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This is an open letter by the first U.S. LGBTQI delegation to Palestine. It was composed after the delegation returned from their solidarity tour in the West Bank and Israel in January 2012. It is a letter worth reading and a petition worth signing. If you are a queer person or ally interested in standing in solidarity with the people of Palestine and Palestinian queers, please sign!

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Palestinian Queers for BDS Call upon all Queer groups, organizations and individuals around the world to Boycott the Apartheid State of Israel

masculinetoast:

By Palestinian Queers for BDS

“As Palestinian Queers, we see the Queer movements as political in their nature; and ones that analyze the intersections between different struggles, evaluate relations of power and try to challenge them. We firmly believe that fighting for the rights of oppressed and marginalized queer minorities cannot be separated from fighting against all forms of oppression around the world This is evident in the proud history of the queer movement worldwide, which has joined numerous global socio-political struggles against manifestations of oppression, imperialism, injustice, and discrimination wherever they exist. In continuation to this proud history, we Palestinian Queer activists, call upon the LGBTQI communities around the globe to stand for justice in Palestine through adopting and implementing broad boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until the latter has ended its multi-tiered oppression of the Palestinian people, in line with the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDS [1]”

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“Thus, we Palestinian queer activists call on Queer groups, organizations and individuals around the world to stand for justice and in the face of Israel’s pinkwashing efforts through joining the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with international law, and ends its occupation, colonization and apartheid. We call on you to:

  • Endorse the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDS, spread it in your Queer community.
  • Reject all invitations to speak at and collaborate with Israeli universities and institutions, in accordance with the guidelines for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel set by PACBI [2]
  • Campaign against all activities aiming to Pinkwash Israel’s crimes and oppression of the Palestinian people.
  • Organize in your respective communities to initiate BDS campaigns, or join existing ones.

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anotherfeminist:

applesarefuckinghealthy:

youcouldfakeamelody:

takenoverbyrocknroll:

justaguywitharrows:

Do you see this?
Do you see the number of things that are WRONG with this?
The fake slur, the beat up face, the TAG LINE. 
You know what this movie is? It’s speaking to every single fucking straightie (yes I just made that word up and it implies exactly the correct tone of condescension that I need right now) who feels ~*so*~ oppressed by queer people, ~*so victimized*~, and most importantly so threatened by our existence, by our refusal to shut up, by our refusal to disappear, by our insistence on our rights, by our celebration of ourselves. Well fuck you. 
And don’t even get me started on the tag line. “How would you live if you couldn’t love?” I wonder— OH WAIT. OH. FUCKING. WAIT. WOW. GEE. I JUST HAVE NO IDEA IT’S NOT LIKE THAT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TO REAL PEOPLE. 
Fuck. 
I’m so fucking incensed. Maybe you should feel threatened. Maybe queer people are coming for you. We’re coming for your cushy straight heteronormative lifestyle and nothing about your shitty world is ever going to be the same. 

This is the summary according to IMDB:
Love is All You Need? tells the story of Ashley, a young teen who is raised in the picture perfect all-American family with two moms, two grandpas, two uncles, and a little brother. But Ashley has a problem, she has a crush on a boy at school, which is against everything this world has ever taught her. This undeniable attraction to the opposite sex causes her to be the constant target of verbal and physical abuse until she is driven to a tragic end. This film hopes to shed light onto the highly controversial issue of human and equal rights in the LBGT Community, and also raise awareness to our current world as to the obstacles that this community faces.

I just love reading the comments from people who are flipping shit because they didn’t take the time to see what it’s actually trying to do…

lol no do not talk down to all of us who are angry about this
instead take a seat and think about what you’re saying
the way they are going to get straight people to care about the gsm communities
is to recast themselves as victims
make the abused into abusers
oppressed into oppressors
appropriate our stories as their stories?????
instead of you know actually shooting a movie about actual queer people????

I have mixed feelings about this. Looks interesting, but I gotta say something hurt inside when the trailer introduces us into this alternate universe in which “GAY is NORMAL”. I know homosexuality is not the norm in our current society and maybe that’s why they chose to use that word… but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel anything when gay is adressed as something unusual.

applesarefuckinghealthy said it all. 
This movie is not being made in order to educate straight people on queer issues. And it sure as fuck isn’t being made for the queer community. 
Straight people do not get to come in and appropriate my experiences or the experiences of anyone else in the queer community and then call it education. You don’t get to watch this fucking movie and then pat yourself on the back for being a good ally.
Any straight person who can watch this movie without throwing something at the screen or puking is no fucking ally of mine. 

anotherfeminist:

applesarefuckinghealthy:

youcouldfakeamelody:

takenoverbyrocknroll:

justaguywitharrows:

Do you see this?

