In Iran, being gay is punishable by death. This means the possibility of a large Pride march through the capital remains a long time away.
But a burgeoning group of LGBTI people are not waiting for the perfect day, they are taking a stand now.
Marching for the first time
In Amsterdam, Iranians will have its first boat in the Canal Pride parade.
While many will still wear masks at the heavily photographed event on 5 August, it will be a message to advocate for the fundamental rights of LGBTI people in one of the hardest places to be gay, bi or trans in the world.
JoopeA, a not-for-profit foundation, will be there in the Netherlands capital.
‘We, as an Iranian queer community out of Iran are going to come out of closet and prove that we are not ashamed of ourselves and we are proud of who we are,’ they said.
‘We will be marching behalf of the Iranian LGBTIQ community and behalf of everyone who has now voice and no face. We will be showing visibility of the hope and the dream. That’s why we are here to make our dream come true.’
Holding Pride in Iran in secret
For the past seven years, many have taken ‘secret Pride’ pictures in Iran.
These involve a LGBTI person holding up a rainbow flag or a message to call for acceptance and tolerance in Iran. No faces are shown, as the threat of persecution is very real.
Ranginkamaniha (or Rainbows), in its eighth year, will hold ‘Rainbow Friday’ this week (28 July).
‘We are believing in the power of happiness, miracle of hope and the strength of colors, even in this world of superficiality and helplessness,’ they say, in a call for those to share pictures.
‘Our grief is not dimmed, but we, the rainbows of Iran are screaming our happiness as a shape of resistance and we keep our euphoria alive as the torch of justice.’
They add: ‘Awareness is brightness and by that we will take back our days from the night we all have drowned in, more than ever. Because we believe that humankind is remedial, and human being is beautiful and kind as strong as that can be relied on it.
‘It’s possible to overcome ignorance that dominates the world.’
Death Penalty for Gays/Lesbians in Iran
How any clergy in Islam could put to death gays, some often as teenagers, is beyond my comprehension. I believe in God. I believe in science. I believe that as a human species we are developing scientifically and in ways technologically. In the time of Mohammed, there were NO planes, triple-pass heart surgeries, chemotherapy for cancer. In March 2016, the World Psychiatric Association wrote to the U.N and world leaders. This is an organization of over 250,0000 psychiatrists in 181 countries. They wrote that homosexuality cannot be reversed or changed and it is, therefore, NOT a choice. Those who put to death gays and lesbians are murdering their God’s creation.
Here are some evil pictures of Islamic clerics who have murdered:
GOD IS LOVE– MURDER IS NEVER A JUSTIFICATION FOR TAKING A GAY OR LESBIAN LIFE.
London Pride marked its 45th event with marriage proposals and a smattering of hate. It still is incredible that outdated religious rules – many going back to 3,500 years ago could raise their ugly heads. But, let’s celebrate the pride and the love that was clearly visible and remember that is is a minority that cannot accept LGBT love.
Jane and Dizzy
I have always loved women in uniform. They look strong, beautiful and sexy. The pictures are from HannahEachus/Twitter) and they express the love and commitment each woman has for her partner. Crowds cheered as a woman got down on one knee an dproposed to her police officer girlfriend. The proposal was accepted to louder cheers of congratulation.
Jane and Dizzy
The Muslim Lord Mayo
The Lord Mayor of LONDON
Sadiq Khan used Pride 2017 to send a message to President Trump. He asked Trump to recognize the LGBTI community and the huge contribution it makes to places in the world. We are doctors, surgeons, engineers, lawyers, inventors, scientists, lab workers and a will smile when we bring you your meal. We work in transportation, aviation, the military and the police force. We are everywhere. Khan said that he wanted to send a message to all Londoners and those visiting the capital.
“The key message I want to send out is that here in London you’re free to be who you want to be and you’re free to love who you want to love.”
Khan said that he wanted to send a message to all Londoners and those visiting the capital.
“The key message I want to send out is that here in London you’re free to be who you want to be and you’re free to love who you want to love.”
One of the four male officers who proposed to his boyfriend received hate mail that included death threats. This has to be expected when religion is place above human love. They should be reminded that in March 2016, the World Psychiatric Association, a scientific body of over 250,000 psychiatrists from 181 nations wrote to the United Nations and world leaders. They stated that homosexuality CANNOT be reversed and is, therefore, NOT a choice. Religion has to grow and outmoded thinking has to be replaced with knowledge.
As a community, the LGBTI has come a long, long way, but we have to support those of our sisters and brothers in homophobic countries. To everyone “Happy Pride.”
One Day After Two Nasty Anti-LGBT Actions, Trump Presents Medal Of Valor To Married Lesbian Police Special Agent Crystal Griner. It was Crystal who saved the lives of Republican members of Congress.
NBC Washington reported the following:
President Donald Trump has presented the Medal of Valor to five of the first responders injured in a shooting on a congressional baseball practice last month.
The three Alexandria, Virginia police officers and the two U.S. Capitol police officers received a standing ovation when they entered the East Room at the White House on Thursday.
“These officers saved the lives of every innocent person who was on the field that day,” Trump said before presenting the officers’ medals. He praised the officers who sustained injuries as they “raced through the bullets” to take down the gunman.
Trump Pandering to Religious Right Wings Again!
Trump believes that transgender Americans are too much of a “burden” to serve in the military and that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t apply to LGBT citizens.
