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selchieproductions:

Oh, Swedes, they’re so nice and they always treat LGBTQ+ people in the nicest way possible!

Meanwhile transsexual people are still forced to undergo compulsory sterilisation if they want to have a sex change in Sweden.

Meanwhile hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ people in Sweden have increased over the last six years, and the number of reported crimes in 2011 was 20% higher than the number of reported crimes in 2010.

Meanwhile Swedish homosexual men are not allowed to donate blood, regardless of whether they’re currently in a sexual relationship with someone or not.

Meanwhile the Swedish government denied a Kurdish lesbian couple the right of abode in Sweden back in February this year and sent the couple back to Iraq where they were both murdered because of their sexuality.

There are surely some things that are good in Sweden as far as LGBTQ+ rights go, but this tweet disregards the reality, i.e. that the people who did this - no actual statistics exist - were all members of RFSL, i.e. the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

It’s dishonest and factually wrong to claim that this was something that Swedes did as a collective, when this was an initiative started and carried out by members of a silenced group. This did not happen en masse, and records show that only one person in total got sick leave for being homosexual, suggesting that few people actually did attempt to join in the protest.

The actual reason as to why homosexuality was even declassified as an illness is down to an occupation of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare in 1979, carried out by 30 members of RFSL who managed to convince Barbro Westerholm, i.e. the head of the NBHW, to raise the issue in parliament.

Tumblr’s been full of posts glorifying Swedes and Sweden today and I’ve had about just enough of it. If you wish to praise something, than by God praise something that’s not an urban myth and know your facts, don’t just buy into the myth of Sweden as a socialist, equal utopian paradise, void of sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination.

(via gallifreyanboy)

fenwayhealth:

Boston observed the Transgender Day of Remembrance yesterday. Tomorrow, communities will gather again to remember those lost to anti-trans violence and discrimination.
glaad:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year.  Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBT organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year. See the TDOR website at www.transgenderdor.org.
Resources for media/bloggers
 Check out GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide
Check out GLAAD’s resource kit for journalists covering Transgender Day of Remembrance
Check out GLAAD Blog posts about transgender issues
More information
 Learn more about transgender people at GLAAD’s resource page
Check out the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Transgender Awareness Week
 Go to GLAAD’s Transgender Day of Remembrance page
Check out GLAAD Blog posts about transgender issues
Watch videos as part of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Trans People Speak video series
Find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance at  www.transgenderdor.org
See the list of people who died because of anti-transgender violence in 2012 

fenwayhealth:

Boston observed the Transgender Day of Remembrance yesterday. Tomorrow, communities will gather again to remember those lost to anti-trans violence and discrimination.

glaad:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year.  Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBT organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year. See the TDOR website at www.transgenderdor.org.

Resources for media/bloggers

More information

(via casual-isms)

kateordie:

If a person is bisexual and they date someone of another gender, they are not ‘now a heterosexual.’ They are still bisexual.

If a person is bisexual and they date someone of the same gender, they are not ‘now a homosexual.’ They are still bisexual.

If a person is bisexual and in a committed relationship, they do not stop being attracted to other genders than that of the person they are with. They may choose not to act on it, if they have decided to be monogamous, but their brain doesn’t turn that part off.

If a person tells you they are bisexual and you decide that you know the definition better than they do, you should probably rethink your approach.

A pretty good analysis of what fuels the Tea Party, and others who are inclined to agree with them.

The following is for both liberal and conservative interweb-dwellers alike.

Memes are there to either make you laugh, or to draw attention to an issue in a snarky way. But for the love of christ, PLEASE stop using them in lieu of a real dialogue when you want a reaction out of someone. Spamming newsfeeds with ecards/memegenerator does not count as debate. Write something. Post a discussion-worthy article and have a civil internet sit-down. If you really want a reaction out of people, post something to ENGAGE people from the other side of the aisle, as opposed to just trolling. Maybe one of you will change your mind, or maybe you’ll agree to disagree. Regardless, part of being a grown up on the internet is learning how to do just that instead of making faces at each other from across the room.

