bialogue-group:

Please Help a Brother Out:  Come Fund Top Surgery for Bryan

By now practically everyone in the Queer Nation has heard the story of the really unfortunate incidents that occurred in March 2013 on the Washington Mall during the Supreme Court arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  

But do you know the real people who it happened to?  Well meet the guy who was holding the Trans* Flag that day.  

As Bryan Ellicott explains, what started as a happy and exciting day of LGBT Pride & History turned into his Supreme Court Marriage Rally Transphobic Experience From Hell when a staffer and one of the big Gay Inc. groups (ok so it was HRC again) became upset to see other than approved people and symbols cluttering up their photo-op moments and tried to run the riffraff off.  With Bryan his Flag suddenly thrust unwilling into a staring role as "unapproved riffraff".

A political activist for the progressive and LGBT community Bryan describes himself as an open and proud bisexual transman”. 

A native of Staten Island NY graduating from College of Staten Island with a BA in Poli Sci, he has interned in the offices of then City Council Speaker Christine Quinn,  and then Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. During 2012, he went out and worked in the Ohio OFA (Organizing for Action) office helping re-elect Obama to a second term and he was a campaign aid (LGBT Liaison) to Mel Wymore in his run for the New York City Council. Bryan is also a long-time board member of the Stonewall Democrats of New York City. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Bryan worked with FEMA doing Community Relations work.

In June of 2014 Bryan sued NYC for discrimination after he was ordered to use the wrong public pool locker room.

Says Bryan,

"the bulk of my work is in the LGBT community whether it be advocating for Marriage Equality across the country, calling out the need those who talk ill to me or any of my transgender brothers and sisters as well as my continued work for Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State or when it comes to people learning about bisexuality and not thinking those horrible myths are anything but that.”

When trouble came Bryan and his friends were there standing strong representing the the entire LGBT Community.  So while you are cheering the symbolism please also remember the actual person. Says Bryan,

"I wanted to ask you my brothers and sisters to help me in my journey. Top surgery is my next step toward the place I want to be.  Anything you can do to help me would be most appreciated and if you could share this with others that would be amazing as well.”

So what do you says people? He was there for us. Can you be there for him? Please click the link and Help Fund Top Surgery for Bryan.   Thanks

September 2014 (Update)
We’re almost there. Less than $1K!! Can you help?

Says Bryan, "Everyday I become more of the man I see myself too be … We have a short period of time but I am super excited too give me my dream. I need just a little more help and we are there”.

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Restaurant says they sell ‘straight’ ice cream, internet responds in the best way possible 
Italian restaurant appeared to be putting itself out as an alternative to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop from across the road in the West Village, New York.
A New York restaurant has decided to go down the rocky road of saying they serve ‘straight’ ice cream.
Italian venue Gallo Nero, which is located in New York’s West Village neighborhood, put up the sign over the weekend as a direct response to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop from across the road.
And when the gay shop heard about the sign, they tweeted a photo of it.
'If you pass by @galloneronyc maybe you could pop in & let em know what you think of this advertising campaign,' they said.
Responses to the pic include: ‘Apparently the “true taste of Italy” that @GalloNeroNYC creates is homophobia. Mmm…tasteless.’
'Wow! That is the most inappropriate ad I've seen in a long time! Obviously @biggayicecream must be a threat.'
'Funny how your homophobic ice cream is boring and @biggayicecream has fun flavors. A lot like life, huh?'
And on Yelp, the restaurant’s rating is plummetting over the sign.
One review includes: ‘Had spent the last few Saturday afternoons having some drinks at the bar with friends. If I knew how homophobic the management was, we would have never spent a dime there.
'The food sucks, but we thought the bar was welcoming enough for a drink. We won't make that mistake again. A pathetic excuse for a business in the west village.'
And another says: ‘Homophobia does not belong in new york. Don’t bother with a place that advertises it blatantly!’
'What's the issue?' a manager at the restaurant reportedly told Gothamist. 'We can call our ice cream whatever we want.'

Restaurant says they sell ‘straight’ ice cream, internet responds in the best way possible

Italian restaurant appeared to be putting itself out as an alternative to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop from across the road in the West Village, New York.

A New York restaurant has decided to go down the rocky road of saying they serve ‘straight’ ice cream.

Italian venue Gallo Nero, which is located in New York’s West Village neighborhood, put up the sign over the weekend as a direct response to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop from across the road.

And when the gay shop heard about the sign, they tweeted a photo of it.

'If you pass by @galloneronyc maybe you could pop in & let em know what you think of this advertising campaign,' they said.

Responses to the pic include: ‘Apparently the “true taste of Italy” that @GalloNeroNYC creates is homophobia. Mmm…tasteless.’

'Wow! That is the most inappropriate ad I've seen in a long time! Obviously @biggayicecream must be a threat.'

'Funny how your homophobic ice cream is boring and @biggayicecream has fun flavors. A lot like life, huh?'

And on Yelp, the restaurant’s rating is plummetting over the sign.

One review includes: ‘Had spent the last few Saturday afternoons having some drinks at the bar with friends. If I knew how homophobic the management was, we would have never spent a dime there.

'The food sucks, but we thought the bar was welcoming enough for a drink. We won't make that mistake again. A pathetic excuse for a business in the west village.'

And another says: ‘Homophobia does not belong in new york. Don’t bother with a place that advertises it blatantly!’

'What's the issue?' a manager at the restaurant reportedly told Gothamist. 'We can call our ice cream whatever we want.'

The Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John, who is the Church of England’s most senior out cleric, has now been shortlisted to become a Diocesan Bishop.

The Dean has been shortlist for the next Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, according to Christian Today.

