Discrimination

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

The FDA recently balked at lifting the 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The FDA erected the ban during the AIDS crisis, before HIV was a known and understood virus. Naturally, at this time blood tests did not exist for HIV. The ban bars any gay man who had had sex with another man at any point after 1977 from donating blood. The FDA was not considering lifting the ban ... »

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... »

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... »

Gay Wizards: Role Playing Games and LGBT Inclusivity

Gay Wizards: Role Playing Games and LGBT Inclusivity

Wizards of the Coast quietly made a stir recently with the release of the new Basic Rules for the 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. Nestled on page 33 is a section about determining the sex/gender of a character that makes the inclusion of LGBT characters explicit. “You can play a male or female character without gaining any special benefits or hindrances. Think about how your character does or... »

Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down

Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down

A Ugandan court has struck down Uganda’s horrible antigay law which criminalized not only homosexuality, but also helping homosexuals or not reporting them to the police. In front of an overflowing courtroom in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, a panel of five judges announced that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punishes some homosexual behavior with life in prison, was invalid because it had be... »

Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Deference to religious belief, specifically Christianity, is deeply ingrained in American culture, so much so that arguments that would look suspiciously like discrimination, bigotry, and hate are not only excused but held up by our Supreme Court when coated in the veneer of religious liberty. Such was the case with the recent, infamous Hobby Lobby decision where Justice Alito stated that sincere ... »

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Sodomy Causes AIDS: A Shocking Entirely True Revelation in the Field of Science

Recently, Bob Frey, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives outlined what may just be the greatest scientific theory of all time. Frey outlined his position to the MinnPost in a recent article. From the piece: “When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the e... »

The Queerview Mirror: FIFA World Cup

The Queerview Mirror: FIFA World Cup

Trigger warning: discussion of homophobic slurs I have spent most of the last month watching football (soccer), sometimes up to six hours a day. I’m not usually a sports fan, but every four years, I make an exception. I love the World Cup. This World Cup has been an interesting one, and not just because there were a ton of upsets, especially early on in the tournament (Spain not making it out of t... »

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