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Commonwealth of countries establishes Equality Network

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The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) welcomes the decision by the Commonwealth to approve the Network for accreditation as a Commonwealth organisation.

As a result of this landmark decision, TCEN is now the first and only LGBTI-focused organisation to be officially accredited by the Commonwealth.

Accreditation means that TCEN activists will benefit from increased access to, participation in and information about Commonwealth matters. It also sends a strong signal that the voices and needs of LGBTI people are legitimate and LGBTI activists have a vital role in civil society.

Established in 2013, TCEN is a diverse network of 38 civil society organisations in 39 countries working to challenge inequality and end discrimination against LGBTI people in the Commonwealth. The majority of TCEN members originate in low- and middle-income countries in the Global South. The Government of Canada has welcomed the Network’s accreditation, noting that TCEN “has challenged discrimination and countered homophobia and transphobia around the world—and today it represents a diversity of civil society organizations within the 52 member nations of the Commonwealth. This step will ensure that LGBTQ2 rights are an ever more important priority for the Commonwealth.”

TCEN is greatly encouraged by accreditation.

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Chair of TCEN and Executive Director of EQUAL GROUND – SRI LANKA, said: “Considering the process it takes, it is a small wonder and a great victory for TCEN to have been given accreditation as a Commonwealth organisation. I am certain TCEN can make great inroads into gaining LGBTI rights in the Commonwealth. I look forward to the day when all countries within the Commonwealth adhere to the principles of human rights and equality enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter, safeguarding LGBTI rights and upholding freedom and equality for all.”

Caleb Orozco, Executive Director of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) and the winner of the 2017 David Kato Vision and Voice Award, whose successful lawsuit ended in Belize’s anti-homosexuality being law struck down in 2016, said: “Finally, Commonwealth governments have acknowledged that their LGBTI citizens’ dignity and rights are a part of democratic principles that should be at the policy table. As a citizen of the Commonwealth, it gives me hope that states will not leave totally the defence of rights to be the burden, alone, of individuals.”

Paul Dillane, Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, a London-based Network member and host of the TCEN Secretariat, said: “Let us be clear about the scale of the challenge: 36 countries in the Commonwealth continue to criminalise consensual same-sex acts and in many others LGBTI people experience discrimination and violence.

TCEN provides an important platform for activists around the world to organise and collaborate in the struggle for equality and freedom. This decision provides TCEN with a vital opportunity to put the human rights of LGBTI people on the agenda.”

In 2015, a group of TCEN members participated in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, where a Barbadian activist became the first person to address Commonwealth foreign ministers on the lived reality of its LGBTI citizens. Such activism is resulting in the emergence of progressive policy; research on LGBTI rights in the Commonwealth shows how Commonwealth governments have made progress on LGBTI rights and presents best practice that other governments can learn from.

TCEN will harness the momentum accreditation gives to continue the struggle for the dignity, equality and basic freedoms of all LGBTI people throughout the Commonwealth, particularly during next year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit hosted by the UK in April 2018.

 

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Giving Back!

Well,  celebrated it’s 10th year on the 3rd of June with a BIG Birthday Party and Charity Night! We raised $3,003.10 on the night for The Western Suburbs Haven Inc and had over 150 people attend the night. It just gets better and better and every dance...
THAT'S A TOTAL OF $ 21,213.10 over the years. My thank you’s are endless.

Firstly to Laydee Kinmee who organized the entertainment and the raffle, the performers Fifi Fo'Fum, Pomara Fifth, April Fools , Danger Del Rey, Melicious Damage, Damien Mancell, CoCo Foxx, Lola DelArte & Felicity Frockaccino.

The performances were brilliant and we appreciate the time you all donated.
Thank you to the people who assisted us on the night Ophelia Shaft for the music, George for the videos, Rob Manser & Ego Media for photos, Cliff for the t-shirts, setting up and pulling it all apart, Louise, John and anybody we may have overlooked.

Thank you to the people who donated the raffle prizes Mr X Adult Lifestyle Fairfield, Bowlerama Wetherill Park, The Dragmaker, Rhonda and Rita, Darryle and also a huge thank you to Mounties Bowling Club.

Also a big special thank you to Ian Stumbles, Greg (aka Gracie Lou) and Ann-Marie Calihanna and Star Observer for their ongoing support and also a huge thank you to all the people who attended and made it a brilliant and exciting Birthday and Charity event.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next dance on Saturday 5th August.

www.heavensocialdance.com

It's now that time when everybody is recovering from the Queen's Birthday Dance Party & Ball in The Blue Mountains that was a huge success; it gets bigger and bigger every year! So if you missed out this year, mark it in your diary and plan for next year...

