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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:
Trans woman wins major legal victory after she was a ‘sex slave’ in prison
A transgender woman in prison in Illinois won a court victory after she said she was treated like a “sex slave” in a men’s facility.
Strawberry Hampton sued the Illinois Department of Corrections several times to get transferred to a women’s facility.
Over the past two years, Hampton has been housed in four different men’s prisons. She says that she was the victim of sexual assault, both by other inmates and by guards.
Ex-altar boy is first in Penn. to file lawsuit against Catholic Church since bombshell AG report
A former altar boy claimed in a lawsuit Monday that he was molested repeatedly by a Pennsylvania priest who had admitted sexually abusing another boy a decade earlier — and who had been cleared to work with kids by a New Mexico clinic for troubled clergy that was derided in Catholic circles as "Camp Ped."
Bruno Tucci, now 76, allegedly abused the altar boy — who is identified in court papers only as a 29-year-old "John Doe" — between 1999 and 2001 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Nesquehoning, a small town 30 miles north of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
On one occasion, Tucci allegedly told the then pre-teen boy to "put his arms out like Jesus on the cross" while he fondled his exposed genitals, the lawsuit states.
Defrocked Nesquehoning Priest Charged with Sexually Assaulting Boy in 1981
Episcopal bishop goes against church leaders, bans same-sex marriages
Priest son of Hobbit author JRR Tolkien forced group of Boy Scouts to strip naked during trip but was sent for treatment by church officials rather than to police, abuse inquiry hears
Andrew Gillum Shreds Donald Trump With Just 3 Little Words
The winner of Florida’s gubernatorial race is still up in the air, but even if he loses, Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum can take pride in at least one thing: he bested Donald Trump on Twitter.
And he only needed three words to do it.
On Monday, the president argued that the Florida election should be called in favor of Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott even though doing so would buck the state’s recount procedures.
However, he came out on top with his response to Trump’s conspiratorial tweet.
Dan Reynolds Says His LGBTQ Activism Invites Backlash On All Sides, But 'Everybody Has to Do Their Part'
Dan Reynolds is not afraid of alienating some in his audience. The Imagine Dragons frontman has been a fierce and outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community for the last few years, and has seen his fair share of criticism for being so vocal.
Reynolds opened up about that criticism in a recent interview with Vulture. The artist said that many of his critics were conservative parents who didn’t agree with his message of equality. “Going into this, I knew there would be people on the far right who were going to be upset,” he said of his activism. “People tell me they won’t allow their kids to go to my concerts anymore; that when I get to heaven, God’s going to be upset with me because I made so many kids gay.”
Scotland is officially requiring schools to include LGBTI history in their curriculum
Rihanna to President Trump: Please Do Stop My Music at Campaign Rally
President Trump’s use of popular music has landed him in hot water again, this time with Rihanna.
The superstar singer took to Twitter to protest the fact that her song “Don’t Stop the Music” was reportedly played at a campaign rally Sunday for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday.
Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker tipped Rihanna off that her hit song had made an appearance at the event.
“[Neither] me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies,” Rihanna tweeted back at Rucker.
Barbra Streisand & GLAAD Send a Message to Voters: 'America Is Better When We Stand Together'
Barbra Streisand has partnered with GLAAD to encourage LGBTQ voters to hit the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections.
Barbra Streisand Says She Has to
The Gerrymandered Campus
Are you ever confused about where you should vote? Do you worry whether your vote counts? Reporter Kamaya Truitt looks at the strange case of North Carolina A&T State University, which state legislators divided into two congressional districts. Student activists say it’s a case of gerrymandering to split the Black vote. They’re mobilizing to make sure their voices are heard.
The religious right is already waging war on LGBTQ legislation in the next Congress
All the signs point to a blue wave on Tuesday that will return the House of Representatives to Democratic control. (On the other hand, the Senate is a long shot, at best.)
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have all but conceded that Republicans have virtually no chance of holding onto their majority. That includes religious right leaders, who are now laying out their strategy to stop Democrats from passing any legislation that would help LGBTQ people.
In particular, they have declared war on the Equality Act, a measure that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to existing civil rights protections.
The Equality Act Would Outlaw LGBT Discrimination. Will It Ever Be Passed?
Transgender gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist says Trump 'wants to eradicate my community'
The facts about Republicans’ hysteria over brown people
President Donald Trump tweeted a new ad that is almost too racist to believe on Wednesday.
The ad from Trump’s campaign, which accuses Democrats of allowing Mexicans and Central Americans to murder Americans, is the latest escalation in Republicans’ very obvious attempts to stoke fear about brown people and distract from unpopular conservative policies. The president’s party is widely expected to lose control of one chamber of Congress in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
While smearing immigrants is a time-honored tradition for many on the right, the president’s efforts to make a major campaign issue out of a migrant caravan traveling north from Central America (and currently 1,000 miles away from the U.S. border) has been echoed by prominent Republicans, Fox News, and numerous other propagandists in conservative media.
But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s dig into the data to show why Republicans’ recent cherry-picking has no basis in reality.
California: Latino voter apathy reflects disconnected media
Trump May Finally Be Getting Too Racist for America
Joe Biden Says He’s ‘Sick And Tired’ Of The Trump Administration
“I am sick and tired of this administration. I am sick and tired of what’s going on. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I hope you are too,” Biden said, appropriating a famous quote by the black civil rights movement activist Fannie Lou Hamer.
“Folks, this election is different than any election,” he continued. “This is bigger than politics, this election. It really is bigger than politics. I think we’re in a battle for America’s soul.”
Bisexual man on the run: 'My father is trying to have me murdered'
A bisexual man is on the run because he believes his father is trying to have him murdered.
Will, a 32-year-old from Uganda, flew over 7,000 miles to escape his father. His father allegedly believes he is a ‘cursed thing’ that must be wiped off the planet.
His mother has told him his father has said he ‘must never have peace’ as long as he’s alive.
Gay sex is illegal in Uganda.
Gay Star News
'It's more than religion': Christian father reveals the shocking reason why he thinks his daughter is gay on Bride and Prejudice... and says he'll NEVER support same-sex marriage
CHRIS EVANS SLAMS DONALD TRUMP IN MOCKING TWEET: ‘NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN TREATED SO UNFAIRLY’
“There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue,” Evans tweeted. “The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying.”
Barbra Streisand: ‘Liar Is Not Enough Of A Word’ To Describe Donald Trump
Barbra Streisand is done with Donald Trump’s lies.
“I mean he’s so stupid! He’s so ill-informed ... There must be a bigger word for someone who lies about everything.”
Streisand compares Trump to Humpty Dumpty: 'A fat egg' who will fall and crack
Michael Moore Slams Fox News, Trump After Seeing His Picture on Bombing Suspect's Vehicle
BARACK OBAMA SAYS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FACED ‘ENOUGH INDICTMENTS TO FIELD A FOOTBALL TEAM’
Trump denies his political rhetoric may have inspired mail-bomb spree
Kansas voters receive strange texts, purportedly from Trump
Robert De Niro Speaks Out After Pipe Bomb Scare: 'People Must Vote'
Dad pummels teacher accused of sexually assaulting daughter
A furious dad in Argentina battered a teacher accused of sexually abusing his teenage daughter.
CCTV captured the dad as he threw some 22 punches in 15 seconds at the teacher before walking away with his 15-year-old daughter.