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Have a Gay Day!

I’ve been away for a long, long time. I know I’m eating my words here when I said that I would go back to regular programming when I haven’t even bothered to post even just a single picture during the whole time. Ack!

I don’t want to bother you with excuses because in the end, I just didn’t write. But honestly, I miss it. And so, perhaps to get me going, I’ll start by sharing a piece of positive news. It is the middle of the week, and sometimes, we just need to get a dose of good vibes to get us through the work week. And sometimes, even if the day sucks or other people suck, we can still turn it around and make something good happen like Dayna Morales. If you don’t know the story, simply click on the link and read it.

I’m simply writing about it because stories like these, no matter how small they seem, affects us all. It shows that there is still discrimination in this world. It shows that we still need to do a lot of work to make changes happen. And by sharing this, just like Dayna Morales puts it, hopefully I will be able to take a small part in informing others and saying, “It [discrimination] isn’t okay.”

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A Victory for LGBT: US Supreme Court Rules for Equality and Liberty

Great news deserves to be shared!

The Supreme Court of the United States of America finally ruled in favour of and in recognition of the rights and liberties of lesbians and gays. It is a day of many victories – for lesbians and gay couples and families, for equality, for Edie Windsor, and for human rights.
DOMA or Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 are now a thing of the past, as it should be. I think of them as nothing but antiquated and malevolent devices of torture. They should and have now been dismantled into nothing but wreckage. Hooray!

It is a day for celebrations! Even the google search bar is showing some love. See?

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Google is all rainbow!

I cannot express how happy I am about this piece of news. I am happy for lesbian and gay couples who can now freely enjoy and exercise their rights. I am happy for friends who can fully live their lives the way they want it, with the support and recognition of the state and law of the country they belong to. Hopefully, with California now again the 13th state to recognize same sex marriage, the rest of United States of America will follow suit.

Read all about this news on the New York Times or Reuters and on other resources on the web.


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Charice Pempengco is Out and Proud!

Charice Pempengco, who became internationally famous after appearing both at Oprah Winfrey’s and Ellen DeGeneres’ shows is now an out and proud lesbian. I don’t know if there were any filmed interviews where she has stated the words out loud that, “Yes I am a lesbian”. But then again, if you proclaim to come out, what else would it be? I am happy for Charice Pempengco.

I was only able to find out about this news through the Philippine media outlet and other entertainment portals online. I don’t know much about other tidbits or gossips surrounding her, but I am glad to have heard this piece of news. I say, the more lesbians out in the spotlight the merrier it is.

The only thing I will comment on is the one made by her detractors and by other ignorant people. Stop making criticisms about her look or her style. Stop the misogyny. Stop the hate. Learn to accept people for who they are. Lesbians are all shapes, sizes, colours, and yes, even hair styles. Just keep out of it. I will stop my rant here, lest it spoil this good news.

So, hooray for Charice Pempengco!

You can read the news article from the GMA website.


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Jodie Foster is an Out and Proud Lesbian

There’s no mistaking it. You don’t have to read between the lines. A big-name Hollywood actress has come out and it’s Jodie Foster. Did you watch her during the Golden Globes? Did you pay attention to her speech? Jodie Foster’s words says it all, albeit a bit too subtle for some. She is gay. She is a lesbian. And you know what, she couldn’t have done it at a better time. Receiving a Cecil B DeMille award and broadcasting it on live telecast at Golden Globes for the whole world to see and hear takes a lot of grace and guts.

Why now? Why on Golden Globes? Why name her former girlfriend and partner for the whole world to google? Why? Why? Why?!

It is so easy to complicate matters when you fail to take in the actress’ words and intentions. Why should her private life be of concern to the public in the first place? Can you imagine how the publicity of her sexuality becomes just another fodder for the media to feast on, where in this day and age, as she puts it, your private life becomes a cheap, money-making franchise for a reality show and a fragrance line? Should she really stoop to that level and jeopardize her private family life? An actress of her calibre?

