Why It Matters That DC Comics Confirmed Wonder Woman's Bisexuality
In a recent interview, writer Greg Rucka confirmed what many readers had long suspected. The implications are far-reaching.

“No, Wonder Woman is not her sexual orientation. But having her confirmed as a queer character is a huge leap forward in humanizing those of us that fall somewhere between straight and gay on the LGBT spectrum. Diana Prince is a compassionate hero, a grizzled warrior, an adept diplomat…and a bisexual.”

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry, but about your post of not labeling YOI as yaoi or shounen-ai or not, I don't see something wrong with labeling it as that genre specially if it really has that element in it. Similarly to how some works of fiction can be a trigger to some people, can it not work the same way? If a person is not used to that kind of relationship as they were raised in a different culture--let's say a very conservative culture, don't they deserve to know what kinds of things are involved beforehand?

Alright, anon, first off I am going to apologize because I have a feeling I’m going to rant a bit here. The ask has sort of given me a platform to express some things as a fan and as a semi-closeted queer woman about representation in media that I’ve been holding in. I know you likely meant no offense in anything you said, but it’s hard to not take a bit of a personal blow when someone labels emotions in line with your own life as ‘triggering’.

I’ll start with the problem of the label shounen-ai/yaoi. First off, these are mostly Western used terms. The word shounen (少年) is for a young boy, thus it should not apply to this show in general. YOI does not feature young boy characters nor are young boys the targer audience. Shounen-ai as a term can be seen to have an almost pedophilic feel to it. As for yaoi ヤオイ– it is the shortening of yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi ヤマなし、オチなし、意味なし(no climax, no point, no meaning) – and is a term that basically means male/male PWP. Graphic in nature. Also not really applicable to YOI.

The term BL, which is the commonly used term in Japan, short for Boys Love, could be a fitting term. However, the genre of BL also has certain feels and tropes to it. If you are to pick up a BL series you can expect the main driving force of the story to be the relationship aspect in terms of a love-relationship or a building one. While the growing relationship between Yuuri and Victor is certainly a key element to YOI, it is not meant to be the primary focus. The focus is Yuuri and his character development and skating. His relationship with Victor is used as a point to build up Yuuri as a character and to support his growth as a skater. Yuuri comes first, not the ship.

There are, of course, series labeled BL that break this; however, those tend to be shining gems.

Setting aside my personal feelings for the idea of same sex love being implied as a ‘trigger’ (which is already a term I despise quite a bit), just because a series has one sub-plot or element that others may disagree with does not mean that should be featured as the main genre. Neon Genesis Evangelion is not a BL nor a romance due to its sub-plot between characters. Fast and the Furious is not a romance movie despite a romance in the sub-plots. The genre of a series is the main focus of the story – and in the case of YOI that is the story of Yuuri’s relationship with his SPORT.

And sure, people deserve to know what they are ‘getting into’ when starting a series. But that is as easy as reading a quick summary. Clearly from that we could understand that there are implications between Yuuri and Victor, be it romantic or be it any other sort of more platonic love.

But that doesn’t mean the show should be labeled as something it isn’t just to make other people feel comfortable. Yuri!!! on Ice is not a BL series and should not be labeled as such.

On a personal level, it is amazing for me to see this show with overt same sex undertones not being addressed or labeled as a BL. The romance, like that of any other series with a romantic sub-plot that is never addressed in the genre, is treated as normal. It’s a level of acceptance that I don’t know if people can relate to if they are used to healthy media representations of their form of love. I’m a relatively open person in terms of my sexuality to anyone who asks, but that does not mean I present as being someone queer. I don’t mention it unless it is brought up to me because it is just a part of my life. Also, in part because it does not feel comfortable to bring up in casual conversation. Why do I have to address my sexuality to have it validated when others do not?

YOI breaks that need. No one has brought up Yuuri or Victor’s sexualities in the series. It’s just something there, obvious, accepted. And that’s just… so meaningful and powerful to me.

anonymous asked:

I keep being surprised that you're apparently a straight guy? On the off-chance that you're secretly hoping for people to push you toward transition, do know that it would make your tumblr make more sense to at least one queer trans woman who follows you. (And also that the standard trans narrative is bullshit in the definiteness of feelings it seems to require, blah blah blah, etc. etc. etc..)

On the one hand, I genuinely appreciate this.  Thank you for reaching out to me.

On the other, I am in fact a dude (when I fantasize about having a different body it’s one that looks more like Kenny Omega’s) and I am in fact straight, if flexible (I have kissed enough dudes to confirm that by and large I prefer kissing ladies)

If the things you see in my tumblr that seem incongruous to you given my gender and sexuality are positives - let’s hope there isn’t a real contradiction, there, and that straight dudes can embody whatever that is, because there are a fucking lot of us and it would be a shame if we were all terrible

anonymous asked:

I was the one who asked about confirmation about queer alex and i'm uber happy it's 99% her at this point... but i wanted to ask, do you think we should trust the writers with this?

