Posts Tagged LGBTQ issues

Shonda Rhimes expertly shuts down fan who complained about the “gay scenes” in Shondaland

Shonda lays it down in reponse to a Tweeter with some unsolicited editorial advice:

. @Dabdelhakiem There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 19, 2014

@Dabdelhakiem If you are suddenly discovering that Shondaland shows have scenes involving people who are gay, you are LATE TO THE PARTY.

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 19, 2014

. @Dabdelhakiem If u use the phrase “gay scenes”, u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia. #oneLOVE

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 19, 2014

I love all you Tweeples. Even the ones who still need to grow. And remember that at some point, someone ...

Shonda lays it down in reponse to a Tweeter with some unsolicited editorial advice:

. @Dabdelhakiem There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 19, 2014

#KnowYourHistory: Women of color have been moving beyond “pro-choice” for decades

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of the move away from choice language, completely erasing women of color’s crucial role in developing the reproductive justice framework that set the stage for this move by the larger and more well-funded (and, ahem, white-lady-led) reproductive health organizations. Since then, women of color in the reproductive justice movement have been hollering a collective WTF. 

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of ...

Watch: Michael Sam and his boyfriend find out he’s become the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL

As Courtney mentioned in the Reader yesterday,  Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL this weekend. Here’s a heartwarming video of Sam and his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, receiving the call from the St. Louis Rams.

As Courtney mentioned in the Reader yesterday,  Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL this weekend. Here’s a heartwarming video of Sam and his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, receiving the call from the St. ...

Audre Lorde lectures students at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Lorde was a Master Artist in Residence at the Central Florida arts center in 1983.  (Photo by Robert Alexander/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Quick Hit: Happy birthday to Audre Lorde!

Today would be the 80th birthday of the self-proclaimed Black Lesbian Feminist Mother Warrior Poet. And to celebrate, The Feminist Wire is launching a two-week online forum on Lorde’s life and work today

Today would be the 80th birthday of the self-proclaimed Black Lesbian Feminist Mother Warrior Poet. And to celebrate, The Feminist Wire is launching a two-week online forum on Lorde’s life and work today

Quick Hit: What’s next for the gay rights movement?

According to the brilliant E.J. Graff, the next battle is over gender–and it’s one we should all be fighting.

In a great Newsweek cover story that explores the way our cultural ideas of “queerness” have changed, E.J. argues that, thanks to the tireless efforts of a generation of gay rights activists, the battle over the right to desire–and even marry–whoever you want is close to being won. But on issues of gender identity and expression, we’ve still got a ways to go. An excerpt:

It may be OK, soon, for a woman to marry a woman and a man to marry a man everywhere in the United States. But it’s not even close to being OK for a boy to like ...

According to the brilliant E.J. Graff, the next battle is over gender–and it’s one we should all be fighting.

In a great Newsweek cover story that explores the way our cultural ideas of “queerness” have changed, E.J. argues that, ...

Unchristian-like Christian university expels lesbian student and demands she pay back her financial aid

It’s a particular kind of petty vindictiveness to demand that the student you expelled pay back federal student aid for the crime of failing to complete the semester.

In 2011, Grace University, a Christian university, expelled Danielle Powell, only months before graduating, after discovering that she was in a relationship with another woman. The university is now demanding she pay $6,000 of federal student financial aid she received for her studies since she did not finish the semester.

Grace University’s position is, dare I say, kinda unchristian-like..

The devil lives in the details. Grace’s claim to Powell are not federal rules, and according to the Department of Education, they have no claim over repayment of these funds and has stated the dispute is ...

It’s a particular kind of petty vindictiveness to demand that the student you expelled pay back federal student aid for the crime of failing to complete the semester.

In 2011, Grace University, a Christian university, expelled Danielle Powell, ...

Marriage equality, you betcha!

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I’m very proud that my home state of Minnesota is set to become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage and the first Midwestern state to do so without a court order. Yesterday the senate passed the bill, and Gov. Dayton is set to sign into law today. This victory comes right on the heels of marriage equality victories in Rhode Island and Delaware earlier this month. Let’s hope the momentum continues.

Unfortunately, despite early (satirical) reports that raised hopes among many Minnesotans, there is no indication thus far that this development will drive Michele Bachmann out of the state. But my fingers remain crossed.

Here is a lovely photo that Minneapolis Mayor ...

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I’m very proud that my home state of Minnesota is set to become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage and the first Midwestern state to do so without ...

Quote of the Day: “Motherhood and fatherhood are not binaries”

I really love this piece by Jennifer Finney Boylan, who has spent six years parenting her children as a dad, followed by 12 years as a mom after her transition. I was especially moved by this section:

I understand the reluctance many people have to play down the importance of gender, or for that matter, biology, in parenting; a world in which male and female are not fixed poles but points in a spectrum is a world that feels unstable, unreal. And yet to accept the wondrous scope of gender is to affirm the potential of life, in all its messy beauty. Motherhood and fatherhood are not binaries. And that, I’d argue, is a good thing.

Only a small percentage ...

I really love this piece by Jennifer Finney Boylan, who has spent six years parenting her children as a dad, followed by 12 years as a mom after her transition. I was especially moved by this section:

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