Germany grants rare humanitarian visa to gay man fleeing Chechnya

Germany has granted its first visa to a gay man from Chechnya.

 

The man arrived in the country on Tuesday (6 June), according to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

He was granted a special humanitarian visa. ‘We are happy we’re able to help in especially difficult cases,’ the German Foreign Ministry told the paper.

These residence permits are very rarely given out in Germany, as well as other EU states, but can be granted to people ‘on urgent humanitarian grounds’.

The man was initially interviewed at the German Embassy in Moscow. Following his interview, the foreigners’ registration office in Germany decided he fulfilled all requirements to be granted a visa. Several other applicants have also been invited to the embassy so they could make statements.

‘The Federal Government checks which meaningful protection can be granted in the interest of the affected person in every case,’ the embassy said.

Three further men have already been interviewed and might soon be able to leave for Germany.

Germany is the third reported country to take in Chechens fleeing the persecution of gay men.

First was Lithuania, who took in two gay men according to its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevic. France has also taken in one refugee; more are expected to follow in his steps.

On 1 April Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta broke news of Chechnya operating a concentration camp for gay men.

 

Read more at: Gay Star News.

5 Gay Dating Tips and Practical Advice for Singles

Dating is often awkward, sweet, and challenging. But don’t worry! We’ve put together some top gay dating tips to consider when meeting new people.

 

We’ve put together some top gay dating tips to consider when meeting new people. Let us save you some time, energy and heartache. You can thank us later.

1. Finding a romantic partner is only one of many goals you can have at once. There’s a difference between making something a priority and having an obsession. No one wants to be the Captain Ahab of the dating world.

2. It’s not about getting someone to think you’re good enough for them. It’s about finding someone you can stand to spend a ridiculous amount of time with. It’s about finding the puzzle piece you fit with and the Ernie to your Bert.

3. Stop worrying about potential paramours rejecting you for being too fat, too short, too whatever. It’s entirely possible that you would’ve had to reject them for never having seen Star Wars (your essential piece of pop culture may vary) anyway. People who simply are “not the right fit” exist. The sooner you weed them out of your life, the happier you’ll be.

4. A first date is not an audition for marriage. It’s just a tryout for a second date. No one ever fell in love while analyzing every detail of their momentous first meeting.

5. If a man says that he’s too damaged for you (or too neurotic, or too anything), just take his word for it. Even if it is his low self-esteem talking, you’re not going to be able to fix him. And it’s probably just a euphemism for “I’m just not feeling it.”

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Where to Eat, Sleep & Play During D.C.’s Equality March

On June 11, 2017, the Equality March will mobilize LGBTQ+ communities and our allies to affirm and protect our rights, our safety and our full humanity.

 

Over the past few years, Washington, D.C., has become much more than a staid political town. In 2017, the city even received its first Michelin Red Guide, effectively anointing the destination as a culinary capital as well. This June, head there for the Pride March, dropping anchor in Dupont Circle, the city’s historic gay center, before fanning out east toward the 14th Street Corridor, Logan Circle, and Shaw, then north to discover Adams Morgan and Petworth. Here, we break down the essential stops.

 

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Tail Up Goat: The restaurant’s trio of owners spent years working at local favorites like Little Serow and Komi before opening this now-Michelin-starred neighborhood haunt. Shareable dishes like fatty grilled lamb ribs and house-made pici pasta in a short-rib ragu practically scream for bottles of Old World wine. (TailUpGoat.com)

 

Read more at: Out Magazine.

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Malta’s Prime Minister pledges to pass equal marriage

Malta’s Prime Minister has pledged his first law will bring in equal marriage.

Muscat’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has pioneered many of the country’s pioneering LGBT rights reforms, which have seen the traditionally-conservative island nation become one of the most progressive in Europe for LGBT people.

The Labour politician was sworn back in today, after winning a slightly increased majority in the country’s general election over the weekend. The leader vowed to follow through on his pledge to reform marriage laws to include same-sex couples, furthering reforms made in 2014 which opened civil unions to same-sex couples.

Mr Muscat said the equal marriage law would be the new government’s first piece of legislation, pledging progress on the issue before the summer recess.

 It would follow a string of reforms in recent years.

Under Muscat’s leadership, Malta has outlawed ‘gay cure’ therapy and passed progressive reforms for transgender and intersex people.

 

Read more at: PinkNews.

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Trump ignores Pride Month, supports ‘National Homeownership Month’ instead

Trump pledged to support the LGBT+ community in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando last year.

 

Donald Trump’s White House has declined to issue a proclamation in recognition of Pride Month.

Pride Month takes place every June to commemorate the struggles and accomplishments of LGBT+ people the world over.

Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama issued a proclamation for Pride Month during every year of his presidency, but Trump has so far not made any mention of Pride Month.

The White House website lists five proclamations for June:“National Homeownership Month,” “African-American Music Appreciation Month,” “National Caribbean-American Heritage Month,” “National Ocean Month,” and “Great Outdoors Month.” Those last two are particularly ironic considering Trump’s decision to remove the US from the 2016 Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

Trump pledged to support the LGBT+ community in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando last year, but since his election he has taken a series of steps to remove protections for LGBT+ Americans.

 

Read more at: Attitude Magazine.

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Joe Biden Officiated A Gay Wedding Over Memorial Day Weekend

Original story from HuffPost Queer Voices.

It’s the second time that the former VP has helped a same-sex couple get hitched.

 

Joe Biden kicked off his Memorial Day weekend by helping a same-sex couple tie the knot.

On Saturday, the former vice president presided over the nuptials of Democratic National Committee Finance Chair Henry Muñoz III and his husband, Kyle Ferrari, People magazine reported.

