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Letting go of the “no gender” utopia
Now that the U.S. government is threatening to define gender as only male or female, we need to fight more than ever for transgender rights. But the idea there should be no gender categories and we should live in a label-free world, as some have argued, is a utopian dream.
Pioneering scholar Dennis Altman spoke for many gay and lesbian activists at the beginning of the modern queer rights movement in 1971 when he suggested the battle for acceptance of human and legal rights for gay and lesbian people had only one goal: the eradication of the need for any such rights at all.
According to Altman, categories of sexuality were a necessary evil, but in an ideal world they would be replaced by “a new human who is no longer imprisoned by limitations of sexuality and compassion….”
Cultural theorists Daniel Harris and Bert Archer continue to embrace Altman’s original utopian vision. Harris gleefully announced the death of both gay culture and straight oppression in his 1997 book, The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture:
Cruising for Inclusion
Jay couldn’t wait to attend the Naked Unicorn Party, the BYOB play party capping off Butchfest, a 2013 Dallas festival celebrating “lesbians and queers who identify as tomboys, butches, studs, bois, transmen genderqueers, two-spirits, and all other identities masculine of center.” He had attended a few other queer sex events before, but as a 42-year-old trans man with a limp, his trans identity and physical disability made it difficult for him to sexually engage others.
Others often assume Jay’s disability puts him in chronic pain, but it doesn’t. And as someone who identifies as “70 percent femme/female-attracted and 30 percent butch/masculine-attracted,” he doesn’t feel welcome in queer sex spaces. At one sex party, the host pointed to him as proof of the event’s inclusivity. As a result, he often feels physically and sexually awkward at these events and usually ends up watching as a voyeur.
Religious Extremists Got Their Justice. Now They’re Going To Strip LGBTQ Rights.
While much of the country was in an uproar over the nomination (and confirmation) of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-LGBTQ religious extremists in Texas filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Austin targeting its anti-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQ people, claiming it infringes on their religious liberty. Two days later, another anti-LGBTQ group in Texas filed a second, separate and even broader lawsuit attacking the Austin ordinance in state court.
Like many municipalities and less than half of U.S. states, Austin protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people broadly from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. This has been the reality in many localities throughout the country going back several decades.
However, if the U.S. Supreme Court ? or individuals’ state Supreme Courts ? were to rule such laws in violation of “religious liberty,” hundreds of such laws protecting LGBTQ people across the United States could be wiped out.
Leaked memo details Trump administration plan to legally erase trans people
The Trump administration is planning to legally erase transgender people, according to a leaked memo.
Obtained by the New York Times, the memo aims to restrict the definition of sex to genitalia at birth.
The proposed memo is from the Department of Health and Human Services. It states: ‘Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.
Gay Star News
Dua Lipa On the Importance of LGBTQ Activism: 'You Have a Duty to Speak Up'
During Dua Lipa’s visit to Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast earlier this week, she spoke at length about why supporting the LGBTQ community is so important for her.
Taylor Swift calls out a Republican for opposing LGBTQ rights
Michelle Visage, Kim Petras, Ross Mathews and More Speak Out Against LGBTQ Bullying For GLAAD Spirit Day
How a 'heartbroken twink' became Malaysia's new queer pop icon
"Orange Is the New Black" Actor Samira Wiley Said She Was Outed as Gay by a Costar
Taylor Swift's Instagram Post Has Caused A Massive Spike In Voter Registration
Since Taylor Swift flexed her star power Sunday with an Instagram post that encouraged her 112 million followers to register to vote, Vote.org has experienced an unprecedented flood of new voter registrations nationwide.
"We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post," said Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org.
For context, 190,178 new voters were registered nationwide in the entire month of September, while 56,669 were registered in August.
Using her power for good. 11-Oct-2018
CNN Panel Mocks Kanye West as Trump’s ‘Token Negro,’ Don Lemon Laughs (Video)
A CNN panel hosted by anchor Don Lemon took turns lacing into Kanye West on Tuesday evening, joking that his embrace of President Donald Trump has caused him to be tokenized. Several referred to him using the term “negro.”
