Sunday, 8 January 2012

Lambda Legal: a way to support achieve equality

Watch these collection of videos from Lamda legal: Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010


This March 2010, UK once again has taken a step forward to show equality in their country particularly on treating homosexuals living there. The law takes in effect, which makes it criminal to 'stir' homophobic hatred, be it in words,behaviour or material that is threatening in nature.

This new law is very important to address the many websites and material stirring anti-gay hatred. Due to words being included in this new law, another area that will be put under scrutiny is song lyrics. This has the potential to stop, or at least minimise it.

It is also important to note that in London alone, 1,192 homophobic offences were reported in the year to September 09, up from 1,008 the previous year - a rise of 18.3% and an average of almost 3 per day. Most attacks go unreported.

There have been several concerns from religious leaders and comedians, that with the passing and implication of the new law, they will be criminalised by it.

However, the law will not impede freedom of speech, and the House of Lords have passed an amendment that will protect those who “urge gays to turn straight” or who “criticise homosexuality”. The amendment was tabled by Conservative party member Lord Waddington, the former Home Secretary under Margaret Thatcher. The amendment was made in such a way that it “allows the ‘discussion or criticism’ of sexual practices”, without those participating being prosecuted for it.

The new law will, however, “help prevent and tackle acts of serious hatred against individuals defined by reference to their sexual orientation, with a high threshold for prosecutions which must be approved by the Attorney General and heard before a jury.” Convictions of such offences could lead the offender to a fine, or up to a 7 year prison sentence.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


The other day, I posted about the huge group lobbying for the equality in social security benefits in the USfor same sex couples. The gay centre is a general group for LGBT but it is also in support of another huge group working especially on the issue of social security equality. It is called ROCK FOR EQUALITY. L.A.Times had just runs a front page article about it and it's primary mission to fight discrimination. The group is in the front row lobbying the recognition of rights same-sex couples in access to social security. Here is the link for their website to know more and a video of testimonies of couples's experience about the social security benefits they struggle to access:

It is worth knowing the issue and the people who have been silenced for years and are now out in search for respect and equality.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Social Security Revolution?

The issue on the revision of the social security in the US is once again the talk of the town. Yes, many suggestions and speculations but who knows really what will happen or have happened? My big question is: how is it taking into account ALL citizen of the country? All tax payers particularly those who are same-sex couples? There is a huge group lobbying for this and they should be heard. This is the situation that is currently very hot, not only in the US but as well in many European countries. If US wants to be a role model for protecting every citizen of the country, then I think that it is about time to listen to this growing number of people wanting to protect their love ones and hoping to offer a secured future for their family. One can learn more by exploring the website of the LGBT group:

The fight of same-sex couples to be given equal rights as any other couples in the US has become a serious concern not only of the gay community, but also of many straight people who believe that human rights should be enjoyed by everyone regardless of one's sexual orientation.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Loans and credit cards and a game card!

Recently in my emails, I have been bombarded with offers from different agencies of a fast track loans. This seems to be the next trend in the net and even in many societies. Credit cards are just one example bombarding the developing countries. How good are they? Well, for someone who has a hard time making both ends meet, applying for credit cards seems to be a fast solution...that is if you have a good standing with your bank. But I discovered while having a nice time out and strolling in a mall, a good looking guy approached me. He was nice and quite insisting! He asked me to go to their stall. I was in a hurry but did not want to be impolite, so I followed. He asked many questions, giving me no time to think about my answers. This guy was selling credit cards from a well know insurance company. I was not interested really and he knew that from the very start so, he came up with his plan B...or is it the main objective? I understood that you do not want to buy their offer, they have an alternative...umm quite interesting! They have a coupon for you to play some cards for FREE or more, a great slot machine for FREE too...well not really. I discovered that all is about sales talk. You play for free provided you buy an item in their other stalls and the price? Well, it's like buying their insurance! In the end, I found a good way to escape and said to be back with someone else and never returned! So men and women out there, beware of such a trick. If you are too shy to say no, at least be ready to have a strong excuse to avoid getting into the trap!