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Queer in the Deep South

The rest of the country sees queer life in the Deep South as being really tragic and utterly challenging and ultimately ending in suicide, so, what I wanted was to sort of elevate these stories and sort of celebrate them in the way that I saw them flourishing.”
'New Deep South' Series Explores LGBTQ Life in Mississippi. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 27, 2017 - 6 comments

Church of England supports trans students

"In a directive called “Valuing All God’s Children,” the Church [of England] said elementary school students 'should be at liberty to explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgment or derision'...'All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide,' Archbishop Welby wrote, 'This guidance helps schools to offer the Christian message of love, joy and celebration of our humanity without exception or exclusion.'." SLNYT
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 13, 2017 - 13 comments

You can’t say you support LGBTQ people then vote against us

Tegan and Sara are twin sisters and a singing duo from Calgary. They are openly gay, and have been strong advocates on LGBTQ issues. They have recently spoken out on the issue of Gay Straight Alliances in Alberta’s schools, an issue that is garnering a lot of attention, with conservatives warning of sex clubs operating without any parental input. K.D. Lang, who also hails from Alberta, has also been active recently on the issue of LGBTQ rights in Alberta. The voices of gay women are now a force to be reckoned with in the land of the Rocky Mountain cowboy.
posted by No Robots on Nov 10, 2017 - 29 comments

State of the Space Gay

Thor: Ragnarok Is Quietly the Queerest Superhero Movie Yet versus Thor: Ragnarok's Valkyrie Shows How Far We've Got to Go for LGBTQ Representation on the Big Screen
posted by Artw on Nov 8, 2017 - 42 comments

Hola, Papi!

Hola Papi! is an advice column by "writerTwitterer, and prolific Grindr user John Paul Brammer", that tackles topics like cultural appropriationinternalized homophobia, and mental health concerns with empathy and humor. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Nov 7, 2017 - 15 comments

Tattooing, very simply put, is blood magic

Two interviews with , trans tattoo artist and witch.
For me, learning tattooing was really wrapped up in my process of learning to be trans and what that meant for me. It was a way to take a fraught, complicated, and largely unaided relationship with my body and try to have it more on my terms."
"I also think that tattooing, very simply put, is blood magic and I think that it’s something that is inherently very intense to do... any time we intentionally change our bodies, we’re doing magic, and I think that doing that in a way that feels intentional and feels respectful and consensual is also the ways in which those things overlap." [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 30, 2017 - 7 comments

“Complex women, interesting women, women who defy stereotypes...”

There is One Good Thing About 2017: Lots of Queer Women In Games [Waypoint] “2017 has been an infuriating, sad, disgusting year, politically. But it has also been a great year for games, and maybe the greatest year so far for games starring or about queer women. Prey (my GOTY pick thus far) was amazing for so many reasons, not the least of which was a very cute and well-done relationship between two women in a main quest storyline (and, again, the protagonist if you picked a woman character). Life is Strange: Before the Storm leans heavily into the gay. Butterfly Soup, which I wrote about a bit a few weeks ago is a hilarious visual novel about four young queer Asian-American women who play baseball. At least, from what I've played, that seems like a higher-than-usual percentage of mainstream games featuring queer women front and center. In all of these instances—outside of Life is Strange—we're talking about queer women of color.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Oct 24, 2017 - 13 comments

2017 Municipal Equality Index

In partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, HRC released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy and services, ranking cities on five metrics:
  • Non-Discrimination Laws
  • Municipality as an Employer
  • Municipal Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Relationship with LGBTQ community
Find your city here. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 23, 2017 - 26 comments

Mean Girls: The Forbidden Lesbian Romance

Is what it says on the tin. (A few days late for Mean Girls Day, October 3rd) TwoLYT
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 7, 2017 - 3 comments

"Please Listen with an Open Heart"

Queery is a hour-long weekly (or biweekly or...) podcast where standup comedian Cameron Esposito talks about queer life with a guest, usually someone from the entertainment industry. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust on Sep 30, 2017 - 3 comments

“It isn’t enough for me just to see a badass woman anymore—”

Mediaversity: TV & Film Graded on Diversity “Mediaversity was launched this past April as a passion project by Li Lai, a New York-based visual designer, who originally posted her reviews to Tumblr in December 2016. The site’s contributors review popular film and TV around 80 percent of the time, and lesser-known indie shows around 20 percent of the time. Lai, whose family is from Taiwan, tells The Verge that her social awareness is a result of “simply being alive for 32 years in this world as a woman of color and growing up with LGBTQ friends.” The site’s grading is evidence-based but often subjective, just as film and TV reviews are. Contributors assign numerical scores on a 5-point scale to various categories like writing quality, gender, race, and LGBTQ representation. A 3 out of 5 score means that while underrepresented minorities were portrayed respectfully, they still had less screen time and complexity than their non-minority counterparts. Then, the numerical scores are averaged to give each series an overall letter score from A through F.” [via: The Verge]
posted by Fizz on Sep 29, 2017 - 16 comments

