Quickies

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 …

READ MORE →
ActivismEducationRace

Constraints and Conversations

What does it mean to have an advantage? Let me tell you. What advantage allows is a lack of constraint. And because it is a lack, an absence, it is hard to imagine that others might be constrained in ways you are not. For example, when reading a friend’s piece …

READ MORE →
Quickies

Quickies: Trans Dragon Age Character, Trans Suicide Hotline, World AIDS Day

Dragon Age: Inquisition Features Trans Character Krem – They also feature gay party members, allow for bi or same-sex relationships, and will correct your character if they misgender Krem. Krem is voiced by a cis female voice actor. “New Suicide Hotline Dedicated to Trans People Now Open for Calls” – …

READ MORE →
Quickies

Quickies: Black Culture, Blood, and Book Burning

The author of “Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture” defends her article on CNN. That baby we hoped was cured of HIV: not cured. Gay and bisexual men and allies recently engaged in a nation-wide protest of the federal ban that bars them from donating blood. The White …

READ MORE →
DiscriminationLawPolitics / Activism

Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Deference to religious belief, specifically Christianity, is deeply ingrained in American culture, so much so that arguments that would look suspiciously like discrimination, bigotry, and hate are not only excused but held up by our Supreme Court when coated in the veneer of religious liberty. Such was the case with …

READ MORE →
Quickies

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 …

READ MORE →
FeminismGenderIntersectionalitySex & Sexuality

Why I can’t stand neo-segregationists

As is my wont, I was hovering spectrally in the internet’s howling dark when my friend sent me a message with a link to this trainwreck on Salon.com, along with the demand that I “tell her why this article rubs her the wrong way.” With gusto! The article is titled, …

READ MORE →
Politics / Activism

How We Use Anger In Activism

I’m going to begin by saying that I’m coming from a point of being JT’s acquaintance—I’m likely to give him the benefit of the doubt. I don’t agree with how others in the movement have chosen to write him off or dismiss his comments because of his stances. So, I’m …

READ MORE →