If you’re at all involved in the MOGAI community, you may have seen the concept of being “straight-passing” thrown around, especially in regards to bisexual people (but also possibly in relation to pansexual and asexual individuals). This is the idea that, because bisexual people can honestly enter into relationships with people not of their gender, they can pass as straight and thus enjoy more privileges than other members of the MOGAI community.
I hated shopping during the holiday season. I tried to avoid the hustle and bustle of people looking for the perfect dinner ideas. I especially hated this holiday season because I would be spending it alone. Looking at all the happy couples flooded my soul with a cocktail of emotions.
Everyone has a story to tell and today is the perfect day to share them with the world. Today is National Coming Out Day, which is observed every year on October 11th. It’s a day to celebrate coming out and also raising awareness for the LGBT community. Back then, coming out to your friends, family, colleagues, etc., wasn’t easy, and in most instances, you were disowned by them. I wrote an article about Boston’s so-called “straight pride” event over a month ago and I went in on them, especially when it first started making headlines and caused controversy. Many straight people still complain about why Pride Month, LGBT History Month, and LGBT rights exist. It’s because they are among the few groups of people who get discriminated against on a regular basis and are being refused services and other accommodations on religious grounds. October is LGBT History Month, so it’s very important to educate everyone of LGBT advocates, heroes, politicians, icons, past and present, of the sacrifices and positive actions they have done for everyone in that community. Before I share my coming out story, I want to point out a few things.
I don’t think it’s a secret that the MOGAI community is complicated, or that there are a lot of misconceptions about the many, many identities encompassed within that umbrella. From contention around the term "queer," to questions about what the “A” in "LGBTQIA+" stands for, there’s a lot to learn and remember and unpack—and a lot of misinformation to contend with. Moreover, when dealing with such a large community, it’s inevitable that you encounter differences of perspective and opinion, which unfortunately can turn heated.
I know I’ll come back. I made a promise. After I left her once, we didn’t text right? Well I decided to text her. Everything was good. Since that moment we texted, I knew everything was going to be okay with her. Catching up on our lives was beautiful, since we wasted three months not knowing what we are doing with our lives. Then I ask her:
Science says there is biological influences that determines someone's sexuality. But before I get into that I need to debunk the myth that there is a link between homosexuality and paedophilia. Paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder not a sexual orientation, and a sexual orientation is an attraction to a gender or a sex. Paedophiles are attracted to children. Children before gender specifically. A child is not a gender or a sex, it's an age group. Notice that there is an imbalance because an adult is sexually attracted to a child if he or she acts on it, and then is dangerous to the child. The child is too young to know what sexual consent is. Homosexuality is a consensual relationship between two people of the same sex/gender. Homosexuality is universal, but has been criminalized due to colonisation and religious intolerance
There has long been contentious and problematic language surrounding the LGBTQIA+ community. Even the aforementioned acronym can be controversial, as our understanding of non-heterosexual, non-cis/non-binary, and generally non-normative identities expand and more letters are needed to encompass the whole spectrum. One word often used for such an umbrella term is “queer,” but this isn’t universally accepted, either.
Good day (I’m African, so we must greet first even in an article.). I was watching this Breakfast club conversation about trans gender people and the LGBTQ+ community surrounding it. The focus is on the transgender community within African Americans. I have to say it was informative, and broadened my views about the topic as I had always thought that having no problem with LGBTQ+ people was an okay stance on the topic, but that has been until now.
There are so many genders than we once realized, and people tend to judge. People who aren't cisgender are normal and deserve love and acceptance. Gender and sexuality are more fluid these days, they're just not understood or talked about openly for fear of judgment. I'm writing this blog to educate those who are uneducated or curious (or both). So let's get started.
Whenever a celebrity comes out on social media, it seems like the comments are divided into three types of responses.
Pride has been in the news lately because it was pride month in June and a bunch of straight people wanted straight pride to be a thing. So let's dive in and see why pride is for LGBT+ and not straight people but first let's look at what pride is.