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Genders & Sexualities

The liberation of our genders, our sexualities and our visions for justice are often severely constricted by the massive projects of male supremacy and heterosexism. Intellectual and activist resistance toward a gender just world in which all genders and sexualities emerge in vibrant, affirming community fuel critical movements for justice around the globe.

On Stigma, Disability and Caregiving: A Love Song

By Sarah Macaraeg

 “Memory is your body as it was in the world and the world as it was and will be.” Hilton Als

 

When I was eleven, my brother came home from the Army. Like many veterans, he returned to small town life an entirely different person, but his was a metamorphosis driven not by war and not even by militarism. He came home with an honorable discharge and a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

There had been a phone call prior. In my memory I see my mom answering, notice her hand clenching the phone, fingers wrapping around the cord, voice shaking. My brother was hospitalized, someone from the Veterans Administration told her, at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital outside of Chicago.

He was departing to a base in Germany when I last saw him, and on his way out the door I offered him a newly-minted carefully scissor-cut school photo of me. I had considered the exact size appropriate, in the serious way of 6th graders. He smiled, I remember, and placed the photo in a Velcro wallet where it fit perfectly and sat alongside little else, bringing it with him to Europe. (more…)

Sex Work, Leadership and Trans Self-Determination

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By Jaime Grant, Contributing Editor, Genders and Sexuality Editor’s note: Desiree Alliance’s decision to boycott the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia prompted the writing of this piece. Desiree Alliance is a coalition of sex workers, health professionals, social … Continue reading

An Incomplete Rainbow

Repost from The Chronicle of Higher Education. When I came out, at 16, in those fashion-challenged late 70s when tweedy jackets and pinky rings had to do hard labor in signifying lesbian identity, my (liberal) mother sent me to a … Continue reading

What’s a Family?

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By Jaime Grant, Contributing Editor, Genders and Sexualities As recently as a generation ago, conventional wisdom held that LGBTQ people had no family. The story told was this: cast out of our families of origin, social pariahs “incapable” of creating … Continue reading

Gay Rights and the Justice Department

Repost from The New York Times. The Justice Department adjusts its own policies and programs, bringing advances for gay couples and American justice. Read more at The New York Times.

Pratibha Parmar Brings Alice Walker’s Art to Life

Repost from Women in the World. Samina Ali interviews Pratibha Parmar, who most recently directed Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, celebrating the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Parmar speaks about retelling Walker’s words. Read more at … Continue reading

Gender and Facebook: Author/Researcher Weighs In

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By Jaime Grant, Contributing Editor, Gender and Sexualities Just in time for Valentine’s day, Facebook unrolled 56 gender descriptors for people who don’t identify as male or female to choose from in constructing their Facebook profile.  The social networking giant … Continue reading

In Jaipur, New Feminists Are Born

Repost from the New York Times. Part of a series entitled “India Ink,” Rachira Gupta covers her travels with Gloria Steinem throughout India where they are talking about their new book, As If Women Matter. In this particular article, Gupta and … Continue reading

Thinking Beyond Pink and Blue

Repost from Buzzfeed. This article covers the release of author and photographer Susan Kuklin’s book, Beyond Magenta, which profiles six transgender young adults.