I know that Alexandra ended up marrying a man (not Brad) soon after, and stayed in Toowoomba. If I’m being optimistic I like to believe that it would have happened anyway, that it was what she truly wanted, and that she is happy. But remembering the look on her face, I’m not optimistic very often. There is every chance I could be wrong, and I hope I am. Even after it happened, I didn’t harbour any anger towards her. How could I? She was taught that what we were doing was wrong, that people like her parents might not love her if she went through with it, and that the right thing was to be with him. When I think of that night now, I just feel awful for us both. … [Read more...] about Lez miserable: I came out in a country town, and everything changed in an instant
Kramer could be prickly. He held grudges and disliked pleasantries. Later in life, he became neighbors with his nemesis, the former mayor of New York City Ed Koch, when Koch moved into Kramer’s Greenwhich Village apartment complex. Reportedly Koch, decades after Kramer accused him of not doing enough to stop the Aids crisis in New York, once tried to pet Kramer’s dog in a mail room. Kramer snatched the animal away. Most would have repressed their own anger and outrage for the sake of neighborly harmony; but Kramer was not the sort of man who would let anyone’s comfort get in the way of doing what he thought was right. Few people have a personal passion that can match the moral urgency of their own professed values like that. But Larry Kramer remained passionate until the very end. … [Read more...] about Larry Kramer used his anger to force elites to respond to the Aids crisis
What took Germany so long? Although the bill from the upper house had been before the Bundestag for almost two years, it had been adjourned again and again on the basis that it needed further discussion within Merkel’s grand coalition with the social democrats. Meanwhile, LGBT families continued to face daily discrimination and children were living in families which weren’t recognised by law as equal to “regular” families. A legal challenge to these adjournments was unsuccessful. Despite her recent enlightening encounter with her constituents, the German leader could not bring herself to vote in favour of equal marriage, or even to abstain. She had, however, agreed on Monday to her party having a free vote, which meant that the question of when the matter would come before the Bundestag was no longer something the coalition partners had to agree on. So the social democrats were able to move the bill into the house and then pass it together with socialist and … [Read more...] about At long last, Germany’s bells are ringing for same-sex marriage
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This week, the group’s official Facebook page claimed that the government led by prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, who led a nonviolent reform movement before his election, had “completely failed the fight” against coronavirus. Grigoryan said he was not aligned with a specific political party and denied that Medmedia or the fact-finding project were political fronts aimed at opposing the government. … [Read more...] about US funding website spreading Covid-19 disinformation