The word ‘burden’ has been used in history to discriminated and sometimes to eliminated people who are a burden to the state. Hitler purged people he considered burdens: Jews, disabled persons, gypsies, gays, lesbians and trans-persons and the mentally challenged and the mentally insane.
“Meals on Wheels” to shut in elder persons has been stopped under Trump’s tyranny. They are a burden and ‘don’t make a profit.’
Funds have been shut off to Planned Parenthood even though abortion funding does not come from the government. Women who need breast screening and family planning care are ‘burdens;’ when money is taken from health care and given as tax breaks to the rich.
Before ending, I would like to congratulate Crystal Griner for her incredible courage in the face of danger.
Charlize Theron is a brilliant actress and a friend of the LGBTI community. She has openly admitted that she has had affairs with women. Below, is a list of the films made by Charlize as well as television series. Add personal beauty to her amazing talents and this makes her a unique person.
New Film: Atomic Blond
Charlize plays a bisexual MI6 agent (James Bond works for MI6) who works in Berlin, Germany at the time that there was a Berlin Wall.
Her task is to take down an espionage ring.
James McAvoy is the German spy she is forced to partner with, while John Goodman and Toby Jones play her superiors.
Charlize plays Lorraine Broughton a bisexual agent. In an interview with the show “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen, Charlize told him that “It (bisexuality) should be normalized by now and it’s something that I feel is not represented enough in cinema.” She went on to say,” And I feel that when you make movies, if you’re going to hold that mirror up and reflect society, then you should reflect society.”
Breaking the Stereotypes
Charlize wanted a ‘natural/human’ female agent, one who bruises badly and she doesn’t fall for the German spy male agent. In fact, Lorraine Broughton chooses to have sex with another female spy (Sofia Boutella), without stopping to explain her bisexuality.. It just felt there was a way through that relationship and the fact that it was a same-sex relationship to show a woman not having to fall in love, which is one of those female tropes. ‘It’s a woman; she better fall in love — otherwise, she’s a whore!’”
Theron approved the idea as soon as it was pitched to her by screenwriter Kurt Johnstad. “It’s one of my most proudest parts of the development, when we came up with that,” says Theron who produced “Atomic Blonde” through her company Denver & Delilah Productions. In an interview with Variety magazine, Charlize states, “And then finding Sofia, that was a slam dunk. There’s something about her that’s so broken and vulnerable. It works.”
“And the sex scenes are right out of the 007 playbook.” Charlize rolled her eyes at the comparison. and went on to say, “James Bond doesn’t have such hot you-know-what,” she says. “I loved that we didn’t hide under the sheets.”
The butch woman in Mad Max
Charlize would love to do a sequel to Mad Max.
As for Atomic Blonde, I’ll certainly see the movie! paula.
The Innovative Weighted Blanket to Cure Insomnia Finally Available to Everyone
Paula here. My site does not receive advertising money.That’s the way I’ve wanted it in the four years that it has been running. This is about a product called “The Density Blanket.” If you are interested, you have to find it on line. The only reason I have blogged it is that I find it hard to sleep. I have also worked as a teacher with Special Needs children who used weighted blankets to “chill out.” I have no idea if this is a good or imperfect product. The company is not paying me money. You can do your own research if it interests you.
BELOW IS ALL THE INFORMATION FROM THE COMPANY (I have not given their link). All information is written in Green from the company
With over $4 million in presales in just a few days, this is the unmissable tool for effortlessly putting an end to sleep deprivation… The Density blanket is a real success.
Lack of sleep, whether it’s medically related or anxiety-driven, can throw off your normal functioning during the day: concentration becomes difficult, you gain weight, your mood is unstable, your sex drives lower, and you also become at risk for serious health issues like heart attacks and depression.
Do you have trouble falling asleep at least one night a week like 30% of the population? Specialists call it chronic sleep disruption or insomnia. But the following innovation will blow your mind:
This is a Claim by Density Blanket – I am not advertising it; approving it, or disproving it. If you are interested go on line. (paula)
The Density Blanket is engineered to be 10% of your body weight for Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS), a proven therapy used to promote deep, restful sleep that anyone can benefit from. According to Temple Grandin, Ph.D., “Therapists have observed that a very light touch alerts the nervous system, but deep pressure is relaxing and calming.” (1)
“In psychiatric care, Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation is one of our most powerful tools for helping people who are anxious, upset, and possibly on the verge of losing control.” says Karen Moore, OTR/L, an occupational therapist in Franconia, N.H. (2)
We have tried it and we are astonished by the effect of this outrageous blanket. Density fans say they have won 10 extra hour’s sleep every week!
« IT’S LIKE A SLEEPING PILLS WITHOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS »
Paula: « If interested, you need to find it on line. Again, I take no responsiblity of the product. It is always a case of “buyer beware.” Research to see which companies or institutions recommend this project.
Our house sit was in the Charente Maritime tourist region of France. There are wonderful beaches and pretty towns and harbours. However, our house was in a tiny village/town called Vinex. Since we had a car, we could visit the coastal towns.
Tiny French Villages are Wonderful
There is something unique in living for a while away from the crowded towns and beaches. Each little French village has a flair of its own and is uniquely proud of its history. The architecture is old and so photographable and people are incredibly friendly.
Our Headlights Catch an Unusual Sight
Travelling home from one of these villages at night, we found ourselves on a small country road. The only light came from our headlights.
