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YESTERDAY something important happened. For most of you it won’t probably matter but please give it 5 minutes if you care for all LGBT people, not just those from the US! For LGBT people in Poland, a deeply catholic land that still treats us like dirt in the name of God, it’s so damn important… this is why I ask you to share this.

This is a footage from a film in the making titled “Artykuł osiemnasty” (“the 18th article”). That title is also a name of the polish law that describes marriage as a union between a man and a woman (which is the most powerful tool for polish goverment to still block civil unions, same sex marriages and basically any other law propositions that could help sexual minorities to survive).  

In this country they will lynch you in the name of God. In public television you hear a priest (Dariusz Oko, mentioned in the speech) telling with no shame that gay men are deviants who sleep with thousands of partners a year and their sex leads to anal bleedins and shitting themselves (sounds like a speech taken out from a mouth of some Ugandan clerk, not a guy invited to national television in the country that is a member of the European Union, doesn’t it?). You hear a newly elected president who, asked about homosexuals working in his office, answers he wouldn’t mind as long as they don’t go half naked, because he won’t tolerate anyone inpropriately dressed for work, no matter gay or straight. Finally, not a long time ago, a 14 year old boy (who knows if he was gay, maybe not) hangs himself on the shoe lace because he’s bullied in school so badly and the reason is he looks and behaves like a “faggot”. And even then, people have to literally scream at minister of education to enforce her to say that word, to finally hear the word “homophobia” coming from her mouth. But nothing else happens. Homophobic teachers, including priests who teach religion in public schools, keep verbally bashing LGBT people. Facebook is full of “fanpages” still bullying that poor boy (like “Dominik, it’s good he’s dead”).

And this is a brave Vatican priest (he comes from a polish city, Gdansk) who decided to break the silence. It all started when he wrote an article about hatred that is affecting our country and our church on the example of mentioned above priest Dariusz Oko, titled “Theology and violence”…


Then he offically came out. He was interviewed already by few polish leading newspapers, he even said he is in a relationship with a man and loves him and that helped him to become a better priest. 

Today at 12 pm. (in one hour) he is going to give a speech IN VATICAN CITY, in protection of LGBT people. The makers of polish film “Artykuł osiemnasty” are there with him.

Here, finally, a translation of what he’s saying. I gave you a context to make you understand why his coming out is so emotional and so important. I stole most of the translation tho, it comes from some catholic website that called him mentally ill, so I’m not gonna give a link to them.

My name is Krzysztof Charamsa. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa. I am a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith…the second secretary of the International Theological Commission. I’m a theologian, philosopher; I lecture in bioethics at the Pontifical Gregorian University… I am gay.

I love our country, our fatherland, I am a patriot… when in parliament, in my fatherland, someone can  put down a homosexual person with impunity, with impunity! And nobody turns off his microphone!

If someone can travel around, as does Fr. [Dariusz] Oko my country with his theater of the absurd, demagoguery, ideologies, and do so with impunity!

When someone becomes the president of this country, and can be allowed with impunity to make insinuations about improper attire of my social group, and the next day not apologize for his words; with impunity!

When the former president for five years, didn’t meet with homosexual families, not even for half an hour, to look them in the eye. With impunity ignore then! Those for whom they were established to serve.

The Church is silent, hideously silent, and when Dominic from Bieżuń takes his own life, because  he can’t endure homophobia; the hate. Then the Church is silent, and legalistically, leaves everything before some prosecutor. When the Church should be a moral authority, is then silent. That means we have struck a growing crisis, hypocrisy, falsehood, insensitivity. Where is our Gospel?”

also, please go and like this video on Youtube. It would matter tons because hate this is getting is depressing.

Miami Masters 2017 Preview: Fed goes for American double

The celebrations from a brilliant triumph in Indian Wells are already over for Roger, as he prepares for the second Masters tournament of the year over in Miami. It could hardly have been a better start to the year for Roger having won in California after he finally clinched his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open so anything this week is really a bonus, but having not played last year it would be great to see him do well and gain even more ranking points ahead of the clay and grass seasons. The tournament will be without defending champion Novak Djokovic and world number one Andy Murray who both withdrew due to elbow problems, giving Roger a fairly decent chance of going for a first title here since 2006.  

