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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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.

The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism

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.

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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

Do Bisexuals Face More Health Risks?

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.

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

micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
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micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
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micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
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micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
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micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
Read more | Follow micdotcom 
micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
Read more | Follow micdotcom 
micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
Read more | Follow micdotcom 
micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
Read more | Follow micdotcom 
micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming


Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”
Read more | Follow micdotcom 

micdotcom:

Photographer gives stunning look at the world of gender non-conforming

Genderbent is the product of photographer Dusti Cunningham, who was approached by trans activist Jacob Rostovsky to begin the series. “As a transman and trans activist, [Rostovsky] has dealt with the issue of gender a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with the issues surrounding gender, and how its rules dictate our society,” Cunningham told Mic. “Gender, and the words used describing it, have lately been a hot topic. I’ve seen arguments online and heard discussions at gatherings about the policing of these words. Historically the trans and gender nonconforming communities have been mostly hidden from the average public’s sight. That is quickly changing, with mainstream media showing an interest. I want this project to offer a view the mainstream won’t. Hopefully it will answer many questions and give a better understanding of the culture.”

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My Girlfriend Doesn’t Get A Say In My Cancer Treatment (But My Doctors Think She Does)

Study: LGBT Info on Resume Means Fewer Responses

cornflakepizza:

iraniandiaspora:

newwavenova:

stupiduglyfatcunt:

fatbisexualpenguin:

People who say bi erasure doesn’t happen need to realize Freddie Mercury is known as the most famous homosexual man when he identified himself as bisexual. If that’s not bi erasure I don’t even know.

Also PoC erasure, most people don’t know he was 100% Indian

Specifically he was Parsi.
Also raised Zeroastrian.

*zoroastrian 

(via sepiacircus)

policymic:

Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.
But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.
"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.
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policymic:

Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.
But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.
"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.
See more | Follow policymic 

policymic:

Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.
But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.
"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.
See more | Follow policymic 

policymic:

Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.
But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.
"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.
See more | Follow policymic 

policymic:

Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.
But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.
"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.
See more | Follow policymic 

policymic:

Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.

But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.

"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.

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(Source: micdotcom, via gayqueers)