I know you don't mean to be offensive. I know you're just trying to connect with me. But even if I'm a little stereotypical, I'm not just a stereotype churned out of the factory of Sex and the City's tokenism. And if you really want to be friends, I would appreciate it if you never said any of the following ...
I used to be a queer film critic. I thought stereotypes were kind of funny when I started out — provided the jokes were being made by a member of the community.
I watched a parade of dumb caricatures across dozens of movies. There were exaggerated butch women in flannel, limp wristed "fabulous" guys, bi women who were "traitors" for having sex with men and drag queens so over-the-top they were somewhere in orbit around Mars.
I giggled gamely, at first, thinking that this was all sort of a communal in-joke, and we could all laugh at ourselves a little bit. The truth slowly dawned on me — this shit isn't actually funny, it's lazy. It can be harmful in that it widens the cracks that exist in the community, between subgroups of people — between cisgender and transgender people, men and women, people of color, and so on.
That same logic applies to video games, as in any form of entertainment. And since mainstream games are just starting to represent queer characters in any meaningful, explicit way, it's useful to take a look at what's out there, and where these games succeed and fail.
In an era of increased openness about sexuality, with celebrities coming out of the closet frequently when it’s safe to do so, those still in the closet are subject to mockery. In some ways, they’re fair game — a public figure coming out is such an unalloyed social good that those who do not come out are arguably acting selfishly and deserve to be called out.
But the media hasn’t quite figured out how to cover those celebrities who are perceived to be gay but who haven’t come out, taking a snide, winking tone about people who might well be on their way toward coming out — or who might not be gay at all. Alleging someone is gay, if you happen to be wrong, isn’t libelous, but it ought to be done for a purpose other than prurience.
Do you remember your one-night stands from 1999? Neither do we, but who can forget Trick? Director Jim Fall‘s clever rom-com, which followed an aspiring Broadway composer (Christian Campbell) and a go-go boy (J.P. Pitoc) who get acquainted as they search for a place to hook up, struck a chord with moviegoers when it was released 15 years ago. To mark this anniversary the film, which also features memorable supporting turns by Miss Coco Peru and Tori Spelling, will be shown at UCLA February 22 as part of the Outfest-UCLA Legacy Project Screening Series (for tickets to the screening with Fall, Campbell and Pitoc in attendance, go here.) Fall chatted with Queerty about the making of the movie, the impact it had on viewers at the time and what the hopeful characters might be doing today.
As the Winter Olympics in Sochi draw to a close, a brief survey of trending topics across social media and international press reveal some entertaining and frightening contradictions on the slippery slopes of privacy, politics and disruptive sexuality.
GAY people living in prejudiced neighbourhoods can expect to die 12 years earlier than those in tolerant communities, American scientists say.
Columbia University researchers found that gays and lesbians in the most homophobic neighbourhoods were more than three times as likely to be murdered and over one-third more likely to succumb to heart disease than their counterparts in broadminded communities.
With a vote in the Indiana state Senate on Monday, the state officially missed its chance to put a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot for voters in 2014. The bill in question, HJR3, would have amended the state constitution to ban same sex marriages upon voter approval. Now, legislators will have to wait until at least 2016 to try again.
In a bold move that bolsters democracy and freedom of expression everywhere, South Carolina lawmakers have voted to remove $70,000 in funding from two colleges because they don't agree with LGBT themes on student reading lists.
“I cannot … sit by and watch as the current leadership of the organization disingenuously pawns off an unconditional surrender to the forces of bigotry as some sort of ‘compromise,’” Chris Barron tells BuzzFeed.
With court victories everywhere from Virginia to Utah, LGBT rights activists seem to be winning the fight over same-sex marriage. Yet even as same-sex couples celebrate hard-won victories, conservative activists in states all over the country are pushing back – sponsoring legislation that would allow businesses to discriminate against same sex couples.
Crystal Meth, Methamphetamine or ‘Tina’. It’s nick-named after Tina Turner’s frenzied rendition of Proud Mary. Many people are only aware of it from the hit TV series Breaking Bad. Hitler allegedly took it. It was used by Japanese soldiers to keep them awake in the Second World War.
Compared to other drugs in the UK its use is limited. Home Office figures estimate that in 2013 only 17000 people took Crystal. This is dwarfed by those who took heroin – 27000, crack cocaine – 47000, or Ketamine – 120000.
But on the gay scene, where it remains largely confined to – along with GBL and Mephedrone – it’s fast becoming the recreational drug of choice. It’s the sex party drug, a powerful disinhibitor, allowing you to have sex for days. You’ll find it in saunas and you’re likely to be offered it when you hook-up online. ‘Slamming’ is becoming normalised.
The reported figures point to both Crystal’s popularity and also its consequences. 95% of people who take it use it to have sex. Many report having at least five sexual partners per ‘episode’. 70% report using needles to take the drug. 60% say they have not taken their HIV medication when high and, most alarming of all, 90% attribute the use of drugs such as Crystal, GBL and Mephedrone to having contracted HIV.
In the past 20 years, the Internet has significantly changed what it means to grow up as a gay kid in this country.
Before the Web, many gay young people grew up in what seemed to be isolation, particularly those in small towns. But with the advent of online chat rooms and Websites dedicated to gay culture, communities formed, and that demographic began finding new support.
That change can be seen in the experiences of two women who grew up in the same town, two decades apart.
But in order to safeguard the learning and social experiences of all Australian students, LGBT content and insights should be critical parts of the curriculum. If Australian schools are to deal with real-world issues, we must promote inclusive education practices.
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