Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I have now moved to: SantoGay.com

Santo Gay

Santo Gay

I have enjoyed being here on Blog.com for years.  It was a great place to start my blogging, but now that Santo Gay is has gotten bigger, it was time to have my own site, which you can find at:  SantoGay.com And of course you may also find me on FaceBook/SantoGay and on Twitter.com/SantoGay

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mexico: Televisa host goes off the deep end on gay rights on live TV

Thanks to Blabbeando for posting this information.  Though Mexico City is so gay friendly we still have some creeps in the world.  Here is the posting:

Mexico: Televisa host goes off the deep end on gay rights on live TV


Apologies for the quality but: You might recall that Mexican mega-conglomerate Televisa was chided recently by actor Jaime Camil for censuring his kissing scenes with a male partner in “The Successful Pérez Family” TV soap, which currently runs on the network.

Now comes this: Former US Spanish-language television personality Esteban Arce – who was dropped by US network Telemundo in 2007 and signed up for a morning show anchor gig at Televisa in Mexico on the same year – has just let his true ugly colors shine on the eve of the Mexico City Legislative Assembly vote in favor of marriage equality.

The set-up: Psychologist Elsy Reyes, a regular guest on the show, has been invited to discuss whether homosexuality is part of nature. To her credit, she goes along with Arce as an attempt to convey her message but, alas, it’s a lost cause.

Arce, who should be banned altogether from television by his this outing alone, interrupts her at every chance and gives the following bon-mot in his attempt to prove the ‘abnormality’ of gayness:

Eating Cheetos and masturbating on in the afternoon is also a preference but it’s not normal.

Mind you, this is on a morning show when the kiddies might be watching…

That’s before he goes on to compare homosexuality to ‘animal dementia’! I kid you not! I also hear rumors that, in the past, he’s vehemently argued – on the show – that there is no such thing as evolution. And yet, he still remains as a leading anchor on “Matutino Express”! Aw. Mexico, you show me what things could be, but you also show me what things are like. And while there are certain advances, it’s also clear that troglodytes are amongst you.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2 Argentine men wed in Latin America’s first gay marriage

Well miracles do happen after all.  You go Argentina:

USA TODAY:     2 Argentine men wed in Latin America’s first gay marriage

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Two men have wed in Argentina, the first gay marriage in Latin America.

Alex Freyre and José María di Bello tied the knot in a private ceremony at the registry office in Ushuaia after the governor of Tierra del Fuego issued a special decree. They tried to marry Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, but were blocked because the country’s civil code does not allow people of the same sex to wed.

“As a couple, we have been dreaming with getting married for a long time,” Freyre said after the ceremony, the Buenos Aires Herald writes.

Last week, same-sex marriage was legalized in Mexico City.

(Posted by Michael Winter)

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Death of Honduran gay activist illustrates spike in hate crimes

HONDURAS

Death of Honduran gay activist illustrates spike in hate crimes

The recent killing of gay activist Walter Tróchez in Honduras shows a troubling increase in hate crimes in the past six months in the Central American nation that has been marred by a political crisis.

BY FRANCES ROBLES Miami Herald

frobles@MiamiHerald.com

Walter Tróchez spent a lot time at Honduras police stations and morgues: he was the HIV-positive gay activist who got the call every time a transgender sex worker was murdered on the streets of Honduras.

His phone rang often. Human rights advocates say up to 18 gay and transgender men have been killed nationwide — as many as the five prior years — in the nearly six months since a political crisis rocked the nation. Activists say the spike illustrates a breakdown in the rule of law in a country already known for hate crimes.

Tróchez is now among the victims. Last week, just days after he escaped a six-hour kidnapping ordeal, an unknown assailant fired at him from a moving vehicle, silencing one of Honduras’ most prominent voices in the gay community. Tróchez had also become a leader in the “Resistance Movement” that demands the return of ousted president Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, raising questions about whether his murder was related to hate — or politics.

The next day, the headless and castrated body of a transvestite was found on the highway near San Pedro Sula.

“Walter was afraid,” said Reina Rivera, director of the Center for the Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights, known by its acronym in Spanish, CIPRODEH. “He was a leader in the Resistance, but we thought he was in a precarious situation because he was also HIV-positive and gay in a patriarchal, machista and homophobic society.”