Honestly after my experience I will never trust any writer anymore. I can only tell you that Ali Adler (one of the producers) is a queer woman, do as you feel.

Initial Thoughts on Yuri on Ice Episode 4



Imagine a queer woman in her younger 20s staring intensely at a small screen for 24 minutes straight with two, count it, two fingers lodged on the side of her skull and her eyes bulging out of her sockets every single time an episode of Yuri!!! On Ice comes out?

That is me.  I am that person.

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#Blackout Trans Pioneer: Marsha P. Johnson

An influential transgender gay rights activist (1944 – 1992). One of my eternal sheroes. She played a major role in the “Gay” Rights Movement early on and was highly involved with the Stonewall Riots. For decades her work has been talked over and erased, but she lives on in many a young queer heart! <3

Read more about her here.


So yesterday I was out with my gal pal and these two high school age girls came up to us with a camera. They said that they were doing a project for an AP class and wanted pictures of people looking happy, so they asked if they could snap a few of us, because we looked so happy!
We said yes and they asked us to pretend not to notice them (since they wanted it candid but didn’t want to take photos without consent - right on). And then they asked if we were together, and asked if we’d be ok with smooching when we said yes.
We asked them to send us the pictures if we did.
Here’s the results!

tl;dr My girlfriend and I are the cutest couple ever and super photogenic and happy and I love her and SO YAH THATS ALL <3

BESSIE SMITH 1894–1937

One of the greatest American singers of the 20s and 30s, known for her powerful delivery and often called “The Empress of the Blues.” Her parents had both died by the time she was a teenager, and to earn money, Smith began performing on the streets of Chattanooga with her brother. In 1912, she joined a traveling troupe that boasted the successful blues singer Ma Rainey—Rainey would become her good friend and mentor. Though she started as a chorus dancer, Smith soon developed her own act, and in 1923 she signed a record deal with Columbia, releasing the first album on their new “race records” series. With the popularity of her song “Downhearted Blues,” she became the most successful blues singer of the time, earning enough to live lavishly and travel town to town in her own private train. She married her husband Jack Gee around the time her first album was released, but it was a rocky relationship, with affairs on both sides. Most of Smith’s infidelities were with other women in her troupe, which sparked frequent fights, and when Smith discovered her husband had been sleeping with another singer, they separated. During the Great Depression, the recording industry took a hit, as did Smith’s career. She started to make a comeback by transitioning into swing music, but it was cut short when she was killed in a car accident. For years her grave was left unmarked, until Janis Joplin bought her a tombstone in 1970.

How to Feel more Feminine (for closeted Trans Girls)

· Part your hair
· Paint your nails with a clear coat of nail polish
· wear “Manly” Jewelery like a shark tooth necklace or a cross necklace (if you’re Religious) or a dog tag, or a mood ring
· wear panties under your Boxers or pants
· wear a cupless sports bra under your shirt
· wear slightly tinted chapstick
· wear eyeshadow that is a shade close to your skin tone
· paint your toenails & keep them hidden from unsupportive people under your socks


21 years of progression. I have very specific memories of when I was younger. I remember crying in bed for god to make me a girl. I begged and pleaded every night that I would wake up the next morning with the right parts in the right body and every day I woke up in disappointment. I remember going through my mom’s wardrobe on more than one occasion and showing her what I put on. I remember picking the girl characters in any video game I ever played.

For years I would have people refer to me as a girl with a variety of different names. I would ask them to do my make up or let me borrow their clothes. All I thought about, all I wanted to do was girly things.

Going through puberty and not having my body develop the way I wanted to was a hard blow to handle. Things were different when I was younger and still had a high voice and softer features.

Figuring out the way boys act with each other was a wake up call as well. I wasn’t like them I didn’t want to do the things they wanted to do. I flocked to the the feminine my whole life. If I tried to put it out of mind, it wouldn’t last long. This wasn’t a phase this was who I was.

I hid who I was for too long. I cared what others thought about me and I let that dictate my actions. I couldn’t continue this or things would only get worse. Finally transitioning was the most incredible thing that could have happened to me. Finally I was on the right track I was doing what made me happy. I was living my life authentically as a woman. I was being myself.

This is something I know I’ve not only wanted but needed. I don’t know where I’d be if I’d even be anywhere if it wasn’t for transitioning. I’m in a body I can be comfortable with and I can flaunt my femininity without shame. I have always been a girl and nobody will tell me otherwise.

Trans and proud.