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I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place that is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no air conditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office, and has been unemployed, laid off and sexually harassed and gay bashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth, someone who has eaten hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs, and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown: always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss, and never a worker, always a liar, always a thief and never caught.

- Zoe Leonard, I want a Dyke for President 

Haven’t we done this already?

I don’t get why anyone votes republican anymore. I get that these are new faces, but does no one see how the folks in congress and in trump’s cabinet are the same guys we’ve been fighting against since Britain?

The Revolutionary War

Patriots: “Lets fight tyranny and have the rights of the people on this land heard and held by themselves.”

Loyalist: “These violent radicals are going against the government. They’ll ruin our very way of life. We should try to find a more conservative route and not be so loud about our problems. Our leaders will handle it in their own time. I hear they’re considering ending slavery.”

Civil War

Abolitionists: “Slavery is Bad. Lets end it.”

Slave Owners: “These simpletons are destroying state’s rights. They’re literally ripping this nation apart. Our economy depends on this. Farm families will go bankrupt, and it will all be because of these insane instigators of our traditions.”

World War 2

Franklin Roosevelt: “Nazi’s are bad, and we need to stop them by any mean before they take over the world.”

Congress: “This is not what the american people want. This is being taken out of proportion, and negative Nancy boys are just not understanding another point of view and rushing to judgment about this man. We don’t need to blow up this situation but should instead be focusing on all those immigrants hurting and killing real Americans.”

Civil Rights

Blacks: “We want equal rights.”

Democrats: “Communists! Drug dealing communists! These people are trying to smash the sacred system of government, and we need to send in police forces into their meetings where all those drugs are before they cause anarchy. Also, while we’re here, gays are trying to molest your children and give them aids.”

Right Now

Everyone not Republican/fascist/ alt-right: “Stop trying to destroy the environment, take away women’s/gays/trans people/non-straight-christian man’s rights away, remove regulations that keep companies from abusing us medically and financially, and spend our tax money on improving institutions.”

Most Republicans except maybe John McCain: “Shut up. Fake News. PC bad.”

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The woman who discovered India's first HIV cases - BBC News
Thirty years ago, India discovered the dreaded HIV virus had reached its shores when blood samples from six sex workers tested positive.

At a time where the Indian press wrote “that HIV was a disease of the ‘debauched West” and presumed it would never come to their country, only one woman, Sellappan Nirmala, pushed forward on testing for HIV and AIDS - and in doing, uncovered an epidemic. But 30 years later, almost nobody knows her name.

Asked if she was frustrated by the lack of recognition, she replied:

“I was brought up in a village. There no-one gets excited or depressed about such things. I’m happy I got this opportunity and I’ve done something for the society.”

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We have a great charity drive for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS on Prizeo (link in bio.) You can 14 others can get tickets to @ohhelloshow on January 5 & a special private and HOSTILE press conference with Gil & George after the show. This will be stupid idiot fun. All money raised provides hands on work for our fellow men and women suffering from AIDS. Thank you!

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Marsha “Pay it no Mind” Johnson

Johnson was a trans woman and an important member of the LGBTQ+ community in New York City for many years. She was one of the city’s most famous drag queens and street queens, and also one of the first to fight back in the Stonewall riots. During the AIDS epidemic, she joined with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power to protest the expensive price of AIDS drugs. Johnson co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to provide food & clothing to drag queens, trans women & street kids. Marsha was a dedicated activist and LGBT+ pioneer who deserves to be celebrated and honored.

The thing about trans heroines and especially trans heroines of colour is that a lot of that history isn’t recored and when it is it’s often from secondary sources where a lot of bias turns up especially cis and white bias. An we know that our sisters have had and still have a tendency to die long before their times especially with the AIDS epidemic which disproportionately affected trans people and poc especially when it came to the trials of access to care. So like those people who changed our world and who fought and died giving us LGBT kids a chance are lost to history, with their dead names carved into stone 6 feet above them. That shit kills me.

On opinions vs. political stances.

Since saying what I did about Phyllis Schlafy (rest in Hell), I’ve gotten a lot of “Oh my GAWD just because she had a different OPINION than you….”

