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Early Asexual Feminists: The Asexual History of Social Purity Activists and Spinsters

Daria Kerschenbaum is an asexual writer and artist working in New York City. You can follow her on Instagram @Daria_Kersch.

“[…]spinsters were seen as queer, not because they were not mothers or wives, but because they wanted to go into the public sphere and to break the gender boundaries between the private and the public.” — Hellesund Tone (Read Full Article)

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Are there any Queer folk holding office in pre…

Are there any Queer folk holding office in predominately Republican places? Someone that'll inspire queer youth that are in conservative environments?

So I thought this would be important to answer for two reasons. First, I’m hoping that you’re right, and maybe some queer kids will be inspired. Further, though, I wanted to point out that despite being queer, some of these folks are still Republican. Even being a Democrat doesn’t mean they’ll fight for the rights of the whole community.

Being marginalized in one way doesn’t mean you cannot hold oppressive beliefs, even toward groups you’re a part of. There are misogynistic gay men. There are homophobic trans people. There are queer US politicians who voted in favor of DOMA. Internalized oppression is a terrible thing.

That all being said, I did compile a few LGBT+ US politicians. I stuck to the folks currently holding office in the House of Representatives, the House of Delegates, the Senate, and the State Assembly in Republican-majority states. There’s plenty of mayors, city council members, and various folks working in government, so definitely check them out as well!

  • Alabama: Patricia Todd (HOR)
  • Arizona: Krysten Sinema (HOR)
  • Florida: David Richardson (HOR)
  • Georgia: Dr. Karla Drenner (HOR); Sam Park (HOR)
  • Idaho: John McCrostie (HOR)
  • Iowa: Matt McCoy (Senate); Liz Bennett (HOR)
  • Missouri: Jeanette Mott Oxford (HOR)
  • Montana: Diane Sands (HOR); Bryce Bennett (HOR)
  • North Dakota: Joshua Boschee (HOR)
  • Ohio: Nickie Antonio (HOR)
  • South Carolina: Jason Elliott (HOR)
  • South Dakota: Angie Buhl (Senate)
  • Texas: Mary González (HOR)
  • Virginia: Adam Ebbin (Senate); Dawn M. Adams (HOD); Danica Roem (HOD)
  • Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin (Senate); Mark Pocan (HOR); JoCasta Zamarripa (Wisconsin State Assembly)
  • Wyoming: Cathy Connolly (HOR)

Are there any Queer folk holding office in pre…

Are there any Queer folk holding office in predominately Republican places? Someone that'll inspire queer youth that are in conservative environments?

So I thought this would be important to answer for two reasons. First, I’m hoping that you’re right, and maybe some queer kids will be inspired. Further, though, I wanted to point out that despite being queer, some of these folks are still Republican. Even being a Democrat doesn’t mean they’ll fight for the rights of the whole community.

Being marginalized in one way doesn’t mean you cannot hold oppressive beliefs, even toward groups you’re a part of. There are misogynistic gay men. There are homophobic trans people. There are queer US politicians who voted in favor of DOMA. Internalized oppression is a terrible thing.

That all being said, I did compile a few LGBT+ US politicians. I stuck to the folks currently holding office in the House of Representatives, the House of Delegates, the Senate, and the State Assembly in Republican-majority states. There’s plenty of mayors, city council members, and various folks working in government, so definitely check them out as well!

  • Alabama: Patricia Todd (HOR)
  • Arizona: Krysten Sinema (HOR)
  • Florida: David Richardson (HOR)
  • Georgia: Dr. Karla Drenner (HOR); Sam Park (HOR)
  • Idaho: John McCrostie (HOR)
  • Iowa: Matt McCoy (Senate); Liz Bennett (HOR)
  • Missouri: Jeanette Mott Oxford (HOR)
  • Montana: Diane Sands (HOR); Bryce Bennett (HOR)
  • North Dakota: Joshua Boschee (HOR)
  • Ohio: Nickie Antonio (HOR)
  • South Carolina: Jason Elliott (HOR)
  • South Dakota: Angie Buhl (Senate)
  • Texas: Mary González (HOR)
  • Virginia: Adam Ebbin (Senate); Dawn M. Adams (HOD); Danica Roem (HOD)
  • Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin (Senate); Mark Pocan (HOR); JoCasta Zamarripa (Wisconsin State Assembly)
  • Wyoming: Cathy Connolly (HOR)

gaywrites: In the past couple months, we’ve s…

gaywrites:

In the past couple months, we’ve seen white supremacists spreading fliers around and spraying graffiti. That just didn’t happen in Vermont. We’re not insulated from the rest of America.

I’ll be the leader who makes sure we turn that tide backward.

The past year has been a historic one for LGBTQ candidates across the country—with more gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people running for office (and winning) than ever before. Why do you think this seismic shift is happening?

I believe the reason I’m running is the reason many folks are running. I was pretty apathetic from a political standpoint up until Nov. 9. We had Obama in office. Like many folks, I never believed America would do what it did on [election day]. What you’re seeing all across the country is not just historic numbers of LGBTQ candidates but historic numbers of women entering the race.

Let’s put it this way: I believe that 2018 will be one of our most historic years in America. I believe our children and our children’s children will look back and say: “That’s the year we made history.”

Meet Christine Hallquist, the first transgender candidate for governor of Vermont. Read the full interview with Into here

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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.  

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.

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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.