lgbtqia

LGBTQIA issues are fundamentally aligned with feminist ones; gender heteronormativity is dead.

  • Treva Bowdoin
    Published 9 months ago
    Willow Smith and 30 Other Bisexual Female Celebrities

    Willow Smith and 30 Other Bisexual Female Celebrities

    Willow Smith recently came out as bisexual. The 18-year-old daughter of Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith joins a growing list of young female celebrities who have opened up about having a non-heterosexual orientation, and she even revealed that her ideal relationship would be a polyfidelotous one with one woman and one man.
  • Skunk Uzeki
    Published 12 months ago
    10 Surprising Facts About Vintage LGBTQ Culture

    10 Surprising Facts About Vintage LGBTQ Culture

    It's official, being gay is okay. LGBTQ rights are human rights according to the law, and it's a wonderful thing. We now have the right to marry, be open about our sexuality without worrying about job termination, and we can also adopt.
  • Elouise Oldfield
    Published about a year ago
    The Bi Life: Coming Out as Bisexual

    The Bi Life: Coming Out as Bisexual

    As a young teen I was very shy, that student in the class that would go bright red if her name was called, and the one that always knew what work we needed to do. I was quiet, awkward, and anxious, always had a head full of thoughts, but said barely any of it. That is far from who I am now.
  • Lonely Allie .
    Published about a year ago
    To the Pretty Girls Who Wear Bow Ties

    To the Pretty Girls Who Wear Bow Ties

    Masculinity in women isn’t the same as masculinity in men.
  • Nicola P. Young
    Published about a year ago
    12 Holiday Gifts That Support LGBTQ Charities

    12 Holiday Gifts That Support LGBTQ Charities

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer individuals have made a lot of headway in the fight for equality. Prejudice, on institutional and individual levels, is far from eradicated, and there is plenty of work left to be done. Luckily, LGBTQ charities abound to fight together for a better future for everyone. That's why holiday gifts that support LGBTQ charities are a great way to take advantage of the holiday season, showing your support to the members and allies in your life while supporting the very organizations that are working to improve these lives across the globe. Pride Month, in June, is not the only time we should be talking about and supporting these important movements.
  • Mimi Pegden
    Published about a year ago
    Victoria’s Secret Is that She’s Transphobic

    Victoria’s Secret Is that She’s Transphobic

    It’s time to stop shopping at Victoria’s Secret.
  • Hannah Rose Pridgeon
    Published about a year ago
    Life as a Trans Woman

    Life as a Trans Woman

    Everyone fits in somewhere, and it happens that I fit in with people who identify in similar ways to me (as transgender or non-binary for instance). It isn't easy being out as transgender, it can get tough at times with us having fewer rights than many would think in modern day Britain and with the casual and everyday transphobia that is so often experienced by many. To make this post somewhat easier to understand, I'm going to split it up into two parts. The first part will be focusing on the rights that we have currently under UK law and the rights that are yet to be won. Then the second part will focus on everyday transphobia that is experienced by my community.
  • . Valentine .
    Published 2 years ago
    Oh, She's What?

    Oh, She's What?

    Being Pansexual.
  • Bri Colston
    Published 2 years ago
    Labels

    Labels

    Growing up, I didn't know I liked girls. I would look at someone who was gorgeous and just appreciate that. Never did I think to myself, "wow, that girl is so hot." And to be honest, I'm not sure when the thoughts evolved to that.
  • Katie Pevreall
    Published 2 years ago
    How to Cope When You Don't Feel Quite 'Gay Enough'

    How to Cope When You Don't Feel Quite 'Gay Enough'

    For years, something wasn't quite right. I was dating guys, a lot of guys actually, having serious relationships with them, one night stands (sorry mum) and just about everything in between, but it never really fit. I envied my straight, female friends who could feel truly attracted to a guy. In a room at a party, they could genuinely pick a boy they liked the look of above all the others. For me, every man invoked the same reaction which led to many confusing moments; Am I in love with everyone I know or no-one at all? No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't seem to look at a man and think holy damn I wanna tap that. No surprises, it's because I didn't want to.
  • Sophia-Helene Mees de Tricht
    Published 2 years ago
    On Womanhood

    On Womanhood

    “You are not a woman! And you never will be!”The words hit me like a slap in the face. And their volume. The crowd at the Mexican restaurant valiantly attempted to ignore my mother, who was making a scene. “I know who you are, and I know what you are and that’s all you’ll ever be!” My demure shock turned into anger like a time lapse video of an algae bloom.“You know nothing about me! You know what I let you know, and that’s it! Don’t you ever, ever…” and just as quickly, my anger passed. I found myself standing, preparing to leave the restaurant and walk the three miles of sidewalk-less forest road home.“Sit down, son.”“Stop. Calling. Me. That.”“Why? You’re my son.” Without a word, I started toward the door. My mother grabbed me by the sleeve.“Sit down.” Her voice was far more gentle than just moments ago. I swallow my pride and sit.“What makes you think you are a woman?” She asks me.“What makes you think you are?”“I can give birth. I have. To you.”“And the other four, whoever they are.”“Don’t get snotty.”“Sorry. Do you honestly think the ability to give birth is what makes you a woman?”“Ye…”“And that said, with the anguish that this has caused in our family, between us, do you really think it’s okay for you to just rub it in my face how I’ll never have children?”“Well, not with Samantha…”“No, mom. No. The problem wasn’t just Sam. She has her own things as well, but it wasn’t just her.”“What are you saying?”“I’m saying that the reason we tried and failed…” eight times, dear reader, “to have children wasn’t solely because of her own trauma.”There was a heavy silence. The tension built. Now it was my mother’s turn to get angry.“You told me she had an IUD.”“I lied.” I said, mirroring her tone. “Sam is a survivor. I’m not going to tell you the story, it’s not table talk, but if you ever feel like finding out, you should ask her. She didn’t change her number after she split. The point is that the problem is with me.”“Oh my god, that’s what this is about! This whole transgender thing is because of Sam leaving!”I make a face. “Are you joking? How would that help?”“I don’t know, I don’t understand anything about this.”“Well, let me explain.”“I don’t want to understand.”“Understand what, mother? Me? You don’t care to understand what is happening to me? You think you know all, that you can find the appropriate Bible passage and just pray really hard and it’ll all just float away?! Why do you think I am like this?!”“I DON’T! I THINK YOU’RE TRAUMATIZED FROM YOUR DIVORCE! I THINK YOU PRETENDING TO BE A WOMAN IS ALL ABOUT NOT FEELING LONELY ANYMORE!”“I’m not. In fact, I’ve accepted that I may never find someone to share my life. And I took it gladly in exchange for not feeling the weight of my dysphoria anymore.”“Oh my GOD! YOU ARE NOT A WOMAN!”“Yes,” I hissed at her, the restaurant not even attempting to not stare, “so you have said. Very loudly.”“It’s true!” Suddenly the anger was back. As if she, by virtue of having failed to force dad to wear a condom when she was 16, knew everything. I was done.“WHAT IS A WOMAN, MOTHER?!”
  • Stace Garratt
    Published 2 years ago
    Media Lesbians

    Media Lesbians

    We've all seen the shows with the token lesbian couple, or even the lesbian best friend in the film; oh, I wish life was like a sitcom sometimes. Many a time I've heard, both through watching these or in real life, "I'm giving up on men, I'll just become a lesbian instead, it's much easier." It is not. It is stressful and sometimes sexually clumsy, just how I imagine it is for straight people. Believe me, I haven't forgotten or neglected the wider LGBTQ+ community; I'm just speaking on behalf of myself, a lesbian.