nation for marriage

My country is celebrating 100 years of independence this year and we are also achieving marriage equality on the 1st of March. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our achievements as a nation than celebrating equality and human rights. Congratulations, Finland, may there be many more victories such as this and may your freedom last a thousand years!

(yes, the Finnish flag appears backwards because she’s waving it around)

New Zealand apologizes to men convicted under old anti-gay laws

  • New Zealand legislators apologized Thursday for the “tremendous hurt and suffering” gay and bisexual men faced for convictions of homosexuality when it was against the law, the AP reported.
  • The New Zealand Parliament voted unanimously to issue a formal apology to the men convicted under the former laws. Along with the apology, lawmakers put forward bill to expunge these men’s records of their convictions.
  • The law is being introduced four years after the nation legalized same-sex marriage. Read more (7/6/17)
Gay Rights In The Avatarverse, What We Know So Far

As in the real world, the Avatar world has different cultures, religions, traditions and ideologies and some cultures are more gay friendly while others lean more conservatively. So what do we know so far?

In water tribe culture, being gay is legal but it is strongly encouraged that you keep it to yourself, reflecting on the water tribe’s conservative leanings(especially the north). People don’t really share their sexual orientation except with close family and maybe a few friends.

in Earth Kingdom culture, we don’t really know what the stances are on that issue today but during Kyoshi’s time, it was implied that it was quite unaccepting.

In the fire nation, gay marriage is criminal(though Zuko most likely legalized it). Those caught in the act can be turned over to the authorities and arrested. In parts of Africa and the Middle East, being gay is punishable by arrest and sometimes even death which makes me curious, could one have been executed for being gay in the Fire Nation?

In air nomad culture, you can marry whoever and you can be as open about your private life as you want. The air nomads attitude towards romantic relationships is very lenient reflecting their all around gentle and friendly nature.

Now as far as republic city goes, same sex marriages are most likely legal but because it’s a melting pot nation, there will be people who are all over the spectrum from the highly pro gay to the highly anti gay and those in between.

On Korra’s attitude since coming out. She’s acting very sensitively and guarded. She’s easily flustered and angered right now most likely because she’s unsure of how people are going to treat her. With time, I hope she loosens up and accepts that there will be those who will be understanding and those who won’t much like Kya has. It’s ok Korra, we all love you so let me gives you a huggie❤️❤️❤️.

So that’s what we know so far about LGBT issues and culture clash in Avatar. I hope you enjoy this brief little commentary. Check out my Turf Wars review I’ll be posting on my YouTube channel soon.


Letter from Arlene Foster to the Scottish government. She had originally denied writing this but the Scottish government have just published it.

While she was finance minister of Northern Ireland, she wrote the letter to SNP minister, Marco Biagi. She asked for him to reconsider the policy which meant that those in civil partnerships in Northern Ireland could get converted to official marriages in Scotland.

Scotland is the only country in the UK to allow people from anywhere within the UK to change their civil partnerships to marriages.

We’re just proud that the Scottish government’s reply to Foster was a resounding, “No.”

JUNE 30: Germany legalizes same-sex marriage (2017)

Today – on June 30, 2017 – in what the president of the Parliament, Norbert Lammert, called “an unusually early meeting with unusually many deputies and journalists present,” Germany joined many of its fellow western European nations in legalizing same-sex marriage!

Polls show that the majority of German people have been in favor of same-sex marriage for several years. Today that will of the people was reflected in the 393-226 passing of a bill that will legalize same-sex unions (x). 

Although same-sex couples have been able to enter into civil unions for many years, they could not enter into marriages equal to that of straight couples until today’s historic ruling. The parliamentary vote was spurred on by Prime Minister Angela Merkel announcing on June 26th that not only had she undergone a “life changing” experiencing by meeting a lesbian couple who were foster parents for eight children, but that she was aware of the popularity of the same-sex marriage issue and would call for a free vote in the future. The German people, who have long since been in favor of same-sex marriage according to various polls, immediately began pressuring their government for a vote on the matter as soon as possible. Despite her seemingly new supportive stance, Angela Merkel voted against the June 30th bill; however, that did not stop the LGBT community and many German political parties that are supportive of LGBT rights from celebrating the historic turnout of the vote, which was resoundingly affirmative. The bill will have to be voted through Germany’s upper house, Bundesrat, next week before it will officially become law, but the likelihood of that happening is very high and the German people have already begun celebrating – both on Twitter with the hashtag #EheFuerAlle (MarriageForAll) and on the streets across the nation.


Josephine Baker (3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) 

Born Freda Josephine McDonald. French vedette, singer and entertainer, whose career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adoptive country of France. During her early career she was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline the lavish revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Her performance in the revue Un Vent de Folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris; her costume, consisting of only a girdle of bananas, became her most iconic image and a symbol of the jazz age and the 1920s. She was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the “Black Pearl”, the “Bronze Venus”, and the “Creole Goddess”. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she renounced her U.S. citizenship and became a French national after her marriage to French industrialist Jean Lion in 1937.

