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Blog Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

HAHABT 2015

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 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

May 17th 2015

Day against Homophobia

A Worldwide Celebration of Sexual and Gender Diversities

It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.

In under a decade, May 17 has established itself the single most important date for LGBTI communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale.

The Day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.

May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.

Read more here

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The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1.

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

UN Free and Equal campaigns launches special 

‘Faces’ video

The UN Human Rights Office  launched a new video as part of its Free & Equal campaign against homophobia and transphobia just three days ahead of IDAHOT.
“Let’s celebrate the contributions that millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people make to families and local communities around the world! There are no actors in this video, only real people filmed in their workplaces and homes – among them, a firefighter, a police officer, a teacher, an electrician, a doctor, and a volunteer, as well as prominent straight ally UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.”
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United Nations and international human rights experts speak out for

LGBT young people and children.

“13 May 2015 – Speaking ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts* call for an end to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people and children. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, a group of UN human rights experts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe urge Governments worldwide to protect these young people and children from violence and discrimination, and to integrate their views on policies and laws that affect their rights. “Around the world, children and young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or intersex, or seen as such, still face stigma, discrimination and violence because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation and gender identity, or because their bodies differ from typical definitions of female or male.
Violence and discrimination against LGBT and intersex children and young persons take place at home, in schools and in institutions. LGBT young people too often face rejection by their families and communities who disapprove of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This can result in high rates of homelessness, social exclusion, and poverty. LGBT children are often bullied by classmates and teachers, resulting in some students dropping out. They may even be refused school admission or expelled on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
The stigma and discrimination LGBT children and young adults face have a detrimental impact on their self-esteem, and are associated with higher rates of depression and suicide than their peers. Discriminatory attitudes by health professionals and restrictions on access to information also create barriers for LGBT and intersex children and young people to access appropriate and safe health services.
In some countries, young LGBT persons are subjected to harmful so-called ‘therapies’ intended to ‘modify’ their orientation or identity. Such therapies are unethical, unscientific and ineffective and may be tantamount to torture. Young transgender people also lack access to recognition of their gender identity, and are subjected to abusive procedures, such as sterilization or forced treatment.
In addition, intersex children and young people may be subjected to medically unnecessary, irreversible surgery and treatment without their free and informed consent. These interventions can result in severe, long-term physical and psychological suffering, affecting children’s rights to physical integrity, to health, privacy and autonomy and may constitute torture or ill-treatment. States should prohibit such interventions.
Laws that, directly or indirectly, criminalize people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity further exacerbate violence and discrimination. This includes ‘anti gay propaganda’ laws that arbitrarily restrict rights to freedom of expression and assembly and threaten the work of LGBT organizations and human rights defenders. Although it is claimed that these laws protect children, the result is, typically, the exact opposite: they result in violence against children and young activists who speak up against abuses. These and other discriminatory laws go against international human rights standards and should be repealed.
States must act to protect all children and young adults from violence, and ensure that effective child protection and support systems are in place, including shelters and other safety mechanisms for those in need of protection.
Societal attitudes against LGBT and intersex persons should not be used as justification to promote discriminatory laws and policies, to perpetuate discriminatory treatment, or to fail to investigate and prosecute those responsible for violence against LGBT and intersex children and young people. States must act to overcome prejudice and stereotypes through anti-discrimination initiatives in schools and public education campaigns. They should also address intersectional discrimination and violence against LGBT and intersex youth on the basis of race and ethnicity.
The health and well-being of all children and young adults must be protected, including through ensuring access to non-discriminatory health services and comprehensive sexuality education, and by protecting the rights of all children and young adults to their identity, autonomy, and physical and psychological integrity.
We call on States to comply with their obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of all children and young adults without discrimination, to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and young people are consulted and participate in discussions on policies and laws that impact on their rights. We also call on human rights and child rights institutions to fulfil their mandate and play their part in protecting them from violence and discrimination.”

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76 countries still place criminal sanctions on homosexuality

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Trans people in Europe lack protection and recognition

The update reveals a severe lack of protection and recognition for trans people throughout Europe, with only 37 states recognizing a trans person’s gender identity. 23 states require for it a proof of sterilization. Only two countries, Malta and Denmark, do not request a mental health diagnosis.

