Monday, May 21st:
This morning, Ukraine attempted its very first gay pride in the capital of Kiev. Minutes after canceling due to safety concerns, this was the scene. Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Гей-Форум Украины | Gay-Forum of Ukraine NGO, brutally beaten for who he is.
Share widely and imagine what they’d have done if Ukraine Pride had gone ahead as planned…
(Source: Daily Mail)
from a storefront on Bloor St. W.
A recently launched Lambda Legal case about a gay high schooler threatened to be suspended for wearing a gay-friendly shirt has already taken an interesting turn.
The Ohio high school that banned Maverick Couch’s “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” shirt has changed its stance and ruled that Maverick can wear his shirt on the National Day of Silence on April 20, while the case is in progress.
“We’re glad that Maverick is able to wear his shirt on April 20th,” said Christopher Clark, Senior Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal. “However, a student’s First Amendment rights are not restricted to one day of the year — we will continue to fight until Maverick is allowed to express who he is on any day he chooses.”
Oofta. Baby steps.
In light of recent attacks on gay men in the area, students from two Ohio universities rallied Thursday night to promote greater acceptance of LGBT people.
The rallies responded to an incident from late March when two men walking home from school and holding hands were beaten by four men who yelled anti-gay slurs. At least 150 and as many as 300 students from the University of Cincinnati and Miami University in Oxford showed up to the rallies to make some noise.
“Every student should feel safe to walk through campus and our local communities without fear of brutal violence,” Blake Jelley, president of the UC Alliance, said at the rally on his campus, according to Cincinnati TV station WXIX. “We urge students and staff at Miami and UC to take a stronger stance against antigay attacks and urge administration to take more proactive measures to ensure that our university communities are safe for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”
Read up, speak up. It’s so important to always speak up.