thecsph:

everyoneisgay:

The National Gay Blood Drive, coming to a city near you…

You guys!!!

Did you know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to ban gay and bisexual men from donating blood, even though we’re now able to test blood for HIV in a few hours?! Well, they do.

On July 11 (this Friday!!), the National Gay Blood Drive will protest this ban by having gay and bisexual men bring allies to donate in their place. 

Learn more on National Gay Blood Drive’s Website and Facebook!

This is important work! Show your support!

xo, 
K&D

Donate TODAY!

gaywrites:

Some of the biggest LGBT organizations in the field have formally dropped their support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because it allows an exemption for religiously-affiliated employers and institutions. 

The organizations who cosigned this announcement are the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the ACLU, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Transgender Law Center. Their statement reads that ENDA’s religious exemption clause has long been a source of concern, but “the Supreme Court’s decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has made it clear that religious exemption provisions are ‘no longer tenable.’”

ENDA has been around for decades and reintroduced in many forms, but it has yet to make any real progress in Congress. These organizations say that if it passes as is, it will still leave a substantial number of LGBT employees without workplace protections.

"Moreover, it actually might lessen non-discrimination protections now provided for LGBT people by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and very likely would generate confusion rather than clarity in federal law," they wrote Tuesday. "Finally, such a discrimination provision in federal law likely would invite states and municipalities to follow the unequal federal lead." …

“Federal legislation to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination is way beyond overdue, but Congress has no place giving religiously affiliated employers a license to discriminate against LGBT workers,” said Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. ”We can no longer support a bill that treats LGBT discrimination as different and somehow more legitimate than other forms of discrimination.”

This could be a serious game-changer. The biggest name in the LGBT game, obviously and unfortunately, is the Human Rights Campaign. ENDA is huge for them right now, which is why we haven’t heard from them yet (and possibly won’t at all). If they come forward with an announcement, that’ll be an even bigger deal.

The absence of any religious exemptions in a potential new ENDA might make it even harder for workplace equality to pass (or even come up for a vote) in a Republican-dominated House, but considering it wasn’t moving as is, at the very least we can hope for a new version that doesn’t deliberately leave some of us out. Even if it takes forever to move, we’ll all be able to stand behind it proudly, knowing we’re not throwing LGBT workers from religious organizations under the bus in the process. 

» Surprise, Study Confirms Hiring Discrimination Against LGBT People Is Real

autostraddle:

Surprise, Study Confirms Hiring Discrimination Against LGBT People Is Real

The Equal Rights Center has found — perhaps unsurprisingly, but nonetheless, depressingly — that people who indicate that they have worked for LGBT causes on their resumes are 23% less likely to land a job interview than people who don’t.

Only if you left your Autostraddle internship off your CV... via Shutterstock

Only if you left your Autostraddle internship off your CV… via Shutterstock

The study sent resumes of nonexistent peopleto over 100 different openings at eight…

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fandomsandfeminism:

zotikus:

TEXAS REPUBLICANS PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR “CURE THE GAYS” PLATFORM

PEOPLE NEED TO BECOME AWARE OF THIS. these “therapy” programs are NOT IN ANY WAY SAFE AND NEED TO BE OUTLAWED

THESE PROGRAMS TRY TO “CURE” LGBT TEENS, ADULTS, AND CHECK THIS OUT.

A TWELVE YEAR OLD CHILD.

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS.

THIS CANT HAPPEN.

This is my home state. This is where I live. My community is allowing this to happen, and it is fucking terrifying beyond reason.

(Source: aboutmook)

jesusinc:

Imagine you’re 16 and you’ve just realized you might be gay. You’re being bullied, so reach out to your school for help – they send you to a chaplain. He says that being gay is a disease and you need to be cured.

Sound outrageous? The Australian government has just decided that’s what should happen in schools all over the country. The Federal Budget was just released with $245 million to send chaplains from anti-gay religious groups into schools instead of qualified social workers.

There’s still a chance to stop it. The Opposition is about to decide if they should pass the budget in full, seek to amend it or block it entirely. If this secret religious agenda doesn’t make headlines, it could be forgotten and passed without debate.

Help raise the alarm and stop tax money from being spent to bully vulnerable students. We only have days.
Join me and sign the petition here

This is straight up disgusting and I want to fucking kill every cishet christian politician that ever existed

lightning-st0rm:

pearlmito:

smootymormonhelldream:

stripedsilverfeline:

anti-clerical:

ramirezbundydahmer:

When the Nazi concentration camps were liberated by the Allies, it was a time of great jubilation for the tens of thousands of people incarcerated in them. But an often forgotten fact of this time is that prisoners who happened to be wearing the pink triangle (the Nazis’ way of marking and identifying homosexuals) were forced to serve out the rest of their sentence. This was due to a part of German law simply known as “Paragraph 175” which criminalized homosexuality. The law wasn’t repealed until 1969.

