Aderonke was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death in Nigeria – because she’s a lesbian. She fled to safety in the UK. Now, they’re trying to send her back into danger. Aderonke, like dozens of other LGBT asylum-seekers, is stuck in a process that the UK government has already admitted humiliates and abuses them. It doesn’t work or protect anyone.
But, if thousands of us speak out right now, we could get the Home Office to take the next step and halt the deportations. Will you sign the petition to Home Office Secretary Theresa May now?
Transgender students would be allowed to compete in gender-specific high school sports that don’t align with the sexual designations on their birth certificates, under a proposal considered Tuesday by the South Dakota High School Activities.
India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear pleas against the controversial sodomy law that recently re-criminalized gay sex. In July 2009, the Delhi High Court overturned a colonial-era ban on same-sex intercourse.
How the “down low” media phenomenon reinforces troubling representations of black sexuality.
Since the early 2000s, the phenomenon of the “down low”—black men who have sex with men as well as women and do not identify as gay, queer, or bisexual—has exploded in media and popular culture. C. Riley Snorton traces the emergence and circulation of the down low, demonstrating how these portrayals reinforce troubling perceptions of black sexuality generally.
My baby and I took NSFW photos last night, and we really like how they turned out. For me, it was such a fun process… dressing up (or down, I guess?), sharing concept ideas, taking the actual photos, and then editing and posting them together.
We appreciate all of the lovely compliments that we have been receiving. Thank you all! (You can view the photos here and see what else we have been up to lately!)
Here’s some happy news about Happy Meals! Connecticut high school student Antonia Ayres-Brown has spent five years challenging the antiquated policy at McDonald’s where kids are given toys with their meals based on gender.
Laverne Cox is near the top of the TIME 100 Reader Poll. The transgender actress and activist was reportedly in first place just days ago, after knocking pop star Justin Bieber out of the top position, but currently sits in fourth place…
If all 50 states asked these questions every year, we would have a much larger data set and could look at the intersection of racial/ethnic health disparities with sexual minority disparities, and at issues affecting older adults who are lesbian, gay…
The organizers of New York City Pride and the annual New York City Pride March, has named Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black actress and activist), Rea Carey (executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) and Jonathan Groff (Looking, C.O.G., Glee) as grand marshals for the parade.
Accepting that bisexuality is a valid sexual orientation is the same as accepting people for who they say they are, even if it goes beyond what you can understand. To deny the legitimacy of bisexuality because it is outside of our own comprehension is no better than the attitude of the many people who have dismissed homosexuality as being nothing more than a phase, a mental illness, or something that can be fixed.
As gay men and women, we do not allow anyone to deny the legitimacy or authenticity of who we are. We are a culture forged in the steadfast belief that we, as people, were born this way. In spite of the many well-organized efforts to dismiss the validity of our sexuality, we stuck to what we knew was true in our gut. So to casually dismiss bisexuals as either confused straight people or homos in hiding goes directly against the logic that we demand heterosexual naysayers to adopt.
Friends of a blind bisexual asylum seeker from Cameroon are accusing UK deportation officers of beating him up.
Alain Kouayep Tchatchue fled after the people in his town discovered he was having sex with another man. Fearing being beaten or killed, the French speaker came to the UK in order to live and love freely.
The Home Office rejected his claim of asylum and issued a deportation order last week. Last Saturday (5 April), it was claimed immigration staff took him to Heathrow airport around 4am. It is claimed Tchatchue protested, saying he had a legal right to be there, and two male members of staff allegedly punched his wrists and upper torso in an attempt to make him submit. The blind man was then bundled into the van and taken to the airport, his friends claim.
They say he shouted ‘I’m gay, I’m gay! I don’t want to go back to Cameroon!’ as he was being attacked. A female member of staff, who was supposed to be looking after his welfare, then allegedly proclaimed Tchatchue was too ill to travel and the asylum seeker was returned to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre close to the airport. On his return, the manager was so appalled by the injuries the police were called.
Reverend Andy Braunston, a friend of Tchatchue, has written to the director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders to ask the immigration staff to be prosecuted. ‘Alain is a blind man who uses a white stick to get around and who has fled here because of fear of the violence of the state in Cameroon,’ he said. ‘It is shameful that agents of our government have beaten this vulnerable man in an attempt to send him back to persecution. ‘We should be ashamed.’
The UK Border Agency decided in 2010 to allow gay men, lesbians and bisexuals if they were not allowed to live openly in their country of origin. Before 2010, those seeking asylum were often refused permission on the grounds they could behave with ‘discretion’ when returned.
However, some activists believe the attitude remains when it comes to bisexual refugees as it is apparently easier for them to be ‘discreet’.
When contacted by GSN, Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre refused to comment.
To celebrate and support our new anthology, Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion, a number of collective members will be touring across the US and Canada this spring.
On tour we will be doing lots of different kinds of events: book signings, discussions, lectures, video lectures, as well as participating in panels and scholarly conferences. To check out when and where we will be this spring, head on over to our events page where we will continue to add information and tour dates as they are confirmed.
Bummed we aren’t coming to your town? Invite us to come in the fall!
Following the success of Big Bi Fun Day in Leicester for the past 4 years, it will be running again this year. It will be held on Saturday 17th May, at the Friends Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, Leicester: pop it in your diary now!
The BBFD site notes:
Big Bi Fun Day is a one day (well, technically, one afternoon) UK event where we’ve organised a family space for bisexuals and allies to meet up, relax and socialise with other bisexuals and allies.
It will be held in a family friendly venue and we hope that bisexuals from all over the UK (and anywhere else) will take this opportunity to come along and meet people from different regions, catch up with friends and have a fun day out.
As a note of what to expect: it is not a small BiCon. There will be no scheduled workshops and it is not an overnight event. It is not a BiFest, nor intended to be an introduction to bisexuality. However, new people are welcome to come along.
100 books arrived at the LGBT Books to Prisoners project in Madison WI last week and they are already busy filling book order requests from incarcerated queer and trans folks. Please share their address with your penpals, friends, or family on the inside in the U.S. and/or make a donation so we can continue to cover the costs that make these books free to anyone on the inside!
LGBT Books to Prisoners Project c/o Rainbow Book Cooperative 426 W. Gilman Street Madison, WI 53703
A petition is nearing its target 2,500 signatures challenging Google’s decision to block ‘bisexual’ from its predictive search. When users type words like ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ into the Google search page, it suggests what they might be looking for – gay dating, gay pride, gay marriage, gay support… but for ‘bisexual’, it offers no suggestions until you hit ‘enter’.
This is a function Google implemented to prevent what might be offensive searches appearing dynamically while users are typing another word. Not only is this suggesting that bisexuality is offensive in a way homosexuality or heterosexuality are not, the first page of suggestions for ‘bisexual’ simply aren’t that rude – they’re things like advice page Bisexual Index and web hub Bi.Org! Google said it would remove bisexual from the list of blocked terms over a year ago but has still not done so.