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mercedeslezzies:

I think this speaks for itself. Accepting a person doesn’t mean you get to put limits on their freedom. You can’t be an ally and want us to stop talking, or labeling, or demanding to be heard.  

Acceptance has no exceptions. Period. 

There is a big difference between acceptance and tolerance and I don’t think that many people realize that.

You tolerate a crying child. You tolerate a funny smell. You tolerate the person in class who won’t stop asking off-topic questions. Tolerance is not acceptance. Tolerance is the first tiny baby step toward acceptance, but tolerance should never be your end goal.

Learn to accept everyone.

When men imagine a female uprising, they imagine a world in which women rule men as men have ruled women.

Sally Kempton

I feel this is very important.

(via yourenotsylviaplath)

It’s been apparent to me for a while that most men can’t really imagine “equality.”  All they can imagine is having the existing power structure inverted.

I cannot decide whether this shows how unimaginative they are, or shows how aware they must be of what they do in order to so deeply fear having it turned on them.

(via lepetitmortpourmoi)

"Most men can’t really imagine “equality.”  All they can imagine is having the existing power structure inverted."

(via misandry-mermaid)

  • Men:

    If Orange is the New Black is so good with representation, why are all the men horrible?

  • Women:

    They're not all horrible. Bennett's nice. What more do you want?

  • Men:

    But he's clueless and irresponsible! And that's just ONE guy! How can you give me ONE decent male character in a slew of diverse female characters and call THAT representation?

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    ...must be tough.

fuckyeahsexeducation:

In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Supreme court has decided that employers can now decide if they want their insurance programs to cover birth control or not. The birth control that places like Hobby Lobby are wanting to not cover are the hormonal IUD which is also the most effective form of pregnancy prevention and used to treat many reproductive issues.

Not only that but they’ve decided that there will no longer be any kind of protection from protesters for patients going to clinics that offer abortion. 

If you want to do something about this, call your reps and complain, Join Planned Parenthood’s Campaign against this decision to not cover birth control, pledge to be a clinic defender, or become a clinic escort

As always, it helps to spread awareness and sex education!

imjustsayloring asked:

Recently I've seen a lot if GLBTQ instead of LGBTQ. Why is this and what's the difference?

bisexual-books:

The letters stand for the same words, however difference is historical.   

60’s and 70’s queer activism looked VERY different from what we have now.   In most cases groups of queer men were separate and focused on different issues than those activist groups populated by queer women.  Sometimes the groups were mixed, such as the Gay Liberation Front, which always had lesbian and bisexual women working in it, however gay was used as the umbrella term to mean everyone.   Lesbian was never used as an umbrella term. 

As these movements grew, shifted, changed, and merged over time, many adopted the terms Gay and Lesbian in their title, such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).  This was a way to show that the organization was indeed focused on queer women’s issues as well as those affecting gay men.   

But queer women noticed that it was always written as ‘Gay and Lesbian’.  Gay always came first.  Since lesbian and bisexual women’s activism at this time period was often rooted in or very strongly influenced by second wave feminism, Lesbians pointed out that always coming in second was really sexist.  So many groups changed the order of the words to demonstrate their commitment to fighting for greater lesbian visibility.   GLBT became LGBT.  Gay and Lesbian became Lesbian and Gay.   

Now changing a name doesn’t really mean that the group has actually taken any action to fight sexism in it’s ranks or changed their agenda.  But writing it as LGBTQ or LGBT or LGBTQIAP is often perceived as the literal definition of “least you can do” to show you care about queer women.    

I’d also like to add that you NEVER see BTLG or TBLG.   Lesbian and Gay ALWAYS comes first.  Just a little monosexism and transphobia cocktail.   That’s one of the reasons why historically bisexual and transgender movements have been so closely linked.   The Ls and Gs didn’t want us.  And even when we petitioned to have B and T added into the acronym for various organizations, it doesn’t mean these organizations did anything for us.   

But just speaking as me personally, whenever I see an organization describe itself as ‘Gay and Lesbian’ instead of LGBT/GLBT, I instinctively don’t trust it to represent bisexual people or issues.  If you can’t even be bothered to make a tiny change to your stationary, then you probably can’t be bothered to give a shit about bi people.  For example, I have a bone to pick with the Publishing Triangle Awards — they describe themselves as a Lesbian and Gay organization.  Oh bisexual people can be eligible for their book awards — bisexual women can win the lesbian award (Julia Serano was nominated this year) and bisexual men can win the gay award.  But they won’t change the name of their organization or their awards to acknowledge us.

So whenever I see ‘Gay and Lesbian’ this is me:

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 I know lesbians who feel the same way when they see GLBT instead of LGBT — why trust someone who is so committed to sexism that they can’t even be bothered to switch two letters?   

- Sarah 

nothing-rhymes-with-grantaire:

superqueerartsyblog:

a shortie about what I think should be improved when it comes to Pride festivals… visibility for everyone sure would be nice!

Yes! The amount of times that Chain and I were called “ladies” or “girls” by the STAFF working at Pride was kind of ridiculous, and Chain was even wearing a shirt that said “my gender is shut up” on it, so uh….

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