40 Years Ago, Mexico Released a Trans-Themed Film Better Than Most Trans Cinema Today:
Not only was the film the first of Mexican cinema to be supportive of queer or trans struggles, it also presented audiences with an understanding of the sexual and physical violence faced by trans women and sex workers. Read the full article here. You can watch the movie on Youtube.
Violence Against Transgender People Is on the Rise, Advocates Say:
Important to keep in mind as Transgender Day of Remembrance is approaching.
“That resilience and that power and that wisdom,” she ( Isa Noyola, deputy director of the Transgender Law Center) said, “is also a part of the story.”
Egypt ‘escalates LGBT crackdown’:
Thirty-two men and one woman have now been detained since rainbow flags were displayed at a pop concert in Cairo last month, according to activists.
The flag-raising provoked a public outcry and prompted the public prosecutor to order an investigation.
Homosexuality is not explicitly criminalised under Egyptian law.
But the authorities routinely arrest people suspected of engaging in consensual homosexual conduct on charges of “debauchery”, “immorality” or “blasphemy”
I didn’t even know what ‘gay’ was until I was called it at summer camp. Everything I knew about homosexuality, I learned from other kids. I learned that being perceived as gay meant getting your ass kicked on the regular. I learned that physical intimacy between men was disgusting, something to scoff at, laugh at, gag at. I learned that AIDS was God’s way of punishing the homosexuals for their misdeeds. I learned that their lives were empty.
What I learned from my peers was never corrected in the classroom, where our teachers weren’t allowed to bring up homosexuality in any context other than scaremongering about disease. Oklahoma is one of eight ‘no promo homo’ states — for publicly funded schools, mentioning homosexuality is only allowed in the classroom if it’s to caution students about AIDS.
– Abstinence-Only, “No Promo Homo” Sex Ed Keeps Queer Teens In The Dark | John Paul Brammer