Berlin:- THEY – An Exhibition About Queer Identity đź—“

 

An exhibition about queer identity with the artists:
Amit Elan
Goodyn Green
Iwajla Klinke
Sadie Lee
Camilla Storgaard
Sergio Zevallos

“Only dead fish follow the stream”. This is agreed, but following the stream would certainly be a relief for those who are still forced to swim against the tide. The current drags those who have neither the need nor the necessity to resist. It is a privilege. There are also those who go with it against their will, concealing their differences so as not to be subjected to the judgment of others who, claiming righteousness, condemn them. Hiding, they suppress themselves and miss out on their own existence. Life becomes a knife whose handle is also a blade.

Then there are others, obviously courageous, who disclose themselves regardless. With the risk of being taunted, insulted or rebuffed, they lay themselves bare, knowing that the land can be shared. Continue reading “Berlin:- THEY – An Exhibition About Queer Identity đź—“”

Chile:- Supreme Court Says No To Anti-LGBTQI Discrimination

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 OrtĂşzar, 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”

USA: – Catholic Bishops Trash The Trans Community and Gay Marriage…Again

 

“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”

Marriage and the Language of Visibility

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”

Laverne Cox voices the story of the fight for transgender rights

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”

USA:- Wisconsin Is “Detransitioning” State Employees

For those of us who haven’t faced them, the indignities of wrestling with healthcare systems if you’re transgender are shocking when you hear about them.

Dr Cary Gabriel Costello, who’s a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, and who transitioned over a decade ago, says he and his wife are effectively being “detransitioned” by the State because of new employee benefit rules.

Republican-governed Wisconsin is reversing Obamacare provisions which – at last – meant insurance coverage for transition-related care for state employees; but that’s only where the story starts. Continue reading “USA:- Wisconsin Is “Detransitioning” State Employees”