Posts tagged "lgbtq"

Miley Cyrus Teams Up With Joan Jett For A New “Backyard Session” Benefitting Homeless & LGBTQ Teens

Say what you want about Miley Cyrus’s attempt at doing rap music, her sexually cartoonish art and her various antics, but her commitment to helping homeless and LGBTQ teens is seriously awesome. Miley recently launched her own charity called the Happy Hippie Foundation, which seeks to serve those vulnerable populations, and she’s relaunched her popular…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 6, 2015

Thousands Gather To Protest Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

Yesterday, thousands gathered outside of the Indiana state house to protest the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that has rocked the state and the country. This “religious freedom” law could (and will) lead to discrimination of the LGBTQ community. In basic terms, you can now essentially and legally discriminate against someone from the LGBTQ community because…

Katrin Higher / March 29, 2015

“The Bold And The Beautiful” Debuted A Transgender Storyline Yesterday

Taking a step previously unseen on network television, CBS’s long running soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” just debuted a transgender storyline yesterday, revealing that model Maya Avant, played by Karla Mosley, had transitioned from male to female as a young child. Mosley has been on the show for two years as a regular…

Beejoli Shah / March 19, 2015

The Soapbox: Sheryl Sandberg’s #LeanInTogether Campaign Erases My Family

Sheryl Sandberg’s new #LeanInTogether campaign makes me want to lean out and run as far away as I can from her brand of “feminism” as fast as my feet will carry me.
The COO of Facebook’s latest op-ed for The New York Times — “How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom,” co-bylined by Wharton School…

Katie Klabusich / March 6, 2015

Read The Touching Letter A 9-Year-Old Girl Wrote To Her Teacher After Finding Out He’s Gay

When an elementary school teacher in England decided to reveal his sexual orientation to his class for Anti-Bullying Week, he was hardly expecting to get the response he did.

When “Mr. R” asked his students to raise their hands if they’ve ever heard the word “gay” being used as an insult, he wa…

Katie Oldenburg / December 17, 2014

Watch Lea DeLaria From “Orange Is The New Black” Stand Up To An Anti-Gay Preacher On The Subway

HELL YES, BIG BOO. Actress Lea DeLaria, who stars on the Netflix hit series “Orange Is The New Black,” was recently riding the D Train in New York, when an anti-gay preacher began yelling to the subway passengers about how homosexuality is a sin. In true badass fashion, Lea wasn’t having any of it, and…

Katie Oldenburg / November 4, 2014

Lesbian Couple Asked To Leave A Store For Kissing On National Coming Out Day

On Saturday (which was National Coming Out Day, making this story even more bleak), a lesbian couple was kicked out of a UK grocery store for sharing a “light kiss.” Ugh. Annabelle Paige, a Sussex University student, stopped by a Sainsbury’s store in Brighton with her girlfriend. A security guard approached the pair and told…

Claire Hannum / October 15, 2014

Chelsea Manning Sues Government For Treatment For Gender Dysphoria

Chelsea Manning, the army private who was convicted of leaking documents to Wikileaks, is suing the federal government for medical treatment for gender dysphoria. Manning, who previously went by the name Bradley Manning, is serving time in a military prison, but has not had access to hormone therapy. (A request to be moved to

Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2014

Mommie Dearest: 4 Reasons I’m Glad I Brought My Kid To Provincetown’s Carnival This Year

It was only by happy accident that I scheduled our yearly family vacation to the outer Cape to coincide with Provincetown, Massachusett’s annual Carnival. For the uninitiated, Provincetown — or PTown, as its called — is a sweet little seaside village on the tip of Cape Cod, known for being the first place the Pilgrims

Avital Norman Nathman / August 29, 2014

New Jersey Middle School Refuses To Let Trans Girl Come Back To Classes

Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, told a 13-year-old trans girl named Rachel Pepe that she is not allowed back in school unless she goes by her previous identity of “Brian.” [Asbury Park Press]
Here are seven Black women to follow for updates on the aftermath of Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson,…

Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014

On Making The Case For Kink As A Sexual Orientation

Today on is an excellent piece about why “kinky” should be considered a sexual orientation. Writer Jillian Keenan posits how we define a person’s sexual orientation should include what kind of energies turn a person on — dominant or submissive, for example — because for people like Keenan and myself, our sexuality is more…

Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014

Nebraska Won’t Recognize Driver’s License From Lesbian With Wife’s Last Name

Nebraska won’t recognize a driver’s license — or more specifically, the name on a license — because the woman it belongs to, Sue Stroesser, is married to another woman and the state does not recognize same-sex marriage. Stroesser has been with her partner for 30 years. Seriously, Nebraska, do you realize how stupid you…

Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2014

On Cosmopolitan’s Lesbian Sex Guide: Thanks, But No Thanks

Cosmopolitan, after almost 50 years of being one of the most aggressively heteronormative women’s publications from newsstand to screen, has finally decided to throw the queers a bone — specifically, 28 (ways to) bone, if you wanna get punnily Cosmo-esque — by publishing its first ever lesbian sex guide.

The NSFW slideshow u…

Shannon Keating / August 1, 2014

PurrVerse: What It’s Really Like On A Queer Porn Set

One of the first questions people  usually ask upon meeting me is what I do for a living. When I respond casually that I’m a production assistant on queer porn, then the questions really get going. What does a porn PA do, exactly?

I’ll tell you one thing: much to my regret, I…

Kitty Stryker / July 24, 2014

PurrVerse: The Mean Girls Of Lesbian Porn

“There are two kinds of evil people in this world. Those who do evil stuff and those who see evil stuff being done and don’t try to stop it.”  — Janis Ian

Judging from the popularity of femme-on-femme makeouts being used to sell products from Versace to concert tickets, one would think that…

Kitty Stryker / June 26, 2014

Conservative National Review Asshat Declares “Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman,” Is Very Wrong [2 UPDATES]

Last week, “Orange Is The New Black” actress Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of TIME, illustrating a piece about how trans rights issues are “America’s next civil rights frontier.” Cox was the first-ever trans person to appear on TIME’s cover.

This weekend National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson published a piece entitled “Laverne…

Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

Tyra Banks To Produce Docuseries About Trans Women

Tyra Banks will produce a VH1 series called “TransAmerica” about transgender women in Chicago. The eight episode docuseries will feature the trans model Carmen Carrera. [Hollywood Reporter]
This woman embraced her period at a moon lodge in the woods so you don’t have to. []
Charity Anne Johnson, the 34-year-old woman who enrolled…

Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2014

A Brief History Of Hillary Clinton Lesbian Rumors

Conservative shock jock Glenn Beck is very angry about a lot of things. One in particular? Politicians who opposed marriage equality before they supported it — not because Beck himself actually cares about marriage equality, mind you — he just thinks these politicians are hypocrites. And the biggest hypocrite of them all is Hillary Clinton,…

Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2014

India Rules To Recognize Transgender Folks As A “Third Gender”

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that transgender folks have a right to identify as “third gender” or hijra. The ruling also directs the government to provide trans folks in India with quotas in education and jobs and to ensure they have adequate medical care in hospitals. Both Nepal and Bangladesh also recognize third genders.

Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2014

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Promises It Will No Longer Use The Transgender Slur “She-male”

The reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” announced it will no longer use the word “she-male,” a slur against transgender folks. They also promised to quit doing a segment called “Female or She-male?” in which contestants had to guess, based on a photograph, whether a they were looking at a cisgender woman (someone who identifie…

Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2014
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