November 1st signaled the end of LGBT History Month. To celebrate, Queerty gives us a list of 6 LGBT seniors we ought to know. Vernita Gray, one of our own in Chicago, is listed.
From Our Own Backyard
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Those of us in academia have known this for years, and it’s nice to know that popular media has finally started to recognize that parents are urged to support their children as they explore their gender.
Following Obama’s threat, Britain has also threaten countries that ban homosexuality with losing aid payments. Ghana has since responded and they refused to grant gays rights.
New Hampshire lawmaker has decided not to pursue next year’s same-sex marriage amendment that would prohibit same-sex marriages in order to clear the way for a debate over repealing New Hampshire’s law legalizing the unions.
Is this progress? San Francisco will open its first gay animals zoo early next summer.
Since the whole fake lesbian fiasco over at LezGetReal, we usually try not to link them as we now question their credibility. We couldn’t resist, however, when we read about Bill O’Reilly picking on trans-girl Bobby Montoya.
Cal Baptist University expels transgender student on the basis that her female identification is “fraudulent.” Turns out that private universities are not covered under the California anti-discrimination law.
Great article on the 13 ways to avoid accusations of homophobia/transphobia
Comedian Oliver Callan responds to accusations of homophobia by admitting he’s gay. Sorry Callan, but just because you’re gay doesn’t automatically mean that you’re not homophobic. That’s akin to an ethnic minority saying “I’m not racist because I’m not white.”
Can you believe that two football players have been banned from entering an Iranian stadium or even playing in a league for grabbing their teammates’ backsides during their goal celebrations? Talk about ridiculous paranoia!
A lesbian couple in Colorado finds a noose and graffiti outside their home, and a gay rural Texas man got beaten, stabbed and set on fire at a party. What can we do to ensure that these things don’t happen again? Homophobia’s got to go, we’re here to stay.
Miss Virginia USA Nikki Poteet allegedly used anti-gay slurs and threatened to beat her gay roommate and his friends. Then she said she has a gay best friend and talks to him everyday. Right, so having ONE gay friend makes you not homophobic. Right…
On a lighter note, you can help Peter LaBarbera (Porno Pete) raise funds for Truth Wins Out.
A new study sought to find out how our lives would be different if homophobia doesn’t exist.
Has a teacher ever told you to “act less gay”? Are we surprised that bullied schoolchildren are being told this by teachers? You’d think that teachers would have more compassion.
Speaking of marriage, the UK has plans to allow same-sex weddings in churches and other places of worship under new government laws. I can already imagine the religious anti-LGBT people feeling “attacked” by this law, but would there be any reason for why we would like to have our own weddings performed in a non gay-friendly church? We’d like to know your thoughts.
A new study shows that children raised by LGBT parents are at risk for legal discrimination. Not surprising at all given the numerous anti-LGBT laws in the country. Does knowing this make you think twice about raising/adopting children, or does it make you want to stay in the closet to protect them?
Semantics matters: Study on the difference between the phrases “gay marriage” vs. “marriage equality”. A Bilerico writer said, Language doesn’t matter; substance does. What do you think?
It was a little funny to see Schuster glitter bomb Sue Sylvester in Glee, but maybe not so funny when it happens outside of TV entertainment. Dan Savage got glitter bombed for his transphobia. Do you think glitter bombing is an effective way of battling homophobia/transphobia? We’d like to know what you think.
And what about biphobia? We were surprised to learn that it’s the bisexual teens who have the highest risk of bullying and suicide.
Ms. Magazine has an article on 5 questions you should ask defenders of DOMA. Do you have any others? We’d like to know.
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JT is originally from San Francisco, CA. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in psychology, focusing primarily on gender and sexuality research. Seeking a change in 2008, she moved to Chicago, and what a change it has been! Currently, she works for a nationally renowned magazine publishing company. During her off hours, she can been seen walking and yelping about various Chicago neighborhoods. JT identifies as queer and bisexual, and she is currently dating a straight man. She has an unapologetic love for civil rights, whether it’d be for racial, gender, sexual, or political socioeconomic equality. On weekends, she volunteers with Howard Brown Health Center to promote safe sex in Boystown.