At the end of the day ….. Life is a Journey!!


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~~February 16, 2014~~

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
~~Ernest Hemingway~~

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” 
~~Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass~~

“Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.”
~~Bob Marley~~

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“The only journey is the one within.”
~~Rainer Maria Rilke~~

“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” 
~~Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience~~

“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.”
~~Norton JusterThe Phantom Tollbooth~~

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“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
~~Henry Ward Beecher~~

“…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” 
~~David MitchellCloud Atlas~~

“One of the greatest journeys in life is overcoming insecurity and learning to truly not give a shit.”
~~J.A. Konrath~~

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We ALL are on this journey called LIFE!! 

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BAFTA Awards: “12 Years a Slave” Wins Best Film, Best Actor Prizes


This film well deserves it!!!

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According to Variety.com, the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Film went to 12 Years a Slave.  In his speech, helmer-producer Steve McQueen said that there were “21 million people living in slavery as we sit here now.” McQueen was joined at the event by fellow producers Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

The leading actor award went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. He paid tribute to McQueen, and said that the award really belonged to the director. “It’s yours. I’m going to keep it, but it is yours,” he said.  Although 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o lost out to Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress, the award for Supporting Actor was picked up by Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips. He thanked the performers who played the other pirates…

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Sochi arrest of former Italian MP waving “Being Gay Is Ok” flag


Bound to happen …. for “them” it’s the law. SMH ….

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By Cathy Kristofferson, February 16, 2014

Italian media is reporting that former MP Vladimir Luxuria (the first transgender person to hold that office in Italy), was arrested in Sochi Sunday night after displaying a banner reading “Being Gay is OK’.

Earlier in the day, Luxuria had tweeted “I’m in Sochi! Regards with the colors of the rainbow, in the face of Putin!”

Luxuria1Later in the evening, Luxuria was stopped and arrested by the police for waving a banner that violated Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law.

News of the arrest came from Imma Battaglia, honorary president of The Gay Project, who reported “Vladimir has sent me a text message saying “Help me, I’m trapped, I’m alone. ‘”

Luxuria was reported to have received brutal and aggressivetreatment and held for a few hours before being released. The arrest triggered the Italian “crisis unit” in Sochi. Italian Minister  of Foreign Affairs, Emma Bonino, tweeted “Staff:…

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Rescue Fund to Help LGBT People Escape Africa …..


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~~February 16, 2014~~

THIS IS HAPPENING!! PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AND CONTRIBUTE .. DOESN’T MATTER THE AMOUNT!! 

~~THE STORY~~

Melanie Nathan from …. http://oblogdeeoblogda.me …. has started this Rescue Fund to help persecuted LGBT Africans. Check the story below.

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“I have established a Rescue Fund to help persecuted LGBT Africans escape from their countries, as well as supporting safe housing, and quests for asylum.

I was born in South Africa and became an attorney during the Apartheid era, before immigrating to the U.S.A. in 1985. I am a former Marin County Human Rights Commissioner, and founder of Private Courts, a conflict resolution and global human rights advocacy firm based in the Bay Area.

All my advocacy work has been pro bono.

I blog at www.oblogdeeoblogda.me, and use my writing as a platform for my advocacy work.

I learned at a young age about the Holocaust and scapegoating and the importance of Jews in the Diaspora to help others escape persecution. As a member of the global LGBT community I could not sit back and ignore the plea for help generated by my writing, from Africa’s LGBTI community.

The letters I have received will break your heart and they are numerous.

While the US has made strides in equality for LGBT people, African countries such as Uganda and Nigeria have passed Draconian legislation, that has served to increase persecution against gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. 

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Currently LGBTI people are being arrested, taunted, paraded in front of press, outed in tabloids, seized and assaulted in incidence of mob justice, and all this after being rejected, ostracized by family, friends and Government alike. They are terified and have nowhere to turn, as President Museveni is poised to sign a Bill that will put many of them in prison for life.

