Category: homophobia

Being Gay in Algeria Today

Being Gay in Algeria Today:

Unlike some Arab-Muslim countries, in Algeria, gay sites are hardly ever blocked by the government. Many are the Internet users who surf the web to meet their Prince Charming.

Farouk, 30, communications consultant, knows the system well. “On the Web, it’s about setting up rendezvous. In order not to be had, the best thing is to have a webcam, and to meet the person at a neutral place,” The Web is only the first step.

Just one concern: many gays live with either their family or their wife. As a result, precious few gays permit themselves to receive at home. Hotels are the sole alternative. “If we show up together at some hotels, the receptionist may find the situation fishy and prevent us from renting a room,” says the consultant. And that’s a lost cause, he says.

My 11-Year-Old Was Just Dumped By His Best Fri…

My 11-Year-Old Was Just Dumped By His Best Friend Because He’s Gay:


This is just so heartbreaking. It’s one thing I always feared for when I was a young-questioning teen, and I still have this fear for other LBBTQ+ kids. 

Today, it became a reality for C.J.

This is just not acceptable. It never should be. 

I feel dumb asking this, but I swear I’v…

I feel dumb asking this, but I swear I’ve googled everywhere and I can’t find the answers I’m looking for. Were lesbians affected by aids in the aids crisis? Bisexual women? I’ve heard of many men passing from it and never women, but I don’t want to be incorrect in my history. I really do feel dumb asking, but, I’m 15 and new to learning queer history as I’m just starting to adjust to being a lesbian. It’s not like they teach this stuff in school. I’m all on my own in learning about it. :/

Never feel silly for asking! You have to learn somewhere, and this is absolutely the space for it! A teacher once told me, “We don’t know until we learn.” Which, yeah, but it’s good to keep in mind sometimes. We’re all learning.

Lesbians, bisexual women, and queer women were absolutely affected by the AIDS crisis. Many women did die. However, it’s complicated. Of all women, trans women were the most affected, especially trans sex workers of color, especially black women. Cis women who only had sex exclusively with cis women were not really at risk via sex*, but of course, that is not the only means of transmission.

For cis WSW, the biggest risk is sharing needles and blood to blood contact. A huge issue was/is thinking there is no risk because there is little to no risk via one mean of transmission. For bi and queer women who have sex with men, especially MSM, there is a risk of transmission via sex, as well as other means. This is all to say that yes, LBQ women died during the AIDS crisis and are still affected today.

The reason you hear mainly about gay men is that in the beginning and for some time after, it was believed that only gay (and eventually bi men) were affected. The initial name for AIDS was gay-related immune deficiency (GRID). “Gay cancer” and “community-acquired immune dysfunction” were also used.

All that said, the biggest effect on LBQ women was social. By far, LBTQ women can be credited with bringing the LGBTQIA+ community together in the first place. Gay and bi men and LBQ women were generally very separate in the 70s. After the AIDS crisis really hit gay and bi men, LBQ women started food banks, blood drives, home care. They went with gay men to doctor’s appointments and hospitals. When people died and funeral homes and cemeteries refused the bodies, they would hold funerals in their homes.

It is rumored that Vito Russo, on his deathbed, said: “Remember the lesbians and what they did for us.”

* ”According to the CDC, there are no confirmed cases of HIV from female-to-female transmission” (Deol, Heath-Toby, Smith, Cahill. HIV Risk for Lesbians, Bisexuals & Other Women Who Have Sex With Women. Women’s Institute at GMHC. June 2009.)

I’d also recommend this list of HIV/AIDS-related books.

FannyAnn Viola Eddy, Speaking Against Silence

FannyAnn Viola Eddy, Speaking Against Silence:


Early in life, FannyAnn was forced out of her country and into a refugee camp because of the civil war. Despite the danger she lived in, being both a refugee and queer, Eddy was never silent. In those years, Eddy revealed the strength of her character and compassion.

