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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 ... »

Yes, I’m Trying to Eliminate Your Way of Thinking

Yes, I’m Trying to Eliminate Your Way of Thinking

On the ever-martyred Christian right, there is a particularly hilarious and absurd meme that the left and especially LGBT activists are trying to eliminate their opinions from polite speech, marginalize their beliefs and make it socially unacceptable (they often also claim illegal) to “believe that marriage is only between one man and one woman.” Of course, that particular belief is on... »

Quickies: Anything Less Than Full Support Doesn’t Count * Brunei to Become More Brutal * Queers At Fault for Child Rapist * Bizarre References to Sexuality from Arizona Senator * Gay Segregation Bill Passes MS Legislature

Quickies: Anything Less Than Full Support Doesn’t Count * Brunei to Become More Brutal * Queers At Fault for Child Rapist * Bizarre References to Sexuality from Arizona Senator * Gay Segregation Bill Passes MS Legislature

Good afternoon, one and all! Time for some quickies to keep your afternoon moving. First, it’s a couple of days old, but I’ve been waiting for a chance to share this post from Libby Anne about why it’s not ok to support equality and still hold anti-gay beliefs. It sounds all nice and equal, but it still causes harm to thousands of children every day. “It’s none of my ... »

So Fred Phelps is Dying

So Fred Phelps is Dying

Fred Phelps, the founder of the hated Westboro Baptist Church, is near death, according to his estranged son Nate Phelps. I have a lot of conflicting emotions about this, so prepare for a rambly post as I sort through what I’m feeling. Feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments. The first thing I said when I heard the news was, “Good.” A part of me is glad he’ll be ... »

Tom Daley and Bisexual Invisibility in the Media

Tom Daley and Bisexual Invisibility in the Media

Yesterday, Olympic swimmer Tom Daley told the world, via YouTube, that he was in a committed relationship with another man. Presumably recognizing that the media would immediately characterize him as gay, he also mentioned that he is still attracted to women. While he refused to actually use words like “gay” or “bisexual” to describe his orientation, his admission that he &... »

Follow-Up: Boycotting Russia

Follow-Up: Boycotting Russia

[TW: Homophobia, violence] I recently wrote a post explaining why I am boycotting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In it, I expressed my outrage with the new Russian law passed back in June that effectively bans queer people from public life and has ushered in a new era of public violence towards queer people in Russia. A few people commented on the post that calls to boycott the Olympics would... »

Why I am Boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics

Why I am Boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics

[TW: Homophobia, violence, rape]  I’m not a particularly big fan of most sports. It’s not so much that I dislike them as that I’m indifferent to them. I live in San Antonio, Texas, and Spurs fever is pretty big around here. People are always perplexed when I have no idea that there was a Spurs game, let alone that they lost the championship. But one of the few sporting events I do get excited to w... »

I Don’t Hate Old White Men: Why Diversity Works

I Don’t Hate Old White Men: Why Diversity Works

Ok, we’ve done this topic to death, I know, but hear me out. I had An Experience that I want to share, it’s appropriate for the site, and for some reason they let me write about what I want. Hopefully I won’t get tedious enough for them to stop me. If they can… How many of you are sick of the accusation that because you, quite accurately, point out that the atheist movement... »

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