VIEW MAP HERE

 

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LGBT Valentine’s Day Blog Hop

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Love is love, right?

Wrong! Well, according to certain narrow-minded people on Facebook and elsewhere.

For some time now, people who post photos of two men kissing or holding hands, even if they are clothed, have been reported on Facebook. One of the team investigates and often the picture is not removed because it does not violate their community guidelines. Other times, the person’s profile is banned from posting further pictures for a number of days and warned that the account may be deleted if this occurs again.

Michael Stokes Photography, Jesse Jackman and Dirk Caber, myself, along with many others have been victims of Facebook’s reporting system. It seems anyone can object to any photograph and Facebook investigates.

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Michael Stokes Photography was recently banned from Facebook for 30 days after posting this portrait of two uniformed gay police officers kissing.

Michael Stokes is gay and has a huge following within the LGBT community. Yet other photographers and profiles who post similar pictures do not receive such harassment.  There’s no excuse for this. Michael’s photos fully comply with Facebook’s community standards. While Facebook is free to determine those standards, and we may not agree with them, everyone who follows those rules should receive equal treatment. Otherwise, it’s blatant discrimination.

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This picture was reported for nudity on my timeline after I posted it in support of Michael Stokes Photography. Facebook decided it did not breach their Community Guidelines on nudity and it was not removed.

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 This picture was reported for nudity on my timeline last year.

I had the option to delete it myself. I didn’t. Facebook decided not to remove it.

But the fact remains, anyone can report a picture and it seems LGBT supporters are targeted for attack in this way.

 Everyone has the option of moving on, or unfollowing/blocking the profiles whose posts they don’t like or wish to see.

Any sensible person would make that choice.

It seems that certain people go out of their way to hunt down “gay” pictures and take delight in stirring up trouble by reporting such photographs.

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Jesse Jackman and Dirk Caber have been targets of abuse and many of their posts and pictures have been reported.

But they are facing the hate, along with many others who want to end this unfair treatment.

Let’s put an end to anti-LGBT discrimination on Facebook.

Please sign this petition to change the reporting policy to prevent harassment and bullying on Facebook.

THE PETITION: Facebook Jail is the suspension or banning of a Facebook user based upon a breach of their terms and conditions. But it seems that they are extremely one sided on what exactly constitutes a breach. Numerous people are being targeted and bullied by Facebook “trolls” and Facebook is punishing the victims of the attack. These people are having innocent posts, pictures and/or links reported as porn or noncompliance with the rules and regulations Facebook has in place for their Community Standards. The same people are being targeted repeatedly, until they are suspended and ultimately banned from the social media network. Many of these victims use the platform as means of advertising and connecting with their clients and/or fans. This is part of their job and their living, which is being severely hindered by users out to malign and cause damage for their own cause, whatever that may be. Perhaps because of a misinformed morality which pushes them to force their belief systems on others, or just for cruelty sake, no one knows.

More than likely, one of the victim’s so-called “friends” is doing the reporting and there is no way for the victim to discover who this person is in order to unfriend them and stop the harassment, nor is there any recourse for them. If they attempt to contact Facebook about the issue, they are ignored and sometimes even banned. They are simply helpless and at the mercy of a severely flawed system.

Make no mistake, this is harassment, bullying, bigotry, homophobia and prejudice. Facebook’s same rules and regulations do nothing about the fact that there are countless pictures of female nudity on Facebook, which are more porn than artistry. Yet many photographs of males, even if artistic in nature and something that would be permitted on cable television, are being reported by unknown suspects. The victims include Artists, Authors, Gay couples, breast feeding mothers and I am sure countless of others. The situation is ridiculous and needs to be stopped.

Facebook has a block option, which can be utilized at any time if the content of someone’s page is unsatisfactory or offensive. It’s just as simple a process as reporting them, except then the heinous material will never darken the offended party’s page again. That doesn’t seem to be enough for these people.

