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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It’s Time: The Making of a Viral Video Love Story


Learn about the making of a video The Advocate called "possibly the most beautiful marriage equality ad we've seen" and the potential impact of the short film that’s brought hope and tears to the world.

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Last Friday, the day after many Americans gave thanks for their blessings, the Australian grassroots advocacy group Get Up! released a marriage equality video titled "It's Time." The group hoped it would encourage a dialogue that would, as the organization's Paul Mackay puts it, "pave the way for change." No one was prepared for the clip's instant global success.

To date "It's Time" has been seen by nearly 3 million viewers on YouTube. The campaign is aimed at changing the country's Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Saturday will mark a pivotal moment as Australia's Labor Party convenes to discuss making changes to that narrow definition.

Get Up! hopes its now-viral video brings enough attention to what's happening that lawmakers actually make a policy change. Mackay offers The Advocate a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "It's Time," the response it's received from viewers, and what it could mean to the struggle for marriage equality.

The Advocate: How did you decide to tell the story from the perspective of half of a gay couple?
Paul Mackay: We gave a lot of thought as to whether we would tell this love story as a gay or lesbian couple and had varied feedback in the scripting process. Much research, at least here in Australia, is that same-sex female relationships are more widely accepted and we should consider using two women. In the end, we decided to use two men for the benefit of the final reveal. It’s common in advertising to pitch men as dopey characters who fawn over their partners, and so we played into that narrative.

How would you describe the general mood of the cast and crew during the filming?

The mood of the cast and crew during filming was fantastic. Marriage equality is an issue we are all committed to, which helps, but more so we were all committed to the concept. We’re a small organization and run on the smell of an oily rag, so the shoot was completed on a tight schedule and a tighter budget. It was at times quite demanding, but that never stood in the way of us enjoying the process and remaining committed to it. Plus, so much of what we were doing — fun date activities like hanging out at a theme park or beach — provided grounds for having a great time.

What’s the response been like so far?
To say we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response we’ve had is an understatement. We knew the concept was good when we started filming, and we knew the video was good when we launched last Friday — but we never considered it would reach a million views in two days or continue to grow in the way it has. We never expected celebrities would tweet about it or massive international sources like yours would be interested in covering it.

We launched the video with a very simple ask: that people watch, be affected by, and share the video. We thought the simple action of sharing the video would start conversations about equality that would build momentum and public support for the issue and pave the way for change. The massive response we’ve had is hopefully doing just that.

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New Regional Referral Listing of Medical and Psychosocial Support Services

 

Regional Referral Listing of Medical and Psychosocial Support Services

Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Anguilla        
Dental Unit Dr. John Jones - Dentist 264 497 2343   The Valley 
Atlantic Star Group Dr.Clyde Bryan-Internist  264 497-0765   South Hill
Princess Alexandra Hospital  Monique Rey- Mental Health Nurse 264 497-2551    
Princess Alexandra Hospital  Dr. Sherlan Richardson-Internist 264 497-2551    
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Antigua and Barbuda        
  Dr. Philmore Benjamin, DIP PHARM. MD MSc. 268 462 3630   Cnr. of Vivian Richards St. and All Saints Rd. PO BOX 1492, st. John's Antigua
  Dr. Jillian Bird, Optometrist


268 462 1513
Fax: 268 462 5622  
  Milburn House Old Parham Rd.
St. John’s   ANTIGUA
  Dr. Gwendolyn Fevrier-Roberts, Obstetrician/Gynaecologist/ Ultrasound Service

268 462 2770/462 1805
Fax: 268 462 1805
  Ramco Building
Independence Drive
St. John’s   ANTIGUA
  Dr. Marlene Joseph, Family Physician 268 462 0542   Independence Drive, St. John's Antigua
Dr. Derek L. Marshall & Associates Dental Care Clinic Dr. Derek Marshall, Dentist 268 462 2525; 268 562 3636 Fax: 268 462 2553   Stapleton House Suite Stapleton Lane St. John's Antigua
Antigua Optical Co. Ltd   268 462 0031; 268 462 6439               Stapleton Lane Clinic PO Box 8 St. John's Antigua
Belmont Clinic
  268 562 1243/4/5; 268 560 2310         All Saints Road
St. John’s     ANTIGUA
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Bahamas        
HIV Center Dr. Perry Gomez, Ms. Marva Gervais, Counselling and support 242 323 5968   Royal Victoria Gardens, Nassau
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Barbados        
AIDS Society of Barbados AIDS information Centre Lydia Waterman/Sanka Price; Counselling, Advocacy 246 422 3113   c/o AIDS Information Centre Jemmots Lane, St. Michael BridgeTown
C.A.R.E. Barbados Supportive counselling, home-based and institutional care, self esteem and capacity building 246 436 7770 carebdos@hiv-aids.gov.bb/carebarbados@hotmail.com PO Box 1249 Bridgetown Barbados
LadyMeade Reference Unit Disease Management, HAART, supportive and adherence counselling etc     St. Michaels Barbados
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Belize        
Belize Red Cross Information, advice, prevention, support training, publications 502 2 309 98   2 Gabourel Lane,Belize City
Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital   501 223 1548; 223 1671 Fax: 501 223 3081 Email: pro@khmh.bz Princess Margaret Drive

