By Jaime Grant In August, the New York Times presented an amazing study in friendship between two Midwest rollerskaters who can only be described as genderqueer or gender non-binary. The truly wondrous thing about the article – and proof that the gender revolution feminists and LGBTQ people have been championing for decades is firmly underway – is that the gender of the subjects is not mentioned. Their identities are not parsed endlessly for the reader. Instead, we are offered a jubilant, affirming view of friendship via highly saturated colors in an unlikely place. The overall affect is nothing short of breathtaking. https://twitter.com/SarahGinsburg/status/1172431783830245377?s=20 Even the comments are full of celebration and dare I say it, joy. Today, youth who identify as a gender different from the one checked off on a birth certificate face a mountain of barriers as they become themselves. Even in families that wholeheartedly embrace their child’s expressed…
This course will provide an introduction into Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies. Considering LBGTQ Studies as an interdisciplinary field using humanities text-based critical analysis, this course will focus on how the central concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity work within history, politics, literature, technology, art, music, philosophy, and literature. Throughout this course, students will work towards a deep understanding of the intersectional dynamics of privilege and oppression as they relate to LGBTQ individuals and culture by exploring the lived experiences of LGBTQ individuals and their partners/families. Critically read, discuss, analyze, and write about the assigned readings and central course themes. A key part of this process will be the application of course concepts to current cultural conversations and, potentially, students’ lived experiences. Build both a specific and general knowledge of the history and current dialogues regarding LGBTQ issues across multiple disciplines and across multiple forms of…
Repost from The Current The aftermath of the massacre at a gay club in Orlando, Fla., by a Muslim man has some Muslims in the LGBTQ community fearing targeted homophobia and Islamophobia. “I’ve been feeling this unbearable grief and rage,” Toronto community activist Lali Mohamed told The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti. “But at the same time, I’ve started really early on preparing myself for the onslaught of violent Islamophobia that already is manifesting itself – both in the Republican party but also in the LGBTQ community in Toronto.” Listen to the full 20 minute audio interview with three people who identify as queer and Muslim: May El-Abdulah, Laila Mohamed and Mehammed Mack on The Current’s website.
Repost from Black Lives Matter
It is with pain and heartache that the Black Lives Matter Network extends love, light, protection, and abundance to our family in Orlando, Florida. We love you. Black people are a diverse community, and though the hate-filled rhetoric of the conservative right is currently trying to pit us against our kin — we will always stand with all the parts of ourselves. Today, Queer, Latinx, and Muslim family, we lift you up.
COMPLICATED CONVERSATIONS WITH DIRECTOR PARVEZ SHARMA ON HIS NEW FILM —
A SINNER IN MECCA
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights
Parvez Sharma is a gay, Muslim filmmaker, journalist and writer. He is originally from India and now lives in New York City. His two films: A Jihad for Love (2008) and A Sinner in Mecca (2014) are well known on the festival circuit as well as in human rights and academic circles.
Last week a law was signed by North Carolina’s governor to prohibit local governments from enacting laws and ordinances to permit transgender people to use gender affirming public bathrooms. Bathroom access for many, including non-gender conforming and transgender people, continues to be a hotly contested issue. Yet most of the contemporary media coverage fails to address the complex history of access to public toilets, and also some of the core anxieties that continue to fuel these bans.
With the release of the tape of the police execution of seven-teen year old Laquan McDonald, police reform is again in the air in Chicago. Many activists and community members have asserted that police violence is neither new nor can it be solved with “more and better” policing.