Sep 052014
 

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of September 5, 2014) Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. confirmed in a decision of July 5, 2014 under the court of Kinston, Tennessee legally entitling to prohibit marriage between persons of the same sex . Or, more accurately, does not recognize same-sex marriages performed outside its territory.

The Constitution of Tennessee ( pdf , see illustration below) states that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The state does not have to validate gay marriages in jurisdictions where they are legal, said Simmons judge’s decision (unofficial text in pdf ).
doing so, Tennessee does not have to have a gay divorce since it has not legalized marriage. Tennessee law, said the judge Simmons, expressly provides that persons who do not have the right to marry in the state can not do recognize their marriage even if it was delivered elsewhere.

The Tennessee Constitution is clear (ment homophobic). Click to enlarge. © DR.

The Tennessee Constitution is clear (ment homophobic). Click to enlarge. © DR.

The case in respect of two Tennessee residents, Frederick Michael Borman and Kevin Larry Pyles-Borman, who married in Iowa on August 13, 2010 (legally, since Iowa allows gay marriages of non-residents) and are now seeking a divorce. And since for divorce must first be married, both men want to recognize their marriage by Tennessee as their state of residence for a valid divorce.

Simmons judge feels the rules of marriage in Tennessee can not be dictated or by any other state or the federal government. His decision is based on a judgment of the Supreme Court dated 1972, however, he did not consider the Windsor case found June 26, 2013 by the same Supreme Court in a direction favorable to marriage homosexual. More exactly has he considered that the judgment of 26 June 2013 does not explicitly mean that the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional.

The decision of Judge Simmons (the text of which was still not officially available August 19) did so not really pronounced on the constitutionality of gay and lesbian marriage in Tennessee, but on the non-applicability of laws in Tennessee passed in other states.

This is the first time since June 2013 that a court of the United States – all jurisdictions – decides ipso facto in favor of banning gay marriage.
Meanwhile, more than 20 decisions, judgments or decisions in trial or on appeal (or even non-Federal Supreme Court) confirmed the legality of marriage or same-sex either unconstitutional prohibition.

The judge’s decision is subject to appeal Simmons. It is even less likely to influence future decisions of the federal courts that this case concerns a gay divorce, not – except indirectly – a gay marriage. The Court of Appeals for the 6 th spring must also decide in August or September 2014, on the constitutionality of the ban on gay marriage in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

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Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via blog of the Federal Supreme Court of August 11, 2014)

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Sep 042014
 

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 04 September 2014) The National Museum of American History in Washington inaugurated on August 19, 2014, a large collection of objects relating the adventure of learning LGBT history. This museum is one of nineteen managed by the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, funded by the federal government.

LGBT collection: brief summary | detailed article

Several bequests and donations allow the National Museum of American History ( National Museum of American History ) now devote an entire section to the history of lesbians, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people, especially the conquest of rights LGBT and major symbols of the LGBT community.
The Institution hosts objects LGBT connotation since XIX th century, but it was done before in a disparate manner, except in the context of temporary exhibitions devoted to specific events such the Stonewall riots or retrospectives on HIV / AIDS.

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Among the items now housed by the Smithsonian in Washington, we note the relative importance of objects from the tennis world. Starting with the racket Renée Richards. This professional tennis player was banned from participation in the US Open 1976 on the grounds that she was not born a woman and had undergone sex reassignment surgery in 1975 and filed a complaint for discrimination and Supreme Court of the State of New York sided with him after a trial that remained in the annals.
The Smithsonian shows that was not the tournament in 1976 that she could not compete – but one that enabled him to win the championship of New York in the men’s category in 1964, when he was known as Richard Raskind.

Renee Richards also has an autographed picture of Martina Navratilova, who was beaten in the final of the women’s doubles at the US Open 1977 but she had the opportunity to coach in the future.

Previous donations have already allowed the museum to expose the institution famous dress “fight” (militant) of another great tennis champion Billie Jean King.

rans pride flag: blue as a boy, a girl like pink, white like the rest.

rans pride flag: blue as a boy, a girl like pink, white like the rest.

Trans activist Monica Helms (right in the photo above) also donated various items, the first trans pride flag she created in 1999 and inaugurated in 2000 during the Pride Parade Phoenix (Arizona).

The media world is not absent from the endless inventory, of course, including many objects evoking the popular television series Will & Grace , which aired in the United States between 1998 and 2006.
Photographers Patsy Lynch and Silvia Ros for their part, offered 100 images and 86 photographs LGBT collections of the Smithsonian respectively.
Both testimonies now available to the general public. Until joining in one day as close as possible, the future judgment of the Federal High Court which declared unconstitutional the ban on gay marriage …

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Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via ABC News of 19 August 2014)

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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).

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

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