gay advocates

150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would object to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago they would have called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Someday they won’t be laughing.

- Gary Smith


You should know: George Michael was a fierce, fierce advocate for gay rights. His 1998 outing is a perfect capsule of what gay men have had to endure

Michael began his career as the singer for Wham!, along with former schoolmate Andrew Ridgeley, in the early 1980s. The group had hits with “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Careless Whisper,” and the enduring “Last Christmas.” And throughout his career, he’s always been unfailingly sex positive – before it was cool.

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anonymous asked:

Hello. I don't know who this woman is but is she queer? I saw the photo you posted with the bag. That tote on the arm of someone not gender queer is kind of rude.

Amber Benson has not openly stated that she is queer or identified herself as anything other than “straight” but she is an avid ally of LGBTQ rights and has openly stated her love, support, and respect for the community throughout her career, post playing something of a cult-favored lesbian icon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Aside from LGBTQ celebrities in the business who have been seen sporting this bag (i.e. Jasika Nicole from Fringe) there are other celebrities aside from Amber who have shown their support for the community by carrying this tote bag (i.e. Lena Dunham of HBO’s Girls).

Revel & Riot’s design may not be the best in the world, even if you enjoy an ironic play on words, but I would never say someone carrying it who is not LGBTQ is disrespecting anyone. I absolutely encourage you to look Amber Benson up if you’re not familiar, she’s awesome and, as someone who identifies as queer, I’m glad the community has her on our side.

I see a lot of posts about the Ryden conspiracy.

I’m not going to add much of my own opinion, just a dash. Like a hint of Thyme in a pasta sauce for flavor.

I studied psychology almost all of my life in an attempt to understand my abused mother; why she stayed, what it meant about her and how she viewed herself. On and on. Here nor there. I learned a lot about how people interact with each other. I learned a lot about what certain subtle hints or shifts in body language mean. I learned how to detect lies from people who didn’t even know they were lying.

All that said; Ryden has always fascinated me.

From a professional stand point, they acted like a couple. Not in words or time spent together, but in body language during the time spent together. Stage antics aside, because bands do that all the time. But when they were hanging out casually, as a band or as friends. When they would look at each other. There was more than friendship there - from a professional stand point.

With how accepting the fans would be of the relationship, and how both are advocates of gay rights, you would think they would be open about any potential relationship they had. Especially now that it’s so long in the past.

Much like with any other fan - I can’t help but wonder. It fascinates me, seeing the claims that fans make, seeing them interact with one another.

If they never had a real relationship, they are an anomaly to the human condition.

150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would object to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago they would have called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Some day they won’t be laughing.
—  Gary Smith

To anyone who reads my posts and for some reason is interested in the Kat Blaque discussion, I’m putting it here that she made a third response.

Her response.

Now I have no intention of addressing it directly, because simply she has ignored everything I feel makes a conversation with her useful.  I asked her to show where she renounced her fans doxxing, and she ignored it.  I drew observable comparisons between the outcomes of her recent situation and PewDiePie‘s, and she ignored them.  Instead, she has written,

I’ve been making youtube videos for over 10 years. I’ve been blogging since I was a teenager. I am black, transgender, a woman and a survivor of sexual assault and abuse. One consistent part of my personality has always been that I can never let any of these things prevent me from success…

Now, a year and a half ago was the one other time I spoke with her (this was an argument about her failing to check a source to make sure her claim was accurate), and this was how she quit out,

Let me break this down for you

I am trans

I am black

I am a woman

I am an advocate for gay rights.

All of these things impact me and three of them impact me personally…

This is a stock diatribe.  Her other three posts in the latest thread contain it, too.

Because I’m a black woman who blogs about anti-racism and does so pretty openly, I get a lot of harassment and trolling. Now, I’ve been a blogger since I was 15

I am not at all salty. I have been blogging since I was 14 years old, I am very accustomed to people having incorrect views of me. The point I’m making here is that I have so few people who try to defend me…

Hundreds of videos and ifs narrowed down to a misleading tweet. That’s fucked up and if you really think that black women aren’t seen under a harsher lens…

Hopefully this explains a bit clearer why I said what I did about her self-serving bias: at least when she speaks candidly like on Tumblr, any contention will be funneled back to a narrative about her identity and her past, and how people are out to do her wrong.  On that note notice the plural you, as here

Look at how you treat Pewdiepie! If all you saw of him was “kill all Jews” you would probably think he’s your cookie cutter neo Nazi- but no. You use the breath of his content to conclude “it was in poor taste but he isn’t an antisemite!”

