Sunday, May 17, 2015

International Day Against Homphobia

Here’s to the classic movies that we never grow tired of ~ Jill Badonsky

Have you seen the movie Cousins from 1989 with Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini?  Danson and Rossellni play cousins by marriage who fall in love while pretending to do so to get back at their philandering spouses. It’s a beautiful romance, I bawl all throughout the movie, especially the end.

I didn’t see Cousins until about seven or eight years after it came out. I fell in love it with it instantly. I now watch the movie probably about three or four times a year. It seems like it’s a summer favorite, I don’t know why that is.

When I see it now, it is a trip back to the 1980s when hair was big, shoulder pads were the rage, and peg leg jeans were the bomb. At heart, it’s still a beautiful story.

It’s a movie I never grow tired of, even though I can probably recite the script at this point. Just like other classic movies, I don’t care that it didn’t do well at the box office or if it had blockbuster DVD sales. I only care that for the next moment, I can be transported into Larry and Maria’s story once more.

On this International Day Against Homophobia, just remember life is like these classic movies. It’s not necessarily about our past, but about our present. What are we doing today to help live our lives openly and happy, free from hate and persecution.

And what are we doing to prevent harassment of others?

For more information on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, check out their website here:

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  1. I do speak up and speak out when I have encountered harassment in any form!


  2. Rene
    Thanks for this post.

  3. I try to educate people and speak up against any form of harassment.

    1. It's harder done than just said, good for you, Danny! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Have you seen COUSIN, COUSINE (the original French version)? I haven't yet. I do speak up when I hear homophobic or anti-trans comments...


  5. Thanks for this post.
    I raise my children to be open minded people :)


  6. I usually speak up or show my displeasure in other ways.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  7. I have never seen that movie, but I enjoy the 80s-type movies. 13 Going on 30 is one I liked a lot, as well as the TV show The Americans.

    I hope we can all live free of harassment. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

  8. I post messages on FB promoting tolerance
    I'm not an active member of society so that is my only real link to reach people


  9. Thank you for your post and for being part of this blog hop. I am going to have to check out that film now, as I often also like films or books that may not be best sellers or box office hits but they have a specially meaning to me or perhaps an occasion (happy or sad).

    "If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace." Franklin D.Roosevelt

  10. speak up

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. Passive aggressive way = tshirts worn that spread the word that love is love

    More direct way = my really big mouth that speaks up when someone is being hateful

    1. Ha ha! I love it! Thanks so much for stopping by!