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“When thinking of iconic romance, ask yourself if any imagery (paintings, photographs, film-stills) comes to mind that is not showing heterosexual couples? Probably not,” says photographer Braden Summers of his photo series of everyday gay and lesbian couples from around the globe.


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California Takes a Stand Against Gay and Trans Panic Defenses in Criminal Cases →


Yay :)

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban →


In America, even sincere and long-hold religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II wrote in the ruling.

I know it’s been a nasty day, but did anybody notice this?

It’s amazing how far we’ve come on this issue. Gay marriage bans are being struck down in an almost routine fashion and very few people are freaking out about it.

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Hi mom, guess what!?


Hi mom, guess what!?


Clarification of the day.

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This is how this shit works:


  • When a person of color says that they hate white people, they hate white people as an institution (aka white supremacy/hegemony)
  • When a woman says that they hate men, they hate men as an institution (aka male dominance/patriarchy)
  • When a queer person says that they hate straight people, they hate straight people as an institution  (aka heteronormativity)
  • When a trans* person says that they hate cisgender people, they hate cisgender people as an institution (aka gender essentialism/rigid gender roles)


(Source: popularslutclub, via ladyfabulous)

If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (via theatlantic)

This, my friends, is a textbook example of false equivalence. It’s pretty shocking to hear such sophomoric drivel coming out of the mouth of a man who sits on the highest court in the land.

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Thoughts On “The Hawkeye Initiative”




On tumblr, polerin elaborates:

There’s some really nasty shit lurking not too far under the surface of some of the drawings. In some cases, like the ones where they switch clothes, it’s not even too deep.

Making choices of clothing based in femininity/femme-ness on a dood isn’t a context free choice. Doubly so when you are mocking something. It relies on the deep history of cissexism and oppositional sexism in our culture. Even if that’s not the intent of the artist, it is impossible to look at these drawings and not have all the jokes about guys wearing women’s clothing or “acting like a girl” come up. That’s the POINT of these drawings.

And that point pins trans women to the wall as a side effect of (rightly) critiquing the sexism in comics.

Despite the best of intentions, the vibe comes across as really anti-femme, anti-trans women, and ultimately, anti-women. After all, if we’re unable to talk about the mistreatment of women without bringing men into the picture, what does that really say about us? If we’re unable to talk about the mistreatment of women without considering how it effects all women, what does that really say about us?

However. Putting men in women’s clothing and poses can quickly and easily slot into homophobic and transphobic ideas about the “proper” way to do masculinity and the obligation to do so. As said above, even if the artist’s intentions are pure, the image can still provoke bigoted reactions in the audience. Art is not created in a vacuum.

The Hawkeye Initiative is challenging the connection between femininity and sexualization, but it’s like a hydra - while you’re cutting off the “women shouldn’t be considered sex objects” head, the “sexualized men must only be doing it for the gay male gaze” and “men acting like women is unnatural and wrong” heads are coming up behind you.

I wasn’t originally going to reblog or post about this because the original post is by my friend (girlinfourcolors who I think is awesome) and Escher Girls is mentioned, and I don’t want people to think I’m talking about this because I’m jealous or anything (in fact I promoted the HI).

But ultimately, this is something that’s been bothering me lately too, and that means enough to me that I want to say something.  I chose to reblog both the above posts because I think they both say important things, but to avoid a conflict of interest (and an endorsement of everything in the posts which could risk a derail), I just snipped the parts that concerned what I wanted to talk about.

First, I want to say, yes I did post some of the stuff that may be also problematic.  I was operating by the same “I post all fan art submitted to me” principle I use for the redraws, AND I’m also not immune to feeling pressure to go along with something that’s popular. :\  I admit that fully. 

