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Okay, there is obviously so much wrong with this misogynistic, transphobic excuse for feminism post and I just felt the need to rant on it.

The first paragraph has so much wrong with by stating that there is some sort of criteria EVERY woman must follow in order to be a “real woman”. Also it degrades women that enjoy and find pleasure in things like make up, gowns, and fake boobs. Lastly not ALL women are here to have kids/daughters.

In the second paragraph she uses her age as an excuse to build a criteria on “real women” when things, believe it or not, have changed in the span of fifty years. She goes on to tell someone what they can and can’t identify as, which is problematic enough. Periods are not an excuse for you to be arrogant towards the trans community. Also what about the cis women who don’t have periods, or bad cramps? Are they too not able to identify as a woman? Also, Caitlyn Jenner HAS faced unnecessary sexual comments and slander from men so don’t think it’s a cis thing only. So much of the ridicule she’s getting through her transition is about her looks and sex appeal, so yes, she knows the feeling.

As sorry as I am about your miscarriages, no body deserves that, its not a ploy for you to play in order to make you seem like a real woman. Many women have gone their whole lives without a miscarriage, trans and cis included. Another point continuously made in this post is that Caitlyn will never know what it’s like to be a mom because she’ll never give birth. Caitlyn has kids and is an amazing parent to them. Women do not only exist to procreate, also what about the cis women who can’t give birth? Are they, in your eyes, not real women as well? There are adoptive mothers that are still mothers, right?

Your comparison between identifying as a women and identifying as a widow (when your partner is still alive) has no correlation and makes absolutely no sense. Those are no where near the same thing.

Her definition of a real women is full of internalized misogyny and is problematic within itself. Being a women is already hard with the standard set for us by the outside, now other women need to build standards for each other too? That’s ridiculous.

Therefore for I find your transphobic claim to not accept Caitlyn as a woman disingenuous, uneducated, and honestly - quite offensive.

glaad.org
Boy Scouts ends ban on gay adults
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) today voted to end its ban on lesbian, gay, and bisexual adult leaders. The historic move comes after GLAAD and Scouts for Equality mounted a years-long media campaign to bring equality to Scouting.

“The new policy, which was “unanimously adopted” by the Boy Scouts National Executive Committee earlier this month and then ratified today by the National Executive Board, states:

No adult applicant for registration as an employee or non-unit-serving volunteer, who otherwise meets the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America, may be denied registration on the basis of sexual orientation.

However, the new policy would not require religious chartered organizations to “act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”

“Finally, hardworking and devoted gay adult leaders can serve openly and honestly in Scouting without fear of rejection or retribution,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Today’s historic vote will strengthen Scouting and sends a message of acceptance that will resonate for years to come, as future Scout leaders are judged by their ability to lead and not their sexual orientation.”

Read the full piece on the GLAAD blog

WELL DONE, Boy Scouts of America! Today you get the INTEGRITY badge.

In showing a face of the trans community that is everyday and somewhat mundane, “I Am Cait” gave an honest portrayal of the shockingly normal life of a trans person (albeit an extremely wealthy, celebrity trans person—a fact Jenner directly and repeatedly addresses during the show). Unsurprising, at least to most in the transgender community, that day-to-day ‘life stuff’ is just as dull for trans people as it is for cisgender individuals. And for once, we have may have a show that depicts just that, but with occasional cameo appearances by Kanye West and his shoe socks.
How cishet people think coming out works, versus how it actually works

How they think it works 

*Standing on a hill, speaking to a crowd of people “Let it be known on this, the 27 of July, that I am a homosexual”

*A grandparent 1500 miles away* Oh I have a gay grandchild

How it actually works

*May 2010* “I think I’ll tell my friends first and then my little brother”

*June 2010* “I should tell my mom, maybe it’s the right time”

*September 2010* “Well I’m at a new school, I can tell my new friends”

*December 2010* “Maybe it’s time to tell my dad I mean what’s the worst that could happen?”

*September 2011* “Another new school, might as well tell my new friends here too”

*Summer 2012* “So my dad didn’t speak to me for a month but I’m sure my grandparents, aunt, and uncle will have better reactions. I definitely won’t tell the other aunt though, I know she’s homophobic.”

*October 2014* “Yaay college! I feel a lot more confident now so I’ll tell people if it comes up but I don’t have to tell everyone”

5 months post-op! (I feel like i keep making these updates but there’s not much changing but because i notice the little things i feel the need to document :,)
So first off scarring around my nipples has calmed down soooo much. I’ve been using bio oil on and off but it seems to have made a huge difference just from that! I still had some swelling last month but it’s almost all gone now which is great! I’m joining the gym this week so hoping to see some definition in my body. 

WATCH: Playing Gay Shows How TV Helped Win Marriage Equality

“A new documentary is raising funds to chronicle decades of LGBT characters that helped shaped America’s hearts and minds.

A new documentary seeks to show the real-world impact of television’s LGBT characters and storylines.

