Tumblr this is a different poll on the same site. Come on guys we can fix this, it’s a disgrace.
GET CRACKIN’ HERE TUMBLR.
I recommend not looking at the comments, they’re pretty sickening
Let’s do this shit.
What a beautiful, horrifying summary of an ever-growing movement. I cried.
Today’s food for thought:
Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon was widely praised for coming out a few years back, but in a recent New York Times interview, she made comments about her sexuality that have drawn serious criticism - and some praise - from the LGBTQ community.
To avoid paraphrasing poorly, here’s the entire section that’s got everyone worked up:
“I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.” Her face was red and her arms were waving. “As you can tell,” she said, “I am very annoyed about this issue. Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”
It’s pretty obvious why people would be angry with Nixon for making this statement. Saying that being gay is a choice negates the “born this way” argument of equality by implying that a person could just as easily choose to be straight. If gays are choosing the identity, this implies, why give them equal rights when they could just opt out of being gay altogether?
The Slate article above digs deeply into the issue that’s presented here: not necessarily whether being gay is a choice or not, but whether we can accept choosing to be gay as a legitimate way of embracing the identity. Is it bigoted to be angry with someone who says they chose their sexuality? Do we have the right to define someone’s “gayness”?
I honestly don’t know how I feel about this yet, but I was definitely caught off guard at first read. What do you all think?
Of course it’s no one but Nixon’s choice to decide how she defines her sexuality, but I think the word “choice” is completely incorrect here. I don’t think it’s possible to choose your sexual preferences any more than it’s possible to choose who you crush on.
Some people, like Nixon, believe themselves to be attracted to one gender at one stage in their life, and then find themselves attracted to another later on. That’s totally normal, but to say that that is a choice (that you decide “I’m going to be attracted to women for a while”) is absurd. Whatever determines your sexual preference does so without your consent, so to speak, and saying that you “choose” your sexual preference delegitimizes the repressed who do not force themselves to be attracted to the gender society dictates they should be.
Being attracted to different genders throughout your life does not make your previous relationships any less legitimate if you were in love. People change, sexualities change. Some find that they have been repressed their true preferences, so find that their preferences has simply changed. But no one “chooses” to be attracted to men, women, or anything.
The word “choice” panders to some really idiotic homophobic notions, and it absolutely does not define sexual preference. Let’s be more careful with our words next time.
Breaking Prop 8 News of the Day: In a split 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco today declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage — known as Proposition 8 — unconstitutional.
“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” said the court in its ruling.
Proponents of the ban are expected to appeal today’s ruling either before a larger 9th Circuit panel, or skip that step and go straight to the Supreme Court.
The 9th Circuit Court’s decision was unlikely to have an immediate impact on similar bans in other states. Additionally, California’s ban of same-sex marriage remains in place while the appeals process is ongoing.
Breaking Same-Sex Marriage News of the Day: Maryland today officially became the first East Coast state below the Mason-Dixon line to legalize same-sex marriage.
Governor Martin O’Malley signed the state’s marriage equality bill this afternoon after the Maryland House and Senate passed the legislation on Feb. 17th and 23rd, respectively.
“For a free and diverse people, for people of many faiths, for people committed to the principal of religious freedom,” O’Malley said at the signing ceremony, “the way forward is always found through grater respect for human rights of all, through human dignity for all.”
Same-sex couples won’t be able to get married until January, when the law formally takes effect. Until then, there is still a chance opponents could successfully petition to have the issue placed on November’s ballot. To do so, they would need at least 55,736 valid signature from Maryland voters.
Seven states — CT, IA, MA, NH, NY, VT, WA — and Washington D.C. currently recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. However, Washington state’s newly signed bill still needs to fend off a the threat of referendum in order to take effect this June.
Gay rights activists: known universally for their awesome signs
I am a Christian, and I am currently reading the bible. I have not yet read anything stating homosexuality is a sin.
The last one. Win. XD
i love that last one especially..
what jesus didn’t say: obsess on your neighbor’s sex life and be a judgy judgerpants about it
what jesus DID say: be excellent to each other.
i mean… that’s a paraphrase. but you get it. :D
The Gay Rights Video That Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
I just teared up, this is really amazing. I want to see this.
This indeed gave the chills. To me, the older citizens are the most heart-breaking.
They’re lived through so much hope.
from left to right;
I am afraid to hold my boyfriend’s hand.
My friend’s parents sent her away.
I found death threats in my locker.
I submitted to electroshock therapy.
I lost half my friends after coming out.
My grandmother sends me hate mail.
My school won’t let me take my date to prom.
I am not here anymore.
My dad tried to beat it out of me.
No one is proud of me.