Gender

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... »

Breaking: College men respond positively to women behaving in stereotypically feminine ways

Breaking: College men respond positively to women behaving in stereotypically feminine ways

That’s what this study should have been titled; instead, the researchers decided to go with the equally inane question “Why Do Men Prefer Nice Women?”, as the title. What a great question. We should definitely study why someone would prefer to be around a nice person as opposed to what, an asshole? Here is the study abstract for reference: Responsiveness may signal to a potential partner that one ... »

The Queerview Mirror: Genderfork.com

The Queerview Mirror: Genderfork.com

What are you thinking about Gender right now?  Do you think someone could benefit from reading those thoughts, but don’t have a platform to share them on?  The World Wide Web awaits, my dear, specifically Genderfork.com. The website is called Genderfork.com and its tagline is “Beauty in Ambiguity.”  The purpose of the website is to provide “a supportive community for the expression of identities a... »

Coming Out Stories: To Be Determined

Coming Out Stories: To Be Determined

Last week, I wrote about coming out as asexual.  But as I mentioned, that isn’t my entire story.  The rest of the story is about one of the shortcomings of coming out.  Coming out is an important tool for awareness raising and putting faces to marginalized identities.  However, it is very hard to come out if you aren’t sure exactly what to come out as. This is, in some ways, me coming out.  I have... »

Pride is What You Make It

Pride is What You Make It

“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”  –Laverne Cox A few months before my father disowned me for starting hormone replacement therapy, I spent many visitations, listening to him desperately attempting to dissuade me from taking testosterone. One instance of this was when he saw the trans pride magnet on the ... »

Quickies: Gayness blamed on abuse again * Bigot coffee * Trans* people should be grateful to drag performers * Trans* rights in India increased

Quickies: Gayness blamed on abuse again * Bigot coffee * Trans* people should be grateful to drag performers * Trans* rights in India increased

Good afternoon, everyone! Time for a quick look at what’s going on in the queer world today. Since Tony Perkins has been busy claiming that the right would never boycott a company over support of gay rights, Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina has been covering his lying over the radio gig. And repeats the “gay people must have been... »

Do I Look Gay?

Do I Look Gay?

I recently watched a pair of YouTube videos in which a young man, MarkE Miller, asked people (one video girls, one video guys) on a college campus essentially if they thought he looked gay.  Now, at least part of the point of the questions and the videos were to create awkward situations.  At that, Miller was certainly successful.  However, he also seemed to be attempting to judge people’s attitud... »

James Croft

Just Make It Go Away

[TW: Homophobia, transphobia, general religious right bullshit] A couple of days ago, Sigfried Gold wrote a piece in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog asserting, among other things, that James Croft was insufficiently kind to conservative Christians. Croft, being the astoundingly kind and compassionate person that he is, responded with his characteristically intellectual and metered style.... »

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