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  • 1. VIRick  |  August 23, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Sonora: Homophobic Governor Appeals Marriage Equality Court Ruling

    Per Televisa Sonora:

    A través de un oficio difundido por Proyecto DDHH y activistas LGBT, informaron que el gobierno de Sonora de Claudia Pavlovic impugnó la sentencia que favorece al matrimonio igualitario en Sonora. Los mismos colectivos señalan que defenderán el mandato de la SCJN.

    Through an official notice released by the Human Rights Project and LGBT activists, they have reported that the Sonora government of Claudia Pavlovic has challenged the ruling that favors marriage equality in Sonora. The same groups indicate that they will defend the mandate of the SCJN.

    Claudia Pavlovic is insane. She is near the end of her term as governor, and like "El Bronco," the ex-governor of Nuevo León, she apparently wants to go out of office in a foolish burst of ignominious notoriety.

    As for me, as an ex-resident of Sonora, just seeing her name in print, hopefully for the very last time, I mysteriously began stomping and jumping around the room, singing that silly children's song, "La cucuracha, la cucuracha, ya no puede caminar." (Cockroach, cockroach, now you can not walk.) I was so annoyed that I also managed to kill 3 of them in the process.

    It is extremely unlikely that the justices of Mexico's Supreme Court will view her appeal in favorable terms.

    On the same date, one also notes that a massive flash flood from a high desert summer monsoon on the border near Douglas Az and Agua Prieta, Sonora, ripped massive gaps and holes in Trump's "beautiful" wall, completely destroying a number of extended sections of it.

  • 2. Elihu_Bystander  |  August 24, 2021 at 6:01 am

    I particularly enjoyed the part about the wall.

  • 3. ianbirmingham  |  August 24, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Indiana school board deems LGBTQ Pride flag ‘controversial’ after one parent voices concern

    An Indiana school board received a complaint from one parent about an LGBTQ pride flag hanging in an 8th grade classroom, and has obtained legal counsel after deeming it "controversial."

    The Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District will hold a meeting for parents Tuesday night as it takes input before developing a new policy on how to deal with what it is calling "controversial material."

    District Superintendent Dr. Brad Yates adds the "goal of the board is to develop a policy to clearly identify topics considered controversial and outline the buildings or grade levels in which controversial topics would not be permitted."

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  August 24, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Out Senator Kyrsten Sinema says she’s willing to tank everything the LGBTQ community cares about

    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), an out bisexual, is holding the Democratic Party hostage as she continues to oppose President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda – from the massive investment in infrastructure to LGBTQ civil rights.

    Sinema’s stance will scuttle initiatives on education, child care, paid family and medical leave, climate change, voting rights, and economic opportunity along with the Equality Act, landmark civil rights legislation for the LGBTQ community.

    Sinema, along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), refuses to vote in favor of reforming the filibuster, a Senate procedural move used to stop legislation from moving through the body. It is a relic of Jim Crow and is currently being used to stop voting reform, raising the minimum wage, and landmark LGBTQ civil rights legislation.

    In a recently revealed video, several notoriously anti-LGBTQ politicians, chief among them former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tell an audience that they should thank Sinema for dooming LGBTQ rights laws.

  • 5. VIRick  |  August 25, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Edomex: Marriage Equality Proposal Introduced into Congress Committee

    Per Sectec Edomex:

    Hoy, el 25 de agosto 2021, en la Comisión de Igualdad Sustantiva, Diversidad, y Política de Género, los parlamentarios presentan propuestas para la reforma del marco legal, buscan incluir los medios legales para el matrimonio igualitario y conformación de familias.

    Today, 25 August 2021, in the Committee for Substantive Equality, Diversity, and Gender Policy, parliamentarians present proposals for the reform of the legal framework, seeking to include legal means for marriage equality and the formation of families.