I have said none of that, but others have said it and we’re all included in the plural you.  Anyway, I’m putting this here separately, without tagging or mentioning her, because I’ve made these points at one time already and it does no good to engage her further with them.  I’m honestly not trying to waste people’s time.  I’m just posting this here because I felt what I said about the self-serving bias deserved more explanation to show where I was coming from.

Reminder that yes Milo Yiannopoulos is gay, but writes that gays are a detriment to society and should go back into the closet. Stop saying students were protesting against a gay man as a dig at liberals when he is by absolutely no means an ally to the lgbtq community, and is in fact an advocate against gay rights. You’re just using the fact that he’s gay to justify his shitty hate speech, and you’re a piece of shit if you think people have no reason to protest against him due to his heritage or sexuality. Hopefully universities will catch on that their students don’t want people spouting hate speech at their university.

Love Has No Labels

Beca groaned. They were NOT having this conversation again. “Jesse, no.”

“Jesse, yes!” Sitting across from her was her dorky, goofy-grinning best-friend-slash-ex-boyfriend, being as persistent as ever when he wanted something from Beca.

In this case, for her to admit she was in love with her roommate. Who was a woman. A certain, specific, gorgeous redhead. But still.

“Beca, you can’t deny that you have a certain attraction–”

“Actually, Jesse, I can. Because I’m not gay.” Beca sat back in her chair and let the breeze play with her hair. New York was nice, but she couldn’t wait to get back to LA. It was warmer, for one, and she missed the beach, and her own studio. The one they had here for her was nice, but it wasn’t her equipment. Idly, she took a drink of her smoothie and watched Jesse toy with the ring on his finger. “Dude, I can’t believe you and Aubrey are getting married.”

Jesse smiled his dopey, lopsided smile, like he always did when he was thinking about his fiancée. “Well, when you’re in love.” His smile morphed into a grin. “And love has no labels,” he added pointedly, making Beca huff in exasperation.

“Jesus, are you some kind of gay advocate now or something? Do I need to get you a rainbow tattoo?”

“Actually, it’s Jesse.” Beca groaned and dropped her head onto the table. “And no to both of those questions, thank you. I just know love when I see it.”

“Says the guys marrying my freshman year drill sergeant.”

Jesse laughed, warmly. “Beca, have you even actually thought about it?”

“No, because there’s nothing to think about. I don’t think about Chloe like that. I don’t.”

“Uh huh. That’s why your ears are turning red, right? And your neck?”

Beca shrugged her jacket higher over her shoulders, trying to ignore him. Even so, she muttered, “Because this conversation is embarrassing. And unnecessary.”

“No, it is necessary. You’re at least bisexual, Beca, and it’s okay to accept that.”

“Even if I were willing to admit to that,” Beca said, irritation coloring her voice now, “that is awful pushy of you.”

Jesse sat back, his expression contrite. “Sorry. I just – it’s hard to watch, you know. The pining thing you do when you’re away from Chloe.”

“I’m allowed to miss my best friend, Jesse,” Beca shot at him, and he raised his hands in surrender.

“Becs, it’s not the same thing,” Jesse said, and his voice was oddly strained. “You get this look in your eyes when you talk about her, or look at her, and I recognize it, okay? You used to look at me like that, and somewhere that changed. Just because you’re a hot shot superstar doesn’t mean that’s changed about you.” Beca grumpily stirred her smoothie with her straw; she felt Jesse’s eyes on her, contemplating her for a minute before he spoke again. “You tell me, then.”

“Tell you what?”

“About Chloe. How’s things in LA? You guys live together, don’t you?”

Beca’s lips quirked upwards in a reluctant smile. “Yeah. It’s a nice arrangement. As quiet as it can be with Chloe in the house.”

Jesse smiled at that. “Still singing?”

“Every chance she gets. I wanna surprise her with the opportunity to record with me soon, my boss and I’ve been discussing it.” That made Beca grin, thinking about how quickly Chloe would light up at the idea of performing again.

Jesse grinned his impish grin again. “Okay, so tell me if this sounds pretty accurate.”


“Bear with me, Bec, c'mon.”

“I’m gonna tell Aubrey you’re being mean to me.”

Jesse rolled his eyes. “So out in public–and I’ve seen you guys do this, you can’t deny it–hand-holding, flirting–”

“You can’t count that,” Beca said quickly. “That’s just Chloe.”

Jesse shrugged. “I’ll take that. She did run up and kiss me once.”

Beca sat bolt upright. “What?!”

That set the man to laughing. “Your little green monster is not helping your case, Becaw.”

Beca felt her face heat. “Shut up, Jesse. And stop messing around.”

