Ricky Watson of Littleton, Colorado wipes tears from his eyes after he thanked President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at a campaign rally in Golden, Colorado, September 13. Watson was kicked out of the Air Force 25 years ago for being gay.
—-HAPPY HETEROSEXUALITY AWARENESS MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!—-
Just kidding. Every month is heterosexuality awareness month.
And although we want everyone to be comfortable in their sexualities - including heterosexuality - the creation of an ‘awareness movement’ at this time is honestly both derailing and offensive.
“Awareness” and “solidarity” are important concepts for minority, traditionally oppressed groups to create and reclaim. They are already the implied status quo for majoritarian and universally accepted groups. The creation of communities and pride parades/revolutions that come out of the queer community, etc. grows out of a response to the assumed “normality” of heterosexuality, and the way it is often used to other or pathologize queer groups.It is OK to be happy in your heterosexuality, and you shouldn’t ever be made to feel ashamed for being straight. But when you start using the terms “affirm heterosexuality”? This is the same language queers have been using to “affirm” their visibility, their existence, and their legitimate presence in the world. Being straight has always been seen as legitimate, and in many places the only “normal” way to be.Heterosexuality is not something to be ashamed of but it is not something that needs “affirmation”. You do not “reclaim” heterosexuality when it has never been something that has been used as a tool to oppress and demean you.
California rapper Murs has released a video for his single “Animal Style” in which he tells the story of two gay high school students who can’t reveal to the world that they’re together. (If you know California, the song title will make sense after you watch the video.) In the video he wears a Legalize Gay shirt and kisses another man, but that’s definitely not the most striking part.
NSFW and trigger warning for suicide - watch at your own risk, because it’s disturbing. Still, very powerful piece of work. I hope people notice. More.
TW: suicide, heterosexism
you will probably cry, I know I did.
Today in LGBTQ History…
Early in the morning of June 28th, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, fought back against police harassment and intimidation. The Stonewall Riots and further protests sparked the LGBTQ rights movement. Pride month commemorates these early protests and celebrates the achievements and contributions of LGBTQ individuals.
At their state party convention last weekend, the North Carolina Republicans adopted a new state party platform that outlined its opposition to “all forms” of discrimination. The passage in question reads:
“Government should treat all citizens impartially, without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political affiliation or national origin. We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. …
Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category.”
Essentially, the party is completely contradicting itself by saying it seeks to protect all citizens - except gay ones. (And can we point out that “wealth” is the first category they think to mention? Not “socioeconomic status” or even race, but wealth?)
The post linked above from the New Civil Rights Movement explains eloquently why this is, for lack of a better word, complete bull. Feel free to read more of their snarky commentary, but prepare to be outraged.
Yeah, this is absolutely disgusting.
Photograph: Brian J. Clark/APTwo women share historic kiss at US Navy ship’s returnFor the first time since the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a same sex couple takes part in a traditional public embrace.
President Obama signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law one year ago today.
Remember sodomy laws? Kansas still has ‘em.
An LGBT activist group in Kansas is working to repeal a law that criminalizes “unnatural sex,” like anal and oral sex, in the state. Though the law was made unenforceable by Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, it still exists, seemingly just to target same-sex couples.
“We believe that the current statute, while ultimately unenforceable, is an affront to thousands of law-abiding gay and lesbian Kansans,” Thomas Witt, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, is quoted by the Lawrence Journal-World as saying. “This law technically criminalizes our relationships and leaves us open to harassment by unscrupulous authorities who may still make arrests under the provisions of this statute.”
I’m honestly baffled that sodomy laws still exist, but lo and behold! They’re still around. This is just shocking. Please, please, please let these get repealed before we take any more steps backward.
A lot of states in the south still have sodomy laws. My state has them! You can still use it as an excuse to divorce someone (though I don’t know who would use that as an excuse). There are a lot of really weird outdated laws out there that really need to be struck from the books.
This is bullshit paraphrasing at its worst. ZQ never says anything like “I’m a gay man.” He comes out in the context of the conversation, which I think was a brilliant move.
This my friends, is what I like to call “Progress”
when Kathy Griffin meets Michele Bachmann….
“Where you born a bigot or did you grow into it?” hahahahahahaha I LOVE THIS WOMAN.