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.

What’s a Family?

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 our own families, LGBTQ people led lonely, singular, queer lives.

The truth is that despite powerful obstacles and a modern movement for LGBTQ liberation that is only 50 years old, LGBTQ people have always formed families – working against institutions and attitudes that often prompted their more traditional families to deny them; creating new families out of extended kinship networks of friends, lovers and life-long beloveds; and finally, for some, choosing to parent in creative and multi-faceted ways against myriad social, legal and medical prohibitions.

Once a barely visible “wing” in the LGBTQ movement, the struggle to secure the rights of LGBTQ families has grown into a vibrant part of the larger LGBTQ movement. In 1979, a group of gay fathers came together to form what became the first national LGBTQ parents’ organization; at the same time, the first LGBTQ families programs were emerging at larger city-based community centers. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force founded its families program in the early ‘90s, launching a census education campaign to record same-sex partnerships and creating seminal coalitions with organizations like the Children’s Defense Fund and the National Association of Social Workers.

In November of 2008, I had the privilege of organizing a gathering of LGBTQ activists involved in organizing for family policy and services within the LGBTQ movement.  (more…)

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

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.