The LGBTI world has been celebrating Digital Pride this week, meanwhile Chechnya is getting worse but one politician has inspired us
This week has seen the second ever Digital Pride, created by Gay Star News and with support from Blued. It’s also seen new revelations about gay concentration camps in Chechnya. However, one US politician found a great way to stop bigotry.
I’ve had a crazily busy week – as we’ve been running the second ever Digital Pride festival.
Don’t know what Digital Pride is? Ramy from Tunisia explained it best.
He said: ‘We know very well that in Arab and North African countries, it’s not possible to celebrate Pride and to do gay Pride in the street. So this is an opportunity to speak freely. All you need is a computer or a mobile phone…’
It’s been a week long set of performances, discussions and campaigning. From talking about body image to broadcasting Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to showcasing the latest pop talent to recreating Love Actually with a new gay twist, we’ve done it all.
And we managed some time for activism, with a new pledge encouraging everyone to support LGBTI equality by doing what they can locally, nationally and globally.
We’re hugely grateful to Blued for supporting us and for showing so much of the content on the app. I hope you’ve had a chance to see some of it. Thanks to them and our other sponsors, we’ve reached 50million people this year and are on our way to being one of the world’s biggest LGBTI festivals.
We’re running through to Sunday. Check out DigitalPride.com to find out more.
And let me know if there are events you’d like to see at the next Digital Pride in 2018. I’d love to hear your ideas.
The crackdown on gay men in Chechnya has got even worse. For us, it’s upsetting, for the LGBTI community there, it must be pure hell.
We now believe there at least six concentration camps in Chechnya.
It is alleged that at least 300 people have been detained and tortured in the government-backed crackdown on the LGBTI community. At least four have been killed.
Despite Chechnya first denying knowledge of a ‘purge’, President Ramzan Kadyrov now wants to eliminate all gay men from the autonomous Russian region by the ‘start of Ramadan’ – or 26 May.
While LGBTIs have rallied around the issue globally, the international community has been largely silent.
Are our politicians failing us? Let me know what you think.
Pennsylvania state representative Brian Sims, who is gay, found a way to give a troll a lesson he’ll never ever forget.
Earlier this week, the bigot posted ‘n*gger f*aggot’ on the politician’s Facebook.
But the troll had made a big mistake. He’d put his grandmother’s phone number on his Facebook page.
Sims called grannie up. And she was very disappointed with her grandchild.
I think that’s one young person who is going to regret their actions.
If you’ve got interesting ways to stop bigots, let us know. More tips the better.
What do you think?
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