kottke.org posts about LGBTQ

Asexuality documentary

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 17, 2010

Over on Kickstarter, Angela Tucker is trying to raise the last $1500 she needs to edit her documentary on asexuality.

In 2000, David Jay came out to his parents. But they were surprised by what he told them. He was asexual. David knew he was not alone in his feelings. He bought the url for asexuality.org and soon, the forum he created for people to talk about their experiences as asexuals was abuzz around the globe online and on talk shows like The View. Inspired by the LGBT movement of the 1960s, Jay is growing the asexual movement. Other members of his community are skeptical that they are a part of the LGBT community. But Jay and experts, like Dan Savage, agree that asexuals are a sexual minority and therefore eligible. But are members of the sex-positive PRIDE march going to accept a group that has rejected sex?

Coming out in middle school

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 29, 2009

Gay and lesbian teens are coming out of the closet earlier and earlier with responses ranging from acceptance to “but you’re so young”.

Though most adolescents who come out do so in high school, sex researchers and counselors say that middle-school students are increasingly coming out to friends or family or to an adult in school. Just how they’re faring in a world that wasn’t expecting them — and that isn’t so sure a 12-year-old can know if he’s gay — is a complicated question that defies simple geographical explanations. Though gay kids in the South and in rural areas tend to have a harder time than those on the coasts, I met gay youth who were doing well in socially conservative areas like Tulsa and others in progressive cities who were afraid to come out.

Eight questions for Jonathan Rauch

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 04, 2009

A wide-ranging interview with the always interesting Jonathan Rauch. Topics include blogging, introversion, politics, and gay marriage.

America is divided on the meaning of marriage and is understandably cautious about tampering with an age-old, embattled institution. On the other hand, Americans are increasingly sympathetic to gay couples who are pledged to care for each other (and their children) but who are legal strangers to one another, a situation which just makes no sense.

On gay marriage, activists on both ends of the spectrum conspired against radical incrementalism. One side tried to ban gay marriage forever on every inch of American soil; the other side dreamed of mandating it nationally by court order. To its great credit, the country refused to be hustled. Instead it is taking the truly conservative approach, which is to try gay marriage in some places, without betting the whole country.

Gay marriage trends in the US

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 08, 2009

Nate Silver says that “voter initiatives to ban gay marriage are becoming harder and harder to pass every year” and uses a regression model to produce a listing of when the voters of each US state would vote against a marriage ban if given the chance. Some notables:

New York - 2009
Iowa - 2013
Utah - 2013
Kansas - 2015
Texas - 2018
Mississippi - 2024

Missed conception

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 13, 2009

Sperm travels up a dark tunnel and then…saying more would ruin the ending. Just watch:

I seriously LOL’d at the reveal. Slightly NSFW, I guess. (via house next door)

Update: The video was down earlier for some reason but now it’s back up.

Somebody who’s imaginary

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 14, 2008

Transgender Americans are finding increasing support for their gender identities in unusual places: the so-called red states. In a small Colorado city, parents and the school administration were initially upset with the transition of a student’s gender from boy to girl, but other students were not.

But on the first day of school, nothing happened. No flood of calls, no angry protests, and no bullying. Michelle was “happy and shocked” that M.J.’s classmates seemed to get it. When one student made a mocking comment to another using M.J.’s former name, one eighth-grade boy dismissed him with a simple insight. “That person doesn’t even exist anymore,” he said. “You’re talking about somebody who’s imaginary.”

(via clusterflock)

CA to gays: no marriage for you

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 05, 2008

Today is bittersweet…Obama got elected but it looks as though Proposition 8 will pass, banning gay marriage in California. Fuck you, California.

Update: Fuck you too, Arizona and Florida. Also, several people objected to the strong language I used here, saying that I can’t curse an entire state where many voted against the ban, it was all the Mormon Church’s fault, and in one case, that it was hypocritical of me as a New York resident to complain. You know what? I’m *upset* about this and a little profanity, a little lashing out, is totally fucking warranted.

Tyson Homosexual

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 02, 2008

You’ve likely seen this by now but I’ve got to link it up anyway because whenever I think about it, it makes me LOLL (laugh out loud, literally). The American Family Association automatically replaces words like “gay” with “homosexual” in the AP stories they display on their news site. When an American sprinter named Tyson Gay is in the news, the practice leads to hilarity.

Homosexual eases into 100 final at Olympic trials
Tyson Homosexual easily won his semifinal for the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and seemed to save something for the final later Sunday.

