Yesterday, the first season of "Transparent
" went live on Amazon Prime, starring
Jeffrey Tambor as a 70 year old transgender woman
who is coming
out to her family
, and the world
, for the first time. [more inside]
, a critically-acclaimed
new film given a limited release in the US today
, tells the true story
of how a small group of LGBT activists became the biggest fundraiser for the year-long British coal miner's strike
of 1984-85. The miners faced a pre-meditated
, organized, thuggish
, and illegal surveillance
and smear campaign
by the Thatcher government, which froze all mining union funds, cancelled their unemployment, and denied food and housing welfare to their wives and children, in an attempt to starve them out. For the first time, the British government trained Britain's police into a paramilitary force
, bused in at great expense and in great numbers to overwhelm the protesters
, using violent, repressive, and corrupt tactics
against non-violent protesters
, with prolonged police detentions and the indiscriminate arrest of over 11,000 British citizens
. The government was supported by the rightwing tabloid media
, who used sensationalist, crude headlines
to shape public opinion. LGBT activists reclaimed one such headline as the name
of their most successful benefit
Although the miner's strike was broken by the Thatcher government, the miners kept their promise to support the LGBT community, by marching alongside them at the front
of London's 1985's Pride parade.. Later that year at the Labour Party conference, a motion was tabled that supported adding equal rights for gays and lesbians as part of the Party's platform. This motion was opposed by Labour's executive committee, but the motion went to a vote – and passed
, thanks to the votes of the National Union of Mineworkers and their allies.
"What a bizarre day. I'm sitting here watching my email fill up with message after message from people
from so many different times and places of my life, all congratulating me for the astonishing good fortune of receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Not to mention a flurry of texts and tweets, and I haven't had the energy to even look at Facebook." Cartoonist and Graphic Memoirist Alison Bechdel (previously on MetaFilter: 1
) has won
MacArthur Genuis grant, giving her the opportunity to dig into her archives for a previous comic she drew in 2004
to conclude her reaction blog post
. [more inside]
Last month, a video of a teenager coming out to his family went viral,
(trigger warning), now viewed almost 6 million times. The young man who is disowned and abused in that video, Daniel Pierce, after receiving more than $90,000 in donations to live on his own, has now asked
that donations be re-directed to Lost-N-Found Youth
, a shelter in Georgia for LGBT Homeless Youth. Rolling Stone profiles The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families
It was just after dark when Michael Martin, 56, was walking back to his home in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, after helping a friend move...
That's when he was jumped by a group of 13-year-olds and kicked, punched, and choked unconscious. He's not alone. It turns out that New Orleans middle schoolers are beating the shit out of artists and gays
when my boyfriend proposed, I cried — more like panic tears. but I wasn't certain I should end it — until I met her
Gay Men Draw Vaginas!
"It's neat to tease out all this convoluted psycho-sexual-cultural stuff through drawing," plus "Sometimes they turn into heated arguments about gay men's disrespect for women's bodies and gay male social power blah blah blah. Awesome."
(In case you couldn't tell, this is in no way work-safe.)
“A bomb with a long fuse has been lit,”
said Sylvie Guillaume, a French MEP supportive of abortion rights and LGBT rights, who recently stepped down as vice chair of the largest center-left bloc in the European Union’s parliament. “We don’t know what’s going to happen.” [more inside]
30 Bisexual Women Discuss Their Long-Term Relationships With Men.
Even though more people self-identify as bisexual
than gay and lesbian, there is a widespread belief that those who identify as bi are either in a transitional stage or are lying to themselves or others.
"Why don't you read your own book, and actually follow the teachings to the letter of GOD? And learn to support and love?"
[SLYT] Drag queen Mama Tits spontaneously walks up to religious anti-gay demonstrators and confronts them at the recent 40th annual Seattle Pride Parade. Demonstrators were attempting to block the start of the parade.
In an interview during the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday, Daniel Cerone, executive producer of NBC's Constantine
, has revealed that there are no plans for John Constantine to be bisexual in the upcoming series
. While Constantine's sexuality may come as a surprise for many casual DC fans, it has been a more-or-less stated fact
throughout his canon. Many LGBTQ comics readers consider Constantine to be an important and iconic bisexual character
and were hoping for a better result
A group of American Quakers say they are offering a way out for some desperate Ugandans fleeing the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act. If their account is accurate, it is a remarkable feat for a handful of individuals with very little experience in international aid.... Most Ugandan activists and international human rights groups are discouraging LGBT Ugandans from fleeing, since they largely go to Kenya and wind up in enormous refugee camps that are often just as dangerous for LGBT people as Uganda itself.... But the stories of people fleeing arrest or attack tug at the hearts of foreigners who want to offer direct help to people in crisis. The complex reality on the ground makes that hard to do through established channels — and the donors may never know the individuals they’ve helped. [more inside]
On July 8, the Daily Mississippian published Sierra Mannie's Op-Ed, "Dear white gays
", which was then picked up by Time Magazine, and has spurred discussion
on whether white gay men are stealing the culture of black women.