Jesse attempted to control his outburst, but his grin remained in place. “Anyways. So you work mostly from home, don’t you?”

Beca refused to look at him, glaring at her smoothie instead. “Yeah, usually.”

“And I know you can cook, so I would assume you probably cook, have something on the table when Chloe walks in the door?”

“Well, she’s gotta eat too, doesn’t she?”

“Okay, grouchy pants,” Jesse retorted. “What do you usually do after dinner?”

Beca thought about it. “Chlo helps me clean up. Then we usually watch a movie or something.”

“Or something. Beca, you hate movies.”

“So?” Now Beca was being defensive. She really didn’t like the points he was making; she didn’t have any argument against him, and that scared her.

Jesse could see he was winning; he changed tack. “Beca, how many times in eight years have you told the woman ‘no?’”

Uh oh. “Jeez, Jesse, I don’t know.” Except she did. She could literally count them on one hand and Jesse knew it. But so what? Telling Chloe no was like kicking a puppy, you don’t do that, what’s wrong with you?

Jesse smiled that winning smile again. “D'you enjoy that though? Spoiling Chloe, especially now that you have the money to?”

“Well yeah. I mean, it’s nice to see her light up and smile and it just–she’s just –”

Realization slammed into Beca with the force of a wrecking ball.

The smiles. The touches, the cuddling, the flirting. The way Beca’s stomach flops every time midnight eyes meet crystal. The dancing in the front room after too much wine. The heart-beat-turns-into-a-bassline when Chloe is nearby. The I’ll-play-with-your-hair-because-you-like-it.

Jesse smiled gently. “See.”

Beca rubbed her face. “I don’t … Does she know? Is she… I mean, can I even tell her about this? What do I do?”

“I think you should talk to Bree,” Jesse said. “She and Chloe are closer than you think.”

“Okay.” Beca nodded. “Yeah. Sure. But uh, I need to think. This is…”

“A lot. I know.” Jesse pulled his wallet out and got to his feet, tossing a twenty onto the table. “Take what time you need, 'kay? Just remember Aubrey locks the door at eleven.”

“Yeah. Okay.” Beca watched him as he headed down the street and out of sight.

Well fuck.


Okay, so I believe @misspelled-url was the one who wanted #10? I think so. Here you go, love. Stay tuned for more!

Gay marriage advocates brush aside generations of queer efforts to create new ways of loving, lusting for, and caring for one another, in favour of a 1950s model of white-picket-fence, “we’re just like you” normalcy.
—  Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore - There’s More to Life Than Platinum: Challenging the Tyranny of Sweatshop-Produced Rainbow Flags and Participatory Patriarchy

I’m like really very slow in my thought processes. My brain is stupendously fast at elemental analysis; I can pick up on detail, outliers, and discrepancies of individual pieces in an instant. But when it comes to big picture stuff, I’m approaching sloth-like speed.

So it just came to me now that what happened at Berkeley is about a 9 on the Richter scale. Milo is of half Jewish descent, is bombastically gay, an advocate of shear free speech, and is generally anti-authoritarian. The people calling him a neo-Nazi are totalitarian in their hatred of free speech and literally have been using violence to try to shut Milo up.

Then I realized:

It’s not just ‘fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascist’,

but it’s also ‘Nazis of the future will call everyone else Nazis’.

*found this treat on Twitter:


I Am Michael (2017)

A gay-rights advocate (James Franco) shocks his boyfriend (Zachary Quinto), friends and family when he publicly renounces his homosexuality and marries a woman (Emma Roberts) in this controversial true story.

Directed by:   Justin Kelly

Starring:   James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Charlie Carver

Release date:   January 27, 2017

One of the recent trends in anti-trans circles that’s really been bothering me is the idea that 1) trans people are “confused” gay people, 2) transition is the same as conversion therapy, and 3) gay people are forced to transition because being trans is more accepted than being gay.

Like, first of all, what kind of fantasy world do you live in where trans people are more accepted than gay people? Did the last 40 years not happen? Did STAAR and other trans/gnc groups not get thrown to the side in the 70′s? Was the trans community not used as a bargaining chip by Barney Frank during ENDA?Did the head of the HRC not say “trans rights will be included over my dead body” in the early ‘00s? Are there not gay groups that advocate to “Drop the T” or actively advocate for bathroom bills? 

Where do y’all get the gall to even pull that shit?

