For many gay men and lesbians, the word bisexual is the second most anxious-making word in the dictionary (just after bi-curious).
It appears that the presence of peers who are experiencing the same struggles, a “social convey” couters isolation and suicide among LGBT teens. A recent study found that in schools with established gay-straight alliances, not only was suicidal behavior reduced in homosexual and bisexual students, but it was also decreased among other students who attended those schools.
This Bridge Called My Back - Writings by Radical Women of Color
I don’t care what gender studies or queer theory class you’ve taken, you need to read this book, but be warned, it is a rare find and might expensive. It contains several essays by womanists discussing their experience, racism, poverty, how racism pervaded the feminist movement in the early 1980s and most importantly the individual experiences of asian pacific, black, american indian and latina/chicana women. This words you find in this book and the truths that will make your soul sick are imperrative for understanding the history of racism, feminism, systematic oppression and white privilege. These are stories that have, even today, been swept under the rug and out of sight.
You need to read this fucking book.
PDF version downloadable here.
I’ve read it, but adding this to the reading list anyway.
"No one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation” Zambia’s First Lady Christine Kaseba-Sata defends LGBT rights in Africa
TW: suicide, abuse
Pictured above is (my best friend and room mate) Tashia’s fourteen year old niece. Her name is Marley. She is one of the sweetest, most compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. And she is in dire need of help.
On March 24th, Marley tried to commit suicide. None of us knew her situation was this bad until now. This was not a cry for help, but a final desperate attempt to get out of an emotionally and physically abusive household. Other family members and I have tried to help her before, but have been shut down every time by Marley’s mother. With the understanding of what is going on and how much Marley is suffering and has suffered, this is the final straw.
Tashia and I are trying to fight for custody of Marley and move her to a better, loving, stable, and safe environment so she can thrive, be at peace, and actually start enjoying her life. However, this may prove difficult, because Tashia and I are both queer and have a very limited income. We also live across state lines. Please help us through this complicated and stressful situation.
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Two Ugandan men will go on trial next month charged with breaking the country’s anti-gay laws.
Guyana, a small South American country hugging Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname, remains adamant in its lack of protection for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
An anti-gay march was planned in Addis Ababa to protest against homosexuality and raise support for tougher anti-gay laws.
A transgender woman alleges that an Illinois doctor wouldn’t treat her after learning about her desire to pursue hormone replacement therapy.
The Namibian Government plans to deny refugee status to gay and lesbian Ugandans fleeing persecution from their homelands and Namibia’s gay community is not happy about it.