Sep 30

pozmagazine:

HIV Criminalization 101By Sean StrubOver the last several years, as I’ve talked to a wider circle of advocates, people with HIV and policy leaders about HIV criminalization, it has become apparent to me that many people are not well-informed on the topic. 
Many people instinctively favor prosecuting people with HIV for not disclosing their HIV status prior to intimate contact — but these opinions tend to evolve quickly as a person learns more about the issue.
Nothing drives stigma more powerfully than when a government sanctions it through the enshrinement of discriminatory practices in the law or its application. That is what has happened with HIV, resulting in the creation of a viral underclass of persons with rights inferior to others, especially in regard to their sexual expression. (Read More)

pozmagazine:

HIV Criminalization 101
By Sean Strub

Over the last several years, as I’ve talked to a wider circle of advocates, people with HIV and policy leaders about HIV criminalization, it has become apparent to me that many people are not well-informed on the topic. 

Many people instinctively favor prosecuting people with HIV for not disclosing their HIV status prior to intimate contact — but these opinions tend to evolve quickly as a person learns more about the issue.

Nothing drives stigma more powerfully than when a government sanctions it through the enshrinement of discriminatory practices in the law or its application. That is what has happened with HIV, resulting in the creation of a viral underclass of persons with rights inferior to others, especially in regard to their sexual expression. (Read More)

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Sep 29

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Using the plural pronoun for a singular meaning is actually very common in English: the originally-plural you got extended to mean a formal, singular you and ultimately completely annihilated thou, and even we can be used as singular if you’re pretending to be the Queen or Helen Mirren.

But then, in the late 18th century, grammarians started recommending that people use he as a gender nonspecific pronoun because they was ostensibly plural, as part of the grand tradition of awkwardly shoehorning English grammar into Latin which has caused many of your present grammatical insecurities, and which I’m totally sure had nothing whatsoever to do with the patriarchy.

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A Linguist on the Story of Gendered Pronouns (via nutmegbirch)

you can try and pry singular they out of my cold dead hands.

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Sep 28

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(Source: vegan-queer, via thepaisleywind)

Op-ed: My Bi Choice -

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