Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that the Canadian government will work with the Rainbow Refugee Committee to support oversea refugees who are maltreated for being gay. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will donate $10,000 to cover three months of income support and refugee needs when they arrive to Canada, according to the Toronto Star.
I’m forever skeptical about how much internet petitions can do, but I agree strongly with the sentiment (and yeah, I signed it). The issue, I think, is broader than just adding those two options—for instance, facebook still only lets you check your interests as “Women” and/or “Men,” while I would like very much to be able to express “women and also people" in their very limited check box selection. That is, there’s this whole argument about whether ‘pansexual’ is an okay self-identifier for people who want to include trans*/genderqueer people in addition to binary gender, or whether you’re only allowed to use it if you’re attracted to the person inside and not the body primarily. (Bluh bluh identity policing and some marked immaturity.) So maybe there should also be an ‘omnisexual’ option, but that’s not really the point of all this. Maybe we just need to get rid of the check boxes and radio buttons, because they’re ridiculous and limiting and there’s a gigantic Cartesian plane of spectrum-y identity. Actually, it’s probably better plotted in three or four dimensions, but I digress.
tl;dr I like this but we don’t need options, we need text fields.
Sokola said 27 Democrat and Republican delegates have signed the bill as co-sponsors, according to Delaware Online.
More than half the businesses in the Fortune 500 already grant benefits to gay couples. Sokola said Delaware is “playing catch-up.”
Lisa Goodman, President of Delaware Equality, helped draft the bill and will work for its passage. “We want to protect and provide for those we love,” she said in Delaware Online. “We believe that the law should protect us and our relationships.”
Delaware Equality says that through the legislation “civil unions would be parallel, but not equal, to marriage,” meaning out-of-state civil unions and same-sex marriages would be recognized in Delaware, but only as civil unions.
Hey, I was wondering if you all could post this; I'm in need of help for an art project of mine, I'll post the information below. I really need exposure of this note for this project to work, I'm trying to collect as many images as possible. So if you could post this and help out, it'd be amazing and greatly appreciated.
Attention Queer Community of Tumblr, I need your help with an art project:
So as some of you may know, I sent out a note a few months ago collecting images of women who like other women. I have decided to expand that particular project to include the entirety of the queer community. If you helped out on the last project, I will use those images again, or if you’d rather submit a different photo, let me know.
If you all would be so kind as to submit a headshot of yourselves, it would be greatly appreciated. Just submit them as is, don’t photoshop them or alter them and any camera will suffice. Names will not be used. This is applicable to anyone who identifies as queer. Queer being the umbrella term; LGBTQIA [etc]. With that image, I would like you all to type a sentence about yourselves [your ethnicity, how you identify, and whatever else you’d like to include.] The information will be gathered as an aside to the project.
Reblog to spread the word please; this particular piece will be going into my senior show in May (which is the equivalent to a thesis). So I will need all photos [preferably] before April.
If you would rather send them to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all, I will definitely be posting pictures when it’s all said and done. I hope to get at least one hundred images; if I exceed this number— it would be amazing. Please help and spread the word. Thanks everyone. <3
Okay so yesterday I was watching Coming Out videos on Youtube and it made me even more confused about my sexuality. Im 19, my first kiss was a girl. I love a womans body, I could see myself being the dominant one in the relationship. I have a lot of masculine qualities (not boyish looks or anything) and I remember being in Middle school and checking out girls all the time in the locker room and in the classroom. In senior year I came out to my friends that I was bi and was a bit confused. I've had numerous bf's and I've dumped every single one. A man never made me orgasm, well until my current boyfriend. For awhile I've thought something was wrong with me. I was really worried how my family would feel since they are hardcore Italian Catholics. I've noticed that I rarely check out guys, I was never one of those teens who were 'boy crazy', I always check out a good looking girl. I can't help it, I don't even think about it I just do it. So basically my question is, When did you realize you were gay?
I was in eleventh grade. I was sitting in the bedroom of one of the twin daughters of my mother’s boss, a girl I’d just met, and my legs were shaking and I didn’t know why, and she confessed to me that she was bi. And right in that moment I knew, and I imagined kissing her and it made sense. I knew her for maybe five hours and never spoke with her again, but I was deeply infatuated with her for months and couldn’t ignore it. The morning after I met her I woke with the sun on my face and warm all over, and everything had changed because I finally knew something that had been creeping up on me for years.
