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.
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60% of Republicans (and 28% of Democrats) would be upset if their child was gay

gaywrites:

The results of a McClatchy-Marist poll released this week found that 60% of Republicans would be upset if their child was gay.

The study of more than 1,000 adults asked several questions on LGBT issues, including “If you had a child who told you he or she was gay or lesbian, would you be very upset, somewhat upset, not very upset, or not upset at all?” 23% of Republicans said they would be “very upset” and 37% said they would be “somewhat upset.” In contrast, 12% of Democrats said they’d be “very upset” and 16% “somewhat upset” — higher numbers than I would like to see!

In line with what we already know about public opinions on LGBT issues, younger people were more likely to be accepting of hypothetical LGBT children. The groups more likely to be upset include white people, married people, people in the South and those who don’t know any gay people.

Other highlights from the study include the fact that 71% of people surveyed claimed to have a friend, colleague or family member who was gay, 37% of people claimed to oppose same-sex marriage and that 83% of people said that a Congressional candidate’s sexuality would not affect how they would vote.

The most divisive issue surveyed was over whether marriage rights should be a state or federal issue, with 43% favoring states’ right to decide, 50% considering it a federal issue and 7% unsure. 59% of Republicans thought it should be left in the states’ hands, while only 32% of Democrats felt that way.

Sometimes I wonder who writes the questions for these polls, but random as it seems at first glance, this is actually quite telling. Weird. 

yzma:

snorlaxatives:

why are they telling macklemore though

the same reason gotham city shines the bat-signal


Also, the school is located in Sammamish, a suburb 30-mins outside Seattle where Macklemore lives

yzma:

snorlaxatives:

why are they telling macklemore though

the same reason gotham city shines the bat-signal

Also, the school is located in Sammamish, a suburb 30-mins outside Seattle where Macklemore lives

(via greeklesbian)

I want media portrayals of queer relationships that don’t involve homophobia.

I get that it affects almost all of our relationships, but I’d like to escape that occasionally when enjoying a story. No one struggling to accept it, no one giving them a hard time for being queer, just regular relationship issues.


So I came across this picture in my health and culture class and I feel like this is something everyone needs to see.

So I came across this picture in my health and culture class and I feel like this is something everyone needs to see.

(Source: hellotiptoe, via mysocalled-gay-life)

Ex-Gay Therapists Attempt Rebrand Around ‘Therapeutic Choice’ And ‘Client Rights’

The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism

AMA Says Transgender People Shouldn’t Require Surgery to Change Their Birth Certificate

judalsquad:

Stop mistaking harmless ignorance as downright disrespect, not everyone in the goddamn world is educated of the 500000+ different gender identities. You spend 99% of your time sitting on your ass browsing a website built from the ground up on social justice concepts; don’t expect others to be aware of the deep abyss of the gender universe when some people aren’t even aware that gender and sex are two different things.

(Source: rize-san, via sepiacircus)

Denying gay and bisexual men the opportunity to donate blood based on their sexual orientation is an outdated and discriminatory practice. We’ve advanced in our medical knowledge of HIV transmission and know transmission depends on behavioral risk factors. Donor screening for gay and bisexual men should be the same as for all other people and be based on a risk assessment of behaviors, rather than on sexual orientation

Your Seattle City Council, standing up to the FDA about something that’s hella homophobic and needs to end. 

Read the whole letter, which they sent yesterday, here

Target finally comes out for marriage equality

gaywrites:

Retail giant Target announced via court filing this week that it officially endorses marriage equality. The company filed an amicus brief in a case before a federal appeals court dealing with marriage equality in Wisconsin and Indiana.

This is a huge shift from a couple of years ago, when the retailer came under fire for donating to organizations that supported heavily anti-gay candidates. Since then, though, the company has taken small but significant steps to show support for the LGBT community, from a line of Pride shirts to greeting cards and ads featuring same-sex couples. 

"It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage," Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Target, said in a statement posted on the company’s official blog.

By finally making its stance public, Target joins other major U.S. corporations like Apple, Nike and Facebook in its open backing of same-sex marriage in U.S. courts.

Hooray! Target lover that I am, I had some serious cognitive dissonance when Target was being sketchy about its LGBT advocacy. When corporate giants speak up for us like this, it can only mean good things for the millions of people they serve. 

think-progress:

LGBT youth turn to the Internet for social support, but also find cyberbullying.

think-progress:

LGBT youth turn to the Internet for social support, but also find cyberbullying.

Princeton Review updates list of 20 most LGBT friendly, unfriendly colleges