  • 6. VIRick  |  August 25, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Yucatán: Full Congress Is Voting on Marriage Equality Today, 25 August 2021

    One can watch/listen to the proceedings here:

    There are 25 members in the Yucatán state congress. They just voted 25-0 to proceed in general. Dip. Silvia López is presently speaking in favor. And now, Mario Cuevas Mena is speaking against. They just voted 14-11 to continue the proceedings in particular, and Cuevas Mena is back, propounding on the fact that the current congress's term expires on 31 August, as if no one else in the room were aware of this fact.. The president of the Mesa Directiva just dismissed an extraneous question from Rosa Ardiana Díaz, the ardent homophobe and leader of PAN. But later, she came back and spoke against the measure anyway.

    Oh shit! According to Juan Pablo Galicia, this discussion is on proposal #3 in today's agenda. Marriage equality is #11. In any case, both are from the same Constitution Committee. The final vote on measure #3 was 14-11, with the same deputies, as expected, on either side. It is now 3 PM Yucatán time, and they are on to measure #4, something about the Mexican Armed Naval Forces.

    Three hours later. Rosa Adriana just finished her rant about "matriz," so we are there. To counter that, Dip. Kathia Bolio Pinelo is now explaining that it is "matrimonio igualitario civil," and that she is voting in favor. And, so is the next speaker, Luis Pacheco. And so is Fatima Perera Salazar. The final speaker, Felipe Cervera, the PRI leader, is now addressing the congress, but never stated how he would vote.

    The final vote was 20 in favor and 5 against. As the vote is announced, here comes a giant rainbow flag, for a photo op in front of the podium with all the deputies who voted in favor. The session has now been closed.

    So, with today's favorable vote, Yucatán has finally become jurisdiction #22 (of 32) in Mexico with marriage equality.

  • 7. VIRick  |  August 25, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Yucatán: Family Code Must Still Be Modified to Allow for Marriage Equality

    Per Kalycho Escoffié:

    Pero todavía falta el (cambio en el) Código de Familia. Tienen que modificarlo para que sea un hecho. Y eso significa que el litigio que tenemos ante la SCJN sigue en pie hasta que eso ocurre.

    But the (change in the) Family Code is still missing. They have to modify it in order for it to become fact. And that means that the litigation we have before the SCJN continues to stand until that happens.

    So, the marriage equality approval supposedly granted by the 20-5 vote today in the Yucatán state congress only made the required changes to the state Constitution, but not to the Family Code. Both needed to be modified in order for marriage equality to happen.

    Only two states in Mexico double-banned marriage equality, Baja California and Yucatán. Baja California just undid and reversed both bans earlier this year, and the lengthly, convoluted process is still fresh in one's memory. Thus, for Yucatán to only have a single agenda item at the end of the day's session seemed too easy and too simple. And Felipe Cervera was too calm and too non-chalant. Nor was there much enthusiasm in the room from the other actors, other than that insane rant about "matriz" from Rosa Adriana and the sharp put-down that followed from Kathia Bolio.

    In proper Spanish, "matriz" means "womb." For the die-hard pro-creationist, rosary-praying, pilgrimage-addicted, penis-in-vagina crowd, that is about as close as they dare venture, short of impolitely demanding to know: "Where is the pussy?"

  • 8. VIRick  |  August 25, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Yucatán: Family Code Must Still Be Modified to Allow for Marriage Equality

    Continuing from Kalycho's remarks, the following is an accurate statement:

    Per Miguel Anguas:

    El Congreso de Yucatán aprueba reforma constitucional para reconocer el matrimonio igualitario por mayoría de 20 votos, y 5 en contra.

    The Congress of Yucatán approved the constitutional reform to recognize marriage equality by a majority of 20 votes, and 5 against.

    So, at least the ban has now been removed from the state constitution, having garnered more than the required 2/3 vote (la mayoría calificada,) as that absolutely had to be done, and quite likely needed to be done first. And unlike Baja California, there was no counter-measure being proposed to replace that ban with a guarantee, enshrining marriage equality in the state constitution. As a result, there is also no need to go before the municipal councils seeking their approval.

    So, today's vote simply dropped Yucatán down one notch, placing it on the same level with the 10 other remaining recalcitrant states that only ban marriage equality through their Family Codes.

    However, in the meantime, 99% of LGBT activists (let alone multiple media outlets, as well as the general public) have been duped into thinking that marriage equality is a reality now in Yucatán. Still, in retrospect, through all of this, at least I can say that one side of my house has been freshly painted.

