Alejandra González was the first openly-trans* candidate ever elected to public office in Chile, becoming a councillor in her home district of Lampa. A big step forward.
Sadly, the Mayor, Graciela Ortúzar, didn’t see it that way, and in a blatantly transphobic way insisted on using Alejandra’s former name and male pronouns and questioning her gender identity in council meetings. Continue reading “Chile:- Supreme Court Says No To Anti-LGBTQI Discrimination”
Time-limited online exhibitions seem to be a “thing” now, and New York photographer Bryson Rand has one, The Floating Bridge (NSFW) available until late February 2018, featuring photographs taken between 2014 and 2016. The exhibition takes its title from the book Chasing Horses by Yukio Mishima, from a passage where a man is about to die and recites a poem about crossing from the living world into heaven by a floating bridge.
This photograph, Paul (Brooklyn), is from 2015
The images reflect on the history of gay people and its weight in constructing a queer identity.
The photographs portray queer spaces such as nightclubs and gatherings in private apartments in New York City and Los Angeles.
“Just the act of making these pictures and showing something that tends to be ignored or hidden is a powerful political statement”
“The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling.”
Yeah, right. If you’re the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, that is. They’ve issued an open letter which expresses particular concern about trans kids. It’s a rather confused document, which denies the experience of thousands of people who have successfully transitioned.
Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults.
Continue reading “USA: – Catholic Bishops Trash The Trans Community and Gay Marriage…Again”
A year ago, this utility company advertising poster on a wall in a Berlin U-Bahn station might have been considered “provocative” and pushing a progressive social agenda. Now, it’s showcasing the new normal, as marriage in Germany is no longer defined by gender, and so it follows, neither are families. Fighting bigots for the right to same-sex marriage was about our being able to pitch our wedding reception tent on the enemy’s lawn, and with the law in place…well, now it’s our lawn too. Continue reading “Marriage and the Language of Visibility”
In a rather stylish video voiced by Laverne Cox, the ACLU and TIME have teamed up to present an animated history of the ongoing fight for transgender rights in the USA. It’s released at a time when President Trump has announced his ban on transgender people serving in the military and trans rights are facing new threats from state legislatures. Continue reading “Laverne Cox voices the story of the fight for transgender rights”