VIOLENCE RESEARCH

Prior to Tróchez’s murder, CIPRODEH enlisted New York attorney David Brown to research the issue of violence against the LGBT community. Brown documented 171 acts of violence since 2004, including rapes, stabbings, beatings and murders. Brown tallies another 10 murders since Zelaya’s June ouster, but activists in Tegucigalpa say they count 18. Brown said his number is lower because he only counts incidents that were clearly hate crimes.

A May 2009 Human Rights Watch report said there were 17 murders of transgender people — many of them prostitutes — from 2004 to 2008.

“Since the coup, there’s been a noticeable uptick in violence,” Brown said. “There is a social breakdown and a breakdown in law enforcement. You walk into government offices and you get the sense that nobody is doing anything.”

Honduras is currently ruled by an interim government that took power after the military ousted the president at gunpoint. The former president is at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, and much of the de facto government’s attention the past few months has been focused on remaining in power.

A new administration takes over Jan. 27.

“It’s not necessarily that people from the government are committing these crimes,” Brown said, “but it’s clear that it’s open season on this community.”

The Human Rights Watch report suggests authorities are responsible for much of the violence. The report quoted several transgender sex workers saying they had been raped and even stabbed by police officers who demanded sexual favors.

The report cites an ambiguous Honduran law that allows police to pick up people for “immoral behavior” as a root of the problem.

“This is the same speech as always,” said Honduran National Police spokesman Orlin Cerrato. “There is a tendency by people that have that orientation or belong to the Resistance to blame everything on the police. We don’t accuse anyone until we have evidence. It’s irresponsible.”

Cerrato said Tróchez’s murder is under investigation and discounted reports that his Dec. 5 kidnapping might have been committed by undercover officers.

In his complaint to human rights groups, Tróchez said his kidnappers whizzed past police road blocks unfettered, suggesting the vehicle was an unmarked police car.

“That’s what they want the international community to believe,” Cerrato said. “There is a great distance between what they say and the truth.”

A spokesman for the Honduran Attorney General’s office said no one there would be available for comment — everyone working the Tróchez case left for vacation Wednesday and will be out until January.

Activists are not surprised: of the 171 cases Brown documented, there have been arrests in only three.

“I have filed reports many times,” transgender sex worker Cynthia Nicole told Human Rights Watch last year. “They put them away and archive them. . . . Our human rights abuses are not a priority for them.”

In January, a few weeks after her testimony, she was shot and killed.

“Everybody that I know is getting killed,” said Juliana Cano Nieto, a researcher for Human Rights Watch’s LGBT rights program. “The political unrest in Honduras has made it harder for transgender people. People don’t understand and don’t like transgender people, so they kill them. And they kill them because the government does not speak out against it.”

Tróchez was not transgender or a sex worker, but he visited them in jail, in the hospital and arranged for their funerals. He distributed condoms and offered anti-violence workshops.

A ZELAYA SUPPORTER

He parlayed that activism to the anti-coup movement, incorporating a historically shunned community alongside labor unions, teachers and peasants, Rivera said.

In July, he was one of roughly 1,000 Zelaya supporters who protested in front of Honduras’ United Nations offices calling for the deposed leader’s return.

“They took him away from power because they were scared that Mel was a friend of all people,” Tróchez told The Miami Herald that day. “`He cared about the people that everyone else wants to forget — the people who live on the margins, [blacks], the homosexual community.”

While other marchers shouted their rhetoric, he spoke calmly as people stopped to hug and kiss him.

“We’re suppose to be living in a civil society, not a military state,” Tróchez said.

After years of separation from his family, he had recently reconciled with his father, a Lousiana house painter who admits he first rejected his son for his sexual orientation. Now, the elder Tróchez said, he feels only pride and a thirst for justice.

“I said to him, `Why are you staying there?’ ” Ricardo Tróchez said. “Walter said: `I know they are going to kill me, but I have to stay. I am defending people’s rights.’ ”

Miami Herald reporter Laura Figueroa contributed to this report.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Though this had noting to do with GLBT Latinos, I thought it was important to add it here. Santo Gay

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Supreme Court tries to ensure rights of transvestites

Pakistan’s transvestites to get separate gender


Hijras are both feared and pitied in Pakistan (File)
ISLAMABAD (Reuters)Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered authorities on Wednesday to allow transvestites and eunuchs to identify themselves as a distinct gender as part of a move to ensure their rights, a lawyer said.

