Over the last few years, Mexico has taken important steps to provide equal rights to its LGBT community. Same sex marriage is legal in the nation’s capital, and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto recently said he supports the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the whole country. So, what better time for Colgate to officially roll out its first gay-inclusive commercial? The ad shows a male couple moving furniture into their new apartment. They come across a young boy and his father, and you can feel the tension when the couple is left wondering what will happen next. What *does* happen will melt your heart. Of course there are some people who aren’t happy about the commercial, but the comments on the video show more support than hate.
Pascual Cruz and Alejandra Mejía, both in their 80s, did not have the means to pay the taxes, which other residents have denounced as abusively high.
After hearing that the couple had been refused the right to take the donkey food and water during its detention, animal rights activists in the state united to file an animal cruelty case with the state Attorney General’s Office.
Oaxaca animal rights group president Hilda Toledo said that activists had planned on going to Río Dulce to protest but the town is considered dangerous and outsiders must solicit authorization to enter, so they chose the legal route.
It all started when a couple in their eighties allegedly didn’t pay taxes.
A donkey was booked into the town jail in San Sebastián Río Dulce, Oaxaca, apparently for unpaid property taxes.
In a truly cruel move, the city’s tax agent ordered the animals arrest so that the elderly couple wouldn’t be able to transport the firewood they use for cooking. But Pascual Cruz and Alejandra Mejía, 88 and 86-years-old respectively, say they’ve been caught up in a power struggle between groups trying to take control of local resources.
Authorities in the Mexican state of Oaxaca came to seize the couple’s burro.
Even though the couple says they only use the burro for domestic uses around the house, not for economic gain, the tax agent seized the donkey and placed it in the town jail.
The incarceration was denounced by the Network of United Animal Rights Activists of Oaxaca.
“It may not be of much interest or importance to others, but it is for the animal’s owners,” said the organization in a Facebook post, “given that it is one of their most valuable possessions, since they use it to transport firewood from the hills to their home.”
The burro was being held without food or water and many people around Mexico were upset by the animal cruelty.
The couple also claims to have been refused the right to take the animal food and water during several days of imprisonment.
Many people around the world were really concerned for the donkey – some even writing to PETA for help.
One Twitter user wrote to to PETA and. Arjona animal rights supporting celebrities including Ricky Gervais. It’s not clear if any of them were involved in the release of the burro.
Strangely, this isn’t the first time a donkey has been placed under arrest and thrown behind bars.
Another Mexican donkey landed itself in jail after biting and kicking two men.
The animal was locked up in a holding pen normally used for keeping drunks off the streets after it lashed out at the pair at a ranch in Chiapas state.
The owner of the angry burro, Mauro Gutierrez, was told that he‘d have to pay the injured men’s medical bills before the creature is released from custody.
Antonio Banderas is one of the most iconic actors to ever live. He has played a long series of characters spanning time, ideologies, and sexual orientations. However, Banderas recently shared a story that suggests his storied career might not have ever happened.
In a recent interview, Banderas recently admitted that he was in a horrific accident when he was a teenager.
Banderas recently spoke to The Independent and the interview started with a story about how a drag queen came to his rescue. Banderas was only about 16 years old at the time and continues to thank and think about the drag queen who came to his rescue.
“It was 1976,” Banderas recalls to The Independent.
“And the front wheel of my motorbike went into a ditch and, boom! I hit a car and my head hit the tank. Bam! Then this person who was working a corner for clients, came from nowhere, got in the middle of the road and stopped a car to take me to hospital,” Banderas told The Independent.”The kickstand got me here [in the calf]. Blood everywhere. You could see the bone.”
That’s right. A 16-year-old Banderas owes his life to a drag queen who drove him to the hospital after a motorbike accident.
We don’t know who the drag queen is and Banderas didn’t give any more details other than the rescue. However, it is pretty cool to hear Banderas recall a story from so long ago that many never knew.
The interview was for Banderas’s new role in “Pain and Glory” where he plays a gay man.
“I don’t really know,” Banderas said when asked if straight people are given LGBTQ+ roles too often. “I’ve played gay characters for a long time and have always tried to be very respectful to the gay community. I’m an actor. I just play the character and try to believe them completely when I’m doing them. I try not to perform them; I try to live them. But, you know, I’m not Zorro, either. I have never been heroic. I run away!”
Banderas has played the role of a gay man multiple times starting in 1987 with “Law of Desire.”
Whoever the person is who saved Banderas’s life all those years ago, thank you. You saved an artistic gem and we are all better for it.