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Campuses shutter for coronavirus, leaving some LGBTQ students with nowhere to go
When she heard that her university campus would be shutting down after spring break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Alexis feared her life could fall apart.
She wasn’t able to afford campus housing this semester and is living instead in a nearby homeless shelter. But she depended on her school’s health and fitness center for daily showers and her school’s library for quiet study time.
“My whole life revolves around the university, and the university is closed,” said Alexis, a 34-year-old trans woman and student at the University of Eastern Michigan. (A university spokesperson told Vox that campus dining halls are still open for “grab and go” meals in accordance with a Monday order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; however, other services like the rec center are closed.)
When her school decided to shift to online classes, which meant finding a public space to study and attend classes, she knew that wouldn’t be possible in the shelter. She also knew that other public spaces would likely soon close to promote social distancing. She worried she may have to move back home with her father, who doesn’t support her transition and doesn’t use her name or correct pronouns.
“My relationship with my parents is not good, particularly my dad,” Alexis said. “My parents in general are just not very accepting of me, but [being] trans is kinda like the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
IS THERE A PLACE IN PORN FOR TRANS GUYS WITH PENISES?
When Buck Angel burst onto the porn scene in the early 2000s, he quickly rose to fame as the self-proclaimed “Man With a Pussy.” At the time, it wasn’t rare to find trans women in porn — although representation was often fetishistic and categorized by slurs — but trans men were few and far between. Things have improved gradually over the years; specifically, independent studio Pink & White has revolutionized sexy, trans-inclusive porn, and other independent productions like Bonus Hole Boys and Jockpussy have made it their mission to improve the representation of trans men.
But the men we’ve been increasingly seeing on-screen have rarely undergone bottom surgery, which begs the question: Where are all the trans guys with penises in porn?
The first, most obvious reason is that porn is tied to consumer demand. Representation is driven by what sells, and if viewers aren’t beating down the doors of studios demanding to see post-op trans male cock, they’re probably not going to break a sweat trying to cast that type of performer. Jiz Lee, Pink & White’s marketing director, points to a lack of demographic stats when it comes to identifying porn consumers, but explains that studies still show straight, cis guys as the main market. “Therefore,” Lee says, “any content that doesn’t suit their interest remains ‘niche.’”
Jamaica’s ban on same-sex activity ruled “incompatible with basic human rights standards”
Jamaica’s colonial-era ban on same-sex relations has been ruled “incompatible” with human rights standards.
This week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – an organisation that aims to protect human rights in the American hemisphere – recommended the law be repealed and for the country to reparations to the plaintiffs in the case.
Same-sex activity has been criminalised in Jamaica since colonial times under the Offences Against the Person Act. Although the law has rarely been enforced in recent times, its existence perpetuates negative stereotypes of queer people.
LBGTQ groups: South Carolina law is putting students at risk
A new federal lawsuit says that South Carolina is fueling a climate of discrimination in schools and putting students at risk. At issue is a law requiring teachers in sex education classes to avoid mention of relationships other than heterosexual ones unless discussing sexually transmitted diseases. The lawsuit now aims to change that. The lawsuit filed by several groups including The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal says the state's Comprehensive Health Education Act violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The state Attorney General has issued an opinion stating that a court would likely conclude the law is unconstitutional.
The Public's Radio
A judge refused to recognize pro-trans law in a hate crime case. That’s judicial misconduct.
GOP Lawmaker Whines About Being Labeled a ‘Homophobe’ After Filing Horrific Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO
Sony is planning to make Spider-Man bisexual and give him a boyfriend
A bisexual Spider-Man could be coming to a cinema near you if producers at Sony get their way.
Movies, games and TV site We Got This Covered say reliable sources confirm Sony is developing a live action Spider-Verse movie.
The movie will unite current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland with his predecessors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
The sources also say that Sony particularly wants to get Garfield back as they want him to portray a bisexual version of the hero. And they plan to give him a boyfriend.
Gay Star News
‘Change Has Come’: Virginia Will Be 1st Southern State to Ban LGBT Discrimination
Virginia is set to become the first Southern state to ban LGBT discrimination, after both the House and Senate approved the Virginia Values Act on Thursday.
The Washington Post reports: A sweeping LGBT-rights bill banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations sailed out of the Virginia Senate on a bipartisan vote Thursday. … The bill also would for the first time apply Virginia’s civil rights protections to public accommodations like restaurants and stores — not just for the LGBT community but also for racial minorities, women and religious groups. The House of Delegates was poised to approve an identical bill later Thursday. The Senate and House bills have to cross over to the opposite chamber and win passage again before Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who requested the legislation, can sign them into law. But those steps were regarded as mere technicalities by advocates cheering what they regard as landmark human rights legislation.
Boston — which has raised LGBT flag at City Hall — doesn't have to raise Christian flag, judge rules
A judge ruled that the city of Boston — which has raised an LGBT flag at City Hall Plaza — isn't required to raise a Christian flag as requested by a religious group, the Boston Herald reported.
