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California Adopts Groundbreaking All-Gender Restroom Access Law
Beginning in March, all single-occupancy public restrooms in the state must be open to all genders. California is the first state with such a law.

California today became the first state in the nation to adopt legislation requiring that all single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and other places of public accommodation be open to all genders. Gov. Jerry Brown today signed the legislation, Assembly Bill 1732, into law, as it had been approved by both the state Assembly and Senate. It will take effect March 1, giving the Golden State “the nation’s most progressive restroom access law,” notes a press release from the Transgender Law Center.

Several cities have such laws, according to the legal group, including Philadelphia, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, N.M. Many colleges and universities, including the University of California system, also have similar policies, and some private businesses have put inclusive measures in place — management of the Sacramento Kings NBA team recently announced that the team’s new stadium, the Golden 1 Center, will include all-gender restrooms, and Target is putting gender-neutral facilities in all its stores. But California has the first statewide law.

“California is charting a new course for equality,” Assemblyman Phil Ting, the bill’s author, said in the press release. “Restricting access to single-user restrooms by gender defies common sense and disproportionately burdens the LGBT community, women, and parents or caretakers of dependents of the opposite gender. Bathroom access is a biological need. This law will ensure more safety, fairness, and convenience … for everyone.”

The legislation won praise from activists for transgender equality and women’s rights. 

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I’m so fucking tired

I’m tired of ship hate. I’m tired of people taking fiction so fucking seriously. I’m tired of someone’s fictional likes or dislikes becoming a litmus test for whether or not the deserve to be harassed to the point of suicide or deleting their social media accounts.

I’m tired of people embarrassing themselves by blurring the lines between fandom and real life.

I’m tired of people bringing up social issues that can’t be solved with fandom bullshit.

I’m tired I’m tired I’m tired.

I just want to enjoy my fucking time on this website and get a download of art, fics, headcanons, and other things and this website is the only way to do that. I’m too exhausted by the time I log on to this goddamn shithole of a site to discuss political or social issues, because I get enough stress in my real life. 

I shouldn’t have to deal with some juvenile telling me that I’m a horrible person just for liking what I like. 

You are accomplishing nothing by whining about shit online. I guarantee you, no one but your immediate circle of followers gives a fuck. You want to get shit done about political and social issues? Turn off your computer, get off your ass, and do something.

Today’s Action: Olympia 2016′s LGBTQ+ athletes and their success

No sport events bring the world together quite like the Olympics and Paralympics do. The sheer number of sport events held and countries that participate means that both events have  many spectacular moments - and with this worldwide spectacle comes a responsibility to be representing diversity and inclusivity. 

Since the first modern Games in 1896, the diversity of the competing athletes has grown - a mirror of the political and social changes throughout the world. The increased acceptance of marginalized gender identities and sexualities has lead to more than 50 out LGBTQ+ athletes from all around the world participating and winning medals in Rio De Janeiro, Brasil, this year.

These athletes are bringing representation, a sense of pride, and visibility for LGBTQ+ community members - out and closeted, young and old - throughout the world.

We also want to highlight the possibly huge number of athletes who are not able to be out about their identities and are closeted due to safety and cultural risks caused by political issues and homophobic laws in their home countries. They are just as valid and important to the community as their fellow openly LGBTQ+ athletes and the progress that the Olympics have made in being more diverse is just as much from their hard work, courage and talent as well. 

Transgender athletes have had particular difficulties in participating in the Olympics ( and many other sports competetions ) because in addition to social discrimination they also have to deal with issues surrounding health and medical restrictions. Earlier this year the International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed their policy on transgender athletes to state that trans athletes should be able to participate in the olympics. Although these are guidelines rather than rules or regulations, they still mark a shift in the acceptance of trans athletes. 

Despite the continuing progress there is still a long way to go, both in enforcing fair rules and changing attitudes towards trans people in sports, especially transgender women. According to The Guardian, while transgender men can compete “without restriction,” transgender women are required to demonstrate that their testosterone levels have been below a certain threshold for at least a year. 

 Aside from Chris Mosier, the first openly transgender athlete competing in the Olympics, there are not many other openly trans athletes because of the often harsh and unwelcoming atmosphere they face. 

We want to honor all LGBTQ+ Olympic athletes by listing the names and Twitter handles - so you can reach out to them - of the ones the world got to hear about and the pictures of those who won medals. We want to celebrate with the ones that can raise both their success and their pride and for those who have to keep the latter a secret. 

You can also check our Twitter and retweet the tweets we will be sending out over the next few days!