She could have reasonably gone on living her life in safety and only dealt with the problems in her own life, because of the freedom Sierra Leone’s convoluted laws gave her, but she didn’t. She fought to have the needs of others in her community acknowledged, and she fought hard, not stopping a moment for convenience or even her safety.



David Kato, the First Openly Gay Man in Uganda

David Kato, the First Openly Gay Man in Uganda: undefined

makingqueerhistory: Dwayne Jones and the Dang…


Dwayne Jones and the Dangers of Tragedy Tourism

For our third article in Black History Month we will be moving to a more difficult topic and discuss the life and murder of Dwayne Jones. So before we begin we want to give a trigger warning; we will be discussing violent homophobia, transphobia, and death, so anyone who finds those topics potentially triggering- our next article will be out in a couple of days and we’ll make sure to find a happier topic. We will indicate where we explicitly discuss the details of her death with an asterisk when we start and one when we move on from the details, but there will be discussion around the event for the entire article. So please do what is best for yourself, whatever that may be. (Read full article here.)



plaidandredlipstick: hussyknee: I love how th…



I love how they left out the part about them giving out the lesbian couple’s personal information to send them death threats, running them out of their home, and encouraging other fundies to petition to have their children taken away. **examines fingernails**

Also the fact that they raised half million dollars from other raging homophobes to fund this bigotry. I hope the dickholes lose the shirts off their backs and have to live out of a van. But that’s too much to hope for.

I just wanna add that the lesbian couple were getting married because their mutual friend had just died of cancer and they were adopting her two daughters… and that the death threats were so bad that they had to quit their jobs and move.

it’s never just about a cake. it’s about the precedent you set when you allow ppl to discriminate. it’s about all the disgusting bigots that crawl out of the woodwork when they feel like they have the right to hate.




anyways the opinion ‘gay trans men are straight girls fetishizing gay relationships’ is just the updated version of ‘trans men are repressed butch lesbians’ and another excuse for transphobic people to try and invalidate trans people’s gender based on their attraction

so here’s a reminder that if you think either of these things you’re transphobic trash no argument

honestly this stereotype was what held me back from coming out and accepting myself for so long because i was so so scared of fetishizing gay men

Detained HIV-Positive Asylum Seeker Goes on Hu…

Detained HIV-Positive Asylum Seeker Goes on Hunger Strike:


The gay Venezuelan claims he was denied medical care, including his HIV regimen, in the ICE-run processing center.

Free speech absolutists often imagine an open …

Free speech absolutists often imagine an open public square, in which everyone has access to the same podium, and can advocate for whatever they wish—whether that’s socialism, capitalism, or the extermination of certain racial groups. If all opinions are equally protected, all people are equally free. The job of the courts and the government, in this view, is to make sure no one is silenced for what they say or believe. 

The problem is that, in practice, people are most often silenced not for what they believe but for who they are. Totalitarianism rarely looks like 1984, in which everyone is equally repressed, and the party members with more power are most policed. Rather, totalitarianism usually looks more like the Jim Crow South, in which one stigmatized group was terrorized in the name of preserving freedom for their oppressors. 

This is very much true of the experience of LGBT people. Gay, lesbian and queer history is one of painfully enforced silence. In the US, freedom of speech protected the right of LGBT people to say anything, as long as they did not discuss the truth of their identities. This position was codified through the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which mandated that LGBT soldiers could stay in the military as long as they lied about their sexuality. This was a government policy that literally punished people for speech—because that speech was about their own marginalized identity. Though scholars argued that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” violated the First Amendment, it was not struck down on those grounds. 

If the Supreme Court allows Masterpiece Cakeshop to discriminate against LGBT people, it will be a step back into the closet—which is to say, it will be a step toward silencing gay, lesbian, and queer people in public spaces. If businesses can refuse service to LGBT people, then there is a powerful incentive for LGBT people to censor or silence themselves when trying to buy cakes—or do anything else.