What are the details?
U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper on Tuesday denied a summary judgment for Harold Shurtleff and his Camp Constitution organization that claimed discrimination in a lawsuit after the city rejected their request to fly a Christian flag on a City Hall flagpole, the paper said.
While the city has maintained that flying a Christian flag would be akin to favoring a particular religion, Camp Constitution's 2019 federal complaint stated that Boston several times has flown the Turkish flag — which has Islamic symbolism — as well as the Vatican flag.
‘Nearly all’ LGB kids are using online porn to learn about their sexuality
Lesbian, gay and bi kids are using online porn to make up for ‘rubbish’ sex education in schools and to discover their sexuality.
That’s one of the main findings of a new report by the British Board of Film Classification. The BBFC is the UK organization responsible for rating all films – including pornography – to make sure they are age appropriate.
Researchers found that some children start accessing porn as young as seven. At that age they often find it by chance.
But by the time they reach their mid teens they are using porn deliberately. In particular they use it to answer their questions about sex as well as for sexual gratification.
Similarly, nearly all the lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) teens in the study had learned more about their sexuality by watching pornography.
Moreover, several had only realised they are lesbian, gay or bi by watching porn.
Gay Star News
Trump administration removed LGBTQ protections from Department of Interior guidelines
During the Obama administration, that list was “race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.”
The words “sexual orientation” were crossed out in red in a draft of a letter obtained by the HuffPost that was sent by then-Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in August 2017.
The organization Friends of the Earth obtained the letter through a FOIA request.
A spokesperson for the DOI said that the words “sexual orientation” are not necessary in the expression and are already covered by the word “sex.”
“Per the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, under Title VII the term ‘sex’ includes gender, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, and pregnancy,” the spokesperson said, calling the elimination of the words a “non-story.”
There Is No Such Thing as 'Equal but Different' Gender Roles
Religious groups are often at the forefront of upholding gender as predetermined and loaded with a set of immutable obligations. Seemingly in response to pressure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Utah, the Church of Latter-Day Saints this month produced a statement regarding Mormons and feminism that echoes Schlafly’s concerns about upholding gender roles:
“Gender is an important part of who we are?—both before, during, and after this life. Men and women are equal?—one is not superior to the other. They are also different, with different roles within a family.”
What the statement doesn’t say is that these “different roles” in a religious context are generally that of executive and manager, with men as head of the family, overseeing all executive decisions, and women as coordinators, taking on the work of implementing those plans on a day-to-day basis. Anyone who has ever worked in an office understands that those roles are not equal and recognize this language as the same a CEO uses when insisting that every employee is valuable. What the boss isn’t saying is that some employees are absolutely more valuable than others and the entire corporate system is built around a hierarchy in which respect very often only flows upward. Erasing gender lines differentiating those in charge from those taking orders overthrows the entire system, and even criticism insisting that women are already equal and don’t really need these protections reads as fearful of what happens to the hierarchy if we remove dividers we’ve created between the roles of women and the roles of men.
The LGBTQ+ Community Is Not Inclusive
Students win court case against school that suspended them for wearing rainbow clothes
South Korean students attending the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary have won a court battle after the university suspended them for wearing rainbow clothes.
The students were initially suspended last year, after they wore rainbow clothing to a university chapel on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia.
The students wore the clothes to show their support for the LGBTQ community. However, the university was worried it would be seen as endorsing homosexuality, so they suspended the students.
Black gay New York City councillor announces Congress bid
A gay Bronx councillor has announced his bid for a House of Representatives seat, but his foe is a man who doesn’t believe in marriage equality.
Ritchie Torres today (15 July) announced his bid for the House seat in a video posted to YouTube.
The 31-year-old Democrat made history as the first openly gay man to hold elected office in the New York City borough earlier this year.
Gay Star News
Spider-Man star Zach Barack says superhero movies are “inherently trans”
Zach Barack has a unique perspective on the superhero genre.
The 23-year-old actor plays Peter Parker’s high school friend in blockbuster sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home, making him the first openly trans person to star in a Marvel movie, alongside Tyler Luke Cunningham as a featured extra.
Speaking to Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of the new Spider-Man movie, Zach opened up about how “meaningful” the role is for him, and argued that there’s something “very inherently trans” about superhero movies.
“I’m not by any means an expert on comics, but I read them growing up, you know, and they were important,” he said.
“And there’s something very inherently trans about those stories, especially ones where identity and hidden identity is part of them.
To celebrate the big spirit of Pride, LEGO created the world's tiniest Pride parade
LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Yonkers, New York, is commemorating this year’s historic Pride celebration piece by piece.
LEGOLAND is marking the 50th anniversary Stonewall uprising with an installation of “The World’s Tiniest Pride Parade,” to commemorate the birth of the modern LGBT movement in 1969.