Nicola Adams (Great Britain, boxing), GOLD


Seimone Augustus (USA, basketball), GOLD


Rafaela Silva (Brazil, judo), GOLD


Elena Delle Donne (United States, basketball), GOLD


Rachele Bruni (Italy, swimming), SILVER


Tom Daley (Great Britain, diving), BRONZE


Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel (Netherlands, field hockey), SILVER


Lisa Dahlkvist (Sweden, soccer), SILVER


Nilla Fisher (Sweden, soccer), SILVER


Brittney Griner (USA, basketball), GOLD


Carl Hester (Great Britain, equestrian), SILVER


Stephanie Labbe (Canada, soccer), BRONZE


Alexandra Lacrabère (France, handball), SILVER


Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden, soccer), SILVER


Angel McCoughtry (USA, basketball), GOLD


Marie-Eve Nault (Canada, soccer), BRONZE


Jen Kish, Canada, Rugby), BRONZE


Maartje Paumen (Netherlands, field hockey), SILVER


Helen Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain, field hockey), GOLD

Kate Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain, field hockey), GOLD


Carolina Seger (Sweden, soccer), SILVER


Caster Semenya (South Africa, track & field), GOLD


Susannah Townsend (Great Britain, field hockey), GOLD


Sunette Stella Viljoen (South Africa, javelin), SILVER


Spencer Wilton (Great Britain, equestrian), SILVER


More LGBTQ+ athletes:

Chris Mosier (USA, triathlon)
Tom Bosworth (Great Britain, race walk) 
Dutee Chand (India, track & field) 
Julia Vasconcelos (Brazil, taekowndo)
Jeffrey Wammes (Netherlands, gymnastics)
Martina Strutz (Germany, pole vault)
Melissa Tancredi (Canada, soccer)
Mayssa Pessoa (Brazil, handball)
Jillion Potter (USA, rugby)
Megan Rapinoe (USA, soccer)
Ashley Nee (USA, kayak whitewater slalom)
Ian Matos (Brazil, diving)
Nadine Müller (Germany, discus)
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (Finland, swimming)
Robbie Manson (New Zealand, rowing)
Hans Peter Minderhoud (Netherlands, equestrian)
Michelle Heyman (Australia, soccer)
Mélanie Henique (France, swimming)
Larissa França (Brazil, beach volleyball)
Kelly Griffin (USA, rugby)
Edward Gal (Netherlands, equestrian)
Katie Duncan (New Zealand, soccer)

Luke Cage so far (ep1)
  • continuing on the thrilling saga of the Netflix shows telling everybody in the superhero genre how it’s fucking done. i feel like the Avengers was just a training exercice and this is the real deal.
  • so far, no mention of Jessica but you can still somehow feel her in the way their respective stories seem to echo each other, even in the way both shows use complementary tones of purple for Jess and orange for Luke, like i can’t believe i’m literally being invited to ship those people via cinematography ゚・✿ヾ╲(。◉‿◉。)╱✿・゚
  • the music is fucking fantastic oh my god ohm y godd!!!!!!!
  • i really love how complex the characters already are, Cottonmouth and his family are intriguing, especially the corrupt cousin. Mysterious policewoman is also interesting especially in the police scenes. The actors already look insanely good to me i can’t wait to see more!!
  • SMOOOOOTH this show is so smooth on everything, including current political issues!!! they’re radically essential, as a context for the story to happen the way it does, and to Luke’s hero’s journey and identity (like just. the symbolic of the first people he saves being of Chinese descent). But it’s also so subtly brought up, in fact it’s not ever brought up, it’s just shown, it’s lived by the characters. SUBTLETY IS KEY, BLESS EVERYBODY ON THIS SHOW WHO UNDERSTANDS
  • ALSO that last scene was corny as fuck and it’s eVERYTHING I LIKE ABOUT SUPERHEROISM HELL YEAH HEROES SAVING THEIR DEFENCELESS PEERS FROM EVIL GOONS
  • i’m confused as to why they referred to Diamondback as a “he” because in my very fuzzy comics memories i seem to remember she was one of Steve’s villainous’s exes?? i mean on the other hand i don’t mind the implications…
  • it’s too late for this i’m probably spewing nonsense but just so you know I LOVE IT ALREADY WATCH NETFLIX’S LUKE CAGE EVERYBODY
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207 teens and children were arrested under India's anti-homosexuality law last year
Around 96 were aged between 16 and 18, 100 were between 12 and 16, and 11 were aged under 12, according to new figures released by the National Crime Records Bureau.

In 2013, any sexual act apart from missionary heterosexual sex was recriminalized in India under Section 377 of the Penal code. The colonial-era law, which is used to prosecute homosexuality under the term ‘unnatural’, could lead to anyone convicted to spending up to 10 years in prison.

The Times of India reports police arrested 1,491 people under Section 377 last year. 16 of them were women.

In June, India’s Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition challenging a law criminalizing gay sex. This was the third time the country had voted to keep Section 377 in six months. Shashi Tharoor, a National Congress MP who has repeatedly attempted to repeal the law, says a curative review is the last hope for activists to get the gay sex ban lifted.

