How to deal with Hate

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It’s easy to get frustrated lately. It was never exactly a simple task for queer people to find their place within our society and while we made huge steps into the right direction over the last decades, a lot of work still remains to be done.

Sadly some of the achievements we celebrated in the past are being undone by right-wing politicians gaining new support in America and Europe. It seems like their success motivates many rather small-minded people to come out of their holes to tell you who you’re allowed to love, what you’re supposed to do with your body and which gender you have to live with.


Arguing with these people takes a lot of, often fruitless, effort and can suck all energy out of you. It can become tempting to answer their hate with aggression and cynicism. And while this kind of reply is understandable, it does feel more rewarding and satisfying to take their hateful messages and turn them into a sign of love and strength. And that’s exactly what some New Yorkers on Gay Street did…

You can read more about the incident here :) Submitted by Scatterbrain

Model Monday *16

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Tatsuya Ueda

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Just a quick heads up, I got a pretty hefty bill from the lawyer that handled my dad’s affairs after he died last year and couldn’t pay for the server in time so it will be down for a few days, I’m trying to organise the money to get it back up as quickly as possible, It should be less than a week, sorry :(

Pinoy Teen Drag Performance goes viral and rightly so

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14-year-old Awra Briguela from the Philippines, a contestant on TV show Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids, took on Nicki Minaj to perfection, nailing a performance of her hit tune Super Bass, and winning first prize, which included a prize of approximately $20K and a trip to South Korea. Read more at Teen Vogue.

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Shoma & Yuzuru: 2017 World Figure Skating Championships

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The 2017 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Helsinki, Finland recently and, to the surprise of pretty much nobody the free skate was dominated by Japan’s infamous shōnen-ai duo Shoma Uno & Yuzuru Hanyu.

Shoma Uno, as cute as he is talented, delivered an amazing performance once more, as it is almost expected of him at this point:

But as good as he was, it’s wasn’t quite enough because you don’t need enemies when you have friends like Yuzuru Hanyu who is in the form of his life and left no doubt about who’s in charge for now…

 

Gay Men tortured & killed in Chechen Concentration Camps

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Earlier this month more than 100 queer men have been arrested in Chechnya and rounded up in concentration camps where many have been tortured and at least 3 killed according to the BBC and the Huffington Post.

The Russian opposition news publication Novaya Gazeta first reported that men between the ages of 16 and 50 were being gathered and arrested “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such.” The paper published the names of three murder victims, and speculated many more had likely been killed, as well.

Speaking to the New York Timesthough, Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov dismissed the claims, and denied that any gay people even exist within the region at all. “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” he said. “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”

The sweep of arrests was apparently prompted by an application of the gay rights group GayRussia.ru for rights to celebrate a Pride parade— rights which, unsurprisingly, were immediately denied, and met with severe authoritative backlash.

Foreign ministers from the European Union, the US and UK have all urged Russia to urgently intervene. “We condemn violence against any individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis,’ a US State Department spokesperson said. “We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests, and hold the perpetrators responsible. We were likewise deeply disturbed by local authorities statements that apparently condone and even incite violence against LGBTI persons.”