- Question submitted by Anonymous
When do you step up? When do you step back?
Coinciding with Asexual Awareness Week this year is Ally Week. Before you yell at me, check out GLSEN’s brand spanking new Ally Week campaign which — spoiler alert — I helped create. This week isn’t about holding allies above LGBTQ people or suggesting that you deserve a cookie just for being a good person. Here’s what it’s about:
- Encouraging non-LGBTQ people to be allies — because we need as many of them as we can get.
- Encouraging LGBTQ people to be allies for one another and for other marginalized groups. (For example, teaching privileged queer people how to pay attention to the issues of less-privileged queer people.)
- Learning about how to be better allies, even if you already think you know all about it. (Hence the “What do you know? What can you learn?” message.)
- Learning what an ally’s place in the movement should be. (Hence the “When do you step up? When do you step back?” message.)
Being an ally is more than slapping a rainbow sticker on your laptop and saying you have gay friends. That’s why GLSEN is challenging people everywhere to think about what makes you an ally, and how we can all be better ones. (via GLSEN)
Uganda’s anti-gay bill, which has been roundly condemned by the international community calls for the death penalty in cases of “serial homosexuality.” I think prominent voices in the media are actually making the situation worse for LGBT activists in Uganda by missing or deliberately ignoring the colonial contexts of the anti-gay bill.
Is anyone else as concerned as I am, by, one, this title, and, two, the growing presence of actors going to the extreme, either via weight loss or weight gain?
Seeing these actors dramatically and quickly drop weight is disconcerting, especially because other people who may be influenced by these images don’t see behind the curtain as to what goes into these transformations by millionaire celebrities. The drastic changes from one form to another that is portrayed by celebrities are not healthy and typically not something people in the regular world could do.
Being someone that has recovered from severe anorexia, I’m seeing red flags all over the place.
It’s like you’re in a secret society of gay people […] I’ll come out to somebody, and then they’ll come out to me. They’ll tell me about somebody else that came out to them. Just like a big puzzle. ‘Pass it on.’ You have to trust each other, because there’s not that many of us.
- Question submitted by Anonymous
If I were you I’d text her and say “I SENT YOU AN EMAIL DID YOU READ IT DO YOU HATE ME WHAT’S GOING ON *dancing lady emoji*” … But I’m not very good at keeping my feelings in with stuff like that. I’ve literally texted Kristin like…
Pansexual rapper Angel Haze remixes Macklemore’s “Same Love” with her own powerful lyrics, and it’s simply fantastic. This, my friends, is how this song is meant to be heard. (via GLAAD)
As part of the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers unveiled new and disturbing research on how communities of color are suffering a worsening racial economic disparity.
“This isn’t healthy for you, Paul,” all of my friends say to me when I tell them about yet another one of my straight boy crushes. “You really need to stop falling for boys who will never love you back.”
This has always been a problem for me ever since I came out at the ripe and tender age of twelve, as it probably was for many other young queer youth who were ahead of the curve. When you realize your sexuality that young, you’re usually riding solo. It seems like everyone else is straight, or just hasn’t figured out otherwise yet, so it’s inevitable to fall victim to the straight boy crush by virtue of the fact that all the other boys in your middle school class are all straight as an arrow.
This was the majority of my high school experience—falling in love with boys that would never love me back.
When I learned that my insurance would pay for my top surgery, I thought the deal was sealed, but I faced two unanticipated limiting factors while preparing for surgery: (1) finding a surgeon willing to work with insurance, and (2) fitting the profile of a “properly” insurable trans person.
At the intersection of selfishness and team structure is an interesting lesson about gender.