Why We Need Pride

A flyer for Salvador Pride (Brazil); a drawing in one of the museums of São Paulo (also Brazil) (photos credits: me!)

I am not here to convince you that all people deserve equality.

I’d like to think you already believe that – on Pride Day or any other day.

In my episode, I quickly summarise several important arguments why we still need Pride and where, among other areas, there’s still a lot of work ahead.

Where might that work be needed in your country?

We have to look at its legal base. For example, the rights and anti-discriminatory laws that exist to protect the LGBTQ community. Media laws regarding LGBTQ representation. Marriage laws.

We can also look at statistics surrounding hate crimes and violence towards our LGBTQ friends.

We can look at heart-breaking statistics at LGBTQ youth suicide rates and different indices on mental health.

In short, even if it’s incomplete, there is a LOT of data showing that in many countries, to use very simple language, the situation is just not great.

That’s why, as I’ve been saying in my previous episodes:

Political representation matters.

Visibility matters.

Raising your voice matters.

It’s a short episode. I hope you find it valuable and even share it with the ones who might appreciate it, too.

But before I proceed to it, let me potentially sabotage my own prospects of you actually listening to it.

Because there are two videos that I would love you watch.

I’ve seen them multiple times, shared them with friends, and cried….realistically, every time I’d watch them.

They’re beautiful, strong, personal, and very very needed.

First, it is the coming out speech by Elliot Page (then: Ellen Page).

Second, that is the speech by Rory O’Neil (Panti Bliss), an Irish drag performer and an a gay rights activist.

They will be worth your time, I promise you. And you will probably want to share them with your friends just like I did.

And now, my episode!


Articles and Episodes:

Black Lives Still Matter, Systemic Racism Still Needs Dismantling

It’s been two years since George Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin. The protests that followed launched the US – and, in a way, the world – into a new stage of racial reckoning that the US is still in. Some new laws have been passed, and some old statues finally toppled.

But the system holds. On the 2nd anniversary of George Floyd’s killing, I’d like to share a beautiful interview with Toluse Olorunnipa and Robert Samuels who have just released a book on George Floyd.

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Palestine? Part 8: Erasure

Attacks on Palestinians have intensified during the holy month of Ramadan again – they resemble what we saw last year. And the year before.
I’ve written a lot about Palestine but it’s time combine several things that I’ve partly mentioned in my previous episodes and focus this one on something rather obvious: the concept of erasure.

How Can We Actually Help Afghanistan?

We know that political turmoil – on top of devastation of a 20-year war – after the Taliban took power in August 2021 is a big factor in this crisis.
But we also know what one other factor that could immediately alleviate this suffering of the Afghan people is: these are the frozen funds that belong to the people of Afghanistan, and that are kept in mostly U.S. accounts. Hear about all this from the first civil society women’s delation that visited Afghanistan recently.

Noam Chomsky on Russia, Ukraine, China, US, and The State of The World

What would it take to negotiate a peace settlement in Ukraine?
What could Vladimir Putin see as a way out of this?
What role is the US currently playing here?
What’s happening with China?
And what’s the state of journalism and the mainstream media as the war in Ukraine is happening?

When an Empire Offers You a Moral Compass, You Can Pass

As the war in Ukraine has started, we have seen some absolutely hypocritical statements made by U.S. officials.

But they’re only hypocritical if we know a bit of the context here.

And when we do, we are much better equipped to construct our own moral compasses, without any help from the U.S. This is what I illustrate and explain much better in my episode.

What Would Peace in Ukraine Look Like?

If we believe that peace in Ukraine is possible, we have to ask what it would look like. What could a negotiated settlement between Ukraine and Russia be?
Listen to what Anatol Lieven from The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft has to say.

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