Do you see the number of things that are WRONG with this?

The fake slur, the beat up face, the TAG LINE. 

You know what this movie is? It’s speaking to every single fucking straightie (yes I just made that word up and it implies exactly the correct tone of condescension that I need right now) who feels ~*so*~ oppressed by queer people, ~*so victimized*~, and most importantly so threatened by our existence, by our refusal to shut up, by our refusal to disappear, by our insistence on our rights, by our celebration of ourselves. Well fuck you. 

And don’t even get me started on the tag line. “How would you live if you couldn’t love?” I wonder— OH WAIT. OH. FUCKING. WAIT. WOW. GEE. I JUST HAVE NO IDEA IT’S NOT LIKE THAT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TO REAL PEOPLE. 

Fuck. 

I’m so fucking incensed. Maybe you should feel threatened. Maybe queer people are coming for you. We’re coming for your cushy straight heteronormative lifestyle and nothing about your shitty world is ever going to be the same. 

This is the summary according to IMDB:

Love is All You Need? tells the story of Ashley, a young teen who is raised in the picture perfect all-American family with two moms, two grandpas, two uncles, and a little brother. But Ashley has a problem, she has a crush on a boy at school, which is against everything this world has ever taught her. This undeniable attraction to the opposite sex causes her to be the constant target of verbal and physical abuse until she is driven to a tragic end. This film hopes to shed light onto the highly controversial issue of human and equal rights in the LBGT Community, and also raise awareness to our current world as to the obstacles that this community faces.

I just love reading the comments from people who are flipping shit because they didn’t take the time to see what it’s actually trying to do…

lol no do not talk down to all of us who are angry about this

instead take a seat and think about what you’re saying

the way they are going to get straight people to care about the gsm communities

is to recast themselves as victims

make the abused into abusers

oppressed into oppressors

appropriate our stories as their stories?????

instead of you know actually shooting a movie about actual queer people????

I have mixed feelings about this. Looks interesting, but I gotta say something hurt inside when the trailer introduces us into this alternate universe in which “GAY is NORMAL”. I know homosexuality is not the norm in our current society and maybe that’s why they chose to use that word… but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel anything when gay is adressed as something unusual.

applesarefuckinghealthy said it all. 

This movie is not being made in order to educate straight people on queer issues. And it sure as fuck isn’t being made for the queer community. 

Straight people do not get to come in and appropriate my experiences or the experiences of anyone else in the queer community and then call it education. You don’t get to watch this fucking movie and then pat yourself on the back for being a good ally.

Any straight person who can watch this movie without throwing something at the screen or puking is no fucking ally of mine. 

(Source: missivesfromghosts)

Filed under rage heterosexuals you need to fucking check yourselves queer lgbt lgbtq lgbtqi film

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sinidentidades:

Why I identify as queer rather than gay
There are several reasons why I choose to identify as queer rather than gay. 
1. I reject heteronormativity and homonormativity. 
2. My sexuality isn’t really covered under the label gay.
3. It’s a pejorative term that I’m taking back. 
4. I prefer the term queer to gay or any of the variants of the acronym describing the queer community because it’s more open and less exclusive sounding to me. 
5. I reject the exclusive, mainstream gay rights movement because all it does is perpetuate this notion that we, as a community, require state sanction, can only gain liberation via lobbying groups like the HRC, and creates a space where trans* people and people of color aren’t really thought of as being integral to the community [see ENDA, and how the HRC dropped the protections for trans* folks to get it passed]. 

sinidentidades:

Why I identify as queer rather than gay

There are several reasons why I choose to identify as queer rather than gay

1. I reject heteronormativity and homonormativity. 

2. My sexuality isn’t really covered under the label gay.

3. It’s a pejorative term that I’m taking back. 

4. I prefer the term queer to gay or any of the variants of the acronym describing the queer community because it’s more open and less exclusive sounding to me. 

5. I reject the exclusive, mainstream gay rights movement because all it does is perpetuate this notion that we, as a community, require state sanction, can only gain liberation via lobbying groups like the HRC, and creates a space where trans* people and people of color aren’t really thought of as being integral to the community [see ENDA, and how the HRC dropped the protections for trans* folks to get it passed]. 

