deliciouskaek

sourcedumal:

They are so close to their goal of 5000 dollars guys!!!!!

This is Queer People of Color here trying to get their voices heard:

Sistah Sinema needs $5,000 to create a queer women of color (QWOC) video-on-demand channel, Sistah Sinema - Online, on BuskFilms.com. Sistah Sinema is a monthly event hosted in various cities screening QWOC cinema. BuskFilms is a video-on-demand site that showcases the best in lesbian/queer content. Sistah Sinema and Busk Films are collaborating to create an online portal to make QWOC films easier to find and watch. If we do not raise the $5,000, this channel will not be created.


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masteradept
Last week, a gay campaigner for a Republican congressional candidate in Wisconsin said he was attacked and choked in his home by liberals who considered him a traitor for supporting the right-wing candidate while he himself was homosexual.

The story immediately drew national attention, with reporters clamoring for exclusive interviews with the campaigner, Kyle Wood, and anti-gay groups rushing to raise awareness about the supposed oppression that they too face. In an interview with The Wisconsin Reporter , Wood recounted how days after the attack he was so terrified and nightmare-ridden that he couldn’t sleep despite sedatives. The only thing that got him through the experience was an Ayn Rand quote that he’s saved on his computer: “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”

Now, here’s the kicker: Kyle Wood wasn’t attacked. According to his own testimony to the Madison Police Department on Monday, he made the entire story up.

Republican Activist Makes Up Story of Being Beaten by Homophobic Liberals | Alternet (via biyuti)

this makes me wonder — just for a second — how quickly the media will distance themselves from this story, and which ones will even bother to report the reality

but just for a second

(via deliciouskaek)

More and more I’m feeling like the neo-con right believes that any example of oppression is made up, so they’ve decided “since all THOSE people are just making up stories, I’m going to start making them up too”.

Projection, self deception, narcissism.

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TW: Discussion of Q and TOC oppression and murder: So the conversation on “trans male” privilege

biyuti:

blahblahblather:

reminded me of the conversation I had with the guy who’s going to hook me up with a couple contacts specializing in gender and gender expression (I still expect this to be very, very white mind you) at the LGBT meeting this week.

He asked me if discussing the Kinsey scale, and a lot of the other presentations occurring in the group made me feel left out.

At the time, I was tired, irritated, and just surprised someone noticed my obvious irritation (hell it was obvious to me) so I didn’t catch his wording (a discussion I will have the next time I see him).

I do not feel left out. My issue with the LGBT community isn’t that my feelings are getting hurt. My issue is that the erasure of transgender people, and the diverse understandings and practices of gender and sexuality oppression is that it gets people dead. It gets them tortured. It gets them starving. It gets them homeless. It gets them raped. It gets them beat. It gets them the most desperate and dangerous place to be in society.

I’m black and I’m genderescent, and I’m poor, and I suffer from multiple mental illnesses, and I’m too femme (never ever comfortable using this to describe myself) to fall into anything recognized by these fuckers. And even still I am safer (especially from murder) than a black trans woman.

Why is this so fucking hard to understand?

Is it because as a white person you think oppression is being left out?

Is it because as a white person you think oppression is having mean shit said to you?

Yes, you are gay. But you are the motherfucking face of the gays, and for many everything is just a variation of you, even though black and brown folks are the ones getting beaten and killed and suffer the worse of the oppression you experience.

I have a hard time believing you motherfuckers are honestly oblivious, because you sure as fuck keep using statistics about us when it makes you look like you need more protection.

Left out…

Worst possible thing that can happen to white people…

People saying mean shit, worst thing that’ll happen. 

The bold is the truest thing I’ve read all day. 

The truest. 

mslorelei

There seems to be something extra-hidden about abuse in queer relationships. Lesbians are coded as inherently egalitarian — after all, they’re both women, right? Both oppressed by the patriarchy? How can there be abuse if there’s no man present?

Lesbian relationships are not inherently different than other relationships, but social ideas that swirl around gender poison everything, including what we — and that means lesbians, too — expect or think about same-sex relationships. We expect women cannot abuse other women or men can be abused by other men (and trans people are never even considered in the narrative at all), essentially erasing those experiences from the dialogue. The baggage of gender roles overloads us so much, we can’t clearly identify behavior independent of our ideas about what women, or men, or people anywhere on the gender spectrum can or cannot do.

A man sobbing about how bad he feels after acting in a disturbing way reads differently than a woman crying for the same reason, even if the act of manipulation is identical. The cultural baggage we carry is clear: men are abusers, women are the abused, and the ideas are never inverted.

I try to imagine the things that happened to me with a male partner. Would I have let a man continuously, repeatedly put me down and humiliate me, in private and in front of my friends and colleagues? Would I have let a man call me a “fucking bitch,” rip down the shower curtain behind which I was cowering? Would I have let him threaten to throw me out into the sub-freezing night? Would, after that had passed like a summer storm, I have comforted him?