Suddenly, they picked up a momma boar and her piglet crossing slowly in front of the car. We slowed down and watched them disappear into thick bushes.
The French name for boar is “sanglier.” They often live in groups called ‘sounders.’ Their hair was once used for toothbrushes as late as the 1930s.
But, Boars are Everywhere!
When we related our ’unique’ experience to a nearby English couple who had resided in France for a number of years, they almost yawned. We were told that the number of wild boars has exploded all over France in recent years, with current estimates at more than 2 million. They made a comparision of the fox problem in Britain. I didn’t want to hear about foxes being a problem; they are one of my favourite wild animals.
Stand Aside – Sangliers are Shopping!
Wild boars appear to be regular visitors in many suburban gardens and towns. In 2016, a whole herd of boars stunned shoppers in the centre of the city of Chambery. Boars are formidible creatures/ Wild Boars can reach up to 440lb (200kg), occasionally even 660lb (300kg) for adult males, and can be up to 6 feet (1.8 metres) long. If surprised or cornered, they may become aggressive and can cause injury with their tusks. This is quite rare and usually only occurs if a sow feels the need to defend her piglets.
Boars are a Genuine French Problem
Gardens and farm produce are wrecked by their foraging for food. It is estimated that each year about 60 per cent of the approximate 40,000 car accidents involve wild animals. Their numbers are growing and many have attributed the increase in numbers to an increase in corn farming. Populations have encroached on their natural habitats and forced them to feed in vineyards and farms.
Hunters Encouraged to Cull Wild Herds
In our various drives into small towns, we would encounter smaller roads and tracks with large signs in French and English. They warned that hunters were present. Hunters have set up artifical feeding zones, which sets the boars up like “sitting ducks.” This has backfired in many areas because bringing boars together has tended to increase breeding. With ample food available, boars are mating at a younger age. There are hunting restrictions that spare females with offspring. Global warming has saved some boar populations as storms and flooding has made hunting impossible.
Bored? Boars Love a Wild Wine Time!
It is not unsual for papers to report Boars enjoying a good time. One newspaper reported that twenty-five were caught in a southern vineyard.
Eight were shot and their bellies revealed them to be jam-packed with grapes. Boars are connoisseurs of fine wine. They chose grapses at their optimum ripeness. They are often referred to as “bête noir” or ‘black beast.”
People like to get their revenge by eating Sanglier saucisson
Saucisson, or “saucisson sec,” is a variety of thick, dry cured sausage that originates in France.
Wild Boars can reach up to 440lb (200kg), occasionally even 660lb (300kg) for adult males, and can be up to 6 feet (1.8 metres) long.
If surprised or cornered, they may become aggressive and can cause injury with their tusks.
However, this is quite rare and usually only occurs if a sow feels the need to defend her piglets.
WILD BOAR BEHAVIOUR
Wild boars live in groups called sounders. Sounders typically contain around 20 animals, but groups of over 50 have been seen. In a typical sounder there are two or three sows and their offspring; adult male Wild Boars are not part of the sounder outside of the autumnal breeding season and are usually found alone. Birth, called farrowing, usually occurs in the spring. A litter will typically contain five piglets, however, up to 13 piglets in one litter have been known.
Wild boars are usually nocturnal, foraging from dusk until dawn but with resting periods during both night and day. This is because hunters are most active during the day. Wild boars eat almost anything they come across, including nuts, berries, carrion, roots, tubers, refuse, insects, small reptiles, even young deer and lambs.
WILD BOAR HISTROY
The wild boar became extinct in Great Britain in the 17th century, however, wild breeding populations have recently returned in some areas, particularly the Weald (a region in the south of England) following escapes from boar farms.
Wild boars are hunted both for their meat, considered a delicacy, and to mitigate the damage they cause to crops and forests. Historically, wild boar hunting was traditionally done by groups of spearmen using a specialised boar spear. The wild boar spear was fitted with a cross guard to stop the enraged animal driving its pierced body further down the shaft in order to attack its killer before dying.
The hair of the wild boar was often used for the production of the toothbrush until the invention of synthetic materials in the 1930s. The hair for the bristles usually came from the neck area of the wild boar. Popular because the bristles were soft, it was not the best material for oral hygiene as the hairs were slow to dry and usually retained bacteria.
Paula here. Probably like you, I have read many quotes. I think that few people read a quote and suddenly their lives are changed forever. I does happen, but most of us need reminders – need more quotes and if we move a few steps towards our heart’s desire, then re-reading quotes are important. enjoy.
It does not matter how slowly you go -as long as you do not stop.–Confucius
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”–Eleanor Roosevelt
“Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem.”–Anonymous
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” –-Chris Grosser
Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.–Tony Robbins
Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.” –Denis Waitley (so plan where you are – where you want to go – and how to do it).
Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll
“Things work out best for those who– make the best of how things work out.”–John Wooden
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs
“When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.” –Lolly Daskal
One of the many advantages of house/pet sitting, is the opportunity to see unusual places, people and nature. In 2014, we were house sitting a beautiful cat who was very independent. Our hosts encouraged us to visit local châteaux, historical centres and things that were typically “French.”