Your homework for Bi Visibility Week

100 Must-Read Bisexual Books
15 Must-Read Bisexual Non-Fiction Books
37 Books By, For, or About Bisexual or Otherwise Non-Monosexual People
The Bi-Bibliography
Bi Book Club, which recommends Deadpool, among others.
posted by Grandysaur on Sep 23, 2017 - 15 comments

The crafting phenomena of the Montgomery County Fair

The Vietnam veterans who became the crafting kings of the county fair "The first time Rod won a blue ribbon at the Montgomery County Fair, in 2010, it was Nathan who had secretly submitted Rod’s handmade blanket. After that, Rod submitted entries on his own every year. He had never mentioned anything about entering his final project at the fair. But seven months after he died, Nathan decided to do it anyway."
posted by halcyonday on Sep 19, 2017 - 35 comments

Bodies Like Oceans (VERY NSFW)

Shoog McDaniel, is a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist living in Gainesville, Florida. "My work is about highlighting bodies and lives that are often overlooked by popular society. I enjoy photographing fat bodies, trans bodies, and queer bodies. People`with gap-toothed smiles and missing buttons. I capture images of my friends. With little exceptions, I have a connection with the humans in my photos and I intend to show that through the intimacy of my portraits. I strive to connect the viewer of each photo to beauty within themselves, through understanding the brilliancy of diversity, by showing them that there are many ways to be beautiful." (ALL LINKS VERY NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Sep 18, 2017 - 18 comments

“The heart wants what the heart wants.”

[YouTube] “It’s hard to forget your first childhood crush — and the anxiety that accompanied it. (Do you like me? Circle yes or no.) That heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed infatuation is nothing new in children’s animation, but two students decided to tell the tale in a different way, creating an animated short film that is drawing the interest of big production studios. Here, the enamored characters are both middle-school boys. And their dovelike innocence is charming a huge audience on YouTube. Posted on Monday, the four-minute film has already been viewed more than 14 million times.” [via: New York Times]
posted by Fizz on Aug 4, 2017 - 16 comments

“All the dads here just are queer in some way—and that’s that.”

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator [PG Gamer] “Visual novels and dating simulators are strange beasts, and the intersection of those genres with comedy often results in parody. Dream Daddy [YouTube] [Trailer] sounds exactly like that—like it’s going to riff off and satire both the simplification of relationships down to dialogue options and usage of queer relationships in the genre. It really isn’t, though: beneath the dad jokes and past a first glance, it’s a game about kindness and positivity. You play your own, custom dad, who’s moving to a new area with his daughter, Amanda. After his partner died, he’s been raising Amanda as a single father, and the two have a very close relationship. The cul-de-sac they move to is, conveniently, filled with dads, most of which are single (the other is in the perpetual relationship state of ‘it’s complicated’).” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jul 27, 2017 - 52 comments

So you guys aren't terrorists?

Basement Reels, a Canadian-based group making ~5min short films, both serious and silly, tailored to the Tamil diaspora community. (via tamilculture.com) [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Jul 19, 2017 - 3 comments

I think we're making history

Louis C.K. presents a trailer for the documentary Check It, about a group of LGBTQ kids in DC who, in response to trans- and homophobic violence, have formed a street gang to protect themselves and each other. (There's a Louis-free version of the trailer at the link as well.) (Content warning: Violence.)
posted by Joseph Gurl on Jul 1, 2017 - 6 comments

“I Adore my Lesbian Daughters—Keep them safe.”

Frances Goldin, a 93-year-old mother of two lesbians, has been attending the New York City Pride march for nearly 50 years. And each year, she waves the same sign. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Jun 27, 2017 - 11 comments

"No one is going to assume the big football player is gay."

Former tackle for the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs Ryan O'Callaghan, who grew up believing there was absolutely no way he could live as an openly gay man, came out today in a feature article by OutSports. (tw: in-depth discussion of suicide) [more inside]
posted by Errant on Jun 20, 2017 - 28 comments

He loves a hat.