  • 9. VIRick  |  August 25, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Yucatán: State Congress Votes to Modify State Constitution

    The following is precisely what was actually voted upon today:

    Per Punto Crítico:

    En sesión extraordinaria, el Pleno del Congreso de Yucatán avaló, con 20 votos a favor y cinco en contra, reformar los párrafos segundo y tercero del Artículo 94 de la Constitución de Yucatán.

    In an extraordinary session, the Plenary of the Yucatán Congress, with 20 votes in favor and five against, endorsed the reform to the second and third paragraphs of Article 94 of the Constitution of Yucatán.

    Thanks to the Supreme Court order demanding an open vote, everyone is now fully aware that the following are the 5 hard-core deputies of the Yucatán Congress who voted against removing the ban on marriage equality from the state constitution:

    Mirthea del Rosario Arjona Martín (PRI)
    Víctor Merari Sánchez Roca (PAN)
    Marcos Nicolás Rodríguez Ruz (PRI)
    Rosa Adriana Díaz Lizama (PAN)
    Manuel Armando Díaz Suárez (PAN)

    Some news outlets are incorrectly reporting that all 5 negative votes came from 5 of the 6 PAN deputies, that is, from all but Kathia Bolio. In actual fact, PAN split 3-3 on the vote. Kathia was the sole PAN member to speak in favor, but two others also quietly voted with the majority. Instead, two old-guard PRI members also voted against, with one, Marcos Rodríguez Ruz, actually speaking against passage of the measure.

  • 10. VIRick  |  August 25, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Durango: Two More Amparos Filed for Marriage Equality

    Per Horacio Alejandro Aranda:

    Hoy, el 25 de agosto 2021, en el Estado de Durango, promovemos dos demandas más de amparo por matrimonio igualitario.

    Today, 25 August 2021, in the State of Durango, we filed two more amparo lawsuits for marriage equality.

  • 11. VIRick  |  August 25, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Guerrero: Political Party Distribution in New Congress

    Per Katya Ocampo:

    The political party distribution in the new 45-member Guerrero Congress will be:

    22 Morena
    11 PRI
    9 PRD
    1 PV
    1 PAN
    1 PT

  • 12. VIRick  |  August 26, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Virginia: $1.3 Million Monetary Settlement in "Grimm" School Bathroom Access Case

    A Virginia school district will pay more than $1.3 million in legal fees to resolve the case of Gavin Grimm, the former high school student who challenged its bathroom policy in 2015.

    On Thursday, 26 August 2021, the ACLU announced in a press release that the Gloucester County School Board stated in a court filing that it would not challenge Grimm’s request that they pay the fees and other court costs associated with his case.

  • 13. VIRick  |  August 26, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Michigan: Ann Arbor City Council Bans Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 17 August 2021, the Ann Arbor city council passed a city ordinance banning anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy."

  • 14. VIRick  |  August 26, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Finland: Citizens' Initiative to Ban Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy" Heads to Parliament

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A citizens' initiative to ban sexual orientation and gender identification conversion therapy in Finland reached the required 50,000 signatures on Monday, 23 August 2021, which means it will now be referred to Parliament for consideration.

    Supporters of the initiative said they want MPs to ban treatments and therapies, for both minors and adults, aimed at converting gay and transgender people into cisgender heterosexuals.

  • 15. VIRick  |  August 26, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Querétaro: Marriage Equality Lawsuit to Enforce "Amparo by Legislative Omission"

    Per Frente Queretano:

    Hoy, el 26 de agosto 2021, las cuatro personas que iniciamos y nos fue concedido el "Amparo por Omisión Legislativa," y que (más tarde) fue impugnado por la Legislatura de Querétaro, solicitamos a la SCJN la atracción de ese caso.

    Today, 26 August 2021, the four people who initiated and were granted the "Amparo by Legislative Omission" for us, and which was (subsequently) contested by the Legislature of Querétaro, have asked the Supreme Court to take up and attend to this case.

    Per Guía Gay México:

    Piden que la SCJN intervenga para que Querétaro reconozca matrimonio igualitario.

    They are asking that the Supreme Court intervene in order that Querétaro recognize marriage equality.