The Poitou Donkey
Our assignment was in the Poitou–Charentes area of France, located between the Loire valley and Aquitaine. Tourists flock here in droves because its coastline is one of the sunniest areas in France. The particularly unique Poitou donkey is a tourist attraction, but since it was October we enjoyed the lull in the season. We located a Poitou farm, but could not find any workers. We then simply went to the wooden fences and offered apples as a greeting. The donkeys welcomed us in return.
A Little History of the Poitou Donkey
The Poitou donkey has been owned and protected over the ages by the French nobility. In the Middle Ages, it was the job of the Mulassière (mule breeder) to produce an offspring of Poitou donkey with a Poitevin horse. The result was a superior mule that was used as a means of transporting goods.
It is known for its distinctive coat, called a cadanette, which hangs in long, ungroomed cords.
Breeders originally prized the coats highly, but today, many Poitou donkeys are shorn for hygiene reasons.
The fame of Poitou female donkeys spread with their ability to produce outstanding mules. In 1884 a studbook was introduced to guarantee the blood lines for European buyers. During this time the Poitou blood lines developed other bred that included the American Mammoth Jack mule. As automation developed, there was a decline in breeding. In 1977 membership world-wide had dropped to 44 people or organizations. Conservation stepped in and it is estimated that by 2005, there were 450 purebred Poitou donkeys.
Our Personal Encounters
There is no way to explain what it is like to encounter a small herd of purebred Poitou donkeys. Just to look at them makes a person smile and reach out with apples. I had done a little research prior to visiting. I know that their shaggy coat was called a cadanette. We noticed that it hung in long cords. In the past, ungroomed and matted hair was highly valued.
Today, many Poitou donkeys are shorn for the purpose of hygiene. Coats are always dark brown or black with a white underbelly that also includes their nose and rings around their eyes. We gazed at their long head supported on strong necks. Trish pointed out their large feet.
These Poitou donkeys were as eager to see us as we were to see them. They gently ate the apples and allowed us to gently stroke them.
We would certainly recommend house/pet sitting. There are many sites on the internet. paula.
This blog is taken from my children’s site http:childrenandteensstoriestomotivateandinspire.com It is copied here for educational purposes and interest. Please refer any children you know to this site.
How is Your School Built?
Many students will probably answer that their school is built with bricks and has doors and windows. It probably will have electricity, heating or maybe even air-conditioning. There is probably a school yard and maybe a field to play soccer or baseball. You might even have a running track.
Let Me Take You to Nigeria, Africa (map)
Lagos is the capital of Nigeria and you can see that it is a fine modern city with modern housing and schools. However, outside of Lagos is a big water-side slum area. A slum is a place outside of any big city or town that has very poor people. These people do not have modern houses and schools. Often, they do not have running water and electricity. People that live in fine homes or in slum shacks want their children to get an education.
It is harder for children from slums to go to school, but there is a unique type of school in the slum called Makoka – and I am going to tell you about it.
Makoka – A Small Slum City
Every where in the world, poorer people leave their villages and towns and head for the big cities. They often end up in slum conditions. Makoko is one of the world’s largest waterside slums. Much of the homes are on stilts raising them above the water. About 2,000 people come to Lagos every day and most end up in Makoko. So many people live here that it is like its own city – about 300,000-400,000 people. How big is your nearest town or city?
Getting an Education
Makoka does not have a lot of land for schools. Some people had the bright idea to build little schools on boats and put them on the water. You can see from the picture that the school/boat is a 3-story “A-frame.” It can house up to 100 children. The bottom part can act like a playground and when the school is not in use, it can be a community centre.
Don’t you think that these kids are great? They will do anything to get an education. They know that with an education, they can get out of their slum surroundings and help their family do the same. Well done, kids of Makoka.
Glückliche Zeiten: „Happy Times“ zu unseren deutschen Regenbogen Schwestern und Brüder.
Donnerstag, 21. Juli 2017 als „Rainbow Celebration“ Tag der Gleichstellung der Ehe festgestellt werden. Deutschland Präsident, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, unterzeichnet Gesetze, die Homosexuell und Lesben können im Herbst / Herbst dieses Jahres heiraten.
Kanzlerin Angela Merkel, deren konservative Partei hatte lange gezögert, auf die Frage zu bewegen, sagte vorhin, dass sie der Gesetzgeber nach ihrem Gewissen zu stimmen erlauben würde.
Deutsch lawmakes unterzeichnete das Gesetz am 30. Juni 2017 die Homosexuell Gemeinschaft Weltweit feiert. Ich weiß, meine deutschen Freunde gerade glücklich sind für uns alle. (Paula)
Küssen am Brandenburger Tor, Berlin
Civil Partnership Seit 2001
Deutschland ist seit 2001 eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaften für gleichgeschlechtliche Paare erlaubt, zunächst mit weit weniger Rechte als verheiratete Paare genossen. Zum Beispiel könnte gleichgeschlechtlicher Partner nicht gemeinsame Steuererklärung einreichen, die auf ihrem Tag zu Tag lebt negative finanzielle Auswirkungen hatten. Rechtsstreitigkeiten und eine Reihe von Gesetzesänderungen schließlich diese Rechte in Einklang gebracht, wenn auch nicht im Fall der gemeinsamen Annahme.
Die Änderung bringt sie in Einklang mit vielen anderen westeuropäischen Ländern.
„Die Ehe ist eine Frage der Liebe und Verantwortung und nicht des Geschlechts, der“ Katarina Barley, der Minister für Familien, sagte.