Damn it. Could someone describe love sickness or being 'lovestruck' for me? I know about the birds and the bees but I think I'm out of my depth on this one. Junior high biology didn't prepare me for this!
And before you ask, it's definitely not lust. Really, I know that one already.
It’s illogical and obsessive and kind of like an illness that won’t go away. You become blind to all the person’s flaws. Sometimes it’s even strong enough to make you delusional. Good luck!
Bahraini lawmaker Ali al-Aswad has described the situation in Manama as catastrophic, calling on the international community to help protesters in the country.
Hospitals in the city cannot accommodate the large number of casualties from the government’s violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, Aswad told Press TV in a phone interview on Tuesday.
He said people cannot access medical centers around the country as either the hospitals have been closed or protesters are blocked from going to the hospitals by Bahraini security and army forces backed by foreigner Arab troops.
He described the situation in Bahrain as a disaster.
“You cannot believe it is Bahrain a month back. It’s totally different,” regretted the MP with the main opposition Al Wefaq bloc.
He went on to say that the government forces are indiscriminately attacking anybody outside on the street: peaceful protesters as well as people who are trying to guard their cars, going home or are shopping their families’ basic needs.
Aswad expressed shock at the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council for dispatching military forces to Bahrain to confront peaceful demonstrators who are demanding more freedom and change in the government.
Earlier in the day, another Bahraini lawmaker Nada Hafad resigned in protest at the brutal crackdown of anti-government protesters and what she called a “massacre” in Bahrain.
“The average life span of a transgendered person is twenty-three years. The statistic is shocking, until it begins to make sense. Gender non-conformists face routine exclusion and violence. Transgendered people are disproportionately poor, homeless, and incarcerated. Many of the systems and facilities intended to help low-income people are sex-segregated and thereby alienate those who don’t comply with state-imposed categories. A trans woman may not be able to secure a bed in a homeless shelter, for example. Spade writes that just as the feminist movement tended to “focus on gender-universalized white women’s experience as ‘women’s experience,’” the lesbian- and gay-rights movement has focused primarily on a white, middle-class politic, centered on marriage and mainstream social mores.”—
This week’s heroine is: Dusty Springfield (1939-1999)
Also known as: Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien OBE (no wonder she ditched it for something snappier)
Our heroine’s social scene: Swinging sixties in London and Memphis
Famous for: Bringing Motown to Britain; hits including I Only Want to Be With You (the first record ever played on Top of the Pops). And of course, the inclusion of Son of a Preacher Man on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack in 1994, selling more than 3million.
Infamous for: Admitting that her trademark stage look of blonde beehive, sequined evening gowns and heavy make-up was inspired by drag queens; little-known manic depressive episodes including alcohol and drug dependency, and being hospitalised several times for self-harming.
Reason she’s a heroine: Casually admitting being bisexual in a 1970 interview with the Evening Standard, saying: “I know I’m perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy.” She made no attempt to hide her same-sex relationships, which were well-known to gay communities and those in the music biz. Also championed several animal-protection charities and adored food fights.
Any famous friends/lovers? Anecdotes about Dusty’s personal life frequently reference her female love affairs, including a relationship with Carole Pope, famed for her onstage bondage attire as frontwoman of Canadian new-wave rockers Rough Trade. Famous friends included Elton John, who inducted her into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame just days after her death.
It doesn't matter who you are - using derogatory language is *never* okay.
Some gay men prefer to use the f-slur-word as a way to reclaim it. It makes a lot of LGBTQ people uncomfortable even in a positive context. People have a right to try and reclaim oppressive language used against them. (I.e. I’m one of many people who identify as queer, which QUILTBAGPIPE people have been reclaiming for a long time now.) (If you haven’t seen it yet, QUILTBAGPIPE is an easier way to refer to LGBTQetcetc.) However, it’s always a fraught issue, and people who work to reclaim a word need to remember that 1. people around them may still be hurt by that word, and 2. using it out of clear context reinforces the original, derogatory meaning and use.
On the Vanity Fair article: for clarification, it is "The Gay Guide to Glee" and it was written by a gay man.
It’s still in a mainstream publication which is heteronormative 99% of the time. It’s not in a context that at all examines the hurtful and oppressive use/history of the word. It’s in a context that implies it’s apparently now fine for anyone to use that word, especially when trying to sound hip and in the know about pop culture.