Every week I share a roundup of blog posts, articles, and news items that have caught my eye and may be of interest to the rest of the community. If you have anything that you think I should read, please don’t hesitate to share.
- The arrival of Olympic athletes in London caused gay meetup app Grindr to crash due to a sudden and dramatic increase in local traffic volume.
- Mattie Brice shares her perspective on the firestorm set off by Joe Peacock’s “fake geek girl” tirade on CNN, challenging the notion that anyone can arbitrate what it means to be a “real” geek, with a focus on how the issue parallels her experiences as a trans woman.
- Michelangelo Signorile argues that astronaut Sally Ride’s sexual orientation is a relevant topic of discussion, but must be addressed respectfully.
- The U.S. hosted this year’s International AIDS conference, and since sex workers and drug users cannot enter the United States without a special waiver,representatives from these groups have been effectively barred from the conference. Several groups of sex workers and their allies are, in response to this exclusion, hosting their own conference in Kolkata, India.
- [content note: homophobia] Office Depot has partnered with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to offer a line of products with anti-bullying messages. Unsurprisingly, the American Family Association has a problem with this.
- Carmen Carrera talks about her experience with transphobia on the TLC television show Cake Boss.
- Michael Denzel discusses what it means to be a queer ally as a straight man.
- Lana Wachowski (of the directorial duo responsible for The Matrix series and V For Vendetta) has come out as trans. The Wachowskis have also released a trailer for their latest film, Cloud Atlas.
- The Huffington Post introduces 23 openly queer Olympians competing in London. More Olympic athletes are out than ever before.
- Scarlett, Canada’s current reigning WCS Starcraft II champion, is a young trans woman on her way to the North American Championships.
- Carl Sandler muses on nonmonogamy and flexible models of commitment for gay men.
- Transgender Studies Quarterly has released its first call for submissions.
- [content note: gender essentialism] Sarah Pineault attempts to argue that Doctor Who could never be a woman, but commenters provide several powerful rebuttals.
- The Scholar & Feminist’s latest issue is called A New Queer Agenda, focussing on queer politics in and outside of academia.
–Chelsea Edgell: Communications & Promotions Coordinator