Gerste, deren Mitte-Links-Partei schob die gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe für die Legalisierung, sagte, dass „die Ehe für alle Deutschland ein moderneres Land macht.“
Die ungerechten Auswirkungen der Bibel:
Die christlich-konservativen Politiker in Deutschland, die behauptet, dass die Ehe hat immer die gleiche gewesen – die Verbindung zwischen einem Mann und einer Frau (immer in dieser Reihenfolge). Was ironisch ist, ist die Tatsache, dass das Alte Testament zahlreiche biblische Figuren zitiert, die viele Frauen und in einigen Fällen Frauen mit der Zugabe von Konkubinen hatten. Neben der Religion auf den Bürgern auferlegt, ignorieren diese Menschen die Tatsache, dass die Ehe ständig geändert hat: nicht nur historisch gewesen Ehe eine Form des Eigentums an Frauen, aber es war auch nur vor 82 Jahren, dass die Ehe zwischen jüdischen und nicht-jüdischen Bürgern war in Deutschland kriminalisiert. Die öffentliche Meinung spiegelt nicht diesen Konservatismus mit 80% – und sogar 62% des Christdemokraten Wählers – zugunsten der Gleichberechtigung.
Merkel sagte, ein lesbisches Paar besuchen, die durch soziale Dienste vertraut waren viele Kinder zu fördern, war lebensverändernd. Allerdings ist diese religiösen Eiferer (weltweit) würden lieber sehen, Waisen in Heimen bleiben, als mit Liebe gleichgeschlechtlichen Paaren sein.
Wir feiern mit Ihnen Deutsche Regenbogen Schwestern und Brüder.
Glückliche Zeiten: “Happy Times” to our German Rainbow Sisters and Brothers.
Thursday, July 21, 2017 will be noted as a “Rainbow Celebration” day of marriage equality. Germany’s President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, signed legislation that will allow gays and lesbians to marry in the Fall/Autumn of this year.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative party had long been reluctant to budge on the issue, said earlier that she would allow lawmakers to vote according to their conscience.
German lawmakes signed the legislation on June 30 2017 and the gay community world-wide is celebrating. I know my German straight friends are happy for us all. (paula)
Kissing at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Civil Partnership Since 2001
Germany has allowed registered life partnerships for same-sex couples since 2001, initially with far fewer rights than married couples enjoyed. For instance, same-sex partners couldn’t file joint tax returns, which had a negative financial impact on their day-to-day lives. Litigation and a succession of legislative changes eventually brought these rights in line, although not in the case of joint adoption.
The change brings it into line with many other western European countries.
“Marriage is a question of love and responsibility and not of gender,” Katarina Barley, the Minister for Families, said.
Barley, whose center-left party pushed for legalizing same-sex marriage, said that “marriage for everyone makes Germany a more modern country.”
The Injust Impact of the Bible:
The Christian-conservative politicians in Germany who claim that marriage has always been the same – the union between one man and one woman (always in that order). What is ironic is the fact that the Old Testament cites numerous Biblical characters who had many wives and in some cases wives with the addition of concubines. Apart from imposing a religion on citizens, these people ignore the fact that marriage has constantly changed: not only has marriage historically been a form of ownership of women, but it was also only 82 years ago that marriage between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens was criminalised in Germany. Public opinion does not reflect this conservatism with 80% – and even 62% of Christian democrat voters – in favour of equal rights.
Merkel said visiting a lesbian couple who had been trusted by social services to foster many children was life-changing. However, these religious bigots (world-wide) would rather see orphans remain in institutions than be with loving same-sex couples.
We celebrate with you German Rainbow sisters and brothers.
Most of us probably maintains our car more than we do our own body. Cars can be replaced and a new one takes it place, but our bodies are meant to last our life time. It wasn’t until I was away house/pet sitting, did I encounter a juicer/blender and a book of recipes. They say, “When the student is ready, the guru comes.” I started gingerly – trying a type of juice every other day. I experimented. You will notice from the images that often vegetables and fruits and mixed together. What is great about juicing is that there is so much variety involved!!!
Introduce Juicing Into Your Life
Maybe one or two juice drinks on the weekend would be a loving action for YOU. Heavens, we spend so much time of serving and loving others. If we truly knew the benefits of juicing, then most of us would make an effort to introduce it slowly into our life style.
Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and various inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis. Valuable compounds called flavonoids and anthocyanins are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and guard against oxidative cellular damage. (Dr. Oz)
Doing Damage Control.
Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables.
Here are a couple of other thoughts on the power of juicing.
It supplies you with a variety of vegetables that you normally might not use (kale, spinach, celery, alfalfa sprouts). Don’t fret about having to spend time looking for these – just use vegetables around you.
2. Vegetable juicing provides good probiotics that help your gut/digestive tract. Most of us don’t know this but a third of our immune system is located in our digestive tract. Studies have found that leeks and bananas improve this good bacteria in the gut by 133 million. Even if you are NOT vegetable juicing include these vegetables to eat on your plate: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, radish, asparagus and rutabaga. (turnip). They are a medicine: put them in stews, stir-fries and nourish yourself and those you love. Vegetable juicing removes excesses of protein, fat and acid wastes from your body.
Fruit juicing helps the body to cleanse. Watermelons can be sliced and put into a blender together with their seeds and rind. After juicing strain and just drink the liquid. Watermelon is an excellent cleanser.
