WOW! best seat :)
I'm in row B of section 1, I couldn;t believe my lucky and then i realised there is row AA, BB etc. My best friend is in a completely different section to me which sucks though. Oh well at least we got tickets.
Yeah for sure, having random seats is better then none!! Its pretty exciting :)
In what can only be described as terrifying news, the United Nations has removed a reference to sexual orientation from a resolution condemning arbitrary and unjustified executions. The resolution contained a reference opposing the execution of gay people in its 2008 version. But this year, the new version was passed minus the reference to gay rights. This was because a group of mostly African and Asian countries, voted to remove it. 79 countries that voted to remove the reference to sexual orientation from the resolution, including Uganda, Afghanistan, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Most Western countries, including the US, voted in favor of keeping the reference to sexual orientation in place. The US abstained from the final vote to approve the resolution, with American diplomats telling the UN that the US was “dismayed” at the decision.
“This vote is a dangerous and disturbing development,” Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, said in a statement. “It essentially removes the important recognition of the particular vulnerability faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people — a recognition that is crucial at a time when 76 countries around the world criminalize homosexuality, five consider it a capital crime, and countries like Uganda are considering adding the death penalty to their laws criminalizing homosexuality.”
That reference was to a bill introduced in Uganda in 2009 that would allow the death penalty for acts of gay sex or for any gay person carrying HIV. Regardless of international outrage, Ugandan officials said last month the bill would soon be law.
Here is a full list of the 79 nations that would like the right to execute you if you are gay or have HIV:
In favor of the amendment to remove sexual orientation from the resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (79):
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Sala, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asexual — A person who does not experience sexual attraction towards anyone. Asexuals come in many shapes and flavours, have various attitudes towards sex, view their asexuality in different ways and are extremely diverse.
Indifferent — A word used to describe asexuals who,…
Some of this stuff is common sense, but I find it helpful to articulate what I want for myself as a cultural worker that wants to work towards social change. You may or may not agree with what I say here. I realized a while back that as a critical thinker, I had to ask questions about what the traditional art world was telling me about what an artist should be. (like this picture here)
1. My art is my labor. I will not be a starving artist. I’m a worker like others, and my labor should be compensated. Just as consultants, janitors, secretaries, bankers, etc are paid for their work, I should remember that my work is my labor and my sweat, and I should be paid for it.
2. No one is gonna come “discover” me.
3. The notion of the “starving artist” has been designed to justify the exploitation of artists, who are often pitted against each other in a competitive environment where another group of creative “elites” (curators, critics) get to define the market rate at which the artist sells their work. In other words, we as artists have allowed for other people in our sector (who are usually paid) to define our worth.
4. The art world is set up to benefit a tiny few. Institutional gatekeepers get to define who is in and who is out. We empower this institution by playing into their game on their terms. But I ask myself - “Do I really need to wait for them to validate me?” Can I go around them? Or skip them altogether?
5. I don’t need intermediaries between me and people who love and support my art practice.
6. There is NOT one right way to obtain financial stability as an artist, there are multiple ways - endless possibilities.
7. Do I need to wait for an artist critic or a gallery or a curator to write about me? No, I can write about myself and my work in my own voice.