P. O. Box 1872

Belize City, belize 
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Dominica        
  Dr. Cheruserta Joseph (physician) 767 235 2492 chediskj@cwdom.dm/docjosephc@cwdom.dm/  
  Ms Mary Williams (psychologist/counsellor)  767 266 3570  or  767 440 6876 kalinago277@hotmail.com  
  Dr. Idaline John (Dental Surgeon)  767 266 5817 idodjohn@hotmail.com  
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Dominican Republic        
Amigos Siempre Amigos (ASA) Dr. Martha Arredondo, MD, Sexologist and Psychologist 809 689 8695    
IDESIP Lic. César Castellanos – Sexual Therapist, Psychologist  809 549 7071    
Instituto de Sexualidad Humana Dr. Josefina Romero, MD Sexologist, Family Therapy  809 685 1128    
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Grenada        
National Infectious Disease Control Unit (NIDCU), Ministry of Health HIV counselling and treatment 743  440 2649 or 435 5337   2nd Floor, Ministerial Complex, Botanical Gardens, Tanteen, St. George’s. 
Hillsborough Health Centre HIV counselling and treatment 743 443 7280   Carriacou.
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Guyana        
Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)   592 226 5155       or 592 623 5155 sasod_guyana @ yahoo.com ; http://www.sasod.org.gy CIDA Programme Support Unit Building56 Main and New Market Streets North Cummingsburg, Georgetown
Lethem District Hospital Dr. Eugine Xavier; Dr. Cecilia Reid 592 772 2006,2206   Region 9, Guyana
Mabaruma Regional Hospital Dr. Lorrain Gilks 592 777 5015/5057   Region 1, Guyana
Bartica Health Centre Dr. Sharon Hope ; Dr. Lester Valentine 592 4552339/2846   Region 7, Guyana
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Haiti        
Clinique du Pont Pradel Dr Patrice Severe     Rue Camille Léon PAP, Haïti 
         