That being said, here are a few annoyances regarding recent trends in the above:

1. The “If you’re gonna protest Chick-Fil-A, go ahead and protest Saudi Arabia” meme.

If you absolutely must come up with a meme that you want me to take seriously, at least come up with one that’s analogous to the situation at hand. Chick-Fil-A is a local company that you can protest if you so choose because they don’t have anything that you absolutely need. Gas is a necessity. Second-rate fried chicken is not. Protesting gas acquisition as it exists in this country is next to impossible in an environment where, outside of the major cities, you cannot maintain a job, food security, access to health care, etc. without a car and the gas that goes into it. And as individuals cannot get gas from the vendor of their choosing, as opposed to the fast food joint of their choosing, this attempt at passive-aggressive Facebook pwnage fails. People know this, but still proffer this shitty argument and expect me to go “OH SNAP. I JUST GOT TOLD.”

2. The Mitt Romney “War on Religion” memes being used to besmirch Obama and liberals alike.

If you are really someone who thinks that someone, somewhere, who does something counter to your interpretation of your religion is doing it just to spite you and yours personally, you should probably be a little less self-involved.

Furthermore, the last time I checked, you would piss and moan to no end if someone enforced their religious views on you, as so many who hold the above viewpoint are wont to do. This also tends to stem from the same crowd who defames every Middle Eastern, South Asian and North African country ever for doing the same thing (or for what they mistake as such) to other people.

3. Memes implying that those who complain about the Mars rover all do so from a place of ignorance.

Look, most of us are well-aware of how much goes into NASA and how much we profit from it - that’s not the point. The point is that while Congress is happy to approve billions for NASA, you couldn’t get them to pass legislation to help people in need if you personally threatened them with a syringe containing the STI cocktail from hell. They are more willing to put money into potential microbial life on Mars than they are to help the people they claim they represent and care about.

At the end of the day, the fact remains that we collectively bitch and moan about that few million spent to improve the lives of those living below the poverty line like it will bring about the apocalypse itself. Those affected include a pretty disproportionate number of people of color, and a sizable population of children of all races. In the end, it’s the symbolism present here that makes us angry - not the numbers or a lack of knowledge thereof.

(As a side note:  Please don’t hand me the ‘no one was talking about race here’ argument, when every other ad attacking efforts at reforming welfare/assistance for the poor on TV involves the oft-blatant stoking of racial economic resentment. See also, the following Tea Party 'ice-breaker'. We both know a strong stereotype subtext is regularly employed here, so let’s just be honest about it.)

4. Memes, videos and tweets from every other bored/uninformed liberal with access to social media, trying to disgrace Chick-Fil-A employees…and then posting that shit like it’s something to be proud of.

Working behind a counter at a Chick-Fil-A makes you roughly as involved in corporate decision-making for Chick-Fil-A as owning that MacBook Pro makes you part of Apple’s Board of Trustees. The people behind that counter are working hard to put food on the table, pay bills and otherwise take care of their own in a REMARKABLYshitty economy. They’re not to doing it to piss you off, or to make a statement to self-important assholes worldwide. For all you know, they are a part of the LGBTQIA community themselves. You do not know these people. Back off. You look roughly as smart as this guy.

/rant over.

In case you’ve been away from your favorite media consumption outlets of late, Chick-Fil-A has come under fire for its president’s successful campaign to sound like a homophobic jackass.

Since the President/CEO of Chick-Fil-A openly admitted to focusing Chick-Fil-A ‘ethics’ efforts on anti-gay causes and organizations, it seems a small PR firestorm of varying stripes has erupted. While a great deal of the dialogue has been directed at rightly condemning Chick-Fil-A for promoting a culture of homophobia, a growing trend is emerging of ‘conservatives’ telling ‘liberals’ to be respectful of Chick-Fil-A and their principles. And often enough, to my amusement, the word ‘tolerance’ is used to in this discourse.

And then, I came upon this gem: “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles." This failed attempt in playing the persecuted, again, brought to you by none other than Dan Cathy.

