After protests by members and MPs of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and religious groups, the Athens premiere of the play Corpus Christi was cancelled
. A journalist trying to document the protests was reportedly beaten while the police stood by. "A well-known Golden Dawn MP follows me. He punches me twice in the face and knocks me to the ground. While on the ground, I lose my glasses. The Golden Dawn MP kicks me. The police are just two steps away but turn their back"
. Full translation of the tweets
. MP Christos Pappas was later charged
for intervening in officers’ attempts to detain a protester. The incident was captured on video, as well as MP Ilias Panayiotaros
abusing the actors in a homophobic and racist manner (translation NSFW
). [more inside]
With the Ontario provincial election campaign still extremely close
(warning: PDF link) in its last days, the Conservative party sends out a gay-baiting and trans-baiting direct-mail ad
. [more inside]
Earlier this week, the Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives asked
Bradlee Dean to give the morning prayer. [more inside]
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is an exhibit of photographs by Jeff Sheng
that is currently on tour in the US. A sharp contrast to his previous work: Fearless
, which highlighted young Canadian and US athletes who openly identify as gay, lesbian or transgendered, this new exhibition shows gay American servicemen who cannot, so they have been photographed in uniform with their faces hidden
or outside the photo's frame to protect their anonymity
. Flash Galleries: DADT 1
, DADT 2
. [more inside]
Clothes Make the Man:
Jonathan Valania writes on the political conversion of Urban Outfitters
founder Richard Hayne, whose disenchanted co-founder and ex-wife is a "diehard liberal activist" and restaurant owner while he runs a bi-continental hipster clothing chain which has supported controversial former US Senator Rick Santorum
(h/t the Phawker
Orson Scott Card
on gay marriage
, which he says "marks the end of democracy in America". Not everyone is too happy about that
Ohio Senator: Bar adoptions by the GOP
---In response to Ohio Senator Hood's bill to bar adoption by gays and lesbians
, one Senator uses humor to counter hate: ...To further lampoon Hood's bill, Hagan wrote in his mock proposal that ``credible research' shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk for developing ``emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and alarming lack of tolerance for others they deem different than themselves and an air of overconfidence to mask their insecurities.'
However, Hagan admitted that he has no scientific evidence to support the above claims.
Just as ``Hood had no scientific evidence' to back his assertion that having gay parents was detrimental to children, Hagan said. ...
I am happy
to see that the GOP is expanding
their reach to the more eclectic fringes of society. Although it may freak
some other people out.
Bob Jones 2?
makes another misstep. Regardless of the outcome, the past 24 hours have been satisfying for Democrats