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Islamic Protestors Force Evacuation of ILGA Conference in Surabaya, Indonesia

Very sad … Fridae.com has an insiders’ look at the recently stopped ILGA conference in Surabaya.

Around 50 to 60 Islamic hardliners arrived at the hotel hosting the conference and demanded an end to the conference, and for attendees to leave the country.

Sylvia Tan who wrote the story includes revealing photos of what happened at the hotel.

Islamic protestors force evacuation of ILGA conference in Surabaya

Check out the full story at: http://www.fridae.com/

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” March in Washington D.C.

On Thurdsay, Mar 18, a protest  occured in Washington DC against the US’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which prevents openly gay (or outed) persons serving in the military.  After a DADT rallty, protestors marched to the White House where Lt. Dan Choi and Capt James Pietrangelo handcuffed themselves to the W.H. fence… until they were arrested.

Check out Americablog.com for photos from the protest, and Towleroad also has a good piece about the march.

Learn more about the “GetEQUAL” at:  http://getequal.org .

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Exporting Gay Hate to Africa

Watch a very disturbing video (brought to our attention by the Gay Civil Rights Movement)

Rainbow Flag-tastic (continued)

While they both no longer appear in the Guinness Book of World Records (here’s the new record holder), two rainbow flags created by Gilbert Baker have held the title of “Largest Flag in the world.”

The first of these record holding rainbow flags was sewn into existence in 1994.  Baker produced a mile-long  (1.6km) flag for  New York’s Stonewall 25 march, in remembrance of the 25th anniversary of the riots.  This massive flag was 30 feet wide, and was carried in the pride parade by almost 10,000 people.

The mile long flag’s title of largest flag was nullified in 2003 with the production of the Rainbow 25’s sea-to-sea flag.  At 1 ¼ miles (2 km) long, this massive flag pays tribute to the creation of the first pride flag on its 25th anniversary.  Unfurled on June 15, 2003 in Key West, Florida, the flag ran the length of Key West’s Duval Street, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

Key West Rainbow Flag Information
After the event, this historic flag was divided into pieces and shared with pride organizations around the world, including as I was recently informed with ProGay Philippines – congrats!

I tried to find a video clip showing the flag, but I didn’t have much luck.  However, I did find a documentary that was produced about the whole Key West event …  (available on Amazon, here.)

“In Key West, nobody cares who you want to sleep with.” “You have gays, straights, Europeans, Latin Americans, Blacks, Cubans, and White folks all living together on a 2 by 4 mile island. When you put people that close together, they tend to find ways to get along.” And on this amazing island only 90 miles from Cuba, this very diverse community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Rainbow Flag by stretching the longest Rainbow Flag in history — 8000 feet in all -from one end of the island to the other.”
Key West: City of Colors, DVD description

I did find some pictures of the event, they’re from the site: http://lordoftheflies.org/img/keywest.htm

Creation of the Key West Rainbow Flag

Baker creating the Rainbow25 sea-to-sea flag

Key West Rainbow Flag

Marchers carrying the flag (Key West, 2003)

Key West Rainbow Flag

Wow!

Mr. Gay China

Tomorrow, Jan. 15, ’10, China is going to be having their very first gay pageant.  The Mr. Gay China pageant will be held in Beijing.  This is quite impressive, considering homosexuality in China is often reported to be a taboo topic not to be discussed.  I’ve noticed mainland china’s views on homosexuality are quite different than here in Taipei, which hosts Asia’s largest gay pride parade (see pics).  Despite the expected 30 million Chinese who are thought to be homosexuals, the topic of equal human rights for gay individuals is rarely discussed, and the government’s stance is said to be one of “no approval, no disapproval, and no promotion.”

Mr. Gay China 2010

The Mr. Gay China event is being sponsored by Gayographic, currently Beijing’s only gay PR and event management company, and will consist of 8 young men competing for a chance to participate in the Mr. Gay World competition held later this year in Oslo, Norway.   As Ben Zhang, co-founder of Gayographic, puts it “We hope to send out a message to the Chinese public that the gay community is here and it’s healthy, sexy, trendy,”

Mr. Gay China 2010

UPDATE:  Canceled.  Opening the Sunday newspaper, I read how this event was cancelled about an hour before the pageant was set to begin.  What a shame.