Hi, all! We're an LGBTQ university organization located in Puerto Rico (Inter American University - Metropolitan Campus). We're a bi-lingual group centered around education and promotion of tolerance dealing mainly in the LGBTQ community. However, we also like to make sure that our straight allies are accommodated so we do our best do discuss the spectrum of issues faced by EVERYONE in terms of sex, sexuality and gender.
Photos from protests for queer rights in the 80’s
As part of Crystal Bell’s NYU thesis project A Social OUTlet she released these photos via flickr from her brother’s personal collection.
A set of photos from a part of history that we may have never seen without social media.
This ALL KINDS of inappropriate.
- first of all, i doubt a bulk of that is even true. Why would she just up and decide to call her child by an entirely different name?
- also, KUDOS for not shoving gendered toys down your daughters throat.
- The fact that the tabloid was so BOLD as to put “IS IT HARMING THE 3 YEAR OLD?” astounds me. OF COURSE IT ISN’T. There’s nothing HARMFUL about not subscribing to gender binaries. That’s basically propagandist hate speech. and by basically, i mean it is hate speech. They make it seem like shiloh is going to grow up all fucked up and confused because her mom occasionally dressed her up in pants and a t-shirt instead of a dress with pink frills.
- what makes me the most mad, is that this probably isn’t even the case. it probably found that one picture, took it WAY outta context, and someone thought “i could use homophobia to turn this into a hot selling cover story!”
Transgender Awareness Week Infographic
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, our youth health center, The Borum, is highlighting some of the challenges faced by trans and gender nonconforming youth.
Though we still need more research to better reflect the diversity of trans youth’s experiences, what we know now clearly points to a need to do more to care for and empower them.
Learn more about Transgender Awareness Week: http://www.glaad.org/transawarenessweek
Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Latina Federal Judge
President Obama nominated three new federal judges yesterday, including openly gay Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, who currently serves on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Quiñones would be the first openly gay Latina to serve on the federal bench.
Looks like Obama does pretty well when it comes to the LGBT community and federal judgeships -
Judge Quiñones is the eighth openly gay life-tenured federal court judicial nominee named by President Obama, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Prior to the Obama Administration, only one openly gay individual had been confirmed to serve with lifetime tenure on our federal judiciary.
We were telling a story that was fundamentally about intolerance. We believed that it was important to have the strength of our convictions. And yes, we played it off as a punch line to a joke. But in a sense, that made it all the more potent.
Gay writer/director Chris Butler talks about his movie ParaNorman, the first animated film with a gay main character. This part of the film garnered some criticism from conservatives who were outraged to see another reiteration of the “gay agenda,” but here Butler and co-creator Sam Fell talk about why it was so important. More. (via gaywrites)
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I’M PANSEXUAL!? by sex-positive vlogger Laci Green.
“…No, I’m not attracted to everyone. That would be exhausting. I’m still concerned with someone’s values, what kind of person they are, what they’re doing with their life, how sexy I find them. It’s just that their genitals and gender identity and gender expression have nothing to do with those things for me.”
For World AIDS Day 2012 / Day With(out) Art, I offer this writing on how HIV and queer history impact me. —Ted Kerr
Before I knew Harvey Milk, I was digging Gran Fury. Before I knew Harry Hay, I was reading Sarah Schulman. Coming up in the world, AIDS was how I tapped into my queer heritage, how I began to learn my gay history.
And still, through AIDS activism I find myself, I am myself. Through AIDS I learn about feminism, and collectives, polamoury and sexual self-determination. AIDS helps me understand globalism, corruption, and the multiple ways that history works backwards, forwards and can be used as a hope for a future utopia. And the importance of bathhouses as centers for learning.
Immersing myself in the response to HIV is an ingoing crash course on intersectionality: how classism, racism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny and the prison industrial complex impact and exasperated a medical condition. As much as I understand AIDS activism is related to idea of a medical cure, for me it is also about so much more.
Increasingly I am aware, I am not alone in this way. We are in a moment of AIDS Crisis Revisitation. People, both living with HIV and not, are looking at the early response to HIV as a way to understand the past and navigate the present and the future. As we can see with the release of new films (United in Anger, How to Survive a Plague), and mounted retrospectives (General Idea, Gran Fury, Frank Moore) we are at a cultural moment where there is a desire to look back at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. There is both stomach, and heart to see what happened, to see what is happening.
It is a complicated reflex. It was a time wrought with pain and loss, both of which live on in how communities hard hit by HIV treat each other, and how we are treated by the state, the non profit industrial complex, and culture. In some ways we are largely neglected, feeling guilty, and confused about how to move forward.
And yet looking back can also be inspiring. It was also a time, in Schulman’s words, where groups of despised people fought back and saved each other’s lives. Activists demanded drugs into bodies faster. People rose up against the marginal places they had been placed and became leaders. Outsiders educated themselves and others to become the experts. For queer people is there anything more inspiring? What else in our collective, fractured, uncovering, histories can compete? And so, beyond the fact that HIV is first and foremost a virus, it has become the example, the symbol of the ways the queer body can be neglected, activated against, disregarded and hated. And how, when a group of queers come together (not even having to agree!) they can change the world for the better.
But we cannot linger only in the past. As the artist collective Little Elvis said long ago, AIDS IS NOT OVER. An important part of this moment of AIDS Crisis Revisitation is activists, and cultural workers are figuring out how to braid the past with the present to build futures. For me personally this means thinking of what happens after we learn how to eradicate the virus. A cure is for the body, so what about the body politic? How do we continue to harness the power of AIDS activism to make a better world for everyone? This is what I hope people thinking about World AIDS Day 2012.
There is a big HIV/AIDs problem here in Puerto Rico. I think it’s really important that people are aware and educated.