The Supreme Court is about to hear two more cases, where the outcomes may have a wider impact than the Arizona law may have had.
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has said it will not cut aid to Uganda over its treatment of LGBTI people despite the country’s deputy leader saying it will affect relations between the two countries…
Today, four young men in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi were convicted of the crime of gay sex by a sharia (Islamic) court and whipped publicly as punishment.
As many as 50 people reportedly stood by as a suspect punched J.P. Masterson in the face while yelling antigay slurs at the man, who was out with his partner celebrating the couple’s 10th anniversary.
LINK TW: description of attack and injuries sustained by the victims
The bill, which revises the state’s longstanding ‘Crimes Against Nature’ statute, was passed unanimously and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
bromance IS homophobia
1) Bromances are based on mocking and rejecting queerness — The entire joke about the SethRogen-JamesFranco bromances of the world is that they’re parodies of queerness. Literally, the humor is about making queerness the butt of the joke (so to speak). It’s funny when straight dudebros enact any kind of queer attraction entirely because it’s something they wouldn’t actually do in any serious way. Queerness is the joke because who would actually want to be queer right?
2) Bromances are used to queerbait. Queerbaiting is when people (like writers of TV shows) throw in an undercurrent of queerness or use homoerotic tension for the sole purpose of keeping queer viewers interested. For example, on a lot of TV shows, bromances can be both a running joke (see #1 above) and also a constant hope. Queer viewers, who are so used to not having any kind of central representation in stories, are baited with bromances in order to keep them hopeful that the characters could be queer, but the result is that they never are because queerness is bad for capitalism. Queerbaiting is cruel and is a huge problem.
3) Bromances enforce white supremacy. Bro-ness seems to exist in a constant space of parodying and mocking otherness. Not only is queerness mocked and then passed off as humor; bromances are frequently about safeguarding whiteness by mocking people of color. Going back to Seth Rogen and James Franco again, time after time the humor of their on-screen bromances comes from racist jokes. From Pineapple Express (don’t even get me started) to the recent parody of Kanye’s Bound 2 video, Rogen and Franco’s bromance humor is literally predicated on either mocking race, or disregarding it and appropriating it for the white cis male gaze (think about how none of Kanye’s messages about racism in Yeezus seem to make it into Rogen and Franco’s parody video, or how Franco’s uncool white rapper trope appropriates blackness in order to make it the butt of the joke).
4) Bromances enforce cis male dominance. Okay this one isn’t that hard to see. Bromances are literally predicated on worshipping traditional masculinity: muscles, boys clubs, getting girls, etc. In fact, ladies are baited with bromances a little like queers: bromances are used to show ladies that dudebros have feelings and can be tender and care about friendship and loyalty, while also showing how they’re strong and masculine — all in order to get the girl. Where ladies are concerned, bromances literally act to shore up patriarchy.
5) Bromances are about asserting privilege. Finally, as kind of a summation of some above points, bromances are all about straight white cis dudes injecting their (irrelevant) opinions about queerness and race into mainstream discourse. Bromances literally have the privilege of being more talked about in magazines and interviews than queer issues do. Bromances allow dudebros to literally prioritize their own viewpoints about oppressed groups and pass them off as comedy or satire.
In conclusion, bromances are literally built on racism and homophobia by mocking othered identities for humor.
EDIT: wow I didn’t even go into “no homo” here it could practically have its own post
ALL OF THIS.
It’s not gay people or their acceptance of and incorporation into society and culture, but anti-gay laws like the one passed in Uganda and the one vetoed in Arizona that are outside the norm - and the product of colonized minds.
In a handwritten note, the landlord admits that the tenant is a ‘wonderful woman,’ but says she is ‘depraved’ for being a lesbian.
Anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda provoke outrage is the US—but Cameroon has quietly been locking up LGBT people for years with little international notice.
Stonewall has launched a new film for primary schools in a bid to tackle homophobic bullying.
Jan Brewer made the right choice — for whatever reason — in vetoing SB-1062, the anti-gay so-called “religious freedom” bill that had the nation on edge last week.
Since the organization still won’t accept openly gay adult volunteers, Disney won’t give money. Scouting officials say they’re ‘disappointed.’
The Southern Poverty Law Center has added seven more anti-gay organizations to its list of anti-gay hate groups. No doubt the standard whine of these groups will be the same one offered up by the Family Research Council when SPLC named it as a hate group a while back, i.e.
“we are being attacked because we don’t believe in gay marriage, we are trying to preserve Christian morality, we are being silenced.”
New survey is breaking ground in exploring the benefits of inclusive workplaces, based on the experience of almost 600 lesbian, gay and bisexual employees in Ireland.
Ugandan Parliament member David Bahati said despite losing more than $115 million in international aid because the country’s draconian ‘anti-homosexuality’ law, the price is worth it to protect Africa…