Why do I find these grammatical hijinks amusing? Namely, because most of these people wouldn’t know honest-to-god intolerance or discrimination if it bitch-slapped them with a giant black strap-on. You see, in a country where LGBT-focused crimes make up an estimated 19.3% of reported hate crimes, including everything from curb-stomping to sexual assault, I’d say tolerance is VERY much needed - but not by those angry with Chick-Fil-A. Want to know who could actually use tolerance and compassion? To start with the obvious, how about the LGBT community, that is so rarely discussed with dignity or respect? While we’re at it, how about migrants, who are treated as sub-human by everyone from press outlets to Border Patrol agents? How about individuals from the groups most often bearing the brunt of abuse resulting from the War on Terror or the War on Drugs, often in the form of unchecked police brutality and imprisonment? How about women demonized for simply desiring improved birth control access? You see ladies and gentlemen, THESE good folks could use some of your outrage and compassion. Not some fast food chicken chain that happily sponsors groups as inglorious as NOM.

However, apart from “Fun Times with Manipulating Oppression Discourse,” newer forms of defending the indefensible have come about in the form of righteous indignation at the masses for boycotting economically over a ‘political’ issue. I put this word in quotes, because it’s not political to people on the receiving end of that discrimination. It’s pretty goddamn personal. And it isn’t for that reason alone that this argument falls short of garnering support in any significant numbers. Allow me to demystify this: average citizens don’t usually boycott an entire franchise because they’re butt hurt over someone disagreeing with them. They boycott because they understand that their individual purchases support something they find morally reprehensible. Sometimes, that something is a company’s history of donating millions to WinShape and ex-gay ministries; sometimes it’s a company’s exploitation of the impossible situations of Palestinians within Occupied Palestine; and sometimes, it’s the antics of a colossally idiotic Fox News host making a living by exploiting racist myths to elicit fear. And before you forget, please note that we do tote this approach as a prized diplomatic tool on a regular basis at the international level. We call them “sanctions”. However, unlike when applied indiscriminately at the international level, they are far more likely to work as intended on a localized, national one. So allow me to sum this up: those making this argument don’t usually do so based on the desire for tolerance of a differing opinion – at best, it’s an attempt to cover up bigotry. At worst, it’s an attempt to justify apathy.

At the end of the day, tolerance is being a big enough person to recognize the basic humanity in others, even if they are very different from you. Tolerance is refusing to discriminate against a class of people in the name of preserving the status quo. Tolerance is NOT the right to go without criticism or accountability for your actions. But please, do invoke your right to piss and moan about how no one’s kissing your privileged little ass anymore.

freececemcdonald:

Hello CeCe Supporters!

The Call-In campaign for CeCe to get her correct dosage of hormones was an incredible success!  The prison’s health administration were so “inconvenienced”, they were compelled to clear the issue immediately.

CeCe is doing fine and looking fabulous.  She is steadily devouring the books that everyone is sending - currently she is reading Angela Davis and is totally inspired.

She spoke a bit about the push from some supporters to launch large-scale campaigns to get Gov. Mark Dayton to pardon her, and/or to have her moved to a women’s facility.  She talked about how these campaigns would not only not benefit her, but how they exceptionalize her in a way that she doesn’t want.  

The pardoning process would not only be painful for her, but were she even to get considered, it wouldn’t be until after she served her sentence.  She thinks about people incarcerated for much longer terms than she, and for incredibly minor offenses (mostly drug related). Even if the emotional hardship of the process was something she felt up for, and even if the slim chance of it working actually succeeded, the outcome of her getting a pardon while others sat in prison is antithetical to her values and the whole reason she is struggling against this racist system in the first place. 

As for being transfered to a women’s facility, her thoughts are:  Prison sucks.  Period.  CeCe is not safe in any prison, women’s or men’s.  Prisons are not safe for anyone.  Period.  CeCe asserts (as do we) that incarcerated individuals should be able to decide for themselves where they would be safest within the system.  For now, CeCe is fine being in a men’s facility.  For supporters to push for her to be transferred from one hell to another only serves the purpose of misdirecting energy away from the real problems of incarceration in america, and the problem of the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole.  

To sum it up:  CeCe does not want supporters to launch long-term campaigns on her behalf that exceptionalize her situation..  Also importantly, these specific campaigns: a pardon from Gov. Dayton and getting transferred to a women’s facility, wouldn’t actually be beneficial to her at all.  Short term campaigns such as call-ins to administration, and media blasts, are targeted efforts that let the DOC know that CeCe has widespread support, and it sends a message that we are watching them and will respond to prisoner’s needs - CeCe’s today, and other incarcerated transpeople tomorrow.

