I made a coming out comic for facebook. Have a happy coming out day, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
Google Hangout for LGBT-related discussion
Anyone out there either LGBT-identified or queer-identified want to join me in a discussion of LGBT-related experience online and with the media? It’s for my thesis, and it’d be conducted over a Google+ hangout. Please contact me if you’re interested!
I’m working on a thesis project for my communication design master’s degree; it’s on building a community/storytelling website to help everyone rethink their perceptions of queer people.
It’s still in the development stages, but I’m already really happy with where it’s heading. The blog post I’ve linked to explains a little more about the project and how you can contact me about it if you’re interested. :)
A video from Reteaching Gender and Sexuality. Explained in their own words:
Reteaching Gender & Sexuality presents fresh perspectives on gender and sexual diversity. We produce media and other educational resources about the shifting dynamics of gender and sexuality among young people. We use these as tools to facilitate dialogue in communities and among students and practitioners in youth-serving professions. It’s a creative and pragmatic approach with a cross-sector impact.
I am super impressed.
I don’t know where they got it but I got this from notestomyfuturegirlfriend
I kind of want to print this out and post it all around.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Tells Countries to End Gay Executions, Criminalization of Homosexuality →
This Towleroad post quotes the AP as saying, “That vote was hailed as historic by the United States, European countries and others […],” which is quite rich coming from a US that still kills its convicts (not to mention innocents in plenty of countries) for all sorts of reasons, and which still discriminates against its LGBT and queer citizens in basically whatever situation it likes.
(Description: Hand-drawn-looking image with a headline, “New! From Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign:” followed by a drawing of a package of “I Can’t Believe It Got Better,” including comments such as “white-r + male-r” and “0% class awareness.”)
I feel this critique partly misses its own point. The It Gets Better campaign was in fact spurned by specifically male suicides. These are specific incidents that Dan Savage is addressing with his campaign.
I understand, and sympathize with, perspectives that want to address gender and sexuality and the minorities thereof in a broader, more inclusive sense. I understand that there are possible issues of conflation and erasure that arise from applying labels like “gay” to, for instance, people in non-Western countries, Americans of an underprivileged race or class, or to anyone who hasn’t chosen such a label. I’m not sure that any of this indicates a problem of white male privilege in a campaign (which has involved women) that is addressing male suicides in a culture where even non-white people sometimes do choose labels like gay.
I realize that perpetuating only privileged Americans’ understandings of gender and sexuality in lieu of other perspectives is wrong. I’m not sure that this is grounds for such a negative critique of a campaign that deals with a real, concrete, immediate problem in a direct and understandable fashion.
More on this on my main blog soon.
News article from The Bilerico Project, an LGBTQ blog which is not one I’d heard of before (h/t @queerscholar). I think a word like “refuse” is a bit strong when the New Yorker hasn’t expressly addressed the matter itself, but it’s interesting that this happened either way.
I thought this was an eloquent wording of the distinction, in a letter from Cassie Peterson, the person taking issue with the New Yorker’s apparent rephrasing:
To conflate “gay” with “queer” and vice versa is to do neither one of these signifiers justice. Though they are related, these identities have different political connotations and agendas. Queer is an anti-normative framework(s) and consciousness that is a purposeful departure from a more mainstream, assimilationist gay and lesbian agenda.