"June is the month of Pride and the LGBTQ community has a new queer icon to celebrate: The Babadook."
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jun 8, 2017 - 30 comments

Constitutional Interpretation No. 748 (2017)

Taiwan, one of the most progressive states in Asia when it comes to LGBTQI equality, heard a case in March pushed in part by long-time activist CHI Chia-wei (祁家威) arguing for marriage equality. Today, with two dissents and one abstension, the Constitutional Court requires the national legislature, the Legislative Yuan, to amend the current Civil Code within two years--and if the legislature fails, same-sex couples will still be allowed to register their marriages with the government. [more inside]
posted by anem0ne on May 24, 2017 - 13 comments

Neoliberalism, corporations, and the LGBTQ movement

The LGBTQ movement is an intersectional fail "One would think that youth homelessness and joblessness, simultaneously affecting the most vulnerable and potentially most dynamic sectors of the LGBTQ movement, would be top priorities of the movement. [...] But we live in a neoliberal age where the only reforms acceptable to the Democrats are those that don’t cost the system any money. [...] Taking its lead from the Democrats, Gay Inc. gives lip service, if that, to the class issues directly bearing on the overwhelming majority of those whom they purport to represent." [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on May 15, 2017 - 48 comments

Four-eyed free spirited androgynous cartoon people: the art of Kashink

Kashink, an artist from Paris, is one of the few well-known women in the male-dominated field of street art (Street Art 360 lists a few other notables). Her visual style is bold and unique -- four-eyed, free spirited androgynous cartoon people, a phrase used to title her manifesto. Elle has a short interview with her, in which she talks about her painted mustache, and the lack of notable female artists, and she talks about her inspirations and themes with Murals in the Market, as well as Brooklyn Street Art. More: her art shared on Twitter | Kashink on Instagram, which includes this stop-motion animation | h/t to Shea Couleé
posted by filthy light thief on May 10, 2017 - 1 comment

In Wyoming, LGBTQ advocates #LiveAndLetTutu #WeHaveSissysBack

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) visited Greybull High School for a scheduled Q&A with students in grades 6–12 on April 20. Enzi responded to a question about LGBTQ rights in Wyoming with an anecdote about a man being surprised at the fact that he gets beat up for “wearing a tutu to the bar.” For Wyomingites, Enzi’s anecdote wasn’t random. It instantly called to mind Wyoming resident Larry "Sissy" Goodwin, a Vietnam veteran, retired professor and well-known crossdresser whose story has been featured by media outlets. Enzi apologized to Goodwin, and Sissy said “he offered an apology and I have no doubt to believe it was genuine.[more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 30, 2017 - 22 comments

Code Name: The Puppy Episode

When Ellen Came Out, She Didn’t Just Change Lives. She Saved Them.
posted by Michele in California on Apr 28, 2017 - 12 comments


Zeke Smith, on being outed as a transgender man on Survivor: The lights magnified in brightness. The cameras, though 30 feet away, suddenly felt inches from my face. All sound faded. Something primal deep inside me screamed: run. I lost control of my body, my legs bounced up and down uncontrollably, willing me to flee, but the rest of me sat dead as stone. To my left was The Abyss. I could’ve made a clean break for it, but I knew there was no running from what had happened. Cameras would follow me, if not that night, then eventually. Running was not an option. So I sat blank, almost in a trance, unaware of what happened around me, trying to form a plan. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 13, 2017 - 73 comments

Lucknow celebrates its first ever queer pride parade

Lucknow, India held its first ever LGBT pride parade on April 9, 2017. Times of India provides coverage and shares 40 pictures.
posted by hippybear on Apr 11, 2017 - 15 comments

"The Straight Men Who Made America's First Gay Record"

Like a magic mirror held up to America's heteronormative postwar culture, its music reflected a dignified, and seductive, vision of gay life. Just below the album's title read the teaser: "For adult listeners only—sultry stylings by a most unusual vocalist."
55 years ago Lace Records released "Love Is a Drag", where a male vocalist sang standards written for female singers. The people behind it were a mystery until one of them contacted J. D. Doyle of Queer Music Heritage in 2012 and was interviewed (transcript, mp3). YouTube has a few tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4. Doyle put the LP in context in an interview with Color Magazine.
posted by Kattullus on Feb 18, 2017 - 17 comments


Fans of Love | Love Has No Labels [YouTube] [Ad Council] For years, kiss cams have been a big part of American sports culture. This year, Love Has No Labels puts a twist on the kiss cam by turning it into a symbol for unbiased love. In the stadium, fans cheered for love in all its forms - regardless of race, gender, disability, age or religion.
posted by Fizz on Feb 16, 2017 - 10 comments

Scout Law says: a Scout must be kind. Mostly. Sometimes. But here, yes.