Here are some ideas:
•Apples. Antioxidant packed, these are one of the best fruits for juicing. …
•Pineapples. Pineapples add a great tropical flavor to juices. … •Papaya. … •Tomatoes. …
GREEN JUICING (using fruits and vegetables) There are recipes.
Green juices stimulate cells and rejuvenate the body. They build red blood cells.
Green juice is a convenient and quick way to get an energizing hit of phytonutrients – all those good-for-you vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and antioxidants. … A juice is made by extracting the fiber (or pulp) from fruits and vegetables in a juicer/blender so that we’re only left with a completely liquid drink.
How do you juice kale leaves?
Feed the raw spinach and kale leaves into the feeding funnel of your mechanical juicer, followed by the cucumber pieces. You will need at least one whole medium-sized cucumber, 3 to 4 cups each of chopped spinach and kale to get a glass of fresh juice.
Cilantro Apple Green Juice
This green monster is loaded with calcium, iron, and vitamin K (thanks to the kale). The puckery citrus adds vitamin C, too. Don’t forget cilantro, whose leaves are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
2 green apples 2 stalks celery 2 lg kale leaves
1 med cucumber ¼ c fresh cilantro ½ lemon, peeled
PRESS all ingredients through a juicer in batches. Stir and serve immediately.
NUTRITION(per serving): 175 cal, 5 g pro, 51 g carb, 1 g fiber, 32 g sugars, 1.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 82 mg sodium
Here’s a little-known factoid: The bright green leaves of basil are mildly sedative. Basil has long been used as a remedy for indigestion, and the leaves are packed with anti-inflammatory oils that can help relieve pain from arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Add in the hydrating power of cucumbers—they’re 95% water!—and you might just decide you don’t need that ibuprofen after all.
1 c fresh basil leaves 1 lg cucumber
1 lime, peeled 1 green apple
PRESS all ingredients through a juicer in batches. Stir and serve immediately.
NUTRITION(per serving): 93 cal, 2 g pro, 30 g carb, 0.5 g fiber, 17 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 7 mg sodium
Healthy Fat Loss
Fruits and vegetables basically have no calories – so they are helpful in weight loss.
Healthy fat loss comes from making diet and lifestyle changes that you can sustain long-term. Eat a variety of foods, limit added sugars and foods high in empty calories, watch your portion sizes and add regular exercise into your daily routine. Stay away from fad diets that eliminate entire food groups and aren’t nutritionally safe. Because a juice fast could potentially slow your metabolism, it may be easier to gain weight once you’ve finished your cleanse. Set realistic weight-loss goals and remember that your overall health is more important than the number on the scale.
Juicing is also great if you are on a healthy path as a result of alcohol or drug addiction. We all need healthy minds and bodies. We deserve to love ourselves – we are worth it.
Australia in 2017 is STILL STRUGGLING with granting same-sex marriage to its tax-paying citizens (many of which have served in the military, as police officers and fire fighters). Across the ocean, New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women the vote and marriage equality has been passed.
Holding Hands in 1976 Led to a Conviction
It was a planned gesture of love and resistance, as two lesbians bordered No. 16 tram on October 11, 1976. They got on at the Melbourne CBD and held hands as the travelled to the City of Port Phillips and to St. Kilda Town Hall. There, they would have afternoon tea. Now, there is a HOLD HANDS ON A TRAM campaign that will be launched this month (July 2017) to celebrate the fearless resistance of those two lesbians. The event is being sponsored by Alice’s Garage a place of historical significance to older lesbians.
Another Story of harassment
Jill Bolen joined the police force despite being aware that she had witnessed first hand police harassment in the city of Brisbane, Queensland. She was harassed for twenty years, but her outstanding record enabled her to become the first woman Chief Superintendent in Queensland.
Jill joined the police force in 1973 and established a discrete group of gay and lesbian friends in the force. She lived with her partner who was also a female policewoman. Eventually, Bolen was questioned by the Criminal Investigation Branch and she admitted to being a lesbian.
I cannot imagine such courage when she and her partner’s jobs were at stake. Bolen wouldn’t back down and she “asserted that she was more competent and capable than some of my heterosexual, male counterparts.” The Inspector and interviewer mocked and laughed at her.
Male Oppressive Police Revenge
This being the 1970s with women’s liberation in force, Bolen’s Inspector and interviewer were not going to take such “brazen” confidence from a woman who was also a lesbian. Within weeks, Jill and her partner were reassigned to police branches 400 miles apart. Bolen’s partner quit the force and their relationship fell apart.
Bolen was interviewed and saw the situation that she would eventually overcome:
“I had five qualities that they saw as very negative. I was a woman, the most junior in terms of years of service, a lesbian, the youngest in age, and the only commissioned officer with a tertiary education,” Bolen said.
However, Bolen’s resilience allowed her to rise through the ranks of the Police Force over the years and, in the early 90s, she became the first woman Chief Superintendent in Queensland.
Keeping Elder Lesbians’ Herstory Alive
Stories such as Bolen’s are important to Alice’s Garage because they show that queer women have been resisting persecution throughout history, although most of it is unrecorded. It also inspires younger gay and bi women, to see the progress their forebears have made.
It is a well documented fact that the majority of religious believers state that “God is Love.” However, it is extremely sad and dangerous that a percentage do not reflect “God’s love” and hate and discriminate against the LGBTI community. Here is a story that contrasts the love of a mother against the hateful rules of a religion. paula.