Details of the actual ceremony are scarce, but one of the wedding’s high-profile guests was none other than Melanie Griffith. The “Working Girl” star, 59, posted a photo of the nuptials to her Instagram account Monday.

Read more at: HuffPost Queer Voices.

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What’s it like to be in a gay, sexless relationship for two years? (Hint: It kinda sucks)

Original Story from Queerty.

 

The first thing to go was the kissing.

We were on the bed when I went to go kiss him. “You know, we don’t have to make out EVERY night!” he spat, as if the mere thought of our lips touching was poison. We had been dating for less than three months.

Things only got worse from there.

Before long, making out was out of the question (My lips hurt his beard, he’d say. Looking back, I’m just like HAHAHA, WHUT?!). Then around the six-month mark, we stopped having sex. It wasn’t even like anything dramatic had happened; we had simply stopped. Every time I tried to do anything sexual with him after that, I was made to feel guilty for wanting him. The one time I tried talking to him about it, I was immediately shut down.

“I don’t get why you won’t have sex with me,” I whined, sounding like someone whose ice cream cone had melted before they had a chance to eat it. “It makes me feel like you aren’t attracted to me.”

“That’s not what I said at all,” he replied, which admittedly, wasn’t the clearest answer in the world. “I’m just not like other gays that need to have sex all the time. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.”

“Well, me neither,” I said, with the sexual frustration of a mistress without a plaything to keep them busy.

And with that–silence. We never had sex again.

Read more at: What’s it like to be in a gay, sexless relationship for two years? (Hint: It kinda sucks).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Fast Ways to Get Over a Breakup

Can’t get over a breakup? They’re uncomfortable, painful, and affect us immensely. Here’s five fast easy ways to get over it and forget:

 

Everyone seems to have their own bounce back timeline and their own methods for getting over a breakup. While some people seem to be able to flip a switch and be done with it, we all have a friend (or are the friend) who is still 90 weeks deep in their ex’s Instagram every night and sends way too many drunk texts. And if you are that person, I get it.

1. If you internalize rejection, it’s going to be harder.

Researcher Lauren Howe of Stanford worked with a team of researchers on a survey of over 800 people and found out something really interesting: those who internalize rejection have a harder time with breakups. These are people who look at rejection as a reflection on them — proof that they aren’t good enough or lovable — and they find it more difficult to move on than those people who think that rejection is just a natural party of life or even an opportunity for learning and growing.

 

2. Accept the empty feeling

That moment when you realize you’ve been dumped by the love of your life feels like death. The key is to allow yourself to embrace the grief if you ever want to move past it. Breaking up is very similar to a death because it is in fact the death of a relationship. For at least a couple of days, remember the good times and allow yourself to cry like mad.

 

3. Cut off all contact for real

In this case, absence does not make the heart grow fonder. Absence is exactly what you need to cool off, process your feelings and change your perspective at the end of a relationship. Give yourself a period of no contact. No texts, emails or social media messages because you need time and distance to get emotional clarity. When you just break up with someone, your emotions are all over the place — you will likely miss them desperately and overlook all the reasons why the breakup happened in the first place just to have them there with you again.

 

4. Look toward the future and don’t look back

After an especially bad breakup, it may seem impossible to think that you will ever love again — trust me, I know. This sense of loss can open the door to great possibility. When you find yourself at the end of a relationship, ask yourself this compelling question: “What else is possible now that wasn’t possible when we were together?”

Even in the midst of heartbreak, the end may be just the beginning. Move forward to create your life, and if the relationship can be created again with that person you desire to be with, it will be created from a greater, deeper place and not the same old place that made you break up in the first place. In my point of view, a breakup, especially stemming from an unhealthy relationship or perhaps just one that wasn’t meant to be, always leads to something greater.

 

5. So you need to form some new memories without your partner.

So you have to get your ex out of your autobiography, out of your view of yourself. How do you do that? Well, it’s why we see so many people taking up hobbies or going through big changes after a breakup. It’s really is good for you because you start to form new memories and rewrite your autobiography without your partner.

Breakups are always going to be hard — especially if it was a significant relationship — and there’s never going to be a magical cure all. But we can help ourselves get over them faster. The most important thing? Stop dwelling on the past and make a new future. So it’s time to get off of their Instagram account and go try something totally different — it’ll help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disney-Obsessed Gay Guy Proposed to His Boyfriend on Splash Mountain

Original story from PinkNews.

 

A Disney-obsessed man popped the question to his boyfriend at Disneyland in a truly heartwarming style.

Reddit user Eugenius310 shared the incredible moment that he popped the question in style to his boyfriend Chris.

He sprung the surprise proposal on his partner during a trip to Disneyland, during a ride on the log flume Splash Mountain.
Read more at: PinkNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church of Scotland expected to approve of same-sex marriage

Original story from Gay Times Magazine.

 

The Church of Scotland may soon offer support to marriage equality.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Scotland since December 2014, but an exemption in the law means that individual churches are able to choose whether or not they want to perform such unions.

The Kirk’s General Assembly will gather in Edinburgh on Thursday 25 May to discuss how the church can approach same-sex marriage and also attempt to make amends with the LGBT+ community.

A report prepared for the General Assembly invites the church to apologise “individually and corporately” for discrimination that has been enforced by them in the past.

Moderator Designate the Reverend Dr Derek Browning said: “On Thursday afternoon the theological forum will be bringing a report to the General Assembly, and this year what they’re asking to do is for the assembly, first of all, to consider making an apology to the gay community for things that have have been said in the past and the assembly will have to make up its mind on that.

“But also it’s going to be asking our legal questions committee to see what the issues are round about allowing ministers to perform same sex marriage if they choose to do so, and equally for safeguards for those who, for conscience sake, feel that this is not something they can do.”

 

Read more at Gay Times Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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