(via getouttaqueer)

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glaad:

Violence Against Transgender People and People of Color is Disproportionately High, LGBTQH Murder Rate Peaks
The murder rate of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) is at its highest, according to a recently released 2011 report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). The report also shows that transgender women, people of color, and youth and young adults are at a disproportionately high risk of being victims of what the NCAVP terms hate violence.
PLEASE SHARE.

glaad:

Violence Against Transgender People and People of Color is Disproportionately High, LGBTQH Murder Rate Peaks

The murder rate of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) is at its highest, according to a recently released 2011 report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). The report also shows that transgender women, people of color, and youth and young adults are at a disproportionately high risk of being victims of what the NCAVP terms hate violence.

PLEASE SHARE.

(via sanityscraps)

Filed under lgbt lgbtq lgbtqi lesbian gay bisexual trans* rage qpoc queer tw: murder violence hate crimes

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queerandpresentdanger:

pleakleyispretty:

dearjimmoriarty:

bittergrapes:

ad-mirandam:

(z) In which I weep for humanity…

Yeeeeep that’s right folks! Doesn’t matter that people are homeless and DYING as long as a certain group within the community gets to marry!!!!

You see, marriage is a magic institution that solves everything!
Hmmm, where have I heard that before?

If you see nothing wrong with this, I don’t know what to tell you…

It’s not surprising the two with the most mainstream media coverage are the highest. Gross.

queerandpresentdanger:

pleakleyispretty:

dearjimmoriarty:

bittergrapes:

ad-mirandam:

(z) In which I weep for humanity…

Yeeeeep that’s right folks! Doesn’t matter that people are homeless and DYING as long as a certain group within the community gets to marry!!!!

You see, marriage is a magic institution that solves everything!

Hmmm, where have I heard that before?

If you see nothing wrong with this, I don’t know what to tell you…

It’s not surprising the two with the most mainstream media coverage are the highest. Gross.

(Source: megidophilia)

Filed under lgbt lgbtq lgbtqi queer activism rage critical thinking ugh poll huffington post

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so-treu:

trubr0wn:

widdershinsgirl:

littlemisslillykat:

homosexualintellectual:

Trans* rights in the United States. See a problem here?

& This is why I wont move off the west coast!

Nor I out of Minnesota!!!

just in case you folks don’t quite understand the implications of “employment discrimination” and “housing discrimination” i will break it down for you:

it means you can be FIRED from your job, no matter HOW long you’ve been working there or how great an employee you are, for NO other reason, and it means you can be KICKED OUT OF YOUR HOUSE AND/OR EVICTED for NO OTHER REASON. it means you can be DENIED a job SOLELY because you are trans* and it means you can be denied a home SOLELY because you are trans*. and it is COMPLETELY LEGAL.

mass only recently ended this with the trans* rights bill we passed just a few months ago.

i hope you understand that the legal sanctioning of stripping BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS from trans* people is DIRECTLY CORRELATED with the outrageously high homelessness and SUICIDE rates of trans* people. THIS is part of why over 50% of trans* people UNDER 20 have attempted suicide, many successfully. 50 FUCKING PERCENT.

this is not just discrimination. this is STRIPPING people of their HUMANITY and ENDORSING their deaths. this is borderline LEGAL GENOCIDE.

why i’m not at all impressed w/ Obama’s “groundbreaking” stance on gay marriage.

(Source: queerpunkhamlet, via socialistexan)

Filed under discrimination trans* trans* rights lgbt lgbtq lgbtqi queer activism important trans* people

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I finally figured out a term for this

queerandpresentdanger:

ceepolk:

dolgematki:

fromonesurvivortoanother:

You know how white liberal people are so quick to support gay marriage, but then they completely ignore things like violence against GSM people of color, or higher rates of GSM youth incarceration, abuse, and homelessness, or there being no legal protections for being fired or evicted for being gay or non-binary?

TRICKLE DOWN JUSTICE

Like I believe marriage is important— especially the legal protections and privileges it comes with. But when people are regularly dying and being abused because they are not hetero or cisgender, and no one wants to talk about it…that’s Trickle Down Justice. Because the impression is that getting this one single goal will suddenly make things better, and that these are the only “rights” people need to fight for. We don’t want to be critical of our society and how things like race, gender, and class affect how a trans person of color is treated. Or how there are a ton of homeless Queer youth. Or how marriage in general is still very flawed and assimilationist.

We don’t want to admit that this “big step” we are fighting for is only really going to help a small subset of the actual LGBT population.

This is something to think about.

…Trickle Down Justice

That’s perfect

and the comparison to urine doesn’t even miss a beat

Dean Spade actually has a really great theory about this called Trickle-Up Social Justice (link is to video)

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