LGBTQ Pride in Puerto Rico, Latin America

THis video says about itself:

Puerto Rico Rounds Off Gay Pride Month in Latin America

25 June 2017

Latin America has some of the biggest and most radical LGBTI movements in the world. Some countries have progressive equality legislation. But levels of prejudice and violence also remain very high.

United States pro-LGBTQ anti-Trump marches

This video from the USA says about itself:

15 May 2017

Join us at the National Equality March – June 11, 2017 – Washington, D.C.

Footage: “In the Life” – Courtesy of Outfest UCLA Legacy Project – 1993 March on Washington

Music: Toy Armada & DJ GRIND – “Stand by Me” (Joe Gauthreaux Remix) (c) 2017 Prop D Recordings

Distrkt C –

Produced by: Artists In Motion Productions

From Associated Press in the USA:

Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

Carolyn Kaster and David Crary

9:14 am, Sunday, June 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — In the nation’s capital, and dozens of other cities across the U.S., supporters of LGBT rights mobilized for marches and rallies Sunday, celebrating their gains but angered over threats to those advances.

The centerpiece event, the Equality March in Washington, was endorsed by virtually every major national advocacy group working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Leaders of those groups have been embittered by several actions of President Donald Trump’s administration — including the rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

The activists also complain that Trump, although he campaigned as a potential ally of gays and lesbians, has stocked his administration with many foes of LGBT-rights advances, including Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Throngs of marchers, many thousands strong, paraded past the White House and toward the Capitol, trailing behind a giant rainbow flag near the head of the procession.

“We’re here, we’re queer, get that Chito out of here,” was among the chants directed at Trump.

For the LGBT community nationwide, it’s an emotional time. Monday is the anniversary of the mass shooting a year ago in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people — mostly Latinos — at Pulse, a gay nightclub.

Among the marchers in Washington was Gil Mendez, a Puerto Rican native who traveled with his partner all the way from San Francisco to join the parade. He carried a sign that included the names of all the Pulse victims.

“The arrack on Pulse really struck me hard,” he said. “It made the connection between the physical violence of guns and the political attacks on our community.”

Also marching, and singing freedom songs along the way, was Gregory Elfers of Teaneck, New Jersey, who was with fellow members of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.

“It’s an opportunity to tell everyone we’re still here, and we’re not going away at all,” he said.

Roughly 100 marches and rallies were planned across the U.S., from Portland, Maine, and Boston to Anchorage, Alaska, and Honolulu. More than 100,000 people were expected to turn out in Los Angeles where the annual Pride Parade was renamed the ResistMarch. Activists in Casper, Wyoming, planned that city’s first-ever pride parade.

Among the activist leaders on hand in Washington was Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, which monitors media coverage of the LGBT community.

She noted that Trump, breaking from the practice of Barack Obama, has declined to issue a proclamation in honor of Pride Month, and that the Trump administration has deleted questions about sexual orientation from planned federal surveys.

“If you look at their prioritization, we’re really low on it,” she said. “There absolutely is a resistance aspect to this march.”

Polish pro-equal rights march

This video from Poland says about itself:

Parada Równości (Equality Parade) 2017 Warsaw

3 June 2017

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Poland: Gay rights marchers stand up to intolerance

Monday 5th June 2017

TENS of thousands of people marched and danced through the streets of central Warsaw at the weekend during the city’s 17th annual Equality Parade.

The marchers, estimated at 50,000 by organisers and 13,000 by police, appealed for stronger defiance of discrimination and greater acceptance of same-sex unions and marriages.

The annual event is intended as a demonstration of tolerance not only for gays and lesbians but also people with disabilities and other marginalised groups.

Participants carried balloons and the rainbow flags that are the symbol of LGBT rights.

One banner read: “Homophobia causes heart disease.”

Far-right nationalists tried to block the parade at one point, but were removed by police.

Gays and lesbians continue to face significant discrimination in mainly Catholic Poland.

While cities such as Warsaw have grown more tolerant, most gay and lesbian couples are still too afraid to walk down the streets holding hands.

Gay prime minister in Ireland?

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Nov 18, 2012 by Trade Union TV Ireland

March to protest the horrific state of affairs as it stands in Ireland, where Savita Halappanavar in the year 2012 in an Irish hospital died suffering and in pain after being denied an abortion she and her husband repeatedly requested.

Enough is enough. No more women can die.

From the Garden of Remembrance to the Dáil, where we will hold a candlelight vigil in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice to grieve Savita’s unnecessary death. Bring a candle to light to mark her loss.

We will have one speaker at the Garden of Remembrance to start our protest then we’ll march to the Dáil and at 5pm we will light our candles in solidarity with the vigil taking place then in Galway.

Video © Paula Geraghty

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 2 June 2017:

Conservative Ireland gets homosexual Prime Minister with migration background

Ireland is likely to get a gay premier: Leo Varadkar, son of an immigrant from India. He is open about his homosexuality.

Varadkar was officially appointed party leader of the ruling party Fine Gael and is likely to take over as prime minister soon. He is a politician from the right wing of the center-right party.

His predecessor Enda Kenny announced his resignation last month. Kenny received a lot of criticism in recent months. He was, eg, involved in a scandal within the police.