ROGER’S POTENTIAL DRAW:

R1 - Bye

R2 - Konstantin Kravchuk/Francis Tiafoe

R3 - Juan Martin Del Potro (29)

R4 - Roberto Bautista Agut (14)/Sam Querrey (22)

QF - Dominic Thiem (6)

SF - Stan Wawrinka (1)

F - Kei Nishikori (2)/Rafael Nadal (5)

THE DRAW

Things should get off to a reasonably comfortable start for Roger, as he’ll face either Konstantin Kravchuk or American qualifier Francis Tiafoe who have both had less than stellar starts to 2017. After that things could get interesting though, with 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro slated to be Roger’s third round opponent. It would be the first time the pair have faced off since the Argentinian came back from wrist surgery last year, and he’s won some big matches against all of Djokovic, Murray and Nadal since then meaning he’d be hugely dangerous. On a slower hard court I’d back Roger to get the win there though, and I’m not even sure Del Potro will make it to that match as he could face Robin Haase in his opening match which could be a tough one. 

Should the Fed Express make it to the last sixteen, he’s seeded to be up against Roberto Bautista Agut who he has a dominant head to head record over having never dropped a set to the Spaniard. I think it’s more likely he’d face Sam Querrey though, as the American usually does well in his home country plus Bautista Agut had to withdraw from Indian Wells last week due to injury so there are question marks over his fitness. There’s not much point looking much beyond there just yet, but a quarter final with Dominic Thiem is a possibility and then a semi final against top seed Stan Wawrinka, with Kei Nishikori or Rafael Nadal likely to be in the final from the other half of the draw. 

PREDICTIONS FOR ROGER

Just about anything could happen here, his record in Miami the last few times he’s played has been pretty patchy but with the way he’s started 2017 he could easily end up winning the whole thing. I’ll back him to at least reach the quarter finals, as I think on these slow courts he’ll have the edge on Del Potro if they face off in the third round, but he lost twice to Dominic Thiem last year and the Austrian has shown some improved form in recent weeks after a poor few months, so that potential quarter final could be a tough one. If Roger played at a high level I’d just about pick him to take out Thiem though, but with the likes of Wawrinka, David Goffin or Nick Kyrgios possible last four opponents things would only get harder from there. I think coming away with a third Miami title might be a bit too much of a push for Roger, but I reckon he can at least get to the quarter or semi finals which would definitely go down as a good run for him.  

THREE FIRST ROUND MATCHES TO SEE:

Marcel Granollers vs Borna Coric

Yoshihito Nishioka vs Jordan Thompson

Fabio Fognini vs Ryan Harrison

PREDICTED SEMI FINALS:

Nick Kyrgios (12) vs Roger Federer (4)

Milos Raonic (3) vs Kei Nishikori (2)

AND THE WINNER WILL BE…

Nick Kyrgios - With the men’s game as open as it currently is there’s surely got to be a first time Masters winner some time soon. I picked Grigor Dimitrov to win Indian Wells which didn’t exactly materialise, but I’ll give the young guns one more chance before I revert to backing the old guard every tournament.

“Edmund de Waal:  ten thousand things at #GagosianBeverlyHills ends this Thursday, February 18th.

The exhibition title “ten thousand things” derives from a longer phrase by John Cage about work, endless repetition, and unfolding, a citation inspired by the Taoist metaphor of indefinite multitude that underscores Chinese modular patterns of thought.
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Image: the ten thousand things, for John Cage, XX, 2015, 3 porcelain vessels and Cor-Ten steel block in aluminum box, 17 11/16 × 17 11/16 × 7 ½ inches (45 × 45 × 19 cm) © Edmund de Waal

Liveworks Company Update:

Minwoo to be releasing a single at noon (KST) of 18th! The song, titled “Breathe”, is a medium tempo mix between R&B and lounge genre.
Liveworks rep. said, ‘Lee Minwoo will be releasing a new song, 'Breathe’, made with project team 'Geragida’. This song is like a surprise Christmas present for the fans, so please show lots of support for 'Breathe’, a new song that Lee Minwoo worked on together with Geragida. The performance for 'Breathe’ will be revealed at the Christmas concert so please also show lots of support to Lee Minwoo’s solo concert, to be held over 3 days, from 24th to 26th.
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Minwoo va sortir un single le 18 à midi (KST)! Le titre de la chanson est “Breathe”, qui est un mélange de tempo moyen entre R&B et le genre lounge.
Un représentant de Liveworks a déclaré, “Lee Minwoo sortira une nouvelle chanson 'Breathe’, faite avec l'équipe de projet 'Geragida’. Cette chanson est comme une surprise de Noël pour les fans, donc, s'il vous plaît montrez-lui beaucoup de soutien. La performance pour 'Breath’ sera révélée lors des concerts de Noël de Minwoo, qui se tiendront durant trois jours, du 24 au 26.