A Muslim mother in Canada was forced to resign from her job after she attended the same-sex wedding of her son.
Her son, Ali Reza [surname withheld], married his long-time partner Paul [surname withheld] earlier this month.
Although Ali Reza’s family gave their full support for the union, it attracted the attention of leaders of their Shia Ithna-Asheri sect.
An online petition circulated calling for Ali Reza’s mother, Siddika, to resign from her position as secretary general of NASIMCO (the Organization of North American Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities).
It said: ‘Traditionally, a wedding is a public demonstration of a relationship. This sin was not done in private, but rather was publicly celebrated and promoted. It goes against the legitimate majoritarian interpretations of Jaffari fiqh, which NASIMCO must uphold.
‘While we believe it is not necessary to extensively or deeply examine the personal lives of the members of NASIMCO, this incident cannot be dismissed as “the personal lives of [the] family,”‘ it said.
The petition gained almost 1,000 signatures since Thursday (13 July).
There was no other option but for Siddika to resign.
She wrote in a heartbreaking resignation letter: ‘Today, as a Muslim and a devoted mother who has had the privilege to serve our community institutions, I am being forced to resign by NASIMCO… for the sole reason that my son has married a man, which I would like to point out is legal in Canada.
‘My stance today is not just as a devoted mother but as a human being who has painfully observed how the community has usurped the rights of God’s creation in the name of Islam and passed judgement,’ she wrote.
The Muslim mother explains her heartbreak when her son first came out to her, but her acceptance over time.
She wrote: ‘The only person to judge my son would be God on the Day of Judgment.
‘I did this as a mother who carried Ali Reza in my womb for nine months and nurtured him.
‘How could I as a mother discriminate against my own son? And if my God is so just, then how could I not take on this value of justice and act on it?
‘My prayers are with you and our community and I wish you the best that Allah (s.w.t) can offer,’ the Muslim mother concluded.
First reported Muslim wedding in the UK
Just last week, the UK celebrated what is claimed to be its first Muslim wedding.
Jahed Choudhury, 24, and Sean Rogan, 19, tied the knot in Walsall while wearing traditional Islamic dress.
Choudhury said: ‘People would spit on me, empty the rubbish bins on me, call me pig and the Muslim people would shout “harum” – which is a very nasty insult in my language.’
The couple met after Choudhury attempted to take his own life and Rogan came to his aid.
‘I was crying on a bench and Sean came over and asked if I was okay,’ Choudhury said.
‘He gave me hope at one of my lowest points and he’s stood by me all the way,’ he continued.
Paula’s Additional Information.
World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
In March 2016, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) consisting of 118 countries, wrote to the United Nations and all world leaders. Its member societies are presently 138, spanning 118 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.
Homosexuality Cannot Be Changed
This scientific body clearly stated that homosexuality CANNOT be reversed or changed and it is therefore NOT a choice. To the Patriarch, I would say, NOT oving your neighbour is an abomination. According to Jesus when he spoke to the lawyer in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, entrance to heaven is contingent on three things: Love of God, Love of Neighbour, and Love of Self. The love of self, whether is it interpreted religiously or secularly, is to think of oneself as good, wholesome, worthy and a recipient of equality and justice
When Sally Ride died in 2012, her obituary noted a new fact that was widely picked up: that she was survived by her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy. The first American woman in space suddenly became a more complicated figure. Now Lynn Sherr, a journalist and friend of Ride, has created a brilliant and eye-opening biography.
Sherr’s book, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, opens with an anecdote: She was at a school, and asked a classroom a simple question: Who was Sally Ride? The answers flooded back: The first woman on the moon? The first to step into space? A great scientist? One finally got it right: the first American woman to ride into orbit. It’s easy to remember the firsts when it comes to space travel. There’s Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, of course, and then there’s Sally Ride, notable for being the first woman NASA sent up into space. Other than that, what’s to know? It turns out, quite a lot.
Indeed, the general public didn’t know much about the fiercely private Sally Ride. Until now — Sherr has put together an exhaustive portrait of the late astronaut’s life, reintroducing Ride to the general public in candid detail. It’s an astonishing read, especially coming out just as the #YesAllWomen hashtag has been trending world-wide. It’s interesting to look at not just the barriers that stood in Ride’s way, but the public reaction to seeing the first woman go into space.
Ride grew up during an interesting time in the United States. Born in 1951, she came of age during incredible changes in the US, particularly when it came to the Women’s Rights movement. She attended the Wastlake School For Girls, private school in Los Angles, where she developed a keen interest in science, as well as Tennis. Sherr points out her intense competitive streak through a number of early moments, particularly while on the court against instructors and classmates: she wasn’t one to lose easily.
One teacher told her mind was too scientific, without much creativity, and that she was smart, but wasted in science. Sherr reports that Ride was deeply upset at this (one of the few times anyone would see her cry), and that it helped to reinforce her desire to continue to study physics.
Following High School, she attended Swarthmore College, where she continued to play Tennis, and was on her way to becoming a nationally ranked player, when she dropped out and returned to California, tired of the cold, East Coast winters. She entered Stanford University, where she eventually earned degrees in both English and Physics. She continued to study physics at Stanford, earning her Masters and eventually her PhD in the subject. Around this time, she began her first same-sex relationship. Even in times of reform, homosexuality was extremely taboo, and it was simply something never discussed with others.
