"The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday filed court documents saying recently passed laws in Arkansas and West Virginia restricting transgender rights are unconstitutional.
The DOJ called the Arkansas law "dangerous governmental intrusion." One of the provisions in the state law prevents doctors from performing gender reassignment surgeries.
"Rather than rely on the judgment of medical professionals and evidence-based treatment guidelines, Arkansas has inserted itself within one of the most confidential and personal of relationships: the physician-patient relationship," the DOJ wrote.
The DOJ went on to say that under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, individuals have the right to nondiscriminatory access to health care."
Read the full piece here
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Duolingo says Chinese lgbtq+ rights
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it really shouldn't have to be said in 2021, but here we go.
Trans women are women and trans men are men.
If you can't get that, you need to reexamine your ideas of gender, because it's been scientifically proven that sex and gender aren't the same.
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An LGBT parade through New York City on Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day, Yigal Mann, 1971
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Poland: thousands turn out for Warsaw Pride march | LGBT rights | The Guardian
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Full solidarity with this open letter from Cardiff University students, staff and alumni in support of trans rights at Cardiff University - particularly Stonewall’s stance of trans inclusion and trans and non-binary rights.
This is unfortunately a response to an open letter from Cardiff University staff, which called for the University to cut ties with Stonewall, so they could ‘debate’ trans rights, using the same poor arguments as usual, that this was for women’s rights and for lesbians and gay men.
15 people (Cardiff University staff) signed that open letter against trans rights. Only 4 of them were actually women. It’s unclear how many (if any) were actually lesbian or gay. There is no doubt that that letter, against Stonewall, against a LGBTQ+ charity during Pride, was an attack on the LGBTQ+ community and their inclusion in Wales, particularly in academia in Wales.
The LGBTQ+ community needs to stand together against all moral panic against us, which previously targeted gay, lesbian and bisexual people, and now especially target trans and non-binary people.
This letter in support of trans people currently has over 300 signatures! This is the LGBTQ+ community and allies standing together against anti-trans fearmongering from a loud minority of people.
There is also a protest organised for Monday outside Cardiff University.
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"The largest gay pride parade in central Europe took place again in Warsaw for the first time in two years after a pandemic-induced break — and amid a backlash in Poland and Hungary against LGBT rights. Thousands of people joined the march and were cheered on by others waving rainbow flags from their apartment balconies. But that level of acceptance is not universal in Poland, a heavily Catholic, largely conservative nation."
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Hi! I’m coming to your blog because you always offer great advice (and because there isn’t anyone else I can ask)
Recently I’ve been coming out to people and I don’t really like labels for myself and a lot of people have been asking me if I was bi, gay, pan etc. and I’ve been trying to explain that I don’t really use those labels. But, people (both straight and LGBTQ+) have been saying stuff like “you’re just straight and looking for attention” because I’ve only ever kissed a boy. Before, when I said I was questioning, they said “you’re probably just straight” or “just choose a normal label already” and it really bothers me when they act like that. I’ve only been in one relationship and that was with a boy and lots of people try to say I’m either straight or not part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Could you give me advice on how to deal with this? Thank you and have a great day!
Hello anon!!! I'm so glad you like my advice and I'm happy that I can (hopefully) help you in your identity journey!
People kinda suck, don't they? It drives me nuts how some people try to make everything their business, especially when it's someone else's identity.
You never have to label yourself if you don't want to. The purpose of labels is to express your experiences in a way that makes sense to you, so it's kind of counterproductive to use them if they don't resonate with you! For me, before I was ready to call myself bi or ace or lesbian or whatever, I came out to friends as queer. I know that's not a comfortable term for everyone, but I wanted to throw it out there for your consideration because it does a good job of getting across the point ("not straight") without being specific or restrictive. Don't use it if it doesn't feel right, of course, but it's an option available to you!
Another option for you is to straight up tell people to mind their own business. Just because your past relationship was hetero doesn't mean you are. Your past experiences don't define you! (I also have only been in one relationship and it was hetero, and I can assure you and your skeptical friends that I am still very gay now lol.) Unfortunately, there's no good way to make people respect your decision. But I would like to think that there are a lot of people decent enough to mind their own business if you say "I don't really want to label my feelings right now, but I identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, so please either be supportive or leave me alone." And if they try to choose something other than those two options, well, you don't owe them anything and you can tell them off or ignore them at your discretion.
Another thought just occurred to me that may or may not work for you, but it could be worth considering. What about explaining a bit of what you feel that makes you LGBTQ+ without putting a label on it? "I know that my only relationship was with a guy, but I'm attracted to a girl right now." "I've realized that I've had non-platonic feelings for multiple genders before." Whatever you've been feeling, maybe give some people you trust a glimpse of that. Now, don't feel like you owe anyone an explanation, because you don't! But if you feel comfortable giving it, then maybe it would be helpful.
Ultimately, anon, you are valid with or without any labels and regardless of whether people understand. Stay authentic to yourself and welcome to the LGBTQ+ community! 💚🌈
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PSA for the Family:
I'm about to send this to the family group chat.
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I’m not sure if my sexuality and idk how to figure it out
Hello anon!!! I'll admit that this is kind of a broad question and I don't quite know where to start, but I'll give it my best shot!
So how do you figure out your sexuality? Well, to kind of state the obvious, you figure out who you're attracted to or not attracted to and in what way. That's not as simple as it sounds, of course. So then what steps can you take to figure that out? Here's my best approximation based on what I went through myself.
First of all, what do you know for sure? Even what you think you know for sure can change, of course, but you have to start somewhere. So when I first started questioning, what I knew for sure was that I wasn't sexually attracted to guys and that I had a romantic crush on a girl. What feelings have you had for people in the past? Do you notice patterns in who you've been attracted to? Or maybe do you not find anything you'd describe as romantic or sexual attraction? Don't try to draw conclusions, just make a kind of map for yourself of what you've experienced so you basically have raw data to interpret.
Once you've laid out the facts, think about what you want. Do you want a romantic relationship? Who do you want it with? If you want a sexual relationship, who could you see that being with? ("Who" meaning what genders.) Do you want some sort of non-platonic relationship but it's not necessarily directed at a particular person? The possibilities are endless here, which can be overwhelming, but it also gives you room to try on different ideas!
So now you know what you've experienced and what you want. For me, I had experienced romantic crushes on both guys and girls and I wanted a romantic relationship with a girl, but didn't care about the sexual side of things. So I concluded I was a biromantic asexual looking to be with a girl. Over time, I learned that my crushes on guys were mostly comp het and that I couldn't see myself dating a guy at all, so now I identify as an asexual lesbian. Changing labels is always okay! Find what works for you and adapt it as you learn more about yourself.
I know this can be really really overwhelming. For me, when I was at peak confusion, I simply called myself queer. I know that's not a comfortable term for everyone, but it has the potential to be really helpful when you know you're not straight but haven't figured out (or don't want to label) exactly what you are.
I hope that this is helpful to you, anon. Questioning is different for everyone, but this is how I got here and maybe it'll be a good map for you to begin your own journey. Best of luck to you!!! 💚🌈
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sometimes i think about the swedish roommate and i realize i was completely right about being annoyed by all that
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Hullo, it's your local transman still vibing ~
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Want to express yourself but don't necessarily want others to know? Why not try this cute and discrete phone background that shows the world the best part of you, whilst keeping it on the down-low.