Baker was the first person of African descent to become a world-famous entertainer and to star in a major motion picture, the 1934 Marc Allégret film Zouzou. Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover detail from Les mémoires de Joséphine Baker. Recueillis et éditées par Marcel Sauvage. Paris, Corrêa [1949]
Bus with anti-transgender message is vandalized in NYC
A bus spreading a message against transgender culture was vandalized near United Nations headquarters early Thursday evening while it was parked, according to the head of one of the three groups organizing the bus tour.

“The “Free Speech Bus,” as it is called by organizers, was parked near the UN for a scheduled event when two people approached, scratched it with a key, cracked windows with a hammer, and spray painted slogans such as “Trans Liberation,” Brian Brown, president of the Washington-based National Organization for Marriage, told USA TODAY.

“Boys are boys and girls are girls - it’s very simple,” Brown said of the bus tour’s purpose and message. “We don’t want men in girl’s restrooms. We don’t want schools and our law attempting to say that people are bigoted simply because they understand that there’s a difference between male and female.”

The New York City Police Department said it took a report on the alleged vandalism and that it is being investigated as an incident of criminal mischief.

“Free speech is a constitutional right, but language has consequences that must be considered,” Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, a pro-LGBT rights organization based in New York, said in a statement e-mailed to USA TODAY.

“Trans youth already have an extremely high risk for violence, discrimination and suicide. Broadcasting a message that erases and denies the reality that transgender and intersex children and youth exist (sic) is irresponsible, factually misleading, disrespectful and dangerous,” Stern said.

Read the full piece here

I think everybody should get married. Boys and girls. Girls and boys. Boys and boys! Girls and girls! Shouldn’t we all be entitled to a family? Civil rights baby it’s civil rights. It doesn’t get any better here in Berkeley I’ll tell you that.
—  Billie Joe Armstrong (Live at Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA, April 16th 2013)

casualanchoruniverse  asked:

What are your thoughts on the Ty Lee is of Airbender descent theory? Personally, I can believe it.

I can believe it, too. She has gray eyes like Aang:

Jumps from seemingly impossible heights:

Is spiritually oriented:

Ty Lee: Well, what’s your excuse, Mai? You were an only child for 15 years, but even with all that attention, your aura is this dingy, pasty, gray…

And has a playful sense of humor: 

Not to mention, when she wants to get away from her old life, she does what Aang does: run away. (And running off and joining the circus is such an Air Nomad thing to do.)

It really isn’t surprising that a nomadic people would survive an attempt at genocide. But what I want to know is: how did an Air Nomad make it into the Fire Nation nobility?

My theory is that, even though the Four Nations have always been separate, in the time before Sozin, intermarriage was much more common, especially among the nobility. To the best of our knowledge, the Air Nomads didn’t have the kinds of social classes we see elsewhere, but it’s not unthinkable that the leader of one of the Air Temples would qualify for such an alliance in the Fire Nation, and even though marriage doesn’t seem to be part of the Air Nomad way of life, there are exceptions to every rule. (Even Aang, the poster child for all things Air Nomad, decided he wanted to marry Katara.) 

Once the war began, this would all be hushed up, of course, but it would be interesting to find out what connection to the Air Nomads Ty Lee has. (And what if some of her sisters were airbenders as well?)

So in honour of the country the founder of this project hails from, we are going to go over some queer Canadian history, though I would love to do next weeks article on an amazing queer Canadian I promised my amazing business partner Grace that I would do Oscar Wilde, so my Canadian post will just be some bonus content.  

This timeline is from when Canada began as a nation, and because of that it does not include the history of Native American’s attitudes towards queer people. But keep following us and we will cover that as it deserves its own article. 

Another thing you may notice is that this timeline is mainly same sex related, and that is purely fo lack of strides made by our country in transgender rights up until more recent years. And I keep we can keep moving forward with that, but it is an unfortunate fact that there was not much progress for transgender people until quite recently.

But here we go, our Timeline of Queer History in Canada, it does not have everything but it had some of the things we thought we could share.


Les Mouches Fantastiques begins, the first Queer themed magazine known to be published in North America. It was an underground magazine that caused great controversy even though only five issues of it were ever published. 


Homosexual acts are decriminalized Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau saying “The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.“


Quebec makes discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal, and is the first major jurisdiction in the world to do so, in the same year Canada ends its immigration ban on homosexual men.


3,000 people march in the streets in Toronto to protest the arrest of 300 men from a series of bath house raids.


Svend Robinson becomes Canada’s first openly gay Member of Parliament, in the same year  The United Church of Canada becomes the first church in Canada to permit the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers


Canada lifts the ban on people who are attracted to the same gender they are legally known as being allowed into the Canadian Forces.


Toronto Board of Directors was the first CAS in the province to pass a policy that permitted same sex couples the opportunity to become foster parents. In the same year, the Board adopted the position that same sex couples should be allowed to adopt.


