“In the Fifties and Sixties, the life of a gay man was a secret. Homosexuality was illegal, so you didn’t draw attention to yourself. But coming out is the best thing I ever did and I’ve never met a gay person who didn’t think the same. Even now there are young actors who want careers as romantic leading men and the best thing is not to reveal you’re gay. I suppose I used to wonder if I’d be allowed to play Romeo if I came out. Eventually, I thought if you compromise to the extent of lying about yourself, is there any job in the world that’s worth that? I don’t think there is. It’s still a sensitive issue in Hollywood, though.” (December 2012)
Ahead of the first-ever traditional Buddhist merit-making ceremony to pray for the tens of thousands of elephants poached annually, renowned artist Remko van Schaik produced this incredible 3D elephant art installation in the courtyard of one of Bangkok’s iconic temples. Monks, members of the Thai public, government representatives, celebrities like Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova, and delegates from the ongoing CITES meeting are expected to attend the main event starting at 4:30pm on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Visit http://bit.ly/ZnELVh for more information.
Today is International Women’s Day, a day set aside to celebrate women and their economic, political, and social achievements around the world. It is also a time to focus on places and situations where women’s rights, equality, health, and safety still have a long way to go. Collected below are images of women around the world — powerful and poor, young and old — on International Women’s Day.