  • 16. VIRick  |  August 26, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Yucatán: Marriage Equality News in K'iintsil, the Maya Language

    Per "La Jornada Maya:"

    Éejenta’ab ts’o’okol beel ichil xiib yéetel xiib, beyxan ko’olel yéetel ko’olel, tu lu’umil Yucatán.'iintsil/17896

    Portions of the following news account, originally published in Spanish and relative to the recent actions taken by the Yucatán congress pertaining to marriage equality, were then translated into K'iintsil for wider dissemination, given that traditional Maya within their own culture have always recognized and accepted the third-gender muxe:

  • 17. ianbirmingham  |  August 26, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Homophobic chant has Mexico's soccer federation in hot water with FIFA

    Mexico's soccer federation has been sanctioned repeatedly by world governing body FIFA for a homophobic chant used by its fans during Mexican national team games.

    In a practice believed to have started among fans in the early 2000s, Mexican national team fans join in unison to shout a Spanish-language homophobic slur ("p—," which roughly translates to "gay prostitute").

    The Mexican federation has been disciplined on multiple occasions by FIFA since 2015, so many times that it's difficult to keep count. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Mexican federation was fined nine times alone in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup.

    In June 2021, FIFA sanctioned the Mexican federation for homophobic chants by Mexican fans at Olympic qualifiers played in Guadalajara, Mexico, in March 2021: a $65,000 fine and two official home matches played behind closed doors. According to a FIFA statement to ESPN, the sanctions apply to any official Mexican national team matches, regardless of the team or age group.

    The FIFA Disciplinary Committee also opened separate proceedings against Mexico in connection with homophobic chants by fans at a friendly against Iceland played in Arlington, Texas, in May 2021. Punishment related to that incident is still forthcoming. And it remains to be seen whether any action will be taken for the chants during Mexico's participation in the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals and final in June 2021.

  • 18. VIRick  |  August 27, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    El Partido Encuentro Sexual Again Celebrates Marriage Equality

    The hacked website of the ultra-right-wing, foaming-at-the-mouth, christianist political party, Partido Encuentro Social (PES), now re-named as the Partido Encuentro Sexual and totally re-purposed in bright, shiny, gay, rainbow colors, is at present audaciously celebrating the most recent marriage equality victory in Mexico, while the actual PES officials continue to be completely apoplectic about it.

    Enjoy the latest from the rogue PES site:

  • 19. VIRick  |  August 27, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Yucatán: Marriage Equality Passes, but Now Needs Implementation Laws

    Per Ricardo Verdi:

    Avanzamos pero… ¡La lucha sigue!

    Se aprobó el matrimonio igualitario en Yucatán, pero falta que el Congreso del Estado haga las modificaciones correspondientes a leyes secundarias, como el Código de Familia y la Ley del Registro Civil. Tienen un plazo de 180 días naturales (a hacerlo).

    We advance but… The fight continues!

    Equal marriage was approved in Yucatán, but the State Congress needs to make the corresponding modifications to secondary laws, such as the Family Code and the Civil Registry Law. They have a period of 180 calendar days (to do so).

    So, as suspected all along, the current Yucatán congress only did half of its job, and put off the second portion of the required legislation, the necessary implementation laws, for the next congress to complete. As a result, marriages in Yucatán will likely not be able to be legally performed until late February 2022.

    Unlike in most other states, in Yucatán they had double-banned marriage equality. The current congress only removed the ban from the state constitution, an important and necessary first step. But the Family Code and the Civil Registry Law also need to be amended before same-sex couples can legally be married within that state.

    Of course, they could always ignore this missing legislation, and simply claim that, henceforth, they choose to solely follow Supreme Court jurisprudence. Santiago de Querétaro did. San Pedro Cholula in Puebla state did. The governor of Chihuahua state did. The government administration in Baja California did. Five municipalities in Zacatecas state, including Ciudad Zacatecas and Fresnillo, did. In fact, any state or any municipality anywhere in Mexico could. Eh, but we are talking about Yucatán, and to date, it has not happened there, over 6 years after the jurisprudence was set.

