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Guest Post: Will Chelsea Manning Get People Talking About Trans* Issues?

Guest Post: Will Chelsea Manning Get People Talking About Trans* Issues?

The following post is a guest post from Marci. Marci is a 23-year-old transgender woman from the UK who creates music, is an equality activist, runs a support group, and a gammer in her free time. She can be found on Twitter @MarciHawkins. If you had asked a trans* person about Manning over the last couple of years, there was a good chance they would have told you she is trans. This was confirmed ... »

Follow-Up: Boycotting Russia

Follow-Up: Boycotting Russia

[TW: Homophobia, violence] I recently wrote a post explaining why I am boycotting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In it, I expressed my outrage with the new Russian law passed back in June that effectively bans queer people from public life and has ushered in a new era of public violence towards queer people in Russia. A few people commented on the post that calls to boycott the Olympics would... »

Why I am Boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics

Why I am Boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics

[TW: Homophobia, violence, rape]  I’m not a particularly big fan of most sports. It’s not so much that I dislike them as that I’m indifferent to them. I live in San Antonio, Texas, and Spurs fever is pretty big around here. People are always perplexed when I have no idea that there was a Spurs game, let alone that they lost the championship. But one of the few sporting events I do get excited to w... »

Keep Your Heterosexism, Jezzies

Keep Your Heterosexism, Jezzies

Lindy West has written a post on Jezebel making the argument that when a woman’s boyfriend tells her that her vagina is repulsive, it’s time to break up with him. Aside from the cis-privilege of the article (there are people who do not identify as women who have vaginas, too!), I found the article both funny and spot on. A relationship in which one person is shaming another person’s body is not a ... »

I am Queer: Beyond the Trans/Cis Binary

I am Queer: Beyond the Trans/Cis Binary

I do not feel or identify as trans. I also do not feel or identify as cis. I am comfortable being male-bodied. I am uncomfortable calling myself “man.” I do not feel that I am a woman. In some ways, I feel like a boy—as if I never went through the cultural transitions of puberty, only the physiological ones (I am an adult, by the way. I do not want my language here to portray the idea that I “neve... »

AI: Homos at SCOTUS

AI: Homos at SCOTUS

As I’m sure many (most? all?) are aware, Tuesday and Wednesday saw some arguments about the rights of us homosessuals at SCOTUS (the Supreme Court of the United States). There was much doom-and-gloom circulating around the net after Tuesday’s arguments about Hollingsworth v. Perry (the Prop 8 case), while the oral arguments on Wednesday in United States v. Windsor (the DOMA case) seeme... »

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

A few days ago, Harriet Hall wrote a post on Science-Based Medicine titled “Gender Differences and Why They Don’t Matter So Much.” The article left a bad taste in my mouth for a number of reasons. Aside from what I feel is a gross misrepresentation of various criticisms of Michael Shermer (which I will leave to Ophelia and PZ to deal with as they see fit), the bulk of my issue with her post deals ... »

Queereka Birthday Bash Broadcast

Queereka Birthday Bash Broadcast

After fighting out some technical issues, we are now broadcasting our hangout LIVE! If you’d like to join us, please post your G+ username in the comments here and we will send out an invite! Our live broadcast is now officially over. Thanks to everyone who came to hang out! We had some good conversation despite our many technical issues. I’ve embedded the video of the broadcast below ... »

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