I can’t pretend to understand everything. I don’t know the pressure famous and influential women go through, how hard it is to separate their public life and private life, and how much effort it takes to screen out the prying eyes of the media and all the unwanted attention. Still, I think it is important for women to come out of the closet. Whether you are a public figure or not, I think it is a responsibility we owe to our predecessors who have set the path for us, we owe it to every scared woman out there to help them find their voice, we owe it to ourselves to be proud of who we are. Because just by coming out, we come to represent, we come to claim our space, our rights, and dignity. And by doing so, we help others find the opportunity themselves.

The circumstances vary for each and every woman out there. But let me just say, congratulations! It truly takes a lot of heart to come out. It takes a lot of courage to come out. It takes a lot of sacrifice to come out.

As women, as lesbians, we are made of the sterner stuff. And truly, we can and we will overcome anything and everything until equality fully lives up to its promise. This is our campaign.

To see and read more of Jodie Foster’s speech, you can view it here on GLAAD.org or at the Advocate.com


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Ozsome Christmas Stocking Stuffing 2012

Christmas is the time for little luxuries. It’s about that glazed ham on the table and that stocking full of surprises. It’s about the wonderful tinsel on the trees and dancing Christmas lights that make you want to glow and shimmer just the same. It’s about the carefully wrapped presents just waiting to be opened and the chaos that soon follows after when one by one, each box is ripped apart. Simple joys.

Christmas is about giving yourself, and more importantly, your loved ones a bit of indulgence, some pampering, and that feeling of giddiness that comes when you smile like a kid again. You can’t deny it. You’re just waiting for that magic to happen when your eyes twinkle with excitement as everyone gathers to eat, to exchange gifts, and to settle down for some coffee and dessert.

I think it’s because I’m getting older that I’m getting too sentimental.

Anyway, Christmas too and more importantly is for wishes and fulfilling them. And no, it’s not just about buying someone a gift that you promised. It’s about making things that we hope for actually happen. It’s time we think about what we wish for and what we can do to realize them.

So in the spirit of the holidays and activism, I wish and hope to influence and challenge readers to:
o Have a healthier image of their bodies, as well as respect for other peoples’ bodies as well
o Accept, understand, and acknowledge lesbians in all our colors and sizes
o And put a stop to discrimination, misogyny, and violence towards women

May all of the above, plus my wish list for this Ozsome 2012 Christmas come true:

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A simple Xmas Wishlist for 2012

Because I am such a cheapskate most of the time, I don’t normally aspire for designer items. I am a happy camper as long as they are of a decent quality and function according to their purpose. Then again, I do have some pieces that I am just drooling at like a nice pair of boots or a nice fitting leather jacket.

  1. Beaumont Knee High Boots from Duoboots, online for £165
  2. Flore Tan Knee High Boots from Duoboots, online for £195
  3. Penny Point Clutch from Rubi Shoes, on sale online for $5.00
  4. Kimmy Wrist Strap Purse from Rubi Shoes, on sale online for $5.00
  5. A pair of red pants in time for the Christmas season. (Picture is of Current/Elliott Moto Ankle Skinny Jeans from Asos, online for $450.50)
  6. Marks & Spencer Indigo Collection Zip Through Biker Jacket, online for £69
  7. Africano Print Scarf from Rubi Shoes, on sale online for $5.00
  8. Vidal Sassoon Big Hair Styler from Big W, online and in store for Aud$49.00

Disclaimer: The following images are borrowed from the sites/brands described or mentioned.

LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above. These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

Veteran theatre artist/performer Monique Wilson, famous for her role in Miss Saigon alongside Lea Salonga, finally reveals that she is a lesbian. All I can say is bravo! It is time to shine in your own fabulous way.

It actually came as a surprise for two different types of people. One was for the  people who knew she was gay and was surprised to know that she has gone public about it just now, and of course the others were just simply clueless. Oh well. It still is a happy piece of information.

She will surely become one of the most influential role models out there for other women. It is high time we encourage and celebrate women for being true to themselves. Encore!

You can read more about this at PEP.com or the Philippine Entertainment Portal.