China, Israel, and Mexico Make Waves for LGBT Community
While America jammed at Bonnaroo this weekend, other countries shook the world up with the celebratory cheers from the LGBT community. Hot on the heels of countries like Ireland and Cuba, renegades all over the world sparked real progress for equality. This week saw huge advances in Mexico, China, and Israel.
The news that Mexico legalized same-sex marriage has quietly drifted by in the flood of world news, but this week, Mexico’s LGBT community finally got the celebration they deserve. Back in early June, The Supreme Court won against harsh state laws that dictated heterosexual marriages as the only valid ones. They ruled these laws as discriminatory, giving gay couples the power to fight district judges that deny their right to marriage. The best part has to be that these injunctions must be granted to them, essentially giving couples the green light to marry. Cheers to Mexico and congrats to all the couples who finally tied the knot!
Ever thought you’d be aiding LGBT activists by using Grindr? Joel Simkhai (Grindr’s CEO) is calling the global Grindr community to put a hold on sharing those sultry selfies and aid countries where the freedom to do this openly is still prohibited. Right now, they’re focusing on China, partnering with LGBT networks to promote sexual diversity and provide sex-ed for rural towns that aren’t as embedded in emerging gay culture of the big cities. If you look at Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, you won’t find a shortage of Grindr users topping over 5 million. And if you look at China’s more popular gay hookup app, Blued, you’ll find 15 million users. Grind for good, y’all.
Last Friday, Tel Aviv painted the streets the brightest rainbow with its 16th Gay Pride Parade. 100,000 people from all over the world donned their drag costumes, raised their rainbow flags, and danced down the packed streets. This year marked the parade as the largest in the region, but being known as one of the most gay-friendly travel destinations, it doesn’t come as a surprise. This event marks an important time in Middle East history, when the conservative climate surrounding Tel Aviv, the kind that hides the LGBT community under wraps, is slowly letting its people out of the closet. The Israeli city stepped it up so much with the end of its vivacious, week-long fest, it attracted visitors like Austrian Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst. She told interviewers, “There are just beautiful people here.”
As the world celebrates, we wait with bated breath to see how America will stack up as the US Supreme Court to make its decision on same-sex marriage on June 29th.
Photos courtesy of Reuters