Sunday, November 29, 2015

Via JMG: JAPAN: 51% Back Same-Sex Marriage In New Poll

Bloomberg reports:
A majority of Japanese support changing the country’s laws to allow same-sex unions, with the highest backing coming from younger respondents, according to a poll. Fifty-one percent of people polled by researchers from universities and the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research back such partnerships, the Asahi newspaper reported. Support exceeded 70 percent among respondents in their 20s and 30s, while 38 percent in their 60s and 24 percent in their 70s were in favor, the Asahi said. This year, Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward became the country’s first local authority to recognize same-sex partnerships and this month started issuing “equivalency to marriage” certificates to gay couples. While the move has helped build momentum for same-sex marriage, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and some senior members of his party are cautious on the issue.
Same-sex marriage has yet to be approved by any Asian nation.

Make the jump here to read the original and much more at JMG

Via Qwerty: These Guys Defy Gay Stereotypes And Wish Everyone Else Would Catch On

Stereotypes aren’t created out of nothing. Yes, there are tons of gay guys who lead fabulous, stylish lifestyles. They listen to Beyonce and Lady Gaga as they sip cocktails and travel the world from event to event. And good for them.

But when stereotypes are applied to a group as a whole, things get sticky.

Hit the link here to read how guys sound off on Whisper about the frustration they feel when people try to put them in a gay box

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Via WGB: ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT :: "Mean Queens: The Sad, Sad Case Of The Internet Troll"

I saw the link to this great article posted over at BoyCulture and it is a Queerty article on internet trolls, specifically those trolls aimed at gay websites. I have had more than my fair share of them over the past 8 plus years on Wicked Gay Blog but what I love about you guys is that you fight back at the trolls. It always makes me smile when you give the internet troll the ultimate smack down. I had to give up responding to them many years ago because it took way too much time and energy.
The article goes on to say... "Everyone knows the age-old saying “opinions are like assholes; everybody has one.” Well, never has that asshole smelled more putrid than when offered up by the type of person referred to as an “Internet Troll,” — the Bitter Bettys who negatively comment on anything and everything posted on the Internet.Why just read many of the comments on this site alone. It’s always the same negative people posting the same depressing dribble. An article on marriage equality? They hated it! An article on pop culture? “Boo! Hiss!” An article on music, movies, politics, humor, fitness, you name it? They hate it.
Internet Trolls tend to have dark personality traits and show signs of sadism, antisocial behavior, and psychopathy — but on the bright side, they excel at hoarding and are a hoot to have at funerals! You’ve seen the movie Mean Girls, right? Well, Internet Trolls are the “Mean Queens,” “The Ladies Who ‘Sent Back’ Lunch,” and “The Queen(s) of the Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t!”

Because of an overall sense of failure in their own lives, they resent anyone who they perceive to have achieved any kind of success. The troll feels slighted by life and can’t fathom how ANYONE couldn’t possibly be good-looking and smart, funny and eloquent, talented or successful. It’s because of this sad mindset they offer up nothing and contribute even less to society besides spreading hate, like a cancer, on the World Wide Web.

A bottom feeder. A bench warmer. A wall flower. Rather than doing something productive themselves, the Internet Troll sits sedentary and safely behind their computer screen where they vomit up their useless thoughts, bullying anyone who is brave enough to step out of the wings and into the spotlight." Full article at Queerty here!

WGB :: I will be doing a post soon on tips and advice for those who may want to start their own blog in the future. This "internet troll" will be something I discuss in that post as it is something I wish I had known about and had prepared myself for beforehand.

Internet Troll - In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion,[3]often for their own amusement. 

Read the original and much, much more  at WGB here

Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do dia - Flor del día - Flower of the day 29/11/2015

“Estamos aqui para lembrar da nossa verdadeira identidade. Lembrar de quem somos e do que viemos fazer aqui. Ao chegarmos neste plano nós esquecemos disso. O esquecimento faz parte do jogo neste planeta; ele é um veneno para a consciência, que deve ser erradicado do nosso sistema. Quem sou eu? O que eu vim fazer aqui? Essas são as perguntas fundamentais para o buscador da Verdade.”

“Estamos aquí para recordar nuestra verdadera identidad. Recordar quiénes somos y lo que vinimos a hacer aquí. Al llegar a este plano nos olvidamos de eso. El olvido es parte del juego en este planeta, es un veneno para la consciencia, que debe ser erradicado de nuestro sistema. ¿Quién soy yo? ¿Qué vine a hacer aquí? Estas son las preguntas fundamentales para el buscador de la Verdad.”

“We are here to remember our true identity. We are remembering who we are and what we came here to do. Upon arriving in this realm, we forget about this. This forgetfulness is part of the play on this planet, and yet it's poisonous for our consciousness and needs to be eliminated from our systems. Who am I? What did I come here to do? These are the fundamental questions for a seeker of the truth.”

Today's Daily Dharma: What Value There?

What Value There?
Perhaps you will ask, what value is there in [a] quiet and aloof way of life? The monks would ask the same question of you. What value is there in passing your nights in a nightclub?
—Sokei-An Shigetsu Sasaki, "The Quiet Life"
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