Phyllis Schlafy worked tirelessly for the belief that a woman’s place was in the home (in spite of the fact that she had a law degree and a successful and influential political career), that gender roles were essential and immovable, that men should be the leaders of the world, that rape and sexual harassment didn’t happen to “virtuous” women, and that AIDS was a curse from God sent to punish/wipe out homosexuality. She was angry when the Supreme Court over-turned the death sentence for children. NONE OF THESE ARE JUST “OPINIONS.” If Phyllis Schlafy had a different favorite flavor of ice cream than me, she’d have a different opinion than me, and I wouldn’t call her evil for it. She’s evil because she actively worked to oppress women and LGBT individuals and keep them as second-class citizens in the US. So I’m just showing her the same respect and dignity that she offered to working women, single mothers, and AIDS victims.

When a person says that you, as a member of a marginalized group, deserve to die, be raped, be sent to “reparative therapy,” or that you don’t deserve the same rights as others or that you haven’t truly earned the accomplishments that you’ve made in life, that is a POLITICAL STANCE, and when someone has an oppressive POLITICAL STANCE, especially when it directly oppresses you, you don’t owe that person the fucking time of day. They don’t see you as a fully worthy human being, so why the FUCK should you be polite to them? You don’t owe anyone who wishes to oppress you your time, effort, or dignity, and the idea that you somehow have to be polite to someone who thinks you deserve to suffer only serves to uphold the oppressive systems they wish to uphold. It doesn’t make you a bigot or a hypocrite, it’s a fucking survival mechanism.

And being an ‘equal-opportunity offender’—as in, ‘It’s okay, because Daniel Tosh makes fun of ALL people: women, men, AIDS victims, dead babies, gay guys, blah blah blah’—falls apart when you remember (as so many of us are forced to all the time) that all people are not in equal positions of power. ‘Oh, don’t worry—I punch everyone in the face! People, baby ducks, a lion, this Easter Island statue, the ocean…’ Okay, well, that baby duck is dead now.
—  Lindy West
Lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s HIV infections are categorised as heterosexual, injection drug user or indefinable/other transmission routes. These epidemiological classifications result in the institutionalised exclusion of lesbian, bisexual and queer women from HIV-risk categories and produce ‘the social construction of immunity.’ As a result of the established risk categories, lesbian, bisexual and queer women cannot appear.
—  Carmen Logie & Margaret Gibson, A mark that is no mark? Queer women and violence in HIV discourse - (Culture, Health, & Sexuality)

The mythology of Bi Any Other Name

I want to address something that I’ve seen floating around bi tumblr circles lately in the (much needed) discussion about the behavior of bi men in bisexual spaces.   There seems to be this myth going around that goes something like : when Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu wrote and assembled Bi Any Other Name in 1991, they wanted to do it as a bi women’s anthology and were somehow pressured or forced into including men. 

I’ve talked to Loraine Hutchins recently about this and she wants to make very clear that’s NOT what happened.  

During the planning stages of what would become the classic Bi Any Other Name, Lani and Loraine discussed the pros and cons of doing a bi women only book vs a book that would include multiple genders (including men).   As she said to me recently:

We did consider doing an all women’s anthology and it is true that some of the women’s presses we approached would only consider it if we excluded men (of course, there are many other places that publish mixed work, women’s presses rightly can decide to prioritize women, jeez). We went with a gay press (Alyson Publications) which was inclusive of men and women partly for that reason.

What tipped the scales as far as including bi men in the book was that so many bi men around them were dying of AIDS at the time.   There was a legitimate fear that if those voices were not captured soon, they would be lost forever.   One of the pieces in Bi Any Other Name was an interview Loraine conducted with a bi man, John Horne who was dying of AIDS in hospice.  Others included men who were sick or who died shortly after their writing was completed.   As a result, getting their stories was challenging:

We had trouble getting 50% men, partly cause men were DYING all around us while we were trying to get them to write their stories or else to tell us their stories, 2nd hand.

They also had high standards for the essays the would appear in the book:

We also were adamant that we only wanted contributors who had a feminist analysis and were committed to women’s liberation and equality, regardless of their own gender identification. I don’t think that excluded any potential contributors, male or female, but it is just part of the story [of creating the book].

From talking to Loraine, I can say she has no regrets about including bi men in the book.  

There are a LOT of legitimate problems with bi men and misogyny in bisexual spaces, and I don’t mean to distract from that point in the slightest.  However I would like to nip this particular myth in the bud before it becomes a thing.  There are plenty of real examples of bi men being awful to bi women, but Bi Any Other Name was a case of a deliberate choice for disability and community solidarity.  

- Sarah

PROTEST THE POPE!  Thurs NYC 11a.m. - Join the Procession of Unrepentant Women!

