Bulgaria court recognises same-sex marriage in landmark ruling

A Bulgarian court has recognised a marriage between two women who married in France, the first time that a same-sex union has been acknowledged in the conservative country. The ruling was in accordance with a June 2018 European Court of Justice Ruling (ECJ) which means that EU nations must recognise same-sex marriages from other member states, even if they do not grant marriage equality to their own citizens. LGBT rights in BulgariaBulgaria is one of more than 20 European countries where equal marriage remain illegal, according to the Pew Research Centre.The country’s constitution explicitly bans same-sex unions, meaning that two-thirds of … Continue reading Bulgaria court recognises same-sex marriage in landmark ruling

“Stay afraid but do it anyway.”

So today I’ve done one of the scariest things I’ve ever done in my life… I went to a primary school with a fellow Human Rights Speaker and we taught 6 classes on refugees and Human Rights. It was a very scary thought to stand in front of 30 young people (aged 5-11) & teach them in a language that’s not my native. Mentally it was a challenging task to prepare but as Carrie Fisher once said;  “Stay afraid but do it anyway.” And I’m so happy that I did. I’m very grateful for the school, for inviting us & for … Continue reading “Stay afraid but do it anyway.”

A Rohingya girl’s journey from refugee camps to college

Formin was 18. She was sitting on a plastic stool in a bamboo shelter at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Like the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees around her, she and her family had fled a campaign of mass murder, rapes and arson in Myanmar the previous year. But Formin wanted to talk about Keller, the deaf and blind American author she considered an inspiration. She wanted to talk about Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, another hero. She wanted to talk about her books ravaged in the burning of her house amid deadly violence in … Continue reading A Rohingya girl’s journey from refugee camps to college

I’m Gay – Eugene Lee Yang

Eugene Lee Yang (born January 18, 1986) is an American filmmaker, actor, and internet celebrity, best known for his work with BuzzFeed (2013–2018) and The Try Guys (2014–present). As a YouTuber, his videos have been viewed collectively more than 2 billion times. I created this music video as my personal way of coming out as a proud gay man who has many unheard, specific stories to tell. I withheld because of fear and shame shaped by my background but I promise to give my full truth in the rest of my life’s work. Eugene’s Twitter Feed This video is visually … Continue reading I’m Gay – Eugene Lee Yang

Dear straight allies, please don’t come to pride until you’ve understood these 6 things

6. You’re a guest in our space, act accordingly. The important take-away here is not that LGBT people hate straight/cis folks. It’s not even about the presence of straight/cis folks at Pride in general. It’s about when straight/cis folks behave in inappropriate and culturally insensitive ways that threaten or dampen the experiences of LGBT people at events that are made for us in the first place. Straight/cis folks can go to any party and feel comfortable dancing, holding hands, and making out with their significant other (or hottie of the night) without feeling like they could be in danger because … Continue reading Dear straight allies, please don’t come to pride until you’ve understood these 6 things

Happy Birthday Amnesty International!!

On 28 May 1961, Peter Benenson published his Observer article launching a campaign for the release of ‘Forgotten Prisoners’. ON BOTH SIDES of the Iron Curtain, thousands of men and women are bing held in gaol without trial because their political or religious views differ from those of their Governments. Peter Benenson, a London lawyer, conceived the idea of a world campaign, APPEAL FOR AMNESTY, 1961, to urge Governments to release these people or at least give them a fair trial. The campaign opens to-day, and The Observer is glad to offer it a platform. The success of the 1961 … Continue reading Happy Birthday Amnesty International!!