“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” said CNN contributor Tara Setmeyer.
New Barbra Streisand song blasts Donald Trump: 'How do you sleep when the world is burning?'
Armed with an impassioned perspective and lyrics taking aim at Donald Trump, Barbra Streisand is scaling the political divide with her new single “Don’t Lie to Me.”
Released as the first official preview of her upcoming 11-track studio album Walls — her largest collection of predominantly original tunes since Guilty Pleasures, her 2005 collaborative LP with Barry Gibb — “Don’t Lie to Me” sees the Oscar- and Grammy-winning performer criticizing the president’s leadership over sprawling pop production.
Switzerland made transphobia and homophobia as illegal as racism
Switzerland has voted to change its penal code to make homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism.
The National Council voted 118 to 60 to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual or gender identity.
Anyone found guilty of transphobia or homophobia could be thrown in jail for up to three years.
Gay Star News
Jane Fonda: ‘We should shut down the country’ if Trump fires Mueller
AT age 80, Jane Fonda is more fired up than ever — and was agitating on the Upper East Side this week.
“[If Donald Trump] fires Mueller?” she asked at a 92Y panel talk.
“We have to get in the streets — nobody should work. We should shut down the country. Shut it down!”
Breaking the silence: Talking to young kids about sexual assault and consent
Talking about #MeToo and the events of this week with anyone can be emotionally grueling and deeply triggering (particularly if you have been a victim of sexual assault). But it can feel absolutely overwhelming, if not impossible, to do so with your young children.
But these conversations with our kids are crucial. In the case of Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, discussing the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with his daughters enabled them to open up to him about past “incidents” they’d kept secret. In an op-ed for the New York Times, ‘Top Chef’ host and author Padma Lakshmi, who was molested by a family member as a child and raped by her boyfriend when she was 16, stressed the importance of teaching her 8-year-old daughter that her body is hers, and that if anyone makes you uncomfortable “you get out there and tell somebody.”
California bans gun sales to people under 21
Most people under 21 won't be able to buy guns in California starting next year under a law Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Friday.
It will prevent people under 21 from buying rifles and other types of guns. State law already bans people under 21 from buying handguns.
The new law exempts law enforcement, members of the military and people with hunting licenses from the restriction.
It was one of dozens of bills Brown took action on.
KEVIN HART TO KATT WILLIAMS
YOU HAD YOUR SHOT
... YOU BLEW IT ON DRUGS!!!
The Breakfast Club
Kevin Hart is riding hard for Tiffany Haddish ... telling Katt Williams to stop attacking her just because he blew his shot at superstardom on drugs.
Kevin lashed out at Katt Friday morning on "The Breakfast Club," telling him, "You had the shot! You were set up to be the star. You didn't show up to work! You f**ked off promo shoots!"
As MeToo storms the world, some techies are forming men's groups to talk about their emotions...sometimes, they cry
Andrew Horn couldn't remember the last time he released his anger.
The 32-year-old founder of Tribute.co, a video montage platform recently dubbed by the New Yorker as "Hallmark 2.0," recalled throwing things and slamming doors – but never actually expressing his anger. So, one of the attendees in his men's-only meeting group handed him a pillow while the others encouraged him to scream into it. He let out a guttural release of primal rage.
"I felt a lot better," he explained.
Horn says the key to unlocking his emotions has been discovering "modern masculinity," a movement of men exploring their emotions in small group settings.
Dua Lipa issues statement after fans dragged from gig for waving rainbow flags
Dua Lipa has issued a response after fans were dragged from her concert in Shanghai yesterday for waving rainbow flags.
The New Rules singer took to Instagram today to send her support to the fans in question.
‘What you did takes a lot of bravery’
‘Last night I did it for my fans,’ wrote the star. ‘A promised show. I stood by them, sang with them and danced with them.
‘I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show.
Gay Star News