queer-related

Night Vale queer headcanons...

Cecil - Genderfluid, panromantic and homoflexible.
Carlos - Cisgender, skoliosexual, demi-homoromantic.
Dana - Agender (ze, hir/she, her pronouns), femme presenting, panromantic and bisexual.
The Man in the Tan Jacket - Bigender (male/agender, prefers male pronouns), androgynous presenting, queer (but doesn’t like to label his sexuality).
Pamela Winchell - Trans* woman, homosexual and aromantic.
Old Woman Josie - Cisgender, bisexual and heteromantic.
Faceless Old Woman - Aromantic, asexual and cisgender.
Steve Carlsberg - Cisgender, homosexual, homoromantic.
John Peters, Y'know, the Farmer - Trans* man, biromantic, heterosexual.
Leann Hart - Pangender, homoromantic, grey-ace.

Hey maybe when talking about how religion relates to queerness consider the fact that out rabbis have been ordained as early as 1984 (Reconstructionist) and 1985 (Reform). In 1990 Reform Judaism issued a proclamation that all reform seminaries had to accept lesbian and gay rabbinical students.

In 1993 Reconstuctionists issued that their Rabbis are encouraged to honor and conduct Jewish weddings for same gender couples.

In 1995 a Reform Rabbi officiated at the commitment ceremony of a junior Rabbi at his synagogue and her wife. (disclaimer: I grew up a member of this particular congregation and both Rabbis involved were my Rabbis. In fact I was being taught in Hebrew School by Rabbi Bender when she got married, and wish I had been older and more able to understand what was happening then, and had not lost touch with her when she left to work at a synagogue in California) This led to five years of conversation within the larger Reform movement and…

In 2000 Reform Judaism ruled in favor of honoring Jewish weddings for same gender couples.

In 2000 the school that trains Reform Rabbis in the US established a center in the school to educate all their students on LGBTQ issues, specifically to ensure that their Rabbis could be effective spiritual leaders, healers and of course teachers for LGBTQ Jews.

In 2003 Reform Judaism officially recognized that all their previous language on the matter excluded bisexual and transgender Jews, and sought to change that issuing a resolution called  “Support for the Inclusion and Acceptance of the Transgender and Bisexual Communities” This included accepting out Bi and Trans folks to their rabbinical schools.

In 2006 Conservative Judaism decided to admit out LGB students to their Rabbinical seminaries provided they agreed to abstain from gay sex.

In 2009 Reform Judaism updated their documents to state that a person’s gender is what they identify as, period, and a Reform prayerbook came out with a prayer for transitioning.

In 2012 Conservative Judaism decided that gay sex within the confines of marriage would be ok, and therefore they would have to allow gay folks to get married to facilitate that. Also that Bisexuality is a real thing and that their previous stance of telling bi folks to partner with opposite sex partners was kinda wrong of them. 

In 2014 Reform Judaism’s central committee joined a lawsuit where several religious groups in favor of marriage have come together against faith based bans on marriage equality in North Carolina. They have also been making statements to the Supreme Court about ways that it is not against religious ideology.

This year (2015) a new prayerbook was put out for Reform congregations to use on the High Holy Days. It not only added a gender neutral way of calling a person to read from the Torah (this is major) but also changed the wording of lines referencing a bride and groom under the chuppah to instead say a couple under the chuppah

And many many other stories from both Judaism and other faiths.

When you act like religion and queerness are inherently opposed, you are not only being shitty as all fuck to us religious queers, but are also making it easy for the bigots to pretend religion is an ok excuse, when there honestly is no reason why religion and queerness can’t exist in harmony.

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I see a lot people standing up for LGBT rights by saying that they were born that way and can’t help it. Do not misinterpret me, I promise this will not be a bigoted rant. I just want to express myself on how, based on what I’ve learned in the few gender studies classes I have taken, this explanation doesn’t sit right with me. It seems to be implying that your sexuality or sexual orientation has to be biologically ingrained in order to be respected. Thus, the search for the ‘gay gene’. The general public is basically taught that if something isn’t biologically determined, it must be a conscious choice. That’s just bullshit. That’s like saying you consciously chose your religion; it doesn’t tend to work that way. The society/culture we’re born into, the experiences we have, the location, the history of that location, all of these things can influence us in the same unconscious way we imagine our biology does.

Why am I quibbling about this, you ask? I really fucking hate biological determinism. And I think it would be awesome if more people were exposed to social constructionist theory because it frees you from believing that this current, constricted 'normal’ is inevitable or inherent. And because homophobia, as well as racism, sexism, and general bigotry, are not going to be solved with the biological sciences. So stop wasting resources researching a so called 'deviant’ sexual gene, stop wasting resources researching whether a woman having a smaller brain is scientific proof that she’s more stupid, stop the general fuckery.

The biological tends to be associated with the unchangeable, while the social is associated with the ability to change or choice. Neither of these are true.

x Respect for the social sciences.

I was tagged by riamu-crossing, thank you so much. :)

Name:  Josephine

Nickname: Jo Jo

Birthday: Jan 21

Star sign: Aquarius

Gender: Female

Height: 5′5″

Sexual orientation: Straight

Romantic orientation: I dunno how to answer this question, oops

Favourite color: White

Time and date at the moment: 22:55 10th May 2015

Average hours of sleep: 6-7

Lucky number: 7

Last thing I googled: Adidas shoes

First word that comes to my mind: noway

One place that makes me happy: home sweet home or Japan

How many blankets I sleep under : why ask this question, ok, 2.

Favourite fictional character: Harry Potter

Favourite famous person: Obama

Celebrity crush: Fukuyama Masaharu

Favourite books: Harry Potter ( I love Harry so much)

Favourite anime: nope

Favourite TV Shows: All shows about food and travel

Favourite musicians/bands: Fukuyama Masaharu

Favourite games: ACNL!!!!!!!

Last movie: ……

Dream holiday: go to Japan with my bff nnamwan

Dream job: writer ( I really hope I can do it, please dream comes true!)

Wearing right now: Tee and long pant

I tag jingleflails, shiity-mayor, famousmushroom, peppy-bunny, queer-crossing molecrossing, cutexcrossing, thenewleafchronicles, and all my followers, ta-da!

anonymous asked:

what's akoisexual aroflux? can you please explain? c:

akoisexual is the experience of feeling sexual attraction but not wishing for it to be reciprocated and/or feeling uncomfortable with others’ sexual attraction towards you

aroflux is the experience of most often not feeling romantic attraction and even when it IS felt, the intensity of said attraction fluctuates

at this moment I don’t really care for masculinity in myself or in other people. I’ve kind of given up on the idea of trying to “maintain"that manly figure and just try to let go. Also i’m tired of the very detailed sexual orientations, Its one thing or the other and none of them describes how i feel. I think that’s why I identify as Queer.

Sooooo my 18th birthday is coming up soon! Like, less than a month away :D

One of the things I want to share with you guys is that I’m going to be creating more professional-looking YouTube Videos, all about mental health, queer related issues, and anything else you all would like! I remember a while back I did videos and you seemed to really enjoy them (and that was with a horrible quality editing software and camera), just think about how awesome it will be once I can upgrade! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m like, jumping up and down with excitement - seriously!! And if you want, we can do collabs and you can share your stories. It will be so much fun!

Just wanted to share that tidbit of info with you guys, and I would love to hear your feedback!