 Les Centres Gheskio Dr Patrice Joseph     33 Boul. Harry Truman
PAP, Haïti 
SEROvie Dr Didie Louis +509 3462 1044   31, Rue Casséus/Pacot, Port-au-Prince Haïti
  Jackson Fleuranvil Psychologue +509 3648 9593    
Fondation Esther Boucicault Stanislas (FEBS)  Esther Boucicault Stanislas, Directrice-Fondatrice 509 36.60.70.53 Fax 509 25.47.13.74 f_e_b_s@hotmail.com 7G, Rue Berlin, Fleurenceau, Saint Marc, Haïti HT 4310
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Jamaica        
  Dr. Clive Anderson  (Physician)  876 960 5143; 754 0976 cliveandy@gmail.com Office#8, Nuttall Medical Centre,6 Caledonia Avenue,Kingston 5
  Dr. Sharlene Jarrett (Psychologist)    sharlenebeck@yahoo.com  
  Gail Reid  (Social Worker)   socialworkergr@hotmail.com  
Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Provision of MSM-friendly counselling and support and treatment services 876 978 2345   4 Upper Musgrave Avenue. Kingston 10
Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals and Gays:J FLAG. Social support, legal reform and advocacy, and education services 876 379-9834;978-8988   J-FLAG P.O. Box 1152 Kingston 8 Jamaica West Indies
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
St. Eustatius/Saba/St. Bathelemy        
AIDS Support Group Saba Foundation Mr. Teodor Stan, Carl Buncamper; Prevention/awareness campaigns, HIV testing, Support Services
599 416 3700
http://www.aidssupportgroupsaba.org; infoasgsaba@yahoo.com; carlbuncamper@yahoo.com Windwardside, Saba, Dutch West Indies
Department of Public Health Dr. Gys Koot 599 416-2228 Email: dr.koot@sabagov.com  
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
St. Kitts and Nevis        
Joseph N. France General  Hospital Provision of pMTCT, voluntary counselling and testing, onsite HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment 869-465-2551    
Saddlers Health Centre Provision of voluntary counselling and testing, and pMTCT 869-465-7368    
Alexandria General Hospital Provision of pMTCT, voluntary counselling and testing, onsite HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment 869-469-5473    
Gingerland Provision of pMTCT, voluntary counselling and testing 869-469-5521    
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
St. Lucia        
St.Lucia Crisis Centre Prevention activities 758 453 1421   The Montplaisir Building,Brazil St., Castries
NGO - AIDS Action Foundation (AAF) Victory Hospital. Counselling available, testing done at VH STI Clinic located in the same building.  758 452 7171    
NGO - St Lucia Planned Parent Hood  Offers stigma and discrimination free, MSM-friendly, confidential VCT     Jeremie St. Castries
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
St. Martin/St. Maarten (info courtesy MSMNPA website)        
VCT & Treatment Access: Hospital Constance Fleming  Dr. Francois Bissuel Marigot; Free anonymous HIV testing/counselling, Treatment and full counselling of PLWHA, CD4, Viral Load, Genotyping testing through local labs, PLWHA who are resident on St. Martin (French side) will receive assistance, obtaining a “carte de sejour” which covers full HIV/AIDS treatment. 011 (590) 522 607   Marigot, French St. Martin
Union Road Medical Clinic Dr. Gerard van Osch; HIV testing/Counselling, Treatment and full counselling of PLWHA, Assistance in identifying (limited) treatment options for uninsured,  011 (599) 544 5374

Fax: 011 (599) 544 5601
  Union Road 139 E, Cole Bay
St. Maarten Medical Center

Dr. Theo Jolles;HIV testing, Treatment of PLWHA, CD4, Viral Load testing available.  011 (599) 543 1111   St. Maarten Medical Center, Cay Hill.
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (info courtesy MSMNPA website)        
Infection Control Unit   784  456 1185 - Ext. 160   Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. Kingstown
SVG Red Cross Society   784 456 1888   Halifax St. Kingstown. 
Kingstown Clinic    784 485 6335   Kingstown
Mesopotamia Clinic   784 458 5245   Mesopotamia
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Suriname        
Stichting Maxi Linder Diana Babel. Target group CSW men and female and regular population.   Counseling, testing, prevention and outreach.  00597 424504    Prinsessestraat 4, Paramaribo.
Suriname Men United Kenneth van Emden. Counseling, prevention, outreach services for MSM  00597 8535040 suriname_men_united@yahoo.com Oude charlesburgweg 63, Paramaribo
He +n HIV Maarten Colom. Counseling HIV positive MSM, outreach and other services. 00597 8573992 hnhivsfoundation@gmail.com.  Coesewijnestraat 8, Paramaribo
Dienst Dermatologie  VCT testing and counseling for general population and other dermatological service. Head of VCT site is Debora Hordijk. Director of dematological services is Leslie Sabajo.  00597 474350 ext 246/247/248    Address: Tourtonnelaan 5, Paramaribo.
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Trinidad        
Queen's Park Counseling Centre and Clinic (QPCC&C)  Provides health care and counseling to clients with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and diseases.Clinic Care
Counseling
Blood Testing for STIs / HIV/AIDS 
Treatment for STIs
Referrals for further care and/or treatment of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS
(868) 625-1643, 625 3944   #5 Queen's Park East, Port of Spain
Community Action Resource (CARe) Home based care, counselling, referrals, advocacy etc 868 625 0632, 623 7443   25 Norfolk St, Belmont
South AIDS Support Counselling and referrals 868 652 2437 info@southaids.org  25 Victoria West, Paradise Pasture, S/F’do
Medical Research Centre  Treatment and medical counselling 868 623 5834   cor Jerningham Ave and Queen’s Park East, POS,
Ward 2, San Fernando General Hospital,  Treatment and medical counselling 868 652 3581 Ext 3249   San Fernando
CARITAS AIDS Ministries Provision of home care services 868 637 8689    
Heart to Heart Ministries HIV/AIDS Care and advocacy, adherence counselling Peer Counselling and referrals 868 662 7024/5356   Cor Deane Street and Eastern Main Rd, St. Augustine
Caiso:Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation Colin Robinson, counselling and support , advocacy 868 463 5599 caisott@gmail.com

