"Even though it’s not enforceable, Louisiana’s House still wants the law to condemn oral sex and all same-sex relations."

"Rachel Maddow talks about two very different stories in the news this week – one state’s refusal to get rid of an anti-gay law, and a conservative lawyer who argued against gay marriage changes his mind."

"It’s important to avoid conflating non-binary sex and gender identities with being born intersex, as these are very different identity categories."

"Romance is hard, no matter who you are. For people with intersex traits, connection poses unique challenges."

To be gay was to have gay sex in the gayest way in the gayest spaces

lolmythesis:

Religion, Tufts University

"Queer as religion; the mutation of identity during the apocalypse in blood"

(Source: yourenotaloneinthis, via lettersfromtitan)

Mississippi just signed into law a new right to discriminate law based on the one that failed in Arizona.

The Maryland Legislature passed a trans inclusive non-discrimination bill which the governor promises to sign.

"San Francisco may be held up on a global pedestal as a friendly, supportive place for gays and lesbians, but the city is at risk of abandoning the men and women who built that structure and who are now heading into old age, according to a report released Tuesday. "When you look at the big rainbow flag on Market, at Harvey Milk Plaza and all the dynamic things that the LGBT community is known for, this is the generation that made that happen," said Larry Saxxon, a task force member. […] gays and lesbians may be reluctant to use services like in-home care or seek financial or legal aid because of fears of discrimination, the task force found. Among the suggestions in the 200-plus-page report are improving data collection on gender identity and sexual orientation among people who use senior services offered by city-supported agencies. The report also recommends that agencies that get city money for senior services be required to provide "cultural competency" training for staff members to make them more sensitive to the needs of LGBT clients. […] task force members noted that as the LGBT senior population grows, more agencies are going to have to provide services, and those groups will need training to help them be sympathetic to and aware of the needs specific to gays and lesbians."

lady88:

It still shocks (and mostly just disappoints) me how SHOCKED people are when I tell them that it is 100% legal to be fired simply for being gay.
They look at me like I’m lying and say things like "nooooo, that can’t be right?".
I have been fired twice (in Ohio) for being openly gay.
I have been asked:
to not wear my wedding ring
Not acknowledge my wife’s existence
To "just say you have a husband"
To just not answer “yes” when people ask if I’m married because "you’re not REALLY married"
To not bring my wife to the company FAMILY Christmas party
Let people just assume we’re sisters
Just make it easier on everyone and “just say you’re divorced”
These were not requests made from some Mom and Pop shop, I was a corporate executive for a large chain of high volume restaurants. My boss was the Director of Human Resources, and she would walk into my office and say the most ignorant things you can imagine.
People in America need to be educated on the reality that is life as a gay person in  this country.
It’s not all gay pride parades and appletinis. 
We need a leg to stand on.
We need people to wake up and educate themselves on the rights we are denied.
We need people…gay, straight, and in between, to open their eyes, stop ignoring what doesn’t directly effect them, and educate themselves.

lady88:

It still shocks (and mostly just disappoints) me how SHOCKED people are when I tell them that it is 100% legal to be fired simply for being gay.

They look at me like I’m lying and say things like "nooooo, that can’t be right?".

I have been fired twice (in Ohio) for being openly gay.

I have been asked:

  • to not wear my wedding ring
  • Not acknowledge my wife’s existence
  • To "just say you have a husband"
  • To just not answer “yes” when people ask if I’m married because "you’re not REALLY married"
  • To not bring my wife to the company FAMILY Christmas party
  • Let people just assume we’re sisters
  • Just make it easier on everyone and “just say you’re divorced”

These were not requests made from some Mom and Pop shop, I was a corporate executive for a large chain of high volume restaurants. My boss was the Director of Human Resources, and she would walk into my office and say the most ignorant things you can imagine.

People in America need to be educated on the reality that is life as a gay person in  this country.

It’s not all gay pride parades and appletinis. 

We need a leg to stand on.

We need people to wake up and educate themselves on the rights we are denied.

We need people…gay, straight, and in between, to open their eyes, stop ignoring what doesn’t directly effect them, and educate themselves.

(Source: lady-eighty-eight, via lettersfromtitan)

"Rachel Maddow points out that the Westboro Baptist Church, whose leader died this week, has been so obnoxious and objectionable with their notorious anti-gay protests that they ultimately helped the cause of gay rights by offending mainstream Americans."