The Boy Scouts of America have announced that "Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application" [NYT, Guardian], reversing their previous practice of basing gender on the gender listed on the birth certificate. The previous policy effectively banned trans boys from participation, and previously resulted in the expulsion of an 8 year old trans boy on the basis of misgendering him. [MeFi, NYT] [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Jan 31, 2017 - 63 comments

Points of Inflection

Points of Inflection is a blog by John Roe, a math professor at Penn State who specializes in coarse geometry (one-sentence summary: what is geometry like if you can tell when points are getting farther and farther apart but not when points are getting closer and closer together?) He has terminal cancer and is teaching his last course this semester. He is a devout Christian who teaches about the mathematics of sustainability and who has strong words about the proposed new head of the EPA. He lost his trans* son last year. He climbs rocks.
posted by escabeche on Jan 22, 2017 - 4 comments

“Cheers love, the calvary's queer.”

A New Overwatch Comic Celebrates the Holidays and Establishes That Tracer is Gay [PC Gamer] “The newest Overwatch digital comic, entitled Reflections, follows the high-speed holiday adventures of Tracer as she races through the streets of London in search of the perfect gift for her partner. Because yes, as it turns out, Tracer has a partner in Blizzard's official lore, and her partner is a woman. The comic itself is a fairly straightforward heartwarming tale of what really matters during the most hectic season of all. But the reaction to Tracer's identity has been anything but. Messages decrying Blizzard's "mistake" have cropped up all over the Overwatch forums and other social media, countered by others praising the studio for explicitly stating—in a low-key fashion—that the face of one of the biggest games of the year is gay.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 21, 2016 - 80 comments

Masaki C. Matsumoto on the queer experience in Japan

Maybe it’s cool to be accepting of queerness in your state. Or you may live in an area where it’s cool to call someone “faggot.” [...] like, do you identify as a “cool” ally or a “cool” bigot? [...]I think that’s a huge difference between Japan and the U.S. In Japan, LGBTQ+ people are a joke. It’s “fun” to act like a bigot. It’s “boring” to be accepting.
Anime Feminist [previously] interviews Masaki C. Matsumoto, Japanese vlogger and queer activist.
posted by Sokka shot first on Dec 14, 2016 - 19 comments

After AfterEllen

via Buzzfeed: Why Aren’t Advertisers Interested In Selling Stuff To Lesbians? It’s not good enough to put a lesbian couple in an ad but then fail to support LGBT employees or events like pride celebrations. Absolut vodka and Subaru were advertising with queer messaging in queer publications when no one else would. “There a lot of brands I am die-hard loyal to because I’ve seen them at events,” said Grace. She says there are companies she feels she can trust thanks to their LGBT marketing. “When I go to a Marriott, I know I won’t have to worry about being discriminated against, I know the person behind the desk won’t ask me and my wife if we want two beds.” (Previously)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 3, 2016 - 65 comments

Trick or treat purse first

After a post from the blog "Raising My Rainbow" went viral, about a little boy named CJ who was planning to dress up as Bob the Drag Queen (winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 8), for Halloween, CJ got a surprise buddy last night for trick-or-treating.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 1, 2016 - 29 comments

A first date at the fancy-pants Brandy Library

"A mixologist is just a bartender with fresh ginger on hand who will wait five minutes longer to punch you the fuck out." A nice story well told.
posted by Hot Pastrami! on Oct 18, 2016 - 35 comments

A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History

The National Park Service has published LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History in 32 chapters. Each page includes a .pdf link to a much longer exposition on the subject of the chapter. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Oct 14, 2016 - 31 comments

Even the word had power for me. Quilts.

Twenty-nine years ago, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was unfolded on the Mall for the first time, with 1,920 panels. Today, it has grown to more than 49,000.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 11, 2016 - 11 comments

“It matters what you get out of the book.”

Greg Rucka on Queer Narrative and Wonder Woman [Comicosity] [Interview] “Ah. We’re talking about the “Northstar Problem.” The character has to stand up and say, “I’M GAY!” in all bold caps for it to be evident. For my purposes, that’s bad writing. That’s a character stating something that’s not impacting the story. I get nothing for my narrative out of that in almost any case. When a character is being asked point blank, if it’s germane to the story, then you get the answer. But for me, and I think for Nicola as well, for any story we tell — be it Black Magick, be it Wonder Woman, be it a Batman story — we want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing. We want to show, not tell.”
posted by Fizz on Oct 1, 2016 - 19 comments


One of the Most Important Crosswords in New York Times History - the story behind a very special puzzle
posted by a lungful of dragon on Sep 1, 2016 - 24 comments

“We said we wouldn’t do that!”

