In 2005, members from the Spain’s People’s Party led 100,000 protesters in a march against legalizing gay marriage. In 2015, regional President Cristina Cifuentes flew the rainbow flag, symbolizing support for gay people, from institutional buildings. I see an encouraging trend here. Is it all meant lovingly, or does money play a role (too)? Continue reading
If you do not like Microsoft, you take a Mac. If you do not want to use IE, you chose for Netscape. If you don’t appreciate Google, you use Bing or may Halalgoogling. But if you do not wish to support Mark Zuckerberg, whom should you choose?
Because Facebook is free, the folks up in California decide what is allowed, and what is not. This often leads to random acts of censorship by prudish Americans. The policy is not completely clear, but just like Google, Facebook has the last word. “We work to foster an environment where everyone can openly discuss issues and express their views, while respecting the rights of others”, is one of their key theories. Does that work, in practice? Isn’t it much too easy to close down someone’s Facebook-account?
De State of the Union was vroeger gewoon een TV-toespraak, maar het is nu een evenement met multimediaal geweld. En daar kun je scoren, maar ook flink op uitglijden. Een blik op het gebruik van sociale media in de Amerikaanse politiek.
In the past 4 decades many companies, from local businesses to multinationals, have targeted the LGBT consumers. How? What were their reasons? Did they have success? The truths and myths about that affluent gay trendsetter.
Calvin Klein has been known for decades for his controversial advertising campaigns. His latest one, launched last week, has already been the topic of many water cooler conversations, and then some. And what does Calvin Klein have in common with Anne Frank? Continue reading
In de rij staan kan in de toekomst wel eens grotendeels gaan verdwijnen. Als je tenminste de juiste apps gebruikt. Inchecken in je hotel, het ophalen van pakjes, die ingewikkelde koffie van Starbucks: het kan straks allemaal zonder te wachten. Continue reading
The word, the pen,
the ink, the print
The smile, the nod,
the wink, the link
Liberty, fraternity, equality
The shots, the cries
The shock, the tears
Religion, yet disbelief
Opinion, yet censorship
Satire, yet sadness
Sad, so sad, that desperation leads to religion,
religion leads to fanatics
fanatics lead to chaos
chaos leads to desperation.
We remember who they were
We remember what they did
We remember why they did it
We respect them. We honour them. We miss them.
Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high …
These lyrics are from the musical The Wizard of Oz (by Yip Harburg, 1939), which became a gay favorite, if only due to Judy Garland playing the lead role of Dorothy. It was the funeral of Judy Garland, in 1969, which lead to the Stonewall riots in New York, the first organized signs of resistance against oppression of gay people, which were the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the USA. A number of lines from the musical still live on in ‘gay language’, such as “We’re not in Kansas anymore” and the enigmatic “Friends of Dorothy”. Continue reading