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~~This is URGENT~~

Most of the persecuted are from Uganda where the President is about to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which mandates Life in prison for gays.

The stories of rejection by parents, family and friends, the arrests under these laws and resulting assaults, insidious mob justice are horrendous. Many fear for their lives.

By contributing to this Rescue Fund you will help me to save more gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people from Africa escape terrifying persecution. For some this is a matter of life or death.

I have been doing this since 2010 and can no longer do it alone. 

The need is far too great.

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~~What We Need~~

We need to raise as much as possible – there will be many more to help. The more we raise, the more we can do. This is how the funds will be used:

I have a list of 20 people who have been verified and need to escape from Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia and the list is growing. 100% of the funds raised will be used for fees for passports, visas, transport out of the countries, and safe shelter and food, pending escape:

Minimum per person is $3,250 approximately:
$100 pays for passport
$200 pays for a visa
$350 provides food and shelter for a month in Africa pending escape
$1,100 – $1,600 buys an air ticket – or
Place of settlement – $1,000 travel cash
Legal fees – pro bono/ accommodation donated.

At this time there is not a single USA organization addressing this problem of direct funding to help victims escape. Please write to me if you have specific questions you would like answered.

Nathan@privatecourts.com

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I will love to help more than 6 people. I have kept my goal low -$19,500. Though I would love to help all 20 for approximately $65,000.

Unfortunately without air tickets and visas, some people may have to escape across borders and in such event $800 each will cover immediate costs. This is not ideal as those people are usually housed in African refugee camps and it takes over 18 months for the UN to resettle them. Often their nightmare continues….

~~PRIZEs~~

Ultimate Savior: Just last week, Edie Windsor, the Plaintiff from the U.S.A. Supreme Court case which ruled The Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and who was named Times Magazine #3 Person of The Year, signed a South African Gay Flag for me and agreed that I could use it to raise money for LGBT asylees. I will award this beautiful flag to the person who donates the most money over $3,250. The Gay Flag of South Africa has received National status. One day Edie’s autograph will be worth a lot of money.

Picture: Autographed Flag with Edie Windsor pictured with Filmmaker of GAY USA the Movie, Kristina Lapinski.

Air ticket Provider: I will also provide an Elie Wiesel Silver Coin, in a descriptive 4 page sleeve pack, newly released by Mint of Norway, and in limited edition to be purchased from the South African Gold Coin Exchange, to the first 10 people who provide more than $500 donation.  (pic below)

Passport Provider: I will provide Nelson Mandela Coins (gold colored made from metal BU) depicting the image of Nelson Mandela with the words “A Long Walk to Freedom”, donated by The South African Gold Coin Exchange to the first 20 people who donate $100 or more. (pic below)

I do not have much to offer in return for contributions, other than the satisfaction of knowing that you may have contributed to the saving of a life.”

Full Credit for writing/Information/Pictures: http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/about/

Rescue Fund Site: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rescue-fund-to-help-lgbt-people-escape-africa

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We ALL are have equal and inalienable RIGHTS!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

Nosey the Elephant Needs Your Help in Florida Today!


Help Nosey ….. I read and signed petition! Please …. check this out!

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PETA has just learned that a strawberry farm in Florida is teaming up with infamous exhibitor Hugo “Tommy” Liebel to host rides featuring the suffering elephant Nosey (aka “Tiny”) this weekend, despite abundant evidence of Liebel’s decades-long neglect of her. Please join PETA in urging Oak Haven Farms & Winery in Sorrento, Florida, to cancel the rides immediately.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered Liebel to pay a penalty to settle nearly three dozen charges of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, most of them related to his mistreatment of Nosey, including repeatedly chaining her so tightly that she could barely move and denying her necessary veterinary care. Click here to learn more about Liebel’s unrelenting neglect of Nosey’s health and well-being.

Please urge Oak Haven Farms & Winery to make the prudent and compassionate decision to cancel the rides on…

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White House Releases President Obama Statement on Uganda Anti-Gay Bill


White House statement: “We have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda” ….. hoping!!

