And we are ashamed for having desire in our culture. Women are shamed for having desire for anything — for food, for sex, for anything. We’re asked to only be the object for other people’s desire. There’s nothing that directing is about more than desire. It’s like, “I want to see this. I want to see it with this person. I want to change it. I want to change it again.” It’s like directing is female desire over and over again, and film is the capturing of human emotions and somehow men were able to swindle us into believing that that is their specialty. All they told us our whole life is we’re too emotional to do any real jobs, yet they’ve taken the most emotional job, which is art making about human emotions and said we’re not capable of it.
—  Jill Soloway on female filmmakers

The Need for Full Federal LGBT Equality: Discrimination in Housing

The Equality Act, a comprehensive federal non-discrimination bill, would create explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of housing. Currently, only 19 states and D.C. explicitly prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. An additional three states prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation only. Housing discrimination affects LGBT people of all ages. Up to forty percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Older LGBT adults are more likely to live in poverty and have fewer support systems in place than their non-LGBT counterparts. Additionally, 73 percent of LGBT people are worried about housing discrimination. In addition to housing, The Equality Act establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. In addition, it would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places.

Today me, Sebastian and Elin attended the Stockholm Pride parade together with tons of fantastic people. Pride is so important, even if some people are too blind to see it, and with ease can say idiotic and unnecessary things. People who’s never been threatened or bullied for their choice of partner, or their sexuality or gender identity, etc. It’s important to be yourself, and that’s one of the most beautiful things there is. Today I chose to give a big fuck you to all who says hat guys can’t wear pink, dresses, skirts and all of that. Especially people who says that trans guys can’t dress in a “feminine” way, because then they are not really trans. I had the best company, luckily! I was so happy because a lot of people and photographs stopped me and wanted to take pictures of me with my sign. Children and their parents waved to me, read my sign out loud, cheered and called me pretty, and other lovely things. It was a lovely day! I hope the acceptance will grow faster. It already has grown so much bigger over the past years. I’m happy to live in a country where I can marry whoever I want, if I love them. I know so many people who can’t, it’s it’s truly unfair. I’m so happy I live in a country where I can get help with my gender identity issues, and get my body corrected. I know so many who can’t. It needs to change. Preferably yesterday. But things like this takes time, and I will fight for our rights until the day I die, and after that. Yesterday was exhausting, and we walked for hours in really hot sunshine. I ended the day with an epileptic seizure, sadly, and back at home, I got terrible migraine, and couldn’t move, almost threw up, etc. Luckily I had the best boyfriend in the world taking care of me, and I’m all fine again. Next year, we will do it all again!

First off, as has been well stated by many Indigenous Feminists before us, the idea of gender equality did not come from the suffragettes or other so-called “foremothers” of feminist theory. It should also be recognized that although we are still struggling for this thing called “gender equality,” it is not actually a framed issue within the feminist realm, but a continuation of the larger tackling of colonialism. So this idea that women of colour all of a sudden realized “we are women,” and magically joined the feminist fight actually re-colonizes people for who gender equality and other “feminist” notions is a remembered history and current reality since before Columbus. The mainstream feminist movement is supposed to have started in the early 1900s with women fighting for the right to vote. However, these white women deliberately excluded the struggles of working class women of color and participated in the policy of forced sterilization for Aboriginal women and women with disabilities. Furthermore, the idea that we all need to subscribe to the same theoretical understandings of history is marginalizing. We all have our own truths and histories to live.
—   Erin Konsmo, Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism