Gay rights bubbling up as issue in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

As negotiations on a global trade pact among 12 Pacific Rim nations heat up, a number of opponents are raising alarm bells over human rights. Known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), critics argue that the failure to address member nation Brunei’s barbaric laws against homosexuality is yet another reason to halt, if not downright derail, what has become a centerpiece of President Obama’s economic agenda for 2015.

“A country that has laws that are anathema to American values doesn’t deserve to be in our trade negotiations,” California Democratic Rep. John Garamendi said in an interview. “We need to send a clear message.” Brunei, a tiny, oil-rich nation on the northwest coast of Borneo recently made headlines when Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah authorized legislation that permits the stoning to death of gay people.

Critics, like Jerame Davis, executive director of Pride at Work – a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender labor organization affiliated with the AFL-CIO labor union – said Obama had “set a clear precedent” for using trade to advance gay rights in Gambia and should do the same in Brunei. “Brunei’s law is actually worse because it imposes the death penalty, whereas Gambia ONLY imposes life in prison – as if that’s an ONLY,” he said. “And let’s be clear: Brunei enacted this law while they were in TPP negotiations.”

But others are taking a different tack, counter-arguing that engagement is always better than isolation. “This is always difficult territory for trade people, none of whom want to be accused of being opposed to human rights,” said Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, a pro-trade group. He said the best way to get Brunei officials to change their law was to engage with them and integrate the country into the Western trading system, not to isolate them. “Our experience has been that sticks don’t work very well, while carrots sometimes succeed,” Reinsch said. “Kicking them out of TPP might make us feel better, but it will diminish the trade agreement and also not achieve the objective of changing their anti-gay policy. In other words, it’s lose-lose.”

The pact also has its fair share of environmental, labor and intellectual opponents who argue that, like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), TPP would weaken intellectual property laws, depress wages in a race to the bottom, and gut progress on climate change. Furthermore, Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin noted that it’s appropriate for the executive branch and Congress to mix trade and human rights. “Let me just remind you that it was U.S. leadership in trade that helped change the apartheid government of South Africa,” Cardin said.

Participating nations include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Brunei, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

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How To Know If A Girl Is A Lesbian

So I actually DO GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS asking if a girl is lesbian, but this is clearly just a joke, because there is no real answer! I asked you guys for hints or characteristics that would make you think I was a girl! These are just some cliches, but of course there is no way to tell them because sexual orientation doesn’t define how anyone looks or acts. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the song!

Video Date: 2014-09-29 18:59:46
Video Duration: 00:03:43

Transgender Short Film, Sam

“Sam” is a short film about gender identity and LGBTQ bullying written and directed by Sal Bardo. Synopsis: After being bullied at school for a boy, Sam escapes into the fields surrounding his house.

Sal Bardo is an award-winning writer-director whose films and music videos often tackle issues affecting gay and LGBT communities and have screened at film festivals around the world. Sal’s official YouTube channel brings you trailers, sneak peeks, full movies, and more!

Date: 2013-11-11 21:42:11
Duration: 00:10:43

Top 5 Transgender Characters in Video Games

Over the past decade transgender people have become more visible in movies and television. But what about our favorite medium, video games? These are the best known transsexual characters in gaming.

Poison – Final fight / Street fighter x Tekken

Poison stars in the Final Fight and Street Fighter video game series. She is officially described as a ‘post-op transsexual’ but not in Japan. According to the Japanese designers of Street Fighter she simply tucks her business away to look female.

Bridget – Guilty Gear XX

Bridget shows strong determination when it comes to proving himself as a man in Guilty Gear XX. This confident transsexual prefers to correct others when they mistake him for a girl. Unfortunately they don’t see him as a serious threat and simply regard him as an annoyance.

Naota Shirogane by Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

In Persona 4 the gender of the young detective Naoto remains a mystery at first. You eventually find out this female dresses. If you go down the romantic route with her, Naoto asks if you prefer with a low or high voice.

Kainé to Nier

Kaine is a female-bodied character with a penis. According to the mythology of Nier, she became a hermaphrodite after being possessed by a demon. Kaine’s attitude is manly but she emphasizes her female qualities through a racy fashion style.

Birdo – Super Mario Bros. 2nd

Birdo is considered to be the first transsexual in gaming. Super Mario Bros. 2, Birdo was described in the manual as such … After confused reactions by gamers Nintendo decided to scrap this line in later manuals. Even if she is considered a full fledged female by Nintendo … we all know her little secret.

Video Date: 2012-02-29 17:46:32
Video Duration: 00:02:36

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild, Movie Trailer

Another Gay Movie was about getting laid for the first time. In true gay fashion, Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! is about who can get laid.

Another Gay Sequel finds our heroes Andy, Nico, Jarod and Griff reuniting at a gay resort in sunny Fort Lauderdale for Spring Break. They participate in a contest called ‘Gays Gone Wild!’ to determine who can attain the most “buttlove” over the course of the vacation.

Between Wet Package contests, Evil Gay Fratboys, and genital crabs, it’s a bumpy road to booty victory. But this time around, love proves to be the biggest conflict.

Production of Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! Will take place in Ft. Lauderdale during the month of December 2007 and is set for a summer 2008 theatrical release.

Plot Keywords: Gay Interest, Homosexual, Sequel, Gay, Teenager, Homosexuality, Teacher, Drag Queen, Student,  Shower Scene, Defecation Scene, Party, Cheerleader,  Butch , Lesbian, Gay Teenager, Internet, Homosexuality, Coming Out, High School, Video Store, Graduation, Gay Father, Dyke, Gay Bar, Father, Erection, Dildo, Gay Friend, College, Sexual Fantasy, Baseball, Parody, Bisexual, Flatulence, Gerbil, Tongue In Cheek, Teacher Student Relationship, Defloration, Vomit Scene, Gay, Homosexual, Teen, High School Student, Gay Interest, Coming Of Age.

Date: 2008-12-13 10:15:22
Duration: 00:02:00

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