Little girl stops fundamentalist hate preacher


This video from the USA says about itself:

1st Grader Backs Down Homophobe Street Preacher

29 June 2015

Zea faces down a fire and brimstone street preacher, at a festival in Columbus, the day after the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling.

Comfest is a family-friendly, free, community music festival.

This was not a march, or a political event. The preacher was accosting festival goers, including other families with children. His rhetoric, before being confronted by a small girl, was graphic, and bigoted. He was escorted out by police a short time later. Zea was not there to protest. She volunteers at Comfest every year, and was on her way to spend her volunteer tokens on pizza.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with simple pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture

The incident has since been turned into a T-shirt

Adam Withnall

Wednesday 01 July 2015

A seven-year-old girl has inspired hundreds of thousands of people and been immportalised in a T-shirt after she confronted a hate preacher with a simple pro-LGBT gesture.

In an incident captured on camera by her father at a community festival in Ohio, Zea Bowling can be seen silently holding up a rainbow flag to a preacher yelling about “sodomy and brimstone”.

Ryan Bowling, Zea’s father, said he had told her about the US Supreme Court‘s majority decision to uphold same-sex marriage the day before.

And he said that when she heard the preacher, she “was shocked as to why he would bother to come to [the community festival] just to be so mean”.

In the video, people can be heared cheering on Zea as she confronts the preacher, and other onlookers approach to give her a high-five.

Mr Bowling said the preacher was “visibly deflated when he saw her coming”, and he can be seen turning away during the video.

The moment has been viewed more than 200,000 times since footage was uploaded by Mr Bowling, and he told Raw Story the crowd at the time had been “passionately on her side, right away, shockingly so”.

“People actually cried. I almost didn’t film it. It was pretty powerful, and I was trying not to be in my phone. Somebody I didn’t know sniffled pretty loudly, and I realized I might be missing something kind of important.”

Mr Bowling has since provided a link underneath the video to an Ohio clothing maker who has turned the viral moment into a T-shirt.

Designed by Zachary Traxler and adorned with the text of the 14th Amendment, proceeds will go towards Zea’s family and an LGBT charity.

Turkish Pride march attacked by police


AFP photo: Two gay men kiss during the Transgender Pride march along Istikbal Avenue in Istanbul, on June 21, 2015

From AFP news agency:

28 June 2015 – 17H25

Riot police use teargas, water cannon to stop Istanbul Gay Pride

ISTANBUL –

Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of participants in the Gay Pride parade in the Turkish city, an AFP reporter said.

Police took action against the crowd when demonstrators began shouting slogans accusing the social conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “fascism“.

A look at how gay pride is celebrated around the world: here.

THE world’s major cities were painted all the colours of the rainbow at the weekend as millions of people marched in gay pride parades: here.

Equal marriage victory in the USA


This video from Washington DC in the USA says about itself:

Reactions outside the Supreme Court to marriage equality ruling

26 June 2015

From the Human Rights Campaign in the USA:

We won! In a historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional. Marriage equality is the law of the land and LGBT couples in every corner of the country will soon have the opportunity to marry in their home states!

At this moment, I’m standing outside of the Supreme Court with Jim Obergefell and thousands of other HRC supporters in the midst of an awe-inspiring, joyous celebration. Today is a true testament to decades of hard work paying off — and I hope you will join in the celebration wherever you are.

Raise a toast, then join us in public celebration. First, add your name to a commemorative HRC logo that includes YOUR NAME along with other HRC members’ names that will be instantly downloadable. Then, make it your profile image. That way, you can show the world that you stood on the right side of history.

In addition, if you are out celebrating, please take pictures and send them to us using the hashtag #LoveWins. HRC will be retweeting and reposting your photos all day and night so we can show the world that together, we made history!

Think about it — decades from now, children in schools will learn Obergefell v. Hodges as one of the most important equal rights cases ever before the Supreme Court. And, you were a part of it!

Today’s ruling makes it perfectly clear that there is no legal or moral justification for continuing to stand in the path of marriage equality. Couples from Michigan to Texas to North Dakota shouldn’t have to wait even a moment longer to be treated equally under the law.

I am calling upon state officials across the country to act swiftly to ensure that every obstacle to obtaining a marriage license is removed as quickly as possible so loving same-sex couples don’t have to wait any longer.

Thank you for helping HRC change hearts and minds all over the world. This victory wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Thanks so much,

Chad Griffin
President, HRC

Alabama Justice Roy Moore vows to block ‘illegitimate’ marriage equality ruling at state level: here.

Artists And Writers Around The Country Pledge Support For Gay Marriage: here.

Gay Pride and homophobia in Latvia


This video says about itself:

Craziness in Latvia

A short video on the crazed, feces-throwing mob that met a Gay Pride event in Latvia, July 22, 2006.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Latvia: Riga government urged to back Gay Pride celebration

Thursday 18th June 2015

GAY RIGHTS activists called on the Latvian government yesterday to come out in support of an international Gay Pride march in the capital Riga this weekend.

EuroPride, which celebrates the rights of LGBT people in a different European city every year, will be held in the Latvian capital on Saturday at the end of a week-long festival that began on June 15.

While EuroPride organisers say law enforcement authorities have been very co-operative, the Latvian government has failed to welcome the event.

When asked about it last December, Latvian President Andris Berzins stated that “homosexuality should not be advertised and imposed.”

In 2005, a gay pride march in Riga was marred by violence and hostility, as 70 activists defied more than a thousand homophobic counter-protesters who tried to block the march, used tear gas and threw eggs at the marchers.