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I’m Your G-G-G-G-G-G Gender Bomb!

I’m Your G-G-G-G-G-G Gender Bomb!

CN: TRANSPHOBIA, REFERENCES TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SUICIDE, VIOLENCE (Apologies to The Runaways for borrowing one of their lyrics) Once again, Pope Francis proves he’s not the progressive people think he is. According to Gay Star News, the Pope recently compared transgender people to nuclear weapons in a book published in Italy called This Economy Kills. While the title sounds like a great read... »

The Bisexual’s 14 Step Guide to Being Celibate & Alone Forever

The Bisexual’s 14 Step Guide to Being Celibate & Alone Forever

Hi and welcome to our first column of The B, the new biweekly column made by and for bisexuals, pansexuals, the sexually fluid, queer, and anyone else who is attracted to people of more than one gender. “Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.” – Woody Allen It is well known that bisexuals are hyperactive nymphomaniacs, constantly and eagerly fe... »

Your Privilege, My Privilege: Addressing Homophobia in the Middle East

Your Privilege, My Privilege: Addressing Homophobia in the Middle East

In May, 2013, I was in Istanbul. I was eighteen and travelling alone for the first time, and despite my super cool, worldly-backpacker exterior, I was shitting it. Istanbul is a scary place for a first-time traveller. It’s vast and chaotic, with a street map that looks like a tangled ball of string. About a week into my stay, I decided to spend an afternoon exploring Istiklal Caddesi, the broad, b... »

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

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

Update (December 30, 2014): The FDA recently announced that it would relax the lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men. Instead of banning all men who have had sex with men after 1976 for life the new rule permits gay men who have been celibate for a year to donate. This rule does not make exceptions for monogamous partnerships. It’s not the comprehensive, behavioral ris... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

The Problem of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness does not Start or End with Daniel Pierce

The Problem of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness does not Start or End with Daniel Pierce

By now, most of you will have already seen the viral video “How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay.” The young man is 20 year old Daniel Pierce of Kennesaw, GA. In the video, Daniel’s family claim that his homosexuality is a choice, a choice that dishonors his family. They disown him, and when he tries to defend himself from these claims, they become physi... »

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