If you’ve never had to come out to the people around you, it can be hard to imagine what the experience is like. It can be difficult to understand the heartbreak, determination, and love that comes along with those moments. In celebration of LGBT History Month, watch five people share their experiences with coming out to their loved ones in this encouraging video.
Intersectionality dictates that experiences will vary based on the intersecting identities of the individuals in play. For queer people, an important intersection is often race, especially as it relates to family dynamics. Check out this video featuring four stories of trials and triumphs that Asian and Pacific Islander members of the LGBTQIA+ community face.
A lot of people don’t understand what it means to have a non-binary gender identity. That’s understandable. After all, society does a great job enforcing a gender binary. But just because you don’t understand non-binary identities doesn’t mean you get to dehumanize or invade the privacy of non-binary folks! Check out this video for a crash course in what not to say to gender non-conforming people.
I always knew I was different from the other boys. As a toddler, I cried when my hair was cut short. I preferred girls for friends, bright colors for clothes, and dolls for toys. When I was 8 years old, I announced that I was a girl. I started to wear dresses to school. Not only was I the first openly trans* youth in my county, I was the first openly trans* person.
Think of the last time someone told you they were bi. Did you tell them it was a phase? Did you imply that they should just choose one? Did you call them greedy, confused, or liars? If so, you’re contributing to the very real problem of biphobia. This video is for you. Watch three bisexual people school you on why you should stop saying these things.
In our gender binary world, female masculinity can make lots of people uncomfortable – who then make it uncomfortable and even dangerous for butch folk to just be themselves. In spite this, butch is being proudly reclaimed and expressed. Check out this amazing photo collection by Meg Allen showing the range, fluidity, and subjectivity of female masculinity.
You think you know homophobia? Think again. The run-of-the-mill, tactless, Bible-thumping conservative with a penchant for accusing queer people of pedophilia isn’t the sole perpetrator of homophobia. You know those tiny backhanded comments that sound like compliments, but sort of negatively generalize groups of people? There’s a word for them: microaggressions.
Despite progress made in marriage equality and representation, the truth is that the violence against queer people is still a rampant problem. After reading about a soldier who was burned to death for being gay, Andrea Gibson wrote one of her most powerful spoken word poems from the perspective of the victims of these horrific hate crimes.
Trans people have to put up with a lot of crap from straight cis people: everything from people being offended to find out that the person they found attractive is “actually a man,” to asking invasive personal questions about a trans person’s genitalia. Check out this spoken word poem by J Mase III that pokes fun at these entitled attitudes.
General society would have us believe that gender (and sexuality, and romantic attraction, and countless other identifiers) exist within a binary system. But the reality is that identity is much more complicated than that. And the concept of multidimensional spectra can be overwhelming. Check out this video for an introduction into the spectra of identity!