Does identifying as bisexual ever feel isolating to you? We’ve got biases and toxic media messages working against us from both the gay and straight communities. But fear not, fellow frustrated bisexuals! Your bisexuality shouldn’t be a burden, so here are ways to stand up to those toxic messages. This article will help you learn how to embrace your identity.
Just how many ways are there to be LGBTQIA+? You can be queer, femme, a unicorn, or a bottom, to name a few. We talk a lot about labels and identity, but what does identity really mean for defining gender and sexuality? The subjects of these beautiful photos, from Sarah Deragon’s The Identity Project, might blow you away as they embody their answers.
You’ve seen homonormativity. You may have even participated in it. Homonormativity can be such a part of queer culture that we don’t recognize it as problematic. Here’s a definition of what homonormativity is, along with examples of how it plays out. Everyone should know this information so we can fight the real systemic, structural oppression that keeps us down.
It all seems so simple. Just a boy telling you he loves you, right? But if it’s your first time hearing those words, it can be complicated. Take it from Edwin Bodney, this brilliant poet who tells it like it is about first love, longing, and what words really mean. He bravely shares the lessons he’s learned — and his last line is a heartbreaker.
Trans men, like all people, need to know how to have fulfilling, safe, healthy sex to feel whole and good about ourselves. We deserve it (and don’t let anyone tell you differently). But most out trans boys, trans men, and trans masculine people I know receive inadequate, if not wholly non-existent, sex talks. So here are seven key places to start.
How often do you get to see this? In the media, queer women of color are often invisible, and we know that’s a shame. Boosting visibility can break down stereotypes, show the endless beauty of love between women of color, and empower more women to know they’re worth celebrating. So here are 25 stunning photos of queer women of color to make you swoon.
There’s no one-size-fits-all roadmap on how to romance transgender women. But it’s important to honor trans women’s humanity by recognizing that, behind all of the activism and social apprehension, many trans women also desire fulfilling romantic relationships. Here are some ways you can support your lover in public, in private, and in bed.
In the West, many people view Islam as being inherently oppressive towards women and LGBTQIA+ people. Certainly some Muslim people use their religion to validate their prejudices. But as many Muslim feminists have been saying, while Islam has some such oppressive teachings, it more asks for compassion, acceptance, and love from us. Let’s question this monolithic view of Islam that hurts Muslim women and LGBTQIA+ folks and alienates Muslim feminists.
This wonderful photography project celebrates the beautiful humanity of queer men of color in love – amplifying their tenderness, their vulnerability, their love, and their lives. This sort of archive is a radical tool of reclamation that fights the ways institutional oppression consistently projects dangerous, criminal, and violent connotations onto men of color.
Too often bisexuality and pansexuality are pitted against each other in the name of fighting transphobia. Calling out transphobia is vital. But too often this debate is used more to devalue the other identity. Let’s talk about why this debate is hurting cis polysexual people and trans people of all sexual orientations and how we can support everyone instead.