Here are all the fantastically amazing entries posted during July, 2010
Hey kids! I’m taking a vacation to celebrate my birthday this week. Fret not, though! To make up for my absence, there will be a brand new, exceptionally low-quality comic strip every day this week. (Now with even less effort than last year!) It’s the return of Terrible Birthday Comics!
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Argentina has become the first Latin American country (and the tenth country overall) to permit full, equal marriage to all its citizens. The vote, which passed 33-27, took place Thursday morning.
Opponents had hoped to instead pass a separate, and inherently unequal, civil unions bill that would have granted most of the rights of marriage to gay couples, but would have barred them from adopting children or even undergoing in-vitro fertilization (an astonishing personal rights invasion, if I ever heard one). Good thing full equality passed instead!
I really don’t have much else to say but congratulations, Argentina!
- Argentina legalizes gay marriage in historic vote [Associated Press]
Government officials in Belarus requested to see tapes of Elton John performances before approving a concert in the country, fearing that the popular songwriter would turn audience members gay.
The Belarusian Public Council for Morality requested several tapes, just in case they miss the hidden, gay-inducing laser beams the first few times.
Elton John’s mystical gay powers are actually a common concern. A few years ago, a Caribbean archdeacon pleaded for people to skip out on an Elton John concert in Tobago out of fears it would turn locals gay.
Parminder Singh Peter Bassi and Ravinder Robbie Bassi, two gay bashers facing charges for a vicious assault on a Vancouver gay couple after urinating on their house, have skipped out on their first scheduled court appearance.
Their lawyer, in the meantime, has asked for an extension until August 9 because he said he hasn’t received the files for the case. Now, I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve prepared a short file containing everything Mr. Baker needs to know about his clients:
File no. 28-3765-67
They were urinating on someone’s house and, when asked to stop, beat the living crap out of the owners while shouting anti-gay slurs. Then they didn’t show up for court.
Enjoy the extra month of preparation for that one.
- Case postponed for accused gay bashers [The Province]
Well, the good news is that I learned about a new bone today. The bad news is that I fractured it, may need reconstructive surgery, and will be in an arm cast for my wedding.
So, yeah, I think I’ll forego my usual search for crazy homophobic stories today, and instead relax outside and work on a new type of tan that I’ll call the reverse-farmer’s-tan (I’ll let you know how it looks when the cast comes off.)
Oh, and a word to pedestrians: Just because cars don’t travel along bike lanes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look both ways before stepping out in front of cyclists, forcing them to slam on their brakes unexpectedly with one hand because they were already hand signaling with the other, causing them to lose balance and fall comedically, fracturing their scaphoid.
The annual gay pride float was a little different this year at Anchorage, Alaska’s fourth of July parade after it burned down in what is being treated as possible arson.
Just a day before the Independence Day parade was set to begin, a suspect was seen fleeing from a residential driveway where the float was parked, as weeks of hard work burned to cinders. Neighbours fear that the fire, which also scortched a nearby garage and attic, could be a hate crime.
The float’s construction team had a great idea, though. Christening the charred float “Phoenix Rising,” they rebuilt it from its ashes and burned remnants using donations from the community. After just one day, the float was finished, entered into the parade as planned, and won the Grand Champion trophy.
What a great display of unity and community pride. It’s an inspirational demonstration of exactly why the gay community should be proud of its accomplishments, and why hateful people should feel ashamed.
Somewhat good news today, as four men have been arrested in Vancouver for two separate gay bashings in the past month.
Parminder Singh Peer Bassi and Ravinder Robbie Bassi, now arrested, were urinating on the home of a gay couple on June 12; when the couple asked them to stop, there were assaulted amidst a number of homophobic slurs.
Alexandre Tchernychev and Aaron Alexander Hahn, also now arrested, assaulted a man in Vancouver’s gay village on the morning of Canada Day, again while shouting homophobic slurs.
While I’m happy these attacks are being reported more frequently and arrests are being made, this is still happening far too often. It’s easy to condemn violence, but condemnation needs to start earlier, challenging the casual homophobia that leads to it. Condemnation from the gay community isn’t enough. Politicians, churches, ethnic communities, and everyone in between needs to help put a stop to this.
- Arrests made in 2 Vancouver gay bashings [CBC News]
I’m taking a long weekend to celebrate Canada Day. Until Monday, kids!