CeCe sends her love and gratitude to everyone who called-in on her behalf.  She wishes that every wrongly incarcerated person had the same incredible support that she has, and prays for a world without bars, a world without cells.

Towards Justice,
CeCe Support Committee

freececemcdonald:

Hello CeCe Supporters!

The Call-In campaign for CeCe to get her correct dosage of hormones was an incredible success!  The prison’s health administration were so “inconvenienced”, they were compelled to clear the issue immediately.

CeCe is doing fine and looking fabulous.  She is steadily devouring the books that everyone is sending - currently she is reading Angela Davis and is totally inspired.

She spoke a bit about the push from some supporters to launch large-scale campaigns to get Gov. Mark Dayton to pardon her, and/or to have her moved to a women’s facility.  She talked about how these campaigns would not only not benefit her, but how they exceptionalize her in a way that she doesn’t want.  

The pardoning process would not only be painful for her, but were she even to get considered, it wouldn’t be until after she served her sentence.  She thinks about people incarcerated for much longer terms than she, and for incredibly minor offenses (mostly drug related). Even if the emotional hardship of the process was something she felt up for, and even if the slim chance of it working actually succeeded, the outcome of her getting a pardon while others sat in prison is antithetical to her values and the whole reason she is struggling against this racist system in the first place. 

As for being transfered to a women’s facility, her thoughts are:  Prison sucks.  Period.  CeCe is not safe in any prison, women’s or men’s.  Prisons are not safe for anyone.  Period.  CeCe asserts (as do we) that incarcerated individuals should be able to decide for themselves where they would be safest within the system.  For now, CeCe is fine being in a men’s facility.  For supporters to push for her to be transferred from one hell to another only serves the purpose of misdirecting energy away from the real problems of incarceration in america, and the problem of the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole.  

To sum it up:  CeCe does not want supporters to launch long-term campaigns on her behalf that exceptionalize her situation..  Also importantly, these specific campaigns: a pardon from Gov. Dayton and getting transferred to a women’s facility, wouldn’t actually be beneficial to her at all.  Short term campaigns such as call-ins to administration, and media blasts, are targeted efforts that let the DOC know that CeCe has widespread support, and it sends a message that we are watching them and will respond to prisoner’s needs - CeCe’s today, and other incarcerated transpeople tomorrow.

CeCe sends her love and gratitude to everyone who called-in on her behalf.  She wishes that every wrongly incarcerated person had the same incredible support that she has, and prays for a world without bars, a world without cells.

Towards Justice,
CeCe Support Committee

(via womanistgamergirl)

By now everyone has seen the rainbow-filled Oreo that the cookie company mocked up for Pride month. It was the Picture That Launched a Thousand Facebook Comments (actually 54,000, as of this writing), a large number of them hateful. But for all the homophobic insults and calls for an Oreo boycott, Oreo has seen no credible threat to its business. In fact, many LGBTQ rights supporters are more likely than ever to go out and buy a box of the cream-filled cookies, both to spite the haters and support a company that appears to have bravely taken a stand for gay rights.

(Continued…)

  • cis LGB folks: IT'S LGBT PRIDE MONTH!
  • cis LGB folks: LOOK HOW MANY RIGHTS WE'RE GAINING!
  • trans folks: um hi cis folks i mean can you help us out over here?
  • cis LGB folks: WHAT DOES THAT T STAND FOR?
  • trans folks: um hi can you maybe secure us legal protection
  • cis LGB folks: WE'RE GONNA GET MARRIED SOON
  • trans folks: um i would just like to not get fired for being trans
  • cis LGB folks: WE'RE SO PROGRESSIVE

Teen pregnancy is more acceptable than being homosexual.

(via muslimartdiva)

lacigreen:

itsblums:

Anderson Cooper you are my hero.

Nope, sorry anti-gay extremists, you don’t get to casually talk about the genocide of a people and then casually pretend “it would never happen”.

These people….

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Infographics

The Cost of Marriage Inequality

*for larger image click LINK OF POST, then click the graphic*

I’m pretty sure Fox News and fans really do believe this happens.