 
Friends for Life Provision of friendship, counselling and support to persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Target group MSM and other marginalised groups such as CSW  868 678 7592; 868 678 7539   PO Bag 624 Diego Martin Trinidad
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Tobago        
Tobago Health Promotion Clinic HIV testing, treatment, counselling, advocacy 868 660 7872   Calder Hall, Scarborough
Tobago Oasis Foundation Counselling and support, home based care, public awareness campaigns, advocacy 868 639 7547   Scarborough
Tobago AIDS Society Counselling and support, home based care, public awareness campaigns, advocacy 868 635 1024   Scarborough
Scarborough Health Centre HIV testing 868 639 2298   Robinson Street, Scarborough
         
Name of Org Name/Service Provided Contact Numbers Email Addresses Physical Addresses
Turks and Caicos Islands        
Salt Cay Community Clinic       Salt Cay
Grand Turk Primary Health Care Clinic        Grand Turk
Cockburn Town Medical Centre Primary care Clinic         Grand Turk
South Caicos Community Clinic        South Caicos
Middle Caicos Community Clinic         Middle Caicos
Bottle Creek Community Clinic        North Caicos
Kew Community Clinic        North Caicos
Providenciales Primary Care Clinic        Providenciales
         

Monday, November 28, 2011

twins



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Ray Armstrong


Lance Gross


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Rihanna Tops U.K. Albums Chart, Scores New Records

Rihanna Tops U.K. Albums Chart, Scores New Records

Artists in this Article

Rihanna


Rihanna, 'Talk That Talk': Track-By-Track Review
Which songs on Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" are among her best work? Here's our Twitter-length track-by-track review.
Rihanna's 'Love' Still Leads Hot 100, Katy Perry Back in Top 10
Rihanna tallies a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris), while Katy Perry, meanwhile, adds a sixth Hot 100 top 10 from her album "Teenage Dream."
Michael Buble to Muffle Rihanna's 'Talk' on Billboard 200
It would seem Rihanna will yet again be denied her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that her new "Talk That Talk" album, released Nov. 21, may sell around 200,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 27 -- but that won't be enough to score the No. 1 album next week.
Rihanna fever is officially sweeping the United Kingdom, as the Barbadian superstar lands a simultaneous No. 1 single and album for the second time this year, and several new U.K. chart records in the process. Meanwhile, "Now! That's What I Call Music 80" (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) creates a record of its own, debuting atop the compilation chart with first-week sales of 296,000, the biggest opening sale for any album in the U.K. market this year, either a compilation or by an individual artist. But that's still well down on the initial 333,000 achieved by "Now 77," its counterpart in last year's festive market.

Official Charts Company sales data published Sunday (Nov. 27) showed her "Talk That Talk" album (Def Jam/Universal) going straight to No. 1 with first-week sales of 163,000. The single "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Calvin Harris, started another week at No. 1, its sixth non-consecutive frame at the top.


Rihanna becomes the first female artist to achieve the coveted feat of simultaneous album and single chart-toppers twice in a calendar year, after the "Loud" album and "What's My Name" track, featuring Drake, were both No. 1 in January. It's the first time any artist has secured that honor for close to 40 years: T. Rex did it in May 1972 with the album "Bolan Boogie" and single "Metal Guru," six months after leading the way with both "Electric Warrior" and "Telegram Sam."

Rihanna is also the first solo female to score two different No. 1 albums in a calendar year. She extends her lead in total weeks atop the U.K. singles chart this year, now standing at seven (also including one for "What's My Name"), and "We Found Love" is her sixth No. 1 single in the territory in consecutive five years, another record for a female artist.  

Among other details of Rihanna's stellar chart week, "Loud" maintains a top 30 place in its 54th appearance, dipping 23-27. Drake's "Take Care" single (Cash Money/Universal Island), on which Rihanna features, climbed 12-9 (his album of the same name dropping 5-20). Three "Talk That Talk" album tracks sold well enough as individual tracks to make the new top 75: the title song, featuring Jay-Z, at No. 25, "You Da One" at No. 39 and "Where Have You Been" No. 61.

