Category: politics

Colorado House passes bill banning conversion …

Colorado House passes bill banning conversion therapy for youth:

gaywrites:

This week in Colorado, the House of Representatives passed a bill banning the harmful and ineffective practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors. The bill now moves forward to the Senate. 

“No child should be subjected to this dangerous and debunked practice condemned by every major medical and mental health organization,” said HRC Legislative Counsel Xavier Persad. “Right now, it’s incredibly important that fair-minded voices across the state of Colorado speak out and demand the Senate pass this crucially important legislation. Young LGBTQ Coloradons deserve to live their lives authentically and should never be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called conversion therapy.”

There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. To the contrary, research has clearly shown that these practices pose devastating health risks for LGBTQ young people such as depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and even suicidal behavior. The harmful practice is condemned by every major medical and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and American Medical Association.

Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Washington all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice. A growing number of municipalities have also passed similar protections, including cities and counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Wisconsin. In addition, the Maryland state legislature passed similar protections earlier this week.

Go, Colorado, go! 

elierlick: Police wear pride flags for public…

elierlick:

Police wear pride flags for publicity, to avoid critique, and to escape accountability for being fundamentally anti-Black/indigenous/queer/woman. We wear pride flags for revolution, resistance, and survival. Police are not our allies.

collagesofcollege: The United States has expe…

collagesofcollege:

The United States has experience yet another school shooting in Parkland, Florida. It was obvious after Sandy Hook that something needed to be done, but thoughts and prayers mean less and less each time when children and innocent people keep dying.

Thus, this is my response to those that offer their Thoughts and Prayers. Without Policy and Change, people are going to continue to die in senseless gun violence.

Want to buy a print? Check it out here.

transstudent: When Walking While Trans Is a C…

transstudent:

When Walking While Trans Is a Crime

The NYPD says it’s taking a more sensitive approach to sex work, but not everyone benefits.

“People always think of a trans woman: ‘You have to sell sex. That’s your dominant job.’ And that’s not what everybody does.”

Read the full article in The Cut.

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Your daily reminder that a far-right wing politician who is quoted as saying “Studies show that homosexual men are more likely to be pedophiles.” was elected as chair of the Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation. 

makingqueerhistory: We are starting a new pro…

makingqueerhistory:

We are starting a new project here at Making Queer History. Since we are working to expand our research materials, we will be enlisting our audiences help.

Basically we are doing an “adopt a book” system that will allow our audience to help us grow our library. It will be set up so that if anyone wants to send in a donation to the project that money would go to buying a queer history book off of the projects wishlist. And when you donate towards a book your name (and possibly a message of your choice) gets written on the title page.

If you want to be a part of this program, send in a donation here. We will also ask you to add a message along with the donation saying 

“Foster a Library Donation
[Name]
[If you want it to go towards a specific book off of the wishlist add the title and author]
[Message of your choice]”

If you are only able to donate a little other names will on the page as well and I can take pictures and post updates on the books on the project’s Instagram.

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makingqueerhistory:

There has been a disturbing trend I have noticed in discussions of queer history and I think it is important to address.

There are a lot of people saying things like “people who talk about queer history and don’t know about (fill in the blank) are ridiculous”. And that in itself is not a problem but the blank is ALWAYS filled with something from American/British history.

I have discussed this before but I want to say it again, prioritizing American/British history is a horrible trend that is aggressively prevalent within the queer community. And posts and discussions that place those narratives as Need to Know yet never place importance on stories from other countries are incredibly damaging and something people need to keep an eye on in the projects and work they follow and in themselves.

We can do better than this, we have to do better than this.

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makingqueerhistory:

Don’t let people convince you that queer history is unimportant. That we are a side note, that our identities aren’t important enough to be mentioned in anything but the footnotes. While you cannot blame any one source for the erasure of our history you most certainly can hold every source accountable. Don’t let people off the hook for a second when they try to ignore the history of our community, we deserve better.

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makingqueerhistory:

Queer history did not start with Stonewall. That doesn’t make Stonewall unimportant but it is critical to realize that by only talking about queer history in context of Stonewall and America is erasure, and feeds into the attitude that queerness is somehow a recent development.

Even if it is not intentional, the impact of not directly addressing the fact that there are queer people and queer movements before Stonewall is harmful.  

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makingqueerhistory:

Remember that queer history is global. There is not one country in the world that has no queer community and no queer history. No matter what the laws may be queer people have always existed and we have always made history and never let anyone tell you differently.