Harry Potter and the Possible Queerbaiting: [The Guardian] JK Rowling’s Cursed Child has drawn fire over its story of male friendship, which some readers feel flirts coyly with gay romance – but it is a change from the usual stereotypes. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Aug 16, 2016 - 28 comments

If you will it, it is no dreamboat

Reinventing the Hebrew language, so transgender campers can fit in. When Zev Shofar, a 14-year-old from Takoma Park, started going to Jewish summer camp seven years ago, the children all learned the Hebrew words to introduce themselves. “Chanich” means a male camper; “chanichah” means a female camper. But what if Zev didn’t feel male or female — neither a chanich nor a chanichah? Zev’s camp didn’t have a word that worked for Zev. In fact, the Hebrew language doesn’t have any words. Like many other languages — Spanish, French and Russian, for example — Hebrew assigns each noun a gender. In Israel, or anywhere else that Hebrew is spoken, there’s no linguistic solution, either. But now there is at camp. Zev is a chanichol.
posted by Mchelly on Aug 12, 2016 - 53 comments

“This is a here for us to find us.”

The Deaf Poets Society is an online literary journal that publishes poetry, prose, cross-genre work, reviews of disability-focused books, interviews/miscellany, and art by writers and artists with disabilities. Founded in 2016, our mission is to provide a venue for disability literature and art, as well as to connect readers with established and emerging talent in the field. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Aug 6, 2016 - 2 comments

“administrative offenses”

Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement and Charges After Suicide Attempt [The Guardian] Chelsea Manning may face charges relating to a suicide attempt this year, which could lead to indefinite solitary confinement or transferral to a maximum-security facility, according to a civil rights group. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced on Thursday that Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence in military custody for leaking state secrets to the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, was under investigation for three charges related to her 5 July suicide attempt: “resisting the force cell move team”, “prohibited property”, and “conduct which threatens”. Manning confirmed through her lawyers in July that she was receiving medical care after having tried to take her own life. If convicted of these new “administrative offenses”, she faces punishment that could include solitary confinement for the rest of her sentence, reclassification as a maximum-security prisoner, and an addition of nine years to her sentence. It might also negate her possibility of parole, according to the ACLU. [Previously.]
posted by Fizz on Jul 29, 2016 - 54 comments

ChristianMingle etc. to be more inclusive

A court has ordered Spark Networks (which runs ChristianMingle, JDate, and a wide variety of other religious and non-religious dating sites) to facilitate same-sex connections. As of the initiation of the suit in 2013, the various sites under Spark simply did not allow such connections, asking users for their gender and assuming they were looking for opposite-sex dates. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jul 5, 2016 - 110 comments

Those Who Marriage Equality Left Behind

"I cannot reconcile the divide between two of the biggest civil-rights movements I've covered—marriage equality and Black Lives Matter. How can two such quintessentially American fights occur so near each other yet feel so disconnected? How were the revelers on the steps of the Supreme Court so far from the implosion of a major American city happening just up the street?"
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 26, 2016 - 45 comments

Bigger than bathrooms: on non-binary erasure and exclusion.

Why We Must Stop Calling Menstruation A ‘Women’s Issue’
The problems come when I’m told I can’t be a part of [discussions about menstruation]. This is part of why calling it a 'women’s issue' is harmful not only to me, but to trans men and nonbinary trans people as well. It equates womanhood with a single biological process and is simply a scientifically inaccurate understanding. It has the effect of othering anyone who doesn’t fit that narrow criteria. It contributes to a mindset that there are tests one must pass to determine your womanhood."
[more inside] posted by zebra on May 25, 2016 - 86 comments

How an Ad Campaign Made Lesbians Fall in Love with Subaru

"While gay and lesbian consumers loved the shout outs in the license plates, straight people would only notice features like a bike rack. Paul Poux, who helped come up with the license plate idea, says he held focus groups with straight audiences where he’d show ads featuring gay couples. Even after an hour of talking about gay issues, they’d think a man was shopping with his uncle." (See also: pinkwashing, pink money.)
posted by zebra on May 24, 2016 - 119 comments

“Rooms full of fifth-graders always want to know if I’m married.”

Why I Came Out As A Gay Children’s Book Author by Alexander London [Buzzfeed] “What happens if I tell the truth about why I’m not married? What happens if I reveal this part of myself? Does my career in children’s books end? Will teachers and parents look at me askance? Ban my books? Run me out of town as some kind of creep trying to “recruit” or pushing a “gay agenda”? Will I never be invited to another school again?”
posted by Fizz on Apr 27, 2016 - 15 comments

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