The artist album chart also saw a No. 2 debut for pop band One Direction's "Up All Night" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), with 138,000 sales. As Michael Bublé's "Christmas" (Reprise/Warner Music) fell from the top to No. 3, retiring Irish chart regulars Westlife came in at No. 4 with RCA/Sony's new "Greatest Hits" set. The quartet, whose worldwide sales are estimated by Sony at 44 million, will go their separate ways after a farewell tour next May.

"50 Words For Snow" (Fish People/EMI), Kate Bush's second new album of the year following May's "Director's Cut," debuted at No. 5, three places behind the previous release. Nickelback's "Here and Now" (Roadrunner) became their fifth consecutive U.K. top ten album at No. 10.

Below Rihanna on the singles chart, 2009 "X Factor" finalist Olly Murs debuted at No. 2 with "Dance With Me Tonight" (Epic/Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). The track had led the way in midweek sales data but ultimately lost out to "We Found Love," finishing with 74,000 units to Rihanna's 79,000. Swedish DJ-producer Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, debuted at No. 4 with "Levels" (Universal Island).

Also new inside the singles top ten were "Down For Whatever" (Universal) by Kelly Rowland featuring the Wavs, at No. 6, and 2010 "X Factor" contestant Rebecca Ferguson's "Nothing's Real But Love" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 10. En Vogue's early 1997 U.K. top five hit "Don't Let Go (Love)" reappeared at No. 23 after the song was performed by "X Factor" contestant Little Mix.

The surest sign of the impending holiday season came in the reappearance of the two most durable festive perennials, re-entering the top 75 and certain to chart prominently again in the coming weeks: "Fairytale of New York" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl at No. 47 and Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 64.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Chadwick Journals

 
The second of four installments of The Chadwick Journals. Chadwick's line of questioning sends Donovan over the edge.

