Dutch park accepts cruisers, Quebec helps gay seniors, Trans discrimination lawsuit, and Libs want to end gay organ donor ban

May 7, 2009 at 2:02 am | Posted in LGBT | Leave a comment

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Netherlands Dutch park unveils signs pointing to gay ‘cruiser’ areas:gay counterprotest sign

The De Oeverlanden park in Slotervaart, southwest of Amsterdam, is known as a place where homosexuals from all over the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe go in search of sex partners.
Ms Koffijberg said that while having sex in public was against the law, the park has been used for this purpose for so long that it has become “gedoog”, a Dutch word for tolerating unwanted behaviour.

The sexual activities of cruisers, she said, kept mostly to the bushes in the park, and the new signs sought to ensure that they stayed there.

“There are various groups of users of the park; people with small children who bathe on the beaches, those who walk their dogs, gays cruising and nature lovers,” said Ms Koffijberg.

“Things are arranged so that each group can relax in their own area without intruding on each other.”

Thanks for the tip off Dan

Quebec Québec Funds Help For Gay Seniors:

the Québec government has taken the applaudable step to fund a $500,000 education campaign about gay seniors and the discrimination they face. The education program is so badly needed that the cabinet ministers responsible for it couldn’t find a retirement home willing to host the program’s press announcement, opting instead to use a community centre in Montréal’s gay village.

Canada Liberals pass resolution to end gay organ donor ban:gay heart thrown in trash

The motion, brought to the floor by the Young Liberals, recognized the severe organ shortages in the country and that Canada maintains one of the lowest organ donation rates in the world. It also pointed out that all donated organs already undergo extensive tests to guard against the transmission of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The motion also stated that there are no recorded cases of organ recipients contracting HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C from organs donated by a gay man.

United States Obama lists homophobia as “hatred that degrades its victim”:

“While speaking at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, President Obama mentioned homophobia in a list of ‘hatred that degrades its victim’.”

To this day, there are those who insist the Holocaust never happened – who perpetrate every form of intolerance — racism, antisemitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and more — hatred that degrades its victim and diminishes us all. Today, and every day we have an opportunity, as well as an obligation to confront these scourges. To fight the impulse to turn the channel when we see images that disturb us, or wrap ourselves in the false comforts that others’ sufferings are not our own.

United States Transsexual wins $500,000 lawsuit:

“A federal judge has awarded a former Army Special Forces commander nearly $500,000 because she was rejected from a job at the Library of Congress while undergoing a gender change from man to woman”.Former Army Special Forces commander Diana Shroer

Schroer said she was happy with the judgment but more importantly that the judge recognized her treatment as job discrimination. She said it’s a problem many transgendered people face.

“They are hugely underemployed, at best,” Schroer said. “If they are fortunate enough to get something, it’s well below their capabilities. It’s not just about money, it’s about knowing you are a valuable person.”

Schroer said she feels more fortunate than many transsexuals who face job discrimination

Argentina Bank ad from Argentina promotes tolerance for transgendered:

Here’s a sweet ad that’s been bouncing around the interboing lately. “It talks about tolerance and teach us that all people are the same even if they are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender”.

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