Posts tagged "lgbt"

Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school.

According to one Lumberton father:

“If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it cause…

Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014

UVA Men’s Swim Team: “2 Of Us Are Gay, The Other 3 Don’t Care”

The Internet has been abuzz lately with Tumblr blogs like I, Too, Am Harvard and I, Too, Am Oxford, which focused on the experiences of students of color amongst the mostly white populations at elite universities. Mostly the signs highlight ignorant remarks based on stereotypes students have been subjected to.

Here’s another Tumblr…

Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2014

Laverne Cox Refused To Play Reality TV’s “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype

“I remember being really conscious of not wanting to fight with another black woman on camera. I did an interview and the producers were like, “Well, this [other black woman on the show] said this about you. What do you have to say about that?” And I said I’m not fighting with another black woma…

Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2014

Guinness, Heineken, Sam Adams Pull Out of St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Guinness and Heineken have pulled their sponsorship from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City over the parade’s exclusion of LGBTQ folks. Sam Adams also pulled out of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston this weekend. NYC’s new mayor Bill de Blasio is also boycotting the parade over their exclusionary treatment.

Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014

True Story: I Left Men For A Woman

“I’m really attracted to you, you know?” I sat in the middle of an Italian restaurant, frozen in disbelief at this audacious declaration. I sipped some wine and awkwardly laughed, my cheeks growing redder by the minute. Waiters and waitresses drifted past. I nibbled a tiramisu and drank another glass of rosé. But all I…

Victorine Lamothe / March 6, 2014

Don’t Hold Your Breath For A Gay Or Lesbian On “The Bachelor,” Says Chris Harrison

After 27 seasons of almost painful heterosexuality, we were not optimistic that either “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” would introduce a gay or lesbian contestant. I mean, it took them this long to finally have a Latino “Bachelor.” And in an interview this weekend with The New York Times Magazine, longtime host Chris Harrison pretty much…

Jessica Wakeman / March 3, 2014

RIP Society: South Carolina Wants To Pull Funding From Colleges For Teaching “Gay” Books

South Carolina legislators are trying to “punish” two colleges in the state for assigning books they don’t approve of. The College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate incorporated “books on homosexuality” as required reading as part of their new student orientation. The books in question are Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir Fun

Claire Hannum / February 21, 2014

“Dear Abby” Straightens Out Florida Bigots Whining Over Social Exclusion

Is there anything funnier (sad-funny, I mean) than bigots who are completely incredulous about the fact that they are bigots? They are so unwilling to admit it. They usually have some other excuse — which only makes sense to them —  about “disagreeing with lifestyle choices,” “some of my best friends are ___,” “sexism/racism/homophobia doesn’t…

Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2014

Virginia’s Same Sex Marriage Ban Overturned!

Happy Valentine’s Day, sinners and sodomites! Yesterday, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ban is in violation of the equal protection and due process clauses in the United States Constitution’s 14th amendment. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s wrote in the ruling, “Our Constitutio…

Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2014

Beyond “Male” And “Female”: Facebook Now Allows More Inclusive Options For Gender Identity

The gender options on Facebook have worked well enough for those of us who identify as “male” or “female.” But what about folks who wish to publicly identify as something else? Until now, their only option has been to leave that option blank or be mis-gendered. After working with LGBTQ activists, Facebook announced an “Other”

Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2014

The Soapbox: Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock

If there was one thing Piers Morgan got right in his interview with writer Janet Mock last night, it was when he called her, “brave, frank, and honest” about coming out as transgender. Sadly, the interview sort of falls apart after that.

From almost the start of the interview, the header “Was a…

Avital Norman Nathman / February 5, 2014

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Boycotts St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Gay Ban

New York City’s new mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will boycott the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the largest in the nation, because  of the organizers’ ban on pro-gay banners and signs. De Blasio is the first-ever NYC mayor to decline participation in the parade. [ABC News]
Louisiana has scrapped its kinda shady…

Jessica Wakeman / February 4, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

After being the subject of a 2011 Marie Claire profile, writer and activist Janet Mock decided to tell her story in her own words. And what a story it is. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, is out this week. It’s a brave, honest and gripping memoir detailing…

Avital Norman Nathman / February 4, 2014

Gabourey Sidibe Under Fire For Using The Word “Tranny”

“American Horror Story: Coven” star Gabourey Sidibe is the latest celebrity to use a verboten transphobic slur — although in Gabby’s case, she used it while speaking out about police profiling and harassment against transgender folks.

Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2014

Love This: Edith Windsor Quote On A Tote

This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The ladies got engaged in 1967 and for 40 years they stayed near-secretly engaged, finally marrying in Canada i…

Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2014

“Orange Is The New Black” Actress Laverne Cox Teaches Katie Couric About Doing Interviews With Trans Women

Transgender actress Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia, the trans woman on “Orange Is The New Black,” and model Carmen Carrera appeared yesterday on “Katie” and Katie Couric kept pushing the issue of their genitalia. Fast foward to 2 minutes and 45 seconds into this video where Laverne explains to Katie what focusing on transitio…

Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Transgender Woman Cece McDonald To Be Released From Men’s Prison

CeCe McDonald, a transgender Black woman who was sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison, will be released. CeCe was attacked in Minneapolis by a group of people yelling racist and bigoted slurs, one of whom also threw a drink at her. CeCe stabbed and killed one of the men and claimed self-defense.

Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

Ex-Vikings Player Chris Kluwe Claims He Was Released From Team For Speaking Out About Gay Rights

Ex-Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe has a bombshell piece on the sports blog Deadspin today about how he believes he was released from the team because he speaks out on behalf of gay rights. It’s extremely damaging to members of the Vikings’ management and ends with this inspiring comment: ” Never be afraid to do…

Jessica Wakeman / January 2, 2014

Is Coming Out Now “Low Key” For Celebs?

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is just the latest celebrity to publicly come out and elicit a big “So what?” Perhaps her method of doing so — through an end-of-the-year Facebook posting — might have something to do with it.  [New York Times]
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary injunctio…

Jessica Wakeman / January 2, 2014

New Mexico To Legalize Gay Marriage!

New Mexico will become the 17th state to legalize gay marriage after today’s ruling in the NM Supreme Court that a ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. Congratulations, LGBTQ couples in the Southwest! [Guardian UKNew York Times]
Everyone who engages in #TwitterFeminism is blowing up about this article on Twitter feminism. [Feminist Current]…

Jessica Wakeman / December 19, 2013
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