[ My “Toying with History” paper could use an update, and it’s barely six months old. Instead of the Sisyphean prospect of updating my thesis paper, I’ll content my perfectionist self with periodically presenting stand-alone updates. ]
If I were the one reading this post, by now I’d be muttering that this list had better not just be about marriage equality. Definitely. If I had to pick, I would say the most urgent LGBT+ issue today is violence. Trans* women and men in particular deserve to be a whole lot safer than they are today in the United States.
As I argued in my thesis paper, visibility (and respectful representation) of a group in pop culture is a critical aspect of how member of that group are treated. This is why it is so valuable when people like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and Caitlyn Jenner speak up and give as many people as possible a chance to know more about the oft-ignored T in LGBT+.
That’s the big picture. It’s one thing to shout out YOU DO YOU, but we need to make that a safe rallying cry.
Earlier today I felt a distinct thud when reading a think piece about changing mores and gender expectations possibly (the writer posited) doing away with gaydar. What disappointed me was the fact that the entire article focused on cis men. It would only work within the paradigm that LGBT+ means that all non-straight persons are cis gay men. With all possible affection for the cis gay men I know, I would like to point out a Jezebel think piece titled The Myth of the Fag Hag and Dirty Secrets of the Gay Male Subculture.
Just as the history of feminism has periodically been besmirched by instances of racism and homophobia, so also do we need to face up to the occasional hypocrisy within LGBT+ rights movements. When I was reading the article I’m refusing to link to, I was hoping for some thing that spoke to the increasing mainstream visibility of bisexuality, femme lesbians, asexuality, and other LGBT+ groups who only escape aggression because they have been much less noticeable than the popular stereotypes about butch lesbians, gay men, and trans* men and women.
For more, you might start with Sasha Lotrian on femme invisibility in Why Visibility Matters.
Recently many feminists have been redesigning the gender-specifying silhouettes for bathrooms to contend that It Was Never a Dress. (I hope the logo update for Stuff Mom Never Told You sticks around for a while.)
That said, the first think I wondered when I saw these images was whether or not we’d ever redesign bathroom signs to be less of a microaggression for genderqueer humans.
For ballroom dancers, there’s the concept of ambidancetrous dancing. What happens when leaders and followers are determined by personal preference or experience rather than gender roles?
I started this post by describing it as an update to my thesis paper. The Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2014 Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby case came up several times in that paper. Despite its ruling on DOMA in 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States is also tackling marriage equality in 2015.
For a rundown of the proceedings thus far, here are a few options:
–How are states still arguing that marriage is about procreation?, Sarah Mirk, Bitch Magazine
(a brief intro)
–Backtalk: Baltimore Protests, Bruce Jenner, and Marriage Equality. (starts at 14:30), Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk, Bitch Magazine
(Jump to 14:30 for discussion of the SCOTUS hearing, though that isn’t to say the other topics are unimportant.)
–Gay Marriage 2015, Marcie Bianco, AfterEllen
(Begins lightly and then dives into transcripts of oral arguments from the SCOTUS hearing)
-On a lighter note, Kate McKinnon’s latest SNL skit as Justice Ginsburg is a delightful thing to watch online before reengaging with the analog world.