The Business of LGBT Rights

I recently came upon a Feministing article by Reina Gattuso. In her article, Gattuso critiques the capitalist exploitation of queer identities: Today in capitalism, I’m feeling meh about the commodification of queer identity. Most recent object of analysis: This Mic article about Levi’s 2016 Pride Line.The line, which does at least give a portion of profits to Harvey Milk Foundation, goes for queer dude denim looks and comes accessorized with colored bandanas a la queer and kink signaling sy … [Read more...]


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For the Children of the Latest Target Protestor

By now, you've probably seen this video of a mother of twelve walking through Target, Bible in hand, loudly condemning Target for its trans-inclusive bathroom policy.Here are some of the things the woman said as she walks through the store: “Mothers, get your children out of this store!”“Are you going to let the devil rape your children, America?”“Repent, wicked Target…the judgement of God is coming on this nation and Target!” According to a blogger who grew up with one of the i … [Read more...]


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ID to Pee?

I'm starting to run into people who say that they support trans bathroom access, but that they are still behind the American Family Association's boycott of Target, because Target's policy does nothing to prevent a male predator from falsely claiming to be trans and entering the women's bathroom. This is maddening on a whole host of levels, but has become pervasive enough that I feel the need to address it.Let me start by asking this: How would we go about allowing trans people to use the res … [Read more...]


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Why Breitbart’s Anti-Trans Top Twenty-Five Bathroom Predator Stories Are Bunk

The recent spate of laws barring trans bathroom access has hit home hard. I know the numbers, the percentages of trans people who attempt suicide or are harassed in the bathrooms, but I also have several trans and nonbinary friends I consider myself close to, and watching them walk through these past few months has been gut-wrenching. As the anti-trans panic has ratcheted up, I've become increasingly worried for my friends, and for other trans people like them. What few people seem to realize is … [Read more...]


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The Historical Context of Cruz’s Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill Ad

This week Donald Trump came out against the recent spate of anti-trans bathroom bills. Ted Cruz sensed an opportunity, and ran an incredibly offensive ad repeating the lie that allowing trans women to use the women's bathroom is a threat to women and children. It's interesting to note, though, who the ad is directed toward.https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/723294053056450560Here is the text displayed in the video: Should a grown man pretending to be a woman be allowed to use the … [Read more...]


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Making Bigotry Sound Beneficial: A Longstanding Tradition

Have you noticed how much the rhetoric has shifted vis a vis gay people over the past several decades? Yes, there are some conservative evangelicals (and others) who still use language reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s, but for many more, opposition to gay marriage or other gay rights initiatives has been rephrased in different ways. It's all, "we love gay people, we just think children need a mother and a father." Or, "we have gay friends, we just don't think it's right to force a baker to … [Read more...]


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Whatever Happened to Small Government Conservatives?

I recently came upon this on the AP: RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly is returning Wednesday to take up legislation that would attempt to override Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance that allows transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender identity.Legislative leaders announced Monday night the decision to reconvene a little over a week before the ordinance gets implemented April 1. They say three-fifths of the House and Senate members made the nece … [Read more...]


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