Playing Gay: How America Came Out on Television argues that LGBT rights milestones like the passage of marriage equality “didn’t happen in a vacuum – it happened on television.”

The film, which has launched a Kickstarter to help fund its production, will show how series like Ellen, Will & Grace, The L Word, and Modern Family helped move the cultural needle toward broader acceptance of the LGBT community.

Written and directed by activist and talk show host David Bender, the project includes interviews with TV pioneers like Sheila Kuehl, an actor in The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis who defied the gender conventions of the 1960s, as well as Wilson Cruz, a former GLAAD spokesperson who broke barriers when he played an out teen on My So-Called Life.

Help fund the project here.

Read the full piece and watch the video here

YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE: REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT!!!

Readings on Gay Rights, Imperialism and Capitalism

Free pdfs (early Eid gift):

Books: 

Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad

Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism by Rosemary Hennessy

Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times by Jasbir K. Puar

Business, not Politics: The Making of the Gay Market by Katherine Sender (Google Books)

Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market By Alexandra Chasin (Google Books)

Articles:

Capitalism and Gay Identity by John D’Emilio

Queer Nationality by Lauren Berlant and Elizabeth Freeman

Homonationalism and the Death of the Radical Queer by Haley D. O'Shaughnessy

Selling Sexuality: A Critical Genealogy of Homosexuality and Capital by Nicholas Martin Arrivo

The New Homonormativity: The Sexual Politics of Neoliberalism by Lisa Duggan

Gay Universalism, Homoracialism and “Marriage for All” by Houria Bouteldja

Queers of War: Normalizing Lesbians and Gays in the US War Machine by Hilary King

Gay Imperialism: Gender and Sexuality Discourse in the ‘War on Terror’ by Jin Haritaworn, with Tamsila Tauqir and Esra Erdem

HRC and the Vulture Fund: Making Third World Poverty Pay for LGBT rights

Gay Rights as Human Rights: Pinkwashing Homonationalism  by Maya Mikdashi

The Empire of Sexuality: An Interview with Joseph Massad 

Make good use of this knowledge!

thisisafrica.me
Mozambique decriminalises homosexuality
Mozambique has scrapped a colonial-era law which outlaws homosexuality in the country for a new penal code which came into effect on Monday

“The decriminalisation, seen as a major victory for gay rights groups in Africa, now places Mozambique within a minority of African countries where homosexuality is not punishable by law.

Even though homosexuality-related acts were punishable by up to three years of hard labour, no known prosecutions took place in the country after independence in 1975.  According to EWN, the penal code dates back to 1886.

This event almost coincides with the nationwide legalisation of same sex marriage in the US, as ordered by the country’s Supreme Court last week.

GO MOZAMBIQUE!

More Info: LGBT Rights in Mozambique

  • Me:Do you believe in LGBT+ rights?
  • Them:Yeah of course. I believe in equality
  • Me, eating breadsticks:Yes I like you-
  • Them:Except for asexuals of course I mean EVERYONE knows that it's just an excuse for not being able to get a date-
  • Me, shoving breadsticks in my purse:Say one more word and I will shove this breadstick up your ass
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28 June 2015 - Turkish riot police attacked the Istanbul Pride celebrations with water cannon, rubber bullets and pepperball guns. In 2013 during the Gezi park protests a man was killed by the police with a water cannon in the exact way. Some officers have justified their actions due to the march taking place during Ramadan. Another PinkNews reader Gizem Paksoy said: “I actually have no idea why they started attacking. No warning, nothing.“They started to use water cannons. People spread around and they chased people in the streets.”

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Articles on vice and hurriyetdailynews

I don't understand....

So many gay people absolutely hate bisexuals that are in so called “hetro” relationships or anyone in a “hetro” relationship (demisexuals, polysexuals, pansexuals, etc.) . They tell us we can’t go to pride, that we don’t belong and we shouldn’t kiss there either. Sometimes, they tell us such sexualities don’t exist. I just don’t understand when they say we are pushing heteronormativity in their faces. Don’t they hear it when homophobes say “ stop putting your gayness in my face”? You guys are almost saying the same thing just in different context. It doesn’t make you any better.

Another thing I’d like to touch on, why are bisexuals always accused of cheating? It’s stupid and downright upsetting that you can’t trust someone because of their sexuality. Why are bisexuals usually excluded? Why do gay people hate us so much? Why do they say we have privileges when we get hurt with the same slurs as they do?We get harassed by the straight community and the gay community because one thinks we’re too gay and the other thinks we’re too straight. Here’s the thing bisexuals aren’t split in half. Some of us like one gender more than the other and that’s ok.

We can hardly stand up for ourselves. If we stand up for ourselves to a gay person all of a sudden, we’re homophobic. Hell, we’re not even welcome on TV. This thinking is so very confusing. Why should we have conflict in our own community? Why not just get along? Is it really so hard to sit back and look at things from a different perspective?