Month: May 2011

Gay couples divided by immigration law

Incredibly emotional video about US citizens in relationships with foreign citizens and the difficulties of staying together. I am amazed at how little awareness many people have about this aspect of marriage inequality. So many liberal people assume US citizens can get married “somewhere.” Yet state marriage does not provide immigration benefits, retirement benefits, health care, property rights, or any other basic legal protection routinely afforded to the non-gays.

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Pink Dot rallies in Singapore

A beautiful short movie by Boo Junfeng rallies support for Singapore’s Pink Dot rally on June 18. It is illegal to hold a political gathering in Singapore, and yet this emerging LGBT movement has skirted that by claiming it’s a color-coordinated picnic.

Economic development and personal achievement are not adequate compensation for not being able to speak freely or organize with others. There are many times in Japan when the “absence of visible gayness” provides daily advantages: straight men are not threatened by something that neither exists nor contaminates, no religious nuts are yelling about damnation, gender expression seems much wider than in the West.

Yet living in hiding corrodes the spirit & ultimately limits everyone’s freedom. I am glad to see gay rights in Asia become a human rights issue that  benefits everyone.

All hail the Inseminator

Why would Arnold Schwarzenegger and the lion-like Maria Shriver (Kennedy) divorce after 20 years of marriage, and just months after his 8 years as governor of California? They seemed the perfect attention-starved power couple: he had money and an office, she had the name and media savvy. Isn’t that enough?

Christophe provides the Inseminator title and LA Times story exposing the Inseminator’s recently acknowledged ten year old child with a 20 year veteran of the household staff.

As the Japanese say, that’s “no0 guudo” (ノー・グウッド).

I wonder if those French just made this up to distract from the high profile Socialist politician IMF chief arrested for rape in his $3,000 per night suite. I am ready for all female political corps! More cougars, less violence, no?!

Remix of Japan’s Advertising Council commercials

In the weeks and months after the earthquake, the television channels in Japan either could not or would not run regular ads. In their place was what seemed like an endless loop of several commercials from Japan’s Advertising Council. I love how this tedious contingency became a resource for having some fun.