And on it goes…”On Saturday, Homosexual misjudged the finish in his opening heats…”, “Homosexual runs wind-aided 9.68 seconds to make Olympics…”, “Close call: Homosexual barely averts major flop in 100…” Fox News has applied the same technique to stories about suicide bombers…they changed all instances of that term to “homicide bombers”.

Clayton James Cubitt’s photographs of a manufactured

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 01, 2008

Clayton James Cubitt’s photographs of a manufactured vagina.

Male to female transsexual. This is a manufactured vagina. A Neovagina.

This is genital origami, the cock cut open, carved and folded, crafted by techniques with names like Penile Inversion, the Suporn Technique, and the Wilson Method. The head of the cock morphs into the neoclit. In some methods the scrotal skin becomes the neovaginal canal.

I don’t know which methods were used in the creation of this particular neovagina, but surely this is art of the highest caliber. Sculpture in flesh tissue and nerve bundles.

Amazing and NSFW.

This blog is collecting pictures of men

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 14, 2007

This blog is collecting pictures of men who look like old lesbians. More amusing than I thought it would be.

Order your Dumbledore pride tshirts, now available

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 22, 2007

Order your Dumbledore pride tshirts, now available in rainbow “I always knew” and “Wizards Are Gay” varieties.

Rita Skeeter J.K. Rowling:

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 21, 2007

Rita Skeeter J.K. Rowling:

Albus Dumbledore is gay and had fallen in love with fellow wizard and friend, Gellert Grindelwald.

Fan fiction writers, you know what to do.

100 hot women chosen by lesbians

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 08, 2007

Hot 100 women chosen by lesbians. A nice counterpoint to similar lists from Maxim and People.

Admit it, you already knew flamingos were gay. (thx, john)

posted by Jason Kottke   May 24, 2007

Admit it, you already knew flamingos were gay. (thx, john)

Ariel Levy tells us about her lesbian

posted by Jason Kottke   May 01, 2007

Ariel Levy tells us about her lesbian wedding that wasn’t really a wedding (it was “a party about love”) and her struggle to find something she could wear for it. “I also didn’t feel okay about spending all my free time on the phone with the flower guy and the tent man, or about making little checklists of who was coming, and who was not coming, and who was staying at the Goodstone Inn. And I definitely did not feel okay about telling the sales staff of half the better clothing retailers in New York City that I needed something fetching to wear to my big fat gay wedding.”

Lots of discussion online about this Garrison

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 16, 2007

Lots of discussion online about this Garrison Keillor piece in Salon where he seems to assert that gay parents shouldn’t be flamboyant and immigrants, while siring lovely children, don’t hold a candle to the white cowboys riding the plains. More than anything, this piece just confuses me…is he being truthful about his opinions or is he taking a less-than-successful swipe at himself and his outdated views? I can’t really tell…more than anything, it seems poorly written.

Jargon watch! Gaysted (adj.): “when heterosexual people

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 01, 2007

Jargon watch! Gaysted (adj.): “when heterosexual people get so wasted, they slip into seemingly gay acts”.

Some couples are waiting to get married

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 04, 2006

Some couples are waiting to get married until gays and lesbians have the right to marry.

A gay couple on a recent American

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 19, 2006

A gay couple on a recent American Airlines flight was told by a flight attendant to stop kissing and touching, then got the run-around from the chief flight attendant (who first told them that their behavior was perfectly fine and then reversed her stance after being asked if their sexuality is at issue), and was finally told by the captain to behave the plane will be diverted. The whole “shut up or you’ll get the full you’re-a-terrorist treatment with no recourse” vibe on the plane creeps me out. Something tells me this won’t get coverage in American Way next month.

Re: Jim Emerson’s list of films you

posted by Jason Kottke   May 18, 2006

Re: Jim Emerson’s list of films you should see to consider yourself movie literate, what are the essential gay/queer movies?

Star Trek’s Sulu, George Takei, comes out.

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 28, 2005

Star Trek’s Sulu, George Takei, comes out. First Swoopes and now this…the self esteem of young, gay, basketball-playing Trekkies must be skyrocketing. (I keed, but seriously, pro sports and sci-fi geeks could benefit from more confident & successful gay role models for young people who’re feeling less than confident with their sexuality.)

Sheryl Swoopes, a WNBA superstar, is the

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 27, 2005

Sheryl Swoopes, a WNBA superstar, is the most high-profile team sports athlete to come out of the closet.

Jimmy Swaggart: “I’ve never seen a man

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 23, 2004

Jimmy Swaggart:

I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God he died.

How Christian of him.