ActivismBullyingDiscriminationHomophobiaPolitics / Activism

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 …

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DiscriminationGayHomophobiaPolitics / Activism

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 …

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AtheismBisexualityFeatured

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. …

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GenderSex & Sexuality

I am Queer: Beyond the Trans/Cis Binary

I do not feel or identify as trans. I also do not feel or identify as cis. I am comfortable being male-bodied. I am uncomfortable calling myself “man.” I do not feel that I am a woman. In some ways, I feel like a boy—as if I never went through …

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CissexismGenderPseudoscienceScienceSkepticism

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

A few days ago, Harriet Hall wrote a post on Science-Based Medicine titled “Gender Differences and Why They Don’t Matter So Much.” The article left a bad taste in my mouth for a number of reasons. Aside from what I feel is a gross misrepresentation of various criticisms of Michael …

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BisexualityFeaturedPansexuality

Myths and Misconceptions about Bisexuality (or, “What not to say to your bisexual acquaintances”): Part 2

This is the second part of two; the first half was posted yesterday. 5.  “You’re just doing it/saying that for attention.”  This is something of a sub-myth to 2 and 3, but it gets its own spot because it is rampant (applied to women; I’ve never heard it applied to …

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QuickiesUncategorized

QUICKIES 12/24/2012

Check out The December Project, which promises to support trans people this holiday season: ” Here’s our pledge to you: If you feel low this December, and need someone to talk to, contact us, and we’ll call you on the phone. Period.” Awesome. Surviving the Holidays as a Queer Person …

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Art & MediaFeminismMedia Portrayals of LGBT

Women in World of Warcraft: The Bigger Picture

Cross-posted on Skepchick. Skepchick reader Sean sent in this link to a post on a World of Warcraft fansite that discusses the lack of strong, independent female characters in World of Warcraft’s lore. The author of the article refers to “barnacle characters,” which are characters that depend upon the storyline …

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