It’s a listen to Low Leaf, send some important emails, get rid of old clutter/reorganize and catch up with friends kinda day.
Hello weekend, hello forward movement, hello finally having some semblance of control in my own life after a rough couple of months. I feel like I can breathe again.
I hope you’re all doing well and gearing up for a satisfying weekend, whatever that means for you. Sending you all good vibes.
Dhaka: Using the Bangladesh’s New Year festivities, LGBT community members marched wearing the colors of the rainbow as an act of defiance and an appeal for the Muslim-majority country to change its law that considers same-sex relations as “unnatural” and a crime.
“Whether you are pro or anti LGBT, you cannot help but be in awe. For a group that is demonized to remain firm and march out onto the streets of Dhaka, knowing that it is not without risk, I believe, is an act of commendable bravery,” reports adamdar890.blogspot.in.
Even though a “profuse amount were upset, enraged and disgusted” this simple gesture sparked off a social media based discussion of sexuality in Bangladesh and hopefully might inspire the nation to change its laws against LGBT individuals, the blogger wrote.
These incredible individuals will be remembered by the following generations of LGBT individuals as those that laid the foundations for acceptance within the nation’s society, the blogged added.
The Pride parade took part in Dhaka on April 14 during Dhaka’s Poila Boishakh (or Bengali New Year) celebrations.
Poila Boishakh is celebrated with grandeur in Dhaka with celebrations starting at dawn with a rendition of Rabindranath Tagore’s song “Esho he Baishakh” in praise of the New Year.
An integral part of the festivities is the “Mongol Shobhajatra,” a traditional colorful procession organized by the students of Dhaka University. The procession has a different theme relevant to the country’s culture and politics every year. Different cultural organizations and bands also perform on this occasion.
The LGBT group made their public presence felt during this “Mongol Shobhajatra” procession.
The group consisted of men marching in seven lines wearing purple, blue, indigo, green, yellow, orange and red colors of the Pride rainbow, carrying paper flowers, birds and balloons. At the end of the rally they released their balloons.
More concrete details including the identity of the organizers is sparse, although there have been a lot of comments on Twitter and Facebook from LGBTQ themed pages and links to some mainstream media reports in Bengali.
This was reported by blogger thebisexualbangladeshi.blogspot.co.uk who translated an article from priyo.com to English. The blogger remained fearful that the original article may be removed just as was the Facebook page for “Roopbaan,” the first magazine for the gay community which was just launched past January.
In Bangladesh where 90 percent of the 155 million people are Muslims, any discussion around sex and sexuality is taboo. Same-sex relations is considered “unnatural,” illegal and punishable by law in Bangladesh under Section 377 of the country’s Penal Code left behind by the British colonial authorities.
The law is regularly used to harass LGBT people, who along with their supporters live in fear of retribution by Islamic groups.
Source: thebisexualbangladeshi.blogspot.co.uk; adamdar890.blogspot.in
Contemporary Art Week!
Tamara Natalie Madden
Madden lists among influences Gustav Klimt and images of Egyptian royalty. You can view many, many more images of her work here at her official website.
I watched the lunar eclipse the other night and since then, I’ve been feeling some type of way. Not sure exactly what yet but there is movement and an ever present restlessness.
using nothing more than newton’s laws of gravitation, we astronomers can confidently predict that several billion years from now our home galaxy, the milky way, will merge with our neighbouring galaxy, andromeda. because the distances between the stars are so great compared to their sizes, few if any stars in either galaxy will actually collide.
any life on the worlds of that far off future should be safe, but they will be treated to an amazing billion-year-long lightshow.
a dance of a half a trillion stars, to music first heard on one little world, by a man who had but one true friend.
Yes! Thank you for saying this. I don’t understand radical as an identity, especially when it’s not backed by anything remotely non-conformative. It just feels like hipster bullshit most of the time.
i also don’t agree with “Radical” being an identity taken by people lol in most contexts it makes no sense, actions should be radical not identities
I Was Trying To Be Funny But It Came Out as Really Mean: A 5-part documentary starring me.
I Was Trying To Be Loving And Supportive But I Probably Overstepped My Boundaries And Came Off as Creepy: a feature-length film with two sequels and a TV series adaption.
I Was Trying To Tell You I Relate To Your Difficult Situation But It Probably Sounded Like I Was Making It All About Me: a novel saga with several side book adaptions and a movie.