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LANDED: TOGETHER IN CANADA (A WorldPride Affiliate Event)

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The LGBT community have been fighting for their basic rights, dignity, acknowledgement and acceptance in society; and they have been fighting for decades. It feels like, as soon as one hurdle is over come, another plants itself in our path. The more recent problems however, are more political than social.

When DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act) was signed into law by then president Bill Clinton, a whole new series of hurdles sprung up in front of the LGBT community living in the United States. The laws got complex, convoluted and beyond rational reasoning. The few states at the beginning who legalised same-sex marriage like Massachusetts, those marriages were still not recognised by the Federal government or by other states. As a result, the couples could not file for federal tax returns and benefits together or entitled for federal grants. Along with these, another guillotine hovered over the heads for the bi-national same-sex couples. Immigration and citizenship being under the purview of the federal government and they not recognizing same-sex marriage, the foreign national in a bi-national couple has no legal right to apply for a green card even if they are legally married in their individual state and were in danger of being torn away from their partners and deported.

Read here about the harrowing impact of DOMA on bi-national couple.

To avoid being separated from their partner, a large group of bi-national same-sex couples immigrated to Canada where their union was recognized.

In RBC sponsored Emerging Artist Project, photographer Sarah Foy created a collage of such bi-national couples who have immigrated to Canada from the United States. Along with the visual, there is an audio track of these couples documenting the trials and tribunals they faced while trying to settle in a brand new country, away from their family and friends and starting from scratch.

People may argue that hundreds of people immigrate to other countries, so what’s the big deal. The big deal is more psychological. In most cases, if not all, people who immigrate to a foreign country, they do it because they want to, so they are prepared mentally for the unknown. But in the cases of these couples, they are forced to. And that makes all the difference. Not to mention the feeling of being unrecognized, rejected and uncared for by their own country.

Landed: Together in Canada as a title, aptly captures the essence. It’s a compelling artwork which tells the stories of LGBT individuals landing in the US, falling in love with an American and moving to Canada to be together.

 

Gallery Open: May 24th – June 29th 2014

Venue: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre

http://www.landedtogether.ca

Why is this twat still on tv?

I had forgotten how annoying Michele Bachmann‘s voice was. Everytime I see her, she makes my skin crawl.

But gotta admit, Piers Morgan brings back these assholes and rips them apart. Love him for that.

Guess we have come a full circle bypassing the end of the world

History in Grade 3 was about the medieval era. The world had emerged from the dark ages and were just stabilizing as a civilization. This was the early middle ages that gave us the societal pyramidal structure where the priests occupied the apex. The public, who were essentially an illiterate mass were controlled by the religious bodies. Any natural calamity (from floods, to famine) on which the humans had no control were stamped as God‘s wrath and sacrifices were demanded to appease HIM. Ofcourse in that era, sacrifices were in kind.

All these ‘sacrifices’ ensured a constant flow of daily needs into the temples and these messengers of God lived a comfortable life without really working for it and enjoyed the power over the mass.

Over the centuries, people became smarter, realized their folly in putting their faith and trust on these opportunists and there was a drastic shift in the structure of the society. The top position which was for all these years was occupied by the messengers of God were taken over by kings and the power changed hands. This was the foundation of the modern world as we know today.

In the modern world, for the longest time, America was hailed as THE country. The rest of the world looked up to it, partly in fear and party in awe. And today, in that same America, which is now just a shimmering shadow of its once glorious past, I hear/read of messengers of God talking about His wrath and how we need to appease Him ( Westboro Baptist Church ), Michele Bachmann ( who said God wanted her to run for presidency ); a quote now taken by Rick Santorum ( either they misinterpreted His orders or God is really getting old and has amnesia, so forgot He had already asked Bachmann to run for president and now asking Santorum ). National Organization for Marriage ( NOM ) asking for donations..( read as sacrifices ) to restore marriage as GOD wanted it to be. The latest being Pat Robertson who claimed the tornadoes to hit Indiana could have been avoided with prayers.

So it looks like we have (or atleast America has ) gone back to the middle ages and the pyramidal structure is once again changing where the apex is in the verge of getting reclaimed by the men of God. I always thought this was bound to happen once this world is destroyed at the end of this year and we start all over again with the dawn of civilization.

But by the looks of it, America has bypassed the destruction of the world bit and the stone age and directly jumped to the medieval era. And that makes me think, maybe that’s what Mayan calendar meant when it predicted that 2012 is going to be the end of the world ( or the world as we know it now). It has all of a sudden started to make sense.

Archie Comic’s CEO responds to AFA and the Moms

John Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics responds to the hackling of the few Moms of 1 Million Moms and American Family Association (AFA) over the latest edition of Archie where Kevin Keller is getting married to his African-American male partner.

“We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/One Million Moms feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”

Take that, you bunch of douche-bags!!!

Ellen, JC Penny commercials all here for you

Each commercial of JC Penny and Ellen, I see as a tight slap in the faces of 1 Million Moms. Thats a lot of slaps……

A convicted felon, a Bible thumper is asking for civil disobidience against federal government

Chuck Colson who is a convicted Watergate felon and a Bible thumping Christian is asking all Christians to rise in civil disobidience against the federal government for passing laws that are anti-discriminatory and protects LGBT people.

Wonder if he could be arrested for urging people in a mass scale to rise up in revolt against the government? Throw him in jail?? He should be at home there. Afterall that was his 2nd home at one point. He is what he has to say to all Christians….

“Boycott Starbucks” urges a pastor for supporting same-sex marriage in WA

Pastor Steven Andrew of USA Christian Ministries is asking for a nationwide boycott of Starbucks for its support for same-sex marriage in Washington. In his online message Andrew analyses that Starbucks will lose 80% of it customers if all christians choose to get their coffee elsewhere. Apparently he believes 80% of America’s population is Christians and 1-2 % are homosexuals.

“Starbucks is no longer fashionable,” writes Andrew in the post, which is headlined “Christians Boycott Starbucks – Because Romans 1 Explains Starbucks Hates God.”

“If your church  still uses Starbucks, then your pastor is a friend of the world,” Andrews argues. “God  calls those who oppose Him ‘haters of God.’”

But he throws in thaat little bit of “Jesus loves homosexuals.”

And he finishes off with “Starbucks can follow Satan if they want to.”

Looks like pastors now a days have a lot of time in their hands, tired of just praying, they also need something to spice up threir lives. What better way than to spread hate while they can use their free time educating themselves about the demographics of their own country..perhaps?

And as if Starbucks really cares!!!

Courtesy King5.com

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