Saturday, December 31, 2011

Obama signs bill with provision that would deny legal rights to US citizens. http://wapo.st/uYCgc5
Pakistani transgender activist to stand for election. LGBTMuslims Pakistan http://bit.ly/sxMed0
Rick Santorum gets glitter bombed. Don't you just love the gays!! ;-) http://bit.ly/vkh4yf

Friday, December 30, 2011

Egypt raids international aid offices, including 3 U.S.-based organizations. Welcome to the new democracy folks. http://t.co/V6NPHIvm

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pew study finds that young people more likely to favor socialism than capitalism: http://t.co/rOX1dZhT

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Unlawful Detention on US Soil | The Nation http://ow.ly/8cpp2
Obama's abysmal record on civil liberties | The Guardian http://ow.ly/8cpsU
Byproduct of war. So sad. Somalia Faces Alarming Rise in Rapes of Women and Girls - NYTimes.com http://ow.ly/8cpw2

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Have a Merry Middle Eastern Christmas! - Holiday Traditions from All Over the Arab World; Replace ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘Meelad Majeed' http://see.sc/wqy8sH
Beirut's Growing Gay Scene Gets "Out" Online http://see.sc/cCACC1 Lebanon LGBTRights Beirut

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Kwaanza. Today marks the first day and it honors the principle of Unity. Much love to each of you. http://bit.ly/vvuFyQ

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Utah's Jews and Muslims help less fortunate on Christmas. 19 years and going. http://bit.ly/rU7Maz
Lebabon's Diverse Faiths Celebrate Christmas. Across Sects, Joyous Occassion. http://bit.ly/uMGoeY
Christmas Celebrations in Tunisia. http://ping.fm/orwb7
Friday prayer sermon in Beirut honors birth of Jesus and calls for mutual love between Muslims and Christians. http://bit.ly/tI3Xbk

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The persecution of Pakistan’s Christian minority – CNN Photos - CNN.com Blogs http://ow.ly/886mZ

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends and loved ones. May the Festival of Lights brighten your lives today and throughout the year.

Monday, December 19, 2011

You look at every man, and you love him because you know God loves him. And he might be the worst person you’ve ever seen. - MLK
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice. Proverbs 24:17
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice. Proverbs 24:17

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Changed U.S. State Department - By Amb. Michael Guest. The US is a latecomer to international efforts to address anti-LGBT abuses.http://see.sc/k0rw5w
A Changed U.S. State Department - By Amb. Michael Guest. The US is a latecomer to international efforts to address anti-LGBT abuses.http://see.sc/k0rw5w
A Changed U.S. State Department - By Amb. Michael Guest. The US is a latecomer to international efforts to address anti-LGBT abuses.http://see.sc/k0rw5w

Friday, December 09, 2011

2011 LGBT Muslim Retreat T-Shirts


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Sweden’s first Muslim female police recruit, Donna Eljammal, 26, does not regard her traditional Muslim hijab as a hindrance but rather an asset for her future career within the Swedish police force. http://ow.ly/7Ur2m

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Sec. Hillary Clinton is visiting with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees before joining a high level meeting on displaced persons. http://ping.fm/hAMWr
In other news Mumia Abu Jamal's sentence has been reduced to life and former IL Governor Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 yrs.
George W. prob didn't even know queer Muslims existed let alone inviting them to the White House Iftaar dinner! Just sayin. :-)
For what it's worth the Obama administration has been more LGBT inclusive than any President before.
So is it weird that I had an inside scoop on the Hillary speech? One of her staff told me back in Aug at the White House Iftaar. :-)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

"Being gay is not a Western invention... It is a human reality." - Secretary Hillary Clinton Dignity4all LGBTRights
"...while we are each free to believe whatever we choose, we cannot do whatever we choose, not in a world where we protect the [HR] of all."
"Combating Islamaphobia or anti-Semitism is a task for people of all faiths. And the same is true with this struggle for equality." -Clinton
WP: Many of the ambassadors in the audience responded with stony faces and rushed out of the room as soon as Clinton finished speaking. LGBTRights
Sec. Hillary Clinton says gay rights the equal of race, gender rights; cultural biases are no excuse. Washington Post article. http://ping.fm/oibix
Video and transcript of Sec. Hillary Clinton's historic speech today in Geneva about international LGBT rights. http://ping.fm/9HUx7
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Video of Sec Hillary Clinton's historic speech on international LGBT rights. http://ping.fm/6oArX
HR should be as much a priority in the US as what we expect for other countries - esp if we'll use our "power" to dictate foreign policy.
Apparently it's wrong to kill LGBT people in other countries but it's totally acceptable to kill "terrorists" that supposedly threaten us.
What effect todays directive will actually have is not known. Many US allies have atrocious human rights records against LGBT people.
Some US folks argue that President needs to do more here; others counter that foreign aid should not be used as a leverage to push policy.
Fascinating to read comments in mainstream newspaper websites about today's Presidential directive regarding LGBT rights.
Sec. Clinton: "We must reach a global consensus that recognizes the human rights of LGBT people everywhere..."
Human Rights 1st on Clinton speech: emerging intl. consensus that HR protections extend to abuses based on sexual orien / gender id. http://ping.fm/V6JMo
Clinton's audience in Geneva... included diplomats from Arab, African and other nations with poor records on gay rights. - Associated Press
White House Fact Sheet: Working to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons Globally http://ping.fm/5EKf3
Sec. Hillary Clinton gave a historic speech just now in Geneva; was announced as HR speech about focused almost exclusively on LGBTRights
Mixed feelings about today's announcement from President about "foreign aid" and LGBT rights. Happy about other directives issued today. LGBTRights
US Presidential Memorandum - International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons http://ping.fm/R7SVU
Obama orders U.S. diplomats to increase efforts to fight LGBT discrimination abroad LGBTRights http://ping.fm/FNSOY
Breaking News: President Obama Directs Agencies to Consider LGBT Rights in Foregin Aid & Sec. Clinton in Geneva Discusses LGBT Concerns http://ping.fm/dvM59