Retired football star Deion Sanders, who played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens. He is, of course, talking about Michael Sam. This is so important. (via Gay Star News)
- moniquill (on red face & cultural appropriation)
I’m just going to reblog this again, since some people apparently need reminding.
DING DING DING DING.
THRILLING guys being a good ally (slash PERSON) does not in fact mean doing and saying as you like while anticipating or saying that if someone calls you out you will listen. rather, shockingly, think about CALLING YOURSELF OUT, being critical of yourself and your position and determining that, if you are not sure whether something is fucked up to say or yours to say, MAYBE JUST DON’T SAY IT and examine your thoughts yourself. don’t hold marginalized people responsible for correcting and educating you. it is exhausting. be responsible for yourself.
A federal judge in San Antonio has ruled that the Texas law banning same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.
However, the judge also issued a stay on the decision, meaning marriage equality is not immediately in effect.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, however, also issued a stay, meaning the bans remain in effect for the time being.
Two gay couples have sued the state aiming to overturn the bans. One lesbian couple had to go to Massachusetts to get married, and they want Texas to recognize the union. A second couple had a courtship of 17 years and say they want to get married here in their home state.
Garcia ruled that the couples met the criteria for a preliminary injunction, including the likelihood of winning the suit. …
"Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution," Garcia wrote. "These Texas laws deny plaintiffs access to the institution of marriage and its numerous rights, privileges, and responsibilities for the sole reason that Plaintiffs wish to be married to a person of the same sex."
TEXAS! WHAT! TEXAS!
People who think they’re being supportive of LGBT people by saying “I don’t care, I don’t need to know about people’s personal lives.”
Honestly, when your straight friend says “I’m getting engaged” is that how you react? “We’re having a baby.” “I’ve got a date next Friday with Todd.” No of course not, it’s not OMG TOO MUCH PERSONAL INFORMATION! when straight people do it, it’s just normal.
Reconsider this stance, examine it to see if what you’re really saying is “I just don’t want to hear about queer people, why do they have to talk about their personal lives?”
"If a gay couple calls the police, an officer may refuse to help them if interacting with a gay couple violates his religious principles. State hospitals can turn away gay couples at the door and deny them treatment with impunity. Gay couples can be banned from public parks, public pools, anything that operates under the aegis of the Kansas state government.”
Cis is not a slur but certain cis people consider it a slur because it is a way to categorize them that does not automatically mean ‘Normal’ or ‘The way one should be’- They are offended that they are not being presented as the ideal. This is the reason. Even if it is subconscious, this is the reason.
Hey cis allies! If you want to do some awesome allyship, please consider using the customizing feature of facebook’s gender setting to describe yourself as “cisgender” and then the gender you identify as (example: “cisgender woman” or “cisgender man”). This is a way to dismantle the “unmarked” category of cis and to help end the othering of trans folk as a marked category.
The US is on a superiority high over Russia and gay rights, and yet.
I don’t care why I’m queer.
I don’t care why you’re queer (or not).
I don’t care how (if?) our brains cause us to be this way.
I don’t want anyone to research why I’m queer.
If they research it, they’ll find a cause. If they find a cause, they’ll look for a cure.