What I Mean When I Say “Monosexual Privilege”

[CN: Biphobia, Suicide, Health Issues] Recently I wrote on my Bi Any Means Facebook page, “If someone of any sort of privilege–white privilege, male privilege, cis privilege, straight privilege, monosexual privilege, Christian privilege, etc.–is offended because I dared to call out their privileges and critique their faulty logic, so fucking …


Shame On Tampa’s 10 News (CBS Affliate)

CN: Violence against trans women, transphobia, transmisogyny Today news was released of the apparent murder of a transgender woman named India Clarke in Hillsborough Florida. Her body was found Tuesday morning. Clarke is the 10th trans woman murdered in the US in 2015. From a personal perspective, I’m heartbroken at …

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The L Word Is Inside Us All

The very first person I ever met who told me they were a lesbian was a cast member of The Real L Word. We met in line for the bathroom at a vegan restaurant in San Francisco in January 2011. I was a senior and on a field trip with …


Quickies: Jenner’s ESPY Speech, Gay Boy Scout Leaders, Employment Protections

Caitlyn Jenner’s Outstanding ESPY Speech – Jenner used her platform to focus attention on transgender youth who still face violence and discrimination. Time has the video and full text of her speech. “Master Curation: How to Find Queer Hints in Art” – “A queer sensibility can be found in London’s …


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  • User Avatardocjlaw { As a point of pragmatism (considering the hegemony of the norm of "private sexualities"), you are probably correct. As a queer individual, I take issue... } – Aug 02, 11:20 AM
  • User AvatarBenny Vimes { I think there's a difference between being out and visibly queer, and displaying sexual acts. To be seen as queer our private sexual activity does... } – Aug 01, 5:24 PM
  • User Avatardocjlaw { Nicely stated. Limits on queerness should be constrained only by consent. The question becomes how we define consent. We can certainly adopt the yes-means-yes framework,... } – Aug 01, 1:36 PM
  • User Avatardocjlaw { I love this post (and the comments). A recent article on bioethics frames the nature-nurture debate quite well in my view: "Being queer may well... } – Aug 01, 1:21 PM
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Health and Medicine

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What is Loneliness?

Members of the LGBT community are disproportionately isolated from friends and family. Some of us have been rejected by our families. Many of us have been forced to move far away from the towns where we grew up in order to find more accepting communities. Much is made of LGBT …



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Queer: What’s In A Word?

Over on the Queereka Facebook page, someone left a couple of comments in response to Benny’s fantastic post about the “born this way” narrative. I think the issue that came up in the comments there is worth exploring in a bit more depth. Image Transcript: Eden Munday: It seems inappropriate …



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That’s Not Skepticism, It’s Ethnocentric Xenophobia

I am a medical anthropologist. As such, I spend much of my time reading about and studying medicine as a sociocultural practice, particularly the ways that culture influences biomedical and public health practices. One of the reasons I went into medical anthropology was that I took a fantastic undergraduate Medical …




Queering Ecology and Greening the Rainbow

I recently attended a panel discussion on why inclusive workplaces are an essential part of environmental sustainability and how to make workplaces inclusive. The material presented was interesting in its own right, but what it really got me thinking about was how infrequently these two movements (queer rights and environmentalism) …