‘Indian culture and history reveal no intolerance of sexual difference or orientation,’ Tharoor has said. ‘[But many politicians] prefer British colonial law.’

Queer is not a slur.

Not when used as a self-identification, and not when used as an umbrella term within the community, at least.

See, here’s the thing: The most common identifier used by bi, pan, and trans people to describe their sexuality? Queer.

Given that multiple studies have shown that bi people alone comprise about half the community, that makes it by far the most common term we use to describe ourselves.

What’s more, it’s not just an identifier: it’s a rallying cry. It’s a banner the whole community has assembled under forever. “We’re here, we’re queer” is a cliché for a reason. It’s a statement of power, and of pride - yes, we’re weird. We don’t fit into the “acceptable” categories cisheteronormative society gives us. And that’s a good thing. It’s a call to demolish those “acceptable” boxes, to build a world we’re all part of.

Its rejection is a relatively recent move by the same homonationalism that brought us “Bi people don’t belong,” the thrilling sequel “Trans people don’t belong,” and the stunning conclusion “Ace people don’t belong.” It’s a deliberate strategy employed by respectability politicians seeking a seat at the table - taking the work we’ve put in and distancing themselves from us so they can tell the straights “We deserve your respect because we’re just like you! We even hate queers!”

(And don’t think it’s a coincidence that the community suddenly forgot the massive, massive overlap between “queer” and “poly” when building the very self-conscious image of two clean-cut upper-middle-class smiling young professional men or women either. Anything that wasn’t “respectable” enough had to go. My deepest thanks to the person who pointed this out.)

In the rush for our place in an oppressive hell, we’ve lost our revolutionary edge, lost our fire, and lost a lot of what drove us in the first place. Fuck. That.

I’m queer, and you will never take that away from me.

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Religious right will try to repeal Massachusetts pro-trans law at the ballot box
City and town clerks had certified more than 32,375 signatures of registered voters, the number needed to place a repeal question on the 2018 state ballot.

Opponents of a transgender rights law said Wednesday they had collected enough signatures to continue their campaign to roll back the landmark measure. City and town clerks had certified more than 32,375 signatures of registered voters, the number needed to place a repeal question on the 2018 state ballot, the Massachusetts Family Institute said. The signatures must also be verified by Secretary of State William Galvin’s office.

The law approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in July bars discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations. Among other things it would allow individuals to use the bathroom or locker room that corresponds with their gender identities. The repeal effort does not stop the law from going into effect as scheduled on Saturday. Since the question could not be placed on the ballot until 2018, the law will already have been on the books for more than two years before voters might consider it.

Freedom Massachusetts, which led a yearslong effort to pass the transgender bill, called the repeal effort “harmful” and predicted that voters would keep the law if it reached the ballot.

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The South Korean govt. is trying to gather and control private information of the citizens, much like how the FBI tried to make Apple gather iPhone users’ private information.

the 새누리당 (a political party in south korea) passed the law so currently the politicians from the 더불어민주당 (another political party in south korea) are doing a filibuster to stop the law from being passed, so please go watch the live stream or at least have it play in the background if you can.

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Haiti LGBT festival cancelled due to threats
Organisers call off a cultural festival celebrating Haiti's Afro-Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community because of threats of violence.

Jean Danton Leger, commissioner of Port-au-Prince, said he had blocked the event to protect public morals. It came after the Haitian lawmaker, known for homophobic views, called for the Massimadi festival to be banned. One of the event’s organisers described discrimination homosexuals faced.

“Our festival was postponed precisely because there has been a verbal ban by the government commissioner of Port au Prince, Jean Danton Leger,” said Jeudy Charlot. "Homosexually is frowned upon, perceived as evil. At times, they may be ridiculed, they can be attacked.“

Meanwhile, Lorraine Mangones, another of the festival’s organisers, said her team had been "receiving threats of outrageous violence”. Senator Jean Renel Senatur previously condemned the attempt to start the Massimadi festival in Haiti.

“This festival aims to promote homosexuality in our country - to convey values that are contrary to our social mores,” he said.

The Massimadi arts and film festival is held each year in Brussels and Montreal and is targeted at Afro-Caribbean communities. Agence France Presse said that in July 2013 a protest against gay people, which was organised by evangelical church groups, drew several thousand protesters in the capital Port-au-Prince.

There are no laws prohibiting homosexuality in Haiti.

people here on tumblr dot com sure do get upset about the idea of other folks exploring gender

like… fluidity of gender??? people taking time, discovering that they might not be cis??? changing pronouns several times?? proces s???? cha ng e???

NO! GENDER IS HARD LIKE ROCK AND MUSCLE. TRUE LIKE DIAMOND.  CHANGE MEANS FAKER MCFAKYPANTS. I ALONE AM KEEPER OF THE CRYSTAL BALL. HOW DARE

HOW DARE