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Gender stereotypes are limiting our sons and our daughters

Patriarchal notions of manhood don’t just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That’s why organizations like the Representation Project are committed to advancing the discussion about how gender limits the freedoms of both women and men. They recognize that society’s gender ideals aren’t only damaging for women; they’re universally harmful.

Their latest video examines how stereotypes constrain all people from the moment they are born.

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Yes please and thank you with a cuppa Rosie

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker, right, got married to her partner yesterday. Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major city, has been in a relationship with Kathy Hubbard for 23 years. With gay marriage banned in Texas, the couple had to go to California to exchange vows—though she had previously said she would not get married until same-sex marriage was legal in her home state.

shortformblog:

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, right, got married to her partner yesterday. Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major city, has been in a relationship with Kathy Hubbard for 23 years. With gay marriage banned in Texas, the couple had to go to California to exchange vows—though she had previously said she would not get married until same-sex marriage was legal in her home state.

Connecticut Now Requires Health Insurers To Cover Gender Transition

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A big victory for trans rights: A lot of insurance companies refuse to cover gender reassignment surgery, but Connecticut ruled last week that all insurers in the state have to cover both the surgery and other treatments related to gender dysphoria, including hormone therapy and counseling. The determination was based on two existing laws: One banning discrimination based on gender identity, and one requiring insurers to cover mental health treatment. Gender dysphoria is listed as a mental health disorder in the latest DSM; while there are a lot of reasons one could reasonably be upset about this, the upshot is that it gave the Connecticut Insurance Department additional legal justification for bolstering the rights of trans folk in the state. 

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"…it’s very complicated. [Fun Home] was published by a mainstream publisher who had the confidence they could sell it. That’s never happened before…the cultural climate has changed. It’s possible to tell gay stories now in a way that it wasn’t, not so long ago in the mainstream."

Alison Bechdel, when asked by Newsweek in 2007 why she thought Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was getting so much mainstream attention. (via queerbetweenthelines)

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"If you are transgender, gay, lesbian, or bisexual, don’t hide
from yourself. Seek out other people. Sit and talk to people.
Don’t let yourself wither under the fear of not being accepted,
because there are people out there who are like you, who have
similar experiences, and they are there to listen and to help.”

— Emily Newberry ‘66

gaywrites:

Today is World AIDS Day. Observed every year on December 1, World AIDS Day is a chance to learn about HIV/AIDS and pledge to do all we can to stop it. This year’s theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” Learn more about what you can do here, and if you haven’t been tested, find your nearest testing location here

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SPOTTED: An LGBTQ collection featured in the entrance of the Lib. We can dig it.

SPOTTED: An LGBTQ collection featured in the entrance of the Lib. We can dig it.

buzzfeed:

This is how kids reacted when they were shown same-sex marriage proposal videos. Kids these days. 

We’re glad these kids get it…and we’re also glad this is in gif. form

"When somebody is wronged and they don’t stand up for themselves, they’re going to get wronged again"

John Lawrence, defendant in the landmark Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas in which laws prohibiting same-sex sodomy were declared unconstitutional.

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The final LGBT History Month featured activist is legal activist(s) John Lawrence and Tyron Garner! John Lawrence and Tyron Garner were defendants in the landmark Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas in which laws prohibiting same-sex sodomy were declared unconstitutional. The 2003 decision, based on the right to privacy, legalized consensual same-sex intimacy.