Gay right controversy: A gathering storm over Cameron’s comments



BY DOTUN IBIWOYE
THE furore generated by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron on his plans to hold back aid from countries that do not recognise gay rights and Senator Domingo Obende’s claim that gay marriage is “spreading” and must be stopped has polarised the Nigerian human rights community.
Human rights community and groups now have divergent views and approach on issues concerning legal protection against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, LGBT, persons in Nigeria.
At the  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia last month, David Cameron called for the slash in aid payments to countries with poor records on gay rights, stressing that countries receiving British aid should “adhere to proper human rights,” which includes making homosexuality legal.
The bill for an Act to prohibit marriage between persons of same gender, solemnisation of same and for other matters related therewith sponsored by Senator Domingo Obende representing Edo North Senatorial District recently, went
British P M, Cameron and President Jonathan. Jonathan keeps mum over Cameron's comment
through its second reading and has since been referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights for further legislative work.
Obende claimed that gay marriage is spreading like terrorism and pornography and must be stopped.
Nigeria already punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in prison and gay marriage is not recognised in the country as the latest bill follows previous attempts to strengthen anti-gay laws.
It will be recalled that similar bills appeared in Nigeria in 2006 and 2008 and were strongly condemned both times by human rights activists, who expressed the bill’s human rights implications and its threat to Nigeria’s socio-economic development and international relations. The 2006 same-sex marriage bill even went as far as to attempt to ban formation of any LGBT clubs and proposed a five-year prison sentence for anyone advocating on gay rights issues.
With the removal of legal protection against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ,LGBT, persons in Nigeria, the pending to legislation to criminalise same-sex marriage throughout the country, the ideology of human rights groups in the country have been divided.
Early this year, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders expressed concern over attacks on defenders who are at particular risk, namely those who defend the rights of indigenous people, minorities, LGBT persons and women human rights.
While filing this report, the integrity and reputation of the selected human rights groups was taken into cognizance because it was observed that several human rights groups act as a front for groups oversea due to pecuniary gain.
The winner of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, 2006, the CLEEN Foundation (formerly know as Centre for Law Enforcement Education) is a non governmental organisation with the mission of promoting accessible justice through the strategies of, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publications, in partnership with government and civil society.
Bill to criminalise same sex marriage
Senator Obende...against same sex marriage
On the issue of the proposed bill to criminalise same-sex marriage raised by the senators, the Executive Director, Innocent Chukwuma, attacked the legislators with a salvo of insults.
According to him: “I think Nigerian legislators are suffering from idleness and misplacement of priority. We have a thousand and one important legislative bills begging for attention and oversight functions that have been abandoned only for the same people enthrusted with these responsibilities to turn around and chase shadows in the name of banning same sex marriage.”
“My question is what are they doing about rising insecurity in the land that has led to death of many innocent Nigerians and driving up the cost of doing business? What have they done about Whistle Blowers Bill, he asked, adding further: “Police Act amendment Bill, domestication of international human rights treaties ratified by Nigeria; Prison Act Amendment Bill and other important pieces of legislation that would have advanced good governance and human rights in the country?
”On the British Prime Minister’s recent comment, Chukwuma stressed that Nigerria had no cause to worry over restriction of aids because the country has abundant resources which only needs a good administrator.
“We have no problem with the Prime Minister of Britain insisting on imposing conditionalities on recipients of aid from his country. Nigeria has no business accepting aid from any country if we have managed our resources prudently without the current level of corruption, which has made annual budgetary pronouncements and development targets hollow rituals scoffed at by a cynical public,” he said.
Contrarily, a foremost human right group, Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, lauded the decisions of the legislators who described homosexuality as  ‘ungodly, morally and religiously unacceptable’ at the second reading of the Same Sex marriage Prohibition Bill recently.
The acting president of CLO, Mr. Igho Akeregha said majority of Nigerians will not want to be identified with homosexuals and lesbians.
According to Akeregha: “Basically, it is a fundamental right of an individual to declare their body for whatever purpose that they want to use it for. But this is a problem when it infringes on the rights of others”.
“Most Nigerians are saying that they do not and will never want to be identified with homosexuals and lesbians. The other major reason it will not be allowed is that homosexuality is against the grains of the major religious beliefs in Nigeria. It is against the moral standard for Nigerians”.
He added further: “So if one weighs the argument on a scale of balance, one will come to the inevitable conclusion that Nigerians do not want it, so it is not wanted by the majority and the Civil Liberties Organisation affiliates with the majority not the minority”.
“The kind of liberty that homosexuals and lesbians are asking for is not and cannot be acceptable in our system and it is condemnable. CLO frowns at a situation where some people are still calling for their rights to be homosexuals and lesbian. This is an abuse to God.”
Uganda and Ghana have also lambasted the Prime minister for his comments noting that the idea shows a “bullying mentality” and lack of understanding of African’s cultural values by the United Kingdom. South Africa remains the only country in Africa that has legalised same-sex marriage. As many as 41 nations of the 54-member Commonwealth have laws against homosexuality.
For the human rights groups that support the right of LGBT and advocate for tolerance and respect for everyone irrespective of thier sex, gender, age, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and gender identity, they seem to be chasing a shadow in their quest.
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, has engaged the National Assembly not just on new legislation that will address burning development issues; but has also impressed on the Federal legislature in its many interfaces the need to constantly review/amend existing legislations to better capture and address Nigeria’s development challenges.
For CISLAC, supporting any popular and democratic views being expressed by Nigerians on the issue is good since Nigeria is democratic nation. CISLAC also noted that they equally appreciate minority rights or interest for those people who desire to practice same sex marriage.
According to the Executive Director, Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani: “We support any popular and democratic views being expressed by Nigerians on this issue since we are a democratic nation.However, we equally appreciate minority rights or interest for those people who desire to practice same sex marriage.”
“So far Nigerians seem to have expressed total opposition to same sex marriage and it would amount to legislative dictatorship and minority tyranny to still legislate and allow this practice to be legalised since we need to respect the   view and opinion of Nigerians on this Bill.” he said
“The rejection of this Bill to allow same sex marriage in Nigeria is informed by the strong value orientation and religious compliance of Nigerians and they fear for moral and ethical  breakdown as  same sex marriage has no place in orientation, culture and value system of Nigerians.”
He added further: “But CISLAC is also  concerned that some people may misuse this as a political instrument to antagonise and incriminate political opposition as  we have seen in the past in order to achieve political interest.
Issue of gay rights
On David Cameron’s remark, at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia, Rafsanjani said that it’s unfortunate that the terrorist attack committed on innocent women and children perpetuated by powerful nations like Britain are not being seen as fundamental as the issue of gay rights.
He also noted that that countries and their people should have the right to decide and choose what is right for them since they are sovereign and relationship between them and other countries such as the British should be mutual and not based upon threat.
Rafsanjani opined that: “The British Prime Minister should respect the rights of those who do not want to be gay. The threat by the British Prime Minster to stop aid to countries deemed to oppose gay practice is unfortunate. Instead of the British Prime Minster hammering more on fundamental rights issues, such as calling for the right of people to live the way they desire he is threatening and bullying poor nations.”
With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Coalition of African Lesbians, CAL, also recently launched its LGBT Human Rights Defenders project in Lagos.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

me

see people I'm getting a bit more creative. Is the gym working you tell me.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS to the fanpage guys I'm going to be doing some gives always for cd's and dvds on the page !!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

fist pic


yes it be first pic more coming soon if the bf consents 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Totalenjoyment 'Things Bajan' Independence house Party