150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would object to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago they would have called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Some day they won’t be laughing.
—  Gary Smith

listen okay i’m not trans exclusionary but this needs to be said


it may be the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, but it’s not like it invented gay people advocating for themselves all right so

maybe do some history research and while you’re at it actually look up what marsha p johnson identified as because please stop transing important gay people
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street
An intimate and revealing look behind the scenes of horror's most controversial slasher sequel featuring Mark Patton and Robert Englund

This is not your typical Nightmare On Elm Street documentary.  Whether you’re a horror fan or a gay advocate, Scream, Queen! has something to offer to everyone.  We delve into a deeper subject of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 that has been at the forefront for years, yet no one has fully explored.  This is a story not just about Mark Patton, the star of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, but about Hollywood’s gay subculture in the 1980s.  For months we have been following Mark Patton around getting intimate accounts of how the backlash of NOES2 has deeply affected his life.  From its release in 1985, fans and critics have raised an eyebrow at the not-so-subtle hints of Jesse Walsh’s sexuality.  Did this create the whirlwind of questions that set the film so far apart from all the others in its series?  Village Voice publication was the first to officially comment on the film’s gay subtext, releasing a landslide of both good and bad commentary from fans and critics worldwide.  In 1985 being gay in Hollywood could cost you your career.  Now 30 years later, Scream, Queen! is asking why?

Interviews with celebrities, film historians and fans allow Scream, Queen! to bring audiences a deeper understanding of the social atmosphere when A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 was released in 1985.  The film explores the wide range of reactions elicited by the controversial movie – and how those reactions compare to those of today’s audiences.

This year marking the 30th anniversary of the release of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, we were able to capture the reunion of the entire cast and listen in on their candid panel discussion.  This exclusive footage will be especially valuable to fans of NOES2. 

Following his appearance in the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: An Elm Street Legacy – which clarified that the gay subtext of NOES2 was not simply due to openly gay actor Mark Patton’s portrayal of Jesse Walsh, as critics and audiences had believed, but was intentionally put in by screenwriter David Chaskin – Patton began touring horror conventions, where he was lauded as mainstream cinema’s first male “scream queen”.  He donates most of his appearance fees to HIV treatment groups and charities benefiting LGBT youth such as The Trevor Project.


Lgbt Hero: Jose Julio Sarria 

December 13, 1922 -  August 19, 2013

José Sarria, a drag performer and gay rights advocate who many historians contend was the first openly gay person to campaign for public office in the United States when he ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961.

Mr. Sarria worked as a waiter and performed at the Black Cat Cafe, a gay bar in the North Beach section of San Francisco, in the 1950s and ’60s. His campy satires of operas like “Carmen,” performed in elaborate regalia and makeup, made him a recognizable face in the city’s gay neighborhoods and a de facto community leader.

Laws against sodomy were in place throughout the United States at the time. In California, bars serving homosexuals could legally be raided and their patrons arrested. Mr. Sarria helped found civic groups to fight discrimination against gay people. His frustration with the system led to his run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, the legislative body for the city and county of San Francisco.

“I had a right to run for office,” Mr. Sarria told The Atlantic in 2011. “I was angry, and I did it to prove a point.” He borrowed a suit for campaign photos and ran under the watchword “Equality!” He came in ninth out of a field of more than 30 candidates for five spots on the board and received more than 5,000 votes.

“From that day on,” Mr. Sarria said, “there’s never been a politician in San Francisco, not even a dogcatcher, that did not go and talk to the gay community.”

José Julio Sarria was born on Dec. 12, 1922, in San Francisco. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and after the war stayed in Berlin, where he was active in theater. He returned to San Francisco in 1947 hoping to become a teacher but was arrested on morals charges that year in a public bathroom at the St. Francis Hotel. He was fined and, because of his arrest record, not permitted to teach, so he began working at the Black Cat.

Mr. Sarria helped found the League for Civil Education, a group dedicated to overturning laws that prohibited serving alcohol to gay people, in 1960; and the Society for Individual Rights, a broader gay advocacy and community group, in 1963. He worked at the Black Cat until it closed in 1963.

In 1965, Mr. Sarria proclaimed himself the first Empress of San Francisco and founded a gay rights organization called the Imperial Court de San Francisco (playing off a tradition of comically exaggerated royal titles among gay men). It became the International Court System, which now has 65 chapters (each of which elects its own empress and emperor) in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Sarria did not run for office again. He was an ardent supporter and friend of Harvey Milk, who was elected supervisor in 1977, becoming the first openly gay elected official in California more than a decade and a half after Mr. Sarria’s attempt.  

Sarria reigned over the Courts for 43 years until 2007. During his reign, he and members of the Imperial Court appeared in the opening scenes of the film, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). On May 25, 2006, the city of San Francisco named a portion of 16th Street in the Castro District Jose Sarria Court, and a metal plaque commemorating the event (with a picture of the Empress I) was embedded in the sidewalk.