Alan Cumming This is What A Bisexual Activist Looks Like!
Alan Cumming This is What A Bisexual Activist Looks Like!
When I started typing this sentence, 11,970 people had used “f*ggot” on Twitter today.
When I started typing this sentence, that number was up to 11,982.
This fantastic, albeit horrifying website logs how many people use “f*aggot,” “no homo,” “d*ke” and “so gay” on Twitter every day in real time, including a feed of those tweets as they occur (TW for homophobia). The numbers are astounding.
Homophobic language is everywhere, all the time. This is the terrifying proof.
Oh, and by the time I finished this post - 12,077.
Today is Bi Visibility Day!
Every year since 1999, Bi Visibility Day, known in some places as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been recognized to “highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community.” There are events held around the world to celebrate - check the link above or your local LGBT news outlet for details about events near you.
Those of us who are bi sometimes get flak from both our straight and our gay or lesbian peers - some of them say we’re confused, closeted, or just really sexually motivated. They’re wrong, and it hurts us deeply. Some of us are bi, but are dating people of the opposite sex. That doesn’t make us any “less bi.”
We’re all in this together, and it’s important that we’re there for each other against the skeptics. Whether you’re bi and proud, starting to question, or just not sure where you stand in the alphabet spectrum, you’re not alone.
Today, I’m going to spend a little time thinking about how I’ve had lasting, meaningful relationships with both men and women, and how both kinds of relationships have shaped me as a person. What will you do?
Two more men seem to have been cured of HIV through bone marrow transplants, according to news out of the International AIDS Conference.
This is in addition to Timothy Brown, who earlier underwent similar treatment that seemed to have removed HIV from his body. Researchers are preparing to study other HIV-positive people who have undergone bone marrow transplants to look for similar results.
The two men who were being treated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for cases of cancer at different times. One of the men is in his 20s and was infected at birth, while the other man is in his 50s, and has been infected with HIV since the early 1980s. After each receiving bone marrow transplants, the men also remained on their antiretroviral medication regimens, according to NBC News.
Within eight months of their respective transplant surgeries, it was discovered that the patients’ cells were replaced by cells from the HIV-negative bone marrow donors. The men also now show no signs of HIV in their DNA or RNA. Levels of HIV antibodies have also decreased.
On May 17 of every year, the International Day Against Homophobia serves to unite people under the common causes of fighting homophobia and embracing acceptance and love for all people.
The theme of this year’s campaign is “Sexual diversity in the workplace: it pays off!” The idea is that LGBT people live and work all over the world and deserve the same rights and respect as their heterosexual coworkers.
The site linked above includes all kinds of background information about the day itself, the group in charge and resources you can turn to. Today’s a big day - make it count!
On Monday, protestors took to the streets in North Carolina to express their outrage at the passing of Amendment One. They’ll march every 14th of the month to keep it in people’s minds. More.
DEAR FOLLOWERS IN THE UK
I know I’ve posted about this several times before, but a follower has brought it to my attention the seriousness of the Coalition for Equal Marriage campaign.
A mere (roughly) 51,500 have voted FOR equal marriage, in comparison to the huge 475,000 people who have voted against it.
As most of you already know, I’m from the UK myself. This one campaign could potentially change the rest of my life and the lives of millions of LGBTQ* people living here.
Even if you’re not from the UK, please please please reblog this to spread the word to people who are so they can sign it.
Looks like those nasty ‘ex-gay’ signs will not be marring London buses.
Q.Just hours after plans for an anti-gay advert on London buses was announced, it has been pulled by Transport for London
Transport for London has refused to carryadverts which proposed that gay people could be ‘cured’ on its buses.
The campaign, a response to apro-gay advert currently running on the side of 1,000 buses from British LGB organization Stonewall, was booked to start on Monday (16 April) for two weeks.
Core Issues Trust’s advert was going to state ‘Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!’ and had been booked to appear on the side of 26 buses running past historic London landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral.
It mimicked the design and wording of the Stonewall campaign which reads: ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’
The Core Issues Trust funds ‘reparative therapy’ attempting to ‘cure’ gay Christians of their sexuality. It’s leader, Mike Davies, believes ‘homoerotic behavior is sinful’.
This kind of therapy has been condemned as ineffective and dangerous by professionals including the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The campaign was being backed by Anglican Mainstream, a homophobic protestant Christian group.
But while the Advertising Standards prevaricated over the campaign, Transport for London has intervened to ban the adverts.
Reports indicate that Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who has ultimate control of London’s transport network, may have stepped in to avoid the embarrassing advert appearing in the run-up to the mayoral election on 3 May.
A TfL spokesperson said: ‘This advertisement has just been brought to our attention by our advertising agency, CBSO and we have decided that it should not run on London’s bus or transport networks.
‘We do not believe that these specific ads are consistent with TfL’s commitment to a tolerant and inclusive London.
‘The adverts are not currently running on any London Buses and they will not do so.’