  • 20. VIRick  |  August 27, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Tlaxcala Passes LGBT-Inclusive Hate Crimes Law

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Tlaxcala: Tipifica Congreso Crímenes de Odio

    Con una reforma al Artículo 239 del Código Penal para el Estado de Tlaxcala, el 27 de agosto 2021, diputados estatales tipificaron los crímenes de odio en la legislación estatal a fin de evidenciar aquellos delitos que se cometen por actos de discriminación. La reforma considera las preferencias sexuales, origen étnico, género, y condición social, entre otros aspectos.

    With an amendment to Article 239 of the Penal Code of the State of Tlaxcala, on 27 August 2021, state deputies classified hate crimes in state legislation in order to highlight those crimes that are committed due to acts of discrimination. The reform considers sexual preference, ethnic origin, gender, and social condition, among other aspects.

  • 21. VIRick  |  August 27, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Yucatán: Another Interpretation of the Newly-Passed Marriage Equality Legislation

    Per Mily Romero, Deputy, Yucatán State Congress, and legislative sponsor:

    Apenas el gobernador Mauricio Vila Dosal publique en el Diario Oficial del Estado las recientes reformas a la Constitución, aprobadas para permitir el matrimonio igualitario, la ciudadanía podrá hacer uso de estos derechos. Se podrán casar personas del mismo sexo e inscribir los concubinatos que existan en esas mismas condiciones, afirmó ayer, el 26 de agosto 2021, Milagros Romero Bastarrachea, diputada sin partido (ex-MC), como una de las promoventes de estos cambios.

    “Para que puedas hacer uso de casarte o inscribir tu concubinato es inmediatamente después de que se publique, porque la ley dice que la ley superior predomina sobre las otras. Como la Constitución de Yucatán ya se habrá cambiado y es predominante sobre las demás leyes, los efectos son inmediatos," explicó.

    As soon as Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal publishes the recent reforms to the Constitution in the Official State Gazette, approved to allow marriage equality, the citizenry will be able to make use of these rights. Same-sex couples will be able to marry and to register existing cohabitation under the same conditions, Milagros Romero Bastarrachea, a non-party deputy (ex-MC), affirmed yesterday, 26 August 2021, as one of the promoters of these changes.

    “So you will be able to make use of it to marry or to register your cohabitation immediately after it is published, because the law says that the higher law prevails over the others. As the Yucatán Constitution will have already been changed and is predominant over the other laws, the effects are immediate," she explained.

  • 22. ianbirmingham  |  August 28, 2021 at 4:01 am

    China's Shanghai University (SHU) has asked schools and colleges within its network to report details of all “non-heterosexual” students

    The document says it is looking for information on gay and transgender students, as well as anybody who is “non-heterosexual”.

    Notably, the university is also allegedly asking schools to collect information on LGBT+ students’ political views, social contacts and life plans.

    Furthermore, the document urges schools to collect information on LGBT+ students’ “psychological condition” and to report if they have any “mental disorders”.

    The existence of the alleged list has been uncovered just weeks after Chinese social media giant WeChat was accused of removing dozens of LGBT-led accounts, prompting fears that the move was part of a wider crackdown.

    Several LGBT+ groups told Reuters in July that their WeChat accounts had been locked, while others discovered that all of their content had been wiped from the platform.

    There are no legal protections in place that protect LGBT+ Chinese people from discrimination, and the country’s longest-running LGBT+ celebration, Shanghai Pride, was cancelled abruptly last year.

    A source told CNN that the volunteer-led team at Shanghai Pride cancelled the event following pressure from local authorities.

  • 23. ianbirmingham  |  August 28, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Russia: Moscow man is abducted, taken to Chechnya, interrogated for information on LGBT activists

    Ibragim Selimkhanov, a Dagestan native, was approached by four Chechen-speaking men near a subway station in the city’s Novogireyevo District on 15 May. The men, who were wearing civilian clothes, forced him into a car and took his passport, phone and apartment keys. He was driven to the airport and ordered onto a plane which took him to the Chechen capital of Grozny.

    On arrival he was handed over to the local police, who reportedly threatened and exerted psychological pressure on him while seeking information about the emergency assistance programme run by the Russian LGBT Network.