I don’t think so. But somehow, a petite blonde woman had me trapped.

thebigblackwolfe

invisibleblackunicorn:

karnythia:

thebwordisabadword:

karnythia:

African-Americans More Accepting of Same-Sex Marriage than White-Americans

alexandraerin:

pityplease:

This has been a post.

I’d say this is an inconvenient truth for people like Dan Savage, but the people spreading the “Blame The Blacks!” meme have never been inconvenienced by the truth.

I think a lot of people conflate references to African American religious disapproval of homosexuality with a desire to oppress. Anyone inside the community could have told you the conversation is much more complicated than that.

^ I think it’s very interesting because one of my coworkers is a black woman and when Amendment 1 was going on I asked her what she thought of it and she himmed and hawed but finally admitted that religiously she doesn’t agree with homosexuality, but that some of her best friends were gay couples and that she would never express those things to them because it’s between them and god. 

Which is not something I’ve EVER heard from a white person who didn’t agree with homosexuality, I only ever hear white people running their mouths to people’s faces about how sinful they are and campaigning to strip people of their rights.

I even told my white friend who had a very religious baptist upbringing about my coworker and he was like “BUT WHY ISN’T SHE CONVERTING THEM?” Because white people just cant not try to control everyone around them and doing otherwise is baffling. 

Now this is exactly what I was talking about when I said the conversation is more complicated than that.

I got the original point, because it sounded like most of my relatives.

They don’t like homosexuality, but they’re not going to go about sending folks to pray the gay away camps and march around Midtown during pride telling folks they’re going to hell like white christian folks do here.

Exactly!

arabbisexualist

thebwordisabadword:

karnythia:

African-Americans More Accepting of Same-Sex Marriage than White-Americans

alexandraerin:

pityplease:

This has been a post.

I’d say this is an inconvenient truth for people like Dan Savage, but the people spreading the “Blame The Blacks!” meme have never been inconvenienced by the truth.

I think a lot of people conflate references to African American religious disapproval of homosexuality with a desire to oppress. Anyone inside the community could have told you the conversation is much more complicated than that.

^ I think it’s very interesting because one of my coworkers is a black woman and when Amendment 1 was going on I asked her what she thought of it and she himmed and hawed but finally admitted that religiously she doesn’t agree with homosexuality, but that some of her best friends were gay couples and that she would never express those things to them because it’s between them and god. 

Which is not something I’ve EVER heard from a white person who didn’t agree with homosexuality, I only ever hear white people running their mouths to people’s faces about how sinful they are and campaigning to strip people of their rights.

I even told my white friend who had a very religious baptist upbringing about my coworker and he was like “BUT WHY ISN’T SHE CONVERTING THEM?” Because white people just cant not try to control everyone around them and doing otherwise is baffling. 

Now this is exactly what I was talking about when I said the conversation is more complicated than that.

bankuei

Why I’m Not Going To Pride

bankuei:

blackgirldangerous:

by Mia McKenzie

It’s almost pride weekend in San Francisco. Preparations are being made for any number of festive activities. Marches, parades, parties. Right now, countless dykes are painting signs that read, “Dykes united will never be divided,” and such. Countless drag queens are deciding which wigs to don for the big day. Glitter is sold out everywhere.

I’ve gotten Facebook invites to more events than I can keep track of. There is something pride-related to get into every hour of the day from five on Friday to Sunday at two a.m. It’s all very exciting. I guess.

This whole “pride” thing…I don’t get it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, when I was younger, when I was first out, when the newness of gayness in public made the idea of parades and pride festivals really tantalizing, I was into it. I attended pride parades in many of the cities I lived in, including Philly and Denver. But after a while, it got…you know…old. And not just old. It got…pointless.

I needed pride parades when I was just coming out, I guess. I needed just to know that other “gays and lesbians” existed. And I guess I needed to spend a Sunday with all of them once a year? But very quickly what I needed, as a young, queer person, changed. Today what I need has nothing whatsoever to do with parades. Nothing whatsoever to do with Bud Light sponsorship.

What I need, and what most of the folks in my community need, is access to education, and health care, and food that isn’t slowly killing us. We need for our tax dollars to not be spent killing other brown people all over the world. We need the police to stop using our black bodies for target practice. We need…shit, we need a lot of things. And very few of them involve hot pants and feathered floats.

I know what some of y’all are going to say. “It’s a parade! It’s fun! I like it! Why do you hate everything?” To you, I say, Please stop hearing only what you want to hear. Thanks.

I don’t hate parades. And I find glitter to be all kinds of wonderful. And, yeah, wear those hot pants, guuuurl! AND ALSO, I have a brain and a sense of justice and a heart that connects to the suffering of other human beings. K?

