and have unconditionally supported their children. In this workshop, what I found most striking was their resolve to support not just their own children, but also help and support other LGBTQ children’s parents in coming to terms with their children’s sexuality and be their confidante and pillar of strength. They considered the meeting as a stepping-stone to help other parents in the city of Mumbai.’’

Echoing Dange’s sentiments, facilitator Pallav Patankar said, “Parents of LGBT people occupy an important space within the LGBT movement. The discrimination faced by LGBT people extends to the parents. Parents are allies, stakeholders and the strongest supporters in this fight for equality. In India, LGBT sons and daughters often continue living with their parents and involving parents’ participation in the movement becomes essential.”

Harrish Iyer concurred, “As a child, I have grappled with my struggle in letting my parents know about my truth and understand that a network of parents helping parents and LGBT children is a need of the hour. Bombay has been privy to other parents of LGBT events since the past two decades, and this  fantastic consultation, seeded by funds created by The Evening Shadows crowd funding campaign, will propel this initiative further towards being a strong group that helps other parents and their LGBTIQ children”

Speaking at the event, Karim Ladak, from Toronto, one of the executive producers of Evening Shadows, having contributed a substantial financial stake in the film said, “So much has changed for the LGBTQ community in India in the past two decades and this initiative is absolutely fantastic. The film and this support group will be the flagbearers for the future, inspiring greater acceptance of LGBTQ persons in society.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the world’s least tolerant countries when it comes to homosexuality. Being gay is illegal in the Islamic republic and carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Gay men are often accused of bringing shame to their families and commonly face violence – sometimes even murder.

Gay-focused apps like Grindr, Scruff, and ManJam.

VICE News went to Pakistan to unravel the country’s underground gay scene and examine the ways that technology is being used to achieve sexual freedom.

Date: 2017-08-07 16:30:00
Duration: 00:16:21

Lesbian fitness guru Jillian Michaels proposes to her longtime girlfriend

Fitness guru and reality TV star, Jillian Michaels is getting married, finally!

The star of her show Just Jillian, which takes a look inside the ‘uber-successful celebrity’s’ life, proposed to her longtime girlfriend Heidi Rhodes on the final episode of her series.

Michaels put together a highly emotional video which showed the couples life together including their two children Lukensia, 5, and Phoenix, 3.

As part of the video Michaels proposed and said:

“I know I’m an asshole all the time, but if you’ll continue to put up with me, I would like you to marry me.”

The two have been together since 2009 and it is understood while Rhoades has been wanting to tie the knot for years, Michaels took a lot longer to come around to the idea

Gay News Network AU

Gay and Lesbian couples feature in Hallmark Valentine’s campaign

Greeting card giant Hallmark has featured a gay and lesbian couple in their most recent advertising campaign for Valentine’s Day.

The campaign which asks ‘how do you know when you’ve found the one?’ features six different couples relaying their personal stories of romance and explains what it means to find your ‘person’.

The one card campaign

Sharing their stories for the camera are gay couple Robin and Jason appearing with their daughter and lesbians La Paris and Karisia

LaParis and Karisia recall the first time they met and for LaParis it was love at first sight…
“i was completely smitten by her,” says LaParis.

LaParis and Karisia

Gay husbands Robin and Jason remember the moment they frist found out they were having a baby.

“When you meet someone and fall in love it’s an exciting process. Then you have a baby and it’s almost like starting a new relationship,” says Jason.

Robin and Jason

Lesbian Short Movie, Saliwa

skwala Productions presents “SALIWA”

Directed by: Shanice Ang

Castor: Jaszmine Ke, Jaszel Sibuyo, Ghio Reyes

Production Staff:

Asst. Director: Raphael Cruz
Production & Location Manager: Faye Panela
Production & Costume Designer: Ronette Labog
Writer & 2nd Asst. Director: Liezl
Macaraeg
Director of Photography & Script continuity: Sarah Abalos
Editor & Sound Director: Kenneth Baguio

A Film Submitted as Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Course Emmanuel Dela Cruz
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Far Eastern University

Date: 2016-03-04 02:37:36
Duration: 00:08:57

Fairytale Lesbian Wedding

Eventually it will also happen in Italy. The homosexual marriage between gay and lesbian couples must necessarily be legalized in our country too. We are sure of it. Things change and history goes on.
And it also goes on thanks to people like Anita and Claudia who don’t give up, gather their strength and decide to get married in Kent, England, crowning their dream of love far from our country.
This beautiful video, created by the video agency 2become1, tells the emotions of that day in a few minutes.
Try not to be moved …

Lesbian Love Between Ellen Page And Julianne Moore

Lesbian Love Between Ellen Page And Julianne Moore, Trailer

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will be a lesbian couple in Freeheld, a film directed by Peter Sollet arriving in the USA in the fall. The highly emotional story (and inspired by facts that really happened between 2002 and 2006) of the policewoman Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), terminally ill with lung cancer, who will fight so that her death can be due to her young partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page).

Will it be a cult? We believe so.

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