Monthly Archives: May 2005

Will wonders never cease?

Five hundred people took part in Romania’s first ever gay pride march, walking through the streets of Bucharest under a banner proclaiming “out and proud”.
A group of about 50 skinheads hurled abuse at the marchers, some of them dressed in drag, who responded to the insults by crying: “We love you.”
Other counter-demonstrators included members of the Orthodox church who sang hymns and held a banner reading: “We stand for a clean world without homosexuals.”

Doesn’t he realize that cleanliness is next to gayness?

But a Protestant priest from the United States, Diane Fisher, took part in the march and told AFP: “To see a female priest stand alongside the gays of Romania gives people hope.”

Don’t you mean heartburn?

About 200 policemen kept watch over the event and pushed back the counter-demonstrators while urging the marchers to move along, but there were no serious incidents.
The march ended after just half an hour as heavy rain came pouring down.

Obviously Miss God just had to throw shade on everyone’s good times, didn’t she?

The Bucharest city council initially tried to stop the event because they said they did not have enough police to maintain law and order but gave the go-ahead after an appeal from President Traian Basescu on Thursday.
The president said banning a march four years after homosexual relations were decriminalized here would set Romania “back 20 years in time”, in a reference to the country’s independence from Soviet control in 1989.
Florin Buhuceanu, the leader of the gay rights group Accept, said he was very pleased with the march.
“We are very happy with our first historic march, which has allowed us to show ourselves to the world in broad daylight,” he told AFP.

But darling, I thought your favorite Pet Shop Boys number was “We All Feel Better in the Dark” ?

Meanwhile elsewhere in what used to be known as “The Free World,” a heavily guarded Secretary of State Rice-a-Roni faced an ever-so-slightly indiscreet question in ever-so-indiscreet San Francisco.

MS. DUFFY: Moving on from Iraq, let’s talk about human rights a bit. We are here in San Francisco and there’s a question, what are you doing to ensure that countries like China and Egypt uphold the civil rights of its gay citizens, of their gay citizens?
SECRETARY RICE: Well, obviously, from our point of view, a democratic and tolerant society is exactly that. It is a society in which all people are included. It does not matter what race, what gender, it does not matter what sexual orientation — all that matters is that you are a citizen of that country. And indeed, we note that in countries that are democratic, in countries where there can be pressure on government, in countries where there can be checks and balances on government, then the rights and — the rights of the most vulnerable in society tend to be more protected. And so we are concentrating in places like China and in Egypt and in other places on human rights. Whenever we have discussions with these countries, we talk about human rights. And the United States issues something called a Human Rights Report every year that talks about the human rights conditions in each country and so — very much in line with the notion that every citizen needs to be represented and rights protected. We believe that this is the way to handle this situation.

Now really, Condi! We know this is what Gwen says, but what about Phyllis Schlafly, hmmmm?

Don’t want to go upsetting that base now, Con!