Today is the National Gay Blood Drive
, a campaign
dedicated to bringing attention to the fact that the FDA still bans any men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any
time since 1977 from becoming blood donors.
On the same day that a Colorado judge
struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage (pdf
), the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced it will take the issue of same-sex couples’ marriage rights back to the Supreme Court, bypassing a 10th Circuit en banc review
. All of this news comes just one day after several prominent LGBT groups announced they will no longer support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
as written, due to the religious exemptions therein
. President Obama is facing
pressure from religious groups to write a religious exemption into his promised executive order to protect LGBT federal contractors and workers from discrimination.
The Light-Blue Puppy
is a visually extraordinary India Ink-animated Soviet musical children's cartoon made in 1976
, only recently translated into English. It tells the tale of a small, sad puppy who has been rejected by his peers for his unusual color, but nevertheless manages to find his way in the world (with some help from a few other colorful characters, of course). On its surface it appears to be a cute, cleverly-animated story with a simple message of tolerance. [more inside]
"For a kid growing up with the fear of estrangement from the people they love the most, the possibility that someone else out there might see enough good in them to take them in — not regardless of their differences, but in celebration of them — is as empowering as a superhero story can get." In a series of three essays for LGBT Pride Month, ComicsAlliance's Andrew Wheeler explores the X-Men as a metaphor for queer family and community
, the marginalization and hatred that LGBT people face
, and queerness itself
"Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Washington during the 1950s
As a teenager, Patrick began to understand he was gay–something he thought he was hiding well. But as he told his daughter Robin, one day, when he went to perform at a school assembly, his father Charles Edward Haggerty, decided to have a serious talk with him.
Les Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and Pride
is a collection of found photographs by film-maker Sébastien Lifshitz
showing (mostly anonymous) gay couples together in the early years of the 20th century. 'He found most of his collection in the US and western Europe, but none in the UK: “Maybe the British think such photographs have no value, or are too private to sell.”
'. In 2012, Lifshitz released Les Invisibles
, a related documentary exploring the lives of 11 gay and lesbian individuals over the age of 70. [more inside]
In fact, we have no idea.
"LGBT organizations declared foreign agents in one fell swoop, gays being blacklisted by banks, employers, and landlords—welcome to the new reality of being LGBT under Putin.
" [more inside]
A study (pdf)
released by the nonprofit Stop Street Harassment
shows that 65% of American women
have experienced some form of street harassment
– 41% of women were subject to physically aggressive harassment in public like being flashed or fondled. Men also report being harassed (and men who identified as LGBT were much more likely to be harassed
than heterosexual men). No matter who was being harassed, men were most likely to be the harassers.
of young people who identify
as neither male or female. (first two links NSFW: nudity) [more inside]
After the controversial decision last month (previously
) to leave actress and activist Laverne Cox out of their "Time 100" issue, Cox has become the first transgender person to grace
the cover of Time
“Are you a boy or a girl?
”: Our trans-bisexual love story
They didn’t have a permit to rent to a foreigner, but they didn’t have a permit to rent to a Cuban, either. A German wintered in the flat upstairs, and a Chilean political-science student lived below without a problem. I was a yanqui
, so the consequences of staying there could be more grave. But Elaine was willing to risk it if I was. Especially if I was staying for more than a few months. Renting was their family’s only source of income, and they needed to save if they ever wanted to move out of Cuba.
Stormé DeLarverie, drag king
and veteran of the Stonewall rebellion, has died
at the age
of 93. [more inside]
how one gay athlete's coming out (autoplaying video)
led to an activists' war
This month, the US Public Health Service released
(PDF) the first comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) which outlines the criteria for determining a person’s HIV risk and indications for PrEP use. (PrEP FAQ
) The CDC states
, "When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently." The FDA's approved drug — Truvada — that was previously approved for H.I.V. treatment in 2004, is now approved it for prevention of HIV transmission. (Truvada previously
) [more inside]
A federal judge
in Oregon has overturned
that state's ban on same sex marriage, opening the door for couples to begin getting married immediately
) [more inside]
In a story first broken by the AP
(heads up: link does not conform to guidelines
about how to refer to trans people), Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has given approval for the Army to transfer Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a federal prison in order to allow her to access treatment for her gender dysphoria. [more inside]
A federal judge in Idaho has issued a ruling
(PDF) declaring Idaho's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional,
and today denied
Gov. Butch Otter's motion for a stay on her decision overturning Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages. [more inside]
Equaldex: the collaborative LGBT knowledgebase!
A crowd-sourced, verified, beautifully presented representation of equal rights (and how they are specifically denied) for LGBT folks. [via reddit]
For more than 30 years
, New York based photographer Mariette Pathy Allen
has been documenting transgender culture
worldwide; in 2004
she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier
. In her new publication (amazon)
, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba
, especially its growing visibility
in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro
's presidency. (trans 101)