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.
Topics you'll see:
Queer - Liberalism - Activism - Student Issues- Public Transportation - Peace - Environmentalism - Politics - Law - Atheism - Vegetarianism - Feminism - Sex Positivity - Philosophy.

gay-men:

Guy approaches random men asking them to go on a date with him. Some interesting responses.

(via mysocalled-gay-life)

Not queer like gay. Queer like, escaping definition. Queer like some sort of fluidity and limitlessness at once. Queer like a freedom too strange to be conquered. Queer like the fearlessness to imagine what love can look like…and pursue it.

grimgrinninggirl:

witchyredhead:

bi-privilege:

"she can’t be bisexual! she’s in a relationship with a man!"

image

Perfect use of that gif. Thank you.

#My name is Inigo Montoya you erased my sexuality prepare to die

Witchy those tags are perf omg

(via gayqueers)

koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
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These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
See more and quotes from Deragon
Follow policymic



These are beautiful.Also, power bottoms are BAMF.

koala-t-estosterone:

policymic:

Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.

Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.

See more and quotes from Deragon

Follow policymic

These are beautiful.
Also, power bottoms are BAMF.

(via gayqueers)

yeahmissestayisgay:

"You’re a gay man? Let’s go shopping!"image

You’re a lesbian. Do you hate men or something?”image                  

"You’re bisexual ? No, you’re not. You’re just wanting attention"image

"You’re asexual ? That’s not even real" image

"You’re pansexual ? Whatever tumblr just made that up"image

(via wearitpurple)

Apartment complex for low-income LGBT seniors opens in Philadelphia

gaywrites:

The nation’s third housing development complex specifically for low-income LGBT seniors is officially open. 

John C. Anderson apartments officially opened late last month in Philadelphia, making it only the third facility of its kind in the country. The complex features 56 one-bedroom apartments designed to be safe for senior citizens, and there’s already a waiting list.

“Being an LGBT friendly community, the largest development of its kind in the United States of America clearly shows Philadelphia as leading the way on human rights and LGBT rights issues,” Mayor Michael Nutter said of the $19.5 million development, which was spearheaded by LGBT activist Mark Segal.

“If we don’t take care of our LGBT seniors, we’re not taking care of our community,” says Segal, who believes the housing development should be a national model, “and that’s what real community is about.”

We don’t pay enough attention to the needs of older members of our communities, who have faced many of the same challenges we do but had fewer resources available. This is a fantastic way to start. 

(via gayqueers)

  • straight character: (checks out someones ass)
  • straight character: (engages in superfluous romance)
  • straight character: (has lots of casual sex)
  • straight character: (oh shit a love triangle)
  • straight audience:
  • queer character: (expresses hints of attraction)
  • straight audience: UGH why does EVERYTHING have to come down to their fucking sexuality?? it doesnt MATTER it should just be a NON-ISSUE

It Turns Out My Partner Is a Woman, So What Does That Make Me?

I like this article for taking on the complexity that is sexual orientation.

Gay is typically thought to mean a man who’s attracted to men. But that’s glossing over a few things.

Is it men who are attracted to masculine genders? That makes them androphilic (as opposed to gynephilic; attracted to feminine genders)

Is it men who are attracted to male bodies? I can’t find a term for that, so let’s call it phalophilic (as opposed to gynophilic; attracted to female bodies).

We assume most gay men are both androphilic and phalophilic. But that may not be the case. 

There’s also the reality that, as a partner transitions, it may pull their partners preferences along. So they may experience a sort of “induced” sexual fluidity (for lack of a better term) to maintain concurrence between sexual and romantic attraction. 

Thanks to a Botched Study There Are Not As Many Gay People As We Previously Thought

How many gay people are there in the United States? Estimates have always been shaky.

In 1995, preliminary results from the 
National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health rocked the media and human sexuality circuit when they found that 5 to 7 percent of young Americans self-reported as homosexual or bisexual. Previous studies had indicated only 1 percent of high schoolers were gay or bisexual. 

In follow-up interviewers in 2008 with the same individuals who had said they were gay or bisexual as teens, the teens, who were now ages 24-32, weren’t as gay as they once claimed they were. A shocking 70 percent of the self-reported nonheterosexual teens had gone straight somewhere between their PSATs and their first student loan. 

Researchers are now concluding that the data was skewed by teens trying to play a prank on science. An overwhelming majority of the teens who suddenly jumped on the straight train were men, indicating not a recloseting, but perhaps a juvenile bro joke. 

Acelessthan3 : I think what the analysis of these results fails to take into account is the possibility for sexual fluidity. Yes, it’s entirely possible teenagers exaggerated their homosexuality, but also that by virtue of being teenagers, they are developmentally predisposed to being more open to new experiences are likely at their most sexually fluid and thus more open to identifying as non-heterosexual.Then many (though obviously not all) settle into a more dichotomous sexual identity category like gay/lesbian/straight as they move into the onset of more classical adulthood (right around the time of the most recent survey results). Your thoughts?

Ben: You’re right that the article doesn’t take into account sexual fluidity. But studies have shown that its more often women who experience sexual fluidity, whereas the majority of people changing their answer in this study were men. Now maybe this should be seen as revealing of the understudied sexual fluidity in men. Hard to say without some follow up interviews of the people who changed their answers. Either way, the 5-7% estimate is consistent with other estimates. In fact some that provide a very broad definition of what it means to be queer and allowing for total anonymity have estimated it may be as high as 20% of the population.

mistercoventry:

Lesbians and ice cream

mistercoventry:

Lesbians and ice cream

(via gayqueers)

glaad:

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman is best known for her stirring, thoughtful works like “Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution,” “Fast Car,” and “Give Me One Reason” in the 1980s and ‘90s, and has released new music as recently as 2008. The four-time Grammy Award winner has used her art as an avenue for advocacy by bringing attention to social and economic injustices, with particular focus on race and gender issues. Tracy remains active with numerous non-profit organizations, just as her songs have remained international anthems.

glaad:

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman is best known for her stirring, thoughtful works like “Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution,” “Fast Car,” and “Give Me One Reason” in the 1980s and ‘90s, and has released new music as recently as 2008. The four-time Grammy Award winner has used her art as an avenue for advocacy by bringing attention to social and economic injustices, with particular focus on race and gender issues. Tracy remains active with numerous non-profit organizations, just as her songs have remained international anthems.

(via wearitpurple)