Tag Archives: gay

The Best Gay Travel Information We’ve Seen

8 Mar

There is a lot of garbage out there for GSM travellers, and most of it is wrapped up in fancy and sometimes subtle marketing (we’re looking at you Xtra) to get your pink dollars. This guide isn’t that different. It has been put together by Spartacus World, which bills itself as “The Home to International Gay Travelers.”

However, this index provides some clarity to the advertising mumbo-jumbo. By scoring countries across 14 human rights markers, from anti-discrimination laws to murder, the ranked format makes surveying travel options simple.

The countries are colour coded with dark green being the most liberal and gay-friendly countries down to red for the most dangerous countries for homosexuals to visit and live in.

The guide is straight forward and easy to read. See the full version here.

Listing of countries for gay travel.

Click for complete listing.

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We now live in a world where gay marines can do this:

7 Mar

HT Towelroad

Bromo of the Week: Anderson Cooper

5 Jul

“The fact is, I’m gay.”

As we’re sure most of you know by now, Anderson Cooper has come out and said that he is gay.

In a blog post on his friend Andrew Sullivan’s blog, Anderson was asked to weigh in on the topic of gay people in the public eye and whether or not they should come out publicly.

In his reply, Anderson disclosed to the public that he is, in fact, gay and he explained a bit why he kept it quiet for so long.

On being a journalist:

” I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”

On why it’s the right time to come out:

“It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”

On being gay:

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

On bullying:

“…the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”

Anderson is a well-known and respected journalist who kept his sexuality a secret for professional reasons. We are glad that he was able to come out publicly though, because he shares a very important message: you should never be ashamed of who you are.

And for that, Anderson Cooper is our Bromo of the Week.

Zealots Boycotting Oreo Because of a Picture

28 Jun

Get ready to blow a gasket.

Last night, Oreo posted the following the picture to their Facebook page:

What followed was a slew of homophobic and idiotic comments from assholes:

“Boo…This makes me sad that oreo’s support homosexuality.” – Toni Lipford, 1 Like.

“gays need to leave america.” – Dylan Arsenault, 3 Likes.

“This is absolutely disgusting. Your attempt to “normalize” the behaviour of homosexuals has cost you a customer.” – Desean Washington, 4 Likes.

“don’t support gays or the companies that do, and hell yea i’m a hater! being a fag is just wrong and always will be!!!! you should all be exiled to some island where you can all share aids together!! no more oreos for this family!!!!!” – Robert Hunter, 1 Like.

“Homosexual ‘love’ is not real love. ‘Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life his friends.’ — Jesus Christ. You are supporting the wrong things Oreo. Won’t be buying your cookies no mo’ in my house. ENjoy your new lack of sales!!!! :)” – Crystal Walker, 1 Like.

And that’s just a sample of them. Buzzfeed has compiled a list of them if you want to get your blood boiling even more.

Personally, I think Oreo is better off without these people. Actually, a lot of things would be better off without these people. But I’m not going to call for them to be exiled to an island where all bigots can share diseases together because that’s just wrong… and I’m not an asshole (I’m looking at you, Robert Hunter).

What really scares me though is most of these people are parents and have families. These are the “values” (and I really hate to use that word here) that they’re passing on to their children. “Homosexual love is not real love”!?!?! Where do they even come up with this shit?!

This morning, the Oreo page was flooded with more positive comments in support of the company’s stance on gay pride. Most of these commenters also denounced the ‘haters’ who will no longer be buying Oreos. Good riddance.

Thank you, Oreo, for taking a stand and for not backing down in the face of bigots and bullies.

Love Between Sens and Leafs Fans Possible

20 Mar

Leafsproposal

Last weekend two awesome Lady Bros proved that love can span huge divides. Leafs fans and Sens fans rarely make peace, let alone watch the game together in the same room. But Alicia and Christina will be watching together for the rest of their lives after a proposal on the ice at the Leafs/Sens match up. And the crowd goes wiiiiillldddd!

You can check out the video here!

Bromo of the Week: Scott Heggart

19 Mar

Scott Heggart’s public journey as a closeted teenage jock is serving as both inspiration to kids in similar situations and as a stark and emotional reminder as to why initiatives like You Can Play are so important.

“I was ‘out’ at home, in the closet at school. So I spent all my time at home,” he recalls. Every coming out story has its challenges, and being a part of a team where locker-room homophobia encouraged was not easy for Heggart.

Heggart documented an entire year of his journey on YouTube anonymously. When the time came to come out, he did so quietly, and on Facebook. The response was overwhelmingly supportive. “[His teammates] recognized how much courage it took and they recognized how much trust he was putting in them.”

Now a communications student at the University of Ottawa, Heggart’s videos focus more on political activism and drawing attention to the inequalities that gay people face. Especially moving was his commentary on the suicide of Jamie Hubley, which has garnered him some significant attention.

For having the courage to share his personal story with thousands as a teenage boy and turning into an eloquent (and attractive!) young man, Scott Heggart is this week’s Bromo of the Week.

A Young Heggart on Coming Out:

Read more at the Ottawa Citizen.

IRAQ: Killed for Looking Gay

12 Mar

EmoI know a lot of the viewers to this site don’t particularly look or act “gay” – and here is a perfect example of why we are lucky that way. Kids in Iraq are actually being murdered for the way they dress or cut their hair, and it is happening right now.

Shi’ia militants are targeting youth who they perceive to be gay or emo, apparently for religious reasons.

The good folks at AllOut.org have set up an online petition calling on world leaders to intervene. It isn’t much, but every little bit helps.