Aug 272014
 

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 27 August 2014) The former East German footballer Marcus Urban and his association are trying to put together a team of gay and friendly football. Objective: To play a match against a Bundesliga team, to encourage gay footballers not to hide.

Team Diversity website
Marcus Urban: Website | Facebook page

How many gay professional footballers in Germany? © Verein für Sport und Gesellschaft in Vielfalt .

How many gay professional footballers in Germany? © Verein für Sport und Gesellschaft in Vielfalt .

Team Diversity, a soccer rainbow sky

Marcus Urban, 43, is now a spokesman for the Association of Diversity in Sport and Society (Verein für Sport und Gesellschaft in Vielfalt), who brought the project.
operation is to create the diversity team (Team Vielfalt) with gay or bisexual footballers but also with straight players displaying a friendly support.

Once complete, the team will play a variety charity match with a team from the German league (Bundesliga). Or, says Marcus Urban citing names, with other prestigious French team (Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux, Lyon), English (Manchester United) or Spanish (FC Barcelona).

11 fielders, two shirts were sold, including a homo and hetero. One is midfielder (remember that Marcus Urban evolved at this position of the 1980s and 1990s), the other center-back.
holders name will be revealed only when the task will be complete in diversity. Meanwhile, each office holder is represented by a white jersey (see illustration above).

St. Pauli, second division club, supports the initiative and promised to offer the jerseys to players  of the Diversity Team.

Marcus Urban is given one year to complete his team and find himself an opponent of prestige.

Marcus Urban: coming out late but active

The footballer Marcus Urban spent most of his career at FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, the club of the former East Germany, where he developed into the second division as a midfielder in 1980 and after reunification during the next decade.

He came out of the closet in November 2007, well after hanging up his boots. The following year, he published a biography entitled The hidden player, or the history of gay footballer Marcus Urban (Versteckspieler. Die Geschichte des schwulen Fußballers Marcus Urban). This book had a great impact in Germany and earned Marcus Urban the role as appointed adviser for diversity in cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Weimar, according to Wikipedia .

Marcus Urban also handles project “Football against homophobia” in the Magnus-Hirschfeld Foundation (Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld).

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via The Daily Mail from 26 August 2014)

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Aug 192014
 

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 19 August 2014) Some 926 gay marriages were celebrated in New Zealand between 19 August 2013 and 18 August 2014 Marriage between persons of the same sex, also attracting a large minority of foreign nationals, including Australians.

Of the 926 LGBT couples who have been married for a year, only 532 were from New Zealand. Among them, 119 lesbian couples and 95 gay couples have just converted their PACS (civil union) in favor of a marriage in itself.

There were a few more lesbian marriages (520 weddings, including 333 between New Zealanders) than gay marriages (marriages 406, 199 between two New Zealanders) during this period.

Gay marriage: the more reason to make a "Journey to the New Zealand" (etching by Charles Meryon, 1866). © NGA / Rosenwald Collection.

Gay marriage: the more reason to make a “Journey to the New Zealand” (etching by Charles Meryon, 1866). © NGA / Rosenwald Collection.

Foreign couples come mainly from Australia (118 and 120 weddings lesbians gay marriage) and, to a lesser extent, China (11 and 17) or the UK (7 and 6), but also in Singapore (9 lesbian weddings) and Thailand (6 gay marriages). Gay marriage is illegal in many of these countries, particularly in neighboring Australia.

New Zealand has not abolished the PACS, but it only affected 66 couples since August 19, 2013, against 331 couples over the same period of 2012-2013. More than half of the PACS (38) were contracted by heterosexual couples and the rest by lesbians couples (15) and Gay (13).

The Interior Ministry is satisfied with these figures. The geographical breakdown shows that gay marriage offers New Zealand a significant tourism advantage.

The legalization of gay marriage in New Zealand, passed April 17, 2013 (see our article ) became effective August 19, 2013 (see our article ). Marriage is now “the union of two people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via all New Zealand Press August 18, 2014, including Scoop politics and ABP Live )

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Aug 042014
 

(Blogmensgo, gay blog August 4, 2014) The center of the capital Hanoi has seen on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, some 300 people attending the third local Gay Pride, entitled VietPride Vietnam. Without tanks, but by bicycle, foot, and with all the colors of the rainbow, but in a festive protest context.

VietPride: website | Facebook page

The best photo from August 3, 2014 in Vietnam. © Vietpride.info.

The best photo from August 3, 2014 in Vietnam. © Vietpride.info.

Besides that it was marked by rainbow flags, cyclodéfilé (especially bike and scooter) had to stand for originality at 8 am in the morning … 30. Gays, lesbians and trans had a beautiful view and a radiant smile, they were demonstrating for a cause, and for that they could not be more serious: the elimination of discrimination against LGBT people.

Parliament had planned in 2012 to legalize marriage between same sexcouples before abandoning the idea. This failed law is nonetheless evidence that things are starting to move in the direction of greater social acceptance of homosexuality, as slow and timid as this evolution. The government have recently removed the offense of organizing gay festivals and gay marriage.

Below is the official trailer of the VietPride:

All problems are not resolved so far, in fact, far from it. Homosexuality remains a major taboo in Vietnam, both in society and within families. As proof, by the small number of people who marched during the VietPride.

Gay Pride and local weekly events that preceded it, however, have taken place in full sight of everyone, apparently without the authorities causing problems for the parade (no cops shown in the trailer above .)

The nine members of the organizing committee – seven representatives now invite their citizens to make an appointment every first week of August in order to show their pride  in Hanoi, the thirty-six candles with the seven colors of the rainbow.

This week LGBT Pride Vietnamese enjoyed the official support of several international institutions and foreign embassies, including the United Nations Programme for Development ( UNDP ), the USAid , the United States, the Netherlands, Canada and the Goethe Institute German.

Comment.  France – former colonial power in Vietnam – is not on the list of partner organizations. The VietPride is supported by the Netherlands, but not Holland.

This article was translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via Pink News of August 3, 2014)

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