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Born and Made to Live this Way, Part Two: The Insanity Plea

The target audience of this website is most likely familiar with the history of pathologizing LGBTQIA people as mentally ill. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more colloquially referred to as the DSM, listed homosexuality until the 1970’s. Only in the past few years has the DSM’s focus …

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Born and Made to Live this Way, Part One: “Baby We Were Born this Way”

“Born this Way,” is printed in bold gold glitter on a rainbow flag hanging in my historically gay neighborhood. Over Lady Gaga playing in my brain, I recall a troublesome aspect of the coming out literature and lived experience. The person coming out explains that they would never choose to …

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Quickies: Vote Tomorrow, Clinton AIDS Debacle, Gatekeepers vs. Informed Consent

Hilary Clinton’s AIDS Debacle – Started at Nancy Reagan’s funeral where she credited the Reagans [Warning: autoplay] for their bravery in starting the national conversation about HIV/AIDS. This outraged much of the LGBT community since it’s well known that the Reagan White House didn’t give a crap about the “gay plague.” …

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Quickies: Sex Binary Myth, The Trans Kids are Alright, Sam Smith’s Oscar

Putting to Bed the Notion of the Sex Binary – “Although attitudes towards people who identify as transgender or intersex, or simply ‘non-binary’, have not always been sympathetic, there has never been scientific (or philosophical, or sociological) consensus that there are simply two human sexes, that they are easily (and objectively) …

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Quickies: Protests in Russia and Italy, LGBT Refugees Attacked, HerStory

“Vietnam Lifts Ban On Same-Sex Marriage” – It’s no longer illegal for same-sex couples to marry, but they are not yet afforded the same legal protections as opposite sex partners. “Nearly 1 Million Italians Rally for Civil Unions” – “Protesters are urging their lawmakers to pass legislation that would recognize civil …

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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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Quickies: Mozambique Legalizes Gay, Police Killing the Mentally Ill, LGBT History

“Mozambique Decriminalizes Homosexuality” – “Mozambique has scrapped a colonial-era law which outlaws homosexuality in the country for a new penal code which came into effect on Monday.” “Why You Can’t Be Pro-Black and Homophobic at the Same Time” – “The simple truth is this: It’s problematic for members of any …

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Quickies: South Korean Pride Disputed, HRC Diversity Problems, #MyVanityFairCover

Christian Activists Block South Korean Pride Registration – Police rejected the festival application after hundreds of anti-LGBT activists demonstrated against the event. Not to be so easily deterred, Pride organizers plan to hold the event anyway, despite lacking permits for the parade. #WhyWeNeedPride Violent Protesters Disrupt Ukraine Pride – Joe.My.God. …

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