In The Machinery of Whiteness: Studies in the Structure of Racialization, Steven Martinot outlines their definition of ethics in relation to anti-fascist activism and society as a whole. What is an ethics? Simply put, an ethics is what one thinks … Continue reading “What is Good for Me is Good for You” : The Imposition of Ethics
The tension between ace spectrum individuals (those who identify as asexual, aromantic, or similar variations) and those who identify as allosexual (those who experience sexual or romantic attraction and do not identify as ace) can be considered remnants of a … Continue reading The History of Closet Breaking Predicted the Backlash Against Ace Spectrum People
Articles have been written before about the 2011 study on transgender criminality which seems to “prove” that transgender women are just as prone to sexual assault as cisgender men. One of the researchers, Dr. Ceclia Dhejene, has already responded to those claims and stated that the research actually shows that health care for transgender people has actually gotten better over time and that there was no causal link between “male criminality” and transgender women.
However, the article that contains that interview, while comprehensive and informative, ignores one major factor. The study itself only considered the variable of whether or not the transgender person had SRS as a measure of transition, which leads to a whole bunch of new variables.
So the rumors have already spread about how the Orlando shooter, whose name I have purposefully chosen to omit, was a regular at the Pulse bar and kept a profile on a gay dating app. His behavior was irregular and unstable. He mentioned to the other patrons that he had a wife and child. He drank heavily and was aggressive toward the other patrons. He was heavily closeted, and heavily homophobic.
The reactions to the news have been mixed and troubling. Many feel as if the community will suffer as a result, that this will lead to many people blaming the LGBT community for, what to them, seems to be our own issue. The idea that our identity is the product of mental illness or inherent sin has been perpetuated for generations to the point where, in many people’s minds, these two concepts are inexplicably intertwined. However, the truth is more complicated than that.
I feel as if I am giving you all a massive disservice today. Had this event occurred in any other state, I might have a better, more well-researched article for you. But I am a queer Floridian, and I am … Continue reading The LGBT+ Community Will Not Bow to Terror, Because of Who We Are
I am very much afraid that the queer community will forget our collective past and let ourselves fall prey to the very things that generations before us have fought so hard to earn. I am scared when I see young trans people suffering. I feel way older than I am because of the things that I have seen. I will give up so much to make things better because the alternative is something I can’t live with. Don’t forget the past. Without it we can’t build our future. Continue reading A Short Post