Category Archives: Link Roundups

This week in queer web content // April 18, 2013

  • Rob Watson explains why a “satirical” article about a couple putting their lesbian teen up for adoption isn’t really much of a joke at all.
  • MIT recently hosted a QUILTBAG Game Jam to encourage professionals and amateurs alike to make games with queer characters and themes. Check out the results!
  • Speaking of games, developer Dani Landers and trans gamers talk about using game characters and avatars to explore their gender identities prior to coming out.
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This Week in Queer Web Content // April 10, 2013

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This Week in Queer Web Content // March 21, 2013

Image by DeviantArtist InkySnowFox

Image by DeviantArtist InkySnowFox

QWOC Media celebrates ten awesome bisexual women of colour.

A Trekkie writes about why J.J. Abrams should include a gay character in Star Trek.

Virginia only just struck down its anti-sodomy law.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has declared that requiring trans people to undergo surgery in order to get their gender legally recognized constitutes torture.

A Republican Senator changed his mind about marriage equality in response to his son coming out as gay.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association produces maps that track gay rights and state-sponsored homophobia around the world.

Arizona lawmakers have introduced a bill that could see trans people prosecuted for using the washroom of their choice.

The Kangjiashimenji Petroglyphs are carvings in a massive red-basalt outcropping in the remote Xinjiang region of northwest China. The artwork includes the earliest depictions of copulation in the world, and features some diverse expressions of sexuality and gender.

A statistical analysis of support for gay rights in the United States reveals some interesting demographic trends.

Many prominent women’s colleges bar trans women from being considered for admission, despite having little justification for doing so.

Shockingly, the new Pope is not big on gay rights. We are all very surprised. He does, however have a history of endorsing same-sex civil unions, but not marriage  — making him the first Pope to demonstrate any willingness to discuss or compromise on the issue.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, unreservedly endorses marriage equality.

Companies in Bangalore are including more gender options on their recruitment forms, adding “Other” and “Not Specified” into the selection.

This week in queer web content // March 12, 2013

Jarrah Hodge analyzes the Government of Quebec’s anti-homophobia ad campaign.

For the first time in her 61-year reign, the Queen of England has expressed soft support for gender equality and gay rights.

A recent study shows that the children of gay couples are thriving.

A woman reflects on growing up gay and atheist in an evangelical community.

An update on the emerging frequency of gender-neutral bathrooms on Canadian university campuses.

Notch discusses the genderless world of Minecraft, and why people assume the default genderless avatar is male.

Tokyo Disney hosted its first gay wedding. Mickey and Minnie were on hand to celebrate, but the government of Japan does not recognize same-sex unions.

[Content note: the article contains excerpts from homophobic entertainment reviews from the 1940s.] Harlem’s iconic Ubangi jazz club — once famous as an anti-segregationist venue, and the home of butch sensation Gladys Bentley and her chorus of gay men —  is being demolished to make room for a new apartment building.

Folks around the web have mixed feelings about the straight student who proposed to his girlfriend during his drag performance in Arkansas, where gay couples cannot yet legally marry.

[Content note: suicide] In a tragic interplay between issues of civil rights, immigration and unemployment, a multi-national gay couple struggled to stay together despite their Canadian marriage not being recognized in France or the United States. After unemployment and the resulting lack of a work visa threatened once again to separate them, both men ended up taking their own lives.

This Week in Queer Web Content // March 4, 2013

A man is in custody after Mississippi’s first openly gay mayoral candidate was found murdered and his body dumped alongside a river.

The Canadian International Development Agency has come under fire for funding a religious group to do development work in Uganda — where the interference of North American evangelists has contributed to fostering homophobic sentiment and legislation — despite the fact that the group is publicly opposed to homosexuality. And as it turns out, this is not an uncommon scenario.

Massachusetts high schools are implementing rules to respect the rights of trans students.

Exciting new developments in the story of Batwoman, who was the first lesbian superhero to headline her own mainstream comic book series.

An Emerson College fraternity has raised more than $16000 to help one of their members pay for his top surgery, which highlights the hurdles facing trans people trying to access medical care.

A queer man muses on issues of consent in behaviour between friends.

The New York subway system has experienced a rash of incidents in which anti-gay evangelical preachers lecture crowds of commuters trapped on board. One gay man, though, had clearly had enough.

This Week in Queer Web Content // Feb 5, 2013

This Week in Queer Web Content is a roundup of blog posts, articles, and news items that caught our eyes and may be of interest to the rest of the PTS community. If you have anything that you think I should read, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments!

  • Queer Inquiries is a neat new podcast that covers topics such as discovering queerness, coming out, queer sex, masturbation, and the impact of TV and film on our understanding of ourselves.

This week in queer web content // October 30, 2012

 

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This week in queer web content // October 22, 2012

 

 

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This week in queer web content // October 11, 2012

 

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This week in queer web content // October 1, 2012

  • Laura Vivanco has been writing about feminism and queer issues in romance novels.
  • Morgan M Page writes about the need to include HIV in discussions of trans persons’ access to health care.
  • French legislators have proposed a law that would eliminate the words mother and father from official documents, and attempt to establish complete gender neutrality.
  • A discussion of coming-out processes, with a focus on the straight spouses of queer folks.
  • When Reddit users attempted to shame a Sikh woman for her unshorn facial hair, no one expected the woman herself to appear in the thread and lay the smackdown on intolerance levelled at her gender presentation.
  • Media Action Média (MAM) is running a YouTube video contest in an attempt to diversify media representations of women beyond the status quo of thin, white, straight, cis, conventionally attractive anglophones.
  • Check out this heart-warming satirical story inspired by two of the most important figures in American Christianity: the oft-cited Adam and Steve.
  • Git (a software version control system) is hostile to the possibility of contributor name changes. This presents a real problem for individuals who wish to change their names, including trans software developers. It is illustrative of a common issue in programming.
  • Anthony Esolen, Professor of English at Providence College, has published an impassioned and highly-intellectual plea for decency (AKA “gays, please get back in the closet”); Box Turtle Bulletin, however, is not in the mood for his crap.
  • Two trans activists are on hunger strike in a San Diego prison, protesting the isolation inherent in automatic single-cell status for trans women.
  • “The hundreds of verses regarding wealth and poverty offer a wealth of potential clobber verses — all far clearer and far stricter than any of those six brief mentions of stuff-that-sounds-sorta-gay.” – Fred Clark on homosexuality and the Bible.

 

Chelsea Edgell: Communications & Promotions Coordinator

613.563.4818

communications@ptsottawa.org