Gay minister

Varadkar was a doctor and minister of health care. He told openly in 2015 about his homosexuality, during the campaign of a referendum about equal marriage. He received much praise for that.

The choice for Varadkar as the new party leader is remarkable in mainly Catholic Ireland. According to various media, this is a sign of modernization and liberalization in the country.

However, it is not expected that he will be a liberal on all issues. Thus he indicated that he believes that abortion can not be a free choice for a woman.

Likewise, that women can now become Prime Minister in Britain is progress. However, when these women are Margaret Thatcher or Theresa May, that is not much progress in practice.

If Donald Trump would be replaced as president by Kellyanne Conway or Ann Coulter, then that would be the first ever woman president in the USA. However, I doubt whether it would be much, if any, progress in practice; including for women.

If Donald Trump would be replaced as president by Peter Thiel, then that would be the first ever gay president in the USA. However, Thiel is a right-winger who opposes the right of women to vote (like Ann Coulter).

If Donald Trump would be replaced as president by Milo Yiannopoulos, then that would be the first ever gay president in the USA. However, Milo Yiannopoulos is a right-wing racist in a child abuse scandal. Very probably, this would not mean progress, including for LGBTQ people.

Donald Trump, LGBTQ friend or foe?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Is Donald Trump a Friend to “The Gays”?

27 June 2016

“Ask the gays,” Donald said, “who’s your friend?” Well, the gays are ready with their answer, and it’s probably not what he wanted. Here are some of Donald’s quotes about marriage equality, civil unions, and job protections for LGBTs … and also some “friends” that Donald Trump might not want the gays to know about.

From the Chicago Pride site in the USA:

Trump declines to issue Pride Month proclamation, ditches LGBT events

Thu. June 1, 2017 12:15 PM

Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump, who claimed to be an LGBT ally during the 2016 campaign, has broken from the tradition of issuing an annual LGBT Pride Month proclamation.

On Wednesday, Trump signed proclamations honoring June as Great Outdoors Month, National Homeownership Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, and National Ocean Month. No such proclamation was released for LGBT Pride Month.

Presidential Pride proclamations were started by President Bill Clinton in 1999. President George W. Bush, an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, skipped the tradition. Then from 2009 until 2016, President Barack Obama issued annual proclamations and hosted LGBT festivities in the White House.

In his final proclamation, Obama wrote, “Despite the extraordinary progress of the past few years, LGBT Americans still face discrimination simply for being who they are. …I urge the Congress to enact legislation that builds upon the progress we have made, because no one should live in fear of losing their job simply because of who they are or who they love.”

Zack Ford at Think Progress noted Trump could have become the first Republican president to acknowledge Pride Month with a proclamation.

“…but he didn’t – and the silence is deafening,” he wrote.

Likewise, no LGBT Pride Month events have been announced by the White House.

During Pride Month 2016, Trump claimed that he’s “much better for the gays” than Hillary Clinton.

Trump continues to maintain a number of high-profile gay supporters, including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Caitlyn Jenner.

Peter Thiel was not ‘high-profile gay’. He used to be a closet gay billionaire, who hated so much being outed that he destroyed the journalists who he said had outed him financially. He is an opponent of women having the right to vote.

The best known of Trump’s gay supporters used to be extreme rightist Milo Yiannopoulos. He used to be popular with conservatives, until his child abuse scandal became known.

Trump’s ‘pro-gay’ campaign claims were basically saying patronizingly: ‘I, strong Donald Trump, will protect you gay weaklings from the evil Muslims who are all terrorists‘.

Betsy DeVos: It Is Not The Education Department’s Job To Protect LGBTQ Students. The education secretary [of Donald Trmp] faced intense questioning in a Senate hearing about whether she would stand up for the civil rights of students: here.

Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Address Anti-LGBT Hate Group in Closed-Door Event: here.

‘Gay’ vultures raise young bird

The young griffon vulture, raised by a same sex couple in Artis

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

A first in Artis: gay griffon vultures raise young one

Today, 14:26

For the first time a couple of male griffon vultures in Artis take care of a chick, the Amsterdam zoo reports. The egg from which the chick hatched was found loose on the bottom of the aviary.

Caregivers placed it in the incubator, but then saw how the male couple built a nest on the rock in the vulture compound. It was then decided to put the vulture egg into the nest, where it was then brooded by the males taking turns until it hatched.

Five years ago

Meanwhile, the two fathers take good care of the chick, Artis reports. Five years ago a young griffon vulture was born in the zoo. This year, two chicks were added: the one who was brooded by the gay couple and a chick of two [heterosexual] birds injured in Spain and brought to Artis for convalescence.

The male couple has been together for years in Artis. Homosexuality is not unusual in the animal world and certainly not in birds. A vulture couple always stays together.

Artis is going to investigate whether the two young birds can be freed later into the wild. The zoo participates in the European breeding program for griffon vultures.

This Dutch video says about itself:

This Griffon Vulture with ring number RO4 was ringed in Spain in January 2015 and was seen in the Dennen woodland on Texel [island] on August 1, 2015. On May 20, 2016, this same bird appeared on Texel, at exactly in the same place.

Local buzzards tried to drive the vulture away. A carrion crow even landed on the vulture’s back, as the video shows.