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We have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda

By Melanie Nathan, February 16, 2014.

President Barack Obama informs the world that he has indicated to President Yoweri Museveni that this anti- homosexuality Bill will complicate US relations with Uganda.  And damn right it will. Because as an LGBT activist community we are going to go all out to hound anyone who does business with Uganda again. Mark my words! This will include stopping tourism in its tracks! Ugandans have said they prefer their sovereignty to peaceful international relations, and as Museveni has told his NRM Party that he is ready to go to war with world gays over this, he is then indicating he is ready for war with our President who supports us. They will then pay the price.

Now let us hope that President Obama will open our doors to…

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Something to think about …..


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~~February 16, 2014~~ 

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Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

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Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

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Sources/For full read/All Articles: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights

http://www.ohchr.org/en/udhr/Pages/UDHRIndex.aspx

http://www.youthforhumanrights.org/what-are-human-rights/universal-declaration-of-human-rights/articles-1-15.html

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UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Simplified Version
This simplified version of the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been created especially for young people.

1. We Are All Born Free & Equal.

We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.

2. Don’t Discriminate.

These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.

3. The Right to Life.

We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.

4. No Slavery.

Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.

5. No Torture.

Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.

6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go.

I am a person just like you!

7. We’re All Equal Before the Law. 

The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.

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8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law.

We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.

9. No Unfair Detainment.

Nobody has the right to put us in prison without good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.

10. The Right to Trial.

If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.

11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty.

Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.

12. The Right to Privacy.

Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.

13. Freedom to Move. 

We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.

14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live.

If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.

15. Right to a Nationality.

We all have the right to belong to a country.

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We ALL have RIGHTS!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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“Amigos para Siempre” … “Friends for Life”!!


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~~February 16, 2013~~

Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life)” or “Amics per sempre” is a song written for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The lyrics, written by Don Black, are in English, except for the title phrase which is repeated in English, Spanish and Catalan.

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Sarah Brightman and José Carreras performed the song during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. The duet was also released world wide as a single to coincide with the Games. It peaked at No. 11 in the UK charts. It was one of two musical themes for the event. 

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~~LYRICS~~

I don’t have to say a word to you
You seem to know whatever mood
I’m going through
Feels as though, I’ve known you forever

You, can look into my eyes
And see the way I feel and how
The world is treating me
Maybe I have known you forever

Amigos para siempre
Means you’ll always be my friend
Amics per sempre
Means a love that cannot end
Friends for life not just a summer or a spring
Amigos para siempre

I feel you near me
Even when we are apart
Just knowing you are in this world
Can warm my heart
Friends for life not just a summer or a spring
Amigos para siempre

We share memories, I won’t forget
And we’ll share more, my friend,
We haven’t started yet
Something happens when we’re together

When I look at you, I wonder why
There has to come
A time when we must say goodbye
I’m alive when we are together

Amigos para siempre
Means you’ll always be my friend
Amics per sempre
Means a love that cannot end
Friends for life not just a summer or a spring
Amigos para siempre

I feel you near me
Even when we are apart
Just knowing you are in this world
Can warm my heart
Friends for life not just a summer or a spring
Amigos para siempre

When I look at you, I wonder why
There has to come
A time when we must say goodbye
I’m alive when we are together

Amigos para siempre
Means you’ll always be my friend
Amics per sempre
Means a love that cannot end
Friends for life not just a summer or a spring
Amigos para siempre

I feel you near me
Even when we are apart
Just knowing you are in this world
Can warm my heart
Friends for life not just a summer or a spring
Amigos para siempre

Amigos para siempre
Means you’ll always be my friend
Amics per sempre
Means a love that cannot end
Friends for life not just a summer or a spring
Amigos para siempre

Read more: Sarah Brightman – Amigos Para Siempre (friends For Life) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Inno Barcelona 1992 – Friends for life Amigos para siempre (Sarah Brightman & Josè Carreras)

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We ALL are connected through FRIENDSHIP!!

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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