Homophobic mayor in Venice, Italy

This 2014 video is called Homophobia as seen by youth in Italy.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

New Mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro bans books about homosexuality from city schools

Certain books are being collected by authorities so they can “verify” they are suitable for young children

Doug Bolton

Thursday 09 July 2015

Venice‘s new mayor has been heavily criticised for his decision to ban books dealing with homosexuality from the city’s schools.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has banned a total of 49 books covering homosexuality and discrimination from schools, fulfilling one of his campaign promises.

Books banned include a French book titled ‘Jean Has Two Mums’, a story of a wolf family where the cub has two mothers.

Brugnaro has defended himself, saying he will “not be intimidated” by the criticism, which has taken the form of groups organising public readings of the banned books, and public libraries actively encouraging visitors to read them.

He added: “Parents need to educate their children on these things, not schools.”

According to a statement posted on Brugnaro’s website, authorities have collected all the books in question from across the city’s schools, and will “verify” them to make sure they are “suitable for preschoolers”.

Books that deal with religious, racial or disability-related discrimination have been collected by authorities for analysis, but the statement says they will “certainly be redistributed” at some point.

However, he said that books that deal with homosexuality may be kept out of school libraries for good.

The Mayor’s statement criticised the “cultural arrogance” of previous administrations, that have introduced the banned books into schools “without asking anything to anyone, especially to families.”

Any type of same-sex union, whether civil partnership or full marriage, is not recognised in Italy and unobtainable in the country.

For years there has been a push to make the government introduce civil unions, a cause that has received a boost recently following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Ireland and the USA.

However, it has been met by a backlash from other groups, who see an introduction of same-sex unions as an affront to traditional Italian values.

The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, supports the cause, and Italy’s senate is currently looking a a bill which Renzi hopes will allow same-sex partnerships by the end of July.

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


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.

In Budapest, LGBT Pride Behind the Police Barricades: 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.

Kentucky Clerk Refuses To Issue Marriage License To Gay Couples In Heated Exchange. The woman says she holds a religious objection to issuing the licenses: here.

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