Parliament changes the Canadian Human Rights Act to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. 


Libby Davies becomes Canada’s first openly lesbian Member of Parliament.


Canada becomes the fourth nation to officially allow same sex marriage nation wide


Ontario Human Rights Tribunal finds that trans folks must be allowed to change the sex designation on government documents, whether they have had transsexual surgery or not, leading to this quote from Barbara Hall: "Transgender people’s rights are human rights.”


Vancouver School Board introduces a official transgender policy that includes training for teachers in gender neutral pronouns, other pronoun changes and many other things.  


Over 110 queer couples are married in a mass wedding ceremony in Toronto, the largest queer wedding in history, the officiants included people from a wide spectrum of beliefs including- Christian, Catholic, Pagan, Judaism, Buddhism, Muslim, Sikh, and New Thought. 

Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434, oil on oak, 82.2 x 60 cm, The National Gallery, London. Source

Also referred to as the ‘Arnolfini Marriage’, despite not actually depicting a wedding scene, Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait is one of the most famous works in the National Gallery collection. It shows the Italian merchant Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife in a decorated interior setting, possibly at their home in Bruges. If you have ever studied iconography in art history, then you will probably be highly familiar with the painting’s content, such as the Latin inscription on the back wall - translation: 'Jan van Eyck was here 1434’ - and the convex mirror below the signature, which reveals two figures in the place of where the artist or viewer is situated. This, along with Giovanni’s gesture of greeting, probably indicates that the duo have recently entered the room.
#LovingDay: 50 Years After The Loving Verdict, A Photo Essay Looks Back On Their Love
Remembering the couple who brought down anti-miscegenation laws in 16 U.S. states.

Monday, June 12, marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which quashed anti-miscegenation laws in 16 states around the nation, ushering restrictions against interracial marriage to the wrong side of history.

The date is now remembered as Loving Day in honor of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple who defied the state’s ability to dictate the terms of their love based on their skin color. Mildred, who was of African American and Native American descent, and Richard, who was white, wed in 1958 in Washington D.C., because interracial marriage was illegal in their native rural Virginia, as well as 15 other Southern U.S. states.

When the Lovings returned to Virginia, however, local police raided their home one early morning after being tipped off by another resident. They declared the Lovings’ marriage license invalid within the scope of the state, placing the couple under arrest.

The Lovings pled guilty to “cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth,” and were sentenced to one year in prison. A judge later agreed to suspend the sentence if Mildred and Richard left Virginia and did not return for 25 years.

The couple relocated to Washington, D.C., but they did not end their story there. In 1964, attorneys from the ACLU filed a motion on behalf of the Lovings, requesting the charges and sentences against the Lovings be dropped. The Lovings appealed the local ruling all the way to the Supreme Court, where their sentence was unanimously overturned in 1967.

“Under our Constitution,” Chief Justice Earl Warren said in his decision, “the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”

Two years before this verdict, in the spring of 1965, Life magazine photojournalist Grey Villet spent time with the Lovings, as well as their family and friends, documenting the lives of a couple whose love had transcended the everyday to become the stuff of legends.

Villet’s photo essay, titled “The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait,” captures Mildred and Richard when word of their civil rights battle was spreading throughout the country and the fate of their relationship remained unknown. Through black-and-white images, the photographer captures the subtle glances, spurts of laughter and moments of quiet determination that, together, comprise a love story whose power echoes today.

We commemorate the Lovings’ bravery and tenacity in the face of prejudice and the systems of white supremacy. Villet’s photos help us remember the Lovings not just for what they represented, but who they were. The simple moments of connection, support and companionship that provided the strength to change the world.

The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait is available on Amazon.

dragonbat2011  asked:

My character is Ojibwe. She lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario with her mother, who was born a member of the nearby Batchewana reserve. Her father was born a member of the Mississauga Port Credit nation. They are now divorced. Where would my character be enrolled? (And in the case of her parents, would both keep their affiliation or would one become a member of the other's nation upon marriage? If so, which? And now that they've divorced, do they revert?)

Reserve Alliance

I was not born on a reserve and I’m assimilated enough I have no ties. I will say that a lot of this depends on the age of the marriage and whether or not any rulings have been fought.

Historically, women lost whatever legal bearings they had to a group if they married out to white people, but I don’t know how that works for inter-reserve relations. I’m not sure when those rules got revised (if they were revised at all), but I do know that it’s possible to fight to get women back with their original nation.

But in terms of specifics, I have no clue. Ontario Natives, do you know the rules for this?

~ Mod Lesya


Praise the spells and bless the charms,
I found April in my arms.
April golden, April cloudy,
Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy;
April soft in flowered languor,
April cold with sudden anger,
Ever changing, ever true –
I love April, I love you.

Ogden Nash (This is one of the poems Nash wrote annually for his wife of 40 years, Lillian, for her birthday.)