It is understood that the former Bishop Nigel Stock, is now Bishop at Lambeth. and is working closely with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Although he is in a civil partnership with the Reverend Grant Holmes, Dr John is understood to live by the Church’s guidance, which is that gay clergy should remain celibate.

Dr John wrote for PinkNews in March that same-sex couples wishing to marry “have God’s blessing already”.

Back in January 2012, Dr John threatened to sue the Church of England unless it promoted him to bishop.

The 60-year-old was forced to give up his appointment as Bishop of Reading in 2003 due to his sexuality and was blocked from the post Bishop of Southwark in 2010.

Dr Jeffrey John was tipped for the position of Bishop of Durham in May 2013, although the Church denied this was the case.

The position, made vacant by the appointment of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury, went to Paul Butler.

Speaking in an Out4Marriage video last year, Dr John said: “If you are gay, then please understand that God made you as you are, and loves you as you are, and if you invite Him into your relationship, then of course He will bless you and sustain your love just as much as He blesses and sustains any other marriage.”

A decision by the House of Bishops, which has banned gay clergy from marrying.

A prominent Ugandan gay activist for more than 17 years has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today.

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere, co-founder of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, has been in the US since February and filed for asylum in May.

It was 1967, nearly two centuries after the Constitution was adopted, before the Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriage, thus protecting the liberty of individuals whose chosen life partner was of a different race. Now, nearly 50 years later, the arguments supporting the ban on interracial marriage seem an obvious pretext for racism; it must be hard for those who were not then of age to understand just how sincerely those views were held. When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination. Observers who are not now of age will wonder just how those views could have been held.
US District Judge Robert Hinkle, in the August 21 opinion against Florida’s same-sex marriage ban
today in things that should be super obvious:

samanticshift:

that “sjw” might be a troll if…

-they’re using the default tumblr theme

-they use every known sj tag under the sun

-a lot of those tags aren’t even related to the post

-they ID as an “amoeba-kin,” or some other -kin that isn’t otherkin

-(not that being otherkin or having an unusual kintype automatically makes someone a troll, but trolls really like picking on otherkin and usually claim to be otherkin of some type)

-they claim to support ideas/movements that directly contradict each other (“i’m a gender-experimental trans-critical radical feminist!”)

-they only follow a handful of well-known feminist blogs

-the blogs they follow would never ever get along (e.g. misandry-mermaid and transgender-harms-women)

-they end every sentence with multiple exclamation points!! to show how angry they are!!!

-their language is dated, rarely used in sj circles, and/or hyperbolic (“check your privilege,” “shitlord!!!” “DIE, CISHET WHITE SCUM”)

-their posts read like upvoted comments on tumblrinaction

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An anonymous Twitter user may have identified suspects wanted in connection with an attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia last week.

The Philadelphia Police Department released a photo and video of the suspects yesterday.

Within hours former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Greg Bennett tweeted a photo that showed a group of people at a restaurant wearing the same clothes as the suspects in the video.

He said he received the photo from ‘a friend of a friend’ but did not know where it had been taken. 

An anonymous Twitter user in South Jersey then re-uploaded the photo and his followers identified the setting as La Viola Italian restaurant, which is near to where the attack occurred.

He said he had identified the people in the photo by looking to see who had checked in to the restaurant on Facebook on the night of the attack and notified the police.

Philadelphia police officer Joe Murray sent a series of tweets that seemed to indicate the man had solved the case.

Later that night 6ABC radio station said some of the suspects had already retained lawyers who were making ‘arrangements’ with police before warrants were issued for their arrest.

The Twitter user said he will donate half of the $10,000 reward to LGBTI charities.

Anonymous asked: What about the other way around (opposite of binding) having dysphoria about not having breasts? What could inexpensively help us flat chested folk?

genderfluidity:

This post and this might be useful to you.

-Riam

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gaywrites:

The Green Bay Area School District in Wisconsin has banned bullying that targets students on the basis of gender identity. 

Following a move by another Wisconsin school district to make schools safer for trans students, Green Bay has acknowledged that students need to be protected on the basis of their gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. The district is also training staff on LGBT issues and developing ways to make GSAs more effective.

"We know there is bullying and harassment going on, and we want students to know that that is not acceptable," said Elizabeth Wetzel Gracyalny, a social worker at East High School and the district’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning coordinator.

"There wasn’t a special rule for making fun of kids for gender expression, and we wanted it to be in black and white. If we have a rule, we can say ‘This is a rule you are breaking.’"

In addition to the bullying policy, district officials are looking at other measures to make schools more accommodating for transgender students, such as gender-neutral bathrooms or special locker room accommodations. It’s working with a state advocacy group to make changes.

Yes, yes, yes. This everywhere, please. 

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noone-wouldriotforless:

rihannasblunt:

i expected the comments to be terrible BUT THEY WEREN’T YAAASSSSS NEW ZEALAND

Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by the people in our country

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Anonymous asked: fave lgbtqpia tumblrs?

transqueermediaexchange:

freelgbtqpia:

In no particular order:

projectqueer

transqueermediaexchange

unspeakablevice

fuckyeahlesbianliterature

bisexual-books

queerbookclub

bihistorygroup

bimagazine

gaywrites

dearnonacepeople

bad-pan-defs

pansexualfacts

beyondthebinaryuk

fandomsandfeminism

bi-colours

queermediarepresentation

lgbtlaughs

lgbtqblogs

tipsfortransfolks

fuckyeahintersex

therainbowhub

fuckyeahbiguys

anagnori

genderfork

genderoftheday

bi-characters

bisexualpoc

queermuseum

queerpublichistory

harmonyinkpress

riptidepublishing

bicommunitynews

autostraddle

originalplumbing

lgbtballetpride

This is the ones we could think of, we’ll add more when we’ve had a bit of a think, thanks for asking.

 

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