It's also that time of the year also when we come together for the Sydney PRIDE festival which runs from the 09th - 28th June for more info : www.sydneypride.org

WOW ... After 5 SELL OUT SHOWS at Campbelltown RSL, they’re back AGAIN!!! Drags To Bitches on the 24th June and it will sell out so be quick (only 3 tables left). So come and join us as we celebrate all that is DRAG and those fabulous BITCHES we all know and love. For more info : www.dragentertainment.com

On the 8th of July The Polly's Club will celebrate 53 years as a major part of Sydney LGBTIQ scene. They will be presenting '' The Farmer Wants A DRAG QUEEN '' Show. The show is produced by Sue Ellen and The Pollys cast and she has been working her butt off at rehearsals I believe, So Come on DOWNTOWN (where all the lights are bright) and we will be waiting for you at Marrickville Town Hall at Polly's Birthday Party 7pm -12am , $25.00 at the door and I will be giving wrist bands, The rest of the Housewives will be there to entertain you as well. Fabulous Hampers and prizes to be won. www.thepollysclub.com.au

 

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Heaven has locked in their dates for 2018. What will change in 2018? It is so great that the committee and I get to keep it running the night for the GLBTQI community of the west to have somewhere to hang out!! Now let's Talk about show me the MONEY!! Which Western Sydney drag queen is being sued and might just end up in court !? 

The poor luv does everything right by people and she is having one pulled over her.

Hopefully her solicitors can help her out and save her from the stress of the courtroom – though, I would love to see the look on the judges face when she walks in….lol Until next time (13th July 2017)

Be Safe & Gorgeous,

BB

www.beverlybuttercup.com

 

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CYNTHIA GERMANOTTA, LADY GAGA’S MOTHER AND CO-FOUNDER OF BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION, TO BE HONOURED AT WORLD OUTGAMES MIAMI OPENING CEREMONIES ON MAY 27

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World OutGames Miami is thrilled to announce that Cynthia Germanotta - president of Born This Way Foundation which she co-founded with her daughter Lady Gaga - will receive the Champion Award presented by the University of Miami Health System! This award will be given to her during the Opening Ceremonies. 

Produced by Jack Nolan and award-winning The Impression Group South, the Opening Ceremonies will wow audiences featuring performances by Kristine W, Tito Puente Jr., David Hernandez and a special performance by EnVee. Plus, Egyptian-Canadian actor, model and activist Omar Sharif Jr. will serve as the evening's special guest master of ceremonies. 

Opening Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Limited tickets start at $33.00 USD and are available for friends and supports of registered participants.

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DISCO FEVER TIME

OMG ... So much as happened in the last four weeks, where will I start ?  OMG So much happened, Heaven's first two dance's at our NEW club Mounties Bowling Club, Fairfield has been bigger & better than what I expected with hundreds of people turning out making the first two dance's for this year a huge success and my 50th birthday party went off with a bang on 18th March with my friends & family donating money on the night a $1000 dollars was given Twenty10 .  Thank you so much for your support ..And BIG Congratulations to LayDee KinMee and the cast of Drags to Bitches for being nominated for the third time for (Production Show of the year) at the 19th ACE Awards Tuesday (11April) night and looking fabulous making mommy proud to think in three years you've sold out 30 shows a cross Sydney get ready campbelltown RSL they coming back for the fifth time this show will sell out 24 June Getting early or you will miss out www.dragentertainment.com

NOW we will celebrate the Easter weekend and recover from overdosing  on chocolate .  And the school holidays  are here YUCK !!!

We can NOW get excited about a brand new night coming to Western Sydney.  If the first one is a huge success on 29th April it will return as regular event in Western Sydney with Amanda Honey presenting RED RAW Parties "Women in Uniform" night for our friends around Penrith and surrounding suburbs. .. They hope you'll  come dressed in uniform but of course its not compulsory. The resident Dj Ruby Red will be bringing you the classic dance hits of the 70's 80's 90's + A special guest Dj T.B.A  from 7pm-12am at The Peachy Penarth , 54 Peachtree Rd , Tickets $15..  A wonderful night of sensational music aimed at women and their gay friendly friends (that means no one at all is excluded, straight, male, female, non binary, fluid, trans, etc etc) and come have some fun. If you're smiling, you're in! If you're affecting our enjoyment you're out - simple.

And then its DISCO TIME - The Polly's Club presenting Disco Fever ! return to the 70's with The Polly's in their glittery new show at The Marrickville Town Hall , 303 Marrickville Rd, on 06th May From 7pm - 12am  $25 www.thepollysclub.com.au

A quick reminder most social events are not-for-profit organizations which organize social events in the community to provide a safe place for the GLBTI community, to socialize and raise a little bit of money along the way for great organizations in the gay community.  So if you have the opportunity get out and check out social events like : Heaven Social Dance , The Polly’s Club , Unity Wollongong  & The Three Sisters Social Group in Blue Mountains ... Because they might just become a  memory like all the other fabulous nights that have come and gone in our community. so people need to make more of an effort .

