Dan Savage got glitterbombed for being transphobic: it’s all over (my) Facebook. For the most part, I think that’s great. He’s said a lot of transphobic things, and to my knowledge, he’s never truly apologized or shown that he realizes why they was problematic and hurtful. I know: I called him on it when he spoke at Bryn Mawr my senior year, and he basically side-stepped the question.
Katie Burgess, if you didn’t know, is the Executive Director of TYSN (the Trans Youth Support Network*). She also wrote a really fierce post today for The Bilerico Project titled “Solidarity: Calling Out a Corporate Sponsor at a Pro-LGBT Event,” which included her speech at the 18th Annual National Coming Out Day Luncheon last week. I am so incredibly impressed with her, her words, and her speech. Continue reading
What if being gay is a choice? Of course, to even consider debating that, we’d need to decide what it meant to “be gay.” Having “homosexual desires,” acting on them, being out, identifying as gay? What about queers? To a certain extent, depending on the definition “being gay” could be a choice (and being queer even more so). If being gay means being out and not acting in a heteronormative way, then yes, being gay is a choice. However, being alive is a choice (continuing to eat, only crossing streets when cars aren’t coming at you, not outright killing oneself — all choices to stay alive). Continue reading
Posted in Trans/Queer
Tagged choice, freedom, gay, gender, LGBTQ rights, love, mainstream, postaday2011, queer, queers, rights, self-expression, sexuality
The Dream Team (photo by Carrie Maxwell of The Windy City Times)
Joey Mogul, if you didn’t know, is the author (well, along with Andrea Ritchie and Kay Whitlock) of the new book Queer (In)Justice, about which I will blog once I have finished it. She is also an adjunct professor for DePaul University College of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic and an attorney for the People’s Law Office. In short, Joey Mogul is awesome.
I spent roughly ten hours today at the Chicago-Kent Lambdas 2011 LGBT Civil Rights Conference. The absolute highlight (well, along with Owen’s part of the Transgender Rights panel about trans prisoners’ rights and drinking wine with a few awesome people at the following reception) was the panel “Policing, Prosecution, and Punishment of LGBTQ People” with Joey Mogul, Owen Daniel-McCarter, and Avi Rudnick*. It. Was. So. Fierce. Continue reading
Posted in Chicago, Life, Trans/Queer
Tagged Avi Rudnick, Chicago, Chicago-Kent Lambdas, conference, criminal legal system, discrimination, Joey Mogul, law, LGBTQ rights, Owen Daniel-McCarter, queer, Queer (In)Justice, radical lawyering, trans, transgender
Gay marriage, ENDA, and the repeal of DADT: the three big goals of the mainstream gay rights movement. ENDA sounds great on paper (after all, I’m not going to argue that I think people should be able to fire and/or not hire me because of I’m queer or because of how I identify) and, indeed, would be a legislative victory. Nevertheless, the question of whether passing ENDA will do much good for the LGBTQ community still remains. Continue reading