Please also support other Facebook groups:

I Support Jesse Jackman and Dirk Caber

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 Giveaway Prize:

The prize is a basic Kindle ereader and 42 ebooks!

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Hop sponsors:

A.J. Marcus, Aidee Ladnier, Alexa Milne, Amanda Young, Annabeth Albert, Anne Barwell, April Kelley, Brandon Shire, Bronwyn Heeley, C. J. Anthony, Catherine Lievens, Cecil Wilde, Charlie Cochrane, Christopher Koehler, David Connor, DP Denman, Draven St. James, Elin Gregory, Elizabeth Noble, Ethan Stone, Eva Lefoy, H.B. Pattskyn, Hayley B James, J.M. Dabney, Jennifer Wright, Jessie G, Julie Lynn Hayes, Karen Stivali, Kazy Reed, Kendall McKenna, L M Somerton, Lily G Blunt, Lisabet Sarai, Lynley Wayne, M.A. Church, Megan Linden, Morticia Knight, N.J. Nielsen, Neil Plakcy, Sibley Jackson, Stephen del Mar, Sue Brown, Tali Spencer, Tara Lain, Thianna Durston, TM Smith, Tracey Michael, Shiloh Saddler.

Fabulous Ebook Prizes:

Aidee Ladnier The Break-in
Amanda Young Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Bronwyn Heeley Winner chooses from author’s available titles
C. J. Anthony Heaven
Charlie Cochrane Something from my back list – winner’s choice.
David Connor Tidings of Comfort and Joey Down Under
DP Denman Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Elin Gregory Alike As Two Bees
Ethan Stone Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Eva Lefoy Love is a Mess anthology
H.B. Pattskyn Hanging by the Moment
J.M. Dabney When All Else Fails
Jessie G The Protector
Julie Lynn Hayes When Will I See You Again
Lisabet Sarai Necessary Madness
Lynley Wayne Winner chooses from author’s available titles
M.A. Church The Harvest series (book #1 and book #2)
Morticia knight All Fired Up (Sin City Uniforms 1)
N.J. Nielsen Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Sibley Jackson Private Performance
Sue Brown The Next Call
Tali Spencer Dangerous Beauty
Tara Lain Canning the Center
Thianna Durston The Blake/Dusty Chronicles: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Alexa Milne Rainbow Connection (due out 13th Feb) or Sporting Chance.
Anne Barwell Winner chooses from author’s available titles
April Kelley Whispers of Home
Brandon Shire The Love of Wicked Men – Episode One
Catherine Lievens Jamie
Cecil Wilde Defying Convention
Christopher Koehler Poz
Draven St. James Scent of a Wolf
Elizabeth Noble Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Hayley B James Undercover Addiction
Jennifer Wright All 3 Finding Home Series books – Pavarus, Morvea, & Airos
Karen Stivali Moment of Impact
Kendall McKenna 1) Strength of the Pack 2)Waves Break My Fall
L M Somerton Rasputin’s Kiss
Lily G Blunt Paint the Sky
Megan Linden Running Off the Edge
Stephen del Mar Dark Love
TM Smith Opposites
Tracey Michael Pretty Please

Check out the other Blog Hop sites:

A.J. Marcus
Aidee Ladnier
Alexa Milne
Amanda Young
Annabeth Albert
Anne Barwell
April Kelley
Brandon Shire
Bronwyn Heeley
C. J. Anthony
Catherine Lievens
Cecil Wilde
Charlie Cochrane
Christopher Koehler
David Connor
DP Denman
Draven St. James
Elin Gregory
Elizabeth Noble
Ethan Stone
Eva Lefoy
H.B. Pattskyn
Hayley B James
J.M. Dabney
Jennifer Wright
Jessie G
Julie Lynn Hayes
Karen Stivali
Kazy Reed
Kendall McKenna
L M Somerton
Lily G Blunt
Lisabet Sarai
Lynley Wayne
M.A. Church
Megan Linden
Morticia knight
N.J. Nielsen
Neil Plakcy
Sibley Jackson
Stephen del Mar
Sue Brown
Tali Spencer
Tara Lain
Thianna Durston
TM Smith
Tracey Michael

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