Known by the term “hijra” in conservative Muslim Pakistan, transvestites, eunuchs and hermaphrodites are generally shunned by society.

They often live together in slum communities and survive by begging and dancing at carnivals and weddings. Some are also involved in prostitution.

The government’s registration authority has been directed to include a separate column in national identity cards showing them as hijras

Mohammad Aslam Khaki

Iftikhar Chaudhry, chief justice of Pakistan, ordered the government to give national identity cards to members of the community showing their distinct gender and to take steps to ensure that they were not harassed.

“The government’s registration authority has been directed to include a separate column in national identity cards showing them as hijras,” Mohammad Aslam Khaki, a lawyer for hijras told Reuters.

“By doing so, they think they will get a distinct identity and it will help them get their rights.”

A hijra association welcomed Chaudhry’s order, saying it would ease their suffering.

“It’s the first time in the 62-year history of Pakistan that such steps are being taken for our welfare,” the association’s president, who goes by the name Almas Bobby, told Reuters.

“It’s a major step towards giving us respect and identity in society. We are slowly getting respect in society. Now people recognize that we are also human beings.”

Khaki said the court also ordered the government to evolve a mechanism to ensure that hijras are not harassed and also take steps to ensure their inheritance rights.

Hijras are often denied places in schools or admittance to hospitals and landlords often refuse to rent or sell property to them. Their families often deny them their fair share of inherited property.

Hijras are both feared and pitied in Pakistan. They are feared for their supposed ability to put curses on people while they are pitied as they are widely viewed as the outcast children of Allah.

The number of hijras in Pakistan is not known but community leaders estimate there are about 300,000 of them.

In June, the Supreme Court ordered the government to set up a commission to conduct a census of hijras.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

GLBT leaders push for gay marriage in Tamaulipas

GLBT leaders push for gay marriage in TamaulipasValleyCentral.com

A group of gay and lesbian activists are pushing for a gay marriage bill just south of the border from the Rio Grande Valley.

Gay marriage was just approved in Mexico City earlier this week.

Action 4 News media partner Hora Cero is reporting that GLBT leaders in Tamaulipas are now using it as a momentum to push for the same in their state.

Oscar Medina-Montelongo told Hora Cero that he and other activists are asking state lawmakers in Ciudad Victoria to approve the measure during their upcoming session.

Catholic Bishop Antonio Gonzalez-Sanchez from Ciudad Victoria has already spoken out publicly against gay marriage in the conservative Party of Revolutionary Independence or PRI-dominated state.

But Medina-Montelongo told Hora Cero that he and more than 100 people who want to get married are not asking for religious ceremonies.

“We are going to fight for them to make these unions in Tamaulipas,” he told Hora Cero. “They need to stop demonizing it because they are not weddings, they are contracts where you can live and have the same rights like any other person.”

Medina-Montelongo told Hora Cero said he and his partner have been together for 19 years.

They want to be the first coupled married under any new law approved in Tamaulipas.

Click on the links below to read the full stories from Hora Cero in Spanish.

Presiona movimiento gay para legalizar bodas en Tamaulipas
http://www.horacero.com.mx/noticia/index.asp?id=NHCVL24412

No a las bodas de gays, opina la iglesia católica victorense
http://www.horacero.com.mx/noticia/index.asp?id=NHCVL24411

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Mexico City’s Revolutionary First: Gay Marriage

Mexico City’s Revolutionary First: Gay Marriage

The effect of the landmark vote on Monday was rapidly felt across the continent, from Patagonia to the Rio Grande, where other groups have been campaigning for gay marriage rights. On Wednesday, 10 same-sex couples filed legal motions in a court in Rosario, Argentina, demanding their right to marry. In neighboring Chile, a column in the newspaper Paradiario was headlined, “Gay Marriage Approved in Mexico. In Chile When?” In the swampy Mexican state of Tabasco, 20 gay couples sent a motion to the state legislature asking to allow them to tie the knot. Mexico City’s precedent, the activists hope, will have a domino effect across the hemisphere. (See a photographic history of the struggle for gay rights in the U.S.)

