#RainbowLaces: Change the Game
Premier League Footballers Come Out In Support Of Anti-Homophobia Campaign

LGBTQ charity Stonewall released a new video featuring Arsenal players showing their support for the campaign to end homophobia in the sport.

The video description is as follows:

We’ve teamed up with Paddy Power, Arsenal, The Gay Football Supporters Network and loads more to send Rainbow Laces to every professional football player and club in Britain. We’re asking players to wear the laces during the weekend of 13/14 September to show their support for kicking homophobia out of the beautiful game.

For more, click here.

3 weeks ago · 26 notes

Anonymous asked: “Hey, I was wondering if you, or your followers, have any tips on how to deal with homophobia from the people in your life? I'm surrounded by extremely homophobic people and I wondered if anyone has any tips as to how not to go into a full blown panic in public, every time someone makes comments or acts in an aggressive way. Thanks a lot.”

Hello anon,

If those people are your friends, you can actually try to talk to them and see what lies behind their homophobia. I have myself clarified many of the things that they did not know correctly and then figured out they were not homophobic themselves but taught to be so, and neither they did anything themselves to really understand it nor anyone else had confronted them on the issue. You can also consult local LGBTQ* organizations and get ideas from people around you and how they react/behave when they encounter such behaviour. And also remember that some people are just stubborn and will probably ignore whatever you have to say, so this is also possible to face with, too where in that case, there is not much to be done.

Hope this helps.

P.S. Folks, feel free to reply to this post and share your ideas.

4 months ago · 2 notes

Anonymous asked: “I'm so scared to come out to my parents as bi, because they make really subtly homophobic comments often. Like the other day my mom said that she was okay with gay people getting married, but two men or two women kissing make her uncomfortable. I know they won't kick me out or anything, so I know I should feel lucky, but the thought that they won't fully accept me for who I am and that I'll make them uncomfortable makes me really sad and I can't do anything about it.”

Hello anon,

I do know a mother of a friend of mine who would say she was okay with gays and lesbians but felt uncomfortable when she saw two men or women kissing. After I came out to her, I also wanted to confront her about it and it was simply because she did not necessarily like seeing anyone kissing in a passionate way, not necessarily gay couples only, which she admitted as due to the way she got raised and still trying to get rid of that point of view. 

What I am trying to say is that it does not necessarily mean your mother will not fully ‘accept’ you. Without coming out to her, you can initiate a conversation on her comments to learn more, which will also give you a better insight about her views. Then you can decide whether or not to come out. Please do keep in mind that many parents’ attitude change after their kids come out to them, so please do not be pessimistic about it.

Hope this helps.

6 months ago · 4 notes

TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE / VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED

This short film released by Human Rights Watch shows the terrifying situation and violence that LGBT individuals are facing in Russia.

Human Rights Watch Russia researcher Tanya Cooper said:

“Russian officials embolden homophobes and their violent attacks,”

This is serious folks. THIS NEEDS TO STOP NOW!

7 months ago · 73 notes · Source

Anonymous asked: “Around a year ago I realised I'm bi and soon after I fell in love with my best friend. She's my gilfriend now and we're really happy together even if she lives ~487 miles away from me. Our families and friends know about us and support us wherever they can and I'm really really thankfull for that. But my fellow workers and the people in school are all really homophobic and I'm scared that they will find out about us.. any advice what to do if that happens?”

Hello anon,

For your workplace, firstly check out whether they have a non-discriminative policy that includes sexual orientation or not. This will at least ensure such negative reactions, if any, cannot affect you more than that. Note that some states protect LGBT individuals from workplace discrimination regardless of the company’s policy, so you can check out here if your state is included. Also, try to see if there is any LGBT individuals working, too and try to connect with them, if any.

For your school, consult GSA, if available to learn more on your school’s policy. If none available, try to learn if there is any teacher with positive opinion on the issue to discuss the risk to figure out what can be done on such cases. Also contact GLSEN to learn what else can be done and how to initiate such policies or GSA at your school.

I hope those will help.

Best wishes.

8 months ago · 2 notes

Anonymous asked: “Hey! I recently had a horridly homophobic friend tell me that another friend is gay. When I told my second friend what the first friend said, he was annoyed. He confronted our homophobic friend and they then told me to pick a side. I didn't refused and now neither of them will talk to me and my other friends are starting to pick sides so I'm the only one left neutral. I didn't want this to cause a huge dramatic fight so what can I do to at least mend the damage?”

Hello anon,

It sounds like everyone needs to calm down and listen to each other. There is no logic behind “picking” a side, and this must simply end. I mean why would anyone pick a side? Your homophoic friend must realize regardless of what he thinks or why he is homophobic, if you are a friend group, he should simply respect everyone, including the gay friend.

I am no one to suggest a thing regarding friendships but the fight here should not be between friends but simply against homophobia, as it would solve everything, wouldn’t it?

I am kind of confused here, so what do you think folks?

9 months ago · 4 notes

via Queerty:

To combat the unfortunate wave of homophobia in sports and the state of Russian LGBT rights ahead of the 2014 Olympics, GQ Germany has rounded up 13 heterosexual celebrities from a variety of industries to make out with each other in a new campaign called “Gentlemen against homophobia.”

The editors of GQ are pushing the new campaign with the hashtag #Mundpropaganda (meaning “word of mouth”) to show, among other things, just how unremarkable and “mundane” a gay kiss can be.

“The intolerance that homosexuals are still fighting against is shocking,” said Editor-in-Chief José Redondo-Vega. “With #Mundpropaganda we wanted to give a clear sign in favor of a free society.”

You can watch the video, Making of #Mundpropoganda here.

9 months ago · 7,096 notes · Source

12 months ago · 1,899 notes · Reblogged from buzzfeedlgbt

The Italian Parliament’s lower house broke out in a kiss-in on Thursday in the midst of debate over an LGBT rights bill.
Michelle Garcia / Advocate.com

Members of an Italian political party staged a kiss-in protesting the strength of a proposal to update the national hate crimes law with language to protect LGBT people.
The measure would expand the 20-year-old law to heavily prosecute crimes based on homophobia or transphobia. However members of the M5S or MoVimento 5 Stelle, staged a same-sex kiss-in, while other members held up signs urging “more rights”.
The bill passed in the lower house Thursday, 354-79, but it is not expected to easily pass the Senate, where members of President Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party have already promised that the bill would fall because it restricts freedom of speech.

This is amazing folks. You can also read more here.
You can watch the video of kiss-in by clicking here.

The Italian Parliament’s lower house broke out in a kiss-in on Thursday in the midst of debate over an LGBT rights bill.

Michelle Garcia / Advocate.com

Members of an Italian political party staged a kiss-in protesting the strength of a proposal to update the national hate crimes law with language to protect LGBT people.

The measure would expand the 20-year-old law to heavily prosecute crimes based on homophobia or transphobia. However members of the M5S or MoVimento 5 Stelle, staged a same-sex kiss-in, while other members held up signs urging “more rights”.

The bill passed in the lower house Thursday, 354-79, but it is not expected to easily pass the Senate, where members of President Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party have already promised that the bill would fall because it restricts freedom of speech.

This is amazing folks. You can also read more here.

You can watch the video of kiss-in by clicking here.

1 year ago · 568 notes · Source

OPEN YOUR MOUTH! - GERMANY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA!
by Anja Victoria Gerber on vimeo.

You can Visit Enough is Enough-Open Your Mouth’s website here to read about the protest against Russia’s homophobic laws, which will be held on August 31, in Berlin.

1 year ago · 10 notes