A petition to ban an annual gay pride festival in Seoul, South Korea, has received over 200,000 signatures.
The petition was started on Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s official website, on June 14th. It has since garnered support from traditionalists and religious groups, who are calling for an end to the “abominable” three-day Queer Culture Festival taking place this weekend in Seoul Plaza.
The festival, currently in its 19th year, will include art exhibitions, a film festival and the Seoul Queer Parade on Saturday, July 14.
According to Britain’s Telegraph, the petition says that they are not advocating “discriminating against sexual minorities,” but that the Plaza should not host the festival because it belongs “to all citizens.”
“We do not want to see their abominable events in a square where we should be able to rest and relax,” it reads. “Every year, queer-themed events such as street performances, drinking and smoking are called ‘cultural festivals,’ but they are just occasions filled with illegal acts and hypocrisy.”
The petition added: “Homosexuals and normal people should not engage in such perverse and obscene events in a plaza that is meant to be a space for citizens to relax. True human rights are not indulgences.”
While homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, traditional Korean society disapproves of LGBTQ people and relationships. Same-sex marriages are also not considered legitimate by the government and committing homosexual acts while active in the military is an offense that carries up to one year in prison.
Offering a real-life glimpse of gay culture, the recently restored French erotica classic Equation to an Unknown (★★★☆☆), originally released in 1980, winds a wild path through a young hero's love life.
Long lost to the vestiges of memory, the film, directed by Francis Savel under his nom-de-porn Dietrich de Velsa, was rediscovered by French filmmaker Yann Gonzalez (Knife + Heart), who commissioned a new print from the original camera negative, resulting in this gorgeous video transfer, now available for streaming on Pinklabel.tv.
Dark-haired looker Gianfranco Longhi stars as a brooding, enigmatic motorcyclist who speeds around his French industrial town seeking, or just stumbling upon, scenes of sexual pleasure. He peeps in on a soccer squad loosening up in the locker room after a match, then, of course, joins the huddle.
Pastors and church leaders in the Presbyterian Church in America have approved a rule determining that those who identify as gay are not qualified for ordination as members of the clergy.
The rule change, known as "Overture 23," says that anyone with an identity "such as 'gay Christian,' 'same-sex attracted Christian,' 'homosexual Christian,' or like terms" is "not qualified for ordained office," because being gay "undermines or contradicts their identity as new creations in Christ."
The overture was overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 1,438-417 on July 1 at the Presbyterian Church in America's annual business meeting in St. Louis, reports Religion News Service.
Eduardo Leite, the governor of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, and a potentially high-profile challenger to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, has come out as gay.
Leite, 36, from the center-right Brazilian Social Democratic Party, made the announcement during an interview with Brazil's top broadcaster, TV Globo, last Thursday.
"I'm gay -- and I'm a governor who is gay rather than a gay governor," Leite said in the interview. "Just as Obama in the United States wasn't a Black president, but a president who was Black. And I'm proud of this."
Leite's announcement is a significant development in a country that has become infamous internationally for its homophobia and violence directed against members of the LGBTQ community.
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