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.
How are we supposed to demand respect and equality when, within our own community of types, we don't give the same? How can you ask a straight person to treat you right when you don't treat transgender people right? Or bisexuals or pansexuals—see, even the word "pansexual" is underlined in red. Well, you can't see it, but it is not an accepted word. Nor is it an accepted term, not to a lot of people.
WARNING: this article is not meant to bash anyone or any select group. This article is meant to bring to light an issue that is not talked about in the LGBT community, fashion industry, cosmetic industry, entertainment industry, and social media.
Despite actor Brad Pitt threatening to sue the organizers, backlash, and controversy, Boston's so-called "Straight Pride" took place Saturday. I wrote an article a month ago condemning this event and even wrote an open letter to straight people, well, most who felt like they needed an event to celebrate their sexuality. To read that article and my open letter to straight people, you can click the link below:
I once thought I was absolutely insane for feeling the way I did.
At this point, it’s hard to believe that using the internet to date, hook up, or cruise was once a complete novelty. These days, online dating is pretty much the default way to connect with other gay hunks when you’re in the mood to mingle, and with good reason. It’s convenient, it’s easy, and it’s fun—a total winning combo.
When I stepped off the plane in Atlanta, Georgia after 20 years away, I was transported back to my childhood by the I’m-home-again smell of pine needles in the air—memories of fireflies and mason jars, screened porches and crab grass. I was rudely awakened from my revelries by the racist invective spray-painted on the walls downtown. In spite of Atlanta’s metamorphosis into a vibrant, modern city, there remained a palatable discomfort of the “Star-bellied Sneetch” kind between the servers and diners in my lunch-spot, the staff and guests in my hotel, and honestly, in most places I went.
Am I invisible? I'm judged by my sexuality, ignorant assumptions. By friends, by family.