    The group provides a vital lifeline to the LGBT community in the North Caucasus, a region notorious for persecuting queer people as part of a horrifying “gay purge”.

    Chechen officials deny that any LGBT people exist there, let alone a gay purge; however, their claims are countered by dozens of harrowing reports from refugees who have been imprisoned, beaten, tortured and seen others killed in gay concentration camps.

  • 24. VIRick  |  August 28, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Hidalgo: In Two Years, 188 Same-Sex Couples Have Married

    Per "Milenio Hidalgo:"

    En los dos años desde 2019, de acuerdo a Valeria Lizeth Paniagua Trejo de las oficinas de la Dirección General del Registro Familiar del Estado de Hidalgo, el matrimonio igualitario es un derecho ya ejercido por 188 parejas del mismo sexo en el estado de Hidalgo.

    In the two years since 2019, according to Valeria Lizeth Paniagua Trejo from the office of the General Directorate of the Family Registry of the State of Hidalgo, equal marriage is a right already exercised by 188 same-sex couples in Hidalgo state.

  • 25. VIRick  |  August 28, 2021 at 10:08 am

    El Salvador: Up-Date on Proposed Constitutional Reforms

    Per Contra Punto de El Salvador:

    La identidad de género y el cambio de nombre están concebidas en propuestas de reformas constitucionales. No concibe el matrimonio igualitario, como partidarios del gobierno aún las niegan.

    Gender identity and name change are conceived in proposals for constitutional reforms. Marriage equality is not planned for, as government supporters still refuse such.

  • 26. VIRick  |  August 29, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Baja California: First 4 Marriages of Same-Sex Couples in Mexicali without Amparo

    Per "La Voz de la Frontera," 29 de agosto 2021

    Baja California: Mexicali Oficia los Primero 4 Matrimonios entre Personas del Mismo Sexo

    Cuatro matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo se han generado en las oficinas del Registro Civil de Mexicali, después de ser aprobado (el matrimonio igualitrio) por el Congreso del Estado y hacerlo ley desde el pasado mes de junio. Elizabeth Márquez Saavedra, oficial del Registro Civil del XXIII Ayuntamiento, señaló que cuatro parejas, dos de mujeres y dos de hombres, han unido su vida en matrimonio después de la aprobación de esta ley, sin la necesidad de un amparo federal.

    Four marriages between same sex couples have been generated in the offices of the Civil Registry of Mexicali, after (marriage equality) was approved by the State Congress and made into law in June 2021. Elizabeth Márquez Saavedra, official of the Civil Registry of the XXIII City Council, pointed out that four couples, two of women and two of men, have joined their lives in marriage after the approval of this law, without the need for a federal amparo.

  • 27. ianbirmingham  |  August 30, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Ford Builds 'Very Gay' Ranger Raptor In Response To Homophobic Comment

    Ford's German branch has long supported Christopher Street Day (CSD) in Cologne, the location of the automaker's headquarters in Germany. Cologne also holds one of the largest CSD events in the country, which is dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. This year, Ford offered a rainbow-adorned Ranger Raptor for the occasion but the Raptor's origin was two-fold. It was also created due to a specific, negative social media commenter that called the Raptor's original color of Performance Blue "very gay." As such, Ford specifically named this pickup the Very Gay Raptor.

    Recognizing the discriminatory tone of the comment, the automaker responded with an over-the-top image of a rainbow Ranger to make the company's position very clear. Ford then turned to a real Performance Blue Raptor for a proper makeover. In addition to rainbow colors, a gold foil from Alphafoil was added to the back half of the off-road truck for even more visual punch. The entire process took 60 hours and required 30 square meters of film, and the end result speaks volumes on Ford's opinion of those who feel such language and actions are acceptable.

    This special Raptor isn't Ford's first vehicular statement in support of the LGBTQ+ community. 23 years ago, the automaker created a special truck-converted Ka with a rainbow finish for Cologne's CSD celebration in 1998. Additionally, Ford's GLOBE (Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees) network celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, supporting LGBTQ+ employees and diversity in the workplace.

    [Click through to the article for some Very Gay images!]

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