While finishing her PhD studies, NASA issued a call for new applicants to join the space program. She read the call and was immediately interested: she fit the qualifications perfectly. Soon thereafter, she was called in to be interviewed, and made the final cut and in 1978, she, along with five other women joined the next new class of astronauts, just in time for NASA to launch a new technology: the Space Shuttle.
Ride was ecstatic, but faced numerous challenges from a conservative organization populated by former military test pilots. Some weren’t willing to go along with the changes, such as Chuck Yeager, who dismissed one of the trainees. Others were more open-minded, such as Alan Bean, who was impressed with the knowledge of the women. NASA, for its part, recognized the gender and minority gap that had appeared, and was actively working to change its image before the public.
Ride and her classmates went to work, with Ride often pulling 12 hour days of coursework, training and simulations. Their two-year training regimen was cut short: they earned their Astronaut status early. It wasn’t long before she was assigned to work as CapCom for STS-2 and STS-3, worked on the development of the Canada Arm, and her first shuttle mission, STS-7, on Space Shuttle Challenger.
Sherr devotes much attention to the public and press reactions to Ride’s appointment to her first flight, as well as Ride’s reaction to the sudden fame thrust upon her. Up until this point, no American woman had gone into orbit, but she wasn’t the first: Valentina Tereshkova made her first flight in 1963, almost twenty years earlier, while Svetlana Savitskaya became the second in 1982. The American press didn’t seem interested (Tereshkova’s flight was dismissed as a publicity stunt), and was keenly interested to know whether women could function in space (they could), if they could exist in such a male-dominated environment (they did), and how they’d do simple things, like go to the bathroom or hold their hair back in zero gravity. NASA’s engineers faced a similar learning curve, and Sherr notes Ride’s amusement at some of the questions, and strained impatience with others.
Ride, it seems, was the ideal candidate for such a milestone. She was interested, and later heavily involved in working on promoting STEM education for women. From her early school days and education in science, she was also a passionate voice for equality, noting in a number of interviews that she felt that it was unfortunate that some of the same questions questioning her competence based on her gender (especially questions such as “Do you wish you were a boy?”) were still asked in America in the 1980s.
One of the things I found most striking about this book was its look at women at NASA, especially the other members of Ride’s cohort, each of whom went to space and who really haven’t gotten their due: Judith Resnik, 4th women in space, and died on the Challenger, Kathryn D. Sullivan, who was the first US woman to conduct a spacewalk and was confirmed in March 2014 by the US Senate to be the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Anna Lee Fisher, who was the first mother in space and currently the oldest active astronaut, Margaret Rhea Seddon, who would fly on four missions, and Shannon Lucid, who would fly on five missions, running Spacelab, among other experiments. Their stories are incredible, and Sherr does an excellent job highlighting their story, efforts and training, as well as their relationships with one another. Their shared status didn’t cement them in a small core friendship, but it did bring them together as colleagues. They were all extraordinarily qualified, and single-handedly helped to change entrenched attitudes in NASA at a pivotal time.
This biography does what few other space books have done: examine the social context in which NASA was operating, and how it adapted for its own purposes. Ironically, where Tereshkova’s flight was dismissed as a publicity stunt, Ride’s own mission garnered so much attention that it overwhelmed her, and largely eclipsed her mission, qualifications and crewmates.
Sherr takes only a short amount of time to cover Ride’s first and second trips into space, in succinct detail, and later, her work on the Challenger and Columbia disaster boards. While it’s short, this section does provide a good window into Ride’s personality and excitement at finally going into orbit and just how she operated in her role and how she dealt with fame afterward. With the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986, Sherr notes that Ride lost four of her cohort-mates at once, and looks at its impact on her in the aftermath and her work on the subsequent Rogers commission. Sherr goes into detail about Ride’s personal life, examining just how she dealt with her status in American history, her personal relationships, and how she continued to act as an advocate for women in STEM fields.
The takeaway that I took from this book is that Ride’s public enigma was something that extended into her private life as well. Sherr notes that numerous friends and family members complained that she was hard to know and that she was good at keeping certain parts of her life compartmentalized. Her husband, Steve Hawley, explained that they were the perfect match because they were similar: they were quiet, and not prone to speaking when they didn’t have anything to say.
Ride was a person of action, but not someone who spoke or explained herself after the fact. Ride occupies the center stage throughout the book, but remains an enigmatic figure, save for a couple of instances, when we see Sherr connect the dots through interviews after the fact. Her missions in particular demonstrate her enthusiasm and excitement, while her work on the Rogers commission demonstrates her drive and anger. There’s an interesting point to which she refused to appear on the Johnny Carson show because of how women were portrayed on his show. Ride explained to NASA that she wasn’t interested, then took off for California to lie low. She didn’t explain herself; she just acted.
Driven, dedicated and passionate about her work for NASA and beyond, Sally Ride was and is an interesting, complicated and impressive figure in spaceflight history, and Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space sheds an incredible amount of light on the life of a woman who’s been a role model to an entire generation. At the same time, Sherr not only details Ride’s life, but the context that informed her life and career, and in doing so, has written an astonishing, eye-opening book at a time when debates over the roles of women in science and technology are at a new high. Ride would likely be excited to see the discussion, learning and teaching that’s ensued, but dismayed that in 2014, it’s still a contentious topic.