On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation
Winner of Eurovision 2014, my favorite diva, Conchita Wurst has returned recently to generate some more controversy. Conchita wants a review of the adoption system in Germany for gay couples, saying that “It sucks” as reported by Ragap Magazine. Without hesitation, Conchita criticized German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for refusing full adoption right for homosexuals.
“I want you to make a decision and that decision is not difficult,” Wurst said.
In Germany gay marriage is equivalent to civil unions in the U.S. There are a number of substantial differences in taxation, inheritance, and adoption of children compared to heterosexual marriage. Germany has recently made it possible though for homosexuals to adopt the biological children of their parter if they are registered as domestic partners.
However, there is a long way for Germany to go, according to Conchita, as with the LGBT movement in Berlin. This is due to the fact that this year there are several gay pride parades, which the singer described as “unnecessary and stupid.” “We are a community and we must stick together so we can demand our rights together rather than be divisive. We must refocus on the essentials, ” he said. Gay Pride Berlin is one of the most important celebrations in Europe. It took place recently with more than 200 events in the city.
Alex Stoddard, is a 20 year old fine art photographer living and working in the Los Angeles area. His work is mystical, magical, modern, edgy and it’s really incredible to behold. He’s now represented by the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles where his photographs are being sold alongside Ricard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and Peter Lindbergh and others. Prints can be purchased directly from the gallery.
The images below link to his Flickr gallery. He has a much larger collection of his work there and I encourage you to visit it.
Where you grow your home
Our mortal reality
In the wake of thunder
If man were meant to fly
To beg for a tide
A destructive force
The journey a soul must take when its body has failed
Ways to find Alex Stoddard:
Romain Laurent studied at the Ensaama National School of Applied Arts. In addition, he studied photography in Paris. His ideas are contemporary, fresh, and energetic. Born and raised in the French Alps he now lives in New York City where he specializes in people photography, moving images, and short videos.
The moving images below are called loop portraits. He tries to create a loop portrait weekly. His photographs are equally creative and humorous and I’ve included several of them as well. He also does short films and advertisements and I’ve included his latest Hermés ad below called Man on the Move. More of his videos can be found on his website and on Vimeo.
Man on the Move
A Selection of images by award winning, Cairo based, French photographer Denis Dailleux including selections from his series Fils de Roi, Portraits d’Égypte and Ghana, Mothers and Sons .
Denis Dailleux has been living in Cairo for almost a decade. His connection to the Egyptian people is very loving as the photos of the Mothers and Sons demonstrates. In addition, the work is very insightful and demonstrates a great respect and compassion for people under various living conditions. It has the power to move people the world over.