But while the ruling has encouraged campaigners, it has sparked some of the most hostile comments toward gays in recent years from social conservatives and church officials. Cardinal Norberto Rivera, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Mexico City, described the law as immoral and abhorrent: “It has opened the doors to the perverse possibility that these couples will adopt innocent children and not respect their right to a mother and father with the consequent psychological damaged provoked by this injustice.” In the neighboring city of Ecatepec, Bishop Onesimo Cespeda said bluntly that the idea of gay marriage was “stupidity.” And Armando Martinez, head of Mexico’s Catholic Lawyers College said the law would provoke a backlash against gays that the assembly would be responsible for. “The promoters of this law are promoters of homophobia,” he said. “Why? Because Mexican culture is not ready for these things and they can release a level of homophobia that no one will be able to stop.” (See what gay marriage activists are planning to do after their defeat in Maine.)

The clashing rhetoric is a symptom of Latin America’s ongoing culture wars. For a long time, a virtual feudal domain of conservative Roman Catholicism, the region has also spawned some of the most influential leftist movements on the planet — and ideas that are now in a contest with the Church for dominion over Latin America. The leftist Democratic Revolution Party or PRD has controlled Mexico City since 1997, and passed a wave of other reforms, making the capital into what advocates say is a beacon of social progressiveness. The changes have been possible because of Mexico’s federal system, which gives the capital’s assembly the power to pass local laws. In 2007, the assembly approved same-sex civil unions as well as allowing abortion in the first 12 weeks of any pregnancy. The following year, it approved a limited form of euthanasia. The gay marriage law may have been a surprise in much of the world, but to Mexico City residents it was the latest in a reformist agenda they have become accustomed to.

However, while the so-called capitalinos have encountered little opposition to most of their other reforms, there does appear to be a higher level of grumbling about gay marriage. Provoking the most objections is the question of gay couples adopting children. A discussion bulletin on the website of the city’s best-selling newspaper El Universal rapidly accumulated more than 1,000 comments, the majority negative to the idea. Similar objections can be heard on the capital’s streets. “If two men want to be together, that is their decision. But adopting children is a different story,” says taxi driver Isaac Villa, 35. “The couple may seem okay, but they could always have that seed of badness.” Engineer Hector Cruz, 59, said he voted for the leftist PRD but didn’t like the new ruling. “Children growing up in a gay marriage would be traumatized,” he said.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard — a PRD member — has signaled that he will sign the bill into law, ignoring calls from for him to veto it. However, lawmakers from the conservative National Action Party of President Felipe Calderón say they will challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court, claiming it contravenes constitutional articles on marriage. Those who approved the bill dismiss such arguments as baseless. The law, says assemblyman Victor Romo, one of its advocates, is the culmination of a struggle for better marriage rights over hundreds of years. “For centuries unjust laws banned marriage between blacks and whites or Indians and Europeans,” he said. “Today all barriers have disappeared.”

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dallas Voice: What a difference an ñ makes

What a difference an ñ makes

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - Dallas Voice

Jesús Chaíréz
Jesús Chaíréz

Yesterday, the Mexico City legislature passed a bill giving same-sex couples there the legal right to marry, and allowing same-sex couples to adopt.

Today, I contacted — via Facebook — my friend Jesús Chaîréz, who used to live here in Dallas but moved to Mexico City last year after he retired.

“So,” I asked him, “What’s the mood like there in Mexico City? What do you think, personally, about this new law legalizing same-sex marriage?”

He sent me back an answer, which you can read on page one of our Christmas Day issue, in print and on the Web, and so I sent a reply thanking him for his help, and wishing him “feliz Navidad and prospero ano.” For you non-Spanish speakers, that’s “Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.” Or so I thought.

That’s about the extent of my Spanish, and as it turns out, I got it wrong, as Jesús pointed out in a giggly Facebook e-mail. It seems that I inadvertently wished him a Merry Christmas and a prosperous a**hole.

See, I forgot the ñ, and that makes all the difference. As Jesús wrote: “One does need the ñ in año. Because año = year and ano = A.hole!!!”

So Jesús, please forgive my mistake, and to all my friends out there, feliz Navidad and prospero año!

— Tammye Nash

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mexico City backs gay marriage in Latin American first

Mexico City backs gay marriage in Latin American first

Gay rights rally in Mexico City, 21 December

The capital’s mayor is expected to sign the bill into law

BBC NEWS: Lawmakers in Mexico City have become the first in Latin America to legalise gay marriage.

