Act of Gay Salutes Gay Heroes and Heroines! – Go Montenegro!

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Take a second and imagine what it must be like to be the first public figure to ever come out of the closet in your country.  The first!  Well, in the tiny but beautiful country of Montenegro, this only happened two years ago!  This very macho part of ex Yugoslavia seemed to live in a state of blissful ignorance about their LGBT people until the emergence of Zdravko Cimbaljevic, an extremely brave man, a hero, who came out to his family and country following a violent homophobic attack against him.

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image of zdravko cimbaljevic from blic.rs

Despite being disowned by his own father, he’s moved forward to become a human rights leader for LGBT people in Montenegro and was one of the organizers of this week’s first Pride march there.

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Unfortunately, when you live in a country that is heavily steeped in patriarchal tradition, where any traits considered feminine would be something for a man to be ashamed of, this is what a Pride march has to look like.  Despite police protection, the marchers were subjected to a torrent of abuse and violence from ignorant and bigoted protesters.

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This was the picture of intolerance and hate that the brave Montenegrin Pride marchers had to face down.  It has been said many times recently that while equality spreads across some parts of the ‘west’; the USA and Western Europe, other parts of the world seem to be seeing an increase in homophobia and violence.  But for a country like Montenegro, this is not a good idea as they are trying to gain recognition in the European Union and this may prove to be a bitter set back.  You truly can judge a country by how it treats its vulnerable citizens and who wants a country that allows thugs and idiots to attack people expressing themselves freely.

In a classic act of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted and is 10 miles down the road, the Prime Minister of Montenegro said,

that his government “supports protection of human rights for all people without difference.”

The EU Wants You to Be Nice

Because Montenegro clearly has not experienced the power of the gay yet and because some of them appear too stupid to understand what being nice to people means, Act of Gay feels obliged to draw their attention to things that happen to countries that are not nice to their gays.

For example, roads can be easily washed away with a bit of flooding.

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Oh whoopsie.  You wouldn’t want an Act of Gay to make that any worse now would you?

Being Nice Can Prevent Landslides

Now of course Act of Gay could get upset enough to do other things that would make life uncomfortable. As well as landslides, we are always good friends with Mother Nature (as she is actually a naughty little lesbian thing) and we were just discussing the weather in Montenegro.  How would you like a heatwave?   Oh well, blame your nasty homophobes as they are the ones who brought you into the Act of Gay radar.  How about over 105 F or 40C. That hot enough for you?  That might make more men take off their shirts and then, who knows what might happen?

Getting Hot in Montenegro?

Or we could get down and dirty and make sure that the name of Montenegro is not just sullied and embarrassed internationally by dirty rabble throwing stones at people because they are different.  We could point out that Montenegro seems to be associated with international smuggling and well, that won’t make EU citizens likely to support any moves to bring Montenegro into the EU now will it?

Cigarette Smuggling? Really? Anyone for a fag?

Well Montenegro, Act of Gay is giving you some fair warning here.  OK, we’re sending a bit of international humiliation and bad weather your way, but we’d really love you to play nice.  Appreciate your LGBT people.  You have a beautiful country and they just make it even more beautiful.  If you don’t, you’re going to look like a bunch of ass backwards, uneducated and bigoted fools.  Your choice.

Meanwhile, we would like to invite our Act of Gayers to listen to this inspiring interview with Zdravko Cimbaljevic about coming out to his family and country, why and how that has affected  his life.  We salute you Zdravko!

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Act of Gay Crossing Borders for Love

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Look at these two handsome young men.  They show that gays are all about love.  Gays will conquer all political divides and it is for this reason that today, Act of Gay celebrates Irish people from both sides of the border.  What brought Ireland and Northern Ireland into the lamp light of Act of Gay, we hear you asking.  Two majorly very cool things.

Northern Ireland, a country steeped in religious tradition, lit up the town hall of their capital city, Belfast, with rainbow colors!

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Then, the Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir led the Gay Pride parade.

Pink Guinness Anyone?

Northern Ireland are proving to the world that they are leaders in the quest for equality for all of their citizens.  Top politicians from the country even formed a panel to answer questions presented by the LGBT community.

Politicians in Northern Ireland Know the Pot of Gold is at the End of the Rainbow

South of the border in Ireland, a gay rights hero has emerged of a different and faceless ilk.  All hail Paddy Hack!  Our favorite, mysterious modern day superheroes, Anonymous and it’s merry band of hackers were represented by Paddy Hack in an attack on Nigeria and its anti gay bill, looking to criminalize gay marriage and participation in gay social events with terrible penalties.

Today the Nigerian government woke up to this message on their website along with a demand for the President to renounce and veto the bill.

“Failure to follow our order will unleash a torrent of fury aimed directly at the direction of your administration, starting with some startling but unsurprising evidence of corruption in your ranks,” the message continued.

He added: “No need to start destroying evidence. I already have it.”

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Act of Gay is now going to make its pronouncements.  First, we’d like to suggest that Act of Gay, in recognition of Belfast’s beautiful behavior, should get some beautiful weather.   Weather forecaster, recognizing the benevolency of Act of Gay, announced today,

“In Belfast it will be around 26C, so a very warm day with prolonged sunny spells.  The good weather will last right through the week with temperatures in the mid-20s. Every day should reach about 25C or 26C at least.”

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image from belfasttelegraph.co.uk – marchers at Belfast Pride enjoy the great weather

You’re welcome Belfast.

But, because Belfast has been so extra good to their gays, we thought that Act of Gay had to do something in recognition of gayness, not just across the world, but across the spectrum of species.

Which animal do we know form loving, long term, monogamous, gay relationships?  Penguins of course!  So, Act of Gay is beyond excited to announce that Belfast Zoo have had the wonderful and clearly, miraculous, arrival of six new penguin chicks.  These chicks are born with a purpose – and that is to help with the conservation of their species.  But we’re  relieved to know that they were born in Northern Ireland and that even if they are LGBT penguins, they will be loved equally.

Potentially Gay Penguins at Belfast Zoo

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Just to make sure no one thinks Act of Gay is speciesist in any way, we care about the humans too.  Jobs for Belfast.  Act of Gay says they are heading your way.  Beannchor group is investing a heap of money into Belfast and will create 50 new jobs for humans by the autumn!

Gays Love Hospitality

Due to Paddy Hack, we felt that it was important to share the great weather with Ireland.  So today is the hottest day of the year so far.  Ireland has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but it isn’t often blessed with the sort of fantastic weather that Act of Gay is able to announce today.  So, Ireland, get to the beach and thank Paddy Hack for the sunshine!

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Paddy Hack Brings Rays of Light

Act of Gay would also like to congratulate Ireland on their stupendous performance in the World Cricket League Game against the Netherlands, taking them one step closer to  qualifying for the World Cup in Australia – which is another country that Act of Gay loves.

We’re Waiting for an Irish Cricketer to Come Out Batting

Inspired by tales of fit men with large, hard wooden sticks and balls of steel, we leave you with this timely and gratuitous image of James Anderson, a friend of all gay cricketers.

“If there are any gay cricketers, they should feel confident enough to come out, because I don’t think there is homophobia in cricket.” – James Anderson.

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