Nevada has passed SB139, which adds gender identity and expression as a motive for hate crimes.
Its a shame wax is such a pain in the ass to clean up.
If only there were clear lines! But, of course, there aren’t.
In one of my workshops, I have people fill out an anonymous one-page questionnaire. People are asked, among other things, to place themselves on a sexuality continuum from zero to six according to their overall score, and according to their behavior, fantasies, sexual and romantic attractions during different time periods—in the past month, before age 16, and overall. They are also asked what word or words they use to describe their sexual orientation. Once completed, the questionnaires are collected, shuffled, and redistributed, so that everyone in the room is now representing someone else in the room.
We then look at the data. It becomes clear that many people’s location on the scale varies depending on what period of time, and on whether you are referring to their behavior, their fantasies, etc.
Another consistent finding is that the terms “straight” or “heterosexual” are used by people standing not only on zero, but on zero, one, and two. The term “bisexual” is used by folks not only on three, but also on two and four—and sometimes also on one and five. The words “lesbian,” “gay,” and “homosexual” are used by folks not only on six, but also on four and five. There’s an overlap between categories, so someone standing on four, for instance, might identify as lesbian or gay, or as bisexual.
In no way am I saying that there are not people on the ends of the scale—there are indeed many. Rather, the categories of heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual are broad, and encompass a wide range of experience.
Robyn Ochs answers “Where does heterosexuality become bisexuality, and where does bisexuality become homosexuality?” - Bisexuality and the Space Between Binary Categories- Lavender Magazine
Zimbabwe’s president vows to have gay and lesbians rot in jail if his party wins the country’s upcoming elections.
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President Obama last week nominated two more openly gay ambassadors: former HBO executive James Costos, nominated for U.S. ambassador to Spain, and Rufus Gifford, former finance official for the DNC, Obama for America, and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Denmark.
“Ambassador-designate James Costos is a true citizen of the world,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin in a statement. “He has incredible global business experience and is a respected and innovative leader. He has solid business and political relationships at the highest levels and a proven commitment to community, philanthropy, human rights, and democracy that make him an outstanding choice to be the nation’s next ambassador to Spain.”
“Rufus Gifford is a terrific choice to represent our country in Denmark,” Griffin continued. “His demonstrated leadership and unwavering commitment to democracy and human rights will serve him well as he represents America’s interests abroad. I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination.”
If these two are confirmed, the United States will have a total of six openly gay ambassadors around the world. Congratulations, gentlemen!
A Stockholm high school is set to open a third changing room for transsexual pupils and those who don’t want to define themselves as being male or female, a move believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
Iyanla Vanzant (via thestufflifeismadeof)
i need to tape this to my mirror and look at it any time i’m thinking about cis boys
URGENT: today in Russia, a terrible bill passed in the Russian parliament’s lower house that censors all things considered “gay”. It’s our local partners’ worst nightmare and we need your help.
This vote comes off the back of two brutal anti-gay murders in Russia, and the trial of a major LGBT rights organisation today.
Tell world leaders to STOP the crackdown, add your name: