A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
I post my favorite news from all around the web.
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Maryland insurance now covers transition-related care for trans state employees

gaywrites:

Transgender state employees in Maryland can now access transition-related healthcare under their state-provided insurance. 

The decision comes after 31-year-old Sailor Holobaugh sued the state when he was denied reimbursement for a mastectomy he got as part of his transition. Maryland is only the third state after Oregon and California to extend these rights to trans state employees. 

"It’s a pretty sweeping change," said Jer Welter, managing attorney at Free State Legal. "It is going from care for gender transition being completely, categorically excluded in all of the plans, to being fully covered under all of the plans."

Welter said a 2007 executive order by Gov. Martin O’Malley banning discrimination against transgender state employees set a clear precedent under which to challenge the health insurance carve out, and that officials at the state were more than willing to work with him to change the policy when they heard about Holobaugh’s case.

Woohoo! Way to go, Maryland! (For real, only three states do this?!) 

GLAAD study shows 83% of major Hollywood films in 2013 had no LGBT characters

gaywrites:

GLAAD has just released its 2014 Studio Responsibility Index, tracking LGBT representation in the past year’s major Hollywood films. 

Of the 102 major Hollywood films from 2013, 17 of them — about 16.7% — included characters who identified as LGBT. That means 83.3% of last year’s biggest movies had no LGBT characters. The study tracks the "quantity, quality and diversity of images" of LGBT people in movies, and this year’s results were not promising. 

None of the seven studios received an “excellent” rating, but Sony Columbia came in on top with a “good” score, thanks to movies like “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” which also nabbed a GLAAD Media Award nomination. Meanwhile, Universal and Disney were among the studios to receive an “adequate” grade, while both Paramount and Warner Brothers were considered outright failures.

Meanwhile, to assess individual films, GLAAD officials developed the “Vito Russo Test,” which examines how multidimensional a LGBT character is, as well as how significant he or she may be to the plot of a specific movie. Seven out of the 17 major studio films featuring LGBT characters passed the test this year, according to the report.

In case you’re wondering — yes, the Vito Russo Test is totally a spinoff of the Bechdel test, and it’s pretty cool. Here’s what you need to pass the test:

  • The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender.
  • That character must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity. I.E. they are made up of the same sort of unique character traits commonly used to differentiate straight characters from one another.
  • The LGBT character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect. Meaning they are not there to simply provide colorful commentary, paint urban authenticity, or (perhaps most commonly) set up a punchline. The character should “matter.”

Check out the full results over at GLAAD. I honestly hadn’t thought about movie representation of LGBT people — too busy worrying about TV! — but come to think of it, these results are actually miserable. 

genprogress:

Did you know only 5% of LGBT adults ages 18-24 are “out” in the workplace? A new report from Generation Progress and the Center for American Progress finds LGBT youth are facing “undue burdens” as they enter the workforce. Read the report here.

genprogress:

Did you know only 5% of LGBT adults ages 18-24 are “out” in the workplace? A new report from Generation Progress and the Center for American Progress finds LGBT youth are facing “undue burdens” as they enter the workforce. Read the report here.

gaywrites:

It’s official! President Obama has signed an executive order granting workplace equality to LGBT federal workers. This is a historic day — but we’re not done yet. Next up, let’s enact workplace protections for every LGBT employee, everywhere in the country. gaywrites:

It’s official! President Obama has signed an executive order granting workplace equality to LGBT federal workers. This is a historic day — but we’re not done yet. Next up, let’s enact workplace protections for every LGBT employee, everywhere in the country. 

gaywrites:

It’s official! President Obama has signed an executive order granting workplace equality to LGBT federal workers. This is a historic day — but we’re not done yet. Next up, let’s enact workplace protections for every LGBT employee, everywhere in the country. 

19 Words That Mean Something Completely Different When You're A Gay Man

pansexualfacts:

Fact: Pansexuals are notoriously bad at baseball, due to the fact that they swing every way and are on all of the teams.

(via gayqueers)

pewresearch:

For gay newlyweds in some states, ‘limbo’ may last another year
It has happened in four states so far, and may well happen in others – a kind of marital limbo where licenses have been granted and vows exchanged, but the marriages themselves have not been officially recognized.

pewresearch:

For gay newlyweds in some states, ‘limbo’ may last another year

It has happened in four states so far, and may well happen in others – a kind of marital limbo where licenses have been granted and vows exchanged, but the marriages themselves have not been officially recognized.

