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gaywrites:

Barneys New York has launched a spring campaign featuring 17 transgender models in stunning photos, videos and a short film. 

From the Huffington Post:

The campaign, entitled “Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters,” is meant to promote awareness of transgender issues and includes photos, videos and a short film. Women’s Wear Daily spoke with Barneys creative director Dennis Freeman recently about the decision to use transgender models in the campaign. Freeman stressed the importance of progress in the industry to include the entire LGBT community, noting that compared to the inclusion of gay, lesbian and bisexual models, “it’s striking how the transgender community has been left behind. It’s disturbing and upsetting to see that.”

These models are all beautiful, the message is fantastic, and I love that a major retailer is asserting that the fashion industry isn’t just for cis people. Thoughts?

While labels and chosen identities are important, geek culture also has created spaces for things that aren’t quite so neatly labeled. Are you a lesbian who loves thinking about fictional boys kissing? There’s plenty of room in fan culture for that. An asexual who loves smutty doujinshi? You’re not alone. A LARPer who keeps up your character into the bedroom? A fanfic reader whose primary sex education came to you labeled ‘lemon’? A member of a journaling site who’s role-played sex with an avatar that doesn’t match your gender, preferences, body parts, or even species? A genderqueer fanartist who’s drawn trans* versions of your favorite characters? A cosplayer who likes more private photoshoots? A kinky sub who sorted out your own desires after reading a lot of indie porn comics? An otherwise mild-mannered member of society who’d really like to get molested by a tentacle monster? A confused bisexual who met your wife in college when you wrote her an email praising the pornographic Xenogears RP logs on her website?

…Okay, maybe that last one’s just me. But there are plenty of all those others out there and more besides, learning by doing… and by getting done. And it’s those experiences that inspired, and will often feature in, this column.

Welcome to Our New Geek Sex Column: Self-Insert

Houston approves LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance

sarahbelham:

gaywrites:

The Houston City Council yesterday passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure banning anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Previously, Houston was the only major city in the United States that didn’t offer these protections. 

The ordinance broadly bans discrimination — on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — as well as on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military states, religion, disability, genetic information, or pregnancy.

Parker and proponents of the measure say it will allow the city to address and investigate discrimination claims in the areas of housing, public accommodations, and employment — with exemptions for religious employers and employers with fewer than 50 employees. Churches and religious institutions are exempt, but businesses are not, Parker emphasized during the testimony.

I can be your HERO, baby. 

HELL YES.

And I s2g the first person I hear handwringing about “omg MEN USING WOMENS’ RESTROOMS THO!!11!1!1!” gets the hose.

The Family Secrets In My Grandmother’s Bible

dasmondschaf:

http://www.dallasvoice.com/lesbian-couples-trans-partner-marry-dallas-courtroom-10167552.html

Two lesbian couples, each with a trans partner,  married in Judge Carl Ginsberg’s court Friday morning.

Genevieve Jonte and Ashley Boucher said they contacted every justice of the peace in Dallas County, but none would perform their wedding. Then they contacted other judges. Ginsberg was the only judge who responded affirmatively.

Dani Pellett and JJ Larsondecided to join them.

Ginsberg asked which couple was going first after the 100 guests filed into the courtroom.

“Dibs,” Pellett said.

The couple’s mothers signed the marriage license and kissed the brides.

Jonte and Boucher’s two children, ages 3 and 5, dressed in top hats for the occasion and held flowers as their moms got married.

The courtroom erupted in a standing ovation after Ginsberg announced, “You are now a happily, lawfully wedded couple,” after each of the ceremonies.

However, a court ruling inCorpus Christion Thursday may affect the marriages. In that case, a judge ruled that a marriage between a man and a trans woman was legal. That overturns a 1999 case that prevented a trans person from having a heterosexual marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage if one partner is trans.

The marriage licenses were issued to the two Dallas couples prior to the ruling, and it is unclear whether they remain valid under Texas law or whether Attorney General Greg Abbott will challenge their validity.

Progress in Dallas! An old high school friend, Johnny, finally got to have their special day on Valentine’s Day, along with their lovely partner and two of their friends. It’s been astonishing how much hatred they’ve been receiving; the CBS article on their wedding was linked on Drudge Report and the other usual suspects when it comes to right-wing hatred. Boo hatred! Yay love! Here’s to Ashley and Johnny; JJ and Dani: best of luck in your lives together!