On Thursday, right before Pope Francis is scheduled to speak at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, join us for a powerful protest procession against the shaming, blaming, and vicious violence against women carried out by the Catholic Church.

11 am, Thursday, Sept 24
Herald Square (Broadway and 34th Street)

Procession of Unrepentant Women to St. Patrick’s Church to deliver a People’s Indictment
(men welcome)

Some people are celebrating Pope Francis’ “gracious” gesture of allowing women who have had abortions one year to repent.

This is total bullshit!  Women who get abortions have NOTHING to repent about.  Fetuses are NOT babies.  Abortion is NOT murder.  Women are NOT incubators.

In reality, it is the Pope and the Catholic Church who have committed great crimes. 47,000 women die each year for lack of access to safe, legal abortions.  8 million women are injured.  Their blood is on the hands of the Pope and the Catholic Church.

What about the 9-yr-old who was raped by her stepfather in Brazil.  Those who helped her get an abortion were excommunicated by the Catholic Church, but the rapist was not.  Now, this young girl is supposed to “repent”!?

Hell no!

We will deliver a People’s Indictment for the Pope and the Catholic Cathedral – calling out :

  • The Church’s condemnation of birth control, abortion, and divorce which has trapped millions of women for centuries in abuse, forced motherhood, degradation and humiliation
  • Condemning use of condoms with genocidal implications in AIDS-ravaged Africa
  • Condemning the right of gay people to marry
  • Pope Francis’ decision to canonize Junipero Serra, the enslaver of indigenous people in California
       and more…

Join us in taking a stand for women and oppressed people worldwide.  We will have bloody pants, bloody coat-hangers, and chains to wear – representing the Church’s enslavement of women.  We will have the faces of women who have died from illegal abortions.  We will have an indictment of the Pope to pass out.  

Join us.

rsvp: stoppatriarchy@gmail.com

erasure is the thousands of gay men & trans women who died of AIDS while the government turned their backs on the LGBT community & whose deaths are not even taught about in schools. erasure has nothing to do with fictional fucking characters

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@freediscourse alright so the top3 pics are from the top posts in the ace pos/itivity tag, it’s discourse

the bottom two are recent posts in the tag, more discourse one of which is a person making fun of lgbtpn people being angry at stolen resources, another is stealing a phrase used by gay men and i believe trans women during the aids crisis AKA a phrase aces can NOT use.

Happy International Women's Day!

Today we celebrate all women from all across the world.

We celebrate the strength, power, and diversity of women.

Celebrate black women, indigenous women, Asian women, Hispanic women, women whose identities don’t fit neatly into a description.

Celebrate bisexual women, lesbian women, asexual women, trans women, pansexual women, women who are unsure where they fit.

Celebrate Muslim women, Jewish women, Christian women, atheist women, witches, women who aren’t sure what they believe, women whose traditions have been attacked.

Celebrate mentally ill women. Women who are depressed. Women with hallucinations. Women with mood disorders. Women whose mental illness doesn’t fit with social norms. Women who struggle to keep going.

Celebrate women with disabilities. Women who use mobility aids to get around. Women whose bodies move in unexpected ways. Women who need assistance with self care. Women who are chronically ill. Women whose bodies look and function differently.

Celebrate neurodivergent women. Women who struggle with social situations. Women who put in 110% effort to appear neurotypical. Women who never pass. Women who use other forms of communication than speaking. Women whose sensory systems make it hard to function I. This world.

Celebrate all women. Women who fit in somewhere above. Women who don’t fit any of those. Women who fit into so many of these and more.

We are strong. We are valuable. We deserve to be celebrated.

NC: There is a post on Tumblr about a professor from Nigeria that has produced the cure for HIV/AIDS within two months.

The very first thing I thought when I heard this was “God, please protect this man from any harm that’s gonna come his way.“

I’m also hoping that he doesn’t let this get into a white persons hand either.

History has showed us time and time again that when a black person creates something here come white people ready to take it and the money that goes along with it.

I also hope every penny he gets from this goes to Africa and Africa only.

Again please God, don’t let this get into the hand of white people and don’t let him be so trusting of them.

“This group of employees from the district hospital in Namibia had just finished planting seeds in their plot at the hospital’s community garden. The women are part of an HIV support group at the hospital that I had the pleasure of teaching permagarden gardening techniques to. I had asked them to dance as they had a few days earlier while we worked on their plot. They were kind enough to sing and dance as we celebrated the majority of the work being complete and we therefore wished their seeds happy growing.”