Gender

Why Queering Gender Onstage Still Matters

Why Queering Gender Onstage Still Matters

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to see a production of Hair directed and performed by some of my friends through a youth-specific theater company. I’d never thought much of the musical before. Yes, it had a few great songs, but mostly it seemed like a confusing rock opera about a bunch of people doing drugs and having sex, neither of which I could relate to, in the name of countercu... »

Why This DMAB Genderqueer Needs Feminism

Why This DMAB Genderqueer Needs Feminism

CN: TRANSPHOBIA, SEXISM, DEPRESSION, SELF-HARM I wasn’t always a feminist. Sure, I always believed in equal rights for people of all genders, but in my twenties I bought all the stereotypes about feminists: they hated men, they all wore Birkenstocks, they were all lesbians, they didn’t shave their armpits, and they all listened to Lilith Fair folk music. Now at nearly 32 years old, aft... »

Coming Out Story: From Fundamentalism to Acceptance

Coming Out Story: From Fundamentalism to Acceptance

Today’s Coming Out Story is mine, but also involves the coming out of my best friend, Erik. I share our story with his permission. My best friend is Erik, a lanky boy I met on the school bus when we were both in the 4th grade. We bonded because we were both social outcasts—me for my faith, and him because of his effeminate mannerisms and the way he loved video games. These things were mutually hat... »

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... »

How Atheists Can Be Better Trans Allies

How Atheists Can Be Better Trans Allies

TW: TRANSPHOBIA We Humanists have a saying: “We’re good without God.” While that is certainly true, people can be assholes without God as well. Living in a problematic society such as ours–with systematic racism, sexism, ableism, and queerphobia embedded into our culture and politics–everyone has unconscious biases. Even so-called allies can say and do problematic thi... »

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... »

AI: Navigating the Non-binary, or: Thar Be Truscum

AI: Navigating the Non-binary, or: Thar Be Truscum

Recently on Tumblr there was an uproar about a blogger who had created the term, “circumgender”. The creator explained that while she was assigned-female-at-birth, she should have been born assigned-male-at-birth so she could be a trans woman.     This led to an outcry from many bloggers, particularly transwomen, who found the term transmisogynistic, and rightly so. Many accused the blog... »

Labels!

Labels!

Queereka has been talking a lot about identities and labels as of late, and I’m not going to be any different. We’ll change subjects sometime! Maybe. Possibly. So gender and sexual minorities seem to have a lot of labels attached to them. Of course there are the well known ones like Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, but then we have a slew of other, lesser known, labels. I’... »

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