Survey for People who Identify as Religious/Spiritual and LGBTQ

We are interested in the positive perceptions and experiences of people who identify as religious/spiritual and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer).  If you are at least 18 years old, identify as LGBTQ, and consider yourself to be religious or spiritual, please share with us the positive aspects of your identity in a short survey.
 
Please visit https://uky.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine/?SID=SV_5zhxYUkVmmBBJwV&_=1 for more information. If you volunteer to participate, the survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
 
If you are not eligible for this study but know someone who is, please help us by passing this information along!
 
Sharon Rostosky, Ph.D. Professor of Counseling Psychology, and Ellen Riggle, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women¹s Studies at the University of Kentucky are conducting this study.  For more information on them and their research program, please visit www.prismresearch.org. This study has been approved by the University of Kentucky Institutional Review Board, IRB Protocol Number: 13-0732-P4S.
It’s a short and very open-ended survey, and it’s all about the positive parts of the combination of queer and religious/spiritual identities, so if you fit that bill, do the project a favor and go tell it a little about yourself! Be a data point!

After years of negligent silence, President Ronald Reagan finally uses the word “AIDS” in public. He sided with his Education Secretary William Bennett and other conservatives who said the Government should not provide sex education information. (They are still saying it!)
On April 2, 1987, Reagan said: “How that information is used must be up to schools and parents, not government. But let’s be honest with ourselves, AIDS information can not be what some call ‘value neutral.’ After all, when it comes to preventing AIDS, don’t medicine and morality teach the same lessons.”
(via ACT UP)

After years of negligent silence, President Ronald Reagan finally uses the word “AIDS” in public. He sided with his Education Secretary William Bennett and other conservatives who said the Government should not provide sex education information. (They are still saying it!)

On April 2, 1987, Reagan said: “How that information is used must be up to schools and parents, not government. But let’s be honest with ourselves, AIDS information can not be what some call ‘value neutral.’ After all, when it comes to preventing AIDS, don’t medicine and morality teach the same lessons.”

(via ACT UP)

fyodorpavlov:

My darlings, a reminder about the incredible show my husband Lewd Alfred Douglas and his wonderful co-producers Cassandra Rosebeetle and JZ Bich are putting on this Thursday at the historic Stonewall Inn! The show’s cast is dazzling and sexy, and so are the generous sponsors supplying us with their wares - there will be Tito’s vodka, beautiful rainbow floggers from Knot Very Nice, sexy booty shorts from Booty and the Geek, and even delicious ice cream from Big Gay Ice Cream to the first 100 guests, and so much more!

I will be raffling off prints, comics and paper dolls, and a piece of original art - the sailor pin up that was featured in my 2013 calendar!

A correction to the flyer - all proceeds from this amazing event will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network, a non-profit organization that directly benefits members of Russia’s persecuted LGBTQ community within Russia itself, including personal and psychological support as well as broader legal help, activism and awareness.

This cause is very important to me and hits very close to home. I was born and raised in Moscow until I was 13, and up until I was 18, I would go back to visit every summer for several months at a time. Though I have now lived in the US for as many years as I did in my home country, I still don’t feel like an American, or even a Russian-American. My heart breaks for my country, but despite everything that has been happening there, I still love it and I still believe in it. Contributing to this event is the least I can do to help, and I’m so grateful to every single person who is helping to make it a reality. Please join us. I hope I’ll see you on Thursday.

exemplaryetoile:

confessionsofamichaelstipe:

THIS IS WHAT A WORLD LEADER LOOKS LIKE.  
DESMOND TUTU, I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU.
      -MICHAEL STIPE  

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place," Archbishop Tutu said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign in Cape Town.
"I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."
Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was similar to the campaign waged against racism in South Africa.
"I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level," he added.
[source: BBC News]

exemplaryetoile:

confessionsofamichaelstipe:

THIS IS WHAT A WORLD LEADER LOOKS LIKE.  

DESMOND TUTU, I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU.

      -MICHAEL STIPE  

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place," Archbishop Tutu said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign in Cape Town.

"I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."

Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was similar to the campaign waged against racism in South Africa.

"I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level," he added.

[source: BBC News]

latimes:

Scenes of celebration following today’s rulings on Prop. 8, DOMA

The Supreme Court handed two major victories to the gay marriage movement this morning, ruling a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and effectively ending Proposition 8 in California.

You can read the full opinions of the court here, or just keep looking at the joy over the rulings captured above.

Photos: Charles Dharapak, Eric Risberg / Associated Press, Win McNamee, Justin Sullivan, Mark Wilson / Getty Images, Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA, Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times