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i read another column today that talked about how connected this woman felt with all her fellow americans after 9/11, and it got me thinking again about how different my 9/11 experience was from most people i know.
After a really long week, I had a pleasantly low-key evening with a new but beloved friend. We cooked dinner, then hung out on the couch job-hunting on separate laptops. I got an email from an acquaintance-- I don't know him very well, but I like and respect him tremendously-- who I hadn't heard from in a long time. He wrote that he was thinking of me, wondering how I'm doing, and asking after me and my partner and if I'd like to have tea with him some time.
We note some differences of opinion in the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement about how to best support LGBT people in
Iranian society has developed despite the oppression. The demand for democracy and human rights is growing in our country.
We believe that the human rights of Iranian women, students, workers and LGBT people are not western phenomenon but aspects of universal human rights and are important for human freedom, dignity and fulfilment in
Despite all our difficulties and dangers, the Iranian LGBT community is getting more and more informed and is expressing its demand for human rights. We identify as LGBT people and want the same freedoms that LGBT people worldwide want.
Let no one claim there is not homophobic oppression in
Any disagreement over the reason for the execution of Mahmoud and Ayaz in the city of
For the record, we believe the two teenagers were hanged because of their homosexuality. The authorities are well-known for pinning false charges on the victims they execute. We urge people to never take at face value the charges claimed by the courts and newspapers. They are not reliable. In late July 2006, for example, a BBC television programme in
the city of
We express our appreciation and admiration for the united efforts worldwide on July 19 in support of Iranian LGBT people, against homophobic oppression and all executions in
Some prominent authorities here in
This shows that your protests are having an effect.
The authorities in
Please do not stop. International protests are effective and we urge all groups around the world to work together for the common good of LGBT Iranians.
There is growing activity by Iranian LGBTs, both inside and outside
The Iranian LGBT community in exile plays an important role in the struggle for LGBT rights in
LGBT rights are part of human rights and they will be achieved in
We express our strongest opposition to any military intervention or military action against our beloved
Within our country, LGBTs need to make alliances with other oppressed sectors of the population who share our commitment to democracy and human rights. It would be a mistake to see LGBT rights as separate from the broader humanitarian struggle in
We believe that Iranian LGBTs need support at every level, both nationally and internationally – from the UN, EU and national governments, and from human rights, NGO and LGBT organisations worldwide. We value your solidarity.
International pressure on the Iranian authorities regarding human rights and LGBT rights is effective and we welcome it.
Portraying homosexual rights in
We do not agree that the LGBT issue in
LGBT rights are a political issue too. Achieving LGBT rights in
Iranian homosexuals are oppressed by the authorities. But in some other Muslim countries, like
This shows that greater liberalisation is possible in a Muslim country.
That is why, we strongly believe that in the current situation, the central obstacles against homosexual rights in
That is why the removal of discrimination against LGBT people in the country’s penal code is vital. It would pave the way for a significant improvement of LGBT people’s lives by changing the law and removing the threat of arrest and other abuses. We also need democratic, reform-minded people to lead the country and to secure changes in the education system and the media tocombat homophobic prejudice and to promote understanding and acceptance of LGBT people.
Due to the current homophobic repression in
We thank you for your support. -- MAHA
okay, so i recently had a revelation about another reason i hate it when white folks have dreads.
Brazil is sick and tired of companies stealing their plant names, and they're not going to take it any more! Brazil has a wonderful rep for not just rolling over and accepting the increasingly draconian intellectual property treaties being foisted on developing nations by the first world. Their latest move comes in response to a growing trend. It goes like this:Link to article on the Intellectual Property Watch website. Image courtesy of Mauro Peixoto at The Fantastic World of Brazilian Plants, which does indeed look quite fantastic.
1) Brazilians spend millennia eating some great tasting Brazilian plant that's also great for your health.
2) Foreign company learns about the plant.
3) Foreign company trademarks the plant name and creates a company to sell the plant (turned into a health drink, or shampoo, or anti-aging cream, or brain-tonic pills, or God knows what else).
4) Some poor guy in Brazil opens up a local business cooking up the plant for the locals. (He uses the plant name in his company's name). He starts a little export business selling his product.
5) He gets the pants sued off of him because some company 5,000 miles away trademarked the plant name. Never mind the fact that folks in Brazil have been calling the plant by that name forever.
6) Repeat over and over.
Brazil has now come up with a wonderfully pragmatic way to break this cycle. They've compiled a list (there's a pdf here) of more than 5,000 Portuguese language names of plants, seeds, roots, etc. They've shipped the list off to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and trademark offices around the world. The idea is that if all of these organizations and countries know a term is already in use they will be less likely to grant some company a trademark on it. Clever!
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i'm looking at the possibility of putting together a print-on-demand book for bint el nas, the online journal i was involved with for the first few years i was in san francisco. i love the mujadarra grrls. they're my favorite activists ever; the most thoughtful, the most ethical, the most inclusive, and the most fun. it was a privilege to get to play with the smart hot awesome honorable girls.