Tag Archives: Culture

Daily Show’s “Greatest Gay Moments”

Often the Daily show can have some very amusing clips …

Daily Show Pride - Queer and Loathing in Washington D.C.

For John Stewart fans, I also just found this article on AfterElton.com that shows more clips of the Daily Show’s “Greatest Gay Moments”.

A Look Back at Jon Stewart’s Greatest Gay Moments — From AfterElton.com

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Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Australia

Australian LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? Yes

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? Yes

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes, since 1992

Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 “prohibits discrimination on the ground of homosexuality in a number of areas including employment, accommodation, education, the provision of goods and services, and club membership or benefits.”

However, the states of the Commonwealth of Australia also have their own laws concerning anti-discrimination legislation.  This means the degree of anti-discrimination protection varies state to state.

Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Some

July 2009, the Australian Passport Office reviewed its policy to make it easier for those seeking a passport in their preferred gender

Cultural Points of Interest:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island indigenous cultures have the term “Sistergirl” to describe those in their communities who prefer being a different gender, mostly those wanting to be female.
  • This year’s Mardi Gras celebration was attended by photographer Spencer Tunick, well-known for his installations that include large numbers of nude participants.  While in Sydney he photographed a new piece called “The Base”.

Websites:

SameSame – Australia’s #1 gay and lesbian lifestyle website.  The site hosts a huge number of forums, as well as providing news, reviews, and features on various gay community activities.  http://www.samesame.com.au/

Yarns – Features stories and interviews with gay aboriginals.  http://www.yarns.org.au

Guide To Gay – A popular entertainment and lifestyle website based in Australia.  The brand also includes travel guides, and provides high quality information for visitors.
http://www.guidetogay.com

Gay Travel in Australia – Provides excellent information for travelers planning a visit to Australia.
www.gay-australia.net

ACON – ACON is Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
http://www.acon.org.au

Pride Centre – Non-profit organization that works as a community centre and social services for the LGBT community.
www.pridecentre.com.au

WWP Project Featured on the Outrage Magazine GayZine

The WWP project is very honored to be featured on the Outrage Magazine GayZine.

“Outrage Magazine is the first online publication for the Filipino gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally (GLBTQIA) community, and aims to be the complete sourcebook for everyone queer.”

Check out the full article at:

Outrage Magazine – “Walk with Pride: Capturing History”

Gay Pride image of OutRage Magazine, the Philippines only GayZine.

Launch of 2010 Pride Parade Calendar

Have you ever wondered what a pride parade in Japan looks like, or what about a march in S. Africa, Lithuania, the USA, Greece, Mexico, India, or any of the other countries around the globe?

These questions got me thinking, and with the help of WordPress, YouTube, and many many many hours online and on Excel, I’ve been able to develop a one of a kind 2010 pride parade calendar.  Searchable by country and by month, this huge database is special  in that it provides embedded video clips of pride parades for each country.  While some 2010 dates have not yet been confirmed by their pride organizations, these parades are marked with a “*” and dates are generated based on 2009 data.  If you have any comments, or would like to submit a link – make sure to email us: wwpproject@yahoo.com

2010 Pride Parade Calendar of LGBT Gay March Events around the Globe

Besides providing a well-organized list of pride parades to visitors, this website was additionally created to support pride-related advertisers.  All ad-revenue and donations from this site will directly contribute toward supporting the project’s travel costs.   We will also be developing a pride store, in which links to unique pride gear from businesses around the globe will be provided.

Okay, that’s enough of me describing it, why don’t you visit the website for yourself and tell us your feedback …

http://www.bestprideparades.com

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.

Taipei Pride ’09 YouTube

Following through with my 2010 resolution to update the WWP blog everyday, I just put together a playlist of some of the best YouTube videos of the ’09 Taipei Pride March.  The ‘Taiwan Pride 2009’ video looks nice, but I think my favorite is the upbeat ‘Love Out Loud’ clip.

If you’ve looked through our Taiwan parade photos, many of the people in these videos might look very familiar! How many do you recognize? 😉

Hah, and for all those who’ve enjoyed the ‘Where’s Waldo’ books, let me know if you catch a glimpse of Chad in these videos, I bet he’s there somewhere …

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWWPproject

Reflections

Deciding to develop a project that highlights the vibrancy of gay culture, while advancing a positive message concerning rights for homosexuals has prompted many family and friends to raise a few eyebrows. This is especially so as Chad and I acknowledge being a heterosexual couple. However, I don’t think it should.

Initially, for doing this project we were attracted to the colorfulness of many personalities in the gay community, and the festivity of the marches.  Pride parades are some of the most visible representation of gay pride and the beauty of diversity.  We also saw that underneath the pageantry lie some serious issues concerning equality.  As we both firmly believe that the subject concerning rights is not only a gay issue, but a human issue, it makes perfect sense to do this project.

We would like people, no matter their orientation, to similarly see the issues in this light.  In this way, our hope is to encourage even those who may feel at first removed from the topic of gay rights to become more aware, and distressed at the current state of inequality.

Walk with Pride