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A Lesbian Short Film, The Last Blue Cup

Jesse is moving. Phel isn’t. But when an unexpected Target rendezvous brings them together, things change. Is it enough to keep them together? Watch my newest short movie to find out.

Special thanks to my amazing cast and crew, as well as Leiana Valenzuela, Ameenah Turner, and Maddie Clevenstine. All three women are special artistic inspirations to me!

Stay tuned, this isn’t the last you will see of the cast! Stick around for a great blooper reel to come!

Date: 2018-12-11 20:55:08
Duration: 00:15:14

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Award Winning LGBT Short Film, Fifteen

Award Winning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender +  Short Film, Fifteen

Cast & Crew:
Written, Directed, & Edited by AJ Baldwin
Cinematography by Tyler Taliaferro
Starring Anna Lowrimore & Maddie Clarke
Voice Over by AJ Baldwin
Music: https://www.bensound.com

Official Selection: All Genders, Lifestyles, And Identities Film Festival 2018
Recipient: Award of Merit – Southern Shorts Awards 2018
Recipient: Best Drama of the Month – RedWood Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival 2019
Recipient: SXSW Texas High School Shorts Jury Award 2019
Official Selection: Seattle International Film Festival 2019
Recipient: Positive Impact Award – Austin Youth Film Festival 2019

insta & twitter- @ajbldwn

Date: 2018-05-25 13:17:01
Duration: 00:03:28

Gay Marriage in Malta becomes law of land next Friday

MALTA — Last month, Malta’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to advance a marriage equality bill after the third and final debate on the issue. Malta will become the 23rd country with marriage equality and gay couples can start marrying as of next Friday, when all provisions of the amended Marriage law come into force.

The Times of Malta reported that Parliament approved by an overwhelming majority the changes proposed by the government to the Marriage Act, which replaced references to a mother or father with ‘parent’ and a husband or wife with ‘spouse’.

Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo was the only dissenting voice, voting against the law and ignoring the party whip.

The government had rejected amendments put forward by the PN to include the gender-neutral terminology alongside references to a mother, father, husband or wife. But the PN parliamentary group still voted in favor of the gender-neutral law to fulfill its own electoral pledge.

Short URL: http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=82327

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.

Short URL: http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=80779