(via mysocalled-gay-life)

Are you gay?" Obama asked in response.

Webb didn’t miss a beat, answering, “Only when I’m having sex!
mas0n-jars:

hallowshorror:

anotherlgbttumblr:

kp-ks:

Book Burning Memorial
'In the center of Bebelplatz, a glass window showing rows and rows of empty bookshelves. The memorial commemorates the night in 1933 when 20,000 “anti-German” books were burned here under the instigation of Goebbels. There's a plaque nearby that says something like “Where they burn books, they will also burn humans in the end.” '

Interesting but rarely mentioned: most of the content burned that night came from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (institute for the science of sex) headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute and Hirshfeld himself were some of the first to openly campaign for the right to have sex with someone of the same gender, the right to transition if you did not identify with your birth sex and for the general acceptance of queer people. The team had already performed the first SRS operations in Germany and in addition, the institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation.
Photographs of the night of the book burning are plastered across history books world wide, but the queer movement that was destroyed that night often goes unmentioned.

reblogging again for that^

mas0n-jars:

hallowshorror:

anotherlgbttumblr:

kp-ks:

Book Burning Memorial

'In the center of Bebelplatz, a glass window showing rows and rows of empty bookshelves. The memorial commemorates the night in 1933 when 20,000 “anti-German” books were burned here under the instigation of Goebbels. There's a plaque nearby that says something like “Where they burn books, they will also burn humans in the end.” '

Interesting but rarely mentioned: most of the content burned that night came from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (institute for the science of sex) headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute and Hirshfeld himself were some of the first to openly campaign for the right to have sex with someone of the same gender, the right to transition if you did not identify with your birth sex and for the general acceptance of queer people. The team had already performed the first SRS operations in Germany and in addition, the institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation.

Photographs of the night of the book burning are plastered across history books world wide, but the queer movement that was destroyed that night often goes unmentioned.

reblogging again for that^

(Source: Flickr / kca, via sepiacircus)

mqandmrs:

Alicia’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  Alicia is showing you four important signs in ASL:  ”I Love You,” “Queer,” “Bisexual,” and “Transgender.” 
When you’re talking about someone’s identity, make sure to only use words they’re OK with. 
If anyone has suggestions to improve these pages, they are very much welcome. 
Mq. & Mrs. is a queer/trans coloring book in progress that only uses real people as models.  New pages are published every Sunday at noon. Interested in modeling for a page? See our site for more info.
mqandmrs:

Alicia’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  Alicia is showing you four important signs in ASL:  ”I Love You,” “Queer,” “Bisexual,” and “Transgender.” 
When you’re talking about someone’s identity, make sure to only use words they’re OK with. 
If anyone has suggestions to improve these pages, they are very much welcome. 
Mq. & Mrs. is a queer/trans coloring book in progress that only uses real people as models.  New pages are published every Sunday at noon. Interested in modeling for a page? See our site for more info.
mqandmrs:

Alicia’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  Alicia is showing you four important signs in ASL:  ”I Love You,” “Queer,” “Bisexual,” and “Transgender.” 
When you’re talking about someone’s identity, make sure to only use words they’re OK with. 
If anyone has suggestions to improve these pages, they are very much welcome. 
Mq. & Mrs. is a queer/trans coloring book in progress that only uses real people as models.  New pages are published every Sunday at noon. Interested in modeling for a page? See our site for more info.

mqandmrs:

Alicia’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  Alicia is showing you four important signs in ASL:  ”I Love You,” “Queer,” “Bisexual,” and “Transgender.” 

When you’re talking about someone’s identity, make sure to only use words they’re OK with. 

If anyone has suggestions to improve these pages, they are very much welcome. 

Mq. & Mrs. is a queer/trans coloring book in progress that only uses real people as models.  New pages are published every Sunday at noon. Interested in modeling for a page? See our site for more info.

(via gayqueers)

tyleroakley:

"Watch A Child Dismantle Fox’s Panic Over Gender-Neutral Restrooms"

Colorado Judge Allows County Clerk To Continue Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses