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The Two Faces of Bisexual OKCupid

The Two Faces of Bisexual OKCupid | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

There are no bisexual women on OKCupid. There are thousands of bisexual women on OKCupid. If you find that contradictory, well, welcome to the paradoxical world of bisexual OKCupid


... I rarely see the gender binary discussed by gay people on OKCupid, and certainly never by straight people—even though, of course, the concepts of homosexuality and heterosexuality imply a gender binary as well. Gay people and straight people simply don’t seem to worry that their sexual orientation is inherently offensive to the people they’d like to date.

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Spotlight: Lesbian and Gay Pulps

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“Spotlight: Lesbian and Gay Pulps
This weekend (June 5-7), Milwaukee Pride Fest kicked off Milwaukee’s world-famous Summer World Festival season. This gives us an opportunity to showcase...
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Miley Cyrus tells Paper Magazine her gender identity and sexuality is fluid

Miley Cyrus tells Paper Magazine her gender identity and sexuality is fluid | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
"I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl."

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FDA Releases New Guidelines on Blood Donations From Gay Men

FDA Releases New Guidelines on Blood Donations From Gay Men | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
The FDA released draft guidelines Tuesday that would change the rules preventing men who have sex with men from donating blood regardless of their sexual histories.
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7 Rad Queer Women Characters of Black and White Cinema

7 Rad Queer Women Characters of Black and White Cinema | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
There aren't a ton of queer women in classic cinema, but the ones we do have are pretty amazing.

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On Laverne Cox’s Nude Photo Spread & Meghan Murphy’s Transphobia

On Laverne Cox’s Nude Photo Spread & Meghan Murphy’s Transphobia | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Laverne Cox graced Allure’s annual “Nudes” issue with a picture that is so honest in its emotion and raw in its beauty I damn near cried looking at it. She admits her insecurities and ultimately decided to shrug them off and have the mac ‘n’ cheese she was craving the night before the shoot. That’s some role model shit right there. Unless you’re Feminist Current founder Meghan Murphy, who says to her neighbors south of the border (she’s Canadian): “What the fuck are you trying to sell us, America?” She mocks Cox’s insecurities and the idea of “radical self-acceptance” by gasping at her ability to indulge in comfort food and still love herself. Murphy telling Cox to put her clothes back on because she’s uncomfortable around the flawlessness that is Cox’s naked form isn’t an expression of her disdain for catering to the “male gaze.” Murphy is scolding a grown woman who made a choice for herself because: “Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might
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Trio of gay men get married in 'world first' three-way wedding

Trio of gay men get married in 'world first' three-way wedding | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Joke, Bell and Art tied the knot on Valentine's Day.
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Wicked? Homophobic wizards, gay witches and the fight for acceptance in the Wicca community

Wicked? Homophobic wizards, gay witches and the fight for acceptance in the Wicca community | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Though ‘Wicca’ and ‘paganism’ are often used interchangeably, paganism encompasses a diverse community including Druids, Shamans, Odinists and Heathens.  Wicca itself, has many sub-sections: Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Faery, Pictish and Kitchen Wicca are among the many. Though no single set of beliefs, tests or practices are shared by them all, they can be roughly characterised by: polytheism, the belief in multiple deities; pantheism, the belief that the spiritual and material universes are connected; belief in the afterlife; and an emphasis on ritual. And, like any widespread belief, paganism is not immune to infighting and disagreements.

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“She wanted to be normal. We both did”: Why gender, sexuality, and desire matter

“She wanted to be normal. We both did”: Why gender, sexuality, and desire matter | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The teenagers file into the classroom, an army of baggy jeans and stiff hair, acrylic nails and cell phones. They number at least thirty, maybe forty. Their teacher is forcing them to be here, because a community organization has sent me to talk to them about what it means to be a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The idea is that the more contact young people have with queers, the less likely they will be to hate us or worse.


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The Gender Book

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The Gender Book
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“ A gender 101 resource for anyone and everyone!
Fully illustrated and colorful resource that’s a 09-page hardback book, and available online for free or your love donation....
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“We thought we’d be safe”: Islan Nettles, the New Jersey 4 and the illusion of security for LGBTQ people of color

“We thought we’d be safe”: Islan Nettles, the New Jersey 4 and the illusion of security for LGBTQ people of color | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
A frightening look at what happens when LGBTQ women of color refuse to accept street harassment and other violence

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What It's Like to Be Transgender in Cuba

What It's Like to Be Transgender in Cuba | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Mariette Pathy Allen has been an advocate and documentarian of the transgender community for more than 35 years. While much of her work has focused on the United States, in 2012, Allen traveled to Cuba with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health for a symposium about transgender identity and...

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Why I Asked Alicia Menendez About Her Vagina & Other Invasive Questions

Why I Asked Alicia Menendez About Her Vagina & Other Invasive Questions | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Janet Mock flips the script on the Fusion host asking about her body, vagina and identity to demonstrate how transgender people are treated by journalists.

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Rush Limbaugh Gets SHUT DOWN

Rush Limbaugh Gets SHUT DOWN | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Rush Limbaugh got a long overdue lesson on Thursday when a transgender caller, Tina, smacked down his use of the word "tranny."

While attempting to defend himself against the caller's claim that he is anti-transgender rights, Limbaugh as...

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Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica

Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

An antipornography campaign in China has netted many young female writers of danmei, erotic fiction focusing on relationships between gay men, a popular outlet for those seeking to escape stifling social identities, scholars say.


...Danmei is part of an ‘‘ongoing sexual revolution’’ with feminist characteristics in China, perhaps the country’s first, said a Chinese academic who requested anonymity. China is currently undergoing a crackdown on pornography that has netted danmei writers and website managers, and closed some sites, sexual rights advocates said. ‘‘The campaign is really having an impact,’’ the researcher said.



Creating and consuming danmei is a way for women to explore their long-repressed sexuality, said Ms. Jacobs.



‘‘I think Chinese culture is still harsh on women in terms of how far they can go in developing a fantasy life or erotic art forms,’’ she said. ‘‘I think they have to be very careful in coming out with their fantasies. The norm is stifling.’’


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Touch Isolation: How Homophobia Has Robbed All Men Of Touch -

Touch Isolation: How Homophobia Has Robbed All Men Of Touch - | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Mark Greene has one clear reason we should all fight for gay rights. Homophobic prohibitions against male touch are hurting straight men as well.
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Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter?

Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Within the LGBT community's activist sphere, marriage is also becoming increasingly boring, with few debates or arguments arising on the topic. Where the fireworks exist and are expanding is on the issue of gender: gender identity, gender expression, and gender roles. The more fundamental issues of sex and gender are now the locus of debate, and sides are being taken that are exposing increasingly contentious ideological positions.


This arose last week on one of my lists, where it was mentioned that RuPaul was using the slurs "tranny" and "shemale." RuPaul is the drag queen and host of RuPaul's Drag Race, and he identifies as a gay man.


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The Myth of Gay Affluence

The Myth of Gay Affluence | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.

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Poverty: one of the "rights" of being second class.

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Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
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“ From Beacon Press, a charming history of devotion: Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples, by Rodger Streitmatter. Among the couples...
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LGBT Mormons share their struggles - Salt Lake Tribune

LGBT Mormons share their struggles - Salt Lake Tribune | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
KUTV 2News LGBT Mormons share their struggles Salt Lake Tribune As president of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families and Friends, Randall Thacker has met many members of the LGBT community who have faced pain, frustration and confusion when...

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Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: 'I Am Tired of Lying by Omission' (Exclusive)

Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: 'I Am Tired of Lying by Omission' (Exclusive) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Ellen Page has come out as a gay woman.
The star of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past made the announcement in a moving and deeply personal speech delivered at Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth held at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Must Read: No such thing as porn 'addiction,' researchers say

Must Read: No such thing as porn 'addiction,' researchers say | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Journalists and psychologists are quick to describe someone as being a porn "addict," yet there's no strong scientific research that shows such addictions actually exists. So says a clinical psychologist in practice in a large behavioral health program.


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You *have* to read this!

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South Korea’s LGBT Community Is Fighting For Equal Rights

South Korea’s LGBT Community Is Fighting For Equal Rights | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
One prominent couple’s effort to get same-sex marriage recognized is helping to raise awareness in a mostly conservative country

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The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

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The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics, a new documentary-style film produced by Catholics for Choice, sets the record straight about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality.


“The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics” features interviews with leading experts in the fields of theology, philosophy and ethics who examine Catholic traditions, teachings and beliefs on the following key issues:

  • Abortion & Contraception
  • HIV & AIDS
  • Sex & Sexuality
  • New Reproductive Health Technologies
  • Religion in Public Policy

Download a discussion guide for the film.


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Great (short & concise) video clips that are worth watching ~ and sending to others.


(Includes marriage equality too.)

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A ray of light!

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A (Short) Primer on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and ...

A (Short) Primer on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and ... | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
The legal climate for LGBTQ rights is now the most fervent and dynamic in recent years. The latest case to garner media attention involves the unfair exclusion of a gay juror in an anti-trust case regarding the pricing of an HIV ...

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.