I just wish some of this “pride” energy (and a LOT of this Pride money) was being spent demanding justice for Brandi Martell. And Cece McDonald. I wish all the people who care about after-parties cared about Rekia Boyd. (I realize that some people care about these things simultaneously. Most people, however, do not. Please don’t talk to me about how you know five people who do, and how that makes my argument null and void. Thanks again.)

I do not identify as “gay” or “lesbian”. The reasons are myriad, and it comes down to the fact that my association with gays and lesbians is with marriage equality and Subarus and we are just like straight people once you get past all the butt-fucking. I identify as queer because that term, for me, is about the ways in which I do not want to conform, the ways in which the idea of being “just like straight people” makes me want to watch paint dry, or something else that sounds equally interesting. More than that, though, being queer, for me, is about understanding the intersections. About being able to see how sexuality and gender and race and class and a whole bunch of other things are all tools used to keep the same machine in tip-top shape. And you know what? I have never heard anybody talking about that type of shit on a stage after a pride parade.

So, I’m opting out. (This is not me telling you that you should opt out. This is me saying that I am.)

Because, despite what today’s LGBT mega-organizations want you to think, Stonewall was a RIOT, y’all. Not a parade.

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I’d be happy if the Anti8 folks who were all up and running a few years ago, and turned away support from QPOC groups, would turn around and start seriously addressing why they didn’t want to build those bridges… and build them.

Also bonus: if my friends don’t come back telling me how they got double carded at places up in the Castro, or had slurs thrown at them.

ethiopienne

Fifth-Grader Prohibited From Giving Speech Supporting Marriage Equality
A Queens, New York fifth-grader named Kameron Slade won a class competition and was slated to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. However, because Kameron’s speech was to be about same-sex marriage, his principal told him he would be removed from the contest if he did not choose a different topic. Here are some excerpts from Kameron’s “inappropriate” speech:
SLADE: Some people are for same-gender marriage, while others are against it. Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want. Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge? If we judge people like this, this is a form of prejudice. We must learn to accept all differences.[…]
My mom is very open to me about same-gender marriage. However, some adults may feel uncomfortable and think it’s inappropriate to talk about this to children. I think adults must realize that as children get older, they become aware of these mature issues that are going on in the world. If children read or watch the news, they can learn about things like same-gender marriage, so what’s the point in trying to hide it?

Fifth-Grader Prohibited From Giving Speech Supporting Marriage Equality

A Queens, New York fifth-grader named Kameron Slade won a class competition and was slated to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. However, because Kameron’s speech was to be about same-sex marriage, his principal told him he would be removed from the contest if he did not choose a different topic. Here are some excerpts from Kameron’s “inappropriate” speech:

SLADE: Some people are for same-gender marriage, while others are against it. Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want. Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge? If we judge people like this, this is a form of prejudice. We must learn to accept all differences.[…]

My mom is very open to me about same-gender marriage. However, some adults may feel uncomfortable and think it’s inappropriate to talk about this to children. I think adults must realize that as children get older, they become aware of these mature issues that are going on in the world. If children read or watch the news, they can learn about things like same-gender marriage, so what’s the point in trying to hide it?

sourcedumal

So when is the Black Community (TM) going to get an analysis from LGBT pundits about its racism?

sourcedumal:

onearetwoesses:

karnythia:

sourcedumal:

I’m dead serious.

We’ve been seeing all these fucked up reports about how “The Black Community” has always been against LGBT rights because most of Black people are religious, and religion said so, and thus we are the reason why LGBT legislation hasn’t been passing.

Where’s the massive “Racism and the LGBT community” editorials from the Advocate? Out Magazine? Curve? PFLAG? GLAAD? HRC?

Why has there been no culpability coming from the LGBT community when the media has been spewing historically false anti-Black bullshit left and right? When POC are the ones who are erased and ignored by y’all communities???

Y’all can come out and make memes and shit about how them mean ol negroes r not standing up for gay rights, but y’all are silent as hell when we talk about the racism that comes from y’all asses…

I’m still waiting for these pundits to discover that black LGBT people exist & are pastors & deacons & attend churches that welcome them. Or for them to look at where the money is coming from to fund these drives against marriage equality.

In Chicago just this weekend there was a speak out/ event around racism in the white lgbt community. It’s been a main point of conversation around here for the past few weeks. There have been a ton of problems with Boystown & When in Boystown being racist. I know it’s not widespread for racism in the LGBT community to be addressed but I just thought it might be worth noting that people are starting to talk about it.

I feel like that convo came WAY too late, especially when there was tension last year, and folks BOOED the suggestion that the Center on Halsted expand to serve the black community.

I’ll repeat that:

The COMMUNITY OF BOYSTOWN BOOED THE SUGGESTION OF AN EXPANSION OF THEIR LGBT CENTER TO SERVE THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

WHITE LGBT PEOPLE BOOED THE SUGGESTION OF AN EXPANSION TO SERVE BLACK LGBT PEOPLE.

I don’t take them seriously for shit.