This should be required learning, internationally. 

You need to know this. You need to remember this. This is not something to swept under the carpet nor be forgotten. 

Never. Too many have died for the way they have loved. That needs stop now. 

Make it stop

I did a report on this in my World History class my sophomore year of high school. It was incredibly unsettling.

My teacher shown the class this. Mostly everyone in the class felt uncomfortable. 

I have reblogged this in the past, but it is so ironic that it comes across my dash right now. I a currently working as a docent at my city’s Holocaust Education Center (( I say currently because I’ve also done research and translation for them )) and our current exhibit is one on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ((USHMM)). This is a little known historical fact that Paragraph 175 was not repealed after the war and those convicted under Nazi laws as a danger to society because they were gay were not released because they had be convicted in a court of law. There was no liberation or justice for them as they weren’t considered criminals, or even victims for that matter. They were criminals who remained persecuted and ostracized and kept on the fringes of society for decades after the war had been won. Paragraph 175 wasn’t actually repealed until 1994. And it was only in May 2002, that the German parliament completed legislation to pardon all homosexuals convicted under Paragraph 175 during the Nazi era. History has forgotten about these men and women — please educate yourselves so this does not happen again. Remember this history. Remember them.

a-little-bi-furious:

bisexualsaregreat:

The word ‘bisexual’ is still blocked on Google.

The word ‘bisexual’ is still blocked on Google.

The word ‘bisexual’ is still blocked on Google.

If you haven’t signed the change.org petition yet, sign it now

Boosting because young bisexuals are told to google for resources and to find a bi community and the word is blocked because it’s considered dirty.

fuckyeahsexeducation:

TW: Sexual assault, rape, and relationship abuse

bisexual-community:

White House launches LGBT-inclusive Sexual Assault Resources

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month came to a close, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault has created and compiled resources for young adults—-and they’re LGBT inclusive.

Notalone.gov was launched on Tuesday to help connect students, schools, and advocates with resources for preventing and responding to sexual violence on school environments.

The website provides a crisis service locater; information on survivors’ and students’ rights, and how to file a complaint; and a school-by-school enforcement map.

Additionally, under the site’s "Resources" tab is a section dedicated to LGBT survivors. According to the page:

  • 13.2% of bisexual men and 11.6% of gay men were raped in adulthood, compared to 1.6% of heterosexual men
  • 46% of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 13% of lesbians and 7% of heterosexual women
  • More than 25% of transgender individuals had been sexually assaulted after the age of 13

Provided below these statistics are information about the Trevor Project Helpline, Forge, the Northwest Network, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, LGBTQ health, Health Resources and Services Administration, top health issues for LGBT populations information and resource kit, Native Youth Sexual Health Network, and CenterLink.

The site also includes resources for survivors with disabilities, immigrants, people interested in bystander intervention, and more.

This new resource hub is part of Vice President Joe Biden and the administration’s 1 is 2 Many campaign, which seeks an end to intimate-partner violence and sexual assault.

Autostraddle wrote of the campaign, "Whereas many sexual assault prevention campaigns focus on actions that women can take to avoid being assaulted — reminding women to watch their drinks or alert a friend if they’re going on a date — this one appears to be more focused on community accountability for the prevention of assault, offering some fairly concrete directives for how to prevent assault and support survivors.”

The article goes on to quote 1 is 2 Many’s website:

Support all survivors regardless of their gender or identity. Listen to their stores without judging or blaming. Offer to go with them to seek resources and services if they want them. Speak up if you hear comments that promote violence against women. Be aware of language that you use that degrades women and survivors of other identities. Don’t be afraid to be an active bystander and intervene if you believe violence is occurring and it is safe for you to do so. Be a role model for healthy relationships. Always treat others with respect and expect the same from others. Mentor and teach younger people to also act as role models. Join an organization that is working to end dating violence and sexual assault. Don’t have one in your community? Start one!

In January, the White House Council on Women and Girls released a report called “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action.”

President Obama said that month, "Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out who has ever been assaulted: you are not alone. We have your back. I’ve got your back."

NOTE: Bisexual + Bi Supportive people + groups may wish to bookmark this downloadable pamphlet: Does your partner blame it on your bisexuality? It could be partner abuse.

echoandivory:

maidousuji:

caulkings:

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HERE’S A LINK FOR YOU LOVELIES

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(Source: streetbaka)

» Never forget: When the concentration camps were liberated in WW2, the Queer people who had survived the camps were put in prison, and forced to carry out their sentences for being queer.

fandomsandfeminism:

And they weren’t even officially granted a pardon for their “crime” until 2002.