And we must not forget the venues that support the LGBTQ  Community in western Sydney put on nights like trivia and bingo and provide fabulous free live entertainment there is something for everyone to do in western Sydney  

DRAG GOSSIP ;  On .. OFF... And NOW!?  It's on again take 2, rumours has it V-Bar is returning to a new club and on a NEW  night '' Saturday ", I believe at  Merrylands Bowling Club, date to be confirmed next month, who will the designated charity be and how long will this one last ??  Fingers crossed it lasts longer than last time, so much is happening in Western Sydney and I love to get out to other social events in Western Sydney.  That will make two new social events taking place in the West on a regular basis, how fabulous  =  That will be a total of 4 ongoing events in Western Sydney, it's all happening.

 

Until next time (10th May) Stay gorgeous! luv  Buttercup xxx     www.beverlybuttercup.com  

 

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Matty brings the hotty hot hot hot to Brisbane

We have been obsessing over Matt's pics for a while now and his cheeky sense of humour and body-ody-ody realness shines through in all his social media shots... it makes us want to head to Brisbane and train with him one on one at his gym :) 

This guy is a treat on the eyes and a real Aussie bloke - so we hope you enjoy!

 

h/t the fabulous www.joeldevereux.com 

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Never Marry an Icon - The Loss of One

Each year many wonderful entertainers and people in the public eye unfortunately pass, and for the most part many of them in our lives will go unnoticed. It is, after all, sometimes hard to grieve for the loss of someone we have never met, or that we are distanced from either physically or socially.


So why is it other celebrity deaths produce a sense of grief and loss? A celebrity, or iconic performer, that touched our lives at some pivotal point becomes like a friend we view from a distance. They open our minds to new ideas, they inspire us, they motivate us, and they have an uncanny ability at times to help us feel good when no when else can, whether it’s watching them on the big screen or simply listening to them.


Sometimes it can just be the simple notion that they allow us a sense of just being ourselves when surrounded by a world of conformity. Bowie, Prince, Robin Williams, all incredibly talented and unique performers.


However let’s not also forget Pete Burns who passed recently of a massive cardiac arrest. Pete, from ‘Dead or Alive’, may only be remembered by many for being a one-hit wonder and someone in recent years that made every Top 10 list of “Botched up Plastic Surgeries”.


Pete Burns was more than that. In a time of Gender Bending in the 80’s he took that concept and bent it another 69 degrees. He also had a cut throat no bullshit attitude and was ready to speak his mind with an acid tongue well before Nicki Minaj was even thought of. He didn’t just teach me to wear whatever I liked and not care what society thought; he taught me it was ok to speak my mind.


So when we mourn a celebrity death, we don’t always shed a tear because we knew them personally, we shed a tear because in some way, shape or form, they helped us know ourselves a little better.

 

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Israel Announces $US2.7 Million Plan To Advance LGBT Equality

The Israeli government announced Wednesday a nearly $3 million plan to promote equality for the country’s LGBT community.

The plan was approved as part of the 2017-18 budget, and will be divided among the Social Equality, Welfare and Education ministries.

Under the new initiative, the Social Equality ministry will receive $660,000 to create a campaign aimed at combating discrimination, the Welfare ministry will be allotted $400,000 to construct LGBT centers nationwide and the Education ministry will be granted $1.3 million to formulate activities that promote tolerance.

The remainder of the funds will be evenly distributed among various LGBT organizations throughout the country. Some money will also be set aside for the Sheba Medical Center, which oversees a majority of Israel’s gender confirmation surgeries.

“There is no doubt that this is a significant milestone for the gay community in its efforts to achieve equality in Israel,” Aguda Israeli National LGBT Task Force Executive Director Ohad Hizki said. “This is the beginning of a truly good year.”

The move comes at the end of a summer that saw both triumphant moments for the LGBT community (such as the great successes of Tel Aviv Pride and a movement to bring Israeli soldiers and LGBT families together for the High Holy Days) and moments of blatant homophobia (like these religious protests over a gay singer’s performance and the military’s inclusion of LGBT soldiers.)

Hopefully, this new allocation of funds will only help to push Israel toward full acceptance of its LGBT citizens.

h/t: Jewish News Service

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Behind The Beats: DJ Dom De Sousa

Musicality is in this man's blood. With an ever growing legion of fans around the world, DJ Dom de Sousa has been tearing up the decks at a wide range of different venues and events over the past few years. Guidetogay.com caught up with this Sydney native to chat for our behind the beats series.

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The Ray will be First Superhero Show With A Gay Lead

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The CW’s DC Universe is getting a little bigger — and a little more diverse. Straight from the channel’s panel at the Television Critics Association summer tour, a new animated series for CW Seed has been revealed – and it will star the little-known DC comics hero Ray Terrill, better known as The Ray.

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Streisand to perform LGBT gala for Hillary Clinton

Barbra Streisand will return to New York City September 9 to perform during a fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after this week's round of NYC concert tour dates.

Held at Cipriani Wall Street, tickets for the LGBT for Hillary Gala range from $2,500 to $250,000. The $1,200 “Friend” ticket level has already sold out. Certain ticket prices include a reception with the possible President.

Further information about the gala can be found here.

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