Shoutout to rebecca sugar for being a badass bisexual and making the first cartoon i personally have ever seen that queer girls like myself can see themselves in the characters and it isnt some half ass relationships as bate to watch the show these are some well thought out relationships of all kinds and i LOVE IT I LOVE YOU REBECCA SUGAR

Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized that LGBT people—like other Americans—have the right to marry the person they love. But there is still much work to be done. LGBT kids continue to be bullied at school, restaurants can refuse to serve transgender people, and same-sex couples are at risk of being evicted from their homes. That is unacceptable and must change. Democrats will fight for the continued development of sex discrimination law to cover LGBT people. We will also fight for comprehensive federal nondiscrimination protections for all LGBT Americans, to guarantee equal rights in areas such as housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, jury service, education, and federal funding. We will oppose all state efforts to discriminate against LGBT individuals, including legislation that restricts the right to access public spaces. We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate. We will combat LGBT youth homelessness and improve school climates. We will support LGBT elders, ensure access to necessary health care, and protect LGBT people from violence— including ending the crisis of violence against transgender Americans. We will also promote LGBT human rights and ensure America’s foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people around the world.
—  This is the section of the Democratic Party’s 2016 official party platform titled “Guaranteeing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights.” LGBT rights were also mentioned in other sections throughout the platform; read the whole thing here.
cbc.ca
'Nobody has the right to ask what I have between my legs': Woman barred from washroom
Management says sign was meant to protect female patrons from 'sneaky' men posing as trans

A bar in Medicine Hat, Alberta, is facing backlash after it told a transgender woman she could not use the female washrooms and later posted a controversial sign that some say is discriminatory.

Two Saturdays ago, 21-year-old River Rising was told by management at the Corona Tavern that she could not use the female washrooms because it might make other women uncomfortable.

“She basically was saying things along the lines of trans women are not women,” said Rising.

“And she threw in that if the owner had been in, he would’ve thrown me out of the bar for using that bathroom.”

Management later posted a sign outside the bathroom which read, “You must use the bathroom of your birth gender.”

“We have to look after our female patrons in this way,” explained manager Lorraine Schmaltz.

She said since the passage of Bill 7, “guys wanna be sneaky, so they say they’re transgender, and they’re in the women’s washroom,” and this has caused some female patrons to feel unsafe and threatened.

Rising said a male bouncer at the bar that night asked her highly personal questions about her transition and whether she had undergone surgery.

“I was angry. I felt hurt,” said Rising, who has identified as female since age 16.

“Nobody has the right to ask what I have between my legs. It’s messed up.”

Rising said the bouncer told her she could not use the women’s washroom, but offered to escort her into the men’s bathroom — a facility she hasn’t used since she was 17.

“I told him, ‘I would rather pee myself than use a men’s washroom. That’s not gonna happen tonight,’” she said.

Continue Reading.

autostraddle.com
In memory of Dee Whigham, the 16th trans person reported murdered this year
At this point last year, we knew about fifteen trans women who had been murdered, which means that despite all the "progress" that trans people have been making in the media, in courthouses and in the halls of congress, trans people are being murdered at the same rate.

Dee Whigham, a 25-year-old Black transgender woman from Mississippi, was found murdered in a hotel this past weekend. This makes her at least the 16th transgender person murdered in 2016.

As is so often the case, Dee was initially misgendered in reports of her death. Her murder is being investigated as a possible hate crime, and police believe they may have identified someone connected to the murder.

According to her family, Whigham was a newly graduated RN who was a hard worker and was even working extra shifts, overtime and a second job to help take care of her mother. According to her sister, Denisha, she was “truly a special person to [her] friends and family.” She was on a vacation with friends to visit the 7th Annual Gulf Coast Black Rodeo over the weekend when her life was taken from her.

Why the fuck is this still going on? Why don’t people see Black trans women as human beings? Why don’t Black Lives Matter? I’m tired of this. I’m tired of feeling guilty every time I breathe a sigh of relief when I see a name and realize it isn’t one of my friends. Honestly, cis people, and especially cis men, step it the fuck up. I’m trying to be optimistic about the progress that we’re making, about the good things that are happening and the allies and protections we’re gaining, but it’s hard when this keeps happening every couple weeks.

Another Black trans woman, Dee Dee Dodds, was murdered not even two weeks ago. At this point last year, we knew about fifteen trans women who had been murdered, which means that despite all the “progress” that trans people have been making in the media, in courthouses and in the halls of Congress, trans people are being murdered at the same rate they were last year, when we had a record number of reported trans murders. So far this year, we have this list of known trans people who have been murdered, but we can’t be sure how many more we’ve lost.

This never gets any easier to learn, read or write. Rest in power, Dee. Everyone else, here is an extremely important list of things you can do to help transgender women of color survive.

pressprogress.ca
VIDEO: BC Liberal MLA claims the LGBT community is 'dominating' Christians
"I wonder if the now powerful LGBT movement is very tolerant of difference in this country?"

Up is the new down and down is the new up, according to BC Liberal MLA Laurie Throness.

During debate on Bill 27, legislation that passed into law Monday adding “gender identity or expression” to the human rights code, Throness told the British Columbia Legislature that he wouldn’t support the bill because recognizing gender identity as a human right is akin to discrimination against those whose views on gender are “rooted in Christian faith.”

And although it may seem “paradoxical” since the LGBT community is a “vulnerable group,” the MLA for Chilliwack-Hope said the LGBT community has become a “powerful” special interest, not unlike a “powerful business lobby or a rich person.”

The beliefs of the LGBT community, he added, now “dominates in our society.”

“My first question is for the LGBT community,” Throness asked the Legislature. “Now that the movement has arrived, now that its view dominates in our society, is it mature enough to tolerate difference?”

“After a generation of demanding and receiving tolerance, I wonder if the now powerful LGBT movement is very tolerant of difference in this country?”

Continue Reading.

PLL: 7x08 "Exes and OMGs" press release thoughts:

1. So obviously Paige returns. Ugh. Buuuut, that’s good for emison.

2. Emily goes for a job at Rosewopd High as the swim coach. So does Paige. That’s where they see each other - blah blah.

3. Alison decides to (conveniently) go back to work in Rosewood High in her teaching position.

4. BOOM. EMISON. Alison will see paily interacting and she’s gonna be so fucking jealous. And the bitchy Ali returns #thankyou

that is all. i cannot wait for this episode.

ace people belong in the lgbtq community

yes, even “cishet” ace/aro people. 

the argument that “oh we don’t have enough resources to accommodate people who aren’t ~really~ gay” is a gross exclusionary tactic. since when do we kick people out for not being queer enough? 

“oh, ace/aro people don’t face homophobic discrimination, no one has ever been kicked out of their house or assaulted in the streets for it” guess what? neither have I. my (immediate) family is accepting, I’ve never been assaulted or bullied or even perceived as gay in public. do I have to have my gay license revoked???? by setting a standard of “you have to do/experience XYZ in order to be queer”, you open the door to all sorts of gatekeeping. it’s the same attitude that says bi people married to the opposite gender have “straight privelege." 

ace/aro people fall outside of a heteronormative standard, therefore becoming Other. we can’t abandon them. we are all victims of a system that stigmatizes people who don’t follow the whole find-a-mate-of-the-opposite-gender script.