Totalenjoyment 'Things Bajan' Independence house Party on Tuesday 29th Nov 2011 @ The Lodge, Inch Marlow Christ Church party start @ 11:00 until Adm:$55 D/F .DJ music to rock u all night so tell ur crew & let c ur face in de place!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BC’S B’DOS: Gay bashing


By B.C. Pires | Mon, November 07, 2011 - 12:00 AM

In reaction to Prime Minister David Cameron’s saying that Britain might suspend aid to African nations that banned homosexuality, The Lowdown spent some of last Friday’s column defending Barbados’ right to hang murderers and hate homos, or at least append snide comments to pictures of them kissing; and I wondered, again, why anyone is bothered by what consenting adults do in their bedrooms.
Nobody gives a flying firetruck what others do in their living rooms or kitchens, apart from maybe boiling cabbage in a poorly ventilated apartment block. So why do they poke their noses into other people’s bedrooms?
Is it that they secretly want to poke their noses in their business? Even The Lowdown, who is often close to liberal, can play along with teasing homosexuals. Would he tease people in wheelchairs? But at least he recognizes homosexuals as human, which is more than most pastors will do.
Once you ignore the supposedly holy books – which I reject outright in toto, so to speak, and certainly as grounds for public policy – there is no reason to even form an opinion about homosexuals or lesbians.
You might just as sensibly rage against short people; or black ones; or, if you’re a literal believer in the Old Testament or The Koran, bacon.
It’s the great irony of our age, greater even than Israel’s neo-Third Reich approach to Palestine, that black people as a group should hold the most rigid prejudice against homosexuals.
Black homo-haters don’t even notice that they rely on the same illogical “justifications” for their groundless, unreasoning hatred that were used to justify the worst historical excesses against black people; the irony becomes steely.
Once you apply reason to prejudice, it vanishes. People who thought black people were inferior could never prove it logically. People who think lesbians and homosexuals are “wrong” are in the same predicament.
Without recourse to a “holy” book – all of which have been used to justify mankind’s worst atrocities down through history – there is no justification for hating God’s other creatures simply because they are different.
Indeed, those who follow Jesus Christ’s example would wash the feet of homosexuals, not stone them.
The choice facing societies today is between God’s way, the loving tolerance of all our neighbours, or man’s way – the rigid imposition of unquestionable doctrine that would deny the most basic facts such as the age of the Earth, equal rights of the female gender and children, and the complete non-holiness of sex, and substitute a supposedly “revealed” truth.
Societies should err on the side of tolerance and intelligence rather than intolerance and doctrine.
I reckon there is only one reason other people care about what lesbians and homosexuals do behind closed doors: they’re secretly jealous.
A gay friend once told me that if he wanted to find out which married man he should pick up in a social gathering, he had only to provoke an anti-gay discussion.
Whoever ranted loudest, wildest and most hatefully against homos, he said, would, later on, not be talking that way at all.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gym

Gym

 

note I'm working hard in the gym right now tiring hard not to look at the men in there it not like  the US you cant always go and find a man in the gym more the guys are not even interested in talking, strange culture to make your self look so good and then be for distance from others. 


Juan Morel


Ken Jackson


Ryan John-Baptiste




Jermaine Morgan

Sunday, November 13, 2011

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Remembrance - Sent unashamedly without Apology.

Remembrance - Sent unashamedly without Apology. 

THE FINAL INSPECTION
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
Author Unknown~
It's the Military, not the reporter who  has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Military, not  the poet, who has
given us the freedom of speech. It's the  Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to life,  liberty and the pursuit
of happiness. It's the Military who salutes  the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is  draped by the flag.
If you care to offer the smallest  token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please  pass this on and pray for
our men and women who have served and are  currently serving our country and pray for those who have  given the ultimate sacrifice for  freedom.