Posts Tagged LGBTQ issues

Here are some female pro athletes who came out years before Jason Collins

While the sports world acknowledges the reality that prominent gay professional athletes like Jason Collins exist, our friends at Buzzfeed remind us that the ladies have been breaking barriers as self-identified lesbians for decades.

Of course, it can’t be overstated how powerful Jason Collins’ coming out is–what the impact will be for other male athletes in football, soccer, baseball, or the profound signal it sends to the African American community. As Garance Franke-Ruta explains, “Female professional athletes are already gender non-conforming. Male ones are still worshiped as exemplars of traditional masculinity.” A high-profile male athlete like Collins coming out can help spark a shift towards embracing wider definitions of masculinity.

But let’s not forget the trailblazing women. As ...

While the sports world acknowledges the reality that prominent gay professional athletes like Jason Collins exist, our friends at Buzzfeed remind us that the ladies have been breaking barriers as self-identified lesbians for decades.

Of ...

The draft immigration reform bill is a mixed bag for women and LGBTQ folks

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Verónica Bayetti Flores. Verónica is the Assistant Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College. She has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color, and helped to lead social justice efforts in Wisconsin, New York City, and Texas.

In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, after much anticipation, we finally got a first draft of the immigration reform bill the Senate has been working on for the last few weeks. At 844 pages, this bill is trying to do the most, but it falls very short of the vision of justice ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Verónica Bayetti Flores. Verónica is the Assistant Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College. She has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought ...

Quick hit: Nathaniel Frank on the AP’s misguided ‘homophobia’ ban

Yesterday the Associated Press announced that it will drop the term “homophobia” along with “Islamophobia” and “ethnic cleansing” from its Style Book.  Politico reports that the reasoning behind dropping the term is largely semantic, citing AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn’s rationale that a phobia, or “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness” should not be used “in political or social contexts,” including “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.” It also calls “ethnic cleansing” a “euphemism,” and says the AP “does not use ‘ethnic cleansing’ on its own. It must be enclosed in quotes, attributed and explained.”

This is a big deal because the AP Style Book is very influential and could impact journalistic standards across the field.

While I ...

Yesterday the Associated Press announced that it will drop the term “homophobia” along with “Islamophobia” and “ethnic cleansing” from its Style Book.  Politico reports that the reasoning behind dropping the term is largely semantic, ...

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The Feministing Five: Mary González

This past May, Mary González won the Democratic primary in El Paso, Texas. Without a Republican challenger, this makes her her district’s next state representative. This is pivotal not just because she is a young, woman of color, a progressive candidate and doesn’t come from established money or politics. It’s historic because she is the first out pansexual legislator in the U.S.

In today’s political climate where one of the main political parties still touts the line that  marriage is strictly between a man and a woman, this is pretty damn revolutionary. I got the chance to talk with Mary to discuss her plans for El Paso, her fears about coming out, and more.

And now, without further ado, the ...

This past May, Mary González won the Democratic primary in El Paso, Texas. Without a Republican challenger, this makes her her district’s next state representative. This is pivotal not just because she is a young, woman ...

Malawi’s first woman president vows to repeal anti-gay laws

Joyce Banda, who became Malawi’s first female president last month, is hitting the ground running. In her first state of the nation address, she announced that as “a matter of urgency” she’ll seek to repeal the country’s laws criminalizing homosexuality.

Banda seems to have enough support in parliament to get the laws overturned, but Malawi is still a conservative country, so it’s a gutsy move. Banda’s predecessor pardoned two men who were imprisoned for the crime of wanting to get married but maintained that they “committed a crime against our culture, against our religion, and against our laws.”

Gay rights activists in the region hope that a change like this in Malawi, which is hosting the African Union ...

Joyce Banda, who became Malawi’s first female president last month, is hitting the ground running. In her first state of the nation address, she announced that as “a matter of urgency” she’ll seek to repeal ...
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Maryland becomes 8th state to pass marriage equality

Gay marriage is coming to Maryland! Last night, the legislature passed the bill and Gov. O’Malley has promised to sign it into law. Maryland is the eighth state to approve gay marriage–and the fourth state one to do so in the last year.

Unfortunately, the law will probably be put to a referendum on the November ballot. (Because here in America, we occasionally like to put our basic civil liberties up for a popular vote–that is, when the government isn’t unilaterally trampling all over them.)

Nevertheless, between this victory and Washington’s new marriage equality law–and despite that one recent setback since New Jersey’s Governor happens to be a raging bigot–there definitely seems to be some serious homomentum these ...

Gay marriage is coming to Maryland! Last night, the legislature passed the bill and Gov. O’Malley has promised to sign it into law. Maryland is the eighth state to approve gay marriage–and the fourth state one ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: GOP Rep speaks out for gay marriage in Washington

Via Shakesville, here’s a speech that will make you cry a bunch of times.

Representative Maureen Walsh is one of two Republicans in the Washington House who voted to pass the same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday. Before the vote, she took the floor to say she was allowing her heart to guide her on this one and described her daughter who came out recently: “She’s still a fabulous human being and she met someone she loves very much. And some day, by God, I want to throw a wedding for that kid. And someday I hope that’s what I can do.”

Washington’s Governor is expected to sign the marriage equality bill into law on Monday. Here’s to #7!

Transcript after ...

Via Shakesville, here’s a speech that will make you cry a bunch of times.

Representative Maureen Walsh is one of two Republicans in the Washington House who voted to pass the same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday. ...

Do what Al Franken says: Help make schools safer for LGBTQ students

Here’s a politician who’s actually helping to make it better. Feministing favorite and my own Senator Al Franken released a new video urging folks to contact their representatives in support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act. The bill, which was introduced by Franken and Rep. Jared Polis last March, “would ban discrimination and harassment in public schools based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and require schools to protect LGBT students when they are threatened.”

Justin Aaberg was a rising high school sophomore in Minnesota. Justin played the cello, in fact, he wrote music for the cello. His mother told people he was a sweet boy who seemed always to have a smile on his face. Justin ...

Here’s a politician who’s actually helping to make it better. Feministing favorite and my own Senator Al Franken released a new video urging folks to contact their representatives in support of the Student ...

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