Masculinity in women isn’t the same as masculinity in men.
As February opens its door, it is once again the moment to celebrate Black History Month. Officially recognized as such since 1976, the second and literally shortest month of the year, if I might add, is the moment when we recognize the history and contribution of Black people in North America. Mostly celebrated in the United States, it, therefore, highlights the accomplishment of African Americans and their very unique culture. However, every year, I hear the same comment: "Why isn’t there a White History Month?’’ This article, as you can tell by the title, will explain just that. No, we don’t need White history month, and here’s why.
As I’m writing this, 2018 ended a few days ago. If you’re a gay little bean, I can definitely understand the pain you must feel knowing that we had to leave behind Twenty-Gay-Teen, but hold to your horses, or should I say unicorns, because 2019 is 2019 but it’s also Twenty-Bi-Teen, and it’s only starting! As a bi girl myself, I enjoyed 20GayTeen a whole lot, I discovered a few queer artists that I couldn’t imagine my life without, and I thought I’d share these discoveries with you all. Though I have two really great boys to mention, I am aware of the lack of male representation. I actually don’t listen to a lot of male artists so including some boys just for the sake of it didn’t feel genuine to me because I truly didn’t have many suggestions. I didn’t feel like doing a bunch of research just for the sake of this article. I wanted it to be as intimate and sincere as possible, if it makes sense.
On December 3rd, Tumblr announced that it would be removing all its mature content. With more than 441.4 million users as of October of this year, this platform is probably one of the few that hasn’t been invaded by middle-aged/old people, explaining why approximately 69 percent of its population can be considered a millennial. Even though literally millions of people are on this website, the fact that it is unknown from the majority of grown adults makes it feel like a safe space for a lot of its users, mostly young people from marginalized communities.
They are non-binary, she is aromantic. She is pansexual, he is asexual. Together, they are the "+." Without them, the "+" cannot exist. However, it keeps them silent and invisible. Even if multiple people in this group don't consider themselves "gay," to this day, most people call the LGBT+ community "the gay community," from ignorance or from lack of care. The reason? The last two letters are still hard to swallow. Lesbian, gay? Alright, that's fine. Bisexual? C'mon! Why don't you just choose one of the two genders, so we can call it a day. Transgender? You can't choose your gender, what is this? Taking that into consideration, it just makes sense that everything "after," which means the people included in the "+" are systematically invalidated. This then forces these people to wait their turn to speak, no matter how long it will take. In this article, I will try as best as I can, to give them the right to speak up about their experience.
As the common world becomes more and more accepting of differences of all sorts, the LGBTQ+ community is more and more accepted as a part of modern society and media. We can now watch TV shows and movies with more diverse characters. The trope of the feminine gay best friend who is always there to help the main female protagonist with her fashion crises, boyfriend troubles and girl drama is an over used yet, I guess, effective way to prove that your project is diverse, brilliant and avant-garde! However, you will notice that this character, on top of being a pure stereotype of your average homosexual man, is almost always thin, attractive...and white. When we get to see representation of queer folks, which is not so often anyways, these characters always look the same way: White; therefore, leaving people of colour behind. The intersection of transgender, gay and bisexual identities cross other ones in real life. So how long will we have to wait to see an Asian trans guy on TV? I don't know. Until then, I would like to let the people experiencing these intersections talk about their reality, because we simply cannot wait for the mainstream media to do it.