And I like the Hawkeye Initiative and it’s goals.  This is not about every picture, it’s about some of them.  Specifically the ones where the only source of humor seems to be that Hawkeye is dressed in a crop top & high heels (this particular one was of a civilian character, not a superheroine), or that he’s kissing Batman, and other posts like those.  Such posts make me uncomfortable because I thought the point was to show that Hawkeye (dressed as Hawkeye) in a pose would look ridiculous, not that a man in high heels or a crop top would look funny.  Hawkeye in thong battle armor (like women) shows how ridiculous that armor is, but if he’s just in tight pants, a crop top and heels, or kissing another man… the humour is coming from “oh my god a man in women’s clothing” and “oh my god a man being sexual with another man”, and I think that’s pretty problematic.  Catwoman kissing Batman isn’t wrong just because Hawkeye looks wrong kissing Batman to some people, neither is a non-hero woman in crop top, tight jeans and heels.

I know I have a platform, so I often am hesitant to blog about these things because I don’t want people to think I’m preaching from the mount, or saying that something is inherently wrong or broken because of an issue in it (which people seem to assume a lot about what I write).  I also fear making the blog all about me, so I try to restrict it to just posting pictures.  But I’m also a trans woman, and I’ve gotten literal abuse and threats on my safety because early on in my transition people thought “a man in high heels!” or “a man wearing women’s clothing!”, and this sort of humor makes me really uncomfortable.  It took my friend speaking up for me to realize I should speak up too.

I’m not telling anybody what to do, but just think about where the source of your humour comes from before you do one of these pictures.  That’s all. :)

A loss in the Supreme Court could set the gay rights movement back for decades.

— David Cole, writing in February, about the prospects for the Court’s review of California’s Proposition 8. (via nybooks)

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BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court agrees to take up DOMA and Prop 8, NBC’s Pete Williams reports

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Jane Abbott Lightly and Pete-e Peterson, together for 36 years, receive the first same-sex marriage license in King County from county executive Dow Constantine.
(In the background line: Dan Savage and his fiancee Terry.)


Jane Abbott Lightly and Pete-e Peterson, together for 36 years, receive the first same-sex marriage license in King County from county executive Dow Constantine.

(In the background line: Dan Savage and his fiancee Terry.)

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BBC puts up £5k for transgender comedy scripts →


A BBC talent search is offering comedy writers up to £5,000 for the best script that promotes a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

The Trans Comedy Award is seeking an original sitcom, comedy-drama or sketch show script that shows ‘transgender characters and the transgender experience in an affirming manner’.

The prize, being put up by the corporation, is designed to help the winner develop a taster or pilot episode for possible television broadcast

The award, launched by the BBC’s acting director-general Tim Davie, is being run by Trans Comedy, a group led by transgendered comedians Claire Parker and Shelley Bridgman and actor Milanka Brooks, through the the BBC Writers Room.

Parker told Chortle: ‘If you look at the representation of trans people across all media, the majority of stories have fallen into one of four buckets – sex worker, drug taking, mental health or murder.

‘To be fair, that doesn’t represent the average trans person getting on with their life with so much comedy in the everyday. And that’s what we’re encouraging people to write about, the everyday stuff.’

US comedies have featured transgender characters more prominently than their UK counterparts, albeit frequently as a chance to cast Hollywood stars in guest roles, as with Kathleen Turner in Friends, Rebecca Romjin in Ugly Betty and Chris O’Donnell in Two And A Half Men.

Lucy Montgomery played a transgender woman in series three of The IT Crowd, Sean Lock made cameos as a transgendered character in Ideal, while The Mighty Boosh’s grotesque, bisexual and ‘polyamorous’ character Old Gregg character has been held up as social commentary on transphobia.

Judging the award are Jon Plowman, executive producer of BBC comedy, Ian Critchley, the corporation’s head of creative resources and Kate Rowland, its creative director of writing, plus a further comedy writer/actor still to be announced.

Entry for submissions opens on January 14 with a deadline of February 28. The winner will be notified at the end of May.

More details can be found at the BBC Writers Room with further guidance available here.

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