Raise a Glass

Raise a Glass

When I came out it was far from triumphant. The awkwardness of the affair, the strange, muted reaction of the family and the sudden shift in the way a large portion of my friends perceived me shifted things to the negative. Within a month girl friends of mine tried to make me into their sassy gay friend and demanded I take them to a drag show at a local bar. We arrived to a deserted bar. The perfo... »

Quickies: Gambia’s Anti-LGBT Crackdown, HRC Founder Arrested, Winnie the What?

Quickies: Gambia’s Anti-LGBT Crackdown, HRC Founder Arrested, Winnie the What?

Gambian President Approves Life Sentences for Homosexuality – Gambian security forces are rounding up suspects and attempting to extract confessions via threats and torture. Trans Woman Misgendered in Own Funeral – Jennifer Gable, who died at age 32 after suffering an aneurysm, was presented as a man, misgendered and misnamed throughout the funeral services. Friends and allies are unde... »

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). From the International Transgender Day of Remembrance page: The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco... »

Quickies: Blood Donation, Gizzy Fowle, OKCupid

Quickies: Blood Donation, Gizzy Fowle, OKCupid

The US to Consider Allowing Queer Men to Donate Blood – Men who have sex with men are currently banned from donating blood in several countries including the US. The Obama Administration will be holding hearings starting Thursday to consider easing or lifting the ban. Obama Appoints New LGBT Liaison – “Indian-American Aditi Hardikar – who helped run voter outreach and finance for... »

Baby, it’s Consent Outside

Baby, it’s Consent Outside

So this is what my spouse and I got up to tonight, since the holidays are coming up AND it’s cold and snowy in Chicago. I thought I’d share it with all of you. Visual description for those who can’t see the video: Two people (me and my spouse) sitting on a couch. We start out kissing before they start singing and hold hands through the video. Transcript: To the tune of “Bab... »

Quickies: LGBT Health, Pussy Riot, Marriage in Kansas

Quickies: LGBT Health, Pussy Riot, Marriage in Kansas

Huff Po’s LGBT Health Roundup – A bath house chain installing vending machines for HIV tests, Aetna to cover GCS, an infographic on Trans Awareness Month, and more. Hateful Cardinal Demoted Again – Cardinal Raymond Burke, who stridently opposes abortion rights and LGBT acceptance, was demoted first from being archbishop of St. Louis, and now from the Congregation for Bishops, to ... »

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