City legislators passed the bill 39-20, with five abstentions. The city’s mayor is now widely expected to sign the bill into law.

Gay marriage is only allowed in seven countries and some parts of the US. Certain parts of Latin America allow civil unions for same-sex couples.

The Catholic Church and conservative groups had opposed Mexico City’s move.

The bill calls for a change in the definition of marriage in the city’s civic code – from the union of a man and a woman to “the free uniting of two people”.

Regional differences

Lawmaker David Razu had proposed the change to give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples regarding social security and other benefits.

Mexico City’s legislature is dominated by the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party, which has already legalised abortion and civil unions for same-sex couples.

Spokesman Oscar Oliver told AFP news agency that city legislators were now taking up a measure in the bill that would allow married same-sex couples to adopt children.

A handful of cities in Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia permit gay unions.

Uruguay alone has legalised civil unions nationwide and allowed same-sex couples to adopt children.

Last month, an Argentinean court narrowly blocked what would been the continent’s first gay marriage.

In a last-minute challenge, a court referred the case to the country’s Supreme Court, which is due to rule on the issue.

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras: Rights activist who protested Honduras coup killed

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduran police promised to thoroughly investigate the killing of a gay rights activist who joined in protests against the June coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

The anti-coup National Resistance Front said gunmen in a car shot Walter Trochez on Sunday as he walked in downtown Tegucigalpa. Friends rushed him to a hospital, where he died.

“Trochez was an active militant in the resistance and an example of the fight against the dictatorship,” the group said in a statement released on the day the victim was buried.

The front, which until recently staged daily protests to demand Zelaya’s restoration to the presidency, blamed the attack “on the repressive forces that the oligarchy uses to stop the demands of the Honduran people for liberty and democracy.”

Police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said Tuesday that the case was “being exhaustively investigated.” He named no suspects but dismissed the possibility that police were involved.

The front claimed that Trochez, 27, was often harassed and threatened by police and soldiers because of his activism on behalf of homosexuals.

A Honduran rights group said Trochez was briefly kidnapped Dec. 4 by four masked men who beat him. The assailants threatened to kill Trochez because of his participation in the anti-coup movement, the International Observatory on the Human Rights Situation said.

International rights groups have denounced widespread repression under the government of interim President Roberto Micheletti, the former congressional leader who took power after soldiers ousted Zelaya on June 28. The coup came after the president continued a campaign to change the constitution despite the Supreme Court ruling his effort illegal.

Several anti-coup activists have been killed during protests, while security forces have raided the offices of groups opposed to the Micheletti government. Police say the raids are part of investigations into homemade bombs that have periodically exploded in the Central American country since the coup.

There also have been a string of killings of government security officials and relatives of politicians, including a nephew of Micheletti, but there is no indication those slayings related the coup. Political assassinations are not uncommon in Honduras, which has one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America, much of it related to the drug trade.

Months of international pressure failed to restore Zelaya to finish his four-year term, which ends Jan. 27. Diplomats are now focused on producing a deal that would allow Zelaya to leave Honduras without being arrested on treason and abuse of power charges.

On Monday, the United States and Brazil urged Micheletti to step down, saying his resignation would allow Zelaya safe passage out of Honduras.

Micheletti dismissed that idea Tuesday. He told HRN radio he planned to stay in power until the new president-elect, Porfirio Lobo, takes office next month. Lobo, a wealthy conservative rancher, won the Nov. 27 presidential election, which had been scheduled before the coup.

Zelaya, who is holed up in the Brazilian Embassy, vowed in a statement not to renounce his claim to the presidency.

Last week Micheletti’s government stopped two attempts by Zelaya to leave Honduras because the ousted leader refused to concede he is no longer president.

Late Tuesday, the Micheletti government said it would seek Honduras’ withdrawal from a Venezuela-led trade bloc known as ALBA. The government will introduce a motion in Congress on Wednesday to have Honduras drop out of the bloc, said chief Cabinet minister Rafael Pineda.

Honduras joined ALBA in August 2008 as Zelaya sought closer relations with leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — an alliance that alienated the Honduran business community and most of Zelaya’s own political party.

Chavez stopped oil shipments to Honduras to protest Zelaya’s ouster.

“The decision was made because some presidents who belong to ALBA. have been disrespectful and offensive against a friendly country like Honduras,” Pineda said.

The Associated Press

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